Smart watches are really smart…except when they're really dumb!

I love my Apple Watch! Josh got it for me as a Christmas gift a few years ago to replace my first generation FitBit. There was really no comparison between the tech and features offered between the two. My little FitBit flashed lights at me every 2000 steps…and that was about it. It didn’t evenContinue reading “Smart watches are really smart…except when they're really dumb!”

Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock

A couple of weeks ago, Josh went to a conference during which one of the breakout sessions was about the effects of phones on your home, health, and relationships. Part of that talk had been about charging your phone in your bedroom, particularly on your nightstand next to you while you’re sleeping. Having the phoneContinue reading “Waking with the artificial sun – Two weeks with a sunrise alarm clock”

I started counting daily sugars, and holy moley!

Sometimes, I do things dietarily just for fun. Josh has a gluten allergy, so I’m gluten free myself 95% of the time, but other than that, we don’t have many other dietary restrictions in our house. We generally eat pretty healthily, vegetables, whole grains, and all that good stuff. But sometimes I get curious aboutContinue reading “I started counting daily sugars, and holy moley!”

My social media detox is over and…

It’s highly convenient that February 1st fell on a Saturday. That morning, the end of my 30 day social media detox, I imagined I’d get up, make my coffee, snuggle onto the couch with my laptop, and happily indulge in the digital world I’d missed the past month. I assumed there would be something ofContinue reading “My social media detox is over and…”

So… How's your resolution going?

There is no date I hate going to the gym more than January 2nd. On January 2nd, the treadmills are packed, the locker rooms are filthy, and the weights are scattered haphazardly around the benches. On January 2nd, I can’t find a parking spot, and might even have to stand in line to swipe myContinue reading “So… How's your resolution going?”

"Must Watches" to get you through winter 2020!

When I read “Digital Minimalism” and set my sights on digital detoxing in 2020, one step the book suggested that I did not implement into my own life was getting rid of TV streaming services. We employ Amazon Prime video, Hulu, and Netflix in our house, and tend to use each for different purposes throughoutContinue reading “"Must Watches" to get you through winter 2020!”

Half way through a social media blackout

On December 31st, I posted a New Year’s post on Facebook including a youtube video of ‘The Tenors’ singing Auld Lang Syne. It’s one of my favorite versions. Then I logged out of my account, took Facebook and Messenger off my phone, and haven’t touched them since. On December 31st, I systematically deleted over 200Continue reading “Half way through a social media blackout”

4 words to carry into a new decade!

I LOVE a new year. I’m all in on resolutions and fresh starts and getting after a brand new bunch of 365 (366 in this leap year!) days. 2020 is shaping up to be epic! We’re going to finish and move into our house. We’ve got the 2020 summer Olympics to look forward to. I’mContinue reading “4 words to carry into a new decade!”

Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution

Sometimes the right book plops into your hands at exactly the right moment, which is how I stumbled into Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism here in the waning weeks of 2019. Subtitled “Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” I found it of particular interest as I have recently been considering how to get moreContinue reading “Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution”

Unpopular opinion? There is no "War on Christmas"

A preface: Sometimes, I know my opinions are going to be unpopular. After my Thanksgiving post, plenty of people approached me defending their green bean casseroles and canned cranberry sauce, and that’s fine. Similarly, last year when I wrote my Christmas letter post, I ended up receiving Christmas letters from people with little personal notesContinue reading “Unpopular opinion? There is no "War on Christmas"”