Children’s Books

So Long Social Media and A Few Favorites

Well, I’m officially off-grid in terms of social media. I’m just over it! I feel like I could write a book on my feelings about social media. It’s something I’ve talked about in 2013 and again in 2019, and I think many people can relate that how our culture uses social media and how it impacts our lives can be tricky to manage.

I wasn’t on any platform for an extensive amount of time each day (maybe 10 minutes, tops?), but it still felt like too much. While there’s a lot of good that can come from social media, I don’t know if the positive aspects outweigh the negative aspects for me. What are your thoughts on social media?

Alright, onto a few favorites! 

-Valentine’s Day books. I really love Valentine’s Day. And children’s books. Combine the two and I am one happy girl. Since our local libraries are still closed, I just had to get Sader Tot some new books 😉 

Children's Valentine's Day books

All three of these books are super sweet and cute, but I especially love God Is Love. Speaking of Valentine’s Day… I really want to decorate for it soon. Do you decorate for “little” holidays like Valentine’s Day? I am all about anything that brings extra joy to our home!

-Taking a couple of dogs home. I texted Jimmy a picture of two huskies in our basement the other day while he was at work and he was so confused because they definitely weren’t Niva, haha.

I saw two huskies loose on our street and instantly remembered how it felt to have a missing dog, so I took them home and called their owners (yup, they were from two different houses!). They got some playtime in our yard with Niva and it kind of felt like a husky party, haha. We were all able to relate on just how good this breed of dog is at escaping!

-Seeing Jimmy’s work. Jimmy installed a cross at Light of Life Rescue Mission on Friday and sent me a photo. He tells me about things he does at work all the time, but it’s always nice to see what he’s up to!

Light of Life Rescue Mission

-Researching. I’ve been doing lots of research on less toxic home/personal care items lately and am randomly enjoying it?! A few people have shared their favorite brands with me, which has been very helpful! I figured I can share what friends and family have told me about thus far! 

  • Makeup/beauty brands: Mineral Fusion, Mary Kay, and Pure Haven
  • Cleaning/home brands: Puracy, Branch Basics, Grove, Norwex, Young Living, and Melaleuca. 

I’m also researching making my own cleaning supplies. I have a great laundry detergent recipe, but I’d like to add things like glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, etc. to my list of DIYS. The caveat is that they have to be simple to make and effective. We’ll see if I end up going the route of DIYS (could be inexpensive, but a little bit of work) or just purchase from some of the brands above (easy to do, but pricier).

-Playing games with Sadie. Sader Tot is at such a fun age for introducing and playing games! I picked up a pack of kid’s yoga pose cards at Dollar Tree and we have had so. much. fun. picking cards and practicing the poses on them together. It’s definitely a great way to get some of her energy out when it’s too cold to be outside for very long 😉

Toddler playing with yoga cards

We’ve also been playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and Elefun, which are both so nostalgic for Jimmy and I! Are there any games that you remember really well from your childhood? Off the top of my head I’m thinking of Mouse Trap, Clue, and Mancala as being favorites when I was younger. 

What are some of your favorite things lately?

Currently: January 2021

Happy New Year! My prayer is that this year is great for each and every person visiting this little corner of the internet. If you have any prayer requests, leave them in the comments or email me. I would love to be praying for you this year ❤

Husky and toddler on bed together

Here’s what’s current in my life this month!

Current mood Content. I’m finding so much joy in the place God has me at in life right now.

Current food Chocolate pancakes. Just had a few for breakfast before sitting down to write this post.

Current excitement My brother and sister are both having their second child this year. I cannot wait to meet the new family members ❤

Current fun We filmed a vlog the other day! It includes homeschool, cooking, cleaning, Jimmy hoarding chocolate (LOL) and more. Just a normal day at our zoo 😉

Mom and daughter selfie

Current books This midwifery memoir, this guide on essential oils, and this Bible study on Hebrews. Sadie is loving Mittens at School and God, You Make Me Feel Special.

Current need New boots. I have a pair of riding boots that are on their last leg. Does anyone have recommendations for where to get a pair of boots at a decent price?!

Current beauty product Lip balm. This season has me stocking my purse, bathroom, and car with a tube so I’m always prepared!

Current cuteness Niva sleeping in our yard. If there’s snow on the ground, she wants to be outside. She often just curls up and does the Siberian swirl (where she uses her tail to keep her nose warm) and sleeps. So cute!

Siberian husky sleeping in snow

Current baked good Corn bread has been hitting the spot lately.

Current drink Coffee-wise, we’re working our way through a bag of this and my favorite non-coffee drink of the moment is orange juice.

Current craving I really want to go to the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh. I think it will be opening back up soon, so hopefully Jimmy, Sadie, and I can find a day to visit. Sadie was only a few months old the last time we went and I think she would really enjoy it now!

Current fun We went to our church on New Year’s Eve for a fellowship and it was a blast. The perfect way to end 2020.

Tell me something current in your life!