3 Inspiring Books to Start 2019

January 11, 2019

 

Inspiring Books For 2019

Ok, real quick I wanted to send y’all my favorite 3 books I’m absolutely devouring so far in 2019. These are perfect for you, mama, because the first 2 are super short passages and/or chapters that you actually can find the time to read because it takes about 3 minutes! lol!

First up – The Daily Soul Sessions books (obvi!)

If your pregnant – get The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama. If you’re not pregnant – get The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama. The short, daily inspirations are so refreshing and comforting. I’ve loved diving back into my pregnancy book. It reminds me that I’m not alone in my feelings (hello hormones!) and that it’s ok to miss the woman I used to be. She is still there. I just have to work a little bit harder to honor her, remember her, and bring her back by being creative, positive, and inspired!

Inspiring Pregnancy Book

Second – Maria Shriver’s “I’ve Been Thinking”

This book is just awesome. Short chapters with titles like “The Power Of Faith”, and “I’m Who I Choose To Become”, and “The Power Of Letting Go” to name a few are incredibly inspiring and encouraging. This woman has been through a lot, and she’s come out on the other side with so much wisdom and kindness that I’m simply devouring her words. You will too, I know it!

Maria Shriver book I've Been Thinking

Third – Lysa Terkeurst’s “The Best Yes”

Lysa Terkeurst is a Christian author and I really enjoy her writing style. She tells inspiring, real stories that help me relate to my every day problems and concerns. This book is all about “making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands” which LORD knows I need help with! I get paralyzed with indecision – do you? Lately I’ve been realizing that when I’m stuck in that limbo of not being able to make a decision, it’s because I’m letting myself be led by all the noise and chaos and media and social media around me. Instead of quietly going inside of myself and letting spirit lead me. This book is helping me take ownership of that.

Lysa Terkeurst The Best Yes

There you have it, lady! Curl up with some coffee and take those 5 minutes for yourself. Or if you’re like me, you have 2 kids in your lap while you do it – but still! It’s the thought – and the inspiration – that counts!

 

 

5 Things You Must Have When You’re Pregnant

January 10, 2019

 

5 Things you must have when you're pregnant

Well, third time must be a charm, because here it is, mama – the 5 Things You Must Have When You’re Pregnant. It’s only taken me…ohhhh, 22 months of pregnancy (I have 2 kids, and one on the way) to whittle this list down to my favorites!

1.) An Inspiring Pregnancy Book

The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama book is the one thing I read every single day to get my mind and my heart right. I want to feel connected to my little peanut inside, but I also want to remember the woman I was before the label mom took over my entire existence! And this book does that – it’s short, inspiring messages for each day of your pregnancy. It helps you stay positive, stay mindful, and stay creative during these most creative and amazing 9 months!

2.) Comfy CUTE Shoes

Ok, so as we keep growing and growing with each passing day – ahem – month, it’s important to hold onto a few things from our previous life. Or even add something amazing to our previous life – and the easiest way to do this is with shoes! lol – I know, it’s a bit vain, but when we have some cute shoes on, it makes the bump feel even better! The key is comfort, as you know, and these wedge sneaks are AMAZING! See the pic above – Supes cute. And I can wear them literally all day long without my feel hurting.

3.) An Amazing Blender

Yep. An amazing blender is for sure a necessity! So go ahead and ask for that Vitamix for your birthday or whatever holiday is fast approaching, because smoothies are the best when you’re preggo. A couple of my favorites are the Glowing Green Smoothie and the Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie. 

4.) Pillows. And Then More Pillows

There comes a point in every pregnancy when you simply need all the pillows. Seriously – I bogart every single pillow from all the unused beds when I hit, ohhhh about 12 weeks! I now sleep in a throne-like position. This means I have the large Euro pillow in back, then 2 normal queen pillows piled against that, a 3rd queen pillow propped up above the 2 other queens (for my head, obvi), and THEN I have 2 king pillows – one on either side of my body. These are for propping up my arms, or for placing under my bump and between my knees when I want to be on my side. Yes. It’s a lot. Yes, it sounds insane. Yes, my poor husband has to climb over a mountain of pillows any time he wants to kiss me good night. And Yes, I need them all. So do yourself a grand favor, and just accept the pillows. Zzzzzzzz.

5.) A Great Lipstick – Color, color, color!

You need to head to Sephora and have an expert help you find the perfect lip color to add to your daily arsenal. And go bold, my bump sister, go bold! I find that when I’m feeling exhausted (pretty much every day), or I’m feeling a bit blue that nothing fits (hello boobs!), or I just need to feel a little oomph of fertility goddess-ness, the perfect lip color helps me get there. I adore this one from Milk Makeup – color “Wifey.”

So there you have it, friend. My list of the 5 Things You Must Have When You’re Pregnant. Next up, my 5 Maternity Clothing Essentials!

Cheers,
Kate

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Favorite Books I’m Currently Reading…

March 6, 2018

 

What are my favorite books I’m reading right now? Besides the book I wrote!? Ha! Jk, jk. I’m a GIANT book nerd and proud of it. Where my fellow book nerds at?

Ok, onto the good stuff. First up is my soulful book of the month:

A Book For Your Soul:

I just finished Gabrielle Bernstein’s newest – Judgment Detox. It’s a fast read but full of awesome advice and tips on how to get rid of all the judgment in your life. Judgment basically comes down to negativity; any bad or negative thought you have toward yourself or someone else is only hurting you. Learning how to forgive yourself for these thoughts, how to move past them quickly, and how to change the thought to something better is key to living your happiest, highest vibration life!

I try to read a couple of pages of my soulful or self-help book every day during my morning routine. It honestly is a game changer—in fact, I can tell that days don’t start as positively and go as smoothly if I haven’t take “me” time!

A Book For Whimsy:

Kacey has been re-reading Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga! Yes, the WHOLE THING. If you haven’t read these books yet…well, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. They are so wonderful, so adventurous, and they have such awesome characters. The TV series on STARZ ain’t so bad either (hello, Sam Heughan!!!!).

A Book For Your Brain

I’m a self-professed fanatic of the musical Hamilton. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen—from the stage movement, to choreography, to the blend of all genres of music! SO great. My in-laws gave me this book, Hamilton: The Revolution, over Christmas and I devoured it! It has behind the scenes looks at how the entire show was made, from start to finish. PLUS it has Lin Manuels own commentary alongside lyrics to each song…fascinating!

A Book For Your Work

Carrie Green’s book She Means Business is extremely inspiring. It helps you find the courage to actually start that business or push on through the dark times. It also has a ton of tips, tricks, advice, and practical applications for any business, creative or not. LOVE it.

Happy reading my lovely!

xo,
Kate