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A Few Favorites

I feel like it has been a while since I shared some things I’ve been enjoying lately. I’ll be using something around the house and think “I need to blog about this” and then promptly forget. Well, today I’m not forgetting! Here are a few favorites lately.

Cleaning Favorites

Natural cleaning supplies

Full Circle Soap Dispenser and Dish Brush. Remember my obsession with the Full Circle Detail Brush? Well, I found another Full Circle product I love and it’s this neat little ceramic soap dispenser that comes with a bamboo dish brush. You just put a few drops of dish soap in the bottom, pump the brush on the spring-lined base and voilà, you’re ready to scrub!

Seventh Generation Lemongrass and Clementine Zest Dish Soap. It smells lovely, works great, and is plant-derived. An all-around win.

Method Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner. The bamboo scent is divine and the spray works really well. It kills 99.9% of household germs and we’ve got a lot of those going on with three pets, two adults, and a crawling baby!

Food Favorites

Kodiak Cakes, Annie's Bunny Grahams, and Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

Buttermilk Kodiak Cakes. I’ve professed my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I recently picked up a box of the buttermilk flavor and love it. I’ve been adding a big spoonful of cocoa powder to the batter and it really amps up the flavor!

Annie’s Bunny Grahams. I really enjoy having yogurt with crushed graham crackers on top. I saw these and thought they would be fun to add into yogurt or just eat on their own. They taste great and are cute, too!

Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolately Dreams Peanut Butter. Chocolate and peanut butter together in one food? Doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

Gerber Yogurt Melts and Teether Wheels

Gerber Yogurt Melts. Sadie is working on developing her pincer grasp, so these have been fun for her to try out. She’s had the tropical, mixed berries, and banana vanilla flavors and seems to enjoy them all.

Gerber Teether Wheels. Sadie has also enjoyed munching on these apple-flavored teether wheels. They’re an easy snack to pull out when we’re short on time and they’re big so she has no problem grasping them.

Reading Favorites

Heartbeat of a Mother and The Purpose Driven Life

Heartbeat of a Mother. This is the devotion book I’m currently studying as I co-lead the mom’s group at our church. So many of the lessons have had me nodding along. There’s a lot of truth that mom’s need to hear in this book.

The Purpose Driven Life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book! It’s just a really great book that I go back to time and time again. While I don’t completely agree with the author’s view on salvation and baptism, the book as a whole is very inspiring and motivating.

Health and Beauty Favorites

Crest Gum Detoxify, Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Cream, and Aveeno Face wash

Crest Gum Detoxify Toothpaste. I guess marketing works because I saw a commercial for this toothpaste and had to try it out. The verdict? I like it!

Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream. This has been my go-to hair product lately. I just spread a nickel-sized dab into my hair right after I shower and it defines my curls without making them look crunchy.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. I really like that this scrub is gentle enough to be used daily, yet effective enough that it seems to brighten up my skin and leave my face feeling refreshed each time I use it.

Baby Favorites

Baby in Little Tikes swing

Little Tikes Snug ‘n Secure Grow With Me Swing. We set up this adorable (and very affordable!) little swing on our back porch and we are all enjoying it a lot. Sadie squeals and coos like crazy while she swings!

Baby girl in pink Carhartt Biba

Carhartt Girls Overalls. I took Sadie to Jimmy’s work (he’s a welder!) in her Carhartt overalls and she looked like she was ready to join him and get right to work 🙂

Life Favorites

American Cocker Spaniel in yard

We got a fence! Life = officially changed. Mavis and Lola are in heaven, and Jimmy and I love that we don’t have to clip/unclip them onto tie outs every time they come in and out of the house!

What are a few of your favorites lately?

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A Few Favorites

Sharing a few recent favorites, from books to moments and everything in between!

Moments

Bath time with Sadie. She’s just so content and cute in the bathtub! We are really loving this bathtub and this shampoo + body wash combo at the moment. There’s nothing like a freshly bathed baby all snuggled up in pajamas. Love it!

My own bath time. Fitting in a shower is tough sometimes! I’ve had a few days where Sadie was content to sit in her rock n play and I’d shower and peek out to find her and Malcolm watching me!

When Jimmy dresses Sadie. He got her all ready before my hematology appointment last week and it was adorable to see which outfit he picked out.

Reading a Christmas Bible study on my Bible app.

Decorating for Christmas. We aren’t putting up a tree this year because we don’t have room (small house + baby gear problems, lol), but we’ve decorated the outside of our house with garland, lights, a flag, and the sign below. We also have some indoor decorations up, which I show at the end of my most recent vlog!

Wooden manger scene Christmas decoration

Crafting. I’ve caught the crafting bug and have a million little projects I want to complete.

(Baby) Books

Baby Signs by Joy Allen. At two months, Sadie is a bit young for sign language, but this is helping me brush up on my signing so I can teach her. I haven’t been consistent about learning it since my Penn State days.

Mama Loves You So by Terry Pierce. Rach gifted me this book and it’s so special!

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub. I gave this to Jimmy for Father’s Day and it’s adorable. We’re excited for Sadie to learn about some of the machinery Jimmy uses.

Babies Love Animals by Scarlett Wing.

I Prayed for You by Jean Fischer. I can’t read this, especially the page picture below, without tearing up!

Cleaning supplies

Seventh Generation disinfectant spray. I love that this doesn’t have to be wiped off after use, even on surfaces where food is being prepped!

Method bathroom cleaner. Smells great and works great.

Full Circle detail cleaning brush. I’ve professed my love for this little tool before. Still loving it! I have one in our bathroom and one in our kitchen.

Blogs and Vlogs 

Enough Part I and Part II by Nicole. Man did I need to read those posts. Nicole is such an amazing writer, too.

Vlogging. I’ve been trying to film a vlog every now and then to document our new life as a family.

Happy Things

My siblings expecting their babies ten days apart from each other! My brother and his wife just announced they’re expecting a baby in May, (as are my sister and her husband!)! Hannah and Racquel’s due dates are ten days apart. So, so excited!

Pregnancy announcement picture

What moments/books/things/etc. are your favorite lately?