Friday Links: Labor Day Edition

by jessicaturner on August 30, 2013

Happy Friday, friends! Man I am looking forward to this three-day weekend. Of course, we have lots of plans. We are going to our first family baseball game and probably to the splash pad for one last romp before they close it. (I don’t understand why they close all pools and splash pads after Labor Day in the south. It is still SO hot!)

On the home front, I will be picking paint at Home Depot for our kitchen + dining room, as well as attempting to remove the popcorn from our bathroom ceilings. YouTube makes it look easy. We’ll see.

Things I’ve Read/Learned This Week
If you read/click on one link in this post, make it this one. My friend Kristen’s Lessons from My 28th Year is a story worth reading + for every comment Walgreens and Shot@Life will give a desperately needed vaccine to someone in a developing country. So simple. So amazing.

Sarah Bessey’s post on the grace of good love had me nodding the whole way through. Love this woman. Love this line: The buck doesn’t stop with my husband, it stops with us together, and we wait in the in-between places and pray and learn again the grace of good love and true honour together.

What’s In It for Me was on my mind this week, especially this line Real Love doesn’t have any qualifiers attached. Real Love doesn’t discriminate. Real Love gives, simply because it’s what it does.

And this post, What I Won’t Tell You About My Ballet Dancing Son pulled at my mama heartstrings. A must-read.

This post about teaching your kids to embrace diversity is so practical. (Be sure to check out the books she mentions: One Green Apple, The Big Orange Splot, The Sneetches and Other Stories and The Colors of Us.)

Video to Watch

This video of Lenny Kravitz when he discovers The Voice of Praise Choir from the First Baptist Church in New Orleans singing Fly Away made me smile big. Love when celebrities are kind and fun.

App to Download

Have you heard of the 1 Second Everday app? My agent Jenni shared it with me and I am FREAKING out excited about it. It’s amazing. Basically, you record 1 second of video footage every day, upload it to the app and they put together a video of your year for you! ACK!! This weekend I am getting a new phone and will be promptly downloading this.

Books to Read

I finished my friend Tsh’s book Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic Worldlast night. (Perk of author friends are advance copies of their books!) I loved it so much. Easy reading with so many a-ha moments for me as a woman and a parent. Definitely worth pre-ordering.

Also worth pre-ordering is my friend Emily’s Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. I am about half-way through the galley and can honestly say it has already changed the way I see myself and the world around me. It is fantastic.

Yesterday in the mail I received Margaret Feinberg’s Scouting the Divine book and bible study. If you are looking for some great Christian books, check out her shop. Margaret was recently diagnosed with cancer and by buying through her store (and not on Amazon) you are really helping support her during this difficult time.

Anyone notice it’s been awhile since I did a reading update? Be sure to check back Monday for my summer reading update with lots of good books!

Fave Instagram of the Week (follow me here)

Have a great holiday weekend!



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PamB August 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

Yes, I have missed your monthly list of fiction type books.

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jessicaturner August 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

Me too! I noticed how hungry I was to read when I picked my books back up this month.

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shellie August 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

Oh my goodness. The post at Deeper Story made us cry!! We are expecting a son in December and it just melted my heart. Have a great Labor Day!

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Danielle August 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Good luck with the popcorn ceiling! Let us know how it goes. I have those through most of my house and would LOVE to get rid of them.

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jessicaturner August 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The YouTube videos make it look pretty easy. I was going to have our contractor do it, and if it doesn’t go well for me that will still be the case. :) We’ll see! :)

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Traci August 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I’ve slowly been going through my house and removing the popcorn ceilings. It’s easy, but very very messy. If you wet it first, it comes right off, but is like a thick nasty oatmeal. Wash your walls afterwards, it can leave a film, that turns to a dust.

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jessicaturner September 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thanks so much for this tip!

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Cara August 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Oh my gosh, that app is amazing! I downloaded it immediately and did a quick compilation of 3 videos from the past week to see how it worked – the clips were my son starting to crawl, my 2 kids laughing hysterically together and my son discovering the delights of a bouncing beach ball. I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes at how amazing it will be to have a year’s worth of videos in this format — thank you!

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Danielle September 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

You always have something on your blog I go crazy over!! I am in LOVE with the “One Second App”. What a freaking ingenious idea!!! Ahhhhhh! I am so excited to start this! Thanks again for sharing all your seeds of wisdom and cool ideas!

Danielle

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jessicaturner September 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

Thank YOU for reading!

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