Friday Favorites #4

So, it has been forever since I have done a Friday Favorites. I actually had just started it and then life got crazy. I will write later on the craziness, but let’s just say, I had a baby, started a new business, my husband was diagnosed with leukemia, and our lives are crazy. BUT I have been feeling the need to blog and if for no other reason, just to process my thoughts and my life lately. So, here’s some Friday Favorites. I have also started a new project (I know, shocker! Like I don’t do that every other day)…I’ll share soon about that and I am continuing with Friday Favorites, but it won’t be as uniform as I had thought it would be. I’m thinking just a Sparrow story and a few other things.

Weekly dose of Sparrow:

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She is the BEST! BTW she is 7 months old now. I can’t even believe how fast it has gone by. Y’all she has been such a trooper. She stayed with us the last hospital stay the entire time and did GREAT! I love her so much! She is such a ham. The doctors, nurses, techs, and everybody just loves her up there and she totally hams it up. I think she particularly likes a few of the nurses/techs better than others, probably because they come and talk to her and have spent more time around us since we have been there, but it’s awesome. I love watching her interact with other people. She also eats baby food now! (cue, momma’s sad face). She absolutely loves food, except for peaches, she actually cried when Caleb fed them to her and wanted nothing to do with them. She is the most mild tempered baby in the world, I kid you not! Her favorite toy is still Ms. Pinky, but her little Lamby is up there. I haven’t figured out how to keep her face and neck from chapping any suggestions mommas? She drools from teething and she rubs her face in everything when she has tummy time so there is not getting around it. I have tried diaper cream, vaseline, coconut oil, and lotion. Any other ideas?

A Few Other Things:

My friend Sharalee has a cupcake biz called Cupcake Inc. and can I just tell you that I don’t even like cupcakes…BUT I literally crave these. I haven’t ever had a cupcake as perfect and I have had them on multiple occasions and they are always the same amount of greatness. For the Valentine’s Weekend she is also doing homemade chocolate covered marshmallows and strawberries. I highly recommend you hurry and order before Valentine’s Day is gone.

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Another note that has to do with baked goods, but not about Sharalee’s amazing cupcakes is that there is going to be a Bake Sale at Plains Capital Bank on Valentines day. They are raising money for our friend Jennifer Brinkmann who was in a terrible car accident in early December that has left her with several broken bones, and a very long road to recovery. Praise the Lord that she is going to recover though.

 

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Friday Favorites #3

 
Here we go again. Friday Favorites #2
I would really love to hear your’s each week.
This week:
Product Spotlight: My favorite product this week, I actually made. Chalk Board Paint. I did a detailed tutorial a very very long time ago on my old blog Chosen for chalk paint and not too long ago I did chalkboard paint (there is a difference) but I am not a great recipe follower. I used 1 small bottle of acrylic black paint, about 2 TBS. Cornstarch, and 2 TBS water. I chose not to use the baking soda because I had a good base in my frame already & I made the executive decision not to use it. Looking back, I probably should’ve followed the recipe and I might later on for a top coat, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute: What do you think? 

P.S. Those orange pumpkins were painted white shortly after this picture was taken & they look soooo much better!

Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week my sweet little babe has been feeling horrible. She’s been such a little trooper though. We’ve been running like chickens with our heads cut off non-stop, until I finally told Caleb I am not doing anything but taking her to her Dr. appointment the rest of the week. He quickly agreed she needed a break and some rest at home to fight off this ridiculous cold. All of that to say that it’s been a challenging week, and I am not glad at all that she’s sick…But because she’s sick, she’s been extra clingy to Momma & I am not complaining about that one bit. I love it when she holds on to me as tight as she can and cuddles. It is the sweetest thing in the whole world!


Joy Comes in the Morning: This week the thing that brought me the most joy was probably getting all my clothes hung in my closet. I know that doesn’t sound like an exciting thing; but I’ve been cleaning it out for almost 2 weeks & that was some serious progress. 

What’s the Word?: Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Matthew 17:20 I haven’t actually read that verse this week in my Bible study, but it has been referenced in enough conversations for me to notice and I saw it on multiple Insta accounts today. So, I thought I ought to share it.

Insta Lovin’: II am loving these farmhouse instagram accounts this week. Since I’ve decided to refresh/redecorate/remodel our house I thought it’d be fun to share the progress, the DIY’s and my reasoning for all of it AND take part in some Insta hashtag feeds. This is how I found this beautiful account.

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Friday Favorites #2

 

Here we go again. Friday Favorites #2

I would really love to hear your’s each week.

This week:

Product Spotlight: My favorite product this week, I actually started using about 6 weeks ago. It’s called HYDRA-V by Artistry. It’s a 3-5 step skin care system. I have used almost all their skin care systems in the last 4 years & this one (I think) is my favorite. 


Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week my favorite moments with Sparrow have been in the mornings. She has started smiling really big when she wakes up. I tickle her tiny belly & chin and it is just the sweetest little thing. I also love right after she’s done eating when I burp her on my shoulder then she falls asleep and gets really cuddley. Then I ust squeeze her and kiss her chubby little cheeks. And oh that mohawk! Love!

Joy Comes in the Morning: This week the thing that brought me the most joy was Caleb. He has been working so hard at work and then he comed home and still takes Sparrow and spends time with her and gives me alone time. And he does dishes and washes bottles and cleans and I can’t even comprehend where he gets the energy to do all those things. I am literally worn out more than ever in my life, and it’s a serious struggle to get things done and he just does it all. He is the best husband and daddy! 


What’s the Word?:

This week I have been studying Ecclesiastes preparing for that study and I can’t just pick one verse. But it talks about everything being vanity and striving after the wind. I have struggled to live like that even this week. We have so many things that pose as “important” or “have to’s” or “must have’s” in this world…especially in America, but they are all vanity and striving after the wind. And the hardest thing is living with that mindset for all things but the Kingdom.

Insta Lovin’: If I could buy every pattern in thos dress for Sparrow I would and she can’t even fit in them yet! 

ALICE & AMES

 

Friday Favorites #1

I told y’all the other day that I was changing some things up on the blog. This is one of them. It’s my newest idea for a series, not that I came up with “Friday Favorites” but rather the actual favorites that I’ll be sharing. Before I explain this series let me explain a little bit about why I want to do this one. First, if you were a follower of Chosen the Blog, then you probably remember my Thankful Thursday series. It seemed to last forever, but it was always good to sit down on Thursday (or Wednesday night after choir) and reflect on the week and what I was thankful for. It was a good reminder to me that there is always something to be thankful for.

So, Friday Favorites? That doesn’t really sound the same! I know! But here are the things that I’ll have in each post: 1. My favorite product that I use each week (baby products, clothing, accessories, kitchen gadgets, etc.) 2. One of (because there will be zillions) my favorite things that Sparrow did that week. 3. Something that brought me joy each week…this one will be much like a Thankful Thursday post each week no matter how bad it might seem I can find something to be joyful about. 4. My favorite verse(s) from the week. 5. I know this one seems weird, but I really love Instagram and looking at everyones beautiful pictures. So, I am going to follow one new account each week and then share it with you.

This week:

Product Spotlight: My favorite product that I started using this week is Aveeno Calming Comfort Bath It is the best! It has helped with her sensitive skin and it smells soooooo good! I had been using The Honest Company products, and I do love them, but with her sensitive skin, I had to try the Aveeno and I love it!

Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week I have two favorite things that kind of go together. I made a DIY Baby Wrap this week because she wiggles her way out of the other two we were given (I think when she gets bigger the other two will work perfectly…but she’s tiny and wiggly right now). I took it to church Wednesday night and to Target yesterday afternoon. I loved carrying her in it! She was just snuggled up right next to me the whole time we were out and about. Yesterday while we were shopping she was just cooing the whole time and I was singing to her. I know there were lots of people in the store, but it was like we were in our own little world. I loved every second of it! She was so sweet!

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Joy Comes in the Morning: This week I think the thing that brought me the most joy was feeding her at night and being up just in awe of how God has blessed us. This is an extremely hard season to go through in terms of physical and emotional changes and hardships.  BUT it is one of true joy. Joy that I can’t even explain in any form or fashion. I just don’t have words for the joy God has given me through Caleb and now Sparrow.

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What’s the Word?:

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days. Proverbs 19:20

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5

I love these because they are a reminder to not only humble myself and lay down what I consider my “rights” at His feet and allow room for discipline in my life, because I struggle with that. I am kind of a know-it-all sometimes. When I obviously don’t know it all! And then I like the second one because in the midst of discipline and LEARNING more and more about wisdom, He says that He will give it to us who ask without reproach and generously! So…there’s that.

Insta Lovin’: I think the first time I saw this account I liked 50 of their pictures shamelessly and didn’t care that they might think I’m a total creeper…LOOK AT THESE DRESSES! My dad used to travel when we were kids and he always brought us home a surprise. A lot of times it would be the soaps and shampoos from the hotel. As a kid I thought it was awesome! I had no idea that you get those in your hotel room. I thought my dad had some sort of super power that allowed him to know where the store was that sold baby tiny shampoos. Ha! I loved it though. This one time though, he brought home dresses that look sooooooo much like the ones below. My sister and I loved them! I literally thought they were our princess dresses. When my dad referred to God as the king when I was little I asked him if that made us princesses and ever since then, I thought I was a princess…I’m mean I’m not delusional now, but I really thought that as a kid. Looking back those were some good memories twirling around in those dresses on the hardwood floor in the “big room” (our house was an old church so we called what used to be the sanctuary the “big room”) and pretending we were princess. All that to say that I think you should check out their Instagram, if for no other reason than, it’s just adorable.

Angie + Francois