Book Review and Giveaway: “A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living” by Emily Ley

I’ve been following Emily Ley for a while now. She is the author of “Grace, Not Perfection” which was published in 2016. This is a review of her newest book, “A Simplied Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living.” I want to clarify that the post is not sponsored by Emily Ley. I purchased the book myself and she has no idea who I am.

I felt like this book would be of interest to my blog followers because, let’s face it, most of my followers are parents interested in family travel. And, the majority of you are moms of crazy busy families. I wish I would have had a book like this when I was a young mom trying to make everything perfect for my home, my family and myself.

The ideas in this book aren’t necessarily new ideas, but the way in which Emily presents them is thoughtful and motivating. It gives you permission to let things not be perfect, to set the priorities of what’s important in your own life and let the added stresses, clutter, and routines that don’t work for your family go. It gives you permission to do less without guilt and has really great ideas on living a more simplified way.

Each chapter of the book asks you to examine your life and really think about simplifying. The chapters cover: space, style, meals, schedule, finances, hospitality, technology, self, motherhood and faith. All of these topics are covered in grace and each chapter has a worksheet at the end to help you figure out what you want your life to look like in these areas. Plus, the chapters have thoughtful ideas on how to achieve your goals.

The part of the book that speaks most to me is clearing away the visual clutter. I get totally stressed when there is clutter and getting rid of all the unnecessary stuff in my home is so freeing in my opinion. I want my home to be my sanctuary. A place where I feel comfortable and calm, away from the stresses of everyday life. This book really helps with that.

When I was a young mom, I tried so hard to make everything perfect. I had a full-time job, a husband, 3 children to raise, a home to clean, baseball games, football games, Brownies…you know what I mean. Now, my daughter and my daughters-in-law are fighting these same battles. I am glad there is a book like this to help moms of young kids and teens.

There are a couple of things that Emily points out that really resonated with me when I think about my grown children and their relationships with my granddaughters. The first is quality-time, or spending one-on-one time with the kids. I have always encouraged them to spend one day a month one-on-one with one child and then doing the same another night with the other child. But, I have never thought of the simpler ideas that Emily has incorporated like taking one child with you to the store, or showing up at the school to have lunch with one child, if you can.

Second, Emily has great ideas on encouraging your kids in day-to-day life, in simple ways, and also in teaching them responsibility right from the start. She uses simple, inexpensive methods to build confidence and foster character in her kids.

I think this book is a great reminder of focusing on what’s important, letting the other stuff go, and finding happiness in the clearing. I highly recommend it and, just because I would love to help someone simplify her life, I am giving away a brand new copy of the book.

Just comment below and tell me why you would love a copy of this book and how it will help you in your life. I will choose a random winner on Saturday, January 6, from the comments left on the post.

Happy 2018 to you and your family!


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1 year 1 month ago

I just stumbled across Emily’s book the other day and would love to have a copy. I’m a new mom so any help would be awesome!


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