• Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More

    Tis the season to start thinking about Christmas!  Today, I wanted to share a fun tradition we love, advent calendars.  Every year my mom gets each of my kids an advent calendar based on their interests.  Luckily, retailers have caught on to advent calendars and there are more options than ever.  Now’s the time to pick some up and they have… [Continue Reading]

    Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More
  • 7 Steps to Create A Simple Weekly Meal Plan

    If creating a meal plan for your family makes you want to pull your hair out, you are not alone.  Meal planning can be such a chore but can make your life so much more simple if you take a few minutes and do it. There are also a lot of misconceptions about meal planning.  Like, since I meal plan… [Continue Reading]

    7 Steps to Create A Simple Weekly Meal Plan
  • Simple Purposeful Living Products

    Shop Here They are here.  They are here.  They are here.  The first Simple Purposeful Living products.  Say what? If you didn’t see that coming, either did I? How Did We Get Here? After chatting with so many of you, two main points kept surfacing.  Meal planning and spending purposeful time with God.   I have struggled with both myself… [Continue Reading]

    Simple Purposeful Living Products
  • Life Lately Volume 9

    Happy Halloween!  Today is the last day of October.  There are just two months left in 2018!  I can’t believe it.  Time is flying, I won’t lie I hope that means we are that much closer to bringing our little boy home.  Thanks for the continued prayers. October was a really FULL month.  We traveled a lot, we saw a lot… [Continue Reading]

    Life Lately Volume 9
  • October Favorite 10

    Oh my word, I can’t believe it’s October 26th, I spent yesterday with a group of MOPS moms in Fort Dodge, Iowa and today I am with another group of MOPS moms.  Both days, I am sharing about how to cultivate a heart of gratitude.  You can read a blog post on the subject here.  I just love speaking with… [Continue Reading]

    October Favorite 10

Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More

Tis the season to start thinking about Christmas!  Today, I wanted to share a fun tradition we love, advent calendars.  Every year my mom gets each of my kids an advent calendar based on their interests.  Luckily, retailers have caught on to advent calendars and there are more options than ever.  Now’s the time to pick some up and they have…

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7 Steps to Create A Simple Weekly Meal Plan

If creating a meal plan for your family makes you want to pull your hair out, you are not alone.  Meal planning can be such a chore but can make your life so much more simple if you take a few minutes and do it. There are also a lot of misconceptions about meal planning.  Like, since I meal plan…

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Simple Purposeful Living Products

Shop Here They are here.  They are here.  They are here.  The first Simple Purposeful Living products.  Say what? If you didn’t see that coming, either did I? How Did We Get Here? After chatting with so many of you, two main points kept surfacing.  Meal planning and spending purposeful time with God.   I have struggled with both myself…

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Life Lately Volume 9

Happy Halloween!  Today is the last day of October.  There are just two months left in 2018!  I can’t believe it.  Time is flying, I won’t lie I hope that means we are that much closer to bringing our little boy home.  Thanks for the continued prayers. October was a really FULL month.  We traveled a lot, we saw a lot…

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October Favorite 10

Oh my word, I can’t believe it’s October 26th, I spent yesterday with a group of MOPS moms in Fort Dodge, Iowa and today I am with another group of MOPS moms.  Both days, I am sharing about how to cultivate a heart of gratitude.  You can read a blog post on the subject here.  I just love speaking with…

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5 Keys for Cultivating a Grateful Heart

Have you heard it said gratitude changes everything?  How can you possibly be grateful in all things?  Life can be hard and sometimes it’s not easy to find gratitude. Choosing gratitude leads to contentment, joy, generosity, peace, forgiveness, and compassion plus so much more.  Gratitude is good for the soul.  So, once you choose to be grateful how do you…

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Overcome Unlikeliness and Live Your Purpose

I shared this message at the women’s retreat I spoke at as well as another group of women this past week.  I hope it encourages you too as you live your life simply on purpose 🙂   Unlikely.  That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about our adoption.  We were done having kids.  There have been other…

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Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

It’s fall Y’all (how many times can I get away with saying that living in Iowa?) and you know what that means, it’s crockpots and soups season.  Today, I am sharing one of our family’s favorite soups, a simple slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe.  It’s so easy, like dump and forget it easy!  It takes about 5 minutes to…

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A Shared Girl Bedroom Makeover

When we decided to adopt (read more here) we knew our girls would need to share a bedroom. I enlisted the help of local furniture company, Suite Dreams.  We had purchased our nursery furniture and Solon’s bunk beds from them in the past and loved our experience!  Lisa and Simi, the Suite Dreams designers helped us to maximize form and…

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner recipes that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought…

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