15 Books to Help You Get Your House in Order

One of my greatest struggles in daily life is keeping my physical spaces clean and tidy. As a kid, I basically always had a somewhat messy room. When I was in college, my then-boyfriend happened to get a glimpse of my room, with its piles of clothes everywhere and teetering stacks of books and my …

$100 Bathroom Makeover (with Before/After Pics)

Remember when we moved into our new house a year and a half ago, and for the first few months, I did all sorts of fun house update posts? And then remember how it’s been radio silence ever since?? REMEMBER THAT?! I have six words for you: No time. No money. No energy. Or just …

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 …

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 …

2019 List of Home Updates We Hope to Tackle

(Today’s post inspired by In Honor of Design’s similar post) A funny thing happened once we become homeowners for the first time—the first couple months, we were all gung ho about DOING ALL THE PROJECTS, and we got a ton of painting done, the majority of the unpacking completed, and a bunch of work done …

What Do I Do First When It ALL Seems Important? {Thoughts on Priorities}

Starting about a week and a half after my second child was born, an interesting phenomenon started to happen with alarming frequency– One or both of the kids would be either down for a nap or at preschool, leaving me some much-needed time to “get things done.” Knowing that this precious gift might last for …

Lazy Gardener Hacks Learned From Our First Year of Having Our Own Yard/Garden

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 …

Money Saver #1: Tackling the Freezer

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 …