livingsimplistically I'm taking a digital detox for a bit and I'm not sure for how long. I need to unplug from the distractions of social media and give my brain a rest. Buh-bye . #digitaldetox #distractions #igotthingstotakecareof #focused #unplugging #unplug #needtofocus #livingsimplistically 2d

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livingsimplistically When you drop your child off for the first time at the movies with friends without you... I wanted to hang out nearby by, but I know he will be fine with the million and one prayers I prayed . #Godcoverhim #hesgrowingup #mommaistoo #momofateen #blessed #chroniclesoflettinggo #teenagers #teens #lifelessons #livingsimplistically 3d
  •   heartflood Awwww, how sweet! 3d
  •   thehoneybee67 I know the feeling but he will be ok. 3d
  •   keisaj You will@have to guide me when Aden gets there, because I have decided he doesn't t get to do@anything without me til he is 21 :-/ 3d
  •   livingsimplistically @heartflood thank you... though my heart is breaking a little. @thehoneybee67 thank you! @keisaj it is inevitable. We have to learn to let them go (gently) or they will rebel. I told my son I am trusting that everything I have taught him up until this point he will lean on it for guidance. AND I have God on speed dial while he is out. LOL 3d
  •   phylligurl Aww, I remember my first time dropping my child off somewhere without me. 3d
  •   mrsryderruns yup know the feeing 2d

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livingsimplistically So...it looks like my bobble stitch blanket turned into a bobble stitch scarf . Lesson learned: Use a larger crochet hook when creating your foundation chain and switch to your smaller hook when you start the pattern. This way you avoid a foundation chain that curves because it's too tight. Take 2 for my apple green baby blanket 😧. #summerprojects #yarnlover #crochet #babyblanket #keepsmesane #bobblestitch #stitch #iknit #icrochet #bistitchual #livingsimplistically 3d

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livingsimplistically For the next 31 days I decided to pray for my husband . The role of a wife is important and our husbands require so much from us. Praying for our husbands helps us to become in tune with his needs, strengthens the husband/wife bond but most importantly gives wives the ability and patience to endure. Let's do this! #sunday #Sundaydeeds #prayers #praying #thepowerofaprayingwife #prayingwife #livingsimplistically 3d

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livingsimplistically Happy #nationaldanceday ! I can't believe I have only 2 photos of me dancing . This is when I was dancing with The Chicago Opera Theater. This was the wedding scene in A Flowering Tree 🌳. I was the jealous sister and I hated partnering so I'm sure I killed my partner's back. #goodtimes #thosewerethedays #dancer #opera #lifeofanartist #performingarts #dance #chicagooperatheater #myformerlife #livingsimplistically 4d
  •   keisaj Awww that's my Christie!! The one in Ms J's office. You know, you haven't aged at all! Get it Boo 4d
  •   1cre8tivemom @livingsimplistically I don't have many pics either. I so wished I had more to look back on. 3d

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livingsimplistically Nike and I haven't been talking for the last week then I get a message last night asking me if I'd like to run later. We made up but took things very slow . A 4 mile run in the humidity is no fun... especially when you have to pee . I wrote my Autism shirt in honor of my nephew today. #auntiechrizzy #morningrun #onthelake #healthfirst #momswhorun #runningmomma #irun #runner #run #livingsimplistically #whereamilooking #autism #ausome 4d

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livingsimplistically <on the blog> Lace | Camo and a bit of slouch. Some days you just want to wear heels and an afro . Tap the photo for outfit deets. Double tap the photo if you are happy today is Friday . : @rjshootspics Go to http:living simplistically.tumblr.com to read more. #ootd #whatiwear #mystyle #fashiongram #fashionfriday #lace #camo #simplestyle #outfitoftheday #livingsimplistically #fashion 5d

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livingsimplistically When I tell you I have been praying about somethings, I have been PRAYING ! I have had to step back from several things to stay focused on God's desires for my life, but my heart is full knowing God hears me when I talk with Him. Anything that is stressing you out or worrying you, take it straight to God in prayer. I would tell my Sunday school kids praying doesn't have to be extravagant or drawn out, it can be as simple as "Give me peace God." We can't do anything in our own strength but we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us! I pray this post encourages someone who is going through a tough season to get on their knees and pray ...it changes things! #thankfulthursday #prayerchangesthings #prayeveryday #pray #faith #Godisgood #dontworry #livingsimplistically #blessed 6d

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Valencia Christie R. Edwards
livingsimplistically It's official, my son @rjshootspics is registered for high school at ChiArts . School begins in 2 weeks!! I don't know how to feel right now...😧 Of course I signed up to join the parent volunteer committee . #mommaduties #heisgrowingup #myhearthurts #freshman #collegeprep #chiarts #momofanartist #livingsimplistically #chiarts #highschoolsexy 1w

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livingsimplistically Girls Night Out We saw Magic Mike and we are now all giggly and blushing. I definitely have some ideas I'm taking home... This was the perfect night out and just what I needed. #girlsnightout #girlsonly #magicmike #lotsoflaughter #greatconversation #soneeded #iusuallydontwatchmovieslikethis #fun #livingsimplistically #weneededabreak 1w

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livingsimplistically 11 mile bike ride with the Mr. along the new Lakeshore Drive expansion, now known as Lakeside. We have been petitioning God for some things and this ride was just what we needed to solidify and renew our faith that things are going to work out ! Keep us in your prayers. #sunday #bikeride #fitfamily #faith #prayer #Godisgood #Chicago #lakeside #greatthingstocome #godanswersprayers #staytuned #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically AKA Leadership Seminar. The Blues Sub-committee spent weeks planning and helping to organize and this evening we were finally able to celebrate. #gala #AKA2015LS #blues #bluesroom #bluescommittee #AKA #1908 #alphakappaalphasororityinc #ivystrong #livingsimplistically #teamwork #weworked #myfeethurt #gnight 2w

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livingsimplistically Attending Conversations Live hosted by our International President @akaintpres who will be interviewing Lynn Whitfield, Award-winning Actress and Honorary Member of AKA . I love this series where she interviews various members of the organization. It's like the Oprah show but with a pink and green spin . #conversationslive #leadershipseminar #1908 #AKA #alphakappaalphasororityinc #the4Dapproach #chitown #leadership #professionaldevelopment #livingsimplistically 2w

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livingsimplistically In between attending workshops today I worked with AHA @american_heart to help approximately 200 members of my sorority learn the hands free CPR method (and to take photos of the trainer). I actually had more fun than expected. From dress, to jeans, back to my dress. Always multitasking. 😧 #CPR #handsonly #savealife #AHA #AKA #1908 #leadershipseminar #livingsimplistically #MPH #practicum #publichealth 2w

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Valencia Christie R. Edwards
livingsimplistically Service and volunteerism is important to me, but the relationships I have been able to create within this organization are unshakable, unbreakable, unmistakable and beyond what I can begin to describe. It is an honor to be a part of an organization where there are no strangers, but always "new" friends. Where helping others is a priority and where excellence is the norm. A huge hug to these beauties (older and new). Thank you for reminding me of how special it is to wear my pink and green . #alphakappaalphasororityinc #AKA #1908 #pinkandgreen #sisterhood #alphakappaalpha #leadershipseminar #servingallmankind #service #volunteerism #livingsimplistically 2w
  •   bold_beautiful_bre What a beautiful message Soror! It was such a pleasure to meet and to talk with you. You are inspirational. It felt like I was talking to an "old" friend. I am rooting for you and all of your future endeavors and I will wait for you to write that book *wink wink*. 2w
  •   melodysmelodies Well this just sums it beautifully. Greater laurels, Soror...Greater laurels! 2w
  •   livingsimplistically @bold_beautiful_bre LOL once I can figure out what will be in there I'll be sure to let you know . @melodysmelodies 2w

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livingsimplistically Volunteering at our seminar's AKA Net Cafè representing the Central region's tech team. Members are welcome to test out various Microsoft devices including the 3D printing cube and I'll be around helping with basic tech help and and website questions. #AKA #service #volunteering #techcafe #microsoft #1908 #livingsimplistically #pinkandgreen #leadershipseminar 2w

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Valencia Christie R. Edwards
livingsimplistically The new sign is up at our national office just in time for the thousands of members coming into to town for our Leadership Seminar . The next several days I plan to suck up as much information as possible...and to volunteer (of course) If you are in town, I hope to Skee you there. #AKA #Leadershipseminar #AKAsinChicago #pinkandgreen #Chicago #1908 #leadershipconference #alphakappaalphasororityinc #livingsimplistically 2w

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livingsimplistically Shhhh, don't tell my husband, but I purchased more yarn for another baby blanket . One more gifted item after this and then all my creations moving forward will be posted to Etsy for sale. I think I have enough practice under my belt . #applegreen #AKAswithbabies #1908 #yarnobsessed #icanthelpit #babyblanket #imakethangs #blankets #craftychristie #crochet #knit #lionbrand #livingsimplistically 2w

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livingsimplistically Howard's Angels 😇 Howard Simmons (my Daddy). My sisters are THE best. We have varying degrees of silliness but we get it honestly from our Daddy #sisters #lovemysisters #sisterlover #sistersister #siblings #chronoorder #livingsimplistically #family #imthebaby 2w

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livingsimplistically I am the youngest of my sisters and they STILL tease me 😑. It's a'ight though, they had to take double dutch classes in Chicago and I learned on the skreets...of Oak Park . We had a ton of fun the other night and they can still jump!! I love my sisters Video bomb by my nephew and sideeye to my sister for her commentary @robbinsimmons7 and @tlynne708 #suburbianlife #childhood #memories #growingupOakPark #lifeintheburbs #doubledutch #mylegshurt #rope #livingsimplistically #thatsideeye 2w

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