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Balancing Act: Books to Make Life Easier

As moms, we are often pulled in many directions. From breastfeeding to household organization, we face new challenges each day. The key to living a happy life is to find balance. By simply embracing slight modifications to our daily routines, we have the power to make some positive changes in our lives. To help you turn your house into a safe haven of familial bliss, or at least steer you in the right direction, here are five books worth checking out this month.

Slow Family Living
Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy by Bernadette Noll is a must-read guide for all moms on-the-go. Some of the suggestions include “Treating Family Time Like a Good Book” and “Taking Slow Where You Can Get It.”  It’s so important to take time to reflect on the simple joys we often take for granted. Being able to reconnect with your partner and foster a nurturing environment for your kids will make for a balanced life and happy home.

Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-AcceptanceOvercoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance by Ann W. Smith, MS, LMFT is an inspiring journey of self-acceptance. The age-old mantra of practice makes perfect needs a modern-day make-over. As parents, we need to teach our children that we all make mistakes. This book addresses the common feelings of insecurities, depression, and anxiety that so many women face as mothers and wives. Finding a happy medium in life needs to be our ultimate goal.

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Lost in Suburbia A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs by Tracy Beckman is a light-hearted, hilarious read about one woman’s transformation from a savvy Manhattanite to an ordinary Jersey mom. You don’t need to live in the tri-state area to relate to her laugh-out-loud adventures. This momoir even tackles the self-confidence and identity issues many new moms experience. Believe me…you won’t be disappointed.

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My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper by Gabrielle Reece with Karen Karbo is a no-nonsense approach to marriage, and what it really means to be true to oneself. As a former women’s beach volleyball star, television host, fashion model, and fitness expert, Gabrielle knows a thing or two about the difficulties of balancing life’s many challenges. She opens up about her past marital struggles and even offers some sage advice on how not to sweat the small stuff.  I highly recommend this quick, conversational read.

Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen

Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo is just what you need to incorporate the knowledge you have garnered from the preceding recommendations. It’s more than just a cookbook. Think of it as a nourishing and healing journey with food at the center. We all know the importance of family mealtime. Let this seasoned food writer and blogger show you the simplicities of preparing a home cooked meal while relishing the joy of a happy, balanced life.    

  • dholcomb1

    sounds like some great reads