August Favorites

This month is a little different because a lot of these favorites are from small businesses that I’ve found and loved.  Small disclaimer, I’m not sponsored by any of these companies, but I am an Amazon affiliate, more about that on my About Page.  So here we go!

Book of the Month

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Point Blank by Alan King was my favorite reviewed book this month.  This book of poetry could not have come at a better time for our culture right now.  I wrote a review here, but I highly recommend purchasing this book or the ebook on Amazon here.

Baby

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I found Declan Roe in my research for my Continuing the Conversation post last week.  I loved what they are doing so much that I purchased the sweet button romper above.  Basically, 15% of the proceeds go to an organization called Bundled Blessings that help couples with IVF treatments or adoption.  With adorable clothes (even for boys) and a precious cause, how could I not love this?

Beauty and Fashion

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At the farmer’s market, I saw this booth, Simple Suds and Stuff, selling laundry detergent and alpaca dryer balls.  I loved the business owner’s passion for wanting to know every ingredient that goes into the products she uses.  I was intrigued, even more so when I found out that one of the scents she was selling was Peppermint.  I love all things mint, so I decided to try it.  That week, Sam had one of his incredible blowouts on a white onesie.  This detergent made it look brand new without dimming the lettering on the front of the onesie!  I am sold.  She also has the lavender scent, and who doesn’t like lavender smelling sheets?

Entertainment

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And finally, if you are wanting a cute, sweet, light rom-com, I highly recommend To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix (which was originally a book by the same name).  It follows a girl named Lara Jean who writes a letter to a crush in order to process that crush, and then she addresses it and hides it in a hat box.  But somehow, the letters get out, and all chaos ensues.  I was actually hesitant to watch this because I didn’t want to watch something with a lot of tension.  But I was pleasantly surprised at how much comedy balances out the drama.  Five stars.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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July Favorites

And here we are at the end of July, already.  I feel like the days are long but the weeks are so short.  Here are my July Favorites.

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Easily this month, Thunderhead was my favorite book.  It’s easily one of my top favorite books of the year so far.  I wrote a longer review of it here.

Baby

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Since breastfeeding has gotten a lot easier, sleep has been our next focus.  There are some nights and days that he will sleep really well, while other nights and days I wonder if he will ever sleep again.  Our biggest culprit is that Moro reflex.  The one that makes his arms jut out in front of him like he’s falling.  Wakes him up every time.  And he now hates the traditional swaddles.  So, Michael’s coworkers suggested this and it works!  It’s called the Zipadee Zip and it’s my definite favorite this month!

Beauty and Fashion

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I used to love taking a nice, long warm bath with the bath bombs and bubble bars, but I don’t have the time to do this anymore (the boy is now the one who takes baths, and it’s sweet and cute and a perfect consolation so I’m not complaining).  So, I wanted to find a way to pamper myself without having to fill the tub, and I found out about shower steamers.  Now, these don’t work as well in the shower tub combos in my opinion, but if you have a square standing shower, it works perfectly.  And it lasts through the entire shower.  When I’m feeling particularly sleepy one morning, I pop one of the Bath and Body Works Energy Shower Steamers in and it is the perfect start to my day.

Entertainment

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During my walks, I’ve been listening to various podcasts.  One of my favorites is What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel.  She has different guests on her show, talking about various topics.  At the end of the show, the guest will give her a little insight into what they love, hate, and are reading at the moment, and Anne will give them a few book recommendations.  It has definitely fed my bookaholic nature, but I really love it.  One of the more recent episodes had Ian Chron on to talk about the Enneagram personalities.  It was like two of my fascinations in one hour long podcast.  Simply perfect.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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June Favorites

The end of June kinda got away from me, so this is going up a little late.  So here are my June Favorites.

Book of the Month

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This was a tough decision.  Because I really loved Scythe as well, but this one takes the top place this month because of the pregnancy loss subject matter and how well it broaches that subject.  I talked more about that here.

Baby

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Breastfeeding has been such a journey for me.  All my friends were right, that about six weeks it got much better, especially with this product.  The Lansinoh Lanolin Cream.  I don’t use it all the time, usually just after a feeding or when I get out of the shower.  It is a lifesaver!

Beauty and Fashion

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One thing I’ve been loving at night after a long day of being on my feet (cause that baby loves to be carried and walked around…it has worked better than the Fitbit ever did!), is this foot cream, Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Foot Repair Balm, I picked up at Ulta.  I actually got it much earlier in the year, but it has been such a nice pampering indulgence lately.  And it keeps my feet so soft!

TV and Movies

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I got into a bit of a rom-com binge on Netflix, and I would highly recommend Set It Up.  It’s so cute, even if a bit predictable.  In fact, a little predictability was just what I needed.  Sometimes it’s just nice to have a non-stressful show to enjoy during breastfeeding sessions.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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April Favorites

April is coming to an end, so I guess that means a little recap of my favorites from the month!

Book of the Month

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I had an incredible reading month.  I don’t know if it was because I finally put down a book I wasn’t enjoying or if my body is prepping for the baby and knowing that I won’t have a lot of time to read (although maybe I will, I’m hopeful).  But I managed to complete four books this month (instead of the one book last month).  My favorite of the four was definitely Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.  I shared a review of this book here.

Baby-Related

I’ve been ordering a lot of baby-related items this month.  Of course, most of them I haven’t used yet since the baby isn’t here yet.  But one item that I’m already loving because it is SO comfortable is the Abbyson Hampton Beige Nursery Swivel Glider Recliner Chair.  Michael and I went to a baby store in March and tried out all of the gliders/rockers.  This was a definite hit with both of us.  Plus, it reclines all the way back, which I think will come in handy sometime soon.  It’s probably the most expensive piece that we have purchased this year for the baby, but I’m thinking that it will be worth the price.

Beauty-Related

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I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Infused Moisturizing Body Wash for two months now, and I absolutely love it.  I think I’m slowly becoming an Aveeno fan (not sponsored, of course).  I use their shampoo and this body wash.  It smells so amazing.  It’s a mix of peach and ginger (I smell the peach much more than the ginger).  It’s a perfect spring/summer scent for me.  Plus, I really like the way my skin feels after I use it.  I was using another kind of body soap before this one that dried out my skin and caused it to break out.  But only after a few uses of this soap, my skin was back to normal.

Food-Related

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I saw this Twinings of London Buttermint Herbal Tea advertised at my local grocery store as a new product from Twinings.  I love their decaf English breakfast tea, so I thought I would try this one as well.  I have to be careful with herbal teas during pregnancy, but with just peppermint and vanilla as the main ingredients, this one was quite safe.  Usually, in the evening, I enjoy a cup of peppermint tea, but this is a perfect alternative when I want something that is a little different, but still minty.  The vanilla is not overpowering at all but almost gives a different, warmer texture to the tea.  And I don’t steep this tea for very long because the taste can be quite strong, but it’s really good.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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Mint Herb Kit Update

So, not much happened this weekend.  Since it’s busy season, Michael had to work on Saturday, which left the pups and me to chill at home.  And Sunday was fairly calm as well.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to give an update on the Mint Herb Kit that I started earlier this year.

So after I put the kit together, once there were the tiniest sprouts poking through the dirt, I had to change out the water which included adding a tsp of the included plant food to two cups of water.

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Now, the sprouts have sprouted, and they are starting to look like tiny mint leaves.  I’m so excited.  I’m looking forward to some fresh mint this summer.  I love putting it in my water.  It’s so refreshing.  Plus, I just love the smell as well.  Of course, I still can’t smell mint on these tiny leaves just yet, but I hope I will soon!

Do you have any recent project updates?  What are you looking forward to this summer?

My Current Playlist

I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I shared what I’m currently listening to.  And usually, it’s in the realm of pregnancy loss or anxiety.  While I do have a few songs that are under that theme on my playlist, I thought I would also share a couple songs that just get my foot tapping as well.

I found this song to be perfect for me during the Lent season.  “Help us with our unbelief” has been something I’ve written more than once in my prayer journal during the pregnancy.  Plus, the video is beautiful and simple.

This song is always playing in my car, turned up and blasting.  The first verse made my breath catch and I knew I would love the song.  Amazingly, the first time I heard this song was on the radio at a low moment of doubt and fear.  It was exactly. what. I. needed.

 

Pivoting from the Christian themed songs, I heard this one on the radio as well.  I’ve never heard any other songs from Lovely the Band, but I really this one.  The beat is great.  Plus, I can relate to connecting with others through brokenness and loneliness.

And finally, the happy sunshine song I’ve been loving this Spring.  This was another radio introduction and it’s so catchy.  It’s just one of those fun, lovey-dovey songs that I like to blast when I’m working on projects or cleaning or driving.  And I will end the playlist here.

What are you listening to lately?

House Project #2: The Floors

A couple weeks ago, we completed a second major house project that has been on the books for a couple of years.  We got the majority of our floors replaced.  And by we, I mean we hired a company to do it.  Between busy season and baby season, if we tried to DIY this one, it wouldn’t have gotten completed.  But we are really happy with the result.

So, first, we wanted to replace/remove the carpet in our living room downstairs.  The rest of our downstairs is this ceramic tile.  Since I started fostering dogs with the SPCA and pet-sitting, I have wanted to get this carpet out of here.  It’s just easier to maintain when I have canines all over the place.

Before

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See?  There is even a dog in this picture.  The carpet has got to go!

After

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I love this floor.  It’s a water-resistant vinyl.  And, by removing the tile in front of the fireplace, it has really opened the room up.

The second major project was to remove and replace all of the carpets upstairs, including the stairs.  It’s all the same carpet upstairs, but it’s super soft and a little darker than the previous carpet.  I will use the stairs as an example of the change.

Before

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Well loved and used carpet.

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The guys hauling away the old carpet and bringing the padding upstairs.

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The new carpet being hauled upstairs.

After

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We love the fact that this took literally two days to complete, both the living room and the upstairs.  Of course, the upstairs is still in a bit of a disarray because only a few days after the project was completed, I was in the hospital, so I don’t really have any of the rooms to share with you.  I mean, I just got the books back on the bookshelves today.  It’s going to be a process.

It was really nice to have this one marked off the books.  As for other house projects, we have a few here or there that we might get to, or we might put them off for later in the year.  Right now, the baby is starting to take center-stage, so we are focusing on that!