• There is goodness within you, never forget it. (free Fruits of the Spirit printable)

    Today, enjoy this gift from me to you. A simple + free printable of the fruits of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 I don’t know about you, but I need a constant reminder of the goodness that is permanently planted within me. I need this visual to help me step up when darkness tries to take over my days, my attitude, my behaviors, my motherhood and sometimes even my marriage.   Because darkness can creep in anywhere if we let it. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear…

  • Slow Down with Simple Soul Care Ideas

    Plus a free printable for when you need to refuel! I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been putting myself majorly on the back burner. Filling ourselves up is the only way we are able to give back and serve others, as well as our home. So if we are running on empty, we aren’t going to get very far in our relationships or goals. Enter, self care.  If you’ve been here before, you probably know my take on the term self care. Long story short, I believe we need more than the commercialized version we know today.  In searching out self care, we see these acts are often quick fixes,…

  • Life Sucks Sometimes. Minimalism Is Not Always The Answer.

    Minimalism. POOF! The magic answer to solve all of life’s problems. Wouldn’t it just be so dandy if minimalism was the simple answer we’ve all been searching for? I’m so sorry to break it to you guys, and to bust all the positive vibes on the minimalist internet today, but I’d say I’m a decent way down this rabbit hole and I am living proof that life can still very much suck sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, having less clutter + chaos, and enjoying the perks of simplicity does help. One of my favorite quotes is from Gretchen Rubin’s book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. “Outer order contributes to inner calm.”…

  • Ten Completely Free and Simple Ways to Self Care

    Self care is all the rage for today’s mama. And I get it. Less martyr. More intention. Being a good mom doesn’t mean you sacrifice every moment of every day. But now we’ve created a cross culture, where if you aren’t getting these luxurious self care moments, you aren’t momming right either. And this can leave us feeling even more depleted. A few years in to parenting I felt so frustrated. We are told because we are moms, we deserve all this luxurious me time. Elaborate (and expensive) pampering sessions, endless beauty products, time away from my kids. So why wasn’t it happening? And when I did take that time,…

  • PARENTING :: Morning Rhythms + Self Care

    I love Love LOVED sharing my morning rhythms with you guys last year (find my Instagram story highlight here!). And I think I LOVED even more how many of you have since downloaded and used the printable! And I’m even more excited to talk all things self care during this week’s #simplifyyourlife challenge! Disclaimer!!! Before we jump into the chat of all things morning rhythm success + self care… This is a rhythm (not routine) of how I try to run my mornings. Key word TRY. Things happen. Life happens. Husbands happen. Kids happen. So remind yourself this when going about your day. Give yourself GRACE + SPACE to achieve…

  • Advent :: Coloring Page + Readings + Podcast

    Short and sweet today on the blog. Just sharing these amazing resources we are utilizing this holiday season. Here are the links to the free printables we are using this Advent season! Advent Calendar :: Free Printable by From the Pond Advent Readings :: Short reflective readings for the very young from Part of the Main Podcast for Mamas by Risen Motherhood :: Finding Rest in Advent Enjoy! xo Amy

  • PARENTING :: Time and Space

    This morning in my yoga class, the teacher asked us to inwardly acknowledge why we came to class today. A common practice in yoga. Normally I give myself a generic answer. Because I just can’t get past that surface level vibe until I’m about three downward dogs in. But today was a little different. Time. Space. Time and Space. And I repeated it to myself a few times. I am worthy of time and space. And man, did that really resonate with me. All the talk last week of self care, mixed with my current reads: Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, and Rest by Thrive Moms,…

  • HOME :: Accountability Planner

    I’m lazy. There. I said it. And I think because I’m lazy, I by default find the most efficient ways to accomplish my to do’s. Because the less hard I have to work at it, the more likely I am to accomplish it. Planners are all the rage lately, and spending $50+ on a planner each year, not including accessories, has quickly become the trend. The time invested in to bullet journals and the like is so cool if that’s your thing. But this lazy, frugal mama just doesn’t have the time to dedicate to that much planner prep. Nor do I want to invest that type of money in…

  • MARRIAGE :: promises

    It’s so easy today, or maybe just seems such common practice, during weak moments in marriage, to be tempted to think of alternatives. To think about breaking the promises made at the alter. Words like seperation and divorce are the new norm. But I feel moved by today’s devotional to remember that marriage was created not just to give us the good times, good feelings and good partnership. The marriage covenant is meant to be permanent and unwavering—unconditional in every other way—because through it, we more vividly experience the unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness of God. Marriage was created to move us and change us during the hard times. There…

  • MARRIAGE :: authenticity

    “It’s easy, in our culture, to idealize marriage. This is especially true for younger generations who have grown up seeing reality through the lens of social media. Authenticity is applauded and sharing your real life is celebrated—just as long as it’s not too authentic or too real.” In the beginning of our marriage, I was so lost. Even with awesome examples of healthy marriages in my life I so struggled with how to actually BE married. I was so SELFISH. I had such high expectations. I often think Eric is a saint for hanging in there with me while I fumbled through the first few years. I wanted marriage to…