Favorite Things, Vol. 3

Welcome back for this week’s Favorite Things, where I show you all the goodness I can find on Amazon. Even if you don’t buy anything I list for you here, Amazon throws me a couple of bones if you do your shopping through my page. So next time you need to order dog treats or socks or Iphone cables, I hope you’ll remember this little blog and the community we are building together.

To Read

Sarah Bessey is IT ya’ll. She just is. She writes beautifully, no matter the subject and I love her so much I drove 8 hours to hear her speak for 2. And I would do it again tomorrow. This book was incredibly formative and life-giving. It’s a ray of light, I swear.

Rachel Held Evans died tragically last year, as I am sure a lot of you know. She left behind a family who needed her and a whole host of us who relied on her voice in the wilderness. Her life and work meant so much to me and the precious children of God who needed her to point us back toward home. This is a beautiful book and what she wrote about the women in the Bible who were victimized and then barely mentioned changed me forever.

I read this book for the first time in college and it changed the way I think about Jesus. Reading it was a real turning point in my life and I have returned to it over and over and given it away a few times as well. Brennan Manning was a gift and I think this book is one of his most important. It’s required reading for ragamuffins like us who depend on grace and mercy for our next breath.

I have never read anything by Robin Jones Gunn, but when my friend Katie recommends ANYTHING I listen. If you order it, I’d love to hear what you think!

For the Kids

My mom actually just got these for my kids last week. She is a real problem solver, I’ll tell ya. My kids are the absolute worst about remembering which brush is theirs and which is their sister’s. And then when I buy a12 pack at Sam’s they get confused whose is whose and just grab a new one any time the wind blows. NO MORE, I say!

These are our favorite cups for our younger set of kids. They’re great in every way. 10/10.

Did you see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk? Here it is in a great little book. I read this with my almost 11 year old and I probably wouldn’t recommend it for kids younger than that.

For Me

Ok, so I know it’s called “Frosted Mauve” but I swear it’s not THAT kind of frosted mauve. This is my second color in this lipstick and I am hooked. It lasts all day and I have never experienced anything like it. It’s changed my personality, I think. I didn’t take a lot of crap before this lipstick but I can assure you when I’m wearing this I take NONE.

I love eyeliner, but I’ve taken a few years off because #kids. But my friend Carol recommend this little cheapie and I swear it holds up. Love it.

Ok, so here’s a splurge for you. I treated myself to this back in May and it is showing hardly any sign of use. I use it every single day and it’s pretty near perfect…not to sparkly, not too pink. Just makes you look alive, a little like you did back in 2004.

For #TheFoodAtHome

Good sea salt. If you don’t know, now you know.

Soups and stews are the reason for the upcoming season, am I right? Add this to your cart or at least your wish list because EVERYTHING tastes better cooked in one of these bad boys.

Go easy on the enamel in the bottom of that pot, ok? I use this cleaner on surfaces that need a good scrubbin and a gentle touch.

For the Home

After nearly 14 years of unscented EVERYTHING because of SOMEONE’S sensitive skin, I have finally found a laundry detergent that smells heavenly and doesn’t make anyone itch and cuss. It’s a dream.

These too…sometimes I use two because they make me so happy.

That’s all I’ve got for today, which is good because my little napper is napping no more. Thank you so much for being here with me and for leaning into this little community the way you have. Every little bit of support you send is making a way and I am so very grateful. You guys are seriously the best part of all of this and I really mean that. See you back on the blog this Friday, dear friends.