Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beer & Brats Bake

64 Tailgating Recipes - Beer & Brats Bake - A Simpler Grace #football #tailgating #recipes
*This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans - and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.*

With the official start of football season around the corner, it's time to tailgate! In celebration, I've joined a group of bloggers from all over the country - all of whom are big football fans! - to bring you 64 tailgating recipe ideas for a terrific football party. Click on their links below to join in!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monthly Reflections | August

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections
August... Oh, August, where did you go? The end of this month is so representative of my life right now. A month is ending. A season is ending, but a brand new month and season are beginning and it's one that is filled with hope and brightness. I am truly excited about what the future holds.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 43

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 43 - A Simpler Grace



Happy Monday!

It's the start of a new week and this week is the start of a new month and I have never looked forward to a new month so much before. There is a lot going on in September around here, including Blog-tember where I'll be blogging EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. of the month. In addition to that, I'll be doing the 30-day squat challenge and will be posting updates on Instagram, although I'm not sure what form those updates will take as I am not quite comfortable enough to post photos of my bum to the general public. I might just surprise you, though. ;)  Make sure you are following along!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Links to Love | 69

Some of my favorite reads from the week #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 69 - A Simpler Grace



Good morning and happy Friday! It's going to be a gorgeous weekend and I am taking full advantage of it. What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 3

Conversations over coffee #coffeedates - If You and I Had Coffee | vol 3 - A Simpler Grace

If  you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at your place and take full advantage of the cool morning by sitting in the cozy wicker chairs on your deck, thankful that fall is approaching. We'd sip on big mugs of gourmet hot chocolate with the homemade marshmallows I brought slowly melting away on the top.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 42

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 42 - A Simpler Grace



Guys, I'm so excited to share that Emily at Ember Grey is back for Grateful Heart Monday again! Woohoo! If you aren't familiar with the project, click the link at the bottom of this post and go over for a visit.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with Addiction Without Losing Yourself | Guest Post for LeahGrey.com

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with Addiction Without Losing Yourself | Guest Post for LeahGrey.com - A Simpler Grace
I'm so excited because today, I'm guest posting over on LeahGrey.com - a blog focused on offering support and encouragement for women who have loved ones struggling with addiction. This is not a topic I've ever talked about publically, but it's been on my heart for a long time and I want to be able to encourage others who might be dealing with a similar situation.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 41

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 41 - A Simpler Grace



Good Monday morning.

I'm going to be spending some time away from the blog this week, but I have some posts scheduled out so you won't get lonely. Hope you have a great week and I'll see you soon.  :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Links to Love | 68




Good morning, friends! Can you believe we are nearly halfway through August already? We are also halfway through the Olympics, which I'm a little bit sad about. I wish they could last all year long! Hope you all have a great weekend planned. I know I do!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Trouble With the Back Up Plan

The Trouble With the Back Up Plan - A Simpler Grace

There are two types of people in this world. There are those who have a plan B, C, and D for every circumstance in life and there are those who just wing it.

Two years ago, I'd have said I was the former. I had a plan for everything with subsequent plans filed away, just in case. I spent most of my adult life plotting out every possible scenario, worrying about the 'what ifs' and devising ways to get around them. Prevent them, if you will. Because somewhere inside my head, I had convinced myself that you can keep bad things from happening to you if you devise a way to stay two steps ahead.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

What I Read | July


A look back at what I read this past month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread - What I Read | July - A Simpler Grace


Well, July has come and gone and I thought it would be fun to share some of the highlights from the bookshelf for the month. I usually read eight or more books in a month but slacked off a bit in July for several reasons. I did manage, however, to find some really good books and I'm happy about that.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 40

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




First of all, can I just say that yesterday was one of the nicest days, as far as the weather was concerned, that we've had in a very long time? It was gorgeous. Secondly, I'd like to mention how excited I am that in just two weeks, the Grateful Heart Monday linkup will be back so we'll be joining Emily from Ember Grey and all the other wonderful bloggers that link up, and sharing our weekly gratitude posts. In the meantime...

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Chasing Stars | A Night to Remember

A peek into the #perseids meteor shower and five bright planets - Chasing Stars | A Night to Remember - A Simpler Grace

You guys, I have been SO EXCITED for this week! In case there was any doubt, my nerd is going to shine brightly for the next seven-to-ten days. If you aren't a geek like me, this post might not interest you, but if you are, then read on about two very special events coming up.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Links to Love | 67

 A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 67 - A Simpler Grace



Hey, friends! Well, this week was the official start of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and I am SO excited. I grew up watching the Olympics and love every single event, but the beach volleyball, soccer, and softball (when they had it) are my faves. Do you watch the games? If so, what is your favorite event?

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Hello August | Goals

Hello August | Goals - A Simpler Grace - A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life.
Hey there, August. You arrived much sooner than I anticipated.

Hi, friends. Over the last several months since I started doing these goal posts, I've felt more at ease in my daily routine. This is likely because I have these clear and defined goals so I always know what to strive for. Sometimes I don't accomplish them all, and that's ok. Life happens and I can't plan for the unexpected, but I still like to view these goals as, sort of, a guiding objective in my creative life.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Summer Berry Crostata | Guest Post for Winstead Wandering

Summer Berry Crostata | Guest Post for Winstead Wandering - A Simpler Grace
I'm so excited because today, I'm guest posting over on Winstead Wandering and sharing my recipe for a Summer Berry Crostata!

One of my favorite things to do is cook traditional Italian food and the only thing I love more than that is baking Italian pastries. Ok, maybe eating Italian pastries ranks up there too. I created this crostata recipe for a cookbook draft I'm working on and it's one of my family's favorites, so when Abby asked me to share a recipe on her blog, I knew this was the one!