I haven’t shared a personal post in awhile, and I thought that now was a good time to share one. So I’m going “old school blogging” this week and sharing some of my new favorites from October.
1. I have been loving these new Extra gum packs*.
They are perfect for carrying around in my purse or diaper bag because they snap shut so the gum doesn’t get spilled out in my purse.
Besides carrying a pack in my purse and diaper bag, we also keep one in each vehicle. We are gum people!
Another bonus is that the packs are so big: 35 sticks. So it lasts a while.
2. There are two songs that I have been listening to on repeat. One is “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective.
The chorus says,
“I am counting every blessing….
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see….
I am counting every blessing…
Surely every season you are good to me”
My little family has gone through some major ups and downs in the past couple of years, and these words have been very personal to me. I’m learning to let go of my expectations and control and giving my cares to God.
Even in difficult seasons, surely God is good to me (and you)!
Sometimes it is hard to see the good when life is hard, but that is exactly the time that we need to count our blessings and thank God for the good in our lives. There is always, always something to be thankful for.
3. A second song that I am currently loving is “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.
Some of the words that have resonated with me are,
“I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know.
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours”
I think we all struggle with negative self-thoughts and feeling like we don’t measure up. It is even more difficult, if you actually have people in your life who tell you aren’t enough.
But I’m learning that just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.
What IS true is God’s Word and He says that we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
4. It has been a blast getting to experience fall again!
I lived in Florida for 13 years before moving back here to Nebraska in May. The trees and even bushes are gorgeous right now and the weather has been beautiful too!
5. The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy
I haphazardly picked up this book from the library thinking I would learn a makeup trick or two. Well, I learned all kinds of easy makeup tips, but this book is SO much more than just makeup.
Trish insists that when we take a few extra minutes each morning to invest in how we look, it has the potential to impact the rest of our day and life. I wholeheartedly agree! In fact, I think every homemaker should start the day getting herself ready.
I took all kinds of notes while reading this book, and most of the notes are practical tips for life, not just makeup! It is a must read.
6. Aldi Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn
I love Aldi, and especially love trying their seasonal products. They are currently selling pumpkin caramel popcorn and it is delicious!
My 4 year old and I shared it in the afternoons while baby girl took her afternoon naps. It was a fun treat to have with him this fall!
7. Grace Based Discipline by Karis Murray
I enjoy writing about a clean house or decluttering tips, but you may notice I don’t write tips for discipline because, y’all, I’ve got a lot to learn!
I often feel inadequate and like I’m constantly learning how better to discipline and train my kids in the Lord. This book has been so good. It has helped me think through my discipline and focus on my children’s hearts not just their actions. It’s a must read!
You can get the Kindle version* for only $3.99 right now.
My blogging friend, Elizabeth has some of the best mom advice and she shares it in a relatable, humorous way that cuts straight to the heart. I really enjoyed her recent post.
A couple of years ago, I bought The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle* simply because it included The Nester’s home decorating course, The Cozy Minimalist. That course taught me practical tips for decorating and I pretty much soak up everything The Nester shares!
She recently talked to Allie Casazza on her prodcast about creating a home that helps you focus on what really matters in your home and stop spending so much time maintaining stuff.
10. Family Talk: Balancing Home and Family with Emily Barnes
Another podcast that I enjoy is Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. They recently replayed an older episode where Emily Barnes talked about the pressure so many women face: Balancing Home and Family.
It was encouraging to listen to, especially since her message is very similar to mine. Balancing Home and Family is no joke!