Hi, friends! I’m so thankful for Kellie’s invitation to me to come and share some of my Friday Favorites with you all on her beautiful space! Thank you, sweet friend! I love a good favorites post; it’s such a fun way to gain new finds and discover new companies, pick up a new good read or recipe to try, and to get to know a little bit more of the people behind the words you read on blogs. I hope that you all enjoy these things and come share back with me. I'd love to get to know you!
Magnolia’s Hearth and Hand Line at Target
As thousands upon thousands do, I am a fan of anything Joanna Gaines does, and I love, love, love the line she created for Target. I have found great pieces there, for better prices than I’ve found similar pieces on many other websites. I have been searching for a glass dome for my cake stands for a good long while, but goodness, I have had a hard time thinking about parting with $50 or more to just get the dome! Enter my design hero. They launched the new Hearth and Hand spring line and as I scrolled through the new goodies my eyes fell on this beauty. The dome works perfectly with all my other cake stands and I love the height of it as you can easily fit a good-sized cake inside there! Truly, Joanna Gaines brings my design dreams to life.
Be Held: Lullabies for the Beloved
Christy Nockels has always been a favorite artist of mine. I love the uniqueness of her tone and she sings with such a beautiful blend of ease and conviction. Last fall, she put put out her newest album Be Held: Lullabies for the Beloved and it has become an anthem CD in our home. It's truth set to music in such a gentle way. I love hearing the words fill our home and some of my favorite memories since Jack has been born are the moments I've been rocking him in his room and I begin singing one of these sweet songs and he just stares at me, giving me little grins, listening. This album will deeply encourage your heart, I've no doubt about it.
Easter Basket Ideas
I've been so excited to fill both Jack and Anna Kate's Easter basket this year. I love gathering together a few things that I know will be special and sweet for each of them. Of course, being 3 months old when Easter comes, Jack will not yet appreciate his basket ;), but seeing AK delight in little things is such fun for me! I wanted to share a few little things that might be fun for your kiddos baskets this year: 1) Shrinky Dinks: my sweet sis-in-love introduced AK to these a few years ago and they are always a hit with her! There are many to choose from on Amazon. 2) Scratch and Sketch Books: AK is absolutely loving these after a friend bought her one as a big sister gift! 3) The Donkey Who Carried a King: My parents sent this to AK last Easter and it is a book worth adding to your collection. 4) LEGO Juniors: This line for 4-7 year olds from LEGO is great. Good size sets, easy to let your little help you put together, and, as frustrating as all the tiny pieces of legos can be, having a collection of them is a great thing. AK plays with hers constantly and is always mixing and matching her sets and coming up with creative stories for them. You could get a duplo set for your littlest and a set like this small farm or this fire patrol for your bigger ones and enjoy some happy hours of building!
Pretty Simple Cooking
A few weeks ago I bought The Couple Cooks, Alex and Sonja Overhiser, first cookbook: Pretty Simple Cooking. I've so enjoyed following their blog and listening to their podcast over the past years and they did not disappoint with their debut cookbook! First of all, there's a picture with every single recipe which I think should be a must for all cookbooks everywhere. Second of all, every recipe we've tried so far we have loved! You can see in the pages and taste in the outcomes the thought they poured into every bit of this book. It's a win in our household!
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
I don't know if y'all listen to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, but you should. Hers is one of my favorite podcasts. She recently released her first book entitled If You Only Knew. I've not been able to get too far into it -- adjusting to life with two kiddos! :) -- but I've already been so encouraged by what I have read. Jamie is so real, so vulnerable, and so full of gospel hope! She shares her story with boldness and always, always brings it back to Jesus, the One who makes us clean. I'm so grateful for the example she gives of living in vulnerability with others, of truly being the hands and feet of Jesus to one another, and of making much of our great God!
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