March 29, 2017

Are you naturally beautiful? (The answer is YES.)

Jul9

Hi folks! Katie here. I am attracted to inner beauty, just as Jen wrote about here in her post on Meaningful beauty that came from glimpses of poverty. Sometimes, it’s so easy to let ourselves get distracted by the way people look […]

Linger, Savor, Enjoy

Apr27

Did you know that by the time you reach your 40th birthday, you will have eaten 50,000 meals and spent over 50,000 hours in a food related atmosphere? We have to eat to live and yet it’s no longer the […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1

Apr15

Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

It’s in the Day by Day

Feb19

As the calendar page flipped, I’ve spent my time trying to organize my thoughts, re-arrange my schedule, and simplify my time. My moments haven’t been filled with many immediate high impact choices, yet rather letting days drift to a subtle […]

Random Thoughts & Inspiration from My Week

Feb9

Have you noticed that I’m trying to get back to the Beauty and Bedlam of old? I’m adding in just a little of this and a little of that here and there. It’s the oddest thing ever because I’ve been […]

A Peek into My Week of Beauty and Bedlam

Jan17

Sweet friends – Can I call you that? Friends? Anyone who has taken the time to faithfully hang around my corner of the blogosphere for awhile, comment here, on FB or even connect in some small ways through sharing both […]

(Non Toy) Gifts That Make an Impact for Years to Come

Nov18

As the holidays arrive, stoves simmer, and families reunite, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year resonates in our hearts. We want our family to know they are loved beyond measure, yet everything around us during this season equates with […]

Dear Mom of Teens: it’s time we start talking about this

Nov11

Dear Mom of Teens: I am so glad you’re here.  I invite you to scoot up close and take a deep breath. We are in this together. You know that right? You know that there are millions of moms around […]

If I’m Okay With Shopping on Thanksgiving…

Nov5

*Edited to add: If you plan to comment, please read the entire post in its entirety and not comment based on the title. It’s obvious many aren’t reading and purely spewing. Offensive language will be deleted. It started slowly a month or so […]

Clutter Countdown: Parting with Sentimental Objects

Oct28

Howdy, howdy! My name is Katie Clemons; I’m the storycatcher and journal crafter behind the much beloved-writing prompt journals at Gadanke.com. I’m going to be joining you and Jen here twice a month to talk about intentional living and crafting […]

Exhausted? Me too! (Encouragement & Printable)

Oct25

Dear sweet friends: I have a reminder for you today. If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep […]

Clutter is Postponed Decisions

Oct15

I’ve been traveling the last few days and so I haven’t been able to work on my Clutter Countdown Challenge, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. As I slowly declutter areas of our home, my desire is […]

Magical Memories: Best Inside Forts + Reading

Oct10

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy these pictures bring me. Since our children were young enough to page through picture books, building forts and then reading for hours have gone hand in hand with magic time. The […]

A Sneak Peek at Mount Vernon & Colonial Chocolate Love

Sep29

The past few weeks, my family has had the privilege of diving into the best that hands on American History has to offer by partnering with American Heritage Chocolate. Two weeks ago, I was transported to all the historic beauty […]

10 Books That Have Influenced Me & Impacted How I Do Life

Sep23

My phone rang last week and it was my precious friend, Christy from Southern Plate. “Let’s share what ten books influenced us. You don’t have to spend a ton of time thinking about it and they don’t all have to […]