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Broken Wings Always Fly Again…

Take these broken wings and learn to fly again…. 🦋🌿 On our explorations we often find serendipity. It is waiting with a surprise to bring us unexpected joy. My son and I were fishing yesterday, and I was looking at the rocks, and turned around and something caught my eye. This beautiful butterfly wing was…

Giving Back

Simple Living Writer has a heart for philanthropic missions that are making an impact and making a difference. A portion of proceeds are donated to local and international charities that are near and dear to my heart. A few charities and groups that SLW supports are: Reading Is Fundamental Poetry at Round Top Lost Pines…

Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard: Riverfront Blues, Food, and Fun

Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard is a wonderful riverfront restaurant serving delicious farm-to-table foods and hand-tossed, gluten-free pizzas. The vibe and atmosphere of this rustic restaurant is laid-back, artsy, and a foodie’s dream-come-true. {Ruby Dice band at Neighbor’s} The bands are always incredibly soulful playing folk, blues, Americana, acoustic, and rock sets. You can watch the…

Junk Gypsy Book Signing In Round Top, Texas

The Junk Gypsies are having their first OFFICIAL Junk Gypsy Book Signing event at their headquarters in Round Top, Texas during the Antique Show this Saturday from 10-12 and 3-5. There will be live music on the front porch, coffee in the morning, and southern iced tea in the afternoon. And there will also be…….biscuits…

Calling All Trailblazers: This Book Is For You

Trailblazers – you’ll love this book. I am so excited to be selected for the @JunkGypsyBook Launch Team!! These ladies inspired me to start my own business almost a  decade ago!! This book is for those of us who want to live life on our own terms, build a business around our family and all…

an ode to gardening – published at bella grace magazine

Words: Amber Bartek Photo credit: Brooke Cagle   Imagine a lush garden in your backyard teeming with growth and abundance — full of life. You grow your own fresh ear of corn you can pick right off the stalk, your children can climb up your apple trees and pick juicy, sweet apples right off the…

illuminate: a 6 week journey to soulful photography

Photography is a beautiful creative tool. Photography is a sacred act of practicing gratitude. Just stopping to notice, appreciate, and see the beauty around you – and giving thanks is a wonderful way to practice gratitude everyday. Come along as we use photography, creative photo prompts, photo walks, and inspirational thoughts to dig deeper in…

Save The Bees – Wildflowers Seeds For Bees

We need to save the bees. Honeybees are facing extinction. They play such an integral role in or food ecosystem. Without bees, we would have no food. The are the tiny powerhouses that help make plants, vegetables, flowers, and fruits grow through their pollination. Fortunately, we can do our part to help save the bees….

How Soulful Photography Can Help You Be More Present

How can Soulful Photography help you be more present? Well, that’s a great question. Photography has an uncanny ability to stop time. But, we already knew that. But, when does a photograph become more than just a  photograph? When does it become a work of art that captures a fleeting moment and makes you catch…

10 Things Pa Ingalls Taught Us About Life

I am excited to be a Contributor at Little House on the Prairie, and here is a recently published piece of writing. “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things…