Weekend Reads: Simple Gardening, Beauty, & Style
Happy Friday! What have you got planned for this weekend?
David and I are going on a day trip to visit my Dad in Seguin. We like to drive SH 46 straight from our house, through the winding countryside, past New Braunfels (although we'll probably stop for BBQ here) right up to my Dad's doorstep. It's a 2 hour drive, but it's beautiful and I look forward to driving this simple scenic route every few months. Because it's a somewhat taxing day - long trips with toddlers always seem to be hectic - I'm planning to spend most of Saturday resting and relaxing with a few good reads...
STYLED | EMILY HENDERSON
Have you ever taken a look at your home and felt it resembled a giant disorganized mess, rather than an oasis reflecting your unique personality? Enter Emily Henderson. She's a stylist, TV host, interior designer, and blogger on all things bold and beautiful when it comes to home decor. Her book offers a simple step-by-step guide to developing your home's style aesthetic using what you already own. No overwhelming trips or hours long internet searches to find "the perfect piece" to tie your room together. I've only read the intro so far, but she has a quiz to help identify what your preferred style is. Turns out I'm a minimalist when it comes to home design (big surprise ha~).
101 EASY HOMEMADE PRODUCTS FOR SKIN, HEALTH, & HOME | JANE BERRY
One of my goals in life is to stop buying over-the-counter beauty products and house cleaners. While I realize it's a lofty goal, this book makes me think it might not be so hard. A few of the recipes I'm anxious to try include:
- Honey, Rose, & Oat Face Cleanser
- Lavender Oatmeal Bath Melts (I have no idea what this is, but it sounds amazing)
- Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub
- Daisy Vanilla Lip Balm
- Coconut Laundry Soap & Stain Stick
- Lemon Balm Furniture Polish
THE INTELLIGENT GARDENER | STEVE SOLOMON
It's no secret, David and I are obsessed with gardening. Ever since we built our own raised garden beds, we've been on a quest to learn as much as we can about growing our own food. The latest book to catch our eye is The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon. While most resources will talk about the basic "how to's" of gardening, Solomon seems to do a great job of explaining why we should grow food in a more organic and responsible way. I'm a little nervous about the density of this book, however I'm hopeful there will be some excellent nuggets of knowledge to takeaway and apply to our own vegetable growing journey.
THE DIRTY LIFE | KRISTIN KIMBALL
Ugh. THIS.BOOK.Y'ALL. I had to stop myself on page 29, lest I get carried away and forget I have a family to care for. I'm hooked, which rarely happens to me. Usually, I'll skim through books or lose interest halfway, but I can already tell this will be an intense cover-to-cover read during Ezra's nap tomorrow. If you follow me on Instagram, I already posted one amazing quote from the book, but here is another just so you know what I mean...
What about you? Do you have any books you're looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!