the top 3 reasons i love my apple watch

February 22, 2016

For my birthday, David got me an Apple watch. Up until a couple of weeks before that, I hadn’t given them a second thought. Actually, if I thought about them at all it might have been along the lines of, “those are silly.” But then I saw someone at work wearing one, and it looked nice. So I did some research, and decided it would be a neat thing to have. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks so I’m sure I’m not even using it to its full potential, but so far, it’s pretty great. I wanted to share the reasons I love it so far, in case you’re interested! I’m LESS connected to my phone. This…
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five on friday

February 19, 2016

Hi friends! I’ve had a busy week at work and home so instead of compiling links I decided I’d just pop in and share a few personal things with you before we head into the weekend. one I have noticed lately that my patience with the kids has really improved. If you don’t know, my kids have been historically pretty intense with some strong tantrums. I want to report that they have definitely decreased in frequency, and when they do happen I rarely lose my cool anymore. I’m not saying that I’ve figured things out; I would guess that if the tantrums were happening every day again that I would struggle. But right now parenthood feels good. two For the…
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master bedroom plan (& before photos)

February 15, 2016

There are a ton of things I love about our 1983 home, and several that I’d rather change. Some of them we can do eventually (larger cosmetic projects like replacing laminate flooring & new backsplash in the kitchen) and some of them we’re stuck with (mostly small windows without a ton of natural light). Regardless, I am viewing it as our forever home because we have no plans to go anywhere. Every room is in various stages of being decluttered, furnished, and decorated. Although I wish it would be “done” now, the reality of time and budget is that it’s going to take awhile to get there. I do want to make forward progress though, so while I KonMari all…
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link roundup / 46

February 12, 2016

Here are some pretty wallpaper downloads perfect for February. (see above photo) I love the idea of this alarm clock, but David could probably sleep through it for hours. ;) A great guide to adding greenery to your space. Some simple but yummy-looking packed lunch ideas. I want to redo the kids’ room this year, so I liked this roundup of shared kids’ rooms. SUPER excited that Unfancy is back. I have always thought that she is so wise, with a great heart, even though she’s still so young. How cute is Miranda’s handmade Valentine’s dress for her adorable toddler Plum? I don’t garden (yet) but it’s something I want to do someday! Andrea is offering a free printable garden…
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lent

February 10, 2016

I don’t come from a liturgical church background, but this year I am observing Lent along with other church holy days. As I get older and discover more about myself and my personality (ISFJ) I have realized that traditions, holidays, liturgy, and observances really inspire me. I’m leaning in to that and hoping to bring it into my home as well. I thought and thought about how I should personally observe Lent. Some things I considered giving up were sweets, social media of some form, caffeine (that was just a passing thought), and TV. I also thought about adding in some things: exercise, family time/activities, Bible study. This is what I settled on: I am going to do daily Bible…
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