Coffee Date {Oct 2015}

If you’ve been keeping tabs over here for some time, you know that I ::try:: to share some of my favorite finds from across the web every Wednesday.  But I’m not going to pretend like I actually do that.  Try as I may, life gets in the way and I forget . . . or I simply don’t have as much time one week to catch up on some bookmarks and therefore have nothing to share.  So we’re going to try something a little different that seems to work well for other people.  We’re going to make Midweek Espresso into a monthly post.  Because it’ll be accumulated over a month’s time, I want you to take it in slowly.  Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time. It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything. I LOVE it.  And then just sip all this stuff in and enjoy.  I’ve entitled this, for now, Coffee Date.  It’s our time together for me to share with you what I’ve been into and you, in turn, get to share with me (in the comments, on Facebook, via email, by linking up to your own post) what you’ve been into.  Let’s share and enjoy each other’s company, k?

Coffee Date

What I’ve Been Watching

I finished up the first 5 seasons (out of 6) of Parenthood.  I talked about it last month and I pretty much fell in love with it.  Netflix was supposed to release Season 6 a few days ago but ran into some glitches with licenses or something.  So I’m not watching anything right now.  Some shows have been recommended to me via the amazing Facebook group for the Sorta Awesome Podcast (seriously great group to get ideas, chat about random stuff like MBTI, etc.).  I was going to pick one to try out but then the book I was waiting for at the library was finally ready for me to pick up and, well, the book trumps TV.

But what are YOU watching?  Any suggestions for when I do decide to try out a new show? [Read more…]

Coffee Date {Sep 2015}

If you’ve been keeping tabs over here for some time, you know that I ::try:: to share some of my favorite finds from across the web every Wednesday.  But I’m not going to pretend like I actually do that.  Try as I may, life gets in the way and I forget . . . or I simply don’t have as much time one week to catch up on some bookmarks and therefore have nothing to share.  So we’re going to try something a little different that seems to work well for other people.  We’re going to make Midweek Espresso into a monthly post.  Because it’ll be accumulated over a month’s time, I want you to take it in slowly.  Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time. It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything. I LOVE it.  And then just sip all this stuff in and enjoy.  I’ve entitled this, for now, Coffee Date.  It’s our time together for me to share with you what I’ve been into and you, in turn, get to share with me (in the comments, on Facebook, via email, by linking up to your own post) what you’ve been into.  Let’s share and enjoy each other’s company, k?

 

Coffee Date

What I’ve Been Watching

I am so late to the game on this but I am hooked on Parenthood.  I don’t watch it daily but would if I could, believe me.  But life calls and well, we can’t always binge-watch on Netflix.  It’s probably good that way.  But really, if you haven’t watched it, you should.  I laugh and cry most episodes.  And it has Loralei from Gilmore Girls so really, how can you go wrong?  Right.  You can watch it on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even get some full episodes on the NBC website (as of now).  No excuses.

Give Your Ears Some Love

Mud Stories Podcast with Amber Haines (Episode 54):  I can’t even put words to this one guys.  I need you to just go listen to it.  And then you’ll likely want to read Amber’s book (which I’m currently reading).  It’s not the kind of thing you want to listen to with kids around (no language issues–just the nature of the content).  But I think that’s why I loved it so much.  It was real and raw and so relatable. It’s all about shame, forgiveness, brokenness, and healing.  It was by far one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in a while.  If you listened to it, would you please let me know?  I’d love to hear what you thought.

It’s All Part of the Plan (Aug 29/30):  This is a sermon by Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.  I haven’t gotten to the others in the series; my husband just specifically said I should watch/listen to this sermon.  And I am so glad I did.  Big takeaway?  I don’t have control but I always have a choice.  Lots of good stuff as he unfolds the story of Sarai/Hagar/Abraham.  I highly recommend for anyone who is frustrated (maybe with parenting/motherhood?), has a tendency to blame others for how they are acting, and/or has some control issues.  But really, doesn’t that describe all of us at one point or another? [Read more…]

Midweek Espresso {6.10.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough. We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go. So we often need a little boost. A little espresso, if you will. So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up. Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week. Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged. I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves. Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time. Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time. It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything. I LOVE it.

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A friend sent this TED Talk to me and I found it really intriguing.  I think we don’t give babies (and kids) enough credit for what they’re capable of learning and grasping . . . and how quickly they can do so.  This was just such a good reminder that we have so many opportunities to instill concepts and values in kids from such a young age.  Let’s be intentional with the kids in our lives and allow them the space to explore their world and take it all in.

Ya’ll need to watch this or you are SO missing out.  HILARIOUS.  If you need a good laugh, go there now.  The former dance teacher in me is flippin’ out at how perfect this is.  It’s slightly concerning that she is able to have that much attitude at age 6 but yet it’s also promising that she will be quite the performer someday (well, she apparently is already).  Must-see.

Listen

The latest episode from Slow Your Home was a good one, as usual.  I just feel relaxed listening to it (could be her accent) never mind the actual content.  But the content is fantastic, don’t worry.  If you’ve been inching your way to a slower, simpler life (whatever that looks like for you), and you worry about what others will think (or already have thought), then go over and listen.

Read

I love this idea from Bob Goff where he quits something everything Thursday.  This blogger offers some suggestions to get started.  But I like the thought behind going through what’s in your life and getting rid of anything that isn’t a good fit.  What could you quit this week?

This was also sent by a friend and, because I know many of my readers are fellow parents and those who have kids in their lives that they care for, I think it’s important to share.  Head over to this blog to learn about why this family doesn’t have secrets in their home and instead has surprises.  This could be life-changing.  Must-read.

This post from (in)courage was a quick but helpful read, offering 5 ways to create a more peaceful home.  While I personally don’t struggle with clutter, I am often frazzled, so number 1 was especially super helpful.  Which one would you want to implement today?

Midweek Espresso {6.3.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough. We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go. So we often need a little boost. A little espresso, if you will. So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up. Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week. Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged. I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves. Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time. Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time. It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything. I LOVE it.

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Loved this woman’s book and her posts never fail to remind me of what is important (while also giving me a major mommy butt kick).  The examples of what would be more effective hit me hard.  The whole “treat others the way you want to be treated” thing applies to parenting too.  Check this out if you have kids.  You won’t regret it.

Watch/Listen

Check out this TED Talk from Jennifer Scott on the 10-item wardrobe. I found it really interesting what she discovered was a common theme among her fellow study abroad student friends in France.  Do you think you could attempt a 10 (or maybe 20) item wardrobe?  How would it change your mornings?

Watch (Movie)

I won’t always have a movie suggestion because I really don’t watch much by way of TV (I realized how out of touch that makes me when my hair dresser asked me if I’m watching anything currently and I had no idea what’s even on TV these days).  BUT I saw this listed as a must-see Netflix movie on some list and decided to check it out.  It’s totally my type of movie (aka not my husband’s type).  I love the ones that make me think and cry and address real-life issues.  So if you’re with me, you’ll love this.  It’s called Short Term 12 and the setting is at a foster care facility.  It brought me back to my days working at the children’s psychiatric hospital in college and automatically puts me in a more sensitive-to-others mindset.  Warning: there’s some profanity mainly because it’s depicting some hard realities so while that normally doesn’t jive with me, I felt like it wasn’t overdone or just used for exaggeration, for what it’s worth.  Warning to my husband: this made me want to foster/adopt older children someday even more.  Sorry dude.

Midweek Espresso {5.28.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.midweekespresso.This week, I had to prioritize other areas of my life so I didn’t spend as much time reading other blogs, watching videos, etc. for the sake of sharing the good stuff with you.  But I didn’t want to disappoint those of you who may look forward to these weekly suggestions.  So here are a few things I’d love to recommend to you, tossing aside the usual format/theme a bit:

Read Orphan Train.  It was fantastic.  It has nothing to do with what I write about on this blog so forgive me for that.  But if I’m recommending a fiction book, you better believe it’s worth at least checking out.  I borrowed mine from the library and would imagine that yours probably has it too.  If you read it (or have already), let me know what you thought.

Try to say yes a little bit more (to the things that really are okay) and save the no’s for the bigger stuff for which you shouldn’t budge.  This is tough one for me but that stinkin’ Jen Hatmaker seems to always get me right where I need it and I can’t help but say she’s right.  Check out her blog post here.  (And if you don’t already know about Jen, then please do me a favor, for the sake of our friendship, and go read all her books and gracefully stalk her on social media because she’s kind of a big deal and rightfully so.)

Listen to this podcast interview with Rachel Held Evans.  I haven’t read anything by her yet but look forward to reading her new book, Searching for Sunday.  And this interview pleasantly surprised me.  It was a little bit of attitude-butt-kicking when it comes to church and how we view it.  I know there’s no perfect church but some of the stuff she said in there made me realize that sometimes that’s actually a good thing (not just merely “I have to accept it because we’re all flawed people coming together” but “hey this may actually be a good thing).  Good stuff for anyone who is frustrated with their local church, has left the whole church scene out of frustration, or may even be just curious about what the draw is altogether.

And since clearly I wasn’t seeing all the good stuff on the internet this week, I’d love to hear what you thought I shouldn’t have missed (but likely did) this week.  Go ahead and either comment on the blog or on social media and let me know what I need to catch up on.

Midweek Espresso {5.20.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.

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Midweek Espresso {5.20.15}

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99 ways to simplify life with kids:  I shared on social media but have to share it again here in case you missed it.  Some we already do (#58 is so true and #64 has been great) and others I was like, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” (like #4).  By the way, I did #11 and highly recommend and look forward to doing #12.

I loved the concept of resting as you go.  And I always need the reminder that it’s about the journey, not just completing the task.  Such good stuff here.

Loved these 5 ways to create a more peaceful home.  Such a challenge because it requires much intention but the words are so true.

This is how much stuff we own.  Oh my.  If that doesn’t spark some spring cleaning in our homes, I don’t know what else will.

Listen

Livin’ Lightly Podcast #3:  I loved this.  She had some great practical tips for those who want to declutter a bit and be more intentional with the space you have.  It sparked some things for me like being less wasteful.  But I could also totally resonate with the whole “was doing the garage sale really worth it” conversation.

Watch

After you watch this, you’ll want to have a courage wall in your town.  Love it.  I’d really be happy to hear what you would put on the wall if you were there.  Please share either on social media or email me!

Midweek Espresso {5.13.15}

(The Midweek Espresso is below if you feel like skipping over my birthday shoutout to my daughter.)

It’s my youngest child’s birthday today.  She’s one already.  Man.  I think time goes by even quicker with each kid (which makes sense because my attention is focused on 3 versus 1).  I totally thought that with having 2 pretty good babies, the 3rd would have colic or something that would make me pull my hair out.  But hey, I’m not bald! 🙂  She has been the most content baby yet, which God knew I needed.  When she cries you know there’s something legitimately wrong.  The girl loves to be super crazy (dance parties are totally her thing, loves to be upside down, swerving stroller rides . . . totally a future amusement park lover).  She’s a mama’s girl, but thankfully not the kind who literally flips out when I leave her (whew!).  And she lights up our world.  The kids love her, we love her, and she’s just a joy (hm, her middle name is Joy . . . we totally knew what we were doing).  Happy 1st Birthday to our girl Leila!

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Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.

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Midweek Espresso {5.13.15}

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These words from Sarah Bessey are just melt-in-your-mouth-drizzingly-straight-to-your-soul words.  Every women, go read this.  And then save it somewhere to re-read when you need it.

I hope that I will eventually get to the point where I respond in this same way with my daughters . . . that I won’t flip out in anger because I’m frustrated that my daughter is making me late but rather realize where she’s at in life and am gentle with her.  Always love Kristen’s wisdom but this is probably one of my favorite posts yet.

For those who are into decluttering and working toward minimalism (whatever that looks like for you), I found this website the other week and love so much of it.  So here’s one from them on 20 things you can get rid of without even missing.

Listen

Megan Tietz’s Sorta Awesome Podcast #8:  This is only 10 minutes and it was for Mother’s Day but you can listen to this regardless (and even if you’re not a mom).  She talks about the importance of taking care of ourselves (even if it means, as moms, we eat before our kids so that we don’t end up on a sugar low later and flip out on them).  Must listen to regardless of where God has planted you in your life in this season.

Watch

Ok so this isn’t a typical video but trust me here.  So there’s a blog post I want you to read if you’re a mom (especially of ones still living at home), but I don’t want you to skip over the video for the book trailer at the end.  I haven’t read the book so this isn’t an endorsement but I just want to say . . . can I be friends with her?  She gets it and she’s funny and my goodness.  So ya, that book was already on my wish list but I’ll be moving it up higher.  Oh and the post . . . it’s about finding a mom friend by seeing “me too” which is such good advice I think.

 

Midweek Espresso {5.6.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.

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I remember reading this post when it originally was published.  It was shared again by Tsh and I’m glad it was.  Such a good reminder that we’re responsible for our own choices, not everyone else’s, and that sometimes just living our lives can say a lot more than the words we speak.

I have not read her book but I have heard it’s really good for those who want to declutter/simplify.  This article was a neat way to get a feel for how someone is very intentional when shopping so the purchases are worth the time and money.  Good ideas to consider the next time you go. 🙂

Lies that keep our schedules overwhelmed.  Oh I wish people would stop believing these lies but I know it took me a long time to stop believing them myself.  So read them and pass them on to others so we can stop spreading this myth that busier is better.

Listen

Download this album.  So good.  And it’s free.  You have no more excuses.

But if you don’t want to download that, at least listen to this song (which is on the album above, just a different artist).  If you’re in the Christian world, then you’ve heard it a lot I’m sure.  But I can’t get enough of it myself.

Watch

Just watch this.  I can’t stop laughing.  Nothing better than a kid laughing at something so simple.  Infectious.

Midweek Espresso {4.29.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.

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Brooke talks about what slow living is and what the benefits are.  I loved this (and am loving her new podcast).  It’s kind of a must-listen-to if you’re reading my blog, if I could mandate it . . . which I can’t . . . so, let’s still be friends but in your friendship you decide to sacrifice a little time and do what I recommend.  Good deal, ya? 🙂

Great practical tips from Art of Simple on how to spring clean clothing/kitchen/shelf space.  I do most of these already and have to say that as simple as it is, #14 is something I have to do or I wake up regretting I didn’t.  It makes a huge difference for me.

I will probably always have small house envy . . . and yet never own one because we enjoy hosting more and more these days.  BUT this is something I could vacation in . . . or have as a tree house for the kids.  Ya know, either way it still rocks.

This is simply beautiful that I couldn’t not share it.  I’m sure the picture doesn’t do it justice but we can be taken away from afar.  I love rainbows because biblically they symbolize God’s promises.  What a gorgeous reminder.

Midweek Espresso {4.22.15}

Here’s the scoop on Midweek Espresso, in case you’re new:

Wednesdays can be tough.  We’ve started the week so we have a few days behind us but we still have more to go.  So we often need a little boost.  A little espresso, if you will.  So I share with you some of my favorites I’ve read/seen across the web in hopes that they’ll give you just what you need to perk up.  Some may not actually be new but I found them this past week.  Nevertheless, all of what you will find will either make you laugh, cry, or be challenged.  I also encourage you to share your own links–comment with a link to your own blog with what you found worthwhile this week, or just simply share the link to anything you enjoyed so we can check it out for ourselves.  Let me know what you loved the most so I can be on the lookout for more goodness like it to help give you a midweek boost next time.  Enjoy!

Tip: Use Pocket (it’s free) to help you save anything you want to look at but need to save for another time.  It’s like bookmarking but you can put tags on them and everything.  I LOVE it.

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Midweek Espresso {4.22.15}

Love me some Megan Tietz.  🙂  Here she talks on the Art of Simple (another fave of mine) about spring cleaning parenting-style.  Great stuff to think through.

Kat Lee on waking up for her life, not to her life.  Big difference.  I’ve done this myself and can’t tell you what a difference it makes.

Sarah Bessey on moms around the globe and this common bond we have.  Beautiful.

And let’s just throw in another one from Sarah.  Because clearly she says what needs to be said. 🙂  Here’s where she talks about not feeling guilty for working in front of your kids.  Yes.  She managed to find that balance and words it just right I think.

I want to place a big asterisk next to this but I can’t so just pretend.  READ THIS.  May it change how we interact with each other as moms.

Um, tears.  Ya.  I may need to read the book.  Just a beautiful depiction of marriage and commitment.

Now there’s a good boss who recognizes that money doesn’t equate to happiness and that maybe we don’t need as much as we think and should spread it around a little.  One step in the right direction.  Love it.

Oh how I always love Julie’s words.  She knows how to make me laugh, cry, and feel encouraged all at the same time.  It’s a gift for sure.  Read this if you’re a mom and have ever felt maybe a bit disappointed in how this whole motherhood thing turned out (in other words, it wasn’t all unicorns and butterflies like you thought . . . or was that just me?)

The dancer in me was just totally stuck in my seat on this one.  What a sweet woman and a wonderful opportunity she got.  It’s a little long but worth it, especially to my dancer friends who may picture themselves someday in this woman’s shoes.

You have to watch this.  At about the 2:00 mark, I was starting to get teary-eyed.  Do you think you are average or beautiful?  Love what the one mom does.