Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word


Several people have asked how we, as a Christian family, celebrate Easter with little children. In a world where Easter has become giant rabbits and hunting for eggs, how do we keep to the true meaning of Easter in our home?

We do still do Easter baskets for our kids, we d o still color eggs with our kids, and we do still participate in Easter egg hunts. Those things are tradition, but we do these things, too.


  1. We read “The Story of Easter” by Patricia A. Pingry. I love this book- it is colorful, well-written, and it explains the Easter story in a way that our children really understand it. They have asked some great questions over the years, and they’ve learned from just reading this book. It’s available on Amazon, and if you’re not into this particular book, there are others that are just as great.



2. Make “resurrection rolls!” Recipe can be found here. 

This is a fabulous way to demonstrate the Easter story and resurrection to your children. Plus, they are quick and easy to make, and they taste amazing!


3. We go to church on Easter Sunday

Our church has traditionally held a Sunrise service, breakfast and regular church service. We always enjoy celebrating our risen Savior, as well as fellowshipping with our fellow church members.

How do you and your family observe the Easter season?



Simplify: tips for a happier and healthier life

Simplify: tips for a happier and healthier life

Simplify tips

We’ve been talking each Saturday about simplifying areas of our lives, but what about simplifying our lives in general? There are so many things we do that add stress to our lives, and we don’t even know it.

I publish a blog each week called “Organized and Simplified,” but sometimes my life is anything BUT simplified. I am the world’s worst for trying to do too much, and it’s something I need to work on.

In order to simplify my life, I am doing the following things. Please feel free to comment below and add any more tips- I’d love to hear from you!!


  1. Know your priorities, and choose them wisely.

I am guilty of often trying to do too much in one day. I often try to do so much, that quantity takes over quality, and I end up doing a lot of things, but not necessarily doing them WELL. If you’re like me, I get stressed out by a lengthy to-do list. Just because you have a lot to do, doesn’t mean you need to do it all at once, or even in the same day. Give yourself permission not to be perfect. It’s OK- no one else is, either.


2. Read more, watch TV less

I am trying to make an effort to read more than I have been. I love reading, but I usually have no time for it, until summer or spring break. I have been taking at least 15 minutes a night to read something, and a few minutes during lunch to read my daily devotional.


3. Less phones!

Hooo boy, is this an area that I need to work on!! My family has been making a concentrated effort to put down the cell phones and just be present. Turn off your social media notifications, and allow yourself only a little cell phone time each day.  Being constantly tied to your phone stresses you out and makes it difficult to concentrate on other things.


4. Declutter your spaces by getting rid of what you don’t need.

A cluttered space is stressful and makes it hard to relax. A light, airy, decluttered space is a space where you can get comfortable and relax.


5. Focus on the present, not the future

Focus on what you’re doing right now, and what you need right now. Don’t worry too much about the future, as you can’t do anything to change the future. Worry about the future when it gets here. For now, enjoy where you are.


6. Don’t overcommit- you can say no, and you should say no. No one can do everything- it is perfectly OK to turn down tasks if you feel overwhelmed.


7. Don’t multitask- singletask when ever you can, to sharpen focus and effectiveness. Trying to focus on too much at once is like a computer browser with too many open tabs. Your brain runs more slowly and less effectively when you are trying to do too much at once. Focus singularly and you can focus more easily.


I hope you have enjoyed these tips for simplifying your life. Please comment below to share any additional tips you might have.


Have a great weekend!

Mudrooms: a Pinterest roundup


We really love our house, and while there are a few things we’d change, we are happy here. One of the things we don’t have but would like to have is a mudroom.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for mudrooms I love, and I wasn’t disappointed. I decided I’d share some of my favorite findings with you all.


The mudroom in the photo above looks cozy and inviting. I love the light fixtures, the rug, and how bright and airy the room is.


Do you have a small space mudroom? This one-wall set up is perfect! I love the wood stain, the shiplap and the barn lights. So much farmhouse charm in such a small area.


Since our future mudroom will definitely be a laundry/mudroom combo, this lovely space certainly caught my eye. I love that floor and the color of the cabinets!


This laundry room is perfect for the same reasons- pretty floor, pretty cabinets and a shared laundry/mudroom space that blends together well.

Do you have a gorgeous laundry or mudroom? I’d love for you to share it with me!

Have a wonderful weekend.

How to make the most out of your small bedroom

How to make the most

Even the smallest space can be one that is relaxing and beautiful if you keep it clean and organized enough. Even if you have a small bedroom, you can make it appear bigger. However, the true focus of your efforts should be on making the most of the space that you have now, including organizing your possessions in such a way that they are convenient to access and use. You don’t need a lot of space to make a bedroom that is inviting, neat, and pretty.


First, make your space more comfortable while also making it appear larger by using quality lighting. Don’t simply flood your room with bright lights in an attempt to make it seem larger. Instead, use multiple smaller lights to make your room lighter or darker depending on your circumstances and mood. Find a variety of lights at your local retailer and consider a number of options. For example, if you need LED lighting Tampa visit a trusted company like Light Style of Tampa Bay. There, you will see the options, such as floor lamps, ceiling lamps, and wall lights, which can provide depth and interest to your small bedroom.


Use creative ideas to make the most out of your space for storage. Organize your closet both vertically and horizontally. Use the space under your bed to store boxes and choose stools and chairs that allow you to store things inside of them. You don’t need a ton of space to fit all of your stuff if you organize them well. At the same time, you should get rid of things that are not needed in your life so that you don’t have a lot of clutter taking up space in your bedroom.

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Finally, choose light colors and simple patterns to avoid making your bedroom look busy or cluttered. Neutral or light colors make your space seem larger and more relaxing at the same time. Avoid jarring patterns or patterns that use a number of contrasting colors. Keep it simple, neat, and always organized.


How to get organized… and stay that way!

How to get organized… and stay that way!

There are two types of people in the world: those who are naturally organized and those who must work to be organized. Maybe you fall into that second category- you really want to be organized, but you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

Getting organized is possible, but it doesn’t happen overnight. With the following tips, you too can have an organized home.

1. Think about your family and your needs.

Who lives in your home? What rooms do you use daily in your home? What spaces are currently giving you the biggest headache? When you consider your family’s needs, and organize accordingly, you’re more likely to stay organized.

2. Simplify, declutter and purge!

When you’re organizing, remove everything you don’t need or don’t use. Keep only what you use and trash or donate everything else. Clutter doesn’t help you in any way and it only stresses you out.

3. Sort and purge all rooms at least twice a year to keep things organized and decluttered.

We like to declutter once around Christmas time and once again in the summer. We usually donate or repurpose what we no longer use. This cuts down on toy clutter and helps us to rid ourselves of the things we no longer need.

4. Start small

Don’t try to tackle your whole house in a day. Start with a closet first, or even a drawer. Organize all cabinets and drawers and then move on to closets and rooms. Before you know it, your whole house will be organized!

5. Have specific places for everything and put things away when you are finished with them.

Sometimes we get lazy and we don’t always put things away when we are done. We then forget where we put them and misplace them! It’s better to put away the items and be done with it.

Getting organized may seem overwhelming, but it’s easier than you think. All it takes is dedication and a little effort…and the patience to start small.

Free Easter printable art

Free Easter printable art

This week, I decided to depart from my usual Monday craft activities to bring you some free printable art.

Easter is quickly approaching and I’m a sucker for typographical art- why not combine the two? I’ve created two super cute options just for you- and if you want to download them, just right click on the print of your choice and save to your device.

Have a wonderful week.

Sunday Musings: Matthew 28:6

My goal in the remaining weeks til Easter is to really pray and prepare my heart for not only Easter but our upcoming revival. I plan to share some different Printables for Easter related verses as well.

If you don’t celebrate Easter, you may not know why Christians celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits, hiding and finding Easter eggs, or buying new church clothes. All of those things are incidental- the holiday is all about celebrating our risen Savior.

Jesus, who was born of a virgin and lived 33 years on this earth as the sinless, perfect son of God, was crucified for a crime He didn’t commit. He died on that cross and three days later, he arose and walked the Earth once more.

The verse I’d like to share today is Matthew 28:6. Can you imagine the shock and surprise of Jesus’ loved ones when they went to visit his grave and found His body missing? And can you imagine the joy and awe they felt when they realized He truly had risen?

I’m grateful to serve a risen Savior.