Saturday, April 30, 2016

Monthly Reflections | April

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

Boy, April went by in a flash, didn't it?  I can't believe we are at the end of the month already, but indeed, here we are.

Leo Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, "Spring is the time of plans and projects" and that's exactly what I've been focusing on.  There are some fun things planned in the coming month. Some new projects, new opportunities, and new adventures, so stay tuned for good things to come!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Easy DIY Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelets | A Jewelry Tutorial

A fun and easy DIY jewelry project - Easy DIY Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelets

Fun fact about me that you might not have known:  I used to design jewelry.  I say "used to" because I've recently decided to let this hat fall for the foreseeable future as I focus on some of my other creative pursuits, but in the meantime, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite pieces with you and give a tutorial for a few of them.  

Today, I'm sharing a super-simple project and something that is so easy to customize and make exactly how you like it - a DIY beaded wire bangle bracelet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 26

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

One thing is for certain - the days and weeks are starting to fly by, as they typically do once the weather gets warmer and I get busier.  Where is that darn pause button?

I am bound and determined to enjoy this spring and summer as much as I can.  Last year, I had a lot of nonsense and stress on my plate but this year, I will be taking a day at a time and trying to live in the moment more... starting right now!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

My Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

My Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time - A Simpler Grace
Today we are talking about one of my favorite subjects - BOOKS!  When people find out I'm a book lover, I'm often asked what are my favorite books or which books I would recommend, so I thought it would be fun to share my top ten favorite books of all time.  I'd love to hear if you have read any of these and what your favorites are, so let me know if the comments below!  Here they are, in very particular order.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 25

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

The gorgeous weekend we were blessed with was definitely needed after a long and stressful week.  I spent some time outdoors with my niece and nephew and a lot of time working around the house and lounging in bed (with the windows open) and catching up on some reading.  The next few weeks hold some big changes for me and I'm hoping everything goes off smoothly.  More on that in the near future.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Five Tips to Take Better Photos With Your iPhone

Five Tips to Take Better Photos With Your iPhone - A Simpler Grace - My five tips for how you can take the best pictures using your iphone.

We've all seen the Instagram photography accounts that have "all photos taken with my iPhone" in the profile.  Surely, those pictures can't be taken with a smart phone... Can they?  The images are crisp and so vibrant that they look like they could have only come from a thousand dollar DSLR, but in truth, the built-in iPhone camera is capable of quality photographs - if you know how to use it. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 24

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
Good morning, friends.  After a little hiatus away from the blog last week to allow myself to return to health after not one, but two episodes of a very nasty bug going around, I'm back to start off the week with the things I'm grateful for.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Accessorizing Your Capsule Wardrobe | Spring 2016

Accessorizing Your Capsule Wardrobe | Spring 2016 - A Simpler Grace - A look at my must-have accessories for your spring capsule wardrobe.
About a month ago, I shared my tips for creating a capsule wardrobe and gearing it toward the seasons of spring and summer.  Today, I'm going to talk about accessorizing that capsule wardrobe and tell you my must-have pieces to include in your closet collection.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 23

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog #gratitude #feelingthankful
Good morning and happy Monday.  

The past week has been stuffed with one stressful thing after another.  I shared in last week's post that my grandmother passed.  Her memorial service was Thursday.  We wake up on Friday morning and learn that her granddaughter (the woman who was raised with my ex-husband and like a sister to him) passed away unexpectedly.  This was clearly more than my body was ready to handle and I ended up paying the local emergency room a visit on Saturday night.  One thing I keep reminding myself is that God allows us to go through these difficult times so we lean closer to and rely on Him.  When it feels like life's too much for one person (or in this case, one family) to handle, only He can see us through.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

April is Donate Life Month | Facts About Organ Donation

Each April, I share the story of my beloved brother and our family's dedication to raising awareness to the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors.

Each April, I share the story of my beloved brother and our family's dedication to raising awareness to the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors.  This post is from the archives. 

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, April 01, 2016

Hello April | Goals

Hello April | Goals - A Simpler Grace
Well, hello there, April.  And hi, friends!  Can you believe that we are through the month of March already?  I certainly cannot, but I'm excited for a fresh start that comes with a new month.  Also, it's Donate Life Month, but more on that tomorrow.  Today, we're talking goals.