weekend reads

The heat is scorching here at the moment.  Everything in the garden is getting burnt.  I send the boys out for a little bit in the morning, and again at night so they burn off some energy but our days are consisting heavily of board games, books and movies.  With the odd trip to the beach and runs through the sprinklers.  I do so love school holidays!  I have even learnt to play chess, which was a game I didn't have patience for growing up.  But this family of mine do love a good board game and we are discovering some beauties.  

I hope you are all managing to keep cool for those of you in Australia!  There is some good reads this week, and I have included a couple of books that I really love.  If your Australian and haven't yet, I highly recommend getting onto this free public library app Libby.  I think this might be the best app ever.  Endless free books at your fingertips! 

Ronnie and Henry, best mates!  This dog loves his boys.  



lower waste goodie bags prizes and stocking stuffers
Sometimes we want to give little ones a small gift for what ever reason, these are some nice low waste ideas.

The Guardian
"For 30 years I've been obsessed by why children get Leukaemia. Now we have an answer."
Just...wow.  Basically what I get from this is to follow my desire to use natural cleaners like vinegar, bicarb and essentail oils.  To use simple and natural body cleansers, and the power of eating simple nourishing food cooked with real ingredients while continuing to embrace fermented foods.  That there is something in my inner desire to have a house full of animals to give my children the kind of experiences I read about in story books as a child.  It seems to be shown time and time again that these things strengthen our children's immune system, and the research about gut health is becoming more and more prominent.

"Driving Over Lemons" by Chris Stewert
I am devouring allll the books written by people who have made the move to a farming life, in an unconventional way.  This book is hilarious, and wonderfully heart warming.  You can read it for free with the Libby app or purchase online.

'The Art of Frugal Hedonism' by Annie Raser-Rowland 
Brook McAlery from 'The Slow Home Podcast' interviewed Annie Raser-Rowland the Author a little while back, but her book  has been playing in my mind recently.  If you haven't read it I highly recommend it.  Its a small, but powerful little book that can help you see the small moments of ordinary things as a total luxury.  Also here is the podcast between these two wonderful ladies, its a goodie.
Podcast

Uber Frugal Month
This is a great free challenge from a blogger by the name of Liz.  I am following along the best I can.  Grant and I are having these conversations about our financial plans moving forward into a new season.  The transition of moving house makes it a little imperfect as our routine will be out of whack, but I think sometimes you just need to start the best you can.

I hope you enjoy this weeks links as much as I have!
Much love,
Emma
xx

13 comments

  1. I like the new look of your blog Emma.
    Did you draw the art used in the blog header? It's so beautiful. :)

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    1. Thankyou Nil, I loved the images too.

      No, I didn't draw them. I used Canva, which is great fun! I chose the 'Blog Header' format, then simply played around until I was happy. There are lots of free images on there, and some of these were free ones but some I paid $1 for. I think all up it cost me $5. My advice is down load a draft first and make sure you are happy with it size/composition when you upload it to your blog. Then when you are completely happy with it then pay for the watermarks to be removed.

      xx

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    2. Thanks Emma. I'll try Canva one of these days. :)

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  2. Thanks Em for the great reads. I really like seeing what others are reading on the net. It adds interest and provides a number of different points of view.

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    1. I really enjoy that too and find all kinds of interesting things others have found. :)

      xx

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  3. I've just been to my local library today, Emma. Lots of great books to read for free! I'll enjoy checking out these links too! Have a lovely weekend. MegXx

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    1. Enjoy your reads Meg! I have to head in next week and return ours before we move. I don't want the library books to get tangled up with ours!

      It will be interesting to check out the libraries in our new district, the Port Macquarie one looks good!
      xx

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  4. Loving the new fresh look and I can't wait to see the proceedings at the new place

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    1. Thanks Phil! I appreciate that. I look forward to sharing.

      xx

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  5. I saw the leukemia article as well. I'm cautiously excited about the article- husband is a researcher, and there's so often times that things look fantastic, only to not turn out later. Such is the way of science, but man, it would be nice to have more concrete info as to the whys of childhood cancer. (I'm like you; I clean with products I make myself for the most part, we've had cats for years, and my daughter basically spent her entire first three years trying to fit the entire world in her mouth and I just shrugged and figured it boosted her immune system. Although "Stop licking the hotel room carpet!" is actually a phrase I had to utter two summers ago...)

    I signed up for the Uber Frugal Month challenge as well. If anything, it'll serve as a frugal mindset booster, which is always helpful! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. LOL, the things we say as parents huh?

      Good luck with the Uber Frugal Month it Stephanie, I really like her writing style.

      Yes, I agree sometimes research can seem promising and then it falter. But None the less I am so hopeful that even if this isn't a cure, it is at least a significant step in helping the situation!

      xx

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  6. Hi Emma, I've heard good things about Libby here in California, too. I have Overreader, (or something like that,) on my desktop. Hot weather can be challenging. Enjoy your chess...

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