Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monthly Reflections | December

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

Hello, January!  Where in the world did December go?  The month was full of baking cookies, eating lots of yummy food and enjoying time with family and friends and although it went by quickly, I wouldn't trade the past thirty-one days for anything in the world.

Out With The Old, In With The New | Happy New Years!

"For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning."  - T. S. Eliot

I wish you and your's a very happy new year and a wonderful 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

One Little Word | 2016

One Little Word | 2016 - A Simpler Grace
Today, I'm doing a little recap on my One Little Word for 2015 and sharing my word for 2016, along with the goals that come along with that word.  

When I sat down to choose my One Little Word last January, I really felt led to the word, "LEARN". I can't say for sure why, but it was stuck in my mind and any other word I debated just didn't measure up.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 12

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Hello, friends!  After a short hiatus for the holidays, I'm back, feeling refreshed and ready to start the new year off with a bang!  How about you?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 11

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Good morning, friends, and happy Monday!  I don't know about you, but we had some uncharacteristic temperatures for December here this weekend.  Most of my family was in shorts and t-shirts and we are usually awaiting snow by this time of the year!  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Healthy Snacks for a Busy Holiday Season

Healthy Snacks for a Busy Holiday Season - A Simpler Grace
It's the holiday season and with it brings very busy schedules.  It also brings many opportunities to eat.  I don't know about you, but we are BIG snackers around here at ASG.  There is always a package of cookies or a pizza lying around and it's so hard to avoid those temptations and stay on a healthy course.  The struggle is real, y'all!  I like to eat small meals every few hours to keep me feeling my best and when I'm in a hurry and hungry, convenience is key.  I'm a busy girl and if I can't pick it up and head out the door, it's probably not going to work.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Links to Love | 46

links to love, #linkstolove, #asimplergrace, friday favorites

TGIF friends!  Another week down and we are officially just TWO WEEKS FROM CHRISTMAS! [Insert panic emoji here]  The Festival of Lights started this week, so Happy Hanukkah to all my friends who celebrate!  I hope you and your family are enjoying the season no matter what holiday you observe in your home.  It is a time for joy and peace around the world!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pesto Pasta Bake With Feta & Grilled Chicken | A Recipe

A yummy one-pot dish with feta and grilled chicken. Pesto Pasta Bake with Feta & Grilled Chicken - A Simpler Grace

Today I'm sharing a family favorite recipe that I have probably made about a hundred times in my adult life.  Back when I first got married, I whipped this dish up in a pinch and it has been one of my go-to meals for entertaining.  

Monday, December 07, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 10

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Happy Monday!  I'm sure you all are greeting me from the other side of your respective devices with bright, cheerful faces as we start this new week together.  Got your cup-a in hand and jumping in head first, I assume?  

Friday, December 04, 2015

Links to Love | 45

links to love, #linkstolove, #asimplergrace

Happy Friday, friends!  Another week has passed and we are so very close to the weekend.  I have big plans for the next few days working on some photography and getting some reading in.  Love some "me" time!  What are you doing this weekend?

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Monthly Reflections | November

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

Happy December first!  I can NOT believe how quickly November flew by.  It seemed like yesterday was Halloween and now here we are, Thanksgiving over and Christmas quickly approaching.  I keep trying to dig my heels in.  To slow down time.  To savor every breath, but nothing seems to be working.  Anyway, hello December.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

DIY Festive Holiday Bath Salts

DIY Festive Holiday Bath Salts - A Simpler Grace
This post is part of the Creative Christmas Blog Hop with Teresa at Crafty Wife.

Happy Holidays!  It's hard to believe it's that time of year again!  If you're anything like me, you are probably running frantic - planning meals, shopping for gifts and making last minute travel plans. 

Today I'm sharing a tutorial that should help cut down on your gift-giving stress for the season. Whether you make these for the girls at the office, the neighbors or your kids' teachers, this simple DIY project will cover all your gift-giving needs in one.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Links to Love | 44

#linkstolove, links to love, #asimplergrace

It's Friday!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with your family and friends. Today, I am feeling so very thankful for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our great country, USA, and often times, miss out on holidays with family.  So, to all active and retired service members, THANK YOU for your sacrifice!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Time to Give Thanks

thanksgiving, holiday, give thanks, #asimplergrace

It's Thanksgiving and it's a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for!  I am so thankful for my family and friends, for the success of this little space of mine since the rebrand and the many good things to come in the next few months.  I'm so grateful for each and every one of my readers who come back, day after day, to read my words, my thoughts and my rants.  You all have offered so much encouragement and support to me over the last two years.  I am so very blessed.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 09

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Monday, again... And I have to admit, I've been dreading today.  It's my birthday and I'm feeling particularly old this year, what with everything that has happened in the year so far.  I've never been the kind of person who wanted a big deal made out of my birthday, or any holiday, for that matter.  I don't like to do gifts, cards and you'd better not ever sing 'happy birthday' to me.  I think my mom is doing a birthday cake or something.  I'll let my niece blow out the candles.  At least she'll enjoy it.  I'm not the only one who feels this way, right?  Right??

Friday, November 20, 2015

Links to Love | 43

links to love, #linkstolove, #asimplergrace

Happy Friday friends.  It's that time of week again when I share the best of the internet, in my own humble opinion.  Let's jump right in!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 08

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

It's been a hectic week and I haven't had much time to think, let alone reflect on the blessings in my life.  I did, however, manage to steal a few quiet moments, here and there, to ground myself and get my mind back in the now.  Too often, we dwell on the past or worry about the future, when we can't change either.  We can only live in the present, in the moment and enjoy it while we have it.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Links to Love | 42

links to love, #linkstolove, #asimplergrace

Happy Friday, friends.  We are back at another week's end and I don't know why, but it always seems like once we hit October, the days fly by.  We will be in the new year before we know it!  Anyway, we are here and I'm going to try to enjoy it.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 07

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Oh, Monday, we meet again.  Each week, I hesitantly roll out of bed, after the third alarm has been snoozed half a dozen times, and set my feet on the floor.  This morning, I greet you with a big steamy mug of tea and some fuzzy slippers.  It was 80 degrees earlier this weekend and freezing now.  (meh)

Friday, November 06, 2015

Links to Love | 41

links to love, #linkstolove, #asimplergrace

Well hello there, friends and happy Friday!  This week has been absolutely darling with beautiful weather for the first week of November and I'm loving it.  I know this will probably be the last warm stretch before winter unofficially settles in and freezes us all and leaves us longing for the warm sunshine we left behind.  Why is it that when we get to September, the weeks fly by and suddenly the holidays are upon us then we blink and find ourselves in a new year?  I'm trying to slow waaay down and enjoy the beauty while it lasts.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

In Love on Instagram | Fall 2015

In Love on Instagram | Fall 2015 - A Simpler Grace
I think pretty much most of the world is infatuated with Instagram.  It used to be Facebook, then Twitter, then Pinterest, but Instagram is here to stay.  It allows us a glimpse into someone's life and work in little square images, well-written captions and accompanying hashtags.  

Monday, November 02, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 06

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

Yay!  It's Monday again and we are back with Emily from over at Ember Grey talking about gratitude.  The weeks have been flying by and October is at a close and November is upon us. I simply cannot believe that Thanksgiving is less than a month away and Christmas is only two! Yikes! Let's slow down a bit and jump into what's important.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Monthly Reflections | October

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

It's the end of yet another month and it seems that no matter how hard I try to dig my heels in, the days just keep flying by.  I'm doing a few things differently these days, including getting outside to enjoy some fresh air and the beauty that surrounds me.  Tomorrow isn't guaranteed, so I'm living each day like it's my last.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 05

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

Happy Monday!  It's such a lovely thing to count my blessings of the week past when everyone else is dreading the day and the week ahead.  Gratitude is such an uplifting thing, isn't it?

Friday, October 09, 2015

Links to Love | 40

Happy Friday, friends!  What can I say about this week?  Even though it's been a very trying one, it has been one of beauty and healing.  I'm so very grateful that you've come to join me on this new journey of mine.  I'm excited to have you take the time to read what I have to share here and give me feedback!  The ASG readers rock!!  Now, on with the show...

Thursday, October 08, 2015

S'more Pops

S'more Pops Recipe - A remake of an old favorite treat. via A Simpler Grace
Last weekend, I was hanging out with my niece while my sister was at work.  It was a super rainy and dreary day.  The kid and I were watching some tv and talking about making some s'mores, but we couldn't go outside in the pouring rain, so we came up with a solution.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 04

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

This post is part of the Grateful Heart Monday linkup with Emily at Ember Grey.

It has been such a very long time since I've written a Simple Gratitude post.  I do keep a gratitude journal for daily tracking, but I have slipped on using it for a while.  In all honesty, some events of the past few months have made me bitter and focus on the negative things, but today, I'm turning over a new leaf and getting back into the swing of keeping my eyes on the blessings in my life.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Fall Hashtags I Love

Fall Hashtags I Love - A Simpler Grace
If you are on Instagram, you know how key it is to choose creative hashtags to go along with your images and adequately describe the content you share.  In fact, it is probably the most important thing, secondary to taking clear, sharp pictures.  Whether you are new to hashtagging or are just unsure which tags to use, I am here to offer a little assistance with choosing the perfect fall-inspired tags to use this season.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Links to Love | 39

links to love, a simpler grace, #asimplergrace

Fri-yay!  We finally made it!  The weekends at this time of the year always seem to be buzzing with activity, whether school sports or trips to the farmers markets or fall festivals.  I always try to take a few moments to myself on Fridays to relax and recharge so I can jump into the busy weekends with purpose.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Introducing A Simpler Grace!

Introducing A Simpler Grace! - A Simpler Grace
The day has finally come!  A Simpler Grace is now officially open for business.  :)  It has been a very long process to get through. but I am extremely happy to be able to call this little space all my own.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monthly Reflections | September

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

It's been a long time since I've posted consistently here on the blog.  So much has changed since then and I think it's appropriate to reflect on the month, but also the entire summer that I've spent away from my little corner of the internet.  

Monday, August 03, 2015

One Month of Essential Oils

One Month of Essential Oils - A Simpler Grace

While the decision to use essential oils is a very personal one, this article is not intended to "prescribe" oils for any specific medical condition.  Doterra essential oils are not regulated or approved by the FDA to treat or cure any disease or medical condition.  The oils I share in this article are ones that I feel have given me relief from certain conditions and side effects.  I was not prompted or compensated by Doterra to share my thoughts on their products.  As always, all opinions are my own.

If you have lived in North American and some parts of Europe over the past several years, chances are, you have heard about essential oils.  I'm not here to sell you oils or to pressure you to sell them yourself, I'm simply here to share my month-long trial and experience with them.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blog Update | Personal Hiatus

Hi friends.  Just wanted to share that I will be taking a break from the blog for a bit while I deal with some personal things. Feel free to check out the archive or post categories to read some of my older posts until I return.

Thank you for being a loyal reader.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Links to Love | 38

Good morning and happy Friday, friends!  We made it through the week and are so close to the weekend, I can smell the fresh-cut grass and hear the casual bustle on the street.  It's been a busy couple of weeks here and I'm excited to kick back and relax over the weekend.

I've spent the past week doing some reading, some porch sitting and enjoying spring's first berries.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Learning Humility Through Hospitality

Learning Humility Through Hospitality - A Simpler Grace

This post is part of The Peony Project's monthly link-up

One of the best ways to learn humility is by serving others, also known as hospitality.  I'm not writing about entertaining, which most would think of when they hear the word.  I'm talking about selfless acts of service.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dear Me | A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self #DearMe

Dear Me (A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self) #DearMe - A Simpler Grace

I don't get caught up in a lot of blogging/vlogging fads, but there is one that started going around a few months ago that I couldn't pass up.  It is called "Dear Me" and it is based on the book by the same name in which people share letters to their sixteen-year-old selves.  Somehow, a challenge was started for writers, bloggers and vloggers to share their letters on their respective home base sites.

This is mine.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 03

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

The weeks are starting to run together as they usually do when we hit May.  The days are longer and the school year is wrapping up and it seems like everyone is go, go, going all the time.

If you've been hanging around the blog over the last few weeks, you'll notice that I have not been maintaining my normal posting schedule.  I'll be going into more detail as to why this is later in the week, but today's post will be the re-start or my normal blogging calendar.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Reading Challenges for 2015 | The List

Reading Challenges for 2015 | The List - A Simpler Grace

If you remember back at the beginning of this year, I shared that I would be participating in the 50 Books in 2015, and a few other reading challenges as part of my 101 goals in 1001 days..  Today, I'm going to share the full list that I am reading this year (although there are many other books I'm planning on diving into as well).

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  I hope you enjoy your day celebrating the ultimate gift we've all been given!

See you this week with a regular post.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Happy Good Friday!

In light of the holiday weekend, I will not be sharing my Friday Favorites today.  The regular posting schedule will resume on Monday.

Have a blessed weekend!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monthly Reflections | March

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections

I was recently visiting Anna on her blog Rich as Kings and I fell in love with a monthly post she wrote called Taking Stock. It's sort of a monthly recap of everything she's been up to in little nibbles of thoughts.  She had a blank template at the bottom of her post and offered it up to anyone who wanted to use the format.  I couldn't resist.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 02

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful

The week has been a long one.  It's been full of hurdles and struggles and I'm so glad it's over.  The new week brings a slower pace and hopefully, an easier time for my little family.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Links to Love | 37

A very happy Friday to you!  I'm starting to love Fridays these days.  They feel like the kick-off for the weekend and now that my husband doesn't have to work on weekends like he did during snow season, I have more time to spend with him.  Now, on to my faves of the week.

When a Texas Walmart went out of business, the town made good use of the empty building by filling it with books!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 01

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
I have had a gratitude journal for some time now, and although it's done a great deal in promoting positivity in my life, I feel I could benefit more by sharing gratitude here on the blog.  On Sundays, I'll be sharing weekly recap posts that focus on being grateful.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Links to Love | 36

I'm doing my happy dance because it's Friday and it actually feels like Spring!  The windows have been open and I can't wait to get started on my spring cleaning.  (I know, sad, huh?)

One of my favorite things about Spring is being able to stay out in the yard at night and watch the night sky light up and twinkle with stars.  Some of these sky-gazing spots are definitely going on my bucket list.
photo cred: David Lane

Friday, March 13, 2015

Links to Love | 35

Happy Friday, friends.  It's the time of the week where I share the things I love with you!  Starting with a magical path inspired by my favorite artist, Van Gogh.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

101 IN 1001 | A Day Zero Project

101 in 1001 | A Day Zero Project - A Simpler Grace

Hi friends!  If you are really detail-oriented, you might have noticed that I snuck in an extra button to my tab bar above.  This week, I joined the Day Zero project and created my list of 101 things to complete in the next 1,001 days.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Links to Love | 34

Happy Friday to you!  It seems like it's been the longest week, but it might just be that way for me because we've been counting down to the "snowstorm of 2015".  We were predicted to get 6-10 inches of snow and we actually got less than five.  [wah-wah-waaaah]  I can't wait for Spring!

Speaking of Spring, soon Washington, DC will be turning pink with blooming cherry blossom trees. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival always starts in late March when the buds are just beginning to open.  It's a beautiful sight and like candy for photographers.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Keeping Your Life Simple | A Journey to Minimalism

My journey to minimalism and how I keep my life simple. #minimalism #simpleliving

This post is part of The Peony Project's monthly link-up

Do you ever get that feeling when you move to a new home, throw the moving truck door open and are instantly overwhelmed at all the stuff you have? Welcome to my life. My name is Lecy and I am a chronic minimalist.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Links to Love | 33

It's Friday and it's March!  That means St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner.  Being part Irish, St. Patty's Day is one of my favorite non-religious holidays.  I just like wearing green and pinching people who aren't.  The green holiday is a theme for lots of yummy treats, crafts ideas and fun projects here in the blogosphere.  Today, I'll be sharing all St. Patrick's day themed goodies.  Click the links below to read details and check out the submitter's blogs while you're at it!

Leprechaun Bait by Lani at Life Anchored

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vegan Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies - A Simpler Grace #vegan #cookies #recipe
I received a free @Earth_Balance product from #Influenter to test and review.  As always, my opinions are genuine and my own.

I've been interested in trying my hand at creating a recipe and featuring it on the blog for quite a while, so when I received a free tub of Earth Balance vegan, non-GMO, "buttery" spread, I was instantly inspired to create a cookie that incorporated some of my favorite ingredients - cinnamon and oats.