Boy, I have really dropped the ball lately with blogging – I apologize. The world has just felt so heavy lately – Covid, winter in general, and now Ukraine. It’s just a lot, and sometimes it feels right to unplug. But I’m coming back out today to share some of my favorite things that I’ve come across lately, and I hope you’ll find something you can appreciate in them as well. This post contains some affiliate links.
I’ve been reading some great books lately, and this is one that stuck with me. The Yellow Wife takes place during slavery, and tells a story that shines a light on some of the situations that occurred that you don’t necessarily fully appreciate or understand when you think of this era. So very thought-provoking and interesting, with a story that is sometimes hard to read, but so important to understand.
Have you all known about these Shout Color Catcher Sheets and just never told me about them? I found out about these in a FB group I’m in, and my mind was just blown. Not only do they come in handy when you’re washing a mix of colors, but they’re great for kids learning to do their own laundry, or ones that you’re sending off to college (who may or may not know how to do laundry). No judgment here, friends. They’re just a good idea, and I figured if I didn’t know about them, surely I’m not alone there.
I discovered Mullen Design Co. on Instagram, and just loved the designs that Morgan does, as well as the home products that she sells. She also has an amazing subscription box that I receive, and it is amazing. So well thought out and curated (and it takes a lot for me to find something that I say that about). My husband and I were in California last month, and by sheer chance, I got to stop by her shop in person, and it’s as cute as you would think it would be.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I’m starting to get the itch to pitch all of my junk that has been building up in the garage, the storage area, etc… We purchased one of these Bagster disposable dumpsters before we started our kitchen remodel last year, and it’s such a great way to get rid of junk. In fact, I have one sitting in my driveway and am filling it up as we speak. You fill it up, call your trash people (in our case, Waste Management does this), and pay them to haul it away. They pull into your driveway and just lift it away. Magic.
I’m going to wrap up my favorites with another great book. If you read (and loved) The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, you will surely love an appreciate the storytelling of this book. It always amazes me when an author can write brilliant stories about completely different subjects, and that’s what Robert Dugoni does here. It’s a story about becoming an adult and dealing with different challenges in those times. It’s about the preciousness of life, and learning lessons from those around you whether they’re older or younger. A great read, great characters and a wonderful message.
My +1 for the week – The State of the World
I don’t know about you, but I was feeling hopeful that we were turning the corner where the pandemic is concerned, looking forward to brighter days. And now Ukraine has me feeling so disheartened, sad and helpless. The images we’re seeing on tv are just more than my heart can bear, and make me angry that we, as a civilized society, are witnessing these atrocities in this century. As I sit here, I’m seeing video of a young boy, walking by himself into Poland – by himself – crying. My heart is broken.
I will continue to pray for Ukraine and the world.