Gather your throw pillow, accent pieces, and artwork. It’s time for the March 2022 Use It Up Challenge! This month we are focusing on decor. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, the need to decorate it can be strong. But what happens when you have plenty of decor items but aren’t using them? That leads to clutter-filled closets. It’s time to tackle that clutter in a different way. Instead of getting rid of those items, let’s put them to use. so let’s gather those items, channel our inner interior decorators and use those items. By the end of the month, our homesRead More →

Snack-filled subscription boxes are a fantastic way to try something new from different regions of the world. Bokksu, a Japanese snack subscription box highlights traditional snacks of Japan. Many of the companies contributing have been around for more than 100 years. Having tried a number of Bokksu in the past, I was excited to dive into the March 2022 Bokksu. This month’s theme is Spring Otozure – which means spring arrival. With spring comes a whole new set of flavors to dive into, coming from different regions of Japan. If you want to explore the flavors of Japan from the comfort of your home, thenRead More →

February is here and while it is the shortest month of the year, it is just as important as all other months. Despite being a few days shorter than other months, February can be just as productive. By creating a list of monthly goals, you can set yourself up for success and tackle those smaller items that you may have been putting off. Having made monthly goals for a few years now, I can attest to how much of a change they made in my life. Now, I have the accountability needed to get stuff done, and by sharing it online, I have extra motivationRead More →

With February solidly in place, it means my reading time in January has come to an end. Over the last few years, I have dedicated my reading time to tackling my massive TBR, which luckily has shrunk quite a bit. Not only do I love to read, but I also love to share what I have read with others. In fact, oftentimes, I pick up books because I have seen others talking about them and that has piqued my interest. Some of those books I enjoy, some I don’t. This January 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books that I read during the month along withRead More →

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 →