not perfection

Currently: September 2018

September is here. It’s crazy to think it’s already the ninth month of 2018! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Summer morning with trees and sunshine

Current book Still slowly working my way through Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley and loving it. Also spending lots of time in the New Testament in my Bible!

Current song Control (Somehow You Want Me) by Tenth Avenue North. Pretty sure I could just play this on repeat for hours.

Current excitement Mavis has been doing really well with being held and having her paws touched lately! Her groomer said she has improved a lot with the paw touching and one of my pet sitting clients held her while sitting on the ground and touched her paws. What a difference from this time last year!

Girl holding American cocker spaniel

Current food I’ve been loving sloppy joes lately. I usually make them with ground beef or turkey, but recently marinated chicken in the sauce overnight and cooked it up for something new and different and it was great. I’ve also been eating lots of roasted pork loin with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and rosemary. I need to share that recipe soon!

Current confession Jimmy and I still need to order a bassinet for our little gal. I don’t know how we kept putting this off?! Does anyone know of any good brands? Parents: did you use a bassinet, or did your child sleep in their crib from the get go?

Current drink Still enjoying occasional Starbucks vanilla lattes. That foam!

Starbucks vanilla latte with foam

Current blessing Making it to full term in this pregnancy. God is so good. We’re continually thanking Him for the blessing of this sweet baby girl and praying He will bring her safely to into our arms later this month!

Current baked good I just made pumpkin brownies last night and they were wonderful! I’m definitely in the fall baking mood lately.

Current beauty product Butter London nail polish. I think the jewel tone of this polish is perfect for September! Also, I have no idea what Mavis is doing in the background of the picture?!

Butter London Queen Vic nail polish

Current obsession Wax melts and all things scented! I have wax warmers going in our house at all times when we’re home and have been loving fall or food-scented wax melts. I also put a Yankee Candle car jar in my truck in the lemon lavender scent and it makes driving so enjoyable 🙂

Current project I’m baking a cake on Saturday for my mother-in-law’s birthday party. I’m thinking I’ll do a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream! Can’t wait. Maybe I’ll even decorate it with rosettes or sprinkles!

Current fun Spending as much time as possible with Jimmy. It doesn’t matter what we do, I just adore being with him.

Husband and wife smiling

Current procrastination Cleaning our shower and tub. I clean our bathroom all the time, but I always put off scrubbing the shower and tub for some reason, lol.

Current app Bible Lens. It’s an app that creates graphics with Bible verses on them from pictures on your phone. It has been a fun new way for me to connect with God’s Word!

Tell me something current in your life!

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A Few Favorites

Hey hey! It’s currently Thursday morning as I type up this post and I think I have the pets all settled in and relaxing (for now…). Does anyone else have animals that are just straight. up. hyper. first thing in the morning?

Black cat sitting in laundry basket

I have to take my fasting blood sugar right when I wake up and every day, without fail, Malcolm tries to knock my lancets, test strips, or glucose monitor off the table while I’m pricking my finger, haha. Then I’m also trying to wrangle Mavis and Lola… one of which is barking, whining, wanting to go outside, trying to jump on the couch, chasing Malcolm, or begging for food. Our little zoo is a wild place to be in the morning!

Something I’ve been trying to remind myself when I get overwhelmed with the animals is that I can choose joy and contentment, even when things are crazy. Would I like our house to be quiet and clean? Yes. Would I like to start the day without chasing after animals the second I get out of bed? You bet.

Black lab mix and cocker spaniel puppy with bandanas

These animals are mine and Jimmy’s fur babies and we love them, even when they’re crazy. Instead of getting frustrated when they’re acting up, I remind myself what our pets mean to me, and give thanks for the joy they’ve brought to our lives. Am I perfect at this? Nope, definitely not. It’s a work in progress, and I’m okay with that. It’s a blessing to live with our little fur balls, and I never want to forget that, even during the hard moments.

Alright, off of that tangent and onto a few favorites from lately!

1. Walmart grocery pickup.

Walmart Grocery Pickup

I’m still going strong with ordering our groceries online from Walmart and picking them up. I’ve found the whole process to be super easy, simple, and convenient. I really like that I can see exactly what the bill will be while I’m shopping. It definitely helps me stay within our budget!

2. Full Circle Detail Brush. 

Full Circle detail brush for cleaning

Is anyone else a cleaning nerd like me? I don’t know what it is, but cleaning makes me so happy. There’s nothing like giving the sink a good scrub and getting it all shiny or mopping the floors until they gleam. I just love it.

I bought this detail brush for cleaning the kitchen and immediately ordered another one for the bathroom once I used it. The top part is a scrubber and the bottom is a scraper-type tool that’s amazing at cleaning crevices.

3. Homemade laundry booster. 

Borax, arm & hammer washing soda, and felts naptha soapHomemade laundry booster made from borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap

Okay, one more cleaning related favorite! I made homemade laundry booster last weekend and it’s making our clothes smell amazing. It was pretty simple to put together, and I don’t think I spent more than $10 on all the ingredients. Is anyone interested in the recipe?!

3. Shark Week and Battle Bots. It’s Shark Week this week!! Enough said, right? Jimmy and I have also been enjoying watching Battle Bots on the Discovery Network each Friday night. Do you have any favorite TV shows?

4. Mavis is feeling better! 

Cocker spaniel puppy with cone

Little May May has been recovering so well from her surgery. She has been such a good girl with keeping her cone on and definitely has her energy and spunk back. I’m taking her to have her stitches removed on Monday morning, so hopefully all goes well with that!

5. Grace, Not Perfection. Remember how I said I picked up a few new books and Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley was one of them? It’s such a great book! I’m really enjoying the fact that it’s so interactive, with spaces to write and reflect on the author’s writing and prompts. I definitely recommend it!

I feel like I could share a million other favorites and updates, but this post is long enough! I’m off to start my day, which is probably going to include real estate work and wrangling animals 🙂

What’s a favorite of yours lately?