Friday, May 6, 2016

A More Purposeful and Simple Mother's Day

I love receiving hand written notes and pictures by my little men. It seriously makes this mama's heart flutter each time. 


When Mother's Day (and many other holidays) comes, cards are naturally picked out by your spouse and little ones to be written in and given. Suddenly you could probably fill a pretty good size storage bucket with cards, and then they seem like a nuisance and clutter! Especially in our home since we strive for simple living.... 



You can go read more over at Motherhood Inspired where I am a monthly contributor! Also don't forget to follow them on IG and Facebook to stay up to date. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Most Simple Easter Egg Decorating

I do not call myself a crafty mom. So seriously if I can do this with no hiccups you can too! Ben and Ian both love art and any type of craft involving paper, glue, markers, paint, basically whatever has the ability to draw and be drawn on.

So since Easter is almost here and Thursday afternoon we were having a little bit of a lull between 4 and 5...I decided we needed to do a little Easter egg decorating!



This is the perfect weekend activity to do together (plus no special tools or ingredients needed)! So ready? Let's go!

Needed

Eggs
Crayons 
Plates (or any surface to use for decorating)
Tissues or little gloves (to keep hands from hurting while touching eggs)

How To

--Boil water.

--Put eggs in water to boil for about 12 minutes. 

--Once they are finished, pull out and set out to cool for about 2-5 minutes. 

You want them to be cooled off a little but still pretty warm for decorating. Now here comes the fun part!

--Decorate! While decorating the crayon will begin to "melt" on the tip and make the best designs!


--Once finished place eggs in fridge to cool for about 15-20 minutes. 

--Take out and put on display for all to see. 


Simple right? Yep! Tag me on Instagram if you try it! I would love to see what your little ones come up with.





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Ways To Find Time To Read (and what to read!)

In the past I have breezed through a pretty good amount of books. I'm taking it a little "slow" this year and have read 14 since January. Reading has always been my go-to. Surprisingly I wasn't able to read until I was almost 7. It was a huge struggle for me but my foster mom would work with me each night and I learned to read through the American Girl series. My prize once I finished the Molly series (my favorite!) was the Molly doll, so it was hard earned!

Since then I have loved the many adventures and travels I have discovered through reading. I don't have a certain genre I like...I go through stages more. Sometimes it's all Amish, sometimes its re-reading Nicholas Sparks, other times it's mystery and suspense. A big variety is my favorite :-).



I have heard many times from friends and others who find out how much I read that they can never find the time to read or what to read so I thought I would share I few of my tips!

30 minutes before anyone is awake. Perfect time to pick up a book, the house is quiet.

30 minutes before bed. Turn off the TV and grab a book. It actually will help for a better night's rest too.

Put a book in your purse or diaper bag. How often are we sitting in the car waiting or nursing, at the doctor's office or even in a check out line. I always have a book in my purse and if you aren't one to carry a book- download the kindle app and go!

While working out. You can either prop the book on the treadmill or stationary bike and read or grab the audio version while walking or running! Perfect time to get lost and it will make your workout go by so much faster. Win win!

Naptime/ Park time. The obvious I know but sometimes we need the reminder.

You'll be surprised how many books you read also when you always have it in your purse or in your hand when working out! Trust me.

I frequently search the New Arrivals at the local library and bookstore and also keep tabs of books I want to read on Goodreads. I also am a dedicated follower of Modern Mrs. Darcy and her recent podcast that has given me many fantastic ideas for my next read.

What do you like to read? What's the last book you picked up? I would love to hear, tag me on IG and share your latest read.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hope Unfolding {Book Review}

Hope Unfolding is for the mom who has ever felt overwhelmed. For those who feel they never measure up. For the woman who feels alone but is surrounded by people. For the mom who has dealt with loss or for the one whose life doesn't seem to be turning out as planned.

It is for every mom.



You're in the trenches of motherhood and want to just grasp a breath of fresh air. Becky has written a beautiful piece of God spoken words for every mama heart out there. We are always the hardest judges on ourselves but God... 

This book is written like a long, sweet, encouraging note from a friend.

DETAILS: 

God’s love, plans, and promises for you are forever unfolding.
 
 I get it, Momma. I totally get it.
 Every day you wake up and try your very best. You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short. You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all? 

Sometimes, we just need hope (and maybe a long uninterrupted nap). We need someone to help tune our hearts to the voice of the Father and to remind us that He has not forgotten about us.
In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren’t alone, and that God is still writing your story. She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.


So grab the book, a warm blanket or quiet car full of kiddos sleeping and take a moment to read these words. 


I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for a post and my honest opinion. 




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Living on Purpose in Motherhood

Motherhood brings all the emotions. Truly. Those moments when your little one looks up at you and smiles and says "mama...", you want to capture that moment and bottle it up forever. Or when your preschooler suddenly learns a new trick or an independent task and his face just says it all.

It also brings the tears, from you and the kids. For various reasons, sickness, a sad day, feelings are hurt.

It can also suddenly become overwhelming and that is why this book is for YOU.


Mama Needs a Reboot is about overcoming the overwhelming moments and living on purpose. It's an honest, down to earth book by Allie and also grabs your attention with the challenges in each chapter.

I have found it can be read a few different ways:

Read each chapter slowly and work through the challenges for a few days. 

Pick a chapter and go! Mixing it up instead of starting on chapter 1. 

Read all the way through then return to Chapter 1 and go through the challenges (this is what I did)

I seemed to get the most out of it and truly began implementing the challenges set in front of me. The books covers 10 topics that are vital to motherhood and it's a good mix of simple and the hard truths we need to hear.

A few of my favorite snippets from the book:

What I mean about being intentional is pressing pause on your heart right in the middle of the chaos, asking yourself what is most important, and acting out of the answer to that.

Vacuuming might not seem like it makes much of a difference in the big picture, but it does. When it comes to your home, it's in the little things.

Giving a hug and sitting down to read a story with your child does so much more than a harsh word.

It is so easy and so common for moms to stop taking care of themselves. I believe it's what the enemy wants, because we simply cannot do our jobs well and be happy during our chaotic days if we aren't healthy.

So mama.. get up, choose joy and make tomorrow better. Allie keeps it witty but purposeful and it comes with real intentional motherhood. You can grab a copy on Amazon and also please go check out Allie's classes and webinars. She is also over on Facebook and Instagram frequently sharing those imperfect motherhood snippets and encouragement for all mamas wherever you are in your journey.