Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Introductions

Happy Friday Friends!

I thought today would be a great day to do a little Friday introduction for any of you who are new to my blog.  Plus some of you who have been around here for a bit, might learn a thing or two about me as well.



Dan and I have been married for 16 years, and we have 3 kids together.  Wherever I am, as long as we're together, I'm home.


I am an avid reader, but I don't like to read anything stressful or scary.  Life is stressful enough without me adding to it.  I prefer something funny, lighthearted or inspiring.  All that being said, my all time favorite book is Redeeming Love, which is kind of stressful... so what do I know.





I live in rural Montana, where there are no traffic lights, Walmart, Starbucks, Target... well you get the idea.  Amazon is how we roll.  You can check out this post to learn more about our home and the area where we live.


I don't eat mushrooms.  I decided a few years ago that I tend to like more and more foods the older I get, but mushrooms... no.  I mean, why should anyone have to learn to like fungus.  ;)  It ain't happening!




Once upon a time I opened and ran my own photography business for about 3 years.  I was blessed with amazing clients, and loved what I did, but I found myself too busy and with not enough time to devote to it and to my family.  So the business had to go.  Here is a post I did a while back, that you can read if you're interested.  Sometimes I miss it, but I don't regret giving more time to my family.


I love to cook, but just the thought of baking stresses me out.  I'm still trying to figure out why that is, and so far the only thing I can think of is, I don't enjoy exact measurements?!  When I cook, I just go with the flow, but with baking I feel like I need extreme focus, so I won't put in an extra cup of flour or not enough flour.  Are any of you like this?


I don't like a lot of noise... which is probably best that I live out in the country.  Some people love white noise, so they'll leave their TV or some music on.  Not me.  I prefer the sound of the fireplace, the laundry washing, or just absolutely nothing.  I mean if I'm going to listen to something, I guess I wouldn't mind listening to the sound of the waves on the beach, say... in Hawaii.  :)



I love to study scripture, and discuss it with those of the same beliefs and/or different.   I totally blame this on my Dad who has raised us up in the Word, and pushed and questioned us over the years.  One of my favorite things to do is discuss scripture with him.  My Dad used to preach for a lot of years, and now he just fills in every once in a while, and now that I'm older and I'm sure his sermons aren't based upon my High School years of drama, his sermons are my favorite.  #preachersdaughter


My dream would be to write a novel one day.  I have tons of different ideas, I just need to become a great author overnight so I can get them all down on paper.  Maybe someday I'll take that writing class that I've always wanted to take.


My eyesight is awful, but my hearing is worse.  If I knock my glasses off of my nightstand, I have to crawl around on the floor trying to find them... which my family thinks is entertaining.  ;)  As for my ears, I know if I go to an audiologist, they'll want to fit me for hearing aids... but I'm just not ready.  My family definitely doesn't find this entertaining, seeing as I ask, "what" a billion times a day.  I've learned to watch a lot of movies and shows without knowing exactly what they are saying.  As long as I can watch the show, I can usually figure out what they're talking about.  It's annoying, but I am kind of used to it.  This could also be the reason I prefer books over watching TV.


Okay, so don't leave me hanging, tell me something about you!  What is something you'd do if you knew you wouldn't fail?  Would you rather read a book or watch TV?  And did you know all of this about me?


I hope you'll share something, as I love getting to know you all.


Also, Erin hosted a link up earlier this week where they all shared 10 random facts about themselves.  Be sure and check it out for some fun reading this weekend.  :)


Have a great weekend!

  XO,

Monday, January 8, 2018

Your Best You



 January is one of my favorite months of the year!  It's like a freshly sharped pencil or the crisp pages of a new planner.  January is full of possibilities and it's exciting!


This is a time where we are all start working on our resolutions/goals for the year.  While you are still implementing those into your new routine, I've got 4 goals for you to add in, that will get you moving in the right direction to become your best you.


Say No

This year, practice saying no.  Say no, to the things that take you away from your family.  The things that leave you stressed out and overwhelmed.  You can't do it all and be it all, so quit trying to.  You don't have to bake for every fundraiser, help at every class party, meet up with every friend who calls and wants to get together, etc., etc.  It's okay to say no, and nobody will think less of you because of it.


Say Yes

Now that I've just told you to say no... don't forget to say yes sometimes too.  Say yes, to taking care of your health and your family.  Say yes, to a date night with your spouse or significant other.  Say yes, to a few minutes of quiet time or a good book.  Say yes, to carving out time with God to pray and read His word.  When you say no, to more things in life, you'll find you are able to say yes, to more of the things that you want or need to.


Choose Healthy

Life is busy.  It just is... no matter what age or stage you are in life.  It's busy.  Don't let busy be an excuse to not live a healthy life.  Choose wisely, and do your research.  Know what you are eating, what you're drinking, what is in the candles that you are burning, in the cleaners you are spraying.  Don't assume that just because they sell it at the store, that it is okay for you and your families health.  Do your research, as you are the manager and caretaker of your home!


Armor Up

Most importantly, don't forget to armor up.  This world is crazy!  It gets crazier all the time, and you don't want to be at it's mercy.  Get your Bibles open, and check out Ephesians 6:10, and armor up my friends.  We need Gods word.  We need to be in it, and to know it.  It is our sword!  Don't let your Bible be a decoration on your nightstand or a pretty book on the book shelf.  Crack it open and study! 



Studies:
If you've never studied the Bible or find it intimidating, I recommend buying Angie Smith's Bible study called Seamless.  She takes you from Genesis to Revelations in 6 weeks and shows you how it's all connected, and what each book in the Bible is about.

If you are wanting to study the armor of God... Priscilla Shirer actually has a study called, The Armor of God.  Our women's Bible study is going to be starting it this week, so I'll keep you posted on what I think.  It has great reviews, and I'm very hopeful that it's going to be good.

Whatever you decide to do, don't let you Bible collect dust.  Get it open, pray for Him to bless you in your study and grow in Him!



What are you saying yes to this year?


Be blessed my friends!

XO,

Friday, January 5, 2018

Hi Friends

I wanted to stop over here on this random Friday morning, and say hello.

 

I get to see quite a bit of you on Instagram, but for all of you who I haven't been in touch with, I hope you've all had a Merry Christmas and a great start to your New Years!

We enjoyed our Christmas and were able to relax at home over the kids.  New Years Eve was spent the same way.  I should have taken more pictures, but honestly, it was the furthest thing from my mind as we watched movies, played games, read books and relaxed.  And honestly, you can all thank me now that I didn't post pictures of us doing all of that.  Haha!  ;)

I didn't mean to once again take a long break from writing, but every once in a while, it just happens, and honestly it was much needed.  Sometimes, I am like that analogy with the computer and all of the tabs that are open...  I have to close all of the tabs that I can get away with, and just start back with the basics.

January is one of my favorite months, because I can feel the freshness of the year and I love it!  I'm planning on bringing a little of that freshness back to this space.   I've missed you all dearly, and I'm glad to be back!


 Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

XO,

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Friday!

 Happy Friday Friends!

It's been a little quiet over here on the blog, but just because I've been busy living life.

I wanted to share a few things that I'm loving this week.

First up...

1. Amazon Prime



First off, can we all just take a minute to appreciate Amazon Prime!  It doesn't get any easier than having the UPS man drop off a stack of boxes on my front steps.  Two day shipping  ✓,  Christmas presents ✓ , household goods  ✓, stuff I don't need ✓✓.

So today, and as far as I can see the future, I am thankful for Amazon Prime!



2. Buffalo Plaid Fleece Throw







If I end up making a gift guide, this throw is going on it.  It's under $20 and would be cute wrapped up underneath the Christmas tree with a new coffee mug and a pair of slippers.  Talk about a cozy gift!


There's also this one that I think is even cuter.  It's a bit more, but it looks really warm.  I mean give me this blanket and drop me off at a cozy cabin for the weekend.  Amen?!



3. Document Boxes

I ordered 3 of these document boxes.  This grey is currently sold out, but there are tons of other colors.  I am planning to use them for my kids as a little keepsake box. I plan to put in a few of their school papers, their sports pictures, their baby outfit that I brought them home from the hospital in... things like that.

I'm hoping that by each of them having their own box, it might cut out some of the stacks of stuff I don't know what to do with.  There are so many papers, pictures, etc from over the years that it starts to add up.  My plan is to put the things that I love and that I think they'll appreciate into the boxes and the rest can be tossed.




  4. Photo Boxes










Kelsey shared these photo boxes and how she was organizing and storing her pictures.  I must have caught the organizing bug, because I decided to order some and see if I can get my picture situation organized as well.  They showed up yesterday and I shared them on Instagram as well.  If you follow me on Instagram, make sure and check out my stories.  I'm trying to share more often.  :)



5. Holiday Dress


I've been looking for a new dress to wear for a Christmas party that Dan and I are going to and I like the ruffles on the sleeves of this dress.  I don't usually wear red, but I think for a Christmas party it would be fun!  I think I'm going to order it and cross my fingers that it's not too short for my long frame.




6. The Capital Tree


The Capital Tree is coming from Montana this year, and it stopped through town on it's way to DC.

 It's hard to see it with the reflection, but it was all lit up and decorated.

My friend Sunny and I got our picture taken by it, because who knows how long it will be before this happens again.




7. Home Sweet Home


 Living in this quiet, peaceful, and beautiful valley is a blessing I take for granted way too often.  But when life slows down a bit, and I look around, I remember how thankful I am.  I guess I'm not the only one either.  I showed Emma this picture, and she said, "What's so special about it?  It's just normal."  Isn't it sad that we miss so many beautiful things because we take them for granted.

So that being said... slow down a bit and take in the beauty around you this weekend!



 Well, that's it for today...  I hope you all have a great weekend!

I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.


XO,

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites

 We've made it to another Friday!  :)

Jesse has his first Junior High basketball game today, so I'm excited to go and watch that this afternoon.  I'll be the crazy Mom in the stands who's cheering and clapping her face off.  I try to contain myself, but I just can't help it.  Maybe it's the former cheerleader in me. ;)  And by cheerleader, I only mean back when I was in Junior High and a couple of years in High school.

Now that I've shared that little tidbit... on to my favorites for the week.

~ONE~

This might seem like just an ordinary picture, but to me, this is the reason I enjoy this time of year.  I love when my house is all quiet and cozy.  None of my kids have found joy in reading, but she has to read a little for school (thank you school), so it made my heart happy to see her sprawled out by the fire.

~TWO~

I got this Idaho Balsam Fir in the mail yesterday and it was instantly a new favorite!  It smells like someone shoved a Christmas tree into this little bottle.

I have bought the artifical Christmas tree scents before from stores like Walmart and Target before, but this is the real deal... and I don't have to feel bad about what harsh chemicals we are smeling, because this is the real thing.

It's seriously Christmas in a bottle!

I'm waiting until after Thanksgiving to use it, but I took it over to my Mom's house yesterday to let her smell it when I was dropping something off, and she went and got her diffuser out and made me share some right then.  Haha!


~THREE~


 
I don't claim to be good at videoing, but I loved this song on my little Instastory.  The snow isn't my favorite, but you guys...  I've been listening to the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving station on Pandora, and it is so pretty, festive and whimsical.  They also have a Charlie Brown Christmas station that I'll check out once Thanksgiving is over.

What is a favorite Pandora station that you like or even a song for this time of year?


~FOUR~

Nordstrom is having a huge sale right now, and I thought I would share you my favorite find so far.
Look at these Hunter Cable Knit Socks... wouldn't these be so fun paired with your black Hunter boots over the Christmas month.  I put it in my wish list but I don't know how long I can hold out.  I might just have to go for it.  They are 25% off right now, which makes a big difference, as normally I probably wouldn't splurge on something like this.  But aren't they cute!



~FIVE~


Wednesday I shared a day in the life post, which are always my favorites.


If you want to see what a random day in my life looked like, you can check that out here.



 Well, that's it for today...

I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.


Are you getting snow where you live?


I hope you guys have a nice and relaxing weekend!


XO,


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Day In The Life

I decided to do a day in the life post for you all, and I'm going to say it right now... this is the most boring day in the life and I'm sorry!   But some days are just like that, right?!

For the last couple of weeks, I've been setting my alarm for 5:15.  I hurry out to the kitchen where my coffee is already made and waiting for me and then I hurry back under my covers to do my Bible study for the day.  I've learned over and over again, that if I don't do my study before I do anything else, I won't get it done.  Once my mind is busy doing something else, I have a hard time sitting back down to concentrate.
I have a few thoughts on this study and I can't wait to share them all with you once I've finished it.

So as soon as I'm done with my study, I make my bed...

and head out to the living room to start my diffuser.  I like to diffuse Thieves and Purification first thing in the morning.

 Next I started a load of laundry, woke my kids up to start getting ready for school...

 and then I sat down to look over my day.  I have the Simplified Planner by Emily Lee and love it!

Often through out my day, I'll click on this app called WordScape.  It's super addicting, and I get sucked into it.  You have to use the letters that are given to you in the circle at the bottom and you have to use those letters to make words up top.

I emptied the dishwasher, warmed up my coffee for the 3rd time and made myself some breakfast.

Lately, I've been toasting half of a bagel and then putting a fried egg and a piece of cheese on top.  Simple and so good!

After taking the kids to the bus, I came back home and snapped this picture.  I love this little valley that we live in.  It gets cold here, but it's so quiet and peaceful.

I sat back down and looked at a few of my favorite blogs.

I hopped through the shower, got dressed and was working on my hair.  I made a lunch date with my sister since I was going to be in town to get groceries for the house.
I switched the laundry and headed to town.
I forgot to take a picture of the two of us, but I did remember to take a picture of my favorite burger.  It's called, Slow Burn.  It's sooo good.  It has cream cheese and jalepeno's inside of the burger.  Then of course I also had to have the side of fried green beans.  Yum!

 I got home and unloaded my groceries...

 
switched out the laundry again and started dinner.

 The kids finished their finished their homework, we ate dinner and then the kids carved pumpkins.


 It was a fun and relaxing evening.

I sat in bed and played on my phone for a bit and turned out the lights by 10:24.  We don't normally stay up that late, unless we have a good show we are watching.  Usually, I'm in bed by 8:30 and out within the hour.

  Well, that's a day in my life.  It was pretty low key, but that's the way I like it.  :)

I hope you all are having a great week!

XO,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Friends!

We have had the most beautiful sunsets here lately.
Last week I ran outside in my pajamas to capture this picture.  He sure knows how to light up the sky, doesn't He?!  :)

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the week... but honestly, it was kind of a weird week and I don't really have tons to share.  Instead of things that are going on, I thought I'd share a few favorites that I've found while browsing online.



I'm loving the look of this Free People pullover.

I can't get enough of this color... so I'm scooping things up when I find them.  I'm thinking this would be darling with jeans or leggings.  So cute!




This bar pendant necklace...
It's marked down to $9.49 right now... which is such a steal.  This is definitely going in my basket.  So cute and versatile.




I ordered a tee similar to this one.
It's perfect for either a lounge shirt to pair with pajama bottoms, otherwise it would work nicely with a long sleeved plaid shirt, jeans and your favorite booties.




I was on Instagram the other day, and one of my favorite cooking bloggers had this going in her kitchen and I immediately added it to my Amazon wish list.  It's a Breville Smart Oven.  It's definitely not a cheap appliance.  I plan to do a little more research on them, but boy did it look fun.
She was doing all sorts of cool things with it, including making homemade french fries.  I don't really need it, but I sure would like one.  Maybe if I'm good, Santa will bring me one.  ;)




I must be in a cooking mood, because I saw these dutch ovens, and now I really want one as well.
  Do you all have a dutch oven?  I haven't ever had one, but now I want an orange one and a red one and... well you get the point.  ;)  If you have one and love it, I'd love to know where you got it from.



 Well, that's it for today!  What are you guys finding lately that you are adding to your cart or your wish list?  Let me know in the comments.  I love hearing from you all.


I'm linking up today with Andrea, Erika & Narci.


XO, 

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