friday favorites- january 12

January 12, 2024


Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
Happy Friday friends!! I hope that you have had a lovely week! I am so excited for this three day weekend and hope that your weekend will be full of relaxation and restoration! I am grateful for this sweet space to spend time with you each day! January in this space is always precious as it will be ELEVEN years ago on January 23rd that Caravan Sonnet started! I already have tears at so much that has happened, the blessings of this space, and ALL of you over these almost eleven years! I can't wait to celebrate with y'all and look forward to sharing more in the weeks to come!

But for today- here are some of my favorite things from this past week! First of all.... 
Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
WOW. WOW. Just WOW. I am honestly speechless y'all. 

Friends, when I posted this yesterday I was filled with a bit of hesitancy. This post (and what I shared on Instagram) was hard to share. Behind the scenes as I mention it has been hard in different ways and there have been times that there has been a lot of backlash. To experience so much love, support, and so many messages was truly the kindest and most sweet gift. I so appreciate you! If you haven't read the post yet click HERE
Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
Y'all this blanket is amazing. I purchased it for my mama as a Christmas gift and it is a favorite in our household! It is the perfect blanket to turn on before you get into bed and it makes it so cozy to settle into a sweet warm bed during these chilly winter months.

If you are looking for an affordable and amazing blanket look no further. This one is perfect for you! And run and purchase it now because it is on sale with an extra 5% off coupon! 

You can find it on Amazon HERE.
Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
On Tuesday I shared the top 5 read travel posts of 2023 and they were precious to revisit! 

I began sharing about traveling and taking adventures on the blog when I was extremely sick and looking to find the joy and hope in everyday. In the years since that time I have been so blessed to travel and see parts of the world I only once dreamed of. I hope though that the places that are shared here on the blog will inspire you to visit and help in your own planning for your perfect cozy luxury adventure. At the end of the day I truly believe that as I shared in 2014 when I was mostly bed ridden that adventure starts right where you are and not in an actual place. In saying that I hope that these travel tips in this post are inspiring and encouraging as you plan your next trip and adventure... whether that is in your own back yard or somewhere thousands of miles away.

If you missed it you can read the post HERE!
Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
One of the new additions to the shop this week was adding in this powerpoint, "8 Tips to Save Money on Valentine's Day". This Powerpoint Contains 12 Powerpoint Slides with colorful and animated sections on ways to save money on Valentine's Day. This is a fun and interactive topic for students in high school and in college! 

There are other new additions also, so be sure to check out the shop! You can find it HERE!
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One of the most beautiful blessings of our time away was that despite traveling, never once mentioning passive income or talking about it on social media for all of that time away, passive income continued to come in. Each and every day I was amazed to see on my phone notifications of passive income coming in and I literally had not one time every talked about it or mentioned it. 

Y'all. Start this new year off with starting your journey in passive income. Read my FREE guide HERE or if you are a teacher, read my FREE GUIDE FOR TEACHERS HERE

The cost of things are skyrocketing and the cost of living is just increasing. In this very difficult financial times I can't stop talking about Passive Income because of how much it has changed my life. The knowledge from a $7 course (YES, it is ONLY $7!!!) that you learn (click HERE) and the opportunity to learn and earn while you receive AMAZING education through the Digital Marketing Course (that you can resell!!- click HERE) has been LIFE CHANGING. Y'all. Take the step today with the free guides. You will be amazed.

I used to pray for just one sale a day and now I have multiple sales coming in through multiple streams of income every single day. This is happening while I sleep, while I work, and while I spend time with my loved ones- even during the time of cleaning out rooms and getting organized. 

What could passive income do for your life?? Start your journey today with the free guides! You are NOT going to regret this. What you will regret is not starting sooner. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out. This can be done from ANYWHERE in the world!!!
December Caravan- Rebecca VanDeMark

These cozy bit MINI key chain junk journals are the absolute most darling addition to our shop! They are the perfect way to keep track and treasure the magic ordinary of each day. Adorned on a special mini claw clip that can attach to a key ring, purse, journal, photo album, use as a gift tag, and so much more, these mini junk journals are the perfect size.

Resting at 1.25x2 each sweet journal is perfectly curated collection of materials to inspire hope and joy in every area of your life. This beautiful extra mini junk journal is the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself to write down precious moments and save the priceless scraps of time from each day. Inspired by the beauty of home and life in the ordinary this Junk Journal will bring happy cheer each time you see it and inspiration throughout each of life's moments.

Looking for a birthday tag or encouragement gift to a co-worker? This would be the perfect gift for those who are in your life!

Each heirloom treasure comes with:
//1 1.25x2 junk journal that contains:
//9+ pages of quality and beautiful paper
//1 unique and beautiful coordinating fabric button
//1 beautiful gold ribbon tied in a bow from an established generational American factory
//1 bulb clasps
//5 pieces of white paper (heavyweight paper)
//2 pieces of brown kraft paper (heavyweight paper)
// 2 covers (1 for front and 1 for back)
//1 mini claw clasp for attaching to the owners preference
//1 unique bespoke vintage inspired ephemera on the front as shown in the listing
//special surprise goodies (for the buyer when they receive their precious package!)
And more...

PLEASE NOTE/WHOLESALE/LARGE ORDERS: WE ARE NOW DOONF WHOLESALE AND LARGE ORDERS! If you are interested in Wholesale for your shop or purchasing a large quantity for your event please contact us through the messages or send us an email at:

You can find the entire shop HERE!
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Recently this book (2nd edition was released in 2017) has been selling so quickly and I have been so humbled at the sweet response and love that I have received from it. The most popular comment I receive is "I didn't know you wrote other books than Lyme Disease/Chronic Illness Books" ... and yes I do! *smiles* 

December Caravan was written from my heart many years ago and is a collection of personal short stories, encouragement, and inspiration on finding hope in the ordinary moments of life. Beginning when her world crumbled after her ex-fiance walked out of their relationship to being diagnosed with several serious health issues, Rebecca shares openly and vulnerably from her heart and life. Covering heartbreak, loss, joy, and hope, December Caravan shares short stories to encourage the weary heart. No matter your circumstance, December Caravan will encourage you to find hope in the tender mercy of grace.

You can purchase the book HERE!
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I am sharing about this again this week because it has just been so so good.

One of the things that I wanted to do this year was change my time with the Lord a bit. With my current schedule it was not working as well for me to do an extended time with the Lord in the morning as it used to. I was needing to get up earlier and earlier (which is not a bad thing but for some understanding I currently hold a job in the morning before my full time job so I am already up very early) and knew that physically I needed sleep. I decided to switch things around and do a short devotional in the morning and then throughout the day and later in the day do additional time. Y'all... I started this before the new year started and this has been a HUGE blessing to me. 

I am sharing that because I find that a lot of times there is a huge push to have a BIG time with the Lord at one time and in the morning. At different seasons of life that has worked really well for me. If it is working well for you, that is awesome. But if it doesn't work well for you I would encourage you to find a short and encouraging devotional (like the one above) to start your day and then examine your schedule for time throughout or later in the day. 

This devotional has been perfect to literally wake up to. There are some challenges that are happening currently behind the scenes (someday I will share more but in the meantime we do covet prayers), and in this devotional you have a short scripture verse, reflection on a daily reading, a prayer for the morning and then a thought to meditate on. This devotional is short and yet it has gently reminded me each morning about God's goodness and the expectant hope we have in Him! 

You can find it on Amazon HERE.

If you have done this one and are looking for a similar type devotional, I have also loved, Choosing Life for the mornings. I have mentioned in the past during the time of fighting for my health and it is an amazing book. I pretty much return to it every other year! You can find it on Amazon HERE!
Caravan Sonnet- Rebecca VanDeMark
With Caravan Sonnet turning eleven years old this month I thought it would be fun on Fridays to share some older posts from the blog! One of the things that Caravan Sonnet developed into was a a resource for those looking into cruising around the United States and World.

One of my favorite cruises I ever took was a trip with my sister was on a Disney Cruise! And if you missed the post then you know that we are so excited that my sister has gifted the most amazing gift- a cruise in the Spring with Disney!! We are SO excited about this and looking forward to it with great anticipation beyond belief!! And that first cruise was SO special y'all... it was absolutely amazing. We still talk about this trip and all of the precious memories that we made. You can read all about the cruise HERE. Because of this I am dreaming and thinking about all of the fun cruise things and I am remembering this very fun day in Nassau at 

One of the most popular posts is one that I wrote back in 2016 was about our time in Atlantis and doing the aqua adventure excursion. You can read the post HERE

Interested in other Cruise Experiences/ Itineraries on the blog? Check out these links below:
Holland America Cruises (Canada and New England-2019)
Viking Cruises (Rhine River- Germany, France, The Netherlands-2017/2018)
Disney Cruise (Disney Dream to the Bahamas-2016)
Royal Caribbean Cruise (Bahamas- 2014 and 2016)
and more that can be found on my restorative travel page which you can find HERE!

I hope that you have a wonderful Friday and weekend friends! Thank you for making this such an incredible space to come to and connect with every single day. I am so blessed!!

1 comment

  1. Congrats on the 11 years of Caravan Sonnet. That is a fantastic achievement.
    I have been thinking about buying myself a heated blanket. I hate being cold so one sounds ideal.
    Have a lovely weekend. x