• Insanely Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake

    If you are looking for a simple recipe, you have come to the right place because today I am dishing up my insanely simple 3-ingredient slow cooker chicken stuffing bake.  Say that 10 times fast.  I pair it with some steamed veggies and some fresh fruit and we have ourselves a simple, yummy dinner for a busy night! One of

    Insanely Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake
  • The Surprising Visit That Changed Everything

    We pulled up to the compound gate.  Large imposing concrete walls on all sides and a guard waved us through.  We drove through the streets of building after building.  We had just entered the social welfare institute of Hefei city where they kept the orphans, the disabled, the mentally ill and the forgotten of society.  Just two days prior, we

    The Surprising Visit That Changed Everything
  • Simple Laundry Routine

    LAUNDRY.  That word alone can make you cringe.  I am no stranger to laundry.  There are 6 people in our home and I swear sometimes a few more live here because of the sheer volume of clothes and towels that need to be laundered. Laundry is a fact of life so I decided to tame the laundry beast once and

    Simple Laundry Routine
  • Simple Walking Tacos Recipe

    Walking tacos are one of my kids favorite foods on the planet.  When I ask them what they want for dinner, they always say “walking tacos.”  The good news is they are so easy to make, perfect for a crowd and simple enough to whip up on a busy week night. If you are looking for a new spin on

    Simple Walking Tacos Recipe
  • STOP Saying We Only Have 18 Summers

    Today was the end of our summer.  Half my heart dashed out the door to 2ndand 4thgrade.  My first thoughts were, “did we do enough or spend enough time together.”  After all, I only have 18 summers with them.  Then, I was like N-O.  Special moments with my children don’t just end because summer is over. Can we just stop

    STOP Saying We Only Have 18 Summers

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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Favorite Finds Spring 2019

I can’t believe we are a week into April already.  This year is going fast and shaping up to get crazier as we get closer to leaving for China (I just got happy butterflies typing that).  There have been several products I have been loving lately and I haven’t done a Friday favorites post all year (shake my head) so today…

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Simple Easter Activities for Families

With the flip of the Calendar, I instantly started planning for Easter.  We are hosting this year so I am thinking of the menu and all the fun things we love to do to celebrate including dying eggs, my mom’s money egg hunt (instead of candy, she slips some money inside including $20’s) and Easter baskets. We also enjoy doing…

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Life Lately Volume 13 March 2019

Friends, I am still shaking about our latest news.  Not only are we I-800 approved but so are my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (read more about our adoption here).  They started the adoption process about 6 months before us so never in our wildest dreams did we think we would travel together.  We are all just giddy at the story God…

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