It's not secret that Instagram is my social media of choice, and one of the lovely ladies I follow is hosting a link-up for "Lipstick of the Week." Similarly, it is no secret that makeup is something I enjoy - it's a match made in heaven!
My lipstick of the week is Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Plum.
I suppose that this could technically be considered a "lip gloss," but let us not get hung up on technicalities! My color of choice is "Plum" (I also really like "Fig"), which is dark, so it's really more like a lipstick color-wise.
This is my go-to lipstick mainly because I like how it feels on my lips and the color can be applied both with a heavy hand for a more striking look and with a lighter touch for a more subtle look.
The price of makeup is something I'm not overly picky about - I use what works best. Sometimes that means $50 on an eyeshadow palette (that lasts forever....and ever...and is amazing), sometimes that means $4.99 for my favorite lipstick in the whole world that I can pick up anywhere.
Check out Barista Mommy or the hashtag #LOTW for more!
-2- Love Languages
A friend of my mom's gave me the Five Love Languages book at one of my bridal showers back in the day. I glanced at it, thought,"hmmm....that looks cheesy," and placed it on my bookshelf. After several years of marriage, when I realized that we can't really just bank on the newlywed high for ever, I cracked it open and enjoyed the basic message.
When I took the quiz to see what "Love Language" would be mine (the five are: Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Gifts, Words of Affirmation, and Quality Time), I was surprised! First, is Quality Time. That actually didn't surprise me that much. Second, though, much to my chagrin, was Gifts! I thought, "oh my goodness, I must be so greedy and materialistic!" As it turns out, it has nothing to do with that. People who have this love language love to know that they are being thought of and considered while you are apart from them. That's why bringing me flowers sends me over the moon. An unexpected text message.
Or, in the case of this week, a box of rocks.
My heart melts.
-3- Speaking of Marriage...
Leading up to the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne (the parents of Mary, mother of Jesus) on July 26, the St. Josemaria Institute is leading a novena (9 days of consecutive prayer) for A Happy and Faithful Marriage. It starts today!
(Incidentally, our wedding anniversary is July 26!)
I really do believe that strong marriages and strong families are going to be what maintains civilization as we move forward in our culture. I hope you will join in this prayer for your marriage, and that of others!
-4- The Lake
This week we have been happily crashing my sister-in-law's lake house while my husband's brother and sweet family are in town from California. It is so nice to have an opportunity to spend time with the people we love.
|This huge fish was Joe's first catch ever! He was too scared once it came out of the water to get in the picture though, and he needed lots of help from his uncle!|
|My sister-in-law taught the girls how to shrink their chip bags in the microwave! SUPER fun! hahaha|
|Felicity looks just like these two ladies to me: Charlie's mom and oldest sister.|
-5- All the Probiotics!
I just started an adventure in making my own milk kefir. A friend of mine shared grains with me about a year and a half ago and I totally killed them, but I'm starting again with some new grains that I ordered online.
Since we've been here at the lake, I've learned a few things about fermentation in general from my sister-in-law who is extremely knowledgeable on the topic. I'm excited to get home and try my hand at something else on the easy side! Baby steps.
-6- Morning Prayer
As I mentioned on my post the other day, I've been working on school planning. As part of my planning, I've been pondering a realistic "flow" for the days, and I realized during a great conversation with a friend how important individual prayer is to that flow. I have certain ways that *I* like to pray throughout the day, but I have been contemplating how to encourage my individual children in this. We have communal prayer (and could honestly do a little better here as well), but I realize that I can not force their hands as they grow older and older. What helps us to remain faithful is not just family tradition or going through motions, what helps us remain faithful is love. It is relationship. I pray that each of my children will have a true relationship with Jesus. How can I foster this?
I'm considering morning prayer time where we are just quietly together, and each has her own devotion. Scripture maybe? Or a book of prayers? Even a sweet coloring book to contemplate for the younger ones? Maybe beautiful wooden toys like Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the littles? I'm not sure. I'd love any suggestions from friends. I never want to force these children, only to offer them Love.
|All 6 of my treasures on the 4th of July|
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