Friday Favs: 3.11

by Andrea Cooley

spring daffodilsWhat a beautiful week in Des Moines! I am so thankful for an early spring. The winter months are hard and long with two small kids. It makes such a difference when we can get outside and play in the yard and visit with neighbors.

I can’t wait to see what blooms in our yard this spring since it’s our first year here! It looks like we will have lots of tulips and daffodils coming up!

Here are some of my favorite links from this week:

Find joy in knowing there is exactly enough time every day to accomplish God’s will. Truth!

It’s so easy to let your marriage take a backseat when you have small kids, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Unfortunately, I am a terrible sleeper. And now studies show that women need more sleep than men! So even though we’re losing an hour this weekend, I give you permission to take a nap!

Help your kids adjust to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Hooray for it being light later in the day, but it’s always rough on sleep schedules!

A to Z Guide to Things to Do in Des Moines.

Just another reason to love The Bull’s Eye Boutique. Pillowfort, their latest kid’s collection, and it’s all 20% off this week!

readling listNo matter how busy I am with the boys or freelance projects or just life in general, I’m always reading something. If you love something, you make time for it, right? Here are some of my recent favorites.

This is the second book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I want to read more! It’s a light-hearted romance about a guy who’s job is to read company emails, looking for anything suspicious. He falls in love with a woman’s who’s emails are regularly flagged and has to figure out how to approach her in real life. It’s funny and charming.

Sister of My Heart
I just finished this, and it took me by surprise. I borrowed it from my mom and didn’t know anything about it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s a story about two cousins who are like sisters, growing up in India. I was fascinated with the culture and the story is full of twists and surprises, down to the last page! It made me think about what it means to be family, marriage, and the sacrifices you make for love.

The Storied Life of A.J. FikryIf you’re a book lover, you have to read this! A.J. Fikry owns a small town bookstore and lives a fairly private life until a little girl and a persistent book seller come into his life.

After YouThis is the sequel to Me Before You (which I heard is going to be a movie). Usually sequels aren’t as good as the original, but I think I liked this just as much as the first. **Spoiler alert: It follows Louisa after the death of Will. I really like JoJo Moyes. Her characters are quirky and believable. This would be a great beach read.

The House at Riverton
I’ve read several other books by Kate Morton and liked them, but I think this might be my favorite. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey (I can’t it’s over!) you will love this story. It’s set in the 1920s in England and it follows the lives of a wealthy family and the staff.

What’s the best thing you’ve read lately?

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