We've come to the end of another week, and here are a few of my favorite things found along the way. (The Links to them are in the titles). What are some of your favorites from this week?
1. The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No
Saying "no" doesn't always feel like a productivity hack, but I'm learning the same things that James Clear shares in this article: that saying "no" gives you the freedom and space to say "yes" to better things. Sometimes we're able to be more productive by saying "no".
2. Seven Advent Practices to Find Quiet in the Bustle
Diana Gruver shares some insights and practices for this Advent season. I particularly appreciated her points of Saying No and Simplifying. Are you catching a theme? I think saying no and simplifying are helpful in a holiday season filled with so much stuff. These practices are helpful in putting things into perspective and remembering what Christmas is all about: the celebration of the birth of Christ.
3. Panera's Christmas To-Go Bags
I've been on a graphic design kick lately and enjoying all of the different Christmas designs on retailers' bags. I've been particularly enjoying Panera's to-go bags. The craft paper with red ribbon design is adorable! It gave me some ideas for future Christmas gift wrapping.
4. Honest Diapers' Winter Designs
I recently purchased these diapers for Thea, and I just loved the little deer designs for this winter. I'm a huge fan of cute designs.
5. One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
I made this recipe this week for Brandon and I, and we loved it! It's a healthier homemade take on Hamburger Helper. Plus I used a veggie rotini pasta, so we had some servings of veggies in the pasta too. Win, win.
I'm trying something new. I love sharing things that I've found with you, so I thought I would start sharing them here more regularly. So we're gonna try something called the "Friday Five" where every Friday I'll share five things that I've stumbled upon or enjoyed that week. For this week's Friday Five...
1. Vintage Faux Leather Binder
I'm a big fan of old vintage looking books and journals, so when I stumbled upon this binder on Amazon, I was tickled and tempted to buy twenty. But I used self control and only bought one... for now.
2. Frozen 2 Soundtrack
Ever since going to see Frozen II in theaters with a friend, I've had the soundtrack stuck in my head. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with "Into the Unknown" reverberating through my head. Thea also enjoys listening to it in the morning. I'm curious to see if she remembers listening to it regularly when she's older.
3. The Best Holiday Music Library Ever
If you're looking for a curated list of Christmas music organized based off of mood and feel, Kendra Adachi (aka The Lazy Genius) created a compilation of Christmas music playlists for your enjoyment.
4. Say Short Prayers
As a regular listener of Emily P. Freeman's The Next Right Thing Podcast, I regularly find her podcasts helpful and thoughtful. This one in particular encouraged me as a new mom. My prayers don't need to be elaborate. They can be short, and Jesus still listens and answers. Maybe you need to be reminded of that too.
5. Keep a Quiet Heart
I've been in the middle of reading this book by Elizabeth Elliott for two years, and I just started reading it more regularly during Thea's first nap in the morning. She's been taking short morning naps, so I need a book with short chapters so that I don't feel confused when I need to stop mid-chapter. She offers a lot of great thoughts in this book, and it's been encouraging for my relationship with God as I navigate the fullness of life that is new motherhood.
What are some of your recent finds? I'd love to know.
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