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Letter No. 175 | July 2
1. I've really enjoyed this free Summer mini course on cut flowers. A great way to learn a little!
2. A new book for our July kid's bookshelves. Our boys love this invention, and I love how it empowers them to think they can be an inventor, too!
3. Who else has been counting down for this?! We cannot wait.
4. Our youngest has been living in this seat all Summer. We keep it outside for al fresco dinners and snack time. Rinse it off, go again.
5. Perfect for under tanks and too-low arm holes! Really comfortable, too.
Letter No. 174 | June 25
1. A short video on Biblical justice, from one of my favorite resources.
2. Another great listen on race (around 17 min) from Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer.
3. I've used this almost daily for a year (cheers to celery juice) and would buy it again in a heartbeat! Easy to use, easy to clean. Check!
4. I just finished this book, in an effort to shove less feelings down ;) I feel like I've gained a tool to help me process instead of ignore. Cheers to that.
5. I have learned so much from Jemar, and am glad his book on the church's role in racism was made into a Prime series. Episodes are about 20 minutes. I strongly encourage you to watch, learn, and challenge your past thinking!
Letter No. 173 | June 18
1. A friend said this was her favorite children's book so we added it to our collection and yes, it's precious. My boys have requested it daily!
2. An absolute favorite toy around here. We brought our bin to the beach to play with when we were inside and it kept all three boys entertained for hours.
3. If you haven't watched this, it's a helpful and short video on systemic racism. I encourage you to watch it as a small but helpful step towards understanding and then fixing.
4. This was perhaps the most personally challenging book I've read in regards to racism. It's a young adult novel that challenged my thinking on drug dealers, police brutality, protests/looting, etc. I had to do soul business while reading! It's also a movie on Netflix but of course, the book is better :) (warning: language)
5. This is one of my new favorite Instagram follows. Her artwork is lovely, and her soul is even more beautiful. She's a great, "soft" follow in this anti-racism work.
Letter No. 171 · June 4
1. Our family has been doing anti-racism work for the last few years. I've read a lot of books, and think this one is a great place to begin. It answered so many of the questions I wasn't sure how to ask!
2. We just bought this children's book to add to our collection. I think it would be a perfect one to read and discuss before kids go back to school in the Fall. Part of fighting against racism is teaching history correctly.
3. We've accumulated enough beach toys to need a separate bag for them. This one seems perfect and is just $10.
4. Best baby hack for the beach: bring a little blow up pool and plop them in it! (Also great for a backyard)
5. I could drink this all Summer! (and will...)
Letter No. 170 · May 28
1. A wonderful book about courage to add to your child's collection. We read this all Summer long!
2. One of my kid's favorite toys ever. I can swing on it with my boys, and they can push themselves, too. If you have a tree to hang this from, I can't recommend it enough.
3. Corn on the cob is a go-to for us when we invite people over during the Summer. I toss these in a bowl next to the butter and salt!
4. On Monday, I shared about my Prayer Pages on Instagram. Here's the binder I keep them in. I've had it for years and it still looks brand new.
5. A cover up with 50 SPF. Yes please! I grabbed one in black to take with us to the beach in a few weeks.
Letter No. 169 · May 21
1. Grilling season is here and we couldn't do it without our grill basket. Fill with veggies and don't worry about them falling through the cracks!
2. I've linked this Bible before, but with the recent talk of racism it felt important to bring up again. If you don't know where to start, look at the books in your home. Do they feature just one ethnicity? Are they written by just one type of person? This is a great one to add to your collection for little kids!
3. And here's a book I just added to my shelf. I've heard great things about it and know I'll learn so much. Can't wait to begin!
4. My Loopy phone case finally bit the dust so I decided to try this (much cheaper) version that can attach to any case. Love it! The design is wonderful and allows me to carry my phone on a finger instead of in my hand.
5. We've had this chair for five years, rotating from child's room to play room to living room, and it still looks good as new. My boys love rocking in it, and I love that it blends in to our decor.
Letter No. 168 · May 14
1. My Dad's birthday is tomorrow and I've made him this cake for years. It's super moist and delicious!
2. I just reorganized our medicine cabinet and used four of these to contain various kinds of treatments. It's working really well!
3. We're considering getting chickens sometime soon(ish) and this book came highly recommended. Turns out, chickens love herbs... and I love to garden! I'm feeling equipped to begin (whenever we can get a coop worked on).
4. My boys can spend a good hour cutting out and putting on tattoos. Best $5 I spend every few months!
5. Speaking of kids and entertainment, it's almost vacation season. Here's a great car activity for younger kids!
Letter No. 167 · May 7
1. This is helping me be a better baker! For the first time, I have even dough and it's making all the difference. (Hello, perfect sugar cookies!)
2. I showed this on my personal IG the other day and so many people had questions. It's such a helpful tool if you want to stick big stems in a vase without it all toppling over. Use over and over again!
3. I think I shared this years ago and it's still a favorite. Summer legs, we're ready for you! (A bottle lasts me so much longer than an old shaving canister used to.)
4. We have this rug in our master bedroom and accidentally grabbed another (from a different site) as a runner for our mudroom. It's just so good and such a chameleon in color.
5. We have these lights hanging around our back patio; they're dreamy. LED and you're able to cut the cord if you don't need some of a strand just dangling down your wall. Win!
Letter No. 166 · April 30
1. A toy that's both attractive and educational. My boys love to sit at the kitchen island and work on this as I make dinner!
2. A current read. I read this author's Lent book at Easter time and fell in love her writing; I knew another one needed to go on my list!
3. We don't have a zillion essential oils, but we have enough that I'd like to keep them organized and available. I was so happy to see that they fit perfectly on a nail polish stand!
4. Grilling season is here! Good, real salt goes a long way. Here's a favorite of ours!
5. Every Tuesday, Robert and I get takeout after we put our kids to bed and eat it on the couch. After ten years, my lap tray ripped so I replaced it with this one. Would also make a perfect breakfast in bed tray!
Letter No. 165 · April 23
1. I decided to replace my 10 year old Old Navy flip flops with something more comfortable and landed on these. They aren't the most stylish, but are perfect for running around outside with my boys. Lot's of support and easy to clean.
2. One of my favorite authors just came out with a new book. If it's half as good as her other two, it will be amazing. Can't wait to read, Sara!
3. I showed this on Instagram last week and so many of you asked for the link so here it is! My favorite cookbook stand-- allows me to see two full pages, has a splatter proof cover, doesn't tip over. Check!
4. I've also gotten lots of requests for this link again-- my noise canceling headphones. They have 27,000 five star reviews!
5. If you want a flower garden or meadow without the tedious work, a wildflower bag might be perfect for you! It comes with a big mix of flower seeds that you sprinkle into the dirt and excitedly watch bloom over and over again.
Letter No. 164 · April 16
1. If you don't have a set of these, do yourself a favor and grab a few. They making cooking & baking so much more enjoyable!
2. This book came in the mail last week and I've already made a few recipes. It's beautiful (of course) and packed with recipes my children will eat. Double win. Today: pretzels!
3. The first self-tanner I've used since college and it's wonderful! Quick + easy to apply, no orange streaks, no odor. These legs of mine are grateful.
4. Oh! And you'll need a mitt. This one is inexpensive and easy to clean.
5. My new favorite follow on Instagram. So much inspiration and beauty!
Letter No. 163 · April 9
1. We had concert tickets for this Easter show next Monday, but it was obviously cancelled. Instead, we're blasting this record through the house. (It's on Spotify, too!)
2. With a new puppy in the house, I find myself turning on our diffuser pretty frequently. We have this one and love it.
3. My youngest just turned one. He doesn't need a thing, but I couldn't resist one gift. Watching him pull this around on his wobbly legs is the sweetest :)
4. I go back to this book every Easter week. It has devotions from all sorts of people in it and it always a challenge to my heart and mind. I think it would be great to read the rest of April (and years to come) as you continue to reflect so don't hesitate to grab it now.
5. Tomorrow is Good Friday. Read this if you aren't sure why it's called that!
Letter No. 162- April 2
1. One of you sent me this show, and I'm so glad you did. It's the first multi-series show about the life of Christ and is now free through their app. I've only watched the first episode, but was definitely in tears at the end.
2. Did you all see this? More tears.
3. Wait, one more. During the shift change at an Atlanta hospital. Gosh, there is so much good in this broken world.
4. We got a puppy last week! Robert did a ton of research on the best breed for our family and landed on this one. Loyal, protective, hard working-- It's basically him in dog form haha
5. I'm about to finish my first round through the NT this year, and decided to change up my second round. This commentary came highly recommended by some men and women I trust, I'm excited to dig in!
Letter No. 161- March 26
1. So many kids are without food as schools shut down; here's a good place to donate during this time.
2. We just started watching this show after so many of you recommended it. Thanks!
3. Staying home has us tackling all sorts of home project. One that's been on our list since moving in is hanging proper curtains in our bedroom. These were the winner- extra wide and room darkening! They aren't the cheapest, but they'll last forever and make the room.
4. Another project we tackled was hanging wallpaper in our boys' bathroom. I ordered a small sample of this paper, too, and I'm wondering where to put it. Maybe in my office? It's even more lovely in person.
5. I've been praying one of these every morning. So so good.
Letter No. 160- March 19
1. I've probably share this app before, but it's one of my favorites. You take a photo of any plant/flower and it pulls up a few suggestions for it might be. I was using it all around the Biltmore gardens this past weekend!
2. Speaking of, here was one of my favorite new tree discoveries. I'm usually not a fan of magnolias, but this variety was so lovely.
3. My favorite little kid shorts, and less that $5/pair!
4. I just picked this up and it's wonderful (of course). I'm not sure how we'll use it yet, but I'd like to work towards family devotion time in the evenings.
5. Being home more means we might find ourselves with extra opportunities to mindlessly pick up our phones. Here are a few quick tips to help guide us.
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