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Book Recommendations, Reading, Top 10 List, Year in Review

A Summary of My Reading Year (+ the Best Reads of 2018)

Initially, I did not have sky-high expectations for my reading life this year. While I still set a fairly high Goodreads challenge goal to finish 50 titles, I had no intention–not in the beginning, anyway–of trying to surpass last year’s impressive (for me, anyway) total of 65 books read. After all, I knew that pregnancy …

Baking, Desserts, Goals, Health, Here's What's Cooking, Recipes

Why I’ll Probably Never Have a Sugar-Free Month Again {+ Recipe for PB Cookies Made with Honey}

You expect that most posts where someone has just come off of some kind of sugar detox would be filled with enthusiastic epiphanies all about how the month started bad and then miraculously fixed everything wrong with the person’s gut, skin, and emotional health in general, which would then be rounded off with a dramatic …

Goals, Monthly Recap

Kickin’ Off 2019 With Some Major Wins {January Goals Recap + February Goals}

January always seems to be about three times as long as any other month (not in a good way), but at least this year, we got some wins under our belt during that eterna-month! Sticking with tradition, we got sick right after the holidays (no surprise there), which extended into the first part of the …

Faith, Lessons Learned, Milestones, Reflection, Thoughts On...

Some Reflections on Serving an 18-Month Mission in a Foreign Country

Ten years ago yesterday, I wheeled my two suitcases into the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, said goodbye to my family for a year and a half, and began what will surely remain forever as one of the greatest adventures of my life–the chance I had to serve a religious mission for 18 months …

Assigned Reading, Book Recommendations, Reading

Negotiating Like a Ninja + “That’s Depressing as Frome” {Self-Assigned Reading, Winter Term}

If you’ve been following any of my posts recently, you might already know that this is the term of self-assigned reading that very nearly did not happen. Like, at all. In fact, there were several points throughout the last month when I was seriously tempted to just call quits on the whole thing (this “whole …

Finances, Homemaking, Life Hack, Money, Saving Money

Why Tracking My Net Worth Has Been a Game-Changer (& Why I Think Everyone Should Do It)

If you would have asked me what associations I had with the idea of tracking my net worth a few years ago, I might have told you that it conjured up images of Prince John in the Disney movie Robin Hood–in other words, someone who greedily counted every coin and dollar and was constantly thinking …

Book Recommendations, Loving and Learning Lately, Products I Love, Reading

Loving and Learning Lately {10}

Welcome to Round 10 of this new little series I started of all the things in life I’m loving and learning lately! Here you’ll find everything from the books I’m currently reading to the products I’m loving to the shows I’m watching (which, spoiler alert–won’t be very many or very exciting, since I’m not a …

101 in 1001, cooking, Goals, Homemaking

How Not to Be Closed-Minded About Food {Or, Thoughts on Cooking Through a Whole Cookbook}

A long time ago (okay, about six and a half years ago), I went on a cruise to Alaska. Each night, we went to the formal dining room for a multi-course dinner, and I came face to face with a truth I had never considered before: I was a LOT pickier than I thought I …