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Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Lots to cover today!

1. Bible Study Books

Thank you all so much for the bible study book recommendations! There were so many good options that I rounded up the top 5 suggestions and wanted to share them with you all in case you’re interested in one of these books too.

  1. Seamless by Angie Smith (Covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants in this study will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of the Bible.)
    • 479 4.5-star Amazon reviews
    • 7 sessions
  2. Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer (A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.)
    • 819 5-star Amazon reviews
    • 7 sessions
  3. Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer (Discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.)
    • 305 4.5-star Amazon reviews
    • 7 sessions
  4. Anything by Jen Wilkin (leaning towards God of Creation): Verse-by-verse study, dive into the first 11 chapters of Genesis by following three critical stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application.
    • 28 4.5-star Amazon reviews
    • 10 sessions
  5. Anything by Jennie Allen (leaning towards Restless): Explores this important question: “Do I matter?” And Jennie asks, “We live with lots of things, lots of people…but do we live for something?” Using the story of Joseph, Jennie explains how his suffering, gifts, story, and relationships fit into the greater story of God-and how our stories can do the same. Then she also introduces Threads-a tool to help you see your own personal story and to uncover and understand the raw materials God has given you to use for his glory and purpose while on this planet.
    • 110 4.5-star Amazon reviews
    • 8 sessions (video based)

Now I just need to pick one!! I think I’m leaning towards Seamless or Restless, but still trying to decide!

2. Kindergarten Shopping

I recently took Caroline shopping at the mall for Kindergarten! The item she’s been most excited about is a lunchbox! She’s been obsessing over picking one out for months! She ended up picking out this cute lunchbox from Nordstrom after seeing it in the display while trying on her new jelly shoes! We also grabbed her the cutest unicorn dress and a new ginormous bow. And last but not least, a backpack from the monogramming kiosk that she fell in love with as we were walking by. I can’t believe my big girl is so close to starting Kindergarten. Next up, school supply shopping!

3. Time Revolution Night Repair

While on a recent dupe search for skincare products, I came across my favorite new product — Missha Night Repair Serum. I went down a rabbit hole reading tons and tons of articles comparing this serum to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (which is the number one best-selling repair serum in the world apparently). Anyway, the Missha serum closely mimics the ingredient list of its luxury twin and contains hyaluronic acid and is packed with anti-aging ingredients and skin conditioners to improve skin elasticity. I’ve been using this serum for 3 weeks now and it is hands down my favorite skincare product in my evening routine. I love the texture of the serum and it feels heavenly on my skin. Highly recommend!!

4. Circle Room Final Touches

We are almost finished with this room! A few weeks ago I mentioned we are down to the last few details in our circle room and one of the things we still needed was coffee table books. Thanks to my lovely readers who reached out with suggestions, we now have coffee table books checked off the list! I ordered the Allegra Hicks and Dream Decor books used (in excellent condition) from Amazon and they are gorgeous! I have two more items to purchase before we can mark this room complete!

5. Mommy & Me Look

I was so obsessed with Caroline’s new ($10!!!) dress that I got one for myself too. Yesterday morning I walked out of my closet in my dress and Caroline promptly ran back upstairs and changed into hers. My dress is also on sale and comes in tons of styles and sizes!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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Friday 16th of August 2019

I have done Seamless and loved it - Angie Smith is excellent!

Kimberly A Cox

Friday 16th of August 2019

Did you order the kids dress? I'm a shorty too, what size did you get? Your color is sold out but I am digging the green leopard!


Friday 16th of August 2019

YES! I got an XL from the girls section and it fits SO much better than the usual XS I wear in women's at Old Navy! Sometimes it pays to be short. haha!


Friday 16th of August 2019

This is going to sound like a silly question, but how do you deal with times when what Caroline wants clothes-wise doesn't match up with what you want? I have an almost 4 year old daughter and all she wants to wear are dresses. I'm constantly trying to get her into something more practical, especially for school, like leggings or shorts, and she is so miserable, she just wants the dresses. Do you just embrace it and go with it?


Friday 16th of August 2019

it depends on the clothing! i love and embrace that she only likes to wear dresses but usually I pick out a few items online for the season for her to review and pick from -- so that helps weed out some of the crazier items. We rarely shop in store -- this was a special occasion mall shopping trip. Similar to your arguments over practicality, ours almost always stem over seasonally appropriate items. Some days she comes downstairs in a fleece sweatshirt when it's 100 degrees outside. Then it turns into a major meltdown and ruins our entire morning when I tell her to change 50x. Some days I just let her win...and ask her at the end of the day what she thought of her sweatshirt during a summer day on the playground...and she's always like "it was perfect!" haha.

Sarah Vick

Friday 16th of August 2019

Sara, I am a 66 year old mother of two adult daughters. When my older one was 4 she wanted to wear the same outfit to preschool every day. I let her. It was a skirt and matching top that she picked out and loved! When she came home she would change into a ratty tatty angel costume she had worn for Halloween. While that was on I washed the skirt and top for school the next day. We ran errands and went lots of places in the angel costume. My daughter is 32 now and is a fashionista. She worked for St. John for a while. She came a long way from her pre school days! My advice is to let your daughter wear whatever she wants. There are bigger battles to fight!

Lauren @ Life as a Wife

Friday 16th of August 2019

I remember how much I loved back to school shopping with my Mom - special memories!! I love the coordinating outfits too! You are such a wonderful Mom!


Friday 16th of August 2019

you are seriously the sweetest. THANK YOU. we had the best time shopping together and am excited to make it a tradition!

Owen Davis

Friday 16th of August 2019

Omg I’m so obsessed with yalls matching dresses!!! I need to match my 3 littles ASAP!!


Friday 16th of August 2019

Get them!!!! They are so comfortable and such a steal!