Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Many months ago I got an advance copy of Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider. Then I took a break from writing and never got around to writing my review of this book. Well today I've finally got it done! 
The author Tsh, is the founder of the well known blog  Simple Mom. I greatly enjoyed Tsh Oxenreider's previous book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living so when I saw she had a new book I was excited to get my hands on it.  This book tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. It's part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Bosnia to a Turkish high-rise to a congested Austin suburb to a small town in Oregon. 
I came away from this book with some great ideas for how to be more intentional in my own life and especially with my children. Tsh has a gift for making the overwhelming feel manageable. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She demonstrates through a variety of stories how to focus on the little things that really matter. She speaks of traveling internationally with small children and how valuable it is for kids to experience other cultures. Through her stories she's motivated me to be more willing to overcome the difficulty of traveling with kids for the chance to let them see more of the world.
Overall I loved this book! It's composed of small chapters that are easy to get through quickly which I like since I read non-fiction slowly. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She exhibits how to focus on the little things that are what truly matter.
BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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