Investing in the right camping gear can make all the difference in the great outdoor experience.
I gave my thoughts on camping last year, and we are now in the middle of another beautiful camping season here in Texas…Read More
The act of simply showing up, I believe, is the best way we can show someone they are loved, and in turn, love ourselves.
This is my strength. Some years it’s been stronger than others of course. Those 10 years of pregnancy and nursing were hard y’all. But I still knew my priorities in “showing up”.
Kindness, honesty, compassion, grit, loyalty, trustworthy - I believe all these qualities simply come from showing up.
A friend recently came from out of town to surprise and support me as I hosted my first Noonday party! The love she brought me will stay with me and our friendship forever!
I’ve dropped everything a couple times to fly across the country and show up when I knew emotional support was needed. One of those trips was seriously life-altering.
I believe every day showing up for your family and friends can turn life’s simple pleasures into magic.
Over the weekend I showed up for my husband by planning an unique date night out. On Sunday our family made the choice of showing up at a friend’s dinner invite, instead of our plans to attend another Halloween trunk-or-treat. On Monday we showed up as a family cheering for our daughter’s friend at her last volleyball game. I cried when they had the girls run to their parents to hug them to show their appreciation. Today my husband and I showed up to vote, and showed up for our preschooler giving him a special one-on-one date! And this weekend our family of 6 will be involved in cooking for a family going through some change.
The act of “showing up” will look a little different for each of us.
I’m someone who loves the comforts of my home, and I understand how showing up can be extremely hard for some people. I make a choice to make the efforts and my bucket always feels full in the end!
If there is a secret to life, I think this could be it.
AND of course this includes showing up for yourself!
Well Helllllooo October - are you really halfway over and I’m just saying hi?
Here’s my interesting share of perspectives. My daughter was up late the other night and joined hubby and I for the last 15 min of This is Us and asked what it was about. We paused the show and looked at each other and quickly acknowledged we had an answer for her. My husband’s response was…Read More
I believe one human has the power to make the world a better place.
I’m SO thrilled to share a new passion project that I’ve become a part of! I recently joined the Noonday Collection as a brand ambassador selling their handmade jewelry and accessories. Their impact on the world speaks to my heart! After reading the first few chapters of Imperfect Courage (written by the founder of Noonday), I simply thought to myself, meaningful work comes from making other people’s lives better - I must be a part of this! The timing may not be right for me…Read More
If you are looking to freshen up your home decor I challenge you to do this one simple improvement that yields big results.
Place one house plant in each room of your home.
You won't just be adding visually appealing decor to your space, you'll also be cleaning the air…Read More
Having the privilege of raising a daughter inspired me to start a dear daughter series many years back. This is a simple collection of some of my favorite images where I write something short and sweet. Sometimes my caption is a quote, and sometimes I talk about her big and little life moments.
I'm sharing with you the simple way I organize this photo project.
Someday I plan to print these images in a book and give to her on a special occasion; maybe towards the end of her teen years. Each photo and caption I share in Instagram is automatically saved in my Chatbook app by using inserted dear daughter hashtag. Most of the images I do not share publicly. For those images, I simply include manually in my Chatbook app. You can read more of why this is my favorite photo app here!
I like the idea that when she's a young adult she can look back on these little and big moments in her life. This childhood she's living is preparing her for adulthood.
This is my reminder to her, to invest in her mind, her health, and herself.
I'm not quite sure when she's listening or absorbing what I'm saying. Writing the most important things on paper I hope will inspire her future self.
As we approach the end of summer, here's what I'm reminded of...
Life is simple. The ones we love have such simple needs. It's often the people, the stuff, the schedules that we make for ourselves, and our families, that make life feel complicated. Summer teaches us to slow down. But I believe fall, winter, and spring also have the same beautiful lessons. We just let the complications get in the way. We decide. And the good news is just that, "we decide".
Have you been watching these Crosswalk the musicals?... my daughter and I think you are missing out if not.
If you are finding yourself with some free time here's a huge list of ways you can organize back to school.
Life simplicity goals - her list is so good!
This game was played all week long at the beach. We love it camping also.
We are about to leave for our last adventure of the summer and I'm challenging myself to pack as light as possible. I've realized that my makeup/toiletries take up so much space. I've simplified to this bag and will use these instead of bringing full-size tubes of lotions etc.
Seattle here we come! Our love for the PNW runs deep. We plan to see family, hopefully find cooler weather, and explore the islands of the San Juans by boat.
I hope your summer has been the most lovely one yet!
While visiting my Grandmother on her beach and vacationing in Gulf Shores with family, Kenny Chesney's new album came out. I've been obsessing over several of the songs and the meaning behind them. It's about the healing process and moving forward after the hurricane devastation. The night I created the video of our travels I watch Kenny Chesney on the Tonight Show sing the song I used. He talked about how this song is about finding the positive energies and loving on one another. There I had confirmation on my song choice:
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We leave this week for a road trip with a few very special destinations ahead of us.
If you'd like to follow along, I'll be sharing my favorite road trip survival tips on Instagram.
Creating travel journals is one of our favorite ways to document our travels! In the past, each kid had their own journal while traveling. On our last vacation, I noticed how inspired they each were by looking over what their siblings wrote about. Some write, some draw, and some just like to comment on the other person's storytelling.
This next vacation we plan on sharing one journal with 4 perspectives. I can't wait to see what they come up with! My contribution is printing photographs on my Instax Printer so they can use instantly in their journals. This tool is my favorite way to encourage children to write, and such sweet instant gratification.
Their perspective on life is such a fresh and beautiful one! I always wish to include in our family's storytelling.
A summer birthday calls for ice cream. My daughter requested Strawberry and cookie dough ice cream cake. I accepted the challenge…Read More