We have this one life to live and I don’t know about you, but I want to live it to the fullest! For me, that means working to become a better version of myself…in life, in the kitchen, as a wife, as a mother. In turn, this helps me better equip and help those around me…including you!
I wanted to share a few of the books that I’ve read through recently and let you know how they have impacted me!
First, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. This book was recommended to me by a fellow online entrepreneur and I began reading it with the hopes that it would help me continue to evolve and adapt the way that I ‘operate’ my work schedule and life. While it definitely did do that, it’s overarching lesson can be applied to any area in life.
The lesson is this: small changes in your habits compound over time and lead to big results.
This applies to grocery shopping (as we are learning in the Grocery Budget Makeover!), to work-life balance, to relationships, to eating/exercising, to finances. If you’re interested in improving any of those areas of your life, this is definitely worth the read.
Next, Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt. I’ve known Mary for years and she sent me a copy of her newest book and it completely blew me away. Not only was I surprised to be featured in the book (she didn’t tell me!), but I was surprised at all the little things I learned about frugal living and areas in which I can cut back in our personal spending.
For example, I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘simple wardrobe’ kind of person. I really don’t have a gigantic closet. In fact, I have 2 ‘racks’ in my closet and I only use one of them…for both winter and summer clothes. Same applies for my boys. I ‘thought’ that I had a simple wardrobe for them, but after reading through her recommendations I’m going to pare down all of our wardrobes even further and pass along the clothes we really don’t need.
I’ve dabbled in travel hacking, but her book re-inspired me to be smarter in the way we accumulate points to use for traveling! (We have an upcoming extended family vacation that requires us to fly…and we managed to get 4 of the 6 plane tickets nearly free with points!)
There is so much more inspiration in this book, I highly recommend it!!!
Up next, a cookbook by my friend Jessica Fisher, Good Cheap Eats, Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less! Jessica and I have been friends forever. Well, not really forever…but forever in ‘internet friend’ time. She is killing it with her amazing cookbooks and her most recent one will not disappoint. She is a homeschooling mom of 6 kiddos and she completely understands the need for fast, delicious and nutritious meals. Her cookbook includes 200 all-new recipes for main dishes and a side dish that pair together perfectly and that you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less!
This is a must-have for every home chef!
Next, Little House Living by Merissa Alink. My friend Merissa is the master of the self-sufficient life. She and her family lived in an RV on their property while they built their house. She works hard to inspire others to lead a frugal, simple and self-sufficient life.
Her latest book is loaded with recipes for everything from homemade produce wash/spray to homemade fabric softener to homemade bubble bath to homemade hamburger helper spice mix to homemade baking mixes and more.
If you’re on the path to making more homemade and becoming more self-sufficient, Merissa is your girl and her book is a must-own resource for you!
Lastly, I’m also working through this one on my Kindle. Brooke is a good friend of mine and she is on a mission to help moms survive and thrive through the trenches of motherhood. Her book “Praying for Boys” is like a lifeline to me. Seriously, I pick it up all the time and just soak in whatever God wants me to read in that moment. It’s so easy to get lost in the emotions and hustle of the day…and you just need a prayer and to pray and you don’t know what to pray because your brain has turned into a muddy puddle by the end of the day. I turn to this book, grab a prayer and go say it with the boys.
Hope for the Weary Mom is quickly becoming my next lifeline book, as I read through it! If you’re feeling the teensiest bit of weary about this whole motherhood thing, Brooke and Stacey will encourage your socks off!
Grab Your Copies Now
- The Compound Effect
- Live Your Life for Half the Price
- Good Cheap Eats, Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less!
- Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life
- Praying for Boys
- Hope for the Weary Mom