7 Quick Takes Friday

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on March 23, 2012


As I mentioned over on Twitter, I have a love/hate relationship with hardcover books. On one hand, I love the feel and weight of hardcover books, I love the way they look lined up on a shelf, and I insist that I have a copy of all of my most beloved books in hardcover. On the other hand, the difficulty of reading a hardcover book in the bath or while lying down in bed makes me pause before adding a hardcover book to my cart. I know that if I’m willing to purchase something in hardcover, I must be very excited about the book in question.

I just purchased this book in hardcover, though, which tells you how excited I am about reading it. I’ll let you know if it lives up to my expectations! Have you read anything hardcover-worthy lately?


Have you added Brianna Heldt’s blog, Just Showing Up, to your reader yet? If not, you totally should! She is one amazing woman. I loved her recent post, Deciding to Adopt. It begins:


Something I’m regularly asked as an adoptive parent is,

“How did you decide to adopt?”

Some people are just curious, and others can’t fathom why a couple with three biological children would choose to raise and love a child (or four) not born to them.

The fact is of course that most of us have mulitple reasons for embarking on such a journey–and it’s not as simple as an in-the-middle-of-the-produce-aisle-of-the-grocery-store answer might afford. Especially when your two-year-old is attempting to sneakily put assorted bags of candy into your cart while pulling your four-year-old’s hair.

Ultimately, making the decision to adopt is a multi-step discernment process, and one that usually involves a lot of back-and-forth and thinking through scenarios and ruling out others. So I thought I’d share a little bit here about how the process played out for us, and maybe this way I can just refer people to my blog when my kids start going crazy in the store. :)


You can read the rest here.


I just stumbled upon this photo essay showcasing vending machines past and present. So cute! And people wonder why I occasionally pine for the past. ;)


The fabulous Design Mom reignited my desire for a cute bike with this post featuring charming Italian bikes. Do you have a cute bike? If so, do tell me about it! I need to live vicariously through you! I am currently (and sadly) bike-less.


Those of you who’ve read Style, Sex, and Substance are already familiar with Barbara Nicolosi and her powerful thoughts on engaging the culture.

One of the things that I love most about Barbara is the way she has chosen to devote her entire life to putting her money where her mouth is. One manifestation of this is Act One (which she founded). Act One describes itself as “the premier training program for Christians pursuing a career in the mainstream entertainment industry.”

If you or someone you know might be interested in this (by all accounts) excellent program do check out their website. They are currently accepting applications for the summer screenwriting and producing programs.


Speaking of Style, Sex, and Substance, I’m planning on posting a round-up of reviews in about a week or so. I’ve been keeping track of the ones I’ve spotted so that I can add them to the list. If you’ve written a review and would like to be included, though, would you please leave a comment or shoot an email (bettybeguiles at gmail dot com). Thank you so much!

(Oh, and the giveaway will remain open until next Wednesday if you’d like to enter!)


I’m off to enjoy this gorgeous spring weather! After spending my first (albeit mild) winter in the north, I am more than ready to soak up the sun and breathe in the scent of new life. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!



(Stroll on over to Conversion Diary to check out more of these fun *7 Quick Takes* entries. Thank you, Jen! As always, you’re the hostess with the mostest!)

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Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy March 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

Oh, I just love your vintage selections here! The bikes and vending machines are adorable. Swoon!

I think I may add “hardcover-worthy” to my list of descriptive adjectives for book recommendations!
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Cynthia March 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

I love hardback books. I love REAL books, period. :) Also, I love Just Showing Up! Such an inspirational mother and family. Great quick takes! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Rebekka March 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I live in Denmark, so my bike is my car. I have a red Van De Falk which looks like this: http://www.classiccykler.dk/content/offer/full/24-1.jpg only with a basket.

But I haven’t been using it the last year or so because I had a baby. I rode it until I couldn’t hop on without banging my belly on the handlebars, which was when I was about 8 months along (pulling it over to a curb so I could climb on from there got old fast). So right now I have this: http://www.fotoagent.dk/single_picture/10689/138/mega/193807.jpg

This summer I will probably be getting one of these: http://bellabike.dk/Page.aspx?id=23 or similar, and just keeping my regular bike to go to work.

Martha March 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I revamped my Grandmother’s old coaster bike by painting it in a saddle shoe style, black w/ white fenders. Added a new cushy black seat cover and cute basket, and voila! Adorable bike that had been slated for the trash.

Can you believe I’d already forgotten cigarette vending machines? I am sooooo old.

Martha March 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Rebekka- I have a friend in The Hague, and she claims she doesn’t know how to drive a car anymore, she’s been on a bike so long!

Love the pics- love the skirt guards even more!!!

Chris Dalton April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Just want to say thank you for posting about Act One our upcoming programs. Deeply appreciated! Love the blog! Keep going!
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