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Resources on Faith:
Off Script by Cary Schmidt – The subtitle is “What to Do When God Rewrites Your Life.” We all have ideas of how our life is going to go. When things take a sudden turn for the worse, it can be shocking and cause us to question God. I first read Off Script when I was dealing with an unexpected health challenge. Schmidt wrote it as he was dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Most books on the subject of dealing with suffering are written after the author has already overcome his difficulty, but this one was not. I appreciated that perspective.
Resources on Homemaking:
My Homemaking Mentor – If you are a newlywed who is overwhelmed by the responsibility of maintaining your home, My Homemaking Mentor is for you. I’ve been a member since My Homemaking Mentor was just a dream and a Kickstarter campaign. You can read my full review here. Note: My Homemaking Mentor registration is currently closed. Enrollment will re-open in the fall.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine – Great for any mom who feels frazzled and overwhelmed. My post Living Out Your Priorities was inspired by what I learned from this book. Crystal goes through several processes to help you understand what your priorities are, and how you can manage your time to accomplish them.
Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie, Drain the Ocean by Dana K. White – You can read a full review in my post, Decluttering without the Angst. Dana is absolutely hilarious!
Resources on Motherhood:
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman – I read a lot of books on my Kindle, but I loved this one so much that I also bought the paperback edition. If you only read one book about parenting during the little years, read this one. Mothering is best understood in context of the Gospel.
When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood. In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing his work of reigning over the cosmos, we need to see our mundane moments for what they really are—worship. – Gloria Furman
Resources on Food and Health:
About 90% of what I cook comes from one of the following cookbooks:
Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett – This is a healthy cookbook for real people who have real lives. There are some fancy and gourmet concoctions in here, but the majority of the recipes are simple and straightforward. Trim Healthy Mama recipes are low glycemic, which makes them very diabetic-friendly. If you’re interested in eliminating highly processed foods and sugar from your diet, Trim Healthy Mama is the way to go.
100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake – As a caveat, the author suggests buying everything organic. If you are able to do that, that’s wonderful. I don’t think that’s realistic for most people, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make better choices with the resources we do have. With that in mind, 100 Days of Real Food has some delicious and extremely simple recipes. I learned how to cook a whole chicken from this book.
Necessary Food by Briana Thomas – Briana Thomas is a popular blogger in the Trim Healthy Mama world. Personally, I’m super impressed that she came up with all of these recipes. I believe we’re pretty close in age, and I definitely couldn’t have done that! If you are sad about giving up sugary ice cream, she has a huge section dedicated to healthy ice cream recipes. We really like her recipes for main dishes.
Resources on Blogging:
5 Days to a Successful Blog Launch – As a blogger, one of my core values is to only promote legitimate products. There are a million courses out there that claim to teach you how to set up a blog or how to make money with a blog. When examining these products, always focus on one thing: Does this person actually have a successful blog that is about something other than teaching people how to blog?
If they don’t, that’s a red flag. You want to learn from people who are experts in their field. Crystal Paine is the author of this course. Her blog, Money Saving Mom, receives….wait for it…1.5 million visitors per month. That was the most recent statistic I could find. She has also published multiple books and has been earning a full time income from blogging for years. That is the type of person you want to teach you blogging.
I have had the opportunity to look over this course, and I endorse it wholeheartedly. It is intended for the absolute beginner, someone who does not have a blog at all. If you’re in this category, I would highly recommend it.