Book Review: The Year of Simple Living

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.

Book Review: The Whole30 Day by Day

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.

Book Recommendation: What to Expect series

The What to Expect series goes from pregnancy through the second year. They also have a website full of resources.

I have the full collection and used it as my Bible while I was pregnant. It comforted me when I felt like I was dealing with weird symptoms and helped me with what I needed to do to prepare for my oldest’s birth.

This series, by far, is the one I would recommend to any first time mom. Ignoring the milestones in the newborn, first year and second year when you have a delayed baby works best- it will keep you from stressing, but the rest of the books are gold.

They give tips for feeding, naps, play, and anything else dealing with raising baby. They also give tips on where baby should be and which milestones to expect, which works for preemies adjusted age in the early months.

They give small tips for moms and dads as well in some of the pages and in the front of each chapter, it gives what symptoms to expect or what major milestones and what percentage of babies/toddlers hit them in the months. The easy layout of the book makes it simple to flip to a chapter and read all about the month your baby is turning (or what month you are in your pregnancy)

If you buy these books, you won’t need other books. They will be nice to have, but this series covers everything but extreme complications.

If you know anyone who is expecting their first baby, this is a book to buy them that they can keep and use for all their pregnancies.

Baby Necessity- Pack n Play

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.

*Just for the record, this site lists items I have found absolutely essential over the years and doesn’t contain affiliate links. I will not be getting paid for endorsing these products, unless specifically mentioned in a post, it’s all just my personal experience and opinion*

Mommy Necessity- High Chair Booster Seat

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.

New Mommy Necessity: Boppy Pillow

I can’t think of any product I used more than the Boppy. It’s a circular pillow that goes around your stomach while breastfeeding or feeding baby. You can give baby a nice, comfy spot to eat or nap. It also works for tummy time beautifully.

I had the same Boppy pillow and used it multiple times a day for both my children. It got us through breastfeeding, bottle feeding, learning to sit and tummy time and the pillow itself is still in such great condition, it looks new.

When baby is in NICU, the Boppy works well to support baby comfortably for either skin to skin or normal holding and cuddling.

Pros- fits around your waist and sits perfectly on your lap, boosts baby up high enough to comfortably reach your breast if you’re nursing, works well for bottle feeding as well, can be taken most places with you, shaped perfectly to support baby after s/he learns head control and also works to help with tummy time.

Cons- not as portable- it does take up some room, can take adjusting to get fully comfortable.

This is another product I couldn’t see myself going without through the early baby phases. It worked on the floor and on the bed/couch. It helped us with tummy time as well as nursing. I would fully recommend to anyone to get one for the pregnant woman in their life.

Let your kids celebrate St Patty’s Day with these fun worksheets

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