When it comes to vacation season, the destination is usually the stuff of dreams, but the actual packing can feel more akin to a nightmare. But not this year! Because today I have a special treat for you from my sweet friend Sarah over at She Holds Dearly. Many of you will remember meeting Sarah a few months ago when I shared some of my favorite e-courses and we talked about this little concept of knowing and keeping our essentials. Last fall she created a course with all the ins and outs of finding time to hold dearly those things that matter most to each of us, and it was a game-changer for me. I met Sarah last fall at the Haven Haven conference and I can not even begin to tell you what a sweet encouragement her friendship has meant to me both in this blogging adventure and in this journey of life. I’ve been so excited for her to guest post here and share her wisdom and tips to make vacation packing a breeze just in time for the summer holidays!
So, with no further ado, please welcome Sarah here to So Much Moore …
The month of May tends to be a transition month in most peoples’ minds. Spring has officially arrived and the promise of summer is on the horizon. We start blocking off our vacation time and thinking about all the fun that is coming.
May is actually the perfect month to start prepping for those upcoming vacations. They may seem far off, but I want to share with you a few Read More
Many of you followed along and participated last fall in the Mission Organization | Closet Rescue Project with Amanda from Life on the Bay Bush and Tori from Mess to Blessed. It was a month that started with more than it’s fair share of chaos and wrapped up all neat and tidy with more curated wardrobes and closets. And since the weather finally seems to be warming up for good, it seems a good day to share the spring wardrobe switch and closet makeover update with y’all.
The spring wardrobe switch and closet makeover update
I decided a few days ago that it really was time Read More
Aaaand we’re back! It’s week two of the One of these Days Challenge and I’ve been super excited about this one. If you’re just joining us and want to catch up a bit, check out the details of our One of these Days Challenge. It’s crazy how long we can put projects off for years, even those that only take a few minutes. Like the wool dryer balls from last week that were a literal 7-minute investment that they say should last for years. But, enough about that, we have projects to do, right? We actually made this week’s One of these Days Challenge a few weeks ago in Dad’s barn, and today I’m sharing how to build reclaimed wood and railroad spike wall hooks.
How to build reclaimed wood and railroad spike wall hooks
We have a spot all picked out for them in the new Read More
A few weeks back I shared an e-course with y’all about Finding Time in your day to live a life of purpose. If you are one of those who feels a bit overwhelmed with all the details of life then you can find all the pertinent information about Sarah’s course here. If on the other hand, you are unfamiliar with this overwhelm I speak of then … well, then I think I would like to meet you, because you, my friend, are one-of-a-kind! Now that I’ve completed her course and starting reigning in the chaos that is my life I have added a few blocks of time throughout my week to work through some e-courses. I’ve enrolled in several courses in the past year and today I want to share my top 5 e-course picks for 2017. And I would absolutely love to hear about any others that you’ve come across too!
My top 5 e-course picks for 2017
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If you follow very many home design blogs at all then you’ve probably heard of Myquillin Smith, aka. the Nester. Her phrase “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” or #idhtbptbb has resonated with so many people, granting the elusive freedom to just go for it in this whole home decor realm. Her Cozy Minimalist course will walk you through the process of decorating a room by starting with what to focus on, where to spend money, how to get the look you want and what not to worry about at all. I’m using this course in redoing my sewing room using some family heirlooms and I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge and the entire process of it all.
One of the fun things about watching your kids grow up is seeing where their passions will lead. Several of ours have been graced with amazing drawing and painting skills. I’m sad to say they did not get that from me. But that’s okay because Jeanne Oliver Courses cover so many topics from drawing, painting and creating to faith, business and even several kid’s classes. I’m still working through the Advanced Hand Lettering class that I started last year and find myself experimenting with techniques in my bullet journal. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that my days are less stressed and more enjoyable when I carve out a bit of time to create something and this course is perfect for snippets of time here and there.
The Broken Way
When it comes to Bible and book studies there are about a bajillion of them online. Incourage.me is a great blog that currently has 16 book studies and they are always adding more to walk through with other women. I’m currently working through The Broken Way Online Study at Faith Gateway. Ann Voskamp’s books have resonated deeply with me with their thought-provoking truth that cuts to the core of so many issues. This particular book weaves her own story of brokenness that leads us to a deeper understanding of God’s redemption in the busted up mess of our lives. There’s healing to be found in this message.
Then there’s Snap Shop by Ashley Ann Photography. I actually won a year membership to her site this past fall. I was standing in line at the doctor’s office with a messed up foot and all but busted out in a happy dance when I opened the e-mail declaring that I had won. It was the very week that I was finally able to purchase the DSLR camera I had been saving for, but didn’t really know how to use well. Like I said, happy dance! There are tons of classes on all things photography including an entire course tips and tricks for using your phone to capture daily life. And what fun I’m having as a DSLR newbie learning all about the things I can do with this new toy treasure.
And again, I wouldn’t be able to even find the time to sit down and actually do something with each of these classes if it weren’t for Sarah’s Finding Time course. So, how about you? Have you done any e-courses? Do you have any favorites? Or maybe one or two that you intend to complete this year? Let us know in the comments, so we can add them to our list in the months to come!
If you haven’t heard about purging or organizing or minimalism or hygge or quieting our homes … or slowing our lives this month, then I’m assuming you’ve been on some sort of social media hiatus. If on the other hand, you’ve become a student of such things, then I’m right there with you. It’s January and our hearts and minds naturally seem to turn this direction as each new year gets underway. I’ve been a lifelong organizer, but this past year has been a bit different than others. It’s been more than a little surprising and inspiring to see the beauty of a good purge a quiet space and a fresh slate.
I know. It’s kind of an in your face blog post title. It’s bossy. I’m a mom, so I guess I come by the “mom tone” quite honestly. But, when you find something that breathes life into your day, don’t you just want to call your bestest of friends and tell them all about it? So let’s just settle now that this is where I’m coming from today with my bossy title. From the perspective of a friend wanting so share a treasure. While we’re at it, let’s just pretend we’re sitting across the table at your local coffee house with our favorite beverages and catching up, while I share why you and I need to find time to hold dearly.
Meet my friend, Sarah …
You know when you walk away from the briefest of conversations with someone you’ve just met feeling Read More
In the spirit of full disclosure, I can be a bit high maintenance. It’s true. Exhibit A – I sleep with 3 pillows. Every night. And a super soft bear that my youngest gave me, from her own collection. The pillows come with me whenever we make a car trip. All 3 of them. Exhibit B – I’m a firm believer that espresso beans should be covered in dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate. Please understand,I’m not saying I won’t eat milk chocolate espresso beans, I’m not a total snob here. But who’s crazy idea was it anyway to even consider milk chocolate when dark is so much better? Exhibit C – I have an essentials weekend packing list & chocolate is right up there at the top. And now I have your full attention, right?
Yes, we know that the calendar said it was New Year’s Day, but we decided that the calendar wasn’t the boss of us. For when it’s your first chance to get all those kids together in the midst of their adventure-filled days, then you take it. You’ll open stockings because everyone knows they’re the bestest gifts anyway. And you’ll find yourself sinking deep into the respite of this season of together.
You may even find yourself enjoying a little pizza that your hubby decided to whip up for everyone. Because Christmas stockings and pizza Read More
Thanks for all the love on the Chalkboard Wall project we completed this week. It’s always fun to watch something come together the way you had imagined. It’s even better when you get to do any project with your favorite people. And as far as were concerned, the challenge of thinking outside the box and using what you have requires ingenuity and leaves behind a strong sense of fulfillment. So just for fun, here’s a little run-down of what really went down in our kitchen the other day in the making of a bargain chalkboard wall.
The making of a bargain chalkboard wall | assets and liabilities
It’s always a good place to start, this listing of assets and liabilities. It helps to establish parameters and to have a starting point to launch creativity.
How is my kitchen organizing compliments of Gilmore Girls anyway?
Several weeks ago I joined Sarah at She Holds Dearly and a group of almost 100 others in a Home Decluttering Challenge based on the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Last week we purged our kitchens and then restocked cabinets and pantries with only those items we truly use. The extra space on each shelf if such a visual treat for those of us with an aversion to chaos. The purging part is great to get rid of the excess, but I’ve always loved the organizing part and today I bring you a little Kitchen Organizing compliments of Gilmore Girls.