Spark Joy Book Review

I am super excited about this book!  Watch my latest Periscope to get my initial thoughts on Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and all it has to offer.  Stay tuned for more Scopes along the way and a full review after I finish reading.

Have you read Spark Joy? Did you start implementing Marie's ideas? What did you think?I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

If you know me, you know that breakfast is my favorite meal ever.  I love cereal, bacon, pancakes, eggs, french toast...I could go on and on.  However, even with homeschooling and not needing to rush out the door our mornings tend to be busy as I'm trying to get some work in before breakfast and school.  With recovering from surgery out of necessity we have been taking the cereal route for breakfast.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE cereal, but it often leaves us hungry in an hour and doesn't give us the fuel we need to get through our day.  All in all adjusting back to normal life has left us struggling with making better breakfast choices lately.  Eggs are a fairly easy go to in the mornings, but we like a little variety to our mornings as well.

I suppose I am more passionate about breakfast foods than the average person but seldom on weekdays do I have time to cook breakfast, that's where these make ahead breakfast ideas come in.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins - A coconut flour quick bread recipe. I usually double the batch, one to eat soon and one to freeze for a quick breakfast for another day.  I've made this as muffins or as bread, you will need to adjust the cook time for bread.

Nut and Grain Free Granola - We use our own recipe with whatever we usually have on hand.  Here are a couple similar recipes : Pumpkin Seed Granola and Nut Free Granola

Waffles.  We make ours with a coconut flour but your favorite waffle recipe would do.  After they are cooled we freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and when they are frozen put them in a freezer bag.  This allows for us to pull out just how many we need, reheat and enjoy.  Don't be afraid to ditch the Eggos.

Do you have any make ahead breakfast recipes?  Or any favorite breakfast go-tos?  


The Gift of Forced Rest

I wrote this a couple weeks after surgery.  Still in the thick of grief and physical recovery. Happy day to you friends. May you see joy anew today. 
This. This like I've never seen before.

The sunlight is at just the right morning height to bounce off the flurries falling from the sky and it looks like glitter. Glitter sprinkling from sky.

My breath caught in my throat.

I thought about grabbing the camera, but I wouldn't have been able to do the view justice. So I just tried to soak it in.

Surgery naturally has a way to make you slow down.  While physically my incisions, my muscles, and my insides are healing, my energy seems to be lagging a bit farther behind.

But without this lagging behind I would've missed it. Because sitting on the couch and reading a book, looking outside, slowly sipping coffee -- they were all previously lost in the rush and the multitasking of days that I had so eloquently honed.

I would have missed the glitter falling slowly.  I would have missed GH softly singing to The Lion Guard and the incessant giggles coming from the other room.

While there has been loss and heartache, these moments are the joy in this process; I'm being forced to slow, and to see these gifts.  I want to stay seeped in the present, beyond the healing of stomach muscles and incisions, after my energy has returned.

Yes, this, this is a gift.


Favorite games and Periscope.

Friends, I have jumped into the world of Periscope.  If you're on Periscope come find me at thisabode.  This morning we shared some of our favorite independent play games.  These games are well used in our house and aren't only enjoyable they keep kids thinking while they play.

Games featured :

Think Fun Gravity Maze
Think Fun Laser Maze
Think Fun Brick by Brick

I'd love to hear your favorite independent play games.


Searching hard for beauty.

Lately, some days are easier than others.  Some days have more energy, more smiles, more life.  Other days are days that exhaustion seeps, physically and emotionally.  These are the days where I need to talk remind myself to just put one foot in front of the other, to look hard for grace, to be gentle with myself.

Once again a song speaks so eloquently to where my heart resides these hard days. 

And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you're never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace

-Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, Danny Gokey

Continuing to search for beauty along this journey. 


Survival Skills for Sleepless Nights

I'm sharing over at the Colorado Springs Moms blog this week.  It's all about survival skills for sleepless nights.  While out sleepless nights are less they are still abundant.  Would love to hear your survival tips for long nights.



Grief seems to come like waves.

Sometimes they are ripples that make me twinge and my lips contort from someone's comment, or waiting for my post-op in a waiting room full of pregnant mamas.  Other times, they seem like tidal waves that make it hard to catch my breath.

Often it seems like they come when I'm not expecting it.

This is not something I want to grieve.  This reality is not one I want to claim.  It all happened so fast and is still so hard to wrap my mind around.

I'm doing my best to ride these waves when they come and when the subside. My instincts are to run, to bury my head in the sand until it passes.  But I feel like that's a disservice, to our baby, to our baby's story, to what's being done in my heart.

There are times when the waves of grief subside.  Times where I feel almost normal and have forgotten the events of the past two weeks.  There's a twinge of guilt when I'm swung back to reality.   How could I so easily forget and be ok?

But being present in these better moments is something I'm finding just as important to this process.  Moments to catch my breath, to smile, to laugh, to be grateful.  These moments, when the waves of grief subside, are moments I cling to, and refuse to lose to guilt. 
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