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.