I rarely write posts like this. But. I am just about 39 weeks pregnant. And well, there just isn’t much serious, deep, or heavy space in my head and heart. So. Just for fun, I thought I share some of my favorite things. And not one of these brands, stores, artists, writers or organizations have asked me to do this nor am I getting any “kick backs” from any of these products. These are just things I absolutely love.
Every time I grab a mug of hazelnut coffee at Panera, I find myself transported back to a trip my best friend and I took to Texas when I was fifteen. Her grandma made us hazelnut coffee every morning, and I felt so grown up having a cup of coffee every morning. Thank you, Panera, for bringing me back to my fifteen year old self every time I drink your hazelnut!
Pretty $2 Composition Books from Pink Light Design
At the speed that I write through a journal, I had to switch to notebooks as journals a long, long time ago. This past year, I discovered these beautiful composition books that cost about two bucks each and have become my most favorite journal option. Cheap and beautiful. Love these.
Anything by Jennie Allen
This is by far my most favorite book that I have read in years. It came into my hands at a time that I desperately needed not only to re-surrender everything once again to Jesus, but it also came at a time that I was desperate to know that women were writing about more than just being a wife and mom. This book was the beginning of discovering a whole wave of women who are passionately following Jesus in everything that they are from wife to mom to writer to speaker to artist to friend to counselor to teacher to physician and everything in between. This book marked a powerful shift in my spiritual life this past year.
Okay. I know that’s pretty plain. But seriously. I cannot seem to get enough ice water this summer. It is like a momentary vacation every time I drink cold, cold sip of ice water. This might just be a weird pregnant thing that will quickly pass. But seriously. Ice water is amazing!
This has become my other food obsession this summer. I have been known to run to the gas station down the street at 9 p.m. on multiple occasions to grab a pint of this ice cream. My love of this item is so extreme that a good friend got me a gift card to said neighborhood gas station so that I could continue my late night Phish Food runs.
Ben Howard Pandora Station
You know about Pandora right? If not, click here. Okay, now we all know about Pandora. Do yourself a favor and create a Ben Howard station right now. So mellow, so melodic, so beautiful. Some of the most heart-exposing lyrics from the artists who show up on this station. Just listening to this station puts me in a better mood.
Reef Flip Flops
These are by far the most comfortable flip flops ever. Every February, I start checking out the flip flop section at Ross, where if I keep my eyes open, I can snag a pair or two for half their cost. Then I wear them all summer long. Actually, I wear them as soon as it is reasonably warm enough to wear flip flops and continue to wear them on into the fall. I love these shoes!
I am a total groupie. I know. But I seriously love what these ladies are doing. I have an IF: Table. I am planning an IF: Pray event. And am already looking forward to the actually IF: Gathering this coming February. I know, I know…my obsession with this movement is quite dramatic. But that’s just it. This movement is not about being a movement, but about gathering, equipping, and unleashing women to live out their God-given callings right where they are. Is there anything more amazing than being encouraged to live fully for Jesus right here, right now?
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Could there be anything more helpful to a mom than a show full of helpful ten second songs that equip her preschool-aged kids to process life in a simple way?!?! Every single one of us in my little family sings these life-coping songs on a regular basis. Short little tunes like: “Grown-ups come back” and “There’s time for you and baby, too” and “When you feel so mad that you’re gonna roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” Seriously, thank you creators of Daniel Tiger.
Okay, your turn. What are a few of your favorite things? Please do share. I can’t wait to read! You’ll be helping me keep my mind off the fact that I am still waiting for baby!