In any case, here are some things that had me swooning this month:
1. Amy Knapp's Family Organizer — I know it seems a little late in the year to be waxing poetic on a daily planner, but bear with me! There may be some of you who have yet to pick up something decent for the year ahead, and I just love this one (which was a gift from my mom!). I love that it has enough room to write down everything I need for every day, along with a tear-out grocery list, a to-do list, and a section for your menu plan for each week. It has a nice, simple design and includes so many things without feeling cluttered at all. And it's less than $12 on Amazon. Perfection!
2. The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle — I really wish that Melanie would just write a dozen other books, because between this one and the other I have read, I'm sufficiently in love with her style of writing. (And her, probably.) She is so relatable and hilarious, and her thoughts on marriage were so refreshingly honest. Exactly what I needed to read right now (especially considering Jay and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary!). I think that if you're past the newlywed point of marriage, you'd adore this book just as much as I did.
3. Physician's Formula Organic Wear CC Cream — I'd love to slowly transition over to more natural beauty products, but many I've found are just so far out of my budget that it's a little ridiculous. A sweet friend recommended I try this CC Cream, which is less than $10 and easily purchased from almost any local store or online retailer. I picked it up for free from Amazon (thanks to good ol' Swagbucks!) and have been using it daily for the past couple weeks. It is a bit thicker than other BB creams I've used, and the scent is less appealing when I'm putting it on—but these are things I'm willing to overlook based on the fact that it is organic and works so well. It lasts perfectly all day long, covers my skin without being too thick, and looks flawless when covered with a bit of pressed powder. I think I've found a new go-to product!
4. Chopped — This show is one of the only ones I mourned the loss of (in addition to Sister Wives and Snapped…clearly, I love me some quality, educational programming) once we stopped paying for fancy TV. Needless to say, when I saw it was available on Netflix, I did a bit of a happy dance and decided it would be my new end-of-the-day guilty pleasure. It's a very unique show, as far as food competitions, and thoroughly entertaining. (Even though I'm fairly sure the judges have consumed an unhealthy amount of blood, sweat and tears by the end of each episode. Just watch, and you'll see what I mean.)
5. Library Lion — This book was a random one we picked up from the library, but it is by far my favorite of the many, many, many we've checked out in the past few months. The illustrations are gorgeous (they remind me of classic children's books) and the story is very clever. I wasn't sure it would hold Eisley's attention, given there is a lot more dialogue in the book as compared to most books aimed at children her age, but she loved it. This is one I will keep in mind for gift-giving, for sure. It's one I'd love to have on our own bookshelf, too!
— Further reading: What made me swoon one year ago
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