Sunday, May 31, 2020

Monthly Round Up: May 2020

Dear Reader,
Thanks for joining me for another round up :) 
If this is your first one, let me share how I like to write these up.  I start with some reflection time of the month, and what's one thing I learned.  I also add what's something I'd like to change next month, and present what was my most viewed blog post.  Then I finish with some favorite blogs, and websites I've been reading this month, as well as some pins I can't wait to try!

But first, pin this image for future reference:
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How we downsized by 2500+ sq. feet (and never looked back!)

Dear Reader,

Oh yes, you read that title right - we used to have over 2500sq feet of stuff packed into a house (and the garage), and we got rid of all but 250 sq feet of it.  Yup, we got rid of 90% of our stuff, and never looked back!  I had been looking into minimalism for a while, and my husband has always been into sustainable living, but with two toddlers, we thought it'd be a while before we'd really get into it.
And then - like it is for everyone - life happened.  Big time.
Now before I give you the rundown, feel free to pin this pin for future reference - and skip down if you're just looking for the list of how to downsize (plus a FREE printable)

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Monday, May 18, 2020

10 Minnesota (socially distant-friendly) Landmarks to Explore this summer

Dear Reader,

With the stay at home restrictions being lifted on June 17th (well, that's the plan so far!), there will be a lot of Minnesotan's hoping to finally enjoy the amazing park system our state has to offer.  Of course many parents are still going to be avoiding playgrounds (and for good reason), and keeping socially distant as best as possible.  However, in case another stay at home order is implemented down the road, or you just want to practice staying six feet apart outdoors, here's a great list for the twin cities/southwest metro area.  And yes, even though many things were closed, my family and I were still able to explore some of these amazing landmarks, parks, and even beaches and I'm here to share my top five (socially distant friendly) ones - and five more I plan on exploring over the summer. 
So though summer might not be turning out to be exactly what any of us had in mind, there's no reason we can't enjoy the outdoors, and burn off some energy! 
But first, pin this image for future reference
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

How the Catholic Church embraces the feminine

Dear Reader,

This is going to be one of those polarizing posts.  In fact, I would be surprised if this somehow answered to the masses (pun intended) - but I felt it was important to write about, because it’s probably one of the most common responses I’ve received/read about when I share about being Catholic:  
"But . . . the Church hates women."
Yikes! Where have we gone wrong, when that is the commonly held belief? I am hoping to write up an informative post, with resources, and links (as usual), but honestly as I began writing it I realized that down the road I'll probably even expand this post into a short eBook because really that's how dear to my heart this subject is!

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But first here's a quick little overview before we dive in. In this post, I'm going to be talking about:

1.) Symbolism of the feminine within the Church, and the Sacrament of the Eucharist

2.) Symbolism of the Tabernacle and Veiling (Why some women veil, and why it isn't - and shouldn't - be a requirement . . . from someone who veils!)

3.) What Canon Law, Pope's and declarations have said about women

4.) What the Bible says, and why Eve was made from Adam's rib (versus head, or feet)

5.) Why NFP and Humanae Vitae are beneficial for women, not backwards

6.) How Catholic female Saints teach women that there is more than one way to be a holy, Catholic, woman. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A Beginner's Guide to the Do's and Don'ts of Adapted Workouts

Dear Reader,

I don’t know what your circumstances are, but as someone who deals with chronic health issues learning about adapted workouts was a game changer for me!  Instead of looking up a workout, being intimidated, and declaring in frustration, "I don’t think I can do that", I can now say with confidence, "Well, let’s see how we can adapt that."  And really adapted workouts aren’t just for people with illness or disabilities, but also great for people who are dealing with a short term injury, or who are temporarily stuck indoors (ahem, global pandemic anyone?).

Adapted workouts are going to empower you, keep you fit, and the best part - are easy to find once you know what to look for!  But don’t worry, I got plenty of references and links at the bottom so you don’t have to worry about spending a few hours with a search engine :)

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