Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monthly Reflections | April

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



"When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love have always won." - Mahatma Gandhi

Well, April is coming to an end and I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. It's been a tough month and I am hoping and praying that May is kinder. I'm sending the month off with a glass of wine in hand. Here's to fresh starts!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian D. McLaren | A Book Review

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian D. McLaren | A Book Review - A Simpler Grace



I received an advance reading copy of the featured book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures.

I've always enjoyed reading books about philosophy and religion - not the faith-based self-help books that line the shelves at Christian bookstores, but instead the studies and comparisons of religion. I am interested in learning about the foundations of different faiths and their theology,  When I got the opportunity to read The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren, I was really excited to take advantage of it.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Links to Love | 90

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Hi, friends. We made it to the weekend! Has this felt like the longest week ever or is it just me? It's been a stressful one for me and I need a glass of wine and some relaxation. Quick reminder for all you bookworms out there... The Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon kicks off tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 8:00 a.m. EST. Are you reading along? I managed to read about twenty-two hours for the last one back in October and I'm hoping to beat my record this weekend. I'll be sharing updates on my IG stories if you want to follow along. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dear Timmy | A Letter to My Forever-Young Brother

Dear Timmy | A Letter to My Forever-Young Brother - A Simpler Grace #letters



"Grief does not change you. It reveals you." - John Green

Dear Timmy,

Nine years ago today, you took your last breath.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#Collaboreads | Young Adult Novel

#Collaboreads | Young Adult Novel - A Simpler Grace



Good day, friends. I'm back again to join Rachel and Kristin in another #Collaboreads post. This month, we are talking about a young adult novel we read this month. Other than the really popular series like Divergent and The Hunger Games, I've never been a big fan of young adult fiction before, so I was hesitant to select just any book for this month's prompt. I did happen to have a YA novel on my reading list this year, and I thought it was a great opportunity to give it a shot! Keep reading to see what my thoughts were.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 74

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



"She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum." - Jonathan Safran Foer

We're rolling into the hardest week of the year for my family with the anniversary of my brother's passing coming up and while I do plan to delve a little deeper into the topic in my monthly letter later this week, I want to focus on a different angle today.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Links to Love | 89

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Happy Friday, friends! We made it through another week and it's time to let loose and enjoy the weekend. Hope you all have a great one. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Inspiration Through Art | A Tribute to Robert Rosselle

Inspiration Through Art | A Tribute to Robert Rosselle - A Simpler Grace



On March 9, 2015, I sat down and made a list. It was a list of things I wanted to do in the next one thousand and one days. A hundred and one things, to be exact. Number fifteen on this list is what I'm writing about today.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 73

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




"Slow down. Life is crossing the road." - Debasish Mridha

Easter Sunday used to be a major turning point when I was growing up. It was the day I could start wearing my white sandals again and it usually meant that my school wardrobe would now consist of shorts and skirts instead of jeans and sweaters. Now that these wardrobe rules no longer apply, the seasons kind of run together for me and time seems to pass by much quicker than it used to, making it even more important to try to slow down and enjoy every moment I am given. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Links to Love | 88

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



It's officially Easter weekend and the start of spring break for some. What are your weekend plans? I am going to be doing a lot of cooking and baking to get ready for our big family Easter dinner on Sunday. I also hope to get some reading done and maybe sneak in some time to work on a creative project or two. Hope you all have a great holiday!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 11

A conversation over coffee #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

I'd order a frozen cappuccino - it's been warm enough for one lately - and we'd go strolling along a pebbled path through the park. The weather has been glorious, but mother nature has been a real pill lately, so it wouldn't surprise me if we jumped back into to tundra-like temperatures again before summer gets here. We'd better take advantage of these days when we get them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

7 Tips for Building Strong Blogging Relationships | Guest Post for A Blissful Haven

7 Tips for Building Strong Blogging Relationships | Guest Post for A Blissful Haven - A Simpler Grace



Hi, friends!  My blogging buddy, Lexi from A Blissful Haven is off getting married and enjoying her honeymoon with her new husband, so I'm blog-sitting for the day and sharing a guest post about building strong relationships with other bloggers.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 72

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



Hi Monday!

We had the most beautiful weather, making it a perfect weekend and I hate to see it end, but I'm also excited to jump into this week. I've got so much to do for work and getting ready for Easter. Lots of baking to do! Hope you all have a lovely Passover week. 

Friday, April 07, 2017

Links to Love | 87

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Guess what guys? It's FRIDAY! That means we are so close to the weekend. I know you're going to have a super productive day so you can enjoy a few days off. What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

What I Read | March

 A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread



March was quite a month! I did so much reading - twenty books in all, but some aren't featured here because I haven't had time to review them on the publisher's sites yet. So many good books and I am already excited about the ones I have planned for this month. Let's jump right in!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 71

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



"Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness." - Pearl S. Buck

I used to be one of those people who was always waiting for something big to happen. I was never satisfied with the little joys in my life because they never measured up to that big happiness I was sure would come sooner or later. In fact, most of the time, I didn't even see the little joys. I missed out on a lot. Don't be one of those people. If and/or when your big happiness comes, enjoy it then, but don't let those little joys pass you by.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Hello April | Goals

A monthly series tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life.



Hey friends! Can you believe we are in the fourth month of 2017? Officially through the first quarter of the year. Let's try to slow down for the month of April, shall we? Speaking of April... Did you know it is Donate Life Month? This cause is near and dear to my family. You can read why here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | March

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



Does anyone else dislike the feeling of microfiber fabric on their skin? To me, it feels like what you'd think a cat would feel if you pet them backward, from the tail to the head. I bring this up because I washed my hair about six hours ago and it's still dripping wet. (My hair is super thick and long and I don't like to use heat tools.) I was just Googling those "turbie towels" that you saw on the infomercials a decade or more ago and was disappointed when I found out they are microfiber. Guess I'll stick with drippy hair.

I'm in a weird mood, guys.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Snacking Healthy on Busy Days with VitaTops MuffinTops

Snacking Healthy on Busy Days with VitaTops MuffinTops #vitatops #ad



This post was sponsored by VitaTops MuffinTops. As always all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures. #VitaTops

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#Collaboreads | Green with Envy

A bookish linkup with friends - #Collaboreads | Green with Envy - A Simpler Grace



I'm jumping back in for another #collaboreads post with Rachel and Kristin. This month's theme is "green with envy" and the book I chose has both the color green on the cover and a plot that revolves around a sugar cane (also green) plantation. Keep reading to see what I thought about this month's novel... because I have soooooo many thoughts.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 70

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



"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." - Denis Waitley

Friday, March 24, 2017

Links to Love | 86

Sharing my favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



I don't know about you, but Friday feels like it's well deserved today. It has been a long week and all I want to do is have a glass of wine and a bubble bath and a quiet date night with a big, meaty book. This weekend, I'm planning a fun joint birthday cookout for my sister and brother and look forward to having the family together. The rest of the weekend will be spent behind closed doors, working on some passion projects. What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Love on Instagram | Winter 2017

Four Instagram accounts you should be following - In Love on Instagram | Winter 2017 - A Simpler Grace



It's that time of year again when I get to share four Instagrammers I've been crushing on this season. These are people who are sharing not just beautiful photographs, but also a wonderful message too. Be sure to click the links below to check out their accounts because I PROMISE YOU, there are so many more amazing pics to be seen!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dear Me | A Letter to My 45-Year-Old Self

A letter to my 45-year-old self #dearme - A Simpler Grace
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

Dear 45-Year-Old Me,

Monday, March 20, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 69

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



"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh

I woke up today and felt motivated. This does not happen very often, especially on Mondays, but I'm going to take advantage of it. With a big mug of tea in hand, I'm going to conquer the world. (At least I feel like I could.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Exodus 2 | Bible Journaling

Journaling the story of Moses #biblejournaling #illustratedfaith Exodus 2 | Bible Journaling - A Simpler Grace



For as long as I can remember, when spring comes rolling around, I am reminded of two passages in the Bible. The first, obviously, is the Easter story: the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The second is the story of Moses. Perhaps it's because The Ten Commandments is always airing on television around this time of the year. Whatever the reason, I wanted to journal this particular part of Scripture this week, from Exodus, when baby Moses was placed in a basket and sent downriver to escape the Pharaoh's decree that all male Israelite infants be put to death.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Links to Love | 85

My favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing your green? (Show of hands for those who dreaded this day in school because you always forgot to wear green and always got pinched really hard by your classmates...) Well, I promise I won't do any pinching. Hope you have a fun and safe day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 10

 A conversation over coffee #coffeedates - If You and I Had Coffee | vol 10 - A Simpler Grace



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the local coffee bar and order a couple of brews with whiskey and Irish cream in them, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I'd tell you that Daylight Savings Time has been kicking my butt all week. Not that I've been more tired (I'm always tired) but having daylight later in the day throws my schedule all off. Not to mention ending last week with summer-like temperatures and getting six inches of snow earlier this week. I. Can't. Even.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Piece Offering on National Pi Day with Edwards Desserts

A Piece Offering on #nationalpiday #Edwardspieceoffering - A Simpler Grace



This post was sponsored by Edwards Desserts. As always all opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures. #EdwardsPieceOffering

It's National Pi Day and this holiday is a great excuse to make up with someone you might not be getting along with very well. One way to do that is by sharing a "piece" offering of your favorite type of pie. Edwards Desserts has a variety of whole pies and individual slices to choose from.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 68

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


"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." - Kurt Vonnegut

Good morning and happy Monday!

...or perhaps it's only happy now that you've had your first cup of coffee. Whatever the case may be, I hope you remember to take some time today to think about the little things you are grateful for. These are the moments that make up our lives!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Links to Love | 84

My favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Good day, friendsters! It's that time of the week again! The weekend is so close, I can almost taste it. (What does the weekend taste like, you think?) I'm thinking waffles and syrup and coffee. Now, before I make myself hungry, I'm going to jump right into the reason we are here!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

What I Read | February + FREE Spring Reading List Printable

 A look back at what I read last month + free printable #whatIread



Bookworms! We meet again to talk about the February books we devoured and I have some great ones this month. It's also time to switch out the old reading list for a new fresh sheet for spring. You can see a photo of how I use mine and download a copy for yourself at the bottom of this post. I'd love to hear which books stood out to you in February and what you'd recommend I pick up in March, so be sure to leave a comment below!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 67

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



"We are doing ourselves no favors when we look to the crowd to tell us where we are." - Erin Loechner

I don't know what it is, but I woke up this morning feeling empowered and inspired and ready to take on the week. Maybe I should say I spent all Sunday watching feminism panels and TEDx talks on YouTube. Maybe I should also say that I'm reading some pretty amazing books by some pretty powerful female authors. Maybe I should just say that I'm finally feeling like I'm back in the groove again and I'm ready to kick some Monday butt. Let's do this thing.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

What I Learned | Winter 2017

What I Learned | Winter 2017 - A Simpler Grace



We are always learning and growing and it's important to acknowledge the progress we make so we can fully appreciate how far we've come. The lovely Emily Freeman (author and blogger) hosts a fun writing exercise and link up so we can all share the things we've learned in that season. I loved the idea of reflecting on lessons learned, so I was inspired to join in.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Links to Love | 83

My favorite reads from the week.  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites




Wow, this week flew by. Happy Friday! I'm back at the end of this lovely first week of March with a few articles that stood out to me. Some of them are from the archives and some are new, but they are all great reads. Make sure you check back in again tomorrow to read a post about some things I learned this winter. Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Hello March | Goals

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



Oy... If I'm being honest, I'd admit that I would be surprised if I checked off ONE goal from last month. February was complete chaos. I spent an entire week in bed with the flu. Then another week down because of spinoff ailment resulting from the flu. There was some stuff going on here on the homefront and I didn't get much time to do anything for myself. I'm crossing my fingers that March will be kinder to me.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monthly Reflections | February

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




I don't know about you but February felt like it both flew by and was the longest month on record, all at the same time. I say this because I spent most of the month in bed, sleeping away the flu and while the illness never seemed to end, it feels like yesterday when I wrote my last reflections post. Nevertheless, here we are.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 66

Sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog this morning! #gratitude



Hey there, strangers. It's been quite a month. Have you missed me?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 65

Sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog this morning! #gratitude #feelingthankful



It's been a little quiet around here because I was down for a solid week with the flu, but I finally started feeling more like myself this weekend. I am so glad to be back. The germs are brutal this year and I wouldn't wish them on an enemy. How have you all been the last week?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

100 Things I'd Rather Hold Than My Phone

A list of 100 things I'd rather hold than my phone #asimplergrace



I have a confession to make. I'm addicted to my phone. Like many others of this generation, I am unable to set my phone down and focus on more important things for a span of time greater than ten minutes. Last weekend, I had intended to unplug from all technology and enjoy a weekend away. I even announced it on my social media channels to let everyone know they shouldn't expect an immediate response, should they contact me. I responded to notifications fifteen minutes later.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 64

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog today! Simple Gratitude | 64 - A Simpler Grace #gratitude



Hey, friends. I've literally been in bed since Saturday with flu-like symptoms, so I'm going to keep this short and to the point. I had planned to unplug and enjoy a weekend away, but sometimes life throws us curveballs and that's exactly what it did. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Links to Love | 82

My favorite reads from the week #linkstolove #fridayfavorites Links to Love | 82 - A Simpler Grace




"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens 

Howdy, folks! It's been a crazy week and I'm feeling like February is running away from me. Anyone else? I plan to unplug from everything electronic and going away for the weekend. Hopefully, I'll get some time to relax and unwind. What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, February 09, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 9

 A conversation over coffee #coffeedates If You and I Had Coffee | vol 9 - A Simpler Grace



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up one evening at the local dimly-lit coffee house for their weekly open mic night. I'd order a coffee with a shot of bourbon and we'd pull two bar stools up to a table off the side of the stage - close enough to listen but far enough away that we can still hear each other speak. We'd sip our drinks out of mason jar mugs and get caught up in the woman on stage who was reciting a poetic monologue about broken hearts.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

What I Read | January

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



Hey, friends! I always get super-excited about these book posts. They are also some of my favorite posts to read, so if you blog about books, let me know so I can follow you! I read a whole lot of books last month and I can't wait to tell you about them! Continue reading below to see what I thought were hits and which were misses.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 63

Sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you feeling grateful for? #gratitude



"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Good morning... or afternoon for those of you who are feeling a little rough after your football parties last night. I'll keep the volume down so as not to agitate your headache. :)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Links to Love | 81

My favorite reads from the week - Links to Love | 81 #linkstolove #fridayfavorites - A Simpler Grace



Friday already? Thank goodness! If you are in the same boat that I am and think 2017 has gotten off to a rocky start, the featured articles here will put a smile on your face. Hope you have a great SuperBowl weekend and remember to spend a little time on yourself. Go Falcons!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Hello February | Goals

Taking a look at the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life #goals #goalsetting - Hello February | Goals - A Simpler Grace



Can anyone believe we are in February already? So I learned a random fact about the month of February... Apparently, the day after Valentine's Day, gym memberships drop to their lowest rate all year and fast food consumption skyrockets. I guess between burning themselves out the month before and being depressed from the dreariness of winter (and maybe being single on the Hallmark holiday) we all take a nosedive on our goals. Well, stay strong, friends! It's a short month and spring is just around the corner!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | January

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

Wow! We've officially made it through the first month of 2017 and we are moving way too fast!

This month started the implementation of a few changes I wanted to incorporate in how I focus and follow up on my One Little Word for the year. If you remember correctly, my word is SHARE, so each month, I'll have a new Bible verse that somehow relates to this word that I can meditate on over the month while I allow it to be my guiding principle.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 62

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



"In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths; to wait for some special day - or to celebrate each special day." - Rasheed Ogunlaru

Well, happy Monday, friends. It's been one of those perfectly relaxing weekends. How was it for you?
I'm still in a little bit of disbelief that we are going to be in February later this week, but I'll be spending the next few days preparing for the new month. Here's to a busy and productive week!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Deep Clean in 2017 | Hardwood Floor Care with Bona PowerPlus

Deep Clean in 2017 | Hardwood Floor Care with Bona PowerPlus #BonaPowerPlus



This post was sponsored by Bona PowerPlus. All content and opinions are my own.  For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures. #BonaPowerPlus

We are now a full month into the new year and spring cleaning season will be here before we know it! While I have high hopes to rid the entire house of all those dust bunnies and cat hair that lurks in every corner imaginable... can I be real with y'all for a minute? I'm a busy gal. Between work and family and having a life, I really don't have a whole lot of time to clean up around here.