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Review | Spark Joy


As a lover of all things organized, orderly, minimal, and lovely, I was super excited to read this book. I’ve heard a lot about Marie Kondo’s first book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and though I haven’t read it, I was ready to jump on the KonMari method bandwagon. So, “Spark Joy” was the perfect book to introduce me to her world of tidying.

Overall, I enjoyed this read. I found that I already shared a lot of the same organizing and tidying ideas as she had in her book, so not everything was exactly new to me. While I liked and agreed with most of her ideas I’m not sure that I would implement all of them. She encourages the reader to only keep that which “sparks joy” and makes them happy. In some ways, I think she may be having the reader toss a bit too much of their things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for tossing junk and unused stuff, but sometimes it’s better to keep something until you can replace it, especially if you are in a phase of life where money doesn’t grow on trees.  I disagreed completely with her philosophy (I think she’s Buddhist). She considers every object a living thing that you have to respect and then thank before tossing (and some of which you have to ceremoniously toss). I definitely won’t be following her advice in that way.

The book is divided into three parts, with the first giving an overview on the KonMari method, the second focusing on how to tidy, and the third an overview of what a KonMari’d home looks like. There are cute little illustrations throughout, and an incredibly useful index. The book is also smaller than usual at 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. I find that really nice and also rather cute. Overall, a nice book.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.


My Top Reads of 2015

Out of the Depths - bookCheaper by the Dozen - bookboston jane an adventure - book

boston jane the claim - bookAdam-of-the-Roadgettingtoknow

Well, I didn’t quite manage either of the two reading goals I had originally started with. The first was 100 books, but I soon realized that it just wasn’t going to happen no matter how fast I read. So, I changed it to 60 books and that once again proved to be too ambitious also as I only managed to read 40 books this year. Oh well, at least I did read a good bit. Not gonna beat myself up over that.

So, I’ve been seeing “favorite reads of 2015” posts around and thought I’d go ahead and put one up too even though I blog monthly on my favorite reads. The six books you see up there have made it to my “top reads of the year”. And to make it to this post, it has to be a book that I would read again. Oh, and did I mention that I almost never read books twice? So, you have my word for it that these are really great books. And I gotta say, I’m quite surprised that half of the books on this list are fiction. I’ve always considered myself a non-fiction girl.

  • Out of the Depths: I read this book in one sitting. It is the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, written by a Christian sailor who survived the torpedo bombing and the four days at sea before rescue in shark infested salt water. I so appreciated his Christian testimony throughout and hearing how the Lord kept him and others strong and sane in an extremely trying ordeal.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen: If you’ve ever seen the movie, you will want to read the book. The story of the Frank Gilbreth family will probably have you laughing at times, as it did me. An easy, interesting read, and I hear there are two other books in the series.
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure:
  • Boston Jane: The Claim:I loved these books and series (though I was disappointed to not be able to read the second book as my library doesn’t have it). It reminded me so much of Gloria Whelan’s Island trilogy, which are some of my very favorite historical fiction books. This series is set in the mid 1800’s in first Philadephia and then Oregon and chronicles the adventures of tomboyish-turned-lady Jane Peck.
  • Adam of the Road: Set in medieval times, this fictional story tells the adventures and journeys of the young minstrel Adam. I found this to be an interesting, pleasant read and appropriate for all ages.
  • Getting To No: This was the best book I have ever read on killing sin in your life. Lutzer did a fabulous job addressing every question and inner thought one might have related to sin in one’s life. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, which can be worked through alone or with a discussion group. I highly, highly recommend that every Christian read this book.
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Review | Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook


I’m so excited to share my review of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. Not only has the THM diet become hugely popular among woman, but it’s also been a huge success. And with every diet, there is a need for recipes. So, I had high hopes for this cookbook.

The authors, did an A+++ job, not only in the writing, but also in the recipes. My family has been working our way through the book, trying out the recipes and we haven’t found one recipe that did not wow us. Everything made using that book has been super delicious. The pictures are not only of top notch quality, but are helpful when wanting to know what a dish might look like once prepared (though there are not pictures of every recipe). I thought it was really nice too how they incorporated family pictures too. Who wouldn’t want to see those?

Everything was laid out well and the recipes are easy to follow. Bonus, they even tell you where to find some of the ingredients. Suffice it to say, I’m super impressed. This is definitely a cookbook that is well worth your money.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.