Friday Faves

  1. I’ve been having fun listening the Bethel Music album Have it All on Spotify (thanks to my brother for having room on his Spotify premium account!). Spirit Move by Kalley Heiligenthal is especially fun for a Friday afternoon driving. 
  2. Asher has been having fun drumming and watching Ryan learn guitar. I’ll be so curious if/what Asher will want to play. He asks for music all the time. I love watching him get excited about playing or listening! 
  3. I’ve been having a blast being back on a running plan even if it is totally stretching me already!  We are planning on doing a 10 miler in Stillwater in September! The heat is kind of miserable but the running is good! 
  4. Reading lots of books. I’ve got Wild and Free up on my list and a fiction one titled Hood. 
  5. Sleeping in….Asher has been so cute and will get out of his bed around when Ryan goes to work and then will want to come in bed with me for another hour or two before getting up. I’m usually able to sleep some more or get some reading done before starting the day. 

There’s a few favorites from lately! What are you loving lately? 

Lately

Somehow summer seems to fill up fast with all sorts of fun things. We’ve had our fill of doing VBS at church (we did a super fun Lego/builder theme this year), vacation in Glacier National Park and Banff, birthday celebrating for Asher, and now we are heading into kids camp, a few Minnesota traveling weekends, and starting to train for a 10 mile race!  

We are thinking of doing the Stillwater Log Race in September so our 10 week training plan starts this week! We went to Stillwater back for our first anniversary so going in the summer sounds fun. Plus, after running Grandmas marathon I’ve decided I love running by water. 

Boaz has also hit his “Don’t mind me I’m just going to wander a little farther” streak. He’s always on the hunt for birds of any type and still out runs us any day. He’s totally still cuddly and wants all the attention. 

Asher has been talking up a storm and recognizing letters. He’s been rocking his balance bike and his big wheels trike. He’s a big fan of going outside which I love and thankfully we’ve had awesome weather. He just got a big bed and is out of his Nuna. Now I’m on the hunt for cute boy bedding. We also spend lots of time playing cars and watching the cars go by on the highway. 

We’ve been making cannoli cake, quesadillas, ricotta stuffed shells, pizza bagels, and of course cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. 

And I am still missing the mountains and the gorgeous water from our vacation. 

Here’s a few pictures from recently…

The More of Less

I’ve been reading the Becoming Minimalist blog for a while so when I saw a book by its creator, Joshua Becker, come up, I jumped at the chance to read it!
I loved that the author is upfront in the book about his faith and that stories from the Bible are included. That said, I felt like he did a good job at including others who may not believe the same as he does. The book definitely has Christian elements and is at the core, but many like much of a Christian life, the principles are easily translated to anyone. 
Since I have been reading the blog some of the stories are recognizable, but there was enough fresh content as well. I would say that someone who hasn’t read the blog at all would enjoy the book even more. 
Having also read The Magic of Tidying Up, I appreciated that Becker explains and takes a purpose and value approach to decluttering. He goes further and shares that when we figure out our own life goals then it becomes clearer what to keep or give away. This personalized the approach, which I liked. He also talked about how some people’s personalities may make a difference in their method. 
Lastly, I loved reading all of the statistics and stories that he shared. They were interesting and relevant to the content. They helped the book become more tangible for me. 
All in all, a great book especially for those who haven’t read his blog!

Disclosure: I received this book for free but all opinions are my own. 

Africa Study Bible

If you’ve read here for a while, you might know that I love reading and reviewing all different kinds of Bibles. I love seeing how each translation accomplishes it’s purpose and how they stay true to the original text. Also, you likely know that I have a special spot in my heart for Africa. So combine the two and you’ve got me interested! 

Recently, I learned about a Kickstarter campaign for the Africa Study Bible. Here’s a little info: 

“With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally
relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB.
“Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.”

I love that the Bible has been put together by Africans for Africans. Since most Bibles are written from an American or European standpoint, I can see how this would be a huge benefit to have this tool available. 

You can find more information at their website http://oasisint.net

There is only about 58 hours left on the Kickstarter campaign so head over to the link above to help if you want!  

Fun

I’ve been meaning to pop in with a few highlights from our trip to Portland for Ryan’s birthday weekend so I’m finally getting around to doing it!  First off, we ate well and included fun dessert! 


We went to Ruby Jewel for ice cream since my brother texted me a picture of him at Baskin Robbins eating a Daquiri Ice. I saw they had a margarita flavor so I sampled it but landed on their unique cookies and cream!  They soak the cream in cookies. Too fun!  Though, for ice cream, Salt and Straw stole the show. The lines out the door proved to be worthwhile. They had all sorts of unique flavors. Ryan tried a Pear and Blue Cheese. I had some dandelion one that I am wishing I could go back for seconds! They were generous on the samples too which was awesome. I found it fun seeing where all the local ingredients came from too. 

We also trekked over to Blue Star Doughnuts one day for some delicious unique flavors. Totally worth it as well. We saw lots of Voodoo Douhnut boxes around but didn’t end up going there. Too many pentagrams for our style 😉 but I hear they are unique but that others taste better. 

Night, Night

_240_360_Book.1874.cover

I love reading books with Asher and board books are still my go-to since he is still a bit rough on the pages.  Bedtime reading is something that I did often as a child so I’m hoping to do the same with him since I loved it so much.  He seems to still really enjoy books too and I’ll often catch him looking at books alone.  We recently got the opportunity to read both Night Night Mommy and Night Night Daddy.

I was so glad we got both of the companion books!  They are cute little reads with lots of rhyming.  These ones seem to be good quality board books and are the padded front cover too, which is a nice bonus.  The pictures are done in a fun way and are a good mix of cartoon and realism.  In the book, the animals do all sorts of interesting things and include them into part of the little animal’s bedtime routine.  The books incorporate God and prayers on a few pages as part of the normal routine.  While the books are similar, they are also unique enough to not feel repetitive even though they follow the same format and storyline idea.  Plus, they use different animals.    I do wish there was a third book that followed a similar format but included both Mommy and Daddy into the story since I think that could be fun as well as relatable for a lot of kids too.  I like, though, that these books could be used for single parent families or families with both parents in the house.  I like both books and am glad to add them to our collection!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday Fun

When it’s Friday and you make the mistake of thinking you can go to the park but find out that the preschoolers are using it…you get lunch out!

  
Such a fun mini date with my little man who is getting so big!

   
 
Adding new staircase ideas to my Pinterest building board! 

  
We totally took advantage of Jimmy Johns having $1 subs the other day!

  
One shoed kid lounging on the dog watching some baby praises er the official name is Praise Baby. Asher just says “praise” in the cutest little voice. Well it’s cute until you have to sometimes disappoint him and say not now. Or when it’s past bedtime and he’s yanking on your hand saying “praises” and you are saying no…

  
Pinterest also showed me this and the dinosaur is just great. Ha! And the chair is so stylish. Oh babies. 😍 

  
And here’s a little flashback Friday.