Bite this Book: Notes from a Blue Bike (5-copy giveaway)

Tsh’s new book, Notes from a Blue Bike, landed in my hands earlier this week on a cold grey afternoon and brought an instant bright spot to my day with its beautiful blue cover and familiar author’s name. I hugged it tight and skipped into the kitchen to put the kettle on.

I was only able to sink my teeth into Part I before Clara woke from her nap, but already Tsh had spread a bountiful buffet of fresh ideas that I slowly digested in my mind for the rest of the afternoon. I couldn’t wait to get back to the book.

As it happened, my kindergartener Mateo was battling a dreadful fever that night, and when I tucked him into bed, he clung to me tight, begging me to snuggle. Normally, I’d have to head downstairs to start my evening writing shift, but tonight? Well, book-writing and blogging could wait.

I switched on the bedside lamp and made myself as comfortable as I could on the sliver of bedside that my boy had left for me. I pulled the sheets up to Mateo’s chin and re-opened Notes from a Blue Bike. Beloved for her voice on The Art of Simple, Tsh has a comfortable writing style that is simple to absorb and process even with my dead-tired, end-of-the-day fried mommy brain.

Notes From a Blue Bike

I couldn’t put the book down. It was very late before I closed the cover, and Mateo was fast asleep, his lashes long on his bright red cheeks. The next day, he was feeling better, and I wrapped up my reading with my morning coffee while he finished a puzzle.

Tsh words felt like a rich feast, a meal I didn’t know I was so hungry to eat. They were both affirming (hello backyard chickens) and inspiring (hmm, are our passports up to date?).

Keep reading for more of my thoughts on Tsh’s book, view the trailer for Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and enter a giveaway to win one of five copies!

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part practical guide to living intentionally, Notes from a Blue Bike is Tsh gently sharing her own story of wanting to put the brakes on the family’s crazy-hectic life in the USA. After experiencing life in another culture (European), she and hubby Kyle sought ways to live life more slowly and discovered that, although they were out of the norm, this was how their family of five thrived.

Tsh, author of Notes from a Blue Bike

Tsh covers the topics of Food, Work, Education, Travel, and Entertainment in her book with personal stories and practical examples of what approaching these subjects with intention means for her family. It’s not preachy. It’s pretty genius. It spoke deeply into my vision for our family culture.

Tsh and I have been working friends since 2009, approximately, so I’ve been following her journey for quite a while. It’s been impressive to watch her evolve, morph, juggle and ultimately, thrive.

It’s funny, I imagined I would highlight the food chapter from Blue Bike in this review, but the overall message is too powerful not to mention.  I feel like Tsh has just handed me a guidebook to help me figure out how to live my very best life while staying true to my values, my commitments to seasonal foods, and my decision to make choices different from the surrounding culture.

Of course, you can still listen to her thoughts on slow food, eating local and cooking from scratch on this handy You Tube clip. Just be sure to come back and enter the giveaway below!

Woolf quote, Notes from a Blue Bike


Thank you to the publishers at Thomas Nelson, I have FIVE copies of Notes from a Blue Bike to give away.

**This giveaway is now closed. Five winners have been announced!**

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post and tell me which topic you’d like a little inspiration on in your life: Food, Work, Education, Travel or Entertainment. That’s it!

Giveaway ends Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9 am EST. Good Luck!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Vanessa chese bro says

    Entertainment! I’m always stuck on the same thing…

  2. I’m so anxious to read this book and read more about intentional entertainment. This is such a hard one for our family!

  3. I would like some inspiration in food!

    Thank you!

  4. Melissa L. says

    Work. I need to move from part-time to full time work, but I dread returning to the 12-hours-away-from-my-kids-juggling-daycare-and-school. I have to find work that works for my family AND provides enough income and hopefully a bit of meaning for me beyond knowing I provide for my family.

  5. Work. I have ideas for a book and many articles I’d like to write but I lack the confidence to put myself out there. Any inspiration would be very much appreciated!

  6. Peggy Nagy says

    hmm… I could use inspiration on all but probably education or eating naturally…

  7. Oh I want inspiration on it all! I really loved The Art of Simple and cannot wait to read this newest offering.

  8. We’re taking the leap and starting to homeschool this coming September. I could really use some inspiration in the area of education, but even more so on living more simply all around. I love Tsh’s blog and all of the words of wisdom she has to offer. I’d love to win a copy of her new book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. I need some slowing down and inspiration in everything at the moment too! We lead such a crazy lifestyle I have been looking at ways to simplify. Education and food would probably be the picks tho. 🙂

  10. Josh Johnson says

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book! It looks like it offers great insight into being engaged in the details of life.

    Travel and food. Using food to better understand culture?

  11. patricia acosta says

    slow down you move too fast
    got to make the morning last
    just kicking down cobble stones
    looking for fun and feeling groovy…
    simon & garfunkel
    that’s been my philosophy lately,but it’s hard to accomplish with this hectic life!
    I will love to read notes from a blue bike !!!


  12. I’d love a little inspiration on intention in my work.

  13. This book speaks to living a simpler life, but it is my hope that it is universal enough to reach an audience beyond the “young family” as they chart their course. I’m up for the challenge.

  14. Sounds like a wonderful book to curl up with on a snowy day! After visiting countries where the people live MUCH simpler then we do, I’m convince that simpler is happier.

  15. Travel!

  16. Food! Feeling a lull in my creativity these days.

  17. I need a little inspiration this time of year..a bit stagnated
    thoughtful food…that’s what I like about simple bites!

  18. I would really love to have more inspiration regarding food! I’m kind of stuck in a rut right now when it comes to cooking….

  19. All of the above?? 🙂 After burying my brother a week ago, this book is calling to me. I think we have been living too long by accident.

  20. I would love some inspiration on travel especially with a family.

  21. Food and work!

  22. Work! We want to work less and enjoy more time with our kids.

  23. I would love some inspiration on food! Actually, all of the above! I am eager to read this book!

  24. Entertainment …struggle with this one most.

  25. Hard to pick just one, but inspiration on travel sounds especially interesting. Happy week-end everyone! 🙂

  26. I’m always looking for food inspiration.

  27. annettebarker says

    i’d love to receive a copy of this book…sounds just like the kick-in-the-pants i need to bring out the creativity that is brewing inside of me. while “midlife crisis” may be a bit melodramatic, i find myself searching for something that will inspire me to be more “here”….thanks for offering the opportunity!

  28. I would love inspiration on work. It consumes my life and I look coward to her thoughts on intentional slowing down.

  29. Eating….I would so like to be more intentional and organized in this area.

  30. Travel and work

  31. Would love to learn more about travel with little children.

  32. I would love inspiration on travel. I haven’t done any international travel because it is incredibly challenging to get a passport for a minor when you are a single parent. My daughter will be 18 in 17 days and there are so many places we want to see but also so much we don’t know.

  33. Would love to explore the thoughts on education! Thanks.

  34. I’d love to read more thoughts on food but the overall idea of living counter culturally by slowing down is important to me. Looking forward to reading it all and seeing what might help my family and me.

  35. Entertainment

  36. I’d love some inspiration on work, and helping to incorporate the things you love into work.

  37. I love Tsh’s writing style and could use inspiration on all those topics, but maybe education most of all.

  38. I would like to read her thoughts on work and education. Perhaps Tsh’s insight might help us figure out what is most important to and beneficial for our family. I also look forward to reading about her travel experience with kids. I got married and had kids before traveling and really don’t want to wait for an empty nest to go overseas.

  39. Definitely food 🙂

  40. This sounds like a book I NEED in my life right now. I have been going through some amazing life challenges and have been moving more towards intentional living, but could use some inspiration on work and how to find a work that I can incorporate into my intentional lifestyle. Looks great.

  41. I would love some inspiration in food and education! 🙂

  42. Entertainment….. wanting to live a more simple life to have more time to connect with family and friends.

  43. I’d love inspiration regarding work and education. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. The whole book I am interested in! Thanks for the giveaway, Aimee!!

  45. I would love some inspiration for work. Between my (more-than) full time job and all the work that needs to be done at home, I sometimes feel that all I do (or should be doing) is work. There must be a way to slow down and simplify! Would love to read Tsh’s new book!

  46. Llibrary Momma says

    I am so interested to read it all, but specifically education and food!