Love, Joleen

Friday, January 19, 2018

25+ Books I'm Reading in 2018

One of my personal goals every year is to challenge myself to read a certain number of books. I've been using GoodReads for close to a decade, to set reading challenges, keep book lists of what I want to read, write book reviews, follow what book clubs are reading, and more. This year I really want to spend more of my free time reading, and I've got a good mix of both fiction and nonfiction to occupy me. (Be sure to pin the image below – I'm going to revisit this post to share my brief reviews throughout the year!) Here's what I'm planning to read in 2018.

Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

Marriage & Family
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary L. Thomas

Grace Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free by Tim Kimmel

The Invisible Bond: How to Break Free from Your Sexual Past by Barbara Wilson

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán

Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán

Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book About a not so Perfect Mom by Bunmi Laditan

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

The Rejected Writer’s Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

P.S. from Paris (US edition) by Marc Levy

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Easy BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe for The Big Game

The Big Game is fast approaching but let's be real, I care way more about what we're going to eat than football. Haha! Don't kill me. But seriously, half the fun of gathering with your friends to watch the Championship is the food you eat at Half Time. I thought I'd share my family's favorite easy Game Day BBQ chicken sliders recipe with Pepperidge Farm Sliders Buns. They're seriously EASY to make and so, so good! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Blog Report & 2018 Goals

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a great holiday with your loved ones. It was so nice to take a break from everything after such a busy quarter! I'm love reflecting on the previous year and setting intentions for a new one. I really want to thank you for reading and for your encouragement and support over the last year. I am so blessed by this blog and the opportunities it affords me. Thank you!
My family in St. Louis for Christmas and New Year's.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Cost and Budget-Friendly Indoor Things to Do with Kids for the Holidays

Raise your hand if you're nearing or just flat out broke from Christmas shopping... just in time for your kids to be home for the holiday break from school? If you're like me, you're already turning to The Almighty Internet for ideas of fun things to do on a budget. Honestly, the best way I tackle this is to keep a running list of projects and activities to do with my son, when going outside just isn't an option. I thought I'd save you the trouble by compiling a list of things you can do together indoors. Most of the activities on this list were completely free, using supplies we had around the house, or the cost was very minimal. I'm all about the free and cheap things to do with kids!