What’s On My Nightstand: Winter 2015 Edition

I figure there’s still time to get my reading list in since old man winter visited us last week.  There hasn’t been much to complain about over the past few months here in Dallas (sorry, New England!), but since we’ve had several white days, I thought it best to get this in while it still feels cold.  (Check out my summer and fall reading lists.)

winter reads

The colder weather has me wanting to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot green tea in front of a fire place.  But, since we don’t have any logs in our fire place I’ll settle for a nice hot bath.  That is where I usually spend my down time especially on these below freezing nights.  I don’t care for the cold but I’ve had fun going outside with the girls and snapping some snow pictures.

sledding sisters

It’s too fun to not document them and their brief stints with snow and ice.

eating snow

Emma wanted to play outside all day, and since Sophia wants nothing to do with the white stuff, and this beach bunny mama is not prepared, so we took several small ventures into the great white unknown.

frozen water table

I’m just gonna put it out there that I don’t know how you northerners do it.  After it’s all said and done, I’ll take my 100 degree sweltering temps…at least we can get around to different places.  Beach bunny por vida, baby!

snow woman in Texas

Now back to the books.  As you might have guessed, I am reading a couple of these at the same time and have plans to revisit (finish) another before spring sets in.  I like finding books that inspire me while opening my eyes to a new way of thinking.

Book #1: Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps

Why Men Don't Listen

I have my reading friend to thank for this one.  Let’s just say I can’t put this book down and should be read by every.single.person!  I have learned so much about the male brain and how it ticks…which has definitely opened the dialogue in our marriage.

Have you ever wished your partner came with an instruction booklet? This international bestseller is the answer to all the things you’ve ever wondered about the opposite sex.  The result is a sometimes shocking, always illuminating, and frequently hilarious look at where the battle line is drawn between the sexes, why it was drawn, and how to cross it. Read this book and understand–at last!–why men never listen, why women can’t read maps, and why learning each other’s secrets means you’ll never have to say sorry again.

Book #2: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Happiness Project

I have Sherry from Young House Love to thank for this book.  She mentioned it in one of her posts, and after starting it a couple of years ago and getting motivated to make things happen, I think it’s high time to revisit and finish with a bang.  C’mon, spring cleaning!

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

Book #3: So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling


As a matter of fact I am.  I mentioned in my fall edition that I was planning to Homeschool and actually have started a curriculum with Emma a few weeks ago.  It’s great because it gives you all types of scenarios with all kinds of family dynamics.

Confused and intimidated by the complexities of homeschooling, many parents assume it could never work for them. Now an updated edition of So You’re Thinking About Home Schooling by Lisa Whelchel—herself a homeschooling mother of three—introduces to readers fifteen composite portraits of homeschooling families who show how every family can successfully face the unique challenges of its situation.

Book #4: The Autoimmune Epidemic

Autoimmune Epidemic

This book is from my crunchy friend and I have a feeling this will be a good read as it covers all kinds of issues including multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

As Nakazawa shares the vivid, heartbreaking stories, including her own, of people living with these mysterious, chronic, and often hard-to-diagnose illnesses, she explores the alarming and unexpected connection between this deadly crisis and the countless environmental triggers we’re exposed to every day: heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, viruses, chemicals in the foods we eat, and more.

Book #5: No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind 

No-Drama Discipline

I came across this book at the library, and since becoming a mom, I’m always on the hunt to find different ways to deal with the ups and downs of rearing kids.  This will be interesting to see how it’s all connected and how to keep calm when invoking the d-word.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation.

So, that’s what’s on my nightstand.  What about you?  Have you read any good books lately or are you just trying to stay warm and think sunny thoughts?

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