Bookworm Confession: Reading Just One Book at a Time Drives Me CRAZY

Since making myself a fun little “Assigned Reading” list back in September for the school year, I have noticed a distinct pattern—without fail, I have finished my “personal development” (usually self-help or religious nonfiction book) first, read the YA pick within a few days of starting it, and then I’ve left the so-called “Hard Hitter” …

I’m All About Simple Living, But I Still Need 3 Wardrobes

One of my goals this pregnancy has been to take at least a weekly photo of myself, something I avoided as much as possible when I was pregnant with my first (or at least I did once I reached a certain point in the pregnancy). Since I haven’t been doing regular pregnancy updates here on …

Open Heart Surgery

No, this is not a post wherein I reveal some devastating medical scare (thank goodness)— This is a post where I talk about a book that, at just over 100 pages, has managed to change my life…probably forever (and I mean that literally). In fact, it was this book that caused me to stay up …

How I Made Myself Hate These Daily Chores Less

These are the Chores I Hate (and This is How I Make Myself Hate Them Less)

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 a better homemaker (especially …

Simple Living is About More Than Purging Closets

Simple Living Has to Be About More than Closets and Schedules to Be Fulfilling

Two months ago, I attended a church meeting that has had me pondering its messages ever since. A couple times a year, LDS church members meet together for something called Stake Conference, where all the local LDS congregations meet in two general sessions over a weekend (one on Saturday night, one on Sunday morning) to …

Why Every Woman Should Take a Hypnobirthing Class (Even if She Wants an Epidural!)

Why Every Pregnant Woman Should Take a Hypnobirthing Class (Even if She Wants an Epidural!)

Something I quickly learned once I was pregnant with my first was that as your due date draws ever closer, a LOT of women feel compelled to tell you their birth stories. (Of course, now that I’ve had my first child and have my own birth story, I TOTALLY GET WHY, but it IS pretty …

A Valentine Exchange in the ER + A Gender Reveal {February in a Sentence a Day}

If you’re new around these parts, this monthly series is an exercise in brevity as I try (sometimes not very hard) to summarize each day of our month in one sentence. (Also, I’ve been taking a picture of my daughter every day since she was born, and this is a GREAT place for me to …