It always starts the same way. You can’t open your drawers because they’re so stuffed with unopened mail and odds and ends that have no other place. Your baking cabinet is full of pans and cookie sheets and cupcake tins, and each has a double, and yet you use the single version maybe once a year. The cabinet under the bathroom sink is so packed with bottles and lotions and sprays that if you knock one over, they all tumble out like dominos. As everything clatters onto the ground, you snap and declare that today is the day! Everything must… Read More
Travel can be crazy expensive—airline tickets, travel insurance, baggage fees, hotels, rental cars—and that doesn’t even include the food and activities. And let’s be real, food is certainly one of the main events when I’m on vacation. For our first big trip of 2015, Dan and I are headed to Seattle for a long weekend at the end of April. We already have all our travel and accommodations booked, and so far, we’ve spent exactly $0. With just a little bit of flexibility and creativity, we’re able to do this trip practically for free. Here’s a breakdown of how we… Read More
My newest article is up at Today’s Christian Woman, and I’d love for you to follow me over there and check it out. This week’s issue covers the tough seasons of frustration and disappointment, and I hope you’ll find some encouragement for whatever difficulty you’re facing today. Here’s a sneak peek for you:
It’s the end of March and many of us are well past the point of giving up on New Year’s resolutions, but we’re just jumping into spring fever and spring-cleaning season. I think this is one of the best times of year to set new goals, habits, and intentions. We’re full of springtime energy and resolve, and there’s so much less pressure and fanfare than during the first days of the New Year. I looked around at my own apartment the other day and realized just how much winter did me in. Blankets were lazily draped on the couches, clothes… Read More
This is part 3 of a TBT Travel Series: A Taste of California. Check out part 1 and part 2. Let me just say it up front: I didn’t love LA. I expected to instantly fall in love with the city (I tried! I really did!), but I was disappointed that it was so different from my expectations (more pavement and less palm trees). It did grow on me during my time there, and I’d probably go back given the chance (especially if it means seeing my dear friend, Randi, who’s featured in a later Taste of California post). That said, if you’re… Read More
I used to worry that I would never feel fully rested. And now, as an adult (one who is hoping to be a mom someday), I see that this is not something to worry about so much as it is an impending, inevitable reality. And for the first time, I’m not afraid of that reality.
Several weeks ago, a few girlfriends and I went to one of those paint-and-wine nights at a local bar to celebrate Dana’s birthday. We arrived and chose our seats—as close to the front as we could find—and tied on our bright-green, paint-splattered aprons. With our cocktails in reach, we were ready to blur the lines between our minds and our hands, and between the paint colors. When we saw the sample painting—a sweeping landscape scene of lake surrounded by mountains at sunset—we just had to laugh. “We’re supposed to replicate this?” “No way. Mine won’t look like that.” “We’re here… Read More
This is the second installment in the series TBT Travels: A Taste of California. Since I already burst your bubble about how crazy expensive California is, let’s just dive right into the money-saving tips and budgeting breakdown.