Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Currently.

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Reading: One of my favorite parts of my week is when I take a few minutes to browse Amazon and see what looks good in my recommendations. I will always love real books, but the convenience of my Kindle, and the ease of sending samples right to my device is the very best. I usually go on a sample-binge and send 10 or so at a time, then spend that first night just trying all of them. It reminds me of being a kid and getting a ton of books from the library, then starting each one until I could finally decide on the first from the pile to actually read all the way through. Right now these are all looking good and I just sent samples to my Kindle: one, two, three and four  (all with my Amazon affiliate link- click here to browse Amazon without it!)

Doing: so many holiday things! I think it's because the internet starts Christmas stuff the night of Thanksgiving (do you like how I'm referring to the internet as if it's a person or something?), but I've felt this weird rush to hurry and get the tree up, hurry and put the lights up, hurry hurry. It's actually really bizarre because I normally don't feel affected by things like this but I seriously had this overwhelming "there's only a week 'til Christmas!" feeling until I realized that it was just the 2nd. Ha. So now I'm taking it slow, and trying to fill this month with as much holiday fun as I can. Henry's been enjoying doing some fun activities everyday and we have quite a few more things planned, from a Christmas light drive tomorrow night to the train park next weekend. And on a side note, I am dying over all of the funny Elf of Shelf things I'm seeing all over Instagram (especially my friend Jess'- be sure to scroll down for the "Wrecking Elf" video). We don't do the Elf, but I've been loving seeing how everyone sets theirs up.

Thinking about: I read this article earlier today and it really resonated with me. Even when a parenting article or book isn't all about where I'm at, there is always something I can take away from it, and with this article, there was a lot. There's so much goodness in it, but I especially connected with her mantra of  “Only love today. Only love today.” Some of it broke my heart because I really understood where she was coming from. I could say more, but read it and let me know what you think. It also got me thinking about how inspired I feel when I read a good parenting book. Being a Mom is my full-time job, and I love coming across things that make me look at it in a different light, or inspire me to do things in a better, new way. So this next year I plan to read 12 parenting books, one per month. I'm going to make the list next week, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!

Watching: As usual anyone who doesn't like television talk look away now, because I'm about to go on for a minute about a couple of shows. One- The X Factor. Hank and I have been watching and loving this season but I am still in shock that they sent Josh Levi home. He is amazing! I really thought he could win the whole thing, and both Hank and I were super disappointed with his exit. Bummer, America. And then Ellona? Ugh! So now my favorite would have to be Alex and Sierra, and I'm excited to see what they do next. Secondly, have you been watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Such a mess this season. I don't even know where to begin! Are any of you watching it? I would say that whole franchise is my guiltiest pleasure for sure, so let me know what you think of it and we can discuss in the comments!

Feeling thankful: this past weekend I looked around and I had this overwhelming feeling of thankfulness. There I was, surrounded by my Mom, Dad, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and then of course my own little family...and I've never felt luckier. We all are so weird, but go together so well. There's no other group of people I'd rather spend my time with, that I'd rather love, get annoyed by, laugh with, and grow with. I feel beyond lucky that I can call my family my best friends too, and the older I get the more I realize what a true, true blessing that really is. So most of all, I am thankful for this crazy bunch I get to call my own.

Loving: so much. Cleaning out my closet, changing up our home- so happy we're finally making the changes we've been talking about forever, Charlie getting so big (this is both happy and sad), this sandwich kick I'm on, books and more books, playing Santa and picking out special things for the people I love, Seattle next month, Christmas parties, baby Carson who should be arriving soon (!!!!), and hanging out with my sister and Mom.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. And thanks again to my dear friend Megan for providing the original inspiration for these posts.

25 comments:

  1. I too loved the article by 'Hands Free Mama.' I believe I certainly deal with my inner bully far more than I realize and I never want that to spill over into raising my daughter. What an empowering post to read!

    I also wanted to offer a parenting book suggestion that my husband and I both loved - 'Bringing Up Bebe.' You may have heard if it already read it but if not, do consider giving it a go! There's lots to take away from it (we didn't necessarily agree with everything but some things we want to try (especially the food options)!

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  2. wow. thanks for posting that hands-free mama link. i think to some degree we can all relate to saying something a little too harsh to our children at one point. i know that i have caught myself automatically asking my older son what he did if my younger son comes up to me crying. how must he feel knowing that i immediately accused him? (he's only six. i'm still his hero!) pretty crappy, i'm sure. i know i would.

    i loved her mantra of 'only love today.' i often remind myself just to take parenting one day at a time.

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  3. i still can make the move from printed books to kindle. let alone audio book. ha.
    that photo of henry and charlie is so sweet.

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  4. I read that 'Hands-Free Mama' thing a week or two ago and I totally ugly cried. Lol being a mama to two under two is super exhausting at times, but such a gift. I have made it even more of a point since reading it to be super present in my girls' lives. Although at nap time...I watch my trashy tv too! RHOBH!!! It has been a train wreck this season. I'm not a fan of Jaclyn, I mean Joyce ;) or Carlton! Idk why they're there lol. More drama I suppose. Do you watch Vanderpump too? I also like Atlanta cast too haha. I'm super bummed that parenthood is going to be over. Is it this week? :'( Do you watch Scandal? That's my other Thursday must DVR.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing the hands free mama article. Although I'm not a mama quite yet, I think we can apply this to so many aspects of our lives. Today, especially, as I head in to work having already convinced myself that I'm going to fail at the tasks awaiting me. Maybe I'll give myself a break. I think I'll also be getting some Amazon samples sent to my Kindle this week - love the idea of sifting through a pile of fresh stories! That library stack feeling was the best. I've only recently discovered your blog but I'm so pleased I have. Thank you!

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  6. Oh my goodness where to begin... Well the article is an eye opener and a reminder for me. I am so guilty of getting overwhelmed with my three that I forget how they must feel with crazy mom running around the house. I also felt so rushed to get Christmas stuff out, damn internet!! But I actually like how into the holidays my kids feel now with their tree and lights and music. I am right there with you on the trashy tv train... Those housewives man, get it together. Haha! I am also blown away by sons of anarchy this season too. Do you watch that one?? I am addicted!

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  7. Great post..loved the "Hands Free Mama" post - can so relate. Love my kindle but do buy "real" books every now and then. Parenting books? I only had a couple (years back - so can't really offer any good ones) My advice though - be careful... too many family members and friends get too hooked on them and when something happens that isn't in the book, they crumble as they can't cope. Your a smart cookie, don't forget to go by your own instinct or gut feeling. Use them as tips but not as verbatim.. You're doing amazingly with your two...

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  9. I'm excited to go back to the article when i have a free minute. If you're thinking about parenting books this year, two of my favorites are Last Child in the Woods, which kind of goes beyond parenting but has so much take away, and Confessions of a Slacker Mom, which I think lots of people might disagree with but really speaks to me and my less is more heart.

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  10. I love all of your book recommendations, I might have to scoop up one or two of those samples to see if they make it to my reading list.

    And I know, I feel like this year Christmas is in overdrive. I'm totally fretting about not having all my gifts yet, but it's only half way through the month!

    Here's my currently post: http://designedbydiana.blogspot.com/2013/12/currently.html

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  11. I read the Hands Free Mama article yesterday and it really resonated with me, too. I put the mantra into action yesterday and I have to say, it worked. We were able to get through math homework for the first time in a long time without either myself or my daughter getting frustrated. Normally I'm the one who loses my patience halfway through and then brings in my husband to finish helping her, with me sitting there absolutely hating myself for acting that way. I'm rambling here, but I'm so glad I read the article yesterday. Also, I just finished Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy and found it to be so interesting and insightful. I took a lot away from it.

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  12. It's about time I do a currently post- I like them! But I've hardly been reading and feel I am just working, running and sleeping...however the reintroduction of Christmas music into my life makes me so happy!!!

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  13. I have the Anjelica Houston book and the "Goldfinch" on hold as well; hoping to get them soon (from the library!)I have a tough time purchasing books as I read them SO FAST and then I rarely re-read many of them....but I like samples on the kindle....just read "After her" and that was a good one.

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  14. Interesting way to approach your Kindle- I like it! And I have to admit I don't watch either of those TV shows- just an insane amount of other "bad" TV!

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  15. First of all---- I owe you an email reply. I will definitely get on that. So sorry!
    Second, LOVE housewives and this season has been a mess. Did you hear that for the OC ladies, Gretchen is kicked off? Craziness.

    And finally.... here's my Currently post from today too: http://beautifulblendings.blogspot.com/2013/12/currently-its-beginning-to-feel-lot-like.html

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  16. I just finished 'The Goldfinch' last week - it was really great, you should definitely push it to the top of your 'to read' list!

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  17. RHOBH?!!??! I don't have that anywhere on my channel lineup and normally I watch it all the time. Maybe it's not airing in Canada yet?! AHHH wtf

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  18. I also love a good parenting book. I recently read Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan and really liked it. I thought he was really funny, plus it was great to read about parenting from Dad's perspective. I got my husband to read it and he is enjoying it so far too. =]

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  19. The Angelica Huston autobiography looks incredibly fascinating, definitely adding it to my list. Love Child by Allegra Huston was on the recommended list under it and that looks super interesting too. Could you imagine being told that your father you've never met is a famous actor??

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  20. i always love reading your currently posts and infact have just posted one on my blog too.

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  21. reading a parenting book every month? i love that idea. i can't wait to see your list, because i would love to follow along with you. you should really start a little virtual book club dani!

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  22. I seriously love your Currently posts. I tried my own this week! I love your Kindle approach, and I think I might have to start trying that too!
    http://waitwhatwasitalkingaboutagain.blogspot.com/2013/12/currently_12.html

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  23. You have such personality in your posts and I love it! This part really got to me "We all are so weird, but go together so well." That's what family is all about.
    I wrote on of these currently posts too right over here: http://takecomfortproject.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/currently/

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  24. I'm not a parent (yet) but I really enjoyed simplicity parenting.

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  25. The happiest toddler on the block! helped us deal with some terrible twos issues and crazy tantrums!

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