Five Favorites (vol. 34)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on October 22, 2013

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Marriage Thoughts From the Cutting Room Floor

“The assignment for this chapter was to provide some hope for married people. One cause for hopelessness may lie in these facts: the supernatural grace given in the Sacrament of Marriage exists in union with everyday life; the latter is visible, the former is invisible; the latter is prosaic, the former is profound; the latter is frustrating and cruel, the former is the life of God breathing peace and charity. These are opposite things. Only God knows how to weave them together so that the latter is taken up into the former and perfected—how can we regular folk, who are year in and year out writhing in pain to bring forth children or toiling with sweaty faces to coax thorn-covered crops from the cursed ground, be expected to worthily live the vocation of marriage that God gives to us?”

Well, what do you know? That busy husband of mine has finally posted something on his long neglected blog. Would you like to know the primary ingredient in a successful Christian marriage? Here you go! I may be a tiny bit biased, but I’m all kinds of in love with this post (and its author).


Pocket Lash Curler

Pocket Lash Curler

An eyelash curler that fits in my pocket? And doesn’t take up half the space in my make-up bag? Oh, I do love it so. Thank you, all you brilliant Japonesque designers!


The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning by Simcha Fisher

What can I say? Simcha’s new book is every bit as good as you probably imagined it would be. It’s classic Simcha —  wise, insightful, hilarious, eloquent, and compassionate. Get thee to Amazon and add to cart! Then sit back and enjoy all the Fisher goodness.


The Mentalist

There's no business like Cho business...

I don’t know what to say. I have yet to identify a single one of my friends who likes this show. How can you people not have all the love for Patrick Jane and Kimball Cho? It’s madness, I tell you.


I Pledge Allegiance to Trader Joe’s

“Trader Joe’s, you are the best company ever. Your employees are the best ever. They treat people like people, they never act like they’ve never seen SO MANY children before, they always check the eggs before they put them in the bag, and I LOVE them for it.

I hereby declare (again) my unwavering loyalty to Trader Joe’s…”

Calah took the words right out of my mouth. #Cosigned.






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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kendra October 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm

#5 is SO true. The employees at Trader Joe’s have always been so nice to our big family. Even when we tipped a cart full of groceries over. And they gave us Popsicles. And my kids learned a terrible lesson about consequences. :)
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Rachel October 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I’m in love with Trader Joes as well. It’s amazing and I would do ALL my shopping there if it wasn’t 40 minutes away :-(
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fierceCatolica October 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

I just went to the Trader Joe’s in my city this past weekend, and I. Am. In. Love!

Colleen Martin October 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

My hubby is a Mentalist lover like yourself. I used to watch but the Red John stuff creeped me out a little!
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Beth October 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

Yo, how can people not love Patrick Jane? Unfathomable.

Juliana October 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

I like the Mentalist! (Mostly for Simon Baker–what a dish!) And Simcha’s book is great.

Mary October 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

Ha, I just wrote a post the other day professing my love for Trader Joe’s! We just got one in our town!!
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Amy October 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for sharing the pocket lash curler. I ordered one right away. I, too, love that it will not take up valuable real estate in my makeup bag. Bonus: its pink!

I love reading Moxie Wife. Love to and prayers for you.

Christy October 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Still jealous I don’t have any Trader Joe goodness up here…

But I like The Mentalist too! Even though the writing has gone down significantly the last couple seasons, and how they ignored poor pregnant Van Pelt last season…
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Jenna@CallHerHappy October 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Also blogged about Simcha’s book today. Awesome read!
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Erika Marie @ Simplemama October 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s here but I’ve heard other such declarations of love for the place over the years. Maybe one day I too shall know why.
Thanks for sharing that Simcha’s book is out – I didn’t realize it was ready! And it’s only $4.99 for the Kindle version! I bought it and can’t wait until this evening (when everyone is ‘sleeping’) to start reading it.
The eyelash curler gadget looks cool. Have you ever heard of the spoon trick for curling eyelashes?
Thanks again for hosting us all! ~ Erika Marie
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Lisa October 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

That pocket lash curler looks perfect, and I definitely concur about #5. :)
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Suzette October 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Totally unrelated to Five Faves – just read Jen’s post on how you cleaned her daughter’s poop. I nearly woke the kids laughing. What a great chum you are!

Suzette October 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm

P.S. I realize that post is five years old or something, but I still laughed like crazy – I have super efficient cleaning friends like you. I don’t know how y’all do it!!

Dorothy October 24, 2013 at 1:58 am

If I had one of those newfangled reading gadgets, I’d totally download that book – I read the online preview and got disappointed when I got to the end! I definitely identify strongly with her descriptions, especially during this time of post-partum NFP awfulness. Seriously, no one tells you how much that part stinks.

As for “The Mentalist,” I just feel like it’s a more serious version of “Psych,” which I prefer (c’mon, son, it’s got Dule Hill!). :-)
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Nella October 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

I LOVE The Mentalist! My husband was getting annoyed at how they were dragging out the Red John plot but I just love love love that show. I think Patrick Jane is a great character.
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Melanie October 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

We love The Mentalist. If you like that type of show, try out Psych and Sherlock. You’ll love them forever.

I just made my first trip to Trader Joe’s this week. I’d like to try it again without my small helpers pushing small baskets into everything and everyone!
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Julia October 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I’m right there with ya Hallie…big fan of the Mentalist right here! It used to be me and hubby’s “watch together” show until we discovered Doctor Who on Netflix! :) I love the characterizations on that show, everyone is so brilliant at being exactly themselves. I can’t wait for my first trip to Trader Joe’s now that we have one within reasonable driving distance! My sister in law is a chef at one of the stores in Chicago and always sends us those amazing melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles at Christmas. It’s the little things, always! :)

Hannah October 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

I used to watch The Mentalist religiously and it was solely due to the characters of Jane and Cho! His dry humor and delivery is just perfect.
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