I’m really hoping to make more time to actually sit down and READ this year, my goal is always to read at least one “adult” book a month, which is a BIG goal for a stay at home Mom of three little ladies, ha! I’ve decided to share three different categories of my favorite reads: Cookbooks, “Mommy” Encouragement and our favorite Interactive Children’s Books. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s favorite reads in this months link-up with Shay & Erika, be sure to leave a book recommendation or two for me, happy reading!
1: Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines- Just go ahead and make every single breakfast recipe out of this cookbook, it’s all delicious!
2: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen- LOVE this cookbook, put the Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf on your meal planner now, I’m also currently featuring it in my weekly meal plans, What’s Cookin’: Meal Plan Week 3
3: Eats & Simmers by Shay Shull (Mix & Match Mama)- I featured Shay’s cookbook “Eats” in my first two weeks of my meal planning series, What’s Cookin’: Meal Plan Week 1 and Week 2. We especially loved the Enchilada Chili, so delicious, quick and easy!
4: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker- Pepperoni Pizza Pasta, seriously delicious AND healthy, such a win at our house!
5: 365 No Repeats by Rachael Ray- I’ve had this cookbook since college and still love it, her Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles are the best and I’m adding that to my meal plan ASAP!
6: 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee- My Mom always gives me one new cookbook for Christmas each year, this is such a fun one! Jennifer gives you one new ingredient to cook with each week and it’s really simple, for example, the little ladies and I made kale chips during the kale week.
7: Hungry Girl by Lisa Lillien- This is another cookbook I’ve had since college, make the peanut butter brownies and come back to thank me 😉
Favorite Mommy Encouragement Books
1: The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gladd- I love this collection of short stories and yes, I cried pretty much during every single one of them. It would be the perfect gift for a new Mama!
2: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist- Such a classic and the best message, I highly recommended if you are also in the crazy season of raising littles, but honestly, it’s great for every stage of life!
3: From Grouchy to Great by Ruth Schwenk- I found this one from Lynzy at Lynzy & Co., it’s a great quick read during nap time, a great refresh to get me through the rest of my day!
4: Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book by Chronicle Books- I got this as a gift when I had Avery and I love it! It’s so special to go back and read, I keep it by my bedside and try to write in it at least once a week.
5: A Simplified Life & Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley- LOVE these books, a group of my girlfriends and I read A Simplified Life together and it was so fun to discuss each section. Grace Not Perfection is my FAVORITE Mommy encouragement book, this is a must read!
6: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis- I really wish I could have found my book cover for this one, obviously a very popular title right now! I loved all the encouragement she gives to Mom’s in this one and I also love following her on social media.
7: 31 Prayers for My Daughter by Aaron and Jennifer Smith- My sister-in-law gifted this to Scott and I for Christmas this year, it’s really special to read together and think about all the dreams we have for our girls. A son, husband, wife and other versions are available as well!
8: My Quotable Kid by Chronicle Books- My mother-in-law gifted this to Scott and I and we love reading through past quotes, all those funny things your kiddos say that you don’t want to forget can be recorded in this one. It’s a great book to pull out during a hard day of parenting!
Favorite Interactive Children’s Books
1: I Can Dance by Betsy Snyder- This is such a cute one, your little’s can stick their fingers through the holes and make the characters come to life!
2: Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham- I love gifting this to a new big brother or sister, each page encourages the reader to take care of the baby, it’s so cute and a favorite of Emmy’s!
3: 10 Button Book by William Accorsi- This is such a great one for long car trips, there are 10 buttons connected with ribbon and your kiddos have to place the buttons on each page, practicing counting and even colors.
4: Poke a Dot Goodnight Friends by iKids- We love these Poke a Dot books, also gifted to us by my sister-in-law, there are “bubbles” or “snaps” that the kiddos can push on each page, practicing counting and fine motor skills, another great one for car trips!
5: Baby Shark by Pinkfong- Has “Baby Shark” invaded your home yet? Isla is always jamming out to “Baby Shark” and loves to wiggle and dance to this book all the time!
6: Unicorn Tails a Jelly Cat book- Another favorite baby gift, this touch and feel book is so cute and there are a ton of different versions! Perfect to throw in your diaper bag, my girls loved touching and chewing on each of these tails!
7: That’s Not My series by Usbourne Books- We LOVE this series, the predictable pattern is super easy for my girls to read and we love the touch and feel feature too!
8: Twisters Numbers by Anton Poitier- This is a new book we got for Christmas and it’s such a fun counting book, each animal twists and turns on each page.
There are some of my favorite “reads,” I honestly have so many, I could have included a million more categories! I think this would be a fun posts to keep adding on to, what category would you like to see next? I’m thinking favorite series for both myself and for early elementary kiddos? I love series, especially trilogies!
Well, I’m ready to cozy up with some coffee and a new book, I hope you found some new titles you can add to your home library, have a great Wednesday!
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