Your family will love this 3-year Q&A journal for kids!

Your family will love this 3-year Q&A journal for kids!

I've seen yearly journals before while browsing on Amazon or that my friends have used and the idea is incredible - ask your child the same question year after year on the same date and document their answers. A lot can change in three years and having a place where these precious ideas are stored can offer the chance to look back and see how they've grown. 

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Even more non-candy ideas for Easter baskets

Even more non-candy ideas for Easter baskets

If the post I wrote a few weeks ago didn't give you enough inspiration for non-candy basket fillers for all ages then maybe this post will be the boost you need to stuff all their baskets with inspirational and faith filled items this Easter. 

Right now you can snag all types of different goodies to fill up baskets at discounts of up to 50% off! All these items are perfect for pointing the recipient back to the reason we celebrate Easter - Jesus! 

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Update on July's Goals & My Goals for August

Update on July's Goals & My Goals for August

How has another month passed us by already? Is it really going to be August tomorrow? I might be freaking out a little at everything I need to get done this month. But before I get to that let's look at my goals from July and how I did with them. 

1. A date with Micah

We actually got to do two dates this month! We had one at-home date where we ordered sushi and watched a movie and when we visited my parents we got to go out to dinner and out to a movie! We are simple people for dates but it makes it easy! It was wonderful getting that special time with him to be US and not be focused on the kids. 

2. Mommy-kid dates with the three big kids

July somehow got away from us and with all the travel at the end I only got to take Parker and Mercedes on their dates. Jamison and I have one on the calendar for next weekend though so he won't be left behind. If you've never done a mommy/kid date I highly encourage you to try it! We started at age 3 and try to do something simple and fun that allows us to connect one-on-one with the kid for an hour or so. 

3. Hand write three letters

Oh goodness. How sad that I didn't get this one done? I pulled out the paper but it never got finished. It will happen this week. I'll be sure to follow up with you on it!

4. Start journals with the big boys

We've started! And I meant to send the journals with them for the week they spent at Micah's parents house so they could write down all the fun stuff they were doing but I totally spaced and didn't transfer them from my bag to their bag on the trip. Oh well. At least we got started and we can keep these going now. 

Well, not as great as other months but I still got some quality relationship time in. It's definitely an area I need to keep working in so I can build up stronger relationships with those I love. 

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My Week's Joy - 7/18-7/24

My Week's Joy - 7/18-7/24

Inspired by one of my favorite blogs I thought it would be a great idea to look back each week at those things that brought me the most joy. This is far too fitting for my blog to ignore the idea so I look forward to posting these each week!

1. Emails from readers

I obviously don't have pictures of these but I got several this week from readers thanking me for the post about self-care. It's clearly a topic a lot of us forget is so important and many of you really appreciated me being honest about how I feel when I forget to take care of myself. I love hearing from all of you and building a relationship with my readers. I'm here to help you learn to find joy in the every day and you bring me joy when you take time to read what I have to say. Keep sending those messages and sharing what you love with me!

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Update on June's Goals & My Goals for July

Update on June's Goals & My Goals for July

It's that time again! The end of the month has arrived and it's my time to reflect back on the goals I set for myself. This month pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. I had to psych myself up a couple times in order to complete some tasks but I think that was the point of this! If I never push myself to extend past what is comfy I'll stop growing and learning! 

If you remember, I decided to change how I set my goals in June. Instead of choosing random areas I decided to follow the example set by Alexandra Kuykendall in Loving My Actual Life and focus on one area. In June I decide to focus on adventure so let's see how I did!

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