Working on his B’s



The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs

The One Day Way is a book that outlines not a diet, but  a new way of thinking. The basic premise is to not worry about yesterday, tomorrow, or six months from now. Ditch the 6-month eating plan and focus on today, right now, this moment, will you make a good choice or a poor one?

Overall I LOVE the concept in the book. Forget about yesterday’s ice cream or next week’s pot luck dinner, focus on what you do today, then repeat tomorrow. I love the idea of baby steps to health. If you’ve eaten cookies every afternoon for a year, and you don’t eat cookies today, then she encourages you to celebrate your success and then try to repeat it tomorrow. I know I’m not the type of person who can be eating cheeseburgers and pizza one day and an asparagus and Brussels sprouts smoothie the next never to look back. So this type of book is an encouragement to me.

However, I felt like she went from a baby-step mentality to her chapters with meal plans and exercise examples with an attitude of do it this way or you won’t be able to reach and maintain your goals. One bridge chapter of “First try to give up a food your attached to. Then try some exercise for a month. Then… And once you’ve gotten some discipline, control and successes under your belt move forward into these more restrictive type of habits.” would have made the book five stars to me.

I would still highly recommend this book to others who struggle with their weight and are tired of trying diet after diet. Because after all, she’s not teaching a diet, she’s teaching you to completely change the way you live… just one day at a time.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for my honest review.

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

Spring for Susannah takes place in the Dakota territory after the Civil War. Susannah being introduced to Jesse (her friend’s brother-in-law) through letters and with no other prospects in life heads to the Dakota territory to marry him. The book outlines their joys and sorrows through their few couple years of marriage.

I have had a hard time putting into words how I felt about this book. I liked the book and loved the growth of Susannah’s character. I loved the other characters in the book and the experiences they shared. Throughout the first half of the book, however, there was a lot of sexual references. Nothing inappropriate, but I wouldn’t feel free recommending the book to a friend who was single. As I loved the story and the characters more and more I was disappointed in the abrupt ending. I wish the author would have continued for a few more chapters or at least an epilogue. However, I’ll freely admit I like my stories to end with a nice red bow!

Disclaimer: I was given this book for free from for my honest review.

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A Jelly Bean Memory

I don’t like jelly beans… I really don’t. My one and only exception to that rule is the Starburst jelly beans, because let’s face it… they don’t taste like jelly beans.

At Easter my mother-in-law sent a bag of jelly beans to the kids and it wasn’t the first thing opened, since each child also had their own bag of different types of candy. Anyhow, my husband eventually broke into the jelly bean bag and the kids were all too happy to share. As we piled onto the bed just hanging out with the bag of jelly beans near by my daughter fed me one. And how could I say no to such a beautiful precious little girl?

As I ate the jelly bean I was taken back 20-25 years and I was sneaking a step stool into my grandpa’s kitchen climbing on the counter trying to get to his jelly beans and gum drops. Oh how I miss those white candy “jars” and childhood.

Other memories from Grandma and Grandpa’s house… The awful well water, and the juice mixture grandma always served, running around and playing with my cousins, and playing Gremlins on Grandpa’s computer, Grandma’s roses, and sleeping in the back bedroom (my favorite place), the scary basement and the tire swing. I wish I could go back.

I love you and miss you Grandpa Todd! (And Grandma too, since I haven’t seen you in a while!)

A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf

A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther written by Joan Wolf is a fictionalized version of the biblical account of Esther. Joan somewhat explains some of her reasonings for departing from the Biblical version in the Note From the Author in the back of the book, which brings light to why she varied the story so much. The book centers around the Jewish girl Esther who finds herself the Queen of Persia. It follows her as she learns Persian customs and falls in love with the king she barely knows. It adds stories, about a summer home and a military excursion to take back the “Royal Roads,” and ends with Esther saving her people from annihilation.

Regardless of the departure from the Biblical narrative, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself caught up in the charming characters and the growing love between Ahasuerus and Esther. I love how kind and loving Esther is to her servants and her struggles to remain faithful to her faith and ancestry. I highly recommend this book, especially to those who love historical fiction.

Disclaimer: I was given this book for free through for my honest review.

My Lyddiebug Turns Three

My precious Lyddiebug

My daughter is three today. She is an adorable little girl with rosy red lips, big, brown eyes, and bouncing, blonde curls.

She doesn’t walk from point A to point B. No, she skips, jumps, hops, turns, crawls, gallops, wiggles, runs, twirls, dances or takes detours. After all, what’s the fun of walking?

She loves to pretend shes a dog or a horse. She loves to push anything from a doll or stuffed animal to paper or crayons in her stroller. She’ll put her animals or dolls almost anywhere, but always makes sure they are covered with a “blanket”.

Speaking of crayons and markers… Our walls are covered with colorful mosaics done in two-year-old style. And whenever I’m able to clean up one wall, it seems like another mosaic on another wall appears. Maybe she’ll be an artist who paints murals.

She has the tender heart and compassion of an adult and has comforted me in my tears with hugs, rubs on the back and words of encouragement. She will always make sure her brother is ok if he’s taken a tumble and is fiercely protective.

She also has gained an incredible sense of property and is extremely concerned if someone else begins to play with even a long-forgotten toy.

She’s independent and she’s sneaky. She’ll even tell Aaron and me to “go way” if she wants to do something she knows she shouldn’t. Or if it’s morning and we’re still in bed she’ll try to shut our door. She’s also been known to hide under blankets with contraband (i.e. daddy’s iPod) or hide something behind her back as she slowly side-steps through the living room (where we’re sitting) thinking she can sneak something past us.

She is also a wiggler. It’s hard to ever get her to stop moving. She’ll dance, or wiggle her tushy, or move her feet, bop her head, anything she can get away with moving, she will.

She also has an “angry” face that can make me laugh. And drama-queen like tantrums that have me hiding my smile in the midst of discipline. She is her own person and is very independent. At the same time, she likes to try to keep up with her big brother yeeyee.

She talks a lot. And I absolute love how she says the words buckle, beautiful, and thank you.

She loves pink and she loves Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Abby from Seasame Street.

And she LOVES shoes.

Oh and lest we forget the antics of our two-year-old wanting to always sleep in mommy and daddy’s room especially on her princess bed. She says she’s scared of her room or of Yeeyee or even of her sleeping bag. She’s a sweet, silly, little thing that just wants to be close to her mommy and daddy.

This is my now three-year-old little girl who I call baby. And even when she insists she’s a big girl, I always insist that she will always be my baby.