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Ah, a good book and a matcha latte in Ginger and Co in Shrewsbury – heaven!

So, I slipped horrendously behind with my reading round-ups last year but hey, new year, new start and all! I’m just going to do a straight list of everything from the, ahem, second half of last year and start afresh with January.

The good news is, despite my bad habit of starting books and never finishing them*, I actually beat my Goodreads reading challenge goal of 25 books by one. This year I’ve set my goal at 30 and I know I’m going to do it.

*I don’t mean stopping books I’m not enjoying – I have NO problem doing that! – but I get distracted by ooh all the shiny new books and just keeping starting new ones. I’m really going to try to persevere a bit more this year and just keep adding to the dreaded TBR list instead!

Without further ado, here’s what I finished between July and December 2017.

July

Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity – Gregory A Boyd and Edward K Boyd

The Chalk Pit – Elly Griffiths

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

August

Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year will Change Everything for You – Brian Hardin

September

I Think It’s God Calling – Katy Magdalene Price

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame – Janet Lansbury

Digitox: How to Find A Healthy Balance for your Family’s Digital Diet – Mark Ellis

October

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World – Haemin Sunim

November

The Outrun – Amy Liptrot (I LOVED this)

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

Hurrah for Gin: A book for perfectly imperfect parents – Katie Kirby

December

All of a Winter’s Night – Phil Rickman

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Mark Ellis Jan 2018

The February / March edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I had a very entertaining chat with Mark Ellis, author of Digitox: How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet, who told me all about his family’s digital detox and tech-free Sundays – and left me feeling quite challenged about my own habits!

Parents have to do the heavy lifting and break their own addiction first. There’s no point telling children they can’t have technology on Sundays if you don’t apply it to yourself as well.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

 

Amy Brown Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

The December / January edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to Dr Amy Brown, an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University, about her book Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies? and how society is undermining   women’s confidence in their ability to breastfeed.

I can’t understand why we happily drink cow’s milk, which comes from another species, but are so disgusted by breastfeeding. People sit in coffee shops pouring cow’s milk into their drinks while criticising someone for breastfeeding at the next table. It’s messed up.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

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The October/ November edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to writer, blogger and podcaster Tsh Oxenreider, founder of The Art of Simple, about her book At Home In The World and she gave me her top tips for travelling the globe with children.

There were times on the trip when Kyle and I would be frustrated that the kids weren’t amazed at everything, and we realised that when everything is awesome, nothing is awesome.

We need that down time in-between to just live life. We don’t need to have adventures all the time. This was a good lesson for me.

Full disclosure: I am a big fan of Tsh and have been for many years, so it was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak with her!

You can read the feature here (PDF)

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

Get £5 off your subscription to The Green Parent magazine when you use my code HHILES.

I LOVE The Green Parent magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since early 2011 when I was pregnant with my older son and I’m still excited when my copy drops through the door. When I’ve subscribed to other magazines for more than a year I’ve often found that they start to repeat themselves, but every edition of The Green Parent manages to stay fresh and inspiring.

As an example, the latest issue includes articles about baby wearing, how to start a blog, stand up comedy, healthy cake recipes, home education, creativity, natural beauty products and how to awaken joy in your children’s lives. And that’s just a snapshot!

My first Green Parent feature appeared in the February/March 2013 edition and was entitled Could You Be A Stay At Home Mum? (I wasn’t an SAHM then but am now, so apparently I could!). Since the June/July 2014 edition I’ve written the regular Meet The Author series, and have had the privilege of interviewing the likes of Kim John Payne, Janet Lansbury, Richard Louv and Milli Hill.  You can find all my Green Parent stories here.

The Green Parent comes out every two months and is available in print and in a digital format. A 12-issue subscription (which lasts two years) costs £35 but you can get £5 off when you use my promotional code. Just head to the subscription page and enter HHILES in the “Do you have a coupon code?” box in the billing details section.

 

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