The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Writing is a passion that I am working hard to turn into an actual career. That is why I have made this my year of writing. I’m putting more effort than normal into my writing. Part of that is participating in writing challenges, such as Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo. Writing on a deadline seems to work best for me, as it adds pressure to sit down and get the words written. Now that another week of writing has gone by it’s time for the April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo week 2 update. Let’s see howRead More →

Another new month has arrived. Can you believe we are already in the fourth month of 2021? This year seems to be going by quite quickly. In a way, this is good, because it means the days, weeks, and months aren’t dragging on endlessly. As each new month arrives, it creates an opportunity to work on my long-term and short-term goals. Setting goals each month truly helps me work towards what I want to get accomplished while giving me the accountability to keep up with them. Every month I reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and go from there. Before we getRead More →

With the arrival of April, it’s time to take a moment to look back at the books I read in March. When it comes to hobbies, reading is at the top of my list. Reading is an escape, a form of entertainment, and a way to expand my knowledge in various topics. A while ago, I felt like my enormous TBR was completely overwhelming and that I would never get through it. Yet two years later, I was surprised by how much progress I had made with my TBR. One great thing about the books I read this month was that there were so manyRead More →

Did you know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo month? This bi-yearly month-long writing challenge occurs in April and July. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own word count goal. You can write as many words as you want. For this time around, I decided to stick with the classic word count of 50,000 words. Like many participants, I like to spend a month or two beforehand getting ready to write. This involves picking a story, making sure any necessary prep is done and of course getting my NaNoWriMo survival kit ready. As with many of my previous attempts, I will be documenting my weeklyRead More →

Grab your seeds, trowels, planters, and soil. It’s time for the April 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on seeds. Garden season is fast approaching. In fact, some may already have started their gardens, especially if you live in the southern climates. However, for those of us in the North, there are a few weeks to go before we can safely get our hands in the dirt. Since many plants can be started indoors, this is the perfect time to work on using all of the seeds you have accumulated over the last few months or years. So grab your seedsRead More →

Subscription boxes are a great way to explore different items that may not be readily available to you in stores. Food subscription boxes are my favorite, and realistically the only subscription boxes I have tried so far. Who wouldn’t want to receive a box filled with edible goodies from another country? I have tried a number of them in the past couple of years, namely ones from Japan. After giving Japan Crate a try, I really wanted to try the Umai Crate. This month I decided to splurge on the March 2021 Umai Crate to see what kind of noodles I could get – asRead More →

Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. For those times when life keeps you busy but you want a healthy and filling meal, it may seem like cooking dinner isn’t an option. However, that isn’t the case. One-pot meals are a great way to get that home-cooked dinner without creating too many dishes or taking up too much time. This one-pan Mexican rice with chicken is a fantastic option. In as little as 30 minutes, you will have a homemade meal that will have your entire family running to the table. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase afterRead More →

The third month of 2021 has arrived! I don’t know about you, but I found that February flew by. One day it was the beginning of the month and the next it was already over. As with every new month that comes along, it’s time to assess my goals, make new ones, and adjust the others based upon my performance and what else I have going on for the current month. Before we get into my March 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back at how I did with my February goals. February goals review Despite being a quick month, I found thatRead More →

With the arrival of March, it’s time to take a moment to look back at the books I read in February. Reading is one of my favorite activities to do and I look forward to discovering new stories and authors. Exploring books every month not only allows me to enjoy these stories but also helps me to reduce my enormous TBR into something a bit more manageable. The February 2021 reading wrap-up will showcase the books I read during the month and my thoughts on them. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of theseRead More →

Gather your phones, computers, game systems, and cords. It’s time for the March 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on technology. We live in a technology-filled society. Many homes have a plethora of devices, from smartphones to game systems and computers galore. We love upgrading your devices as often as possible and this can lead to technology clutter. Chances are you have a box or drawer filled with old tech along with a few random power cords that have an unknown purpose. It’s time to deal with this clutter and ensure that the items you have in your home and actuallyRead More →