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Hey all!!

I can’t believe it has been so long!   Time really does fly right by.  I’ve thought a lot about this blog & all the connections I have made throughout the years.  I needed some time away to concentrate on life & my family.

Now, the time seems right, to come on back.  I thank you for following my journey and hope you continue to follow it.  I did start a photography blog Ever Changing, for those of you who would like to follow my photography journey.

Be on the lookout for my upcoming posts . Here’s to reconnect & having fun thriving with less.

What have you been up to?  Anything exciting to share?  Love to hear from you all 🙂

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Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

Have any of you heard of the Facebook group Legacy X?  It’s this neat group of people doing fun & crazy things that encourage one another, pushes us outside of our comfort zone, & endorses positivity through sharing encouraging, inspiring, & uplifting things with one another.  They have challenges & different events too.  This week my sister is doing their lip sync battle & enlisted my son & myself to help her out.  Talk about a fun time!  I video taped & got to watch her & my oldest leave their comfort zones & really enjoy themselves.  Can’t wait to see what we will be doing next week, if she wins her battle.    Go check out the group, it’s really a cool group of people.
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Being healthy is the prerequisite not only for normal functioning, but for happiness as well.

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Details In Monochrome-The Fabulous Journey
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One can easily detect the subtle beauty of details in monochrome. A black and white palette allows
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Must Love Home-Lime Jalapeno Poppers
♥Co-Host Christine Mello / Must Love Home / Lime Jalapeno Poppers
Cream Cheese is the rich, smooth filling for these spicy Lime Jalapeno Poppers!
These favorites are baked rather than deep fried.
You’ll want to pop them down one after another. A Cinco De Mayo classic!
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Shabby Chic Chalk Board

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I created this beautiful shabby chic chalk board from an old mirror.
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Quick Sew Receiving Blanket-Two Chicks and a Mom

♥Co-Host Donna Wirthlin / Two Chicks And A Mom / Updated Quick Sew Blanket /
A easy to sew baby blanket. Great for shower gifts!
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 I Will Forever Never Judge Another Mom Again

♥Co-Host Ashleigh / Simply Wright / I will forever never judge another mother again…/
…not that I do often as it is. It’s just that we’ve all been in those parenting situations where we
might look at another parent and question their actions and choices.
What have you been judge for?
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Over It! -Susan B Mead
♥Co-Host Susan B Mead / Over it!! Susan B Mead
Two guests post today! How to get over comparing yourself. Need that? Kristine Brown
walks us through putting down our yardstick. Betsy de Cruz sends us light and hope! Join us.
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Living Intentionally SImple-Saving Money With Soap Nuts & 10 Recipes To Get You Started
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Learn all about soap nuts & how it naturally cleans your clothes. As well as how it can save you money.

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Simple and yummy food for you to try. See how sweet soy sauce, worcestershire sauce,
chicken and some Indonesian spices turn into a delicious
plate of butter chicken with sweet soy sauce 🙂
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People think of long lasting romance as “work” but in reality all it really needs is a little simple sweetness.

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Stenciled Wall Art Application-Studio Paint♥Co-Host Maxine White/ Studio Paint Design / Stenciled Wall Art Application
Welcome to Week #2 of my office project. Have you ever wanted to stencil a wall?
Well I’ll show you in this blog post how to complete this project.

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Create a fun and unique decor for your nautical themed room. A minimal design with a big impact.

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Baking for Blessings-Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones

♥Co-Host Kim Friedl/ Baking For Blessings / Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones
Bacon Cheddar Chive scones are a wonderful, fluffy
savory scones that are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack.

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♥Co-Host Pick by Evija Roberts of From Evija With Love
The Summery Umbrella / Repurposed Toolbox Flower Planter

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Clean and Scentsible - Spring Home Tour Kitchen

♥Co-Host Pick by Ashleigh / Simply Wright /
Clean and Scentsible – Spring Home Tour Kitchen There is more…

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Alba Rosa /Seven Ways To Use Chamomile

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Simply Darling /DIY Harry Potter Hogwarts

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Kiku Corner / Tea Cakes with Honey Butter

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Cookilicious / Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer Pudding

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Chemistry Cache / The Simple Joy of Springs First Blooms #livethelittlethings

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Honey and Birch Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe♥Co-Host Pick by Indah / My Purple World
Honey and Birch / Chicken Corn Chowder

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Honey and Birch / Strawberry-Rhubarb-Daiquiri-8-1

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The Summery Umbrella Rustic Spring Decorating Ideas + GIVEAWAY
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The Summery Umbrella Umbrella / Rustic Spring Decorating Ideas

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11 Ways To Simplify Easter

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1. Make it about the lord rather than the Easter bunny & what they get in their baskets
Easter isn’t about the Easter bunny & how many little things we can cram into their baskets.  Instead, put the main focus back into the lord.  That doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do baskets, it just means to shift your focus.

2. Spend time with family
It’s important for us to spend time with our family.  We use this time doing fun family activities.

3.Hide their baskets turning it into a game
Got older kids?  Try hiding their baskets turning it into a game

4. Easter dinner isn’t about the ham so be open to cheaper food options
Don’t get too caught up with making a traditional ham meal.  Instead, find new more affordable ideas to create a cheaper menu.

5. Some fun activities ideas
 go on a walk or a hike, play…

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Walking & Metabolism Go Hand In Hand

Before I started on my weight loss journey, I never really understood how walking could be life changing.  How just getting up off your butt and getting out the door matters a whole lot.  The hardest part of walking, is getting the motivation to start your journey, getting out the door.  But once you do, I am telling you, your whole world will change.  I underestimated the power of walking, which won’t happen again.

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When I 1st began walking I started out doing 2 miles, but I huffed and puffed most of the way.  Going up my steep hill, made me loose my breath, & felt chest pains for a few hours.  My heart rate at resting was 125 or so, but it has gotten as high as 140-152 at rest, when I was really sick .  I was a huge mess and I was scared of what would happen if I continued down this path.

Walking Kick Start My Metabolism: 

“Walking briskly on a daily basis not only results in calorie burning, it increases enzyme and metabolic activity that may result in increased calorie consumption for up to 12 hours after walking as little as 2 miles. The more deconditioned you are, the greater the metabolic effect of walking.

Increased metabolism means more than simply BURNING CALORIES, it means that your body will be more likely to draw in nutrients from your food and supplements.” taken from http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise/the-power-of-walking1.htm#

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After walking 3-4 times per week for a month, I started noticing that I was losing weight a lot faster than most people.  I couldn’t understand why, till I looked into walking and realized that it helped kick start my metabolism.  Before I got sick, I had a crazy insane metabolism, where I couldn’t gain weight.  And before anyone asks, no I didn’t have a thyroid problems (I’ve been checked numerous times in my life), I just had a crazy insane metabolism.  It was something that I took for granted most of my life, because it was something that was always a part of me, something I didn’t need to work for or towards.

But when I got sick and was put on different medicines everything changed.  Weight kept increasing up to 90lbs., no matter what I ate.  Walking helped kick start my metabolism, which helped in turn to start losing more weight.  No matter where you are along your weight loss journey, make walking a top priority.  Walking does matter, no matter how much or how little.  So get out, move your butt, & start walking more.

How has walking benefited you?

Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

IMG_20150529_183840 (1)  I’m happy to be back after dealing with another bout of my illness.  The above quote & pic is one of my favorites so I thought I would share with all of you.  It’s a great reminder to do whatever makes you happy, otherwise happiness with elude you.  I make it a point each & every day to do those things.  It’s what helps me stay positive & live a happier life.  It’s the little things that matters.
Now, let’s get on the the fun part.

“Oh My Heartsie Girls “Wonderful” Wednesday’s Linky Party #92:❢
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When Did St Patrick’s Day Begin?
6 Fun and Interesting Facts about St Patrick’s Day Plus Fun Featured Recipes and Crafts!!

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The little black dress is an essential for every woman’s wardrobe.
How about a little black dress worn 4 ways?

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A Southern classic is transformed into a light and refreshing dessert.
Lemon Blueberry Bread pudding, made even more delicious with a creamy
Lemon Buttercream Sauce is perfect for anytime
you need a dish that has that touch of Gourmet.
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Engagement and Countdown to the Wedding Sign
Co-Host Evija Roberts/ From Evija With Love/Engagement and Countdown to the Wedding Sign
I love making signs especially if they are for a special occasion such as an engagement!
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Easter Egg Art-Donna
Co-Host Donna Wirthlin / Two Chicks And A Mom / Easter Egg Art /
Foam Easter egg plus Sharpies equals unique!
Your kids (or you) can be as artsy and individualized in this fun Easter craft!

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A simple recipe for a delicious treat! Whether for breakfast or a dessert,
these scones are perfect for any Easter celebration!
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Setting Relationship Expectations
Co-Host Tracy / Turnaround at 50 / Setting Relationship Expectations /
The key to romance in a long term relationship – setting relationship expectations.

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Orange Lime Coconut Cupcakes Co-Host Christine Ryan /Orange Lime Coconut Cupcakes /
St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes that will surely get those Irish eyes a smiling!
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Mie Ayam Jamur - Chicken and Mushroom Noodles ♥Co-Host Indah / My Purple World / Mie Ayam Jamur – Chicken and Mushroom Noodles/
Let’s prepare some delicious homemade chicken and mushroom noodles, Indonesian way 🙂
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You're Already Amazing Co-Host Susan B Mead / You’re Already Amazing
Have you needed to hear good news – about yourself?
Then you want to read here about Holley Gerth’s newest LifeGuide.
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When Others Fail Us ♥Co-Host Kelly LaFollette /Raising Samuel’s Home-School /
When Others Fail Us
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Showing the love of Christ, even to those who harm us.

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Swiss CHard Bacon & Butternut Squash SoupCo-Host Sarah Hamlin /Living Intentionally Simple / Swiss Chard, Bacon, & Butternut Squash Soup (DF)/
Creamy dairy free soup that highlights butternut squash, swiss chard, & bacon

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Home Cooking Memories / Lemon Petits Fours Recipe

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Stone Cottage Adventures/ First Bloom of 2016


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Ribbon Retreat/ DIY Scalloped Mirror


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Viral Upcycle/Vintage Card Catalog from a DVD Cabinet

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Fashion and Food and Other Stuff
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BLACK & DENIM Womens Look
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Co-Host Pick by Ashleigh / Simply Wright /
Simply Darrling/
Easter Printable & DIY Gold Foil


St-Patricks-Day-Gift-Idea-with-Free-Printable- Co-Host Kelly Raising Samuel’s Home-School/
Home Cooking Memories/ Easy St. Patrick’s Day Gift Idea with Free Printable

5-Ways-to-Comfort-Someone-Who-is-Grieving-Square-Tracy Blogger FeatureCo-Host Tracy Turn Around At 50 /
Susan B Mead /5 Ways to Comfort Someone Who is Grieving

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Motivation of the Day….March 6th

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten out so today we took the girls on a family hike.  It was an interesting time.  We took this trail that ended up having some snow, ice, & mud.  The girls and I kept slipping everywhere.  As we were heading down I slipped and fell on my butt in this pile of mud with puddles in it.   Even though I was freezing cold, my pants sticking to me, & my butt went numb, it was a fun time.  I was so happy to be able to get out and enjoy our almost 40 degree weather, which is the beginning of a great week.  And I was able to get my 10,000 steps in today.  YAY!
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How has your weekend been?
 What motivated you to get up & get moving?