Subscription boxes have grown in popularity over the years. With subscription boxes for just about everything, you can find one that corresponds with your likes. Personally, I think snack boxes are the way to go. To make it even better, there are subscriptions like Bokksu, which allow you to enjoy traditional Japanese snacks from the comfort of your own home. Every month, Bokksu sends you a themed box featuring snacks from different prefectures in Japan. As an added bonus, many of these companies have been around for 100 years or more, truly highlighting these traditional snacks and their makers. The booklet also includes the historyRead More →

Writing for an entire year is easy. Writing one million words in a year is a completely different beast. However, wanting to truly push myself to write as much as possible and see where my writing could take me in a year, that was the goal I set for myself. My year of writing would focus heavily on finishing old projects, along with exploring new ones and new ways of writing. And then there was the one million word challenge as well. As much as I love writing, this challenge was certainly a struggle. Being behind meant that I needed to tack on an additionalRead More →

A new month and year have arrived! It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already over and we are in a new year with new opportunities before us. Though many people use January as an opportunity to start something new through making resolutions, I instead will be sticking with making monthly goals. I find that I am more successful when I set goals over resolutions. Breaking down my bigger goals into smaller chunks on a monthly basis helps a lot. Before we look at my January 2022 goals, let’s take a moment to look back and see how I did with my December goals. DecemberRead More →

The arrival of January brings another month of reading to an end. December was a relaxed month in many respects, as I cut back on my goals to focus on enjoying the final month of the year, while also working on finishing up tasks such as my milwordy challenge. Even so, I made sure to make plenty of time for reading. After all, though my TBR has shrunk over the last three years, there are still plenty of books that need to be read. So, I do my best to read a designated number of books each month. One exciting development this month was thatRead More →

Gather your dumbbells, yoga mats, and jump ropes. It’s time for the January 2022 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on exercise equipment. With a new year here, many people will be setting resolutions. Oftentimes, those resolutions involve losing weight or regularly exercising. To help with sticking to that resolution, and ensure we use what’s in our homes, we are going to use using our exercise equipment. So, let’s grab those weights we keep letting sit idle and start moving. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, outdoor decor, tools, hardware, school supplies, organizers, and music.Read More →

The twelfth and final month of 2021 has arrived! Can you believe that the year is nearly over? The first few months flew by, then there were a few slower months and before we knew it, December was here. This month is an opportunity to give one final push to get stuff done before we roll over into a new year. Whether it’s big or small, working on a goal or two will help the month go by. Setting monthly goals has become a huge part of my life and though each month presents new opportunities to increase or decrease my goal load, I alwaysRead More →

The arrival of December brings another month of reading to an end. November is the month when I am focused on NaNoWriMo, and so I wasn’t expecting much reading-wise. However, my best-laid plans of ignoring the vast majority of my TBR were thrown out the window. Despite dedicating most of my time to writing, I still managed to read plenty of books. I think it helped that so many of these books were stellar reads that I gobbled up. Be prepared to add many of these books to your own TBR as they truly are phenomenal works that everyone should read. So, without further ado,Read More →

NaNoWriMo has come to an end! Thirty days of frantic writing, trying to create a novel in a single month is over and all writers can now let out a sigh of relief. Whether you hit the word count goal or not, everyone who participated should be proud. You are closer to seeing that novel idea come to fruition. The key thing to remember about NaNoWriMo is this is merely the first step. It’s about getting the words down, not about having a perfect product at the end of the month. That’s what the coming months are for. To help finish that rough draft ifRead More →

Gather your wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift bags! It’s time for the December 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on gift wrap. With the holidays on their way, now is the perfect time to use up your collection of gift wrap. Whether you hit the post-holiday sales last year to stock up or have a small collection leftover, let’s make an effort to use up what we have on hand. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, outdoor decor, tools, hardware, school supplies, organizers, and music. December 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Gift WrapRead More →

The fourth week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This is the point where writers are either casually cruising toward the finish line or frantically typing for all their worth in an attempt to come close. The word count goal total for this week is 45,009. That is certainly a lot of words, however, it’s also deliciously close to the end. Soon, we writers can let out a sigh of relief and give our keyboards a well-deserved rest – at least until our characters and plot demand our attention once more. Speaking of plot, let’s move on to my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update.Read More →