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Book Review- Grace, not Perfection

October 8
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Grace, not Perfection by Emily Ley- book review. How to have a happy organized home without all the pressure.

As a blogger and a librarian one of the few perks I receive is access to early review copies of books. Thomas Nelson Speciality Division was awesome and let me review an ebook copy of Grace, Not Perfection, a new book by Emily Ley.

I have been following Emily Ley on social media for a few years now. She is an adorable designer and mother and the owner of the company named after her which makes the Simplified Planner. I have been using this planner at for work about 8 months now and love it. Emily is a great lady who really cares about women and how they make the most out of their days. In her new book she talks about her struggle trying to obtain perfection and how that is in fact not the end goal. She also shares tips on how to make the most of our days while still enjoying the small joys of life.

I am one of the millions of women who try to lead a perfect life. I am you type A first born. I want everything correct and how I think it should be. Often times this leads to overextending myself trying to be everything for everyone and keeping a perfect home at the same time. You can only go 110% full steam ahead for so long before you fall apart. I try to help everyone and do all the things, but in doing so ignore myself both physically and emotionally.

One of the quotes that really hit me was this one:

Have you ever wondered why flight attendants tell travelers that if oxygen masks deploy, you should secure yours before helping your kids or anyone else? They give this instruction because if you can’t breathe there is no way you can help anyone else. 

Grace, not Perfection by Emily Ley 

Emily shares her own personal story of trying to do it all and how it took a serious health scare to make her realize she can’t aim for perfection and must instead look for grace.  She shares both the reasoning for the suggestions she makes as well as real steps you can take to make these changes in your life and home.

Emily is a great christian woman and this book is from a christian perspective.  It is not preachy, however if mention of God is not something you are comfortable with then this book might not be for you.  As a christian this was not an issue for me, but I want my readers to be aware before they purchase.

This book is mostly geared at parents however I feel that I got just as much out of it as a non-parent.  In all reality anyone who feels over-extended like they are doing too much will enjoy this book. It is a quick read and is full of discussion questions so that you can really think about what you’ve read and write down what you can do in your own life to make these changes.

 

Grace, not Perfection comes out October 11th. You can preorder it on Amazon.

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June Favorites

July 1
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I can’t believe June is over already. It seriously flew by! Anyways, we are in the thick of summer now and I want to go ahead and share with you a few of my current favorites.

App: Anylist
This nifty little app has been very useful for us.  It allows users to have both personal and shared lists.  I use it for our grocery list.  I am the worst about remembering the items my husband requests I purchase at the store and when I am in the store often times he is unreachable by phone for his requests.  With the app I just have him (and myself) add items as we find we need them and then whoever is in the store can pick them up.  I also have an personal shopping list in there for items I want to remember to purchase when at the store. Right now AnyList is only available on iOS devices. Oh, did I mention the best part?  Its free!

Avocado

📚My happy stack📚. #happyplanner #thehappyplanner #plannercommunity #plannerlife #plannerlove #planneraddict

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Just like the rest of America, I am currently OBSESSED with avocados.  I put them in my smoothies, on my quinoa, on toast, and in just about whatever else I am making.  For Father’s day I tried out a new recipe that was delicious on chips.


My Planner Life blog
A week ago I ran across a new blog, My Planner Life, and I fell in love!  Nicola has beautiful free printables for planners and she includes Silhouette files.  Anyways, check her out and don’t forget to add her on Instagram.

 
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What I read: May 2016

June 13
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Copy of March Favorites (3)

This year is my second year participating in the Goodreads reading challenge.  I love using the site to make a goal and then see and follow my progress.  They keep me on track and let me know when I am ahead and behind in my goals.  My goal for 2016 is to read 50 full-length books.

 

goodreads may 2016

As I transitioned into new employment I have been listening to a lot of audio books this last month.  This allows me to be use my commute time as reading time.  With this I was able to get a few books read in May, but not as many as I would have liked to.  Below is the list of books I read along with short reviews.

The War that Saved my Life– Kimberly Brubaker Bradley:  This children’s book (middle grades) is a great piece  historical fiction on World War II.  The story follows a brother and sister from London and their experience being evacuated to the countryside to escape bombing.  The main character Ava, was born with a club foot.  The author did a great job giving readers an understanding of how life was like for a child born with this defect and how her mother dealt with it.  Although this book was written for children is is a deep read and a tear jerker for adults.


Lucky You– Carl Hiaasen:  I love this author; his books are hilarious but also a great reminder of the environmental issues that Florida has, and continues to deal with on a daily basis.  Lucky You is about greedy lotto winners who were not content with  a 14 million dollar win and instead do whatever it take to try and get the rest of the winnings.  I love Hiaasen for vacation reads as they are not too deep and always good for some laughs.

 


Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris- This is the first book by Sedaris that I have read, but I enjoyed it.  His books are collections of essays about his life and experiences.  They are laugh out loud funny and great to read or listen to in short bursts.  I listened to this on audio and it is narrated by the author which is always fun.

After You: Jojo Moyes- No I haven’t seen the movie for Me Before You yet,  ( My husband would go with me if I asked, but I know he doesn’t want to.) Anyways, I did get a chance to listen to After You which was a great way to continue the Story of Luisa after Me Before You, especially if you have interest in, or are dealing with loss of a loved one.

 

I have several half finished books to report on next month.  Keep your eyes out for a long list!

 

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Holiday Book Guide- Part 2

November 25
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Holiday book guide part 1

I wanted to share some more book gift suggestions with everyone.  As I have mentioned before, I am a youth services librarian so most of my recommendations will be related to children and teens. This post focuses on books for middle grades through adult.  Enjoy!

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I love Rebecca Stead. I loved When You Reach Me  and always look forward to her new books.  I was lucky enough to receive a early preview copy of her newest book, Goodbye Stranger via NetGalley, which is a book service for librarians and other influencers.  Goodbye Stranger takes place in New Your City over the course of a year with several middle school characters.  This book tastefully deals with the sensitive topic of texting photographs and the repercussions of what can happen. I think this is a great title for both boys are girls who are beginning to deal with life on the internet and the idea of a digital footprint.

 

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht I picked up this book on a whim from the New Book shelf at the library.  It looked cute and seemed like an educational read.  After reading the first chapter I knew this book was a star. Aliza gives a no nonsense approach to how to be successful in your first job.  As someone who works with teens on a daily basis I can tell you that this is information young people need.  The author shares fun antidotes as well as a checklist onto how to follow her suggestions and really rock your job.  The rest of the book goes over how to get a promotion and really be successful and smart with social media.  This book would be an awesome gift for anyone from high school seniors through young professionals.  It would definitely be a great gift for a college graduation.  I know it looks girly, but this information in this book is for both guys and girls.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. CareyThis book was suggested by a friend on Facebook and it sounded a little interesting so I went with it.  The Girl with all the Gifts is a story about a girl who lives in a jail and that is the only life she has ever known.  As the story progresses we learn more about the new and different world this story takes place in. However, I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m saying.  This is a great thriller for readers looking for something new and fast paced.  Although this is an adult book, I would suggest it for high school and adult aged readers.  Also, I haven’t heard anything yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a movie in a few years.  ‘d see it.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Do you have a teen who is still obsessed with Hazel and Augustus from “The Fault in your Stars?”  If so they need to read Everything Everything.  This is a great love story about Madeline, who, due to an extremely rare disease cannot leave her home.  Everything is going swimmingly until a boy moves in next door and suddenly her world is upside down. Perfect for teens and young adults who love a good love story.

Every Day by David Levithan Every Day is a story about A, a person who wakes up every day in the body of someone else.  This book tells the story of the first time A falls in love and what its like living in his unique world.  This book is the perfect blend of realistic fiction and a hint of sci-fi. Great for a teen or young adult into romance or science fiction.  

Did you receive a favorite book as a gift? Comment below with your favorite memory of a book gift!

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