Editing and Breaking Busy

Part of my 2016 goal of living with intention includes editing. If something isn't adding to my life, I need to get it out of my life.

I am a stay at home parent and my days fly by, filled with tasks around the home, running kids to and from school, managing our finances, volunteering at school, preparing meals… the list goes on and on. I can ALWAYS find something to do. But is it all moving me forward? Does it all serve a purpose? Is it adding to my life, or just adding to the noise?

I am thankful to have been chosen for Alli Worthington's launch team for her book, Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy. Ladies, you need to read this book ASAP. It's a fast, easy read that is enjoyable and humorous. Alli shares several humorous examples in her days of go, go, go. You know those days-- you'd lose your head if it wasn't attached! Those days aren't good for you or anyone around you. 

In a call with the launch group, Alli said, "Busyness is big problem in the modern world. It robs us of a clear vision of who we’re created to be and the life we’re created to have." YES! YES! YES! 

How many days have you had where you can't even remember exactly what you did, but you know you were exhausted, frustrated, short-tempered, and sharp-tongued? I've had too many of those days, mostly of my own doing, and I don't want my kids to remember their mom like that. My husband doesn't deserve a wife like that after his own long, and often frustrating, days at work. I don't want to be that person.  

It's time to take back our days so we can enjoy the lives we want. 

Now, Alli is offering a FREE 5-day Breaking Busy mini-course. You can check out the details and sign up here. I can't wait! 

(*This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. I received a free advance copy of Breaking Busy as part of the launch team, but, as always, all opinions are my own.) 


A new year

It's that time of year again. Time to reflect. Time to plan. Time to feel hopeful about what is to come.

I tend to turn inward around the holidays and keep it until the new year. I don't know if it's the busyness of the season or the shorter days or both. It's not all bad. I use it as time for personal reflection, thinking on the person I have been this year, the person I want to become over the next year.

It's not all "lose 20 pounds, organize the house, read a book a week" (though all of those things would be nice). It's about relationships, personal goals, growth, grace -- giving and receiving. It's about intentional living.

I want to be more intentional with my family and in my homemaking. I want to challenge myself more in the kitchen, try new recipes. Explore, have fun. I want to have a date with my husband regularly. It doesn't have to be a date out. I'm good with a Netflix show or movie on the couch but without the glow of iPhones lighting up our faces. I want to create a chore / commission system for our kids. Y'all, they're old enough to help out.

I want to be more intentional with my personal goals. I want to read more (read 30 books in 2015). I want to continue my pursuit of personal finance education (love it!). I want to earn more money (more than $3 surveys here and there). I want to ask for help more often. I want to continue to build healthy, loving relationships with friends and family.

2016 is my year of living with INTENTION.


What are your goals for 2016? (Besides not writing 2015 for the first two months.)


Art with Kids: Frida & Diego

My little lady loves art. And I love art history. So when she expresses interest in learning about artists and reading art books, I'm on it. I recently decided to introduce her to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Me, Frida by Amy Novesky features beautifully illustrated pictures in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Jonah Winter's Frida includes imagery found in Frida Kahlo's art work.

Duncan Tonatiuh's style mimics that of Rivera's famous murals. 

These are great children's books about two wonderful artists. To show my little lady some of the actual art works, I let her look at some of my Taschen art books.

And here is a great online resource to view some of Frida Kahlo's works, and this of Diego Rivera's art from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

We haven't been able to do any special projects based on the art of these artists (thanks, school!). But I have some fun ideas for exploring the art of Frida and Diego with kids: 
- paint like Frida did on her own body cast after one of her many surgeries. Put a piece of cardboard or even a canvas on your child's torso and have him/her try to paint on it while lying on his/her back. Do this outside on a nice day! (I can only imagine the mess…) 
-make a self portrait a la Frida with lots of personal symbols 
-make a flower headband like Frida 
-tape paper to the wall and let the kids go to town making a mural like Diego. Put it in a room where you don't mind it being up for a while so they can come back and work on it over a few days/weeks (not years, like Diego). 

Here is my pin board with some more Diego and Frida art resources/activities. 

Have fun with it! 

I'm so enjoying this age where we can explore some of our interests with our kids. 

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Etsy Finds: I'm Just Here for the Boos

I'm loving Halloween this year. My little man said he loves Halloween because of the pumpkins, because they're his favorite color. He helped me put out some Halloween decorations in the dining room yesterday and just got so excited about it all, it made me excited too. 

Here are some of my favorite Halloween finds from Etsy. 

Loving this shirt.

Everyone Halloween needs the Sanderson Sisters.

Cool Halloween party invitations

Something about these bags just reminds me of Halloween parties in elementary school. 

This little witch seems like she has a story to tell. 

And what kind of child of the 80s would I be without these guys? That Dracula McNugget is cracking me up. 

What are you doing for Halloween this year?