With the imminent arrival of Spring (it is coming, isn’t it?), I find myself excited to have some sunny days to get out and get active in the sunshine. Here’s a little inspiration to get you through until the sunny days appear…
No one can dispute the cute, comfy, and cozy vibe of the classic gray New Balance tennis shoe.
I REALLY want a FitBit Flex. My parents got FitBits through their insurance company last year as part of a health benefit package and it completely changed their lifestyle. it’s an activity tracker that determines tons of things like the amount of sleep you get, your activity level, number of steps taken, etc. I often wonder how active I am just doing daily mom duties, not to mention what I could achieve if I actually set my mind setting goals and tracking progress. The only way I could imagine doing that is by literally having something attached to me that could track it for me. I totally think it’d be worth the price tag.
This tank would make the perfect athletic wear transition piece from spring to summer. Ideal for traveling, lazy Saturdays, or thrown over your favorite exercise tank on the way to and from the gym.
As a Christian I do not partake in the Hindu spiritual aspects of yoga, but I certainly love the physical benefits it provides as an exercise practice. Reference this graphic above for some inspiration!
The YogaAccessories mats pictured above are not your average yoga mat. I just received one for my birthday and I LOVE it. These are extra thick and really absorb a lot more than a normal mat. If you love yoga, order one. Bonus points for going out of your comfort zone with color. The daffodil yellow one makes me enjoy my practice even more. Maybe dive head first into the mint or orange? I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.
For those of you who like a faster pace, there is an awesome new trend in fitness called "One Song Workouts." They seem really fun to do and very effective! I plan on trying some this Spring.
Dance is also REALLY underrated as a form of exercise. Isn’t this photo from the new Reebok Spring 2014 Lookbook just gorgeous? Their new athletic wear line is pretty rad too and covers pretty much every sport!
Speaking of highly underrated exercise forms, I’m hearing awesome things about Pure Barre. Has anyone does these? It’s on my bucket list for Spring. As a former dancer, I’d love to get back into something like this. Check out Pure Barre’s website for more info.
Let’s not forget that our bodies need fuel to run on. This Frozen Green Smoothie System from Henry Happened works wonders for people in a time crunch who like to have things prepared ahead. YUM!
Sometimes, it’s important to stop in the middle of life and remember what’s important. A family we know lost a child today after a long battle with a rare illness. Their faith, their courage, and their strength throughout the entire process has inspired, touched, and changed our small community forever. Our of respect to them, I will not go into any further detail about them or their son. I will only say that they have been a complete inspiration in the way that they have handled such a difficult trial. The son was the most inspirational of all.
Watching the way the family (and their children) have handled this trial has made me pause and reconsider what is truly important to me.
Family. Faith. Striving for a greater good. Choosing to believe in hope for the future. All things they have courageously modeled to our community during the process, and are still modeling in their grief.
It completely amazes me. And even though I have been a completely uninvolved bystander who has just heard prayer requests through a small bible study, their strength and the way they have chosen to handle everything has made an enormous impact on me. I have a feeling I am merely one in a sea of hundreds (thousands?) that their story has touched and impacted.
What kind of legacy to do I want to leave behind? What are the things that I value? Is my life reflecting those things? What am I modeling for my child? What are the things that my children will remember about me? My husband and I recently had a lengthy discussion about the type of legacy we would like to leave our children. I think that it is so important to remember to look 30 years ahead and begin to shape our lives to reflect the type of people we want to become. We are called to a higher purpose. No matter what your beliefs may or may not be, it is hard to argue that stagnancy in life is acceptable for anyone. We should all be constantly striving to better ourselves and our world in the hopes that our children’s children will have a better world to call home. Call me a dreamer, but I have learned to never underestimate the power of a small group of individuals striving for the greater good of all. Serving, thriving, educating, learning, providing. These are things we are all called to do for one another.
The excerpt below is from one of my favorite songs. It has become a huge part of my dream for my life. Bebo Norman is one of our generation’s most incredible singer/songwriters. If you don’t know his work, you need to give him a listen.
"We grew our children in the red Georgia clay
They were our garden and our home
And all that grows is our story told
As life unfolds here before
The peace we found in that broken ground
I can see them in the harvest…of all that I have sown
And when my life is done
I pray the kingdom come
And take me to Glory
It’s living inside me
It was planted like a seed
All to tell a story
I believe when they put me in the ground
There will remain a part of me
Because I’ve been searching and the joy that I have found
Is living in my family…it’s all that I have sown.”
-“All That I Have Sown” Bebo Norman
In homage to the simple things. Things often overlooked or unappreciated. Things that connect us with our roots. Things ignored and considered “basic.” Less is truly more. Let’s all stop saying “get back to the basics” like is a bad thing.
I was instantly enamored when I stumbled upon 5ftinf, Brighton-based artist Phillipa Stanton’s blog and Instagram feed. Stanton takes a photo of her table every day at tea time and has curated some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen. The way she styles common every day objects is not only beautiful, it challenges me to think about the way I approaching styling my home as well.
I haven’t tried Sweet Pure Honey, but from the informational video and picturesque lifestyle of its owners (watch their homepage video!) it has got to be stellar. As a future beekeeper (there, I said it, now it will happen someday, right?), I am fascinated by mom & pop beekeepers and their shops. Fas. Cin. A. Ted. I just got introduced to beekeeping by my father-in-law a few weeks ago and I’ve been researching it ever since. If you’re interested too, check out and follow these mom & pop beekeepers as well: @gretchenbeeranch (Texas), @thegratefulbee (Atlanta), and @viottolomieloso (Italy).
How simple and precious is this tee for toddlers?? I’ve included the link to the shop I found it in, but wouldn’t it be easy to DIY something similar? My toddler is currently obsessed with shapes and would love this. (I feel a nap time craft time and tutorial coming on…)
There’s also a lot to be said for simple food like the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo featured in this photo by Alice Gao. If you don’t already know Alice Gao’s work, you will undoubtedly fall head over heels for her perfectly lit photographs and insane ability to make the most simple things look effortlessly beautiful.
If you’re looking for a simple and straight-forward devotional series, look no further than She Reads Truth. Written by a group of young Christian women, this daily devotional website provides tons of topics and series from which to study. Don’t know where to begin? Try the Fresh Start series. It’s fantastic. Oh, and while you study, put on some Ellie Holcomb. Her sounds is simple, elegant, comforting, and timeless.
How inviting are these simple table linens? Easy to collect, easy to put together, and easy to enjoy. I’m also loving the porcelain figurines and antique books which add a casual whimsy to the setting. Totally versatile, this would be perfect for a lady-like brunch, a late Sunday afternoon lunch, or even a little girls’ tea party. Whatever the occasion, add me to the guest list at this table!
My dream is to have a small cottage somewhere for our family to escape to on the weekends. This photo exemplifies the style of that simplicity in my mind. A place to keep family heirlooms, my favorite dress, and enough empty wall space to allow for solid thinking.
Boy, did this hit the nail on the head for me. Super convicting. Love it so much I’m creating a graphic to frame and put on my desk. Thanks, Pinterest for actually enriching my life for once.
I hope you found this inspiring in some way. Here’s to rediscovering the simple things that bring us joy,