My Five Favorites (October 2017)

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It’s the middle of a new month, so it’s time for another Favorites post!! Each month I like to share some of the things I have been recently loving. Here are my October favorites!

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  1. Dry Shampoo

If you have followed me for even a little while then you know that I like to find ways to make life just a little easier. One of the simple ways I make my life just a little easier is by washing my hair only a couple times a week. Dry shampoo is one of the main reasons I am able to make that happen. I have tried a variety of dry shampoo over the years, and right now I am loving Batiste in the tropical fragrance. It works so well and smells so good!

2. Linenspa Twin Mattress

If you read my post last week then you know I purchased a mattress online. Actually, I ended up purchasing 3 Linenspa mattresses online. We are very impressed with these twin mattresses, so I wanted to make sure I highlighted them again in this post. I looked for the least expensive mattress ($89.99) with some of the best reviews, and I stumbled upon Linenspa. You can click here to read my full review of the mattress.

3. CamelBak Water Bottle

My kids drink water at home, and they drink it throughout the school day. For the past several years our water bottle of choice has been the CamelBak. My kids love the designs. I think the size is perfect for them, and they hold up quite well. If you ever need replacement valves, you can buys those, too.

 

4. Simply Joyful Podcast

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Where would I be without my podcasts? Truly. I know, it sounds a little dramatic, but I really find so much entertainment, encouragement, and inspiration while listening to a wide-variety of podcasts. My newest favorite is The Simply Joyful Podcast with Kristi Clover. As the name implies, Kristi and her podcast guests encourage the listeners to “live simply and be joyful”! Give it a listen!!

 

5. The Magic of Motherhood

Books will probably always make it onto my favorites post. I love taking the time to read or listen to books. A friend recently recommended The Magic of Motherhood, and I read it quite quickly. It is a collection of essays from about a dozen moms. The stories span the range of topics from infant loss to infertility to everyday mom-life. I truly appreciated the openness found in the words these mothers shared. I felt a whole range of emotions as I read their stories and thought deeply about my own journey through motherhood. The Magic of Motherhood is a great read and would also make a fantastic gift!

What about you? What are some of your recent favorites? I would love to hear about them, so leave me a comment below!

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Until next time,
Charissa

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My Five Favorites (September 2017)

I’m back with a Favorites post! It’s always fun to share some of the things that I have been enjoying recently!

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  1. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

A friend of mine was reading Wolf Hollow and thought I might enjoy it. A few months later I was able to borrow the audiobook from my library, and I was hooked from the start! It’s a story about a 12 year old girl living in Pennsylvania (in post WWII times). It is a beautiful and bittersweet story about family, friendship, bullying, and overcoming difficult trials. I have listened to numerous audiobooks with my children and on my own, too, but I think this might be my favorite narration, yet. Read it, listen to it, whatever you choose, just grab Wolf Hollow soon!

2. Electric Tea Kettle

Many of you know that I am a tea drinker. (Sorry, Coffee.) I have had the same electric tea kettle for years and years, and a few months ago it finally boiled its last cup of water. I had been searching awhile for a replacement (even before my old one broke), and I was drawn to this one! I bought it about 2 months ago, and it is just right! I love the design, and it works so well!! This particular kettle comes in a variety of designs that would appeal to a variety of style preferences.

3. Audible

Audible is an audiobook subscription service through Amazon. I recently decided to give it a try with their 30 day free trial . I was able to finish listening to Wolf Hollow (after returning my library copy), and then I picked The Magnolia Story as my next audiobook. The story of Chip and Joanna Gaines (narrated by them) proved to be an entertaining choice!

4. Her View from Home

Her View from Home is a website that features encouraging, inspiring, and thought-provoking articles about marriage, motherhood, life inside the home, life outside the home, and so much more! Hundreds of women write for Her View, so the perspectives and insights are endless. I even had an article published on the site back in April. Check out the site and follow along on Facebook or Instagram!

5. Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

I am actually making this crockpot recipe today! I’m a big crockpot fan, and I’m a big chili fan! I have made this chicken chili from Dashing Dish many times, and it’s quite tasty! I’m looking forward to enjoying it later today!!

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of September! I am looking forward to sharing more favorites next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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My Five Favorites (June 2017)

Today begins a new series here on my blog. I’m excited for the chance to share some of my favorite things each month! I share many of my favorites on both my Facebook and Instagram, but these posts will be an easy way to find all my favorites in one place. My monthly favorites will be a combination of products, recipes, books, blogs, people, places, and whatever else strikes me during the month.

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1.Polar’s Summer Seltzer

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Seltzer is definitely my favorite beverage year round, and Polar is my favorite brand. I love when Polar brings out its limited edition flavors. This year’s summer flavors are so tasty! I have a hard time picking a favorite!!

2. Do it on a Dime, YouTube Channel

I am a huge YouTube fan, and it has replaced much of my television viewing over the last year. Part of the reason I like YouTube so much is because of what I am able to learn. I generally subscribe to mommy channels, and I find so much inspiration and so many ideas from the women I follow. Do it on a Dime (created and led by Kathryn) is one of my top favorite channels. Kathyrn is upbeat, creative and frugal. I always look forward to her new videos. Check her out here!

3. My crossbody bag

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I have shared this crossbody bag numerous times on my Facebook page. It is cute, functional and so reasonably priced! I own it in the khaki, but this fun purse actually comes in 16 great colors, and all choices are just $16.95!!

4. BAT sandwiches

One of my favorite summer sandwiches is a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato). Well, that was one of my favorite summer sandwiches. I’ve given that sandwich an upgrade, and now my very favorite summer sandwich is a BAT! I replaced the lettuce with avocados and WOW!, the sandwich is beyond tasty! Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

5. Reading Wonder to my kids

My kids and I have enjoyed a number of read alouds over the years and plenty of audio books, too. Right now we’re excited to be diving into Wonder this summer and look forward to the release of the movie this fall.

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of June! I am looking forward to sharing more favorites next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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