coffee chat video no.2

Last time I tried out a video coffee chat it was such a hit that I decided to give it a go for a second time.

If you’re newish around here, a Coffee Chat is a type of random blog post where I talk about all the little things that might come up in a conversation if we were visiting over lattes in a coffee shop. You know, the wide assortment of topics that ladies tend to ping-pong around on. Some deep, some not-so-much.

Today’s coffee chat is true to its random form. Maybe even more so because right before pressing record, I got the most terrible headache which made me even fuzzier than normal. My thoughts and words are not my best, you can see blotchy marks on my neck from me trying to massage it away, my hair is haphazard and I have a glaring pimple on my chin! But, hey, like I say at the end of the video, if you can love me at my worst then I know you’re the real deal :)

So here you go, a little coffee chat for your day …



desktop with floral journal, velvet ribbon and coffee / jones design company

simplified penmanship - a workshop to help you improve your penmanship and develop your lettering style / jones design company

madeleines cafe and patisserie

  • MADELEINE’S CAFE in Spokane, Washington. I had a scone one morning and an apple/huckleberry-filled croissant the next. Both were heavenly.

Thanks for watching!

Two requests:

  1. If you have any audio books or podcasts that might be good for our family (boys ages 12, 10, 8, girl age 6), please share in the comments!
  2. If you have a topic you’d like to chat about in an upcoming coffee chat, please let me know.

xo. emily

104 Responses to coffee chat video no.2

  1. Kristin Johnson March 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi! Love the coffee chats! Love Jamie Ivey podcasts! Love Madelines! Love the Children’s Storybook Bible! Love Spokane! We moved to Spokane 15 years ago from Salt Lake City and love raising our family here. I second what another commenter said….Go to Chaps the next time you are in town. You will LOVE it! Celeste Shaw (the owner) is the most incredible person. Do you ever come over for Farm Chicks?

  2. kimberly oyler March 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    i’m just now watching this because i am off my blog reading game, BUT:
    1. suuuuper excited that KC might be close to you again!!
    2. my ears perked up when you said you had a big family road trip coming up because we chatted about that when i visited and i’m so excited you guys are doing it!!
    3. i wish i could get coffee with you every week, so keep these coming!

    miss you :)

    • emily March 7, 2016 at 10:22 am #

      miss you too!
      1. I hope they move closer! We talked about moving over there with them but we’re not sure …
      2. big family road trip is happening!
      3. ah, that would be nice, wouldn’t it?!

  3. Kayla March 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    I’m late to this post– I was in Madeline’s the day you were! I though you looked incredibly familiar and I didn’t want to be wrong but I’m glad to know it was you! I’m a new teacher in Spokane and the area is truly growing on me.

    • emily March 7, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Well HI! Sorry we didn’t get to meet :)

  4. Shannon W. March 1, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    We absolutely love “The Wingfeather Saga” books by Andrew Peterson. There are 4 in the series. We just have the audio version of each, and have loved listening to them as a family (2 girls 9 & 8, and a 5 year old boy).

  5. Jill February 26, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    So I’m a little late to this post because we were actually driving back to Denver from Spokane when it was posted (and I’ve been sick since we got back). Funny thing is, we were visiting friends there and ALSO checking out the area to see if we want to relocate there as well!!! Trusting to Lord to guide us in our decision (my husband is a Denver native and leaving the sun for the clouds is a little challenging). All that to say, whenever we go on road trips, I buy or download “Adventures in Odyssey” for my kids. I have a 6, 9, and 11 yr old. They love them. The ones with Bible/History/or mystery adventures are especially intriguing for them. I will pray for your friend as she and her husband consider relocating, ask seek the Lord about our future!

  6. mandy February 26, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    Coffee Chat Ideas:
    – What your morning routine looks like
    – Ways to relax and unwind after crazy days or weeks
    – Favorite holiday destinations
    – Date Night Ideas (what you’ve enjoyed, what wasn’t so great)
    – Music you are listening to
    – Ways to make other people feel loved and appreciated (real life examples)

    Just a few things I would find fun hearing about. Thanks for putting out such a wonderful blog!

    • emily February 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

      Ooh, thanks for these ideas!

  7. Danielle February 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    For podcasts my kids like “Classics for Kids” and “The Read Aloud Revival” is one I like that is also family friendly. We also love the Focus on the Family radio theatre Narnia series. Also “Hatchet” and “The Sign of the Beaver.”

  8. Becky February 24, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Love, love, love Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne. I’ve listened to the book four or five times and had my 8 year old granddaughter read it also. It’s sweet and funny and I cry every time I listen to it. Have a fun trip!

  9. Jenny February 24, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    I honestly LOVE these coffee chats – both the text posts and the videos! So much fun! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. I don’t think there is any limit on coffee reheats. Or second cups for that matter.

  10. Danielle February 23, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Hi Emily!

    When we were on long road trips, we always listened to the Humphrey the Hamster audiobooks! They are so entertaining and I’d highly recommend them!!

  11. Austin February 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Is there any way you’ll be offering the handwriting class again? I’ve been dying to take it, but it’s not financially in the cards this month (even though I almost broke down and just charged it to my card ha ha). Would love to take it if it’ll be available at a later date?

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      No, no. Don’t do that :)

      I’ll offer it again in May, so start saving and you’ll be in when it is offered next!

  12. Catherine February 22, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Our kids are big fans of the Wizard of Oz. On audible there is a fantastic dramatic reading that Anne Hathaway does. We love it and always recommend it.

    Also Im so there with your friends idea of liking it at its worst than loving it at its best. We house hunted in Vermont in February. It is my favorite place we’ve ever live. I insisted on going because I knew if I could handle Feb..I could handle everything else mother nature threw our way. Sadly though this winter she’s not throwing us anything…Lol

    Great coffee chat! Such a huge fan.

  13. Susie February 22, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    I have the exact same age range and genders as you, and we listen to audio books all the time that I rent from the library (Play Aways). It’s a sure-fire way to stop bickering in the car! :) Anne of Green Gables is one we are ALL enjoying (and I know my boys would have NEVER read it if they saw a picture of a girl on the front!). We all loved Frindle, Way Side School series, Origami Yoda series, Harry Potter with Jim Dale (we stopped at Book #3 because of my younger daughter), and the boys liked the 39 Clues series (but not my daughter so much). This isn’t an audio series, but we have also ALL loved the movies, The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. GREAT female characters and all kid-friendly. Love, love, love them!

  14. Bri February 22, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Emily!

    Absolutely love that bible. We bought it for our son when he was born and it is one of his favorite books to look at (he’s 14 months now).
    As far as audio books go – I can highly recommend the Jonathan park series and the lamplighter theater story books. Both Christian and partly based on true events and people.
    Here is a link: https://jonathanpark.com/
    And http://lamplighter.net/c/lamplighter-theatre/



  15. Chelsearotunno.com February 21, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Bridge to Terabithia
    So fun to get to watch and feel like we’ve chatted! (No disclaimers or apologies about your skin or hair are necessary!❤️)

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      I LOVED that book. I remember crying so hard. I’ll add it to my list

  16. NEaves February 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Chronicles of Narnia!!! We had a version that came with beautiful artwork and was read by the most perfect English gentleman!! My girls loved it and my husband and I did too!

  17. Taryn February 21, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    My three girls and I listened too all the Ramona stories and The Indian In the Cupboard.

  18. Summer February 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    These coffee chats are delightful!

  19. Margaret February 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    Try The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, a series written by Maryrose Wood and read by Katherine Kellgren (who does a phenomenal job on other books too). The writing is witty and fun for boys or girls. Heartwarming without being sentimental, and just so funny. There are five books out in the series so far.

  20. Abbie February 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Okay, so I didn’t read through all of the comments (so lazy, the shame), so I don’t know if anyone already recommended these, but if y’all like The Chronicles of Narnia at all, you should totally check out the audiobooks. They’re read by legit British actors like Jeremy Northam and Derek Jacobi, and they are just beyond fabulous. My kids (well, at the least the “older” ones–ages 3-9) adored them.

    Lewis can be a bit hard to get into because his vocabulary is so elevated, but with the narrators doing all the voices and such, it’s instantly more engaging. (My husband and I may or may not have listened to them on our honeymoon road trip 11 years ago).

  21. janie hyde February 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    my family loves listening to harry potter

  22. Stacy February 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    Our family highly recommends Lamplighter.net (books and audio books).Lamplighter stories are much more than good and wholesome reading. The character traits children assimilate during their formative years are the foundation from which a life of faith in God is built. Inspiring role models found in Lamplighter books demonstrate that outward compliance alone will not carry a child through the stresses and disappointments soon to be faced in adolescence and adulthood. Perseverance, courage, hope, loyalty, humility—these are the qualities to emulate, these are the traits to pursue. Though life isn’t always fair, we can be confident that each disappointment and trial is designed by a
    loving God for our good.

  23. Afton February 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    I love watching and listening to these!! Totally meant in a non creepy way!!! I want to know more about how you do your hair! It doesn’t seem haphazard! I have an 11 month old and for the last almost year it’s been in nothing but ponytails because this girl loves to pull it! BUT I’m about to get it made over and LOVE the color of your hair and how you have the perfect wave going on! Any tips or tricks you have? Favorite products?? Routines? Thanks!!

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:52 am #

      Ah, thank you. Not taken in a creepy way :)

      To do my hair … I usually wash it once every three days – this was on day 2 and I did not do much to it after sleeping (hence the flyaways). I rotate between a curling iron and wand and have done videos on how I use both!
      How To Get Loose Waves

      How To Use A Curling Wand

  24. Jackie February 20, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    I love watching you, Emily – you are truly adorable. I don’t have kids, I live on the east coast, I’m much older than you, not nearly as cute as you, not particularly spiritual, and only drink decaf, but your blog is the only one I’m truly consistent with (go figure!). I do love handwriting, and have signed up for the Penmanship class – looking forward to starting it soon :).

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:53 am #

      Don’t you just love that we can each be so different and still enjoy one another?! Thank you for reading and your kind comment.

  25. Haley February 20, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    Our 4 kids (ages 2, 4, 6, 9) love the Brains On! Podcast. Kids call in with science questions and experts answer them. It is wonderful.

    Love the Coffee Chat :)

  26. Lynn February 20, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Just an idea for a little humor on the road, Brian Regan is a great family comedian. He’s very clean and I know my kids always get a chuckle out of him, and we are actually going to go see him next week as a family! It might be a little beyond your six-year-old, but as a family we always enjoy having a good laugh while on a car ride. Happy travels?

  27. hillary February 20, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    suggestions for future coffee chats:
    favorite tips for decorating
    dream vacation
    when will winter ever end
    who is your favorite sister and all of the reasons why
    what are you listening to right now (because I know there is prob a song on repeat)

    That’s all I’ve got for now. In other news: I can’t remember anything I wanted to be when I grew up besides a mom. You’d think I’d be way better at it and have it all figured out then. Weird.

    In other other news: The thought of being on camera makes we want to hide under my couch. But you really are good at it-totally normal and natural. No dog and pony show voice in sight (earshot?). Well done, sister. Coffee chat videos from now on!!!!

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:55 am #

      I love you Hillary (for all who don’t know – this is my little sister).

      1. I like your topics. I’ll see what I can do.
      2. You are a great mom and like I said last night, maybe once this season of little kids is over for you, you will find a way that your passion for mothering and nurturing will come out. You have time.
      3. Glad I don’t have a fake voice. Dog + Pony shows are annoying (and kinda funny). I’ll keep them coming!

  28. Laura Susan February 20, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    You will LOVE the audio of Jesus Storybook Bible. As one who learns best by listening, I’ve found insights I might not have seen reading the text.

    Two thumbs up, and enjoy your trip!

  29. Jennifer February 20, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    I was also going to recommend Adventures in Odyssey. They have an “Adventure Club” app, where you have access to all of the stories (and podcasts and videos too). Our whole family loves them! Where are you taking a road trip to? Sounds wonderful!

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      We have a BIG road trip planned. I haven’t shared it yet publicly, but the announcement will come soon!

  30. Maria W February 20, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    i hve 3 boys. When my eldest was 12 the other two were 5 & 2. We always listened to Adventures in Odessey from Focus on the Family. Even tho that was 24 years ago, my middle son still enjoys listening to the weekly broadcast now and again. They are also available in CD format. This is the link http://www.whitsend.org/
    Have a great trip!

  31. Andrea February 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Coffee chat: Your upcoming Adobe Illustrator class! I am ready! :) Thank you

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      It opens March 14th!

  32. Christa Threlfall February 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    My 6 year old daughter and I have been listening to the Boxcar children audiobooks and several of Beverly Cleary’s books (currently reading Ramona and her Mother). So fun!!!

    • Abbie February 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      Brilliant, Christa! I never thought to listen to those, but I definitely grew up reading them.

  33. Shanwil33@yahoo.com February 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    Loved it! Also HUGE fans of Focus on the Family’s dramatized version of Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe. Very well done and my 6 and 11 year olds love it equally. Found it at our library….

  34. Rach February 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi Em. Your coffee chat was great! It’s great to hear about what you dreamed about as a girl and how it has come to fruition. I haven’t come across the Monopoly cards as yet. Will have to keep an eye out for them. They may not be available in Australia. We do however have Monopoly Empires. That is another quick version of Monopoly. You guys might want to check it out. I am planning on doing your penmanship class next time you offer it. I will have a lot to learn, my 14 year old, who is very arty, will probably just be touching up her skills. Thanks for offering this class. I have always loved nice writing and wished I could write well. I just thought it was an arty skill. You either had it or you didn’t. Thanks again for the video. It’s great to hear a person, not just read what they write. It gives you a better sense of who they are as a person. xx

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you for a suggestion of the monopoly game. I’ll look it up!

  35. Jodie February 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    I’m cracking up here! The first time my husband and I pulled into the little city that is now our home it was in the middle of winter. We were there for him to interview at a church and on the second day of our interview one of the church members took us for a drive around town. I was almost in tears because I thought it was so dreary and practically prayed that the Lord wouldn’t call us here because it was so drab! Eight years later, and we’re still here and it’s one of the most beautiful towns ever with some of the best sunsets in the world here in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Tell your friends to visit in the spring when life is renewed again and the trees are full and flowers in bloom. Oh, and random: Your shirt is adorable and I’ve seen it a few times by others wearing it on Instagram. Can I ask where you got it from?

    • Karen Judd February 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      You look beautiful in this video. I love your Swiss dot blouse. I didn’t see any of the flaws you mentioned.

      I got the book during a cyber Monday deal at CBD. I actually bought a few of them because they were so cheap. I also downloaded the advent ornaments to do that go along with them.

    • Maria W February 20, 2016 at 1:31 am #

      Jodie-I really like Emily’s shirt too! Super cute Emily ;)

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      My shirt is a few years old from JCrew Factory. I have one in cream and one in blue and I wish I bought the green one, too!

  36. Anna February 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    Thanks for the left handed tips! And super cute coffee chat :)

  37. Regan February 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    I can’t give Adventures and Odessey a higher recommendation for a road trip. A favorite in my house when we were growing up. Biblical and funny all at the same time :)

  38. Erin February 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Emily! I didn’t read through all of the comments, so if you’ve heard this 100 times, please forgive me, but we love the Adventures in Odyssey CDs. They’d be great for all ages and both boys and girls, and my husband and I don’t mind listening to them :)
    Thanks for getting me hooked on The Happy Hour. It has been fun and encouraging to listen to!

  39. Amy February 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    We love the adventures in odyssey from the focus on the family web site. Your whole family will be hooked!!

  40. Laurel February 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Emily, my kids love storynory.com it has great stories, and it’s free!

  41. Jade February 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    Loving your Coffee Chats! Would love to hear about your favorite downtown Seattle hotels and must see shopping boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, etc. Just a few suggestions would be fabulous.

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:59 am #

      Great suggestion!

      I just stayed at the Sorrento Hotel this fall while speaking at a conference. It was such a nice getaway (and my first time staying in a hotel alone!). It is old and historic and pretty.

  42. Jennifer Lowe February 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Next time you are in Spokane you must, must, must go to CHAPS! It’s the most wonderfully decorated and more importantly GREAT food! It’s like homemade comfort food think: diced potatoes with seasoning, french toast made out of homemade banana bread with cream cheese frosting and hearty bacon!! Celeste Shaw is the owner and she also co-owns a lovely shop not far from Chaps Called Lucky Detour. She is the most lovely person it will not disappoint.

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you for the suggestion!

  43. Andrea February 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I have a daughter, age 10, and a son, age 7. We started doing audio books in the car a few years back. Our favorites have been ones by Roald Dahl (George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Witches were faves).

    They also have both enjoyed the Nancy Drew books read by Laura Linney. I think she only read the first 5 or 6 of the series, but they have listened to them over and over even though they know how the mystery turns out.

    And finally, other have mentioned the Rabbit Ears series. Our all time favorite is the tall tales one about Paul Bunyan (told by Jonathan Winters–awesome!) and Johnny Appleseed.

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      Nancy Drew would be fun!

  44. julie February 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    love your coffee chats! you are a blessing.
    When our boys were younger we would listen to Jonathan Park’s CD’s on our long drives from Northern CA to Oregon (13 hour drive) where my family lives. They are very great (Christian based) and even my husband and I enjoyed listening to them :-) Check them out. We lived in Seattle (where i met my husband) and loved it. Miss the green, mountains,etc. If ever in N. CA you are welcome to visit.
    Thanks again for your beautiful Archive’ material, etc. Love love love.

  45. Mary February 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    That was a fun Coffee Chat, and a nice way to bring in the weekend! I hope you have a great weekend. Here’s wishing your little Girl a Happy Birthday from someone in Texas!

  46. Sara February 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    We listened to Black Beauty narrated by Anna Sewell last summer. She had an English accent and it was such a fun listen. We also love the Narnia series, Charlotte’s Web narrated by EB White and Little House on the Prairie.

  47. michelle February 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    jamie ivey’s happy hour is my driving jam – love it! looking forward to the penmanship class :)

    LOVING your coffee chats!

  48. Joanna February 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you Emily for the coffee chat. I loved it and loved hearing your takeaways from the Jamie Ivey podcast and also the ribbon source. Love your posts, blog and just all things Jones Design!

  49. Jennifer Dynys February 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    We travel from Central Missouri to Pittsburgh, PA every thanksgiving. We have really enjoyed The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, I think there are five now. We have 8 children ages 13 to five months. So those of listening age have enjoyed them, including my husband and I. They are not spiritual, just entertaining and somewhat educational. The woman who reads them is excellent, Brittish accent and excellent voices for the different characters. Have a great trip.

    • emily February 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ll look it up. And seriously, a British accent is just so pleasing to listen to.

  50. Keri February 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi Emily! Last summer we got a puppy so had to drive for our annual ‘visit the grandparents’ tour, which took us from Montana, to Minneapolis, and then to Michigan…and BACK! Puppy, my husband and I and our two daughters, ages 6 & 8. I was petrified! I will say our lives were SAVED by the Harry Potter series, read by Jim Dale. I wasn’t entirely sure if those books would be a bit to scary for especially our sweet, sensitive younger daughter, but no problems at all! I had only seen a few of the movies prior to that trip and for whatever reason, reading (listening to) the books was so much…less scary. It was AMAZING to be in the car for very long stretches (like 11 hours) and none of us wanted to make a peep or even stop for gas we were so engaged! So we started with book 1 and 2 on that trip, and now we listen to it at night as a family before bed every night! We are on book 6 and I don’t know what we’ll do when it is over!! Jim Dale is FABULOUS at character voices. When we finally arrived home from the epic road trip I offered to continue reading them to them (i.e., actually reading) and they strongly protested–I am no match for Jim Dale!! Anyway, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are pretty pricey, but I have bought used on amazon with good results (or if you have a used bookstore–our town is too small for such things). Enjoy the trip!

  51. Donnie February 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    I agree with the above recommendations. There was also a delightful series by PBS called Rabbit Ears Radio. Fairy Tales told by famous people with a twist. Found it delightful.
    I’m getting Monopoly Deal to play with the Grands! Thank you.

  52. Diane February 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Lamplighter theatre audio stories are amazing. Well worth it! Christian, character building stories exceptionally produced. Different age leveled stories also. Start your daughter with “A Basket of Flowers” – lamplighter.net

    Also, great links here to free librivox picks:

    (No affiliation with either site, just a fan.)

  53. Jill February 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    We love Lamplighter Theatre’s audio dramas (Lamplighter.net). We have about 10 of them and they are all just so good! Some are for older kids but all of them have such good messages for children and adults alike. Our kids (five of them, ages 10 and down) listen to them over and over.

  54. Leslie Huber February 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    ? Emily! I adore the video chat! A lovely way to feel involved and see how you connect to your beautiful things. I’ve followed you for a long time and just love getting a sigh of contentment in sharing your discoveries! I haven’t started your design class but have it! (and hope not too much has changed in software since 2013!) ? Thanks for doing what you LOVE and sharing it!

  55. Susan Wilson February 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    I just read the other comments and noticed all the Narnian recommendations.

  56. Susan Wilson February 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Hands down, I recommend the Chronicles of Narnia CDS produced by Focus on the Family Radio Theater. My family has listened to the seven-story set many times over. Now, ten years later, we still play the quote game using those stories just from memory. Hope your trip is great and lower your expectations until you can smile?

    • Amy February 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      All of the focus on the families radio theatre’s are excellent!!!

  57. Kelly February 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Loved the coffee chat! I HIGHLY recommend the podcast Brains On for when kids are in the car. It’s a fun science podcast for kids but my husband and I also find it entertaining and informative. Fun for the whole family. We are also reading aloud through the Little House series and I imagine that the audiobooks would be great. There are so many great life lessons from those books – my 4 and 6 year olds just love them. I’ve never been to the PNW (I live in sunny FL) but hope to make it up there one day. Have a great weekend!

  58. Deb February 19, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Emily: I have 4 kids age 11 – 19. For years now we have been listening to Adventures in Odyssey. I buy the CDs because that way they can listen to them in their bedrooms at night before bed or while building lego with their friends. They are also available to download on line and you can also listen to them on the focus on the family website before you buy. My niece who is 6 is listening to them and I started off by giving her ones on values like caring but my 11 year old loves the stories about the American revolution. He is a huge american history buff even though we are canadian! Have wonderful trip!

  59. Maria Ribas February 19, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    I love your top! Maybe you could share what you’re wearing each time you do a coffee chat, because you always have the cutest tops! :)

    • emily February 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      :) The top is a few years old from J.Crew factory.

  60. Megan Mattinson February 19, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    I agree with the Narnia series. We took an 8-hour trip over Thanksgiving and our kids (3,5,7,9) all enjoyed the Magician’s Nephew. I think we listened to it the whole way there and hubby and I were enthralled, too. Also, my new drink of choice is now a flat white thanks to you. The very next time I went to Sbx after seeing your Coffee Chat, the flat white was their featured drink. :) And now I am hooked. I love that I can actually enjoy it without the sugar.

  61. Rebecca February 19, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Emily!

    We have done multiple family road trips between the PNW and the Midwest. Audio books really make the miles disappear!!! :) I have bought audio books, borrowed from friends, and the library. I second Wendy’s suggestions, all my kids love the Narnia series(hubby and I grew up on it) as well as Anne of Green Gables. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingles Wilder is great. A new to me book that is unique and thought provoking that the kids are enjoying listening to me read is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Edward is a toy rabbit and it is written in his voice. It did make me cry several times, though! :) We also put on things for the kids one year and used a splitter and earbuds so that we as parents could listen to the Harry Potter series. :)

    That is fun that you have two lefties!! One of my sisters is a leftie, also an Aunt, as well as my maternal Grandmother. So, the idea of lefties warms my heart! :)

    Thank you for your fun and sweet blog! Also…. Happy Birthday to Audrey!!

  62. Mary C. Andrews February 19, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Yay! Another Coffee Chat! I have been recommending your blog to everyone I know because everything is done so well. Also, I signed up for the Graphic Design class back in January and can’t wait to get started. My Macbook finally gave up the ghost (it was 8 years old) and I am picking up my new one today since the hubs surprised me, so I can finally start. What a happy day!
    Keep your Coffee Chats coming, they are so great, plus the random, real talk makes it more authentic. I have warmed up my coffee at least twice today!

    Thanks for the inspiration,

  63. Isabella February 19, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Love receiving your emails at work. It’s a nice way to take a break and relax for a few minutes. I usually don’t follow people or sign for the blogs etc, but you are so natural and down to earth, you captive me.
    On my spear time I make bangles sunburstjewels.com and sunburstjewels on Instagram. I would love to send some to you as summer is almost on the corner and I am sure you will love them…Please let me know the bangle size that you wear and the mailing address.
    Keep up with your awesome blog, even some friends and family from Sao Paulo, Brazil, follow you.
    I am in Naples, Florida – “Paradise on Earth”.

  64. Rachel koustik February 19, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I agree with Wendy, Chronicles of Narnia, the kids loved them! I feel like I’m always wanting to comment about your hair!lol! Is this wand technique still? Anywho, it looks beautiful! You gave just a hint of another class you are teaching…such a teaser! Happiest of birthdays to your lil baby girl! I had 3 boys then just had my last…a girl. She sure does make me emotional:-)

  65. Sarah February 19, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Has your 6 year-old listened to the audio version of Ramona the Pest read by Stockard Channing? It’s wonderful!

  66. Jennifer Jones February 19, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    We received the Narnia audio drama series for Christmas and it is AMAZING! Can’t recommend it enough. http://www.amazon.com/The-Chronicles-Narnia-Never-Theatre/dp/1589972996

  67. Andrea February 19, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    I second the Focus on the Family – even our too-cool-for-school 16 year old still loves Adventures in Odyssey (as do us parents!). Another audio series that came highly recommended to us is Stuart McLean’s ‘Vinyl Cafe’ series – he’s Canadian, but easily found on Amazon as well. Good for the whole family! So fun to see you ‘live’! I could not tell you had a migraine at all!

  68. Meganleiann February 19, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    I can’t watch the video right now so I’m not sure what you said about audiobooks, but my whole family (boys/girls/adults)are obsessed with the How to Train Your Dragon audio books, especially the second through last ones. The first one has a different reader but the remaining ones are read ingeniously by David Tennant. They are oh-so-different from the movies and so witty and moving.

  69. heidi February 19, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Thanks for your coffee chat. I actually made a cup of coffee and took a break from chores to sit down and watch. Great way to start my day! Thanks for your insights and ideas! Keep “em coming!

  70. Angela L February 19, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    Fun coffee chat time!

  71. Jolie February 19, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    We are huge adventures in Oddessy fans…we listened to the green ring conspiracy on the way to Disneyland last month…my boys (and husband) love them!

  72. Paula February 19, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    Yes, love it…..I think you should develop it into a regular short talk show….like all your tips….

  73. jennyf February 19, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    you got me thinking about childhood dreams and how they translate into what i’m doing today! thank you for that :) i wanted to be an interior designer (i’m living in a total fixer upper and have been trusted to make the majority of the design decisions), i wanted to be a mom of 3 (2 girls, one boy), and i wanted to be a hairstylist (this is a stretch, but i do have clippers and cut my husband and son’s hair! ha!). really random, but God spoke to me through you, so thank you :)

    • emily February 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Isn’t that fun?! Even if its not exactly what you’re paid to do, I love finding the parallels between what you enjoyed as a child and how that translates as an adult.

  74. Kirsten February 19, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Check out lamplighter theatre audio story CDs. They are Christian based stories from books that are audio acted out. We borrowed a couple CDs from a friend for our road trip last summer and my 2 children ages 10 and 7 were hooked. They had no desire to play an electronic while those stories were playing. We learned some beautiful lessons along the way as well. I am not aware if you can download them or not but they are our favorite so far!
    Great coffee chat. :)

  75. Laura B February 19, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    We love the audio dramas by Lamplighter books. They have suggestions by age – some of the dramas for older kids are a little intense, so if you look into them, be sure to keep the suggested ages in mind! :)

  76. Rebecxa February 19, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    I do then exact same thing with my coffee!! Sometimes I even drag it over until the next day, lol!! My husband was giving me a hard time, and said I should start a blog called, Day old Lattes, lol!! I have no idea if it’s bad for you either! I hope not!! Love these chats and your blog!!

    • emily February 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

      Love it :)

  77. katelyn ryan February 19, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    i wanted to be an artist and a teacher too when i was little and am an art teacher now :)


    • emily February 19, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      Isn’t that the coolest?!!

  78. Wendy February 19, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I cannot recommend the radio theatre audio books from FOTF highly enough! Especially The Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables, but they are all amazing! Try eBay or Amazon for them.

    • emily February 19, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      Thank you for the suggestions!

      • Kinsey February 25, 2016 at 8:39 am #

        Yes! The Chronicle of Narnia series is done SO well, and each book is introduced by C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, which I think is so special. I still periodically put these on in my car (& I am 24).

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