Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monthly Reflections | December

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

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It's time to say goodbye to 2017 with my final reflections. I learned a lot this year, met some really awesome people and experienced growth in more ways than I could have imagined. I hope you all make the best of the last few moments of this year and have a blessed new year to come. Peace out, 2017!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Links to Love | 115

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

A quiet night in, a Star Wars marathon, and full heart... That's what this girl's New Year's Eve will look like. I'm finding it difficult to believe that the next time I talk to you guys, it will be 2018. What are your plans for NYE?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

One Little Word | 2018

Today I'm sharing the word I've chosen to be my beacon for the coming year. #onelittleword One Little Word | 2018 - A Simpler Grace

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing." - Pele

In the blink of an eye, another year flashed before us. What feels like just yesterday, when I sat down to write this very post for my 2017 word of the year, is three-hundred and sixty-five days in the past, and we are now preparing to jump into 2018 with both feet.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dear 2017 | A Letter of Reflection

Dear 2017 | A Letter of Reflection - A Simpler Grace #dear2017

"She remembered who she was and the game changed." - Lalah Delia

Dear 2017,

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 104

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

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." 
- William Arthur Ward

Friday, December 22, 2017

Links to Love | 114

Sharing my favorite reads from the week. Come by and check out the one thing I think everyone needs to see! #linkstolove #fridayfavorites

This week, I went shopping for stocking stuffers for a very special someone. My cat! Does anyone else get their pets a treat for the holidays? Please tell me I'm not the only one! Years ago, when I was married and had a house full of fuzzy critters, I always did Christmas stockings for each of them. I put treats and toys in them, then they would get a "Santa gift" like a new piece of cat furniture or a bed. Basically, it was my excuse to purchase all the new animal things we needed but wrap them in festive bows. Yep, I am that girl.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Reading Wrap Up

Let's talk about our favorite books of 2017! I'm looking back over the year and sharing my favorites. #whatIread

At the end of last year, when I sat down and planned out my 2017 master reading list, I never thought I'd be able to read so many books in the year. I set a lofty goal of two hundred books and as the publication of this post today, I've read one hundred ninety-seven. With several books still in progress, I will meet this goal by the end of the month. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Simple Gratitude | 103

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

"The mind that comes to rest is tended in ways it cannot intend; is borne, preserved, and comprehended by what it cannot comprehend." - Wendall Berry

Friday, December 15, 2017

Links to Love | 113

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

Give yourself a pat on the back, friends. You made it to Friday! What a week it's been. Hopefully, you have a nice, relaxing weekend planned. It's going to be super cold here, so I'm going to be staying inside, catching up on some reading, do some writing and work on plans for 2018. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 19

Let's meet and have a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the brand new cafe in town - the place where they serve their beverages in mugs with inspirational quotes and phrases printed on them and big workbench style tables to encourage socializing and a sense of community. We'd order our drinks - I would get a hot tea with lemon and a swirl of organic honey to soothe a sore throat - and we'd grab a couple chairs in the corner.

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
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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