#30daysoflittlethings Week Three Linkup and Recap

We've almost made it through the whole month, friends! Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? Evie turns 2 on Friday, Aj's aunt is visiting, my family is coming into town, I have to figure out to be enough of an adult to host Thanksgiving at my house, and plan a birthday party. 

I'm sure I'm not the only one whose life is about to get crazy in the midst of holiday hubbub- so now, more than ever, I think it is so important to slow down (if only in our minds) enough to be thankful. We can easily miss the little moments and tiny thank you's simply by being too busy- so that is my goal for the next few weeks. Join me? 

Again, this challenge has been so fun for me. I hope you all are loving it too. 

This week I was thankful for:

  • The uniqueness of small towns. Though our town may not have many coffee shops or grocery stores or much else to boast about, for that matter, it does have a few rare gems (like this little "time traveling" phone booth full of books). 
  • The smell of Fall. I made homemade chai using my mom's recipe last night. There are few things that make me happier than smelling ginger, cinnamon and lots of spices all boiling in my kitchen. 
  • Our trip to Monterey is a memory now and I'm grateful for it. 
  • The warmth of our house on freezing cold days is something I hope I never take for granted. 
  • And conversely, sunshine that allows us to get outside. Because NE is bipolar, I swear. 

Now it's your turn: 

Add your links below!

#30daysoflittlethings Week Two Link Up and Recap

I'm so excited by how many people joined us for last week's link up and how many of you have been sharing on Instagram/Facebook! It's truly so encouraging to remember the little things we have to be grateful for each day- especially in the midst of a lot of really tragic things going on around the world. I know I've been holding my loved ones a little tighter- trying not to take anything for granted- this week. 

My Little Things:

AJ and I went on our little trip to CA (which I'll post about later this week, so no spoilers here!)- so I was really thankful for SAFETY

AJ turned 24 while we were gone and it was so fun to celebrate HIM without any small children or animals or dishes following us around ;)

I was thankful for the MEMORIES we were making- and for ones already made. What an incredible gift to be able to relive sweet times simply by thinking about them. 

COFFEE finally made the list- I'd been saving that not-so-little thing in my life till we went to CA and I had some new coffee shops to explore. I'm thankful for the conversations had around coffee and the community it builds. 

I was thankful for SPONTANEITY. We really didn't have an agenda while we were gone, which was an incredible change of pace. 

And once we got home (to snow the next morning!) I was thankful for PETS and for SNOW too.  

Now for the link-up!

I want to especially thank Ludavia from Nifty Betty for helping me host this awesome project. She has been so enthusiastic about the whole thing. 

A few guidelines before you link-up:

  • Please only post one or two links! If you've been posting daily (WHICH IS AWESOME!) pick your top two- or write a summary post!
  • Please, please, please take the time to follow the hosts/people who link up with us! I've connected with lots of great bloggers these past two weeks and I'm LOVING it. 
  • As always, comment!

Letters to Mara: four months

Little Mara, 

As I sit here typing this with one hand and rocking you in the other- I'm a little upset at how quickly time is going. These letters are happening way too often. Slow down. 

You started really laughing this week. Usually it's at Evie or when I tickle one of your abundance of rolls. 

Speaking of rolls- you're in SIX MONTH clothes now. SIX MONTH. You're wearing clothes that your sister didn't fit into until she was much older and, let me tell you, she had more than enough chub to go around. I'm so proud of you for growing so well. I can't wait until your four month check up in a few weeks because I'm always blown away at how much you've changed from one appointment to the next. 

I'm trying to savor every little moment with you, because- having your sister first taught me this- I know that these times are precious. You won't always have that sweet baby smell (your daddy says you usually smell like sour milk, but I kind of love it. Is that weird?). You won't always have these layers upon layers of rolls. You won't always have trouble rolling over because you can't figure out how to move your left arm out of the way. 

Remind me to slow down a little bit ok? I don't want to forget our snuggles and our late night feedings (we're down to only one now!). 

I love you with all my heart. 



November Project: #30daysoflittlethings

It's November! Can you believe it? 

With the whirlwind that is the holiday season soon approaching, I love the potential that November has to start the craziness off on the right note. While Thanksgiving isn't technically until the end of the month, I'm kind of sold on the idea of celebrating gratitude all month (and hopefully all season) long. 

Enter this project!

I really want to be intentional with being thankful for the little things leading up to Thanksgiving so I thought a good way to keep myself accountable would be to start a little "challenge" (kind of similar to the #simplydisconnect social media challenge I did a few months ago). I posted about it on one of the blogging communities I'm a part of and was so excited that so many awesome bloggers wanted to join me. So, I hope you'll join in too and celebrate a month of intentional gratitude with us!

Here's how it works:

  • For the next 30 days, starting today, be intentional about noticing the small, mundane, everyday things in your life. Changing your mindset from overlooking these things to intentionally noticing them is a huge positive change!
  • Post about the little thing you're grateful for each day on some social platform using the hashtag #30daysoflittlethings. I'll be using Instagram and maybe Facebook occasionally. 
  • If you have a blog, join in our weekly link-up! I will host the link up on my blog and Ludavia from Nifty Betty will co-host it on her blog each Sunday. The link-up will remain open all week, until the next Sunday, giving us a chance to see what everyone has been up to! 
  • If you don't have a blog, stop by and read other people's posts on Sunday and engage! People who take the time to comment on blogs are one of the "little things" I'm super thankful for ;) 
  • More than anything, this project starts in the heart. While the networking and community of others posting is awesome and encouraging, I ultimately want people to notice a change in the way they are thankful- so if that means not posting on social media, or tweaking the challenge to fit your schedule, DO IT!

I can't wait to see what this month brings and to get a peek into the little things in your lives that you're thankful for!

*Note- next Sunday I will be in California with AJ (eeeeeee!! I'm a little excited) and though I'll still host the link-up on my blog, I won't be as active on social media (except for my daily post) until we get back*

Monthly Snapshot: October

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s.
— Anne Shirley

How is it already the end of October? This month seriously got away from me. 

I decided to start doing monthly recaps at the end of each month for YOU (in case you missed anything!) and for ME (to take stock of where I'm at each month and have a better idea of where to go next month). 

Here's what we've been up to:

- Mara turned three months old! She's the sweetest, most patient baby I've ever seen. You can read my letter to her here

- We started the countdown to Evie's 2nd birthday! She'll be two next month on the 27th and I kind of am in denial about it. Do any of you have awesome party panning posts? I'd love to read them!

- I've been selling coffee sleeves around town and through my Instagram to raise some extra cash for, you know, life- and I've been really excited by people's interest in them. I'll ship anywhere in the states and would love to make you one too!

- AJ has been working hard finishing up his first semester of school. I'm so proud of him for diving into it and for all of his hard work. It's not easy to balance a full time job, family and classes, but he's doing great. 

- We adopted a kitten! AJ sometimes takes Evie to look at the animals at the humane society while I'm working (a dangerous activity, I know) and she fell in love with this kitten and he couldn't say no. We named her Eleanor and she is THE sweetest little cuddle bug.

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