Resources to bring you joy and SLEEP!

To overcome my battle with sleep deprivation after my boys were born, I tore into tons of books and blogs on joy, sleep, parenting, marriage, and more. To help you out, weary momma, whenever I write a post inspired by one of these resources, I’ll add it here for you to easily digest.

If you want to take your own journey, check out MothersRest’s Favorite Resources on Pinterest for lots more books and info. I’m your curator of SLEEP! and joy.


Here are links to the goodies I’ve found so far. And for your convenience, I’m including affiliate links (should one of these books catch your eye!) Check out my Disclaimer to learn more.



  • For more Joy Resources and tips on setting priorities in your life, check out this board.

Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges by Amy Cuddy
as featured on MothersRest:
—— Let me see your power pose, girl

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
as featured on MothersRest:
—— Your soul wants a giant joy-hug



  • For more Sleep Tips, check out this board.
  • And for ideas on sleep aids and tools you need in your life or to give The Gift of Sleep to those you love, check out this additional board.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
as featured on MothersRest:
—— The splendid car-nap

The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith
as featured on MothersRest:
—— The one-week sleep challenge

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming your life, one night at a time by Arianna Huffington
as featured on MothersRest:
—— 8pm is “just say no” time
—— How to rock daylight saving time – the fall edition
—— Sleep training for yo mommas
—— Arrive alive: How NOT to fall asleep behind the wheel

Notre Dame’s Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab
as featured on MothersRest:
—— Feeling like Mommy Dearest: why you need REM sleep
—— Mommy brain – how to fight the fog
—— Mommy brain explained: why you need deep sleep



  • For more Parenting Tips and to view (helpful) parenting books, check out this board.
  • And for ideas on Baby Stuff You Need, otherwise known as baby registry must-haves, check out this additional board.
  • Plus, ideas on Toys for Boys (that girls will also love), check out this other board.

Baby-led weaning: The essential guide to introducing solid foods by Gill Rapley and Tracy Murkett
as featured on MothersRest:
—— Teaching children independence – or how to pick out socks

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky A. Bailey
as featured on MothersRest:
—— How to manipulate your kid to do the right thing

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to stop yelling and start connecting by Dr. Laura Markham
as featured on MothersRest:
—— You think the terrible twos are terrible?

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg
as featured on MothersRest:
—— It ain’t E.A.S.Y being the baby whisperer

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (this book is a life saver!)
as featured on MothersRest:
—— It’s 6pm: nite-nite, baby

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Seriously, this book has tons of parenting tips.)
as featured on MothersRest:
—— How to teach your kid to share
—— Teaching children independence – or how to pick out socks



  • For more Marriage Resources and relationship advice, check out this board.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman
as featured on MothersRest:
—— The secret to date night success
—— Why a potty mouth does you good


Clean: Overcoming addiction by David Sheff
as featured on MothersRest:
—— Stop with the Percocet already