Well, February totally snuck up on me. I can’t believe that we are already in the second month of the year. I suppose it is good that time is going quickly because that means winter will be over soon. A new month means it’s time to get new goals. My February goals are still on the light side, much like with my January goals. However, I feel like they will keep me busy throughout the month. Before we dive into this months goals, I want to take a moment and look back on how I did with January’s goals. How did I do with myRead More →

As harsh temperatures affect much of North America this week, keeping your vehicle running can be a challenge. There are a number of steps to take that can help your vehicle continue to run in the cold as well as safety items to keep with you at all times. With these vehicle winterization tips, your vehicle will be ready for winter and everything it throws your way. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Block Heater A key to keeping yourRead More →

As winter’s icy chill continues to have a firm grip on things, it can be easy to succumb to the winter blahs. Depending on where you live, this may not even be an issue. After all, some areas barely get any winter weather. However, those who live in the colder Nothern climates know all too well how long and cold winter can be. When the winter is howling, the snow is blowing and the temperatures dip to a dangerous level, what is one to do? Here are 8 things to do when it’s too cold to go outside. Reading Whether you have 1 or 100Read More →

January is here! Not only are we entering a new month but also a new year. It’s the beginning of new opportunities, which means setting up new goals. Much like in the previous months, my January goals will encompass various aspects of my life. Though it is a new year, which means I have a lot I want to accomplish, I also don’t want to burn myself out right out of the starting gate. So January is going to be a light goals month, but it will also allow me to evaluate where I want to go over the course of the year and adjust myRead More →

When it comes to winter meals, my family prefers those that are healthy and filling. This is why when stocking our pantry in preparation for winter, we take the time to make several freezer meals. These meals provide us with plenty of food while giving us a few nights off cooking, which is great when your day is filled with shoveling snow. One of our favorite freezer meals is vegetable lasagna. Now only is this meal very filling, but gives us a healthy dose of vegetables – something that becomes expensive and hard to come by in the winter. Making these meals well in advance helpsRead More →

When it comes to holiday baking, the first thing that comes to mind is gingerbread cookies. There is something about the cookies that just screams Christmas. I remember eagerly waiting for these cookies to be baked as a child so that I could decorate them. Of course, the best part was actually eating them. Though my fondness of these cookies remains, I know that these aren’t exactly the healthiest of options. So, I decided to search out a healthy version. My friend Kristin, over at Tales From Home, agreed to help me out with this guest post by creating a keto gingerbread cookies recipe. However, ifRead More →

Christmas is fast approaching. There is something about this time of year that makes me stop and enjoy the joys of life. Seeing all those decorations in the stores and around my house leaves me feeling happy. Taking the time to carefully place each decoration on a tree or table creates a special feeling and enhances that space. Our tradition of putting up the tree and decorating it is one of my favorites. Of course, even in doing that, I feel happy seeing certain ornaments. Though I love all of the ornaments that we own, some are my favorites. There is a mix of new andRead More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

November has come and gone and with it the end of NaNoWriMo. This 30-day long writing challenge is something I look forward to each year. Though my NaNoWriMo results vary greatly from year to year, I still enjoy it. If you are curious how the first half of the month went, you can check out my progress report. Day 16 to 20 I can’t exactly recall what happened during these days. However, what I know is that I didn’t get a single word written. It happens sometimes. So my total word count at this point was 8426. Yes, I’m fairly behind at this point, butRead More →

Christmas is just 20 days away! I am so excited. I have always loved Christmas. Part of what I love about this holiday is the leadup to it. From the first sighting of Christmas decorations in the store, which I admit happens a bit early now, setting out a plate of cookies Christmas eve, and the excitement of seeing everyone open their gifts. Christmas is just so full of joy, it’s hard not to be filled with Christmas spirit. Over the years, I have developed a few Christmas traditions. Some of these are throwbacks to my childhood, while others my husband, son and I have developed overRead More →

November has come and gone. During the month, my family did a no spend challenge. Now that it is over, it’s time to do a no spend November recap. Though we have done no spend months in the past, this was the first one we did since starting the blog. In fact, it was the first one we had done in close to a year, so it was overdue. After setting some rules, it was time to get to it. I have to say that doing this no spend month was just what we needed. I know a lot of people find the idea ofRead More →