Happy Friday, lovelies.
Fridays are always great for sharing a favorite!
And, this week, pretty art is my favorite. This gorgeous, colorful, piece is by Naptime Diaries. Honestly, I’ve been a Naptime Diaries fan for awhile now, following them on Instagram and keeping up with their work, which is both gorgeous and meaningful.
I was super excited about this addition because my favorite pieces in my home are . . .
I like children’s books. Love them, really. So much so, I attempted to write one, before there was a blog. Who knows, maybe one day, some day, I’ll dust off those pages and try to do something with it.
Children’s books are just magic. I love the magic. The story. The pictures. The imagination. The anything is possible. The animals talking. The people flying.
This summer we started going to the library, again. I say again, because we are commiters and quitters. I have to pay for a library card and the last time I did, we were always leaving as my kid’s were screaming and I was trying not to cry. But, this year, we were just the right ages and it was real fun. We found many fun books we loved, and had fun scouring the shelves. I came across two that I thought but these two were worth the . . .
How is it that in this connected world we live in, we can feel so disconnected?
Is it because we now prefer to post rather then phone? Type rather than talk? We are so “in the know” about everything that many times we are not taking the time to “get to know” one another better.
I’m navigating these waters just like you. Finding, slowly, what works for me, as someone who works online, and also as a parent discovering what works for my children, who are growing up in a new world.
I think technology can work for us if we don’t become a slave to it. It does it’s job when it simplifies things in our lives, and it serves us well when we find ways to truly connect where we otherwise would not be able to.
We love using FaceTime to talk and visit with grandparents. My husbands family lives in Georgia, and we don’t see each other often, so it’s pretty amazing to be able to chat weekly and let the kid’s show how they lost a tooth or a piece of art from school.
Even better, I’ve recently just learned about a new App called HomeTeam which takes connecting to another level. HomeTeam helps to bring families together in a meaningful way. It’s great for when you are traveling, when you have relatives out of state or a loved one that is deployed. The app allows you to connect with family and friends for story time and games.
Now, my little’s grandparents are able to read them a bedtime story, complete with pictures and play a game of Go Fish together. There are hundreds of books to choose from, and just as many games. We think it is pretty cool. And, a great way to take tablet time and turn it into family time.
How do you use technology to connect ? How do you use it to simplify and connect?
Here is to letting technology serve us well and to turning tablet time into family.
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Fall is my favorite for clothes. I always loved back to school shopping and I think I just never out grew the habit. Even though it’s a season of leaves falling something always feels so new.
My favorite buys for fall usually include a cozy sweater to keep me through the long winters here, a new pair of boots, a pair of comfy but stylish pants, an outerwear accessory (hat, scarf, gloves, etc), and a new coat. I don’t get a new coat every year, but this is the year for me. My daughter has been wearing my North Face for two years now, and I’ve been eyeing a nice camel colored coat for a few years….mostly the one pictured above. In my experience, long before blogs I found J. Crew’s coats to be my favorite. They are a little pricey, but they last for years and years. They are also beautifully lined and keep me warm in the Chicago cold. I’ve also been oohing and ahhing over the coats at ASOS!
Here are the rest of my faves :
/ coat : i love the modern shape. last year this coat sold out, so i think i may bite the bullet soon.
/ hat : this beanie is darling and will go with all fall and winter colors (and on sale!)
/ pants : these are so darling and look major comfortable. look how cute here.
/ boots : how fun are these? they could dress up any outfit, just right.
I’m also, always on the hunt for a perfect sweater. The kind you through on everyday to keep warm. This one looks perfect and the price point is so good!
What about you? Do you have any fall favorites?
A few fave things /
A few fave random things I should say . . . but, isn’t that life? Life can be so routine and so random, all at the same time!
1 / Nespresso’s new Pixie Clips. I never knew I’d love espresso, but I do. This little machine is fun because you can change out the side panels for different designs. And, their new espresso flavors are as good as their design, too. Bring on the busy weekend with a little shot of caffeine.
2 / Growing stronger and stronger with every step forward. I absolutely love this verse. I wrote more in depth about it on Instagram, which you can read here. But, in short if you are going through a major struggle, don’t let it swallow you, just keep moving. Be a person that digs deep in the midst of pain. Take that step today. It only has to be one step…and with it will come strength. Have a good cry 💦 because God bottles every single one of your tears and from that bottle, makes a brook of blessing 💗! You are so loved and every detail of your life matters to God.
3 / Saying Goodbye to Summer. It truly felt like the last week of summer and I’m finally coming to terms with it. We had a good swim on Monday and waved goodbye. I am bummed that I forgot to head to my favorite Ice Cream Shop before it closes for the season, but I’ll survive. Hello fall!
Do you have any favorites this week?