7QT: Did you dance as much as I did?

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This week was all about family. My cousin got married and every cousin but one (who got sick. boo.) was there. And then a BBQ with them the next day. And my bro came in from Cali. And it was just lots of family and food and dancing and booze and fun. Another wedding in June with that gaggle.

What were your Memorial Day activities? Did you dance as much as I did?

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I care enough to make sure you don’t miss out on anything I posted earlier this week. Obviously you have a good excuse for why you didn’t read. I forgive you. And I update you:

Bacon Popcorn

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

Treating Maternal Anxiety

 

 

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Uncle Alex!

Uncle Alex!

All of her people look like this and I love it.

All of her people look like this and I love it.

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Pfaendtner Family After-Wedding Picnic

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

Green-Lunn Wedding Fun

"Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt." "It's my fashion, mom."

“Ellen, usually people only wear one pattern and skip the socks with a skirt.”
“It’s my fashion, mom.”

"A beer. I daddy."

“A beer. I daddy.”

Backyard Chillin'

Backyard Chillin’

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Treating Maternal Anxiety

I struggled for many months with whether I should write about this part of my life or not. When Katherine from Half Kindled reached out to me about her blog hop, I knew it was time to tell this story. Besides, everyone already knows I’m open about my anxiety. Why not keep sharing? AND, bonus, May has been named Maternal Mental Health Month by several organizations. So, I’d say it’s perfect timing.

While many women are worrying about a post part belly (don’t!), many women are suffering greatly through post and ante natal depression and anxiety. If it’s anxiety remedies or depression recovery you’re looking for, read some encouraging words from moms who have been in the trenches and want to offer you love. Pregnancy related disorders are hard enough; don’t suffer alone. | inspirational quotes | love quotes | love sayings | pregnant quotes

My Anxiety Story

Throughout my life, I’ve always dealt with some sort of anxiety disorder. In my early adult years, my anxiety started manifesting itself as panic attacks. With each pregnancy, the panic attacks would get worse, and with this third one, the episodes were starting to happen daily – sometimes every few hours. Because of the relentlessness of the attacks, I started to feel hopeless and depressed. Dark thoughts entered my mind, and I could not control them. I began to worry I was a danger to myself and my children.

One morning after a particularly hard night, I woke up with the expectation that a night’s sleep would have shaken off my anxiety. But, I found myself in worse shape than before. I laid in bed unable to move, but still managed to start calling around for help. I Googled help lines, called local programs, spoke with professionals, and finally decided I needed immediate help. I couldn’t live another day in that fearful state. I wasn’t eating, I could only sleep fitfully, I was scared of harming myself, I was hopeless and I was pregnant. A terrible combination.

I was hopeless and I was pregnant. A terrible combination.

I Asked for Help

I decided to check myself into the hospital where I would stay four days under the care of many specialists and volunteers. I was assigned a psychologist and a therapist, had my meds evaluated, and was taught various coping mechanisms to help in the short-term. After work, Mike would stay by my side until I fell asleep, and my parents watched my kids during the day. It still turns my stomach to think about a time in my life where I was unable to care for my own children. But I sought and received help.

After leaving hospital, I met frequently with my doctors and therapist. I took a refresher course in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I still have my team on stand by in case I ever have severe attacks again. And even though I was getting the help I needed and seeing results, I was still worried.

My Fears

I worried that if people found out that I checked myself into a hospital, they would think I was truly crazy and unable to control my own mind or actions. I thought people would treat me like I was sick. I thought it would mean that I wasn’t in control of my life and I had failed.

But what would I think if a woman told me she sought help for a mental affliction? I would think she was brave and strong. I would think it was an incredibly bold and necessary move. I would be proud that she looked past the stigma and took charge of her mental health. And I am deciding to extend those same praises to myself. I am going to love myself and the decision I made.

I am deciding to extend those same praises to myself. I am going to love myself and the decision I made.

How I Am Today

Now, after having our third baby, I still have an anxiety disorder. In fact, I may have it for the rest of my life; it’s my cross. And, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t still worried that the darkness will come back. It’s hard to forget an experience that shakes your confidence with such intensity. But, when I do start to feel the anxiety come on, I know I have the skill set I need to combat it, and I’ve used it with success. I also am comforted by the fact that I have a team standing by to help if things ever get bad again. If I hadn’t taken such a drastic step, I would never have been set up with such powerful tools.

Find Help

You may be fearful that you’re a failure if you ask for help. You may have told yourself that you’re not the kind of person who needs a big intervention. You may have been told that you can pray away your suffering. You may think you’re a failure if you can’t. I’m telling you that your prayers may not result in a miracle cure. More than likely God will give you enough strength and courage to ask for help. Listen to Him and get the help you deserve. Maternal anxiety can happen during and after pregnancy. Visit Postpartum Progress for information on all maternal mental disorders. Contact your local hospital or visit adaa.org to find a help center.

You’re loved and I’m praying for you. xo

For more encouragement and help, head over to Half Kindled to read Katherine’s story. And, many other women have joined us today. Find hope in their posts as well: A Knotted Life, This Felicitous Life, Mama Needs Coffee, Check Out that Sunset.

What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

My mom works at a home for homeless pregnant women – Mary’s Mantle. These women are my sisters, right? My sisters in Christ. And when I visit them, we chat just like sisters.

They see me walk in with my entourage of kids, and they are curious. They are traveling this road to motherhood and want to know what they are in for. And they want to hear it honestly from a friend. So that’s what I try to do for them.

I’m no expert, but I have three kids. And I never want to scare anyone or “just wait” anyone. Nope. I just want to tell the good with the hard so that these moms are prepared for things that took me by surprise. Motherhood is THE BEST. But is it not surprising? Let me answer that: it’s surprising.

One of the questions I get most often from these women is, “Is breastfeeding difficult?” And, my honest answer? Yes. It is. But isn’t everything that is worth doing a bit difficult?

Ellen nursed for 14 months, Sam for 13 and Theo is going strong at three so far. I’ve learned a little along the way. So, I want to tell you everything I wish I had known about breastfeeding before I began.

And, I wish I didn’t have to say this, but I will: writing a post about a subject does not mean that I look down upon the alternatives. It’s what we chose and it’s what I know. Simple as that.

If you’re considering breastfeeding and pumping for your child, read my honest thoughts about what it has been like to breastfeed three children so far. My intention is never to scare; only to encourage and prepare! | breastfeeding photography | breastfeeding foods | breastmilk storage | breastfeeding clothes | breastfeeding foods |

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Pros

  • I never have to worry about bringing supplies to feed my babies while we’re out. I always have the equipment at the ready.
  • Breastfeeding is free. It can save you up to $4k annually.
  • Breastfed babies receive immunities from mom and tend to be sick infrequently.
  • You can apply breastmilk to cuts and infections to clear them up quickly.
  • The longer you breastfeed, the less risk you have of breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding triggers your uterus to contract and shrink. It also helps you lose baby weight quickly (demanding up to 1000 calories a day). So, your body can recover quickly from childbirth.
  • I have a large supply, so I was able to pump and donate milk to a mom who was having trouble breastfeeding her child. You can actually share your milk with other babies.
  • You can pump and freeze your milk so other people can feed your baby while you take a break.
  • When you start a nursing session, your body releases chemicals that calm you. It’s so incredibly relaxing.
  • You don’t need to worry about how much to feed your baby because she will eat as much as she needs until she is full and then stop. If you think she’s not getting enough because she eats a lot, that’s so normal. Just feed her extra. She’s probably going through a growth spurt (they do that a lot!).

Cons

  • Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to a lot of women. There is a learning curve. And if you can stick it out for three months, I just KNOW that you’ll have it down by then. Be patient with yourself. Ask for help.
  • While most lactation consultants will tell you it shouldn’t hurt, it will hurt a bit in the beginning. Your nipples need to get used to all of the use. But after a couple of weeks, it gets better. Try using your milk and lansinoh cream to help yourself heal quickly. Also try a nipple shield for extra protection while you get comfortable.
  • Pumping is a commitment. It may sound easy to just pump a bottle, but it’s time you take in addition to feeding your baby. But, it’s so nice to have a stock of milk in the freezer in case you want to leave the house for a longer period of time.
  • You’ll need to take your baby with you places if you don’t pump. But, that’s ok. They’re cute company!
  • Breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently. You might be getting up every two hours in the middle of the night. It’s because breastmilk is metabolized quickly. But, you’re going to be tired anyway (you knew that!) and the sleepy nighttime baby snuggles help.
  • People *might* give you weird looks. Might. I’ve never had anyone ever say anything to me about breastfeeding. I think the world is coming to its senses and realizing that breasts are for feeding babies. But, you may get an occasional old person or weirdo telling you to cover up or something. But, you can just smile and laugh and shake your head and their poor, uninformed brains.
  • People will try to suck you into being militant about it. “Breast is best!!” Ok, I know there are a lot of studies out there about the health benefits of breastmilk. And I believe them. BUT, those studies don’t take into account many other factors that might make formula a better choice for some families. So, you breastfeed and do what is best for your family, and let other mamas do what is best for theirs.
  • You will probably be super thirsty and hungry, but, um, more food!

What else would you add to these lists? What do you want your sister-moms-to-be to know about choosing to breastfeed?

More on Mary’s Mantle

If you’re considering breastfeeding and pumping for your child, read my honest thoughts about what it has been like to breastfeed three children so far. My intention is never to scare; only to encourage and prepare! | breastfeeding photography | breastfeeding foods | breastmilk storage | breastfeeding clothes | breastfeeding foods |

And, if you want to help me in supporting the women of Mary’s Mantle, you can find out more about their home here. In short, it’s a Catholic home for homeless pregnant women. All faiths are welcome. This house is not just a place to crash either. It’s a program where women learn life and mothering skills, are helped in the job and house hunt, and receive life-long assistance in the after-care program.

In recent Mary’s Mantle news, they have a new house to better serve these life-choosing women! If you would like to directly support that project, they have set up a Go Fund Me page.

Help support their general mission by using their donation page.

And, I am always very careful about where my money goes. If you are like me, please check out this full, second party disclosure of all of Mary’s Mantle’s funds and expenses.

7QT: I want to know why I should love you even more

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I’m loving this working on Mondays thing. I am still a lot behind where I wish I could be right now, but I think in a few weeks I will have this on auto. And by a few weeks I mean when the kids are old and grown. But.

Anyway, tell me what you are proud of this week. I want to know why I should love you even more. xo

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Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

 

 

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a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

a Paw Patrol party for Sammy J

we're outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

we’re outdoorsy in that we like to sit on patios

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mourning the loss of his youth

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When It’s Time to Switch Up Priorities

Use PicMonkey with Kendra!

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Reading: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Eating: cinnamon puppy chow

Listening: The Boy Least Likely Radio on Pandora

Wearing: jorts.

Praying: for continued direction with this ol’ blog

 

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The Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

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I get it. The kids are napping and you want to watch Lorelai and Rory allude to pop culture gems on Netflix while you binge eat puppy chow. Like I said, I get it.

But you’re also like, “Meh. Maybe I should work out while the kids are quiet.”

My friends, what if you could do BOTH (both both both echo echo echo)?!? Minus the puppy chow because…compromises.

Your Netflix guide to a Gilmore Girls workout routine. Work on your fitness with Lorelai and Rory even though they never really would. Add this to your workouts at home. I’m thankful for #3! | workout routines | exercise routines | exercise challenge | netflix hacks

While the Gilmore girls may look down upon your choice to sweat, I’m here to cheer you on! Give it a try! And, uh, let me know how it goes. I’ll be over here with the puppy chow.

The Gilmore Girls Netflix Workout

Stretch then…

  1. Run in place for the opening credits
  2. 20 lunges in episodes where Rory dates Dean, 24 for Jess and 28 for Logan
  3. 50 crunches when an event is happening in Stars Hallow
  4. Pop Culture Reference: drink water
  5. 10 pushups when anyone references coffee
  6.  Wall sit for as long as you can whenever Paris is sarcastic
  7.  3 burpees when Emily talks about the DNR
  8.  10 squats when Rory reads a book
  9.  15 jumping jacks when you hear the “la la la” music
  10.  Plank for as long as you can when either Girlmore girl goes to Luke’s

…then stretch.

fine print: Always talk to your doc before beginning an exercise routine. Stop if you feel funny. Not if you look funny. Everyone looks funny while they workout. I mean light headed or something like that. Then you can stop. Oh, also, drink water.

I had so much fun thinking of common GG plot pieces. What other ones can you think of? Also, in the combox, are you Team Dean, Team Jess or Team Logan? Team Logan here.

Bacon Popcorn Recipe

Bacon Popcorn Recipe

I was talking to some people on Facebook last week and we got on the topic of bacon grease. Obviously. Someone mentioned that she uses the bacon fat to pop stovetop popcorn, and my brain went nuts and I came up with this bacon popcorn recipe.

If you’re looking for popcorn recipes, look no further. Cook your bacon in the oven and easily whip up this treat in your own kitchen. This is no vegetarian food, friends. AND, this bacon popcorn recipe has a sweet twist that will take it over the edge!

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Bacon Popcorn Recipe:

1 pkg bacon
3 tbsp bacon grease (reserved)
1/3 c. popcorn kernels
cinnamon sugar & brown sugar
butter

1. Cook your bacon until it is extra crispy
2. Use 3 tbs. bacon fat to cook your popcorn on the stovetop
3. Crumble desired amount of bacon into popped corn
4. Top with cinnamon sugar, brown sugar and butter (to taste)

Boom.

Do you have a favorite popcorn recipe or trick I need to try? Lay it on me, friends.

7QT: one day a week to work on this little passion project

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I waffle all the time about if I want to start taking blogging more seriously. Really it’s me wondering if blogging is taking away from being with my kids.

I stay at home with them, so they see me an awful lot. And, my new goal is to use the time my mom is here on Mondays to lock myself in my room and get all of my blogging work done for the week.

So, I mean, there are plenty of moms who work out of the home (and in the home) each day, and they are able to make it work with families. I don’t see why picking one day a week to work on this little passion project is any different.

Am I convincing you or me? Or does convincing even need to be done? I don’t know. What are your thoughts on this?

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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper

Minimize the Mess + Giveaway

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Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive...usually.

Letting our butterflies go. Hatched them from caterpillars proving that I can keep more than just kids alive…usually.

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the "hot, blue water."

Took this girl for a mani/pedi. Not surprisingly, she refused to put her feet in the “hot, blue water.”

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

Thankfully our yard is full of dandelions, so Ellen picks me a fresh bouquet every day.

"I king. Treasure."

“I king. Treasure.”

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

Facetiming with Uncle Alex

"Bubbles of galore!"

“Bubbles of galore!”

 

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Eating: I made pancakes on our sandwich maker, and…

Listening: The Boy Least Likely station on Pandora

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Minimize the Mess + eBook Giveaway

Sometimes it feels like Mike goes to work so he can make money so we can buy things. And then we spend time cleaning and taking care of those things. It leaves me wondering what the point is.

I know we need “things” in life. In fact, we need a lot of things. But, what about all of that extra stuff? Is everything in my house useful? Does every object bring me joy? Or, is all of the clutter just another thing I need to deal with before I can enjoy quality time with my family and activities I find relaxing?

It’s no wonder I’ve always loved this quote from William Morris:

Something else you might not know about me? Or maybe you’ve picked up on it…I absolutely love organization. I mentioned on Facebook the other day that purging is my love language and organizing bins are my spirit animal.

This applies to all areas of my life. I strive to keep my house clutter free, and I am a big believer in streamlining my days with schedules and spreadsheets.

And I KNOW. I know that isn’t necessarily how life works. That’s what I do these things with an important idea in mind: I can have all of the schedules and charts in the world, but life is unpredictable. So, I consider these things to be fluid and changeable. So yes, I might have a daily cleaning schedule for our house, but if something more fun comes up or I need to schedule a doctor appointment for the littles, scrubbing out the fridge can wait. And, I’m ok with that because it still feels like my head is organized.

I have a soul sister in this bizarre fascination with the orderly. You might know her as the host of #5Faves for the month of May while I get my life, um, organized. Rachel from Efficient Mama is equally, if not more, adept at creating a clutter free, peaceful life.

AND GUESS WHAT!

She has a book out. Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home. And it walks you through step by step on how to implement her incredible strategies into your own home. I mean, it covers everything. Take a look at the table of contents:

Learn organization tips and organizing ideas for the home with this eBook. At only $2.99, it is a steal. It’s PACKED with tips for every room in the house as well as ideas for getting the family on board. And, it comes with free printables to keep you on track. | organize closet | organize kitchen | organize bedroom | organize bathroom

Learn organization tips and organizing ideas for the home with this eBook. At only $2.99, it is a steal. It’s PACKED with tips for every room in the house as well as ideas for getting the family on board. And, it comes with free printables to keep you on track. | organize closet | organize kitchen | organize bedroom | organize bathroom

Learn organization tips and organizing ideas for the home with this eBook. At only $2.99, it is a steal. It’s PACKED with tips for every room in the house as well as ideas for getting the family on board. And, it comes with free printables to keep you on track. | organize closet | organize kitchen | organize bedroom | organize bathroom

Learn organization tips and organizing ideas for the home with this eBook. At only $2.99, it is a steal. It’s PACKED with tips for every room in the house as well as ideas for getting the family on board. And, it comes with free printables to keep you on track. | organize closet | organize kitchen | organize bedroom | organize bathroom

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Learn organization tips and organizing ideas for the home with this eBook. At only $2.99, it is a steal. It’s PACKED with tips for every room in the house as well as ideas for getting the family on board. And, it comes with free printables to keep you on track. | organize closet | organize kitchen | organize bedroom | organize bathroom

You can snag a copy for $2.99 on Amazon or on her website, Efficient Mama. If you buy through her site, you can use the code LAUNCH for 25% off your copy (good May 11-22). And, hint hint, newsletter subscribers get an exclusive coupon, so sign up here.

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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper

It’s the newest trend, right? Beekeeping in your own backyard. I’ll admit, I even thought about it. But since a. Mike and I are terrified of bees and b. I can’t keep a houseplant alive, it didn’t sound like such a good idea for our family.

But, I’m no dummy. I know bees are incredibly important to our world. We’ve all heard that the human race would cease to exist a mere four years after bees went extinct…or something like that.

So, if you’re like me, and beekeeping is not your thang, check out these alternatives to supporting bees without being a beekeeper.

If you want to support the bees, but the beekeeping trend is not for you, check out these five easy ways to support bees WITHOUT being a beekeeper. The sign is my personal favorite.

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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper

Buy a Mason Bee House

Mason bees are known to NOT sting, and they are 20x more efficient at pollinating. You won’t get any honey from these honies, but the upside is there is really no work for you other than just hanging it in your yard per the instructions provided.

“Pardon the Weeds, I’m Feeding the Bees” Sign

In a roundabout way, I’d like to take credit for these (not really). My mom thought that if people had a way to advertise that they were intentionally letting weeds grow on their lawn, they would be more likely to quit it with the chemical fertilizers that kill the bees’ first foods of Spring (like dandelions!) So, she contacted my SIL who has the know how, and she was able to produce these signs. Some of the proceeds go to…you guessed it…saving bees.

Joules Bee Wellies

I own a pair of these bad boys. They are perfect for rainy Spring days. You know what else they are good for? Donating 5% of the sales to the British Bee Keepers Association.

Buy Local Honey

You know who helps keep the bee population alive? Bee keepers. You know what they need to do that? Money. You know how they make money, honey? Honey. You know who makes honey? Bees. It’s a perfect little circle.

Buy Bees for Someone Else

I’m not talking about leaving a box of sting-happy yellow jackets on your rude neighbor’s porch. I mean you need to take a look at Heifer’s program where for $30, you can send honeybees to a family in need. The family can then help pollinate their existing crops or successfully grow new ones. They can also profit from the honey and wax products from the hive.

Plant Flowers

Go to FeedaBee.com where you can receive a free packet of seeds that bees will love. If you have nowhere to plant them, you can always send the seeds to someone you love.

Spread the Word

Hanna Rosengren makes the absolute most adorable literature and totes that advertise which flowers bees love most. From postcards to posters, you can spread the word by buying one of her gorgeous pieces and displaying it for all to see.

Teach Your Kids

Donate money to Pollinator Partnership and receive a curriculum that will “increase students’ understanding in science, math, and language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens by creating habitat for pollinators.”

Bee Appy

Download the Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener app. It is “your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!”

 

What other ways do you support bees without being a beekeeper? Load the combox with your ideas!

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8 Simple Ways to Fit More Reading into Your Day

The other day I posted a picture on Instagram talking about why I love my Kindle Paperwhite. Some people then wanted to know how I manage to read (a fair amount of) books with three kids under four. It’s more than just finding books worth reading. And it’s not just hiding in the locked bathroom. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. (some links affiliate)

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

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Listen to Audiobooks: (per Everyday Reading’s suggestion) We use the Overdrive app to download audiobooks from our library. Ellen can then choose to listen to a book at the end of her daily quiet time. So far she really likes the Fancy Nancy series.

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

 

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Read Picture Books During Meals: I used to try to cross things off my list while the kids were eating. Now I try to read to them while they eat lunch. Breakfast is still a bit hectic, and dinner is for family cpnversation, but lunch? Lunch works for us.

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Read an Easy Chapter Book at Night: After we do our bedtime routine, Ellen and I like to read a chapter from a “big girl” book. We have been doing this on and off since she was three. And while I think that they are a bit over her head, she loves to just snuggle and listen to the rythym of my reading. Our favorites so far include Anne of Green Gables, The Children of Noisy Village, Charlotte’s Web, and Stuart Little.

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Read Books Before Bed: I’m going to guess this isn’t new to you, but it’s important. It helps my kids unwind, and it’s just part of our routine. PJs, teeth, prayers, books, bed.

 

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

 

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Kindle Paperwhite: I used to be a Kindle dissenter until I realized that I wasn’t reading books anymore because it was too hard with kids. Now I can DL books instantly, read without the light on, and read one handed. I read infinitely more books now, and isn’t that what it’s really about?

 

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

 

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Reading Rainbow App: This is a paid subscription app, but we find it to be worth it. It contains hundreds of picture books that you can read to your child or that they can listen to. Sometimes I even use this at lunchtime so I can eat with the kids while they listen to books.

 

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

 

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Have Other People Read to Your Kids: When we have relatives visit, I always ask if they would like to read books to the kids. Think grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents, etc. We also take advantage of story time at the library. We even have a day in our weekly schedule where we try to make it a library day. It’s beneficial to have your kids hear other people read aloud too.

 

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

It’s more than just finding books worth reading. Here are 8 simple ways I fit more reading into our days. All of these strategies work well for us, but Read More Books Now class really changed my perspective.

 

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Read More Books Now eCourse: Brandon Vogt has a new ecourse out where students will learn his secrets to reading dozens of books a month without speed reading. This really changed my perspective on reading books and confirmed that some of the tricks I use are actually useful!

 

How do you fit more reading into your day? Let us know in the combox!

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