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Book Review: Crazy Joy

Life definitely has ups and downs and for many of us, our happiness tends to be dependent on if we’re in a good season or having a good day, or if we’re in a difficult season or having a bad day. Or we think we’ll be happier one day if we have this or that, or if certain things happen in our lives: getting that dream job, getting married, or moving to a city we love. In her new book Crazy Joy, (hardcover, Worthy Publishing) Mary Katherine Backstrom shares how you can find joy and contentment not only in the good times but right in the middle of your hardest, messiest times. If you’re not familiar with Backstrom (or MK, for short), she is known for her viral social media videos and her writings on family, faith, and mental illness. Her writing style is very candid and humorous, and you can’t help but laugh at many of the real-life situations she shares about herself and her family. So, just reading this book will bring you joy and lots of laughs!

MK’s writing style is also warm and personal, kind of like a friend talking to you over lunch or a cup of coffee. The hard (or embarrassing) but funny experiences she shares about her own life, along with the insights and wisdom she’s gained from going through them, are really easy to relate to. You can even picture yourself in some of these situations, which makes it such a fun read.

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Book Review: Where’s My Easter Basket?

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

If you’re wanting to add a fun gift to a little one’s Easter basket, the board book Where’s My Easter Basket? (Worthy Kids) by Bob Holt would be a great addition! It’s a fun, colorful, sturdy book that’s perfect for preschoolers and it’s filled with cute characters and colorful springtime scenes!

The story is about a little bluebird who is looking for an Easter basket…but he’s not sure what an Easter basket is, exactly. As he starts hunting for it, he meets and gets help from a little chick, some jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, and a colorful Easter Egg, They finally cross paths with a basket and when they jump into it, they realize that THEY are the Easter basket!

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Book Review: The Rooted Life

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about homesteading and growing your own healthy organic food, this is a great book to learn from! The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health & Wholeness Through Growing Your Own Food (hardcover, Worthy Publishing) is authored by permaculture expert Justin Rhodes, the popular You Tube Homesteader of The Justin Rhodes Show.

Justin Rhodes started his homesteading lifestyle out of a desire to provide healthy, wholesome food for his family. Purchasing organic food was really becoming a strain on their budget, so he bought some seed packets on one visit to the grocery store. “That’s really how it started,” he writes. “We bought those lettuce seeds, plus a few other packets. We got some advice from a neighbor who had a garden, and we planted. Then we harvested. And our lives have never been the same.” Neither Justin or his wife Rebekah knew anything about growing their own food. “We started from scratch, made mistakes, and learned by doing. And the results have been way beyond our wildest dreams!”

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Book Review: The Power of Thank You and My Thank You Journal

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“Having a grateful heart has more power than we can imagine,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, The Power of Thank You: Discover the Joy of Gratitude (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “Thankfulness releases joy in our lives, has a powerful effect on our prayers, and keeps us focused on the positive aspects of our lives.”

Meyer writes about how she practices being grateful in her own life: “This morning I thanked God that I could see, hear, think, talk, and walk. Just imagine how we would complain and how challenging our lives would be if we couldn’t do any of these, and yet we rarely thank God for the ability to do them.” She also points to the apostle Paul as an example of an extremely thankful person—how he had learned to be content whether he had little or much (Philippians 4:11). And Meyer includes additional examples of what true gratitude looks like from the lives of Job, Joseph and others in the Bible.

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Turmeric Golden Milk Tea Latte

Did you know that the month of January is National Hot Tea Month and that January 12 is National Hot Tea Day? If you’re a tea-lover, that’s something to celebrate! And in honor of these events, I found a recipe for a Turmeric Golden Milk Tea Latte over at StashTea.com—it inspired me to make my own version, and I’m sharing it with you in this post so you can enjoy it and get in on the celebration! 🙂

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