Friday, April 5, 2019

Five Loves on Friday


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Happy first Friday of April, friends!  I hope yours is off to a beautiful start!  Looking forward to sharing a handful of highlights from mine with you now!

One  //  Favorite Purchase of the Year!



{photo credit: Brooklyn Bedding}

After sixteen years of sleeping on our old mattress, we finally invested in a new one and we couldn't love it more!  We did a ton of research and decided on Brooklyn Bedding's Aurora luxury hybrid bed.  It's so comfortable and sleeps really cool thanks to their TitanCool tech.  I'll leave it at that, so I don't risk sounding like an advertisement. Ha!  We are very happy sleepers though, and after years of a less than comfortable mattress we fully appreciate this purchase! 


Two  //  Saturday Shopping Spree with my Sweeties

While I didn't snap a single shot of our shopping fun it definitely needed to make it's way onto this list of loves!  We hit Kohl's with 30% off and $10 off $50 coupons and then  JCPenny's with a 25% off coupon.  Between both shops my girls found so many beautiful pieces, completely refreshing their wardrobe for the warmer months ahead.  It made my heart happy to be able to spoil them a bit and to see them excited about the new items they found and love!  Plus, it was all on sale before any of the aforementioned coupons were applied!  Win/win!


Three  //  Zoo Time

We followed up shopping with family fun at the zoo.  It was a really chilly day, so we headed straight for the warmest spot with a truly tropical feel, the Jungle building!























The atmosphere was just what we needed, a taste of the warmth and beauty ahead in the spring and summer months!


Four  //  Walk and Talk


One of my favorite things about welcoming springtime is getting back to our family walk and talks.  Along this walk we enjoyed the song of a cute cardinal and passed a darling dear along the path.  Many laughs were had along the way, making it the very best kind of exercise in my book! 

Walking on the trails at the lake, our favorite hometown hangout, came with the beautiful bonus of taking in this breathtaking view too!  The entire evening brought so many reasons to praise God for the beauty of His creation!



Thanks so much for popping by today!  Cheers to the weekend!  Hope yours is as "sweet" as my first s'mores blizzard of the season! 






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Friday, March 29, 2019

March Favorites in Food, Fashion, Entertainment, & Memorable Moments!


Happy final Friday of March, friends!  I hope this month has gone well for you.  If not, good news - you can soak up the weekend ahead and then welcome a fresh new month with open arms! :)  Today's post will be a peek at some of my favorite finds in food, fashion, and entertainment, along with memorable moments from the month March.  Let's jump right in!


Salty & Sour Fun Food Finds

I love sweet corn, so when I spotted these during a home improvement shopping trip to Menards I was so intrigued!  Jason and I each tried our first bite at the same moment.  We were both shocked at how much they taste like actual sweet corn!  So crazy!  While they weren't his favorite, I was instantly hooked!  I think they are so fun and completely different than any other salty snack.  They paired perfectly with BLTs I made earlier this week.



My recent candy obsession is "xtreme"ly sour.  If you're a fan of sour goodies, definitely give these a try! 


Favorite March Purchase


I picked these blush beauties up at Walmart last week and am in love!  They are so comfy and cute!  They're different and possibly not everyone's cup of tea, but I say wear what you love and embrace the style you enjoy!  For me, it's these!



Here's what I've been listening to, watching, and enjoying this month ...


I'm All Ears // This Month's Listening List:


Earlier this month I enjoyed The Gospel According to Jesus in audiobook form while tackling some (minor) flooding cleanup in our basement.  It was an excellent distraction from the otherwise less than pleasant task at hand.





A fellow Disney lover recommended this album and said I'd love it.  She was right!  It's absolutely beautiful!




I've also been listening to Chris Rice's Peace Like a River:  The Hymns Project on a loop.  Good stuff!



Best Thing I've Watched This Month 


A word on this film from AmericanGospelFilm.com:

AMERICAN GOSPEL:  CHRIST ALONE
Is Christianity Christ + the American dream?  American Gospel examines how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad.  This feature-length film is the first in a series.


American Gospel:  Christ Alone is an excellent documentary!  It sheds light on the true biblical gospel in contrast to a false gospel that's embraced by many today.  Years ago I spent over decade heavily into this movement - buying it all hook, line, and sinker.  I've been on both sides of this story, so please know that my heart toward anyone who is in the place where I once stood is not one of judgment, but rather of compassion and sincere care.  If you watch this film you may see pastors/speakers in question who you currently esteem.  There is one featured in particular whose books I use to give out regularly as gifts.  Their "gospel" was easy to proclaim.  It doesn't offend.  It indulges man's greatest and most selfish desires.  It promises the gifts of God without fully surrendering to the Giver of all good gifts.  Many who claim the title of "Christian" teach things that are far from aligning with Jesus Christ.  Dear friends, it is absolutely crucial that we understand the gospel as God Himself has presented it to us in the Bible.  Our eternity depends on it.  

Info on where to find the documentary:  You can watch the trailer here.  The first 40 minutes of the film, followed by testimony from viewers is available to watch on Youtube here.  The full 2 hour and 20 minute film is available for rental from Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vimeo, and Google Play.  

I may write a future post dedicated solely to this, sharing more on my background, beliefs, and the glorious gospel that has given me (an unworthy sinner) eternal hope, rest, and assurance of heaven through finished work of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  If you're interested in such a post, please let me know in the comment section below.



Memorable Moments of March


The girls and I were able to join Jason on a business trip to Minnesota this month.  After a couple days of business there, Jason took vacation days the remainder of the week to allow for family fun in the area.  We enjoyed time at Mall of America and seeing the frozen fabulousness of Minnehaha Falls!  You can read more on that trip here.


This month we also enjoyed our first (in-car) picnic at the lake in celebration of the temps getting above freezing!  Yay! We saw these sweeties while there!  


Mid-month we gathered with family to celebrate my aunt's 70th birthday.  She has been a special part of my life and the lives of my children from the beginning.  We loved seeing her well celebrated on her milestone birthday!

Last week some dear family friends we hadn't seen since January of 2018 drove over an hour to spend the day with us!  It was such a sweet reunion!  Even though it'd been over a year since we'd last seen each other we didn't skip a beat.  It was a wonderful day worth savoring!

Isn't that the truth! ;)

Sprinkled throughout the rest of month were several sweet mother/daughter moments with each of my girls and a really wonderful date night with my hubby split between a delicious dinner, binge watching fun, and hours of chatting about subjects near and dear to us.  My heart is full thinking on each of these moments!  

I'm looking forward to kicking off a fresh new month on Monday!  I anticipating celebrating our risen Savior on Easter, the weather getting even more beautiful, and days filled with things yet unimagined.  What are you most looking forward to in the month to come?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!


Thanks so much for visiting today!  It was a treat to have you here!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend to come!



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