Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What We've Been Into


Since dropping offline, I've found a few great resources that I've been wanting to share with you all. From face washing to books to music and apps, here goes!

Dana Dirksen's Questions with Answers CDs. Jessalyn first introduced me to Questions with Answers on Desiring Virtue. Though I haven't yet purchased copies of them, S and I love listening to them for free on Spotify. Think great theological truths and encouraging Scripture texts set to pleasant vocals and acoustic guitar. So many mornings I have felt strengthened and encouraged in my soul as I go about my daily grind, just listening to these songs. It also warms a mama's heart to here her toddler singing sweetly about the deep things of God.

The ReadingPlan App. My husband introduced me to this clever little invention. It offers you several Read Through the Bible in a Year programs, including the M'Cheyne plan that we've been using the past few years. It syncs the plan with the Bible on your device, so each day you can view the scheduled reading, click on it to read the passage, then return to the program and check off each section as you read it. It keeps me so organized, and I no longer am constantly losing and hunting down a piece of paper telling me what to read. As a mom of little people, I find that reading my Bible via phone or iPad tends to be much easier anyway. No page flipping single-handed while nursing or holding a baby :).


The Flavia DeLuce mysteries. Written by a 70-something first time novelist and set in 1950's England, these six books chronicling the life of 11-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia are both charming and entertaining. While they are very well written, with interesting characters and a setting to die for {crumbling English estate}, what I loved most about these books was my ability to put them down. Because of my propensity to do nothing but read once I've started a novel {to the neglect of all else}, I loved that I could thoroughly enjoy them when I picked them up, but easily put them down when the kids woke up or it was time for me to hit the sack. They flow at a slower pace, while still being delightfully engaging.

The Oil Cleansing Method. After bemoaning my twice failed attempts at going no-poo, my hopes for this all-natural and frugal alternative to skin care were not high. How pleasantly surprised I was! I've been using a combo of castor and extra virgin olive oil to wash my face since January, and love love love it. So what if I have to purchase the ingredients in the cooking oil and laxative aisles of Wal-Mart? Whatever works!


The Swagbucks TV App. Over the past couple years I've dabbled in earning Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks. When I saw this post on Snail Pace Transformations, I knew that I wanted to get more serious about racking up those bucks. Looming on the horizon was my sons need for the next size car seat, so I downloaded this app and got busy earning. I was excited to earn a good chunk of the car seats cost this way! And you better believe I'm still using this puppy 6 days a week. Because who couldn't use a few free gift cards???

So that's what we've been into :). What good books or resources have you been enjoying lately? Please do share in the comments!

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