It’s here! It’s here! My January list of Fabulous Finds is here!
I really hope you’re enjoying these lists, because I sure have fun putting them together. If you’re new to The Merry Momma, this is the post where I talk about all my favorite finds from the month. Books I read, shows I watched, podcasts I listened to, products I tried, etc. It’s a comprehensive list of the best of the best from my world throughout the month.
So without further ado, let me share my fabulous finds from the month of January!
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Bible Reading Plans Vs. Bible Study | Intentional By Grace
This was a wonderfully instructive article about the difference between Bible reading and Bible study. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to follow a certain Bible reading plan, which she says is a great goal. But we also need to make sure we’re spending time becoming more intimate with the Word by digging deeper than merely reading across the pages. This post spoke to me and gave me a few ideas for getting more out of my daily Bible time.
Trusting God in the Midst of Change | (in)courage
This post from my friend Laura was published on the (in)courage site, and it is SO good. If you tend to retreat to safe and comfortable places, if change scares the bejeebies out of you, or if you just don’t deal well when life doesn’t go according to plan (um. me. on all three counts), then this is a post you definitely want to read.
Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce | The Lean Green Bean
This wasn’t my most earth-shattering meal I’ve ever made, but it deserves a spot on my Fabulous Finds because it is SO EASY. And fast. I did have to add a bit of garlic salt because we found it a touch bland, but other than that, this was a slam dunk straight into my repertoire of quick and easy meals!
Related Post: 10 Favorite Instant Pot Recipes
I read a LOT this month. I think I set a new personal record of 8 completed books, and I’m halfway through another two. (I’m going to share how I fit so much reading into my days in an upcoming guest post. More details coming soon!)
But I chose 3 to tell you about in this month’s Fabulous Finds:
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
As the second book in the Shadows Over England series, A Song Unheard delivers another action-packed, faith-filled adventure that I’ve come to expect from author Roseanna M. White. Continuing the saga of the band of lovable thieves from book #1, A Name Unknown, this book tells Willa’s story and her path to redemption. Once I started this book, I didn’t want to put it down, and I finished it in three days. While it builds somewhat on relationships established in book 1, you would not be lost if you read it as a stand-alone story. But I highly recommend A Name Unknown, anyway, on its own merits!
Look for my full review of this page-turner next week!
(I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, but I was not obligated to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.)
High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
I got this book at the recommendation of Rachel Hollis, author of one of my favorite books from 2017, Girl, Wash Your Face. I just finished it yesterday, and it was phenomenal. Like, one of my favorite books I’ve ever read for self-help and motivation.
Author Brendon Burchard spent years studying and interviewing hundreds of top performers in all areas of life. He compiled his research and boiled it down into six basic habits common to extraordinary people. The high-performance habits.
I’ve read quite a few self-help, motivational, and leadership-type books, so I thought I was going to read a lot of the same old material I’ve heard before. But I didn’t. This book was truly unlike any other book I’ve read, and it was FULL of powerful ways to improve your performance and change your life.
At times his advice was a little too new-age-y for me, but aside from those few times, it fit well with a Biblical worldview. And don’t think that this book is only for corporate ladder-climbers or world-class athletes. All of these habits can be applied to anyone who wants to make the most of his or her life, whether that’s in business, sports, parenting, or homemaking. That’s the beauty of the book.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This was one of my fiction picks for the month, and it was so good! Set in WWII, it tells the converging stories of a blind French girl and a German boy in the Nazi army as they both try to survive the monstrosities of war. I loved the unique perspectives of these characters, and it added new strokes to the picture of the WWII experience I have painted in my head. Plus I absolutely adored the writing, and I soaked up every last line, rather than using the fast read/skim that I usually employ when reading fiction. This was a great read that I highly recommend.
My Merry Christmas by Sally Lloyd-Jones
I also want to give a shout-out to this fun children’s book. I was supposed to receive it to review before Christmas, but demand was so high, it got back-ordered until mid-January. So, my timing is a little off, but you should definitely keep this one in mind for next year! It’s super cute, it teaches the true meaning of Christmas in a delightful rhyme (it’s a scientific fact that kids love rhyming), and since it’s a padded board book, it held up nicely to my one-year-old, which is no small feat! It may have come to us a little late, but it’s a wonderful addition to our Christmas book collection.
I started following The Lazy Genius on Instagram right after the new year and have come to eagerly watch for her Instagram Stories. She’s full of practical advice for being, as she calls it, “a genius at the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don’t.” Plus she makes me laugh. So when I found out she has a podcast, too, I was all over that. I’ve been raptly listening to everything she puts out each week, and I love it.
My favorite one so far has been Episode #47: The Lazy Genius Finds Her Purpose
I have been eating up this podcast from author and speaker Annie F. Downs. Her energy (and laugh) is absolutely contagious, and I love all the inspirational guests she has on the show. This is definitely a podcast to feed your spirit, and you’ll have a ton of fun while you do it.
My favorite episode so far has been Good Food + Simoni Kigweba
This is a brand-new discovery, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s hosted by Emily P. Freeman, author of bestselling books Grace For the Good Girl, Simply Tuesday, and A Million Little Ways. The podcast is dedicated to “the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue,” and if that doesn’t describe me, I don’t know what does. I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far, but I’m eager to hear more of this one!
I am in love with this new dry shampoo. I’ve tried other (cheaper) dry shampoos and hated them all. They either weren’t very effective or they left my head incredibly itchy. And I’m already too often afflicted with an itchy scalp.
But this dry shampoo is the bomb!! (Do people still say that??) Last week when I was sick, I went an embarrassing number of days without washing my hair. So I sprayed a little of this dry shampoo, and it worked like magic! The bottle says that it actually cleans your hair instead of applying a masking effect, and while I try not to be suckered into marketing ploys, I’m tempted to believe them. I was truly pleasantly surprised by the results. And the best part was it didn’t leave me with an itchy scalp in return!
The only downside is the cost. It is a bit pricey, and more than I ever thought I would spend on hair products. But it won’t be for everyday use, and it’s 100x better than the cheap stuff, so I think it’s worth the cost.
Oh my, is this really the second month in a row that I’m including tea in my Fabulous Finds list? What is happening to me??
This Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat tea isn’t my favorite flavor (though it is greatly improved with a little honey), but it’s making this list for its effectiveness. It is everything it promises to be! I came down with an awful cold last week, and at the first sign of a sore throat, I broke open a box of this stuff. And it was amazing! I was skeptical, but it really did make me feel so much better. This is the second kind of Traditional Medicinals tea that I’ve tried, and I am now a loyal customer. Even if it is more than I’ve ever spent on tea. Tea, people. I’m now drinking tea.
Those are my Fabulous Finds this month! I hope you enjoyed the peek into my life, and I’m guessing you now have a few new things in your Amazon cart. 😉
As always, feel free to share a few of your fabulous finds in the comments below!
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