The More of Less
The philosophy behind minimalism for real families with kids and toys. No stark, cold spaces, but simple, clean, and inspiring home.
One of my new work must-haves. Helps you sort what is truly important and focus only on that. Love this.
The Connected Child
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's amazing for helping to work with kids with behavioral or special needs, but works equally well for everyday situations with all kids.
It's no secret that I'm a C.S. Lewis nerd (I have a quote from one of his books tattooed on my arm *cough book nerd cough*), but this really is a staple in my library. Simple and logical.
I use my Instant Pot at least twice a week. I got the giant one we because we have giant appetites and it fits an entire chicken. I've cooked meat from frozen and it makes amazing corned beef from the cheapest I can find from Walmart.
Sandwich Cutter Thing
J loves Uncrustables, but can't take peanut products to his midweek program. I use this and sunflower butter to make him homemade versions. Fantastic for freezing batches.
The Total Money Makeover
The basics on Baby Steps and finance. Works best as part of the Financial Peace University program, but great on its own.
We call this Sheepifier (sheep+pacificer) and it saved our sanity. No joke. In addition to night feeding, we were also getting up every 40 minutes to replace J's pacifier and thought I was going to die from sleep deprivation. With this, he could easily find it on his own and snuggle with it when not in use.
Matimati Bandana Bibs
Matimati bibs are honestly are the softest, most absorbent things I could find. Whenever J teethes, he produces an unholy amount of drool. These looked good and did a great job.
Mt. Tam Cheese
Absolutely anything from Cowgirl Creamery is to die for. It's my favorite (ok, the primary) reason for visiting the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Mt. Tam is their triple cream and it's amazing. My absolute favorite is their Fromage Blanc, which I would cheerfully eat spoonfuls of like ice cream. Come to mama...
Sippy Cup Strap
One of Jonathan's favorite activities is throwing things in public. When he was a baby, this stopped it. Now that he's bigger, it usually slows it enough to give me time to stop him.
This is one of those super simple but genius things you wish you'd known about sooner. My sister-in-law introduced me to using bendy straws for kids who want to use big-kid cups but still spill sometimes. These are a lifesaver at restaurants and I carry them in my purse at all times now.
Simply, Life on Purpose
Kelsey's voice is so refreshing, and her advice is gentle and practical without being too soft.
Myths and Legends
This podcast offers no practical advice or help, it's just super funny and surprisingly educational.
A HILARIOUS look at real #dadlife from three brothers and their friend. Derek's Fake Buzzfeed headlines are seriously the best thing ever.
This is the OG, the one that first had me yelling "Nooooooo!" at the end of each episode because I needed more. Season One is still my favorite. The companion series, S-Town is also interesting, but NOT family friendly in any way.
THE ADVENTURES OF A FAMILY BUILT BY ADOPTION,SUSTAINED BY GRACE, AND FUELED BY UNHOLY AMOUNTS OF CAFFEINE.