It’s the end of another month, which means it’s time for my Fabulous Finds!
I was having an awful time deciding which of my favorite posts to include in this list. I always include five posts, but I had a list of seven favorite posts, and I just could not decide which two to cut. They were all so good!
And then I realized, “Hey, I run the show here. I can change the rules if I want!”
So this month I’m presenting an extra couple Fabulous Finds, and I have a feeling you’re going to be glad I did.
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May Fabulous Finds
Bringing Order to Our Homes | Thankful Homemaker
This was a really fabulous decluttering post. I’ve read a lot of decluttering and home organization posts, but this one is different than any I’ve read. I love her emphasis on supporting the purpose of each room and creating an environment that suits your family. If you have ever struggled with clutter in your home, this is a must-read for you.
Related Post: Why “Homemaking” Means More Than You Think
Simple Ways to Spark Joy in Your Children | Life in Lape Haven
As moms, we have to say “no” to so many things that it can become our knee-jerk response. I thoroughly enjoyed this account from my friend Kishona of her son’s priceless reaction when she said “yes” to something that was usually a “no.” Through this story, Kishona encourages us to “show [our] children how to truly enjoy life and celebrate all the good things that God has given us.” Not sure how to go about doing that? Don’t worry – she offers several fun and simple ideas of ways to spark joy in our children. This is a really entertaining post that your kids will be glad you read!
Moms, We Were Created for Beautiful Things | Parenting With Humility
I LOVE this post from my friend Leigh-Ellen over at Parenting With Humility about finding beauty in the midst of the demands of motherhood. I always love her posts – they are real and relatable, yet inspiring and helpful at the same time. This one was no exception. She starts the post by recounting a time when she had a less-than-stellar attitude and one of her children told her, “Mom, God didn’t make you to just complain all the time.” Ouch, right? We’ve all been there! Rather than succumb to the guilt of a bad attitude, however, she used that conviction to write this helpful post on how to turn those bad attitudes around.
How to End Sibling Rivalry Like a Christian | Christianity Today
My boys are only 3 and 8 months, but the sibling squabbles have already begun! (On Aidan’s part, anyway. Andrew, bless his heart, does not understand why his big brother doesn’t enjoy being crawled over and sucked on all day.) This article from Christianity Today really spoke to me and gave me a vision for the kind of relationship I want for my kids. There were a lot of helpful pieces of advice, but my favorite one was the idea of shared consequences. We have also been using the “frequent reminders” with Aidan, and it seems to be helping the way he looks at his little brother!
What Happens When a Mom Takes a Step Back | Heavenly Homemakers
Sometimes when we’re in the thick of mothering, it’s easy to become hyper-focused on our kids’ weaknesses and faults. We are called to train and discipline, so we’re watching for areas that need correction. (And sometimes they are just so in-our-face all day long, it’s hard not to see them!) But Laura from Heavenly Homemakers encourages us to “take a step back” to see the good that’s in our children. The sweet hearts and good intentions. The strengths and skills. The special ways that God made them “them.” My kids are still teeny weeny, but it was an excellent post for me to read. I know it will be for you, too.
Chicken and Apple Sausage Vegetable Skillet | Belle of the Kitchen
I discovered the goodness of chicken apple sausage from the lovely Kayse Pratt of Intentional Moms in her One Month of Costco Dinners for Less Than $300 post, and we fell in love with it! I wasn’t quite feeling her pasta alfredo idea, however, so I looked for other ways to use it. I found this Chicken and Apple Sausage Vegetable Skillet, and it was SO easy and SO delicious! I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – I used veggies that we had on hand (like asparagus) – but that’s the beauty of this recipe! It is extremely flexible! I will definitely be making this again later in the summer when our zucchini comes in.
Eternity-Minded Mothering: A Beginner’s Guide to Discipling Your Children Toward Christ | Katie Bennet via The Humbled Homemaker
This one may be last, but it is certainly not least! I absolutely loved this reminder to focus on the eternal rather than the temporary as I raise my children. My favorite posts are always those that inspire me to greatness but then tell me how to get there, and this post did both of those in spades. If you are interested in finding ways to foster lasting value in your kids’ lives (and who among us isn’t?), then I highly encourage you to give this post a read.
If you keep up with me on Facebook, you might have seen my post about my epic fail the first time I attempted homemade corn tortillas. Following the advice of Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food, I got myself a tortilla press to make the process a little easier.
WOW! I can’t believe the difference it made! I struggled SO MUCH to roll out the tortillas by hand, and I was ready to give up the idea altogether, but the tortilla press made it so easy. There was no mess, no hassle, and no torn tortillas!
Little tip: wrap both side of your press with plastic wrap to prevent sticking for a truly no-fuss tortilla-making experience.
No More Perfect Moms by Jill Savage
I am only halfway through this book, but ohhhhh, it is so good! I knew it would be, because I love everything about Jill Savage, but I am just being blown away by how good it is. She is speaking right to me in my perfectionism and high expectations. This is a book I’m going to read again and again and recommend to every mom I know.
My baby boy is a drooling, slobbery mess. For real. We go through several bibs a day – one day it was 8 bibs! So the 4 bibs I mentioned in my March Fabulous Finds post that we LOVE were not going to cut it – I needed more!! I was intrigued by these teething bibs and decided to try them. Score! Andrew loves having something to chew on at his constant disposal, and I love that he has something to chew on that isn’t my fingers, my clothing, or the baby carrier when I hold him. Win-win! My only issue with them is that they aren’t quite as absorbent as our other bibs, so I have to change them a bit more frequently.
I hope you enjoyed these Fabulous Finds as much as I did! Which one was your favorite? Share in the comments below!
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