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October 2018 Favorite 10

Oh my word, I can’t believe it’s October 26th, I spent yesterday with a group of MOPS moms in Fort Dodge, Iowa and today I am with another group of MOPS moms.  Both days, I am sharing about how to cultivate a heart of gratitude.  You can read a blog post on the subject here.  I just love speaking with women, it truly is one of my favorite things to do.  If you need a speaker, you know where to find me.  I am booking for January and February now!

Since it’s the end of the month though I wanted to share with you a few things I have been loving in the month of October.  Per usual, it’s a mod podge of apps, books, products, podcasts, and more.  I always love a good recommendation and you have said you do too!  So, let’s get to My October Favorite 10!

1. Simple Purposeful Living Shop

You read that correctly!  Simple Purposeful Living is launching 2 signature products.  My email list is going to get a sneak peek today so if you aren’t on the list, there’s still time to sign up!  After listening to so many of you and pain points in your life we developed two tools we hope will help you to be more purposeful and make your life more simple!

The products launch for pre-order on November 14th, with guaranteed delivery before Christmas!  I will be sharing more on Instagram, Facebook, the blog and of course my email newsletter.  Sign-up today!

2. Land of Mae Doll

You might have seen yesterday on Instagram, we received a very special gift.  A handmade, personalized doll for our son.  We still haven’t been matched and we covet your prayers we do before December.  We also gave a little hint about his name.  Many of you caught it :).  See the post here.

3. Halloween Activities

This weekend we are carving pumpkins! We always share the pumpkin parable (read about it here) and the kids like to use the power drill to help in the carving.  We also like to read the book, Pumpkin Parable.  We also plan to boo our neighbors which is a perfect way to complete this week’s Simple Purposeful Living kindness challenge – a random act of kindness.  You can read more about boo-ing people here, it’s a good thing I promise ;)!

4. Favorite Worship Songs

I cannot stop listening to What a Beautiful Name, It Is Well, I Am Who You Say I Am and Reckless Love.  They all have such amazing lyrics and just singing along and meditating on the words helps me to right my attitude and place my focus back on Jesus.  What songs are you loving right now?

5. Egg Nog

My husband LOVES eggnog and when he saw it was back on store shelves, he not so subtly hinted I should get some.  It’s a weekly grocery staple from now until Christmas.  My favorite way to drink it is as a creamer in my coffee. You don’t need much and it’s so delicious!  Any other eggnog lovers out there?

6. Thieves Household Cleaner & Laundry Detergent

I have been using the Thieves household cleaner for about a year.  It lasts forever so even though it seems expensive on the onset, I still have a 1/3 bottle left after a year and I use it for every surface of my home!  I just got the laundry detergent after I heard it is amazing just like the cleaner.  You barely need any soap and it smells so good!  Click here to take a look at the products.

7. Crystal Paine Show Podcast

I love Crystal from The Money Saving Mom and Your Blogging Mentor.  She has a new podcast.  She covers a range of topics and I just love listening to her as I drive my kids to all their millions of activities!

8. Everybody Always by Bob Goff

I downloaded the audiobook and listened to it on the way to Pittsburgh for the Steelers game.  I seriously had to rewind about a hundred times and write down quotes.  I wish I had gotten it in print because there were just so many good takeaways about loving people really well. (Find the book here)   Here are a few of my favorites —

Instead of telling people what Jesus meant they just loved people the way he did.

We are all rough drafts of the people we are becoming.

The sad fact is many of us have lost our way helping people find theirs.

9. Healed Sneakers

I posted this picture and y’all went nuts over my favorite healed sneaker.  I just checked and they are on sale.  I love the neutral color and they are so cute and comfy!

10. Marco Polo App

It’s my new favorite way to keep in touch with friends near and far.  My bestie and I are in a very busy season of life and we can’t spend hours each week with one another as we have in the past.  This app allows us to leave video messages to one another and then respond when we can.  I talk to my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and friends using it every single week.  Bonus, it’s free!  Have you tried it out yet?

BEST OF SPL – October Blog Posts

This month I especially loved sharing about how we can be more grateful.  You can read that post here.  I also loved helping you all overcome feeling unlikely and pursue your purpose.  You can read that post here.  The simple chicken tortilla soup recipe is always a hit and so yummy. You can pin that recipe here.  Speaking of which, do you follow Simple Purposeful Living on Pinterest?  You should here.  Finally, we loved having the girls shared bedroom finished.  Read that post here.


So, there you have it some of my favorite things from the month of October.  I also have lots of favorite memories too so you better believe I will be back next Wednesday to share our October life lately recap!  Until then, have a great weekend and get out there and do a random act of kindness!  Don’t forget to comment and tell me something you are loving in October!


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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10 Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Are you in need of some new podcast recommendations?  Look no further, I have 10 podcasts you need to listen to.  Podcasts are a great and free way to learn about whatever you want to learn about.   I spend A LOT of time in the car (hello kid activities) so I love that podcasts can help me be purposeful with that time.  There is a large variety of podcasts from storytelling, faith-based, to business and health and nutrition.  There are even kid-oriented podcasts.  What are your favorite podcasts?

You can subscribe to your favorite podcasts, it’s free to do, and any time that podcast publishes a new show, it will show up in your feed.  I have no shortage of shows to listen to most weeks!  So, I thought I would share with you my favorite 10 podcasts you need to listen to today for our monthly 10 on the 10th link-up!  I have divided them into categories so you can easily find one that suits your fancy :)!

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10 Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Podcasts for Business Inspiration

Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher – Jenna is an insanely talented and successful online entrepreneur.  She helps others with their online businesses by giving tactical tips and tricks as well as interviewing leading moguls in the field.

Business Boutique Podcast with Christy Wright – Christy Wright is a lifestyle and business coach as well as a Ramsey Solutions personality.  She is passionate about helping budding women entrepreneurs take their business idea and make it happen.  She provides both practical and applicable advice as well as interviews with entrepreneurs to share how they have made it work while working full-time or being home with the kids.

Simple Pin Media Podcast with Kate Ahl – If you want to become more intentional with your Pinterest practice, you must listen to this podcast.  Kate has great tips and tricks to help you maximize your Pinterest presence.

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield  – Amy is the queen of online marketing and creating online courses.  She shares all of her online marketing expertise on her podcast.

Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis – Rachel’s podcast is full of inspirational interviews of women killing it in business, life.  She also provides a good dose of authenticity and fun to keep you motivated wherever you are!

How I Built This (NPR) – Ever wondered how Panera Bread or Rent the Runway got started?  How I Built This by NPR interviews company founders and every episode will inspire you to face adversity head on and keep on going.

Podcasts for Daily Inspiration

Risen Motherhood Podcast – This podcast is like a mom’s group, women’s bible study/accountability group and Sunday sermon wrapped up into an inspiring podcast.  If you want to be more purposeful about your faith especially when you have little kids, this is a great podcast.  It covers a range of topics and ties it back to the gospel.

The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman – Emily shares a short but impactful 15-minute podcast each week to help you focus on what matters most.  If you need a little encouragement to keep on going no matter what season of life you are in, you need to listen!  Think of it as an audio devotional.

Fun Podcasts

Young House Love Has a Podcast – I have been a long-time fan of the blog Young House love and John and Sherri.  About 2 years ago, they started this home and lifestyle podcast where they cover home-related and life-related topics.  The podcast usually includes a game, some favorite products they love and the main topic.  I always have a reason to look forward to Monday because that’s when they release their latest episode.

The Big Boo Podcast with Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson – oh my goodness these two ladies separately are a hoot but put them together and their laughter is contagious.  They talk pop-culture, faith, and raising their kids. I find myself nodding in agreement to their pop-culture analysis from the royal family to the latest reality sensation!


So, there you have it my top 10 favorite podcast subscriptions these days.  I also love to download episodes of other podcasts where my favorite bloggers, Instagrammers, and celebrities are interviewed as well.  What are your favorite podcasts to listen to?  I found all of these podcasts by recommendation so I would love yours as well!

I’ll be back on Friday with a big update on life lately.  We have had a whole lot of life happen since I last updated :)!


PS – I was interviewed for The Happy Playces Podcast, you can read more about it here


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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