Monday, October 27, 2014

A Robertson Family Christmas

Ok, so I admit. I don't know much about the Robertsons. I would be like one of the main characters in this book, Hunter, who is from the Midwest and won a contest to spend Christmas with the famous Duck Commander family. As I read this quick read, I couldn't help but want to meet them myself. Miss Kay wrote this novella as a work of fiction as if someone was getting an inside glimpse of Christmas with the Robertsons.

One of the highlights was the recipe for Willie's crazy bread (you'll have to read it to find out what it is!). YUM. Can't wait to make it.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Middle School Makeover

Middle School is tough. That's no surprise. But it doesn't have to be awful for your children!

So if you're a parent of a middle school (or are just interested in working with that age group like I am), this book is a great resource on how to navigate the interesting transitions happening during the time in kids' lives.

Our experience in middle school sets the foundation for what we believe about ourselves in high school and beyond (19).

During middle school (and most commonly in seventh grade) kids start to freak out a little bit about who they are in relationship to their peers. It’s their primary goal to develop an identity apart from family, so that one day they can successfully leave your house and have a job, apartment and relationships of their own (97).

I appreciated Michelle's perspective. She shared her own middle school experiences as well as questions she has heard from other parents trying to navigate this age.

Michelle gives insight into how to have conversations about cell phones, modesty, social media and more.

I don't agree with everything in her book (based on my own convictions), but for the most part, I liked the insight she shares with parents and those wanting to read a book about middle school.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies

Know your audience. If you're a single 20/30-something year old, this book might interest you. It won't take you long to read and can be a good gift for a friend.

The part I have a hard time with is having different morals than the author. From page one, she uses colorful language (seriously, you couldn't think of another way to say that -- do you think cursing makes you look cool?). Her thoughts on dating, men, and sex did not align with my views, which is fine because as the subtitle mentions, this is unsolicited advice.

Although the book is aesthetically pleasing and sometimes contained witty banter, I won't be passing this one along to friends any time soon.

I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.