Sunday, May 28, 2017

What I've Been Reading Lately: April & May

I have read 12 books so far this far. Here are the last four I read in April and May. 

This little book on the history of Milwaukee frozen custard was pretty fascinating. I learned a lot and will never look at a custard stand the same again! I'd recommend it, but the writing is not always the strongest in parts. I felt like the authors rushed to finish the book for a deadline. 

P.S. Kopps will always have the best custard in my opinion. Red Raspberry or Bienenstich for the win. 
I basically want to live in Denmark, even though I have never visited the country. For now, I armchair travel there instead by reading books like The Little Book of Hygge. Author Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and he explores topics like togetherness, summer hygge, light, hygge outside the home and more. I really loved learning all of the concepts of hygge and the way Danish citizens practice it. I think they're onto something and we could learn a lot from them. I loved the illustrations included and the cover is also quite adorable. It's a quick and fun little read and may lead to a bit more happiness in your own life.
Can you tell I'm suffering from a case of wanderlust lately? More armchair travel. This time it involved following the adventures of blogger, podcaster, and author Tsh Oxenreider, her husband, and three kids around the world. I loved hearing about how they packed up their home and hit the road for an unforgettable trip. What an amazing and brave opportunity! I read this one quite quickly. 
I picked out Super Genes for a Blogging for Books review because I am intrigued by genes and how they impact our health. This book was loaded with information and it took me a while to finish because the content was so dense and interesting to absorb. 

Part one covered "The Science of Transformation" and topics such as epigenetics, making better memories, adaptation to transformation, and the microbiome. The science covered in this section is probably what slowed my reading time down a bit, but Tanzi and Chopra discussed these topics in an accessible way. 

Part two was my favorite section because it dived into lifestyle choices. The authors clearly laid out easy, harder, and experimental choices to improve your life in areas such as nutrition, meditation, sleep, stress, and more. Their advice is practical and feasible. A lot of it was common sense, but tips were a nice reminder to read through. 

Part three talked about "guiding your own evolution" with topics like properties of your cells and well-known illnesses like type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease and more. 
If you are interested in health and genes like I am, I think you'll also enjoy this informative read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hiking: Scuppernong Trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest

We enjoyed a beautiful nearly 5 mile hike through the Kettle Moraine State Forest Scuppernong Trail today! It felt great to get on the trails again.

We purchased our state parks pass and chose to follow the orange trail, which is estimated at 4.1 miles, but we logged a little more by going to the overlook point.

The trail featured a few very sandy parts.
We spotted so many beautiful wildflowers. 
I had never seen this one before.
I love hiking through the woods with Craig. Being there instantly made me happy. I enjoyed being among the trees, birds chirping, the exercise, and exploring a new place.
We went north on the trail to get views from the overlook point. 
 Hawk watching!
Towards the end of the trail Craig spotted this huge ant hill. He estimated that it was about 12 feet long. There were so many ants working in that pile. It was freaky and amazing at the same time.

Scuppernong Trail Head
S58 W35820 County Rd ZZ
Dousman, WI 53118