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    Simple Lives: The Women Who Create Them with Hailey Andresen

    Simple Lives | Hailey Andresen | The Everyday Simple

    There is something to be admired about simple lives. Not to be mistaken with boring or basic, but simple. Lives that are so full, but only full of things that are intentionally filling them. Lives that are mindful and allow people to do things that other people would see as impossible.

    Today I am sharing my first post of a new series called “Simple Lives: The Women Who Create Them.” Each month I am going to be highlighting a different woman that I admire for the life she leads. A life full of intentionality and simplicity. A life that she has created due to her desire for something more. More time, more space, more freedom, more control, etc.  Read more

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    K.I.S.S. of the Week

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    1. To Eat: We don’t eat pasta all that often around here, but when we do, this is the dish of choice. It is amazing. The perfect sauce to noodle ratio.
    2. To Know: After the tragedies from earlier this week, I think we are all wondering what can we do. What can we do to help? What can we do to make a difference and hopefully help prevent something like this from happening again? This article has great practical suggestions of what to do next.
    3. To Buy: Never find yourself without a blanket again. Bring on all the spontaneous picnics.
    4. To Read: One of the most transformative books of my life. Definitely gave me new perspective on life, and continues to challenge me everyday. Taught me that vulnerability is a sign of strength, and not weakness.
    5. To Use: Ever wonder what the purpose of the “Baby on Board” signs are? Well here is your answer. And here is where you can get one.
    6. To Style: Drooling over their entire new fall line. Definitely pieces worth investing in.
    7. To Change: This month I started a new series called 30 Days of Habits. Every month I am going to attack a new habit and commit to it for 30 days. Making little changes every day is what ultimately makes the biggest changes in our lives.
    8. To Do: Listen to this moving performance of “No Freedom” by Miley Cyrus
    9. To Drink: Here is why you should start drinking Kombucha. Not to mention it is absolutely delicious. My favorite brand is GTS (Trilogy and Gingerberry)
    10. To Download: Sleep Cycle. This is an app that runs while you are sleeping, and tracks your sleep patterns. It uses a wake up phase (30 minutes by default) that ends at your desired alarm time. During this phase Sleep Cycle will monitor signals from your body to wake you softly, when you are in the lightest possible sleep state. It’s amazing how much easier it is to wake up when you aren’t in your deepest sleep.
    11. To Remember: “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
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    Pinecone Bird Feeders

    Pinecone Bird Feeders | The Everyday Simple

    One of our favorite things about our house is our backyard. Especially now that the weather is starting to cool off, and the mosquitos are retreating for the season, we spend the majority of our time out there.

    The yard is lined with trees, which in turn brings a lot of different birds to our yard, which brings a certain 2 year old a lot of entertainment. She loves to try to “get them,” and always seems disappointment when they “flew away” before she is able to get to them.  Read more

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    How to Form Healthy Habits : 30 Days of Habits

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    “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden

    I bet it’s safe to say that everyone has things in their life that they wish they did more of. Whether it is eating better, exercising, reading, investing in people, or even taking baths, we all have those things that we would love to have as healthy habits in our life.

    We want more of those things because we know they are good for us. We know that they will improve our life and be good for us in one way or another, yet it is so hard to adopt those habits and stick with them for the long run. Read more

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    K.I.S.S. of the Week

    Short and Simple | K.I.S.S. | The Everyday Simple

    1. To Eat: This casserole is incredible. The perfect amount of cheese, and no one would even know that they were eating vegetables. Quick tip: if you can, “zoodle” the zucchini as opposed to shaving it, it reduces the liquid
    2. To Know: Thieves Essential Oil is specifically designed to support the bodies healthy immune system. It is excellent for cleaning, as well as for diffusing. Diffuse it during cold and flu season to kill the airborne germs floating around your home!
    3. To Buy: This is exactly what you need to make that zucchini casserole. Use it to make noodles to replace veggies in any dish. So quick and easy to use!
    4. To Read: Here is a list of my top 5 parenting resources that I highly recommend to everyone
    5. To Use: This smart scale will guarantee you the perfect cocktail every single time.
    6. To Style: These chairs are a for sure way to update any dining space. They are also surprisingly comfortable and super affordable!
    7. To Change: This book changed my relationship with food. It brought back the fun and joy in cooking and eating, and took away the guilt and restrictions. The first half of the book is valuable information, while the second half is full of incredible recipes.
    8. To Do: Take this test and see what makes you tick. Find out your strengths and weaknesses, why you do the things you do, and how you relate to other people. You may even find a new career path! * After you take this, let me know what you are! I love learning about different personalities. 
    9. To Drink: This mimosa looks amazing for any Fall get together
    10. To Download: Google Photos. This app stores and organizes all of your photos, free of storage. Never miss a photo opp due to “Not Enough Storage” again.
    11. To Remember: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis
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    5 Favorite Parenting Resources

    Parenting Resources | Parenting Tips | Children | Expectations | The Everyday Simple

    “Mama, you were given these children. You—no one else. You were given these children because you are who they need. You have the soul to love them even on their hard days. You have the motivation and love to give to these children everything they need. You have the heart to wake up every morning and do it all over again, even when you are exhausted. You have the smile that they crave and the touch to make everything okay. You are their sunshine and their comfort. You are theirs, and they are yours, Mama. On the days you are questioning yourself, remember this…you’ve got this.” – Unknown Read more

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