Highlight Reel (April 2019 Favorites)

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the April installment! 

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This month, I read:

  • Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith (aka the Nester). My new home decorating Bible, this book is SO GOOD for all things home decorating and really just a how-to book for making your house a home.

  • Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery. I’ve always loved Anne Shirley, and this book was no different!

  • Right from the Start by Lisa and David Frisbie and What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp. These books we read for premarital counseling were so good! I loved how they helped us facilitate good conversations.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I have a beautiful Penguin Classics cloth-bound version of this book, and it hooked me from the beginning with its interesting and unique plot I haven’t seen in any other book I’ve read!

  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. This one was a little more challenging for me to stick with (the library loan actually expired and I had to wait for it to become available again), but it was interesting and gave me a glimpse into a life so different from my own as it went into such great detail illustrating the immigrant experience.


“…When you forget God’s presence, promises, and provisions, either you tend to get overwhelmed and give up, or you try to do God’s job. Neither is a workable option.” - Lisa and David Frisbie, Right from the Start

I am SO guilty of this, and I’m working on it. I’m actually so grateful that it’s not my responsibility to make everything work out, ‘cause that’s just too heavy of a burden to bear. But that doesn’t stop me from trying to carry it on a semi-regular basis, so this was an eye-opener for me. Here’s to trying to remember my place and keep my eyes open to see God and how He is at work, trusting Him to do His job instead of trying to do it myself.



I’m still watching Parenthood again, though I’m almost done, and I’m getting sad as I anticipate it being over. It’s just so good!


Essential oil roller bottles. These (and the carrying case I keep them in) are so handy for all sorts of things! I use mine for a variety of purposes, like a muscle relief roller, a couple different perfume rollers, an allergy relief roller, a tummy relief roller, and more!



I made some pretty amazing crockpot honey garlic chicken with some rice and green beans and some spaghetti squash with chicken and spinach and artichokes (yum!). I made a bunch of yogurt parfaits and overnight oats for easy breakfasts, too.



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I created some fun videos for organizing areas of my home, cleared out some clutter, and talked more about meal planning and prepping (including my course Master Your Meal Prep, which I’m super stoked about!). Those things are fun for me!

I also went to a family member’s baby shower, got dinner with friends, and got some more things crossed off my wedding planning to-do list.



I’m traveling with my fiance to visit his brother and sister-in-law and their adorable little kids for a weekend, which is going to be so fun!


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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