• 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…

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    Seasonal Living ~ Autumn

    It feels silly writing about Fall when it’s been a 100ish degrees outside every day for the memorable past. But it's officially autumn, and I’ve always been one to plan ahead anyways. So here’s to anticipating cooler weather and crunchy leaves. Today I wanted to share something a little different in hopes of incorporating some of these things into my own life, and hopefully, encourage others to do the same. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how to live more seasonally...intentionally planning meals using fresh, seasonal produce, decorating my home in simple, fresh ways, and just generally enjoying each season as it comes. In doing so, I hope to…

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    We Had a Baby!

    When I was looking to update the blogosphere on the advent of our parenthood, I couldn't decide what to focus on. A tell-all about my experience having a baby in a military hospital? A detailed birth story? A soul-baring post about my diagnosis with ICP?In the end, I've decided just to give you an overview, picking up where my last Pregnancy Update left off. I'm leaving the door open to go into greater detail on any of these in the future. But, for now, you'll have to settle for the big picture post. And the big picture is I'M A MOM! And just in time for Mother's Day too.

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    Pregnancy Update

    As many of you know, we are expecting our first baby in May. I haven't written much about pregnancy so far, because it has been flying by. So now that I'm in my 30th week (as of tomorrow) I thought I would give a quick update, and recap my pregnancy so far. And my goodness, it has been busy!

  • 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…

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    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.