What’s On My Bookshelf: April

It’s the last Thursday of the month.  So that means it’s time to check in on what I’ve been reading this month.

Smart Girl

This was the third and final book in The Girls series.  I loved this one just as much as I loved Party Girl and Sweet Girl.  Such fun and fast reads.  Perfect to throw in your pool bag on vacation.  I was so sad to see this series end.  Rachel Hollis, if you’re reading this: please write more!!


Nine Women, One Dress

If you like movies with ensemble casts, like Love Actually, then this book is for you.  The story revolves around a slew of unrelated characters and how one little black dress ties them all together.

Forever, Interrupted

This is the third novel I have read this year by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  The first one I picked up, One True Loves, I absolutely loved.  Then I read After I Do and was a bit disappointed.  I am so happy that I decided to give the author another go, because Forever, Interrupted  is one of my favorite books I have read this year.  I typically lean toward books that are light and fluffy. I like my entertainment to be just that, entertaining, not depressing.  However this book was a bit more serious than usual for me, all while not being overly depressing.  It follows a gal that loses her husband after being married for less than two weeks.  The chapters alternate between how she deals with his death and flashbacks to their relationship from meeting until marriage.  There was something about this book that just drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.

The Singles Game

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada, so I decided to pick up this one by the same author.  The story is about a professional tennis player and her desire to climb to the top of her career.  It was a fun angle for your typical chic-lit novel.

The Best of Us

I have had several people recommend Sarah Pekkanen books to me so on a whim I chose this one.  I have to say this was my least favorite book this month.  I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the story seemed to drag on a bit.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Maybe I should have started with another Pekkanen book.  Any suggestions?

That’s it for my April books!  I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty which I would have sworn I had read, but apparently I haven’t.  What have you been reading?

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What’s On My Bookshelf: March

We are back from our spring break trip to San Antonio (I’ll be sharing all of the details soon) and it’s time for what I’ve read in March.  I read four books this month.  Three I really enjoyed and one that was just eh.  Now on to the books…

 My Not So Perfect Life

I am huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (although the last few books in the series have not been a favorite).  As soon as I saw she had a new book out, I made sure to pick it up.  This was such a fun read.  It is about a gal who is not living the life she has envisioned for herself all while watching her boss live a seemingly perfect existence.  After being laid off from her job she moves home to help her dad start a glamping business.  Expected hi jinx ensues in typical Kinsella style.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will like this one.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Let me start by saying this is a book aimed at kids ages 10-14.  This book is about five kids that fight Disney villains in Magic Kingdom after the park closes at night.  My Owen LOVES all things Disney World so as soon as I heard about the Kingdom Keepers series I knew it would be something he would be interested in.  I decided to read the first book in the series, Disney After Dark, to make sure it was appropriate for him before he read it.  This book was recommended by a Disney loving friend and she was right, it is perfect for him (and I have to admit after I got into it, I enjoyed it as well).  Owen just started reading it this week, so I will report back on what he thought.

 Sweet Girl

In my February book post I shared my new found love for Rachel Hollis.  This is the second book in her Girls series.  It follows Max and her love of baking.  It was just as fun as the first book, Party Girl.  If you are looking for a fun little series to read on your spring break, I would definitely recommend these.  I’m currently reading the last book and look forward to finishing the trilogy.

 After I Do

Last month I shared the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I really loved One True Loves.  So I was excited to read another one of her novels.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It follows an unhappy couple who decide to take a year long break in their marriage.  I don’t know what it was about this book (maybe my strong belief in marriage), but this book just didn’t draw me in.  I still really like her writing style, so I will likely give another one of her books a try soon.

That’s it for books this month.  What have you been reading????

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Friday Favorites

I’m excited it’s finally Friday!  This week has felt looong.

Now on to favorites…

Valentine’s dinner with friends

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we called up the sitter and met friends out at a new restaurant in town called Portage House.  We all loved it and the food and atmosphere was great.  If you go, make sure you get the broccoli appetizer.  It doesn’t sound that remarkable, but it was delicious.  We can’t wait to go back when the weather warms up so we can eat out on the patio overlooking the river.

It’s rare that I get to put on my fun fuchsia heels for an evening out.  These are a few years old, but these are incredibly similar and super comfy for a heel.  (Check out everything else I wore this week on Wednesday’s What  I (Really) Wore post.)

After dinner we had hoped to go to Breakout Louisville, but they were all sold out.  We were trying to come up with a place to all play some games, but everyone’s homes were filled with kids and babysitters.  Then I remembered my parents were out of town, so we decided to crash their house.  Now they can say they went out of town and their 37 year old daughter threw a party.  Ha!  We were are such a wild group.  Graeter’s Ice Cream and the games Loaded Questions and Boxers Or Briefs.

No more arm brace!!!

On Valentine’s morning we were back at the orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up visit for Owen’s broken arm.  Do you feel like this has been going on forever?  I know we sure do!  He broke it at the beginning of November!  This has been so much more involved than a typical broken bone.  More x-rays and…

We got the ok to quit wearing the brace!!!  Yay!!!!!  Such great news.  His humerus is healing well, but the large bone cyst remains.  We have surgery scheduled to fix the cyst in April.  Please pray for a safe and easy procedure and recovery.

Class V-day parties

I loved helping the kindergartners in Anderson’s class make love bugs and guess the number of candies in a jar.  This is my favorite love bug right here.

Later it was second grade and this handsome guy’s turn.

Pi-tee nails

Quinn has a new obsession with having her nails painted.  She sits so patiently while I paint them and as they dry.  Then she will show everyone her “pi-tee” nails.  This time she chose Essie’s Cute as a Button.  This color is nice on me, but is extra “pi-tee” with her skin tone.  I have been digging this color this week instead.

That’s it for this week.  We have plans to get together with dear college friends this weekend.  We can’t wait to catch up with some of our favorite people while cheering on our Butler Bulldogs.

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

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Friday Favorites

This week’s favorites are short and sweet, so let’s get right into it!

Donuts with Dad

Last week was Muffins with Mom, this week, second grade Donuts with Dad.  Why do Dad’s get the yummy donuts?????

Monster Jam

On Saturday DudDud treated the boys to tickets to see Monster Jam for Anderson’t birthday.  The girls in the family were conveniently uninvited.  This was the perfect event for a boys night!  And all of my boys loved every single minute of it.

Before the show they were able to go into the pits and get up close and personal with the trucks and meet the drivers.   Anderson declared Megalodon his favorite truck of the night.  Conveniently, it was also the winner.

Owen wanted to make sure to get a pic with Grave Digger while wearing his Grave Digger T-shirt.  I honest to goodness have no idea where this shirt came from, but he insists on wearing it to bed several times per week.

Earphones for protection and cotton candy for a sugar high.  The perfect setup to watch the events.  (If you don’t have noise protection headphones for your kids, we love these.  They are great for loud events or over stimulating crowds, hello Disney.  Especially great for sensory sensitive kiddos.)

Popsicles

After school on Thursday Owen asked if we could make popsicles.  Because nothing says popsicle like a cold windy day.

We blended up some strawberries and orange juice then poured them into our popsicle molds.  Pop in some wooden sticks and done!  A super easy fun little treat.

Coffee and a highlight

This week I got my sanctioned once every six weeks coffee.  Why are mochas so delicious??  If you missed my personal rule about coffee purchases make sure you check out my Steal vs Splurge post from earlier this week.

That’s all I have for this week.  If you are interested in what I’ve been reading or wearing, hop over to those posts from this week.  And if your not following along on Instagram, make sure you check out this week’s #elsburyeveryday2017.

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea.  Until next week!

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: Steal vs Splurge

Kicking off this year’s Show and Tell Tuesdays link-up with Steal vs. Splurge.  What our family saves on and what we feel is worth the splurge.

I would say the main theme of how our family approaches what to save on and and when we choose to splurge can easily be summarized by this:

We like to save on the little things day to day, so we can splurge on the big things that count.

A few ways we choose to SAVE:

  1. Make coffee at home


I shared my coffee rule on my #everydayelsbury2017 post yesterday, but I’ll mention it again.  I limit myself to buying coffee shop coffee to only on the days I get my hair cut/colored.

Not only do I save myself $5 each day by making my own coffee at home, but I’m also saving on a lot of extra calories!

2. Pack lunches

Each night both Shane and I pack lunches for work and the boys each pack their lunch for school. (We love these insulated cups for school and these reusable containers for the kids.)  Eating out for lunch at work every day can add up to an insane amount of money each month.  We skip it and pack our own.

3.  Beauty

There are some beauty products that I don’t believe you should skip on (hello good skin care!) but I am not a gal to go to a nail salon.  About twice a year I get a pedicure with a friend but otherwise it’s mani/pedis at home.  My favorite combo is this neutral polish with this quick dry top coat for every day wear and if I need a manicure to last I’m still loving this at home gel system.

4. Snacks

Everywhere we go I always pack snacks along.  If someone is hungry we don’t need to swing thru a drive-thru or hit up the snack section in a store.  And don’t even get me started with the insanely priced snacks at places like the zoo or museum.  This mama is always ready with snacks from home to save a few extra dollars.

How we choose to SPLURGE:

  1. Vacations

As I said before, we tend to choose experiences over things for our kids.  We love travel and vacations and want to make it a priority for our family.  So we try to make good choices in our daily life so we can later do fun things like vacations.

2. Entertainment

Museums, movies, shows, sporting events.  We love these fun family activities.  And do not even ask me to go to a movie and not buy popcorn.  Not going to happen!  (But I will sneak candy and drinks in my purse for the kids 🙂

3. Home

Our home is our space in the world.  We love doing home projects and making our home our own.  This is an area where we often splurge.  When choosing a tile that we will have to live with for years to come, we want to choose the one that we absolutely love.

We live in our home every day, so we choose to make an investment in our space and the place we are choosing to raise our family.

What a fun topic!  How does your family choose to save and to splurge?  I’d love to hear!

Disney Packing Must-Haves to Add to Your Christmas List

I’m changing things up a bit today.  Owen was (once again) looking at pictures from our fall trip to Disney World and it reminded me that I never posted about the items we consider must-haves for our family to make the trip  bit more enjoyable.  Since holiday shopping is upon us, I thought they might be good ideas for stocking stuffers or gifts for anyone headed to visit Mickey over the holidays or spring break.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

This was our number one must-have.  Not only were we constantly using our phones to check our My Disney Experience app for fast passes or dining reservations but we decided not to bring our DSLR camera this trip so we relied solely on our phones to capture our magical moments in photo.  Among our four adults, someone always had a phone with a dying battery.  We carried this portable charger in the bag we kept with the stroller.  It’s a bit big but it can fully charge multiple devices before needing to be re-charged.  It was also a life saver on our long flights to and from China.

I also had a smaller charging stick in my purse that came in handy.

If a separate portable charger isn’t your thing, I would consider a case that can charge your phone like the mophie charging case.  I have considered getting one of these for a while.

Stroller Fan

Hot humid Florida weather plus a toddler that hasn’t had a nap?  A meltdown ready to happen.  This stroller fan helped Quinn snag a stroller nap on several occasions.  Plus it’s cute!

Disney T-shirt

I am not a person to plan coordinating elaborate Disney outfits for each day, but everyone enjoyed having at least one fun Disney shirt to wear during our visit.  It also makes a great conversation starter with the characters.  For the ladies, don’t forget to check out the kids section.  I scored two of my Disney shirts on clearance at Target in the girls department.  They fit perfectly.

Pop-up Hamper

I cannot stand a cluttered unorganized hotel room.  A small pop-up hamper is a sanity saver.  It gives somewhere for all of those clothes to go at the end of a long day at the park and not spread all over your room. These are great to buy at the Dollar Store.

Packing Cubes

Speaking of unorganized hotel rooms.  An unorganized suitcase can also cause me serious stress.  We bought these eBags packing cubes before our China trip and will never pack again without them.  They help to save so much room and keep everything nice and organized.  I packed a full outfit for myself and all three kids in a bag for each day.  Then I labeled the outside of the e-bag with the day it was to be worn.  For example: The bag labeled Magic Kingdom had an outfit for me, Owen, Anderson, and Quinn.  Just unzip the bag and get dressed in the morning.  No need to search through suitcases looking for socks, etc.

Ponchos

It rained a little every day on our trip.  I was so glad I threw ponchos in the stroller.  We got this pack of ten ponchos off of Amazon.  They are individually wrapped would make a great stocking stuffer.

Native Shoes

There is nothing worse than wet tennis shoes.  But wearing comfortable shoes in the parks is an absolute must.  On the days we knew we would be riding a water ride the kids wore their Native shoes.  They say they are just as comfortable as tennis shoes and they dry super quickly.

Ear Phones

Disney is an overwhelming experience even for adults.  Have a child that is sensitive to noise or with sensory issues?  We packed these noise blocking headphones/earmuffs in the bag for when Quinn got a bit overwhelmed by all of the noise.  They allowed her (and us) to enjoy every experience.  When things got to be too much, she would pull out her headphones. They come in lots of fun colors. All three of our kids own them for loud events.

Fun Suckers

One of these Finding Dory suckers could instantly entertain a fidgety kid while waiting in line for a ride or show.  I picked up a bag at the Dollar Store before we left and I’m so glad we did.  I always had some in my purse in case we were on the verge of a meltdown.

Heads Up

The phone game/app Heads Up was a life saver while waiting in lines.  It’s an oldy but a goody and definitely worth the 0.99.  Plus there is a Disney deck that is free if you download it while on Disney property.

That’s it for my list.  I also realized I never mentioned our wonderful travel agent that helped us plan our vacation.  This was not our first trip and we definitely could have planned it on our own, but it was so nice to have her do some of the work for us.  Why not, it’s free!  I didn’t have to price out a million different resorts or worry about remembering when I needed to book things like dining reservations and fast-passes.  Erika was wonderful to work with and I would definitely recommend.

Happy shopping!

If you missed the recaps of our trip, make sure to check them out:

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Day 2: Animal Kingdom

Day 3: Stormalong Bay, Disney, Springs and Rest

Day 4: Magic Kingdom

Day 5: Epcot

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: Want, Need, Wear, Read

When I saw that Andrea was doing “want, need, wear, read” for this month’s Show and Tell Tuesday I thought it would be fun to play along.  In case you aren’t familiar there has been a huge movement going around in families in which you give four gifts for Christmas.  Something the person WANTS.  Something the person NEEDS.  Something the person WEARS.  And something the person READS.  While we have not yet adopted this tradition for our family, I think it is a great way to be intentional in your gift giving while reigning in the excess that can easily happen on Christmas morning.

Today I am sharing what would be on my wish list for want/need/wear/read:

Want:

This sounds so old of me, but I really want new flatware.  Our silverware is 12 1/2 years old and not only have several of the forks and spoons gone missing (I’m looking at you Quinn.  Quit throwing them in the trashcan!) but they are starting to get some rust-like spots in some areas.  We are frequently out of clean spoons and small forks by the end of the day.  The problem is that I don’t want to spend money on new silverware and it’s something I feel like is a huge commitment.  I’m picky!  They can’t be too heavy or too light, not too big, but not too cheap feeling.  The struggle is real.  I cant decide if I just want to add more to my current flatware.

Or change to something new.

Need:

New tennis shoes.  I tend to wear the same pair of shoes to not only work out in every day but also to work.  I’m going to be honest with you, my current ones seriously stink.  Like smell so awful I swear I can sometimes smell them when I’m wearing them.  So I just ordered a new pair, but it’s time to admit that I need to own more than one at a time.

I love these and have ordered them over and over

But I have an eye on something like this possibly for my non-workout shoe

Wear:

What I truly want is an apple watch for Christmas.  But that seems entirely too excessive.  I say it would be nice to wear it to receive texts and calls and always be available if there is an emergency with one of the kids because I’m terrible about hearing my phone.  But really I just think it seems like a fun and useful gadget.  Plus look at that fun rose gold face with a lavender band.

Since the apple watch feels to extravagant for a “wear” item, I have also been wanting a nicer/more expensive pair of jeans.  I have been eyeing these but haven’t yet pushed purchase.

Read:

Last year at Christmas I read Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Street.  It was a great holiday season read.  Plus I love all of her books.

This year I would love to read the other two in the Trilogy.  Winter Stroll and Winter Storms.

Well that’s my want/need/wear/read for this year.  I’m not actually expecting any of them under the tree this year.  Shane and I will likely forgo gifts in exchange for a house project.  The basement is next on my list.

For fun here are a couple of items on the kids lists this year:

Want: Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Kit.  This seems to be the boys number one request.

And Quinn can’t stop talking about wanting a Peppa Pig toy.  She doesn’t even watch the show!

Need:  Quinn really needs some new jammies.  These are adorable.

Wear: Owen has really been wanting some slides since the spring, but somehow I keep forgetting.

Read: Owen has desperately been in need of a new book series to read.  That boy constantly has a book in his hand and we are having a hard time keeping new titles in the house.  Just today he got the first five Captain Awesome books and is already halfway thru the first one.

We are also considering the I Survived series


Who Was series

and the Kidsboro series along with several others.

Please leave a comment with any other book suggestions you might have!

Friday Favorites

Another Friday means another Friday favorites.  Let’s get right to it…

1.  Women’s Bible Study

This week we wrapped up our women’s bible study at church.  We did Angie Smith’s Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story (Member Book).  It was so good.  I learned something new each week.  I would definitely recommend.

Since it was the last week they had a few prizes.  I won for having a child that pooped all over themselves the day before.  Score!  I won the book for for the next study starting in January, Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God.  I have heard great things about the book and am looking forward to digging in.  I have not excuse now!

2. Fall Family Photos

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday we received our new fall family photos this week.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.  You just never know.  It’s amazing how a photographer can capture any decent images in all of the chaos.  Also, if you are interested in how I choose outfits for styling our family photos, be sure to click over to this post.

3.  A More Comfortable Arm

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On Wednesday we met with the orthopedic surgeon about Owen’s arm.  I plan to update everyone later on that story, but we were so happy to leave the sling and wrap behind and come home with a much more comfortable shoulder immobilizer.  How dirty is this thing going to get over the next couple of months??

4. Christmas Jammies

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I love love love Christmas jammies.  They are just so festive.  I ordered new matching jammies for everyone this year.  Yes, Shane too.  They arrived this week and are so comfy and cute.  I love that Target carried the same buffalo check ones in sizes for everyone in the family.  Look forward to lots of pics in matching pj’s.

5. Stomp

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We took Owen to see Stomp on Saturday and he loved it!  It was our first time as well and it far exceeded my expectations.  I had no idea what to expect.  How can banging on random household items for two hours be entertaining?  Well, it was amazing.  I highly recommend.

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While we were enjoying Stomp, they were enjoying the Trolls movie and Steak ‘n Shake.  Love the hats!

6. Embracing Fall Clothing

While it was almost 80 degrees on Thursday, most days this week were down right chilly.  I was ready to pull out a few of my fall favorites including my favorite trench that I mentioned in my Stranded post.

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similar trench (I’ve had mine for 5+ years)/top/jeans/leopard flats/China necklace (a great gift for any adoptive China mama in your life)/glitter studs (a great price)

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similar jacket (mine is years old from Old Navy)/similar sweater/jeans/fringe booties/China necklace/leather earrings

That’s it for this week.  As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci.  Until next time!

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What’s Up Wednesday, October

Taking a break on my Disney recaps (you can catch up on days one, two and three) to catch up with the current everyday happenings in our world.  What better way to do that than with a What’s Up Wednesday.  Today for What’s Up Wednesday I’m answering these questions…

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What we are eating this week

Monday: Leftovers from our Sunday lunch at Huber’s

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken and asian vegetables

Wednesday: Tortellini (I will be working so Shane will be on his own)

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner (working again)

Friday: Spicy vegetable soup

Saturday: Lasagna (Shane makes the best lasagna using this recipe.  He is making a double batch so we can take some to another family in our church)

Sunday: out or leftovers

It is a crazy busy week so we are sticking with mostly super easy dinners.

What I’m reminiscing about

This time of year I am constantly thinking about our Halloween costumes from years past.  You can see some in my post here.

What I’m loving

My new coffee mug.

It’s perfectly me.  The sleep mask.  The robe.  The grumpy morning face.  It couldn’t be more perfect.  The other side says “mornings aren’t magical”.  #truth #notamorningperson

What We’ve been up to

All things fall.

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Apple picking, Halloween at the zoo, the list goes on.  It’s such a fun and festive time of year.

What I’m dreading

Taking Owen to get his annual labs drawn.  I’ve been putting it off because he can be quite the drama king when it comes to getting blood drawn or shots.

What I’m working on

Starting to make Christmas lists.  Yikes!

What I’m excited about

I have a girls weekend at our lake house planned in a couple of weeks with a bunch of my adoptive mom friends.  Yay!

What I’m reading

I’m finishing up Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice


Next up are

The Magnolia Story and

Present Over Perfect

What I’m listening to

This weekend Tim Tebow spoke at our church.  Guys, it was so good.  I want to have a sit down with his mother to discuss how she raised a son that is so bold in his faith.  I need her tips!

He also has a new book out, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms that might be a good gift idea to add to my list for some of the guys in our life.

What I’m doing this weekend

Surprisingly we don’t have a lot planned for this weekend.  We will be hitting up a Trunk or Treat and the school Trick or Treat night.  Plus the usual soccer, but otherwise  low key.

What I’m wearing

Jeans, booties, vests.  You know, all my favorite fall items.

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What I’m looking forward to next month

New Gilmore Girls!!!  I need to host a girls day complete with all things Gilmore Girls…coffee, junk food, take out, etc.  Who’s in???

 Bonus question: What is your favorite Halloween memory/picture?

That’s easy…

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Liking up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for What’s up Wednesday.

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Friday Favorites

It’s Friday which means we are on Fall Break!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about having a balanced school calendar, but I absolutely LOVE having a two week break in October.  It’s the perfect time for a vacation plus it gives you more time for fun fall activities like apple picking and the pumpkin patch.

In typical Friday fashion, today I’m sharing my Friday Favorites.

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1. Seamless


For several years I have been wanting to participate in a women’s bible study at my church.  My night-shift position just wasn’t conducive so when I knew a job change was on the horizon, I put this as one of my New Year’s Resolutions.  When the new fall studies started up I knew I would have to miss the first week, but when I missed the second week I decided to set this one out (again). A friend from my small group stepped in and encouraged me that it was not too late to start and even invited me to sit at her table.  So the next morning I showed up and dove in on Angie Smith’s book Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story.  I am so thankful that she encouraged me to show up even when I was a bit behind.  I think this is going to be a great study.

2. New boot cut jeans that ARE THE RIGHT LENGTH!!!!

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I know this seems like a random favorite, but when you are 4’10”, finding a pair of jeans that work is a huge deal!  For a couple of years I have been on the hunt for a new pair of boot cut jeans but they are all just too dang long.  I don’t care what anyone says, hemmed jeans look weird.  So a couple months ago during the Nordstrom anniversary sale, I ordered these jeans without a lot of hope that they would work.  Well, they arrived and they fit!  They just need a small boot or wedge and the length is perfect.  On a side note, taking pictures of your own jeans is incredibly awkward.  Maybe the awkwardness will distract from the packing mess in the background.

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3. Sweet sibling moments

Before school one morning Owen asked me to brush his teeth because he was tired.  Quinn quickly yelled “Me!”, ran over, grabbed his toothbrush and proceeded to “brush” his teeth for him.  Maybe she has a bit of dental hygienist Mimi in her.

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4. Hearing protection earmuffs

A while back we bought each of the kids noise protecting earmuffs for loud events.  Lately Quinn has been showing some extra sensitivity to sound and sensory input and these are working great.  Earlier this week Quinn decided that the vacuum was too loud so we broke out purple headphones.  This was a a perfect solution.  They are now packed for Disney in case the happiest place on earth is a bit overwhelming for our little princess.

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5. Podcasts

I love listening to podcasts when I am driving alone, running/walking, etc.  They are a great way to pass time.

A couple of my favorites

Our Podcast

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On Thursday morning it was pouring down rain, but I had to get the lawn mowed.  So I turned on a podcast and cut the grass in the rain.  Every neighbor that drove by looked at me like I was nuts.  I just smiled and waved 🙂

6. My favorite lip balm


This week Quinn used up the last of several tubes of my favorite lip balm.  Jack Black lip balm is the best in my opinion.  I have tried most of the flavors and the grapefruit and ginger is my favorite.  I always find one of my little people sneaking some from one of the many tubes I have stashed around the house.  I am running low so it is time to stock up.  Can’t live without my lip balm!
That’s a wrap for this week’s favorites.  If you missed Let’s Talk: Entertainment or What’s Up Wednesday, be sure to check them out.

As always I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites.  Happy fall break!