Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Can you believe we are already through 2014??  I sure can't.  The year has flown by and we are hours from 2015!  I hope you all have many blessings in the new year.  Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from Simple Life, Happy Wife

Hope you and your family have a merry and bright season!

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Haaaaapy Friday!  Can you believe we made it through another week already?  It seems like once we hit September, the weeks fly by.  I'm hoping that things slow down and we can enjoy the holiday season rather than rushing through it! Now, on to this weeks Friday Favorites.

Favorite Grocery Saver:  10 Ways to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

Friday, October 17, 2014

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I'm back today with another fun favorites and this one is filled with some heart warming and hand warming ideas for Fall!  Let's jump right in!

Favorite Bite:  Steak Fajita Flatbread by Miss In the Kitchen

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bleeding Heart Earrings Tutorial - A Thirty Minute Project

Bleeding Heart Earrings Tutorial | A Thirty Minute Project - A Simpler Grace

Anyone who has tried making jewelry knows how time intensive the process can be.  Today, I'm here to share actually how easy it is to do a quick project that requires minimal bead stranding and design. Today's tutorial is about what I call the Bleeding Heart earrings.

Friday, October 10, 2014

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It's a Friday in the middle of October, and that means HALLOWEEN is fast approaching!  Whether you enjoy the ghoulish costumes or the colorful foliage and pumpkins, everyone seems to get excited about the official holiday to kick off Autumn.  These are my favorites for this Halloween.

Favorite Sip:  Bloody Shirley Temples

Friday, October 03, 2014

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Happy Friday!  When the blog was on a one month hiatus, one of the biggest things I missed (other than getting to know my followers) was doing my Friday Favorite posts, but just because I wasn't posting them doesn't mean I wasn't saving them up for the first post back after the return...  Let's jump right in!

Favorite Coffee Companion:  Boston Cream Donuts

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Happy Friday y'all!  Let's jump right in to this week's favorites...

Favorite Breakfast:  Fruit & Waffle Breakfast Pizza from Lauren's Latest

Friday, August 15, 2014

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It's another Friday and you know what that means - another Friday Favorites!  This is what I'm loving this week.

Favorite Artist:  Leonid Afremov - He has a way of using oil and a palette knife to make art look like confetti.

Friday, August 08, 2014

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The summer has FLOWN by and, although we have a few weeks left in August, many of you will preparing your children for the new school year.  From back to school clothes shopping, to stacks of new school supplies, to the smell of a freshly-packed lunchbox, I have always loved this time of year. Many of you know that I am crazy for office supplies and can spend a whole lot of time and money in the pen and notebook aisles at our local office supply store.

Friday, August 01, 2014

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We have come to the end of July and that means it's time for my July Favorites!  Without further ado, let's get on with the show.  Why not start with dessert?

Favorite Dessert:  Chocolate Lasagna Parfait

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This week marked five months until Christmas day.  Five months!  I can't even believe how fast this year has flown by.  I am not, by any means, ready for the holiday season, but thanks to an abundance of Christmas in July ideas floating around the blogosphere, I can start my planning for decorations, food and even gifts way ahead of time.  These are all my favorite Christmas ideas using summer-appropriate supplies.  Enjoy!
*Update:  This post is going up a week late because my wifi has been down and I didn't have internet access.  Thanks for your patience!*

Favorite Santa:  Santa Hat Brownie Bites

Friday, July 18, 2014

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The weeks seem to be flying by and we'll be into Autumn before you know it.  I'm already seeing lots of school supply ads on television and local craft stores already have Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations in!  I feel like yelling "SLOW DOOOOWN!"  I don't even want to think about the holiday season yet.  We are only halfway through July!  I digress.  Let's get on with this week's favorites, shall we?

Favorite Freeze:  Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles from Roxy's Kitchen

Friday, July 11, 2014

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We made it to yet another Friday.  Woo Hoo!!  Hope you have fun plans for the weekend, but first, I hope you enjoy my selection of favorites for the week.

Favorite Summer Slow Cooker:  Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July!  No Friday Favorites post today, in light of the holiday weekend.  I'll be back with my regular posting schedule on Monday morning.  I hope you all have a lovely, fun-filled weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Wrap Bracelet Tutorial

Celtic Wrap Bracelet Tutorial - A Simpler Grace

One of my favorite hobbies is making jewelry.  I've been making bracelets, necklaces and earrings for over ten years. It started when my husband and I were in a jewelry store getting my engagement ring inspected and cleaned when we saw this beautiful necklace that was several strands of gold seed beads and a Venetian glass pendant.  The price on the necklace was over $800!  I looked at my hubby and said, "I can make that for less than 20 bucks" and I did.  I found very similar supplies in my local Michaels store and completed my necklace in less than a day.  Since then, I've loved the craft.  I've even sold quite a few pieces to friends and family.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make one of my favorite styles of bracelets - the wrap bracelet. I don't know about you, but fiddling with a clasp with one hand to get the standard bracelet on is a pain in the you-know-what.  It's also difficult to find bracelets that fit my wrist well - either they are too big and roll down my hand, or they are too small and "choke" my wrist all day long.  While I do make standard bracelets with the clasp, my favorites are ones that just wrap around your wrist and fit any size.

Friday, June 20, 2014

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We made it to Friday - and a happy one it is.  Today, we're talking my favorite burgers and sandwiches.

Favorite Turkey Burger:  Taco Turkey Burger

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fun Fourth of July Food

Tasty recipes for Independence Day - Fun Fourth of July Food - A Simpler Grace #4thofjuly #independenceday #recipes #holidayThis week marks the first day of summer and it feels like it!  I love all the holidays that fall during summertime and Fourth of July is the best!  I love the fireworks, parades, time at the pool or beach, the big festival our town has that day and the FOOD!  Here are some fun and delicious Independence Day recipe ideas I found on the blogosphere.

Fruit & Brownie Skewers via Mel's Kitchen

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Happy Friday the 13th!  Happy Father's Day weekend!  In honor of these events, I've put together my 13 favorite Father's Day ideas.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

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We are nearing the end of the month and today is the day I'm going to share my favorites of the month! Everybody buckled in?  Here we go!

Favorite Meal: Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna.  We tried this at my house last week and it was a big hit.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with delicious food, fun activities, the company of dear friends and family and the remembrance of those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Happy Friday!  ...and Happy (almost) Memorial Day!  Today, I'm sharing my favorite Memorial Day ideas - from food to decorations to fun things to do.  It's a great time to have fun with friends and family, but we can't forget the real reason behind the day and that is to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to keep America free.  I hope you and your family have a safe and happy weekend!

Favorite Fruity Treat:  Patriotic Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
via Cupcakes Kisses 'n Crumbs

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Kitty Favorites
Snickers and Aly are our two cats.  They are both six years old, both long-haired and both have sensitive tummies.  Here are some of their favorite things.

Favorite Cat Chow:  We like to use natural pet foods whenever possible, but have found that when we feed just the Blue chow, they tend to get a little backed up. We started combining the Blue chow with the Purina chow and it seems to help them be more regular.

Friday, May 02, 2014

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For it being the beginning of May, we sure have had some crummy, cold weather this week. Yesterday was the first day since last weekend that we had a hint of sunshine.  Because of the dreary conditions outside, I've been craving some comfort food.  I have been digging to the bottom of the recipe files to find these gems.  Some are a few months old and some a few years, but they are still just as delicious as when I first laid eyes on them.  Hope you enjoy my comfort food cravings this Friday!

Favorite Pizza:  Cauliflower Crust Vegan Pizza
via Hungry Healthy Girl

Monday, April 28, 2014

April is Donate Life Month | Timmy's Donation Story

graphic via Donate Life
I wish I could have posted this earlier in the month since we are coming down to the tail end of it, but things happen and here it is.

April is National Donate Life Month.  It is a time to raise awareness for the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.  It's a touchy subject and I understand a lot are uncomfortable with the idea giving donations after their lives have ended.  I would like to share with you why I am posting this today and how dear of a subject it is to my family.

Friday, February 07, 2014

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Today is the official kick-off of the 2014 Winter Olympics!  I enjoy both the summer and the winter games, but definitely prefer the cold weather events.  Here are my faves for the week.

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Happy Friday!  Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.  Those of you who are in love with the holiday can't wait to shower your loved ones with candy, flowers, hearts and romantic words, but there are quite a few who aren't as head-over-heels about the holiday.

No matter how you feel about Valentine's Day or if you have a romantic interest or not, you can share the love with those who mean the most to you.  Below are my favorites.

Favorite Cookies
via Stephanie @ Sweets by Stephie

Friday, January 24, 2014

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Today's Favorites are all things you can do yourself.  

DIY Masterpiece:  These beautiful "adult coloring pages" are fun to doodle while you're on the phone and you can frame them for a decorative wall piece.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Superbowl Party & Menu Planning

Some of my favorite snacks for game day. #superbowl #football #snacks #menuplanning
Are you ready for some football?  I am!  The Superbowl is just around the corner and I'm thinking about the food that I'll make for the party.  I want to prepare some old favorites and try some new recipes that I've been drooling over.  They look so delicious!

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Happy Friday!  It seems like the weeks are already flying by and February will be here before we know it!  One of my favorite things to do on a cold, January day is to window shop - online.  Today, I will be dedicating my Friday Favorites to the little treasures I find on Etsy.  Hope you enjoy!

Home Decor:  These beauties come in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns from Festive Home Decor.

Friday, January 10, 2014

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Happy Friday everyone!  Here is another installment of my favorites.

Fuzzy Friend:  Bao Bao!  The new baby panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Friday, January 03, 2014

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Every Friday I will post a blog featuring all of my favorite things from the week.  These things will be in a variety of categories from funny pictures, viral videos, recipes, beauty or fashion finds, fuzzy friend, a read or a celeb that is doing something extraordinary.  Hope you enjoy my favorites from the week:

Recipe:  Buffalo Quinoa Bites (These look like a yummy treat for a vegetarian like myself)
Buffalo Quinoa Bites