1. Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook — We got this a couple Christmases ago, and I'm finally busting it open in my quest towards total kitchen domination. (Or something.) But, oh, do I love this cookbook! I don't shop at Trader Joe's that often, but there are many dishes I've been able to make without making the extra trip. From corn chowder to couscous with sun dried tomatoes, from taco soup to baked gnocci, this cookbook is packed with easy-to-make meals. I also love that there is information on how to make (almost) every recipe vegetarian!
2. The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster — This is the first book by Jen Lancaster that I've read, and the whole time I was wondering where she has been all my life. This memoir is less about her Martha project than I was expecting, but it a good way. It was both deeply emotional and light-hearted, always at the right moment. Read it! You'll love it.
3. iPhone 4s — I've wanted an iPhone for years. Years and years. It had become a bit of a pipe dream, and something that I hated wanting so much because it made me feel a wee bit greedy and wanty and envious of anyone who had one (especially 12-year-olds with booty shorts and no sense of reality whatsoever). Anyway, Jay got a smartphone early this year, and since then I've been begging him to let me upgrade, too. When we finally agreed I could get an iPhone on my birthday, I nearly did a cartwheel. Somewhat ironically, our bill is going to be exactly the same as what we were paying before (maybe a little less after an additional discount). Aaaaand my life is complete. And I no longer require a birthday or Christmas present for the next three years. Amen.
4. Citrus Lane (yep, that's a referral link) — I've gotten around six or seven of these boxes since Eisley was born, and they are absolutely fantastic. They cost $25/month, which is steep if you do it every single month, but I totally recommend trying it out if you're a new mom, or for your child's birthday month. I still use 90% of the stuff I've gotten from each of these boxes, even years later—bath toys, puzzles, books, maracas (Eisley's favorite), a sun hat, CDs, and a ton of other things. (My sister and I were raving about Citrus Lane to each other during my visit in August, which made me realize I should probably share it here!) I love that in addition to the items in the box, there is usually an additional promotional item. I recently got a credit for 10 free postcards from Postagram, and a promo code for a free outfit (worth $40, ahhh!) from FabKids. Although I can't afford to get these boxes year-round, they offer so much bang-for-your-buck, so to speak, and I haven't once been disappointed by what I find tucked inside.
5. 50 Promises memory cards by Show and Tell — When I came across this set of bible verse flash cards, I knew I had to add it to my birthday wish list. Designed by blogger Summer Harms (who I adore, by the way), they are based on something she wrote here. I was thrilled when my mother-in-law ended up getting these for me, and I am eager to start memorizing scripture again—something I haven't done since I was a child, to be honest. (I'm getting flashbacks to my good ol' Awana days.) I've been taping my weekly card up in the kitchen, so whenever I'm doing dishes (which is way too often) I'm able to glance at the verse and say it to myself a few times. I love it. It feels good to have these words floating around in my headspace throughout the day.
Phew! That was long-winded. Apparently I have a lot to say. How about you? Anything in particular you were swooning over in August?