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Friday’s Five Favorites

After being sick and totally out of our routine for a week and then getting hit with the beginning of the third trimester exhaustion, March flew by in a blur and I’m not even sure what it consisted of. The weather was all over the place, which kind of throws me off, and I took a lot of naps when the kids did. I know it was a profitable month, too, though, because we did some painting in the house (more on that soon!) and got the garden planted and I’ve been setting in some new rhythms for budgeting and meal planning that have been helpful.

Regardless, April is here and I wanted to share a few of the things I’ve been loving lately! I thought about just deleting all my other points and just posting this picture and saying my favorite thing this week is that the sun is back out after so. much. rain. But I love all these things so much I’ve still gotta share!

Recipe

This Pea and Asparagus Pasta from Heather Christo’s blog is so delicious. I mentioned it on my Instragram earlier in the week. I’ve made it a couple times now. The second time I added in mushrooms, which was so good, and used freshly grated Parmesan, which was SO good. Go make it. My kids even ate the asparagus (eventually, ha). Alex said it would be his favorite meatless meal, too, with maybe some steak added in. But even he, my meat loving husband, seemed to enjoy it!

Song

I originally found this video [watch it here on YouTube!] of a church doing a flash mob dance to a song about the resurrection through Ann Voskamp’s blog years ago, and go back to it every Easter.  Make sure you watch it and not just listen to it. Gives me goosebumps and makes me tear up every year. I’m also eight months pregnant right now, though, so maybe I tear up at everything.

Book

I’ve been listening to Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristin Welch on audio book and it’s been so good. I repainted the living room and our bedroom in the past couple weeks and listened to a good chunk while doing that. I think I’m about half way through listening to it and have been really challenged not just with my parenting but also with my own personal attitudes of entitlement or desire for instant gratification that I maybe hadn’t fully recognized before. So good!

Product

Redmond Earthpaste – I ordered this four pack of natural, non-flouride toothpaste several weeks ago and have tried the Peppermint and Lemon. The lemon is my favorite so far! I’ve been taking some small steps to try to have a healthier mouth and switching toothpaste was one of them. It took a little getting used to at first, as it doesn’t foam up like regular toothpaste, but now it just seems normal. Love it.

Podcast

Wild + Free Podcast – This is a podcast put out by the Wild + Free Homeschool Community. I think you can also subscribe to a content bundles that they put out every month with different themes (I’ve never subscribed to this but would love to someday!) and they have a beautiful Instagram account. Their free podcast just started several weeks ago so there are only six or so episodes out so far, and they have all been centered on learning through different kinds of play. My favorite time to listen is while Alex is playing with the kids and I’m cooking dinner. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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2 thoughts on “Friday’s Five Favorites”

  • I love these favorite things posts! I definitely need to try that pasta since even your meat loving husband enjoyed it. I, too, have a meat loving husband, lol…ANd I would love to try that toothpaste! Pregnancy and not going to the dentist for a few years has really done a number on my teeth…I subscribed to the Wild and Free podcast, too, but I haven’t really listened to much yet. I’m mainly keeping track of it just to learn a little more about homeschooling because it’s something we’re really considering. I would love to know your thoughts and strategies on meal planning and budgeting with meals because this is the area I struggle with the most. It’s so stressful to me for some reason. But thanks for sharing these things!

    • Sara,let me know if you try the pasta! It occurred tp me later that I could also just add some meat for him, or to make it a heartier meal! And oh man, I know the struggle with meal planning and budgeting! Maybe i’ll do a post on it if I can stay consistent with it, but I feel like I have really good months and then other months where I totally just fail at it! For me though, actually making a meal plan for the week, writing something down, is the biggest help to me.

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