Finding Joy

It was one of those days where I started reading a blog post, and then I followed a link to a related article, and then I followed another link from that article to a different article, and then I followed a link from that article to another article.  And pretty much before I knew it, […]

The Year of the Recipe

Over the years, I have amassed quite the list of recipes from our travels to cook at home.  Some are recipes that I have been inspired to recreate and some are recipes that I have received.  But sadly, most have gone unmade.  Yep, even though I cook at home most nights of the week, I […]

A Grateful Heart

I was recently reading something about gratitude (but please don’t ask me what, because I can’t remember for the life of me), and it suggested the idea that gratitude is not just about giving vocal thanks, but that true gratitude is being content in the present.  Not using your energy to look back, not thinking […]

Procrastination

As we’re starting to edge towards the New Year, new goals for what I want to accomplish are starting to creep forward in my mind.  And something that keeps passing through, but something that I would prefer to keep ignoring, is my longtime battle with mild procrastination. In most ways, I am not a procrastinator.  […]

Our Christmas Tradition

As a kid, the anticipation of Christmas morning and running down the stairs to find the Christmas tree piled high with presents from Santa was almost unbearable.  For me, there was (and still is) just something about Christmas morning that made everything feel so magical.  And so as adults, Ryan and I really wanted to continue […]

Holiday Host Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the season for parties, gatherings and gifting is just about to be in full swing.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely the kind of person who likes to be prepared.  Nothing feels less fun for me or more like the opposite of holiday cheer […]

13 Months

Things are starting to feel a bit real with my 101 in 1001.  I am about 13 months into this life project, which means that I’m already about a third of the way through it.  Yikes! While I can’t say that I have a favorite completed goal, I can say that my favorite thing about […]

My Goal

One of the most satisfying things that I have completed from my 101 in 1001 list was number 81: keep the house “company ready” everyday for one month.  I got such great satisfaction out of getting to check that one off of my list last December.  It may seem like a perfectly normal thing to […]

Home

Last week Ryan and I traveled back to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with my family.  To be honest, we were traveling home for some very sad reasons, but somehow being together as a family always seems to put a happy spin on things. There is just something about going home that really puts a […]

Tradition

When Ryan and I were first married, we often talked about the different family traditions that we each grew up with.  I remember saying to him, “…so why do you eat pizza on Christmas Eve?”  Well, one year his family decided to make pizza on Christmas Eve, and then they did it again the next […]