I love receiving a good recommendation from a trusted friend. That’s how I’ve come across so many treasures in life! I figured I’d share some of my recommendations with you in return. I hope you enjoy my suggestions. I’ll add to this list over time…

RANDOM FAVORITES:

Wool dryer balls: Pop them in your dryer to save electricity, time, and money. You can also add a few drops of essential oils. They’ll freshen your laundry as they bounce around.

Stainless steel mixing bowls: I use these every day, all day long, for everything from scrambled eggs to cupcakes.

Boo Boo Buddies: I found these squishy little ice packs for $1 at The Dollar General. I keep them in the freezer and pull them out any time a child bumps a head, pinches a finger, or simply feels out of sorts. There’s just something about touching a cute, squishy ice pack that soothes a kiddo.

Kidz Headphones HD30 Volume Limiting: We ordered these for our son who listens to audiobooks during quiet time when he doesn’t want to disturb nappers and readers. They are so comfortable and sturdy… I’m a fan! I even wear them when I need to listen privately to podcasts or audiobooks.

Bella Electric Tea Kettle: This darling kettle turns herself off without whistling at me. (I used to like tending to a fussy whistling pot. It made me feel needed. But now that I have children, I’ve changed my tune. I decidedly like a low maintenance kettle.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: Berry-flavored lip exfoliant. I didn’t know how wonderful this would be. I just didn’t know.

Laura Merceir Baby Lips Sheer Lip Colour: A perfectly flattering shade + vanilla scent. Who could ask for more?

Book Darts: Just shake the tin and feel happier. Then, of course, use the darts to mark meaningful passages that you want to remember.

PODCASTS:

Feeding the Birds (Tim Lopez): One of the coolest things about me is that my cousin is the Philadelphia Eagles line chef and first cook. This is his podcast about “football through the foods that we all love.”

The Glorious in the Mundane (Christy Nockels): beautiful, down to earth, inspiring, enriching.

At Home with Sally (Sally Clarkson): A breath of fresh air for motherhood.

Read-Aloud Revival (Sarah Mackenzie): Always-fun. Always books, books, books!

Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul: Especially treasured since R. C. has recently gone on to Heaven. Solid, biblical teaching.

TED Radio Hour (NPR): Hour-long episodes that highlight 3 TED talks and interview the TED talkers themselves. So many interesting topics!

TGC Podcast (The Gospel Coalition): Many, many like-gold episodes about life and godliness.

 

BOOKS:

A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baille (This 31-day morning and evening prayer book has been a boon to my spiritual growth, month after month.)

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (You can’t help but read some of his sentences aloud, just to try them on.)

Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge (With poignant insights about humanity.)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace (All 10 of them! Unrivaled in delight.)

Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

The Mitford Years by Jan Karon (slow, fond relationships)

 

MARRIAGE BOOKS:

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller

MOTHERHOOD BOOKS:

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic

The One Year Praying Through The Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie

The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith Through Feasting, One Meal at a Time by Sally Clarkson

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally Clarkson

Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson (Can you tell that I love Sally?!)

 

HOMESCHOOLING BOOKS:

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macauley

 

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM:

A Year of Playing Skillfully

Five in a Row

HOW TO READ CURRICULUM:

All About Reading

 

MUSIC FOR CHILDREN:

Seeds Family Worship: We LOVE these priceless albums full of scripture. Every song is great to sing!

Songs for Saplings: Wonderful music that “helps children understand who God is, what He’s done, and how to live in fellowship with Him”. As you sing catechism questions and answers, you’ll be treasuring rich theological truths and scriptures. Love ’em!

Elizabeth Mitchell: Elizabeth Mitchell has partnered with so many people to create lovely folksy albums for children. Her music is gorgeous and demonstrates the utmost respect for the child musician. The three albums we have and love are:

You are My Little Bird

You are My Sunshine

You are My Flower

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