Spring is finally here! I know it technically started last month, but this week I’ve really started to notice the first signs. This morning the birds were chirping when I woke up, and I’ve heard the spring peepers twice now. My mom used to tell me that when you’ve heard them three times, it’s officially spring. We’re starting to see more nature walks, bike rides, and kayaking in our near future, which totally beats working out inside the gym. All of these things indicate the beginning of spring, but in my mind, spring hasn’t officially started until we’ve celebrated Easter. Continue Reading
So I feel like I’m a little late on a couple things. Okay, maybe really late.
First of all, stove top potpourri. Why have I never tried this until now? I’ve heard about it, seen it all over Pinterest, but never thought much of it until now. It just never seemed like something I needed in my life. Well, I finally got around to trying it, and now this may be one of my favorite things ever. If you want your house to smell nice but hate the idea of overpowering, artificial air fresheners, then stove top potpourri is for you. Continue Reading
Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and hopefully you got the chance to take some time for yourself. If not, why not take a break today and pamper yourself a little bit?
One of my favorite drinks to enjoy during spring and summer is the Iced Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. It’s so refreshing and summery, the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. I often make it myself at home using the Tazo Passion Herbal Tea. Continue Reading
This is the time of year for deep cleaning, for finally getting to the deepest, darkest corners of your home that have been neglected for months, or maybe even years. It’s time to get a fresh start. One sure way to do this is by purging your home of clutter. Continue Reading
Wow, what a week it has been here in the Stark household. Between a three-day power outage and both my husband and I getting sick in the midst of it, we’ve certainly been having a time over here. Thank God for our parents who gave us hot meals and a place to shower, and thank God for my husband who kept our water supply stocked and our generator running while dealing with his own illness. Luckily, the power is back on today and we’re both finally starting to recover. I’m beyond happy to feel like myself again, and especially to have running water. Continue Reading
Lately I have been trying to make a lifestyle change. A change that will allow me to take better care of myself, slow down, and appreciate life more. I’m doing this through a number of ways.
First of all, I’m looking at it from a physical standpoint. I’m being much more conscious about what I put into my body and how I treat my body. Instead of obsessing over a number on the scale and counting every calorie, point, gram of fat, etc., I’m trying to switch my focus to eating foods that I know are nourishing to my body, drinking plenty of water, and being more physically active. I’ve always believed that moderation is key, so I still enjoy going out to eat and the occasional junk food. The difference now is that I don’t feel guilty about indulging in these things when I know I’m making much healthier choices the other 90% of the time. But I know myself, and I know that if I never allow myself to have pizza again, I’m not going to stick to that lifestyle. Continue Reading
Yesterday I posted my recipe for garlic redskin mashed potatoes, and I promised you another recipe today using the leftovers. Cooking for two people can sometimes be a challenge for me. I always seem to make way too much food. Because of this, I love coming up with creative ways to use leftovers. Continue Reading
When I met my husband, he didn’t like mashed potatoes. Seriously! This was something I had honestly never encountered in my entire life before. At first I didn’t know how to handle it. I knew he was a picky eater, but mashed potatoes? The idea of someone disliking them was just something I couldn’t wrap my brain around. Continue Reading
When I started decorating my own house, one thing that gave me serious sticker shock was the price of throw pillows. You could easily spend hundreds on throw pillows for just one couch. I’m all for paying extra money for good quality, but it’s hard for me to justify spending a small fortune on pillows that a) are primarily decorative and b) I will probably get tired of quickly and change out with the seasons anyway. Who else is with me? Continue Reading
Green smoothies are everywhere these days, and for good reason! They’re delicious, energizing, and incredibly healthy. So many nutrients are packed into these refreshing treats, and the best part about them is that most don’t taste “green” at all. Continue Reading