Mom’s Book Club

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5lovelanguagesI remember having a conversation with my dear friend Michelle about relationships and she shared with me a great book that had been recommended to her.  Recently I saw a clip on Facebook where two pastors referred to this book as a great read for those married or in a relationship….The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.

I downloaded this to my Kindle back in 2012 and I remember recommending it to other friends once I finished it.  It educates you on what the author believes are the 5 primary love languages and how to identify what your partners language is and how to “speak” that language.

So what are they?

  • quality time
  • words of affirmation
  • gifts
  • acts of service
  • physical touch

So think about the five languages above and decide….what language do you “speak”, what language does your partner “speak” AND have you learned to “speak” their language and have they learned to “speak” yours?

For those with children or teenagers, check out The 5 Love Languages of Children and The Five Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively.  Single?  The Five Love Languages Singles Edition.

 

 

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Mom’s Book Club

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I read The Skimm(if you don’t, check it out) and recently they highlighted a book “Maybe In Another Life” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I had just finished 4 Erin Hildebrand books and was looking for a new author to get hooked on.  So off to Amazon to download a new book to my kindle/iPad.

Maybe in Another Life was definitely a quick read and after only 3 short flights, I finished it.  The story alternates in each chapter, what happens in the future depending on who Hannah leaves the bar with – her best friend or her high school boyfriend.  Since it was such an easy read, I downloaded a second book by the same author and finished that book, After I Do.  This is a story about marriage and two people who decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love with each other again.

Both easy reads if you are looking for some new books for the plane or new books for bedtime reading!

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I mentioned I love my Kindle and have the Kindle app on my iPad for reading on my business trips.  I recently finished a few books by Erin Hildebrand and recommended them to a recent flight companion.  They are easysummer reads and fun to read about drama that is not your own!

The Matchmaker is a story about a woman in Nantucket that has a gift for matchmaking and the story of her own love life, both losing and finding true love.  Beautiful Day is a story about a Nantucket wedding being planned to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook with  specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials.  It’s a fun story about love, marriage and commitments.  And third is The Rumor, a story about two best friends in Nantucket and how a rumor sets off a drama-filled summer on the island.

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Have any other recommendations for me?

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Creative Birthday Party Favors

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It is stressful enough to plan my daughter’s birthday party.  Yes, picking the theme is easy but when it comes time to put the guest list together and find a place, I stress.  Did I forget anyone?  Will the kids have fun?  Will parents stay or drop off?  What should I serve?  Do I need food for the parents?  And of course, the party favor.  I admit it.  I am not artistic in any sense of the word. Am I creative?  Maybe a little bit.  And when I say just a little, I mean, JUST A LITTLE.

So I thought I would post and ask you……what have been the best party favors either given or received?

I am sharing the ones I have given over the past six years and hoping you can share some new ideas with me!

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Age Six:  Handmade Initial Bracelets for each girl and a hand-painted tote bag they made at the party
Age Five:  Birthday CD with kid friendly music(think of a mix tape in CD format with princess songs, the Wiggles, Free to Be You and Me)
Age Four:  Mr. Men and Little Miss Books
Age Three:  Coloring Books and Crayons in a special crayon holder
Age Two:  Art Party(each child took home a canvas painted by them)
Age One:  Circular confetti colored crayons

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I know there are SOOOOO many creative moms out there….please, Share your thoughts with me!