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April 29, 2016

crazy kids

Life is chugging along quite as usual around here. It has been nice to take a break from the blog, and I have to say I think I’m less anxious now. But also, I’m feeling less creative. Writing frequently was inspiring, and it simultaneously fueled other forms of creativity like crafting. I haven’t been doing much crafting lately. Instead, I’ve been settling into homekeeping, seeing friends, planning for our future, working on my health, and in my downtime I’ve been reading.

I’ve been in a pretty good groove lately with keeping the house neat and clean. However, this year I really wanted to do a whole-house decluttering and I’m not sure that’s going to happen. I don’t know if I have that level of energy yet. Feels like I can only focus on one big project at a time, and right now I’ve been working on my health (exercise routine, eating, morning routine). I would really like to have the master bedroom decorated by the end of the year, but we’ve had some financial setbacks that are making me postpone that as well. Namely: my car was hit by an uninsured driver. It’s fixed now, and we’re building up savings again.

But! I have a really great morning routine going (thanks to the Hello Mornings challenge I joined with some Voxer friends) and when I start the mornings out right I am more likely to exercise and eat better. I also have a health & fitness accountability group on Voxer that is super helpful. So yay for that!

Our church had its last Sunday service on April 10, and since then we have visited two new places. The first Sunday Liam wouldn’t stop crying in the nursery and I was called out to get him. After that I went home and cried from frustration and overwhelm. The second Sunday I kept him with me in the service and it was distracting but we made it through. I don’t think we will be staying at either of those churches but the second one gave me hope for the future.

Houston was flooded, did you hear about that? The whole city was shut down for about a week. Certain roads are going to be closed due to flood waters for a month, probably. I didn’t miss any work though! Traffic is terrible now, but I am very grateful for our neighborhood’s excellent drainage.

The kids are happy and healthy. David has been going fishing a lot. I’ve read some great books. And right now, I’m SO happy it’s Friday.

p.s. – only a couple more days to try Grove Collaborative and get a free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit when you use this link! You’ll love it, I promise!

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grove collaborative love & a free mrs. meyers cleaning kit!

April 26, 2016

Hi friends! I’m hoping to pop in later this week with an update on what I’ve been doing while I haven’t been blogging (spoiler: it includes a lot of rain and a lot of reading), but today I wanted to share something I have been loving over the past year because there is an awesome deal this week. If you haven’t heard of Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry) you need to get over there right now and check it out. Basically, they provide all-natural, non-toxic household, cleaning, & personal care supplies cheaper than pretty much anywhere. And this week they have put together this Mrs. Meyer’s Everyday Luxury Set which you can get for FREE. Mrs. Meyers is one of my favorite…
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an update

March 30, 2016

I didn’t mean to leave you hanging for so long after my last post! But here I am to offer a bit of an explanation. This might be a bit long, so hang with me. During the week that I posted last, Liam had been sick for two weeks and I was pretty stressed out financially about missing work. Not only that, but David was out of town all week so I was on my own. I was struggling emotionally anyway, and then suddenly I found out that our beloved church is closing. I’m not going to get into that here, but all of those things left me feeling incredibly unsettled. My first instinct was to do more. I started making plans…
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around here

March 10, 2016

This feels like the longest week ever, anyone else? For me, combine hormones (ahem) with the constant rain & storms, this sick child who has had a fever for almost two weeks, plus two other stressful & emotional things I can tell you more about soon, and I am just ready for some sunshine, rest, and good news. I’m waving my white flag where the blog is concerned, and I will be back next week or the week after. In the meantime, find me on Instagram and send some prayers our way! Thanks friends, have a lovely weekend! 0 Like

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non-candy easter basket ideas

March 7, 2016

Did you know that Lent is already halfway over? My spending freeze is going pretty well (only a few small infractions, mostly kid-related) and my new daily practice of reading the Bible every day has been wonderful, thanks to an app with a reading plan + devotional that I love. Currently, I’m not sure how I’m going to handle Easter with my kiddos. I’m vacillating between staying strict on the spending freeze to include not making extra purchases for them, and another of my goals for this year which is to celebrate more holidays at home, especially relating to the church calendar. Of course we do celebrate Easter already – we go to church and do an egg hunt there…
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link roundup / 48

March 4, 2016

Indoor gardening with kids. This year I really want to bring more plants inside and I know my kids will love helping with them. (see above photo) Thanks to Brooke I found this post about the big stuff you don’t know before becoming a parent. This is a genius tip for rewarding yourself when you’re trying to solidify a healthy habit. I love this idea for snacking and am totally going to try it. The 2016 Week in the Life kit is up for presale now! I’m so out of the papercrafting habit (been loving Chatbooks still) but I’m excited to tackle this project again in early May and I plan to use the kit. Here are some natural beauty favorites…
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