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Fall Bucket List

Even though it’s still about 9,000 degrees outside here, tomorrow marks the official start of Fall!! As I’ve gotten older, Fall has replaced Summer as my season of choice. There’s something about not sweating all of the time, shaving less often, and being encouraged to wear oversized (“cozy”) shirts that speaks to my inner self.

There are so many fun things to do in the Fall, so I’m joining a few bloggers for a Fall Bucket List linkup!

Simple ways to enjoy a

My graphic is a little tough to read, so let me break it down.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch/corn maze : Charlotte probably isn’t going to love this, but maybe if we start an annual tradition, she’ll be excited about it in the next couple of years.

2. Take a day trip to see the leaves changing : This one was Will’s idea. I don’t know if we’ll go to East Tennessee or stay around here, but I think this one will be fun!

3. Go to a football game : I’m planning to go to my work’s homecoming game in a couple of weeks, so this may be the first one I check off the list.

4. Learn to make my own pumpkin spice latte : I’ve been starting to eat healthier and save more money, so if I can learn to make one that I like as much as a certain coffee chain PSL, then I’ll be in Fall overdrive!

5. Decorate for Fall : I stole this one from Leslie! Now that we’re getting settled into our house, I want to bust out all of the Fall decorations!

6. Buy a mum!! : I have always loved mums. There’s something about them that just says Fall to me. I never bought one at our other house because there wasn’t a good place to put one on the front porch (it was pretty much just a landing and some steps), but now we have an actual front porch with chairs and a little trunk. That trunk needs a mum on it!

7. Find a family Halloween costume theme and take Charlotte to a couple of events : I don’t know if she’ll be interested in trick or treating this year, but we can go to a couple of the Halloween family fun festivals (phew, that’s a mouthful!) that pop up every year. And, as far as a theme, I’m open to suggestions. I’m sure I can convince Will to go along with whatever theme I choose! 😉

8. Cook a healthy Thanksgiving dinner : Since I have been eating better, I want to maintain momentum through the holiday season. Thanksgiving will be the first test for me, so I want to plan a healthy menu and stick to it.

9. Participate in a 5K : I had planned to do one this coming Saturday, but little girl has an ear infection, and I don’t think she’ll enjoy being out in the hot weather with tons of people while she doesn’t feel well. I may set my sights on a turkey trot. Then I may throw a splurge or two into my healthy Thanksgiving menu!

10. Plan/host Happy Holigames : Part deux…haha. We had a games/snacks party last year that was so much fun! We’ve got some ideas for this year’s event already, so we just need to pick a date and start planning. I know this sounds like a Winter event, but last year we had it the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so it’s totally Fall related!

Have any Fall plans of your own? Leave a comment or join the linkup! I’ll be back on October 21 with a progress report!

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The Daily Dime : September 2017

Ack! I haven’t posted a Daily Dime since June! I took pictures last month and started a post, but it just didn’t quite come together.

Before I dive in, I have a couple of other things to mention. First, The Guys Behind The Blog linkup is next Thursday! We haven’t had a lot of participation for the last couple of months, so if you’re a blogger and want to participate, check out my link above for the questions.

Second, I posted this on my Instagram account earlier tonight, but I had to share with everyone here. The picture below is what happens when you don’t poke enough holes in your spaghetti squash when you’re heating it in the microwave. I even made a joke to Will about how I wasn’t sure if I had poked enough holes in it but I would find out if it exploded. Sigh. At least the microwave is clean now…


Now, on to the Daily Dime! These pictures were from last Monday, which was a regular workday with nothing special going on.

One//Around 7 AMIMG_20170911_075942
Mom, Charlotte, and I went to Goodwill and Walmart the day before these pictures. I have a really bad habit of leaving shopping bags on the floor until I need/want something out of them, so Monday morning, Koopa decided to get things out of the bag on his own. He ended up finding the dog toys I had bought for him. Oops!

Two//Around 8 AMIMG_20170911_082413
Coffee station! It’s a work in progress since we haven’t unpacked all of our coffee mugs yet, but I like how it looks so far. Eventually I will do before and after pictures of our house…eventually…

Three//Around 8 AMIMG_20170911_082341
Had to get a mama/Charlotte selfie!

Four//Around 9:30 AMIMG_20170911_090057
Charlotte is relaxing in her chair at Grammy and Pop’s house, drinking her shake, and watching The Wiggles (Wiggles are life right now!). She looks like she doesn’t feel well here. 🙁

Five//Around 10 AMIMG_20170912_141907
I got my planner out of my bag, and this book was in my purse. I took a couple of pictures with the intention of using one for the blog post that I was working on about it, but I didn’t love how any of them turned out.

Six//Around 1 PMIMG_20170911_125623
Lunch with Will! We had a free Pick Two from Panera. I don’t want to think about how much we’ve spent there lately to earn a free Pick Two…

Seven//Around 7 PMIMG_20170911_220143
Fall towel. Easing into my fall decorating since a lot of my fall things are still packed.

Eight//Around 8 PMIMG_20170910_193154
Charlotte hasn’t been feeling well for a couple of weeks, so she was super cuddly last week. But, cuddling doesn’t stop her from stretching across my legs and playing with her toy!

Nine//Around 9:30 PMIMG_20170911_215726
I went to the basement/garage to look for something,and Koopa followed me. This picture is a little blurry, but he looked so cute in it, I had to share!

Ten// Around 10:30 PMIMG_20170911_224021
Doing some blogging with a little assistance from a Raspberry Ale. It was pretty good, but not as good as the drinks my husband picked out.

And, that’s a wrap for my Monday!


Linking up with Kristin, Kristy, Kerry, Chelsea, Sarah, Jennifer, Courtney, and September’s guest host, Jacqui

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You can do anything, but you can’t do everything

I am worn out.

I wanted to start this post with a fun story about to-do lists or all of the things that women have to do in a day, but everything I wrote kept falling flat. I would reach a certain point and try to transition into talking about my main points, and the words just would stop.

So, I took that as a sign that I need to be real with everyone.

I have been struggling lately. This is a really busy time for me, and I feel a little bit overwhelmed and like I am starting not to be able to handle everything. I feel off-kilter and frazzled. And when I’m frazzled, do you know who suffers? It’s not the relative strangers and acquaintances I encounter daily.

It’s my husband.

It’s my daughter.

It’s my family.

It’s me.

I have determined one big reason why I am burnt out : I want to “do it all.”

I want to be a great wife, a fabulous mother (to the human and non-human children), a hard-working employee, a successful writer, in fantastic shape, have a spotless house, read often, cook real meals for my family, have a daily quiet time, volunteer more, clean up my blog and website, and sleep more, among other things.

Just reading that makes me tired.

So, it’s time to embrace a new life motto : I can do anything, but I can’t do everything. I have to have balance.

I recently had the chance to part of a book launch team for Finding Your Balance: An 11-Lesson Bible Study“>Finding Your Balance: An 11-Lesson Bible Study by Sandy Cooper.

(Yes, I was on two book launch teams at the same time – this one and Finish. Add that to the list above…)

I started reading the digital copy I received, and I didn’t get too far into it before I jumped online and ordered it. If you know me, then you know I don’t really buy books, but I just needed to own this one.

I haven’t read much of the book yet, and I haven’t started using it as a Bible study yet, but I’ve already gotten so much out of the content. There is a section where Sandy talks about how if we look at our daily lives, things look out of balance, but if we look at a weekly picture, we’ll realize that things aren’t so bad.

There’s also a section where she discusses how she accepts the busy seasons in her life but plans around them. For example, when she has had a few days in a row of dealing with a lot of people, she will plan a bit of an introvert day to make sure that area of herself remains balanced.

I can’t wait to dig into this and start realigning myself for the good of everyone around me!

Sandy has created great resources for her new book, including this book trailer :

She also offers a sample chapter so anyone who isn’t sure if this is the study for them can read a little more before committing to buying it. Check out the sample chapter here.

Sandy is starting a virtual group on Facebook on September 25. It does cost $10 to join it, but I think it will be a good investment when it’s tied into the book and led by the author!

Is achieving balance a myth? It sure is, and I can’t wait to drop the balancing act and regain some sanity!

I’ve used affiliate links in this post. Want to know what that means? Check out my disclosure policy.

Let me know if you’re joining the Facebook group on the 25th, or if you would like to meet locally to discuss the possibilities of a study, just let me know!

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Guys Behind the Blog : August 2017

I’ve been more scatterbrained than usual lately! I volunteered to teach a section of our university’s foundations class that all freshmen are required to take, and while I’ve really enjoyed it so far, it’s made me slightly more frazzled. We’re also implementing a new cataloging/circulation system later this year, so we’ve had to attend approximately 700 hours of training sessions so far. All of that background to say that I’ve been neglecting the blog, and I almost forgot to post this! I’ve been working on my post calendar for September, so let’s plan for a more productive month!


Okay, without further adieu, here are the August questions and answers!



1.) August is back to school for most kids…was that a day you used to look forward to? Or no?
Will : No.
Me : Is that all you want to say?
Will : I hated school, and I wasn’t good at it.
(Ironically enough, he just started college this summer and made an A in his first class!)


2.) What was your best memory from this summer?
Will : Seeing the progression that Charlotte has made [with pulling up on furniture, standing, and talking]


3.) What are you looking forward to for the later half of the year?
Me : Pumpkin spice lattes?
Will : Being able to spend more time with my family (he’s more of a salted caramel guy anyway…)


4.) What is your dream vehicle?
Will : Candy apple red, 1967 Mustang Mach 1 GT
Me : Put some thought into that, eh?
Will : I love those cars (I think he drooled a little when he said that…)


5.) Tell us about your occupation…
Will : I work campus security (he actually works at my university!)
Me : You make me feel more secure 😉


Questions for September (link up is on September 28):
1. If you could be on a reality show, what would it be?
2. What song or movie title best describes you?
3. If you could live somewhere else, where would it be?
4. Where do you picture yourself and your family in 5 years?
5. What would you do if you could be invisible for a day?


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