30 Day Challenge…March

30 Day Challenge…March

30 Day Challenge. Once again it's time to announce my next thirty-day challenge. If you are new to my blog, every month, since I turned 40 back in September, I set a new thirty-day challenge for myself. The goal is to have my year of being 40, a time to press outside of my comfort [...]

Lessons Learned During My Month of Being a Vegetarian

Lessons Learned During My Month of Being a Vegetarian

Vegetarian. I hadn't heard the phrase Veganuary, until well into the month of January. Otherwise, I might have gone Vegan for the month. As it was, my January Challenge was to become a Vegetarian for 30 days. Along the way, I learned a few lessons.   Lessons learned. Likely, the biggest lesson that I learned was [...]

30 Days of…February Challenge

30 Days of…February Challenge

That by desiring what is perfectly good, even when we don't quite know what it is and cannot do what we would, we are part of the divine power against evil - widening the skirts of light and making the struggle with darkness narrower. -Dorothea in Middlemarch by George Eliot Reading. (psst...I am Amazon affiliate, which means [...]

Lessons Learned While Practicing Gratitude

Lessons Learned While Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful. It is a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. There have been numerous recent (and probably old ones as well) studies that show how practicing gratitude each day is good for our mental health. December tends to be a whirlwind of activity [...]

30 Days Of… January Challenge

30 Days Of… January Challenge

Monthly Challenge. 30 Days Of... January Challenge. I hope that all of you are having a lovely holiday season. I didn't think I'd be back with a post until Friday. Then I realized, not only are we rapidly approaching the end of the year...we are rapidly approaching the end of December and I haven't announced [...]

Gratitude + Music

Gratitude + Music

Gratitude for Music. Today is Day 11 of my December challenge. I have pondered each daily prompt of gratitude. And I have taken photos. I have shared little snippets on my Instagram story. And I have journaled. I collected ideas and thoughts and felt gratefulness for this amazing thing called life. When I came to [...]

What I Learned From 30 Days Of Preparing A New Recipe Each Day

What I Learned From 30 Days Of Preparing A New Recipe Each Day

  November Challenge. Phew! I made it through my November Challenge. At the end of 30 days, I prepared a total of 36 "new to me" recipes. I found this challenge to be...well...challenging. I'm busy running a household and raising three teenagers and trying to keep a puppy from demolishing every scrap of paper or [...]

Recipes Tried In November – Round 4

Recipes Tried In November – Round 4

  November Recipes. I still can't believe that I have completed the process of making 26 "new to me" recipes. Only 4 more days to go! I was talking to my mom the other day and I told her that I thought I would crush my November Challenge. Her response was, "and do you know why?". [...]

30 Days of… December Challenge

30 Days of… December Challenge

Monthly Challenge. Can you believe that it's almost December?! Given that my November Challenge was a cumbersome undertaking, I thought that I'd take on an easier challenge for December. Holiday time tends to make life a little more chaotic as well. Right?! Commercialism tends to take so much away from the season that I've decided [...]

Recipes Tried In November – Round 3

Recipes Tried In November – Round 3

  November Recipes. Happy Monday! I managed to complete Week 3 of my November Challenge.  If you missed Week 1 and Week 2, be sure to check those out. As in the rounds before, I've included links to where I've pinned the recipe to Pinterest. I'll also let you know if I made any substitutions [...]