Posts Tagged ‘Amy’s Notebook’

Amy’s Notebook 06.21.17

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

 

 

chicken fajita sheet pan meal

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This chicken fajita sheet pan meal looks like a great one to serve a crowd.

“It would be an exaggeration to say that the upper-middle class is full of gluten-avoiding, normal-BMI joggers who are only marginally more likely to smoke a cigarette than to hit their children,” Reeves writes. “But it would be just that—an exaggeration, not a fiction.” Wow, this is a compelling piece on social class! Do you think we have become a class-based society?

If you workout in the heat, this tip might save you from feeling sluggish.

I love a good personality test.

Swooning over this gorgeous baby shower. That balloon display is everything.

The more I deal with my chronic pain, the more my eyes are opened to shady pharmaceutical practices.

Speaking of that, this is why I am reading this book this week and, once again, my eyes are opened to a broken system.  Yup, I’m on a soapbox right now.

“The very Evangelicals who’ve spent that last 50 years in this country demonizing those who reject Jesus—are the single most compelling reason for them to do so. “ My thoughts exactly!

I adored this piece on raising a teenage girl. Ah, the things to look forward to!
Receipt & Coupon Organization

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I love these strategies for organizing receipts and coupons so you can actually find them. The pocket for loyalty cards is so smart!

5 mistakes to avoid when grilling chicken. Noted!

TV adaptations must figure out when to go by the book- really interesting read from a producer’s point of view.

Summer is the season of smelly towels. I’m bookmarking these tips to take the stink out of them.

Have you thought about going vertical with your garden? This gathering of ideas has me feeling inspired!

How good are you at letting others help you? Me? Notsomuch.

I had no idea that this is the proper way to store a tomato. Time to do some flipping!

Washi Tape Umbrellas

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I want to have my friends over just so I can make these adorable washi tape umbrellas.

This was big news and this article explains some of the possible motives for the acquisition. Do you think you will use this service?

If you are a magazine subscriber, check out this deal this week. 3 magazine subscriptions (priced at $4.69) for just $12!! Use coupon code 3FOR12 at checkout. My beach bag is going to be really happy this year!

The Thanksgiving episode of Master of None is one of the most compelling pieces of television I’ve ever watched. Read this interview to get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

Follow this formula for perfectly composed salads. Love these combos! Check out this post too for more ideas.

Oh, man! All the LOL’s. #eatyourwords

I love this reminder to stop schedule shaming. Busy people don’t equal important people.

Looking for the perfect ruffle shift? This one fits the bill perfectly!

Want to stay up until the wee hours with a read you just can’t put down? Get this and enjoy a gorgeous love story!

What a smart way to build and cultivate an affordable community for everyone.

Hairpin Leg Breakfast Tray

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Love the addition of hairpin legs to turn a serving platter into a breakfast tray.

Oh, I do love a good tuna salad sandwich in the summertime.

How cute is this DIY skewer soiree for the 4th? I love it for easy entertaining!

These 5 no-heat hairstyles look perfect for summer.

These lessons on money make for a great read and reminder.

Get your tissues out and read this beautiful piece on fatherhood.

This is a gorgeous hallway makeover for under $100. Love the temporary fix of painting dated linoleum.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 06.14.17

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

No Churn Ice Cream

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I can’t wait to try this recipe for no churn ice cream- yum!

“It is impossible to be good with money when you don’t have any.” Please read this piece on why the poor stay poor.

If you are struggling, it looks like Amazon Prime wants to help.

Feeling a little brain dead in the summer? Here are some suggestions for ways to use your brain!

Look like a pro chef with this fidget spinner technique.

Have you seen this movie yet? We watched it and it was EXCELLENT! Highly recommend!

Here’s how to clean those stove burners without a lot of scrubbing.

How gorgeous are these diy pool floats? I’m in love!

This looks like a great summer reading list.

This was your top purchase this week- what a steal!

Now this recipe looks like a great way to use up watermelon for a summer cocktail.

What a great way to build a playlist for your next gathering.

I love these ideas for budget-friendly kitchen upgrades.

Smoothie Prep

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I love these fun combos for make-ahead smoothie prep.

Looking for a steamy summer read? Turn on the A/C and read this like me this week.

I hope you bought an Instant Pot because this recipe looks like a picnic & potluck game changer!

I wasn’t familiar with this health care option for families.

We love doing outdoor movies in the backyard. Check out this setup for an outdoor screen. Genius!

I’m loving the pom pom details on maxi dresses. This one has certainly caught my eye!

I’m blown away by this sunroom makeover.

The case for a high protein diet. Very interesting!

Omg! This looks hilarious!

Patriotic Porch

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What a festive and fun patriotic porch!

Oh, I do love my comma! This made me laugh!

Concerned about climate change? Me too! Here are some real ways that we can do our part.

Sign me up for this delicious summer side!

This really spoke to me about this new life stage.

How cute would these be for a summer party?

Bookmarking this gorgeous kitchen makeover for design inspiration when we finally take the plunge!

“How do I deal with a negative person in my life?” There are some good answers over here if you are struggling.

I love a good affordable lunch so I’m looking forward to browsing through the comments on this post.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

Amy’s Notebook 06.07.17

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Laid Back Waves

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I love this easy hair tutorial for laid back waves.

Styling tips for the month of June and 30 outfits for your summer wardrobe inspiration.

All the things I want to say about money, but never do. I echo all of this!

We are big shrimp fans so I can’t wait to try these four genius tricks to make all your shrimp dinners better.

Did you read this book? I absolutely loved it (and I wasn’t a fan of her first one). This movie news is quite exciting as a big fan of this book.

It’s finally rosé season and I LOVE this tip on the wine chiller you probably already own. Speaking of rosé, this rosé was quite the talk this week on the food blogs. Can’t wait to pick some up!

You had me at the word nachos.

I got my fifth one of these and they nailed it. I’m keeping everything for the first time. I’m learning- get REAL specific with requests. Working around this has been my new wardrobe challenge and they found the perfect pieces.

 

Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas

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Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas sounds like a fun meatless option full of flavor.

Making a marriage magically tidy- great for a good old-fashioned LOL.

I’m working on saying a lot more yes to the unknown so I loved this post.

This book is on my weekend reading agenda- have you read it? I’m still reading (and loving) this book this week.

I love seeing how people use Evernote in their lives. Do you use this app? I want to start using it more!

I can’t wait to try this little trick for taking my milkshakes to the next level. Vegan? This recipe sounds delicious too!  Sounds like these are guaranteed to bring all the boys to the yard!

I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy flank steak in the summer and this recipe looks like it would be a hit at our house.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

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This grilled chicken bruschetta dish looks like a summertime winner.

This was your top purchase from this week’s style crushes and now you’ve convinced me I need these in my life too.

Give me all the caprese!

3 mindset hacks for unstoppable workout motivation. You guys- I’m back at it and I fully admit, I am working on these things.

Looking for ways to inspire your kids over the summer to learn? I’m thinking I might give this a swing for a month. Have you ever used it?

Commencement speech inspiration for your life- who couldn’t use a little of this?

What an adorable diy patio umbrella for the backyard!

Do you follow me on Instagram? I’d love to connect!

How adorable is this Diary of a Wimpy Kid party?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 05.24.17

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Patio Tile

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This patio makeover is stunning. I am especially loving the tile in this space!

These are wonderful tips for capturing your teen through photography.

Who knew reading was so dangerous?

Speaking of reading, looking forward to diving into this book and this book this week!

Wow, what a powerful photography project this was.

What a smart gift to give yourself when coming home from vacation.

If I had one Hollywood crush, it would be this guy.

Gluten-Free Bread for One

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I had no idea you could make gluten-free bread for one. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

This was your top purchase this month. I hope you are scratching a ton of states off!

Slower reader? That’s okay- here’s a minimalist summer reading guide.

These recipes look amazing to get your diet back on track.

This trailer looks so good- two of my favorites in one film!

This fulfills all my tiny house dreams.

I am afflicted with this and it drives me crazy sometimes (warning, language!)

Chicken Pesto Bake

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Definitely adding this chicken pesto bake to our menu planner. Yum!

How adorable is this mail holder? I will say, I’m still REALLY loving this solution we found!

Dying laughing- avoid the crescent rolls.

I really want to try this to help quiet my mind. I’ll keep you posted on if I can actually do it!

When the gospel of minimalism collides with daily life.

I am pretty sure that this is going to be my new favorite show when it hits television.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 05.17.17

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Tiny Bathroom Makeover

source: little house of four

Since we have wee bathrooms, I love seeing how people make the most of their tiny bathrooms. This makeover was so inspiring!

My hubby has been encouraging me to learn some keyboard shortcuts so this article was really helpful!

What an incredible reminder to not crowd the happiness in your life. I’m so very guilty of this!

I added this and this to my capsule for the warmer weather. Here is why I had to make a few wardrobe switches this month- good stuff!!

These mocktail recipes look like a lovely afternoon treat especially for a mama-to-be.

17 books everyone will be talking about this summer- any you are excited to dig into this summer?

It’s so easy to get stuck down the rabbit hole if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Love this idea of throwing it back to 2007!

Thinking about buying a set of these for our upcoming summer trips. Have you used this system before- looks like it might help me stay more organized?!

“Go where it doesn’t feel comfortable because it’s the only way you’ll make it through to the other side of acceptance, love, and healing.” If you are feeling a little lonely in this world, I think you will appreciate this beautiful piece on how to be lonely. (note- language!)

I’d love to prep some of these chicken burrito bowls for a filling lunch for my week.

Knotted Tee

source: un-fancy

I love this simple styling trick to knot your tees to add visual interest and shape.

What a genius idea for sprucing up tile you don’t love.

I’ve been reading this fairytale this week- a good one for fans of The Snow Child.  

Still listening to this book on audio and have a feeling that one will be in my top ten this year!

I can’t wait to try this simple blow drying technique and see if it makes a difference on my hair.

I struggle with jet lag so these tips were pretty amazing. Pedialyte? Who knew?

Did you grow up watching this show with your mom too? Congrats on the Hollywood Star!

I love this tip for considering outdoor rugs for your indoor spaces. With kids and a pet, this makes perfect sense to me!

Have you jumped on the bullet journal wagon yet? I’m looking forward to digging into these tutorials linked on this post.

Still on the fence about 13 Reasons Why with your teen/tween? Maybe read this!

Simple Hairstyle

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This simple hairstyle looks like it would be a winner for the upcoming celebration seasons of summer.

What a cute grad gift idea! I’m all about useful gifts and who couldn’t use one of those?

“I would say to anyone who is struggling with addiction you are lovable, you are needed, and you are wanted.” This was a very honest piece on being an alcoholic and what a recovery experience looks like when you have an addiction.

The best and worst things to consume before a workout- noted!

“I am the person who notices we are running out of toilet paper, and I rock.”- what our Mother’s Day card really SHOULD have said.

I am taking a break personally from Facebook (still there for business though- would love to have you!) and this is a big reason why. It’s been anxiety-relieving for me!

Words that breathe life into the little girls around you- ohhhh, so good! I want to do more of this for my daughter, don’t you?

My life has no meaning anymore- bahaha! Seriously, this has been a huge debate over here at our house!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 05.10.17

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Kitchen Makeover

source: emily henderson

I can’t stop scrolling through these pictures of this kitchen makeover. I just love all these beautiful details!

Did you know you can make jam in your Instant Pot? As if I couldn’t love this kitchen gadget more!

Pretty sure if my iPhone could talk it would say ALL OF THIS.

9 easy ways to get busy people to respond to your emails.  I love this advice for getting favorable responses!

Do you need strategies for work/life balance? I loved this advice and have been trying to work on that for myself too!

It’s official. These are my new favorite shoes for spring. I can’t rave enough about them!

Easy Vegan Naan

source: minimalist baker

This vegan naan recipe looks absolutely delicious and easy too!

It is insane that anyone goes camping! My thoughts exactly- hahaha!

My heart is all wrapped up in this memoir this week. If you are a fan of beautiful memoirs, this is definitely one to add to your stack!

This shrimp & tomato sheet pan supper looks lovely & light for a weeknight meal! Adding to our menu planner!

Um, have you heard of this? I am all about ways I can get better sleep.

Shibori Kitchen Towels

source: a beautiful mess

I have been wanting to give shibori dying a spin and loved this tutorial for getting started!

I always appreciate advice on how to reduce inflammation. This anti-inflammatory food pyramid has some great tips!

3 cute ways to style a vest. I love having these in my capsule wardrobe!

There is some language in this, but my husband shared this incredible piece with me on the backfire effect and I had to share it with you. It really made me think about my reactions to things!

This diy overhead camera mount is genius for those overhead IG shots!

This is a great list of 30 books you should read at least once in your lifetime.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 05.03.17

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Breakfast Meal Prep

source: damn delicious

I love this strategy for tackling breakfast meal prep so you can eat a good breakfast.

Professional organizers share their tips on how to keep order in spaces under 500 feet. I had never heard of the 3-4-3 rule!

I’ve been all wrapped up in this book this week. REALLY different than anything I’ve read.

I must try this make-ahead risotto trick when we have company for a meal!

How yelling can hurt and how to stop it- I can always use pointers like this!

Girl friendships have a lot of dynamics- loved the reminder that our kids are taking in our behaviors in our friendships too.

Truly awesome kitchen hacks- can’t wait to try a few of these out.

Gallery Wall

source: claire body designs

This gallery wall NAILED IT!

7 habits that will prepare your body for sleep- I am definitely working on this one!

I’ve always been curious about eyelash extensions. Unfortunately, I have poor follow through on good beauty habits!

Has anyone ever tried these? I’m terrible about cleaning my grill- ha!

Sheet Pan Chicken

source: simply recipes

This sheet pan meal looks perfect for a Spring feast!

This was your top purchase this week (and this girl just got a shipping notification that mine is in route- yay!)

What a fascinating piece on this show. I’m only in the second episode- are you guys watching?

I don’t use a bullet journal, but I love seeing how people do use these.

This 31-day career detox looks like a really good way to get my business back on track.

Comments of the Week:

Whoa. You have overwhelmed me with love and I couldn’t be more grateful after I shared a little about what life is REALLY like over here. I’m going to try to respond to each comment, but there were some gems in there, particularly if you also struggle with balancing your health & family. I also want to thank you for your compassion and encouragement to not be afraid to share this stuff with you. I struggle with creating the right balance here and it helps to know that you would rather see this side than the fakely polished one.

“I have lived with muscular dystrophy for the last 25 years. Some days are better than others. Fill the margins of your day with what works best for you…don’t try to fill them with ‘busyness’. Although you might feel briefly accomplished for the clean house, great meal, scratched off to do list, you may ultimately pay for it later. As I’ve grown older I’ve tried to embrace the nooks and crannies of my days instead of filling them up. Good luck to you!”- Lisa

“One of the things I so appreciate about your blog is that you ARE honest and open about your physical struggles. I think we as readers tend to only see bloggers as two dimensional–we only know what you tell us (unless you are ultra famous and the media gets involved) and since many bloggers only tell the good stuff (or only talk about cooking or whatever), then your lives look a little perfect from this end. Which, of course, they never are, but we can’t tell. So you, being honest with us, lets us in a tiny bit on the realities, and I want to say thank you for that. We ALL have something–a chronic condition, a special needs child, an addiction, depression, etc. All of us. And the more honest we are, the better off we all are, because help and healing are found in community. So, Thank you. Sincerely!”- Tina

“Oh Amy I totally understand since I live with chronic illness as well. I really like how you explained this and realized that before this I was very black and white as well. Now I can see I’ve shifted more to the gray side of life and you know what? It’s okay, in fact it’s so much better. Learning to be flexible and embracing the Plan B has been huge as well. I also work in the cracks…15 minutes up and then 30 minutes resting. I’m always amazed at what can be done when I focus hard for that short period of time. If there is anything I can do please let me know. So sorry you’ve been feeling crummy :(“- Laura

“Vulnerability is proof we are human and are a part of this race, that says my body doesn’t work sometimes, my heart is lagging but I can find the help, encouragement and love if I open my heart, I think in doing so, that lets our spirits soar. I know it’s not easy but it’s possible and we must rest, heal and then press on, as women. I love the song ” I lived” by One Republic. It says it all. Praying for you!”- Monica

“Thanks so much for being honest. I would love for you to share as much as you feel comfortable sharing on this hard journey, because it helps me have more empathy and compassion for you and many others who experience chronic, ongoing pain. And I think there is much we can all learn from it. Also, I’m so sorry you are carrying this. I can’t imagine how weighty, overwhelming, and discouraging it must feel so much of the time.”- Crystal

I think more of us live in the gray than we think. Social media makes us think either we’re great, perfect moms with perfect homes, or we’re neglectful and should be on an episode of Hoarders. Reality falls in the middle, and we have to figure out where we’re comfortable and what we can and can’t handle. Satisfaction is in the effort, not in the end result.”- Mindy

You may be here for me to teach you something, but you are teaching me so much more than I can give you! I am thankful to have such an incredible village by our side. I promise to share more as this journey unfold! xo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 04.05.17

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

carrot-greenery

source: camille styles

This is an adorable way to wrap a little greenery for Spring!

I love these tips on ways to curb your phone addiction. I’m going to be playing in my settings this week to make some adjustments!

Are you a fan of the audiobook trend too? Here are some great suggestions for books to listen to!

As a crafter, I couldn’t be more excited about this show!

This is the season of overcommitment- this was a great advice on what to do when you find yourself with too many obligations.

Speaking of overcommitted, I shared this reminder this week.

As summer approaches, I needed this reminder on managing screen time. We also have a free printable for tech & chore tickets that should come in handy!

Birthday Pancake Tradition

source: dinner: a love story

Don’t let Pinterest fool you, traditions need not be grand to be appreciated by our kiddos.

I’m spending my spring break with this thriller and I’m really enjoying it!

How motivating is this to turn off your television? #goals

What a great way to think about comparison. Compare up versus down.

I’m a big fan of these online classes too and loved peeking at what other people are taking.

Whoa Wait Walmart Lace Swing Top

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This was your top purchase this week- so proud of my friends who launched this adorable line!

I’m going to work on under-calendaring my life.

This is one smart money tip for takeout purchases. I’m going to have to remember that one!

A couple of quick tricks to improve your Instagram shots. I’m an Afterlight lover myself!

Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe

source: cookie rookie

I definitely want to give this sheet pan honey mustard salmon recipe a spin!

Looking for a cute spring wreath for your door? I love this inexpensive idea!

I just was talking to our school staff about this one- here is some advice on social media in middle school. For now we are exercising the right to delay as long as we can!

How to make bacon, eggs, and hash browns with one eye open. This looks like a great way to do breakfast!

I’m scooting off for the week to spend some time with my family while we are on spring break! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and I’ll be back in the ol’ office on Monday to share more with you on the blog- xoxo

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Amy’s Notebook 03.29.17

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

String Wrapped Jars

source: design mom

I adore this string wrapped jar display. So pretty!

I don’t know if it is an age thing, but this article really resonated with me this week.

6 Kitchn editors tried Whole30 and share their results.

I loved reading this piece on limitations. I set a lot on myself and find comfort in the boundaries.

I just finished this fascinating read and have been thinking a lot about it this week.

You can make the most of a lunch hour with this list of websites to snag a new skill.

I love that this was your top purchase this month since I got one too! Definitely size down on that one.

I’m going to have to remember this steel oats trick for my crazy mornings.

We have a double desk and love it so I loved this Ikea hack studio desk tutorial.

Milk & Honey Soap

source: one good thing

I’ve been wanting to try a little soap-making and this milk & honey soap looks like a great start!

This unforgettable party is so incredibly inspiring.

10 fundamental truths that will change your life.

Imperfection Quote

source: my instagram feed

I am discovering that being vulnerable is a good thing.

The things nobody tells you about buying and renovating an old house. Looking forward to seeing this journey unfold!

These look like some creative ways to put yarn to work without knitting or crocheting.

This was your more visited tutorial this month. It must be salad season!

Considering blogging? This is a great article on finding your niche and getting paid for it.

I loved seeing how Courtney packed for her tiny wardrobe tour.

Comment of the Week: ❤❤❤ Finished this one today and loved it. I’d love to hear more about how she chose her own “champions”. Who are the champions in your life, Amy?- Kaytee

Loved to hear that you are enjoying next month’s book club pick! I’ve been getting lots of comments on this one so I’m excited to discuss it. As for my champions, I actually have two really amazing ones in my life.

My biggest cheerleader ever has always been my Dad. There are many things I have doubted that I could ever do and he has offered incredible pep talks to push me out of my tired boundaries. When I wanted to do this website, he would go from computer to computer clicking on advertisements to help support me because he believed in my work. When I had a particularly good day, I know he had been working really hard on clicking for me. As things grew, he has continued to be my champion and believed that I was capable of becoming successful in this funny field. He’s always the first person I call to share a life highlight with. 

The second is my husband. No one could talk me up more than he does even when it isn’t entirely deserved. He’s been my foundation for much of my life and I couldn’t ask for a better champion and partner. 

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 03.22.17

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Honey Lime Salmon Tacos

source: two peas and their pod

These honey lime salmon tacos look like a Friday night winner!

What a beautiful gift to share- I definitely want to participate in this #feedingabrokenheart challenge!

Have your kids caught the slime bug too? Here are 14 slime recipes you can mix up!

I’ve been listening to this book on audiobook and it’s SO GOOD. Kind of reminds me of Flowers in the Attic.

This looks like a great simple garden plan for my green thumb friends!

A reviewer puts 5 top-rated sleep-tracking apps to the test. I might give a couple of these a spin!

Buy these! You will not regret it. It’s helping make cute ballet flats a lot warmer and the weight on these is perfection. I can’t believe how much comfort they add for flats!

I had no idea that a bird-based system was the inspiration for Pantone. So fascinating!

I’ve had great success braising meat in milk so this braised pork roast in almond milk would be a lovely Sunday night feast.

This also looks like a healthy nacho switch-up for a gathering with friends.

Pantry Organization source: apt. 34

This pantry design is ah-mazing!! Loving that cookbook display!

I want to try this 1-bowl vegan gluten-free cracker recipe. These actually look pretty easy to make!

This piece on self-care is everything. Also, language on this, but worth the read.

I’ve been thinking about seeing this film so this was an interesting read. Have you seen it?

I haven’t listened to this podcast yet, but this read gave me a lot to chew on this week, especially as a blogger.

This looks like a fun and healthy way to do pizza. I’m going to add these to our menu planner!

These steak salads with miso dressing are a summer date night winner!

10 ways to work on being happier this year! I couldn’t agree more.

These self-tanner tips are awesome. I’m lazy, I prefer to do this for my faux glow, but maybe someday I’ll get some motivation in me!

Jenny's Print Shop

source: little green notebook

If you need me, I’m ordering all these prints for my walls! GORGEOUS and affordable!

I loved touring Caroline’s closet and seeing how she makes it work with her capsule wardrobe.

I’m picky about sweatshirts, but I got this one and it is the softest, butteriest, cutest sweatshirt ever. I’m normally an XS, but got a S in this. Size up! I’m ordering the other colors now!

This bunny butt cake is perfect for Easter!

The idea of crying every week voluntarily is baffling to me, but here you goThis is Us fans.

Some language, but look what happened when these coworkers switched identities on emails. Crazy!

Comments of the Week: Wow, I got so many sweet comments this week on my 6 happiness strategies for a more creative life. Many messages were very personal so I will only share the public ones, but it seems that this is a struggle for many of us as we find our new place in the world.

“This is a great look at how to live our lives. There are so many “stages” in life and we are different people as we go through, and ultimately come out the other side, that we barely recognize the person we were before that point.”

I really loved this post as I feel it’s really hard to find anything blog related for parents with older kids. I was just telling my friend how bored I have been. I was embarrassed to say it since for years I was always thinking, “I will do that when he is older and I have time”! I have one child who is in 8th grade and I don’t have a job outside the home so I definitely have a lot of time. Now I just need to find some motivation and figure out how to figure out what I want to do first (which for me is the hardest part).”

“I’m in this phase of life too. It’s the first year in a decade that all of my kids are in school all day. I wasn’t expecting the mental and emotional struggle that I’ve been going through. Thanks for writing this, Amy!”

“These are great tips! As MY nest starts to prepare to be empty, I find the exact opposite things are filling my cup. I think that the high school years in particular have been so wonderfully full of DOING – I am enjoying the fact that I can sit in a chair with a good cup of coffee and a great book and just BE, guilt free! Maybe there will be a time when I want to add to my schedule, but it is also wonderful to realize that the nest is pretty darn comfortable, even if it isn’t as full as it once was.”

“Just read your post and as always SO much good information!! Really enjoyed your tips on living a happier life.  PS: giving theSkimm a try too! Thank you!!!!”

“Great post. It’s a bit bittersweet to see your kids grow, but it’s lovely when they get to the point where you can refocus on the side of you that has been living in the shadows all these years.”

There are many other comments like that coming in my inbox and I just wanted to say that I’m so glad to share that you are, most certainly, not alone in finding your new identity. The first couple of years were hard and this year has also been difficult as they are both in middle school now and require different things from me. Cue the identity crisis! 

That said, last night I went to my first Rising Tide Society (locals, over here!) meeting and it was SO GOOD for my soul.  I’m working on finding my people at this stage and surrounding myself with creatives is just what I needed as I find my new groove. I had the impression this was a group just for photographers, but I was dead wrong. It’s for anyone who does creative work. As someone with a bit of social anxiety, I felt brave going and proud doing it. I need to step out of my comfort zone more often. 

Just know, mamas, you are not alone and I am figuring it out too alongside of you. Thank YOU for your encouragement, especially those of you that are further along in your journey than me. xoxo

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