While Luke was at hockey a few weeks ago, Wesleigh (L&W are 10 years and 22 months) and I popped into a local bookstore. I saw the most beautifully illustrated book called “Three Bears in a Boat” by David Soman. Who wouldn’t buy this book based on the cover alone?! The images are beautiful, but it wasn’t until my husband and I read it to the kids that night that it became one of my favorites.

There is a great lesson in this wonderful book. These three sweet bear siblings discover that telling the truth would have been a better option. I love this because most stories about lying (i.e. the boy who cried wolf) show a bad consequence for telling a lie. This book, however, touches a different way of lyingwhen you choose not to tell an adult information. When you omit information from a parent, it is still considered lying. This concept is so hard to teach to little kids. They think they will get in trouble if they tell you things you don’t want to hear. We always want our kids to feel comfortable talking to us! This is a great book for littles and older children as well. I hope you enjoy!


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There is nothing better than relaxing in a beach chair by the ocean with a great book in your hand. I always have my nose in a bookif the kids are behaving! I narrowed down my favorite summer reads and even a few I haven’t gotten to yet but can’t wait to drive into.

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfullness: I am in the middle of this book right now and I just cannot put it down. It is a beautiful melding of the science and art of mindfulness.

The Garden of Eden: This is maybe one of my favorite books of all time. A summer romance and lots of scandal on the coasts of France and Spain.

How to be Parisian Wherever You are: I literally read this in one day! It’s a quick, fun and funny read about all the essentials for being a Parisian.

Z. A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The lovely woman at the bookstore the next town over recommended this, and it’s going to be my next beach read!

Gypsy Living: I LOVE this book. Stories of modern day gypsies and their beautiful dwellings.

Tigers in the Red Weather: The PERFECT summer read about long sunny days spent on Martha’s Vineyard. Lots of family drama!

Paris Letters: Ever thought you should just pack up your life and move to Paris one day? OK, well this girl did and it’s a greatand truestory.

Go Set a Watchman: I cannot tell you how excited I am for this to be released. I pre-ordered it months ago and will jump for joy when it arrives. It is the first book Harper Lee ever wrote, only to have it rejected by publishers. She re-wrote it into what we know today as To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Late Summer Mood Board

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Even though summer vacation has been in full swing at our house for over a month, we still get the Monday blues. Mondays stink sometimes. You have to get back to the hustle, friends leave who had been visiting for the weekend, and you start that diet you promised yourself you would. Here are some “tried and trues” for kick starting your week the right way.

1. Get up 30 minutes earlier: I know, I know, getting up on Monday mornings are the worst. However, part of the yuck factor is that we are in a rush after blissfully sleeping in all weekend. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier and GET up! Have a water with lemon, read the paper, a book or your favorite blog (ahem). Enjoy some quiet “me” time before you have to hit the showers.

2. Sit and enjoy breakfast: this relates to above, but sit down and enjoy your breakfast in your favorite spot in the house.

3. Take notes: write down what you have to do for the week. Write it all down. It feels better to get everything on paper and start your day with a clear head rather than a to-do list buzzing around.

4. Plan a dinner date: with your girl friend, sister, or husband. Plan a dinner date out for Monday nights. It makes the day go by quicker when you have something fun to look forward to. Plus you probably won’t need a reservation on a Monday!

5. Get into bed 30 minutes earlier: grab your favorite book, PJs and unwind in your room. Light a candle and relax, you made it though Monday so the rest of the week is a breeze!

Photography by Rebecca Hansen from First Mate Photo