The Barnes and Noble Date

I’m a dedicated online shopper. I want to support small businesses and shop local, and I do try, but especially this time of year when the weather gets bad and the parking lots get crazy, and I’ve got a dozen different types of things to find for a dozen different people, it is almost tooContinue reading “The Barnes and Noble Date”

Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?

We bought our house plan off the internet. When Josh started to seriously consider whether or not we should build, and I told him I’d build if we could find a house plan that we both fell in love with, I Google searched “4 bedroom craftsman blueprints” and started clicking through options. I found IContinue reading “Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?”

Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…

I really really really didn’t want to have a Pinterest wedding. That is not to say that I didn’t go to Pinterest for ideas or inspiration to share with Josh and our vendors, but I did not want to have the kind of wedding that people looked at and immediately thought, “Oh yeah! I sawContinue reading “Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…”

Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!

When you buy a lot to build a house, you’re immediately faced with the imposing question of when you’re going to build it. We closed on our lot in late October of 2018, and, as the weather had already started to turn for the worse that fall, decided that we’d wait to dig our foundationContinue reading “Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!”

Built to Last – From our foundations

In April of 2014, just a few months before Josh and I were married, we attended a couples’ retreat day as part of our church’s marriage preparation requirements. The day was a bit of a mixed bag of church teachings about relationships, professional advice from financial advisors and family therapists about their various areas ofContinue reading “Built to Last – From our foundations”

It shouldn’t need to be so hard – An annual reflection on “The Bachelorette”

Sigh, to be twenty four and in love with two different men on the island of Crete! Tonight is the finale of this season of The Bachelorette, and as has been my custom, I’ve been left with some reflective thoughts about the nature of relationships and love that I now intend to share. If you feelContinue reading “It shouldn’t need to be so hard – An annual reflection on “The Bachelorette””

How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor

Happy Valentine’s Day ink.! I try to keep my reality TV observations to one post a season. Some of you are here for The Bachelor/ette tea to be spilled, and as my bracket busting, season watch party lady gang will attest to, I always have plenty of thoughts about what’s going down. However, many of you areContinue reading “How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor”

Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas

My husband has always given me flowers for Valentine’s Day, and I love it. I am, admittedly a flowers kind of girl, so it works for me, and is an easy win for him! He, however, is considerably more difficult to buy for. He’s not a big gifts guy, so he doesn’t get too excitedContinue reading “Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas”

On the couch with Cece, LICSW – Loving through the love languages

Here’s an interesting fun fact about meeting people online. Many popular online dating sites give you a percentage of compatibility. The percentage is largely based on information you put in about yourself, plus information that you put in about what you’re looking for, and then is further refined based on your match history, search preferences,Continue reading “On the couch with Cece, LICSW – Loving through the love languages”

Beat online dating in time for Valentine’s Day

I don’t go to the gym on January 1st, and it’s not just because I’ve had a glass, or three, of champagne the night before. The gym is PACKED on January 1st with dozens of new members crowding on cardio equipment and weight racks determined that this new year is going to be THE yearContinue reading “Beat online dating in time for Valentine’s Day”