Monday, January 13, 2020

The Time We Ended Up In The Back of A Cop Car

It's Story Time!
Sorry, for the clickbait title, but I just had to share something crazy that happened to us recently! We really did end up in the back of a police car. 

Last month, on a Saturday, Blake and I were running around trying to get ready for a congregation get-together that we were organizing. There was so much to do that morning that I wasn't able to get in the shower until about 11:30, and we were supposed to meet the group to set up at 1. Blake was so helpful, and he ran out to the grocery store while I got myself dressed. 

Story Time: Finding a lost girl | www.kristenwoolsey.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Switching to the Erin Condren Petite Planner System

Just about every year, I give an update on how I plan, and what planner I'm using. Obviously, I haven't been very content with my choices, because I've changed it up almost every single year! From a cheap TJ Maxx find, to a Lilly Pulitzer planner, I've tried Erin Condren weekly and a Simplified daily and weekly! 

Last year, I went with the Simplified (a brand I love) weekly addition. Honestly, it was the perfect planner. I LOVED it. However, in the 2020 version, they removed the [very important to me] meal planning box in the layout. At the risk of sounding dramatic, that was a complete no-go for me. That was a main reason that system worked for me and a huge part of what I plan each week. 

[I feel like I need to interject that these planners are like $50, so I'm not about to *make it work*. I want it to be perfect for that amount of money.]

Erin Condren Petite Planner Folio Review | www.kristenwoolsey.com

Monday, December 30, 2019

My Favorite Posts of 2019

I look forward to doing a round up of all my favorite posts each year! It's a fun excuse to go back and read through the things I've written. Sometimes I'm surprised to see a photo and realize it happened this year, when it feels like a lifetime ago. 

2019 was filled with great trips, fun crafts and plenty of pug pictures! It was also the year of my rebrand from Pugs and Pearls to kristenwoolsey.com! Super exciting and I feel like that little makeover re-inspired me. Blogging under my own name just feels right.

What's interesting though, is when I started selecting favorite posts to share in this round up, I noticed they were all on the same theme. I've never been a niche blogger, but I really talked about simple living a lot this year. That's so reflective of how I felt personally. After a few crazy years, I truly enjoyed getting back to basics and uncomplicated living. What makes me happy is being at home, spending time with friends, and being productive. Not hustling. 

If you are struggling with 'the hustle' I think this round up of posts will truly help you get started on simplifying. Although it's an ongoing journey, the benefits begin right away. 

My Favorite Posts of 2019 | www.kristenwoolsey.com

Monday, December 23, 2019

Our Favorite Place: Paradise Beach in Cozumel Mexico

I've been sharing our family cruises on the blog for years now! We go almost every year, and most often in late November or early December. We love cruising, and this trip was just as great as always. The past two years we've gone to Cozumel, Mexico and I wanted to share the amazing beach club we are now obsessed with! 

Paradise Beach is an all inclusive beach club located just 10 minutes away from the cruise port. We decided not to do a cruise sponsored excursion last year and found Paradise Beach on Tripadvisor. It had good reviews so we gave it a shot. We loved it so much that we came back this year!