Project Inspire{d} Link Party 134 - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  I'm so glad you're here! It's always fun to see what you link up each week at Project Inspire{d}! I can't wait to see your latest creative great ideas. And I know our non-blogging friends can't wait to be inspired.  It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! In between those moments at the beach I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog...   How to Decorate for Fall in 4 Easy … [Read more...]

What to do When life seems out of control... AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I wish I could read the book from which this quote was taken. It's been my pleasure to have read a few of Ortberg's books and they have all spurred me on to a greater depth of thinking and towards the Lover of my soul.     “If your soul is healthy, no external circumstance can destroy your life. If your soul is unhealthy, no external circumstance can redeem your life.” – John Ortberg, Soul Keeping There is so much truth in this statement. In fact, I think you'll agree that it resonates with many of my recent JoyDay! posts.     So much of life is outside of our … [Read more...]

Your Fall Food & Crafts Guide - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Can you smell it in the air?! It's almost fall and the Project Inspire{d} team can't wait. We have your go-to guide for delicious autumn inspired recipes and festive projects to make during this cozy, comforting, leaf crunching time of the year! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas... Fall Food and Crafts Guide   What to Eat 1. Mini Apple Pie Bites by All She Cooks 2. Nectarines and Cream Breakfast Loaf by The Simple-Sweet Life 3. Apple Cider Slushies by Clean and Scentsible 4. Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili by Frugal Foodie Mama 5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by … [Read more...]

How to decorate for fall in 4 easy and doable steps - anextraordinaryday.net

  Who flipped the switch? Every morning I'm up by 6 am... starting the day's race in the kitchen by making lunch and breakfast. It's early... but the only light I turn on is over the kitchen sink.  It's plenty of light. Or at least it WAS! What happened? Fall doesn't officially arrive until September 27th. Unofficially... Fall arrived... with her entourage of heavy gray clouds, cool temperatures, brisk wind, dark early mornings, and early sunsets. If you've been following me on Facebook you no doubt know my thoughts. Several gals overwhelmingly responded that they are so ready … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party #133 - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I'm so glad you're here! It's always fun to see what you link up each week at Project Inspire{d}! I can't wait to see your latest creative great ideas. And I know our non-blogging friends can't wait to be inspired.  It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! In between those moments at the beach I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... I wasn’t just hungry for joy…. I was starving. | JoyDay! Plus...Project … [Read more...]

I wasn't just hungry for joy - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  My week was hard. It was one of those weeks I don't ever want to remember. The culmination was to hear untruths spewed out about my relationship with my mother (who died 11 years ago) by someone who has absolutely no idea.  Talk about a kick in the stomach. So what do I do when my head is spinning and things seem totally out of control? Drive to the big lake to see big waves.     And stay until sunset, that in spite of the heavy gray skies, sprang forth with great brilliance.   Or on another day, go to a lakeside park with a bag of tortilla chips and salsa … [Read more...]

40 Easy Weeknight Recipes at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Even though we haven't flipped the calendar to fall yet, our calendar squares are quickly filling up with all kinds of activities. It's a sure sign that summer is on her way out. When the calendar is filled, we often stress out about what to serve for dinner. This week we had an incredible number of terrific dinner ideas at Project Inspire{d}. You'll want to use these recipe ideas to help your plan your September menu. And if you've never done that before... do it! It really does make weeknight dinners easier! I'd love to hear which recipes made you drool. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great … [Read more...]

Project Inspired link party 132 - anextraordinaryday.net

  I'm so glad you're here! It's always fun to see what you link up each week at Project Inspire{d}! I can't wait to see your latest creative great ideas. And I know our non-blogging friends can't wait to be inspired.  It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! In between those moments at the beach I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... 5 Truths to Transform Your Mind :: JoyDay! Plus...Project Inspire{d} … [Read more...]

5 Truths to Transform Your Mind - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” Henry Ford Isn't that the truth? We especially see this in children.  When a child let's fear get in the way, he may think he can't hit the ball and fails at baseball.  Or what about swimming?  It's hard for a child to swim into the deep end of the pool if she thinks she'll sink. It's a self-fulling prophecy.  Sinking comes with stinking thinking.   That even holds true in relationships. Years ago my husband shared a story with me... A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the … [Read more...]

14 Fabulous Back to School Ideas

It's hard to believe... but my Facebook feed was filled this week with first day of school photos. Where has the summer gone? You're going to love these treats, printables, and teacher gifts! Perfect for making those first days of school fabulous! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas...   14 Fabulous Back to School Ideas   DIY Homework Caddy by Domestically Speaking via My Creative Scoop Free Printable Teacher Surveys by I Should be Mopping the Floor Easy Teacher Gift by C.R.A.F.T. a b c - 1 2 3 Ruler Cookies by Adventures of Country Divas Teacher Survival Kit by … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party 131 - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I'm not sharing this to brag... Sometimes the strangest things happen out of nowhere. And sometimes they are wonderful blessings. Here's what happened to me this weekend. Early last week I posted a kitchen photo on Facebook that I had originally pinned to my Inspired Kitchens Board on Pinterest. At the time I pinned it, I thought it was a worthy share.  So... one evening I shared it.  A few days later, I noticed that it was getting a lot of attention. And my Facebook page was getting more fans. The numbers kept going up.  There's this 'thing' called reach.  Essentially it's a number that represents the … [Read more...]

5 Simple Tips to Get Your Day Off to a Great Start  JoyDay! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Isn't it a great feeling to start the day well? To go through the day with a peace and confidence? To have a day where your feathers don't get ruffled?   Here are 5 tips that help me get my day off to a great start.   1 - Go to Bed Early or on Time I know that sounds silly... we're talking about starting the day and I begin with telling you to go to bed.  There are too many times when life pushes us out of our planned routines.  Purposely getting to bed early or at a reasonable time each night makes a huge difference in our attitudes and how we feel when we wake up each … [Read more...]

12 Summer Fun Ideas For Kids on Project Inspire{d} at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

If summer were a roller coaster we're riding, we've already made the final climb and are in a downhill free fall to the gate.  Maybe you're hanging on for dear life hoping to get a vacation in before the end, or maybe host the last summer pool party, or... Before the kiddos return to school, you'll want to enjoy these kid friendly summer fun ideas. Get your "pinning finger" ready... because these are Great Ideas! 12 Kid Friendly Summer Fun Ideas Crafts, Parties, & Printables   Take a Dip Pool Party by Home.Made.Interest. Travel Sized Chalk Board by Sew Travel Inspired Disney Parks … [Read more...]

Project Inspire{d} #130 Link Party - My Summer Faves - Home Decor, Recipes & More! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I've decided that my two most favorite summer time activities are... going to the beach... no surprise there. And to the farmers' market.  I'm pretty sure you didn't expect that. Seriously I could easily buy way more there than I could possibly eat. The flowers, the fruits, the veggies, the eggs... I love it all! I always need some yellow wax beans to steam and slather in lots of butter with a sprinkle of Celtic sea salt and blueberries to add to my kefir and make into buckle and pancakes... Oh Yum!! What are your favorite summertime activities? I hope you've had a chance to indulge in your summer … [Read more...]

If you've wondered how to get more faith, you might be surprised to learn that it's not really all that complicated.

  Have you ever thought of your faith as being like a muscle? The more it's exercised... the stronger it becomes. It sounds pretty wonderful doesn't it? We all want to have a strong faith... and a little exercise seems like a good thing. It's all wonderful... until the heat is unbearable, the road seems too steep or never-ending, or the load becomes too heavy to lift. That's when exercise gets hard. That's when we start to give out... our muscles buckle, our resolve dwindles, and we just want to give up and quit. That's the precise time when we need dig in or push through the … [Read more...]

12 Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Make this Weekend

Breakfast...  Do you eat breakfast or grab a cup of coffee and call it good? Me?  I don't miss breakfast and usually have cheesy scrambled eggs and fruit. That's my idea of a breakfast for champions. But what about the weekends? Whether enjoying breakfast with family or hosting a brunch we've collected some delicious breakfast recipes to make this weekend. Get your "pinning finger" ready... because these are deeeelish!    12 Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Make this Weekend    Mango Overnight Oatmeal from Upstate Ramblings Glazed Croissants Recipe from Homegrown … [Read more...]

Project Inspire{d} Hot Summer Weekly Link Party

It's just been another normal hot summer week... trying hard not to melt. EXCEPT I got to go to the beach, twice! One of my favorite things in all the world to do is walk the shoreline, stand at water's edge and let the waves wash over my toes and erode the sand on which I'm standing while I sink in to the softness that somehow erases the cares of the world, and finally lie on the sand with my eyes closed and listen to the sounds of the wind and water.  Aaaaah!  How was YOUR week? It's so good to have you join us this week for another hot summer weekly link party! I'm so excited to see your latest … [Read more...]