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Story Box Review: March

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We have been subscribed to The Story Box for a few months now and so far our family has been very pleased thus far. I started researching various children’s subscription book boxes back in November (as a Christmas gift idea) to see what one would be best for our family and for our budget. 

My middle child, Talan, has a severe speech delay and struggles with some cognitive development skills. We have seen vast improvement this year with his speech now that he has started kindergarten and has gotten speech lessons at school. I decided on the Story Box because it was created by a speech pathologist. Every month there's a new challenge to accomplish with the materials and so far my children have responded well to those challenges. 

Mommies Are Amazing 
By Meredith Costain 

This book is such a sweet book. Mommy cats and their kittens take a leading role as mother's of all kinds are celebrated in this tale. The focal point is on the beautiful bond between mother and child. The cadence is gentle and rhythmic and is easy for babies or toddlers to follow along. 

My daughter is obsessed with cats; she very happy to see a book in the box with her favorite animal. This book would be a great addition to any at home library. 

When You're Feeling Sick 
By Cole Bowles (Guitarist from Grammy Award Winning Zac Brown Band) 

This book was very fitting this month since all three of our kids had horrific colds and allergies. It's a picture book that had my kids laughing-out-loud with its hilarious pictures and encouraging; although super-silly rhythming advice about the do's and don'ts of what to do when you're sick. It focuses on how to deal with a sick day in a positive way. It also comes with a sheet of stickers to brighten a sick kid's day.  

If you are looking for an educational box for your kids, I highly recommend that you join The Story Box. Use code TAKESIX to get $6 OFF YOUR ORDER

Thanks for visiting. Until next time my friends. 

My Product Review of Maple Holistics Silk18 + Giveaway

This post is sponsored. 

I am back with another review of Maple Holistics. This time around I got to try out their Silk18 Shampoo. The Silk18 contains eighteen different amino acids which help fortify hair follicles and strengthen strands for healthier hair and scalp. It helps protect your hair from damage, breakage, split ends, and hair fall-out which I am often victim off. The Silk18 shampoo has a therapeuticness every time you wash your hair. I cannot even tell you how amazing this shampoo smells. The scent smells deliciousness like sweet vanilla and almonds. Our entire family is loving this shampoo for our daily hair care needs. Our scalps look and feel healthy thanks to the argan and jojoba oils helping to cleanse and prevent dandruff, excess sebum, and impurities in the hair and scalp. 

All Maple Holistics hair care products are suitable for men, women, and children. They are cruelty-free, free of sulfates, GMO’s, parabens and gluten. All their products are made with the purest and highest quality ingredients to enhance your daily living experience, hygiene care, and overall health. It’s also made in the USA. 

Maple Holistics not only offers hair care products but also an assortment of products from bath and body care, to personal care, to skin care, and even healthy food options. No matter what your individual needs are, they have something for everyone. 


Maple Holistics has an amazing line of hair care products and I am personally loving their Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner, Aragan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, and now the Silk18 Shampoo! All the products are amazing!

With spring here, I decided that I would like to do a giveaway the Silk18 shampoo and conditioner duo to one of you. 

I hope you enjoyed learning about this amazing brand and the products they have to offer. I will be selecting a winner at random from all the entries on Easter Sunday. 
Good luck! 

Until next time friends,

Instagram Roundup: Autumn + Winter

It has been a while since I have done an Instagram Roundup for those who do not follow us. This roundup focus on September through February.

Follow us at @simplydurant 

Shelf | Nesting Houses by Hearth and Hand by Magnolia  

Autumn walks through the fort.

 Rora's entire outfit is from KidPik | Arielle Doll

 Fall FabFitFun Box

 Sweater Dress and Leggings from Hanna Anderrson

A peek at our November Mom + Toddler Box from Ecocentric Mom. 
Rora is now to old for this box, but it makes a sweet gift for an expecting and new mom. 
Get $5 off any subscription plan here.

How cute is this dress from KidPik? 
We love our piks so much. 
Get $20 off your first KidPix here!

I think my favorite thing in our home is to decorate this rustic coffee shelf every season. 
It adds so much charm and character to our home. 
Meet one of our elves, Pemberly. 

Check out my easy DIY on these gorgeous ornaments here.

A simple OOTD. 
How cute are these Universal Threads boots though?

No lies, this is one of my favorite photos of these two. 
They truly are the best of friends. <3

We got snow! Not much, but the kids got a snow day. 

Cute mug from Target. Cost $3. 

Thanks for visiting the blog. I have had a lot going on the last couple of months. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. 

Until next time. 

Inspiration Is A Resource We Can All Use From Time To Time

This post is contributed. 

Inspiration is not just a strange and unknowable form of play-pretend we use to help us through the hard moments. It’s something that can help direct our lives, influence our decision making, and can help us take the bolder option. It can often be something that gives us drive, ambition and interest in a certain topic. It’s also interesting that inspiration is something that transcends age, race, gender and profession. For example, a member of a royal household can be just as inspired by a piece of artwork as someone struggling to pay their rent half the world away.

This means that inspiration is a resource, and it’s something we could all use from time to time. A life without inspiration can quickly become saddened, unhappy and unsatisfactory. This is especially because as people with a usual flow of routine, we can quickly become bored when the emotional root of our interest starts to wane.

In order to ensure your inspiration is always kindled like a fire, consider our advice:

Find Inspiration In People

Finding inspiration in people is perhaps one of the most important lessons you can learn. For example, finding highly competent people in the industry you aspire to be part of can help you not only understand an ideal career path, but potentially help you celebrate in their achievements also. For examples, Cynthia Telles Kaiser Permanente boasts a range of excellent work in the psychiatric field, working in both philanthropic organizations, in clinics, and in the private sector. Stories like this can teach you that no matter how specialized you are, you can also translate those skills to something that has even more of a positive impact, and that strength in the working field needn’t always adapt to the easiest line of least-resistance.

Find Inspiration In Yourself

Finding inspiration in yourself can be an essential part of growing. For example, you will definitely have things you are proud of yourself for, and it’s likely that those are things you wish to one day replicate. If you have the courage to, you might choose to express more frequently that which you like about yourself. Do you have the courage to express yourself diligently when a problem occurs? Are you quick thinking, or great in a team? Try to emulate that feeling when pushing forward, and always consider that you can be the best if you try. Use your weaknesses as a measure of what you need to work on, a temporary hurdle and not a permanent failing. This way, you steward the healthiest mindset possible.

Find Inspiration In How Much There Is To Learn

Once you begin to truly develop an interest and a working capacity in something, it can be humbling to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes. With the willingness to grasp this with both hands, you can fall in love with a craft, and that can be what sustains you. For example, a scientific field will always have its mysteries, and maybe you are the one to solve them. Cooking is a rabbit hole that never ends, as creativity brings with it substance and new possibilities. With this in mind, you will never be gated by artificial boredom.

We wish you nothing but the best of success in all that you do.

Until next time my friends.