Favorite things

 

I love making these lists because they're a curation of beautiful and enjoyable moments.  Life has so much ugliness, from within us and around us, so I find it important to recognize and name the good things that cross our path.  Here's my most recent gathering of silly, simple, and soul-nurturing gifts. 

Cookie Butter

Let's come out of the gate swinging.  This is good, good stuff.  If you like gingersnaps, then this is for you.  We love it on apples, but you can spread it on toast, bake with it, or just eat it right off the spoon.  If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, you can find the Biscoff brand in most grocery stores.  Your skinny jeans may not thank you, but your taste buds certainly will. 

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Yarn Bee Whimsy Line

My über-talented cousin, Heather, recently got me back into knitting. She's a crochet wizard, but has momentarily exchanged the crochet hook for knitting needles.  After nerding out with her about yarn on her last visit, I ran to Hobby Lobby and found this line of yarns. They're super soft, vibrant, and work up wonderfully.  One skein (how do you pronounce this? "Skeen?" "Skane?" "Skine?") is just the right amount for a child-sized scarf.  

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Yellow Table Cookbook

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My sweet mother-in-law gifted me with this a while back, and it's my new favorite. The recipes are artful and beautifully crafted while still being very accessible in terms of ingredients and skill. My February birthday soirée was crafted from this book.  

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Avon Bug Guard

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I loathe the smell of typical bug spray. It makes me sick and gives me a dementor-like headache. But we live in Alabama, and near water, so unless I want the children to become a buffet for "them pesky skeeters," bug spray is not optional. Enter Avon to the rescue. This stuff works well, smells pleasant, AND includes SPF 30 sunscreen, making one less step to getting my kids outside to spray each other in the face with a sprinkler while I drink my coffee on the porch. Win.  (And ya'll, it's currently on SALE). 

 The Lifegiving Home

This book, written by a mother-daughter team, has been so encouraging and affirming in the calling to cultivate a place of safety and beauty in the home. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's been a breath of fresh air and has given me a new energy behind my work.  

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And finally, this video. My face hurts from smiling so much when watching it. These guys are just having the best time on stage, and even the audience looks like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning.  

 

Summer is almost upon us with fireflies, watermelon, homemade ice cream, and fireworks. We can't wait! 

 

 3/4 children were crying by the end of this photo. Welcome to my chaos.  

3/4 children were crying by the end of this photo. Welcome to my chaos.