New Beginnings

Hello, 2019!!

The beginning of the year is always filled with so much potential and promise. Just as I open the pages of my new planner, this new year opens the doors to new possibilities and new adventures. Empty pages are exciting and oh so inviting to write down your new ideas and plans, aren’t they?

I say “ideas and plans” intentionally. I stink at resolutions, and so it never really appeals to me to make big promises. Honestly, I much rather prefer thinking about it in terms of having an “IDEA” and then coming up with a “PLAN” to execute it. Setting simple smaller goals and working toward them throughout the year sounds much more appealing to me. I guess I just really like simplicity but with a dose of realism, of course.

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Truth in the Tinsel–Christ-focused Advent Countdown for Kids

Note: this post contains an affiliate link to the Truth in the Tinsel eBook.

For the past 5 years, our family has been enjoying a wonderful Christ-focused Advent countdown called Truth in the Tinsel. It is created by Amanda White who blogs at OhAmanda.com. I have been following Amanda and reading her blog for years. I admire her passion for bringing Christ into the lives of children in a meaningful and fun way. When my kids were old enough to understand and answer some basic questions and do fun crafts, we went out and purchased the eBook “Truth In The Tinsel”! I printed it out, and since that first year we still use that same print-out to this day. This Christ-focused advent countdown has been our go-to Christmas resource for many years!

Christ-focused advent countdown

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SIMPLE FALL DATES

Simple Fall Dates are made of just that: simple living, homemade foods, and maybe a little bit of fall magic that encompasses all its delicious smells and magnificent colors.

There is definitely something about Fall that just sparks romance in everything we see and feel. Don’t you agree? Beautiful views and changing colors that beg you to go outdoors. Cool air that encourages snuggles and cozy fires.

Simple Fall Dates

Having been married for a few years and having a couple of kids definitely can throw couples off their game a bit, and so you’ll need to be a little creative to keep the romance going. And the beautiful fall is just the season to enjoy a few simple fall dates.

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Fall in Eastern PA: 3 Places to Visit

We happen to live in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, and the weather here can be quite finicky. However, for the most part, we witness the change of seasons yearly. And, in my opinion, the most vibrant, calm, and mysterious one is FALL. The air is crisp and cool, and the leaves…oh my, the leaves changing colors are just gorgeous. And that’s an understatement. If you are looking to witness the beauty and fineness of fall in Eastern PA, here are my 3 favorite fun fall destinations for you to consider.

fall in Eastern PA

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Fall Bucket List DIY

The whirlwind of summer fun has calmed down, and what we have now is the seemingly quiet stillness of fall. I’m all for cozying up on the couch with blankets and tea, but it is also very easy to get sad and depressed during the fall months. Just look out the window…more often than not, you see grey skies and wind and rain. In attempts to avoid seasonal fall blues, we set out to create a little Fall Bucket List.

Fall Bucket List

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Strawberry Lemonade, a picnic favorite!

strawberry lemonade

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a picnic or two, would it? And what better way to complete a summer picnic than with a pitcher of a refreshing lemonade? Today I want to share with you a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a variation of an old classic, but with a sweet twist. It also goes perfectly with the red, white, and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Surprise your guests with this delicious thirst quenching homemade drink!

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The Summer of Two Casts

Do you ever have a feeling that you are just the worst mother ever? Have you ever gone through something traumatic with your kids that still makes your heart ache at the thought of it as you still remember the details of that event? I’m sure every mom has a similar story that happened to her at least once in their mothering journey.

I had such an experience 2 summers ago when both of my kids broke their arms a week apart from each other.

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4 Summer Bucket Essentials

A few years ago, in an attempt to bring some structure to my summer days with two young toddlers, I made our first Summer Bucket List. It was a simple white poster board I had laying around. I grabbed some sharpie markers, borrowed my kids’ crayons, and quickly doodled some ideas on the paper.

Summer Bucket List

It was the beginning of a very fun tradition for us of creating a list of fun things we would like to do in the course of the summer. Summer Bucket list became my saving grace that now keeps me cool, (mostly) stress-free, and always prepared for some summer fun!

Creating a Summer Bucket List or Summer Fun List can bring structure into your summer, too! But you won’t have to actually write out the whole schedule for the weeks or even days. That would be so daunting and the opposite of fun, honestly.

Ready to create your very own Summer Bucket List?

Let me help you to break it down!

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Simple Father’s Day Tie Craft

Looking for a simple, quick, but thoughtful craft for the Dad in your life? Start reading now to find out how to make a Simple Father’s Day Tie Craft.

We all know how summer sneaks up on us, right? The kids just finished pre-school year, and you barely had time to breath with both your toddlers at home full time. And then, “Bam!”, Father’s Day is in a few days, and you are desperately looking for something that’s cute and not time-consuming to make with your kids for your hubby.

If you need a fun, super easy, and sweet craft to do with your toddlers in one evening, keep reading! I’m sharing a simple Father’s Day Tie craft that my kids did a few years ago. It was a great time scheming and planning, and the end result was super cute!Father's Day Tie Craft

Let’s get crafting!

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Walking Challenge: a Walk A Day In May

Who knew that a simple walking challenge would bring so much positivity and beauty into my days? I didn’t expect it, since all I wanted was to get outside and get some fresh air. But that’s exactly what happened!

And it all started with just one photo…

walking challenge

One day last month, I went on a walk. It had finally warmed up, and all of the people started coming out of the long winter hibernation. I was one of them. I had spent a lot of time in the last year or so staying home and not venturing out much. I had become somewhat depressed and partially lost, and maybe a little broken inside, too. But that’s a story for another post, perhaps. What my soul craved for was renewal, inspiration, fresh air, and more movement. And so I semi-eagerly obliged.

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