What You Can Expect (Here) in 2017

What You Can Expect (Here) in 2017

I know this is all out of order; here I am talking about 2017 when I haven't written anything that sums up 2016 yet.  The thing is, 2016 was complicated .  I haven't exactly finishe…
'Twas The Night Before Christmas

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the 'net Bloggers were stirring, they're not done just yet. The stockings were hung with monogrammed flair, In hopes that all…
On the First Day of Winter

On the First Day of Winter

On the first day of winter ... I gave myself 10 new seasonal goals.  Okay that's a lie, it's not exactly the first day of winter, but we're getting there.  Its actually next We…
Doggie Gift Bags for the Holidays

Doggie Gift Bags for the Holidays

As usual, I have as many dogs as people to get gifts for this Christmas.  And I don't just mean Hawkeye 12 times over, as much as she would like that to be the case.  But I never leave…
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

Welcome back to three on Thursday.  In case you don't have any idea what this is, you can read past posts here , but it's just a quick listing of my top 3 loves at the moment.  To…
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

This post may contain affiliate links. Well this post is going up slightly later in the day than usual.  Want to know why? Because for the first 4.5 hours of my day, I was 100% certain that…
Ways to Stay Productive and Focused on Busy Days

Ways to Stay Productive and Focused on Busy Days

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyWayToVeg #CollectiveBias Is anyone else totally struggling with the fact that it&…
My Year Round Capsule Wardrobe

My Year Round Capsule Wardrobe

I've posted about my wardrobe before, specifically about how few pieces I have, but I've never given an overview of exactly how many and how I wear them.  I figured I would show wh…
Holy Grail Products: An Update

Holy Grail Products: An Update

Do you have a holy grail makeup or skin care product that you'd never give up?  How about one in each category?  Because that's my goal.  I hate wasting money, so one of my goals o…
5 Things I Do At Night To Make Mornings Easier

5 Things I Do At Night To Make Mornings Easier

I have never in my life been a morning person.  Like, I wouldn't even get up on Christmas morning (I'm an only child, not like everything wasn't for me anyway!), my mom had to …
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

This post may contain affiliate links. Back to Thursday, back to business as usual.  Let me be clear, this blog is business as usual.  Life is most certainly not.  But I don't talk poli…
The Thing I'm Most Terrified Of (and Proud Of)

The Thing I'm Most Terrified Of (and Proud Of)

November 1st.  It brings the end of Halloween season (my favorite holiday) but it also brings my birthday month, so I usually get into celebration mode about now.  Might as well celebrate …
Routine for Your Healthiest Smile (DIY Toothpaste Recipe)

Routine for Your Healthiest Smile (DIY Toothpaste Recipe)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. # BrushingEvolvedBBB  #CollectiveBias Philips  Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Soni…
5 Things I Do Well

5 Things I Do Well

Two weeks ago I posted about the things that I'm not so great at , because this is real life and you can't be good at everything.  But I also think you should embrace and celebrate …
Rebounding From a Rough Weekend

Rebounding From a Rough Weekend

Posting is tough this week.  I generally keep the content light and fluffy around here and the more serious and sad things stay offline.  But it's been hard to get the two posts publis…
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

This post may contain affiliate links. Hey look at that, a three on Thursday.  On an actual Thursday.  Certainly been awhile since I managed that one.  In case you don't have any idea w…
But I'm Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer

But I'm Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer

This post brought to you by laziness and listening to Billy Currington on repeat.  And by the fact that today, September 28, is National Drink a Beer Day!  Who's celebrating with me? B…
Since Summer is Actually Ending Now

Since Summer is Actually Ending Now

It's that time again, seasonal goals time.  You know, since the season of summer is actually ending in a couple of days - not when everyone acts like it did on September 1.  A nyway.  Ba…
My Meal Planning Process

My Meal Planning Process

When I first mentioned what my schedule and routine is like lately, I said that I could do a separate post on my meal planning process if that seemed interesting.  And I got feedback that …
Do I Need a 2017 Planner?

Do I Need a 2017 Planner?

That particular question has been on my mind lately.  Usually, by this point, I've already picked out exactly what I want for the next year.  Possibly even ordered it already.  This is…
Routines Make Me Happy

Routines Make Me Happy

I very much live by my routine.  I'll throw it off sometimes, like when I go to a mid-week dinner with a friend, but in generally I believe that my routine makes my life easier and eve…
Alaskan Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl 2016

Alaskan Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl 2016

This post is incredibly freaking long.  I didn't feel like splitting it up, because you either want to know about it and you'll read the whole thing anyway, or you don't and you…
On Blogging and Life

On Blogging and Life

The amount of times I post in a month always ebbs and flows, and right now we're definitely in 'ebbs' mode.  A lot of bloggers feel that way during summer and I'm thinking …
My 3 Least Favorite Bars in Chicago

My 3 Least Favorite Bars in Chicago

You know you have it - the one place that's a hard no when someone suggests it on a Saturday night.  Generally, I'm a bar lover.  Dive bars being my favorite, naturally.  But even …
Playing Catch Up

Playing Catch Up

Nothing like the end of a vacation to bring the real world crashing down on your head.  Well no, it's not that dramatic.  I'm just still playing catch up on my entire life since ge…
10 Things That Feel Like Home

10 Things That Feel Like Home

As you're reading this, I am on my Alaskan cruise!  Today, we're in Juneau, which I hope means I get some cell service for picture posting.  Regardless, I didn't want to leave …
Alaskan Cruise In a Carry On - Toiletries and 1 Quart Bag

Alaskan Cruise In a Carry On - Toiletries and 1 Quart Bag

This post may contain affiliate links. Is anyone else as intrigued as I am by what other people bring in their toiletry bags and luggage when going on vacation?  No, just me?  Well in case …
An Overly Detailed Bathroom Tour

An Overly Detailed Bathroom Tour

I absolutely love YouTube video and blog posts on what products people use and what they keep in their bathroom.  I don't think that's weird at all.  Or maybe it's just me and …
An Update To 'My Epically Decluttered Wardrobe'

An Update To 'My Epically Decluttered Wardrobe'

Back in October of 2014, so almost 2 years ago, I wrote my first post on decluttering my wardrobe .  As you can see in that post, I kept 198 items after getting rid of 66 things.  Which I t…
Goal Setting Tip of the Month: Try 'Tiny Habits'

Goal Setting Tip of the Month: Try 'Tiny Habits'

This month's goal setting tip is all about embracing the idea of creating tiny habits .  A Tiny Habit is something you do once a day that takes less than 30 seconds and requires little…
Fall Film Challenge 2016

Fall Film Challenge 2016

"What? It's not fall yet!"  No, it's not, we're solidly still in the summer season, don't worry.  But Jenn has already put out her categories for her fall film ch…
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a post of my weekly (and all time) top three favorites that I think you should do, try, or buy.  1. Schofferhofer Grapefruit Beer .  I love grapefruit an…
29 Things About John For His 29th Birthday

29 Things About John For His 29th Birthday

Mostly here on this blog, we talk about me.  Which is fine - I'm an only child; 'me' is my favorite topic of conversation.  But today isn't about me, for once.  I figured I…
Shopping Ban. With Intensity This Time.

Shopping Ban. With Intensity This Time.

If you saw my last goals post , you might have noticed that one of my summer goals was to work out some sort of shopping ban or spending freeze challenge for myself.  I've done many ver…
Brand New House Tour

Brand New House Tour

Yes, HOUSE TOUR .  It's here, it's here!  I've only been promising a house tour for like a month but now it's finally time!  Are you ready?
The First 20 Done Off My 101 in 1001 List

The First 20 Done Off My 101 in 1001 List

Since my second 101 in 1001 list started in December of 2015, I have had yet to mention it again on the blog, even though I have been working on it.  I just crossed off the first 20 goals …
Three on Thursday

Three on Thursday

welcome back to three on thursday, a post of my weekly (and all time) top three favorites.   1. matt's cookies .   these damn things.  you have never had a softer, more lovely chocolate ch…
Pet Tip of the Month: Hot Asphalt Awareness and Summer Safety

Pet Tip of the Month: Hot Asphalt Awareness and Summer Safety

every responsible dog owner knows not to leave their dog locked in a hot car, but that's not the only summer time danger to your furry best friend.  did you know what when it's 77 …
The LOL that Was Spring Goals

The LOL that Was Spring Goals

spring goals update in a quick summary: lol. okay here's the long version of that update - remember i was all 'seasonal goals? yeah 3 months, i gots this, goalz'?  hahahaha i w…
Beauties & Beaus at Hydrate, Because You Should Go Now More Than Ever

Beauties & Beaus at Hydrate, Because You Should Go Now More Than Ever

with naysha lopez , from ru paul's drag race! chicago natives, chicago visitors, let me introduce you to something that you absolutely need to put on your bucket list.  the beauties &…