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hobbies. There was essentially zero
knitting done last month. Why? You may ask, sickness…more sickness in our
home! However, there was a lot of reading
and taking the time to sit down and write out what I have read in the previous
month is seemingly keeping me on track for my 100 books read goal for
2018. Here are the books that I read in March.
hopes that I would share that journey with you.
However, getting hit by a couple blizzards as well as another round of
stomach flu for the whole family meant that I did not share the project with
you past day one. I did complete the
project though, and one of the things that kept me motivated was this book.
comes to mind. I really liked this book because
he actually has a family. It was not
about only having 100 items, or getting rid of everything that your family has,
but rather trying to be mindful of the items you do keep in your home, why are
they there, and what is their purpose?
If you got rid of them, would it actually cause an issue? It was very motivational and a quick read, so
pick it up if you haven’t read it and are interested in paring down your stuff.
haven’t read a lot of fiction this year, but when I find a good book I fly
through it. This was one of those
books. The character development was
great, and the story sucked you right in.
If you are looking for something light and fun, this is a lovely
option. I’m really looking forward to
checking out one of the author’s other books along the same lines – Lizzy
love any book about homeschooling, and doubly when it is also about
planning. I enjoyed the thoughts in this
book, and it was timely because I am currently in the process of planning our
next school year. Pam is definitely a
classical homeschooler, and I am more relaxed in my approach, but she has
listed out great steps to take in order to figure out what you want to teach
during a given year to your child. I
really like her idea of doing 6 weeks on 1 week off throughout the school year,
and may incorporate that into our next year.
March was a month for Pam Barnhill books apparently! This is a new release, and I flew through
it. Better Together is a book about
incorporating the whole family in homeschool together for specific
subjects. She calls this practice
“Morning Time.” The book gives great
examples of how other homeschoolers use this practice, and how it works for
them with a large group of ages. We have
always done a “circle time.” And I have
recently come to the realization that I need to incorporate more of our
subjects as family subjects and less as individual subjects, because honestly I
just don’t have the time in the day to teach three kids three different
curricula for each subject area.
is the woman behind the popular Money Saving Mom blog, all about
saving money (bet you didn’t guess that by the title!). This book is all about starting your side
hustle and ways to earn extra money for your family. I love these types of books, not because they
necessarily give me information that I don’t already know, but because they are
motivational, and cause me to want to work harder. That was exactly what this book did for
me! It gave me lots of different
ideas. It was a great book, highly
This was a month where I read multiple books by the same authors. I have to admit I was hoping for more from
this book, some little bit of information to really bring the budget down, but
I didn’t really find it. I think any
type of budgeting book is great, I love to create budgets, but when people talk
about how little they spend on groceries, I realize the differences between
living in the middle of the country and living where I do in Maine. The options for shopping at several stores
are there, but not if I don’t have an entire day to drive around. So this book was just OK in my opinion. I think that where you live plays a big part
in the process of budgeting.
Harry Potter books with my kids until they were a bit older. However, when you attend a small group where
most of the kids have already finished the series and watched the movies,
spoilers abound. So in trying to combat
that, we have been reading the entire series over the past year. The kids have really enjoyed it, and are
constantly asking for one more chapter to be read. Since this series is definitely one of my
favorites, reading it aloud with my kids has been awesome. Obviously an amazing book. If you haven’t read the series, what are you
have you been reading and knitting recently?