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Five Bible Studies for Women
- The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. This was one of the first Bible studies I worked through, and it remains one of my favorites!
- God of Creation by Jen Wilkin. Love how well Jen knows the Bible!
- Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me by Jennifer Rothschild. A very encouraging study of this well-known passage.
- Jesus Over Everything Study Guide by Lisa Whittle. You also need the book Jesus Over Everything to go along with the guide, but it’s a helpful study.
- Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. I can recommend almost all of Priscilla’s studies, but this is another of my favorites.
Five Encouraging Books for Christian Women
- Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. Outside of the Bible, it’s my favorite book.
- Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot. Short chapters chock-full of Biblical truth.
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. A book I re-read yearly to keep a gratitude mindset.
- Remember God by Annie F. Downs. Yes, as Annie reminds us, God is always kind and always good.
- Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. The basics on how to study the Bible for yourself.
Five Helpful Parenting Books
- On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam, MD. Yes, I sleep-trained our girls and it was wonderful!
- John Rosemond’s Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. So much common-sense advice for raising our children.
- Different Children, Different Needs by Dr. Charles F. Boyd with Robert A. Rohm, PHD. Teaches us how to relate to our children based on personality types.
- Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman. Another very practical book on disciplining and training our children.
- The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. No more powerful tool in parenting than prayer.
Five Books for Parenting Teenagers
- Passionate Parenting by Cary Schmidt. Reminds me that, no matter what, God chose me to be the mother of my daughters.
- And Then I Had Teenagers by Susan Alexander Yates. Confirms that I’m not alone in my parenting struggles!
- Making Home Work in a Broken Society by Paul Chappell. Covers all aspects of parenting, but has some material specifically for parents of teens.
- I’m Happy for You (Sort of…Not Really) by Kay Wills Wyma. This might seem like a strange title to include in this category – and it’s not technically a parenting book. But I feel like comparison can be a struggle for moms of teens – or children of any age, really.
- Parenting for the Launch by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence. Basic principles to help you prepare your teens for leaving the nest.
Five Things I’m Loving for Spring
- Yankee Candle Large Jar Aromatic Orange and Evergreen Candle. It’s the perfect light scent for this time of year.
- Lee Women’s Relaxed Fit Skirt. Time to pack up the boots and pull out the skirts with flats or sneakers!
- Jellypop Women’s Dallas Sneaker. Cute with the skirt above.
- Hush Puppies Women’s Chaste Ballet Flats. These are in my closet, too – great with that skirt or other casual spring fashion!
- Planters Tropical Fruit and Nuts Trail Mix. A great snack to take along for spring outings.
Five Movies for Families to Watch Together
- Emma (2009). This is actually a miniseries – and probably more suitable as a mom/daughter show – but it’s one of my all-time favorite things to watch.
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Yes, it’s a Christmas movie, but the whole family loves it.
- Facing the Giants. Love an underdog football movie!
- Summer Magic. A Hayley Mills classic!
- Anne of Green Gables. Another one that is actually a miniseries, but such a wonderful family viewing experience!
Five Games for Families to Play Together
- Uno Flip. It’s a fun twist on the classic.
- Phase 10. I’m so not good at this game, but I love it anyway!
- Codenames. We bought this for my 20-year-old daughter’s birthday, and really enjoy it!
- Dominoes. For me, this is a fun, low-stress game.
- Pit. This is especially entertaining with a large group. It can get very loud!
Five Things I Love in My Home
- USA Pan Bakeware Half Sheet Pan. Very sturdy; great for baking cookies or roasting vegetables.
- Linen Sheer Curtains. We have blinds on our living area windows for privacy, but these are the perfect touch to add a bit of softness to the room.
- O-Cedar ProMist Max Microfiber Spray Mop. I actually have the older version of this mop, and it’s great for the floors in my kitchen and bathrooms.
- Home Farmhouse Sign with Wreath. I don’t have this exact version (yet :), but I have a similar one on the wall in our hallway.
- Amazon Echo. Great for streaming music from Amazon Prime or Apple music.
Five Health and Beauty Products I Use
- Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. So lightweight, yet effective.
- Benefits Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara. Bought on the recommendation of my 18-year-old daughter – and it’s a good one!
- Angel Bear Hair Vitamin Gummies with Biotin. I take one of these every night.
- Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation. My go-to foundation for years now.
- Conair Double Ceramic 1-inch Curling Iron. I’ve owned this for almost a year now and still love it!