Reading: This summer the stack of books I was trying to work my way through, More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey, Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, were all but discarded, for every time I would curl up on the couch with the intent of reading, a cute little boy would snuggle in next to me, reminding me that it was my turn to read Curious George or Richard Scary's Busy Busy World to him -- for the tenth time over.

My love for audio books has greatly increased as a mom; it's in those mundane rituals of laundry folding and toilet scrubbing and dinner making where the magic of "reading" happens now. I use the app Overdrive to borrow audio books from my library. I can download them onto my iPhone, listen to them, and returns happens automatically - no fines for books overdue!

This week I downloaded Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult.

Picoult is known for tackling sticky issues, things that make most of us uncomfortable, this book is no exception -- it is about Ruth, a labor and delivery nurse, who was banned from caring for an infant because of her skin color. The father of the child is a white supremacist who doesn't want any Person of Color near his son.
In the course of events, the infant dies in the hospital, and even though there were others on staff as well, Ruth is the only nurse who was taken to court and tried for murder.
The author weaves three points of view through the book, that of Ruth, the African-American nurse, that of Kennedy, Ruth's lawyer, and of Turk, the skin-head father.
It's an eye opening book, and with everything that 2016 showed us about racism and how it's still so prevalent today, I encourage you to read it... I'm guessing it'll show you biases in your own life, and hopefully give you understanding into why this is such an important topic to work through individually and as a nation. I highly recommend this book.

*Book does contain explicit and offensive language

Loving: Leg day... or rather, the definition I've been noticing after months of "leg days", where I challenge myself with lots of squat and plié and barre workouts focused on my thighs + butt.

Since Brooklyn was born, I've gotten out for a few runs, but not the 3-5 runs per week that use to be my normal. It seems as though at least one, if not both of my kids, start complaining and crying when strapped in the stroller or I don't have enough time between naps and errands or, or, or... I make excuses and running suddenly isn't priority.
 I miss it.
However, I've been opting for short, intense workouts 3-5 days per week -- then, if I have the time or energy to get out for a walk or jog with the kids several times each week I do. Although, to be honest, I also count cleaning and chasing after Carson or going to get the mail as cardio too. :)

I love knowing that even just 15 minutes per day is completely worth the effort, and if done right, you will notice results. You don't have to be a gym rat to be fit or have muscle definition. I promise! Just add a bit of HIIT (high intensity interval training) into your routine.

Dreaming: The year I did my 23 before 24 challenge --where I created a list of 23 things to do before I turned 24-- was so much fun. I'm turning 25 next week, and I'm dream up a new list to work on this coming year; things like sew an outfit for Brooklyn, reach a new fitness goal (headstands? run 20 miles? try Crossfit?), take a writers workshop, memorize more scriptures with Carson, etc.

It's sort of daunting, coming up with 25 things to do... And I'm open to creative ideas. What should I add to this bucket list of sorts?

Wishing: Be warned, if you have a little girl to dress, Etsy is a black hole, which leaves me wishing for all the things. Like this and this and this.

You're welcome.

Thinking About: Dinner. Or rather, what's for dinner? I wish I had a better system in place for planning and preparing meals... It's one of my least favorite yet most important tasks each day, and I have zero creativity with it. Have you ever used Prep Dish or a similar menu planning service? Please, please comment with all your menu planning tips and tricks. I'm begging of you!
My husband would be most grateful.

Listening to: The belly laughter of Carson and the bear-like growls of Brooklyn as they are playing together post nap. I'm going to assume all is well... because with those two you never know.

What are you currently up to?


  1. I like doing easy things when I work evenings so Scott can still eat. I just did a really big shepherds pie with ground venison and that will last us a couple dinners just reheated. Same with meatloaf or baked mac and cheese. I really don't plan all that far in advance unless it's something special. Having lots of meat in the freezer us handy though:):)

    1. I think I need to learn from you. I hardly ever make enough for leftovers for another night, usually it's just enough for my lunch the following day. I have a friend who uses her crock pot all the time. Maybe I need to try that too?
      And yes, having meat in the freezer is sooooo handy!

  2. Etsy is indeed the black hole of baby girl clothing cuteness. It's overwhelming when you start browsing and are just like I WANT IT ALL. ;)

    Keep working on that birthday list...I think it's amazing that you set those goals and reach them. I've been realizing lately that I can be a really good goal setter, but actually do really badly at pushing through to reach them. Maybe that will have to be my next year's goal...just to reach my goals. ;)

    1. Etsy: the best, worst thing.

      I'll be honest, making the list public is what keeps me accountable, otherwise it's all too easy to let it slip. A goal to reach goals is a good thing. :)
      I keep hearing people say that setting goals in small, incremental steps has really helped with following through. I totally get that.

  3. As a mom I LOVE overdrive too! It allows me to whittle down my reading list in ways I couldn't possibly with a printed version. As for meal planning check out the free Mealime app! Healthy recipes and easily customizeable, and the grocery list feature is amazing too. Love your blog & install account :)

    1. Do you have favorite audio books? I'm always eager for new reads!

      Thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to check that app out right now.

      You're sweet, I'm honored you're following along! <3