For several weeks now, I've mentioned in passing several times about how I've been working my way through the popular Kayla Itsines BBG program, an exercise regime largely based around resistance training with short bursts of intensity (HIIT) mixed in. Although I'm technically halfway through … Continue reading →
Although my overall reading habits for the past few years have been much less restrictive than they used to be, I still use summers as a time to let myself read as much "fluff" as I want, which to me means books that are full of more fun/entertainment than substance. This summer I seemed to … Continue reading →
Last week, I announced our intention of adding $1000 to our emergency fund over the next 100 days. Now, for some families, this wouldn't be too much of a stretch, but for us, trust me when I say that this is going to be a true challenge (especially as we are expecting the hospital bills to … Continue reading →
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As we recently crossed the halfway point this year (what the what?), I was reviewing my 101 in 1001 list of goals and … Continue reading →
A little more than a year and a half ago, I made an important shift in my reading life---I started not only recording the books I was reading on Goodreads (on a regular basis) and giving them ratings, but I also made the decision to always, ALWAYS give a review of some kind once I finished. … Continue reading →
Last Friday marked the end of the school year around these parts--the yellow buses shuttled kids home for the last time, my Instagram feed filled up with posts comparing 1st day/last day school shots from proud parents, and I reached my self-imposed deadline for my own "academic year."
If … Continue reading →
As I've mentioned before, I try to always be in the middle of several books at once so that I've got a pick to fit every mood that might come up. My "ideal four" genres to always have going on? An adult fiction, a young adult fiction, a nonfiction (often a self-help or religious title), and a … Continue reading →
This last weekend, my husband and I did more yardwork in one 48-hour period than we've probably ever done before in our adult lives. Between building raised garden beds, picking up loads of compost (and spreading it out, one wheelbarrow load at a time), attempting to transplant seeds, moving … Continue reading →
Well, I've made it folks---
I'm officially in the third trimester of this pregnancy, and we are officially feeling a bit, well, large.
And, uh, very pregnant.
The first part of this pregnancy seemed to fly by, so that when we reached our gender ultrasound at about halfway through, I … Continue reading →
If you've been a blog reader for any length of time, you should know that being tidy + doing household chores like dishes and vacuuming are NOT strengths of mine (and, as I told my (shocked) mother, I legitimately prioritize reading over cleaning, so...there's that). But, in my quest to become … Continue reading →
When my husband and I lived in our first apartment, there used to be a fabulous local bookstore just down the street from us that we would frequently haunt on the weekends whenever we needed something to do. They sold a huge variety of used and new books, movies, and music, they always had some … Continue reading →
Ever since I was convinced Raven would be a boy and then found out she was not, in fact, going to be a boy, I've basically stopped trusting any instincts I have one way or another when it comes to predicting the gender of my pregnancies.
But, just because people would ask if I had a feeling … Continue reading →
At one point, I tried to convince myself that I was a pretty open-minded person when it came to the kinds of books I was willing to read. After all, I read a large variety of genres (memoir, historical fiction, informational, young adult, fantasy (ish), dystopian, self-help, etc. etc.!), as … Continue reading →
Meal plans and I have somewhat of a hot/cold relationship---when I'm in the depths of planning meals regularly, I'm REALLY devoted to the practice (and eager to share all the benefits with anyone who will listen), but when I inevitably fall off the bandwagon from time to time (sometimes for … Continue reading →
If you're just tuning in, at the beginning of this "school year," I decided to set myself some assigned reading to rev up my reading life and motivate me to read some of the books I've been putting off for years.
Each term, I assigned myself three books and awarded each book a … Continue reading →
Really, I could just post these quote-unquote "Before" pictures and call it good on posting today.
But I'm nothing if not a little long-winded, so we just can't have that.
A brief summary for those of you who haven't been reading this blog since 2013:
Five years ago, I decided to … Continue reading →
After going through both dry spells and true torrents in my life when it comes to reading motivation, I'm firmly convinced that about two-thirds of the battle of reading more is simply finding the right books to read in the first place.
For a long time after I graduated college with my … Continue reading →
For years, I've seen 101 in 1001 lists floating around the blogging world. A cross between a bucket list and new year's resolutions, a 101 in 1001 list is basically a list of 101 concrete things you hope to accomplish in 1,001 days (which is approximately 2.75 years).
As I thought about … Continue reading →
Well, I've finally decided that after almost ten years (yep) of blogging, it was probably time I conducted my very own blog survey.
Why have I shunned this common blog tool in the past?
I wasn't sure if anyone would actually fill it out (except maybe for a few family members and a … Continue reading →
As I mentioned in my post on my top 10 nonfiction reads for the year, I did an almost even 50/50 split of nonfiction and fiction this year, and narrowing it down to just ten of each was TOUGH. I tend to be much more critical of my fiction than my nonfiction, so it's super rare that I give out … Continue reading →
Merry Christmas to All, and May the Happiest Blessings of the Season Be With You!
Love from Matt, Torrie, Raven, and Baby #2 (who will give us a nice little Christmas in July!)
I'm sure that few people will be surprised by our news (especially seeing as I'm the WORST at hiding … Continue reading →
As I mentioned in my last post, I've read a LOT this year, so narrowing it down to 10 nonfiction (and later on, 10 fiction) titles is not as easy a feat as you might think.
I read about an even split of nonfiction and fiction at any given time, and this year, of the 64 titles I've finished … Continue reading →
Looking for (inexpensive) gifts that will work as stocking stuffers can be one of the trickier aspects of holiday gift giving. (Of course, that might only be because when I was buying up Christmas stockings for our first Christmas together, I never considered the SIZE of the thing!)
When I'm … Continue reading →
As I'm sure you've noticed, there have been a LOT of books published lately set during World War II, many of which are excellent (which is why I wrote a whole post dedicated to books featuring that time period). But, for awhile there, I felt like I read SO many books about that period of … Continue reading →
I've always prided myself on being a frugal person; I've been the "crazy coupon lady," I've done the "no-spend" month thing, and after several people asked, I did a whole post on how we manage to keep our grocery bill so low (usually between $250-300/month, which includes ALL household goods … Continue reading →
Every fall for the past three years, we've made a yearly tradition of going to a local apple orchard as a family. It was part of The Plan that this tradition would be long-standing and annual, with nothing or no one standing in the way of us getting our yearly cider fix and hundreds (!) of … Continue reading →
Welcome to Round 6 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 … Continue reading →
Here in Northern Utah, the nights are getting COLD, and the days are pretty brisk as well (we've been around 45 degrees for a lot of today). As it's clear that our growing season is quickly coming to a close, and I've been harvesting the last of our vegetables and trying to savor the joy that … Continue reading →
If you’re new around these parts, this monthly series is an exercise in brevity as I try (but not very hard) to summarize each day of our month in one sentence. (Also, I’ve been taking a picture of my daughter–and now my son, too–every day since they were born, and this is a GREAT place … Continue reading →
I (perhaps naively) thought that once we'd settled in a bit with the new baby, I would be able to get into some kind of a semblance of a workable routine, especially when it came to pursuing my own projects like blogging or photography again. Well, we have definitely settled in more than … Continue reading →