• Simple Sweet BBQ Meatballs Recipe + Simple Party Menu

    Tis’ the season for lots of holiday hosting which can get really overwhelming in a hurry.  I don’t know about you but when I entertain I want simple recipes I won’t screw up and won’t take me away from my main priority, my guests!  This simple sweet BBQ meatballs recipe is one of my go-to’s when I host!  It will

    Simple Sweet BBQ Meatballs Recipe +  Simple Party Menu
  • 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

    Unique Iowa Made Gifts for Everyone On Your List
  • New Smyrna Beach Florida Trip Guide

    We just got back from a week at the beach and there’s nothing quite like spending a beach in a lounge chair watching your kids dig in the sand and ride the waves.  All that sunshine and the soothing sounds of the ocean makes my soul feel at rest.  How about you?   While New Smyrna Beach has been in

    New Smyrna Beach Florida Trip Guide
  • Best Toddler and Preschool Toy Gift Ideas

        It’s officially Christmas time and we are checking our lists twice.  I am looking for those good, tried and true gifts.  My emotional side wants the “wow factor” on Christmas morning while my practical side doesn’t want a ton of toys collecting dust by New Years Day!  I am sharing our favorite kid’s toys.   These are our

    Best Toddler and Preschool Toy Gift Ideas
  • 20 Best Gifts for Tween Boys (Ages 6-12)

    **Click the picture below to be taken by affiliate link to the product**   Is it just me or the older kids get the less they play with toys and the harder it is to find presents that won’t just collect dust in a closet!  I hate that!  So, in an effort to help all gift-givers out, I rounded up

    20 Best Gifts for Tween Boys (Ages 6-12)

UPPAbaby VISTA Grows With Your Family

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine. Friends, I feel like I have been driving a stroller for over a decade (oh wait I have). I actually love having a stroller and cry thinking about the day I will have to hold my own water bottle and purse…

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China Adoption Trip | Gotcha Day

Our train pulled into Hefei and we were struck with miles after miles of apartment buildings.  Not just 5 story buildings, skyscrapers.  Miles of them.  Quincy’s town was larger than we could have imagined and the smog haze prevented us from seeing the sun.  It’s known as the “smog city” and located in the Anhui Province of the People’s Republic…

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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…

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China Adoption Trip | Beijing

Many of you followed our adoption trip on Instagram (follow Simple Purposeful Living here) but I thought I would share more of the details of our trip here!  So let me begin with our 3-week adoption trip with the first week spent in Beijing, China! If you are just getting caught up on our adoption story, you can catch up…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to Declutter Your Child’s School Papers

**Thank you to Amanda from Jasper & Willow for guest-posting today** Before you get started on organizing kid’s school papers you need to clear the clutter first. And whoa mama can there be a lot of paper clutter! Learn how to declutter kid’s school papers the easy way by asking yourself these 3 simple questions. As Summer approaches your home…

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Simple Summer Activities for Kids

**Thanks to Heather from Glitter on a DimeGlitter on a Dime for guest-posting today** Summer Break is quickly becoming my favorite time of year! It is nice to forget about school routines for a while. We enjoy doing a DIY Summer Camp with lots of fun themes and activities. I know that route is not for everyone though. That is…

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Life Lately Volume 15 May 2019

We leave in less than a week for China to go get Quincy!  Just typing that blows my mind.  Scott and I were talking in the car the other night and we said we will remember these moments for the rest of our lives.  We are crossing things off our packing list, ordering last minute essentials from Amazon (like these,…

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