Friday, April 17, 2015


  Happy Friday, Y'all! I'm so excited for this weekend! As you're reading this, I'm currently unplugged and off the grid camping with my Love! Ekk! It will be our first time camping this year, and I think we have everything we need.... at least I'm praying we do. This will also be our first time camping with Ginny- EVER, so prayers are needed that she does well!   The only thing I'm concerned about is the weather. Pollen is high for this weekend, and it will get in the mid 40's at night, but I told the Mr. nothing will stop me from going! I neeeeeeeeeeddddd out in nature something fierce!

  Anyway, today I co-host with the ever so talented Aimee from Aimee-LynnPhotography for Finding Beauty!  Link up with us, sharing your favorite photo! It doesn't have to be perfect, I know mine aren't, it's just gathering to share a bit of beauty!

  One of the co-host duties is to pick my favorite photo from the previous week's link up. I choose Emily's photo! The lines, my oh my- they are gorgeous! Go over to her blog, Scattered Horizons Photography to see what I'm talking about!

Now, here's my photo for this week:

  I may have shared this photo already, but it's one of my very favorites! This is from the Sears Tower here in Chicago. it's pricey to get to the observation deck, but it's so worth it! This is SkyDeck, and what you're looking at, is 103 floors up! You can barely see the roads and cars below! This was in January, when there was snow everywhere, so you can see it on top of the other buildings. Y'all! My heart dropped when you step out at first, but it was exhilarating! I can't wait for someone else to come visit us just so we can go here again!

  Hope y'all have a good weekend, and I can't wait to update you on our camping adventures next week! And don't forget to link up with us and join in on our love of beauty and photography!

Monday, April 13, 2015


Fancy meeting you here! I've been MIA and I know, it's a total blogger cliche' to get burnt out and not blog for a while.

 The thing is, you guys know I've been having lots of trouble with my Fibromyalgia. The doctors are working on getting the right medication cocktail, and when we think it's getting close, the insurance company puts their two cents in and stalls the process. In the mean time, I run out of the main medication to treat my symptoms, and then it takes days or a week to get the Doctors, the insurance company, and the pharmacy to all get along. Needless to say, these last couple of months it's been pretty crappy.

  With all of this going on, it was nearly impossible for me to continue at the pace I was going. I have come to a screeching halt and be real with myself. I am not the super woman that I thought I was, and I've come to terms with the fact that I can plan away- but if the energy tank is dry, nothing is getting done.  Sometimes, you just have to listen to God when He tells you to slow down and prioritize. 

You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for Your Word to renew me. Psalm 119:114

So, I'm trying to prioritize and know what I can slow down on and what I really like doing!  
 I've slowed way down on my Etsy shop, and my blog. But what I felt most guilty about slowing down on, was the Prayerful Bloggers group. After a heart to heart with Aimee, I decided that I would step down on leadership and she would take it over again. THEN, she had the best idea that we outsource and get some of the gals in the group to take over specific jobs! That's why she's my Yoda!

  For now, I'm still handing the blog portion, Prayerful Bloggers. Since starting school (finally) on getting my Theology degree, I figured the majority of my posts on here would have some degree of Faith in them, so it's easy to crank out a couple of posts for the Prayerful Bloggers blog. Oh! And if you're interested in joining us, check out our blog on how to do that!

All of this is to let you in a little more about what's going on in my life, and why there hasn't been that much new content on here. What can you expect from me now? Probably 2 posts a week, on a variety of subjects. I will try to keep rotating them, from DIY's to finishing my European Travels from 2012, (yeah, I need to finish that)  to current recipes. One of the things I heard loud and clear from the Reader Survey responses, is that y'all want to hear more about my personal life... which is pretty boring, if you ask me! But, I try to accommodate you guys, and I think the best way to do that is to drag my little Sony camera around and make short videos, or maybe a weekly/biweekly update video made up of short ones. That way, I don't have to sit here and type it out. Less energy to blog may = more posts!

I seem to update my Instagram more than any other social media outlet, so if this blogging schedule isn't enough for you, keep up with me on Instagram!

I hope y'all had a great weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

I've got the horizontal blues

Hey there! I've been up to my elbows in the Konmarimethod of my house that I haven't blogged much this week! I'm afraid next week is going to be more of the same, but y'all, it's looking so much better in here! You collect so much crap when you don't notice! You may have kept up with the progress if you've been following my Instagram... it's a lot! A few of my items I've listed for sale on the TACShopMyHome Instagram account... go check those out for some steals!

On top of that, we traded in the beloved Jeep wrangler that we have the best memories in Hawaii with, for a more adult, comfy car, so that was a process! It's been a hectic week, my friends!

For today, I'm teaming up with the lovely Aimee from AimeeLynn Photography for Finding Beauty, a link up that happens every Friday, where you capture beauty and share it with everyone. It's sooooo important to stop and look around every once in a while. Life happens so quickly!

This is my photo for the week. I picked up this gorgeous blue hyacinth plant at the local Trader Joe's, and I couldn't wait for it to bloom! I patiently waited for a couple days, thinking it would take longer. Then, it started going horizontal, bloomed practically overnight, and just makes me laugh! This baby REALLY wants to be outside about as much as I do! Too bad it's still really cold here.

Part of the co-hosting duties is to pick my favorite photo from last week's link up.  I chose Alyson's photos because 1. I'm a sucker for flowers, and 2. that last pink flower photo took my breath away! She captured it so beautifully! Go over to her blog to see what I mean!

Now, it's your turn! Link up below and share your blog post with a little bit of beauty you've found this week!