Happy Thanksgiving 


“And they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” Acts 2:46

I sincerely hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you be richly blessed.
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Purging the Playroom

Each winter, we clean out the playroom and remove all the toys that are broken or that the kids have outgrown. We always try to do this before Christmas to make room for the Christmas gifts, but this year, we have another purpose.

Organizing and simplifying

We want to simplify life for everyone at our home. We are trying to live with less and just enjoy what we already have. Our daughters have toys they have never even played with, and it’s our eventual plan to use their underused playroom for another purpose. We have decided to keep their favorites but simplify what they have. Since the kids mostly play in the family room instead of staying in the playroom, it makes more sense for them to just keep their toys there.

For as long as we have lived in our home, our playroom has looked like this:

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We are planning to rework our current office to a family room. This room would be the primary hangout for our entire family, with floor to ceiling built in bookcases for books and toys. We are also keeping some of their toys in their own rooms now.

Last week, we went through the toy boxes in both kids’ rooms, and every shelf and basket in the playroom. We threw away one full bag of trash and broken toys. We filled two large bags of things for donating/giving away, and we emptied out three bins.

Here’s a picture of our purge pile in the back of the van:

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We are far from done with our playroom purge. Check back next week for our playroom plan. I hope you have a great week.

 

 

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Make Something Monday: more Thanksgiving printables


Last weekend, I shared three free Thanksgiving Printables. They were well received and were downloaded many times.

I had so much fun making them and received so many sweet emails about them that I decided to make more. So, for your free downloading pleasure, here are a few more Thanksgiving Printables.

As always, please right click on the image, save to your device and print. 


Have a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving.

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Simplified Saturday: healthy snacks for movie nights  

Who doesn’t love popcorn? And now that cold weather is closing in, popcorn and staying in seem to go hand-in-hand.

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Now that the weather is getting colder, we are choosing to stay home and in the heat. We love snuggling up in our living room with our favorite healthy snacks and some comfy blankets.

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We love popcorn at our house, and while we love popcorn with just butter and salt, we decided to be a little creative.

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I decided it might add a little extra element of fun if we made our own tasty flavored popcorn. We used the Skinny Pop microwave popcorn and a number of spices and ingredients we already had on hand.

We definitely have a sweet tooth around here, so we used a little cocoa powder and some sugar free maple syrup. We were out of marshmallows, but would have added them for a “maple smores popcorn.” Still, our chocolate maple popcorn tasted like fall and it was wonderful.

We also decided to create a popcorn flavor inspired by one of our favorite tasty treats: pizza.

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We added parmesan cheese and garlic salt to our popcorn. It tasted great, and we ate all of it!

Of course, if you’re not interested in making your own popcorn flavors, Skinny Pop makes popcorn cakes and mini popcorn cakes in three flavors: sharp cheddar, maple and brown sugar and white cheddar. They are fantastic and we eat them all the time.

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Even tiny snackers love the sweet maple brown sugar popcorn cakes.

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Get yourself some Skinny Pop popcorn, open your spice cabinet and get creative! Your kids will love it and you just might create your new favorite snack.

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Hearth & Hand: My Favorites From Chip and Joanna’s Target Line

Good news, Fixer Upper fans. Joanna’s Style can now be ours, for an affordable price. If you haven’t been to Target to check out the new line from Joanna and Chip Gaines, you need to go RIGHT NOW!

While I love everything they currently offer, these are my current favorites.


Clockwise, from the left:

1. Galvanized large lantern, $32


2. Hearth and Hand Pillar Candles, $4- $16


3. Farmhouse stamped pepper jars, $6


4. Letters to Santa card box, $40


5. Christmas wreath, $35


6. Stoneware pitcher, $23


I want all of these, and more! I found out the inventory will vary by store, and change frequently. I can’t wait to see what else Hearth and Hand has in store for us.

What are your favorite Hearth and Hand pieces?

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Organizing kids’ spaces

My oldest daughter loves clothes- she loves buying new clothes, but She also loves to change her clothes. Not surprisingly, this has led to some major messing up her dresser and her closet.

Emorie’s closet really needed some Jesus an exorcism some cleaning out. Actually I’m the one who needs Jesus- opening that closet makes me think bad thoughts.


And the dresser isn’t any better.


I finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. I started by removing anything extra, non fitting, or anything out-of-season from the closet. Then, I straightened what was left.



And suddenly, all of my mean thoughts have disappeared. Isn’t that way better?

And as for the dresser.  Some of the drawers didn’t need more than a minor straightening.


But for the ones that looked like a tornado had run through them, I took everything out of them and used my trusty drawer organizers.

When I was finished, it looked like this:


I know I’ll just be refixing the closet and drawers again soon, but in the meantime, this is so much better.

What small organizing project have you done lately?

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Make Something Monday: Free Thanksgiving Printables

I hope you have had a wonderful week. I know some of you love typographical art as much as I do, so I wanted to make these Printables and share them with you.


Thanksgiving, thankfulness and joy have been on my mind a lot lately so I thought I’d create some Printables that embody those things with you all.


This one is based off a popular hymn we often sing at our church.


This one is easily my favorite of the three. I love simple things and this one is both simple and beautiful.


I like this one because it is simple and pretty, and while it’s still fall appropriate, it’s different from the traditional fall colors.

If you want to download these, right click on them and save them to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10.

Have a great week!

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The Psalms of Thanksgiving

I am slowly but surely returning to a regular blogging schedule, and I thought for this month’s “Scripture Sunday,” I would share some of the Psalms of Thanksgiving.

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Source: Pinterest.com, Fred W. Symmes Chapel, Cedar Mountain, NC

I wish I could find the original source for the photo above: it’s taken at one of my favorite places, and truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

According to various commentaries I have read, the verse refers to entering a public place of worship and being able to worship God with a Thankful heart. David is the likely writer of this song of Thanksgiving.

It is believed that this verse has to do with being thankful for the opportunity to worship God openly and publicly. In our modern day society, there are many civilizations and nations which do not allow the public worship or even the public profession of Christian faith.

I am thankful to be able to worship my God in public without fear.

 

 

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Simplified Saturday: Fitting fitness into your schedule 


Gyms are popping up everywhere, but joining a gym can be costly. In addition to the cost, you also must find time to go to the gym. If you live in the country like I do, you definitely don’t have time to drive to a gym, work out, and drive home. 

I’ve always been an active person, and interested in staying fit. Motherhood hasn’t changed the fact that I am interested in staying healthy and fit, but it has thrown a wrench in my ability to find time for health and fitness. 

I have tried a number of DVDs and even YouTube workouts, but I’ve often found that there aren’t many resources available for working Mother’s with busy schedules and small children. I also don’t want to take time I already don’t have to drive to a gym, leave my children in a child care room with someone I don’t know, and work out. 

I also know that several of us are already beginning to think about those New Years Resolutions, so I wanted to share this fantastic new resource I’ve discovered. 

I recently started using an app called Aaptiv, where you can not only customize your own workouts, but you can also choose from ready made training plans. 


There are so many different workouts available, in different levels of difficulty. You can choose short workouts, or longer workouts- whatever works best for your schedule. 


You can even choose from a variety of personal trainers, based on their training style and personality.


You can even choose your music.

I like Aaptiv because I can look at all the available plans and plan my workouts ahead of time to suit my schedule for the week. I can also use the app on my phone, or log in on the computer, meaning that my workouts go with me wherever I go. 

I thought the Aaptiv maternity initiative was great, too. I am not expecting, nor planning to be, but I wish I’d had this when I was expecting my daughters. I had a hard time finding workouts that I felt were safe for me, that weren’t “pregnancy yoga,”  and I didn’t think there was a lot of information out there for expectant mothers interested in staying fit. If you’re interested in checking out Aaptiv’s maternity initiative, visit their site.

The Aaptiv app itself is free to download, but costs $9.99 per month. Sign up today and use the code “BURPEES” to receive a free 30-day trial. 

Head on over to the iTunes Store or Google Play Store and download Aaptiv today. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Our new, grown up master bedroom


Our old master bedroom furniture was mine from when I was in college. 


It was good furniture and it has held up well. It has survived many moves. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was time for an upgrade. 

Our week ended with an empty bedroom (we pretended we were camping).


Our living room was definitely not empty.


That’s all our old furniture, which found a new home with my mother.

We bought this lovely captain’s bed set, since our closets are small and we needed the extra storage.



We love our new, more mature furniture. We did run into one snafu, though. A captain’s bed sits up high, so a lower profile mattress is the way to go. The first mattress we bought was way too thick and we needed a ladder to get in our bed. We exchanged it for a smaller one and are now much happier. 

We are almost done with this room now. We just need to get a chair, paint, and get a new light fixture. 


What new furniture purchases have you made recently?
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