What I’m loving and reading in May

What I’m loving

Pilates

I started doing Pilates during The Balanced Life‘s free 30-day Pilates body challenge. All of the videos were 10 minutes long, which was a great way to get introduced to this fitness system. Turns out, I really love Pilates! As a mother’s day gift to myself, I bought a month subscription to the membership program. Ever since I have started Pilates, I haven’t had any back pain, which is impressive. Pilates will definitely become a regular part of my routine. Robin Long from The Balanced Life also has a ton of videos on her YouTube channel if you need somewhere to get started.

Oldies Music

I love oldies music; I always have. But for some reason warmer weather always make me start playing it more often. A little Motown, Neil Sedaka, and The Drifters just make me happy.

Harry’s® razors

I have always used a men’s razor to shave my legs. A year or two ago, Carlos and I switched to Harry’s razors. It is awesome every time I use it. The blades are also cheaper than the Gillette MACH3 razor I used. I have no affiliation with them, but I love Harry’s company model and their product. Plus, it ships free, so you really can’t beat it.

What I’m reading

Raising Girls

‘Raising Girls’ by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff

If you have a girl, I really can’t recommend “Raising Girls” enough. I read a lot of parenting books, but this one is worth investing in. It goes through each phase of a girl’s development starting at age 2, and it is so practical and informative. It is so helpful to know that the many ways your daughter behaves is normal for her age. The book provides tips and insight for how to best help her grow through the stages of her development. For all the moms of boys out there, I am working on a post about a similar book for boys that is probably one of my favorite books of all time, so stay tuned.

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‘Better than Before’ by Gretchen Rubin

I have mentioned several times that I have learned a lot about my personality type, and one thing I really struggle with is staying consistent when I am trying to change something in my life. I have heard “Better than Before” recommended several times and thought a book on mastering habits would be helpful. Honestly, I wasn’t in love with this book. I know many people who are, so maybe it is just not my style. However, one thing I learned about myself is that I need outside accountability to succeed when I set a goal. I don’t think I would recommend the book as a whole, unless you were getting it from the library like I did.

Mermaid moon

‘Mermaid Moon’ by Colleen Coble

I like a good suspense book now and then, and while “Mermaid Moon” one wasn’t my favorite, it was worth the trip to the library.

Description from Amazon: Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left — without a word — years ago.When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life — and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie — their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

 

Terms of Engagement

‘Terms of Engagement’ by Melissa R.L. Simonin

I have read every book Melissa has ever written and I tend to really like them all. They are not my normal fiction, and “Terms of Engagement” freaked me out enough that I slept with the light on the night I started it. It is probably not for everyone, but I was definitely a fan.

Description from Amazon: A child’s ghostly laughter. Footsteps in the night. A music box’s haunting melody. Curtains closing by themselves, furniture rearranging, a disappearing afghan, the world’s creepiest doll, complete with her very own coffin… pallbearers not included. Yet surprisingly spry, considering.

Twenty year old Lina Phillips is left reeling after ending her engagement to long-time sweetheart, twenty-two year old Casey Travis. Convinced she’s made the right choice and determined not to go back, she and her twenty-two year old sister, Patrice, leave town for the summer and travel to the countryside and the ancestral home of the Phillipses.

Patrice is certain there’s a reasonable explanation for all the completely unreasonable, unexplainable events transpiring at the house. She’s also convinced that the tall, dark and handsome neighbor, twenty-seven year old Evan Thompson, is worth braving a haunted house for. Not that she believes in that sort of thing.

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