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Favorite Things Friday: FALL

We’ve had a couple of brisk mornings this week. I’ll take it. But the calendar says it’s is in full swing, so let’s talk FALL! Here are five things I’m loving lately and think you will, too!

Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Spice Tea, Lauren B. Beauty nail polish in L.A. Smog, Old Navy Women’s Plaid Flannel Shirt, Noonday Daybreak Earrings, and coconut cream.
  • The Republic of Tea’s Pumpkin Spice Tea – Of course you love anything pumpkin spice, right? I’d like to encourage you to branch out from coffee to tea. My mom thoughtfully gave me this tea when I was in Arkansas a couple of weeks ago, and it is soooooo good. Here’s how I like it best: Steep one bag for 4 minutes, then add a good splash of vanilla almond milk. It tastes rich and decadent but not too spicy or sweet. Add a teaspoon of honey if you want a little extra sweet. You can buy 50 tea bags in a cute reusable canister here. Makes a great gift! (Clearly. Thanks, Mom!)
  • Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in L.A. Smog – This is the best quality nail polish I’ve ever owned, and now I know why. I just found it on Amazon, and it’s not cheap. This came in my Causebox (another amazing gift idea btw) subscription last year. I forgot about it in the spring and summer and now that fall is here, the dark, smoggy color is so fun. Deep down I think wearing nail polish in “L.A. Smog” makes me feel tough. Maybe I’ll wear it during labor.

  • Old Navy Women’s Plaid Flannel Shirt – I went shopping with my stepmom, Dana, at Old Navy Labor Day weekend, and this shirt is one of my favorite finds. I was so pleased to see that long button downs and tunics are still “in,” because long shirt + leggings are the comfiest for me right now. Plus it feels efficient to wear clothes during pregnancy that aren’t strictly maternity. There are several colors to choose from in this style and many other button down styles this season.
  • Noonday Daybreak Earrings These earrings are my first piece from Noonday, and I am so impressed. I love that this company is making a difference by selling jewelry and accessories made by artisans around the world. These came in the goody bag I received at The Happy Hour Live event, and I’d love to save up and purchase other pieces as Christmas gifts for girls in my family. The quality is really great.
  • Coconut Cream in Coffee – Know what’s magic? Hot coffee blended with a spoonful of coconut cream. A recipe I made the other night called for a can of coconut milk. Mine was in the fridge, so I scooped out most of the top part (which is the cream) to save for this wonderful reason and used the rest of the milk for the Indian recipe. Using an immersion blender yields the frothiest coffee in my opinion.

Now I’m realizing that the only thing I personally bought out of these items was the $2 can of coconut cream. But that’s how gifts are supposed to be, right? Favorites.

Happy weekend, friends! I hope you get to do something fun. Alex and I are going to an alumni book talk at his college buddy’s house. The book? Frankenstein. I laughed at first, but I’m loving this read!!



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Favorite Things Friday: Podcasts

I have been loving podcasts lately. First it was The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (still is of course) and The Runner’s World Show, but I’ve branched out over the past few months and been introduced to or discovered a few other solid favorites. I always learn something new and love that I can do other things while listening like exercise, fold laundry, or cook. Try these out and let me know what you think! Then, tell me which podcasts you’re loving!

  • In Journeywomen, University of Arkansas alumna (love that) Hunter Beless chats with mentors about “gracefully navigating the seasons and challenges we face on our journeys to glorify God.” I feel like Hunter is one of the best podcast hosts around. Her humility and desire to glorify God burst through every episode. It’s like she is soaking up the guest’s every word right alongside the listener. Each guest also shares her 3 simple joys at the end, and that’s always fun.

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR tells the stories behind some of the world’s most well-known companies with interviews from the founders themselves. Some of my favorite episodes so far have been with the founders of Starbucks, Five Guys, and TOMS. I want to listen to the ones on Airbnb and Southwest Airlines next.

  • Glorious in the Mundane  is hosted by singer/songwriter Christy Nockels, and every episode is so heartfelt. Don’t you love the theme “glorious in the mundane?” It’s what I want to uncover in every one of my days, no matter my circumstance or season. Sometimes Christy shares what’s on her heart around this theme and other times she interviews a guest. Sometimes she shares her music…and it’s beautiful!

  • That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs is such a lovable podcast. Annie says the first thing she thinks when she wakes up in the morning is, “What will be fun today?” I love that. On the podcast, she shares her favorite things and interviews her friends about everything from their fave books and restaurants to their stories of salvation. By the end an episode, you will feel like Annie’s friend and also care a little bit more about having fun.

  • The Purposeful Home Podcast is great for those in the thick of motherhood (or on the cusp like me) or even just in the middle of busy adult life. Hosts Allie and Kelsey give practical tips on managing time and a home and do a really good job of reminding us of how intention is the name of the game – not perfection or comparison.

Happy almost weekend! My project this weekend is to go through the last of our unpacked boxes, which have conveniently been hiding out in Baby B’s room. It’s time to start getting our girly’s room ready! You can bet I’ll be multitasking by listening to a podcast or two. Don’t forget to comment with your favorite podcasts!



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Favorite Things Friday

How is your week going? At any rate, you made it to Friday!

I’m still finding my niche as a stay-at-home mom with a very low maintenance baby. Ha. I have my joyful moments of seeing this time of not working before baby arrives as a short, sweet life season, which I am so very grateful for, and then other moments I feel a bit guilty  or pressured – by the enemy, not by anyone else – to have something fancy to show for my time. More than ever before I see how our culture glorifies busy and how I have totally been buying into it.

But lately, God is showing me that quiet and still is better right now. It’s a time to explore writing, to rest, to prepare for our baby, but ultimately it’s still a time to trust Him with EVERYTHING.

And of course, quiet and still yields fertile soil for enjoying those little gifts in life. Here are three I’m loving:

Library Card: These things are golden. Free books I don’t have to add to our already too big collection? Yes please. I just joined the library here and was so happy to find they have a ton of books on my to-read list.

Gallery Walls: If I can build gallery walls, so can you. I did one in my living room and one in my bedroom using pieces I already had. I didn’t spend a penny. Pinterest has some great ideas and templates. The main “rules” I took away for building a gallery wall is to a) use a mix of mediums like art, photos, shelves, and clocks, and b) use similar frames and colors to visually tie the mix together. I love the finished looks!

1 Pump of Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks:  So, a tall pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks comes with three pumps of sugary pumpkin spice. That’s a lot of sweet. (No judgment you if you like it that way.) And yes, yes, I too understand there is artificial junk in the beloved P Spice syrup. For when we can’t (or aren’t willing) to whip up our own at home, might I suggest the minimalist pumpkin lover’s version? I’ve been enjoying one pump of syrup in my drinks of choice this month, which have thus far been a latte, an Americano, and a steamer. I still taste fall, and I think it’s the perfect amount of sweet.

Happy weekending, friends. What are your favorites this week??