What’s On My Nightstand: Spring 2015 Edition

Even though the temps have been in the 90s these past few days (yuck!), it’s still technically spring here in Texas.  I couldn’t let another season slip by before letting you know what’s on my nightstand. (Check out SUMMERFALL and WINTER for more reading suggestions.)

Spring 2015

I still don’t get to read like I used to (for hours on end) but I will try to sneak some reading in here and there.  I’m not complaining, since I get to spend all day with these beauties, but a mama can reminisce on the days of escaping to another world.  Maybe the plus side of my reading habit is that both girls love books.  Emma loves to ‘read’ her homeschool curriculum books for hours and Sophia likes to flip through her animal books (and make the funniest accompanying sounds) sitting right next to her.  It really is the sweetest thing and I pray that my girls keep the reading spark alive well into adulthood.

napping

Emma reading

These books came to me in very different ways, from being a Dave Ramsey follower, to attending a Women’s Conference at my church, to delving into the unschooling/homeschooling world.  That’s what I love about books; you never know what will come your way or how it will get there.

I hope you will check the ones out that interest you and share what you are currently reading below!

Book #1: The Magnesium Miracle

The Magnesium Miracle

I came across this book somewhere between my holistic group and the blog, Wellness Mama.  I had no idea how important magnesium was to our bodies and how deficient we were until I starting reading about it.  I currently get my magnesium through several different methods and can definitely tell when I’m lacking in it.

Magnesium is an essential nutrient, indispensable to your health and well-being. By adding this mineral to your diet, you are guarding against—and helping to alleviate—such threats as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But despite magnesium’s numerous benefits, many Americans remain dangerously deficient. Updated and revised throughout with the latest research, featuring an all-new Introduction, this amazing guide explains the vital role that magnesium plays in your body and life.

Book #2: Learning All the Time

Learning all the Time

This book came onto my radar when researching info on homeschooling.  As Emma enters Kindergarten in the Fall, this book has been a wealth of knowledge in how to teach/unschool her.  It really shows you how smart kids are and how they will learn even without the urging from adults/teachers.  I highly recommend this book for anyone with kids–especially little ones.

The essence of John Holt’s insight into learning and small children is captured in Learning All The Time. This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read, write, and count in their everyday life at home and how adults can respect and encourage this wonderful process. For human beings, he reminds us, learning is as natural as breathing. John Holt’s wit, his gentle wisdom, and his infectious love of little children bring joy to parent and teacher alike.

Book #3: Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

I love this book!  Ya’ll know I like to garden; and I have Ryan, from Earthwise Gardens, to thank for showing me this book several years ago.  It takes all the stress out of complex home gardening and breaks it down for you foot by foot.  Check it out if you are remotely interested in gardening…especially with kids.

Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden. Mel developed his techniques back in the early 1980s and has been teaching them throughout the world ever since. In the process, he has made improvements and refinements and continually adapted his practices to keep pace with modern times.  He also explains how you can make gardening fun for kids by teaching them the square foot method. Finally, an expanded section on pest control helps you protect your precious produce.

Book #4: Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

If you remember my Dave Ramsey post, you know that Josh and I are big subscribers to his principles.  His latest book is with his daughter and has great information talking about changing your family tree and setting kids up with healthy money habits.  We started Emma on Financial Peace Jr. when she was three and it’s very freeing to not have to worry about allowance.

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

Book #5: The Story of Marriage

The Story of Marriage

I discovered this book from an inspiring Women’s Conference at my church a few weeks ago.  The speaker was amazing and once she mentioned this book (she has several others), I knew it would be a good investment!  I’m always trying to stay on top of my relationships, especially my marriage, so I figured this would be another good read to have under my belt.

Once upon a time… Marriage was forever. It was a covenant that knit one man and one woman together. This weaving made both stronger, nobler, and more vibrant expressions of who they were created to be. They were better together than either had been on their own. The wedding ceremony was but a beginning. It was the gateway to build their happily ever after. Each choice and action was designed to construct the life their union represented. Husband and wife walked into the great unknown with hearts, hands, and voices intertwined to express the love of their Creator. How did we lose touch with this profound love story? In The Story of Marriage, John and Lisa Bevere invite you to rediscover God’s original plan. Whether you’re married, single, or engaged, your story is a part of His. Interactive book includes: -Daily devotionals -Questions for group discussion -Tools for mapping your dream marriage -Steps for writing your story well

Here’s to a stellar summer with some good reads!  Stay cool my friends!

splash park

Notes: All synopses, photos and links are from Amazon and contain affiliate links.

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4 thoughts on “What’s On My Nightstand: Spring 2015 Edition

  1. I totally agree with learning all the time! Not sure if this is what the book is talking about, but we will have Zayne split up how many shrimp each of us get in a shrimp ring, and he loves doing it! But math is definitely his thing.

    I need to talk to you more about the rest of the books too, because they all sound right up my alley! Not sure when you get to read, since I manage about 3 books/year. Have not figured out what we are doing with allowances and such, when I read (or hear about) someone else’s opinion it always makes sense, but the problem is that it is a differing opininon from the prior one. I just can’t decide! Then he just wants to spend his money on candy.

    • That’s the thing, kids are learning all the time and he gives good points on teaching them in non-traditional ways.

      Yeah, my reading time tends to happen when I’m using my squatty potty most days 😉

      It helps when kids have a goal, like a toy or something to work for, to get them to work for money. Emma hasn’t been too motivated lately, so we’ve been slacking.

  2. Just ran across your blog searching for Briar rose. We used to go to Healthy Kids when we lived in Dallas. It was amazing and I’m super sad we don’t have any one quite like Dr. B where I live. Was wondering your thoughts so far on the Magnesium book. I’ve gathered a lot of info so far and do foot soaks and topically daily, was wondering what benefits you’ve seen. I definitely sleep better 😉 Cute blog!

    • Thanks! I know, I don’t know what I’d do if we ever moved from her :/

      Honestly, I haven’t started it yet…been wrapped up in some marriage books lately. I do spray Mag topically, drink it in my tea (Calm), and take daily supplements, but sure if I notice any differences. Maybe this will get me back on track to put that at the top of my list 😉

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