Favorite Things, Friday Eve Favorites, Gifts, Organization, Podcast

FRIDAY EVE FAVORITES – February Edition

Hi Friends, here are a few things that are saving my sanity and life right now….

Neck and Shoulder Relaxer Chiropractic Pillow

My chiropractor friend (truly her official title), told me to order this. It’s so relaxing to lay on after a long day or tough work out. It stretches out the neck in the most supportive way. I’ve actually accidentally slept all night on this, proof it isn’t torture. For under $20, it’s a chiropractic bargain!

Sidekick Pencil Pouch

This little pouch from the Container Store is my journal and current book’s sidekick. I underline and highlight as I read, so I like to have a writing utensil close by. This pencil/pen pouch has a MAGNET ARM that hugs the cover of a book, so one is always close by. Brilliant. As my friend, ‘Other Brooke’ says, “Another thing I didn’t invent…”

Portable Mini Refillable Perfume Atomizer

This is the best for those of you who don’t like using a roller ball for perfume application on the go. It’s the coolest little guy. You simply take the spray lid off of your favorite full size perfume, connect the bottom of the atomizer to the regular perfume bottle and press it up and down to fill the cavity. It travels well and doesn’t leak in your purse like roller balls can!

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel

I’ve tried a ton of eye patches to help freshen up puffy eyes. These are my favorite by far. Others that I have tried are jelly (ick) or slimy (gross), and fall all over my face. The inside of these babies is super soothing and so nice while the outside is more like a material…nothing slimy! The best part is that they WORK with puffiness and fine lines. They carry them at Ulta, I’ve linked them here from Amazon as well.

Clear Shelf Divider

I don’t know how to accurately describe these amazing and strong shelf dividers. So just believe me? I was looking for a solution for some closet shelf organization. When I found these, I started looking for other places to use them. The bottom arm is padded, so it won’t scratch the wood or paint that it grips onto. They hold up well, (even strong enough for books!) and divide beautifully.

No Show/No Slip Socks

These made me break up with Nike No Show socks. They are perfect, no slipping and they let you keep the circulation in your feet! The best part...they come in a pack of 6 for under $20!

Podcast….

If you haven’t caught this podcast of Brene Brown, hosted by School of Greatness…. or this podcast of Richard Rohr, hosted by Good True & Beautiful…enjoy!

Several have recently asked me for book recommendations…I have a saved Book Highlight on my Instagram for those! I always love hearing your recommendations as well!

Love & Light,

Brooke

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Family, Lessons, Love, Parenting, Patience, Priorities

Steering Wheels and Parenting

One of my least favorite things about Motherhood, is the sinking feeling that as they are growing up, I am being broken up with.  On a gradual, but daily basis. The kind of break up where it’s not you, it’s them.  They think you are sweet, yet a tad simple minded.  They are just going to back away a tiny bit each day, hoping that you’ll find a new hobby or even adopt a new kid to absorb some of the suffocating love bestowed. 

I know this is part of life, it’s the exact season in which cuss words were invented, because it stinks.  It’s bittersweet.  It’s mentally exhausting reminding oneself that while the precious darling “knows it all”, his brain has not fully developed. It’s sad to see the finish line of this phase ahead. And yet, I love it.  I love teenagers. I love our boys. And while the Titanic of childhood disappears into the ocean, I will share my raft and never, ever let them go.

Our full house is dwindling.  Parenting teenagers and adult children is a whole different ball game from raising little ones.  When they are little tykes, each day is 131 years long.  When they are teenagers, it’s like stepping on the walking belt at the airport – life is lived at double time speed.  You are just trying to balance on the moving belt, wistfully smiling over at the tiptoeing parents of toddlers and saying annoying things like, “The days are long, but the years are short!  Enjoy!” 

Raising children is like driving a car.  Exciting, fast, slow, scary…all of it.  The great thing about driving is that there are usually roads and lines to drive on and in between, guiding you where you are going.  There is a steering wheel, blinkers, a gas pedal, and brake.  Brakes are important here – when life gets fast, parents can pump the brakes.  There are seatbelts and airbags to somewhat protect them. You can dial down the sound on the radio or specific friendships your children have.  You have more control than when they are teens and adult children.  As much control as you have while driving a car – not all the control, as accidents and blowouts sadly happen, but more control than you soon will have.

Because, if we are lucky….those little angel babies grow up.

Teenagers and then adults. 

Parenting a young adult looks different.  You are on different ground.  In fact, you aren’t even on the ground. You are treading water, hope you can swim.

Parenting a young adult is like driving a boat.  Climb on in.  There are no roads, no lines, no concrete boundaries to guide your steering.  There are no seat belts or airbags, just grab a life vest which resembles prayer. Most importantly, there is no brake.  Zero.  You have to measure and judge when you let off the gas accordingly, and “catch” the boat before you crash into the dock.  Sometimes this works, sometimes not – it depends on who is driving and who is catching.  There is a gas pedal to use. But again, no brake.   Sometimes the depth finder shocks you at the level of your perfectly intelligent child’s thoughts, and you will burst with pride…only to be jarred out of it by unexpectedly docking on a sand bar.  Sometimes you are rocked outside of the boat, simply treading water until you figure out how to get back in.   Hold on to the life vest of prayer for extra security measures.  A life vest can’t breathe life back into us, but it can keep us afloat with hope while things get worked out. 

The scariest thing about large bodies of water is not knowing what is going on underneath. What is hidden, what is hiding, what should be avoided, predators, secrets, rocks, icebergs…it’s all there. Sometimes we don’t like the direction the boat is going or the passengers that are allowed on. Love, wisdom, prayers, and patience are huge here, lean into those. As parents, we only see what is on top of the water. If we pay attention, we can sometimes recognize the swirling of the current going on underneath. Other times, we are surprised by a sudden wave we didn’t see coming. Again, life vest of prayer – make sure everyone is holding on tightly. Grab two if needed.

While you are looking for land to dock for a bit, lean into friends who love your children well.  Have a mentor or two that gives GOOD, REAL, and TRUE advice.  Recently, seemingly stranded on a shallow sand bar with a child of ours, I texted my friend Marlo, who is a fellow boy-mom, out of exhaustion asking for advice.  Her reply was to get to the heart of the problem rather than focusing on the issue and, “…love him through every step.  Love him harder when he tries taking them two at a time.  Even harder when he slips on one.”

Hold on to wise friends like those.  Especially the funny ones who can make light of a heavy situation and help you look at it from a different view, rather than the tunnel vision that we can get lost in.

“Chaos can be beautiful if you love all your ingredients.” 

How beautiful is that thought?  Life is sometimes messy, we can’t always avoid the chaos or waves.  However, the chaos isn’t as loud if you love all your ingredients.

Just keep showing up and driving the boat.  The ride is worth it.  

Clothing, Fashion, Favorite Things, Friday Eve Favorites

FRIDAY EVE FAVORITES…Guest Edition

Meet my friend Amanda Cunningham, who you will rarely find without a smile. Amanda is a wife to Matt, mom to Cade and Cambrie, top ranked Realtor in Waco, Texas, fashionista with a fun style, essential oil loving gal, and an incredible friend. You want her in your corner, every one of them. She is a friend to many and a lover of FUN! She is also hilarious, she makes me laugh without even trying to. Once she bought a house based on the front door design. I admire anyone that sure of their choices. Amanda also weekly hosts The Waco 254, which features local businesses and dives into learning more about our fellow Wacoans. This month she is gracious enough to share a few of her favorite things…

Flawless by Finishing Touch

A new beauty device that erases hair instantly and painlessly without the irritation that comes with plucking or waxing. (Or let’s get real, shaving.) It discreetly looks like a tube of lipstick, and has a built-in light that makes it easy to see and remove every single hair from the upper lip, cheek, chin, eyebrows or anywhere! Zero reasons left to have a spare hair or 12 hanging from your chinny chin chin.

Consuela Handbags

Consuela handbags are a favorite. Especially this Silverlake Classic Tote. When ordering from the Consuela website, you can add your email address for an extra 15% off!

Orange Blossom Foaming Face Wash

Not only does it smell heavenly, it is made from 100 percent naturally derived ingredients. It is perfect for sensitive skin, reduces surface oils and removes dirt and makeup without making your skin feel dry or tight.

Boxwood Hedge Wall

I asked Amanda to put her wall on this list, because it’s one of my favorites. When she told me her plan to do this, I could not wait to see the finished product! She ordered these boxwood hedge panels from Amazon, and simply stapled them to the wall. Seriously. How gorgeous is this space?

Young Living Inner Defense Capsules

Inner Defense is a daily staple in the Cunningham house. It’s packed full of potent essential oils – oregano, thyme, and Thieves® which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support.  (Amanda got me hooked on these last month when I was down with the flu. These guys and Thieves® oil saved me!) Speaking of Thieves…

All things Thieves

If you have had a 3 minutes conversation with Amanda, she has sold you on Thieves essential oil. She will then tell you all the reasons you need to Ditch and Switch (change out all your household cleaning products, etc. to a cleaner, healthier option…Thieves). It really is amazing. You can contact her (below) for more information on Young Living and Thieves.

Overland

In 1973, Jim Leahy, arrived in Taos, New Mexico with a bale of sheepskins, a sewing machine, and a notion that if you did something right the rest would take care of itself. In 2019, Amanda found Overland and fell in love with their capes, coats, and boots.

ART Renewal Serum

This serum is made of several essential oils, including orchid extract, which is full of antioxidants. The essence of orchids helps to regulate skin pigmentation, thus combating aging caused by free radicals. Orchids have been called the perfect plant for skin because they contain calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper – all things that nourish. Renewal Serum moisturizes, boost your skins immunity, reduces fine lines, smooths, and regulates skin pigmentation.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau De Parfum Spray

Amanda’s favorite perfume.

Maui Jim Sunglasses

When asked which exact pair of Maui Jim sunglasses are her favorite, she gave me a list of 4. I feel like sunglasses are personal, so I didn’t link specific pair, but how cute is Amanda in these? In Hawaii, planting trees…of course she is.

NingXia Red®

An antioxidant powerhouse. Truly. Drinking 1-2 oz. of this a day can completely neutralize oxidative stress. It is made primarily of wolfberries – one ounce of Ningxia Red has the antioxidant power of 4 lbs of carrots, 10 lbs of spinach, 8 oranges, and 2 lbs beets. This is health in a juice box.

ART Refreshing Toner

Noonday Jewelry

Favorite affordable jewelry…big earrings! Noonday is a fun company with great designs. They are socially responsible, fair trade company that strives to use fashion to alleviate poverty. Check out all of their products! They are amazing quality and super trendy.

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Books, Favorite Things, Friday Eve Favorites, Gifts, Makeup

FRIDAY EVE FAVORITES – January Edition

Bringing you a few favorite things on this glorious Thursday….

Why Thursday?  Because it is my favorite day of the week!  It’s the eve of the weekend, full of hope.  Although, if you are a parent, weekends basically mean nothing – you’re still on duty. Friday Eve Favorites will come monthly, or more. Stay tuned for some fun surprises coming up this year!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

These little drops are added to your facial moisturizer. I add 2 drops to my morning (or evening..just not both, or you’ll be super dark.) moisturizer, combine the two products in my palm, rub on my face, and let the glow build. My skin is sensitive, so I was a tad nervous to try these – but haven’t had one issue with breakouts! These drops come in light, medium, and dark. Just pick your tan and enjoy!

Start Today Journal by Rachel Hollis

“A goal is a dream with a sports bra on.”

Who isn’t a Rachel Hollis fan? She has an amazing attitude and spirit….limitless energy. This journal, the Start Today Journal is super intentional and I am LOVING IT! It’s all in one place – daily gratitude, dreaming, and goal setting. You can find yours at Target stores now!

Rapid Egg Cooker

My family eats boiled eggs like they are candy. It’s a tad disturbing. I make them by the dozens to keep in the fridge. I’m going to admit something really lazy…I hate boiling eggs and peeling them. This little rapid egg cooker is so fun – not only does it make perfect boiled eggs (and other variations of styles), but they are super easy to peel! Praise be to the chickens.

Betabrand Dress Yoga Pants

A few months ago I was trying to find some regular dress pants. Not skinny, not cropped, just REGULAR pants for NORMAL women. I ran into my friend, Alicia, awkwardly grabbed her hips and said, “Where did you get these?” Betabrand are the most comfortable pants you’ll ever wear to work. Your bottom half isn’t going to know what to do with all that moveable, breathing room. Expect a thank you card. Betabrand has several makes and models, but my favorite are the classic boot cut. For us normal gals.

LV Dupe Insulated Cooler

This has been such a fun little cooler. It’s obviously a LV dupe, and I’m 100% okay with having a knockoff cooler to put ice in. During football season I needed a cooler to bring into games – not to cheat the system (trust me, we purchase plenty from the concession stands), but to bring water and cooling cloths. We arrive at away games 2 hours early to set up the run through tunnel for the players. (And by we set up, I mean Chad.) The concession stand isn’t normally open that early, so I hunted down a cooler that looked like a purse. It comes in a black version as well and makes for awesome girlfriend gifts filled with their favorite drink! (It comes with an odd red tag on the front that I cut off with a razor….)

One Word Book

This isn’t a new book. It’s just a really good one. I first read it years ago, but picked it up again this month while I was figuring out my word for 2020. One Word breaks down how to choose your own word for the year. It’s a quick read, takes 45 minutes, 44 if you listen to the audio version. Definitely worth it.

Classic Button Down Shirt

I love a classic button down blouse that holds shape. This one is around $22 and comes in almost every color! I wash mine, hang it out, and find that it barely needs to be steamed before wearing! I haven’t ironed one yet. I normally am a small/medium in tops however, in this one I wear a large so the buttons don’t pull.

Fillable Brass Scent Lamp with USB port.

I bought this lamp for a friend. We were decorating her desk and then discovered it has a USB port! Stop it. Her desk is basically like a hotel with a charging lamp! I quickly had to go back and get 2 more, because I love any hidden place to charge my phone. You can fill this lamp with seasonal decor to spruce up any area, but I love it simple.

Leopard Adidas Sneakers

I would marry these if I could. They are super comfy and adorable. Dicks Sporting Goods currently has them in stock, however before they did, I found mine on Amazon here. I sized down a whole size, apparently Adidas sneakers run big. Also, my teens tell me I’m old for calling these sneakers. Whatever.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

I don’t love usually lipstick. It doesn’t stay on and I’m too lazy to reapply all day, when I can swipe some gloss on without a mirror. This Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Loyalist is amazing. It stays on most of my day with a dab of gloss on top of it. There are lots of great shades, Loyalist and Dreamer are my favorite. But what do I know? I spent the majority of my teen years wearing Dr. Pepper flavored chapstick.

And lastly…a favorite meme of the month.

Replace the tarot cards with Angel cards, and there is a slight chance this might be the future for Grandma Brookie.

Love & Light to all,

Brooke

Books, Christmas, Fashion, Favorite Things, Gifts

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS 2019

I’ve made a list, and checked it thrice for a few of my favorite things this year….

This list is longer than years past. Since I have laid low for awhile, consider this my apology of love.  For shopping and perusing purposes, click on the pink highlighted title of each item to be directed to the link of the item mentioned!  I do not profit on any purchases from the links.  However, I have all Amazon products linked to benefit The Cove in Waco, which helps teenagers experiencing homelessness.  So, don’t be a Scrooge, help the kiddos and purchase from the links!  More info about The Cove later…

Let’s dive into some favorites!

Cozy White Cottage Book 

Cozy is my true love language.  The past few years, I’ve focused on rearranging, decorating, and bringing in what makes our home feel like an inviting place to snuggle up and relax.  I read and collect a lot of books – especially favorites that also double as beautiful decor. This one is by Liz Marie Galvan, who has a gorgeous blog and instagram you should check out.  Cozy White Cottage is written so well.  Wonderful content and completely doable ideas for the common folk.  It is also a gorgeous coffee table book.  You are welcome to come over, prop your weary feet up and read it beloved.

 

Cica Cream

I found this gem of a face serum/cream through an Instagram friend, I ordered it from Amazon without a lot of hope, due to my skin being sensitive.  This is so soothing, moisturizing, and amazing – I’ve already gone through 2 jars.  Since it is priced so well (around $17!), I use it liberally on my neck and chest as well.  Cica Cream is a high grade Koren skincare cream.  It’s a formulation that has been around for centuries, dating back to when the ancient Greeks would steam chamomile into their pores. Google it to see for yourself and then order you some.  I would not lead you astray on skincare.

 

Kork Ease Shoes

I stumbled on this brand last year, and they quickly became my favorites. If I am looking a new style of foot wear, I look for a Kork Ease option first. Let me admit, the name alone made me feel like I had given up on fashion and was going straight orthopedic shoes – if you feel the same, I promise the style, cushion and comfort of Kork Ease will melt away any worries you may have.  From personal experience, I can tell you their options of boots, pumps, clogs, mules, and wedges are all great choices.  Like these, and these, and these.  Your feet will thank me – I promise.

 

Personalized Scripture Journal 

This was a favorite birthday gift, given by a precious friend.  Each journal is custom made to place your name in 72 different scriptures.  Each page of the journal has a scripture written on the bottom.  Like this…

Seeing my name in scripture makes me hear and feel it deeper.  What great gift for a loved one, including yourself!  Customize your own at Paper Sunday.

 

Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray

This stuff is liquid gold.  Blowdrying my hair is my least favorite chore, but I’m thankful for hair, so I look for products that make it easier.  Like this spray and my favorite blowdryer from the Favorite Things 2017 list.  I need to apologize for putting something on my list that cost as much as this spray. (But the dryer is $32, so perhaps that helps?)  I blame Corrie and Mason. I get it wholesale since I birthed and raised my hairdresser, so, maybe see if you can talk a child into cosmetology school?  If you want to try this brand or product, and can’t find it wholesale, maybe start with the travel size.  It also doubles as a perfume, as it smells heavenly.  I’d love to try the other hair products Oribe offers, but haven’t figured out which kidney to donate.

 

Organic Spirulina Tablets

I have an amazing cousins, one being my favorite health guru who always provides me with answers to my health questions.  These little Spirulina tablets are a favorite supplement that we take, they assure that we get the protein we need from greens.  They are rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – a green superfood!  The tablets are small, so taking several at once is not a problem at all.  I take them by small handfuls. Maybe large handfuls on the days I eat bad, which is most days. #healthnut

 

Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel

I bought this exact facial exfoliant peel from a sales booth last year.  I loved it, but couldn’t find it again to reorder.  I was so excited to find it (through a recommendation on Amazon) for 1/4 of the price…less than $12! It gently exfoliates, cleanses, brightens skin, and reverses aging. I “peel” twice a week, and get so excited when it is time to use it!

 

 “Seven Gnomes Stitchery”

If you love cross stitching, or wish to start a new hobby – this Etsy Shop Seven Gnomes Stitchery has the CUTEST and most creative patterns!  Jillian, the owner and creator, is so great to work with, and also offers custom creations from time to time, like the pattern above that I stitched for our Powder Room.  My family doesn’t think I’m near as funny as I am.  (If you follow me on Instagram and have seen some of the bible verses stitched, this is the Etsy store they came from!)

 

Rhythms of Renewal 

This book just makes so much dang sense.  It’s sweet and incredible. Daily struggles with anxiety and stress make it difficult to receive God’s peace. Rhythms of Renewal  will help you trade your anxiety for the vibrant life you were meant to live through four rhythms: Rest, Restore, Connect, and Create.  You can take a quiz on her website to discover your healthiest rhythm, the one that comes most naturally for you. Then receive input and feedback on the remaining rhythms, with actionable steps on ways to strengthen and grow.  Shocker that mine was NOT rest, but with this book, I’m learning!

 

Judy Blue Jeans 

Oh, these jeans!  I can live life so much better in comfy clothes.  Judy Blue is new to me.  I found them at Apricot Lane here in Waco, they come in so many shapes and washes and have a GREAT price point, usually around $39 or $49.  They have a great stretch that still holds structure.  The sizing comes in odd sizes, for reference – I wear a 4/6 or 27/28,  in these I usually wear a 3.  The rule of thumb is that if you can stretch them out past an inch, then you need to size down.  I also have one pair in a 5, and wear those just as much since they don’t lose their shape and bag.  Swing into Apricot Lane for more fun fashions! You will love Kristin and staff!

 

Lauren Ferrell Designs 

I found this talented gal when I was looking for unique earrings for a friend.  I ended up with earrings for myself as well – she has great designs and they are all so LIGHT!  Which is a big deal to me, heavy earrings ruin a great attitude.  Lauren is young, hip and makes jewelry for a great cause – yearly trips to Haiti for mission work and sponsoring Odinia, a young girl in the Mission of Hope school system.  Order from her website, or follow her on Instagram!

 

NuDerma Portable Handheld High Frequency Skin Therapy Wand

Before I found this on Amazon, I was texting our Skin Magician to stop in with my boys for her to “zap their zits” weekly.  This high frequency treatment kills the bacteria directly beneath while simultaneously providing a natural boost of cellular energy to both kill acne causing bacteria and reduce inflammation at the same time.  My girlfriend uses it for anti-aging purposes, to boost circulation and collagen product which help “plump” skin cells to fill in voids which are the underlying cause of wrinkles and fine lines.  The price of this is incredible (less than $35!), we use it so much that it is out on the counter more than stored away neatly.  Zappin’ our life away!

 

Praying for Strangers Book

This is the sweetest read.  It’s an easy book to curl up and devour in a sitting, or read an easy chapter a day.  I’ve always thought of prayer being a vertical connection to God, until reading this I realized it could also be a connection to others.  A great book and gift.

 

Pony O Hair 

I have a lot of hair and still can’t get a full pony tail look…until these.  Pony O’s are completely different than your basic hair ties.  Watch the videos on their website to see if they are for you before ordering.

 

Nike Tanjun Trainers 

 These sneakers are so comfy – I train in them, dance in them, run in them, errand in them, and lounge SO well in them.  **Warning – They are so comfortable that you will want other colors.  I’ve linked these to Nordstrom Rack, where I ordered my first pair.  I’ve found all the other pairs on Amazon and Poshmark.  They run true to size.

*If you are wanting these soft and amazing jazzy leopard leggings, you can get them on Amazon!

 

Live in Grace – Walk In Love Devotional 

It’s no secret what a huge fan I am of Bob Goff and his teachings. He has a new devotional out that is going in all stockings this year!  It’s just as nourishing as all his other books – a great start or end to any day.

 

Active Hydration Serum

This is a must have for all skin types.  One of my main concerns with my skin is hydration, which is a battle with combination skin.  Super fun. This miracle serum balances moisture levels and raises skins hydration by 200%, and maintains hydration for 8 hours.  It’s incredible!  Add to your face before you “Zap” it with the high frequency therapy wand.  *They have a body cream option, Active Hydration Body Replenish that is the only body cream that keeps my legs hydrated in the winter.

 

Make Up Eraser 

A friend told me about these over the summer and I can’t thank her enough.  These are the BEST – simply wet and cleanse your entire face.  All your makeup, including eye makeup will be GONE!  It’s my favorite magic trick yet.  You can find them at Amazon or Nordstorms.  They have mini travel makeup erasers too!

 

Have More Fun Book 

A friend gave me this book at what couldn’t have been a more perfect time. “How to be remarkable, stop feeling stuck, and start enjoying life.”  This book is light, funny, and deeply good for the soul. If you aren’t sold on reading it, pick it up and read the Conclusion…yep, the last chapter.  I’m giving you permission to skip to the end.  If that doesn’t speak to your dried bones, then this is not the book for you.  If it does speak to you, the audio book is a great one as well!

 

Lush Body Butter Bar 

These little guys are a moisturizing life saver. Truly.  A friend got me hooked on these a couple of years ago. Lush is an amazing store with a story to match. This Body Butter Bar is as exfoliating as it is moisturizing.  They also have a travel case that goes with the bars, so it can be gifted neatly to those who are hard to shop for…who doesn’t want soft skin?!

 

Sweet Grace Laundry Detergent

Sweet Grace has been my favorite candle scent for years, but recently I was turned on to their laundry detergent…heavenly! I have linked it to Amazon, however if you are local to Waco – Wildflower Boutique on Richland carries all of the Sweet Grace scented goodies!  Stop in and see her!

 

Pacifica Pink Nudes

Found this and several other favorites from my Instagram friend Cattle Baron in Cashmere...keep reading for more info on her shortly!  I don’t wear eye shadow much, due to lack of effort or care.  This has been a fun jazz up to my makeup routine!  Love the soft, pinky nudes of this pallet. 

 

Folex Carpet Cleaner

Apparently I am the last person on earth to know about this miracle cleaner.  I have to share it in case anyone else is living under a rock.  This is the best carpet/rug spot cleaner!  Even for red wine!  It’s great to have on hand with a house full of teenage boys…it has saved their life several times.

 

Plush Leopard Pajama Pants 

These PJ pants came in the same gift as the Scripture journal back in the summer, which means my precious friend knows me well.  PJ pants and a journal…two paths straight to my heart.  These are so soft and warm, which are MUST haves in our house that is always freezing to this Momma.  They come in several other colors and patterns with still the same plush goodness.

 

Matilda Jane Pajama Pants

It is a well known fact that if I am home for longer than 4 minutes, I will change into comfy clothes, or half change.  Even when I’m home between work meetings, hence this photo above. I had 1 hour to hang curtains in our son’s room and couldn’t do it in heels and work pants.  So, I semi-changed – Business on top, Cozy on the bottom. I used this photo to show you the length of these pants is perfection.  The material is definitely made of angel wings.  They are solid and soft.  A good rule of thumb is to grab a pair from each season of Matilda Jane.  Here is a link to their other pj pants of the season if the Christmas jammies are sold out in your size.  The sweetest part of these is their non-judgmental nature.  They will live in harmony with whatever color or print top you wear them with.  (See photo for proof)

 

Orleans No 9 Room Spray 

A friend of mine got so tired of me commenting on how amazing their house always smells, she finally gifted me with my own Orleans No 9 room spray.  I love room sprays, but get frustrated when the scents don’t last long.  I can spray this in the morning, and still enjoy it when we walk in the house that evening!  I don’t know what the difference is in this one, but it is a big one.  She found it at a Boutique in College Station, but here is it on Amazon, with their other scents for pursuing. I’d always rather shop local, so if you know where to get it around Waco, please let me know!

 

Cattlebaron In Cashmere

I adore this gal and her Instagram account.  She is hilarious, shares the funniest memes, has the BEST recipes and Amazon finds!  So many of my favorite things, were found through Alison.  Besides my kids, I don’t even know why I got on Instagram every day before Cattlebaron in Cashmere.  Give her a follow, you won’t be sorry.

 

The Cove

The Cove is a teen nurturing center designed to provide a safe space for students experiencing homelessness to access the resources they need to thrive.  Our friend, Alicia, introduced me to this organization.  Until I learned about it through her, I have to admit – I had no clue how many teenagers experience homelessness.  Let’s do something?  Whether it be a small donation or your time. If you aren’t local, I encourage you to look in your own town to find a need to help with.

 

Lastly, one of my Favorite Things this year and every year, are friends like these.  Friendship is built of 1,000 small kindnesses, a lot of acceptance, and a little bit of patience.  Swapped back and forth, and over again.   

Thank you for being a friend.

XOXO –

Brooke

 

*Featured photo by Alyssa Simmons.