What I’m Into: February 2018

Happy February! Those Winter Olympics – amiright? We have LOVED watching all of the amazing athletes!

So, I’ve got some awesomely fun news to share this month…I am releasing a new ebook in two weeks!! I’ve been working quietly behind the scenes on this idea for nearly a year, and I’m beyond excited to let it out!

My new ebook combines some of my favorite topics – teaching kids about differences and kindness, and reading! It is a resource for ALL parents, with a few chapters about the importance of talking about and teaching about differences with our kids and how best to do so.

Since one of those best ways is READING, I compiled super comprehensive, high quality lists on all kinds of themes to help kids better understand and appreciate differences – both to celebrate their own differences and to appreciate others’! My book recommendations cover everything from different cultures to different appearances to different abilities, as well as kindness/respect and thinking of others.

Mark your calendars for March 13, so you can get the super amazing launch price, which will only be good for 4 days!! Check back here for all of the details… I’m also running an exciting launch week giveaway, which may or may not include a huge stack of children’s books. Just sayin’…

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite reads, links and moments for the month!

I recently read Little Fires Everywhere and found it to be a quirky story but highly engaging. I read it in a weekend. I also finished All the Light We Cannot See on audiobook. I found it slow,but I’m glad I finished. I definitely was rooting for the main characters by the end.

Currently, I’m reading Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown and Cannery Row by John Steinbeck and listening to the novel This Is How It Always Is on audio. So far this year, I’d have to say my favorite read has been A Year of Living Danishly. I loved reading the journalistic memoir about the Danish culture.

We’re also deep in Harry Potter with Connor right now. He got the first book for Christmas, and he’s on #4 now and thoroughly obsessed! We’re doing a mix of reading aloud and him reading to himself.

It light me up to see Gerber introduce their 2018 Gerber Baby, Lucas, who has Down syndrome! How sweet is he? 

Love this post from Ann Voskamp about feeling like “too much.”

Of course we had to celebrate National Pizza Day!! We got Casey’s pizza because not only is it delicious, but we love how Casey’s is such huge supporters of Children’s Miracle Network.

We’re just crawling out of our very first Girl Scout Cookie Sale season. Brenna was a rockstar salesperson! (Also, quite a few of the boxes we were selling accidentally found themselves open and in our pantry. Whoops.)Brenna and I had the honor of shooting a commercial for our local children’s hospital that aired regionally during the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics. It was a blast and such a privilege to share our story and how much the hospital has helped us.These Valentine lovebugs sure have our hearts!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!