Fall Bucket List 2016


I’ve seen so many of these Fall Bucket lists that I figured I’d do the same. Maybe with more down to earth, mellow at home things because I’m a homebody and probably wont be able to get out very much this season until later in the year.

1. Decorate for fall- CHECK
2. Wear sweaters and boots-CHECK
3. Drink Apple Cider
4. Have a movie marathon
5. Hand out candy on Halloween
6. Burn fall scents (candles or scentsy)
7. Bake cookies- CHECK
8. Take fall pictures
9. Look at the changing leaves & be thankful
10. Make a Autumn/Fall playlist


I hope these give you some new ideas. And especially for you homebodies or folks who might not be into the “outdoors”.

Leave me a comment of something fun you’ve done and are going to do before the season is over!


BB #42

Hello and how are you today? It’s Sunday and I think this week seemed long. Like the minutes were seconds and it was just ticking by. I hope you had a great week of work and productivity and now you’re ready for a simple weekend of fun and relaxing. So what’s on my list of relaxing activities: watching all my snapchat stories, youtube subscriptions, DVR’ed shows and maybe a game or two of Cards Against Humanity. My weekend work includes: starting my newsletter and also making a routine/schedule for daily life and blogging. I wrote a whole bunch of pen pal letters with new sharpie markers that was enjoyable. I also started watching a new game show called The Catch- check it out if you have Netflix.
Let’s jump right in so we can all get to know each other and make new memories.
Sunshine & Elephants is making a digital switch and talked about how overwhelmed she is and how she is confused on what she’s doing. But she’s brave for jumping in and getting dirty when you don’t know what to do or need to learn how. I did a WP self hosted switch at the beginning of the year but I just knew I couldn’t handle it and hired someone for help. It was fully worth all the struggle and conversations back and forth. Go check out her blog and tell her I sent ya!

Happy Friday! 10/21/16


Each week Lindsay of The Flynnigans, Charlotte of My Pixie Blog, and Krysten from Why Girls are Weird are hosting a link up featuring our happy lists from the week! Got a happy list of your own? Link up! Now onto what made ME happy this week!

1. Charging my external phone charger (this is the one I have from verizon- if you’re interested, best charger EVER)

2. Drinking Tazo Passion tea: please tell me you’ve tried this, because it’s the best tea I’ve ever had!

3, The Catch on Netflix- a fun, new trivia game show I’m really enthralled with…

4. Blogging past midnight late work hours just are my jam

5. this post by Hodge Podge Moments

6. Brave by Sara Bareilles

7. colored sharpies and new stationary- let me know if you want a note

8. my blog idea notebook: so completely full-now to write, write, write

9. 52 lists for Happiness– just getting into it… buy it now

10. playing with Shortie the hedgehog, she’s a fun easy pet and we love her! Instagram search: #shortie_thehedgehog


Link Up Details:

Friday Link Up Hosts: Lindsay @ The Flynnigans, Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird and Charlotte @ My Pixie Blog

  • Be kind and visit some other blogs in the link up – show them some love, too!
  • Link-Ups on our blogs will be open on Friday mornings at 6 am EST and will be up until the following Tuesday night at Midnight. Remember, have fun and stop by every Friday to check out the ushe. 😉

GO LINK UP NOW! Comment too, because it’s nice and every host blogs are AMAZING!


5 ways I’ve Become A Happier Me


I’ve starting off with an honesty moment here. In the last year or two I’ve felt more out of the loop, no routine, and just a wee bit lost. I was kinda not myself but I wanted to do something about becoming more me again and perking myself back up.
So I did. I starting putting into practice the few things that I knew brought me peace, patience and sense of self for lack of other words.I feel like this might be a more common thing when you’re a homebody or stay at home mom and wife. Any combination of these things are totally normal. If you’re feeling funky and can’t shake it then try some of these tips and see if you feel better. I’m just trying to become a happier me by incorporating these into my day, week, month…

Listen to music/podcasts

Don’t just listen to your regular chosen music. If you can choose something new or put it on random/shuffle genres’ and simply let it play! I’ve found so many new songs I love or that really resonate with me because I let them play. If you don’t like one- you can switch it but try not to. I even have some mixes from college friends and I never knew what was what. Now it’s my favorite to listen and not immediately know every word. On the flip side, sometimes learning the true (i mean the real lyrics, not the made up ones) lyrics is a fun thing. By reading through you may have never known it said a “star ridden sky” where you maybe thought it said something totally different. It can make you happy knowing you’ll know what to sing in the car or next time at karaoke. I believe in positive uplifting music lastly, so if there’s any song that is on your heart- LISTEN TO IT. But don’t drown yourself in upsetting ballads if you just broke up with your boyfriend, choose instead “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry to jump on the bed to. Always sing loud too even if you’re a horrible singer, it makes you feel great! Also I have a stockpile of great reading materials on Kindle, Audible and saved podcasts- if you want a list or recommendation, let me know in a comment below or tell me if you’d like a post about it. I’d be more than happy to do that!

Journaling/Free Write/Prompts/ To Do Lists

I just recently discovered how helpful this has been to me. It’s incredible how 2-3 sentences will change my day. It makes me think of things I wouldn’t have otherwise contemplated on. In some cases it even helps me remember a lot of what my memory has lost by forcing my brain to get working. Sometimes it is emotional but it helps me feel what I need to work through in tough times. Lately, I’ve been using the “Instant Happy Journal” (you can find it here) and it has changed my life. It’s not anything specific about it but it has great prompts and the fact that it’s now a dedicated part of my day is just great. I write the date in and all in the same pen. I was trying to be all neat penmanship and now I just flow. The thoughts come out of my pen ‘like word vomit’ literally sometimes I write clearer and quicker than my thinking is. I used to be big into daily freewrites in classes I took and now it’s not so easy for me but if you have a lot to spill then go for it. I love to make to do lists daily and weekly and see how many I can really get achieved. I treat myself with something small if I complete everything. Another book I’ve gotten lots of calm use out of is the “52 lists project and the 52 lists of happiness” by Moorea Seal. They are easy and still very thought provoking yet fun to jot down.

Monthly Goals

Because I have an open schedule and I’m a stay at home wife and blogger who doesn’t have a job. I have an ample amount of time where I’m free to really choose what I want in my life. I like to only add a few things per month to focus on. And I noticed if I choose too many then I don’t have a clear connection to what I’m trying to accomplish. I pick a couple areas  like Blog, Health, Faith, Entertainment, Personal usually with 2-3 (but no more than 5) which is still a lot. I try to keep reminding myself about those goals and sometimes I can check quite a few off unless I lose track and then I will just keep rolling them over to the next month. Things like reading for me are harder even though I want to, so I make reminders and carve out time at night or mornings to make sure I’m doing it. *Routine post coming soon! I’m working on creating and implementing it right now.*


I have enjoyed things that are healthy and good for my mind and soul. So taking these deeper, I found the Calm app when I was having a hard time dealing with stress and needed an out. One day I tried an emergency meditation and I felt like a whole new person. I had never meditated before and I didn’t think I was capable or even if I believed in it at all. So after using the free version (which is fine and gives you plenty) I went ahead and bought the paid version (*not sponsored) and loved it. I use it to this day whenever things are outta control in my world or if I need to take some deep breaths again.

Brain training is a bit different but just as awesome. People do this different ways; some people study subjects or do crosswords or sudoku. But I found Luminosity app and I really liked it! I thought some were dumb or hard at first but they are supposed to be hard to make you think and train that brain of yours. When you push your limits and try new things, it makes the brain ‘grow’ in new channels and helps you think quicker and clearer. I try to do this as often as I remember to. I open it when I see it on my phone screen- if I’m in a waiting room, it’s perfect for a quick 5 minute session. I bought the paid version for this too but I have gotten the value out of it in a few sessions. It relieves the foggy feeling in my head, much like clearing the cobwebs out from not being in school and watching too much television.


I would say this is maybe the most important! My close friends (online or in real life) always have found a way to drag me out of my gloom and show me the light. It’s not that I was depressed but I wasn’t being my true, happy-go-lucky self. But if you have a partner in crime, a best friend, a rescue-me pal or whatever you wanna call your “person”- then you’re good to go. You don’t have to have many but you have to have at least one. Join a club, game online, start a blog or go meet up with friends you know from school or work-strike up a conversation and get to know them. Once you do make sure to tell them how much they mean to you-because well you just never know what could happen tomorrow. If you are sad or just not yourself and you don’t have a sad day buddy- I will be your fast friend. You can always come to me and I will listen and/or offer my two cents. So let me know if you need me, I want to be here for each of you. Without a tribe we become too inward and contemplative then soon it gets us nowhere but the bottom of an ice cream tub. And as fun and delicious as it sounds:

Try getting out of that ice cream tub without a ladder or a friends’ helping hand. It’s not easy! 

*I’d like to thank and give love to: Pamela, Raewyn, Tausha, Krysten, Laura and Katie. You all are my tribe and everyday I’m grateful for all the ways you continually support and love me from afar. I love you ladies so much! 

I really truly wanted to write this to help you. I was once there and am right now trying all these new and different tactics to make my life happier and more complete. Wishing you a happy october and let me know if this helped you.


Bloggy Brunch #41


It’s Sunday all over again! Does it feel like it? Not to me it doesn’t. It seems like it should only be about Wednesday. My week has been pretty lame but it’s feeling more and more like fall everyday. The storm of the Pacific Northwest this past week was uneventful where I lived so I’m really relieved about that and no loss of power. I know others who were nearer to the coast and in lots of trouble.


This week I’m working on getting more future posts done on top of just regular housework. So i’ve been brain storming away with new ideas and making lists of posts I like.


I picked out Alex’s post this last week to spotlight and shine a bright light on. I have been friends with her about a year into blogging way back in 2011 or so. She helped me overhaul my blog and change my design and she did a great job too. She’s a unique, fun human! GO friend her on social media and read her post on A to Z of me.


The second post I picked out to represent is 5 tips to boosting energy during stressful situations which I always find very useful. I have been through so many hard times that I could definitely put these into practice. Staying as level headed and keeping regular routines is a key component to this post.



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