July has arrived and that means we are officially in the second half of 2020. This also means that we are solidly in summer, the kids are finally out of school and the weather is turning nicer – though some days it has been unseasonably hot already. You may find that life is getting busy, but that doesn’t mean you should skip setting monthly goals. Even just a few will keep you moving towards a greater long-term goal. For me, a new month means it’s time to set some goals. Before we get to my July 2020 goals, let’s take a minute to review howRead More →

With the arrival of July, it’s time to take a moment to look back on what I read in June. June was a fairly busy month but I still managed to find time to read most days. I will admit, that there were a number of days I didn’t even look at my books because it was busy with other tasks from the moment I woke up until I went to sleep. While this did mean I didn’t get a ton of books read, I am happy with how many books I did get to. This helps me get through my massive TBR and isRead More →

Did you know that Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice a year? Once in April and then again in July. After having good success with April’s challenge, I was eager to write again this month. If you are unfamiliar with the main challenge, NaNoWriMo, it is a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during November. However, the one big difference between the main one and camp is that during Camp NaNoWriMo you can change your word count goal. Additionally, you can choose to use the month to edit an existing novel, keeping track of how many hours or pages you work on. If you have beenRead More →

Gather your novels, comics, encyclopedias, and audiobooks, it’s time for the July Use It Up Challenge. Books are something that’s found in many homes. Yet as many readers know, it is easy to buy them faster than you can read them. Thus results in enormous TBRs that feel entirely overwhelming. Regardless of whether you have just a few or hundreds of books, this month we are going to focus on using them up. In the previous months, we have tackled notebooks, candles, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, clothes, and bath items. July Use It Up Challenge What is the Use It Up Challenge? This is aRead More →

The start of the garden season officially arrived in June. Where I live in Northern Ontario, our average last frost date is mid-June, which means it’s safe to plant after that day. Now, there are exceptions to this, as some plant varieties do well with frosts and cooler temperatures. Even though I got an early start to the garden this year, planting as early as March – though it meant bringing those plants in every night for almost three months – June is when the vast majority of the garden was planted. Now that the planting is complete, I thought I would share a JuneRead More →

Chicken is a dinner option that has so many different ways of preparing it. Not only does this mean that you can try a multitude of chicken recipes and never grow tired of it, but it gives you a different flavor every time. Chicken is by far the favorite meat to cook for my family. With dishes like paprika chicken and chicken broccoli noodle casserole, we eat this meat at least once a week. If you are looking for a new chicken dinner option, then this mustard curry chicken is a great choice. With just a few ingredients, it creates a wonderfully filling and deliciousRead More →

For years one thing that has been missing from my garden was a potting bench. I knew I wanted one, but they weren’t something I could find in the stores and if I did they were very expensive. Over the years, I had considering making one myself. However, having never built anything before, I wasn’t sure I could do it. But this year I decided to throw caution into the wind and make my own DIY garden potting bench. After looking at random pictures of potting benches, I knew what I wanted mine to look like. As part of all of my May garden prep,Read More →

Can you believe that it is already June? The sixth month of the year means the arrival of summer. This means warmer weather should be heading our way and that the garden season is finally starting in Northern Ontario. With the chaos of the previous months over, or at least dying down a bit, I am truly looking forward to seeing what June has in store. Plus it’s my birthday month! Before we go over my June 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look back at how I did with my May goals. May goals review May was such an incredibly busy month! IRead More →

With the arrival of June, it’s time to take a moment to look back on what I read in May. May was an incredibly busy month and I’m honestly surprised I found any time to read. There were some days that the books got ignored, there were just too many other priorities to give them the attention they deserved. However, over the course of the month, I did find time here and there to get some reading done. Some days I only read a chapter and others I was able to sit down for an hour to get a decent chunk read. With each monthRead More →

Gather your bath bombs, shampoo, makeup, and product samples, it’s time for the June Use It Up Challenge. Bathrooms can be an area that collects a lot of clutter but we don’t always notice it right away. All of those items stuffed in a drawer or closet can make you lose track of what you are using and what’s being ignored. That’s why this month’s challenge focus is on bath items. Over the years you may have collected various items that were used for a while, but then forgotten as new items made their way into the room. In the previous months, we have tackledRead More →