Friday’s Favorites.

I had a really great morning. I got to do one of my favorite things in the whole world: roam around Barnes & Noble bookstore, hot tea in hand, with no kiddo to keep up with! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my Milo-man, but it’s nice to have a few hours to myself every once in a while. Pre-kid-life, roaming bookstores aimlessly for hours was mine and Sam’s favorite thing to do. He’d be in the history section, and me a few aisles down in the psychology section. Ah…makes me happy to think about those days.

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Anyway, back to reality..I wanted to share a few of my favorite blog posts from the past week.  Check ’em out!

7 Natural Uses for Baking Soda by Wellness Mama

Salmonella Hoopla: Why I feed my children RAW egg yolks, RAW cheese, & RAW milk by Weed ‘Em and Reap

The Family Tree by Thistlewood Farm

I’m So Glad I Live in a World Where there are Octobers by Lovely Thoughts

Homemade Beauty 06: Mama Belly Butter by Love + Cupcakes

Have a wonderful weekend!

5 favorite (fictional) reads

say that I prefer non-fiction over fiction, but if you take a look at my goodreads “read” list, you’ll see that I’m a liar. Well, I’m not lying about preferring non-fiction reads over fiction, but I have read a bit more fictional books. Now, I am not like my sister. She will read a book that she loves over, and over, and over, and over…..I can’t do that. I read a book once, either love it or hate it and never pick it up again. I remember the story, always, but I don’t need to remember every paragraph of the book! Anyway, here are a few of my favorites (and I won’t include the Twilight Saga or the Hunger Games trilogy even though those are definitely some of my favorites):

1) Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. First of all, I love historical fiction, and more than that, I can always appreciate a book about the Holocaust.  Sarah’s Key is incredibly heartbreaking. It’s about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup that took place in Paris. About 13,000 French Jews were rounded up that day, taken to a stadium, held at an internment camp, and ultimately shipped off to Auschwitz.  Sarah is a little girl at the time, who locks her brother in a cupboard when she realizes her and her family are being taken away, since she believes they will return home shortly.  Sixty years later, a journalist discovers Sarah’s story. I can’t remember all of the details, but I do know that I cried, a lot, and that it’s one, out of many books, that has stayed with me.

2) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s been even longer since I’ve read this book, like back in 2007. This is another heartbreaker.  Amir and Hassan are best friends, but Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant.  One day, during a kite-fighting tournament, Amir watches as something horrific happens to his best friend, and both of their lives are affected by those events from that day on. Definitely read this book!

3) The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I just realized that all of these books, so far, have been made into movies since I’ve read them. Anyway, this is a book that made me feel really lonely, sad, and scared, but for some reason, I guess Cormac McCarthy’s amazing story-telling skills, I could not put this book down. It’s about a father and son who are basically alone in a post-apocalyptic America, trying to make it to the coast alive. They are not sure what awaits them at the coast, but they are determined to get there. Throughout their journey, they must hide from other humans (normally in big groups) who will kill them for food. There are no animals and no plants. Everything has been destroyed by fire. It’s a very dark and scary book, but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.

4) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Another historical fiction book, and another book by Khaled Hosseini. This book sheds some light on the brutal treatment of Afghan women.  It’s about an unlikely friendship between two women, and actually has a pretty happy ending. But it will still make you cry your eyes out. I think I listened to this book over the course of a week on my way too and from work, so I got a lot of strange looks from people in other cars when they looked over and saw me sobbing, uncontrollably.  Haha.

5) Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon. Hilarious. If you are a Twilight fan, or even if you aren’t but have read the books, and you enjoy a good parody, read this. Don’t pay attention to the reviews. Some people are just too proud to laugh at simple things.

Friday’s five favorite things

Friday’s five favorite things is simply a list of 5 things that I have been enjoying during the past week.  I like lists, a lot of people I know like lists, so I thought this would be a good topic for Fridays.

1. SheaMoisture Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo

14232078     I normally use California Baby, however, Target decided to mark it up to $18.49!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Luckily, I found this right beside the California Baby! The label boasts of being Paraben free, phthalates free, paraffin free, gluten free, synthetic fragrance free, propylene glycol free, mineral oil free, no animal testing, no PABA, no synthetic color, no DEA, no animal ingredients, and no sulfates! A MUCH better alternative to Johnson’s. Plus, the smell is amazing.  I don’t need an excuse to sniff my child’s head excessively throughout the day, but if I ever did…

2. Fry’s Spicy California Roll

I am not normally a California Roll fan. In fact, I hate crab! Maybe it’s because I haven’t conjured up the courage to ask the sushi chef to make me a spicy salmon roll, but I have been craving this spicy California roll from my local Fry’s all week! So good..and spicy…and sweet!

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3. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

     I love my whole Juice Beauty skin care line, but this Blemish Clearing Serum has been my face’s saving grace for the past month. I don’t know what has been going on with my face. It’s probably because I’ve been slacking on the fruits and veggies lately, but I’m so glad I have this stuff in my drawer. I applied it to the blemish on my face and went back to check on it 5 minutes later and all the redness was gone and the healing powers of the serum had already started to work!

4. My New Workout Shirt!

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Yay for Stroller Strides, which is where I got this shirt! I love going to this class. Not only is it a great way to meet other moms in the area, but I get a great workout, and I don’t even have to leave my kid with anyone else! He just sits in the jogging stroller while I sing silly songs to him. I’m sure it’s quite entertaining for him, too, watching a bunch of moms running around singing songs and making funny faces at their kids.  Their website, Fit4Mom, has a local class finder if you’re interested!

5. Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

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I love Joel Salatin. I wish that somehow he could be one of my grandfathers. I mean, I don’t want to trade any of my grandpas for him, but I wish I could squeeze him, somehow.  This book is an awesome place to start if you’re one of those people who don’t get the anti-GMO-er’s, the big push for more organic farms, and the general concern about what is happening to our food here in America. It’s also a great book for people like me, who want to know what they can do to help.  He certainly practices what he preaches and he even gives tips for what city people can to do help out. He doesn’t just tell you what you can do to help, he tells you why it will help and actually explains why these things need to be done. He knows what he’s talking about. Love this guy, and this book.