The Summer of Chill

The Summer of Chill

Summer is here and with that there are a TON of activities to do. With the pressure of doing the latest and greatest I encourage you that it is OK to take some time and just underplan, underdo and rest, rest, rest.

In Summers past I would go here and there, filling my calendar with activities and being busy to be sure that we did not miss any of the Summer fun. While this WAS fun, it was also draining at times. Sometimes the kids did not even remember the fun that we had. In hindsight, could have definitely scaled back.

This year, I am embracing the “Summer of Chill.” I am relaxing more, saying YES to more small moments, and engaging more in home. We are watching movies, reading books, playing in the yard, enjoying stories, making memories, making simple crafts and just being us.

WE are being us in our way, and on our own time. I am loving it. And guess what?? The kids are loving it too. Today they made a cake on their own. They made popsicles and enjoyed playing with our beautiful new doggie that we adopted named Bella. They played in the backyard and had a great time. We have a lot of downtime and in addition to their Summer packets, they have been able to take time for some easy activities and hobbies.

Considering all the money we spend on energy and household expenses enjoying home is a great choice. We can still choose some great things to do outside of the home for Summer, but I encourage you to enjoy the chill moments too. It is ok, and you may be surprised…you may love it more without the run around feeling of rushing from place to place.

There are also some low cost fun things you could add to your Summer of Chill. Some examples are: Library time, park fun, easy play dates at your home or a friend’s, making food together, taking a walk, water fun, chalk, bubbles, visiting the ocean/beach, VBS,and fun free things around town. It is not that activities are to be avoided. Just avoid filling up your entire schedule running around so that there is no time to rest and enjoy the simple things. Try to have some days with nothing planned and just let it unfold.

Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy your Summer of Chill!

Saludos!

Vanessa xoxoxo

Reading books that you have been wanting to read is great during your Summer of Chill.

March Devotions for Peace

 

March Devotions for Peace

I love devotions and to soak in the word of the Lord. Developing a quiet time with God is so important.

I love to take moments each day and grab a hot cup of my favorite tea and just focus my mind on God and the love of the Lord.

Here are some meditations for March. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. Please share this with someone who may enjoy!

 

MARCH DEVOTIONS FOR PEACE

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, or any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38, 39

 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2

 

 

Blessings!

Vanessa xoxo