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.


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. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Revitalizing My Marriage with One Small Change

Hey Friends! I have been deep in the trenches of homeschooling and motherhood. We recently switched curriculum (sharing more soon!) and have been working on a new rhythm.

I am currently working to bring back mini pep talks on Monday's and also hopefully updating my ebook! More to come on that too :)

I was over on my friend Allie's blog this past month talking about marriage and would love for you to hop over and check it out!

While you are there, check out her new book and classes coming! She is the sweetest, telling it like it is mama with humor that I have met.

Watch for Monday's pep talk and come follow on IG if you haven't yet.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Five Things I Love // Vol. 2

The last volume of this was in October so it seemed the perfect time to share a few favorite's lately. Noticing the small things should be a part of everyone's day, I highly recommend documenting it in a journal or on the notes app in your phone. Would love to hear yours!


1. Dry Shampoo. Why did I wait so long try this? I don't know but I picked up a bottle from Target last week (this one to be exact) and after a little workout one morning I needed to run out the door for errands, so I decided to try it. It's going to be my favorite new accessory for my hair friends. Truly.

2. Cookbooks aren't that complicated. I have a fear of forgetting ingredients, something not turning out like the picture, etc. Hence the reason why I have used Pinterest and recipes from memory over the years. I finally realized my new best friend in the kitchen is mise en place which is prepping all the food and items needed before cooking, why I never did it before? No idea. I would usually just grab what I needed next. Now? I bought two cookbooks (this one and this) and am loving the recipes.

3. Podcasts while cooking or folding laundry. They keep me entertained and truly make the time pass quickly. You can check out a few of my favorites in this post.

4. I cut my hair last week. It might not seem like much but I have had pretty long hair for many years. Finally decided I wanted to try a completely new hairstyle and now I can't believe I waited this long! I have been pinning fun hairstyles to try with the shortish hair.

5. A walk outside every day, even in cold temperatures has proven to be refreshing. Anne from Modern Mrs Darcy couldn't have said it better. Get outside friends, bundle up and take a walk! The outdoor sun and air can truly do wonders.

embracing small things,

Elisha