It's been 2 years since my last update! My Etsy shop officially opened in 2018 with some digital downloads, but I really started putting effort into it in 2020 shortly after the pandemic began. It was sort of easy to put a lot of time into my shop during the pandemic, because we all had a little extra time on our hands. I've learned so so much during the past two years though! 



Since moving into our new home last August, we've had to do very little! That's such a change for us, because the home we owned for a decade was SUCH a money pit when it came to updates and maintenance. That's the difference between a house built in the 1950s and one that's just a year old. It's been a blessing for sure. We did put in a backsplash, but that's about it! 
Well, I'm officially over the one month mark of doing WW (aka Weight Watchers)! I should add, this is my 2nd time doing it. I was super successful with the program in 2019, but after I got my wisdom teeth out I fell off the wagon so to speak. My surgery was difficult and I had a very long recovery due to a fluke infection. I found myself just trying to eat as much as possible because the medicine was making me so sick! And, 2019 rolled into 2020 and we all know how that went.
Are you really even a grown up if getting a new vacuum cleaner wasn't the highlight of your entire month?! It might be lame, but it's me. We recently bought a new vacuum cleaner after our Dyson literally fell apart in my hands. I'll be honest we are really hard on our vacuums. #PugLife. After it fell apart, Blake admitted the Dyson was making this shrill noise for months that he couldn't stand and I apparently couldn't hear. 

As a Floridan, I can tell you we can never have too many swimsuits! Between our neighborhood pool, our proximity to the beach, annual vacations, and friends who live near the river - we are always putting some wear and tear on our bathing suits! I try, but I can never get more than 2-3 years out of a suit. This year, I definitely needed a few new swimsuits, and I'm really happy with what I got!
Ok, but are you even a blogger if you don't have an Always Pan?! This might one of the most influencer promoted items on my social media feeds! And, well, call me influenced. 😂 Actually, I first purchased an Always pan last May - except it wasn't for me. I bought it for my brother and sister in law as an anniversary gift. I really wanted one myself, but for some reason it was easier to buy one for someone else. 
Forever a fan of drugstore (and affordable!) beauty products, I wanted to try something new as I saw my makeup bag dwindling in product. When it came time to replenish some of my makeup, I wanted to replace them with some 'cleaner' options. It's a little embarrassing how much research I did on this stuff, but after some time, I settled on trying Honest Beauty!
Living my best life with our neighborhood pool being just across the street from our new house. It's glorious and easy to sneak over to every week. I've been keeping a beach bag packed in our front coat closet, just to be able to grab and go.
I'll be honest, I haven't really felt like blogging recently! I'm sure you probably already noticed that I haven't posted in awhile. But, just when I started to wonder if I'd ever post again, I got the itch to blog. So, just hang in there with me and enjoy this little photo dump of the last month or so.



The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Basically: It's 1940 and Osla, Beth, & Mab are three very different women who have come to Bletchly Park to work as code breakers trying to intercept German messages.
Then, 7 years later, these women are no longer friends. But, they have to come together to break one last code.
The Gate River Run is a Jacksonville 15k that I've been hoping to do for years! I was so excited to check this race off my bucket list this past weekend. It had a HUGE turnout and truly a unique course. Challenging to say the least. The last mile includes a very steep bridge over the St Johns River. It just about killed me! 

Considering I sprained my ankle in October, to feel ready for this race was a miracle! Of course, what made it the most special was that we had several friends and family sign up to run too.
If you've been reading for any length of time, you probably know I make a big deal out of anniversaries! Years pass no matter what, but anniversaries aren't guaranteed, and I think that's worth celebrating. Blake and I are celebrating 12 years this year!! I can hardly believe it. 12 years is a long time, but it's really flown by. Just a drop in the bucket of forever though!
What a treat this trip to Nashville was! I rarely do any kind of 'girls' trips, because I really enjoy traveling with my husband. But, when I was invited to join my sister in law and cousin on a girls weekend in Nashville, I jumped at the chance. We all agreed we needed this getaway, and had a BLAST. And, might I add, none of us are big country music fans. I think Nashville would be even more fun if you love the music scene. We loved all the shopping, great restaurants, and some local history. Here's a couple of highlights:
Of course, it's no secret that I love to organize. It's not unusual to find me watching random organizing videos on Youtube either. I found this quiz super helpful in zeroing in on my organizing style! My result was the 'Cricket' - or someone who likes things to be visually clutter free and has some pretty detailed systems. As much as I 'hate' to admit it - this pretty much nailed how I feel. While I won't absolutely lose it if you mess something up in my house - I do prefer for everything to have a place, and for it too look nice at the same time!  
I'm constantly adding things to my Amazon cart or wish list, but almost always talk myself out of hitting check out! So, it was actually quite surprising to me to see just how many Amazon boxes we got this past month. But, there are some solid items on that list, so I thought it might be worth a share here today. 

Of course, these are the more "fun" purchases - we do buy some boring stuff on Amazon too. Garbage bags, dog food, and fridge filters were in our orders this month, but I didn't think you'd want to read about that. 
Kicking off 2022 with a few book reviews for you! It's my goal to do these posts monthly, which will hopefully help me keep up with sharing them! But, if you want real time reviews you might want to follow along on Goodreads or over on Instagram
Struggling to decide what's for dinner? I have been in such a rut, so to mix things up we tried 5 new recipes this week. All are from Defined Dish. You can find these recipes online, but I got them from The Defined Dish cookbook, which is free on Kindle Unlimited right now. 
Revive is my favorite (MLM free) place to get essential oils! I'm a huge fan, and one thing I like to treat myself to is the quarterly subscription box. Each box contains $75 worth of product, and is usually seasonally curated. 


Blake and I got away for a quick weekend to visit his mom and dad. Before I started packing, I checked the weather forecast and SURPRISE 100% chance of snow. ❄ We both hadn't seen snow in years, so that was very unexpected. Fortunately, the snowfall happened in the middle of our trip, so it didn't impact our travel days at all.

Mostly, we just hung out by the fireplace, watched movies, and drank hot chocolate - but we did get out and explore a little bit too! 
When I get dressed in the morning, I really feel like the finishing touch is spritzing on a little fragrance. In high school, I wore Hollister Co. perfume which was a unisex fragrance - and I LOVED it. They discontinued it, so I swear I rationed those last few sprays forever before I ran out for good. For graduation, I was gifted Brittney Spears Curious perfume and also really loved that scent! In fact, if I smell it today it brings me right back to 2008. 
I'm rounding out 2021 with a total of 102 books finished! This breaks every record for me. It wasn't even the fact that we were experiencing a global pandemic with loads of time at home. I barely read 40 books in 2020, and this year was almost normal times level busy. I've it narrowed down to a few suggestions I have for you today, in case you'd like to read more books this year! 
If you and I were having coffee today, this is what I'd be talking about! Recently, I've been:
Coming at you today with a ton of Book recommendations! There are some just OK reads here, but also more than one 5 Star books for you to bookmark.
Currently Crushing On:
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