Friday FIVE for May 14th

I wanted to post this list last Friday, but it didn’t happen, so I figured while I’m away at Inspired, I could share some of the wonderful things I received for my birthday.

I had a very good birthday, by the way — thank you ALL for your sweet and helpful comments.


A GIANT cupcake. My dear friend Whitney brought this over at like 9:00am. I fingered the icing all day and we finally gobbled it up after Geoff and I returned from my birthday date! The crazy thing is, it takes TWO cake mixes to make one of these cupcakes. I’m rather glad Whitney didn’t tell me this until this morning (after I had already eaten a good portion.) You can get the Cupcake Bake Set at Amazon.


Allison wandered into her local Target and found the new Compendium stuff and sent me the mouse paper pad and the set of uber-cool sticky notes. Can you imagine? Compendium in Target–talk about retail therapy. It definitely doesn’t get any better than that — oK, maybe it does. My super-talented friend Brian Smith shot the photos. Look here.


A gorgeous, over-stuff basket from miss Kayce. She gives that BEST basket gifts evah!

I received several books that I’m eager to dive into.

The Book of Awesome

This author is new to me, but I’m already a fan, because his book is the result of his “Awesome” blog. I dream of writing a “Sprinkles” book, so I’m totally going to follow and learn from Neil. Plus, bakery air  is totally awesome!

Keeping Life Simple: 380 Tips & Ideas

This book is only 5″ square and appears to be one of those books that you can’t own enough of. It’s chock full of things to do and think about–little mental pick-me-ups. Here’s one I like: Listening to music is a great and satisfying simple pleasure. Let it be your dessert at the end of an otherwise bland, humdrum day. I used to listen quite regularly to music as I cleaned up the kitchen. I want to revisit that idea and do it with the image of “dessert” in my mind!

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

This German born author serves in the first presidency of the LDS church. I love listening to talks by President Uchtdorf because I served my mission in Germany and feel a bit of a connection. I love his accent and hearing stories from his youth during WWII. This book is an adaptation of an amazing talk President Uchtdorf  gave on creativity and specifically the unique gifts that we as women have for creating and spreading goodness and compassion. Note: My friend Kerry gave me this book.


I bought myself a birthday present too. I had the privilege of listening to violinist Jenny Oaks Baker the Time Out for Women event. Before listening to her live I would have NEVER purchased a CD of just violin music. I just didn’t consider it ‘easy to listen to’ — but no more. I’m discovering that I can play this music while I’m working. I can’t do that with other music.

I love this particular album that features Finlandia (Be Still My Soul), How Great Thou Art and All Creatures of Our God and King. I’m now eying her Silver Screen Serenade with classics like A Time for Us (Romeo & Juliet), Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) and Somewhere (West Side Story)

Kayce also gave me some new music–or at least music that is  new to me.

First up, What If We by Brandon Heath. I’ve had a quick listen and I like! She also gave me Avalon: The Greatest Hits. I’ve not listened to this yet, but will very soon.


And finally, this gorgeous pillow is a gift from my mom. She found it at Molbaks in Woodinville, WA (if your close and have not gone–go!)
It will be displayed in my new office, which seems to be developing a bird theme (pics coming soon.)

Have a wonderful weekend.
I’ll be back on Sunday with more from Inspired.

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