This Too Shall Pass

When I was in my early teens I used to listen to a band called Blue October. As a moody, emotional teenager, songs with titles like “Hate Me” were definitely my cup of tea. Out of all of my questionable decisions I made as a teen my music choices were probably one of the worst. Anyway, I was obsessed with this band, I thought that the lyrics to their songs were so relatable. My favorite song by them was “Into the Ocean” and it was basically about feeling like you were drowning in life; that was me, drowning in my own life with no chance of coming up for air; I didn't think that these feelings were temporary, I honestly thought that was what it felt like to grow up. This song made me feel like I wasn’t the only person in the world feeling this way, even though I felt like I was the only person I knew that felt that way. This wasn’t the only song, the only band that I listened to that had messages like this.
Depressing, Moody, Sad, Heart Wrenching. That was my genre. However, as I…

A New Year, A Fresh Start

Happy New Year! It is 2018! I can’t believe that we are at the start of a new year already. I really debated uploading a blog post today as I have been really sick for the last several days and I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to get my thoughts out clear enough for others to understand what I am trying to say. Obviously, I decided to upload, but I don’t want this to be a typical new year, new me type of blog post. I want to be able to come back and read this in a few months or in a year and be able to see change, not just talk of it. With that being said, I am also not making new years resolutions this year. I have goals that I want to work towards this year but not anything that I feel like I need to or am ready to share.
Last year I uploaded a post called “A Year of Change” and that is exactly what 2017 was. It was a year full of changes and my life changed in ways that I never imagined. It was a year of many firsts and many lasts. I don’t really want to go into it too much…

Day Twenty-Three; The Final Day, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone! I had originally planned to post blog posts on Christmas eve and Christmas, however today I decided I really didn’t want to have that distraction on those days. I have really enjoyed writing and uploading every day for the last 23 days. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it this far, so I am very happy I did. Through doing this I have learned to trust in my writing abilities and to keep writing every day even when I think I am not any good at it. I am very thankful for every one that has been reading and supporting me this month, it has truly been incredible and I can’t believe it has come to an end already!
I decided not to upload the next two days because this month, doing this every day has really taken away from my family, and my usual routine. It was especially hard at the beginning of the month when I had my great grandma over for 6 days. And on top of blogging every day, December is so much busier for me than any other month of the year. Its …

Day Twenty-Two; Cathedral Window Candy

Day Twenty-two has arrived! Christmas is so close! I am starting to get restless and jittery and excited as I do this time of the year. I have been busy, busy, busy! And there is still so much to do before Christmas. I have to manage my time in order to get everything done which is why I love quick recipes like the one I am going to share with you today. It is a very yummy, quick, but slightly temper mental candy called cathedral windows. This is one of those recipes that reminds me of being a kid. My mom used to make these every Christmas, still does if we have the time. I look forward to them every year.

You will need; 2 tbsp. butter3 tbsp. milk1 tbsp. vanilla1 12oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips1/3 of a bag of colored fruity colored mini marshmallowsHalf a bag of shredded coconutWax papertape plastic wrapMedium sauce pan

Directions; Lay a 24 inch sheet of wax paper down on a flat surfaceCover wax paper in coconut leaving about an inch of wax paper uncovered on all sidesIn a medium…

Day Twenty-One; Christmas Pjs

It’s day Twenty-One! The first day of winter! This morning I woke up and it was a winter wonderland outside! It made me want to spend all day in my Christmas Pjs! I think that Christmas pajamas are the single most comfortable thing on the planet. It seems like the material is softer and they are so cozy!
Today I want to talk about how awesome of a tradition it is to get new Pjs for Christmas eve. When I was a kid we were always allowed to open one gift from my parents on Christmas eve. It was always pajamas. I loved Christmas pajamas even then. It is just one of those details that makes Christmas all that more special.
I love the idea that families do matching Pjs Christmas eve. My family has never done that because we all just have different ideas of what makes the perfect pair of Christmas pajamas. My sister is probably the pickiest of us all. She has to have flannel pajama bottoms, they have to have drawstrings and they have to be like a size too big for her. My dad is less picky…

Day Twenty; A Christmassy Drive

It’s day twenty of twenty-five days of Christmas! We are final in the home stretch. I honestly didn’t think that writing and posting blog posts every day during the month of December was going to be this hard. Last night my brain was so overwhelmed I couldn’t sleep and I kept writing nonsense so to be perfectly honest I don’t have an awesome blog post for you today.
So, instead of a well thought out, well planned blog post, I am just going to tell you about my favorite tradition my family has and that is touring Christmas lights. Every year we load up in the car after dark in our Christmas Pjs and coats and take a drive around town looking at peoples Christmas displays. I love seeing every one’s different approaches to decorating rather it is just a single strand of lights or an over the top yard full of blow molds and blow ups and lights covering every inch of the house.
My mom would always make us some hot chocolate when we got back and we would watch Christmas movies. I loved it…

Day Nineteen; An "Ugly" Christmas Sweater Girls Day Out

Day Nineteen is here! Today I want to take you along on the fun Christmassy day I just had out with my Grandma, Mom, and Sister. Christmas time is a time to spend with the ones you love, and since I love spending time with my family all year round, we try to make our gatherings at Christmas a little more special, and a little more fun. Last year, my grandma just came over to my house and visited with us as we baked and decorated cookies. This year however, we decided to meet half way and do some shopping and have lunch in “Ugly” Christmas Sweaters at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland.

We started our day at a shop called Show Who You Are Christian Store. I love this store, you can find gifts for just about any occasion and just about any person there. They have a huge collection of Bibles, t-shirts, jewelry, and so much more. I was able to finish up some of my Christmas shopping there, which means I only have my puppy Sofie to buy for.
Then we stopped in at Dress Barn to fi…