Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Currently reading.-A list of kid books to welcome Spring.

Are you ready for Spring? Are your kids ready to explore? My kids are super excited, and we recently checked out a few books about Spring. Below I created  a list of books that we recently checked out at our local library. I have also included a brief description of each book. Enjoy! 

1. Abracababra It's Spring
This book is filled with beautiful, and colorful art to get you ready for Spring. With Spring just around the corner there's magic in the air, and so much to explore on every page.

2. Hello Spring

This book is filled with beautiful photographs that keep kids engaged. There are photos of nature, kids playing, insects, and much more. I thought it was a great book to help kids celebrate the arrival of Spring.

4. Spring Hare

This book is all about kids using their imagination. There are no words in this book, just beautiful, colorful art. It is a celebration of Spring, and Friendship. 

5. It's Springtime, Mr. Squirrel!

We sure did laugh a lot while reading this book. It was very entertaining. In this book Mr. Squirrel decides to help hedgehog after he has seen a lady hedgehog. Mr. Squirrel takes hedgehog on an adventure so that he can gain fame and glory. 

6. Spring according to Humphrey

This chapter book is about an adorable class pet named Humphrey.  My oldest daughter hasn't finished this book just yet, but so far she says it's been a wonderful read.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

5 simple DIY projects to bring out your creative side.

I've put together a list of 5 simple DIY projects that are fun, and easy to create. 
Each simple DIY craft takes very little supplies, and takes very little time. 

Below I've added each project/craft. Just click on the link above a craft picture and it will take you to that specific post. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Currently reading.- A list of books to help you feel good, eat healthier, and live happy!

Hello! I'm so excited to share a few books that I am currently reading. 
I've been exploring a few books on healthy food alternatives, healthier lifestyles, and just feeling good and nourishing the whole body. I've noticed that over the past few years I have taken more time to learn about what nourishes my body and makes me feel whole.

 This is not a sponsored, or paid for post. This post is just to give a brief summary of each book I have been reading and have been enjoying lately.

If you have been a reader on my blog then you know that earlier on in my mid 20's  I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Endometriosis is when the uterine lining tissue grows on the outside of your uterus. Endometriosis can actually spread to other parts of  the body as well. It causes inflammation, pain, irregular bleeding, and heavy periods. The list goes on! If you would like to know more about Endometriosis I've provided a link below.

 As many of you know it took my husband and I about 6 years to conceive our first daughter. Before I  was able to conceive, my doctor had to perform a laparoscopy. Once it was confirmed that I had endometriosis my doctor performed surgery removing cysts and growth from the endometriosis.
 I've been blessed with two beautiful girls. I've changed my diet considerably so that I can try to manage my endometriosis. I also take daily supplements.

I've been able to manage pain and through healthy eating I also find  that I feel better. Now enough about me, are you ready to dive into these books with me? I'll give a brief summary of each book.
 I'm inspired to live a healthier lifestyle and maybe I'll be able to inspire you as well.

1. Whole New You, Tia Mowry

I was inspired to check this book out at my local library. I've always enjoyed Tia and her sister Tamera, and once I found out that she also was diagnosed with Endometriosis I really wanted to explore her cook book. 
This book is filled with recipes that will help you live a more balanced, and healthier lifestyle. She talks about foods that can heal, and foods that can hurt. Her recipes include soups, main dishes, and desserts. There was so much I enjoyed as I started reading her book.

She includes an area in her book that focuses on your goals that you may have in mind. This really comes in handy, especially for those who might just be starting out on this healthier lifestyle. Honestly, I think even if you have been eating healthy for some time the goals list will still help out. It might even help you set up new goals. 

I love how she also includes a meal plan for 10 days. The plan covers breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. I'm really enjoying this book and I think you might too! 

2. Eat. Nourish. Glow, Amelia Freer

Something we should all do is listen to our bodies. We all get this one body, and we really do need to care for it, love it, and continue to nourish it.
 In this book she mentions keeping a food diary for two weeks. I've tried this before and it does help. This way you can keep track of how often you are snacking, what you are drinking, and how these foods and drinks make you feel.
  She talks about movement, supplements, and much more. I enjoy coffee, and tea and in her book she mentions about good-quality coffee, and she also discusses ways to break the sugar habit.
I would definitely give this book a try if you haven't yet!

3. The Naked Foods Cookbook, Margaret Floyd/ James Barry

This books is filled with whole food recipes. Just like the other two books mentioned above it discusses ways to prepare your food, shop, and different techniques when cooking your food.

 Recipes include soups, stews, desserts, salads, and much more. I'm always looking for new healthy recipes and since we meal prep during the week a few of these recipes will definitely come handy.

The recipes in this book are gluten free for those who are wanting to go gluten free, or for those of you who are actually on a gluten free diet, this will help you explore those recipes.

 The chapter on cooking techniques was very enjoyable. There were a few things mentioned that I was not aware of, and now that I read through that chapter I'll try a few of the techniques mentioned.

I'm so happy that I added these books to my reading list. I guess you can say over the next few weeks, I'll be trying out a few new healthy recipes. I'd love to know what you're currently reading. As always you can reach me here or you can email me.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Around here.

I love new plants. I picked this little cutie up about a month ago. 

I've been enjoying doing laundry in the evening. This space is normally lit up with a bigger light, but I've been enjoying this little lamp lately.

Pugs and kisses. My oldest daughter just loves these pajamas. And honestly I can't blame her. 

We put out a little Valentine decor.  I normally keep it simple. And if you haven't yet check out my latest post on simple Valentine crafts, click the link below.

I took an old candle jar, a candle, and some coffee beans.
 Just a little something for over the fireplace. 

A simple wreath for a simple space.

We feel blessed with each day that passes.
Life is truly beautiful. May you all continued to be blessed.
Much love.
♡ Stephanie

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DIY-Valentine frame art display and a bonus craft.

I'm always looking for a fun way to display art that my girls create. This simple, cute Valentine frame craft is a cute way to display their art creations. 
This is not a sponsored post of any kind. 
Continue reading below...

Materials needed:
Picture Frames
Sticker Valentine hearts 
Glitter hearts (These were not stickers, but I'm sure you could find some that are)
Paint brushes

I picked up my materials from the Dollar Tree store, but you can pick up your materials from any  store of your choice. This is a pretty simple craft for kids to do. Just set out some paint, paint brushes, and frames. Let your kids enjoy the time painting their frames. Honestly, I could have picked out some white frames, but I decided against it just so that my kids could enjoy the time painting and enjoying art time. Once the paint is completely dry take out some Valentine heart stickers and let them decorate their frames.
I let my girls create some art to put in the frames so that I could display them. It really is a simple craft, enjoy!

Bonus craft below...

Love Sign

Materials needed:
Glitter hearts
Glue (Since my glitter hearts did not have a sticky back)

This was so simple to make.

I bought this sign at the Dollar Tree store while picking up the frames for the art display.
Start off with choosing a color for your sign. I used some acrylic paint in white, and a darker pink.
I allowed it to completely dry and once done I added some glitter hearts. I did have to glue the hearts since these did not have a sticky back on them. You're all done! Yes, it was really that simple and it looks wonderful being on display in our living room.
Also just for fun, you could add some silver, or even pink glitter over the letters. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It's a new year and I'm wishing you all the best. May you all go on new adventures, make new friends, and continue to have many more blessings come your way.
 I'm excited for this new year. This year I'd like to go on new adventures, be more in the moment, work on having more patience, create a space that is full of beauty, and inspiration. I want to take more pictures of my kids as they grow with each passing day. I've realized that life passes us by so quickly and we must enjoy this current moment.  There is so much beauty around us and we must take the time to notice it, be still, and in the moment.
I'm leaving behind sad moments that truly left me feeling completely down, shaking off those negative vibes, and I'm filling my daily cup with positive, loving, caring vibes. -Honestly we all should! So please feel free and come along with me on this journey.
 What are your plans for this year? I'd love to hear what you all have planned. Drop a comment below, or feel free and send me an email. I love hearing from my readers. This year I hope to blog more. I want to fill this space with content that I enjoy blogging about, and that my readers enjoy reading. May you continue to be blessed this year! Much love. ♡

♡ Stephanie

Monday, December 10, 2018

Hello December.

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” 
― Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

Hello December.
It's so nice to have you here. The days are cold, but our hearts are warm.
We're filled with so much love, and there's so much to be thankful for.
What are you most thankful for?
We spend our days busy as can be, but when we have time to finally take it all in we continue to
count our blessings. This year was an eventful year.- One with challenges, changes, and new adventures.  Somehow through all the chaos we made it! Isn't it amazing how life can be tough at times, but in the end we pull through? 
 I hope that December is treating you all well. May you experience joy, love, and peace. 
May your days be merry and bright. ♡♡