Krista R | Far From Normal

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Can't you just hear the waves?? We couldn't have asked for better more beautiful for this week at the lake. 
This is by far my favorite family tradition. Three generations of our family all vacationing together. I hope it is one that we will continue to the next generation... even though then I'll be a grandma... so not too soon!! #farfromnormal #LakeErieLove #momlife #parenting #familyvacation #family #familytradition #beach
Daniel & I made very best friends with 2 giraffes today. Getting to see these beauties up close & feed them was seriously the highlight of my day!! A huge thanks to The Watering Hole Safari & Waterpark for an amazing day! 
#LakeErieLove #shoresandislands #monsoonlagoon #thewateringholesafari #farfromnormal #giraffe #safari #animallovers
Lovin' the lake life with a day on the island with my favorite people & food so good that your 11-year-old needs to take a pic for Instagram! 
A big shout out to @millerboatline for a lovely ferry ride to and from the island!! #LakeErieLove #lakelife #putinbay #millerferry #millerboatline #southbassisland
This crazy hot day was perfect for staying in the a/c and catching up on puppy snuggles!! #dogmom #lazysundays #farfromnormal  #intentionalliving
Short & Simple! 
1- Follow hosts @kristen.morgen and @lizthewritingwiz 
2-Like this post
3-Comment your favorite emoji 
4-Tag lots of friends who would love this
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6-Follow all who do the same
7-Watch your numbers skyrocket & have fun! 
#lizwizwritingloop #writingloop #followloop #authorsofinstagram #writersofig #writingcommunity 🖤📖🖤✒️🖤🖋🖤📖🖤
I am not an organized person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I do not say this in any self-disparaging way I say it simply as a matter of fact. I have blonde hair, I have green eyes... I am not gifted in organizational skills. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Luckily other people are, and they write books! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you're a part of my Facebook group you might have seen my announcement yesterday for our first book club pick, "Secrets of an Organized Mom." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you want to join us in reading it & discussing it, and maybe finding a way to be a bit more organized as the new school year starts hop on over and join my Facebook group! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#FarFromNormal #momlife #momsbookclub #bookclub #organization #familylife #secretsofanorganizedmom
Yesterday I was weed whacking and couldn't resist saving these beautiful "weeds" to dress up my dining room table! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They look amazing in the Trades of Hope Sundara set. These are my first home decor pieces from TOH and I am in love with their versatility, and how well they go with my curtains!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Want a set to display your favorite "weeds" in? Now through the 17th, you can use code HOPE17 to get 17% off these beauties!! Get them while you can they are being retired soon!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#TradesofHope #fairtrade #freshflowers #naturesbeauty #FarFromNormal #intentionalliving
I used to love grocery shopping. 
But for some reason about 6 months ago  I started to dread it. I dont know why but all of a sudden it was overwhelming, mentally taxing, and exhausting.

I tried to reframe my thinking to be thankful for my ability to walk into a grocery store and fill up a cart to feed my family. But while I am crazy thankful it still didnt make me want to get in the car and head to the store. While I understand that my lack of desire to go grocery shopping is a total first world problem... I still didnt want to.

Heres the deal folks. You can be thankful, full of gratitude, and understanding that your "problem" isnt actually a problem, and still need to change things up to relieve your stress. 
As moms we get tired, we move through our days, weeks and years taking care of all the things and sometimes it just gets to be too much. 
Sometimes we push our needs or feelings to the back burner because they seem silly or unimportant. Sometimes we hesitate to speak up when we need help because we think we should be able to handle everything. 
Listen to your mind, listen to your body. Take the time to rest up when you need it, ask for help, change up the way you are doing things and lighten your load. 
This week I ordered my groceries, a delivery from instacart and a 10 minute drive to pick up from Giant Eagle and my shopping is done.

And I feel so much less overwhelmed. 
Take the small (or big) steps to take care of yourself. If you need a break take it!! Your health & wellbeing are so very important!

# farfromnormal #momlife #motherhood #instacart #selfcare #intentionalliving #aldihaul
So fun to come home from a long weekend at the lake to a box of Trades of Hope goodies!! I know I'm easily amused but having my new bag stuffed with a newspaper from India really made my day!! #fairtrade #tradesofhope #tradesofhopeinfluencer #farfromnormal #wearhope #jewelry #fairtradejewelry
See these earrings?? They're so fantastic, right?!? In addition to being super cute, and possibly my new favorite pair they are meaningful to me.

No, they weren't a gift, they're not a family heirloom, but they have significance.

They were a gift from a dear friend to celebrate my joining her Trades of Hope family. I love Trades of Hope and all of the ripples of change they are creating in the world and all of the lives they are improving.

I'm excited to see where my journey as a hope influencer leads!

You can check out all that TOH offers and all the beautiful things they are doing in the world here-

#tradesofhope #tradesofhopeinfluencer #fairtrade #bethechange #liveauthentic
I lucked out recently when a blogger friend needed testers for a photography course she is putting together. 
So I've got my coffee & my camera ready, and I'm excited to learn more about how to use my camera to it's full potential. 
I took photography in high school... but that was a minute ago so it's time to re-learn what I used to know! 
#photography #alwayslearning #coffee
#blogger #bloggerlife 
The 4th is fast approaching! Put these amazing quesadillas on your menu, they are sure to be a hit!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thanks to @HatfieldMeats perfectly seasoned pork loin these are super easy and full of flavor! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find the recipe on the blog (link in comments) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#ad #SummerItUpWithHatfield #SimplyHatfield #CollectiveBias #GrillingWithHatfield