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1.  My newest ray-bans are my favorite yet (and I'm a bit of a ray-ban hoarder).  Loving these Ray-Ban gatsby 4526 sunglasses.  Found them at  There are several different color and lens combo.  I went for a slight mirror look.  These frames are super light weight matte acetate and the lens tint is light enough that I can still wear them when I step inside for a minute or as the sun starts to set, yet they are still strong enough protection in high sun.

2. Nature Nate's raw & unfiltered honey.  What does raw & unfiltered mean? It means it is more like it exists in the hive -- hasn't gone through crazy heating processes and contains tiny particles of the environment that it was in, including pollen.  A great help for our family in allergy season! It also means that they only thing added to the honey is its bottle - no rice or corn syrup adulteration.
I was lucky enough to win a year's supply of this yummy goodness, but I was already a huge fan long before.  Thank you Nature Nate's for the hook up.  Find them on instagram -- you never know, maybe you can snag some free honey too!

3.  My favorite snack -- especially right now while we are more or less "camping" at the house.  RX Bars.  My favorites are the blue and the black.  They aren't cheap, but nutrition and a bit of indulgence go along way in my book.

4.  Where to start on this bag from Just Porter?!  We have been gypsies since we moved out of our house in November.  A few days here, a handful of weeks there... lots of traveling, lots of moving pieces.  This bag has been a family go-to, but has especially become my husband's bag.  He can fit it all in there... computer, bible, a couple changes of clothes, chargers, book, toiletries, paperwork for the contractors etc., snacks, and a few other camping necessities for when he spends the night at the build.  And lets be honest, a lot of the kids stuff gets stuffed in there too.   He loves the different zippered pockets, the padded computer department and padded straps, magnetic front closures, and waterproof fabric.  Everything is safe and has a place to stay organized.  You'll be seeing more of this bag for sure -- we love it.
But let me add what we reallllly love about this bag... it creates sustainability for a community in need!  When you buy a Just Porter bag you give a bag too.  Just Porter hires local bag makers (supporting small businesses), they fill the bags they give full of school supplies (aiding in education).  You can feel good about your purchase! // instagram + Facebook 

5.  Lipsense.  Yup.  The stuff you might be seeing pop up all over your Facebook but maybe haven't stopped to really look at yet.  You need too.  I was the same way and then was gifted a couple colors. Its really fun and for my dryish lips I can never get an even non-flaky lipstick coat... this does the job.  I have two colors - a nude/pink "apple cider, and a darkish purply read "sheer berry."
My friend Heather can hook you up too.  Find her on her Facebook group page or message me and I'll get y'all in touch.  She really knows the colors and all the tips.  I've known her since college and she is just a gem! **mention this post and she'll give you free shipping on starter kits**

6.  If you've ever been on my blog before, you'll already know my love for fashionABLE.  What started as scarves made in Africa giving women the ability to feel pride in their work and care for their families... then leather, jewelry, and now apparel too!  The started with some closet staple tees.  I have three and am not surprised that I'm obsessed.  The fit is great.  The fabric is yummy soft but not the pilling kind of soft.  No itchy tags.  I'll be partnering in a few days with a couple friends to give some away too - so keep a close eye on my instagram!

7.  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  Might seem like a random thing to add to my favorite list.  But for a novice/reluctant homeschooler, I've been super thankful for this book.  Its the same one my husband learned to read with.  I love the way it builds on just 20 minutes a day.  It's perfect for the parent too - anything in read is for the parent to use for instruction, it literally tells you what to say to your child when in the course of the lesson.  Magnolia has about 25 lessons left.  She loves looking back at her early lessons to see where she started and where she is now.  I'll be starting with Henry in August.  It's less than $15 on amazon.  

8.  Natursutten Pacis.  I thought I would just use these for Mary Rose as an infant, but we just can't quit these and she'll be 1 next month.  It started out because I liked the aesthetic.  But I really love that they are 100% natural - no parabens, pvc, or chemical softeners.  They are all one piece, so no joints or creases for dirty grime or mold to sneak into.

9.  Lotta from Stockholm.  I you don't have a pair.  You need one.  Or if you are like me, you need a few pairs.  Just added these classic high heel clogs to my closet.  Love these slides for any season. // instagram + Facebook

10.  We are moving in to the house.  As in, I'm currently finishing this post at the hotel while baby naps and then we are driving down to officially move in.  I've been dreaming of the kids room design for a few months now and found the cutest accents from  Love these embroidered cactus pillows.  There are two different styles - got one of each for each of the kids beds along with a few other goodies that I can't wait to set up, photograph and share (hopefully sooner than later), mean while, check out uncommongoods for some great personalized gift ideas.

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I'm always one that loves to try all sorts of fun new sunglasses.  Having light eyes (and obvious by pictures, a very light complexion all together) I'm always reaching for shades.  David and I had a lot of fun with these super reflective Le Specs shades from @sunglassesshop.  I'm wearing the Demo Mode Sunglasses & David has on the Le Specs Spartan Sunglasses.  If you're looking for a one stop shop to find all your favorite brands + new ones you're sure to love for both men and women... I can't recommend this shop enough -- great customer service, quick turn around, great prices, biggest selection.

spring up, oh well!

The blog has been quiet, but we've been busy.  As soon as we get the septic hooked up and water running, we'll be able to move to our land.  At first it will be a bit "camp" like -- not all the finishes will be in, will even be missing a few windows and waiting on a couple appliances, but we are not afraid of adventure, that much we have learned.  

I walked into one of the little stores in town (population 300) to grab a couple cookies from a friend.  The owner, who has been so sweet and encouraging to us, asked "whats new and exciting?"... my answer yesterday is that we found a spring on our land!  God provides.  We were having so much trouble scheduling and getting the well digging people to work with us.  Plus we were nervous that once it did get dug we'd have to deal with some pretty heavy sulfa water.  And then... "spring up, oh well!" we have clean mineral rich water and plenty of it.  All the plumbing is ready at the house and David is finishing up getting our water storage bin in place and connected to the house.  We were all out yesterday.  While David worked the kids and I spent a few hours at the neighbors' house -- chasing cats and dogs, riding horses, and talking to the cows.  We are so thankful for these friends and mentors out in the country.  We stayed until sunset last night even though it made bedtime two hours late.  David snapped these pictures of me and baby.  I'll never get over the magic of "yard."

Magnolia is feeling particularly lonely for some farm pets.  She wakes up every morning here at our Aunt's and Uncle's house and looks out the front door.  She has been praying that God will send a lady over who will put a kitten in the front yard for her.  Every morning she checks and sees none, but so sweetly does not despair and says to herself, "well, not today," and goes about the next thing.  This season has been hard on all of us in different ways as we wait and hold onto so many hopes that are in the "not yet" category, trusting that the day will come.  We are expectant.  We are trusting.  Over and over He proves His provision and care for us.  


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