Book Review: The Radium Girls

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Had another lovely evening with The Book Babes of Kendallville discussing The Radium Girls  by Kate Moore.  This was a lengthy book to squeeze into a couple weeks (we had to adjust our meeting times), but it was worth it.  It was literally jaw-dropping ( no pun intended for those of you who have read the book).

Like last month’s book, The Zookeeper’s Wife, I was horrified as I was reading. Instead of war-time casualties of Nazis,  the women in this book were dedicating themselves to a higher purpose (the war effort, supporting family, working towards independents in the progressive era) at Radium Dial companies only to become human sacrifices for greedy corporations.  Written in the increasingly popular narrative-style nonfiction, this reads like a novel, so I really connected to all of the women and their families- and especially their plight.

If you’re hungry for knowledge of a  little-known facet about U.S. history, this book will not disappoint.

Click here for a FREE extended preview of the book from Amazon! 

**I did listen to the Audible audio book, but it was not my favorite production.  The narrator’s style took some getting used to.

Instant Pot Chili: 3 days with no dishes!

Who doesn’t love a nice warm, hearty chili on a blustery fall day.  I made this on Saturday- then we used it for baked potato bar on Sunday and Monday. So I had virtually no dishes for three days!

I used the pressure cook and the slow cook features on my Instant Pot for this recipe, but if you have a house full of hungry people, you can certainly pressure cook everything!

**Want to know more about Instant Pot or other electric pressure cookers? Click here.

Instant Pot Chili

Time to Shop

I rarely have time to myself, let alone time to shop! A few weeks ago I was able to get some new clothes to make this mom bod feel good. I am not back to pre-baby weight (insert eye roll) and I was really trying to hold off buying new clothes until I was at a point I felt good in my own skin.  I know what you are thinking…the girls are over a year!!! Yes, I held out for a year to buy new things. Did I mention I’m a cheapass??

These were my favorite things from my shopping spree.  Check out the links below:

I have been on the search for reddish/maroon pants for almost 2 years. I found the perfect pair at Kohls. Lauren Conrad has the BEST jeggings. They fit and feel amazing.

The next three links are from Old Navy.  The material of the tank and t-shirt are so comfortable.  The way they hang on my body makes me feel great! I got the t-shirt in white and the tank in black.

These shoes are so comfy and cheap. I wear them all the time…even all day teaching! (Currently out of stock)

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A Book Review

 This month’s pick for The Book Babes was Diane Ackerman’s book, The Zookeeper’s Wife. and I LOVED it.  I was fascinated with the true accounts of the Warsaw uprising, life in the ghetto and how Antonina and Jan sustained life at the zoo- I would say even made it so people could flourish and grow during a time of such oppression.  I’ve read many books (fiction and non-fiction) about WWII, and this was a facet I’ve yet to explore in-depth. Continue reading

Update: Double Umbrella Stroller

If you missed my last post on Downsizing Your Double Stroller, you should check it out.  I’ve now had this Kolcraft double stroller for over a month, and used it several times.  I even took it with me to the Upper Peninsula for a trip.  I must tell you that this thing is a beast!  I was able to lug it (with 2 toddlers) through sand and wooded trails (at times I did pull it backwards).  While a nice big stroller with tires like Danyelle’s Birtrax would have been luxurious, this stroller got the job done while saving space in the car for other essentials on a 5+ day trip.

Fun picnic enjoying the great outdoors!  Stroller was a perfect seat for girlies to eat their picnic off a nearby bench.

Downsizing your Double Stroller


When my girls were small, I had the Graco DuoGlide stroller.  It was given to my, so it was older than the one on sale now and my initial plan was to use It on Baby R’ Us trade in day to get a new double stroller.  However, before Z was born, I was trying to do laundry and entertain my 9 month old.  I was able to put S in the front and a laundry basket in the back. Many- that thing turned on a dime and rode like a dream.  Long story longer, I kept it and used it every day when Z was first born.  I would highly recommend this stroller to anyone with Irish twins like me.  The back seat lays completely flat  for babies and…. I could wedge my Chicco Click Connect car seat in there for an infant.  Click here for the newer version of this stroller.   

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Toddler Backpack

My husband and I travel often- not any place exotic, but between our parent’s lake cottages, sporadic weekend getaways, and visiting family, I would say we travel more than average. Each time we get ready to embark on another journey, I use a different bag from my Vera Bradly stash telling myself, “This bag will be so convenient…”.  I toy with packing each girl in her own bag, in one bag or all of us in my bag to make lugging things in and out more efficient.  The bottom line is that it is always going to be a pain in the neck to travel with two toddlers.

BUT I have been on the lookout for a way to pack each girl better… then I thought,backpacks! The problem with most backpacks is that they’re too small to hold anything substantial or too large to fit their little bodies.  Then, one day after hours of internet shopping in my bed.. I hit the jackpot….

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