I was going over my favorite things post from last year, an I realized that I am not as trendsetting as I think (who am I kidding, I don't think that at all). I am actually quite normal and maybe even boring. So if these two characteristics entice you, then read on for my favorite things of 2013...
Parenting: Desperate by Sarah Mae Sally Clarkson and Trophy Child by Ted Cunningham I think all moms should read both of these. And then once you're finished with Trophy Child, pass it to your husband.
Marriage: Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis. Great story, motivates me to be a better wife. Points us both to Jesus.
Spirituality: Philippians by Matt Chandler and Gideon by Priscilla Shirer. Both studies surprised me with how much they influenced and challenged my year.
Blog: Loving everything from Jones Design Company right now. Maybe because we are painting? I just love her style.
Looking forward to checking out: Love and Respect in the Family by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Haven't gotten to this one yet, can't wait to dig in.
Life on Purpose
International Justice Project: Somebody Cares. I fell in love with these beautiful people and their hearts during my time in Malawi, Africa (read about it here). Don't look any further for a very good cause to support.
Local Justice: Feed My Starving Children. One of our favorite places to serve together with our children. Packing food together gives them a global perspective about children's needs all over the world.
Intentional Parenting: Thriving Family, Homeword Center APU These are both resources that I lean on for parenting support. Thriving Family is a ministry of Focus on the Family and Homeword Center is from my alma mater, Azusa Pacific University. Excellent Resources on both sites.
Influencers: Christine Caine, Jennie Allen, Susan Merrill All three strong, capable Christian women who use their influence to change the world. yes, please.
MacBook Air. I made the switch from HP to Apple. I am never. going. back.
Instagram is my favorite social media site. You can follow our family antics at @langgangmama
Pandora station: The Civil Wars (for relaxing in the evenings), Bethel Music (for inspiration and motivation, and just plain beautiful music and lyrics).
Still love Pinterest.
Protein Powder: Swanson Whey Protein Powder. When I don't have time to sit down and eat a real meal, this has become a quick and healthy replacement to keep my energy level up and my metabolism spinning. I buy the vanilla, so I can add whatever flavoring I am in the mood for.... some of my faves are fresh strawberries or natural peanut butter. It's also priced affordably.
Replacing Soda: Good Girl Moonshine In the spring I 'quit' my daily diet soda. Every once in awhile I will have one just because... but for the most part, soda is no longer in my life. I am just a little addicted to this new drink. Don't let the raw apple cider vinegar scare you. My friend Danielle gives a step-by-step tutorial on her blog.
Chocolate Addiction: Skinny Chocolate. I seriously eat a little every single day. You can click here for the recipe from Pinterest.
Not So Healthy Deliciousness
Barros Pizza (2 years and running, and it's a local joint, my advice is move to Arizona)
Frost (let's say it together....gelato) the Salted Caramel will change your life
Cupcake Vineyards (try the Red Velvet)
Joyride Taco House in downtown Gilbert. I actually like to think this organic, never frozen fare is a little healthy :) Great place to meet up with friends.
Lip Stain: Pati Dubroff my favorites are violet and poppy, stays on forever, doesn't dry out my lips
Mascara: they're real by benefit makes me feel 21 again
Shimmer Bloc: Laura Mercier I like Golden Mosaic, perfect for pretending I slept longer than I did, or just a quick refresher in the afternoon
Fashion (clothes that look and feel good)
The Loft (big surprise)
Jeans: My favorite are still from NY & CO, they just fit me well
IPIC. This movie-going experience makes the local theater seem boring. If you have one anywhere near year, it is worth it. Totally worth it. I admit it, I enjoy watching a movie with a blanket and pillow in a comfy chair, while a server brings me brownies and ice-cream. Do you blame me?
If any of these things change your life too, then....you're welcome!! xoxoxo