Simple Things: Peaceful Sunday

#SimpleThingsSunday - a photo community devoted to capturing life's beautiful moments

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh I’m so lucky to be a part of a community that sees life as such a beautiful thing. These inspiring photographs filled […]

Preview to a Simple Summer

water-boy

Just 5 more trips to school before all of our days look a bit like this. We’re planning for a very simple, laid back summer full of all the things childhood memories are made of. I can hardly wait. We’re got lots of fun ideas and activities to share with you throughout the season and […]

These are the Simple Things

Simple Things Sunday -- These are the moments worth celebrating

I like to take a little time on Sunday to reflect on the week that has passed and prepare for the week ahead. Going through the photographs shared by the #SimpleThingsSunday community has become such a special part of my ritual. These photographs weave together a story of life and love as could only be […]

Simple Things: Puppy Breath

Adorable Maltipoo puppy -- I want one!

We welcomed a new member to our family and it is safe to say in just a short amount of time he has stolen all of our hearts. He’s teeny, he’s tiny and 100% fluff ball … and spoiled rotten to the core, but it’s alright because he gives great cuddles and kisses and has […]

Things your mother wants to hear

happy-mothers-day

Here’s to the simple things that mean the most to our kids – spending time together, walking hand in hand, quiet moments at bedtime, staying up to see the sun set and the stars come out. Sharing your secret recipes and stories from when you were young. To the reader who found me looking for […]

Simple Things: Clear View, Painted Sky

It's hard to feel alone when there is so much beauty all around you

 How many times have I walked past this very tree, hand in hand with my little people, yet never experiencing it quite like this. Instantaneously, the feelings of isolation and inadequacy I’d been having were whisked away … watered down into the vastness, like brushstrokes painted across the evening sky. A gift, if I chose […]

Simple Things: Holding Tight

back-in-their-arms-again

After a week away from these three, I didn’t need much coaxing to want to hold them close to me. It seemed to be the only thing I could think about on our long plane ride home. Combine that with my baby’s birthday today making him not much of “baby” anymore, and then a threat […]

Simple Things: Surprises

there's nothing better than a surprise package from a friend

Nothing makes you feel more loved than a package full of surprises from a sweet friend. This box of goodies I received from my dear friend Maggie was a box full of happiness. Every time I walk pass that mug now I smile. Do you have a favorite mug that makes you smile? I think […]

Simple Things: Need To Breathe

every now and then, you've just got to let go and remember what it's like to just breathe.

“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.” ~ Unknown That’s what I’ll be doing this week. Two years ago, I was given the ultimate gift. The health of my husband, a second chance at a life together worth living … […]

Simple Things: The Moments We Cherish

Sweet photos from #simplethingssunday. These serve as great reminders to "stop and smell the roses" and enjoy life as it is happening all around you

I knew going in I had a hard week ahead of me. Instead of my typical stress response of feeling in way over my head, I made a point to concentrate on my breathing, focus on the moments, pick out the things that truly mattered and push the constant barrage of thoughts out of my […]