Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Title Tuesday: Who I Am With You

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

Today I want to share a book with you that I was FULLY prepared not to like. When I signed up for the blog tour for Who I am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher, I didn't realize it was fiction. I thought it was a marriage development book. So when it arrived and I realized my mistake, I was reluctant to begin reading the book. 


Man was I wrong. 

So the backstory here is that each of the main characters Jessica and Ridley have secrets that have tried their faith and made them pull away from society. I don't want to spoil the story by giving things away, so I won't share plot information but I can say that there were twists and turns in this book that I DID NOT see coming at all. 

I also really enjoyed the fact that Jessica (the female lead character) wasn't perfect. She wasn't one of those vapid, damaged characters that tend to run rampant in Christian fiction until a man makes their life complete. She is intelligent, complex, and fascinating. 

The only thing that I really did't like about this book was the amount of time that the couple spends alone together without being married. While I understand that this book is romantic. I am not crazy about selling the idea that you should hang out with a person of the opposite sex, alone, for long periods of time. I think it kind of set people up for failure. 

Overall, I would give the writing of Who I am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher a solid B+. I enjoyed the characters immensely and for me, this book kick started a serious interest in reading more of Mrs. Hatcher's works. This book is geared towards more mature women, not adolescents given some of the more complicated aspects of the relationships.  


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Motherhood Monday: Teething Necklaces

Welcome to another Motherhood MondayMotherhood is an incredible blessing. But it is also a huge challenge. Anyone that has experienced motherhood will tell you, there is an incredible shift in your very being when you become a mother. This is the day dedicated to all things "mommy" related. Check here each Monday for a new post. 

Anybody else out there have a teething baby? My little girl is miserable with her first tooth coming in. She has had a much harder time of it than either of my boys had. I recently found that teething necklaces (that I wear, not her) really help her to be more content. 

So, today I want to share with you about these teething necklaces that I found. 


I like them because 
they help my baby to feel better
they are inexpensive
they are pretty

Here is my amazon affiliate link for the necklace I am wearing in this picture

I like the bright colors. It works with just about any shirt. I have run this necklace through the dishwasher to clean it several times and the colors haven't faded at all! 

My daughter absolutely loves the different textures of the silicone beads. It has a snap enclosure that is super helpful for being able to get off easily if you are sitting in church or somewhere where the baby would like to play with the necklace quietly. It also has a smooth string which I like because the necklaces with silicone beads all the way along the string get caught in my hair and I HATE trying to get it untangled from my curls. This smooth cord necklace with the beads just at the bottom seem to work best for me. 

I have used these necklaces as well, they are available on amazon as well, here are links to the ones that I have enjoyed wearing:
Nursing Necklace in Lavender

Nursing Necklace in Rose Quartz


If you have a teething baby at home these necklaces can help your little one to be able to sit still in your lap through performances, church, meetings, and even while you are doing homeschool with older children.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Military Monday: Phonetic Alphabet

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Title Tuesday: Boys Should Be Boys

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

I have two rambunctious little boys at home. William just turned four and Henry is two and a half years old. With #MeToo, #YesAllMen, and the gross Gillette commercial that aired recently, many moms just like me are concerned for what kind of world our boys will grow up in. How can we raise young men that aren't participating in #toxicMasculinity, but that are in fact masculine? Having grown up in a single parent household with my mother, I had no clue, and I wanted a better understanding of what masculinity is supposed to be. I decided to start looking at books geared towards parenting boys. A friend of mine recommended Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Dr. Meg Meeker and I went right out and bought it. 

Let me say, if you are one of those people who has #Feminist in your twitter bio, you are probably going to HATE this book. Dr. Meeker takes a no-nonsense approach to boyhood. She talks practically and with true pragmatism about the challenges that boys face in our modern society. 
Dr. Meeker address things like: 

  • pornography
  • boundaries and rules
  • electronics
  • teenagers
  • sex
  • how to address difficult situations
  • the influence of mothers
  • the importance of fathers

The real kicker for me came on page 224, where Meeker writes:
There are only a handful of adults in your son's life who will teach him the great lessons in life. As his parent, seize the day. HE won't learn these virtues from three hours of television, two hours of computer time, or even six hours in school. He needs to learn them from you, and to see how you put them into practice. There's no time like the present to help your son become the man you want him to be. He is waiting.  
As I said before, Meeker doesn't pull any punches. She is a huge advocate for masculinity and boyhood and calls out lazy parenting and schooling for creating this fear of masculinity that we see so predominantly in society today. Overall, I give Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Dr. Meg Meeker  a SOLID A+ and I recommend it for anyone who has a son, knows a little boys, teaches school, works at a church, or might one day want to have a positive impact in a young man's life. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Military Monady: 3%

Welcome to another Military Monday!


Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Title Tuesday: The Biggest Story

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!



Monday, January 7, 2019

Military Monday: RED

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.

On Fridays we wear RED!!!


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Title Tuesday: Anatomy of a Bookworm

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!



Monday, December 31, 2018

Military Monday: Fire in Any Direction

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, December 24, 2018

Military Monday: Merry Christmas Soldiers

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.