My Month without Facebook – Lessons Learned

I’m back, Facebook friends! Let’s get serious – you had no idea I was gone. There are millions of people on Facebook filling your newsfeeds with lists and cat pictures and election drama – you didn’t miss me. Nonetheless, I’m back from a 31-day Facebook hiatus. It was something I needed to do to prove…

Setting Boundaries and Finding Joy

I love doing things for others – planning showers, fundraising, organizing trips, hosting events, planning dinners with friends, volunteering. These things make me happy, they bring a lot of fulfillment and joy to my life. But because of this, I have a tendency to overcommit. And it’s the times when I decide to do too…

“Stay-at-Home Moms” are a Joke – AKA – Dear Mom

Dear Mom, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and I want to make sure you receive the credit that you are due. I know it’s been some years since I lived under your roof and relied on you for food and car rides and money and basic care. But now I have the opportunity to look…

Why You Should Come to our High School Reunion…

It’s officially been ten years since we graduated from high school. TEN. YEARS. Which is weird, because on one hand it seems like yesterday, and on the other it feels like a few lifetimes ago. But alas, the time has come for our 10-year reunion. Perhaps an outdated tradition in this day and age, when…

Treat Your Spouse Like a Stranger

I wish I knew the name of the couple who gave me the best marriage advice I ever received. I’d love to be able to thank them directly, but since I can’t, I’ve decided just to share it with others. It was during our engagement that a couple speaking at our pre-marital class gave us…

Why Dogs Make the Best Friends

Where would a person be without their dog? Sure, they occasionally frequently ruin your previously pristine white carpet by bringing in mud-covered bones (with mud-covered paws). And sometimes they drive your guests crazy by not respecting personal space as much as they should. And sometimes they make that particularly horrendous sound in the middle of…

A Message From A Has-Been

Every year around this time, I get weirdly jealous of college freshmen and the four years of pure gold they’re about to embark upon. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stage of life I’m in now, but part of me will always miss that time of life when all your best friends were within…

Being a Homeowner: Part 3

We’ve been in our house for just over a year now. You may remember one of my first posts about the woes joys of being a homeowner! To say our first few months were challenging would be an understatement. We thought we bought a move-in ready house that we could fix up at our leisure!…

The Secrets to Staycationing

Sometimes you’re able to travel worlds over – hiking breathtakingly beautiful mountainsides, feeling the sand between your toes on scenic beaches of white, lounging in a gondola with the love of your life while an Italian man sings love songs to you – and other times, you are too busy or too broke to make…

Confession: I Married a Sleep Talker

My husband is a sleep talker. Not to be confused with a sleep walker (thank goodness, I don’t think I could handle waking up to him wandering about our house and setting off the house alarm every night.) Nope, a sleep talker. My definition of a sleep talker is: Someone who, on a regular basis,…

A Few of My Obsessions

Stationery. I cannot resist cute notebooks, patterned “Thank You” notes, brightly colored note pads, quality pens, etc. Perhaps it’s the writer in me, but I convince myself that I need them all. The dollar bins at places like Target and Michael’s full of their cutesy note cards and matching envelopes? Forget about it. I love…

My Love/Hate Relationship With Pinterest

I have a problem. I admit it. I love Pinterest. I could scroll for countless hours dreaming up my perfect home décor, learning how to be “fit and fabulous,” finding ways to make my face look thinner with makeup, learning how to pose in pictures to look better than I actually do, planning delicious meals…