- “Unmapped” by: Charlotte Getz and Stephanie Phillips
This is one of the most creative memoirs I have read in quite some time. Both authors take turns writing chapters, and plays, and letters, which are equal parts hilarious, original, insightful, and moving. The book is long, and became a good friend I hung out with before bed. I looked forward to the quirky storytelling and all the ways I found my own feelings inside of theirs. If you have spent any time living abroad, as a mom, a writer, an artist, you will find something to connect with in these pages. I highly recommend this unique book.
2. “Blackout” by: Steffany Gretzinger
I have had this latest offering from Bethel Music on repeat in my van. The lyrics are crystal clear in their spiritual observations. The production is incredible, and the songs are addicting. As I listen, I feel like I am on another planet where I never lose sight of my true identity and unique calling. I am inspired and comforted by Steffany’s wise voice, at once ancient and modern.
After living in a tropical environment, you come to realize your electronics should be waterproof, even if you have no intention of taking them anywhere near a pool. I had a very nice bluetooth portable speaker that slowly drowned in the humidity. Not wanting to waste anymore money, I came across the JBL Flip 4, and decided to give it a try. My expectations were really low, I just needed something to counter the whining and tears from my kids (plus I work faster with a steady beat). The sound is surprisingly good. I love my share of hip hop, dance, soca, and R&B, so solid bass is ideal. This little speaker delivers in size, weight, charge life, and sound. Right now it is on sale for just under $90 on amazon (other colors are cheaper).
This candle is made by a company in San Antonio called Capistrano Soap Company. They have the cutest shop located in Historic La Villita, one of my favorite spots on earth (I got married at the church in this little village on the Riverwalk). The store is beautiful and smells like a dream. Most of their products are handmade, like their soaps, lotions, and candles. This particular candle is part of a collection inspired by the five Missions, now a World Heritage Site, and proceeds from purchases are donated to restoration efforts. I love supporting local businesses, AND I love when my dollars also go to worthy causes. The San Jose scent is my favorite, a warm mix of amber and sugar. Check them out and let me know which scent is your favorite!
This fresh little cafe is located just shy of Costco, ironically close to Chuck E Cheese, the opposite of a raw/detoxing lifestyle. I love its proximity to my home, its acai bowl and smoothie options, as well as its affordable 3 and 5 day cleanse options. Most cold pressed juicing businesses are charging upwards of $100 for a 3 day cleanse, and this one clocks in at $90. The space is bright, colorful without being overwhelming, and relaxing. There are a few seating options including a couch, and wifi is available, so if you are wanting to sip your juice onsite (with a friend) you can. I plan to go back with my journal and maybe find some inspiration.
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