• 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

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 October 2018

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 2018 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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Create Simple Holiday Photo Cards Now

**This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, all opinions are my own. Ready or not, Christmas is coming!  If your mind is already aching, you aren’t alone.   However, now is the perfect time to get started on one particular task – holiday photo cards.  Not only is the weather is perfect for capturing a cozy outdoor photo but you can…

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How Do I Make A Mom Friend?

I had prayed for a mom friend.  I’ll never forget the day I laid eyes on her.  She had a navy striped shirt on, dark wash jeans and Sperry shoes.  She had me at the navy stripe, obviously.  We were sitting by the train table watching our kids play at the library.  Since we were the only two there and the…

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