Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#Collaboreads | A Foodie Book

#Collaboreads | A Foodie Book - A Simpler Grace

Although this was not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own. For more info on affiliate links, please see my disclosures(*asterisk denotes affiliate link)

I'm back again for another installment of the #Collaboreads linkup. This month, we read foodie books. Click the link below to check out what the others read this month!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monthly Reflections | November

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

November, you came and went too quickly. You left us with just one month remaining in the year. Thirty-one days left on the calendar. You were a different kind of month. Not what I was expecting. Not even what I was hoping for. Just different. And now you're gone, leaving the blustery thrill of December upon us.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 54

Sharing my #gratefulheart Simple Gratitude | 54 - A Simpler Grace #gratitude #feelingthankful

Well, that week went by quickly. It's so hard to believe Thanksgiving is already over and we are well on our way to Christmas. Holiday music is playing. Decorations are going up. Cookies are being baked. It's times like these when I am reminded of how much I have to be grateful for.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 53

Sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog with @embergreyblog - Simple Gratitude | 53 - A Simpler Grace

Hi, friends!

It's going to be a quiet week around here because of the Thanksgiving holiday, I plan on spending a lot of time in the kitchen getting ready to help feed about twenty people, so I'm going to be a busy girl! What are your plans this week?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Seven Personality Tests

Seven personality tests and what they can tell you - A Simpler Grace

Today we are talking about a topic that I think is so much fun - personality tests. No, not those silly ones on Facebook that tell you which color your aura is or which movie star is your doppelganger. I'm talking about real, legit tests that give you information about your personality that you can utilize to understand who you are and what you need in life to be happy, productive and successful.

What I love about these seven tests is that they are all available online, they are free, and they can each be taken in about fifteen minutes or less. No sweat, right? You are probably familiar with a few of them and might have even taken them yourself and know your results, but a few of them might be new to you. Read on to learn more about each.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 6

 A conversation over coffee #coffeedates - If You and I Had Coffee | vol 6 - A Simpler Grace

If  you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at your place and hang out in your living room getting cozy by the fireplace that you've kept crackling for the last week. We'd enjoy some homemade gingerbread chai lattes and I'd admire the mantle that you've already adorned with Christmas decor. I'd comment about the sweet cinnamon notes I smelled coming from a new candle you'd lit on the coffee table and you'd tell me that the spicy fragrance of cinnamon always makes the house feel warmer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dear Santa | A Letter of Hope for the Holidays

Dear Santa | A Letter of Hope for the Holidays - A Simpler Grace

Dear Santa,

It's been a while since my last letter - almost thirty years - and I'm sorry for not keeping in touch better. I could make excuses about being busy or the time getting away from me, but we both know the reason I haven't stayed in contact is because I have lost a little faith as I've grown older. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 52

Simple Gratitude | 52 - A Simpler Grace  #gratefulheart with @embergreyblog #gratitude #feelingthankful

I have to admit that I've struggled with writing this post. It's been a tough week for me. Having a grateful heart has not come easy for me this week. Even after practicing gratitude and keeping a gratitude journal for so many years, there are times when gratitude is not something that comes naturally. Without wanting to sound ungrateful, I'll simply say that sometimes it's a struggle to pick out the positive. When you are feeling beat down by life, the negative readily presents itself and it's difficult to break the cycle and find those little things that stand out and make a difference.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Psalm 147:4 | Bible Journaling

Psalm 147:4 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace #illustratedfaith #shepaintstruth

Good morning and happy Sunday! I thought I'd hop on today and share a recent Bible journaling passage I worked on. Something simple, but still really fun to create.

This passage has been speaking to me over the last few days. Since the election on Tuesday, my heart has been breaking. Many groups of people are being made to feel very small and insignificant and I thought we all needed a simple reminder that we are loved by a God who doesn't label us but instead sees us all as his children. A God who, with over seven billion souls in this world, remembers each and every one of us and cares for us all. This might not mean anything to some, but it gives me hope. Hope for a better tomorrow and a world with more loving, open-minded and compassionate souls and fewer hateful ones.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites #glutenfree #vegan - A Simpler Grace
I don't know about you, but I get so frustrated when I don't have a quick and easy snack to grab when I'm rushing out the door. Some days, I don't have time to prepare something and I end up resorting to fast food, which we all know leads to nowhere good. Today, I'm sharing my recipe for these delicious peanut butter chocolate chip energy bites that take just a few minutes to prepare and you can keep them in your fridge for easy access when you are on the go.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

What I Read | October

A look back at what I read this month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread - What I Read | October - A Simpler Grace
The month of October was all about crushing some reading goals. I topped my highest number of books last month by reading a grand total of twenty-one! I read quite a few for Dewey's 24-hour readathon and a whole lot in the down-time I had. Some were fantastic, some not-so-much, but here's the official line-up for October of 2016.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Simple Gratitude | 51

A weekly series focusing on practicing gratitude.  #gratefulheart #gratitude #feelingthankful - Simple Gratitude | 51 - A Simpler Grace

Happy Monday! This is truly the happiest Monday I've had in a long time and it's because of one of the things I'm grateful for below - that hasn't even happened yet! Needless to say, I'm very excited and felt like a kid waiting for Santa last night while I tried to sleep.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hello November | Goals

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

Hello, November! It's going to be a very busy remainder of the year and it's good that I just spent the last few months simplifying my life. Although I have a lot more to do, it's cleared the way for me to keep my head down and work my rear off and accomplish some of these goals. Here's to finishing 2016 on a good note!