Best waterbottle

Sitting on kitchen counter

Confessions + Focus

I have some fun confessions today. Some are totally random, some make life easier, and some are just… different. Let’s get started. Oh, and I so want to hear some of your confessions in the comments 😉

Confession #1 Our family doesn’t eat dinner at our table together.

Why? Because we don’t have enough chairs, lol. Our kitchen table seats two people, so Jimmy and I take turns sitting on top of the kitchen counter, while the other sits across from Sadie at the table. Someday we will get a bigger table!

Sitting on kitchen counter

Confession #2 Sometimes the only way I can get a bit of real estate work done while at home with Sadie and Niva is to take everyone outside and set up my laptop up somewhere out of reach from Sadie.

I can’t sit at the table because laptops = toddler magnet, lol.

Working outside with toddler

Confession #3 I like to drink hot water. 

My favorite way to drink water is to turn on the tap until the water coming out is steaming, then I fill up my water bottle and enjoy. Super Sparrow water bottles are amazing at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Unlike other popular brands, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. 

Super Sparrow Water Bottles from Amazon

I’m strangely picky about water bottles and I’ve been so impressed with this brand. The fact that they have so many different types, sizes, and colors of bottles makes them even more amazing. There’s definitely one for everyone.

Confession #4 Niva doesn’t bark and we don’t mind.

Toddler and husky

Huskies just aren’t barkers. When the mailman drops off a package while Sadie is napping? No barking. It is glorious. Is she a good guard dog? Absolutely not, lol. I will note that huskies howl, but barking isn’t really their thing.

There are a million other reasons as to why we love our Niva girl (she’s sweet, incredible with Sadie, and just a happy-go-lucky pup), but the whole no barking thing is definitely a blessing. 

Those are my confessions. Onto the focus portion of this post. I was reading a great devotional in the Bible app and the words below really struck me.

Breaking bad habits

I had never thought about bad habits in that way, so I thought it was worth sharing! I’m continually trying to live a life that pleases God and instead of focusing on what I’m not doing well, I need to keep my focus on growing in my faith 🙂

Tell me your confessions!

 

Giving Things Away and Favorites

I’m not sure what it is about the changing of the season from summer to fall, but it always makes me want to sift though my belongings and decide on what I no longer use. My focus the other day was on my jewelry. 

Jewelry hanging on rack

See all the jewelry in the above picture? I gave it all away and man did it feel great to do so! I have owned some of those pieces since middle school, and I was ready to part with them because I don’t wear them enough to justify keeping them when someone else could be enjoying them. 

I posted the photo on Facebook Marketplace and they were picked up by a very thankful woman the next day. I did something similar with a toy of Sadie’s in June and it felt just as wonderful. I’m sure I could have sold the jewelry or the toy, but I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have everything I need and more, so why not pass on the blessing, you know?

Onto a few favorite things from this week! 

My sister made my bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeño poppers recipe, except she used gypsy peppers in place of jalapeños! Have you ever heard of gypsy peppers? I hadn’t until she sent me the photo, haha. She said they’re kind of like a mild banana pepper. 

Bacon wrapped stuffed gypsy peppers

I know I’ve mentioned that I was on the quest for the perfect water bottle for the longest time, but have I ever discussed my search for the best ponytail holder? My hair is slightly crazy. It’s curly, frizzy, unruly, and when I’m not in the postpartum hair loss phase, it’s fairly thick. I used to iron it with a clothes iron, but that’s another story for another day. I just let it run wild now. 

I’ve used the invisibobble brand for over six months, but now I’m onto these and loving the fact that they’re cute, don’t leave dents in my hair, and don’t stretch out easily. Also, they come in a ton of different colors and don’t break the bank. The eight-pack I have cost $10, so it was $1.25 per hair tie. Not too shabby!

L. Erikson ponytail holder hair tie

Another favorite as of late has been doing crafts with Sadie during our homeschool time each weekday. We worked on making jellyfish in a different color each day and I snapped the photo below earlier this week because it made me smile. 

We actually do “school” in mine and Jimmy’s bedroom so our closet door is just casually decorated in primary-colored paper plates made to look like jellyfish. Each night before we go to bed I’m always like “Jimmy, the jellyfish are watching us go to sleep…” haha. 

Craft for teaching toddlers and preschoolers colors

My cousin generously passed on her daughter’s farm-themed dollhouse to Sadie and she has been enjoying it so much.

I could watch her play all day. She pretends her animals are doing different things and acts out little scenes. It’s so precious to see her imagination at work! I remember my dollhouse being one of my favorite toys as a child, and seeing Sader Tot play with hers brings back such happy memories for me.

Toddler playing with barn doll house

Okay, this post is getting long. I have just two more favorites to share and then I’m signing off!

  1. Midnight Sun. I have to know: were you a Twilight fan? If so, Team Edward or Team Jacob? I can vividly remember not being able to put Twilight down during my junior year Spanish class. My teacher was literally like, “Allie, can you please stop reading?” lol. When I saw that Midnight Sun was coming out, I was super pumped! I just started reading it, but so far it has been everything my teenage Twilight-obsessed self dreamed it would be! And since I know you’re totally wondering, I’ve always been Team Edward 😉
  2. Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I’ve seen these colored pencils for years and always wondered if the quality justified the price. I finally caved and decided to try them out. They’re very nice! The color is so rich and I hear they’re great for blending, but haven’t tried yet. I definitely recommend ’em if you’re into art supplies! 

Tell me a recent favorite of yours!

What’s the last thing you gave away?