I feel that we often forget to be thankful for the small things that we are blessed to have in our life. We run out of gas, we get the wrong milk, our bananas go bad before we get to them, and so on. The little frustrations in life often get in the way of our being thankful for the small and large blessings in our life. In lieu of the new year, I want to remember to be thankful each and every day. I am starting a series called 365 Days of Being Thankful. Every day this year, starting January 1, I will post something I am thankful for, whether it big or whether it small. Follow along and even join with the hashtag #365daysofbeingthankful.
When looking for that special book that you want to steal your heart, make you cry, laugh, and yell at because you’re so frustrated because they’re just so darn perfect together! You need to check out the book Party Girl by Rachel Hollis. This book is by all means one of a kind. I have to admit that it has been a while since I have found a book that makes me feel the way that this one does. I like to have relationships with my books and I like to get to know the characters very well. I felt like Landon was talking to me and venting to me, and definitely making me laugh. When her heart broke, my heart broke. When she got anxiety, I got anxiety.
Rachel Hollis is an incredible writer and I cannot describe in words how her words touched me. I was so sad when finishing this book because I felt like I was so close to these characters. I feel like the story of Landon living out her dream in Los Angeles is one of a kind. I feel that Rachel using her own experiences helped to create reality to the story and definitely made it more personable and relatable.
This story is about a young girl named Landon. She is 20 something, witty, charming, and possibly everything a girl could want to be. Landon has finally gotten an internship with Selah Smith, a famous event planner. Landon finds that this woman that she has always idolized is definitely one of kind. Landon brings you into her life with her struggles and her exciting experiences that she is enduring while pursuing her lifetime dream. This book is definitely a must read!
1. To be thankful every day for what I have. I am hoping to start a series called 365 days of being thankful. (Starting January 1-Keep an eye out!)
2. To spend more time with my family.
3. To excel in my Scentsy business.
4. To finally write a book.
5. To graduate college with my Bachelors in Education.
6. To get my first teaching job.
7. To exercise at least 3 days a week.
8. To read at least 12 books (One a month)
9. To encourage others as much as possible.
10. To go to church more.
What are some of your new years goals?
Remember: New Years goals or resolutions are not to create a new you; they are to help you grow as the person you are.
Need some encouragement about your new years goals? Watch this video by Rachel Hollis
Cookies, cake, pie, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole; you may have even tried my Devil’s Food Cake Cookie recipe. Do these goodies sound familiar lately? I know they do to me. After all of these holiday treats I know I have gained a pound or two…possibly 5. Hey that’s okay though, it’s part of the holiday season right? But now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on the pavement. For some good motivation I always like to have a solid running playlist. I thought that I would go ahead and share mine with you.
When creating my running playlist I like to put music on there that is going to motivate me through my whole run.
Top 10 on my running playlist:
1. “Alive” by Krewella
2. “Love Myself” by Hailee Seinfeld
3. “The Way I Are” by Timbaland
4. “Hall of Fame” by The Script
5. “On my mind” by Ellie Goulding
6. “Talking Body” by Tove Lo
7. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
8. “Stand by You” by Rachel Platten
9. “Shower” by Becky G
10. “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I know I most definitely did. I had a lot of good food and spent a lot of time with my wonderful family and Barrett’s wonderful family!
We ate at a wonderful restaurant with Barrett’s family for Christmas lunch. It was all you can eat of any food you can possibly imagine and all you can drink champagne and mimosa’s. The best part was, no clean up after! We are truly thankful to be a part of such a giving family.
After a wonderful Christmas lunch we ventured back closer to home to have a delicious homemade meal at my parents. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey, ham, and all the rest of your traditional Christmas dinner food. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. My parents recently adopted a new little puppy, Rossie. He and Spencer played so great together and have become best buds, so watching them play was our entertainment for the night.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love it but I am also ready for it to be over. It is definitely exhausting. I am excited to get my little home back in order and organize for the new year. I am also going to be starting a “Project Downsize.” I am going to go through all of my things and donate what I do not need! We have way too many things for this itty bitty apartment. Follow along both on here and on Instagram!
What did you do for Christmas? I’d love to hear!
P.S. Don’t mind the quality of the pictures. I completely forgot my nice camera at home!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve from Sophie!
These last few days leading up to Christmas are always so magical and stressful at the same time. Magical because these are the days that you really feel that Christmas is near, but stressful because of all the last minute shopping, wrapping, baking and cooking.
Last night my mom and I totally went shopping for one thing for my dad and came out with five more things for Barrett, three things for my dad and three things for my aunt. The danger of Christmas sales my friends. We had so much fun though, which is what counts.
Today will consist of baking and shopping. I will be making my Devil’s Food Cake Cookie’s and The Chic Sites Easy Holiday Bark. I am looking forward to enjoying all of these yummy treats! I had all of my shopping done until I lost three gifts. Yes lost them. How? I don’t really know. They were gifts for my boyfriend’s mom, sister, and grandma. So today’s mission is to find new gifts for them!
I hope that your Christmas Eve Eve is magical. Enjoy these last few days of the Christmas season and make sure to enjoy the last bit of those Christmas movies…I know I will.
Is it really Christmas yet if you haven’t baked cookies worth a thousand calories? I think not! I have been using this recipe for at least 4 years now and I am so excited to finally share it. This recipe is great for any holiday party, cookie exchange, or even to put in a little goodie bag as a gift for co-workers, friends, and family.
The great thing about this recipe is that there are so few ingredients but the combination is incredible!
Devil’s Food Cake Cookie
YIELD: 28 Cookies
1 Package of Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 heaping tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a medium bowl, stir together cake mix, eggs, peanut butter and oil until well blended.
3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Roll dough in walnut size balls. (Cookies 2 inches apart)
5. Bake 12 minutes.
6. Allow to cool 5 minutes and enjoy.
“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”
-SUSAN LIEBERMAN, New Traditions
One of the best parts about the holiday season is of course tradition. Traditions with family, friends, and co-workers are all something wonderful. Tradition is what makes the holiday season so meaningful and makes it something to look forward to. So in lieu of the holiday season I thought I would share a few of my favorite Christmas Traditions.
My most cherished Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, we go to my grandma’s for a huge family get together. This is the time when all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins come out of the woodwork. There is a massive amount of delicious, carb filled food (calories totally don’t count on holidays), there are tons of presents, and most importantly all my family is there together. It is something that I hope will continue on when I have children. Family is truly what is important around the holidays.
Another Christmas tradition that I cherish is Christmas Eve night at my parents. Every Christmas Eve night, I get to open two presents. One present is always a new pair of jammies for me to wear that night and the other is something of my choice (kind of). My mom always acted like I got to choose when in reality she always had one or two that I could open. This is something I will definitely pass down to my children. It is something that I look forward to every Christmas Eve, even as an adult.
Christmas day, I would always go run into the room and wake my parents up at 5 or 6am and tell my parents “It’s time to get up!” I would of course have to wait for them to get their coffee, but then… present time! Now this would not seem like a tradition to most right? Every kid gets their parents up at the crack of dawn and rips open their present’s right? Wrong. I was not allowed to open any present I wanted. My presents were numbered. Yes. Numbered. My mom wanted me to open my presents in the proper order. For example if I got a Nintendo DS she didn’t want me opening the Nintendo DS games. This is something I make fun of her for but it is something about Christmas that makes me smile and I will most definitely number my children’s presents. Organization is key. Organization is fun. No? Just me?
What are some of your favorite family traditions?
I have searched and searched for different ways to write a first blog post. I have read posts about doing something one way and then two blogs later find out that is the totally wrong way and that there is a better way of doing it. Finally, I decided to just take the leap of faith and write what comes to my heart.
I have been contemplating blogging for over a year now and I kept going back and forth about it, because let’s just be honest, it gives me stage fright! I finally brought myself to do it because I love to write and I love to inspire. I want to inspire and relate to other women the way that other bloggers have inspired me and made me feel like I’m not the only one who does that weird thing.
I feel like the blogosphere is such a wonderful community and my heart aches to be a part of it. I check my favorite blogs once or twice daily; it’s like my morning newspaper.
Here on A Love for Simplicity you can find the simple things that I appreciate in life such as recipes, books, fitness and the little things that inspire me that I hope inspire you as well.
I just want to thank you for stopping by and hope that you stick around!