So Very Rad

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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.

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14 Weeks

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This past week has been a little challenging! Andie has seemed a little more fussy and clingy which might be due to her starting the next “mental leap.” Or not. Who knows? One thing I will not miss about this age is their inability to communicate what is wrong and why they’re upset/crying! Haha

Since Andie can now roll from her back to her tummy, we had to stop swaddling her at night with our beloved velcro SwaddleMe blanket. We slowly got her out of it by leaving one arm out one night, then both. It was a little rough! She did well with one arm out but the first time she had both arms free, she woke up a couple times during the night. That was terrible, especially since I hadn’t woken up multiple times in the night for a looooong time. We finally got her a Halo Sleepsack from Target and the first night she woke up once. Ok, not too bad. Then slept through the night every night after! Woo!!! 🙂 Andie gets up between 6 and 6:30 AM every day so that’s still kind of hard since I have never been a morning person but it’s getting easier!

As for adventures in rolling, Andie is still rolling back to tummy but has yet to roll tummy to back. She tolerates being on her tummy for only so long and then gets reeeeally mad. We turn her back over and then she rolls over again only to cry because she is back on her tummy! Haha I know she’ll roll from tummy to back soon but I’m so anxious for her to do it so she might not hate being on her tummy so much after she gets tired!

We’ve been incorporating more books into our bedtime routine and we are currently loving Alice and Wonderland, Romeo & Juliet, and Guess How Much I Love You. The first two are part of the BabyLit series which is such a cool concept–I want to buy them all and probably will 😉 It’s really important to me that Andie enjoy books not only because it’s great for her but it’s something I’ll be able to bond over with her! I have always been a book lover so I would love our kids to be as well.

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This past week we went to a get-together for Daniel’s squad and had a great time. Andie did so well and I think a large part of that was because we were outside the entire time on one of the most perfect days. It felt like spring so it wasn’t too hot or cold for her. She even fell asleep out there for a little while! Andie did great giving everybody lots of smiles 🙂

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With school starting back up again, I started thinking about what Andie’s school age years might be like. I also came to the realization that she will be graduating high school in the year 2032 (!!!) and college in the year 2036!! That sounds absolutely crazy to me! Haha I’m hoping she’ll end up being a Duke like her momma 😉

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First Pregnancy Purchase!

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Since I have the weekend off this week, I went to spend some time with my parents today before I had to dedicate the rest of my weekend to homework and getting ready for house guests to arrive tomorrow night. We had an amazing dinner that my dad made–he’s the cook in the family and does it WELL–steak, roasted potatoes, and grilled red peppers. Oh. My. Gosh. SO good! Afterwards, we went to Barnes & Noble because mom was really excited to buy me the book every pregnant girl needs: “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” I was also insanely excited because all I’ve done since I got that positive pregnant test is research. What can I eat, what can I not yet, what products should I stay away from, what kind of symptoms should I expect, etc. I’ve already dived into this book and love it–I know it’s going to be my pregnancy bible for the next 9 months!! My mom also bought Daniel a book called “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!” The title alone seems like it will be right up his alley so I can’t wait for him to come home and see it 🙂

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