I did the math and I have written 60 Five Favorites post and “favorited” 300 things over the past year (and four months). That’s a lot of things! No wonder “swoon” is one of my favorite words.
I can’t even tell you how much fun I’ve had, love bugs. Sharing things I love with you, reading all about the things that have touched your hearts and tickled your fancy, and meeting so many new people has been a joy. I’ve had such a ball hosting this link-up, in fact, that I was completely taken by surprise to find myself with a small case of Five Favorites burnout recently.
It makes sense, though. I’m not online as much as I once was so I don’t come across as many things that I love and want to share these days. That makes it hard when it’s time to come up with my list each week.
I started this link-up because I had so many things that I was dying to tell you about and wanted a fun way to do so. Feverishly searching for things late at night on Tuesday because I have five slots to fill and nothing to fill them with kind of defeats the purpose, though (and is definitely not one of my favorite things).
So, after thinking about it, I’ve decided to pass along the Five Favorites torch. Beautiful, hilarious, sweet Heather of Mama Knows, Honeychild has agreed to take over for me and I couldn’t be happier.
Just between you and me, it’s really just all a part of my brilliant plan to force her to post more often. Few people make me laugh the way she does. Her Five Favorites posts are going to be SOLID GOLD. I can just feel it.
Thank you so much for joining me over the past year! I just love you all to pieces and can’t wait to follow along over on Heather’s blog. And when five magical, glorious things that I just have to share with you fall into my lap, I’ll be linking up right alongside of you.
Shannon of Organic Mama’s Shop sent me this rosary bracelet recently and I could not possibly love it more. Aren’t the colors beautiful? Though it looks like a stack of bangles (love!), it’s actually one long piece that wraps around your wrist! Possibly the best thing of all is that the bracelet comes complete with a moveable charm in case you get interrupted mid-rosary. Brilliant.
Or maybe that’s not the best thing of all. Maybe the best thing is that Shannon has kindly set up a 25% off discount code for all of you for the next 10 days! Isn’t that sweet of her? Just enter MOXIEWIFE at checkout.
You should also know that Shannon donates 10% of every sale to a local crisis pregnancy center, offers free shipping on orders over $50, and provides a lifetime repair guarantee for each piece. She’s such a peach.
If you treat yourself to a bracelet do let me know which one you pick! They’re all so gorgeous that I had trouble choosing.
Humans of New York
There is a reason this Facebook page has over six million “likes.” I check it almost every day and rarely come away not feeling inspired. There’s just something about hearing other people’s stories and learning about their struggles that makes me want to stand on a sidewalk and hand out hugs.
On Money and Vacations and Marriage
“One afternoon Jacob was on the phone with a sibling talking about the trip. He glanced at me tentatively, and I retreated to the bedroom in angry tears. It was so absurd. How could he even consider this?! I was struggling as a new mother. I had a high needs baby. We’d been living on the hope of one interview to the next for months. I was stretched so thin by work and mothering, and we still weren’t making ends meet. I was the numbers person. I knew this was a stupid stupid financial choice. Why couldn’t he see that? Just because we could pay for it didn’t mean we could afford it. Not only was he going to Hawaii, he was leaving me alone with our five month old for a week, and it was on my plate to find extra babysitting help, and I didn’t know how how I would pay for this extra babysitting because he was taking all our money and flying to Hawaii with it! Oh was I mad and, oh, was I justified. Jacob was so so gloriously in the wrong and I was so perfectly in the right that I marched over to the computer and chose the only option I had left…”
I think you should read every single thing Kate writes but if I had to pick just one thing, this might be it.
L’Oreal Cinnamon Toast Lipstick
Best red lipstick EVER.
1 proposal, 26 countries, 4 years in the making
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We’ve spent the last few days at the seashore and all I can think about is how much I love it here. As I mentioned over on Instagram, I’m convinced that I could spend every day on the beach and never get tired of it. I’m also willing to test this theory should anyone care to fund such a study. To give you an idea of what this study would consist of, here are a few sample photographs. Favorite photographs, if you will. (Wink, wink.)
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It’s unlikely that I’ll ever own any of the products below (save the Clarisonic which I love) given their cost. Being the shameless lover of beauty products and regimens that I am, though, I think it’s very cool that so many of the treatments that were once reserved for dental and dermatological offices can now be done at home. If any of you have tried any of these gadgets, I’d love to hear what you think of them!
GLO Teeth Whitening Device
Remington Hair Removal System
Tria Age-Defying Laser
Diamond Microdermabrasion Portable Machine
Take care, cuties!
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Spice Up Your Marriage
Hands down, my most popular post to date is Spicing Up Your Marriage (without 50 Shades of Grey). Since I’m quite fond of this topic (wink), I thought it would be fun to create a similarly themed eBook. It came in a little over 50 pages and I’m just so happy with it. I’ll have more details for you soon, but basically it guides the reader and their spouse through a 28-day adventure intended to kick things up a notch in the bedroom (without ever demeaning or objectifying the participants). It should be on Amazon before the end of the week. I’ll keep you posted!
(UPDATE: It’s now available on Amazon!)
Danielle was the first female Catholic writer that I discovered after I converted. While I love everything she writes, I love Momnipotent best of all. It’s Danielle at her very best (which is saying a lot). And look up at the blurb at the top! That’s me! Since it’s a little blurry, here’s what I said:
In true Danielle Bean fashion, this book is a balm for the weary mother’s soul. It will bring hope and encouragement to any mom who’s ever uttered the words, I can’t do this.
I just know you’re going to love it.
I’ve been meaning to recommend Haley and Daniel‘s book, Feast!, to you for months. I’m sure that by now you all have a copy but if not, you must add this one to your library! It’s an absolute treasure.
The Little Oratory
Sophia Institute Press recently kindly sent me The Little Oratory by Leila Lawler and David Clayton (and illustrated by Deirdre Lawler). I fell in love with it the moment I opened the package. It’s just beautiful – the kind of book that is pleasure to simply hold in your hands. There are even full-color icons included that can be torn out of the book and displayed in your home! The advice is top notch, too (as you can imagine).
Surprised by Motherhood
Every time I need a little encouragement, I head to Lisa-Jo’s blog. I know of very few people who can inspire the way she can. Surprised by Motherhood is every bit as wonderful as the posts on her site. If you’re a mom in need of a little boost, you simply must buy this book.
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Hi sweet peas!
Well, I hope you like your favorites fast and easy because it’s been a whirlwind of a wonderful day.
This morning Jen and I had an Edel meeting which lasted two and a half hours instead of the mere one we’d planned on (1st favorite because…hello, charism!). Then, my oh-so cute and strangely persuasive kids (2nd favorite) convinced me to take them to the pool where we swam and soaked up the sun for over three hours (3rd favorite). After that, my irresistible husband (4th favorite) suggested that we watch the new season of 24 together (5th favorite). Now I’m about to dive into bed to continue savoring this delicious piece of chick lit pie (bonus favorite!)
See? Five Favorites! ;)
Life is good. Ridiculously good. It just doesn’t always leave much time to craft detailed favorites.
You forgive me, don’t you?
I can’t wait to read your finer, fab-er, more fantastic favorites, girlie girls!
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Something Other Than God
Jen’s breathtakingly good memoir, Something Other Than God, has been released at long last! I plan on writing an entire post about it soon, but this week’s Five Favorites would be incomplete without a loving SOTG nod. Congratulations, sweet friend! You did it. I am so, so proud of you.
See those glasses up there? I need them. They’re actually my daughter’s costume glasses that I borrow when I’m feeling saucy. Since I’m pretty much always feeling saucy, I’ve decided I need a real Rx-friendly version. Do you think they exist??? Where should I start my search?!?
You have spoken. The official Five Favorites hashtag is #5faves! I love it. Thanks, girls!
The Aqualillies are ModCloth-wearing synchronized swimming entertainers and I think they are the absolute cutest.
Summer by Calvin Harris
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