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...]

Skincare for a Happy Face in Any Place

In just a couple of days it's going to be October! Even though I'm excited about it I'm absolutely not ready. I haven't prepared. My closet has like 3 sweaters and almost no boots or scarves. Even though I'm physically here in West Virginia I feel like my wardrobe is trapped in summer. Fortunately, a few weeks ago Pour Moi Beauty reached out and offered to let me try their climate-smart day cream so at least I can say my face is ready for the cooler weather. The climate-smart skin care line from Pour Moi features four options for day … [Read more...]

7 Ways to a Better Morning

Somehow moving back to West Virginia has turned me into (more of) a morning person. Six months ago I would have laughed in your face if you told me that was going to happen. My bed and I? We were in a pretty torrid love affair and I had no intentions of breaking it off. Once we got settled into our new place I found myself waking up with the sun, excited about cooking breakfast, and enjoying longer more fulfilling days. Sometimes. I mean, still not all the time. I'll never be a morning person, per se. I've just learned to not completely hate … [Read more...]

How to Grow Garlic (and a Digz Gloves Giveaway)

One of the first things I'd recommend to a gardening beginner is trying their hand at growing garlic. It is easy to grow, a staple in a ton of recipes, and needs very little room in your garden. Even with very limited space, you can grow enough garlic to be self-sufficient for most of the year. Once you nail the basics of growing garlic and storing it correctly, you'll wonder why you ever felt intimidated by it.  There are dozens of varieties of garlic but to start with the basics, you need to understand the difference between the … [Read more...]

3 Tips to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

The Air Wick products were received as complimentary products from Air Wick US. This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. I used to struggle so much with getting a good night's sleep and I blamed a million different things. I'd protest that I'm simply a night owl and thus not meant to rise and shine all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but that's not true. I'm not a night owl unless I'm fueled by coffee and bright lights. Honestly, on a normal night I'd probably be asleep by 10pm or 11pm if I didn't have a to-do list … [Read more...]

Exercise at your Desk with DeskCycle (Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by DeskCycle and includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. A couple of weeks ago Brandon and I were in Dick's Sporting Goods browsing around. I was looking for something I could slip under my desk at work to help me burn calories throughout the day. I work a pretty sedentary corporate job which prevents me from being able to do a lot during the day to work out. Add in fighting Atlanta traffic, home responsibilities, and my blog hobby, and it doesn't leave a lot of free time to work … [Read more...]

57 Things to Toss (or Donate) During Spring Cleaning

Is anyone else feeling knee-deep into their spring cleaning routine right now? I mean, sure, maybe it's just me but I have a hard time believing that I'm alone in this feeling of overwhelm right now. Brandon and I have hauled about a dozen bags of crap out of our apartment in the last week or two and it seems like everywhere I turn I spot something else in need of dusting, wiping, vacuuming, or cleaning. Just yesterday I spotted a cobweb in a corner I know I cleaned 3 days ago.  Brandon told me I'm going crazy with the spring cleaning … [Read more...]