• How To Create A Life-Changing Morning Routine

    For years, my morning routine consisted of being jolted awake by a set of tiny toddler eyeballs inches from my face.  I got up when the kids got up because I was not a morning person and resigned myself to the fact that I never would be.  However, I coveted a few quiet moments alone guilt-free.  I knew the answer… [Continue Reading]

    How To Create A Life-Changing Morning Routine
  • 10 Simple Ways To Drink More Water Every Day

    We all know its important to drink water.  The benefits include better skin, detoxified the body and improved digestion.  Not to mention staying hydrated helps us to feel more alert, feel full and curb those cravings.  However, with so many other delicious beverage options,  I am looking at you fountain soda, coffee, and hot tea, it’s hard to make yourself… [Continue Reading]

    10 Simple Ways To Drink More Water Every Day
  • How To Host a Favorite Things Party + $10 Favorite Products

    This week I went to a favorite things party for the Des Moines Moms Blog contributors.  We did it last year too and it was such a hit we did it again.  Every time I go I leave thinking I want to host one.  Not only do you get some great recommendations, but you also get to know each other… [Continue Reading]

    How To Host a Favorite Things Party + $10 Favorite Products
  • How to Develop a Purposeful Quiet Time Routine

    Most mornings my alarm goes off at 5:45 am, I can’t believe I just typed that.  I am not a natural born morning person and for years I had no desire to get up long before my kids. These days, I know I will regret pushing snooze so I flip off the covers, slip on my slippers and head downstairs… [Continue Reading]

    How to Develop a Purposeful Quiet Time Routine
  • Create A Toy Closet to Organize Your Toys

    If you have kids, you have toys.  I have 3 kids so pretty much I could swim in toys especially with all the doting relatives that just brought armloads of gifts through our doors this holiday but I don’t.  Toys are a fact for this season of my life but we have made peace with the toys and created simple… [Continue Reading]

    Create A Toy Closet to Organize Your Toys

Christmas Home Tour

There is nothing cozier than a home at Christmas.  They just come alive and glow and I don’t just mean from the thousands of twinkle lights.  Although, we have thousands of twinkle lights.  There really is no place like home for the holidays, I want to invite you inside our home for a few minutes.  I get my best Christmas…

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10 Favorite Pictures of 2018

Today I am sharing my 10 favorite photos from 2018 which is always so much harder than I think it will be.  I loved scrolling back through the previous 12 months of photographs and reliving all of the sweet memories we made as a family.  Not only with each other but with our extended family and friends.  It’s been another…

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11 Simple and Fun Party Games Ideas for Adults

Who has two thumbs and loves party games?  This girl.  If you come to my house for a get-together you better believe there will be party games.  I had my 87-year-old Grandpa blowing turkey feathers down a table for a feather relay race at Thanksgiving last year.  Party games are the perfect way to break the ice and invite everyone…

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Unique Iowa Made Gifts for Everyone On Your List

This post is made in partnership with the Made in Iowa Gift Guide & Travel Iowa.  All opinions are my own. Tis the season for gift giving.  Every year I am on the hunt for thoughtful gifts for those that I love.  I am Iowa proud so I rounded up some of my favorite Iowa made gifts online to gift…

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10 Fun and Easy Advent Activities for Families

Every morning during Advent my kids’ dash down the stairs to see what our special daily activity is in our little advent calendar hanging in the kitchen.  I love it too, I won’t lie.  Come Christmas day I am a little sad it’s all over.  So, I rounded up 10 of my favorite fun and easy Advent Activities for families…

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Life Lately Volume 10 November 2018

November was a big month in the life of Simple Purposeful Living.  We launched our first line of products!  Because of all of you, it has been a huge success and I am so grateful for each and every one of you for purchasing and gifting simple & purposeful living.  I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring but…

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Kids Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year to start wracking your brain for kids gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list.  This year my kids had a few things on their wish list so I thought I would share with you today what they really hope Santa brings them this year. Our Favorite Kids Gift Ideas Sports & Outdoor Toys Both…

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10 Frequently Asked Questions about Meal Planning

When I tell people I meal plan for our family, they always want to know how I do it.  I shared how I meal plan in this post, read here.  Then, after I explain how I do it they have lots of questions.  So, I thought I would answer a few of the most frequently asked questions I get pertaining…

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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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