This weeks' Friday Five links are all unintentionally food related. One of my goals for 2020 is to simplify my family's meal planning, and so some of these links have been helpful to that end. Others were either fun or thought provoking. Enjoy!
1. Walmart Grocery Pick Up
I just started using Walmart Grocery Pick Up after realizing how much time I spend at the store just roaming around to find things that I need only to realize that Walmart does not carry those things. Instead, I started checkin on the Grocery app to see if the Walmart in my area carries certain ingredients and then I realized, "Why don't I just save myself time and order most of our groceries."
Friends, I am sold! It saves me time and money because I only get the things on my list. If you're interested in trying it for yourself, follow the link in the title above, and you'll get $10 off of your first order.
2. How to Use Google Calendar for Meal Planning
I've been making some changes when it comes to how I plan meals. I was using a note taking app and then realized that I needed a calendar to help plan further out. But I don't like the idea of writing on a paper calendar and then needing to move meals around (I know it's complicated), but I realized that Google Calendar lets me put meals in for each day and then delete them if plans change. And this great article explains how to do that. It's simplifying my life a little bit more.
3. Death of the Dinner Party?
Thought provoking, and makes me want to host more people at our home regularly. Have you noticed this to be true?
4. Lent's Faux-Fasting
Convicting article, and I have been guilty of faux-fasting over the years, which is why I am not intentionally "fasting from something" this year for Lent. If you are fasting from something, then I hope the Lord uses it to draw you closer to Him.
5. A Gaines Family Tradition
Brandon and I did something similar for Valentine's Day this year, but watching this video of Chip and Joanna Gaines celebrate Valentine's Day by having a special family dinner makes me want to try this with my family in the future.
There you have it! What is your Friday Five this week?
P.S. The Walmart link above is a referral link, which means that if you use the link and get $10 off of your groceries, then I get $10 off of a future grocery purchase as well. Thank you for letting me throw future dinner parties hehe!
This week's Friday Five is focused on books and Youtube videos. I've been doing a lot of reading lately and I started looking for some cooking videos to try new recipes. Here's two books I've been reading and three videos I watched this week.
1. To Hell with the Hustle
Hustle. Overwhelm. Burnout. Our culture is so focused on productivity and getting things done, and it's leading to burnout in our lives. Jefferson Bethke tackles this subject in his new book and how Jesus shows us a better way. I've waited years for this book to release, and I'm thankful for it! I'm eager to implement a number of the ideas related to sabbath in this book. I'll share more thoughts and a review in the future.
2. 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ
This Bible Study has been sitting on my book shelf for several years, and I finally started it two weeks ago. I don't know about you, but sometimes it is really helpful having a guided Bible study for my time with Jesus in the morning, and this study has been so helpful!
3. Molly Yeh Makes Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Turnover
This recipe is on my to make list. I've been trying to make different things for breakfast, and this recipe is on the top of my list!
4. I Tried to Make 5 Dinners For 2 For Only $20
I stumbled upon this video after the breakfast turnover video, and it inspired me to try making 5 dinners for $20 for Brandon and I in the near future.
5. Hair Love
This short film just recently won an oscar, and it's beautiful. I'm thankful that short films are readily available for viewing in comparison to feature length films.
There you have it. Let me know your top five.
Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I love Valentine's Day. Growing up, my family celebrated it as a day to love the people in your life, not just a significant other. My husband and I don't celebrate the day with a big gestures, but rather with small out of the ordinary fun, like having a fancy dinner at home or writing love notes.
Anyways, no matter how you feel about Valentine's Day, I hope that you know that you are deeply loved by the One who made you.
Our top five for this week are not love related, but they're good ones nonetheless. Enjoy them and feel free to let me know what your top five are below.
1. "Into the Unknown" at Oscars 2020
I didn't watch the Oscars this year, but heard about this performance. Idina Menzel performs "Into the Unknown" with the women that sing the song in international versions of Frozen II.
2. The Advance of the New Legalism
This idea has been coming up in my life a lot lately, and I was thankfully for the article's thoughtful consideration and warning of a new kind of legalism.
3. 21 Tiny Habits That Will Make Everything You Cook Taste Better
Tricks and tips for cooking are some of my favorite things to learn about, and this post offers some great ones.
4. 17 (Legit Useful) Food Hacks That Actually Work
It was a week learning about food hacks, I guess.
5. How to Get Started With Blogging in 2020
If you want to start blogging, Tim Challies offers so helpful tips for beginning to blog.
A collection of this week's five things found around the interwebs for your pondering and enjoyment:
1. The Inefficient Ministry of Motherhood
"For mothers of young children as well as all Christian women, when we are willing to be spent in inefficiency for the most tender, impressionable, and helpless among us, we are choosing the good portion that will not be taken away from us." I need to be reminded of this daily, when caring for my daughter feels overwhelming. I'm doing kingdom work by caring for her needs and discipling her heart.
2. Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry
Just finished reading this new release by Lore Wilbert and wooheee! What a thinker! The topic of touch is not one I have thought a lot about in relation to how Jesus uses touch to minister to people, but this is a great primer on the subject. My only feedback is that I wish Lore would have explored more Scriptures about touch - particularly how touch is a big part of the levitical law.
3. You Are Your Habits / Interview with James Clear
I cannot recommend the book Atomic Habits by James Clear enough! It is an excellent book about habits and how to actually form good habits that form us as people - not just for reaching arbitrary goals. One of my favorite writers, Jefferson Bethke, interviews James Clear in this video, and they discuss how the idea of habit formation even intersects with Christianity. More thoughts of my own on this topic coming soon!
4. The Book of Daniel (Introduction) / Spoken Word
It's a big event in our house when Spoken Gospel releases a new introduction video to a book of the Bible. They do an amazing job visually explaining the main themes of books of the Bible and bringing the gospel to the forefront. This introduction video of Daniel premiered last week, and I think it's their best introduction video yet. Check them out!
5. The Enchanted Rose Tour - Grand Floridian Resort
And for fun: a tour of the new Enchanted Rose Lounge in the Grand Floridian Resort in Disney World. Fun fact, I had a dream of opening a Beauty and the Beast theme cafe and naming it the Enchanted Rose. I had a logo and everything, but Disney beat me to the punch. That's okay. It was a lovely dream, and it is fun to know that I thought of something that Disney also thought about and brought to life.
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