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I’m Finally Reading Again!

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I have finally gotten back into reading . . . thank goodness!  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started back in again.

I have been reading Simplicity Parenting.  I read about it somewhere and thought it was the perfect time in my life to pick it up.  It’s all about how society these days is faster and busier than ever and there is too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time . . . and how those pressures really define children’s paths in life. The blue print for change includes:

  • Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
  • Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
  • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation.

Most of these are already done in our house . . . but some aren’t . . . and I can see how those items could have a profound effect on little Julian some day.


I just saw that The Fault in Our Stars movie is coming out in June so I need to take a brief break from Simplicity in order to read the book before the movie comes out.

Written by bevanddara

May 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

Book Review: An Object of Beauty

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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin was recommended to me by Katya and it did not disappoint.  It’s about a girl right out of college that gets thrown into the art world by getting a job at Sotherby’s.  She eventually ends up working for a gallery and then opens her own (original opening date was Sept 11th).  She goes through many ups and many downs . . . romantic encounters . . .  traveling around the world and personally touches some of the most impressive personally owned paintings there are (that museum curators would absolutely kill to have).  Its fun, teaches you about the art world (something I know NOTHING about) and is set in the greatest city in the world (she lives on the UWS later in life!).

I’m currently reading The Room (wow – what an example of a Mother’s love for her son):

 And have these waiting for me to open at home:

But I’m already building my new list starting with these babies:

This is what we had last night (in case you want any recipes)

Stewy Shrimp with Tomatoes and White Beans

Baked Kale Chips

Low-fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

 Have a great day!

Written by bevanddara

April 6, 2011 at 10:01 am