Today is my birthday. My 42nd year. I have always loved celebrating and enjoying all the fun that comes with the special day- the cake (caterpillar, of course!), the presents (new books and skincare goodies, woohoo!), and especially the notes and calls from those near and far, in distance and in time. Of course, getting… Continue reading Better than Ever
Last night I closed my eyes around 9:45. I blinked and now my phone reads 4:50 a.m. How on earth did that happen? Not to mention, that I got approximately 7 hours straight of decent sleep, so why do I still feel so exhausted? I turn 42 next month and for the last few years,… Continue reading Sleepless in Ohio
When I was deciding on a college at the age of 17, one of my main factors in choosing Ohio State was that it was an enormous school and I often told people that a goal of mine was to “know everyone there before I graduated.” Completely the statement of an extrovert that LOVES to… Continue reading Friendship in Your Forties
If I won $5... At this point, I would probably start perusing my ever-growing Amazon wishlist for something in line with this frugal budget, like a new hair accessory. Justin would go to Condado for tacos. If I won $100... At this point, I'm going to indulge in some little items that can add up… Continue reading Mega Millions has me Mega-DayDreaming!
I adore birthdays, especially my own. I have never been the person that says, "Oh, it's just another day..." (Looking at you, dad). I love the celebrations, the gifts, the desserts, the general attention for my special day. However, I was recently thinking about my upcoming day (April 7th, I like flowers and have an… Continue reading So THIS is middle age?
These are my goals to make 2021 aweso
The assignments were graded, the assessments were scored. The out of office response said ‘NO’! To late work anymore. I straightened my desk up and unplugged the fridge, then danced down the hall and sped out of there quick. Yeah, I definitely do not have a future in songwriting, but you know what I do… Continue reading Christmas Break: What to do, what to do…
Personal days are important, and you don't need a specific purpose to justify them. Here's how I spent mine!
With all that is going on in our world today, finding the good in each day proves difficult for me on many days. I used to love sitting in the quiet early morning with my tea, watching Good Morning America and having a few minutes to myself before the rush of our days began. These… Continue reading Look on the Bright Side
After a week of recovering from our vacation and being so incredibly thankful that our family was able to spend time together and get away, I thought I would share our experience with everyone that might be looking for a new place to explore whenever this country is able to fully open once again (it… Continue reading Life in the 30A Corridor
This weekend could NOT be better, weather-wise! Sunny, mid-sixties, a slight breeze. It's almost like a fall temp. and I adore the fall. Which means I intend to spend the majority of the day outside again, just like we did yesterday. If you're into weekend vibes of getting stuff done and enjoying every second, might… Continue reading Listen up!
Well, another school year has come and gone, no matter how strange the ending, and I most definitely exhaled a sigh of relief Thursday evening. It's been a stressful and exhausting last 2 months and I am excited for summer and a tiny bit of relaxation (can't necessarily say that for sure with an 8… Continue reading Define Normal
We (I) started this blog as a way to force myself to write regularly. And it's not like I don't enjoy it, but finding the time to ...sorry, I was called away by Justin to see some ridiculous moment on Tarek El Moussa's new TV show...another distraction! Oops, sorry again, Emerson just came in to… Continue reading Why I can’t get ANYTHING accomplished
Ugh...week 5 of our stay at home order in Ohio started this morning. I'm sure you can relate to my 'blah' feelings towards this new normal. At first it wasn't awful, we were all together and we were making it work and finding creative ways to stay busy, aside from our strange new work days.… Continue reading Combating Boredom: Part 1 of MANY
Well into day 5,250,323 of this sit at home on your butt and check the pantry for something new to eat every 5 minutes (sadly, it's not just the kids), I have quickly adjusted my go-to clothing options. There is no reason to be all dressed up (and by dressed up, I mean even in… Continue reading Comfort is KEY!
Like most everyone, this last week has been like something out of a Sci-Fi film. With the coronavirus rampant in our states and the attempt to quell sickness, many are getting creative to avoid cabin fever and keep their sanity. As a teacher with two little ones at home and a husband in an essential… Continue reading Stuck…
While we're staying home for Spring Break this year to celebrate Emerson's 4th birthday with friends and family, I'm prepping for our June vacation to Destin's 30A corridor in advance so I don't miss out on some fabulous styles and prices. Between living in an area that isn't exactly next door to a shopping mecca… Continue reading Spring Break or Summer Travels? Here’s what I’m ordering!
As a man, fashion is typically the last thing on our minds. Honestly, if you shop with any regularity, it's always the same stuff. Pants, shirts, sweaters and the occasional suit depending on your job or after work activities. I'm not a trendy dude, if you've see the 'about me' picture or the image from… Continue reading Give new life to your shoes
My oldest is a joiner. FREQUENTLY. She has dipped her toe into many organizations and sports over the last several years. This year is no different. On any given day she can be found building pinewood derby cars (a glittery blue truck?) for cub scouts, learning about the Bible at her PSR class through our… Continue reading Short on Time? Two Simple Recipes that can be Prepped in Advance!
Photo by Binti Malu on Pexels.com This school year has been a struggle. Creating and feeling confident in my lesson plans, juggling kid extracurriculars, planning that once in a blue moon date with Justin, and just finding time to sit and not have a single thing to do seems impossible (it really is!). I won't… Continue reading Feeling Your Best
Thinking of pressing the subscribe button for IPSY? Here's my opinion.
I fancy myself a Nerd these days! Remember in grade school, the smart kid with glasses who scored high marks in everything but gym class? Well, that guy or girl is now dominating their life! Today, I hope to help you find a similar path. Budgeting isn't just for money in today's hectic life. Time… Continue reading Budgets are for NERDS!
The age old question that typically leads to cheers from Justin and groans from the kids (honestly, if it's not gummies or ice cream, I'm not sure they would ever cheer. NOTE TO SELF-Create gummy dinner recipe). Weeknights are generally chaotic and I know they will only become even moreso, with all of the extracurricular… Continue reading What’s for Dinner?
Your health and fitness should be a personal, guiding principle in your life. If it’s not, make it a priority otherwise you’ll end up missing out on a lot! For me, getting strong was my first goal. So, I started with the authority on building strength, Mark Rippetoe. If you don’t know Mark's work, he’s… Continue reading Health and Fitness, where I started.
Saturday mornings are the hardest day of the week for me to get a workout in. I feel like I deserve a little extra shut eye, and when I do roll out of bed, I want my tea and a little breakfast/news time before I am even remotely awake. But...when I finally head down to… Continue reading Quick Work Out