Monday, February 19, 2018

NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND // volume seven.

-  jared + i both had to work on saturday, but thankfully we had a sitter, so it ended up working out well. i picked jackson up + spent the afternoon finishing a book + drinking coffee. we decided to have a night in, and it is always so nice to chill at home on a saturday night every once in awhile.

-  jared transferred to a new area two weeks ago. this position was great because it was less wear + tear on his body and it would set him up for a better chance of a first shift position one day. well after a year of praying + hoping + waiting, jared found out this week that there was a first shift position available! we are elated + God just keeps creating ways where i see no possibilities.

-  i hate grocery shopping. not the actual act (i weirdly enjoy it.) but i blank on ideas for lunches + dinners. i tried making a list, but i still didn't get everything for the week. i have a small goal to make a list of go-to recipes that i can make.

-  we finally have jackson on a good routine + sleep schedule. you'd think my favorite thing would be him sleeping thru the night (hey- that IS awesome!) but i lovelovelove rocking him to sleep. i usually hold him longer than i should, but i don't care. he is so sweet + it's usually the time i pray over him.


+  i want to shout michelle's words from the rooftop.
+  i finally reorganized my goodreads bookshelves.
this thread from beth moore is goooooood.

Monday, February 12, 2018


-  my family came up on saturday for a quick visit. they played with jackson + we ate dinner. it was so great to see them.

-  we spent a lot of the weekend hanging out in the game room + watching the olympics + drinking lots of coffee.

-  jackson has started scooting forward, which is basically crawling because he's eeeeverywhere now. he is full of personality + this stage is definitely my favorite so far.

-  jared + i have been contemplating going on a very tight budget to pay off some debt, which will eventually lead to me being able to work from home (and home school our children in the future) within the next few years. have any of you had success with this? what method did you use?


peanut butter cup energy bites.

DIY artwork with photographs.

in case you need a laugh today.

+  currently reading: little fires everywhere.

Thursday, February 8, 2018



this is where my obsession with podcasts began. i started listening to jamie + knox last fall, and i have been binging all the past episodes ever since. i love them so much that i give the my monies each month. they satisfy my odd fascination with all things pop culture.

to give you context on my celebrity intrigue, i have to confess a deep, dark secret from my past: when i was in my early 20s, i had a subscription to almost every single weekly gossip magazine. [this was the golden era of b.spears shaving her head]. from the classy [people magazine] to the downright trashy [basically all the others] - i would get them in the mail every thursday and devour all the antics + craziness that was only half true. i'm not particularly proud of this, but it is what it is.

favorite episodes:  misunderstood songs and misheard lyrics  |  the nos of social media  |  listener workplace confessions  |  other starter episodes listed here  


i really enjoy tsh's podcast. she has four rotating co-hosts [erin + kendra are my favorites!]. she covers topics ranging from travel to home and other topics like world events and such. tsh also just started another podcast called women's work. it's such a delight! binge them all right this instant.

favorite episodesan entire year off the internet  |  cleaning  |  hygge  |  gilmore girls  |  reading for fun


a lazy genius is a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't. kendra is so lovely, y'all. i am always left feeling inspired after i listen to her podcast. she gives the best tips on topics ranging from home to kids to organizing and everything in between. and her tips are actually practical + often unique. this episode was so timely that it left me sobbing at my desk at work. i was having a rough day, and it was like a balm to my tender mama heart.

favorite episodesfictional lazy geniuses  |  the lazy genius makes a smoothie  |  the lazy genius shops at aldi  


i just started listening to this podcast a couple weeks ago, but it instantly became a favorite! i mean, it's about books, y'all. what's not to love?

favorite episodes (so far):  105  |  113  |  117  |  118


+  the dirty john podcast. [i've written about this here.]

the next right thing - emily p. freeman.

coffee + crumbs.

that sounds fun - annie f. downs.

what are your favorite podcasts? leave your suggestions in the comments.
[up + vanished is not on this list for a reason. #notafan]

Wednesday, February 7, 2018



-  my february powersheets prep.
-  my morning coffee.
- dark matter. i've struggled with getting into it, to be honest. eeeeeveryone loves this book, so i'm going to stick with it. (but only because i think i'm just about to get to the really good part.)


-  newsletters that arent' spammy. my favorites are from tsh (great articles + links) and anne bogel (for kindle book deals).      
-  i feel like a broken record by typing this, but alllll the podcasts. guys, i'm obsessed. i listen to them all day long at work. i am writing up a favorites post to share later this week!


-  essential oils. i reeeally want to buy a starter kit, but $160 is just too much right now.
this book + this book + this book.
this macrame from target.


planet earth 2.  jared randomly started this on netflix over the weekend, and i was mesmerized the entire series!
-  i finally got to watch the super bowl episode of this is us. i can't talk about it yet, because too many emotions.
-  parenthood.  


-  jackson saying DADA.
chocolate pea milk.
-  dinosaur socks.

linking up with anne of in residence

Monday, February 5, 2018

NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND // volume five.

-  i caught a cold during the week, so this weekend i was in recovery mode. i went into work on saturday for a few hours. other than having dinner at a local mexican restaurant, that's about the gist of my weekend adventures.

-  tax season is officially here. i know most people want to crawl in a hole when they hear the dreaded T word, but i LOVE doing taxes + bookkeeping. sure there are long hours and some clients are never happy [even if they're getting a refund]. but i truly enjoy what i do.

-  i didn't watch the super bowl because we don't have cable. i have to wait until this is us comes on hulu so i can cry my eyes out. but jared + i started watching planet earth 2 on netflix and oh myyyy goodness. i cannot recommend this enough. so interesting! 


+  did you know that dolly parton has a book club that will send your child a free book once a month from birth to five years old? jackson received his first book recently and loved it. and by love, i mean he chewed on it because teething has turned him into a puppy-baby. check out the website!

has instagram come full circle? - a beautiful mess.

+  i finished this book over the weekend. the coolest part is that the author lives in wichita!

+  i need every mom to go read this post right now.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018



-  our niece got married at the beginning of the month, so we ventured out + ate cake + had a great time. saturdays are usually our date nights, but we decided to have a night in, and it was so wonderful. i read + rocked jackson to sleep while jared sat next to me.

-  jared was offered a new position at work! while this doesn't mean a shift change at the moment, it's a greater stepping stone to being back on first shift eventually. bonus: he will be training on first shift for a month!

-  i read four books: eleanor oliphant is completely fine  |  the woman in cabin 10  |  the lying game  |  chasing slow

-  i rang in the year with a horrible case of hives. jackson seems to be able to tolerate dairy now, but apparently i am allergic to it now. i am hoping that i just added it back into my diet too quickly [aka: too much]. i have been back on a mostly dairy-free diet, so we will see how it goes.

jackson turned seven months old!


::  after months + months of trying, striving, and living life my way + by my own strength, the Lord met me in the middle of my mess. in my office at work. i was sitting there, absentmindedly thinking [aka: worrying] about something when i just felt His presence so strongly.

::  there are certain aspects of motherhood i wish i could change, but because i'm a working mom, i'm learning to accept that our ways - though different from others - are what work best for our family.

::  sometimes God shows up in a target bathroom.

::  i made a point to write down three good things from the day. this habit is great on those days when life feels rough.


Q1 word: balance.
currently | january 2018.
a happy list.
when God shows up in a target bathroom.
+  notes from the weekend  //  vol 1 + vol 2 + vol 3 + vol 4


+  read two books  //  i finished four! 

+  gather medical + tax info  //  yep. it helps that i'm a bookkeeper, so these things aren't hard. 

+  schedule a hair appointment  //  goodbye, white trash roots. 

+  write down three good things from the day  // 

+  get in the Word  //  i ordered a new bible. it's a start.  

Monday, January 29, 2018


-  jackson started saying DADA this weekend! my heart swells ten times when he says it because it's just so CUTE.

-  jared + i watched the new maze runner movie over the weekend. our very unpopular opinion: it was better than the final hunger games movie. i read all the HG books and loved them. (still do!) i did not read the maze runner series, so i didn't know the story or what was going to happen. i think i may read the series now though. i think when i know what's going to happen, that takes away from the movie just slightly, but i'm still always going to love the book more than the movie.

-  i had to take off work early on friday because our sitter was sick. although i am swamped at work, it was actually nice to relax for once. jackson doesn't take a nap with me in the evenings, so while he napped during the afternoon, i caught up on this is us. gahhhhhh. that show gives me all the feelings.


+  i ordered a new bible. i love that the size isn't massive, yet there is enough space to jot down notes.

your smoothie survival kit. i bought a new blender to make baby food, but now i want to make all the smoothies!

+  if you are looking for a blog that isn't constantly posting "10 tips" + "5 ways", michelle is your girl. she is witty + honest + her writing is just wonderful.

+  volume two of sunday inspiration is on my instagram hightlights if you want to check it out. or not. it's whatevs.

+  i am loving the new podcast, women's work.