Sunday, July 31, 2016

Monthly Reflections | July

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections
I cannot believe July is over and we are on the horizon of August! This summer has gone by so quickly and I am yanking on the emergency break over here. Anyone with me? All-in-all, it's been a busy month and August is going to be even busier! Oh, a quick admin note - my goals post is going up on Tuesday because tomorrow I've got a really fun guest post going live where I'm sharing a yummy Italian dessert recipe. Come back and check that out!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Links to Love | 66

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 66 - A Simpler Grace



Hey! I hope your Friday has started off in a great way. I'm beginning mine with a mug of hot green tea and some yoga and meditation, preparing for a busy weekend and a new month. What are your plans for this last weekend in July?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 2

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 2 - A Simpler Grace - A conversation over coffee #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up in a little hipster joint with hand-lettered chalkboard menus and mini white lights strung in the windows. We'd choose a quiet booth in the back corner and order coffee prepared in a french press tableside.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 39

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 39 - A Simpler Grace


Good Monday!

It's going to be a hot one across the US, so make sure you stay hydrated and for goodness sake, bring those pets indoors! If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your fuzzy critters too.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Links to Love | 65

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 65 - A Simpler Grace



Good morning, friends! It's been a really busy week and, even though I know I should take some time to relax, I've packed my weekend with work and busy-ness. I may or may not be working on a new recipe that might make an appearance on the blog soon and am working on typing up some loose ends in the book world too. What are you plans for the weekend? 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 38

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 38 - A Simpler Grace



Without fail, another week has come and more bad stories are flooding the news desks around the country. I'm praying hard for a turnaround in these hopeless situations. We should be banding together to fight things like homelessness and hunger and cancer but instead, we are killing each other on the street. It's senseless and I'm trying to keep my eyes forward and focused on the good that still remains in this world. Like these five things.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

II Corinthians 5:17 | Bible Journaling

II Corinthians 5:17 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace #illustratedfaith
I did a little Bible journaling over the weekend after being so hesitant to get started for fear of "messing up". After speaking with several women who journal on a regular basis, they really encouraged me to jump in and embrace the process of starting and growing in my journey.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Links to Love | 64

 A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 64 - A Simpler Grace



Good morning and happy Friday! It's been a super busy week around here and I have a lot to share. The weekend and coming week will be just as busy and I have lots of fun stuff planned just around the corner. What are your plans this weekend? I'm hoping to get some pool time in because it's going to be so hot here!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2016

In Love on Instagram | Summer 2016 - A Simpler Grace - Four Instagram accounts I think you should check out this summer
So, what originally started as a single post to share some of the Instagrammers I was in love with last fall has turned into a much-requested series. I'm so happy to spread a little love and introduce you to some of the awesome people who inspire me every day with their feeds.

I've noticed, over the last several months, that my personal photography goals have changed, and because of that, the images I'm drawn to are changing as well. With that being said, this season, I'm featuring four creatives who make Instagram look effortless. These are my summer 2016 favorites.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finding Your Passions

Finding Your Passions - A Simpler Grace - Simple steps to help you find your creative passions.
What are your creative passions? This might seem like a simple question, but when you sit down and think about it, you might need to dig a little deeper to get to the answers. We all have things we consider hobbies or that we enjoy doing and then there are the things that fuel us and fire us up; the things that make us feel energized and inspired when we do them. These are our passions.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 37

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 37 - A Simpler Grace



Good morning.

It's been another tough week in this country. I feel like every week, there is a new heartbreak and what this country really needs right now is a whole lot of healing. I wish I had the answers for the world's problems, but sometimes I don't have the answers for my own problems. All I can say is that respect and empathy go a long way and it's important to remember that the person next to us might be having a bad day and could use a little love. There is so much hate in this world and I wish people could look beyond the end of their noses and embrace the things that make us all unique. I pray for healing and peace over this country during the next few weeks. It's time for a change.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Five Cookbooks to Own This Summer

Five Cookbooks to Own This Summer - A Simpler Grace
One of my favorite things about summertime is cooking healthy and delicious meals with fresh seasonal ingredients. Over the years, I've collected quite a few cookbooks that inspire me in the various seasons and I wanted to share with you, my favorites for summertime.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Links to Love | 63

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 63 - A Simpler Grace



Hey, friends! I'm running a bit behind in posting this, but here it is. Let's jump right in!

Here are my favorite reads for the week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 36

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 36 - A Simpler Grace



Happy Independence Day if you live in the US of A, and happy Monday if you don't! It's been a good and quiet weekend filled with lots of family and time to rest. I am feeling so very grateful for so many things today. 

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Hello July | Goals

Hello July | Goals - A Simpler Grace - A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life.
Oh friends, I am needing all the grace while writing today's post. I set some pretty lofty goals for myself last month, and in my defense, I didn't know what kind of a month it would be. It was, indeed, a difficult one and a lot of my goals went untouched. It would be easy to feel like a failure, but I'm being gentle and reminding myself that these are not life or death goals. These posts are supposed to be fun while still keeping me accountable for the things I wish to accomplish here on the blog and in life, but fun, all the same. With that being said, let's get this over with. #sadface

Friday, July 01, 2016

Links to Love | 62

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 62 - A Simpler Grace

Happy July, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a lovely long weekend. I know I am! Even though it's a holiday weekend, I still did plenty of web surfing and reading over the week and have some great articles to share with you. Are you doing anything fun for the 4th?