I’m wrapping up the week with some favorites. I don’t know about you, but we have a weekend full of Halloween festivities. By the time the actual holiday gets here our costumes will most likely be smeared with candy and on their last legs.
Back to blog land
My first favorite of the week is being back here on my little space sharing all about the things and the people that I love. Thank you for all of the kind comments and messages after I returned from a little hiatus. If you missed What’s Up Wednesday or What’s on My Bookshelf (there are some GREAT books there), be sure to check them out. I promise to start the China recaps next week!
On Wednesday night my parents offered to watch the kids so we could have our first kid-free couple of hours since Collins came home. We decided to try out a new restaurant, grab coffees (it was the first cold evening of the year), and check out the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. For years I have been hearing how great of an event this is, but we have been hesitant to go because it is a bit pricey for looking at pumpkins and we now have 6 people in the family, plus everyone talks about how crowded it is. Since it was only the two of us we decided to check it out. We picked the perfect night because not only was it Wednesday, but it was also cold so the crowd was very manageable. It was a 1/4 mile long trail through a park lined with 5,000 carved pumpkins, some of which were just absolutely unbelievable. The theme this year was A-Z and they had a theme with each letter. I think Alice In Wonderland was my favorite. Not only were the pumpkins amazing, but the lighting and the music set the perfect stage.
A natural deodorant that works
We’re all friends here, right. Can we talk about deodorant for a minute? I know that natural deodorants are all the rage and we should be convinced that traditional deodorant is from the devil. And that may be true, but every single natural deodorant I’ve tried in the past just did not work for me. The only reason I have tried so many is because that regular deodorant frequently makes me itch. Let me tell you, walking around with itchy pits and wanting to scratch them like a monkey is no fun. So when I saw a new brand of natural deodorant on the shelf at Target I couldn’t help but try it out. Well guess what? It actually works! I have been using the Schmidt’s bergamot + lime deodorant for a couple of weeks and it has held up to serious sweaty workouts, full days of running after kiddos, and I do believe it works better than my traditional ones. Bonus, it doesn’t contain aluminum and it smells good too!
I love seeing other families grow thru adoption. Bonus if it’s my friends’ families. This week a dear friend that helped mentor me through our first adoption process brought home her newest two cuties from China and another friend was matched with her newest daughter. It just makes my heart happy to see these children joining their forever families.
A new devotional
A few years ago I read Annie F. Down’s Let’s All Be Brave and it rocked my world. I just loved this book and the concept of being brave. So when she released a new devotional,100 Days to Brave, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. I have only just started to dive in, but I love that it is 100 days of a quick two page devotional to help focus on how to be more courageous and brave in our daily life. Plus I love that it is small and pretty and looks good on my night stand.
For years I have been searching for a pair of casual sneakers I could wear with jeans. I cannot begin to tell you how many pairs I have ordered and promptly returned because they hurt my feet or looked terrible on me. Good news. I finally found a pair I love and they are super comfy. At first I wasn’t sure about the tongue, but they grew on me and now I like how it kind of sticks up. Now that I know these fit me I’m excited to branch out and try some other fun colors. Being back to having a two year old means I need to put away the boots and wear the sneakers to chase her around.
That’s all for today. Time to prepare for a weekend full of candy. I hope a couple of Reese’s cups and pull ‘n peels make their way to me.