Green Your Weekend — Inspiration Edition

my inspirations

These are the ones who inspire me every day!

So it’s been a long time since I’ve done an inspiration post, probably because I didn’t have much inspiration when I was pregnant! These posts were originally inspired by Megan from Sorta Crunchy’s What Are You Into posts, so when she posted a series of what she’s been into this week I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too, along with some links for your weekend reading pleasure.

My September Inspirations

What I’m Reading

I haven’t been spending as much time reading lately. If I do try to read I usually end up falling asleep within a few pages, or eve a few paragraphs! I also have this bad habit of starting books and then not finishing them, and then I start a new one, but here’s what I’m working on reading right now.

Parenting with Love and Logic – I first read about this book on Simple Mom, and we’ve been needing some serious parenting and discipline help around here. I picked up this book at the library and I’ve been plowing through it. It is so good, makes so much sense, and I especially like that it is a overall parenting philosophy, rather than just how to deal with a certain behavior or issue.

I told Jer that he needs to read it too, so that we can discuss it and be on the same page. I’ll probably end up buying my own because this is one I’ll want to refer back to often.

Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School – I borrowed this one from a friend who recommended it and I’m only about a chapter into it, but I think I’m really going to like it. The authors are longtime Young Life leaders, an organization that is near and dear to Jer’s and my heart.

We are committed to the idea of our kids going to public school for lots of reasons, but I can’t deny that it’s sometimes scary to think of everything they will be exposed to and have to deal with there, especially as they get older. I’m so thankful, that as the authors state, God is bigger than public schools, and He is sovereign. And I’m hoping this book will give us strategies to help our kids navigate through the muddy waters of public schools they will be encountering.

Pinspiration

Pinterest, of course, continues to be a huge source of inspiration for me. Lately I’ve been searching for inspiration for putting together a easy, but stylish wardrobe, so I’ve been pinning lots of outfits and ideas to my Style Inspiration board.

I guess after wearing maternity clothes for so long I’m ready to start dressing cute again, and I need some inspiration to get the rest of my baby weight off. Baby #3 was really tough on my body and it’s taking me longer to bounce back than I remember with my other two.

Insanity

Speaking of getting the baby weight off, my hubs and I have been doing the Insanity fitness program for the past month. We’ve been waking up early and doing it before the kids get up, and so far it’s been hard, but good. I’ve heard that the second month is crazy hard, so we’ll see how I feel about it in a few weeks!

Around the House

I mentioned on Thursday that we’re working on redoing our kids’ room. My hubs refinished bunk beds that he had when he was young, and now we are finishing decorating and organizing in there. We’re hoping to get some more work done in there this weekend, and I’ll be able to share pictures with you soon!

31 Days

I’ve really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things with blogging, and I’m planning to blog along with The Nester and her 31 Days blog challenge in October. I’m planning to do 31 Day to Clean Green, posting everyday in October about Green, Natural and Homemade Cleaning

What I’m Babbling About:

This week on Babble I shared a few of my ideas for making life with a toddler just a little bit easier. If you’re the parent of a toddler you know how crazy and chaotic life can be at times, but with a few tricks, and the right attitude you can try to bring a little bit of calm to the chaos. Here are 7 Ways to Make Life with a Toddler Easier.

Also, in reading Parenting with Love and Logic I came across the idea of the difference between praise and encouragement for kids, and I wrote shared my thoughts and experience using it with my son, Praise vs. Encouragement for Kids.

Weekend Reading

Fianlly, here are some of my other favorite reads this week:

  • These are the days at Simple Kids – Love this so much, I am really trying to be intentional about doing this with my three little loves, but it’s always so good to have a reminder, and this was so beautifully written!
  • Cultivating a Love for Reading in Your Children at Cheeky Bums Market – Blair has been joining our reading time before bed recently and she is already starting to enjoy looking at the pictures in the books!
  • 10 multipurpose ingredients for a homemade household at Simple Homemade – I was over at Simple Homemade last week sharing my favorite ingredients to have on hand for making lots of different homemade products. Go check out my list and let me know what other ingredients you keep on hand.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway this week for great natural and organic skincare from Zen Society!

I hope you all have a great green weekend!

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