So Very Rad

rad-women-worldwide-image

Most of the time I seem to stick to fiction (mainly suspense, mysteries, etc.) but I decided to switch things up this time around–enter, Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz. Normally, biographies tend to totally bore me unless I am extremely interested in the subject, however, this book was such a nice departure from the sometimes all too lengthy biographies that just feel way too drawn out. Kate gives the reader concise and interesting information about each woman in a way that keeps you engaged and inspired.

Kate highlights a total of 40 women from various countries around the world spanning centuries, who have made their mark on the world in one way or another. The illustrations accompanying each biography were done by Miriam Klein Stahl and they are amazing combined with the bold colors — it completely draws you in and it made me even more interested in what I was reading. If you can believe it, Miriam’s papercut illustrations are done using just paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife!

I think one of my favorite things about this book is the fact that I only knew who a handful of these women were. To me, that means I’m actually learning something and that Kate took her time researching and then showcasing not only well-known women but the not so well-known as well. Rad Women Worldwide also opened my eyes to the fact that we aren’t learning enough about these women in school. Most of our studies are dominated by men and it almost starts to seem like women haven’t had much of an impact on the world which isn’t true at all. Spreading the stories of these strong women from different times and different countries to others gives life to their causes and purpose — it keeps them alive and it breaks boundaries.

I think this book is something every woman should read and own. Learn more about how amazing women can truly be, how inspiring, real, driven, and rad we are. Then pass that down to your daughters and talk to your friends about it!

Kate Schatz has also authored another similar book Rad American Women A-Z that I will definitely be getting my hands on next. You can also check out their website here!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Advertisements

Pumpkin Picking

We seem to go at exactly the same time during the month of October every year to go get our pumpkins and this year the weather was about 20 degrees cooler than last year! I was super happy about this because it felt more like an actual fall activity haha 


Andie was so excited to go pick pumpkins, especially since we told her she could pick her very own little pumpkin to put in her room 🙂 We headed straight to the back of Hunt Club Farm where they keep all the little pumpkins for the kids to pick and let her go!


She ended up picking one and then two more because well, Daddy can’t say no to that little girl. Then we went and picked out two larger pumpkins for our front porch. The two extra little pumpkins ended up working out perfectly because they have a spot on our fireplace! 


$25 later, we left with our pumpkins and a big smile from our little girl who got to hold her little pumpkin all the way home 🙂 


What are your favorite family fall activities?! Would love some more ideas 🙂 

What? Like It’s Hard?

While I’m driving to and from work on the weekends and whenever I am getting ready for the day, I’m usually listening to a podcast. I’ve gotten really into them in the last few months and one of the podcasts I listen to is Young House Love Has a Podcast. YHL is so great–I have one of their books + I’ve enjoyed the blog and listening to them even more since purchasing our home. Today, I was listening to their episode featuring Ana White and it totally inspired me!

Ana White is a cool lady who lives in Alaska with her family and runs a website that provides free building plans for basically any piece of furniture you can think of. I loved hearing Ana tell her story about how she just decided to start learning how to use power tools and figuring out how to make the things she couldn’t buy. I mean, why not?! It really made me think, “Wow, I could totally build stuff too!” While looking through her website, I realized I had seen a few of her pieces on Pinterest. No surprise there! Guys, there are SO many cool things to build on her site and I’ve already pinned a few plans.

There are so many pieces of furniture that I’d like for our house but we just don’t have the money to buy. I sent Daniel a text once I got to work and told him that building furniture for our house was going to be our new hobby together. haha  How fun is that? It’s something I want to learn as well as something I think I’d enjoy and it’s right up Daniel’s alley! Here are some of the pieces I’m thinking about for our first projects:

bookcase

  1. I have a LOT of books and would love a nice big bookcase to house them all!

2x2-console-west-elm-desk-3

2. I am currently using our dining room table as a place to keep my laptop, my planner, etc. and our printer floats from room to room. I would really like to have a designated space for all of that! This desk would likely go in our guest room upstairs.

table

3. My dream is to have an awesome and beautiful farmhouse style dining room table with bench seating on one side and pretty chairs for the other sides. Not sure of the stain as of yet but I’m really liking this style!

helping-tower-kitchen-learn

4. Andie LOVES to help. If there’s anything at all she can help with, she’s all about it and that’s why I think this Little Helper Tower would be PERFECT for her. This gets your toddler at counter level so they can help mommy & daddy and you don’t have to worry about them falling off a stool or anything!

Check out http://www.ana-white.com and you’ll see these plans as well as thousands of others 🙂

 

 

Andie’s Anecdotes

These aren’t going to be true anecdotes but I can’t refuse the opportunity for alliteration and I realize I have got to start recording the funny things Andie is saying at this age. Toddlers are hilarious!! So from time to time, I’ll be sharing a few lines from our resident comedian 🙂 Here are a few recent ones:

  • Daniel was outside mowing the grass without a shirt on and Andie wanted to see him through the window. Upon seeing him she said,”Oh look at Daddy mowing grass with his boobies!”
  • Daniel asked Andie if she’d like a baby brother or sister, she smiles and laughs and then says,”You serious Daddy?”
  • Me: “Andie you have to finish your dinner before you can have ice cream.” Andie: How bout I eat quesadilla after ice cream?”
  • “Good job Mommy!” — as I pour the contents of her potty into the toilet or last night when I came back with her sippy cup of milk
  • Andie fell on the floor in a weird way and said,”Ouch! My hoo-hoo!” — thanks for that name to describe her private parts Daniel! Haha