Monday, October 31, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 50

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 50 - A Simpler Grace



Happy Halloween!

It's the last day of the month and I'm sad to see October leaving but excited to start a new month. November is my favorite month of the year. It's when the weather finally turns cold here in the mid-east, it's my birthday month, and there is always Thanksgiving and lots of time with family and friends. It's also the beginning of the 30 Days of Gratitude and the start of National Novel Writing Month. It's going to be a busy one!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monthly Reflections | October

What I'm currently up to in life and on the blog. #currently #takingstock #monthlyreflections - Monthly Reflections | October - A Simpler Grace




Where did the month of October go? Strike that. Better question, where did the year go?? I am frantically looking for the pause button and trying to slow the last few months of 2016 down, but it doesn't seem to be working. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#Shaken by Tim Tebow

#Shaken by Tim Tebow - a book review - A Simpler Grace


Thank you, Tim Tebow and WaterBrook & Multnomah for inviting me to be a part of the #Shaken launch team and for providing an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more information on these types of posts, please visit the Terms of Use tab above.

What happens when your life takes a turn down a path you did not plan on traveling? What happens when your dreams are crushed again and again? What happens when you are told you won't amount to anything and aren't cut out to live your life-long dream? Tim Tebow answers these questions in his new book, Shaken.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Links to Love | 73

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Happy Friday, friends! It's the end of the week and that means it's time for me to share what I think is the best stuff on the internet. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Cats with #SHEBAMeatySticks

Happy Cats with #SHEBAMeatySticks - A Simpler Grace





I received a product featured in this post for free, courtesy of Sheba and Influenster. 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.

Today, I'm handing over the reigns to the furry critters of the house. Or maybe they are just telling me what to write since neither of them can actually type. Either way, the cats are bloggers today and wanted to share their thoughts about some treats that arrived in the mail for them recently.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#Collaboreads | A Book with "Fall" in the Title

A bookish linkup with friends - #Collaboreads | A Book with "Fall" in the Title - A Simpler Grace



Hi, friends! After months of planning to join in on the #Collaboreads linkup with Amber and Rachel and not being able to swing it in my editorial calendar, I am finally participating! It's a great month to do so because this month's prompt is to choose a book with "fall" in the title. I actually pulled several books (five, to be exact) that fit the bill, but when all was said and done, only one made the cut.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 49

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 49 - A Simpler Grace



"I  want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible."  - Oprah Winfrey

Oh Monday, we meet again. At the beginning of every new week, I always feel both excited and a little resentful. Excited, for the feeling of a slate wiped clean and a chance to be better than I was yesterday, but resentful because I wish the weekend had lasted just a little longer, so I could enjoy the sunshine and family time and relaxation a fraction more.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon | Live Update

I'm participating in Dewey's 24-hour #readathon and sharing live updates on the blog! - Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon | Live Update #readathon



It's that time of year... A bookworm's holiday: Dewey's 24-hour readathon! The official start time of the #readathon 8:00 a.m. EST but I'm starting at midnight because of a family gathering on Sunday. I'm going to be jumping in with live updates here on the blog throughout the day, so come back often or stop by tomorrow for the full recap of the progress I made! Or, if you want to keep up in real time, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Total Time Read:  21 hrs 30 mins
Total Pages Read:  1,911 pages

Friday, October 21, 2016

Links to Love | 72

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 72 - A Simpler Grace





"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Happy Friday to you all!

The more I write here on ASG, the more I lean toward having an attitude of gratitude and that's what these posts on Fridays are really about - finding happiness in the little things. The little articles and videos that made me smile or cry happy tears this week. With that being said, I hope you are able to take something away from these links I share and have a grateful heart for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Things To Do When You Aren't Feeling Inspired

5 Things To Do When You Aren't Feeling Inspired - A Simpler Grace



Confession. There are days when I can sit down at my laptop to write a post or pick up my phone to share a photo on Instagram and I am feeling so inspired, the words just flow out of me, almost like they are burning and the steam must escape me in the quickest way possible. And there are some days, they don't. Sometimes, the inspiration just isn't there. The good ideas have dried up and the barren desert of creative emptiness is all that looms.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 48

Sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog today - Simple Gratitude | 48 - A Simpler Grace #gratitude #feelingthankful



"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." - Karl A. Menninger

Good Monday morning to ya! I hope you were able to enjoy a gorgeous fall weekend like I was. We had absolutely perfect weather. It was cool and breezy and the leaves are FINALLY starting to change color. I looked back to last fall and we were already in full color by the first week of October and this year, we are just barely starting to see some golds and crimsons peeking from the treetops. A bit slow this year, but I plan on taking some photos once the change is more visible.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Links to Love | 71

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 71 - A Simpler Grace



Happy Friday! TGIF! We made it to the end of the week and I hope it was a good one for you. These early fall weekends of October are usually always packed with lots of fun events, and I know mine will be busy with family and work, but I still hope to get some time outside to enjoy this gorgeous weather. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Apple Brown Betty

An autumn dessert with warm apples, cinnamon and hearty oats served with ice cream - Apple Brown Betty - A Simpler Grace



Tis' the season for warm, hearty desserts and today, I'm sharing a recipe I recently made for my family that was a sure hit. Fall is the perfect time to do some baking using seasonal fruits, warm spices, and lots of other comforting ingredients. Today, it's all about apples, cinnamon, and oats.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 5

A conversation over coffee #coffeedates - If You and I Had Coffee | vol 5 - A Simpler Grace



If  you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the little organic farm stand down a winding country road, far away from the city. The place always bustles with activity in the fall with people picking out pumpkins and chrysanthemums or grabbing freshly made jars of apple butter. We'd sit at a picnic table right outside the stand and sip hot apple cider from paper cups and marvel at the beautiful day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

James 1:2-8 | Bible Journaling

James 1:2-8 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace #illustratedfaith



Hello and good morning! So, if you follow the blog regularly or if you read my monthly goals posts, you'll remember that I haven't been the best about keeping up with my Bible journaling goal. In order to help myself accomplish this task, I decided to add a few journaling posts to my editorial calendar for the month.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 47

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 47 - A Simpler Grace



Happy Monday, everyone! I hope this morning's post finds you well and those of you who were in the path of Hurricane Matthew are safe and sound.

This morning I wanted to share with you, two little bits that have been encouraging me lately. Sometimes, it seems like the obstacles that fall in our path are too large for us to conquer. Heck, Mondays can sometimes feel like that, and when you have this feeling, all else seems impossible. I hope you find encouragement in these and you start your week off on the right foot.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Links to Love | 70

A post featuring my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - Links to Love | 70 - A Simpler Grace



Hello, everyone! It's been a long time since I stopped in on a Friday to share my favorite links from the week - the end of August, to be exact - and I'm so glad to be back. There have been some great things on the interwebs recently and I'm sharing some of my faves today. Before we get there, tell me, what are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Double-Stuffed Potato Skins

Double-Stuffed Potato Skins #foodiefootballfans - A Simpler Grace



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.

Football season is here! In celebration, I've joined a group of bloggers from all over the country - all of whom are big football fans - to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month, we shared our favorite tailgating recipes and now we are sharing more than 60 recipe ideas for celebrating on game day. Click on their links below to join in!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

What I Read | September

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



Good Tuesday to ya! I'm checking in early this October to share what I read in the month of September and what I thought about those books. I'd love to know what you are currently reading and which book you enjoyed last month. Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 46

 A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 46 - A Simpler Grace



Hi, friends! It's the first Monday of October and I'm back on my normal blogging schedule again. I'm so glad to be able to jump in every week with my gratitude posts and truly missed the few weeks I shared other posts for blog-tember.

It was a good week with a few lows but lots of highs and I got to spend the weekend with the people I love, so you can't beat that!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Hello October | Goals

A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life. - Hello October | Goals - A Simpler Grace



September flew by because I was so busy blogging and it's hard to believe we are already talking about goals again. This was not a good month for my to-do list. I really thought I'd have more time to do these things but I was preoccupied with blog-tember. It's a new month and I have a fresh, clean slate so I hope to do better in October!