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I’m trying out a new type of post for the blog for the first time today: a monthly edit! Each time I’ll talk a bit about how the past month has gone and then share five of my favorite things for the next month. Please let me know if you like the idea!
This month has been intense in terms of work on the blog. I eliminated the cooking category to give the blog more focus. I was a little sad to see it go, but I think it was the right choice. I’m still pretty new to blogging and am trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
My family is doing well. Ivy Baby turned one and took her first steps. It’s amazing because she still seems so little and new. Holly Baby is refusing to eat, so that has been rather stressful. She’s also started singing a lot and it’s about the neatest thing I’ve ever heard. My husband, Mark, is finishing an independent study and is getting ready for the fall term to start at U of T. This is his last year of coursework, which is hard to believe.
Searching for and Maintaining Peace is a very short book I’d recommend to anyone and everyone. It’s wonderfully comforting without encouraging spiritual complacency or self-satisfaction. I relied on it heavily in my post on seeking comfort in an examined Christian life.
These small square studs from Kate Spade are one of my favorite pairs of earrings and I wear them all the time. They are a gorgeous pink that gives a pop of color without being overwhelming. They are also large enough to be noticeable, but aren’t statement piece large.
This lavender au de cologne from L’Occitane is just heavenly. It’s the nicest lavender fragrance I’ve ever encountered and is wonderfully calming. I wear it on the days I’m feeling a bit more frazzled than usual. It’s mellow and perfect for fall. If perfumes tend to give you headaches, it’s worth trying on some L’Occitane fragrances because they are more natural than the average fragrance and are less likely to aggravate. My only complaint is that they tend not to have a lot of staying power, so you may want to reapply once or twice during the day.
You’ve probably heard of Urban Decay’s naked palettes. The Naked 3 is by far my favorite. The rosy shades complement my cool undertones and provide a bright and fresh look that still looks natural. If you want to look pink and golden and glowy, this is the eyeshadow palette for you.
This Earl Grey Tea from Crabtree and Evelyn is perfectly lovely. It has a strong bergamot flavor, which many Earl Greys lack. It also doesn’t over-steep easily, so it doesn’t get too bitter to drink when you get distracted and forget about it. I’m nearly out and am trying to figure out a way to justify buying another box.
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