Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meet Christina and Marriage Series (Tuesday Talk #26)


The past 2 weeks we've introduced you to our new Tuesday Talk co-hosts Amy from Go Forth and Mother and Michelle from Grammie Time... 

And today we'd like you to meet our dear friend Christina from Waltzing In Beauty!


Christina is a Notre Dame grad, a newlywed, and just an all around beautiful girl, both inside and out.  We've know one another since college, and she has always inspired me to grow stronger in my faith by how she lives hers. 

Some of my favorite posts of Christina's are:


The Pearl.
This is an amazing post about true beauty.  We are the treasured pearl, my friends! 




A Minute of Purpose.
A great exercise that will get you thinking about what you're doing with your life:  What do you want to be remembered for?




This past Saturday, Christina tied the knot!!!!  I'm so excited to hear all about their big day and see their pictures!  If they are anything like her engagement photos, I'm sure they'll be incredible!




Congratulations, Christina and B!  
May God richly bless you and your marriage!


Oh, and for the month of July, Christina is going to have a Marriage Series in honor of her new life as a wife!  Katie and I will both be guest posting (plus we know some others who will be too ;).  You won't want to miss all of the great posts (date night ideas, prayer in marriage, etc.) that she has lined up to help you grow in your relationship with your spouse!

Please stop by Waltzing in Beauty and say hello - and congrats! - to Christina!  I know you'll love her as much I do!

Have a beautiful week!

It's the Little Things: Life Lessons Learned from My Kids - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com @sweetlittle1s

               

*All pictures are from Christina's blog


Ok, on to the Link Up!

One thing before you link up - if you want the opportunity to be featured, please make sure there is a link back to at least one of the hosts in your post, sidebar, or party page.  (You can grab the button below!)  Your lovely blog is being presented on our 13 blogs - we would love it if you would return the favor and link back to us!  Thank you, friends!!!

Sweet Little Ones


Check out the Tuesday Talk guidelines here,
and check out the features from every week here!


We would love it if you would follow us in some way
because we'd love to connect with you!

Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Tara - Mrs. Coach Sims ~ Lauren - Simply Free
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Becky - BYBMG ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things


               


Can't wait to read your posts this week!  Thank you, friends!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Resolution Check-In: Happiness Stamped



For the next year, I'll be following along with Ember Grey's 12 Months of Bliss Challenge!  I wrote more about the first challenge here, but today is check-in day!  So to review...




June 2015: Happiness Stamped


Challenge: 
To write and mail an encouraging letter, note, or card to someone once a week by snail mail.  So spread a little joy through a simple act of kindness...because everyone loves receiving mail!


What Went Down: 
What I ended up writing to everyone was how much and why I was grateful for them.  What they truly meant to me.  All of their best qualities.  How they inspired me/my family.  That their actions towards me/my family did not go unnoticed.


Emily's Reflection Questions: 

At the end of the month, look back over the key words of encouragement...are these words you need to be speaking to people more often?  

Yes!  Especially to those closest to me.  I tend to do this on birthdays and special days (like Father's Day), but not in the ordinary, everyday moments.  This challenge has shown me how I need to step up my game in expressing my gratefulness to God, my husband, kids, and family. 

Are these words you might like to hear from someone about yourself?  

Another resounding yes!  Especially as a mom of little ones.  In the midst of piles of folded laundry and tonight's casserole dish, I want to see that what I do in the everyday moments is noticed.  And that they care about what I do for them.

My husband and kids really are very good about thanking me through physical affection, but sometimes I need to hear it too.  I just want to know that I'm appreciated. 


Via Verily Daily Dose

Putting It All Together: 

I've seen that I want others, especially my family, to be thankful for me and the little things I do...BUT...that I also need to express that gratefulness for the exact same things to them.

When I don't hear or express gratitude, I feel down, stressed, overwhelmed, etc. in the everyday moments.  It makes me feel bogged down because I focus on the work or what's missing.

But when I am grateful in word and deed, it brings joy.  That's because I'm focusing on what I've been given (aka who I'm doing all of this for!) and the beauty of the little things.


Via Verily Daily Dose

Going Forward:

I will express my gratitude, especially for my family, in the everyday moments.  

I'll thank God for my husband, my kids, the sunshine, a working dishwasher...

I'll thank my child for picking up their toys, good behavior at the store, eating all of their dinner...

I'll thank my husband for folding the laundry, changing the baby's diaper, working hard at his job everyday for us...

And I'm not going to vocalize my thankfulness just because I want it in return.  I will express my gratitude because I want to focus on the beauty of the little things and live a life of joy!


EG's Twelve Months of Bliss


Did you participate in this 12 Months of Bliss encouraging snail mail challenge?  What did you learn from your experience doing Happiness Stamped?  (If you wrote a blog post about it, please comment below with your link!)

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


               


I'm linking up with these awesome parties!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet Michelle and Summer Series (Tuesday Talk #25)

Last week, Tuesday Talk looked a little different...we now have 3 new co-hosts! 

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Michelle from Grammie Time


Michelle is teacher, wife of 28 years, mom to 3 grown daughters, and grandma to 2.  She is a wealth of encouragement and inspiration...not to mention an excellent cook too!  Michelle's writings always make me feel like becoming the best-version-of-myself.  Seriously, you need to check out Grammie Time!

Here are a few of my favorite posts of hers:


This might be my all-time favorite post:  Becoming a Confident Mother.  Michelle wrote about the 10 things she's learned about overcoming the self-doubt that comes with being a mother.  All of them resonate with me as a mom of little ones!




Don't these Blueberry Streusel Muffins look delicious?  It was hard to pick just one recipe because everything she makes looks amazing!



One thing I absolutely love about Grammie Time is that every Friday is Thankful Friday.

I love how Michelle always focuses on what she has in her life, and not what she doesn't.  My fave Thankful Friday post was her Mother's Day one about her daughters.


I really hope you enjoy Michelle from Grammie Time as much as we do!  Please stop by and welcome her as a new co-host!

Also, don't forget about the other 2 new ladies: Amy from Go Forth and Mother (we introduced her last week) and Christina from Waltzing in Beauty (she's coming up next week)!

Have a beautiful week!

It's the Little Things: Life Lessons Learned from My Kids - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com @sweetlittle1s

               


P.S. One more thing before the link up - We are guest posting at VMG206 today!


Megin has had a Summer Series going on this month highlighting all things summer from DIY to fashion to food to family fun activities.  Go check it out for some great summertime ideas!  (To see our post - which goes live at 11:30am EST today - click here!)



Ok, on to the Link Up!

One thing before you link up - if you want the opportunity to be featured, please make sure there is a link back to at least one of the hosts in your post, sidebar, or party page.  (You can grab the button below!)  Your lovely blog is being presented on our 13 blogs - we would love it if you would return the favor and link back to us!  Thank you, friends!!!

Sweet Little Ones


Check out the Tuesday Talk guidelines here,
and check out the features from every week here!


We would love it if you would follow us in some way
because we'd love to connect with you!

Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Tara - Mrs. Coach Sims ~ Lauren - Simply Free
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Becky - BYBMG ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things


               


Can't wait to read your posts this week!  Thank you, friends!!!
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