Not only is it a new month, but also a new year and decade. Amazing! Do you know what that means? It’s time to set some goals. There is a lot that I want to accomplish this year, so these monthly goals help me work towards that. Breaking down big goals into smaller chunks and spreading them out over time is a great way to tackle them without being overwhelmed.¬† My January 2020 goals will start me down the path of working towards some bigger goals while also making time for fun things I want to do. Before we look at January’s goals, let’s takeRead More →

How many times have you seen a notebook in the store and thought “Oh, I need this!” Only to discover 30 unused notebooks at home? What about promising, or even making a resolution, to journal every day? You may stick with it for a week or so, but soon that journal gets abandoned. The notebook gets shoved in a drawer or cupboard with all the others. Or perhaps, notebooks are where you keep your story ideas. You want to write a novel, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. Then the January Use It Up Challenge is for you! This month, we are focusingRead More →

This is it, the final day of the month and year. Though there are a few hours left to read, I am going to share the books I have read this month. To be perfectly honest, I know I won’t finish another book before the month ends. Despite being distracted by the holidays and my many goals, I actually got a decent amount of reading done. True, I wish I had have read more, but I am very happy with how much I got done. December in books is the twelfth installment of my ongoing series which highlights the books I read in a month.Read More →

Snack subscription boxes are the best. They bring all kinds of wonderful tasting items to your door. There are quite a few snack subscription boxes, but the best comes from Japan. Japan Crate is one of several snack filled subscription boxes and you can get. After enjoying the November box, I was really looking forward to what the December Japan Crate had in store. If you are interested in experiencing Japan through snacks, then be sure to give Japan Crate a try. December Japan Crate Rich Cheese Pizza Chips I’ll be honest, these chips kind of terrified me. I love chips, and I love pizza,Read More →

We all have stuff in our house. Items bought with the intention of using but then we don’t get around to it. The next thing you know, those things are shoved in the closet or on a shelf and you forget all about it. Worse is when you go out and buy that same item again. Now you have two and you still aren’t using them! Even after decluttering the home, there may still be items in it that probably could go. What about those items you still want to use? After months or years of owning it, is there any hope of actually usingRead More →

Tokyo Treat is a monthly subscription box sent from Japan filled with snacks and drinks. This month had the theme Otaku Holiday and featured some items that are only available during the holiday season. After enjoyed the November box, I was really excited to try the December 2019 Tokyo Treat. I was lucky enough to get a three-month subscription to Tokyo Treat from my husband as a Christmas gift. Want to try Tokyo Treat? Sign up today! December 2019 Tokyo Treat Orange Kit Kat Chocolate and orange can be very hit or miss. It all is dependent upon the balance of flavors being right. Luckily,Read More →

Books are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive. In fact, most years when anyone asks me what I want, whether it’s for the holidays or my birthday, the immediate answer I give is books. Whether it’s graphic novels, non-fiction tomes, quick to read middle-grade or high fantasy, there are books for everyone. Though I have cut back on buying books, mostly so that I can tackle my large, yet ever-shrinking TBR, there are plenty of books I still want to own and read. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books I hope to find under my tree. Top Ten Tuesday isRead More →

They say that one of the best ways to explore a new country is through its food. This may be true, but as a non-traveler, it can be hard to do so. That’s where subscription boxes like Bokksu come into play. Bokksu delivers traditional snacks to your door monthly. My first experience with Bokksu occurred in November and it was phenomenal. Needless to say, I was eager to dive into the December 2019 Bokksu. This month’s theme is Snowy Hokkaido. Want to give Bokksu a try? Sign up today! Use this referral link to get $10 off your purchase. December 2019 Bokksu Natural Yeast Bread:Read More →

Winter has been around for a while now, despite what the calendars say. Winter is one of the best times to read, especially since it’s often too cold to go outside. So why not curl up with a good book or two? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish post run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic: books on my winter TBR. I don’t tend to stick to TBR piles, though I do pick out books I want to read on a monthly basis. Truth is, I do my best to read what I pick out, but sometimes you just need to pickRead More →

As the weather gets colder, my desire to eat more hearty meals increases. One of my favorite cold-weather meals is shepherd’s pie. It is a simple meal when you break it down. Meat, vegetables, and potatoes all together into a piping hot dish. One of the great things about shepherd’s pie is how versatile it is. The type of meat and vegetables that are included can be changed to fit tastes, dietary restrictions and what is available. We prefer ours to be made with just ground beef, though many use a mix of beef and pork. Carrots can be added instead of corn. Really theRead More →