My Fall Reading List

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I love to read, and lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to carve out the time to curl up with a good book. My love of reading began in high school when we read George Orwell’s 1984, and since then, I have been hooked.  Once I had my children, my moments for reading became few and far between (something I think other moms can relate to). However, now that my children are getting a little bit older and are not babies anymore, I really want to make reading a regular practice again.

Reading just feels good for the soul … I have never regretted reading a book. With every book I read, I always learn something new, and expand my knowledge. It doesn’t matter if I am reading a literary classic, a biography or a beach read — Books always stimulate my mind and expand my view of the world in one way or another!

Since I am getting really excited about all the new books I can’t wait to read this fall (and I am deep into Amazon book ordering right now), I wanted to share with you guys some recommendations. I have some titles to recommend to you that I have read and love, and then I have other titles on the list that I am really excited to read next.

Let me know if you guys have read any of the books on my list, or if you have other recommendations for me! I would love to know!

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Tamera

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— BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ AND LOVE —

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna NiequistI am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. (via Amazon)

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The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection By C.S. Lewis — This set is a classic and I always feel like re-reading things that you read as a child is an amazing experience … You almost get to re-live a little piece of your childhood.

This collection contains all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia without art, to appeal to older readers. This special ebook edition includes an introduction by C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, and full text and art for Lewis’s very first work—Boxen! (via Amazon)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou — Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. (via Amazon)

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Water for Elephants: A Novel Kindle Edition By Sara GruenJacob Janowski’s luck had run out–orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. (via Amazon)

— WHAT’S NEXT ON MY READING LIST —

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart TolleA word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. (via Amazon)

 

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The Book Thief By Markus ZusakThe extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (via Amazon)

 

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. (via Amazon)

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brene BrownNew York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough. (via Amazon)

Quotes That Inspire Me

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“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
— Yehuda Berg

Reading beautiful quotes has always resonated with me. Often if I am having a so-so day, I can read some inspiring words, and instantly feel motivated and reminded to be the best version of myself.

I love that fact that to feel inspired by quotes, all I have to do is go on Instagram or Pinterest and see an absolutely flood of positivity … It is actually one of my favorite things about technology — Someone can post something incredible, and there is no telling how many people will see it and be impacted by it.

I really wanted to share with you guys some of the quotes that have been inspiring me lately. I hope they hit home for you too, and that you enjoy and pass them on!

What are some of your all-time favorite quotes?

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Tamera

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Daily Planner Printouts To Keep You Organized

Daily Planner Printouts

I am big fan of making lists! Without jotting down all of my to-do’s and goals each day, I feel totally lost and unorganized. I am also someone who still likes to hand write out my daily tasks … There is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper, as opposed to making a list in my phone or on my computer.

I really enjoy taking a few minutes each morning to write out my daily agenda. In addition to my schedule, I also tend to jot down my goals I have for the day, things I am thankful for, and any other little notes that come to mind. It’s amazing what you can accomplish and realize about yourself when you stop to think your thoughts and feelings each day. In a way, writing out your daily schedule like this is similar to having a mini daily journal entry.

Never able to find a daily planner that has everything I need on one page, I recently decided to just create my own daily planner printouts! I wanted to share them with you guys so that hopefully you can print them out and enjoy them as much as I do!

To download them, just right click, save and then print!

Let me know in the comments below if these help you feel more organized and balanced!

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Tamera

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Summer Phone Wallpaper Downloads

Hi Guys! I am so excited to share with you my new summer phone wallpaper designs!  I love to change up my phone’s home screen and lock screen wallpapers on a regular basis, and I am always on the hunt for cute new designs and images — Then I thought, why not create some myself? I hope these digital wallpapers brighten your day (and your phone)!

To download the images on the computer, right click to save. From mobile, press on the image to save.

Let me know if you like these, and would like to see more downloads like this on tameramowry.com! 

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Tamera  

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Family Photo Album: Hawaii

Earlier this month my family and I took the most amazing vacation to Hawaii to attend a friend’s wedding. We spent a glorious and relaxing week on the island of Maui (I seriously did not want to come home). We stayed at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort, which was absolutely lovely, and they took great care of us! The trip was just what I needed … A little rest, a little fun and lots of quality time spent together as a family!

Now that my children are a little older, it was especially fun for me to watch them run around and play, and just be together. Aden loves swimming, and he and my husband had an absolute blast together in the pool. The Marriott Wailea had one of the best family pools at a hotel that I have ever seen (now that I am a mom, hotel features like this are my new normal!). The hotel also had these awesome kids’ teepees you could rent that Aden and Ariah absolutely loved.

We made some really special memories on this trip. Their laughter playing in the pool was completely infectious, and I couldn’t wait until the next day when we would get to do it all over again. Life can get so busy, and this vacation reminded me of the importance of taking time off to be with my family without outside interruptions.

Every time I go to Hawaii I am reminded of what a special place it really is. I can’t wait until the next time we go back. I’m so excited to share with you guys the photos from my trip, I hope you enjoy them!

Let me know where your favorite places are to take a family vacation!

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Tamera  

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Beautiful Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Happy Easter from tameramowry.com

Hi guys! Easter is coming up this weekend, I am so excited to spend time with my family, and carry on my favorite traditions with my kids like an Easter egg hunt in the back yard, and dying Easter eggs! When someone told me recently that you can dye eggs naturally without traditional store-bought food coloring, I was really intrigued and decided that I had to try it. It turns out that it is pretty easy to dye eggs at home using different foods, and the results are absolutely gorgeous! So beautiful in fact, that I had to share with you all how I did it!

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START by hard boiling a dozen white eggs and set them aside so that they cool to room temperature. Once your dye is ready, place each egg into the jar of dye you have prepared, and allow to sit for one hour. You can pull your eggs out periodically to check the coloring … If you want your eggs to be more vibrant, then leave them in the jars a little longer! You will notice that some colors take faster than others. The light green dye (done with spinach) takes the longest to color an egg, so I recommend leaving the eggs in the dye overnight to get that nice light green color!

FOR THE DYE:

Yellow: 2 tablespoons of turmeric, combined in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of sea salt. Bring to a boil for ten minutes and pour the liquid into a jar with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Blue: 2 cups of frozen wild blueberries, combined in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of sea salt. Bring to a boil for ten minutes and then strain the liquid into a jar with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Mocha / Light Brown: 2 cups of strong coffee placed in a jar with a tablespoon of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Pink: 2 cups of chopped beets, combined in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of sea salt. Bring to a boil for ten minutes and then strain the liquid into a jar with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Purple: 2 cups of red wine placed in a jar with a tablespoon of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Shake well to dissolve the salt.

Light Green: 2 cups of chopped spinach, combined in a saucepan with 1.5 cups of water and a tablespoon of sea salt. Bring to a boil for ten minutes and then strain the liquid into a jar with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Hope you all have an amazing Easter!

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Tamera

 

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