The Year of Simple Living is written by Steph Parrell
She is the creator of ScaleitSimple.com. She wrote this book as a guide to living a more simple life over the course of one year.
The book starts off with the author listing the benefits beyond financial to living a more simple, back to nature lifestyle. She also goes into how her grandparents lived and how she started exploring their way of life a little more.
The concept of the book are working through 12 different areas in the span of 12 months. The challenge is to take the full month and do every part with an open mind, so I cannot tell you how much of an impact it has had already, I’m just getting started with month one but I will update over the course of the 12 months.
If you’re feeling stressed, frazzled and you’re wanting to live a less stressful, simpler and more natural life, this book is definitely worth the read. Remember, nothing happens literally overnight- so how this book is broken down month by month and all the aspects of your life are laid out, this makes it easier for beginners to the lifestyle to ease into the change.
The Whole30 Day by Day is a journal. It’s best to buy than check out so you can write in the book.
It gives you a day by day on what to expect, possible symptoms and gives you a place to write encouraging thoughts as well as record your feelings, cravings and thoughts.
It’s a very helpful guide that helps track cravings and helps you get through the challenge easier- because it warns you how you will possibly feel, you can get an action plan started and continue on the journey.
We were given a Pack N Play for our oldest at our baby shower, my mom and dad also bought one. I would recommend it to anyone who travels with babies or grandparents who keep baby over night occasionally.
The Pack N Play worked well when we went on vacation, it stored easily in the back of the car with our luggage and didn’t take up too much space. It was cheaper than a crib, so my parents used it with both kids as babies when they stayed overnight.
Pros- lightweight, works as well as a crib, cheaper than a crib, holds up through babies- my girls are almost 5 years apart and we used the same Pack n Plays with both.
Cons- none that I can think of off the top of my head. We used a normal crib on a day to day basis, but she did nap in the Pack n Play more than a few times.
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We hardly used a normal high chair. From the time our kids were big enough to sit in the booster high chairs, we were using those. These booster seats. They have straps, come with trays that can be used if you’re not at a table and the seat can scoot into the table like a normal chair. After being gifted one, a normal high chair seemed like an unnecessary large purchase.
These booster chairs can be used on the floor, in a chair at the table and can easily be tossed in the backseat or trunk and used in restaurants and at friends/family’s house while visiting. They are versatile and the tray works for play as well as eating.
Pros- small, portable, easy to take on trips or when eating out, work like a normal high chair as well as a booster seat, easy to clean, take up less space than a high chair and less expensive
Cons- Can’t think of any in all honesty. This is a product I felt was a necessity and one worked well through two kids. They did prove to be hard to sell in a yard sale, though.
You do need to be careful and make sure they are securely strapped onto the chair if your toddler moves a lot. They are also harder for the child to climb out of and if the straps are too loose, the chair can fall but the straps work similar to a car seat- as long as you tighten them in enough and strap it to the chair right, it’s safe.
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