Book Reviews and a Garden Update

So, I mentioned a couple of posts ago that one of my goals was to read 20 books this year. I’m still working on The Explorer’s Guild but, I’ve read a couple of others in the meantime.

As Sisters in Zion 

Pages: 80

Genre: LDS Biography

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect for an afternoon read. It is about the woman, Emily Hill, who wrote the lyrics to the song “As Sisters in Zion.” It tells the story of her and her sister’s conversion to the LDS church and subsequent moving to America and joining the pioneers in their trek west. It is a short summation of their lives but the succinctness made it an easy read. I do wish it had been a little more in-depth, but Debbie Christensen might’ve shared all she knew.

Recommend: Yes, good to buy and good to check-out at the library

Marriage isn’t For You: It’s for the One You Love

Pages: 20 (I don’t know if I can actually count this as a book)

Genre: Self-Help Relationships

Review: This was a cute little story about a father’s advice to his son before his marriage. I really liked the advice given and thought that the pictures in the book (of Seth Adam Smith and his wife) really added to the message.

Recommend: Yes, but check-out at the library

Pregnancy: The Beginners Guide

Pages: 245

Genre: Woman’s Health

Review: This is my favorite non-textbook pregnancy book (Infancy by Alan Fogel is my favorite one but, it covers from pregnancy to 3 years and it is a textbook so, it’s really an unfair comparison). I love the infographics and how easy the book is to read. It really breaks down what a pregnant woman wants to know in simple terms. My favorite part is that every month has a two page “Dad’s Survival Guide.” Mr. B is always bothered that anything pregnancy (and weddings but, I think he’s over that now) seem to completely ignore the father (though he does easily acknowledge that mom’s need more information, he just thinks dad’s need info too). I agree with him and want him to be able to prepare through my pregnancy too. The book includes month-by-month information, natural and non-natural birthing options, pregnancy exercises, and newborn information. It is packed with the little tidbits that sometimes get lost in the slew of pregnancy information.

Recommend: For first-time parents YES! For 2nd (or more) parents, maybe, the information might be repetitive.

Have you read any of these books? Do you recommend them?

xoxo,

Kels

As a side note, our strawberries are flowering!

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Our Family Garden

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we were going to start a garden, well today is the day!

Balcony Gardening
We wanted Wheatley to pose for the camera. He sat obediently but, stared at Mr. B instead of the camera.

This year, we did not start mid-July like last year (in our defense, we moved the first week of July and didn’t want to move plants). Those plants died a horrific death, but this year we got a early start and we talked to the ‘experts’ at our local gardening store (not home depot, they didn’t know anything). The lady at Schmidt’s (which is conveniently a 5 minute walk for us and allows Wheatley to go inside, which he loved) was so helpful and informative. We started with 3 sprouts of spinach and 4 sprouts of strawberries, at her recommendation. Apparently spinach likes chillier whether and strawberries don’t care. We also skipped the Miracle-Gro soil; she said it was the worst and never yielded good veggies. We also have basil and cilantro seeds. We used the pots we got last year but, this year we checked for drainage. That turned out to be a good choice because apparently with the pots we have you have to poke the drainage holes out… which we didn’t do last year. Fail.

Isn’t our little watering can cute? It’s from the dollar section of target. Every other watering can we looked at seemed to only be fillable by hose… which we don’t have.

What’s growing in your garden?

xoxo,

Kels

My Spring/Summer Goals

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I’m a goal-oriented kind of girl. I like to have an idea of what I want to do. Now, knowing that I’m due with my first child in June, you’re probably wondering: isn’t that work enough? The answer is no. There are never enough projects. There is never too much to be striving for. On the other hand, that mindset does lead to the problem that  I start a billion projects and finish three. It is an awful habit that I am really trying to break but, alas, I like starting projects and working towards goals too much.

So, here are my projects and goals for this spring/summer time and hopefully this blog will keep me on track.

  1. A Redhead Married a Geek Blog. This is a project. I’ve started a couple of blogs and they usually fail after like 5 posts in 5 days. I just get too lazy to write, which is sad because I love it once I start! I’ve already made it longer than I ever have before which is a full month. I told myself after one month I could start hosting instead of having it as aredheadmarriedageek.wordpress.com but, I have yet to make the switch. I need to look into it more so, maybe by April I’ll have made a decision on how I want to go about hosting my own website.
  2. 20 Books in 12 Months. I’m already behind on this because I started in late February instead of in January. I actually think I’ll be able to keep this one because I am a big reader, I just normally read unpublished books that I can get on my phone so, for some reason I don’t count those. I want to read classics and books that stretch my brain. I’m currently 150ish pages into “The Explorers Guild” by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner. It’s 763 pages. I probably should’ve started with something shorter but, it is really interesting so far. I’m going to read a couple of books concurrently as well. I love to read in shower (I’ll lay down like I’m taking a bath and hold my phone on the outside of the curtain. It is the best is warm forever unlike baths). But, I can’t hold a massive 700+ page book in one hand so, I’ve downloaded some free books on my Kindle app and I’ll read those.
  3. Refresh my French. Beat DuolingoMy first language is English, my second French, and my third Russian. I am fluent in none of them… just kidding. I am fluent in English and I could get on well enough in Russian and I used to be able to get on well enough in French but, when I learned Russian, French took a back seat. Now, when I try to speak French sometimes the Russian words will come out instead. (I think my brain goes into foreign language mode and just chooses whichever word comes to mind first). So, I’d like to refresh my French and speak it to Little C. (I think French will be a little more useful than Russian). I’m using the app Duolingo to help. I don’t know if you can actually beat Duolingo or if it just keeps getting progressively harder, so we’ll see about that part of the goal.
  4. Participate in my community moreI wrote a post earlier about all the cool things that my community does, that I had no idea about! It got me really excited. So, I want to be more involved in my community by doing the activities they host. We already go to the farmer’s market whenever it opens but, there are so many cool things to do! Monday we are going to a Tesla Coil Class at the Library. I am so stoked.
  5. Baby Curriculum. This is a huge one that I think I am absolutely going to adore but, really has to wait until I have Little C to try my ideas with. It’s still just a vague brain child of an idea so, you’ll have to wait and see what it entails.
  6. Be Healthy. This is a broad goal that I’ve already started working on in this post and this meal plan. I want to be a good weight for my height and body type but, more importantly, I want to be getting all the nutrients and exercise I need. I’ve been doing pretty good at working out 10-20 minutes a day or walking at least 30 minutes but, that is still a goal I have to maintain as well as healthy eating.
  7. Craft! This is always a goal for me. It goes back to my ‘start a billion projects and finish 5’ problem. Right now, I have a yellow baby blanket I started 2 years ago sitting in my crochet basket (along with the beige baby blanket for Little C that I actually will finish) and the start of a sewn rocket ship stuffed toy that I started 2 weeks ago. Those aren’t including the sewing projects I bought fabric and patterns for and never started or the junk I’ve collect because ‘this could work to make so and so.’ Just today I bought primer to paint our bookshelf (something I’ve wanted to do for almost a year). I’m going to paint our bookshelf starting tomorrow. It is my weekend project and it is going to be awesome. One of my goals is to finish more crafts, especially crafts for Little C. (Which I’ve already started by making a carrier for him which is pictured above).
  8. Not have a black thumb. My final goal is another goal that I try and fail at every year: the garden. I have a black thumb. It is the truth. I think my problem has been that I try to shoot above my ability because I grew up watching my wonderfully green thumbed mother in her beautiful vegetable garden and her flowery landscaping. (Her goal is to one day have a garden as beautiful as temple square, my goal is to not have things die). This year we are going to try for strawberries, spinach, basil and cilantro.

Bonus Goal (because it isn’t for the spring/summer): Lose all my baby weight by Christmas. I’m hoping I’ll do it faster but, my goal is to be 140 pounds by Christmas. I am 6 months preggo right now and 161. (I was actually 145 before I got pregnant, so, I’ve only gained 16ish pounds but, my goal is 140).

What are your goals for the year? Or do you prefer to sit back and take it as it comes like Mr. B does? (I think it’s less stressful this way – Mr B)

xoxo,

Kels