About Me
I'm a wife, stay at home mom to my son Christian, photographer at heart, who loves to cook (but scarcely does), and a fantastical lover of LOTR, Harry Potter and Doctor Who! Allons-y!

Also, I love God above all, but besides that, Sweetish Fish, Twix, Reese's, tulips, huskies (and FINNISH SPITZ!) and extra crispy hashbrows, skittles, TARGET, camping and fishing, mexican food!!, fleece tie blankets, country music, old books, horses, Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditional hymnal songs, SPRING, Sun Chips and Cheetos, BassPro Shop, Cardinals, lint rollers, Fruity Pebbles, bon fires, chandelier earrings, TACO BELL, apple butter, muhkni chicken and so much more!

"You are more than the choices that you've made, you are more than the sum of your past mistakes, you are more than the problems you create, you've been remade..." -You are More, Tenth Avenue North   

About A {Simple} Kind of Life
A{Simple}Kind of Life is a place for others to share in my little pieces of happiness through the DIY's I try, every day simplicities I share, my home life creations and ideas, and the different things I learn and explore!

The blog name, A{Simple}Kind of Life, was inspired by my favorite artist Gwen Stefani, from the band No Doubt. I have loved that group since I was young because of their flare and passion (plus their album Tragic Kingdom had some awesome spicy songs that just stuck). No Doubt's song, A Simple Kind of Life, is something that I hold to... "all I wanted was the simple things, a simple kind of life."

I believe that a simpler way of living is a happier one. A{Simple}Kind of Life is a place where you will find how I try to live out God's purpose for my life and how I find happiness in the smallest of places.

*There are no affiliate links in any of my posts!*

My Favorite Posts
Cloth Diaper Favorites
Cloth Diapering mini-series: 
-The Beginning 
-Stash & Supplies
-How to Start
Breastfeeding Favorites

Banana's Foster
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Boba G3 carrier review
Mommy Favorites 
Baby Favorites: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months.
Toddler Favorites: 12-15 months

30 {goals} while 30 {years old} Goal List 
1. Submit something for publication.
2. Decorate pictures with digital handwriting!  
3. See a Cardinals game in person!  
4. Take a photography class 
I'm currently signed up for a Mastering your DSLR Camera class, that starts the end of June! So excited!! :oD
5. Travel some where new and explore  
We took a trip to Mexico!  
6. Be more aware of money spent  
Not that we are big spenders, but we could be saving more money if we put together a simple budget or really watched what we spent.... and we have! 
7. Complete acts of service  
I volunteered at our church's nursery for a little while, but would like to do more. We are continuing to donate when we can and are trying to be more generous with our funds.
8. Start a new tradition  
We are going to start making Easter bread every year! A secret family recipe from a friend!
9. Finish my quilt! 
10. Create my own {delicious} recipe    
Did you see my Spicy Honey Salmon Glaze recipe?
11. Do something special for myself.    
I went to MommyCon ツ and had a blast!  
12. Hang/put up pictures throughout the house. Maybe try a gallery wall...  
Everything was taken down a few years ago so we could paint the rest of the house, and things have been going back up slooowly.
13. Complete an out-of-this-world pin  
Even though it's not 100% finished since I still have to make a cover, I have create an awesome quiet book for Christian! He played with it on our trip to Mexico and loved it, especially the buckle page. (I will share more once I've added the cover.)  
14. Strive to incorporate more natural remedies, cleaners, cosmetics etc. for a more natural way of living.
 We have incorporated many more natural ways of living including: natural toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, essential oils, prenatal and one a day vitamins, homemade natural lotions, vanilla extract and other foods to cut out fillers and unnatural preservatives!
15. Try a new food or drink.
We have tried sooo many different things now since we have started shopping at Trader Joe's on a regular weekly basis!
16. Perfect our mead recipe 
17. No bottled water (unless in dire need, as to cut back on waste)    
So far so good! 
18. Find a new church and attend weekly    
We have found a new church home! It's right down the road and it has a nursery for use during services, a baby/toddler weekly group and young family group get togethers! Success!  
19. Play the violin more  
20. Take Christian to visit my home state, MO, and go fishing 
We have successfully visited MO twice now with Christian! Visiting family in both St. Louis and Columbia. I'm not sure we'll make it fishing in MO but at least we have make the 6-7 hr. trip with no problems!
21. Night away from Christian- ?  
22. Complete a weekly photo blog challenge  
23. Take a risk 
24. Make myself a priority
I have been making sure to focus on myself (as well as hubby) and remind myself that I AM still here, that I am not just a mom but an individual with interests other than toddler life. I have picked back up with reading, visiting with friends and having girls night regularly, along with date nights with the hubbs. :o) Go me!
25. Blog at least once a week  
I've been keeping up and it feels less stressful than blogging 3x a week for sure. If I have a particularly rough/busy week, I will not allow myself to write a quick posts just to make sure I've gotten something written for the week.  
26. Make a simple cleaning schedule, and stick to it for at least a month
27. Enjoy a new interest   
A new obsession really. I'm sooooo into Doctor Who and Divergent now. It occupies my mind (and pinterest board, make that boardS ツ) constantly.  
28.
I have started reading again, and love utilizing my local libraries to the full extent. I'm not a huge fan of ebooks, but I have found that they do come in handy paired with shorter, if any, wait lines. 
-Books/short stories read: Divergent series (loooooved it), Free Four, Four: The Transfer, The Fault in our Stars, Heaven is for Real, Four
29. Continue to purge "stuff" from the house   
Hopefully this will mean more space & organization! I love the act of purging stuff and making large donations to the local Good Will. It's my way of spring cleaning, instead of scrubbing floors and window sills. Ek.
30. Baby #2??!!
I left this blank until now on purpose since I knew a goal for 2014 was to consider adding onto our family.... and we ARE pregnant with baby #2! We are due with another little boy in April of 2015 and we are so excited Christian will have a little brother! 

20/30 COMPLETED!! 
*updated end of December 2014. One more month until I'm 31 and my time is up! :o) *

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