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…

HOUSEHOLD GOODIES:

Fly Lady 17 Month Calendar and Planner: This is the best refrigerator calendar I’ve ever seen. Each month provides large lined daily blocks. There are no frills, photos, or fillers: just a calendar with plenty of space for your daily plans! Love it.

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.

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.

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

HELPFUL THINGS FOR KIDS:

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.

Arrowhead Pink Pearl Cap Erasers: I dunno, maybe it’s just us, but we have a little gnome around here who bites off all of our pencil erasers. We have perfectly good pencils with no erasers. UNTIL I purchased this massive box of pencil top erasers. These are awesome! They actually STAY ON the pencils and erase very well.

BEAUTY:

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?

Silk Pillowcase: The specialists say that silk pillowcases are more gentle on skin and hair. I use one because I love how silky smooth it is. If it actually offers any beauty benefits, well then, that’s all the better! 🙂

MOTHERHOOD-SPECIFIC RESOURCES:

Happiest Baby On the Block DVD:  Having a baby soon? Put this at the top of your registry! The Happiest Baby On the Block DVD. It demonstrates 5 effective ways to soothe a baby. We’ve used all 5 strategies with all 5 of our kiddos and it has added much-needed peace into our home during those stressful newborn months. It also added unity in our marriage because my husband I agreed about how we would soothe the baby. We were on the same page, which is so awesome.

Risen Motherhood Podcast: Gospel-centered motherhood encouragement. Five stars.

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

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

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?!)

CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT:

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.)

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

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

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

OTHER FUN STUFF:

Feeding the Birds Podcast (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.”

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

MY FAVORITE BOOKS:

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Enger writes so beautifully that you can’t help but read some of his sentences aloud, just to linger with them. Also, his female characters are so strong and loving: I get the distinct feel that Enger respects women.)

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)

RELIABLE MARRIAGE RESOURCES:

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

HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES:

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

EFFECTIVE “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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