• Best Prime Day Deals

    Hey, Y’all!  I am sure by now you know it’s prime day and I am hot on the chase for the best deals because I just can’t help myself.  I love a good deal!  When Prime Day started I thought it was all hype but last year I got a great deal on a 5 piece luggage set we took

    Best Prime Day Deals
  • China Adoption Trip | Beijing

    Hey Friends!  Wow, I have missed this space and writing.  I have never taken a 6-week break before and it feels good to be back.  I am so thankful for sweet blogging friends who willingly offered their talents for our space in my absence. Writing has always been cathartic for me and I am going to start back to blogging

    China Adoption Trip | Beijing
  • 10 Tips for A Successful Sleepover at Grandma’s

    Sleepovers at grandma’s house can be the best times of your kid’s lives but they can also cause anxiety for all if you’re not prepared. So how do you have successful sleepovers at Grandma’s? In this post, I’ll give you 10 simple tips to help make sure the time spent will be wonderful for both you and your grandkids. As

    10 Tips for A Successful Sleepover at Grandma’s
  • Simple & Healthy Lavender Lemonade

    **Thank you to Tshanina Peterson for guest posting today & sharing this delicious recipe** Summer is the perfect time for a glass of homemade lemonade. Whether you’re hosting a party and need the best recipe for a crowd or need a new twist for your family get-together, this easy and healthy lavender lemonade is perfect. Instead of squeezing a ton of

    Simple & Healthy Lavender Lemonade
  • 3 simple Ways To Stay on Task at Work

    **Thank you to Alice from Nuggetlands for Guest-Posting Today** Ever since I went back to work full time in December, I have been struggling to stay focused and on task. I work in an open office environment so there are constantly a lot of shiny objects for me to be distracted by. Not to mention the never-ending notifications of breaking

    3 simple Ways To Stay on Task at Work

Best Tips for A Money-Making Garage Sale

Tis the season for garage sales.  It’s a great way to make some extra cash and declutter your house at the same time.  That my friends is what I call a win-win! Now, decluttering and setting up a garage sale takes some work so you want to make sure your investment pays off.  That’s why I have rounded up my…

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DIY Garage Toy Organization

Our garage is a workhorse year-round!  My mantra is, everything we own has a place of its own so that everyone knows where it goes.  This eliminates mom doing all the work of picking up.  So, we needed some kid-friendly garage organization. Before Garage Toy Organization Problem We had this extra plastic shelf (similar) we weren’t using anymore now that…

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A Simple Teacher Gift

It’s teacher appreciation week!  Do you need a simple teacher gift idea? Over the years, my kid’s teachers have helped them so much.  Solon’s 2nd-grade teacher helped him fall in love with reading and the kid’s art teacher has made Vera feel like a true artist, the girl loves art!  Just the other day one of Solon’s teachers stopped him…

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Life Lately Volume 14 April 2019

Seriously, I try not to start out these posts the exact same way every month but I can NOT for the life of me believe it’s May today!  The kids are excited because this is the last month of school and we are all excited because that means we are closer to bringing Quincy home.  April was a full and…

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Create May Day Baskets

I remember gathering all the necessary supplies — cups, pipe cleaners, popcorn, and candy.  Then, my mom would help my sister and I make homemade May Day baskets.  When we were all done we would hop in the car and my mom would drive us to our friends’ homes.  We would dash out of the car, race to the door,…

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How to Organize Kid’s School Papers

Every day my kids come home from school and one of their first jobs as part of their after-school routine (read more about that here) is to empty their school folders.  Some days my entire kitchen island is chock-full of school papers.  So, how do you organize your kid’s school papers?  What do you keep?  Where do you keep it?…

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Why did you start Simple Purposeful Living?

When people ask me what I do I always say a stay at home mom but in the last few months, I have started to say I own my own business.  Right after I say I own my business, people always ask me “Why did you start your own business?”  So, I thought on the eve of our 2nd Simple…

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How Do You Raise a Grateful Kid?

One of the most popular questions I get when I talk about gratitude is “How do I get my kids to be more grateful?”  We all have personal stories of planning for months to take our kids on some vacation or some special event expecting our kids to be oh so grateful and you get a meh response with little…

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Simple Snack Tray Supper

  Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!     Snack Tray Supper…

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Aldi Shopping List + Weekly Meal Plan

Aldi has always been my go-to for inexpensive diapers, wipes and guacamole (how about that combo ;)!  I always drove a half hour to stock up.  Now, Aldi has finally opened up a store just 5 minutes from my home and I did a happy dance.  Now, 3 out of 4 weeks a month I go to Aldi for my…

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