My favorite things this week

I like to end the week on a high note, so here are a few of my favorite things from this week…

  1. Brene Brown’s Rising Strong

I love, love, love, love, love this book. Sometimes, people are famous for a moment, or a season, or a fad, but I think that Brene Brown is out there helping people be there best selves, and it’s always a good time to start living whole heartedly.

I’m reading her book, Rising Strong, and this quote just floored me:Rising Strong

To learn more about Rising Strong, visit

2. Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

A few weeks ago, I saw the preview for A Wrinkle in Time, and I remember LOVING this book as a child, but I could not remember it for the life of me. So, I picked up the book! SOOOOOO GOOOD!

Also, fun tip: I like reading before I go to bed, and I find that reading children’s literature is a lot easier for me to fall asleep, to. Reading a work of non-fiction, like Rising Strong, gives me ideas, gets my mind going, inspires me and makes me want to get to work, which is not the ideal mindset for drifting off to sleep. But a young adult novel is just the thing for me.

3. MommyCon Orlando

I am going to MommyCon Orlando this weekend. Did you know that MommyCon is a thing? Check it out. It is.

I am really excited about this because one of the things I’m learning as an adult is that I need to embrace the things I’m into. I’m into cooking. I’m into taekwondo. I’m into writing. And, I’m really into being a parent. It’s important to me to learn about being the best parent I can be, and I’m kind of excited about hanging out with other people who are into parenting, too!

4. Hurricane Harvey

I know, an enormous hurricane hitting Houston, raining for days and days, flooding thousands and thousands of homes and disrupting so many lives is decidedly NOT one of my favorite things this week.

But, I’m hanging onto hope here, okay?

I’m heart-broken to see so much devastation to so many people. But there has also been heroism and bravery.


Right now, I am heartened to see my fellow Americans coming together to help each other. In a situation like this, it’s really easy to see when other’s are hurting and knowing we want to help.

This is a great compilation of resources of organizations that are working in Houston to start the relief efforts. As a mom, I feel called to support the Texas Diaper Bank.

5. Facebook Memories

Two years ago, I was impatiently waiting around to go into labor. This week, my Facebook memories have been showing me a series of posts I made that have been making me chuckle all week!

As I prepare for my “baby’s” 2nd birthday, here are some of my pre-labor musings:

Well…the estimated due date has arrived…and apparently, #babypenton takes after her mom’s side of the family and is running a little late. #wealwaysgetthereeventually

Okay, so tomorrow’s a full moon and next week Tropical Storm Erika is supposed to be heading this way…so #babyPenton…I think you have no choice. #evictionnotice #39weeksandcounting

#40weeks I’ve just decided to let #babypenton stay in my belly for another 9 months. That way she’ll emerge ready to learn to walk, talk and be potty trained. #reversepsychology #acceptance



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