Thursday, November 1, 2018

30 Day Happier YOU Challenge.

30 Day Happier YOU Challenge
  1. Create a list of things you are grateful for
  2. Read some inspiring poetry
  3. Prepare a delicious and healthy meal
  4. Visit an art museum
  5. Enjoy a casual stroll outdoors
  6. Visit the Humane Society. 
  7. Enjoy your favorite drink
  8. Attend a local event
  9. Play a board game with friends or family
  10. Take your pet for walk
  11. Play outside with your children/pets
  12. Create something new
  13. Take on a free how-to class 
  14. Visit your local library
  15. Declutter a small section of your house
  16. Open your windows and let the beauty of sunshine in
  17. Exercise/ Find a workout that is fun to do and that you enjoy
  18. Take some of your gently used items and give them to someone who might need them
  19. Start a page in a journal
  20. Visit with a friend
  21. Take a few pictures of things you love
  22. Find a new book
  23. Find a free painting tutorial online
  24. Listen to some inspiring songs
  25. Think of 5 things you love about yourself
  26. Create a space that is cozy and relaxing 
  27.  Take a day off from social media
  28. Enjoy a quiet morning being in your own thoughts
  29. Tell those you love what it is they do that you appreciate the most 
  30. Lend a helping hand. Big or small, do something for someone that brightens their day

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Here and there. -Life, thoughts, and more.



It's so hard to believe that this year is almost over! Where did the time go? It snowed here through the night, and a little more this morning. There is a chill in the air. We will have to bundle up this evening when we take our children out for trick or treating. Last week we attended a trunk or treat in the neighborhood, and it was a bit chilly out. The lines were long, and my husband was ready to go. Tonight we will do our best to move as quickly as possible as our two trick or treaters collect their candy. Today I have had to run the heat since it is so cold out. How's the weather over where you live? We're finally getting our roof done after the big hail storm a few months back. I never thought the process would be so long. I'm relieved that we can now move on with the next step.
 My brother recently took the Ancestry DNA and we were aware that we were mixed with Asian, but there was just so much more on the results. It was surprising to see everything else.
I'm so ready for Thanksgiving! Who else is ready for Thanksgiving? I can't wait to share that day with the people I love. We have some great helpers to share in the joy with preparing the food. This year I am just so thankful for my wonderful family. We have gone through so much together, some good and some bad. The beginning of the year was filled with health issues, a few bumps in the road, but as with anything it makes you stronger, and much wiser. I've learned that we must enjoy every moment in our lives. Every moment builds on to the next, and with every moment we make new memories. Take a moment and think about what you are most thankful for this year? I've challenged myself this year to eat healthier, work out daily, and be in the moment. So far I have continued with this challenge. Overall I want to be a better person. Not just physically, but also mentally.  Have you challenged yourself this year?
I know I say this quite often, but thank you to all my readers. I truly appreciate all of you. You're all so wonderful.
May your days be filled with love, joy, and so much happiness. And if you are going through something that is hard, just know that at the end of that tunnel there is light. Happy Halloween to all!

♡ Stephanie

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Maybe you should...A few things you should consider doing right now.




“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."-John Howard Bryant

Maybe you should...

  • Visit a pumpkin farm
  • Go apple picking
  • Enjoy a nice warm cup of cider
  • Bake some pastries
  • Buy some new indoor plants
  • Cozy up with a good book
  • Watch one of your favorites shows
  • Color with your children
  • Go on a hike. I swear nature is so beautiful.
  • Burn one of your favorites candles
  • Attend an Autumn festival
  • Add a few fall touches to your decor.
  • Roast some s'mores
  • Give your front porch an Autumn makeover
  • Cook as a family
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Visit a coffee shop
  • Call up an old friend
  • Limit your use of social media
  • Take some pictures 
  • Enjoy some down time
  • Play your favorite songs
  • Create something. Big or small. Just create something you love
  • Try something new
  • Tell the people you love just how much you truly do love them
  • Give someone a lending hand
May your days be filled with so much happiness, and love. Surround yourself around those who inspire you, build you up, and cheer for you when you grow.

Until next time,

♡ Stephanie

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autumn.-Our days.



Isn't it beautiful how with each season comes change? My favorite season of them all is Autumn and I'm so glad that it has arrived. With each day that passes we see change and it's really important to capture each moment. I look back on pictures that I've taken and I'm amazed at how so much has changed over time.
 My flowers in the garden are still showing off their beautiful colors, but some are slowly fading away. I normally cut a few and bring them into the house and display them in vases. My fall decor is out and today there is a cool breeze in the air. My oldest has been busy with school. Our youngest just turned four this month. They are always making us smile.
I'll celebrate my birthday this month and I'm actually looking forward to a few changes. My husband just had a big promotion and we are just so thankful.-God is good all the time! 
Our days are busy, but our days are always filled with so much love. These days I'm just really thankful and feel so blessed. How are you all doing these days?
We recently bought a juicer and so I've been juicing more often. My favorite combination is apple, carrots and oranges. I continue to work out Monday-Friday and I've started running again too. I never thought that through exercise I'd find some sense of peace. 
I'm currently looking through a few books. I still enjoy coffee each morning, but for a year now it's been black. My husband still roasts coffee beans and if he isn't roasting them we just buy whole beans and grind them. My favorite is on the weekend. My husband and I can sit and enjoy our coffee together while we talk about life.
I'm excited for the new, This Is Us season. This show is so good and I can honestly say I am filled with all emotions every time  I watch it. If you have watched this show you will know exactly what I am talking about. 
I hope life is treating you all well and I hope that I'll get into blogging more soon. To all my beautiful readers out there, thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my life with you all. I appreciate it so much. Until next time, have a beautiful rest of your week. 

♡Stephanie
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Take an adventure! Review on National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.

In this blog post I'll be sharing my thoughts on two fun and exciting books.
 National Geographic Kids Almanac will take you on an adventure of learning and exploring new information. Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is the first book  in the new Explorer Academy seven-book series which will take you on code-breaking missions and much more. These two books will bring adventure, explore curiosity and take your child on a fun journey.


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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019


My oldest daughter really enjoyed looking through this book. I enjoyed looking through it with her as well. Such a fun experience! We explored, learned new information and laughed our way through this exciting book. 
Are you ready to take an adventure?  National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 is filled with amazing animals, science and technology, fun facts, jokes and much more! 
We were able to read through some animal stories, we were able to learn new facts and there were fun games and jokes we enjoyed along the way as well. We really enjoyed the list of daring women in U.S. history.
Also under history happens we checked out the must-see sights. One of the must-see sights was Petra and it's located in Jordan.  It's in a 2,000 year old ancient city and the buildings are carved into cliffs. Pretty cool huh?  As mentioned before there are a lot of cool facts included in the book. Did you know that there is an endangered cactus known as the  Baseball Plant and it is only found in the deserts of South Africa? That's just one of the facts we found in the book.  They even included a quiz so that your kids can see what kind of explorer they are. 
I was very impressed with the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019. It really did take us on a fun adventure and it was a great way to spend some one on one time with my oldest. We'll definitely continue to explore National Geographic Kids books!


  • The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 typically retails for $14.99

    • Some features in the book include, 19 cutest animals to amazing facts on Vikings and more.
    • Kids are invited to participate in the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge. Visit natgeokids.com/almanac for your chance to win a $500 gift card to host a lion conservation  party!

    Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret


    • Geared towards middle graders (8-12).
    • Fact-based-fiction series. Inspired by the real life adventures of real National Geographic explorers.
    • Exploring cultures and diversity
    This fact-based-fiction novel series was exciting on so many levels. My daughter said she felt like she was on an adventure from beginning to end.  This book was filled with code breaking missions, puzzles, adventures and exploring many cultures.
    The kids in this exciting novel series are to train at the Explorer academy  so that they can become the explorers of the next generation. They explore by looking for clues and breaking codes.
    The main characters in the story include Cruz Coronado, Lani Kealoha, Emmett Lu, Sailor York and Marisol Coronado. You can visit Explorer Academy main characters to learn more about these characters.
    This fact-based- fiction novel series was great for encouraging problem solving, developing a sense of observation and reasoning.
    Sometimes it can be a challenge to get children to read. This book is a great way to get youngsters excited about literature. 
    To learn more about this book you can visit https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/ where they have a video preview, additional information, as well as games.

    **If you send in your pre-order or purchase receipt for the Nebula Secret to National Geographic Kids you can receive a free digital issue of National Geographic Kids magazine featuring games from Explorer Academy. Be sure to email your receipt to exploreracademy@natgeo.com. **

    Where to purchase National Geographic Kids Almanac and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret


    Amazon

    Target
    Walmart
    Barnes & Noble
    Books-A-Million
    Hudson Booksellers
    IndieBound
    Powell's


    To learn more online visit



    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Do-It-Yourself Fairy Garden For Kids



    This fun do it yourself fairy garden is so much fun to create with kids. My oldest daughter created a fairy garden by using her creativity and a few materials. You can create this magical fairy garden too!

    You will need:
    • 1 pot. Choose a pot size that fits your needs for your fairy garden.
    • Miniature fairy garden accessories of your choice.- My daughter used a pond, fairy house, fairy table, fairy bench, fairy chair, a pot, and a basket
    • Flowers. Depending on whether you want real flowers you would need potting soil. My daughter used faux flowers for her garden. 
    • Styrofoam. -We went with a round piece. 
    • Artificial craft moss 
    Note* You can pick up most of these supplies at any craft store.

    Optional for your fairy garden:
    • Miniature craft birds
    • Craft butterflies
    • Miniature bird nest
    • Craft gems 
    • Craft rocks
    • lights
    • Water feature.- This would be a great addition for fairy gardens with real flowers. 

    Creating your fairy garden:

    Start off by placing your styrofoam in your pot to see how it will fit. If you find that your styrofoam does not fit, you'll want to trim off a little around the edge to help make adjustments. After placing your styrofoam into your pot you will want to take your moss and place that over your styrofoam. You may need to cut your moss to fit around your styrofoam.  Make sure that your moss covers it completely.

    Next, you'll want to start placing your fairy accessories on the moss. If you find that your flowers are long and would like to shorten them, you can cut them using craft snips. Once you have decided on where you would like your flowers to be placed you can start placing them into the moss and through the styrofoam. Just give it a push and it should go through to the styrofoam.

     All that is left is to place your rocks, gems, birds, butterflies, and any remaining accessories onto your fairy garden display. Now you're all done! Choose an area where you would like to display your beautiful fairy garden, and sit back and enjoy. Happy Reading!



    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    All things.




    • We just finished up with our summer reading.-Trips to the library, cool prizes and a lot of fun events.
    • Daily Thunderstorms this week. -Some are good and some have caused flooding and other major damages. About a month or so ago we had a major hail storm which caused damages around town and to our home. 
    • My flowers have daily visitors. Between the bees and hummingbirds; my garden has been getting much needed love.
    • I'm finding so much enjoyment in moving my body daily. It's been a while since I started my workout routine and it just feels so nice to move daily. It has definitely become habit.
    • I'm looking forward to Autumn. Warm drinks, falling leaves and comfy light sweaters.- I truly love fall weather.
    • My husband has been roasting our coffee beans and I really look forward to a cup of coffee in the mornings.
    • I love the show This is us. If you haven't heard of it, look it up and watch a trailer for it. Ah, so good!
    • We re-seeded our lawn this year and it looks so much more fuller and it's this amazing deep green. 
    • I found a few plants that attract butterflies and they also smell amazing on a breezy day.
    • At times I find it difficult to watch the news. So much violence and just careless acts taking  place and so instead I read books.
    I'm so thankful that everyday we get the opportunity to enjoy our day and experience something new. I love being able to spend my time with my family and I truly do feel that everyday is a gift. May you all find enjoyment and love in all that you do. ♡♡♡