Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : Pale Pinks and Wonder Woman

Whatchoo-Wish-You-Were-Wearin’ Wednesday : Pale Pinks and Wonder Woman

So I sat down last night, rarin’ to go after a great BodyJam workout to prep my latest WWYWWW post. I had a topic in mind, and visions …

… and then I put Downton Abbey on as background noise …

and that was the end of my focus.

It was the third time I’d seen that particular episode, so I’d say it’s official : I have a problem.

Anyway, the few moments I could pull my eyes away from the screen, I found this blouse.

Isn’t it lovely? It’s delicate and airy with just a touch of pink. {Love!} It reminded me of that Wonder Woman episode that features WW back at home on Paradise Island. Everyone’s gorgeous, but as a little girl, I didn’t focus on that as much as I did those dresses. Long, flowy, willowy fabrics, and I so wanted one.

Unfortunately, my mom just kept buying me argyle bell bottoms.

 

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Am I the only one who remembers that episode? I tried to find a quality still off Google but it wasn’t happening.

Anyway, I’m sorry for the lack of focus this week: I’ve been a little off since Sund …

Oh wait, gotta go … Masterpiece is showing Downton.

Again.

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Linking up today with the following …

Whatever, Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

Whatever You Want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things!

Doing YOU Well Wednesday Link Up @ Prowess and Pearls

Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So

What I’m Loving Wednesday @ this kind of love

Sweet Little Things

Sweet Little Things

It’s been such a good week.

The sun’s been out and what little snow that’s left in front of my house is still a pristine white.

Downton’s back. {I could stop right there, couldn’t I?}

Ruby made a new pup-friend named Rosie, who lives down the street. She loves her new bud, and if you say “Where’s Rosie?!” in that let’s-get-the-dog-excited voice, her ears will perk up and she’ll glance around the room eagerly. Truly sweet.

In honor of that and all the joy life’s brought forth in the past 7 days, I’m happy to be linking up with the lovely Lindsay at Hello Hue to showcase all the little things that have made my week, well, kinda perfect.

White Picket Fences. Doesn’t this little feeder look like it should have one … a white picket fence, I mean? Every morning, a crowd of birds hovers around The Man’s latest garden store find, and it’s such a sweet way to start the day for all of us: for the little tweeters who gorge themselves on seeds and for The Boy and I, who like to watch them push and shove to get their share.

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Drives Ruby mad.

Laundry Love. I adore my latest laundry find for two reasons. 1. This stuff really works. Just a wee little scoopful of the powder does the trick, and 2. just look at that tin! No sacrificing the visual aesthetic of your laundry room with a big ol’ ugly orange bottle of something.

Plus, I feel like I’m channeling my Nonna somehow every time I throw clothes into the machine.

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The January Thaw. Yesterday I had our upstairs windows open, allowing beautiful fresh air into the bedrooms. It may do nothing, but I always feel my family has a chance at staying healthier if we change the air every so often.

White Poinsettias. So thankful I went with white this year. It still looks gorgeous in the afternoon light and I didn’t feel the urge to toss it the morning of December 26.

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Rose Cream. My hands were starting to look like winter, but then I started using this. Now they look and smell like spring.

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And finally, this little thing.

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Only he’s not so much a little thing anymore.

He’s a big{ger} thing, and I’d like to know when he started looking so old?

Yesterday I spent 25 minutes trying to find a picture of Big Time Rush, because he said he likes that guy’s hair. Wha?!

When did The Boy develop a sense of personal style? Yikes.

Anyway, here’s to the lovely little things that make the world go ’round .

What are yours this week?

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PS … Have you heard about Shine?

My friend Trina at Beginner Beans has authored a remarkable e-book on intentional living {isn’t that what we’re all working toward in 2013?} and she’s donating 100% of the proceeds to Tiny Hands International. Isn’t that wonderful? Please go check it out … I promise you’ll be inspired.

PPS … Are you a this little light Facebook follower? There’s usually something fun going on over there, so if you aren’t, please consider joining the community. I’m 5 “likes” away from the big 3 − 0 − 0, and if I hit that number this weekend, that is SO going on next week’s what-made-my-day list! Ain’t too proud to beg.

A Favorite Book Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion …

A Favorite Book Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion …

Happy Weekend, everyone! On this beautiful Saturday, I’m proud to be the latest stop on my friend Sarah Reinhard‘s book tour. A popular Catholic blogger {she’s my hero!}, mom of 3, and author, this gal has her hands full, yet she handles it all with such grace and authenticity. Today I’m so happy to share my thoughts on her latest endeavor.

To celebrate the launch of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah invites all of us to spend her blog book tour praying the rosary together. Today, she shares this reflection on the Crucifixion:

It was dirty and uncomfortable at the foot of the cross. She had endured watching him being tortured, and now, unbelievably, she was watching him die. I don’t think, though, that she carried a heavier weight than I do when I weigh myself down with worries about what could happen, what might be, what’s possible and probable, and potentially what’s going to happen.

In fact, I wonder if there wasn’t a certain freedom for Mary at the crucifixion. We know she had complete trust in God, so even there, at what seemed to be the end, she must never have lost sight of her faith and belief that God had it all under control.

I wish I could say the same. What keeps me from relying on God as Mary did? What stops me from letting God have my worries, my anxieties, and my fears? Why don’t I just hang them up on the cross with Jesus and let them die?

As we pray this decade of the rosary, let’s hold all those brave women who have said yes to difficult and challenging motherhood in our intentions in a special way. Don’t forget, too, that we are praying for an increase in all respect life intentions as part of our rosary together this month. (If you’re not familiar with how to pray the rosary, you can find great resources at Rosary Army.)

 

My mother’s Rosary, now mine, given to her way back in 1955.

 

Our Father . . . 

10 – Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be . . . 

O My Jesus . . . 

You can find a complete listing of the tour stops over at Snoring Scholar. Be sure to enter to win a Nook (and any number of other goodies) each day of the tour over at Ave Maria Press.

I’ve had such fun this past week, leaving my copy of the great Sarah Reinhard’s A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy lying around. If you want to see my poor husband’s face turn ghostly white, let him think for even a moment or two that we’re embarking on that particular journey again.

Breathe, honey. Breathe.

Many of you know my vulnerability when it comes to pregnancy, so when Sarah asked me to review this book for her, I was cautious. Truth be told, I thought it might be too difficult, because so often just the word pregnantbrings about a lot of emotion, never mind an entire book on the subject.And yet, I’m so glad that I said yes.

It was an absolute pleasure to read.

 

 

First of all, it’s no mistake that instead of referring to this book as a guide, Sarah chose the word companion. While every chapter is filled with great, informative tidbits on each particular stage of a woman’s pregnancy, never once does Sarah’s tone imply that she feels she’s the authority on the subject. She walks with you on this journey and graciously shares her insights—her voice as comforting as that of your closest faith-filled friend.

Every page offers encouragement. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but even those women who have a relatively smooth and uneventful nine months would say that there are times when it feels like more of a sacrifice than a joy, and Sarah understands this. She helps us to navigate our way through those moments with her “Small Steps” and “Faith Focus” segments. Each chapter also highlights Our Blessed Mother’s life and her own journey into motherhood by featuring a reflection on the Rosary. I can think of no better example of faithfulness and grace under pressure than the mother of Christ. Meditating on the mysteries not only invites a sense of peace into our day, it allows us the time to put our own fears into perspective.

Overall, the book reads like and has the calming effect of a favorite prayer.

And while it may be marketed toward expectant mothers, so much of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy could easily be applied to other situations in life in which we find ourselves vulnerable, which is probably why I so enjoyed it. I’m not pregnant, but her emphasis on the power of prayer and placing one’s trust in God’s plan fortified me still.

Do not be afraid of God’s plan for your life. Do not be afraid of the small blessing within you. Do not be afraid of what’s ahead, but hold fast to God’s hand, and use your will to choose to trust.

Beautifully said, Sarah.

I’m glad that I left myself open to Sarah’s words by replying in the affirmative to her request, even if I was secretly reluctant.

I only wish she’d written them, oh, about seven years ago.

And now for some goodies …

If you would like to receive a copy of Sarah’s wonderful book to enjoy yourself or share with a friend, please leave a comment here. The winner will be chosen at random.

And that’s not all! You have a chance to win a Nook! YES, a Nook! I know … can you believe it?! Click Sarah’s sweet banner below to enter, and good luck!

Please note: I received a copy of this book for myself and one for a giveaway, in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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