My Trick for Finishing 100+ Books Per Year

Every January I set a new reading goal. It used to be 150+ books per year although with everything that has happened this year I dropped it to 50 books. I've already exceeded that goal and I'm closing in on 75. I've found that I average about 100 books per year which seems to surprise a lot of people. I get it, 100 books a year does sound insane but it's actually not that hard to do especially if you don't stress over the reading part. I started using Audible for audio books about two years ago and it has been one of the best investments I've … [Read more...]

A Sweet Keepsake for Dog Lovers

The sweetest books arrived in the mail yesterday. Put Me In the Story was kind enough to offer me complementary copies of the books so ordered them as a surprise gift for my husband. He and our dogs really are best friends and I thought these would be a sweet keepsake. After they were delivered yesterday I could barely hold back my excitement over them. I held them behind my back with a cheshire cat grin before finally handing them over. He loved them!  These dog-focused books from Put Me In the Story feature your dog’s name and photo … [Read more...]

Introducing the 2017 Christmas Planner

I am so excited to announce that our 2017 Christmas Planner is here! Earlier this year I had the idea for a series of planners. In fact, I started working on them way back in March but I never seemed to be able to find the time to sit down and really get them put together the way I wanted to. I wanted to do a planner dedicated purely to the summer but it was late June by the time I was able to devote time to it. Eventually I realized I needed to plan really far ahead if I wanted to be able to hit my target release date. That's why, in … [Read more...]

Cute Halloween Decor for Your Home

Two weeks ago we started decorating our home for fall. Every year I try to wait until it is officially fall before I start pulling the fall decor out and throwing it up everywhere. My husband love summer so I give him every minute of long summer days that I can. But, when that calendar flips over to fall I immediately bust out all of the pumpkins, leaves, and apple spice possible. It's a beautiful time of year and I want to relish every second of it, I mean, other than Halloween. Other than it happening during the fall and there being an … [Read more...]

Binders Every Home Command Center Should Have

Yesterday I spent some time shopping on Amazon looking for a few things to help me get our home command center organized for the new year that's almost upon us. I know it's still 2 1/2 months away but it'll go quick. If you're anything like me you're already sitting around saying, "How is it already October?!". You know January 1st will be here before you know it and you won't have anything ready for the new year. I'm determined to not let that happen this time.  Right now we have a dedicated home office in the far end of our apartment. … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Make Extra Money as a Homemaker

Even though I work a full-time career in addition to my roles as blogger and homemaker, I'm always looking for ways to make extra money. I'll sock it away in an emergency fund, a rainy day savings account, or put it aside for a much-needed vacation. A lot of people look at our roles as homemakers as being responsible for managing household chores and budgeting the family finances. While that's true, there's more to it than that. In fact, there's nothing wrong with using your homemaking skills to make extra money. When it comes up in … [Read more...]

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

A couple of days ago I mentioned these apple pie cinnamon rolls in a post on our Facebook page. I mentioned a couple of other recipes too but the apple pie cinnamon rolls got attention. I promised that if I could manage to get any good pictures of them I'd share them here on the blog. I tried to take pictures last time but they turned out to be a hot mess. I wasn't planning to make these again so soon but I still had apples and spices laying around so I figured what the hell? Do it #fortheblog. Besides, it's not like they'll go to waste. I … [Read more...]

The Nightly Routine You Need for an Easier Morning

How many times have I said I'm not a morning person? Too many, I'm sure. I hate climbing out of my warm bed and I have a horrible time settling into my day once I wake up. It doesn't matter if I was able to get 6 or 8 hours of sleep, my mornings are rough. I need at least an hour and a large cup of caffeine-heavy tea before I can even think about starting the day. It's in my genes, it has to be. I don't have any other excuse for hating mornings so much. I know we all have those mornings. You might be a natural night owl (like me) or you … [Read more...]