Our family is enjoying a restfully low-key week at home for Spring Break — 10 days off from our normal schedule and routine!
Yup, a full week at home together with no deadlines and nothing stressful on the agenda is definitely high up there on my list of “favorite things”. I have a bunch more favorites to share with you today.
FAVORITE MOMENT = First Fire
Even though the weather has been very cold and wet, we broke out the firepit this past weekend for a somewhat smokey fire (including s’mores made with “stripe cookies”.)
We’re still loving the portable firepit we found on Facebook Marketplace last spring, and are looking forward to getting lots more use out of it this year.
This firepit is so easy to move around… we often just tuck it back behind a few shrubs when we’re not using it so we don’t need to look at it the rest of the time.
FAVORITE TOOL = Mini Flat Iron
I’ve wanted to try a mini hair straightener for several years now, but my hair has always been short enough that I really didn’t need it.
Well, a few months ago, I decided to start growing it out again (I tried last spring but ultimately cut it short again in the summer) and figured a mini hair straightener would help me style the longer pieces in front.
Wouldn’t you know, I found one in perfect condition at our local thrift store for $2!
At only 1/2″ wide, it has been very helpful in styling my short (but growing) hair.
Truthfully, I still love short hair, but after almost 12 years with super short hair, I’m feeling an “itch” to grow it out again. We’ll see how long I keep it up. Maybe the mini hair straightener will be just the tool I need to stick with it this time around!
This is the exact brand/style I got — mine is black.
RELATED READING: How I style my short hair (a video)
PAST FAVORITE = Tin Night Lights
Just over a decade ago, I found the cutest little tin star nightlights at a local antique store. I bought both of them and have enjoyed them daily ever since.
Do you see them in our bathroom pictures below?
These nightlights provide the perfect amount of light for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips, and the light sensor allows them to turn off during the day.
Since my original antique store shopping trip, I’ve purchased 2 more night lights (for our 3rd bathroom and laundry room) and they’ve been in constant use ever since.
I love their functionality and their farmhouse charm!
FAVORITE ORGANIZER = Wall Filing System
We’ve tried many different organization systems for all the paperwork our family brings in throughout the week — from school, church, work, the mail, etc. And our system continues to “morph” as our needs change.
Currently, we’re using this 8-pocket wall organizer, mounted on the inside of our office closet to organize all our different papers.
Each family member has their own file, we have one file for church, and another one for “miscellaneous” — mail, invitations, birthday cards, etc.
Everyone knows where to put their papers, where to look for their papers… and that I clean out the papers every Sunday afternoon.
It has been a great system for our family this past year and I anticipate it sticking around for a while yet.
RELATED READING: How We Organize All Our Paperwork
FAVORITE BOOK = Gertruda’s Oath
I read 3 books over the last 2 weeks, all of which were really good, but if I had to pick my top favorite it would be Gertruda’s Oath — simply because I’m still on a World War II kick.
Gertruda’s Oath is a true story about a nanny (Gertruda) who saved the life of the Jewish boy she cared for after both his parents were killed in the war. She risked her own life many times to save his… it was an inspiring story, for sure.
The other 2 books I read were:
FAVORITE MEDIA = The Pour Over
After years of completely avoiding all news because it always felt so negative and heavy, I’ve been enjoying The Pour Over for the last year… and I love it!
It’s completely free (there is an opportunity to donate if you choose) and it comes right to my inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.
The Pour Over covers a wide variety of local and global news stories… BUT it shares it all from a Christian perspective of hope and trust.
For example, here’s a snippet from an email earlier this week:
I’m a huge fan of The Pour Over and encourage you to jump on this bandwagon if other news sources cause you to feel anxious, depressed, or worried.
FAVORITE HOBBY = Moving Furniture!
Yup, we’re at it again over here at the Dekker house — moving furniture (and complete bedrooms) around!
My latest project was rearranging the girl’s bedroom and landing area at the top of our stairs. Specifically, we moved Nora’s bed and desk out to the landing area so she could officially have her own “room”.
She still keeps her clothing in the bedroom closet, but other than that, all her things are hidden away in the drawers under her bed, on her bookcase headboard, and in the little bench at the end of her bed.
We still need to hang curtains around her bed… but otherwise it’s finished!
My goal for our home is to always utilize the different spaces to best fit the CURRENT needs of our family — right now, this is meeting Nora’s “need” for her own space, even if it is in the middle of our second floor.
She might move back in with Clara eventually, but until then, I had a thrilling afternoon of moving furniture around. Plus, it was a really good opportunity to wipe down the walls, dust baseboards, and vacuum under all the furniture!
Simple pleasures. 😂
RELATED READING: We Played Musical Bedrooms… again!
FAVORITE TECH = Rechargeable Keyboard and Trackpad
Two years ago this month, I upgraded my Apple computer to a newer model and I’ve been so happy with it.
Interestingly enough, my favorite feature of the newer model is simply the rechargeable keyboard and trackpad!
No more batteries to replace ever again!! yay!
FAVORITE ARCHIVED POST = Purging vs. Organizing
There is a HUGE difference between organizing and purging.
Organizing is simply creating order among all the different things you have in your home, car, purse, etc. (whether or not you actually use, need, want, or love those things.)
Purging, on the other hand, is the act of removing those things that you don’t use, need, want, or love.
It is essential to purge before you organize, otherwise you’ll spend precious time creating order and structure for things you don’t even use, need, want, or love.
If you’re tackling any spring cleaning/organizing projects in the next few weeks or months, read my post first!
That’s all for me this month. 😆
If you’re interested, you may scroll through all my Favorite Things posts here.