Book Lists, Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

5 Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers that keep the pages turning!

If you love to read fiction, but need a nonfiction book to mix things up? Check out this post for 5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers!

I love to read. During the summer of 2016, I was really able to catch up on my reading list since my kids wanted to go to the pool everyday. I literally sat in a lawn chair for almost the whole summer. It was glorious. I am an avid fiction reading. I love mysteries, novels, suspense, young adult literature, and so on and so on. But every once in a while, I need to change things up and read an awesome nonfiction book. A book with a great story, excellent point of view, and keeps the reader engaged. read more

Mental Health, Self-Care

Depression Can Be Tricksy

Pay attention mamas! That cranky and irritable mood you are in might not be from #Kids, but it could be depression.

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First off, I am not a medical professional. I’m simply sharing my story in hopes that it might help another mom who is feeling this same way but doesn’t know what is causing it. If you think you may be depressed, talk to your doctor as soon as you can. You are not alone. There is help.

Instinctually, I knew something was wrong. So chances are, if you feel like something is wrong, don’t ignore that feeling. For me, I felt hopeless, irritable, and overly self-critical. Which is why I never thought I was depressed! Depression can be down right tricksy! read more

Hobbies, Self-Care

10 Hobbies for Housewives

10 hobbies for moms, the key to keeping your sanity with young children.

Women often put themselves on the back burner, but finding a hobby to suit you is a great way to revive your life. This post has 10 Hobbies for Housewives!

I hear a lot of women say, “I could never stay at home with my kids. I would get so bored!” Or “I have all this free time at home and I have no idea what to do with myself!” Whether you just became a housewife or you have been one for several years, the key to being a successful wife and mother is taking care of YOU!!

Why Housewives need a Hobby?

A hobby is defined as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation that is engaged in primarily for pleasure.” It seems like such a luxury to have spare time to take just to yourself but it is essential for your mental well-being. You are more than a wife and a mother! You need to take care of you. And pursuing a hobby is great way to practice self-care. read more

Self-Care

Songs to Reset Your Day

15 songs to relieve stress and cure any bad mood!

Everyone can have bad days. As a housewife and homeschooler, days can get hard. That is why I have a list of songs to relieve stress to help on bad days

Self-care as a mom and a homeschooler involves mental heath as much as physical health. Being around children 24/7 can be extremely draining. So what do parents do to handle this? Besides force them outside/in the other room? For me, it’s music. Or podcasts. But music is the main way I can reset my pissy bad mood and face the day in a much happier place.

Some days it is happy music to cheer me up. Some days it is loud music to scream for me. Some days it is something to dance to. Each song has a different reason and helps in their own way. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

Surly’s Reading List

My current reading list, an excellent start for a reading list for women!

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“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Wait a minute. That isn’t right. But a Surly trivia point to whoever can name that movie!! For as long as I can remember, I have always loved reading. I had stacks of Babysitters Club books, and I would spend my weekends reading and rereading them. To this day I still love libraries and book stores and am always on the hunt for the next great book. read more