The garden season has officially arrived in Northern Ontario and I am super excited. While I did start many plants ahead of time, planting as early as late March. Doing this, allows me to plant good-sized seedlings as soon as the threat of frost has passed – which is generally mid-June. Several plants will also be directly sown during the month, as they don’t need that head start. Now that June has come and gone, it’s time to share how the June 2022 garden is looking and what changes were made this year. This year has a lot of new features to the garden. ARead More →

Bokksu has become a highly of my monthly experience. Every month, a themed box of traditional Japanese snacks comes to my door. Some of these companies have been around for nearly 100 years and help to showcase snacks that are not readily available elsewhere. Along with a change of theme, the flavors, textures, and areas of Japan highlighted in each box are different. Some months focus on a particular item, such as the Mochi Madness box, whereas others highlight specific flavors like the Midori Moments – which heavily focused on matcha. The theme of the July 2022 Bokksu is Manatsu Fruits. Manatsu means midsummer inRead More →

The year has been flying by and we are already in June. Even this month seems to have slipped by faster than usual. Even though the month is quickly approaching the end, it’s not too late to set a few goals for the month. Honestly, these goals were planned out before June even started, however, the chaos quickly hit and I was struggling to find time to sit down and actually write them down. Like with the previous months, I do my best to create a list of monthly goals that will keep me busy throughout the month while also allowing for some fun andRead More →

May was a lighter month of reading. I had grand intentions of getting a ton of reading done, but then other tasks ate up much of my time. Even so, I did get the squeeze in some time here and there to pick up a book. While I would have liked to have read a bit more, getting through even a bit of my TBR is always nice. Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time and with each month that passes, I am steadily working on reducing what was once a massive TBR into something a bit more manageable. The May 2022Read More →

There is something exciting about getting a box full of snacks every month. Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that brings traditional Japanese snacks to your door. Each month has a different theme and highlights flavors from different areas of Japan. I have been enjoying Bokksu for more than 2 years and always look forward to when it arrives each month. The theme of the June 2022 Bokksu is Midori Moments. Midori means green in Japanese and nearly all of these snacks are green or flavored by a green item, mainly matcha. I have tried a number of matcha-flavored items in the past and forRead More →

May has arrived in a hurry. The month all but snuck up on me and I felt ill-prepared for it. With its arrival, came a major shift in weather, pushing the last remnants of winter away and landing us solidly in spring weather. This means there are lots to do and luckily plenty of hours of daylight to do it in. Much like every month, setting a list of goals I want to accomplish in May will help me stay on track, get stuff done, and ensure I set some time aside to have some fun as well. Before we get to my May 2022Read More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. While April felt initially sluggish, I quickly fell into a pattern of regular reading again and often found myself glued to my reading corner for hours on end. This is good news, as I am still working on reducing my large TBR, though I have done a fair job of shrinking it over the last few years. Some books that had been waiting years for my attention finally got their time to shine, however, plenty of newer books also made it into the pile this month. This April 2022 reading wrap-up will show off all thatRead More →

Each month, I look forward to the arrival of my Bokksu. The theme of the May 2022 Bokksu is Bokksu Tanjoubi or Bokksu Birthday. Bokksu has been around for 6 years and it’s amazing to think that they have been bringing traditional Japanese snacks to people’s doors this long. This box is unique in the sense that there are repeat items from previous boxes, some are customer favorites and others are staff favorites. I love getting a chance to try some snacks a second time around and see which ones are the most popular. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15Read More →

Creating goals has become a monthly ritual for the past couple of years. Having a list of items I want to work on helps to keep me focused, motivated, and working towards bigger goals in life. Every month has new challenges thrown into it, so keeping my goals flexible has been a big part of this journey. In fact, I had much different goals for this month and then changed them based upon my needs. Reassessing your goals on a month-by-month basis will help keep you on track and should also prevent burnout and stress – though it can happen from time to time. BeforeRead More →

March was, initially, a lackluster reading month. I had every intention of sitting down and reading every day yet I couldn’t be bothered to do so. However, as the month progressed and began to creep closer to the end, I got my reading desire back. With every book I got through I was that much closer to hitting my reading goal for the month while also reducing my giant TBR. What was once an overwhelming TBR has shrunk over 3 years of dedicated reading and limited purchasing of new books. My March 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read and my general thoughts onRead More →