• Books, Movies, and Music

    The Big List of Podcasts

    I spend a lot of time at home with a baby, who cute as she is, is not a great conversationalist, so I’ve really become a podcast junkie lately. We try not to have the tv on when Susie is awake, so I rarely watch anything during the day. I do try to read a lot, but that's not always feasible (and audiobooks really aren't my jam) so podcasts are a great alternative. Whether I’m cooking dinner, cleaning the house, or driving I want to listen to something engaging...so 9 times out of 10 when that happens, I head straight to the podcast app.

  • Baby

    My Experience with Cholestasis of Pregnancy

    This time last year I was starting the (unfortunately long) process of getting diagnosed with Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) at 33 weeks pregnant. I've only written very briefly about this part of pregnancy...and honestly, I didn't even talk to that many people about what was going on at the time. But I wanted to share a bit more detail in order to raise awareness about what ICP is and how it affected me. So today, a whole year later, I'm finally writing down a little bit about my experience to shed some light on this little known affliction. ICP is a liver disorder specific to pregnancy. The telltale symptom is…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Personal

    Favorite Things: February

    I have a lot of favorite things this month...and most of them are podcasts. But when I'm not listening to podcasts, I'm often reading. So I've included a few of my favorite books this month. And when I'm not listening to podcasts or reading books, I occassionally watch tv. So here are some of my favorite things I've been listening to, reading, and watching in the month of February.

  • Travel

    10 Great San Antonio Restaurants

    I am definitely NOT a food blogger. Nor do I eat out an inordinate amount. But to this day, a solid year and a half after posting it, I still get multiple visits a day to my post: Best Food in El Paso, Texas so I think it's safe to say that my food critic skills are well established. So today, I'm sharing 10 of my favorite restaurants from here in San Antonio. And if you follow my list of 10 Free Things to do in San Antonio you'll have plenty of spending money leftover for eating out. 

  • Personal

    Favorite Things: January

    I think I begin every one of these “favorite things” posts with the words “It’s been a while since I shared one of these…” but it’s been a while since I shared one of these, and there are genuinely some random favorite things I want to share with you all this month!  Botanical Gardens I’m always a big botanical garden fan (see: any travel-related blog post I’ve ever written.) But I was hesitant to get a botanical gardens membership, knowing that we will likely be moving again halfway through the year. BUT the botanical garden’s membership here is reciprocal with 300 other gardens around the country, so I’m planning to…

  • Faith

    Keeping Christmas

    I have always loved the Christmas season. I love Christmas lights, and baking, and crafts, and shopping, and Christmas parties, and visiting family. And this year I was especially looking forward to it because it's Susie's first Christmas! There are so many things I'm excited to experience with her, not just this Christmas, but in all her future Christmases. This has been a year full of anticipation for my little family.

  • Books, Movies, and Music

    All the Bible Studies I Did in 2019

    Consider this post to be part 3 (or just an extra special bonus) of my series on all the books I read in 2019. I love having a structured Bible Study to go through, so this is a hodgepodge of the different kinds I did this year. Some were with groups, and some on my own. If you're interested in a good book on developing a Bible study method, I highly recommend Jen Wilkin's book Women of the Word. I just read it a few weeks ago and it has been a great resource for me, although not a Bible study in and of itself.

  • Books, Movies, and Music

    All the Books I Read in 2019 – Nonfiction

    If you haven’t yet and feel so inclined, please go back and read the first part of this post All the Books I Read in 2019 Fiction And now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s my favorite part – the nonfiction edition. I read a LOT more nonfiction than fiction this year, and I think I covered a pretty large range of topics, but for the purpose of this post I’ve broken them down into 3 main categories – Christianity, Motherhood/Parenting, and History & Biographies. I’m not going to give summaries for every book, but I did highlight my top 3 books in purple, in case you were…

  • Books, Movies, and Music

    All the Books I Read in 2019 – Fiction

    Last year I shared All the Books I Read in 2018 and shared with you all how I planned to make reading more of a priority for myself in 2019. And I'm so proud of how far I've come since this time last year...I've read probably triple the number of books. I finally feel like I'm back to my pre-college self who loved reading for fun. Not to mention, I once again have an attention span longer than 2 seconds (thanks smartphones) which I'm SO glad about. I genuinely believe that creating good reading habits can benefit so many other aspects of your life, and I've definitely seen that when it…