Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Here we are.









Here we are.

Shortly after Christmas, I reorganized a few things in our home.
I'm actually still finding bits of wrapping paper around the house.
The aroma of coffee fills the air each morning.- I enjoy this time.
Honestly, it has been so peaceful. 
I haven't had much time to stress.- And I am so thankful for this.
Our Christmas was peaceful. Just the four of us. 
It snowed a little on Christmas. -Just enough to admire for an hour or so.
This year has treated us well.  I'm looking forward to new adventures. 
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?
I'm so happy you all have decided to come on this blogging journey with me.
I appreciate all of you.-THANK YOU!
 I hope this upcoming year brings you all joy, love, good health,
and so many opportunities to smile. 

Remember:
-Give it all you got
-Be thankful
-Smile often
-Give lots hugs and tell those who matter just how much you love them
-Lighten up. - Don't be so hard on yourself. You're doing just fine
-Spread love
-Be positive
-Enjoy these little moments
-Today is a new day. Let go and start over
-There are so many people who absolutely love YOU

It has been a GREAT year.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The blogger behind the blog.- A little about me.



Get to know me! With the help of one of my awesome friends, I've answered a few questions on blogging and life. Enjoy~

Q- Do you enjoy blogging? And why?
A-I truly enjoy sharing my journey with all of you.- My thoughts, photos, current happenings and much more. It really brings peace within. I honestly don't blog for the followers. (If you are a regular reader on my blog, you might have noticed that I've taken down my followers). I actually did that some time back. There are a lot of bloggers out there that compare followers and comments, etc. I'm definitely not one. (So please don't leave me a link saying if you follow my blog, I'll follow you back). Honestly, we should all read blogs because we enjoy them. Not because you want a follow back. All I want is for you to come along on my blogging journey and to enjoy! -Whether you follow me, or you're just a visitor.


Q-Tell us a little about the blogger...
A-I'm a simple person, who tends to love with all my heart. I make friends easily and I'm a great listener. - I'm often told  this, so I've started to believe it.  I  blog and I also keep a few journals around my home. I absolutely love being hands on! I enjoy crafts and simple DIY projects. I'm a mommy to two girls. Ages, four and one. We're always taking trips to the library and other social events. I've been married for 13 years, come January. - I feel so blessed. I love gardening and reading a good book. I cherish simple moments. I love to laugh and I'm a bit of a coffee lover.

Q- When did you start blogging?
A-I started blogging in 2010. My husband was currently deployed. It was actually his last tour and so I needed to find something to help take my stress away. Since then, I have enjoyed blogging so much.

Q-What's one of your favorite quotes?
A-Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go.- Mooji

Q-What advice do you have on living life each day?
A-Get up! Be thankful and give thanks. You're here.- Now go with the flow. Just live!- I think you'll do great.

Q-What blogs do  you enjoy reading? Do you visit them often?
 A-I love variety! - Blogs on life, parenting, gardening, hobbies and much more.  I try my best to visit all the blogs I enjoy reading.  And if you visit my blog and would like for me to check yours out, I'd love to! Just leave me a link and I'll be sure to visit.

Q-What's a favorite post from the past on your blog?
A-I'd have to say my post- May We... It's a post to simply remind us of the simple things in life.

Q- Are you currently missing someone?
A-Yes, I am. My friend Rina. We lost her in January. It was very hard, and I'm finding that it is still hard. But I try and think of all the happy moments we shared. She truly was a loving soul.

Q- Any last advice you would like to share?
A-Start over! Today is a new day.- Make every single moment count!

I'd love to give a big thank you to all my readers. I really appreciate all of you. Thank you for coming along on my blogging journey. :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Create. Simple DIY tag making


 “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou







Whether you're gifting a bottle of wine, or 
giving a simple gift basket...
these simple tags will personalize your gift.- Adding, love, shimmer and a whole lot of 
creativity. 


Materials needed:
*Paint sample cards (You can pick these up at any Home improvement store that sells paint).
*Pencil, or Q-tip.- I use this when creating dots with paint.
*Paint
*Glitter
*Glue stick
*Shape punch-out .-You can use any design you choose.
*Ink and Stamps
Now go and be creative! 

Once you are finished, take a hole puncher and some ribbon.
Punch out a hole in the corner of your card. -Loop ribbon through. 
You can make a bow or just tie the ends off. 
It's now ready for you to use. 
Enjoy~

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December.









Ah, so here we are.
It's been a bit chilly.
Our Christmas decor is up and it didn't take very long.
I've been feeling a bit festive and cheerful lately.
This year, we started a new tradition. Each night leading up to Christmas, we'll unwrap a book to read together by the tree. - All books are either Christmas or winter theme. - It's amazing what you can find on the web. I came across this idea some time back and figured we would give it a try. More time reading to our girls is definitely a plus! 

We're still attending events and have our normal routine going.
We recently attended an event called, Cookies and Carols. It took place at one of the libraries here in town. We decorated cookies, sipped on hot cider, and then we went around caroling. - It was so much fun!
This month is packed with fun, festive events.
We'll be attending a candlelit hike at one of our local nature centers.
Our oldest is extremely excited about this.- I think it has  to do with the hot cocoa they will be serving. Or it might just be the fact that we'll be out hiking through a candlelight path.
I'm really enjoying my morning coffee these days.- But I must admit, I'd love to stay in bed for just a few hours longer.- That doesn't happen much! 
We're all bundling up and right now my favorite winter clothing are my thick winter socks. - I love them! I'm always being told that I have really cold hands and feet.

Nights definitely seem shorter. I've been using my slow cooker more often. It really comes in handy during our busy weekends. I've started writing in both my girls journals again. I took a month or so off from it. - It was nice getting back into it. I have so much to write about.

For now...
life is simple. Days seem shorter and nights are colder. We're all here. -Living and enjoying. Just being in the moment.

How are all of you doing? Are you feeling festive and cheerful these days? How's life in general? I'd love to hear!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful.


“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.” 
― Maya Angelou



And here we are...
Thanksgiving arrived and we continue to count our blessings. 
We spent it at home. -The four of us.
It was peaceful, simple, and filled with so much love.
We're all very thankful.
Sometimes life gets hectic. 
But let us be reminded to slow down and take in every moment.
Embrace this life and love the people who share this beautiful life with you.
-Stephanie


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Today.






Today
A little snow arrived.- I think it was just the right amount.
We wore our gloves, snow boots, and coats. 
We gathered some snow.
Our four year old made a tiny snowman. 
We colored the snow with food coloring and enjoyed some cocoa. 
Today was simple and filled with so much love.

How's the weather over where you live?

*Hello new readers! I'm so happy to have you here. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Warming our hearts. (Quick recipe)








The days are getting colder.- We're bundling up more. 
We recently took a trip to our local library. -During our visit my four year old made quick bird feeders for the birds. I'm sure the birds will love this. - I really hope they do as much as she enjoyed preparing it for them. 

Today, I made a quick sweet potato casserole.- I enjoyed it with a nice cup of coffee. Today, was definitely a good day. 

Here's a quick recipe

-  sweet potatoes (2)
-Cinnamon
-Pumpkin spice
-brown sugar
-Marshmallows 

Boil sweet potatoes until tender. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mash sweet potatoes and mix with butter and sprinkle in some brown sugar. Place them in a baking dish. Add marshmallows and sprinkle with pumpkin spice, cinnamon and brown sugar. Bake for about 15 minutes. You can also add in pecans, walnuts, or even raisins.  All done, enjoy!  

How is the weather over where you live?  How are you all spending your days?  I'd love to know. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Here and there.













Halloween was simple.- We had a twirling Cinderella and a tiny bumblebee buzzing through our home. Our oldest had a friend over for games and a few crafts. 
We filled our cups with cider.- This is something we do every year. 
Later, we headed out. We visited a few homes and filled their bags with sweet goodies.

I'm still enjoying this fall weather. - The snow never did make it.  I'm happy. I'm not quite ready for snowy weather. For now, I'm enjoying the cooler weather.  We were able to try out this years Halloween drink from Starbucks.- Frappula Frappuccino.  It was delicious.

Little pumpkins remain on our windowsill. I'll move them soon and rearrange them on our dining table.  I've taken a few request for Thanksgiving and so I've been making a list of new foods to prepare. 

Things have been simple.- I like it this way. We're still taking our weekly trips to our local library. I recently checked out a craft book. Maybe I'll make something soon. - My girls keep me busy. I'll see if I can fit in a little bit of craft time. 

I started working on finishing my little ones scrap book.- I'll admit I'm behind just a little.  Things tend to get a bit hectic around here.- I'm fine with that. For now, I'll enjoy these simple moments with my family. 

Thank you all for your sweet comments on both my blog and on Google+. I'm so happy you all enjoyed my post on my pumpkin doughnuts. They were delicious and really just hit the spot! I hope you were able to try out my recipe. 

Thank you all for following along on my blogging journey. I appreciate all of you!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin doughnuts.


I always bake pumpkin doughnuts around this time of year. It's simple and we really enjoy them with warm apple cider. My four year old helps me in the kitchen. I really enjoy this time. We bake, talk and laughter fills the room. -Baking pumpkin doughnuts and making sweet memories. - This is definitely a moment worth cherishing. 










Maybe you'll enjoy this simple recipe with your family...

Baked pumpkin doughnuts.

You will need:

1 doughnut pan
non stick baking spray or oil to grease your pan.

Dry ingredients:
1 cup of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup of light brown sugar
optional- a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon

Wet ingredients:
1 egg
1/3 cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of milk

Glaze
1/3 cup of confectioners sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of milk (or as needed)
Caramel syrup 


Combine and mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add in wet ingredients and gently mix. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a doughnut pan by spraying some non stick spray. I used an olive oil spray. Add your doughnut mixture to a sandwich bag and cut off one corner of your bag.- This will make it easier to fill your doughnut pan. Once you are finished, place your doughnuts in the oven and bake for 9-10 minutes. Now you can start preparing your glaze. Add in confectioners sugar, cinnamon and milk. Once out of the oven, spread some glaze and drizzle with caramel syrup.
Enjoy~


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Here we are.



So here we are.- Busy days, sleepless nights, headaches and a few other things in between.
A new week and little one is still teething. Our weekend was long. Truthfully I felt like a zombie and wanted nothing more than to sleep, sleep and sleep some more. Of course that didn't happen! But hey it's life and I'm okay with that. Our little one ran a slight fever. She's teething and she's a bit fussy and seems to only want mama. So yes, I'm tired, achy and I may be getting a little fussy as well. -My coffee is currently decaf and doesn't do much for me. But a hot shower seems to help quite a bit.

My eyes are slightly red and I've been experiencing headaches. I haven't been as hydrated as I should be. Today I've been making sure to drink more water and maintain my sanity. I was able to make it through lessons with my oldest. She sat after lessons were done and worked on a nice fall collage. Paper clippings and leaf punch-outs took over our dining room table. - Honestly, it was just fine. During her collage making her sister napped. It was peaceful and I enjoyed watching her gather her pictures for her collage.- Ah, it was quiet. I watched her as she concentrated on her creation.

I've been enjoying my new pumpkin candle. I couldn't resist the sale going on at Joann's. I managed to only purchase three items. One of those being my pumpkin candle. It smells amazing. I normally burn it in the morning and  afternoon.  It's getting cold here and my four year old is excited about the current snow reports. We're actually hearing that we may get some snow later on this week. I'm not so thrilled about it. - Can you tell that I'm a little fussy?! Okay, but really I've never been a big fan of snow. I'm so happy she enjoys it and I'm happy she expresses this much excitement.

I've started taking out thicker blankets and I'll have a basket for our gloves, hats and scarves.- Looks like we'll be needing it soon. Hopefully we will get our sprinklers blown out soon. There's so much to do.

Here we are.
Getting through what is left of this month.
I'm sure I haven't lost my mind yet.
In the end..
I'm here, alive, healthy and maybe I'll catch up on my sleep soon!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Afternoon.

“I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade. No cloud is ever in the same place. Each day is a new masterpiece. A new wonder. A new memory.” 

















It's 5 o' clock in the afternoon...
There's just something about this time.
There's so much warmth in the lighting.
The sun shines so brightly through each window.
There's a sense of peace in our home.
The girls play together.- Dress up and blocks. 
My husband is always so kind to help in the kitchen.- This day he was preparing spaghetti. 
After a long day of lessons, daily chores and chasing little ones around..
I relax for a few with a nice glass of ice coffee.

This is the time that we gather around.- Play, cook, relax and talk.- Honestly, it's perfect.
We enjoy this time.


Hello new readers. I'm so happy to have you all here. And to all my readers, thank you for joining me on my blogging journey. You're all just so lovely.~