Things I’m Loving Thursday: August 2016

Welcome again to Things I’m Loving Thursday. Here are 4 things I’m really enjoying these days!

My new phone case from French Press Mornings & Casetify

I recently had to get a new phone, and I knew it was the perfect excuse to finally get a case from the French Press Mornings collection. Jenny at FPM designs beautiful scripture prints, and releases new designs with free downloads each week. Several of her designs are also available as phone cases through Casetify. I love that Casetify’s new iPhone cases have an interchangeable backplate, so you can change the design without replacing the whole case (backplates are $15 vs. $40 for a case). The case itself seems sturdy; I’ve already dropped my phone several times without any problems. They offer a $10 voucher if you send unwanted cases back to be recycled.

 

The Bible Project Podcast

Yes, another podcast! The Bible Project‘s intent is to help explain the overall narrative of the Bible as seen through different themes, and to give “birds-eye” views of individual books of the Bible through short, animated videos. The podcast is actually a more detailed conversation between two of the Project’s creators, Jon and Tim, as they work through what each video will be about. If you’ve ever wanted to understand the Bible more broadly, and give context to your personal study, this is a great resource. I’m loving their current series on the wisdom literature.

 

Homemade marshmallow fluff

A few weeks ago, I made homemade, vegan, marshmallow fluff in just a few minutes with the juice leftover from a can of chickpeas. I know, it sounds crazy, but aquafaba (“bean juice”) is magic. Probably thanks to its protein and/or sugar content, it can be whipped up into beautiful meringues or used as an egg substitute in baking. Add some sweetener, vanilla, and cocoa (optional), and you have simple, easy marshmallow fluff. It was a Friday night, so we ate ours straight from a bowl, and it was divine. Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie both with and without cocoa.

 

Beauty Counter Lip Sheer

I discovered Beauty Counter recently, and love that they strive for sustainability in their cosmetics. Many of their products are vegan, and it’s easy to find a list of which ones are in their FAQ. They also make their products in the U.S. and Italy.

I don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis, but I do like to have a good tube of lip color at all times. I ordered their lip sheer in Twig recently, and I am in love. It has a slight vanilla scent to it, feels creamy good on your lips (it contains jojoba extracts), and depending on how heavy you apply, gives light to medium color that is great for everyday. I will probably order a different color whenever my current “date night” lipstick wears out.

 

So, that’s it! 4 great things I’m loving lately. How about you?

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Things I’m Loving Thursday – July 2016

I love sharing new things I’m enjoying with my friends and family, so I thought this week I would share some things I’m enjoying right now:

This blog post by Sharon Hodde Miller – I have really loved watching Sharon’s ministry grow since I knew her back in her college ministry days. Her thoughts on “effortless perfection” really resonate me, and with what this blog is about. As women, we often feel the pressure to have perfect lives without looking like we try at all, but that’s not what grace and the gospel are about at all. Her post is an encouragement that having to work hard at something is not a sign that there is something wrong with you (everyone is working hard, even if they want you to think they aren’t), and that God’s calling will often lead us to messy, difficult places. It’s also a reminder to me to be careful how I present myself to others. It would be counteractive to mission for this blog if anyone came away from it thinking I have it “all together.”

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