Friday Faves has been SUCH a fun series for me these last four weeks! I'm the kind of gal who loves a good recommendation from another person (it's how I buy most things) so I love reciprocating and passing along ideas to you. I'm sharing five more of my favorites this week!
FOR REAL I'm convinced that this is the best candle ever made. I got my first (mini) version as a gift over a year ago and promptly purchased a replacement once that one was gone. I recently finished burning that one too and knew I'd loooove to get the large size next time. I mentioned it to my husband in passing one day in January. Well, what would you know - he surprised me with it for Valentine's Day! He left work on February 13 and zipped down to City Creek Center in the heart of downtown at rush hour and picked up the candle! I had no idea we were even doing gifts for Valentine's Day (because we had a very fancy date planned) but of course (as always) he goes above and beyond! I love these candles so much that I don't even throw away the jars when they're used up - I keep them on my desk to smell every once and a while!
Toddler Quiet Time
No this is not an item you can go out and buy (I WISH - haha!) but it is something that is working well for us these days. For a couple of months, Kya has had trouble falling asleep at night. We troubleshooted and tried a few things and came to the conclusion that afternoon naps are giving her too much energy to finish the day at a normal time. So this week we've done no afternoon naps and she has fallen asleep within five minutes at 7:00 each evening and sleeps until 6:30 or 7:00 the next morning. It's been amazing for our sanity and has helped her reestablish healthy nighttime sleep habits. I'll still have her take short naps if we know we'll be out super late, but for the most part we're saying goodbye to naps!
So because I still need a break during the day, I've implemented quiet time for Kya. At 1:00, she goes to her bed with a stash of toys and books and sits there playing and reading until I come get her. She can't get off her bed and she can't call for me. She does a really good job and will last 1-2 hours!
Detoxifying Charcoal Face Bar Soap
Some of you know that I've struggled with acne since I was 18 years old. It's off and on and back and forth (worst postpartum and post breastfeeding and best during pregnancy). I've recently made some more changes that have REALLY helped my skin - bentonite clay mask, argan oil, collagen peptides (ask me if you have questions about these!) and most recently I've been using this charcoal bar for my face wash. It's done wonders, is so gentle, and leaves my skin feeling super clean but not dried out. Let me know if you need help purchasing one - I don't sell it, but my friend does!
Call the Midwife
This show is my current Netflix pick! It's based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and follows nurses, midwives, and nuns around London in the 1950s and 1960s as they give the poorest of mothers the best of pre and postnatal care. Childbirth has always fascinated me so this show fits the bill! It's a bit too graphic for my husband (the one who stood at my head while I gave birth - haha!) so I watch it alone. SO GOOD.
We purchased a 1960s home last January and have been fixing it up ever since. It's been a slow process but it's been very rewarding. We have been speaking with a realtor about where he thinks our home lands in the market and what improvements are worth making before we sell next year. We never thought we'd sell our house so soon, but our lives have changed and living in a different area of the city makes more sense. Along with his regular career, my husband is now a part-time pastor of a new church plant 20 minutes south of us. We want to make the move next year to be closer to that community. We're trying to get the most bang for our buck and have decided that we won't do any more major interior improvements, but we'll focus on curb appeal and the backyard. Our home has ZERO landscaping and the grass needs an overhaul. Our backyard is very plain and the awning is rusty and falling apart! This spring/summer we hope to make some improvements to those areas! I've started a Pinterest board for our outdoor spaces- go check out what's inspiring me! We are on a tight budget so it won't be anything glamorous but some freshening up will do our space good and make it more appealing to buyers (and make us more money)!