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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah consumed me this week. Not an easy read by any means, but a moving story that left me wanting more every time I closed the book.
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley is not only inspirational but also so so so practical. Loving this read right now!
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen and Regency period pieces, you’ll fall in love with this historical fiction novel that’s a bit more accessible to the modern day reader. I (Rachel) stayed up until 2 a.m. the first time I read it because I just couldn’t put it down. This love story is one based upon friendship, a learned humility, and the truest kind of love (not lust).
Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
If you’re a sucker for Edenbrooke, than you must read the short prequel by the same author. It made me want to re-read the novel again this past summer.
Fave: If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey (only $12.72). If you’re a Christian woman, especially one who has ever struggled with guilt, shame, or finding your identity in all the wrong places (ahem, probably all of us!), you will find her book SO encouraging. Jamie is incredibly vulnerable as she shares her story of growing up in church, veering off the path in high school and college, and then how Jesus pursued her, changed her, and set her free from all the guilt and shame she felt for years. Highly recommend! P.S. The book cover and design themselves are THE cutest thing ever (imagine the feel of an old school library or text book). This is one book you can judge by the cover!
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
The Invention of Wings: This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
Hellbound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh”
Fave: The Hiding Place has rocked me. In a good way. I think I may require myself to read this book every year from now on. Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps.
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller: This book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, andthose about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
The New Best Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated – This is our #1, go-to cookbook! The recipes are incredibly well-tested and explained in detail. We trust their recommendations for everything from ingredient brands to cooking methods and have learned so much from this bible of cooking. You can snag this large, hardback book used for only $5.33 on Amazon. A must have.
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey: If you want to explore your enneagram type on a deeper level, this is a great resource.
Oxo Hand-Held Immersion Blender: An immersion blender is essential if you make creamy soup fairly regularly. It cuts down on the mess and is can be thrown in the dishwasher. This one got great reviews on Amazon and is a very reasonable price! Plus, it also works as a mini food processor and whisk.
FAVE! Meat Thermometer – Our MVP kitchen tool for 2018. Best meat thermometer we’ve ever owned. Hands down.
Colorku – This was the game of the summer in my (Rachel’s) house for all ages. In fact, my 4th grade daughter is better at it than I am! It makes a cool, hands-on coffee table centerpiece, too.
Silicone Muffin Liners: I’ve been using liners like these for YEARS. I love that they are safe, eco-friendly, and resolved any sticking issues a recipe may have.
I used these in my home to make smoothie popsicles or as snack holders.
My five year old’s favorite book at the moment.
Wowmazing Giant Bubble Maker: This has been a HUGE hit with my kids. If your bubble solution runs out, save money and make your own bubble juice with Dawn dish soap.
Water Beads: A great sensory activity for kids. Water beads are thousands of tiny slippery–not sticky–squishy balls that you can scoop, pour, and run your hands through.
Mrs. Meyers Everyday Cleaner: AKA: Heaven in a bottle. The honeysuckle scent smells like a natural candle and I love that the ingredients aren’t as harsh as typical household cleaners. A three pack is only $10.99!
Chemex Coffee Maker: Oh coffee, I love thee. Especially when it’s made in such a pure way that really brings out the flavor. Since Christmas, my husband and I have been sipping on the best brew we’ve ever made in our own kitchen. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll love making it this way.
Fave: OXO Cookie Scoop is great not only for cookies but for meatballs!
Deal: I’m long overdue to update some of my cooking utensils. This 5 Piece Silicone Set caught my eye and is now en route to my house.
Fave: I got this new chef’s knife for Christmas that I’ve been waiting my whole life for (I didn’t know I was, but I was). It makes chopping vegetable after vegetable a delightful task as it quickly slices and dices anything in its way.