I know a lot of people had vacations planned that had to be canceled due to quarantine and COVID-19, myself included. Spring break, weddings, foreign travel and how those things look right now have all changed and none of us have any idea when we’ll be able to get back to the “travel” part of our lives. We’ve been forced to pivot and now we’re all stuck inside, looking for ways to escape, get outside, and relive some stress. Depending on where you’re located in the country and world, that may look very different for each of us. So today, I thought I would share some creative and different virtual ideas that we can all participate in to do the best we can with what we’re working with at the moment. And, no, it doesn’t compare to a real trip at all, but it may help to pass the time at home and start a new travel bucket list for when it’s safe for us all to travel again! Here are more than 30 ways to “vacation” from your couch during quarantine! [Read more…]
Around the country, most people are stuck at home and the boredom is really starting to set in during this quarantine period. We’ve been trying to find new things to do and we’re especially trying to find new ways to get outside to break up the monotony of staring at a computer or tv screen all day. I’ve been rummaging through our garage and pulling out all of our favorite games to play in the backyard and thought it would be really helpful to share some of our favorites with you guys, in case you’re stuck in the same boat too. So I put together a list of 25 outdoor activities that you can order on Amazon! (And they’re all Prime too which means that they’ll only take a few days to arrive!) They’ll work for kids, families, or adults and they’re perfect to have on hand to keep you busy during quarantine, but they’ll also be great to keep stored away for the next time you can actually have people over and host your next backyard bbq too!
The title of this post should probably be, “The books I read (and all the ones I never got around to reading) in 2019.” I had lofty reading goals for the past year and usually do when each new year hits. It wasn’t exactly a stellar reading year (which you’ll soon see), but I’m still going to celebrate the books I read in 2019 in between all of my crazy life changes that happened over the last 12 months. Even though I didn’t get around to reading everything on my list, at least I was reading something! I plan to share my reads with you guys each year moving forward, so although I didn’t read a million books this year, it still seems like a good place to start and will helpfully hold me more accountable moving forward! [Read more…]
Now that we’ve covered the girls and the guys, it’s time to talk about some stocking stuffer ideas for kids! I wanted to put together some items that aren’t sweets and are things that kids will actually use. Some of them will even help your lives go a little easier too 😉 Getting them out from in front of a screen and doing something different was also up there on the top of my list, so a lot of these items are great for families, letting them get creative, or learning a few things too. [Read more…]
I’m back again today with another round of ideas to make your holiday shopping that much easier! This time around I’ve put together a TON of stocking stuffer ideas for him! (I shared stocking stuffer ideas for her yesterday, if you missed it!)
Every year, I really try to pick items that my husband will actually want to use and not just fill his stocking with junk because it’s easy. So if you’re on the hunt for some great ideas, I’ve got you, and the man in your life, covered! 😉
Tis’ the season for gift giving and one of my VERY favorite things to shop for is stocking stuffers! I love thinking outside of the box and filling up stockings with gifts that people will actually use and enjoy. It’s too easy to fill a stocking with junk that’s just going to sit and get dusty, so take the time to put a little more energy into them and grab some unexpected stocking stuffer gifts that will be a hit! I’ll be sharing 3 different stocking stuffer gift lists this week, and today it’s all about stocking stuffer ideas for her! [Read more…]
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a cookbook obsession. It’s hard not to add another one into the cart (and to my growing collection) when the images on every page are so stunning and the recipes make me want to run into the kitchen to become the next Food Network star. For the last few years, I’ve been trying to make an effort to reach for one of them when I’m looking for recipe inspiration, instead of searching online. Yes, online recipes are easy to find and there are SO many great ones out there, but I always seem to forget that I have amazing options sitting right in front of me too! If you’re like me, or just want to jump start your holiday baking, I’m sharing some of my favorite cookbooks with you guys today, which I’ve somehow managed to narrow down, which is no small feat!
This post has been a LONG time coming and, true to form, I waited until the very last minute to share it with you guys. Buuuuut, at least it’s getting done, right? I had this house built back in 2004 and it’s been home ever since. I’ve been adding finishing touches here and there, ever since I renovated it in 2016 (see the kitchen before photo below…yikes), but I never really felt like it was ever quite done, and honestly, I don’t know if you ever actually reach that point in a house. It seems like something is always a work in progress or I’m constantly searching for “the perfect” item to display on a shelf or hang on a wall. But, regardless, finishing the house was part of my 2019 goal list and I was determined to get it done! Annnnnnd then life had some unexpected surprises in store for me, like moving to North Carolina! So in a few weeks, I’ll be packing everything up and starting over across the country, but I still wanted to share my Utah house tour with you guys before I go! Also, fair warning…this is a loooooong post!