Posts Tagged ‘Food & Recipes’

Amy’s Notebook 10.11.17

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

apple butter ice cream source

3-ingredient apple butter ice cream? YES.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this article this week. It’s quite scary! (thank you, Heather, for that one!)

The rise of the Made-For-Instagram museums. I think it says a lot about our culture right now.

10 toxic people you don’t need in your life.

Speaking of social media, this music video is genius.

Planning to add these 31 Instant Pot meals to my cooking agenda.

On the cusp of my big 4-0, this bucket list idea really resonated with me.

White male terrorists are an issue we should be discussing.

Adding these Halloween episodes to our weekend Netflix binges.

This movie news is making me SO HAPPY. Read my interview with the author- still can’t believe the setting he wrote his book in.

Well, duh. Why haven’t I thought of this?

flamingo gourds source

I cannot believe these flamingos were made out of gourds! CRAZY!

How to care for your introvert- hahahaha!

This certainly takes carrots to the next level- yum!

Who wants to try a new s’mores combo? Time to get our firepit going!

Reading this book and I feel like it should come with a pack of smokes (insert wide-eyed emoji with a cigarette). If you are looking for a STEAMY read, this is it.

Next up.

14 things to do with friends (other than dinner). I am loving some of these ideas!

These small wardrobe challenges are always so inspiring! You can follow my adventures over here.

This ten minute pizza crust looks like a great Friday night recipe.

baked pumpkin doughnuts source

This recipe is making me want to break out our doughnut pan again!

This dessert also needs to make it into the fall rotation.

I treated myself to a couple of these.

Nope, I’m not jealous at all.

Beautiful sentiments that I’m thinking about this week.

I love doable fall trends and this is a great list.

After all the heavy news in the world, this was just the ticket for a laugh.

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 09.27.17

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore source

This Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore looks like a weeknight winner!

Speaking of slow cooker dishes, my family would flip for this one.

10 hard things to start doing for yourself. Such a good list!

This was your top purchase this month- I couldn’t approve of it more!

Hmmmm….I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Madly in love with this Halloween costume idea!

The importance of being alone.

31 days of horror films for October that you can stream through Netflix. Yes!

School Paperwork Organization source

Are the papers from school bogging you down? Check out these helpful suggestions!

Here are a few easy fall DIY projects to add to your to-do list- bahaha!

I couldn’t stop watching these amazing and easy ways to decorate your pie crust.

Did you see my new capsule wardrobe? I always feel accomplished once I have my closet organized!

I love a beautiful napkin fold. This would be a fun one to get the kids to try for a fancy dinner!

5 things the “new you doesn’t need- really practical and smart advice.

A new way to celebrate a Treat Yourself Day.

What if we all spoke more honestly like this?

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread source

This chocolate pumpkin bread looks heavenly!

What a cute Halloween treat!

I can’t rave enough about this book- read it STAT.

This is the first week in YEARS that I haven’t used a hair straightener. Madly in love with my new gadget!

Can’t keep real plants alive? I feel you! Check out this awesome guide to purchasing great fake plants for your home.

“Confidence is QUIET. Insecurity is LOUD.” Let’s all work on choosing the quiet!

Five bright ideas to try- I am totally going to do #3 this week!

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 09.20.17

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Flower Arranging source

I love these tips for arranging flowers.

Loved his book and had no idea he was considering running for office.

Here’s a list of 15 perfect fall reads.

Want to take your Insta Stories to the next level? This article might help!

This marbled banana bread recipe looks like a great way to put ripe bananas to work.

Just snagged this audiobook for my political memoir category on our reading challenge sheet.

How to breathe new life into vintage pieces. Love the tip on how to unstick sticky drawers.

Switch up your weeknight chicken with this delicious recipe. You had me at pesto.

What dinnertime looks like across the USA.

Cross-Stitched Pumpkin source

Now this looks like a fantastic way to stash bust some yarn while decorating your home.

The evolution of women in stock photography- fascinating!

I bought this clothes steamer and had no idea all the other things I can be doing with it in my home.

Perhaps, you should ponder this one in your church pew. Boom.

How much do we really believe in the possibility of human redemption?

We borrowed a tradition from a dear friend and now do roses and thorns each night around the dinner table. I love these ideas though for taking our conversations further.

Love these tips for refreshing your kitchen on any budget. I’m definitely dreaming about open shelves to replace our cabinets.

Trying this hair gadget out- fingers crossed it makes the happy list!

I love these tactics for avoiding the comparison trap.

Chai Butternut Squash Soup source

How clever to add your favorite tea to your soup. I might try that with my recipe.

Just in case Instagram and blogs are fooling you…

I had not thought about this before.

These are some fabulous tips for caring for your clothes.

If you want lipstick that stays on until you go to bed, buy yourself one in every color. It’s perfection. The word must be out because our store had nada on the shelves.

I needed to take a break from thrillers so this is the book I’m reading (and adoring) this week.

So many gorgeous details in this beautifully renovated home.

Instant Pot gluten-free spaghetti? I’m IN!

Following fashion’s fall trends? I am on board with almost all of these!

Love Anthro? Here’s how to get the look at home on a budget.

This is why we should explore crazy ideas.

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 08.23.17

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Craft Closet Makeover

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Be wowed by this craft closet makeover!

What a fun spin on meatballs for a weeknight meal.

“Many of us have the belief that if something’s important to us, then we should worry about it. Or that worry makes me a good person. We don’t need to worry to make us good people.”- a compelling piece on our anxiety about world issues.

10 things introverts can do to lead a happier life- I love these tips!

How cute are these?

Here are some tips for the cozy minimalist!

This made me LOL- I’m looking like the pic on the right too!

Tips for making your drapes look custom without that high price tag!

How to be the successful friend without being a snob- these are great reminders to not make it awkward!

Dorm room decorating goals with this post. Impressive DIY bed too!

Life-changing queso recipe? Looks like a perfect weekend snack for this family!

I bought my first piece for the fall capsule!

Copycat Krispy Kreme doughnuts

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Check out this copycat Krispy Kreme doughnut recipe- they look soooo good!

Do you freelance? I want to print these out so I can feel accomplished at my job!

99% of people who join multilevel-marketing companies lose money. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a brilliant business model or a predatory practice—or a little bit of both.”

How to build a snack board to dazzle your friends- love the Bloody Mary tip on this!

I’ve never heard of mojo sauce, but now I need it in my life stat.

Amen, Ina, AMEN.

I just started this book and I think it will give me a lot to think about. Have you read it?

I love, love, love these beautiful touches in this bathroom makeover.

4 ways white parents can support black parents in times of injustice.

productivity

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I love these strategies for a more productive workweek. This is something I am working on too!

This would be a fabulous brunch with girlfriends, wouldn’t it?

Here are some ways to nail your meal prep game.

Understand the difference between racism, discrimination, and bigotry.

Have you picked up bullet journaling? This was an interesting piece about it!

The book stack keeps growing with these fall suggestions.

Forget the doughnuts (hahaha!), check out this awesome list of Whole30 snack ideas.

Being on the wrong side of the evangelical machine is terrifying and punitive.” That one took a lot of bravery and I can’t wait to read her book!

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 06.28.17

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Low Carb BLT

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This low carb BLT looks like just the ticket to satisfy my favorite sandwich craving.

How wheelchair accessibility ramped up. Many, many things I had not thought about!!

Have you heard of this? I had no idea they are doing this too- I mean, do they do everything now?

This looks like the perfect summer drink, doesn’t it?

I added this to my health regime (two ounces a day) after reading so much on the benefits of this. REALLY excited about it and it has been filtered to taste like water- no bitter taste at all!

I love this weekend project idea. Can you imagine what that might mean to someone?

How top performers practice- a really thoughtful piece, particularly if you have a child practicing an instrument!

Do African Americans have the right to bear arms? I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week after the tragic shooting of Philando Castile.

Holy moly! How exciting is this news?

Switch up your Taco Tuesday with this recipe- yum!

 

2 Step Bun

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Even the hair-challenged (like me!) can master this 2-step bun for summer.

How to prevent activism burnout. Love these tips to keep the fires lit!

This headboard is EVERYTHING!!

This cake-cutting technique is genius. Can’t wait to try it on our next upcoming birthday party!

Want to make your swimsuit last longer? Try these laundering tips.

I’m eyeing these velvet chairs for our home. Cannot believe that price for a little luxe!

Growing a lot of zucchini this summer? This sandwich looks like a fun way to put it to work!

This is, perhaps, one of the most fascinating reads I have read on genetics.

What a smart way to transform an old table. I would have never thought of that!

Ladder Garden

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I love this idea to transform an old ladder into a beautiful plant display for the backyard. So smart!

Have you heard of this app? Bookmarking this since I struggle with remembering ALL THE THINGS.

Can’t wait to dig into this book over the holiday weekend!

Speaking of relaxing over the holidays, I’m loving this grown-up summer bucket list.

Avoiding grains, but still craving a sweet treat? This grain-free berry crisp looks like summer in a bowl.

I cannot wait to see this film next month!!

A real-life guide to buying wine- there are some really smart questions to ask to get the best bottle.

Pulled pork in the pressure cooker would be a fab main dish for the 4th. I also loved these 4th BBQ celebration ideas.

Speaking of the 4th, what kid wouldn’t flip for this inventive s’mores combo?

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 06.21.17

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 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 03.22.17

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

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 03.08.17

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Entry Closet Makeover

source: fearfully & wonderfully made by carli

If you have a small entryway closet, check out this incredible closet makeover.

Can’t wait to try this reverse sear technique for our next date night at home.

Here are a few true crime podcasts to keep your listening ears busy.

“White men who do unspeakable things to women are never kicked out of the Academy’s fold; we continually insist on separating “art from artist.”- I am thinking a lot about this piece this week.

This book was SO GOOD- I couldn’t put it down this week.

10 best thrillers of all time- be sure to spend some time surfing those comments for more!

Are you using bobby pins the right way? This was a great simple guide to pinning back that hair!

Are you a night owl? I think you will appreciate the case for going to bed at 2:30 AM.

Quote Art Free Printable

source: the painted hive

Swooning over these free printable oversized book pages. What a beautiful addition to a wall.

You may want to marry my husband- all the FEELINGS!

This Junie B. Jones party is ADORABLE!

This small kitchen makeover is something I’m bookmarking for our own kitchen renovation someday.

How real couples spend their Sunday afternoons- loads of fun ideas!

I have one of these and I have never used it to make straining stock easier. What a smart tip!

Why typography matters…especially at the Oscars.

Do you struggle with remembering people’s names? I really do and found this piece to be pretty insightful.

7 sources for finding great free art for your walls.

Comment of the Week- I’m heading on vacation in a few weeks and all the books I bought were from your January list! Excited!- Megan

Yay! I love, love, love when people read books from our must-reads list! I read some great stuff in February too and I’m trucking my way through March already. GoodReads keeps telling me I’m behind on my reading goals though and it is making me CRAZY! Does that make you crazy too?  Maybe I set my goal too high this year, but I’m determined to read 100 books this year.

I think I can, I think I can…

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