Current Reads: Best Books for a DIY Home Remodel

Our beach chic home has been a work in progress, and I’m loving every moment of it. When you’re passionate about making a house a home, you don’t focus so much on the finished product. Instead, you enjoy the process. We’re all big on books in this fam so I figured why not do a little research on the best books for all you home DIYers? Read the descriptions below to see if any of them might make your home updates easier.

9 Best Books for a DIY Home Remodel via Tamera Mowry

  1. Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It by Billee Sharp. This isn’t just about a good furniture DIY. It’s all about improving every aspect of home sweet home, from a home garden to natural cleaning remedies that will benefit the whole family.
  1. Design Mom, How to Live With Kids, a Room-By-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair. Every momma knows that none of the advice on this list can be followed without considering all a child can and WILL do to your home. This book tackles each room with organization tips and even ideas for maintaining a polished space with kids in mind.
  1. House Beautiful Colors For Your Home Expanded Edition. With 500 paint colors on display, this monster handbook on paint not only guides you through the decision making process to find the colors that work best with your rooms, it features the exact shades and swatches you need to get the job done.
  1. Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan & Janel Laban. The guys behind Apartment Therapy have just come out with their tour of several different living spaces, all with commentary that helps train your mind to think like a designer.
  1. The Book of Home How To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement by Black & Decker. If you ever plan to tackle home improvement projects as a homeowner, a guide like this is essential. Pretty much every project or problem big or small is covered here. Learning from these fixes will help you become more DIY savvy, and probably save you money in the long run. 
  1. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Mcquillyn Smith. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous cover – this book isn’t just about creating a pretty space. Smith urges you to “give up on perfect” and embrace the chaos that is life, family and motherhood. Done and done!
  1. Loveable Livable Home by Sherry + John Petersik of Young House Love. Whether or not you’ve read Young House Love’s first book back in 2012, if you want to make your home more family oriented (for your furry friends too), this book helps you create that perfect cozy home that just so happens to be totally attainable for families.
  1. Remodelista by Julie Carlson. Given’s success on helping do it yourselfers from around the world, having Carlson’s handbook is perfect for owners of fixer uppers or those starting from scratch, inspiring home remodels with a mix of high and low, home tours, DIYs and lessons from people who have done the work.
  1. Better Homes and Gardens 150+ Quick and Easy Furniture Projects by BHG. There is no truly DIY home without a few furniture projects! But the trick is making those as easy and seamless as possible. Believe me, I have no problem committing to a good project – but with minimal extra time, a book like this helps prevents potential disasters.

Have you guys remodeled parts of your homes before? Success stories, disasters, I want to hear it all!


Current Reads: Cookbooks For Your Collection

Everyone can benefit from a good cookbook, but once you become a parent you really realize how essential having a few recipes on hand at all times can be. You never know when you’ll need to whip up a meal in a flash or when you’ve somehow gotten yourself into hosting a dinner party the last time you ran into friends at the store! I think my site was due for a good book roundup anyway, and these cookbooks (most published within the last year) are some of my current faves – pregnancy cravings or not! ;)

9 Essential Cookbooks for Your Collection

1. Eat. Nourish. Glow. 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier by Amelia Freer. This January release will convince you to forget the fad diets and commit to a more holistic approach when it comes to meals. It’s part cookbook, part health how-to – you’ll learn not only what food does to your body, but mind too.

2. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. Since 2012, this book has become a staple in countless homes of foodies and families alike. If you already follow Perelman’s gorgeous food blog, you know you can count on her for all your food-spiration, but you don’t have to read the blog to fall in love with each recipe. Just make a few of these totally from scratch recipes and you’ll have a new appreciation for food.

3. The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith. I like this whether or not I am on a cleanse, because it’s packed full of info for juicing and getting your daily intake of greens. It’s also worth a try if you’re just getting into juicing – Smith provides all the help you need to get started, beginning with a shopping list and lots of advice.

4. The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. First of all, this book has over 100 recipes! Liddon shares her own inspiring journey to health on her blog Oh She Glows, so you can see why there’s a lot of hype surrounding this one. In addition to showing how to whip up fabulous vegan recipes, she also cuts gluten, soy and processed foods from many of her meals, so it’s helpful if you have diet restrictions or simply want to try more minimal recipes every now and then.

5. The Good Housekeeping 400 Healthy Recipes cookbook. Not only is there a wealth of meals to try here, but they’re easy, healthy and yummy. This is your all-inclusive cookbook complete with everything from hearty soups to vegetarian meals and loads of nutritional info to reference whenever you need.

6.   What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes And Techniques For Cultivating A Love Of Good Food by Fanae Aaron and Sandy Smith. This book is worth picking up if you have young kids that you want to introduce to the crazy world that is food but aren’t exactly sure where to start. It’s full of stories from you guessed it – chefs with children – as well as 75 delicious recipes to try.

7. How to Cook Everything Fast by Mark Bittman. The name says it all, right?! Recipes are great, but if you simply don’t have the time – what’s the point? Knowing we’re all busy, Bittman offers tips for being more efficient in the kitchen with countless tips on revamping your current routine and everyday meals.

8. Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook by William Davis. I think by now most people have at least heard the term “wheat belly”. Whether or not you want to say goodbye to wheat forever, these 200 recipes will give you a different perspective on cooking, and can definitely change up your meals every now and then.

9. 201 Organic Baby And Toddler Meals: The Healthiest Toddler and Baby Food Recipes You Can Make! by Tamika L. Gardner. If you’ve got a little one at home like I do, knowing exactly what to do at meal time is a life saver. Making your own baby food can seem overwhelming, but with these ideas, it becomes a lot less daunting. For younger babies, try Gardner’s baby puree cookbook too.

Alright, anyone else craving a good home-cooked meal now!? Share your fave cookbooks below.