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Inspired by a friend’s post inquiring what people buy on Amazon, “What I Love Lately” is the occasional blog post where I share the new-to-me items that I can’t live without!
My Spiritual Disciplines Notebook
I was always the type of person who loved to take sermon notes during church, but never had a way to organize them. Likewise, I would tell people “I’m praying for you,” but I would later forget who I needed to pray for and why. I had been searching for a better way to stay organized in my faith when I came across the Spiritual Disciplines Notebooks from Jami of Young Wife’s Guide. She had begun to use Traveler’s Notebooks to organize her family life. I had never heard of a Traveler’s Notebook before I discovered the Spiritual Disciplines Notebooks, but basically, it’s a cover with bands inside where you can add your own notebooks. I bought this Traveler’s Notebook from Websters Pages and Jami’s notebooks template and printed my notebook pages at Staples (our printer is super old and crappy.) It was a pricey investment, but well worth it! I have noticed that my attentiveness during sermons, small group Bible study, and prayer time has increased as I’m able to write what I hear and re-read my notes later; my gratitude for everyday life has also increased (since I use the gratitude journal.) Since the notebook templates are downloadable for personal use, the only recurring expense is printing my notebook pages from Staples.
My previous alarm clock was a digital alarm clock that I bought for my freshman year of college 8 years ago. Honestly, I hadn’t used it in almost 2 years, because I was so sensitive to the numbers glowing in the middle of the night. A fellow blogger raved about this on her blog, so I decided to give it a try. The option to turn off the numbers glow during the night is something I’ve never seen before but now can’t live without; if I wonder about the time, I can quickly hit the switch to see the time, hit it again to turn it off and go back to sleep. One of the neatest features is that it is a sunrise/sunset simulation. In the mornings, the light gradually brightens to wake you up, and in the evenings, it slowly dims to help you fall asleep. I love it! I read for about 20 minutes during sunset time and then spend the last 10 minutes praying and meditating (since it’s too dim to see a book, but still too bright for falling asleep.)
This story is just a tad bit embarrassing, but I’m going to share this so that it hopefully helps someone else. Long-time readers of Becoming Bailey will remember the insane tummy troubles I had a few years back. For the most part, my stomach has recovered, but I still have occasional flare-ups (I was diagnosed with post-infectious IBS.) I lived in constant fear of “Oh no, what if I have to go and I’m not at my house?!” Then I was reminded of Poo-Pourri. It was a lifesaver when Andy and I lived in our teeny-tiny apartment in Radcliff for 5 weeks as we waited for housing to open on post, but the regular sized bottle of Poo-Pourri is too big to fit in my purse. When I stumbled upon this travel-sized Poo-Pourri, it immediately went into my Amazon cart. It’s tiny enough to fit in my wristlet(!!!), so I can easily have it on hand when I’m not carrying my purse.
The pretty pink on-ear headphones that I bought from the Target Dollar Spot in July didn’t last me as long as I had hoped, so once again, I turned to trusty Amazon. These were just $15, so I decided to give them a try. They’re not officially considered sound-blocking headphones, but I can’t hear anything else when I have them on and the volume at a decent level (not “at a rock concert” level).
Oh my goodness, Andy and I had an entire conversation the other day about how this strainer is the best. Let me walk you through the story of why I love this strainer so much: The nearest Chick-fil-A is about 1.5 hours from where we currently live, but because Andy travels so much for work, he drives past it a few times a month and will occasionally bring me a spicy chicken sandwich. Knowing how much I miss their lemonade, Andy also bought me a gallon of it. For some reason, the gallon of lemonade seems pulpier than I remembered– I think it’s because it’s not in a glass with ice to catch the pulp?– and I found myself not enjoying it like I used to because of the pulp. Bless his heart; Andy engineered a DIY strainer that somewhat worked but was a tad frustrating to use. So, we bought this baby from Amazon. Two days later, it was at our front door, and I could enjoy my Chick-fil-A lemonade like a true Southerner. (I may or may not have cried tears of happiness when I sipped that first delicious pulp-free sip of lemonade.)
What items are your new favorites?