Reads & Things Sunday

Soo today is actually Tuesday, and I’ve already missed a couple weeks of Reads and Things Sunday. Guess what? That’s okay with me. Well, actually, if I’m being honest with myself it totally is not okay. However, I’m learning to accept progress over perfection – to be okay with the “irregular” and to embrace the fact that not every day can be exactly what I’d planned. In fact, that’s the only way to live an intentional and grateful life in my opinion – to try your hardest but accept that there are things that are just beyond what you can control. Let’s hop into another Reads & Things Sunday with those thoughts in mind.

Reads & Things Sunday

What we’ve been reading and loving this week. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase anything through my link I will receive a small commission, but at no extra cost to you. 


  • Backyard Bugs by Jill McDonaldI’m not so much a bug lover myself, but I don’t want that to influence AJ. My hope is that by introducing her to books about bugs, it might intrigue her and make her want to learn more and explore outside. The book shows several different bugs and gives some simple facts about them, quick to go through but with lots of details.
  • Poke a Dot Goodnight Animals by iKids.  We love this book in our home because it is so fun to play with. The basic premise is that as you read the book you push the little dots which make a “pop” sound – counting as you go. Addison adores this book and it keeps her entertained (which is saying something considering she’s now at the age where sitting down for long stretches of time isn’t easy).
  • Powersheets by Lara Casey. This is not necessarily a “read” but it involves some level of reading and journaling. This is a goal planning workbook like never before! I grabbed the 6 month version and it’s got me thinking about how to achieve my goals for the rest of the year and being mindful about my life. It takes some time to go through but I’ve very much enjoyed it and totally recommend getting it if you want some more focus in your life.


  • A few weekends ago we headed to Disneyland for a fun (albeit hot) day in the happiest place on earth. Though it was exhausting with my little Addison, she had a great time. It was extra fun because AJ’s first time at Disneyland was in Tokyo, so I made sure to point out all the differences.
  • Speaking of fun, we celebrated AJ’s 2nd birthday this past weekend. We had a simple farm themed birthday party in the backyard and she had the best time, the biggest smile was placed on her face all day. We invested in a jumper for the party which turned out to be a great idea – she was in there the whole day (she didn’t even want to leave to open presents)! As you know from last time, she loves jumping
  • I’ve been working on something extra special and totally amazing for my fellow parents and their children lately. Namely, I’ve created these fantastic summer reading packages for kids! What is making me most happy is that so many parents are excited about encouraging their children to read and are rallying around a summer filled with books. I hope you get one if you’ve been wanting your kids to read more.

What have you been reading and doing this week?

Don’t forget to grab your summer reading pack if you haven’t already! Preorder pricing ends June 2nd and I think every child deserves a package like this to help motivate them to read all Summer long (psst, if you need some reasons for why they need to read all summer, here are four).

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