The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your blenders, rice cookers, and cherry pitters. It’s time for the January 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on kitchen items. We all have gadgets and gizmos in the kitchen that we bought thinking we needed them. Then, as it turns out, they have sat in our cupboards unused. Or, perhaps we used them once and then relegated them to the storage area. For this month, we won’t be just focusing on kitchen gadgets, but all kitchen items that are found in the kitchen. So that includes baking sheets, dishes, etc. Let’s make sure that the items in our kitchenRead More →

Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would continuously craft stories, sharing them with anyone who would read or listen to them. As the years went by, I wrote less, mostly due to school workload, but I never lost my love of writing. My adult years haven’t seen a lot of writing. True, I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and work on this blog, and all of that technically counts as writing. However, I want to put even more focus on my writing. That is why I am making 2021 theRead More →

As the cold Northern winds blow ushering in the winter months, it’s important to make sure you have what is needed to get through this cold time of the year. Having lived in Northern Ontario for more than a dozen years, I have several winter essentials. Some items help me combat the cold when I need to leave the house, while others are simply to keep cabin fever at bay. Ensuring that I have these and other items is an important part of getting ready for winter. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one ofRead More →

The final month of 2020 has arrived. It’s hard to believe that the year is so close to being over and soon we will be ushering in 2021. This is the last opportunity to get everything done you want to accomplish during 2020. Whether it’s a big or small goal, do your best to work on it. There are a couple of things that I am going to be working on as a part of my December 2020 goals. Part of them are finishing up goals that have been spread out throughout this year and others are last-minute additions I would like to get done.Read More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. November was a fairly busy month with NaNoWriMo taking up the vast majority of my time. Then toss in the release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and I honestly didn’t think I would have much time for reading. Though my goal was to get through five books, I had a sneaking suspicion I wouldn’t get beyond two books read. However, I could never have imagined that I would read so much given everything I had going on but I am pleasantly surprised by my reading this month. This November 2020 reading wrap-up goes over the booksRead More →

With the arrival of December, writers around the world can let out a collective sigh of relief that they survived another NaNoWriMo. Whether you managed to hit that 50000 word count goal or came up shy, go ahead and give yourself a round of applause. Writing a novel in a single month is no easy task and even failures can teach you something about your writing. Now that the challenge is over it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. This will cover the last three days of writing and how I felt my overall experience went. Curious about how the previous weeks went?Read More →

The November Use It Up Challenge is here and it's all about tackling sentimental clutter.

Gather your lights, baubles, skeletons, and wreaths. It’s time for the December Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on holiday decorations. By the end of the month, we have gone through every holiday in a calendar year. This makes it the perfect opportunity to go through all of those holiday decorations. We know what ones we did and didn’t use over the course of the year. In fact, there may be some you have been meaning to get rid of over the years but end up returning them to the box instead. No more. Let’s make sure what the decorations we keepRead More →

The fourth week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This last week truly flew by in no time and I can see the finish line of this writing challenge not far away. Though I have already hit the 50000-word mark to secure my win, that doesn’t mean that I am done writing. There is still a ton of work to do on this novel, including a major revamp of the outline, which in turn will force me to rewrite several chapters, scrap some others and add plenty of new ones. I’m up for the challenge, even though I know a lot of that workRead More →

Back in November 2018, I decided that I would make an effort to read all of the books that I owned. It was a bit of a daunting task, as my TBR was massive and felt quite overwhelming. However, in the first year I buckled down, did a lot of reading, and managed to put a fairly decent dent in my TBR. This TBR update: year two will see how much additional progress I have made in the last year. Am I still making good progress or have the books started to overwhelm me once more. TBR update: year two How does this work? WayRead More →

With the holidays fast approaching, there is a lot of shopping for gifts to be done. Family, friends, and even co-workers will require gifts. But what do you buy someone who is an introvert? Honestly, we aren’t that much different from anyone else. We simply prefer to spend time alone, preferably in our home. In fact, we are quite adept at being home for extended periods of time and keeping ourselves happy and entertained during that time. However, if you are looking for some specific ideas for gifts for introverts, then look no further. There are ideas here that will make an introvert cry withRead More →