As part of your New Year’s make-over, it’s important to include strategies that incorporate all aspects of your well-being. From spiritual and financial to health and wellness, these vital areas are just as important as your fitness regime. Striking a balance in your everyday living will create a sense of harmony in your home. The following top book picks are my recommendations for jump-starting a positive change in 2014.
For families wanting to make changes, we love Family Whispering: The Baby Whisperer's Commonsense Strategies for Communicating and Connecting with the People You Love and Making Your Whole Family Stronger. Written by Melinda Blau and the late Tracy Hogg, Family Whispering is a common sense parenting guide for the modern mom who doesn’t want to “helicopter” or “Tiger-parent.” Informed by the authors’ wisdom, stories from the trenches, and research that offers clues about how family members can flourish as individuals and, at the same time, function better as a unit, the book is easy to understand and implement. This includes a book that is rich with self-tests, spaces for notes at the end of each chapter, and the recurring “For Your Notebook” sections encourage parents to review, question, contemplate, and keep track of family dynamics and progress.
The Confident Mom: Guiding Your Family with God’s Strength and Wisdom by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer will help you tackle the challenges of motherhood while taking care of your spiritual needs. Raising kids in today’s complex world is no easy task. Oftentimes we moms second guess the choices we make. Using spiritual references and funny anecdotes from her personal experiences, Joyce Meyer will help guide you to becoming a more self-assured mom.
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth by Vicki Robin is an inspirational narrative filled with recipes and lively anecdotes supporting the locavore movement. Vicki Robin challenged herself to eat locally within a 10-mile radius on Whidbey Island, Washington for one month. What she discovered is honestly depicted in this eye-opening book about our food sources and what we can do as a community to change our diets.
Skip the Crowds and Take Your Family Skiing in Waterville Valley
After a sizable snow storm over Martin Luther King weekend, there were plenty of lift lines and skiers heading to Vermont. Amazingly, most of them drove right past an awesome resort. I'm encouraging families to skip the crowds on the next winter holiday and take a family ski trip ...read more
Keeping your New Year's resolutions
The New Year is off to a fresh start, and many of us are committed to doing something or many things with more intention this year. But it's tough to stay on track. In fact, “Quitters Day”, which falls on January 14th this year, is the day when most people give up. How can you ...read more
Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Banana Waffle Pies With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
School has started back for many (us included!), and today's Kid's in the Kitchen recipe makes for a perfect breakfast or after-school snack. We made ours for an after-school snack the other day and my second grader loved it. We call this recipe Mini Banana Waffle Pies With ...read more
The Bank on Yourself Revolution: Fire Your Banker, Bypass Wall Street, and Take Control of Your Own Financial Future by New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Pamela Yellen should be your go-to source for financial guidance.Bypass risky investments by banking on her easy plan to grow your wealth safely and securely without relying on investors. Pre-order this book today so that you can learn how to be responsible for your own financial security.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Mark Hyman, MD explores the connection between insulin levels and weight loss. This new release addresses how to naturally burn belly fat, reduce inflammation, and restore your body’s metabolism. It also includes easy meal plans, recipes, and exercise tips. By following this program, you will be on your way to losing weight and feeling good about yourself.
Brad’s Raw Made Easy: The Fast, Delicious Way to Lose Weight, Optimize Health, and Live Mostly in the Raw by Brad Gruno is the ultimate step-by-step guide for eliminating toxins from your body and switching to a healthier way of eating. With 150 quick and tasty recipes using the essential ingredients in an 80/20 raw diet, you can create healthy meals closer to nature. Not to mention, you’ll finally lose those excess pounds.
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