The Importance of Dating After ‘I Do’

When I began writing this post, I did a quick google search–“dating after marriage.” I chose the wrong phrasing, apparently, because the first three articles that popped up were titled: “Advice For Dating After Divorce,” “Dating After Divorce,” and “8 Things You Need To Know About Dating After Divorce.”

WELL. That was certainly not what I was looking for.

After dismissing the mistake and revising my wording a little bit (let’s try… dating after.. no.. dating your spouse. Yes, that’s what I meant) the irony of the situation hit me and completely changed my opening illustration for this article. WHY is it that “dating after marriage” is synonymous with.. “divorce”? I’d only meant to say “dating after ‘I do'”, not post marriage altogether.

Perhaps herein lies the problem with there being so many instances of “dating after marriage” these days–so many couples stop dating after “I do.”  Continue reading

How To De-stress The Blogging Process

A good chunk of my reader base includes fellow bloggers. I’m talking to you guys today and asking you if writing, though a passion, can really stress you out at times?! I love to write, but there are so many times that it puts a strain on me. Reasons: I know others are watching, I have self-imposed deadlines and spotty willpower when it comes to meeting them, I’m pressed for time, and it’s just plain hard. Writing is like working out; you really have to push yourself to start and it’s hard and not that fun…until you get going. Then you feel good and you enjoy it and you’re glad you did it! So you keep going back to the proverbial salt lick and torturing yourself in the best way possible.

If writing/blogging stresses you out, I’m here to share a few tips on how to de-stress the process and even start to work ahead of schedule. Hey, there is nothing more stressful than working at the eleventh hour, even if you are your own boss. (Actually, that might even be worse.)

(PS. This process works for all forms of writing and many other projects! I.e. Your exercise regimen, meal planning, decluttering, etc. Just observe the formula and adjust accordingly!) Continue reading

My Honest Graze Review

Having recently moved into a new house, I received an envelope full of vouchers and coupons, a “welcome to the neighborhood” if you will. As I rifled through them mindlessly (as envelopes like that are almost always useless to me–no, I don’t need a new roof just yet. *Eye roll*), I was actually delighted to find a voucher for a free sample box from Graze. Snacks!! Free food speaks to me, so I created an account, entered my free snacks code and selected a few treats I wouldn’t mind trying. Pins and needles of waiting on a subscription box: engaged.

The sample box only consisted of 4 snacks, whereas your typical Graze box contains 8. I was thrilled upon its arrival and wasted no time cracking the cardboard open and proceeding to eat the entire box with my husband’s help. Yes, I shared, unfortunately.  Continue reading

9 Apps To Help You Be A Slay-At-Home Mom

I recently took a hard look at the apps that had taken up residence on my phone and asked myself whether they were adding any value to my life or just taking up space or, worse, time. I think this is an especially important area to examine for value since things like apps aren’t tangible things–do the apps you’re using produce tangible benefits? I deleted a substantial number, but, in the end, there were several that I kept around because they’ve really helped me up my SAHM game.

If you’re a SAHM like myself, you are probably always on a mission to level up your homemaking. Hold on to your hats, ladies, this is going to be a big one. Here are 9 apps I love and how you can use them to slay your day! Continue reading

Minimalist Goals For 2017

Happy New Year readers! Instead of starting this month with my typical post about my latest bullet journal spread, I’m excited to share my goals with you for 2017. I keep telling people (perhaps for accountability’s sake more than anything) that 2017 is going to be the year that I finally and fully embrace what I’ve always wanted to become: a minimalist.

Why Harboring So Many Interests Is Hurting You

Operation Minimalist. It seems from the dawn of the idea in my mind, the implementation of minimalism has either eluded me or I’ve made every excuse to keep clinging to every unnecessary thing in my life. Despite being a minimalist at heart, I somehow still struggle with wanting to do and be all things to all people. Perhaps you know the feeling: wanting to wear every style, cook every food, read every book, do every project, or keep every thing.

It’s good to be adventurous and eager to try things, but, in a way, it’s a betrayal to ourselves–to stretch ourselves so thin into so many territories. With limited energy, it only leaves us disorganized, directionless, and still asking ourselves the ultimate question: who am I? Continue reading

7 Day Detox: Tips For Coming Off Your Detox 

Christmas has come and gone and I’m already thinking about how I can get back on track once the season of sweets is over. If I haven’t totally gone off the edge, I’m definitely standing on it! (Who was I to think I could resist the homemade haystacks, baklava, samoas, and payday bars!? Rum balls anyone?)

If you haven’t read my posts on the why and how to of planning your detox, check out Parts One & Two!

If you go through a detox, be aware that you can’t jump right back into a normal diet–and, hopefully, you won’t want to. Here are a few tips for coming off a detox and getting back to life as usual while retaining remnants of a healthy lifestyle.  Continue reading