Friday, February 27, 2015

Getting Together With Your Baby

The First Six Months by Penelope Leach
: February 12, 1987 by Knopf
When I went through my old children's books sorting the ones I wanted to keep, we also found my mom's old parenting books. Without my mom here, I thought that reading some of the books she must have read when raising me could a way of getting parenting advice from her. Although technically this book was published after I was born, but just before my brother's, so I'm guessing he was the reason she read this one. This is the first of her books I've read, although technically she also had a copy of Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, which I had already purchased and read on my own.

Except I didn't quite connect with this one. I think I went into it looking for more practical advice, and instead it was more of an emotional read. Even so there were a few helpful tips I picked up. I also really enjoyed the overall sentiment of the book, mainly that you can receive advice and hear what the experts have to say, but you are the only one who is actually an expert on your own unique, individual baby. It's definitely a confidence builder.

I also really loved the format of the book. Every other page or so there are these full size black and photo photos of babies. And actually those photos were probably my favorite part of reading it.

I was a little disappointed that I did quite feel for this book. My mom does have another Penelope Leach book, her more known Your Baby and Child, which I'd still like to read. Funny enough, I hadn't heard of Penelope Leach before I saw my mom's books, but as I've started to read other baby-rearing books I've noticed her mentioned several times. Hopefully the next book of her I read I'll appreciate her the way others seem to.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Project 365: Days 44 Through 50

I'm somehow managing an update today! Things have actually been pretty good so far in my first few days back at work. Although I'm quickly realizing that any free time is becoming quite minimal. I feel like I haven't been able to check in with anyone else's blogs, my dvrs filling up, I haven't been able to respond to e-mails, and I've barely been able to read. This is less than a week into things! Although hopefully as time continues I'll get better at fitting everything in. So for a quick update, here's a look at the days leading up to going back to work.
Mommy Knows Everything
February 13, 2015 - 44/365: Starting this 365 post the same as the last, once again where Mommy Knows Everything.
Sleepy Baby
February 14, 2015 - 45/365: Sleepy Baby
Another Sleepy Baby
February 15, 2015 - 46/365: Once again, Sleepy Baby.
Staring at the Fire
February 16, 2015 - 47/365: Staring at the Fire
Car Tripped Out
February 17, 2015 - 48/365: We actually spent the long Mardi Gras weekend visiting the boy's cousins in Atlanta. Which meant we took a road trip with Elley. Of course the trip took close 11 hours each way, considering we had to stop every few hours, but overall she was a champ. This is on the drive back home, several hours into the trip.
Beef Stew
February 18, 2015 - 49/365: The one non-baby photo of this post, Beef Stew for Dinner.
February 19, 2015 - 50/365: OOTD

Monday, February 23, 2015

Project 365: Days 36 Through 43

It's been almost 3 weeks since I've posted a Project 365 update. But while I've been slacking on posting them, the photos have still been happening. Instead of posting them all at once, I figure if I post them often enough, I'll slowly catch up. So here is a week of daily photos!
Mommy Knows Everything
February 5, 2015 - 36/365: Mommy Knows Everything.
Reading with Mint Milanos
February 6, 2015 - 37/365: Reading with Mint Milanos. Until I purchased this bag it had been years since I remember having a milanos. As for the verdict... they're just as delicious as I remember them being!
Baby & Mommy
February 7, 2015 - 38/365: Mommy and Baby.
Lasanga at De'Angelos
February 8, 2015 - 39/265: Lasagna from Deangelo's.
Morning Photo
February 9, 2015 - 40/365: Our Morning Photo.
Subway Gingerbread
February 10, 2015 - 41/365: I was so excited to see our Subway still had gingerbread cookies, especially since I didn't get to have a single one during the holiday season.
Oreos Before Bed
February 11, 2015 - 42/365: The third cookie shot of this post, this time with Oreos.
February 12, 2015 - 43/365: OOTD

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mailbox Monday (108)

It's the end of the weekend, officially for me even, since I'll be back at work tomorrow. But also in slightly better news, it means it's time for Mailbox Monday and to share the books we've picked up recently.
Mailbox Monday
From Paperback Swap
Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
I loved The Nanny Diaries, although the sequel not as much, but ever since I've been wanting to read more from the authors. I'm actually not too sure what this one is about, besides being some type of chick lit, but hopefully it's one I wind up enjoying.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Love & Football

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
: December 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
I've been wanting to read this book for seemingly forever. Except maybe it's one where I built my expectations up a little much, because unfortunately I wasn't a huge fan of it.

Jordan is the quarterback on her high school football team. She's one of the guys and never has thought of a guy as more than a friend or teammate, but as you'd expect with a YA book, that's going to change. Seems like a good idea for a plot, right? And yes, I still think it is, that's why I wanted to read the book so much. But it just felt so, so predictable. I could see that being somewhat expected with a YA story, and yet it just felt like too much to me.

Then there was the insta-love. Jordan and Ty set eyes on each other and instantly their both infatuated. Then they wind up sleeping together without any fanfare. Yes, I realize Jordan is supposed to be a tomboy, but even so I couldn't quite believe how easily she fell into bed with him without a second thought. This may be a bit of a spoiler, but again you pretty much knew this was going to happen from the second you started this.

My own personal pet peeve with this book was that Jordan wanted to go play football at Alabama. I understand why, but still, as an LSU fan I couldn't quite get behind it. Although clearly, this isn't an issue most people would have with this.

I did enjoy the football talk, and actually I would likely list that as my favorite part of the book. I know Kenneally has a whole collection of these sports books, and while I'm still be willing to give her a second chance, I don't see myself going out of my way to do so.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Graze-ing Again

I know it's only been two weeks since I shared my last Graze box, but I already have another one to share. These were sent a month apart, but this time I wound up eating my box a lot quicker so it's taken me less time to write about it.
Graze Box
Last like month, there were two snacks that were repeats. So rather than repost my thoughts on them, you can read my initial feelings on Beach Bum and Hot Cross Yum. Although I did seem to enjoy Hot Cross Yum better this time, maybe because I knew what I was getting into?
Oven Roasted Salt & Vinegar Nut Selection
As for the new options, first up was Oven Roasted Salt & Vinegar Nut Selection which included salt and vinegar almonds and peanuts. Knowing that I'm a big fan of salt and vinegar chips, it isn't too surprising that I loved these as well.
Oven Roasted Salt & Vinegar Nut Selection
The second new option was Lemon Drizzle Flapjack, a rustic rolled oat flapjack with zesty lemon and yogurt drizzle.
Lemon Drizzle Flapjack
These were awesome too! They tasted really similar to a lemon bar, one of my favorite desserts, except you felt a little more healthy eating them.
Lemon Drizzle Flapjack
Overall I thought this box was one of my favorites, but it was a little disappointing to receive two repeats two months in a row. Although I do have the option of asking them to not repeat specific snacks, so next time if there's something I really don't want to have again, I just need to update my selections. I did decide to push back my next box a couple of weeks, so this time you'll need to wait longer than two weeks to see my snacks. Hopefully though they'll be just as delicious as this month's!

If you want to try out graze you can sign up here to get your 1st and 5th box free! This post is not sponsored by Graze, however if you sign up using my referral link I'll receive $1 off my next box. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mailbox Monday (107)

Another weekend is at its close. But at least I don't need to worry about heading into work tomorrow, since I'm still on maternity leave, at least for another week. I can only imagine next Sunday I'll be in quite a different mood. But for now, here's my Mailbox Monday post for the week.
Mailbox Monday
After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
I've yet to buy a book since my daughter was born, but when the boy called from the bookstore and asked if I wanted anything, I knew it was this. I absolutely loved the author's last book, and was so excited for this to come out. So much so, that I've already finished reading it. My review will be up next month, which means you'll have to wait a little longer to hear more about it.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?