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Week 15:  At The Water’s Edge


This book was written by Sara Gruen, who also wrote Water For Elephants.  “In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.”


I REALLY liked this book.  The writing was great, the characters were super interesting, and there were some awesome plot twists. It was one of those wonderful novels that you can’t put down because you feel like the characters are so real.  Also – ROMANCE!  I haven’t read a romance novel so far this year, and this one had just enough sweetness.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 – I bet this becomes a movie!


Week 16:  Teaching Montessori In the Home – the Preschool Years


This is a book that I’ve had and flipped through occassionally for a while, but I just sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover. I discovered Montessori a little late with Henry, although I try to incorporate stuff now, but would like to do more Montessori-style stuff with Claire from the beginning.  I dream of sending them both to Montessori preschool but $$$!


Anyway –  this book has tons of ideas for introducing Montessori concepts in the home. Some are more “schoolish” but many are “practical life” concepts, which I like the most anyway. This book is very short but detailed and has good explanations for presenting concepts to young children.


My Rating: 3 out of 5. Handy to have, but you could probably learn most of this on the Internet.


Week 17: Whole 30


I found the Whole 30 program via Instagram (the #Whole30 and #Whole30Results hashtags are really fun).  The food philosophy is similar to paleo, but Whole 30 is very much focused on the emotional aspect of eating. Over 30 days, the program works to readjust both your taste buds and mind to eating less processed foods.


“The Whole30 [is] a stand-alone, step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system. The Whole30 features more than 100 chef-developed recipes, like Chimichurri Beef Kabobs and Halibut with Citrus Ginger Glaze, designed to build your confidence in the kitchen and inspire your taste buds. The book also includes real-life success stories, community resources, and an extensive FAQ to give you the support you need on your journey to “food freedom.”


I REALLY liked this book – so much that I’m reading the prequel, It Starts With Food, for Week 18.  As a vegetarian, there is a HUGE chunk of recipes that don’t apply to me, but there are also loads and loads that do. I’ve been eating “Whole 30ish” for some meals and have to say that there’s something to it for sure… I feel great physically after those meals!


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  Written in a fun voice with tons of great info, although much of it is republished from the website. Lots of awesome recipes, too!


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What are you reading right now?



  • Britt@MyOwnBalance May 8, 2015, 6:52 am

    I’m going to give At the Water’s Edge a try! I’m always looking for new books. I am currently reading The Red Tent. I just started it but I like it a lot. I also just finished Still Alice and that was really good too!

  • Melissa May 8, 2015, 7:50 am

    Right now, I’m reading When We Fall by Emily Liebert. I’m really enjoying so far and look forward to reading more of her books.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 8, 2015, 8:27 am

    Yay! Jump on the Whole30 train 🙂 I’m a such a huge fan!

  • Amanda May 8, 2015, 8:30 am

    I am so interested in whole 30- I have got to get my hands on it. I’m a beachbody coach, so I’m already eating clean, but I feel like this book could push me even further!

    • Lyndsey May 8, 2015, 1:00 pm

      I love whole 30! I did one over the Holidays so that I could stop myself from the endless cookies and wine i normally have. It was such a game changer, though i’m not always perfect. When i’m on my game though, I post to my instagram all about my food, recipes, and hard ships. @kindredstrength !!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me May 8, 2015, 11:32 am

    As an avid book reader myself (I average one a week too I think), I love seeing more people put forth an effort to read. I really have to force myself sometimes when I am in a rut, but I am always grateful to continue reading. If you need a recommendation, I just read Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, and I was impressed.

  • Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) May 8, 2015, 11:43 am

    I’ve been curious about Whole 30 for a while, but I can’t decide if it’s successful just because it’s overly restrictive (like the Atkins diet). I’m all for limiting processed foods, but I don’t see a problem with making my own bread or pasta with high quality flour as long as I’m getting enough fruits, veggies, and protein (and I don’t eat them a pound at a time). I would love to see more long term research on the differences between Whole30 and someone who just doesn’t eat any processed food, because even though I have doubts the idea behind the diet is intriguing to me.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 8, 2015, 12:32 pm

    I need to read The Water’s Edge! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • stacy May 8, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I’m confused how whole 30 can be healthy for a vegetarian…it cuts out a lot of my sources of protein such as beans, peanut butter, tofu, etc. When you click on the shopping list for vegetarians, it lists sea food as three of four proteins…most vegetarians don’t eat seafood. I feel like eating whole 30 would be depriving a vegetarian’s body of much needed nutrients. What am I missing here?

    • Caitlin May 9, 2015, 7:49 am

      Whole 30 for vegetarians includes legumes and tofu. You can search for the shopping list online!

  • lynne May 8, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Okay, I was hoping for a more insightful book review of “At the Waters Edge” as to what you liked character-wise and what you might have struggled with. For me, it was hard to initially get into, but once there it hooked me. What did you think of the premise of the whole book?

  • Amy H. May 10, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Definitely inspired to read more about the Whole 30 . . . like a commenter below, I’ve focused more on eliminating processed foods and eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Caitlin, I wanted to let you know that the commenting function seems to have been disabled on the North Face giveaway post. Was that intentional? It sounded like the contest still has another two months to go . . . . Thanks! ALH

    • Caitlin May 10, 2015, 7:53 pm

      I have to address the North Face issue – I have a few emails about it. Just haven’t had a chance to fix it. Stay tuned.

  • Amanda May 11, 2015, 12:04 pm

    I’m super curious about At The Water’s Edge. I loved Water for Elephants so I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

  • Nina May 11, 2015, 1:59 pm

    I’m reading a young adult novel that just won the Newberry Award — I’ll Give You the Sun. It is an excellent read that is difficult to put down. It’s about twins who must be there for one another during the rough times of becoming an adult. It’s also about friendships and love, and how we all long for both – the connections we need. Even though it is a young adult book, it is not just for teens!

  • Kristin May 22, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Do you have any public montessori schools where you live? My city has one elementary montessori school. Not preschool … but maybe something to look into.

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