I’m so thrilled that Kellie invited me to guest post for her Friday Faves series! Kellie is a dear friend of mine – our common thread is that our husbands went to college together. It’s been fun to venture through life at a distance with them, with laughter, tears, prayer, and love. Kellie always brings a refreshing and truthful perspective just when I need it, so I'm honored she invited me on here!
I’ve decided to stick to five random things that have been life savers for me lately! I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant with boy/girl twins and I stay at home with my four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. These things are all pretty simple but have been so helpful to me.
When my son was almost three, we got him his first Lego set. Just a yellow box of some basic Legos. He really enjoyed them and with a little help and patience, he started to build on his own. Now at almost four and a half years old, he makes some AMAZING Lego creations all on his own. His Lego collection has grown quite a bit in the last year, and even though Legos aren’t the cheapest toy out there, they have been worth EVERY PENNY in my book! He learns counting, symmetry, problem solving, develops creativity, patience, hard work, fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and so much more from them! He can easily spend two to three hours a day building something. He will come and show it to us and we are always amazed – his creations have multiple moving parts and great symmetry. They have been a great way for us to nurture his strengths and then remind him of these strengths when he is doing something else that is new and hard for him.
A Pretty Robe
Since this is my third pregnancy, I am getting good at narrowing down what I actually need for these babies, as well as what I need for myself. I decided early on in this pregnancy that it was a necessity for me to have a pretty robe to bring to the hospital, and use at home when nursing. There’s not much pampering and self-care time in those first few days and weeks, but something as simple as slipping on a pretty robe over the nursing tank you’ve been wearing for four days (no? just me?) can make a big difference. I got mine a few months ago from Soma, but here is something similar and I must say I am LOVING the Boho vibes!
Expandable Peg Rack
OK, so if you don’t know what this is based off the name, you are NOT ALONE. This is a home décor item I kept seeing on Instagram but had NO CLUE what they were called. Kellie to the rescue – I sent her a screen shot and she was able to identify it as an expandable peg rack. Just a cute, simple wooden peg rack that adds some dimension to your wall décor and allows you to also display some pretty items in the room. I specifically wanted one for the nursery to hang little sweaters, bonnets, and baby carriers from. I ended up searching for them on Amazon and went with this one. I had to laugh because this one specifically is listed as a “mug rack." Obviously not how I’m using it but based on its measurements I figured it would fit the space. For $13.99 I couldn’t be happier!
I am seriously SO behind on cool stuff. First the peg rack and now coconut oil. To be fair, I tried using coconut oil as moisturizer while we were living in Arizona but I found in such a hot climate it just didn’t feel right. Fast forward to the other day when I oh so bravely tried to shave my legs (it wasn’t pretty). I ended up with razor burn – something I had never experienced! I quickly did a little research and concluded a warm shower and then coconut oil would help. And oh, it did. Ever since then I have been using coconut oil as my body moisturizer and it is a good match for these dry, cold Minnesota winters. My skin is staying much more moisturized and much less irritated. I even use it to dilute some lavender and put on my belly at night and it soothes the skin making it less itchy from all the stretching and growing. SO glad to finally be in the loop with coconut oil!
My Epic Band
I kind of think I saved the best for last. A couple years ago on my Pandora station for Sovereign Grace Music, a very unique and beautiful version of Doxology came on. I learned it was done by a group called My Epic. After a while I looked into them and downloaded a couple of their CDs. And now as I’ve been building my birth playlist, I find I keep adding their songs to the list. If you are looking for Christian music that is meaningful, deep, theologically sound, creative, and offers a sound unlike any other Christian group out there, you NEED to check them out. I would recommend the following songs to start with: Doxology, Garden, and Lazarus. It has also helped me to go and look up the lyrics. Their lyrics are almost like modern day psalms - not always written in a typical verse/chorus/verse/chorus pattern. I’m going to include a snippet from the song Garden below:
We plant, water and worry
But we don't have any control of the harvest itself
But oh, the Messiah
He's not like us
His power is endless and he won't break his promise
And there is still a garden, sowed at the foundation
It's wrapped with redemption and spreading its roots
Bless the storm for the rain, bless the Lord for the proof
That the harvest is soon
And I know that it's true
Cause I've seen the first fruits
We are the first fruits
These beautiful truths bring me such comfort on all levels of life. I hope if you check them out you enjoy their music and find encouragement in the truth.