Over the past few weeks, my schedule has gotten much busier than normal. I have a full time job that has a very busy season - which we are currently in the thick of - and I also do a lot of writing on the side. I was a little bit worried about how exhausted I would feel once things started to pick up, as I knew I’d have to work long days and then come home and work on my writing at night. There is nothing worse than being overtired and . . .
So as I’m writing this, I just finished Jodi Picoult’s newest book, Small Great Things, just hours ago. Wow. It was honestly one of her best (I will get into it more below, so keep reading!). In reading this novel, I was thinking about all of the Jodi Picoult books that I’ve read. She’s had so many, and I’ve read a ton of them over the years (I think I first started reading her when I was in middle school!). She is an author that I really admire . . .
I’m kind of a snob when it comes to gift wrap. I will spend an (almost) unreasonable amount of money on nice quality gift wrap to make my presents look pretty. When it comes to Christmas time, I always look out for unique and pretty gift wrap that I can use for the holiday season. A couple years ago, my BFF and I went to a gift wrapping class at Paper Source, and it was so much fun! And I actually learned a lot about how to neatly and perfectly . . .
So I’ve been blogging about cleaning your space to prep for holiday guests, before traveling, or even just to get your place in tip-top shape. I live in an apartment, and it can be tougher than you’d think to keep a small space clean! It seems like one minute it looks tidy and the next, it looks like a bomb went off. Sigh. The never-ending cycle of cleaning :) A clean bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home, if you ask me. I get . . .
Before we decorated for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, we decided to clean our apartment thoroughly. It hadn’t had a deep clean in a while, and sometimes it can start to feel that tidying up equates to just putting things wherever they fit - shoving stuff in the closet, throwing things in the guest room, and so on. And in the end, that isn’t actually cleaning. So, before taking out all of our seasonal stuff, it was time for a real . . .
Kids make the holidays so fun. It is so cute to see how excited they get throughout the season and how happy they are on Christmas morning after Santa has paid them a visit. I have so many great childhood memories of Christmas and can’t wait until there are kids in my extended family again because it makes the holidays more fun. Decorating gingerbread cookies and houses, leaving cookies for Santa, and decorating the tree...it’s all so much more . . .
Drinking a lot of water always does me a ton of good. It makes me feel better, makes weight loss easier, makes me less hungry, and helps my skin. However, sometimes it can be tough to force yourself to get down those eight cups a day (or more!). After all, we are all so busy and sometimes, I am guilty of going through the whole day without even finishing one cup. That is despicable and definitely not good for my body! Since I am on this diet and . . .
Now that I’ve lived in a city for almost nine months, I’ve learned there are certain things that I cannot live without. Before I moved, I was very nervous about the transition from the suburbs to a big city that I was unfamiliar with. Thankfully, it turned out to be surprisingly easy! Some of that simplicity is attributed to the apps on my phone that make city living much easier. Here are my favorite picks: -Google Maps - I mean, obviously. I . . .
My boyfriend and I are on a month long diet with a lot of restrictions to it. The first week, we brought salad for lunch...every. Single. Day. It got very...monotonous. We decided we needed to get more creative so that we could enjoy the diet a little bit more. We actually came up with a bunch of great options! I wanted to share my favorites here: -Avocado egg salad - I was surprised at how delicious this was! It’s so much healthier than regular . . .
It’s crazy to think how much of our lives we spend at work. But, let’s face it, we’re there more than we’re not. That means that the people that we work with are the ones we are around the majority of our waking hours. Because so much of my time is spent at work, it is very important to me that the people I surround myself with people that I like being with. I don’t want to spend all day, Monday through Friday, feeling miserable, because I know . . .