Easter, garden time, & date night - 5 times I found joy in the chaos this week

Easter, garden time, & date night - 5 times I found joy in the chaos this week

How was your week? I thought we had a fairly calm and quiet week and that I wouldn't have much to share - and then I looked back through my pictures and actually had to choose my favorites because there were so many! This is why I think it's so important to keep track of your joy and gratitude. It's easy to forget just how amazing this life is and how many wonderful moments there are if we aren't focused on them. You can always grab my free printable journals if you need a way to write yours down. 

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Weekly Menu Plan #62 + a peek at our weekly grocery shopping

Weekly Menu Plan #62 + a peek at our weekly grocery shopping

We do our grocery shopping on Friday mornings so I'll have a chance to share what we bought for the upcoming week along with the menu plan! 

We try to stick between $80-90 each week for our family of seven. A lot of times what is on the menu doesn't directly correlate to what we buy because I like to plan our meals from what we have on hand currently and use our budget to stock up on good buys plus produce and dairy products. 

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I almost missed this moment with God - simply to get more sleep

I almost missed this moment with God - simply to get more sleep

It's significantly lighter at 615am than at 545am. A simple 30 minutes makes a huge difference in the early morning hours. I liked the cloak of darkness last week because I could stay hidden from view. People didn't need to see my slow progress or bad form. But today I was in the light. I needed to choose to keep going or hide in my house. Here I go. 

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2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 16: Under Master Bed

2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 16: Under Master Bed

We actually make really good use of under our bed. We have three storage totes under there and we just went through them after Christmas because that's when those items get the most use.

The floor next to the bed? Not so great. Apparently this is where I've tossed all the stuff that normally would end up under the bed.

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Great deals on Mother's Day, Teacher, and Graduation gifts from DaySpring - Sitewide Sale!

Great deals on Mother's Day, Teacher, and Graduation gifts from DaySpring - Sitewide Sale!

I love to bless people with small (or large) gifts of appreciation and congratulations for various events. With the end of the school year on the horizon I'm looking at graduation gifts, end of the year teacher gifts, and Mother's Day gifts plus any other little tokens I want to gift to people. I try not to go overboard with the list of people to give gifts but if I use my budget wisely I can frequently get more gifts than originally planned and surprise a few extra people. I simply love giving gifts! 

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