4 Easy Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

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We’re big believers in practicing gratitude over here. But let’s face it, sometimes we go through seasons in life where being grateful is just hard. Expressing gratitude in the midst of less than ideal circumstances is a choice we have to say yes to, and while it’s not always an easy one, it’s a super important one! So, today we’re sharing four of our favorite ways to cultivate gratitude in your life— easy, practical things you can do to help spark joy and gratefulness even during life’s most stressful moments. 

1) Keep a gratitude journal. Write down the things you’re grateful for. Start small. That glass of clean water sitting in front of you and the sun that’s shining through your window as you roll out of bed? Those are good places to start. We fail to appreciate these little moments in life if we don’t take the time to stop and recognize them. At the end of each week, month, or year, look back and reflect on all the things you’ve written in your journal. You’ll be amazed at what you may have otherwise overlooked! 

2) Watch your words. The mouth speaks out of an overflow of what’s in your heart (Luke 6:45). Grateful people speak grateful words because they have grateful hearts. If you start speaking words of gratitude, studies actually prove that you will begin to believe those words, and your heart and mind will soon be overflowing with gratitude as a result. So, instead of complaining about that trail of crumbs that your messy three year old left behind, start thanking God that you have a little one to fill your home with joy and laughter…and crumbs. :) Perspective changes everything. 

3) Learn from others. Find a few of the most grateful women you know and learn from them. Ask them questions. Read inspiring books (One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is a great one!), and discover how others do it. Studying others is one of the best ways to improve yourself. 

4) Write thank you notes. Take that gratitude journal one step further, and instead of keeping it to yourself, express your gratitude to someone who deserves it— your mail man, the barista who makes your coffee, your child’s teacher, or even a mentor from years ago that you never properly thanked. Your simple words of thankfullness will cultivate gratitude in your own heart and spark joy in the life of a special person. 

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Simplicity Series: Sam Shepard

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Hi there! I’m just a girl, in front of a computer, asking Emily’s gazillions of followers to love her. Just kidding. I’m just me. Let’s see…I have three kids who make me both blissfully happy and certifiably insane. I work, probably too much sometimes but I love it.
My company, Inked, partners with emerging brands to help them launch product lines. You probably haven’t heard of Inked but instead of the brands we work with like Studio Calico, Ali Edwards, A Beautiful Mess, The TomKat Studio, Big Picture Classes, BabyBoyBakery and COURAGEworks. We work behind the scenes to help them grow their businesses. It rocks.
My husband is a genius financial planning wizard.
We have a farm.
And chickens.
My idea of the perfect date is a beer and a movie with my husband that doesn’t get interrupted by a little person crying over which Netflix show was chosen by the other.
I’m most proud of our farm. We’ve lived all over, including New York City for 7 years, Nashville for 5 and we’ve gone from being deep in debt (with collectors calling me at work) to fulfilling our dream of owning a farm to raise our children on. I get a lot of questions about how we did it. It wasn’t anything mind blowing. We lived on a budget, well below our means, saved pennies, said “no” to a lot of things, and we stayed focused on our goal. That went on for 13 years. Slowly but surely we dug ourselves out of debt, started saving and stayed focused. The process forever changed me and I owe every bit of gratitude to my husband. Because he is who he is, which is stubborn and focused, I became a better person. Ultimately, we get to live this amazing life, on a beautiful 100-year-old farm because he had the patience with me and with the small and steady progress. The end result is that I can say we are in our forever home, living a dream we dreamed for many years.

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others? I’m not the poster child for this. I struggle with prioritizing myself and being mentally prepared every day. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized, though, that there are a few things that greatly contribute to my sanity. I try to take a short walk every day on our farm. Also this year, I’ve been working through Lara Casey’s Powersheets and that has really helped me focus on the day to day things I can do to keep perspective. But I’m probably a bit of a rebel in that I don’t believe in balance. That’s a crazy, silly notion we women have cooked up. I believe in checking yourself before you wreck yo’ self. That’s it. Oh and try to make sure at the end of the day the kids are alive. I find if you set the bar low, each day you’re a success!

What’s your favorite beauty secret? Oil cleansing! I figured out several years ago that my skin was directly tied to my diet and all the horrible chemicals in our cosmetics (I can preach some safe cosmetics stuff but I will spare you). I switched to a more natural routine which includes oil cleansing. It’s magic and cheap and it works better than anything else. I found it through The Wellness Mama which has a whole host of ideas and recipes for those of us who are just a bit crunchy.

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look? Lately I’ve been mixing a polka dot sweater with a flannel button up shirt underneath. I put that with skinny jeans and my converse. My style is preppy/weird so it kinda works for me. Fashion is a weird thing that doesn’t come naturally to me so I have to just wing it and hope I don’t look like a hot mess all the time.

What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family? I love to cook so we’re always trying new things but I’d say a really great standby for us is Beef Stew in the crockpot. The kids say they hate it but I think the tears are tears of joy.

Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow and why? I crush on a lot of people via Instagram because that is totally normal and not creepy in the slightest. I’d say my biggest crush lately is actually a friend of mine @aliedwards. She makes ordinary life look so genuine and awesome at the same time.

What tradition or routine is important to you? I love listening to music. Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I can usually bring myself back to earth with the right song. Bless the gods who created streaming music. I also love that we sit down to dinner together every night. Usually someone cries and almost always someone complains about the delicious yet nutritious meal I have prepared. But, it’s still one time when no phones are allowed and everyone talks to each other. As with the common theme of my life, it’s a little bit of a hot mess, but it’s genuinely us.

What’s in your purse? I have a big leather tote from Madewell that I carry everywhere. Nicknamed “The Black Hole” because I can never find anything in it. It usually has my wallet, 87 different lip balms or glosses and a ball of yarn with knitting needles. Don’t ask me why I keep the yarn and needles in there. Because I have room? I keep thinking I’ll just learn how to knit while I’m in the daycare parking lot I guess.

Where do you find your inspiration? While I love me some Pinterest, I get the most ideas from podcasts about business. Ted Radio Hour, Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy and Elise Gets Crafty are my go-to podcasts.

We know you’re a busy lady! How do you balance all of your work responsibilities in addition to your home and personal life? Any tips for our readers? Make a list of all the things you like doing and all the things you procrastinate or completely ignore (at work and at home). Outsource the second list wherever possible. It relieves time, stress and helps you focus on the things that matter each day. I learned this from Kim Stoegbauer at The TomKat Studio. She’s one of the best delegators I’ve ever met and she’s incredibly successful at work and home because of it. Last year I discovered Bullet Journaling and I’ve been doing it ever since. It helps me keep the ever growing list from getting unruly and from things falling through the cracks.

What’s your favorite app (or other tool) for helping you do life? I’m loving Amazon Music lately. If you have Amazon Prime it’s free and I think the features are better than Spotify. For keeping up with my family and husband’s schedule, I share a calendar with my husband on iCloud. For photo editing, I’ve been playing with A Color Story by A Beautiful Mess. It’s legit.

    

Follow along with Sam:

Website: www.inkedbrands.com (Coming soon! Check back later this week for a brand new website.) 

Instagram: @samanthashepard       

     

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Weekly Top Ten: March 14th – 18th, 2016

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Happy Friday! We’re loving these ten things this week and think that you will too! 

1) Gold Pineapple MayBooks: We LOVE Maybooks! The Emily Ley + Maydesigns collaboration is still going on over at Maydesigns.com. These little notebooks fit inside the planner’s front cover, are customizable, and match the Simplified Planner cover options! 

2) Mix-and-Match Meal Planner: We get asked about meal planning tips all the time! Shay, also known as the Mix and Match Mama, recently wrote this cookbook full of quick, yummy meals for families on the go. It has eight weeks worth of recipes, so you’ll never be stuck without a delicious week night meal idea! 

3) BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix: Our team has been on a mission to eat healthier and live better. We love the 21 Day Fix and our trainer, @eatliverun. Follow along with her on Instagram for healthy living inspiration! 

4) Mud Pie Baby’s Knit Baseball Trousers: Any baseball fans around here? This little knit baseball outfit from our friends over at Mud Pie is too cute. 

5) The EL ‘Inspiration’ Board on Pinterest: Looking for inspirational quotes and graphics? Follow along with us on Pinterest! Our ‘Inspiration’ board is full of our favorite quotes! 

6) Baked by Melissa’s Mini Cupcakes: These cupcakes are bite sized and so delicious! They make the perfect birthday gift and can be shipped all over the United States! 

7) The Crown Shop in Little Rock: This shop is just one of our many retailers. If you are in the Little Rock area, be sure to stop by and say hi! 

8) Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa: Easy, healthy, and delicious! This recipe checks off all of the boxes on our list. 

9) @nancyray on Instagram: If you aren’t following Nancy Ray on Instagram, you should be. She’s one of our favorites! 

10) Our March Playlist: Have you seen our March playlist yet? Be sure to take a listen to hear what we’re playing in the office all month long!

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7 Inspirational Instagram Accounts

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Who we allow ourselves to follow on social media is so, so important. We believe the squares on our social media feeds are more than perfectly curated shots of beautiful things. Those little squares are each whispers that enter our minds and begin to form the way we think. They tell us what we need, where we should be going, what we should be doing with our kids, and the list goes on and on. So, we’re constantly searching to find good, inspirational accounts that help to cultivate joy in our lives and weeding out those accounts that leave us feeling empty and yearning for more. Today we’re sharing 7 of our very favorite, inspirational accounts. We hope this encourages you to examine the voices you are allowing to speak into your life and helps you to focus more on the good stuff.

1) @shereadstruth

2) @jessaconnolly

3) @thedailyst

4) @hayley.e.morgan

5) @vrsly

6) @ashleeproffitt

7) @lysaterkuerst

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Simplicity Series: Annie Reeves

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Hi there! I’m Annie Reeves, a twenty-something living in Charleston, South Carolina with my tiny chihuahua pup, Hasell (named after the first street I lived on here!). I’m a big proponent of celebrating the little things – believing every one of life’s small moments deserves a champagne pop or celebratory dinner. I’m a life + style blogger over at AnnieReeves.com, and I also get to work with the fabulous Candy Shop Vintage and Cassina Group companies during the week. 
     
How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?
Taking care of myself is all about moderation. I think endorphins are really important, so I do a few spin classes a week and get outside with my dog. I always have a clearer mind post-workout (though the hours leading up sometimes cause a little dread :) ). For mental health, a few quiet moments in prayer or reading are musts every single day. Finally, though I absolutely love technology – and I think it is really great for so many reasons! – I try to unplug throughout the day for varying periods of time. I think this one is good physically (I swear my eyes are going…) and mentally (the thief of joy = comparison, for real).
         
 
What’s your favorite beauty secret?     
My favorite beauty secret is Oribe’s Dry Texturizing spray and a pop of color on the lips. If I’m at work and decide at the last minute to grab oysters and a cocktail at the Ordinary down the street (it happens more frequently than you’d think!), these two items are a lifesaver. The spray for a little body and oomph in my hair, and the lipstick for an instant brightening effect. Mac and Maybelline make my favorite shades!
      
What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?
I’m all about the all-black look – it’s so easy to pull a few pieces together when you’re working with the same color. Plus, it’s super chic (and slimming). You’ll frequently find me in my black skinnies, Tibi racerback camisole, big sunglasses, and bright accessories (I’ve been loving Empire State Finery lately!).
    
What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family?
Well, I cook for one, which a challenge in and of itself. I love breakfast for dinner – eggs, toast, and fruit – or I use my spiralizer to make a healthy zucchini pasta dish!
     
Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow and why?
My favorite Instagram account I follow is @amy_stone. If you’re not familiar, she posts the most stunning images of her daily life. The cool tones and surfer-chic inspiration as well as shots around NYC always have me yearning for a vacation!
     
What tradition or routine is important to you?
Mornings – though it’s not easy for me to wake up – are my favorite time of day. Hasell usually nudges me awake, I make coffee while she’s outside, and we both crawl back into bed. I read through my favorite blogs, sip coffee, and enjoy a few moments in silence before starting the day. I always miss this routine when I oversleep! 
      
What’s in your purse?
I love knowing what other people carry in their bags. Where does this fascination come from?! Right now, I have credit cards and ID, mascara, lip stick + chapstick, my cell phone, Le Pens, a notebook, my Emily Ley planner, the book I just started, several pairs of sunglasses, and my Oribe dry texturizing spray!
     
Where do you find your inspiration?
For me, inspiration comes when I’m walking around outside. Though I love looking to other blogs and Pinterest, my mind functions best when it is not concentrated on a screen. I recently bought a stack of magazines and had the best time looking through them – I miss that!
   
We know you’re a busy lady! How do you balance all of your different responsibilities? Any tips for our readers?
It’s tough! Working as a freelancer, I’m constantly balancing a million different things. I am all about writing things down. If I don’t put pen-to-paper, I have a tendency to forget (thank goodness for my Emily Ley planner!!!). Beyond that, keeping my Inbox as organized as possible is super important. As soon I respond to an email (which I attempt to do within 48 business hours), it goes into its appropriate folder (blogging, work, personal, etc.)
   
What’s your favorite app (or other tool) for helping you do life?
VSCOcam for editing and taking photos is probably my most useful app! I don’t know how I could ever Instagram without it :) 
    
Follow along with Annie: 
Website: AnnieReeves.com
Instagram: @anniereeves
Twitter: @annie_reeves
Snapchat: anniereeves

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Weekly Top Ten: March 7-11, 2016

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Happy Friday! We’re loving these ten things this week and think that you will too!

1) d’Orsay Flats: We adore d’Orsay flats. They’re so comfy and easy to throw on when you’re chasing kiddos around!  

2) Beauty Counter’s Baby Line: This new baby line of products from Beauty Counter is great. Their products contain only the safest ingredients and go through rigorous testing. Safe for even the most sensitive skins! 

3) Cilantro Edamame Hummus Recipe: Hummus made from edamame instead of chick peas. This is a great recipe for when you want to mix things up a bit! 

4) A Color Story App: Have ya’ll tried this app yet? It’s our new fave for photo editing! 

5) Something Delightful’s Workout Favorites: We loved Rachel’s post on her blog this week on workout attire! We’re always looking for cute athletic clothes to make our morning workouts a little bit more fun. 

6) Rodan and Field’s Redefine Eye Cream: This eye cream does wonders for tired, sleep deprived eyes. Our friend, Leah, is doing a special promo for our friends right now, too! Now through March 16th, receive a FREE Rodan + Fields Essentials line product of your choice with a preferred customer order. Just reference EL+RF code in your message to get your free product. :) 

7) @shaycochrane on Instagram: Follow along with our photographer, Shay, on Instagram! Gorgeous. Inspirational. And she posts the BEST fashion advice. 

8) Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ Mug: This mug is super cute and makes a great gift. We love the idea of gifting to a teacher, along with a gift card, for a little pick me up towards the end of the school year! 

9) RysaRuth’s Seersucker Dress: Seersuckers, ruffles, and a big bow to complete the look. We LOVE this dress from RysaRuth! 

10) Our March Playlist: Be sure to take a look at our March Spotify playlist to hear what we’ll be listening to all month long! 

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Simple Style Vol. 1: Favorite Dress for Spring

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Banana Republic Dress // Sam & Libby Wedges // Gold Ball Stud Earrings // Kate Spade Watch // J Crew Sunglasses  

     

So, I’m not really a fashion-y person. I like what I like and I’m pretty brand loyal. I tend to find a brand I really like and stick to them. For a long time it was GAP, then LOFT and now it’s Banana Republic. I especially love Banana when they introduce a bit of color into their pieces. So, I told the ladies in my office about a few people I love to follow for outfit ideas (Shay Cochrane, our photographer, is one of my faves – though she’s a little more adventurous than I am). I was saying how hard it is to find pieces that work for my requirements: COMFORTABLE, not waist hugging, not too loose or tight. I love drapey tees and skinny jeans. Most days I wear workout clothes (Have you seen the new Calia line by Carrie Underwood at Dick’s Sporting Goods? My fave) because I work out in the am and take the kids on a walk after work / school.

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(Seriously, this boy…. I digress) Lately, I’ve had a lot of big meetings and events, so I splurged on this dress. I’m a big believer in buying a few really high quality pieces and then going cheaper on other things. This dress is one of my faves. It’s 40% with the code BRCFIT right now too – as of this post date!! It’s so worth the investment (and comes in navy and black also). It’s very structured and makes me feel all pulled in in all the right places.

Now here we are – at the start of a new biweekly feature we’re going to have here on the blog – Simple Style. Easy, comfortable pieces – different price ranges and brands. Though you know I love Banana. : ) I wear clothes that make me feel good about myself, not clothes that remind me I have some extra stretchy skin. So hop over to Instagram and let me know what you think and what you’d like to see here! I feel SO AWKWARD posting about clothes. I love design and I love style, but I’m not a fashionista. I do, however, know what I love and what works for me as a busy mama and business gal. So this should be fun! 

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 I swear to you, it was so windy and I was trying to keep my hair out of this face. The ladies in my office and I JUST got up off the floor from crying laughing at this picture. I had to post it. <insert crying laughing emoji>

As of this post’s date, BR is having a 40% off sale (with the code: BRCFIT)! Here are some of my favorites!


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5 Cute Handbags for Spring

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Spring is just around the corner, which means we’re updating our wardrobes with a few staple pieces for the warmer weather! We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect totes to transition us into spring time, so today we’re sharing our top 5 finds with you. You can’t go wrong with any of these bags!     

1) Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote: We’ve shared this tote before, but it’s so great, we thought we’d share again! Under $50. Free Shipping. And the perfect colors for spring! 

2) Barrington Bags’ ‘St. Anne’ Tote: Barrington lets you channel your inner fashion designer and design your own bag! Plus, the quality is fantastic, and you can monogram your creation. We love the St. Anne Tote and find that it’s the perfect size for most of our needs, but you can’t go wrong with any of their bags. 

3) Carolina Dandy’s Monogrammed Crossbody: If you’re looking for a smaller cross body at a great price point, this bag is adorable and comes from a great small business. We’ve had nothing but good experiences with Carolina Dandy! 

4) Everyday Leather Tote from Mark and Graham: So many fun colors!! Mark and Graham’s totes will not leave you disappointed. This bag is gorgeous, and you can add a monogram for no additional charge (can you tell we love a perfectly placed monogram!?). 

5) Hayden Reis by Emily Ley: Have you seen the Emily Ley collaboration with Hayden Reis? This bag is great for day trips with your family, long car rides, or days at the beach. Made from genuine sailcloth, so it’s waterproof and wipes clean easily. And, you can add a monogram. :) 

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Simplicity Series: Lacoya Heggie

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Hey there! A little bit about me – I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for almost 4 years and we have 2 darling tyrants named Xavier, 9 and Olivia, 2 (both lovingly nicknamed #beansandpies, in that order). I currently work in corporate America as a Navy civilian engineer, but will soon be turning in my steeled-toe boots to pursue my passion for wedding planning & design full-time! Very exciting! I discovered my love for serving brides and grooms after having a terrible “planner-bail” moment during my very own wedding and now I strive my hardest to ensure that my couples are 100% stress-free on their wedding day! With that being said – the current balance of family, entrepreneurship, and a full-time job is taxing, and I am constantly brainstorming new ways to juggle it all!
How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?
​I try my best to make sure I get enough sleep. Sleep is so important and I can totally see a difference if I get 5 hours of sleep vs. 6-8 hours. I currently have to get up at 5am to get to my corporate job, so my goal every evening is to finish up as much client work as I can and hit my bed by 10:30pm. It’s not my desired 8, but it’s sure ​better than 5 or less. With enough sleep, I wake up feeling energized and can last much longer throughout the day to be the best version of me for my family as possible. I am really looking forward to getting more sleep when I work for myself full-time!
What’s your favorite beauty secret?
Hands-down, my Clarisonic brush. My husband bought it for me for Christmas around 3 years ago and I have not stopped using it to this day. I use to clean my face the good ole-fashioned way with my two hands, but this brush really puts them to shame – it’s sad. It leaves my squeaky clean and ready to apply a light moisturizer.

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?

​I’m a sucker for charcoal slacks with a skinny leg, a flowy blouse with some really cute flats​. Oh, and who forget a favorite statement necklace? I love statement necklaces! I’m normally not one with a face full of makeup, but I do love a light layer of Clinique foundation, a favorite blush and some tinted lip moisturizer. Now I’m ready to take on the world!
What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family?
​Have y’all heard of Tasty? If not, find them on Facebook and thank me later. This page has TONS of quick and easy recipes for family dinners for moms who don’t have tons of prep time. Slowcooker recipes are my favorite because I can just throw ingredients in and go. My husband has a really good one that simply involves placing a pork roast in the pot, covering it with root beer and cooking it on low for 6-8 hours. Once it’s done, shred it, add your favorite BBQ sauce, whip out some buns and you’ve got the best BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches!

Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow and why?

​Oh no! Don’t make me choose! If I had to choose one, I would have to say my dear friend, Jamie of Marigold & Grey. Instagram is, honestly, an outlet for me. Sort of like a favorite pasttime, if you will? I just really like to look at beautiful photos and not have to think so hard! Jamie is so gifted (no pun, intended) at what she does that I could literally sit and look at her feed all day and feel so totally at peace. Everything is so beautiful, so organized, the attention to detail is impeccable. She’s a true artist and I have so much love for her feed.
What tradition or routine is important to you?
​I absolutely love to see my kids after a full day’s work. I know they really don’t see it as a tradition but like clockwork, everytime they see me – they laugh, smile and giggle. It makes me feel like, even on the hardest of days, I have plenty to be happy about. Their laughter and faces bring me so much joy.
What’s in your purse?
​Scary question – haha. Let’s see – my pouch of pens (I feel like every woman has a pouch of pens in their purse! haha),  an iphone charger, Tylenol (always have to be prepared), can’t live without C.O. Bigelow’s lip moisturizer, and Bath & Body Works Peppermint Hand Cream (a remnant of Christmas sales). Oh, and hand sanitizer! ​
Where do you find your inspiration?
​Every single where. I pride myself on being a very good listener and when you actually stop to listen to what’s going on around you, absorb it and meditate on it – you will find that you are able to find tons on inspiration all over the place. I find it when talking with other business owners, clients, my husband, my children. I think that we, as women who wear so many different hats, have a hard time stopping to listen to what’s going on around us and seeing how it can inspire us in different ways. After all of these conversations – I like to brain dump whenever possible so I don’t lose any of it!

We know you’re a busy lady! How do you balance all of your work responsibilities with your personal and home life? Any tips for our readers?

Jesus. I know that that answer won’t resonate with everyone, but Mathew 6:33 (“See ye first the kingdom of heaven and everything else will be added unto you​”) has become a settling motto in my life. Life can beat you up and give you a heart attack if you attempt to tackle it by yourself. I stressed myself out a lot years ago by trying to control every single thing in my life -and- make everyone happy around me. But God is able to handle all of these things a lot better than I can. I find that when I find the time to invest into building my relationship with him (praying, reading, fellowshipping with other like-minded people), I find a lot more balance and peace that I ever have when I don’t.
What’s your favorite app (or other tool) for helping you do life? 
​My daily planner! I do not know how I would adult through life without it. It helps me keep track of all of my meetings, games, etc. and also helps me to schedule out my tasks depending on what I have going on for the week. If it is not written in there – basically, it’s not happening. Haha! Gmail is also pretty awesome. Don’t know where I’d be without it.​
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Weekly Top Ten: February 22 – 26, 2016

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Happy Friday! We’re loving these ten things this week and think that you will too!
1) Nickel and Suede’s Leather Earrings: These earrings are lightweight and great for every day wear but are versatile enough to be worn for a night out, too. We love Nickel and Suede!

2) TSCookies on Etsy: Mr. Brady Ley’s birthday cookies came from this Etsy shop, and they couldn’t have been more perfect. Great for any occasion!

3) Our March iPhone Wallpaper: Did you know we offer free phone wallpapers for each month of 2016? Make sure to download your new one for March!

4) Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe: We’re dying to try these cinnamon rolls! The best part about them? The kiddos can help make them on Friday night, and then wake up to their creation on Saturday morning.

5) ‘5 Lifestyle Tips to Simplifiy Your Life’ by Jillian Harris: We love these 5, practical tips from Jillian Harris.

6) Our Kelly Green Journal: Perfect for recording prayers, thoughts of gratitude, or daily stories you don’t want to forget. Dump all your thoughts onto one page to help you unwind.

7) Kelly Clarkson’s Performance of “Piece by Piece”: Did ya’ll catch Kelly Clarkson’s emotional performance on American Idol last night? Watch with a box of tissues in hand!

8) Our ‘Parties’ Board on Pinterest: Are you following along with us over on Pinterest? It’s birthday season over here, and we’ve pinned some of our favorite party ideas!

9) Flamenco Pineapple Earrings: Have you seen all of the pineapples over at Lilly Pulitzer this spring? We’re swooning over these pineapple earrings!

10) Our February Playlist: Don’t forget to take a listen to our February playlist! We’ve been listening to it in the office all month long!

 

 

 

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