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8.17.2017

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

8.16.2017

Goals Check In

I was working on quarterly goals for awhile, but Steph and Sara ended their related link up and they're both going in a different direction for future goals and plans.  And I agree with Steph that you should change it up when something stops working for you, so I plan on following her lead.

8.15.2017

Blog Post Ideas I Actually Want to Read

Everything is harder for me in the summer.  Yeah yeah, it's like beating a dead horse for me to keep repeating that around here but it's the truth.  I just can't stand summer.  I'm less productive and motivated and creative and all around slightly crabbier because nothing makes me crabby like being hot.  I'm thrilled that fall is approaching, because it means I'm ever closer to winter, my favorite.  (I live in a good city to be such a winter lover, but I'm still open to moving to Alaska, trust me.)  Of particular struggle lately though is blog motivation and post ideas.  I've put up 165 posts so far this year and have plenty more for the last 3 months of this year, but that's because the colder months just lend themselves to so many more ideas for me.

8.14.2017

Paperless Life

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Like I mentioned last week, I don't keep paper.  (John's been a little more resistant, since he was raised to keep everything, but he's coming around to the process.)  Digital storage makes my life easier and simpler, as does letting go of the notion that I 'might need it, one day.'  Spoiler: you don't.  There are so many good reasons to stop the paper madness - saving trees, saving money, saving sanity.  To me, the biggest benefit of going paperless as much as possible is that it reduces the amount of clutter in the home.  People don't realize what an issue paper is, because a few scraps here and there seem so small.  What they don't see is all of that paper piled together in one spot.

8.11.2017

Treat Yourself Without Money or Food

Friday has a arrived and let me tell you, I needed it to get here this week.  This one has been a doozy, for many reasons.  But the weekend is here, Tara will arrive in a few hours with her new Bichon puppy, Beau, and we have a full and fun itinerary ahead.  The week did get me thinking though about the different ways I could treat myself for getting through it, if I didn't have a concert already lined up (and let's be clear, I'm more of an 'open bar and free food' type person than a concert person.)  So many of the ways I treat myself involve shopping or food, and even though I don't spend very much when that happens, it's still not a great habit to be in.  The food one is even worse, since my food rewards are often pizza and ice cream.  If you're anything like me, read on for my ideas on how to treat yourself without money or food.


8.10.2017

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

8.09.2017

Tips for Maintaining a Vegetarian/Vegan Diet

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When someone finds out I'm a vegetarian (and sometimes vegan, but man, cheese), I usually get one main question - how?  Particularly in this country, and of course in the Midwest where I live, it seems impossible to not subsist on that meat and potatoes diet.  But I promise, it's really not that hard.  It's not even something I think about.

8.08.2017

Creating a Cleaning Schedule

I don't know what it is about routines and schedules, but you seem to love them as much as I do.  Or maybe I just draw that type of audience?  Birds of feather and all that.  I've posted about my daily routine before and how I stay on top of everything, but how I keep the house clean enough for anyone to stop by at a moment's notice is something I probably get the most questions about.  They key is definitely in the scheduling, and in staying on top of the little tasks so they don't become big, daunting tasks.  Simple, not stressful.


Last week I posted about how I get my bathroom clean in just minutes and a few weeks before that I posted about my annual home maintenance calendar.  My cleaning calendar is similar to my home maintenance calendar, and I actually have them set up together in a single Google calendar (all about that paperless life in this house!)

8.07.2017

Things I Don't Ever Feel Like Doing

A post idea straight up stolen from Steph because woof, it's been a weekend, and sometimes you need to just not think very hard.


Talk on the phone

Fold laundry, mostly John's t-shirts

Go to the beach

Wear a strapless bra

8.04.2017

What I'm Curious About Lately

I have a growing list of things I've been curious about lately.  Things I've been researching that I would like to dive in on but haven't quite found what I'm looking for yet.  I mean really, it's a list of things I could use your advice and opinions on, so please share your knowledge in the comments.

8.03.2017

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.

8.02.2017

Chicago Street Fests: Best Cover Bands

The one thing I actually do really love about summer in Chicago is definitely the street fests.  There's very few I don't attend and thoroughly enjoy.  But there's multiple options most weekends, all over the city, so when I'm not choosing based on proximity (#lazygirlatheart), I choose based on which cover bands are playing that we most want to see.  

8.01.2017

5 Minutes to a (Naturally) Clean Bathroom

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I like having a clean and organized house, that's no secret.  But I also love to be efficient and while I enjoy the feeling of a clean bathroom, I don't particularly enjoy the whole process of cleaning it.  So I've streamlined it - at least a basic clean that gets us through each week until our cleaning lady comes and does the super deep cleaning (looking at you, grout and baseboards) once a month.  Because cleaning a bathroom doesn't have to be a daunting and time consuming process.  The best part is that my system uses only two natural cleaning products so there's no chemicals and you can be in and out in just 5 minutes, with a few extra minutes if you have time for some optional tasks.  How? Glad you asked.
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