I have to say, I’ve been looking forward to this post for a while. I mean, “February Fabulous Finds” — how fun is that to say?
But it’s not just the title that I’m excited about. I have some pretty great things to share with you this month. The fun alliteration is just icing on the cake. 😉
I hope you enjoy this look at some of my favorite finds this month. Here are my February Fabulous Finds:
**Links in this post may be affiliate links. This means that if you click that link and purchase the product, I may receive a small compensation. I am, however, committed to honestly assessing the products mentioned. Please read my disclosure policy for more details. **
WHAT I READ
Your Best Year Ever, Michael Hyatt
I intended to read this at the start of the year, but I got a bit of a delayed start. Oh well, I can still have my best 10 months ever, right?
I love everything Michael Hyatt, and this book was no exception. It was everything I could have expected from a motivational goal-setting book, and then some. I’ve expressed several times that 2018 is my year of “courage,” and this book was just what I needed to go after some of the big goals I’ve set for myself. It was a kick in the pants with a ton of practical advice to get me going. Even if you think you’re a goal-setting expert (but especially if you don’t), this book is one you’re going to want to read if you’re ready to make this your best year ever.
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, Jon Acuff
Shortly after reading Your Best Year Ever, I decided to read Finish. Why not ride that motivational train a bit longer, right? Well, it turned out to be a rather amusing choice because their advice was quite different. At times it was even completely contradictory. But I think it’s often a good idea to read differing perspectives on an issue to develop a well-rounded approach.
I loved the premise of this book — it’s for people who have a history of starting things but who struggle to follow through to the end. In the book, he addresses the most common reasons people have for not following through with their goals, and it spoke straight to my fear-driven, avoidance-loving, perfectionist self. It may have been very different from Michael Hyatt’s approach, but it was also exactly the book I needed to read.
Plus, if you’ve never read Jon Acuff before, he is absolutely hysterical, and I literally laughed out loud a thousand times.
Becoming a Woman of the Word, Karol Ladd
I recently decided that I needed some help falling back in love with my Bible. Reading my Bible has been a part of my daily morning routine for quite some time, but it had gotten kind of stale. I did it almost every morning, but it was more out of habit or duty than a desire to spend time in the Word. So I wanted to learn how to get more out of it.
I stumbled upon this book from Karol Ladd and decided to give it a try. Oh my word, was it good. She hooked me from the very first chapter. She helped me gain a new appreciation for God’s Word AND the Holy Spirit. Through reading this book, I have pretty much overhauled my routine, started a few new practices, and basically fallen back in love with my Bible. Thank you Karol!
Now You’re Speaking My Language, Gary Chapman
I may be cheating a bit with this one, as I’m not quite finished with it. I’m reading it on my free Kindle app, so I only read a little bit each day.
But I wanted to include it because 1) it’s February — the month of love — and it seemed appropriate to include a marriage book, and 2) it has knocked my socks off and I couldn’t wait to talk about it.
This book comes from the man who brought you The 5 Love Languages, and it is incredible. It is blowing my mind. I’ve read quite a few books on marriage, and after a while, they start to say the same things. But this one is opening my eyes to things I’ve been doing without even realizing, and it has shed brand-new light on some of the struggles we’ve had.
The book talks about the importance of honest communication to a couple’s level of intimacy in marriage, and it describes, in detail, some of the obstacles we face to get there. I’ll be honest — my husband and I have had some *ahem* disagreements that I was starting to think were never going to get resolved, but now the things I’m learning are putting it all in a whole new light.
If you and your husband ever seem to be speaking different languages, if every word you say seems to spark an argument, or if you just don’t have the level of intimacy you long for, this is a must-read! My only complaint is that he goes off on some rabbit trails sometimes, but when he does stay on topic, whoa baby. Well worth the extra words.
WHAT I COOKED
I usually try to include one meatless meal in my weekly meal plan, and sometimes it can be a challenge to find new meatless meals. Especially ones that my husband (who barely tolerates my meatless meals to begin with) likes.
This baked spaghetti was a hit with everyone! And my favorite part? It is suuuuper simple. Five ingredients simple. So this is one recipe that will definitely be going in our regular rotation.
This is another meatless meal, and I loved it. Levon isn’t a huge bean fan, so I was expecting him to grumble a bit (he’s actually pretty adventurous when it comes to food, and he usually supports my desire to try out new recipes … he just may not request it a second time. 😉 ), but he had a second helping!
Don’t let the word “creamy” throw you — there’s no dairy in this recipe. The creaminess is made by pureeing part of the beans. I did that step with my immersion blender, which made that step a lot less hassle!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Dessert Bars (or as a friend called them, “Lisa’s Crack bars”)
I made these for the Super Bowl party we attended, and they were … uhh … quite popular, if you couldn’t tell from the nickname they earned. I got this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, and although it does have white sugar in it, it has significantly less than most other recipes you might find. It’s definitely a special treat, though, not a regular indulgence.
WHAT I LISTENED TO
The Upside Down Podcast is a recent addition to my ever-growing list of podcasts, but I haven’t listened to very many of them yet. I did catch this one a couple weeks ago, though, and I thought it was great. I loved some of the points they made about the Biblical definition of ezer, how we sometimes have a tendency to stunt our own potential because of the lies we believe as women, and the true meaning of feminism. If you’ve ever wondered about the place of women in God’s Kingdom, give this episode a listen.
I have really come to adore Emily Freeman and The Next Right Thing podcast, and this episode is one of my recent favorites. I am a big-time planner, and I like having answers. But sometimes that’s not the way God works. Sometimes He points us in a direction before he gives us all the steps, and that’s why we need to look for arrows, not answers.
I learned about the Hello Mornings Podcast from an interview with Kat Lee on the Simply Joyful Podcast. I just started listening to it this month, and I am loving it! I’m a big believer in morning routines, and I am learning all kinds of great new things to implement in mine!
WHAT I USED
Early this month, the boys and I were in a rollover accident after I lost control on a snow-covered road while driving home in a snowstorm. We’re all completely fine (thank you, Jesus!), but that meant we had to buy new car seats. Womp womp.
We were a huge fan of our Safety First convertible car seat, so we planned to get the same one again. Then we saw this 4-in-1 Safety 1st that looked just as comfortable as ours but had more potential for use. We had a difficult time deciding what level of car seat to buy to get the most bang for our buck, but we ultimately decided to go with two of these 4-in-1 seats for the most flexibility.
And Aidan loves them! (Andrew barely tolerates it, but he HATES car seats in general.) They’re kind of a beast, so if you have very limited space they may not work for you. But they’re nice and comfortable, and since we already crash-tested our other, very similar, Safety First, I’m pretty confident in their ability to keep my babies safe.
Orange & almond dark chocolate from ALDI
I’ve never had an ALDI Moser Roth chocolate bar I didn’t like, but this orange & almond flavor might be my favorite so far. I looooove the combination of orange and chocolate. It brings back childhood memories of getting chocolate oranges in our stockings. And, of course, I love the ALDI prices. 😉
It has been a pretty fabulous month so far, and I hope you found these finds to be as fun as the name.
If you have any fabulous finds to share, please tell us about them in the comments below!
Discover More Fabulous Finds: