Golden Birthday Wishes

As I have mentioned previously, I love my birthday.

This year my birthday is extra special. And golden.

As a kid, I remember thinking that my golden birthday would automatically be special, and being so, so bummed that I would have to wait SO LONG for it.  Wehhhllll, here it comes.

Every year I say that I’m going to make a wish list and every year when people ask me what I want for my birthday I say “uhhhh…. surprise me?” Not this year. It’s the year of the Fin15h List. And that means that I have actually compiled a wish list well in advance of my birthday!  I’m actually feeling so great about this, that I think I won’t even care whether I get any of these gifts or not. In fact, if someone just wanted to frame my completed birthday wish list, I might be okay with that…maybe.  Not you, David.

Lindsey’s Golden Birthday Wishes (or, Cool Stuff You Might Like Too!) :

Shutter Clicker: YES, I want to take better selfies. Actually, this is motivated by the fact that I want to be in more pictures with my kiddos. Also, I think Ellie will get a kick out of being able to take pictures with it. Also, I am a family pictures Junkie. Get ready, family. Get ready.

Psalms by Sandra McCracken.  I am IN LOVE with Sandra McCracken’s new Psalms CD. Seriously. I just wrote her a thank you note, I love it so much. It is fantastic. It’s streaming free on Relevant right now, and you can download it from Amazon, iTunes, or Bandcamp.

Oh, look at that! The last 3 things are books. What can I say? I live with David.

Out of Sorts: There are no words for my love for Sarah Bessey. It grows with every piece of her writing I read. My obsession started with Jesus Feminist, and I can’t wait to read her new book.

The Pastor’s Wife: After hours of research googling, I have come to the conclusion that it’s difficult to find really good resources for pastor’s wives. I’ll admit: I’m being pretty picky, but for good reason, I think. Nonetheless, I almost cried when I saw the cover of this book a few months ago, and I can’t wait for it to come out/to read it/etc.

Women of the Word: I know almost nothing about this book. I just read a blog post by the author this week and I loved it. The humor, the seriousness. I just feel like she might be my people. Also, I am just loving digging into the word with the ladies in my Bible study, and when we take a break this summer, I’d like to have something else to do. Fun fact: this is also the only one of these three books that is actually out right now.

Blue Apron Box: Since this is a wish list, I thought I’d go ahead and include this. The idea of getting food and new recipes shipped to my house, even just once, makes me do this awkward squeal/giggle thing. I love getting mail. I also love subscription boxes. Really, any gift that involves me getting fun mail, I’m pretty on board with.

Also, as long as we’re wishing here…a massage and a weekend away to read all those books would be nice, too.

What about you?  Will any of these make it on your wish list? Do you have any other ideas for me?

Capsule Wardrobe: what it is, why you want it, and how it can work for you

Some of you have expressed interest in how I’m building my capsule wardrobe. I thought I would try to do posts, probably once a week, sharing how I’m building my capsule wardrobe.

First, I think it’s important to understand what a capsule wardrobe is. Simply put, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe in which the pieces are interchangeable to create a variety of different outfits from a small number of pieces.

If that’s intriguing to you, it’s probably worth thinking about whether or not you want to transition to a capsule wardrobe. Here are a few reasons the idea of a smaller, more coordinated wardrobe was appealing to me:

1. I have a clothes buying problem. Seriously. I had all these clothes that I got because I kind of liked them and they were super cheap!

2. I have a tiny closet. While old houses have a lot of character and fun features, they also have tiny, narrow closets.  I don’t have room to have a ton of clothes.

3. I like sleep. Now that I don’t have to use an alarm clock to wake up anymore, I want every precious minute of sleep that I can get, but I still want to look (relatively) put together. When everything goes with everything, getting dressed is super easy (as long as you do your laundry), and super quick.

Since I’m a work from home/stay at home mom, I pretty much only need one wardrobe- I don’t have a separate collection of clothes that I wear to work, unless you count the yoga pants I wear to teach childbirth classes. Your wardrobe will obviously vary depending on what your wardrobe needs to do for you.

Here’s what I need pieces in my wardrobe to do for me:

1. fit comfortably.

2. make me feel good.

3. clean easily.

4. look awesome.

So, think you’re interested in a capsule wardrobe? Why do you want one? What do the pieces in your wardrobe need to do for you? Next week, I’ll talk about creating a list and shopping your closet. That step will go much more smoothly if you know why you’re building a capsule wardrobe and if you have a few criteria for what your wardrobe needs to do for you.

The Fin15h List

Hi friends! I have made a New Year’s Resolution for the first time in– a really long time. Maybe my whole life. You wanna know what it is?

Finish stuff.

As much as the teacher in me hates that resolution because it’s not measurable, or specific, or that other thing that goals and objectives are supposed to be (I know  think there were 3…I can only remember 2), it’s the only one I had the energy to make. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions as a rule because I never finish them. And that’s a bummer every…February. A big, fat bummer.

I’m a really good starter. I am great at getting ideas, writing out plans, and thinking about how awesome something could be. I’m terrible at finishing things.

When I finish something, I’m going to let myself write about it here to celebrate and to keep track. Then at the end of the year, I’ll be able to see how much stuff I finished.

So fart (I accidentally typed that, and I’m just gonna leave it that way, because legit.) I have actually “finished” two things already! The first is this: I took a serious look at what I had in my closet and I cleaned that baby OUT. I am in the process of developing a capsule wardrobe this year, and it has been so much fun so far. I am loving how much easier it is to get dressed and how much more focused my clothes shopping (read: $20 trip to Goodwill) is.  I would love to write some posts on it, but I also don’t want to be boring, so just let me know if you’re interested!  The second thing is this: I finally finished my final exam to become a certified childbirth educator!  I had to teach two classes before I could take the exam, and the exam was mailed to me on the day Phoebe was born, so…I just finished it.  I’m just waiting on a grade and then this process will be over! I’ll have my full certification! Then I will have a lot of thank you notes to write and little gifts to send out to my wonderful support team. This has taken a little bit longer than expected, but I’m so glad to be so close to finished!

I’m also really excited about a couple of other things on my “Fin15h List,” (see what I did there?) some of which are kind of big and exciting (and might be coming to a blog near you soon!), and others of which are small and silly like hanging up all the things I’ve been collecting for the “gallery wall” that I am supposedly going to have in my living room at some point. So far, the few things I’ve finished have given me momentum to continue following through on goals both big and small that I have set for myself in the past and then abandoned.  It’s a good feeling to look at my closet and think I wanted my wardrobe to be like this, and I did the work to get here. I’m not always so good at actually following through on things, especially when I’m not sure they’ll benefit anyone besides me.  But this year, I’m committing to doing things differently. And I’m excited to look back and see what things I’ll have finished by this time next year.  Am I alone in this? Anyone else have a “Fin15h List?”

The View Around Here

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So, with each pregnancy I’ve debated maternity photos and newborn photos, and with each pregnancy I’ve ended up making the same decision: skip the maternity photos and don’t skip the newborn photos. So far, I haven’t been disappointed with my decision. Note … Continue reading