• Military Life,  Personal

    5 House Hunting Tips

    Last Fall, we moved to San Antonio, courtesy of the Army. Which means that last Fall, I got to have my first IRL “House Hunting” experience. After hundreds of episodes of House Hunters and Fixer Upper, I felt that I was up to the task. And it ended up going smoothly with no major disagreements between my husband and me before the final commercial break. Ok, so there were no commercial breaks. But we did have a very busy, but fruitful weekend full of seeing tons of crappy houses. And a few good ones too. This was my husband’s second time to purchase a house, so he gladly handled the…

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    Friday Favorites – Valentines Edition

    It’s been a while since I last did a Friday Favorites roundup (like 5 months a while) so I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to pick it back up. This is not a gift guide, but just a few of my favorite Valentines/Love themed things that I think my readers may enjoy just as much as I do.   Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding I personally think this is one of the funniest movies of all time. It’s definitely in my top two chick flicks of all time. (Right up there with While You Were Sleeping if you were wondering.) I will gladly watch this movie any day of…

  • Military Life,  Personal

    Starting from Scratch – Making Friends in a New City

    It’s been about 2 months since we moved to San Antonio, and I’m finally starting to figure my way around. Anytime you move to a new place there are always new things to learn. Like where everyone buys groceries (except in Texas, everyone is inexplicably obsessed with HEB, so that took 2 seconds to figure out), what the best local restaurants/coffee shops are, and what roads to avoid and when. Those things are pretty simple to get the hang of after a few times out of the house. But it can be a little trickier to find your way around a new community of friends. As I’m sure most of…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Personal

    All the Books I Read in 2018

    I have to admit, this was not my best year for reading...which has led me to make reading more of a priority in my goals for 2019. I had high aspirations for reading more since I had more free time this year than in the past 5+ years, but while it wasn't my best year for reading, I did manage to average about 1 book a month, so these are the books I read in 2018. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus I read this book in the Spring along with a PWOC bible study group on base, and it was sooo good. The book helped me to understand…

  • Personal

    Word of the Year

    I’ve decided last minute to join the “word of the year” bandwagon and come up with a theme for my aspirations for the new year. The word I’ve chosen is the word “Cultivate.” Considering I have a degree in Agriculture, this theme word may not come as much of a surprise, but it’s the best word I could think of to explain my hopes for 2019. Cultivation has to do with more than just natural growth, it has to do with active participation in that growth. Weeds will grow with no attention from anyone at all. But in order to create something valuable, cultivation is required.

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    Fall Bucket List

    Happy September! I know Fall may still be a long way off for many of my readers, but to celebrate the beginning of a new month, I wanted to take some time to look ahead to all the lovely things that Fall brings. So today, I thought I would do something a little different, and share with you a fall bucket list, along with a free printable where you can print this list, or make your own, as you dream along with me about cooler weather and warmer lattes. So without further ado, here's my Fall Bucket List:

  • Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – September

    Last month, I shared my monthly goals for August so I wanted to review those and evaluate what worked for me and what didn't. I also want to go ahead and share my new goals for the month of September - some of them are repeats of August, but I really want to refine my goals each month to tailor them to what I need. I hope that through this goal setting exercise, I'll learn what helps me to be productive by outlining what I need to accomplish, what will help me to grow, and what is actually practical for me this month.

  • Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – August

    Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about myself – from going from being a college student to a military wife. And from moving to a new city to working from home (and blogging!) One thing I’ve learned that increases my productivity by 1000% (give or take) is to simply write things down. So now, every day I have a checklist on my phone of what I want to accomplish for the day. Like, seriously, everything I want to accomplish. Water plants – check. Laundry – check. Answer emails – check. All of this to say, I’ve realized throughout these various seasons of life, that I’m a very task-oriented…

  • Personal

    Friday Favorites

    Just a few of my current favorite things this month.   Book: I wrote earlier this week about some of my favorite biographies and mentioned the one I’m tackling this summer – Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. All 542 pages of it.    Blog: The Motivated Millennial. Hannah’s blog is incredibly helpful and inspirational. She provides a ton of great resources for entrepreneurs, millennials, students, and military families. I’m super glad I found her blog in the beginning stages of my blogging experience.   Recipe: This Corn Dip. I loooooove this corn dip recipe. I’ve made it a few times for parties (including today!) and it’s always a big hit. I like it best…