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September Favorites


This month has been so crazy.  The first half was filled with anxiety, and the second half was filled with nausea.  My productivity levels have been low, but I did manage to find a few favorites to share with you.

Over the last year, I have tried a lot of ovulation tests, but the Easy@Home Ovulation Test Kit seems to be the easiest and clearest test of them all.  And they are cheaper than any of the ones I bought in the stores.  Bonus!  This comes with 50 ovulation strips and 20 pregnancy test strips.  The only drawback is that the pregnancy test strips are not early testers.  So they don’t show up as pregnant until after your period has started.  I did have to buy some of those to get the early results.I mentioned this journal in one of my weekly check-in videos, but I really have been impressed with the quality of this Rifle Paper Company Journal.  One of the issues I have with a lot of journals is that the pages will stick together or I will skip over a page layout without knowing. But the pages in this journal are not thin, so it’s easy to see right where you need to be. They are a little more expensive – about 15-20 dollars, but the quality is worth it.

Other than that, the only other things that seem to be favorites this month are the few foods that I am willing to eat and keep down.  Clementines, peanut butter banana smoothies, oatmeal, and eggs are my basic regiment lately.  I have been eating a lot of carbs and fruit, but I know from past experience that this only lasts a little while, about 5-7 more weeks (but who’s counting 😉 ) and then my appetite will be back and I’ll be ready to indulge a little more.

I do have some food aversions, but I think I will save that for this Friday’s vlog!

Do you have any favorites this month?  Any advice on morning sickness?

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. These are all things I have used personally. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself. Thanks!

August Favorites


I’m not sure what next week will be like, so I wanted to touch on some favorites now instead of the very end of the month.  One of the goals I had this summer was to get on a walking schedule.  One of the things I started doing on these walks was listening to podcasts, so I thought I would share some of my favorites.


Hank and John Green are the Vlogbrothers on YouTube.  Separately, they have their own projects, but the Vlogbrothers channel is where it all started.  Basically, each brother would check in with the other once a week, and it grew into this huge community.  Hank has other channels that promote science and education.  John is a YA author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.  And they have done projects with the Gates Foundation, explained various issues that were in the news, and even do a huge fundraising project at the end of the year.  Oh, and they started VidCon, a YouTube Creator convention that gets bigger every year.

Their podcast is only a few years old, I believe.  I can’t remember when I started listening to them, but Michael and I usually have several episodes ready for long road trips.  They give advice (dubious advice, mind you) to people who write in with questions.  They also talk about the news from Mars and AFC Wimbledon (their interests, respectively).  And they also tout the podcast as a comedy show about death, which it’s not really, but sometimes they do get on the topic of extremely weird ways the world could be destroyed (or not so weird ways, I guess).  It’s hilarious, and it’s two brothers sharing life.  Thumbs up.


I talked about this podcast a bit in my letter to Jen Hatmaker.  So I’m not going to go into great detail about it here.  I am still enjoying it, somewhat, though not every podcast I’ve been able to relate to.  She is in a different life stage than I am and has different priorities.  But for every mom I know, I recommend this one wholeheartedly.

This was a podcast I really just fell into.  After I went through my library of books, changed my office into a library (that I practically live in now), and started reading more this summer, this podcast is perfect.  She talks to some writers but most readers.  In each episode, after getting to know her reader and what that reader likes and doesn’t like, she recommends several books.  There was one podcast this summer where she answered listener questions and did recommendations there too.  Needless to say, I have added several books to my Book-et list from this podcast.


This is not a current podcast.  I believe it ended in June, and I’m not sure if she will do it again next year.  But Shauna Niequist was the first interview for Jen Hatmaker’s podcast, and I absolutely loved it.  So, I went searching for Niequist’s podcast and found this.  I believe it’s a part of Relevant Magazine which is where Niequist writes?  But, the eight interviews that she does are phenomenal.  I also get a lot of book recommendations from this podcast as well.

And last, but definitely not least, The Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin (and her sister Elizabeth Craft).  I really enjoyed the book, The Happiness Project) from this author, and this podcast is basically an extension of that book, plus her other books.  It gives some practical ways to incorporate happiness (or basically organization, relationship maintenance, and self-care) into your life.  The conversation on each podcast is light and, well, happy, which is sometimes needed when I’m waking up in the mornings, getting ready for the day.  This is also the first podcast that I ever listened to, and I highly recommend it!

Do you have any favorites this month?  What podcasts should I add to this list?


November Favorites

I cannot believe how fast this month has flown by!  It’s already the Christmas season.  We came back into our neighborhood this past weekend and the whole neighborhood was decked out with Christmas decorations.  And it’s beautiful.  Soon I will be pulling out our own decorations, blasting the Christmas music, and beginning all of our December traditions myself!

But before the month of November ends, I wanted to share some things I loved this month.  The month, especially last week, was pretty hard for us, but there were some things I appreciated that I want to share with you.

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  These are all things I have used personally.  I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself.  Thanks!

Clothing and Accessories

This is the Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Slip-On Walking Shoe.  I ordered these back in September because my previous gray slip on shoes had worn out (another Skechers shoe that I had for years).  I love having a super comfortable slip on shoe that I can just put on and go.  These are perfect!  I can wear them all day and be on my feet all day.  I am also clumsy and have weak ankles, plus I fell in a pothole when I was in middle school (because that’s normal in New Orleans) and hurt my knee.  So if I’m not in supportive shoes and I’m on my feet all day, I will feel it.  These shoes are the perfect solution.  They come in other colors, too.  You can buy them here: http://amzn.to/2fEo4V3



I don’t know if I’ve shared this app before, but I know I’ve told lots of friends about it.  This free app was developed by Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I found out about it last year when I was listening to an interview of Lysa TerKeurst, who is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Basically, this app will give you about a five minute devotional every Monday through Friday, and then a video recapping the week on Saturday.  There is even an alarm built into the app that can wake you up in the morning and present the devotional as the first thing you see that day.  The eventual goal is that every book in the bible will be studied.  One of my favorite parts of the study is the “More Moments” which goes even deeper into the text of that day and connects Old Testament stories and prophecies to the New Testament.  There is also a forum in the app that allows you to interact with other people using the devotional.  And they offer a workbook at the beginning of each Book of the Bible study that you can use to follow along (although that costs money).  You can be as involved as you want to be and go as deep as you want to go.  It’s an excellent resource, and I love using it!  You can find out more information here: http://first5.org

Food and Drink

20161107_190159For most of November, I’ve been sick.  I had a bad sinus infection at the beginning of this month, and it looks like I’m ending the month with another one.  Does anyone have recommendations for a good multivitamin that supports the immune system?  At this point, I’m all ears.

However, one thing that has gotten me through a lot of the coughing and hacking has been Teavana’s mint majesty tea.  Michael got me two containers for my birthday, and I have been enjoying it so much this month.

I use loose leaf tea because I have a diffuser and an electric kettle, but if you would like to try this tea at home, it does come in tea bags as well which  you can get it here: http://amzn.to/2gb4SCc

Those are all of the things I have been loving this month.  I still can’t believe the beginning of December is just two days away!  Christmas is almost here and before you know it, we will be celebrating the New Year!

What are some things you have been loving this month?  It doesn’t have to be in the above categories, either!  I love trying out new things!