Gather your condiments, canned goods, and freezer items, it’s time for the August Use It Up Challenge. This month’s focus is on food. Before we get into this month’s challenge, I want to acknowledge that I realize food has been a struggle for a lot of people because of what’s going on this year. I had considered switching this month’s focus to something else. However, I decided to stick with my original idea and change it up. So, we are not focusing on using up every ounce of food in the house this time. However, if you wish to do a full pantry challenge, thenRead More →

July is the month that the garden starts to come into its own. Since everything has been planted and had at least a few weeks to grow, it’s easy to see the potential that the garden has. The plants may still be small, but at least it is the first month that the garden really starts to shine. Not only that, but some items can be harvested by now – usually herbs. Of course, this also means that there are only about 2-3 months left of the growing season. It sounds crazy since it only just began, but that is one of the downsides toRead More →

The fourth week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This is the week where I feel like I truly hit my writing stride. I may not have felt like writing every day, but when I sat down to do it, I fell into a steady rhythm of typing. As the end of the month approaches, the pressure is on to hit that final word count goal. While I am not rushing as I have in previous NaNoWriMo’s, I still feel that desire to end strong. At least my story and characters are behaving themselves as I try to navigate their world for theRead More →

The third week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This was a week of ups and downs. Some days I did really well with my writing and others were a complete struggle. But that’s simply what happens when writing. There are times when the words flow freely and it’s amazing how much progress even a single writing session can be. Then there are the days when the words flow like half-frozen molasses and you question why you are doing this. Without further ado, let’s get to the July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 update. Curious about how the previous week went? Check outRead More →

As summer hits full swing and the temperatures continue to climb, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important, but sometimes, you need an extra boost. This is where switchel can save the day. Also called haymaker’s punch, this drink has been around for many years. I first discovered switchel a couple of summers ago and it quickly became my favorite summertime drink.¬† This is the perfect thing to drink on those warmer summer days and especially when you have been out working in the garden or taking a hike. Switchel is a refreshing summer drink that can be made with littleRead More →

The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to a close. I will admit, this wasn’t the easiest of weeks, I was busy with a lot of things around the house, there was a heatwave and I was overall distracted. July is likely to be one of my busiest months of the year, so finding the time to write every day is a challenge, but I still plan on giving it my all. This week, I did find some help with the writing by joining in on some writing sprints. Sprints are one of my favorite ways to write, as they give you a burstRead More →

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 →