Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Faves.

Good Morning! I survived Monday, and thought I'd share a little of what I'm loving this Tuesday. Did anyone get outside yesterday by the way? The weather was just about perfect--slight breeze, clouds and sunshine, 87 degrees...ahhhhh. I could almost feel Fall coming. If those pesky mosquitoes would leave, it'd be perfect. I LOVE me some summer, but am slowly getting ready for some crisp fall days, jeans, sweaters, boots, and soups!! These items below have absolutely nothing to do with fall, but I am loving them right now all the same.

Bib with clear plastic covers and pockets- genius! I remember my friend Jeanna told me these were on her must-have list for babies, and I never got them. I used cute cloth bibs and spent hours soaking them in oxiclean to try and get food stains out. These are great for washing food right off, and usually catch most of what Eli throws on himself during a typical meal session. They have saved me hours of laundry time.

The other day I was cheap and bought off brand all-purpose cleaner with bleach, and it literally burned my throat when I used it. I cleaned our bathroom floor with it ( our bathroom floor is 50 years old, and you must scrub it with a rag and spray to get it clean- no swiffering or mopping will work), and you could smell the bleach out in our kitchen, which is the completely opposite end of our house. I couldn't stand using it on our kitchen counters, and I definitely didn't want it on Eli's highchair that he eats off of. This Seventh Generation spray is what I usually buy, and I LOVE it. The Lemongrass and Thyme smell is so nice, and I don't worry about Eli eating anything off the counter, chair, (or floor) after using it!

These are hand-down my new favorite pens. I have always loved school supplies, and being a teacher, you have to have the perfect pens to make grading a little less painful. I discovered these, and only ever want to write with them. I will search the whole house for 10 minutes to find one instead of picking up another pen to make a list. I'm totally a nerd, but these pens make everything more fun- calendar events, grocery lists, you name it. :)

Our small groups are at our house this year, and this is the first book we are studying together. Y'all. Matth and I are only into the second chapter and we are already challenged. We listened to one of Platt's sermons online, and sat in bed until 1:30 a.m. discussing what Platt says. He makes me think about our so-called american dream and if my idea of a nice, safe life in my suburban neighborhood is really what Jesus called me to do. I certainly don't have the answers, but this book already has me hemming, hawing, and praying on my knees about living intentionally.

While you're reading Radical and taking notes with your new Sharpie pen, make you one of these cold coffees by PW. I might even like these better than Starbucks iced vanilla lattes. I'm too lazy to do her version though, and I simply grind and brew some hot coffee in the morning, have a small hot mug for breakfast, and pour the rest in a mug that goes in the freezer. An hour later, it's cold enough for a tall iced glass for brunch, with some left for my afternoon slump. Oh, and I always put in the sweetened condensed milk- it's delicious.

Okay, your turn. What are you loving right now?


  1. I have been wanting to make that iced coffee for awhile now and haven't because of time. I need to try your version. Love your comment about the bibs. They are a must. I tell any new mom that asks my opinion that. I don't think you really figure it out until they are old enough to eat all the really messy stuff. Glad you found them.

    For me, I know I am in Peru, one of my faves right now would have to be chocolate milk mix with vitamins. Maggie isn't a huge fan of the milk here (and it is kind of gross compared to the states), but I have discovered that adding chocolate to it makes a world of difference. She actually requests to have milk now. :)

  2. I love your list of "faves"! I too am addicted to school supplies, and cannot help adding a few to my collection each time I go shopping with the boys for a new school year. When else can you find a new pack of Crayola markers for 99 cents!

    In our string of 50 straight 100-degree+ days, I am loving my A/C right now!!