Book Review: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

by Shauna Niequist

Rating: 4/5

Pub Date: August 9, 2016

It’s no secret that I have adored Niequist’s other books. I have given out numerous copies of Bread and Wine to friends, both for the recipes and the wise words. I am using Savor as my devotional for the year and I am daily reminded of Niequist’s amazing insights into every day life. All of that is to say that I was primed to love Present Over Perfect.

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My new planner: Emily Ley Simplified Planner Review


Last Friday I shared my review of the 2015-16 Simplified Planner and today I’m talking about my new Simplified Planner for 2016-17!

Emily Ley offers several versions: an academic weekly, an academic daily, and a calendar year daily. She launched the academic versions a few weeks ago and the calendar year versions will launch in the fall.

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Emily Ley Simplified Planner: 2015-16 Final Review


After using my Emily Ley Planner for the past year, I can honestly say that it is the best planner I have ever used. I love the way that the pages are laid out, with room to write in dinner plans and a to do list.


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McCalls 6696: The Heavily Modified Version

For my third version of McCalls 6696 I really went rogue! The finished product only slightly resembles the original pattern, but I am pretty happy with it.I was inspired by Idle Fancy’s 6696 with a circle skirt. I used her suggestions for some of the alterations, and winged it for the rest.  Check out what I did below:

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McCalls 6696: The Wearable Muslin

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Yesterday I shared my over all review of the McCalls 6696 pattern and today I am talking about my first version. I made it out of a flat king sized bed sheet (very Sound of Music) to test the fit but, luckily, it turned out pretty wearable!

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McCalls 6696: The Review

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I think I have found my second TNT (tried and true) pattern for spring/summer! After my Colfax dresses went so well, I was more confident with trying a new pattern. I have fallen in love with shirtdresses after watching endless episodes of Call the Midwife, so I thought McCall’s 6696 would be a good choice!

McCall’s 6696 is a shirtdress with a separate button band, collar and collar stand, and buttons. It is a very versatile pattern with many modifications included!

Over the next week I will be sharing each of my makes, but for today here is my overall review of the pattern:

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