Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blake's cider mill + pumpkin patch

More Fall, fun. Traditions mean a ton in my small circle, its something that I am raising my son to appreciate and understand in hopes that he latches on to these traditions and does the same for his family some day. Because truly building bonds, relationships is what our family is about. This weekend we visited a local Cider mill 'Blake's' here in Michigan, one of the more popular choices. We indulged in cider and donuts. I was over the moon excited about the cider because it is the first year they added Gluten Free donuts! Other wise it would have been just a glass of cider for me, but I got to indulge. We ended the day by picking out a pumpkin. What are some of your Fall traditions? 


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

birthday reflections, 39 things I have learned.

source, no this was not my cake..Yes I wish it was.

Its my 39th birthday today, I wanted to post something reflecting in that truth. So I made a list of 39 things I have learned in the 39 years I have been alive, words of wisdom/advice life lessons. No particular order, just brainstorming as I'm sitting here.

1. Never judge another, you have no idea what someone else is facing. Everyone's step through life is different, respect it. What is on the surface may not be what they are battling on the inside.
2. Go against the grain, DARE to be different. For the greater good of man kind, be that ONE that stands up/speaks up for the lesser. Be the one that separates yourself from the norm.
3. Set goals and stick to them, no matter how frightening it is. No matter how many people say you can't, do it. Don't look back and WISH you would have done that one thing.
4. Embrace change. Move forward, don't look back. Don't harbor regrets, you are not a tree. MOVE. Change directions in your life if you don't like it.
5. Find a purpose in life, what drives you? To be better, to want more for yourself or those you love. Find something that fulfills you to the core, your spirit. Lift yourself up.
6. Be silly, goofy and totally dorky. Because in those moments I feel like a child again and that feeling is simply amazing. Stay young at heart.
7. Just breathe. Simply breathe. This is where i am at at 39, reminders to simply just be. Affirmations to keep going, because when this age comes things start to almost feel redundant and life can take some heavy hits, sometimes one after the other.
8. Find a hobby and amerce yourself in it, for me its gardening. I love my hands in dirt, planting seeds, watering and harvesting the fruits of my labor. The motions of self discipline and care. Its rewarding and fulfilling
9. Stay active and find adventures, even if that means a bike ride around the block. Drink in the sun, spend time outdoors connecting with nature and admiring life's simplistic beauties.
10. Spend time with those you love, invite them into your life regularly. Build strong relationships and bonds.
11. Eat well, healthy and watch the changes in your body. Be aware of what is in your food and what you feeding your family. Read those labels and educate yourself.
12. Be a good parent, teach them how life works, steer them in the right light. Speak positive truths over them.
13. Be a kind human, do those things that society has forgotten. Don't expect anything back in return, just do it because its right. Pass that moral down. Teach the young this.
14. Have faith, trust God. Over and over he saved me from my darkest moments. Learn to trust in his will, no matter how scary its looking.
15. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes the burden is just to heavy, there are people out there that would gladly help if you just ask. This applies to anything in life.
16. Forgive. Yea, I said it. Forgive your biggest adversaries, the sins against you that cut the deepest. Forgive and move on so that you can heal proper. Its the only way to really move on.
17. You are stronger then you think. You posses a power in you that goes deep, a primal instinct to survive. Tap into that in your darkest moments.
18. Smile, a simple act takes less muscles then frowning and it makes you feel good. I smile at strangers all the time, you never know....Maybe that's the only smile they seen all day..week..
19. Surround yourself with positive people, learn what toxic looks like and stay far away. Wow did it take me awhile to learn this one, I no longer want to be part of groups that talk about other people. I want to be apart of a group that lifts each other up and does not label. Labeling is lame.
20. Love. Heal and try and love again. Love will come and go, just trust the flow.
21. Do something for you, something that makes you feel good on the inside.
22. Read a good book, find a quite place and let your mind take you to another place.
23. Celebrate small victories, these small victories are building blocks to the future.
24. Don't be afraid to show emotion, it does not mean you are weak. It shows you are human and feel. Some people lack this ability.
25. Let go of your frustration before you melt down, find a way to un-wind and defuse in a healthy manner.
26. Rest is everything. At the end of the day, lay your burdens down. Let go of all the things that try to run through your head and rest.
27. If you fail, try again and again. If you truly want something, go after it.
28. Be frugal, learn how to save money in life. It will makes things so much easier.
29. Be humble. Thankful for all good things, even if small blessings.
30. Find Peace. Find a place that clears your mind, allows for silence. Detach yourself from all things that do not bring peace, even if this means letting go of something/someone you love. Learn what brings you peace and indulge in it.
31. Self awareness, know what has shaped you to the person you are today. Know what steps it took to get there.
32. Break bad habits. Ones that are not particularly good for you.
33. Consume knowledge, you will never stop learning in life. So much of it is at our disposal, tap into it and learn something new.
34. Learn to love the little things. This is why I named my blog "Little things every day" because its these little things in life that lift me up and bring gratefulness. Appreciation to be alive. A breeze against my cheek, a beautiful orange leaf flowing to the ground, a butterfly landing on a leaf, my sons laughter from another room etc. little things.
35. Think before you speak, Lord help me I'm still learning this one. I am pretty blunt and sometimes I think I speak before really tasting the words on my lips.
36. You can't make everyone happy. No matter how hard you try some people will find fault in you, know that its ok. Its not you, truly its them.
37. Understand nothing lasts forever, all good things must come to a end.
38. Be fiercely independent, learn how to survive on your own. Learn to love yourself first. Learn to keep yourself good company and never depend on anyone else.
39. Be happy. Your alive, you made it another year. Gods speed.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Pinterest: Fall Mood Board

Because sharing is caring, I wanted to share my cherished "Fall" Pinterest board. I have such a strong love for art and photography, its been in my blood every since I can remember. I have such a appreciation for it, a special place in my heart.  So fall is my favorite season and I wanted to share my favorite Fall photos with you all. Get us all in the spirit of a new season and a new leaf being turned over. I have a TON more photos for fall if you interested to follow or pin away on my board here




Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunflower Fields

My soul speaks in flowers. It awakens me from the inside, forcing me to slow down just a minute and enjoy life and it's simple pleasures. Just like my blog says 'little things every day' its these simple things that truly make me happy. I have a handful of favorites, one being Sunflowers. Their vibrant colors of Yellow aid in smiles. Last week my mother, son and I visited a Sunflower farm. We had so much fun, just submersing ourselves in these tall beautiful giants. We took a tracer out to the fields, hopped out and walked the rows. If you have never been to a Sunflower farm, I highly recommend it. We attended one in our state here in Casco Michigan. We started a tradition a few back, to attend a field of Sunflowers every start of Fall.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Etsy Fall Favorites

Blue Pumpkins, if I had space I would totally grow these!

I love curating lists of all my favorite Holiday favorites on Etsy, what is Etsy you ask? its a amazing handmade community, that allows for artists to sell their handmade goods to people like you and I. It is also where my shop is located for custom hand stamped jewelry here. I love this time of year and wanted to show case a few of my favorites, enjoy!

super duper cute, for your little

Pumpkin spice & everything nice, watercolor art.

I love wreaths for every holiday and I am finding that I adore hoop wreaths!

I love the colors of raw Carnelian stones, they are so vibrant. Take a look at the price on this one, its a steal!

Super cute Blue pumpkin decor pillow

hand knitted needle point acorns!

Look even the baby gets a super cute Fall scarf!

who doesn't love apple cider?! Or at least the smell ;)

Hand knitted wool socks, to keep those cold feet cozy.

Hand stamped sterling silver earrings! Beautiful way to say "I love Fall", BTW these were hand crafted with love from yours truly. So go over there and check them out!

I appreciate all mediums of art, loving this one

Here you go, can't get anymore closer to the truth then this shirt. 

I love the chunkiness of this piece! I need one.

chunky hand knitted blankets, I imagine they are super cozy

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