Category Archives: Spotlight

Links I Love (1.18.19)

Links I Love (1.18.19)

The blogging world went a little quiet in December, but now the spaces have come back to life and are bringing us fun and informative content for the new year! This batch of links features some good insights, a dose of useful information, a touch of whimsy, and a New Year’s blessing that still works well a few weeks into January.

A Blessing for the New Year, by Emily P. Freeman

“In the turning of the year, no one is immune, no one is over-looked or left out. We are in this together. And so we begin another year-long journey, bags packed whether we realize it or not. If we don’t pay attention, those self-packing bags tend to fill up heavy with burdens we don’t need.”


Radical Revelation: I Am Not Responsible For How Others See Me, by Jenna Birch

“I’ve always had this sense that great things are lost in our gaps in understanding. Maybe that’s why I chose to become a writer, or why I take every opportunity to catch up with someone one-on-one. Understanding others, and being understood, feels like I’m preserving something — a sense of self, a relationship, a memory, an idea. But perhaps I try too hard. Or perhaps I overshoot my target in trying to land on a firm answer.”


How American Girl Dolls Would Decorate If They Lived in Studio Apartments, by Jessica Isaac

“Broaching serious subject matter, these fictional historical characters were given rich back stories that placed them in the midst of war, racism, poverty, and an array of very real situations. Oh yeah, and they had really cute outfits, super shiny hair, and adorable bedroom sets. Given their rich history and distinct style, we here at Apartment Therapy can’t stop daydreaming about what our favorite characters’ modern studio apartments would look like. (This is how we “play” American Girl Dolls as adults).”


10 Ways to Flight the Flu with Nutrition, by Maryann Jacobsen

“Have an orange a day. During infections and stress, vitamin C levels decline. Because vitamin C helps maintain the integrity of disease-fighting cells, low levels can compromise the body’s ability to fight back. Other vitamin C-rich fruits include strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, and mango.”


Read To Me, Mama: A Collection Of The Best Family Books, by Erin Manness

“Great books not only make us feel, whether it’s humor, sadness, or anger, they also allow us to work through how we feel. Books are also safe places to explore controversial topics, lessons with morals, or important themes. Throughout the upcoming years, reading to and/or with your child for at least 15 minutes a day is one of greatest gifts you can give him or her.”


I Have Forgotten How to Read, by Michael Harris

“To read was to shutter myself and, in so doing, discover a larger experience. I do think old, book-oriented styles of reading opened the world to me – by closing it. And new, screen-oriented styles of reading seem to have the opposite effect: They close the world to me, by opening it. In a very real way, to lose old styles of reading is to lose a part of ourselves.”


What was the best thing you have read or written lately? Drop a link in the comments, I’d love to check it out!

Links I Love (12.7.18)

Links I Love (12.7.18)

There is so much truth, inspiration, and encouragement in these links. I hope they speak to you as they did to me!  Finding Magic in the Mess, by Lisa Leonard  “Brave Love is me being fully me and you being fully you. We don’t have to prove we’re good enough. We don’t have to pretend… Continue Reading

Links I Love

Links I Love

Happy Good Friday! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are soaking up this first day of the Christmas season. Luke, Charleston, and I are in California this week, and today we are headed up to the mountains for family camp. I can’t wait! For those of you who are… Continue Reading

Links I Love (11.9.18)

Links I Love (11.9.18)

Goodness, this month is flying by. Hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away! I’m sure your life is as busy as mine right now, but I hope you’ll take some time to check out these links. There are a lot of them (nine!), but all were so good I couldn’t pick and… Continue Reading

In the Spotlight: Podcasts That Encourage, Inform, and Inspire

In the Spotlight: Podcasts That Encourage, Inform, and Inspire

When Luke first introduced me to podcasts ten years ago, I was instantly hooked and couldn’t understand why the rest of the world wasn’t binge listening right alongside me. I would occasionally bring up a favorite podcast in conversation, only to be met with blank stares. Then Serial converted a nation of skeptics into podcast enthusiasts, and… Continue Reading

Links I Love {10.19.18}

Links I Love {10.19.18}

There are some powerful (and practical!) messages in the links I’m sharing today: advice on handling conflict, tips for assembling a minimal wardrobe, counterintuitive advice on success, a few kitchen suggestions, and an article on obesity that is a MUST READ. Let me know what you think!  5 Things I Learned About Conflict Resolution from… Continue Reading

Links I Love (10.5.18)

Links I Love (10.5.18)

We’re shaking things up a bit with today’s Link round-up. We have the usual inspirational piece (always my favorite), but also some advice, some self-help strategies, and one very intriguing story.  17 Tactics to Drastically Improve Communication in Relationships, by Eugene K. Choi “When you feel a certain emotion after your partner shares something challenging… Continue Reading

Links I Love {9.21.18}

Links I Love {9.21.18}

These links tackle all the important things: identity, faith, trusting the Lord, making the most with our lives. Be prepared to be encouraged, challenged, and inspired.  What Hindsight Doesn’t Tell You // Sarah Baker “If you’re lost, keep being lost. Of course you’ll eventually walk to somewhere or find a clearing in the trees or… Continue Reading

Links I Love (9.7.18)

Links I Love (9.7.18)

Plagued by anxiety? Frustrated with your work flow? In need of creative inspiration? Searching for a new book to read? There’s a link for that! Enjoy!  Learning to Be Less Cynical Is Helping My Anxiety // Amelia Diamond “I suppose I also judged those in my age bracket (although moms on Facebook got a free… Continue Reading

A Few Gold Stars

A Few Gold Stars

It’s been a while since I shared a batch of Gold Stars here on the blog. “Gold Stars” are those objects and moments that make life just a little bit better: a kind word from a stranger, a joke shared with friend, a new product that exceeds expectations. I try to find the Gold Stars… Continue Reading