Over the years I’ve come to realize that there is one gift my family loves to receive and that’s books. Especially travel books. Our kid library is full of books that date back to when my oldest two were born all the way up to the present. There’s nothing more delightful than watching Maisie (our toddler) devour the same books her older siblings read. With the holidays on the horizon it’s not too early to be thinking about gifts and I urge you to consider helping build your friends’ and families’ libraries with inspiring gifts like books. I call them the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are some ideas:

As you might know my family has so much fun seeking out World’s Largest (fill in the blank) and silly roadside attractions 125-wacky-roadside-attractionsnear and far, so 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions by National Geographic Kids naturally tops this list. You don’t have to be a kid to get a kick out of these wild landmarks and locations. Did you know there is a World’s Deepest Underwater Mailbox in Susami Bay, Japan? Or check our the cover, it’s called the Suspended Water Tap in Ypres, Belgium. Intriguing.

One of my favorite spots is the ice covered lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan. Talk about an Instagram worthy shot! What made this book really fun for my kids was discovering that some of our most memorable stops made it onto the pages, such as the Superman themed Metropolis, Illinois and Corn Palace in South Dakota. Naturally, we added a number of other stops to our wish list for future travels.

AirstreamSpeaking of road trips, one of my husband’s dreams is to sell the house and move into an RV and live on the road. He’s been talking about it for years but with three young children that fantasy will have to be just that – for now. So for our 14th anniversary I gave him a copy of AIRSTREAM America’s World Traveler by Patrick R. Foster. If any author should be proud of a book, it’s this one. This photo filled book covers the Airstream’s history, making and advertising as well as the personal life story of Airstream’s founder Wally Davis and his terribly sad early adult life and how he didn’t let his circumstances get him down. I won’t reveal the details, because it’s such an interesting and entertaining read. But I will say it’s an inspiring story. This book is for anyone with wanderlust in their heart.

This next book, A Mindful Morning by Dr. David Dillard Wright, is a lovely daily meditation book filled mindful-morningwith 150 inspiring quotes and short mindful exercises. We can all agree that 2016 has generally been one of the most tense, stressful, and outrageous years of our lives. That’s why I believe everyone can benefit from this book. Topics include abandoning complaints, paying attention to posture, respecting your emotional awareness and so many other on point topics that address the life we’re living today. Don’t let the cover trick you. This book isn’t just for the ladies, men will take away a new perspective as well. I certainly needed this book and look forward to the tranquility it brings to my morning. In fact, this is one book that I will read, reread and reread. The key is to begin your day with a clear head and positive energy. Not only does staying positive help us through the day but it nourishes our relationships and can encourage those around us. If you’re seeking adventures on the road or happiness at home, A Mindful Morning is for you.

 

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