Today I wanted to share some books that inspire me. High Vibrational Beauty, Remodelista, and Bringing up Bebé.

“High Vibrational Beauty” is basically my bible! I came across this book on Instagram when my daughter was around three months old. It was a time in my life when I was becoming increasingly interested in changing my lifestyle and it just seemed perfect. You know when you read a book and you feel like it was written just for you, like they are really speaking your language? This is one of those books for me. It’s broken down into seasons, and each season has two sections: rituals and recipes. Their goal: radical self care. Their motto: beauty is wellness. “When our decisions align with our values, we access beauty on all levels.” Yes! They encourage embracing the power of plants, honoring the rhythm of nature, standing in your light, moving, sweating and resting, and also living in purpose, gratitude and love. Even if you were to just pick up a handful of good habits or different outlooks from this book, it would be worth it.

I just got “Remodelista: The Organized Home” off Amazon not too long ago and already read through every little tip they have to offer. I first heard of the company years ago. One Sunday afternoon, we had gone to the Sowa Market and then strolled a few streets over where we stumbled upon a “Remodelista and Gardenista” market in the Lekker Home showroom. So many gorgeous vendors! I had been following them on Instagram since then and swooning over all the interior inspiration they post. Their ideas for organization are so creative- utilizing things you would never think of to help store things in a simple, pretty way. I basically want to apply their ideas to every inch of my apartment.

I used to be sort of opposed to parenting books. I liked referencing the “What to Expect” books just to make sure Sienna was generally hitting her milestones. But other than that, none of the books about the first year made any sense to me. Where’s the chapter on how to protect your precious energy so you can give your baby the best gift- a happy, healthy mum? Or how to follow your instincts even if it means dealing with some judgement from others? Although generally turned off to parenting books, I picked up “Bringing up Bebé” and it really resonated with me. It’s essentially a story about a woman who falls in love with a man who lives in Paris. She moves there, and starts a family with him. She compares American and French parenting and what she learned through her experience raising a baby in Paris. The relaxed French parenting style really spoke to me. Enjoying long dinners, feeding their kids the same thing the parents are eating, not getting hung up on reaching milestones at certain dates, the importance of having an identity outside of the word “mom”. There is a quote at the beginning of the book in French. It translates to: “The little fish in the water swim as well as the big ones do.” This quote has stuck with me throughout my first 15 months of parenting. I remember one of the first nights at home with my daughter. She was all swaddled up, in her bassinet, weighing only 7 lbs. Although only days old, there was another little soul in our home. It amazed me how her presence felt so much larger than 7 lbs. and I vowed then to never underestimate how much she can understand. That’s a theme throughout the book as well that I really love-the meaning behind the quote- basically to treat/speak to your child as your equal even as a baby and a toddler.

I have a ton of other books I love and swear by, so I’ll definitely post more if I continue to get good feedback! Thanks for reading!

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