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…

Be a Blessing…and Awkward Elevator Silence

Here’s something you may not, (but probably do), know about me. I hate elevators. Not in the way that some people hate them, in that they’re terrified to ride in one because of a fear of heights or small spaces. Nope, I hate the awkwardness of being in an elevator with a bunch of people…

Another Year in the Books!

A new year’s post – because I just had to. With the New Year upon us, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year gone by and prepare my brain for the year to come. I’ve always loved the saying, “Do not regret growing older – it is a privilege denied to…

21 Things 61 Years of Marriage Will Teach You

After my post last week, 19 (Somewhat Non-Traditional) Tips For Making Marriage Awesome, I was emailing with my Grandma, who has been married to my Grandpa for 61 years. He now suffers from Alzheimers and in a true testament to her love for him, she continues to care faithfully for him. In her message to…

19 (Somewhat Non-Traditional) Tips for Making Marriage Awesome

I’ve noticed lately how trendy “list” posts have become on social media. I’m not surprised, as I am a lover of lists, and I have a tendency to click on every single one that’s posted. For instance, I know the 10 smoothies that will change your life. I know the 67 things some person wishes…