Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ASG Creative Corner with Mia

ASG Creative Corner with Mia - A Simpler Grace



Good day, and welcome to the third installment of the ASG Creative Corner. With the coming holidays, this will be the last post in the series until the new year but fret not, there are plenty of spaces if you'd like to share your creative passion. Keep reading if you're interested in signing up.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 102

Today I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. Come by and tell me what you're grateful for. #gratitude #feelingthankful



"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things and make them unimportant." - Doctor Who

Friday, December 08, 2017

Links to Love | 112

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



Happy Friday and what a week it has been. Is it just me or is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed each time you turn on the news or scroll through social media? Between the wildfires out on the west coast and the politics and all the other things that dominate my feeds, I'm thinking it's time to unplug from all electronics and get away from it all this weekend. So, that's what I'll be doing. My auto-replies are set and I'll return emails and texts when I return. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get a little unplugged time yourself!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

ASG Creative Corner with San

ASG Creative Corner with San - A Simpler Grace



It's Wednesday and it's the second installment in the ASG Creative Corner! I'm so excited that this series has taken off the way it has and I'm always looking for new creatives to feature. Keep reading until the end for more info on how to join in!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

What I Read | November

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



Around here, the first Tuesday of the month is when we talk books. That day is today and I have all of my reads from November here to share with you. I read some good ones and a couple that weren't anything special for me, a few recommendations from friends and a new release that I've been counting down the days until I could get my hands on a copy. It was a great month for reading!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 101

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



"Every job is good if you do your best and work hard." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Yesterday in my weekly newsletter, I asked if you were someone who needed to wait until the beginning of a new week or month or even the new year before you took the steps to make a positive change in your life. Or are you the type of person who begins right now.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

What I Learned | Fall 2017

I'm sharing the lessons I learned this fall. #whatIlearned What I Learned | Fall 2017 - A Simpler Grace



It's that time of the year where we meet up over at Emily Freeman's place and share the things we've learned this season. I've joined in on these fun seasonal prompts a few times now and I'm amazed at how much insight I've gained into myself, just by recognizing the lessons I've learned over the course of a few months.

Here's what I learned this fall:

Friday, December 01, 2017

Hello December | Goals

Tracking my goals for the month of December #goals



Here we are. The last four weeks of 2017. I am kicking it into high gear and hammering out some work over the next few weeks. I also want to finish up some projects I've been working on and spend some time working on me. Starting on the first of January, I'm going to give Whole30 another try. I wasn't fully prepared when I tried it last spring, so I want to do a lot of research this month and plan out some menus and give myself a good foundation to start from. If you have ANY tips, especially for GF/Veg survival tips for Whole30, please send them my way! Happy December, friends.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Grandma Hermits | The 2017 Holiday Cookie Swap

Grandma Hermits Recipe | The 2017 Holiday Cookie Swap #cookies #recipe #holidays #christmas



Hello, friends! Today is a day I've been planning for several months and I'm really excited that it is finally here. :) I love baking cookies for the holidays and I know a lot of other bloggers do as well, so I wanted to start a virtual cookie swap so my friends and I could share our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Monthly Reflections | November

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



"To love your life, do nothing with rush or resentment, but do everything as if you love it." - Ann Voskamp

Monday, November 27, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 100

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



It's been a crazy day already with lots of family stuff and I had tons of work to do today, but the internet has been out most of the morning. How true is that for the Monday following a holiday weekend? (insert eye roll emoji here) So, better to write this post late than never, yeah? Hope you guys are having a great Monday!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My "Top to Bottom" Cleaning Tips | Getting Your Home Holiday Ready

My "Top to Bottom" Cleaning Tips | Getting Your Home Holiday Ready with #BonaPowerPlus
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bona PowerPlus. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in. All opinions expressed here are my own. For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures page. #BonaPowerPlus #BonaHolidaySparkle

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, no one has time to deep clean their homes when preparing for guests, planning festive meals and shopping for gifts. One of my biggest worries is that my place won't be clean enough and my guests won't feel at home when they visit me. To prevent this fear from becoming reality, I have a quick, condensed version of a deep clean routine that will make your home sparkle, without taking time away from what is really important - spending time with loved ones.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ASG Creative Corner with Anthea




I am beyond excited because today is the first guest post in the ASG Creative Corner series! I am friends with so many amazing bloggers who happen to be quite creative in various mediums. Whether it's paint or film or words, my hope is to share some of their work here so you can get to know the people behind the blogs. Today, I have Anthea, the blogger behind My 30 Something Adventures, so I'm going to go ahead and hand her the keys to the blog!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 99

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



It's Monday and usually, I'd be on my second cup of something caffeinated by now, but I already have a pep in my step this morning. Call it a good weekend or say it's the holiday week ahead. Whatever it may be, I ain't mad at it! (Gosh, I feel weird saying that.)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Illuminated ESV Journaling Bible (+ a Giveaway)

The Illuminated Bible (ESV) - a gorgeous hand-illustrated Bible from artist Dana Tanamachi. Stop by to see more detailed photos and enter to win a copy of your own! #ESVIlluminatedBible #flyby #giveaway #biblejournaling



I would like to thank Propeller Consulting, LLC/FlyBy Promotions for providing product for this post. #ESVIlluminatedBible #flyby All opinions expressed here are my own. For more info on these types of posts, please see my disclosures page.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to preview a copy of Dana Tanamachi's new Illuminated Bible and you'd better believe I jumped on it. I have loved the idea of specialty Bibles for journaling and note-taking, but this one is so stunning, I don't know if I could make a mark in it yet.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Links to Love | 111

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



Happy Fri-yay! If you're in the States, it's the weekend before a short holiday week. Double win! It's been a busy week around here and I've been so productive. I am working on writing some posts for the rest of this year and planning my calendar for 2018. Before we get that far, we're going to slow down and I'll share some fun links with you. Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 18

Join me for a conversation over coffee #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at a Christmas tree farm, one of my favorite places to go for a stroll in the wintertime. Although we won't be doing any shopping today, we would grab mugs of mulled cider from the concession stand inside the barn, then lazily wander through the paths of living Fraser Firs and Blue Spruces, inhaling the heavenly scent of evergreen as we chat about our lives.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 98

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



"The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine." - Vilayat Inayat Khan

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

What I Read | October

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



October was a month for reading. Thanks to a few sick days and the Dewey's 24-hour readathon, I plowed through twenty-eight books last month! There were some really good reads and some so-so ones, but they are all worth mentioning here. Before we jump into the books, I have a quick question for you...

If you are a reader and enjoy reading nonfiction books, I'm curious how you rate (give stars) those books. Since they are usually more informational and not a story with a narrative arc, do you star based on how interesting you find it, or the accuracy of the information discussed, or do you just go with a how the book makes you feel overall? I asked this question of a friend the other day and he had a whole method for how he rated his nonfiction books and now I'm curious about yours! If you are so inclined, please share in the comments below. :)

Monday, November 06, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 97

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



Autumn came in with a bluster this week. It is cold and rainy and the leaves are falling from the trees - some, still green. I'm definitely excited about the cooler weather. I've been waiting (not so patiently) to wear jeans and sweaters and the time has finally come. I'm brewing a cup of tea as I write this and then I'm jumping into what will be a hectic week. I hope you all have a great Monday!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Links to Love | 110

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



Happy, happy Friday. I hope you all had a great first week of November and are ready to dive into the weekend. As usual, I'll probably spend mine doing a lot of reading and writing. That seems to be the story of my life lately, but I'm ok with that!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Hello November | Goals

Tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life for November. #goals



Does anyone else have a candy hangover this morning? I only had one trick-or-treater and am now stuck with a basket full of candy I don't even enjoy. I did eat two or three of the mini Twizzlers, mainly out of boredom, but they don't taste as good as they used to when I was a kid. Why is that?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | October

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



"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - L.M. Montgomery

Bippity-boppity and poof! October is gone. It's been a crazy month and I'm surprised, but it's leaving me a little sentimental and wishing I were in a different place. How was October for you?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ASG Creative Corner Guest Post Series | An Introduction

ASG Creative Corner Guest Post Series | An Introduction - A Simpler Grace



Ok, friends. I've been hinting for two months about a new creative guest post series that I was starting and then life happened and I never got around to putting the plan in motion. Now, the time has come!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#Collaboreads | A One-Word Title

Some thoughts on my latest #collaboreads pick. #asgbookshelf  #Collaboreads | A One-Word Title - A Simpler Grace
This post contains affiliate links. Using one of my links doesn't cost you a penny more, but it supports A Simpler Grace and allows me to keep doing what I love. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. For more info on affiliate links, please see my disclosures page(*asterisk denotes affiliate link)

I'm jumping in with a little book review today and joining Rachel and Kristin for #Collaboreads. I think it's been a few months since I've done this link up, but I'm excited to be back. This month, our book prompt is a one-word title. When I was looking through my stack of to-read books, I found several books that had single-word titles, but most of them were nonfiction and I find it difficult to use the format below when it is not a fiction book. So, I decided to peruse my library and choose from a genre I don't usually read, dystopian science fiction.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 96

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



"Being busy isn't the same as being productive." - Melissa Camara Wilkins

I had a nice, slow weekend and it was much needed - especially since I looked at the calendar and realized we are exactly one month away from Thanksgiving. And then the panic set in. How in the world does it feel like we just started 2017, like spring was just here with new flowers blooming and the world coming alive again and now, here we are in the last quarter of the year?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Links to Love | 109

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



"If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in the muddy pond, beautiful and strong." - Masaru Emoto

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#MeToo | A Memoir of Rape Culture and Unwanted Advances

#MeToo | A Memoir of Rape Culture and Unwanted Advances - A Simpler Grace





To the boy in junior high who made a game of snapping my bra to see if he could get it to unfasten...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Love on Instagram | Fall 2017




Friends, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series to write. I love Instagram because it is so inspiring, visually, but I've also had the pleasure of connecting with some people who talk about real life in a very encouraging way and share some of the wisdom they've gained on their journey. Below are the four Instagram accounts I'm loving this season. These are just snapshots of what they have to offer, so I hope you'll click the links to check out their full feeds and follow along.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear Comparison | A Letter of Resignation

A letter ending my life-long relationship with comparison. #letters - Dear Comparison | A Letter of Resignation - A Simpler Grace




"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do." - Brené Brown

Dear Comparison,

Monday, October 16, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 95

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



"We are called to meet Emmanuel here, in the nitty-gritty of our ordinary, surrounded by our actual circumstances." - Alexandra Kuykendall

Friday, October 13, 2017

Links to Love | 108

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



It's Friday and you know what that means... We are just a hop away from the weekend! It also means I've been hoarding all the best links to share with you today and there are some great ones. But first, I wanted to ask you something.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 17

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up on my back deck because it still feels like summer outside and the trees have only just started to change from their greens to the rich goldens, crimsons and oranges of fall. I'd kick my feet up on the wrought iron glider and sip on my frozen PSL - the ONLY one I will have this year. I'd tell you that I've never been a big fan of the trendy drinks at Starbucks but I grant myself one treat a year.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 94

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



Good morning, friends. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, does it currently feel like fall where you are? The temperature here is about 15° warmer than it usually is around this time of the year. Is this the definition of an Indian Summer? I believe it is, although I hate that term.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

What I Read | September

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



It was quite a month with quite a lot of good books to read. I haven't had this many four-star books in a long time, so I was pleased with what was on my bookshelf in September. Sadly, I did have to abandon one book, which I hate doing, but it leads me to a question...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Links to Love | 107

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



Happy Friday, friends. It feels like it's been forever since I've last shared a post like this with you, so I wanted to gather a few of the reads I've been enjoying and share them with you today. What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hello October | Goals

Tracking the goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life and reviewing how I did in September. Hello October | Goals - A Simpler Grace #goals



I'm getting off to a late start this month, but better late than never, yeah? September started off great then about halfway through, it quickly went downhill, so I decided to take a little breather. I did want to hop on and share my goals for the month because I wouldn't be me without a list of things I want to accomplish. Do you set goals on a monthly basis? 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monthly Reflections | September

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



Hey, friends. I took a couple weeks away from the blog and social media to spend some time dealing with a few things and regrouping. It's good to do that every now and then, right? I'm back today to wrap up the month but I'm not sure that I'll be writing here in the coming weeks as frequently as I normally do. I'm hoping to be back soon, but only time will tell. Thanks to everyone who checked in. I really appreciate it. Hope you all have a great start to October. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 93

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



"Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don't notice where we happen to be." - Dan Gutman

Friday, September 15, 2017

Links to Love | 106

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



"I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel." - Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 16

A conversation over coffee #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up for a paint night. You know, one of those places that outfits you with an apron, canvas, brushes, pigments and a big glass of wine? I've been all about expressing my creativity lately, so a night painting would be so much fun. I'd grab a glass of white zinfandel and we'd choose two easels near the back of the gallery so we could still chat without disrupting the class. I'd tell you that the smell of paint and the feeling of wearing a smock reminds me of being in primary school when we'd all wear an old button-up shirt (donated by the dads) to paint in and how that has always been a very nostalgic feeling for me.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 92

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



Good morning, friends and happy Monday. Today's post will be short and sweet because I have a lot to do and a limited amount of time to do it in. Hope you have a great day. Keep those coffee mugs full!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Links to Love | 105

 I'm sharing my favorite reads from the week on the blog today!  #linkstolove #fridayfavorites



Hi, guys. So lately, it's felt like the world is falling apart. First, it was Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, Jose, and Katia are bearing down on us. On top of that, there are the wildfires in the northwest states and Canada and flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. These are just the natural disasters. There are so many other negative headlines and bad things happening to people. In light of all this heaviness, I wanted to share some links that might be encouraging. Below, are things that will make you smile, bring you relief and give you hope.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

What I Read | August + FREE Fall Reading List Printable

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



Hey, bookworms! It's time to chat about the books we read in August. I have quite a list and there are so many good books on it, so I can't wait to share those with you. Also, since we are beginning a new season, that means I have a new colorful reading list printable as a special gift just for you. It's my way to thank you for being a loyal reader. There are more details about how to download your own copy later in this post. Now, let's jump into the books!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

5 Things Driving Readers Away From Your Blog | Guest Post for Coffee With Summer

5 Things Driving Readers Away From Your Blog | #guestpost for Coffee With Summer - A Simpler Grace



What if I told you there were five things you could be doing to drive away readers on your blog and followers on social media and keeping them away? Today, I'm excited to be sharing five of my biggest blogging "pet peeves" and how you can easily change them so you can retain your readership and continue growing your online community.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 91

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



Good Monday morning, friends. If you are in the U.S., I hope you are enjoying an extra long weekend on this Labor Day. If not, I pray your coffee is strong. :) For realz though, I hope you have a wonderful and productive day and that it kicks off a good week for you. 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

What I Learned | Summer 2017

Sharing lessons learned this summer in a linkup with Emily Freeman. What I Learned | Summer 2017 - A Simpler Grace



With every season of life, comes new lessons to learn. Some of them are good while others are difficult experiences but each is valuable in its own way. Today, I'm joining the lovely Emily Freeman (author and blogger) in her What We Learned writing prompt and sharing the lessons I've learned this season.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Hello September | Goals

I'm sharing the monthly goals I've set both in my personal and blogging life. #goals



"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis

It's Saturday and I'm working. This is how September starts. I can't complain, though. I had planned on working this weekend because I have a lot of writing and reading to do. So, hello September. Let's get to it.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Links to Love | 104

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



Happy September! If you stopped by to see my monthly goals post, you'll want to come back tomorrow. There was so much goodness on the internet this week, I just couldn't skip sharing my favorites with you today. In addition, I'm posting my contribution to Emily Freeman's What I Learned series on Sunday, so be sure to check that out too. It's going to be a busy weekend! Hope you have a great one!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | August

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



Well, the month is over and I feel indifferent about it. There were highs and lows and although it was a tough month for me physically, professionally, it wasn't that bad. I was in and out of the hospital having a lot of testing done and slept a good portion of the month away, but I read a lot of books too. There was the eclipse and then there was Harvey. August was full of lots of other things too, but I must say, I'm glad September is here.