Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monthly Reflections | December

An end-of-month recap!

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

A follow up post on my #onelittleword from 2015 and sharing my word for 2016!

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

A weekly post joining in the #gratefulheart linkup with Ember Grey blog!
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

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!  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Erin Condren Life Planner 2016 | A Preview (+ Discount Code)

I recently placed an order with Erin Condren for a new life planner and a few accessories.  I wanted to share a little peek at the design I got and some of the new features the life planner offers.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Healthy Snacks for a Busy Holiday Season

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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

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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!

Monday, December 07, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 10

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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

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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

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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

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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I'm Happy For You by Kay Wills Wyma - A Book Review + Giveaway

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I received a copy of the book featured in this post for free, courtesy of FlyBy Promotions.  I was not cash compensated or required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please visit the Terms of Use tab above.

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne (as quoted by Kay Wills Wyma in I'm Happy For You.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Links to Love | 44

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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

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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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional - A Book Review

image courtesy of Asheritah Ciuciu for the purposes of this review

I received a copy of this book for free, courtesy of Asheritah Ciuciu.  I was not cash compensated or required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please visit the Terms of Use tab above.

One of the best things about the holiday season is advent calendars and although this book isn't a calendar, the principle of opening it every day until Christmas is the same.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 09

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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

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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!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Starting a New Chapter | Life After a Failed Marriage

#marriage, #divorce, #advice, #asimplergrace

A lot has happened since the great divide of 2015 (aka, the split with my husband) and I've received a lot of questions about how I'm doing and what I am planning for the future.  I thought it'd be a great idea to post all my answers here and address everyone at once, but also offer a little encouragement for anyone who might be going through a separation or a divorce and feels alone in the situation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy Cooking with Giada De Laurentiis - A Book Review

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I received the book featured in this post from Blogging for Books for review purposes.  As always, all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please visit the Terms of Use tab above.

I am a huge fan of Giada De Laurentiis and own all of her cookbooks, so when  Happy Cooking was released at the beginning of this month, I planned to pick it up immediately.  I was pleasantly surprised, however, when I got an offer to review this book and jumped at the opportunity.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 08

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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

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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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eating Healthy During the Holidays

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It's the holiday season and with it comes lots of hearty comfort food!  If you're anything like I used to be, you might dread the holidays and the extra weight they bring with them.  It doesn't have to be like that, though.  You can enjoy the season, along with all the festive meals and treats, without worrying about packing on the pounds.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 07

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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)

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The One by Ryan & Amanda Leak - A Book Review

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*Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.  As always, all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts,  please visit the Terms of Use tab above.*

Everyone is looking for love that will last a lifetime, one that feels like a fairy tale with the happily every after.  Ryan and Amanda Leak have that kind of love.  This is the story of their love.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Links to Love | 41

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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

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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.  

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

1000 Gifts | A Month-Long Instagram Challenge

One of the tasks on my running 101 in 1001 challenge was to complete a month-long photo challenge on Instagram.  Well, I completed that task!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 06

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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

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.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

My Sweet Sponsors | October 2015

It's the end of the month and it's time for me to share a bit about my October sponsors with you.  I had some great women back my blog and I have become great friends with these ladies.  Please click the links below to visit their sites and show them a little love.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Simple Gratitude | 05

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Captive by Ashley Smith (+Giveaway) #FollowYourPurpose

I received a free copy of the book featured in this post through #FlyByPromotions for review purposes.  All opinions are genuinely my own.  #flyby #captive #followyourpurpose

You may have remembered a true story out of Atlanta in 2005 of a hostage situation during which an escaped prisoner holds a local woman captive in an apartment overnight.  

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper - A Book Review & Giveaway

I received a free copy of the featured book through @FlyByPromotions for review purposes.  All opinions are genuinely my own. #hopelives #flyby

Pastor Don Piper was in a serious accident resulting in his death in January of 1989.  He was dead for a whole ninety minutes before returning to life.  90 Minutes in Heaven is the story of his experience during those ninety minutes and the struggles he faced when he came back to his broken body.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Coming Soon | Fall 2015

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Hi friends!  Long time, no see!  I wanted to give you a quick update to let you know that you'll be seeing some changes around here the next few weeks while I get ready to re-launch the blog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Five Tips to Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy

*I received a product featured in this post for free, courtesy of @IndeedLabs via @Influenster.  I was not cash compensated or required to give a positive review.  As always, all opinions are 100% authentic and genuinely my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please click the Terms of Use tab above.*

I don't know about you, but my skin always seems to freak out when the seasons change.  It gets particularly bad when we go from summer to fall or winter to spring, bouncing from a super humid or dry climate to the opposite at a moment's notice.  Taking good care of your skin year round is essential to keep it healthy during these tougher seasons.  Not doing so could result in breakouts, overly dry or oily skin or irritations from your favorite products.

Monday, August 03, 2015

One Month of Essential Oils

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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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When Your Marriage Hits A Brick Wall

In October of this year, my husband and I will be married for eleven years, together for fifteen.  The sad thing is, our marriage might not live long enough to see the anniversary.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Learning Humility Through Hospitality

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

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.