How to Survive Without an Oven ...and Still Eat Delicious, Healthy Meals

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it? Continue reading

How to Use OneNote Templates

templatesLast week I shared how I converted to a digital bullet journal using OneNote. It was one of my most popular posts, so I’ve decided to share a series of OneNote how-tos. I am so happy I made the change to a digital bullet journal, and I haven’t looked back. I’d like to share with you more details on how I made the switch, and make it easier for you if you make the switch to digital. Today’s topic: how to add templates to your pages. Continue reading

Why I Love My Digital Bullet Journal

bullet journalIf you’ve been on the internet at all in the last few months, chances are you’ve read about bullet journals.  And if you’re like me, you were probably curious about what exactly a bullet journal is. Put simply, a bullet journal is an organizational system that keeps track of anything you want. It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea list, and more. However, this post isn’t meant to be a how-to, but to share my experience with using a bullet journal. (If you need a how-to, this article explains it all.)

I like the idea of being organized, so I had pages of lists in several notebooks and multiple apps on my phone to keep track of life. This resulted in a lack of organization rather than being more organized. So the idea of a simple way to organize my life was appealing. And when I learned that all you really need to start a bullet journal is a pen and a notebook, I decided to give it a try. Here’s what worked for me. Continue reading

My First Disneyland Trip

DisneylandWe just got back from an amazing vacation. My husband and I spent 3 days in Disneyland/California Adventure, 1 day in Legoland, and 1 day in SeaWorld. We went to Legoland for our honeymoon, so going back after five years was a blast. My husband had been to Disney and SeaWorld before, but it was my first time going to both. The best part of the trip was that we got to go with the couple that introduced my husband and I, and their two little ones, our adopted niece and nephew. We don’t get to see them very often, so spending a week together hanging out and having fun was great. Continue reading

Classic Movie Roundup

movieI love a stay in movie night with my husband. Living in a such a rural area means we have to get creative with date nights. (Read more ideas for frugal and creative date nights here.) I love planning and making snacks for movie night. This peanut butter popcorn is our favorite. (I substitute honey for the corn syrup.) Then we pick a movie, whether it’s something new or an old favorite.

Classic movies are my favorite. They’re usually family friendly and I love the actors. Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, Danny Kaye, Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Doris Day, James Garner, I could go on, they had such talent and elegance. And no matter how many times I’ve seen them, I still enjoy them. Continue reading

My Favorite Shoes For Spring

spring“Shoes are like chocolate-there’s always room for more.” I love shoes and am super excited that spring is almost here! That means we can put away our boots and scarves and bring out sandals and flats! (Which is sort of ironic, because at the beginning of fall I am always excited to bring out my boots and scarves. We are fickle creatures, especially when it comes to fashion.) Continue reading

Winter Crochet Roundup

winterI love crafts and DIY. Hobbies help me unwind, give me something to focus on when I’m depressed, and give me a sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something with my own two hands. I’ve enjoyed scrapooking, making cards, knitting, jewelry making and bead work, and sewing. With the colder weather, I’ve been working on projects to keep myself warm. Today I would like to share some of my favorite crochet projects from around the web, along with pictures of my finished projects. Continue reading