Primitive Pleasures ~ October

Two favorite beauty products

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Two favorite beauty products

Painted nails are a mood lifter for me. I use bright colors in Winter to banish the cold weather blues, but I’m loving You Don’t Know Jaques by OPI for Fall. It’s a lovely light brown that doesn’t look harsh against my pale skin (my mom might disagree on that point).

I’m a lip balm addict. My favorite is C.O. Bigelow Lip Shine, but Tim wasn’t a huge fan of getting a residual lip shine, so I switched to classic Chapstick, but I’m always on the lookout for new and different. In order to push my purchases past a coupon spending threshold at Motherhood Maternity, I threw in this lip balm by eos. It’s organic, which isn’t a huge selling point for me, but I love the egg shape.

Despite the fact that I have an ever expanding to-read list, I always love getting recommendations from other people – especially when they are one of my favorite authors! Shauna Niequist recommends 20 of her favorite reads from this year.

Acapella Hymn

This guy is über talented. His rendition of I Need Thee O I Need Thee gives me CHILLS.

Strength, Dignity, and Personality

A convicting post by one of my fellow Kindred Grace contributors.

The temptation, when we discover our personality types and which categories we naturally fit into, is to give ourselves special consideration, to assume that our personalities exempt us from sacrifice.

Danielle Carey

glorious Fall

Fall just might be my new favorite season. Coming from a sun-loving, SoCal girl, that’s saying something. I love the abundance of color and raining leaves and crisp air. I’m not, however, quite prepared for the cold Winter months ahead…

Starting Point - a sermon series by Andy Stanley

Earlier this year, Andy Stanley did a sermon series called Follow. I loved it. His most recent series, Starting Point is also fantastic.

Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.

While the sermons in Follow were somewhat stand alone, I would recommend listening to ALL 8 in Starting Point, preferably in order, or you may get the wrong idea.

PS – Andy Stanley is funny. I listened to almost all of this series via podcast on the treadmill at the gym. I’m pretty sure people wondered about the sanity of this pregnant woman who was chuckling to herself while trying to maintain her balance on a moving object…

What To Wear This Weekend

What to Wear

In April’s Primitive Pleasures, I mentioned Andy Stanley’s Follow series (a phenomenal sermon series that I want to share with everyone). I listened to the fourth installment yesterday. Twice.

His message on Colossians 3:12-13 was so powerful; I won’t think the same about what I wear again. I hope you’ll either watch or listen to the entire Follow series, but here’s just a taste of what made me listen to the fourth sermon twice within the span of three hours…

The following definitions made me pause and think and pray. This is what I want to wear this weekend and every day after.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-13


Compassion: You feel. You care what others are going through regardless of what they did or how they got there.

Kindness: When you loan your strength to someone else.

Humility: Seeing yourself as you really are in relationship to other people and to God. There’s an equality among human beings. Humility gives us the ability to approach one another as peers because we are all loved by God.

Gentleness: The decision to respond to people in light of their strengths and weaknesses instead of responding to them out of your own strength. To communicate, “my relationship with you is more important that you being impressed by me. I will adjust for your benefit.”

Patience: The decision to go the speed of another person.

Forgiveness: To pardon unconditionally.

Love: The umbrella under which all of these reside.

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Primitive Pleasures {April}

Primitive Pleasures April

This month certainly blew by! Maybe that’s because I spent a glorious week in Southern California. I should do that more often…


On my flight back to Idaho, I read this lovely article in Spirit Magazine {my absolute favorite in-flight magazine}. It was refreshing to see simplicity so boldly publicized.

Friendship: I loved Relevant Magazine’s 5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have and this guest post by Lesley Sebek Miller on Modern Mrs. Darcy reads like something Shauna Niequist would have written.

As and INFJ, I have a soft-spot for anything written about introverts. These four lies about introverts are so full of wisdom.


It’s getting to be quite Springy here in Idaho. The warmer weather makes me want to eat strawberries and angel food cake. Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Shortcake is… I’m actually coming up short on words to describe this incredible cake.


Andy Stanley from North Point Ministries in Atlanta did an amazing series called Follow. It’s life changing. Listen or watch the sermons and then grab someone to chat through the discussion questions.


I borrowed this from Katie of Cardigan Way – it was too good not to share. My cousins and I sang this hymn at my Gramma’s memorial service and I walked down the aisle {almost a year ago} to a rendition by Jami Smith. Needless to say, I was alternately crying and grinning like an idiot while watching…

This touches my inner flower child – whimsical and beautiful.

I created this to express the reality of my Zumba experience. I love it though!

Zumba - Expectation and Reality

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