Books Read in May 2016

I am getting a little tired (a.k.a. burnt out) with doing full-length book reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to read and I still love to encourage others to read. However, I have been doing book reviews for a (between my personal blog and this one) while and need a change. Therefore, starting this month, I will do monthly recaps of the books I have read (or are reading) with snippet reviews.

Books Read in May 2016

Ironically, I didn’t read all that much in May. I man finishing up the home school year with my son and busy with other things that I didn’t really have the chance to do a lot of reading. But, I did read three:

Next: How to start a Business

NEXT: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family. The book didn’t add much insight into starting a business per se but it did offer a lot of inspiration and encouragement. My favorite part of the book is when she shares her struggles and journey that helped her discover her business of choice.

Fasting: Intermittent Fasting for Beginners (The book doesn’t seem to be available any more). I am not actually a beginner with intermittent fasting as I followed this method for a while a couple of years ago. It really helped me lose weight but for various reasons I stopped. I have decided to do intermittent fasting again and remembered I had this books sitting in my Kindle so I decided to give it a read. The book was okay but I was disappointed that it didn’t mention the fasting method I used in the past (fast-5).

Fast-5 diet and fast-5 lifestyle

The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. This is the book I first read about intermittent fasting. I had a copy from a few years ago that was offered free on Dr. Herring’s website. I re-read the book and inspired once again to give this method a try. It definitely works: I’ve lost 5 lbs so far. 🙂

Hopefully, next month will be better for me, reading wise. I have several books that I want to read so I just need to carve out the time. What have you read lately? Do share!

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Awesome Bloggers: Crystal Paine

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I don’t know how I found Crystal but I started following her back when she had her “mommy blog.” One of the things I loved about the blog were her posts on how she feed her family for about $40 a week; therefore, when she created Money Saving Mom, which was all about saving money, I naturally started following her there, too.

Money Saving Mom

By reading Money Saving Mom, I learned how to “work the system” using coupons and Extra Care Bucks at CVS. I’ve discovered deals that I would never have known about, and I know for a fact that I have saved a lot of money through this site.

Money Saving Mom has evolved over the years and has gotten better and better. Besides sharing about deals and saving money, Crystal inspires and teaches her readers in such a wonderful way. In fact, one of the best things I’ve learned through MSM is how to be more intentional in how I spend my money, and live my life with purpose. I love her tag line, “Intentional Finance. Intentional Family. Intentional Business.” It is so easy for me to go through life putting out fires and reacting to life but Crystal reminds us that it is possible, and so much more preferable, to live with purpose.

One way she does this is through her books. I read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and not only was it encouraging, it was practical. It offered some really good ideas and strategies that helped me go from crazy to calm (most of the time!).

Another way she helps us (me) to be more intentional is through her courses. If you read my post about productive mornings, you know that I am a huge fan of her Make Over Your Mornings 14 day online course. This course has transformed my morning routine and I can’t wait for Saturdays when I get weekly Make Over Your Mornings weekly newsletter.

But honestly, forget about the books and courses, just check out Crystal’s blog. You will find tons and tons of awesome free content from someone who speaks from the heart. Her authentic, giving spirit shines on every page and you will love the deals, guest posts, links to lots of freebies, and all the tips to help you in all aspects of your life. Crystal definitely fits the bill as an awesome blogger and I bet you’ll think so too. 🙂

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