Happy Friday, y'all!
I've been so eager to get back into my Friday posts. I love pulling these posts together so much! I guest blogged last week on Kellie's blog, my sweet friend who's out in Utah, and it made me extra ready to get back to posting favorite things! She was so kind to have me share on her space and it made me thankful, all over again, for this community. I have some of the dearest friendships that have come from it!
On to the
F A V O R I T E S
I am loving the new Universal Thread line at Target. It is rather Madewell-esque in much of the style which I adore, but it is much more affordable. I have picked up several new pieces from it already for my postpartum spring/summer wardrobe. When they first debuted the line I scrolled through it online and clapped my eyes on these bootie beauties which I picked up in store a few weeks later. This dress arrived at my door last week and it is going to be a staple this season -- the color, the tie back, the comfort, the pockets!? So good. I picked up this striped t-shirt a few weeks ago on sale and it is so comfy! I also bought my first postpartum jeans from them the other week and have been so pleased. And there are many other pieces I'm eyeing! Just super pleased with the style and comfort of all the things, and thankful for the price-tag and how it's allowing me to build my wardrobe back up a bit while keeping in budget!
I had listened to this podcast the other day about praying the Scriptures for your children and was so encouraged by it. Listening to her pray a passage of Scripture with her child's name set into it was so beautiful to hear. It caused me to think about how the promises of God are truly intimately given to all who are His and His character is steadfast to all of us. It also reminded me that I want to be diligently praying the truths of Scripture for my children and that their character would be shaped by knowing God and imitating Him, and not my often selfish or frustrated agenda. It humbled my heart to think about these things and spurred me on to be much more faithful in this than I am.
A dear friend introduced me to Thriftbooks back before Christmas and, oh you guys, it is F A B U L O U S. I had been searching for a copy of James Herriot's Treasury for Children for a long time for AK and the only place it was available at the time was Amazon for something like $80. I found it on Thriftbooks for AK's Christmas for, I believe, $13! You can barely tell it was used and it quickly became a new favorite collection for her. (Of course, now Amazon has it for $18....thanks guys.) I found several more classics for AK, as well as a couple books for J for cheaper than I found anywhere else. And you can add books to your wishlist that aren't currently in stock and they'll email you when they are available! I did that with the Herriot book and it didn't take long before it was back in. A bookworm's dream.
My lovely friend, Jacintha, came over with her precious little man the other morning and she brought, sweet stinker that she is, a present for Jack which also included the prettiest candle. It's the Amalfi Del Mar Candle from Rifle Paper Co and it is delightful. The scent is just my kind (she gets me) -- light, simple, and fresh. And it's Rifle Paper Co design! Perfect combination.
Last Friday we had our good friends, Anna and Brian, over for dinner and a couple of days prior to that the following text conversation was had between J and me:
Me: I cannot decided what to make for dessert on Friday with Brian and Anna. What should I do!? What should I do!?
J: Why don't you just make some cookies or those s'mores bars (or whatever the bars are that I love. :)
Me: Oh! The magic bars?
J: Sure! :)
Me: The ones that have chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and such over the graham cracker crust?
J: YAAAASH!!!! I love those things!!
So, when your husband who rarely texts in all caps responds in such a manner about a particular dessert, you make that dessert, and when we had them they were as good as we remembered. It's a recipe worth sharing so here you go, darling ones. Enjoy it.
I hope that you all have a beautiful, refreshing weekend, friends!