Positive Vibes at Home

 

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I am always looking for more ways to create peace and positive energy at home. It is Summer time and the kids are out of school so, most days we spend a lot of time together- at home. I have noticed that there are several things that I can do daily to keep a calm more laid back household. Don’t get me wrong- sometimes it still gets tense around here and we need a little more zen then others but, these changes help bring a sense of peace in our house. Kepp on Reading!

100 Blog Posts

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Lets Celebrate! We are proud to announce that we have completed 100 blog posts! Katie and I would like to take a minute and thank all of our readers who have supported the blog thus far and if you like what you see, please share with your friends. We hope that our crafts, recipes and eco friendly tips have helped you in some way. In honor of this special day, below are the top 5 blog post to date:

  1. Mantra Monday
  2. Perfect Gifts the Women in your life
  3. Gifts for the Guys too
  4. Eco Friendly Products
  5. DIY Make up Pads

Stay tuned for an epic earring tutorial,  watermelon slush and more!

Summer Playlist

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Windows down cruising in the car, sitting on the beach or jamming pool side, music sets the mood for Summer! Music of this season is cheery, lighthearted and combined with long sunny days puts you in a carefree state of mind. The nostalgia of Summer time will last into Winter with a little help from your favorite tunes.

One of my Summer time bucket list goals is to see Jack Johnson and Ben Harper in concert at the beach in Hawaii. Hopefully some day I will get to do that, but in the mean time I thought I would put together a playlist to listen to anywhere.

  1. Jack Johnson: You and Your Heart
  2. Ben Harper: With my Own Two Hands
  3. Zac Brown: Knee Deep (Toes- is a good one too!)
  4. Kenny Chesney: American Kids
  5. Jason Mraz: Have it All
  6. Bob Marley: Would You be Love
  7. Florida Georgia Line/ Nelly: Cruise
  8. G. Love: Give it to You
  9. Colbie Caillat: Like Tomorrow Never Comes
  10. Ed Sheeran: Castle on the Hill
  11. Maren Morris:  My Church
  12. Lumineers:  Holdin’ Out
  13. Andy Grammer:  Give Love
  14. Tom Petty:  Wildflowers
  15. Old Crow Medicine Show:  Wagon Wheel
  16. Kenny Chesney:  Get Along
  17. Norman Greenbaum:  Spirit in the Sky
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival:  Up Around the Bend
  19. Ed Sheeran:  Bibia Be Ye Ye
  20. X Ambassadors:  Renegades

 

 

 

Top 5 Friday Fun

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Happy Friday! Summer has officially rolled in and so have the thunderstorms here in MD. We have enjoyed the craziness of playing in the pool and eating snow cones but, nothing compares to sitting in a safe quiet spot watching the thunderstorm roll in and then back out again. It never gets old! Whether you are enjoying the outdoors this weekend or inside relaxing, check out the great links below.

  1. Melissa from The Midnight Edit has a great article on boosting your confidence. She has some great examples and my favorite is getting out of your comfort zone. Trying new things seems scary at first but, it will boost your confidence. Check out the link to see all 12.
  2. The kimono is one of my favorite Spring and Summer accessory. Top Knots And My Thoughts has an adorable kimono and a few ways to wear it.
  3. With Summer fruit in season, here is a great smoothie bowl to try from Happy Organic Girl. She has a wonderful blog on natural living including recipes and organic make up tips.
  4. Megan Olivia posted about what she has learned from her mother and they are inspiring tips for all of us. Number one is my all-time favorite and something I remind my own children of every day. Check out all 5 here.
  5. I have been in a shopping mood lately…in search for a new summer dress. Emmy Lou Styles has a timeless list of  Summer wardrobe must haves!

 

 

Shared Painting with Kids

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Now that Summer Break has arrived, bedtime becomes a little relaxed. With the extra time, I love to spend some quiet one on one time with each of my children. It usually involved creating something (crazy snack, gift, art project, ect)  My older son loves anything art related. I find that this time we spend together, he is so talkative about all aspects of live not just the art project. It is a great time to create something beautiful together but, also a wonderful bonding experience. This undivided attention is a great opportunity to build and foster love, trust and guidance. Being present and engaged is not only fun but also therapeutic.   Keep on Reading!

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Traveling with Kids: Part 2

Last week I shared tips on how to make traveling with kids just a little bit easier. If you missed it you can read it here.  This week, I wanted to share a couple ideas of keepsakes we do for our daughter as we travel.  We don’t buy a lot of souvenirs on trips, but always make sure we take plenty of photos and grab a postcard wherever we go.  I will show you a couple ways we utilize them below!  Continue reading “Traveling with Kids: Part 2”

5 Quotes for #mondaymotivation

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Hi Y’all- Welcome to a new week and a fresh start! I had a busy weekend with sports, swimming, and family time. My family and I had our first of many lazy afternoons on the water complete with crabs and beer. Although it was raining, it was still the perfect way to spend our Sunday. As I come off of the weekend high, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes to give you the burst of inspiration this week.

Quotes give you the courage, confidence and spirit you need…and they’ll remind you of the wonder and the joy of life- John Cook Book of Positive Quotations

These pearls of wisdom can give you the motivation you need to succeed and remind you of what is truly important in life.  I hope they give you as much encouragement as they have given me.

5 Motivational Quotes:

  • If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having- Henry Miller
  • There is nothing so bitter that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it- Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing- Oscar Wilde
  • Learn how to feel Joy- Seneca
  • Not only is there a right to be happy, there is a duty to be happy, so much sadness exists in the World that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers. – John Sutherland Bonnell

 

Summer Journal: Creative Writing

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Children have great imaginations and I wanted to take the opportunity to explore that this Summer with a creative writing activity. I decided to get composition books for my boys to decorate and use while on Summer break. Each day, they can take about 10 minutes to write down what they loved about the day (day before) or a story they have made up. My younger son needs practice writing his name, so he will be able to do that too! Keep on Reading!

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Top 5 Friday Fun

Did you all have a nice short week after Memorial Weekend?  I spent my week up at the North Shore in Minnesota.  We are up in Minnesota to celebrate the lives of my grandma and grandpa and will be having a memorial service later today for them.  My grandmother loved the North Shore so it seemed fitting to honor her memory by spending a few days up there.  Much like Grandma, the North Shore is one of my favorite places.  We listened to the waves crashing, climbed on the rocky shore, went to the Naniboujou Lodge, and watched a thunderstorm storm roll in.  It was a perfect getaway!

Here are some fun links we found to get you ready for the weekend!  Enjoy! Keep on Reading!

Summer Bucket List

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Summer lovin’ and the livin’s easy! Pools are open and Memorial day is in full swing. Now is the time to start thinking about all of the fun memories to be had this Summer. Every year at this time, the my boys and I make a bucket list and post it on the refrigerator. Its a fun reminder of whats to come and motives us for that last push of the school year.

“Dance with the waves. Move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free- Christy Ann Martine” 

There is always a sense of freedom and adventure that comes with this time of year. Whether it is pool days, picking berries or visiting the market: take time to write down what you would like to accomplish this Summer:

Here is our list:

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