What I'm Reading - November


I'm sharing what I've been reading this month, and I would love to know 
what others are reading too. Share a post about books you've been reading in the linky below.

Lots of nonfiction in this month's round-up. Here are five highly-recommended books I read this month.


The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why do certain brief experiences (moments) matter more than others and how can we create more of them? The answer has vast implications both in business and in our personal lives. With a bit of attention and energy, an ordinary moment can be transformed into an extraordinary one. In this highly readable business-type book, The Power of Moments shows you how to do it and why it matters. Packed with loads of examples, this step-by-step guide will have you thinking differently about the moments of your life.


Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
By Anne Bogel

Knowing yourself is just plain hard. And yet, understanding certain aspects of your personality can cause a whole lot of things to make more sense. If you have ever been interested in the many personality frameworks available, this guide will help you make sense of them and gives practical applications to all areas of your life. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I just love the feel of the paper of this book. If that’s important to you, you may want to opt for the hard copy over the digital version.




By Alan Jacobs

Bombarded by an endless number of forces that actively discourage us from thinking (think social media), thinking is hard work. In this easy-to-read volume, Jacobs shares his thoughts on what we can do to combat this problem. How to Think will get you thinking about what influences your thinking and gives helpful tip to improve the way you think.


Murder on the Orient Express
By Agatha Christie

I was inspired to re-read this classic due to the recent release of the Hollywood film, and I am so glad I did. Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time for good reason. Even if you know the ending, this whodunit is an immensely enjoyable read.




By Amy Myers, M.D.

This book has been at my side in the kitchen for the past several months. Many people suffer from some type of inflammation. This easy-to-read book gives thorough explanations and suggests simple steps for overcoming inflammation through nutrition. The diet is not necessarily easy to implement but it has certainly made a tremendous difference in many ongoing symptoms.






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Printable Scripture Cards


Need some words of encouragement? 

Print these scripture cards to carry with you or  keep visible anywhere: your desk, the kitchen, your planner, the car...any place you will see them as a reminder of the One who cares for you.

Simply print the PDF file and cut the cards to separate. 


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How to Help Your Keratin Treatment Last


You've invested hard-earned cash on an expensive Keratin treatment, so take steps to make it last.

According to stylists, keratin bonds to the hair making it smooth, but that coating will eventually wear off.

Here are three steps you should take to help your treatment last longer.

Choose your shampoo and conditioner carefully.

Sodium laureth sulfate is an agent that helps shampoo to cleanse hair. However, if you lather up with shampoos that contain sulfates, the keratin will be stripped from your hair more quickly.

After a keratin treatment, stylists recommend opting for sulfate-free shampoos. My favorite is Acure ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

Wash less frequently. 

Since washing causes friction, wash less often to protect your treatment. Use a shower cap to keep your hair dry. This one really keeps the moisture off and is large enough to hold long hair.

Between washes, use a dry shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh. Since some dry shampoo can make dark hair dull, I prefer the slight color in Batiste dry shampoo.

Change your pillow case.

You spend a third of your life in bed, so be mindful about what is rubbing against your head. The friction of your pillow will eventually wear down your expensive keratin treatment. 

A silk or satin pillowcase will reduce the amount of friction between your hair and your pillow, leading to less breakage. Plus, it won't dehydrate your hair like traditional pillow cases can, which will keep your hair shiny longer. 


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{Simple} Pumpkin Soup


The simplest pumpkin soup starts with canned pumpkin and canned coconut milk. The links provided will take you to my favorite brands for use in this recipe.

I start with this recipe but skip the butter, chopped onion, and garlic. I also like to add 3 teaspoons of curry powder and salt to taste, depending on the saltiness of your bouillon cubes or broth.

Why? I don't care for the grease of the butter, and I prefer my soup to be super smooth. The orange juice and spices provide plenty of flavor!

The result is an unbelievably simple, flavorful, and filling soup for fall.

Enjoy!

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The No-Dry List: never forget special care clothes again


Save your special care clothes from harsh treatment and possible damage in the dryer. 

We all have items that we know should not go in the dryer. The tough part is remembering them when we transfer clothes from the washer.

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You can jot a note directly on your dryer with a dry erase marker, but if marking up your appliances makes you squeamish, here are some other options - a dry erase sheet (I use these all over the house for notes) or dry erase tape!


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