Current Book Stack

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You guys. My stack of current reads is getting a little out of control. I already had several on deck and in my “rotation” when I ordered four more from Barnes & Noble the other day. Oops.

And then while I was writing this post I remembered two more and just Amazon Primed them.

I have a problem.

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Anyway, these are the ones I’m currently working through:

Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
I’m just getting started on this one but so far – it’s great. It’s all about her personal quest to pare down her life to what’s really important, and stop falling back on the self-imposed excuse of “I’m so busy.” I’m different in that don’t aspire to busyness (like, AT ALL), but I do have the disease to please, and those are all things she tackles in this book.

Nobody’s Cuter than You – Melanie Shankle
Melanie Shankle is one of my very favorite authors. (If you’re a mom or soon-to-be, you need to read Sparkly Green Earrings. I read it while I was pregnant with Ave and it made me so pumped about motherhood.) But this book of hers is all about friendship and I kid you not, it makes memories from my childhood come flooding in, one after another. I’ve been blessed with truly beautiful friendships (both new and some that have spanned decades) so this is a really sweet reminder for me to cherish those relationships.

Falling Free – Shannan Martin
I’m on the launch team for this book, and I am not exaggerating when I tell you I’ve devoured my copy (an e-book, so not pictured). I won’t lie to you – this is a hard read. It’s confronting and convicting, but in the best ways possible. It’s all about how God turned Shannan’s family upside down and gave her a new perspective on doing life wherever God places you, however He directs you. All about surrender. (Which is my “word” for this season while I’m waiting on baby #2).

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Recently finished books: 

Even if Not, by Kaitlyn E Bouchillon : thumbs up; easy quick read.

Wild and Free, by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan (thumbs up with a head’s up: it’s a good read with so many applicable truths to women today, it just took me a while to work through and digest.)

Looking for Lovely, by Annie Downs: thumbs up; honest and quirky.

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And here are the books I just got in the mail/ordered today off Amazon (seriously, I have a disease):

Bittersweet – Shauna Niequist

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi, *probably the one I’m most looking forward to.

Giddy Up, Eunice: (Because Women Need Each Other) – Sophie Hudson

You & Me Forever – Francis Chan

Missional Motherhood – Gloria Furman

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So there are my updated lists! Ridiculous, I know.

Oh! One more thing. I’m currently on the lookout for a bible study for a small group. I want to host a study group in my home this fall, but I have to narrow down my choices. Do you have a recommendation? PLEASE tell me if so! And if you know me personally and want to join in on the study (women only), I’d love to have you. 🙂

 

 

beloved weekly shares { 3/52 }

Week 3/52: Beloved Weekly Shares

Three weeks in and I already missed week 2. Ha! It happens. Welcome to my perfectly imperfect blog. 🙂

I loved reading this wisdom from a mom looking back over her last 20 years of mothering. This is a really sweet read for those of us with littles, especially in the beginning of a new year.

I listen to just a few different podcasts, but Jamie Ivey’s “Happy Hour” is probably my favorite. This past week she chatted with Korie Robertson and it was really interesting to hear from her.

Two tips from The Nester to keeping your house tidy. Really smart.

From a healthcare standpoint and as a mom, I found this article really intriguing. Aven was estimated at 7 1/2 lbs on her last ultrasound, and the next day was born at 9.4 lbs! (I am SO glad I was unaware of her size or it totally would have messed with my head!) I wish more doctors would remember that it’s only an ESTIMATE when discussing method of delivery with expecting moms.

I have a goal to read 30 books this year and many of these book recommendations are on my To Read list. I’d love to hear any of your recent favorite reads. 


The Nester (my favorite home blog) has an amazing course in home design called The Cozy Minimalist where she covers all the basics and teaches you how to build a room step by step while using mostly what you already have. I loved going through this course, and registration is open again, but only for a few more days. 

hope everyone has a great week! I’m hoping to kick this sinus infection to the curb. 

xo, 
Shanna 

beloved weekly shares { week 1/52 }

Guess who’s back? Back again…

First, Happy New Year!

Back in October when I jumped on the #Write31Days bandwagon, I left my Beloved Weekly Shares in the dust. But I’ve missed sharing my favorite finds and links every week, so I’m starting off the new year with my first post of 2016 and a new round of BWS!

Welcome to week 1/52:

In this piece, I see myself as I am now: mom to a toddler, oftentimes frazzled and just trying to get through Target with everyone still smiling. But I also see my future mom self; who I’ll be when my babies are grown, and what I’ll say looking back over the most precious years of my life.

These fox flats. I die. So much so that I bought another pair a size up for Aven because her current ones are a little too snug. *P.S., they are on sale right now. 🙂

Sleep is important. I could have confirmed that for you right about Day 3 of Motherhood, since you really learn this lesson when it’s TOO LATE, but this article actually backs it up scientifically. Pretty interesting stuff. 

Sometimes I get on an organization kick, and I love my house so much when everything is in it’s place. (I just wish it came naturally to me!) Scrolling through this list of Jen’s top organization posts makes me want to spend ALL DAY getting things in order.

Thanks to a mom on a mission, so many children with Down Syndrome in China now have the chance to join families and flourish. This makes me smile, all the way from my heart to my face.

And if you’ll let me, I wanted to share a piece of my own. It’s the first piece I’ve had published somewhere other than my own site, something I hope to do more of in this new year. I snapped this Instagram picture several months ago when my new North Face jacket arrived in the mail….and was promptly hijacked by my toddler. It made me realize all the many, countless ways we moms give of everything we have.




I’m really looking forward to this next year, and I can’t wait to share with you as I go. Thanks for being here! 

xo 
Shanna 


reading | watching | listening

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Here’s a quick little slice of random: 
what I’m reading, what I’m watching, and what I’m listening to….lately. 


// r e a d i n g //

Oh man. So many great books sitting on my nightstand just begging to be cracked open. Ever since attending Allume Conference, my “to read” list has gotten so long it’s comical. And because I can’t pick just one to read at a time, I end up reading about five at once. Continue reading

Mickey & Minnie Gift Roundup

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Our girl is infatuated with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Infatuated, I tell you. No lie, the first word I hear when I lift her out of the crib every morning is “Mickey?” And while playing with her toys she randomly breaks out in a sing-song voice exclaiming, “Oh toooodles!” This is a real situation, people. It’s as if they’ve cast a spell on her with their “Meeska-Mooska-Mickeeeey-Mouse!” chants. 

But who am I to keep a girl from her true love? So of course I’ve been searching for some cute (read: non-cheesy) Mickey and Minnie gifts for Christmas and her upcoming February birthday. And since I know a lot of you have little Mouse-lovers in your home too, I thought I would share my favorite finds with you.



o n e  //  Minnie Mouse Lights & Sounds Scooter
This is a touch too “grown” for my girl, but I love the three-wheel feature. Might be on the list for next Christmas.

t w o // Mickey Mouse Tee 
This is actually a boys tee but I bought it in Aven’s size because it was too adorable to pass up. 

t h r e e // Mickey Mouse Chevron Sheet Set 
Seriously love this pattern and how it isn’t overtly Mickey or cartoonish.

f o u r //  Delta Children Club Chair – Minnie Mouse 
We have one of these, and it’s as cute as it looks in the picture. It’s inflatable with a washable cover and is the perfect spot for Aven to hang out while she watches tv (can you guess her show of choice?), eats a snack, or reads books.  Sometimes I catch her turned around facing the back of the chair so she can “talk” to her friend Minnie or give her kisses. That alone is reason enough to own this chair. Just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen. 



f i v e // Girls Minnie Mouse Pullover Shirt
Although this sweater is a few sizes too big for Aven right now, with that cute Minnie face I almost want to snag it now and hold on to it for later! 

s i x // Minnie Mouse Toddler Ballet Flats 
If we owned these, I guarantee you my child would insist on wearing them every day. 

s e v e n // Minnie Shopping Cart 
Aven is getting the CUTEST vintage-style kitchen for Christmas, so she would flip out over this shopping cart to use with her kitchen. 

e i g h t // My First Library: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
For every day leading up to Christmas, I’m going to have a book for her to open. This is a set of 12 books, so that covers about half the days! I’m excited to see my tiny bookworm’s reaction to these. 

n i n e // Delta Children Mickey Mouse Easel (Double Sided)
We have an easel similar to this and it is one of her favorite things to play with, especially the chalkboard side since the cold weather is forcing us away from our beloved sidewalk chalk. 


As I wrap up this post, I am incredibly tempted to break out in the “Hot Dog” song and dance, but I will spare you. Just know that it’s on repeat in my head right now (and always, actually). I’m sure you can relate! 

I hereby grant you permission to give in to the Mouse obsession. Welcome to the clubhouse


*Disclaimer: We received the Delta Children Club Chair for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program. All opinions are my own!

beloved weekly shares {39/52}

For the past couple of months, I’ve been sharing my weekly links on Sundays (for the most part.) If you’re quick, you’ll notice that a) it’s not Sunday, and b) the title for these has changed. Nonetheless, here are some favorite reads and posts from this past week! I especially love the very last one from Sarah Bessey. I just keep thinking about it, so definitely don’t skip that one. 



{ the small things blog }
I love this makeup look. Fresh, clean, simple. Also, how stunning is Kate Bryan? Love her. 

{ under the sycamore }
Are you a hummingbird or a buzzard? I know that sounds like a strange question, but just go with it. 

{ emily p freeman }
I just started this book, Simply Tuesday, by Emily Freeman. It’s an invitation to slow down and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Really liking it so far.

{ one little momma }
Who knew clogs could be this cute? Are clogs back? Is this a thing? So many questions. 

{ sarah bessey }
How many of our stories do we censor so we don’t make others uncomfortable, or to make ourselves feel better? This is my top read for the week – don’t miss it!

As always, thanks for reading. I hope this week is on track to be a great one for you!


Also, I have to include a picture of Aven. If not I will receive a snarky text from my mom, and since she reads everything I write, I figure I owe her. Here ya go, mom. 🙂

This is Aven’s first hole-in-one. Little cheater.


weekly links: 38/52

I look forward to putting together my favorite finds and reads each week for you, since it’s basically an excuse to read all of my favorite blogs and talk about them. Really, I could do that all day every day. I’m not sure what’s going on this week, but I’m coming up a little empty-handed. Some weeks there is just less content that I think “Ooh! I want to share that!” and I never want to link up to something that I’m not excited about. So until next week, here are some of my favorite Instagram feeds to follow:

{ kelly jensen }
Mama to five, she takes Sunday pictures with her entire crew. I also just like to hear some of her views on parenting and letting them be little. 

{ jess connolly } 
I mentioned her in a previous favorites post, but really – she is so inspiring and has a heart for women growing closer to God. I am SO excited to hear her speak at Allume conference next month!

{ the nester } 
Myquillyn is one of my favorite home design experts. She is all about making the most of what you have, and her motto is “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” – YES.

{ kelle hampton }
I read her book Bloom when it first came out and have been following her social media ever since. She is an artist of words and her three littles are as cute as they come. 

{ the gray gang }
She is a mom I admire – so different from me in a lot of ways, but I think we have the same heartbeat when it comes to our children. A really gifted writer. 

{ meg legs }
I just love her style. There are a couple of her outfits I would wear every.single.day, no shame.  

{ kelli m campbell } 
She gives me a daily dose of Hawaii, where she lives – be jealous. 

{ angie smith }
She’s wordy but that’s one of the things I like most about her. She puts into words what I cannot. 


And just because, here’s this face, grabbed from my own instagram:


Happy Sunday! I hope this is an amazing week for you. 

weekly links: 37/52

So, I completely missed a week of favorites. It was bound to happen. I feel certain you’ll survive, so we’re just picking up with my favorite reads and such from over the past couple weeks. 


{ the lively show }
I’ll start with this because it’s just so random…but do you guys listen to podcasts? My mom likes to listen to them and has sent a few my way that I’m now hooked on. I’ve started listening to them while driving or doing dishes. I don’t even remember how I found this particular podcast, but it’s an interview with John & Sherry, the insanely successful bloggers behind Young House Love. So interesting hearing why they stepped away from blogging and how their lives have changed. 

{ incourage }
This is my favorite read from the week, hands down. A beautiful illustration of how the Father loves us, even when we are doubtful and unsure. 

{ uptown with elly brown }
How cute is this Mama Bear baseball tee?

{ jess connolly }
She is one of the most inspired women I read on a regular basis – if you aren’t following her on Instagram, you are seriously missing out. This post is a new way to combat envy and discontent.

{ little baby garvin } 
Although this isn’t from the past two weeks, I just happened upon it and am in love with this sweet mermaid-inspired nursery

{ night owl blog }
The kitchen and I are not exactly friends. I manage enough that my family doesn’t go hungry, but I really wish I was one of those people who was good at it and enjoyed it. All that said, this honey BBQ wings recipe sounds like something I can tackle!

Monday is coming! Make it a good one. Let’s not just live for the weekends.

weekly links: 35/52

Hi friends! 

Wow, I am behind this week! I recently added something else to my plate….(assistant to a photographer who I LOVE)…so needless to say, my days are very full right now. If you don’t know me personally or haven’t been reading my blog long, I am mom to 18-month old Aven, and a part-time Registered Sonographer in addition to writing all my words here. 🙂

So on with today’s words!

I’m sharing my favorite reads from last week (week 35/52). There are only four links this week because SEE FIRST PARAGRAPH. 🙂



{ the nester }
SIMPLE party decor, and using what you have to create a fun atmosphere for guests. 

{ mommy’s me time }
I’m not there yet, but I’m feeling for all you mamas sending babies off to school.

{ magnolia homes }
I have loved these old ladder displays for a long time, and I think it’s finally time my husband make me one. 🙂 

{ kate conner }
Finding your “people up close.”


Thanks for hanging with me while I learn how to juggle my time, and for giving me this space to write. I am so grateful. 

weekly links: 34/52

It’s late on Sunday night so I thought I’d play catch up and share my favorite links from this past week (week 34/52). This week we have a little of everything: inspiration, fashion, food, wisdom, and a smart tip that can bless other women! 

Ps., if you find a blog that you want to follow on a regular basis, a great way to keep up with them is with Bloglovin’.

images via links 3, 4, and 5 below.



{ we are that family }
WISDOM of the week: the six words that can change everything at home. 

{ the small things blog }
INSPIRATION of the week: I shared a “beauty” post from Kate last week, but this is more of a “day in the life” from her perspective as a mom of two under two (makes me need a nap just thinking about it). I think this will be reassuring for those of you who find yourselves in that season.

{ see vanessa craft }
RECIPE of the week: I am currently obsessed with raspberries, and chocolate is always a YES in my book, so this recipe for a Chocolate Raspberry Cake is definitely on my To Make list. (which is a short list, by the way.)  Also – – I can appreciate the detailed step-by-step instructions for this recipe! 

{ one little momma }
FASHION of the week: I’ve learned that cardigans, kimonos, and ponchos are staples for my wardrobe. (Also stripes, because Duh.) I love layering, and these kind of pieces make it easy to be comfortable and look cute. Maternity or not – I love almost all of these outfits.

{ redhead baby mama } 
TIP of the week: Lindsey is a friend of mine and she is now a mom of two! If you used a Medela breast pump while nursing, Lindsey tells you how you can pass it on to a mom in need (it’s really simple!)


Hope you’ve had a happy and relaxing weekend, friends! Let’s make this week a good one. 

This picture is brought to you by my mother who complains if a post is missing this face. Here ya go, mom. 🙂