Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Luck of the Irish!

Hello Friends!

I’m still working out the kinks of only blogging once a week, but I’m feeling happier with my decision. It has freed me up to do so many projects and I feel more eager to post here each week. This is a feeling that hasn’t been with me for a very long time! It’s good to enjoy blogging again. πŸ™‚

This week I have a nice hodge podge of things to check out and lovely memories. Enjoy! <3

The Abide app is a lovely treasure shared with me by one of the wonderful ladies in my life group from church. I’m so thankful that God has answered our prayers in finding a life group that our whole family loves so much and enjoys attending each Wednesday night. It has been such a blessing in our lives. The abide app is an awesome collection of meditations with scripture that is so comforting and great for any time. You can choose to do longer more in depth sessions or you could do one that is only a minute or three. This is one major perk!

We recently met up with my father in law, step mother in law, and grandmother in law for an early dinner. We managed to get a few pics while making new memories too. πŸ˜‰

Pure Declan

Blowing bubbles with Mama Doris.

We also had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day! We had our traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast of bacon, hashbrowns, and I made green eggs with naturally made food coloring from baby spinach leaves. Boom! #mommywin D watched Minnie’s Rainbow from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and loved leprechaun Pete. πŸ˜‰

I’m festive in one of my outfits from my capsule wardrobe! <3

We decided D’s leprechaun got in a fight. πŸ˜‰

Lastly, I have to recommend This is Us, because it’s amazing and they are currently on break before Season 2. It’s the perfect time to catch up or get started if you’ve been living under a rock. πŸ˜‰

Well, that’s all for this week! Comment below with your favorite find or memory of the week.Β 

<3 Anna

Introducing Charis Blooms!

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a great week! It’s been a pretty long one here. The weather has been pretty intense! We have had crazy storms, freeze warnings, and extreme temps. It’s hard to know how to dress Declan each day because we never know what the weather will do. It’s March, so I’m ready for the weather to decide to stick with spring. Here’s hoping that it will level out soon.

Sale is pending on this beauty!

Today, I wanted to introduce my blog to my newest project, Charis Blooms! I’ve mentioned here before, but I guess this is my official intro post. πŸ˜‰ I am currently making diffuser necklaces, pendants, and teething necklaces. You can stay up to date with what is available in the shop via my new shop account on IG.

This necklace has been sold, but I’m working on a similar piece this weekend.

On March 2, we celebrated Dr Seuss’ birthday and Β National Read Across America Day. Literacy is so important and can change the course of a person’s life. I’m so glad that so many people see the importance of encouraging a love of reading early on.

D made a fox from Fox in Socks.

 

D and I worked on the art project above and read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. D’s favorite Dr. Seuss book is The Cat in the Hat. What is yours? πŸ™‚

D’s fantastic fox <3

We also watched the Lorax and later that day I updated D’s book baskets. Book baskets are exactly what they sound like.

I added several spring titles and books that are relevant to issues Declan is dealing with right now, such as remembering not to whine, being kind to others, being afraid of storms, etc. We currently have a book basket set up in his room and one set up in our living room. I’m hoping to set up a few more very soon!

Hope your weekend is super sweet! Be safe out there and be sure to take some time to appreciate all the little things. πŸ™‚

<3 Anna

We’re Seeing Stars!

Hello Friends!

Signs of Spring!

It’s hard to believe that it is March and yet the weather here feels like April! I hope everyone did well with their goals for February. (I’ll be sharing about my capsule wardrobe later on in this post!) Next up! Pictures from the Astronomy Day or BOBfest at our local Science Center. πŸ™‚

We began our day at the Astronomy Day event. This included lectures, presentations, and (thankfully!) a family room of astronomy related activities for kids. (I look forward to checking out lectures and presentations with D when he is older.) Declan loved playing with the rockets and astronauts pictured above. This day was perfect for him because he is very interested in the solar system. Thanks to Little Einsteins, he knows the order of the planets and sings a super cute song while sharing this info with others. <3

Space man!

Another awesome perk of the day was receiving three FREE tickets to the Science Center. This was really nice since we hadn’t been since last year and there was a new exhibit on nocturnal animals there through June.

Heart Attack alert!

So funny story with this guy. I was waiting around to get a picture of him on my phone and John kept telling me, “He is too busy swimming around. He doesn’t want attention from us.” Just after he said this, this guy jumps up and splashes me and John. I scream—thinking it’s a sound only audible to dogs, but alas, one of the staff there comes up and checks on us. We all had a good laugh about it after realizing that I wasn’t going to die. πŸ˜‰

We are friends now. He let me pet him. <3

After the Science Center, we headed to the theatre to see The Lego Batman Movie. It was pretty funny, but a bit long. If you have squirmy kids, I advise waiting this one out and seeing it at home. We definitely need to add this one to our collection though!

Declan’s Constellation

We recently checked out the new(ish) park in downtown Hickory. Here are a few pics from that day:

D loved making music there!

Monkey!

This spinny thing was his favorite.

 

Remember last month when I told you guys that I would be cleaning out my closet?! Well, I did!

BEFORE

I began by emptying out my closet and dresser drawers. I went through everything! This is why it took me so long to get to where I am now.

AFTER

I can now close drawers and pick out outfits in a matter of minutes. I’m still working on a list of all of my items and have a few things that I need to add to my wardrobe. I probably have fewer pairs of shoes than most women. :/ I’m thinking 3 and 1 doesn’t fit. So that’s definitely a problem. (I want to have 4-5.) So you’re probably wondering, What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s pretty simple! You can make your own rules, but it’s all about wearing only what you love and keeping your wardrobe fresh with looks that are timeless. It’s your job to decide what you love. This is very popular with minimalists because they already see the importance of living with less in the pursuit of truly having more. It’s a lovely idea and I’m thrilled to be pursuing it now. I’ll update you all again soon! <3

1) Commit to working out 3-5 times a week.

This one is huge for me because I’ve only been doing stretches for years now due to so much pain. Thankfully, some of that pain is more manageable and I believe that I’m ready to create a workout program that works for me. Prayers and good thoughts are always appreciated! <3

2) Get Declan signed up for Spring Soccer.

Tis the season! Soccer season that is! πŸ˜‰ We have decided to check out the rec. department this year and see how that goes! I’ll have plenty of pics to share soon!

3) Introducing Charis Blooms! My new Etsy store going live!

I put up the announcement on Wednesday, but wanted to share here that one of the other changes of the blog is that now you’ll be able to purchase lovely diffuser necklaces to diffuse your favorite oils on the go and fashionable teething necklaces for you and your little teether! πŸ˜‰ Stay tuned next week and via my social media platforms for more info!

Whew…That was a lot of information! Hopefully, soon I’ll master this only blogging once a week thing without reaching nearly 800 in word count. :/

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna