Gather your CDs, vinyl records, and MP3s. It’s time for the November 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month, we are focusing on music. Many of us love music. We listen to it to relax, we enjoy it when we are happy or sad, and we also listen to it as background noise throughout the day. This love of music can and often does lead to large collections of CDs or an overwhelmingly large digital music file on our devices. It’s time to tame that collection, remove those songs and albums we no longer listen to, and limit the music clutter in our homes. TheRead More →

Dedicating a year to writing is fairly easy. However, attempting to write one million words in that time is a much bigger challenge. This year of writing challenge is a way to push myself and my writing to the next level. The more I write, the better my writing will become. Not only that, but by writing something other than novels, which is where most of my writing focus has been, I can truly explore more aspects of writing as well. Any and all words written will inevitably improve my writing. This year of writing: update 3 which covers the writing done from July toRead More →

The tenth month of 2021 has arrived. We are now officially in the last quarter of the year and the time truly is flying by. October is the month when fall truly arrives, the trees are filled with yellows and oranges, and the air is taking on a crisp feeling. Like all other months, I will be setting a number of goals to keep me busy throughout the month and allow me to work toward some bigger goals as well. Before we dive into my October 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back at how I did with my September goals. September reviewRead More →

The arrival of October brings another month of reading to an end. September was a pretty busy month, but I was determined to squeeze in plenty of reading time. After all, I am still working on my enormous TBR. In two years, I have managed to shrink it quite a bit. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, it’s an escape, a way to be entertained, and allows me to learn something new. As with every month, I love to share what I read and how I felt about those books. Perhaps seeing what I have been reading will inspire you to pickRead More →

September signifies the end of the growing season – at least it does where I live. This is the month where the final harvest occurs and the first frosts hit. This year was no exception to this, as on the first of the month we experienced a dip in nighttime temperatures that hit near-freezing. The scramble to harvest what remained of the garden hit that day. This is also the time to make sure to clean and properly store your garden tools. Without further ado, here is my September 2021 garden update. September 2021 garden update What’s growing At this point, not much is left.Read More →

Gather your storage containers and organizers. It’s time for the October 2021 Use It Up Challenge! This month we are focusing on organizers. For many people who have an overabundance of stuff, the easiest way to deal with it is to throw it in an organizer or fancy box and call it a day. I know I fell into that category for many years. While that technically does remove the clutter from view, it doesn’t actually deal with the issue. If you aren’t careful, this will lead to your home becoming filled with containers of stuff. However, if you have been keeping up with theseRead More →

When it comes to subscription boxes, the best ones are packed full of food. That is why I love Bokksu so much. Not only is it full of snacks, but Bokksu highlights the flavors and textures of traditional Japanese snacks, often focusing on a particular flavor or event as the month’s theme. The August 2021 Bokksu was focused on the Moon Festival. The pamphlet includes the folktale of the rabbit on the moon along with a few Japanese words to learn. I have enjoyed Bokksu in the past, such as the July 2021 Bokksu. If you are looking to experience the flavors of Japan withoutRead More →

The ninth month of 2021 has arrived. We are steadily approaching the end of the year. September ushers in the beginning of school and the arrival of fall – which is the best season. As with all months, I like to create a list of goals to accomplish. Whether that list is long or short will depend on the month. After doing this for a few years, I’ve really come to enjoy creating and reaching these goals. If you haven’t started making monthly goals yet, then I highly encourage you to start doing so. Before we get to my September 2021 goals, let’s first takeRead More →

The arrival of September has brought another month of reading to an end. As an avid reader, I always look forward to sinking into a good book – though not everything I read ends up falling into that category. Reading is my favorite hobby, a way to escape the world or learn something new. Over the years, my TBR grew to an enormous amount. But with dedicating, a bit of purging, and limiting new purchases I have put a significant dent in it. Every month, I read as much as I can and love to share my thoughts on those books. So, without further ado,Read More →

Gather your binders, pencil cases, staplers, and paper! It’s time for the September 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on school supplies. Most schools return in September, though some places return as early as August. This makes it the perfect time to use those school supplies around your home. Whether you have recently stocked up on the necessary items for school or have leftovers from the previous year, it’s time to sort through it all and make sure it will actually get used. Hopefully, you have already established a back-to-school routine with your kids. Now, it’s simply a matter of seeingRead More →