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Friday Favorites & Link-up Vol 1 & 7QT

It’s been another busy week and I needed a break so I thought I would do a short but fun post with my Friday Favorites. Here are the things that I am loving this week. πŸ™‚

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This Week’s Fave Anticipation

Hints of Spring

It’s been rainy the last few days but there are signs of spring around as tiny buds are showing and a few are beginning to bloom. I can’t wait until March so I can start planting flowers on our deck garden.

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This Week’s Fave Lotion

“Happiness” Aromatherapy Lotion

For Christmas I received a new lotion called Happiness from Bath and Body Works. It has Bergamot Essential Oil, which creates a sense of well being and Mandarin Essential Oil, which helps improve mood. I’ve gotta admit, I think it works! I love the fresh, citrusy smell and so do my boys. Each of my three little guys came up to me (at different times) and hugged me and said I smelled really good. So either this stuff is great or… I normally smell like crap. πŸ˜‰


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This Week’s Fave Book

Harry Potter

For the last three months my Reading List has been dominated by the Harry Potter series. In November I read the first book for the first time. After that I couldn’t put them down until I finished them all. (I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to wait a year between books.) Today I officially finished all the books (and the movies) with plenty of tears shed in between. After so much HP, I am not sure what book to tackle next!

I want to do a classic I have yet to read and looked over Modern Mrs. Darcy’s suggestions and have narrowed it down to either Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy or The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Any suggestions on which one to pick?

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This Week’s Fave Catholic Item

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“To Jesus through Mary” Rosary Pouch

I bought this cute canvas rosary pouch from smallthingsgr8love on etsy. This would be a great little gift for Valentines or in an Easter basket.

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This Week’s Fave Comfort

The Sisterhood/Brotherhood of Prayer

This morning Brian is going for another one of his big cancer tests. He’s taken this test three times in his life so far. The first time is when they first found the cancer. The second time was when the cancer came back after his surgery. The third time they didn’t find cancer but on that same day his dad had a stoke and was changed forever. Sooo this test has very unhappy memories for our family!

Cancer is such a roller coaster ride. Even when it is gone, you can never feel fully “free” from it since there is the constant testing to make sure it hasn’t returned. It is a good thing so it can be detected early and dealt with but it also makes it harder because you’re constantly thrown back into “what if” mode every time a test date approaches.Β  In the meantime, I am thankful for the prayers of my family and friends who pray not only for a positive outcome but for our family to not let fear overtake our hope and faith in God. I am so thankful to all of those lifting us up in prayer. May the end of this test be filled with joy and thanksgiving.

UPDATE: Brian’s procedure/testing went well and the doc said everything looks great. No signs of cancer. Blessed be God!

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This Week’s Fave Learning Tool

Home Organization

In January, after the holidays and all the excess, I always get the itch to purge, simplify and organize. These two books have been my reading material and motivation.

Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living


A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

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This Week’s Fave Challenge

Organized Simplicity Challenge (Jan 22 – Feb 2 2018)

To put what I am learning into action, I have joined Stephanie Wood Weinert’s #organizedsimplicity Challenge. She is following the Organized Simplicity book (above) and has a Facebook Group for participants to follow along. Full disclosure, I can never seem to get all the work done on the days assigned since there are some days I am not home at all but I do what I can.

Katheryn Whitaker is joining Stephanie and the other day on an IG Live she said three things that really stuck with me. Paraphrased:

  1. Strive for better not perfect. Even if only a small amount of progress is made, it is still better than when we started.
  2. Purging is a process. We’re never really “done” because as time passes our family’s needs changes and the purge continues.
  3. When you have order in your home, you leave space in your heart for Christ.Β  (I especially love that one.)

There’s more I want to share but I’ll save that for later in a separate post. πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s it for this week. I’d love to hear what your favorites are this week. I added a link-up for anyone interested.

And if you happen to list 7 favorites, you can also link-up with awesome Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Then go and link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley for January’s Five Favorites. I’m so excited! I didn’t realize she was still doing Five Favorites. Plus, she is also doing an awesome give away!

Happy Friday!

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Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your Friday Favorites.

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. Have fun!

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  • Jenny says:

    Isn’t Harry Potter the best! I read the books years ago but am rereading with my boys right now and I’m in Harry Potter love all over again. It’s my all time favorite series.
    I’ve also read both Organzied Simplicity and The Simplified Life and loved them both equally. Having a simple home and schedule really is life changing. The craaziest part is for me I didn’t even realized how the chaos around me was causing me to not be able to focus on the things that I treasure the most…my relationship with the Lord and the relationship with my family.

    • bobbi says:

      Agreed! On both counts. As for the chaos, it makes a huge difference to the peace in our house when things are more orderly and running smoother. Now I just need to keep working a the purging, though, since I am a bit of a hoarder. LOL Thanks for stopping by and linking up, Jenny!

  • Elena Luther says:

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy!!! Probably not a surprise that is the book I would suggest. Ha!

    • Bobbi says:

      Yes, Elena, no surprise! Lol. Would you consider it a hard read (for me) and I’d have to push to get through it or engrossing enough where I’d want to finish it?

  • Sara says:

    I love Anna K., but I guess after HP you need something a little faster paced. Fahrenheit 451 or Frankenstein are the 2 I would recommend, maybe even in that order. You can progressively slow down until you get to AK. I haven’t read the Wharton one, so I can’t comment.

    I hope your husband’s test is good and no other shoes drop!

    • bobbi says:

      Hi Sara, thanks for the well wishes. The testing came out clean with no signs of cancer and we are all well so we survived the day! I landed out downloading Frankenstein since that had the most votes. Although I waited too long to make a decision I started “A Man Called Ove” while I was waiting. LOL. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Laurel says:

    Frankenstein would be my recommendation (the only one I haven’t read is the one by Wharton). I read it while we were traveling on our honeymoon (odd, yes? :-p), but it really is a fantastic book. Not at all what you’d expect.

    I saw your note on Instagram earlier that your husband’s test came back cancer-free–praise God!!

    I wanted to do the home organization along with the group but this wasn’t a good time. I’m still hoping to do it. I haven’t read Emily’s book, but I love Tsh’s. Our house needs a good purging right now, so I can’t wait to start.

    • bobbi says:

      Thanks, Laurel. I am behind on the cleaning challenge – barely starting the room I was supposed to be done with but better lat than never. As for the book, I landed out downloading Frankenstein since that had the most votes. Although I waited too long to make a decision and I started “A Man Called Ove” while I was waiting. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ann-Marie says:

    After reading you and Kathryn, I think I need to put that book on hold at my library!

  • Ashley says:

    That lotions sounds amazing and that rosary pouch? SO cute. Thanks so much for linking up with me!

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