Diving Back In and A Few Favorites

As I mentioned in my post about our vacation, Jimmy and I wasted no time getting back into the swing of things once we arrived home in Pittsburgh! The first thing we did when we got home on Saturday was mow, weed wack, and mow some more. Mowing past our garden got me all sorts of excited to start planting!

We had a church fellowship dinner for my father-in-law and his wife on Sunday and it was so special! Everyone brought food, the fellowship hall was decorated beautifully, and the time spent with our church family was just the best. My assignment was to film a vlog of everyone giving a message for the bride and groom, and I had a blast with that.

On Monday, Jimmy and I were back to work! We were excited to hear that the zipline he worked on for the Pittsburgh Zoo will be opened this weekend. Go Jimmy!

One of the dogs I have been pet sitting for a few years turned six-years-old, so I took her on a special trail walk for her birthday.

Chocolate lab on bridge by water in Pittsburgh Panhandle Trail by Walkers Mill in Rennerdale PA Pittsburgh

The weather was just beautiful and made me so thankful that this is my job. It’s not always fun to walk dogs in January in Pittsburgh, but it’s 100% worth it come May!

In the evening, I had some real estate work. My brother is listing my father-in-law’s wife’s house for sale (Did you follow that? Lol!), so we all met up so Will could go over the contract with them and I could photograph the house for the listing.

Southbound Enterprises real estate agent Will Smith talking with client in CraftonGirl taking pictures inside a house with DSLR camera

It was a family affair, which I loved! Jimmy even tagged along as my assistant and carried a step stool around the house for me to climb up and down to get some good shots. He snapped this photo of me because he thought it was so funny that I scrunch my face up when I’m focusing. Oh, and if anyone is looking for a house in Pittsburgh, let me know 😉

It’s Tuesday as I type up this post, and I’m sure the rest of the week will include more pet sitting, mowing, and real estate work. It feels good to get back into the swing of things. On Saturday, Hannah and I will be hosting a joint birthday cookout for our husbands since their birthdays are just a day apart. I can’t wait!

Before Jimmy and I left for vacation, I had a few things I wanted to share, and I’m finally getting around to it. First, I have some new favorite markers for journaling.

Pilot Frixion erasable marker pens

Technically they’re erasable marker pens. I have only used the eraser once or twice and it worked fine, but I would definitely say they’re more of a marker than a pen. They sort of write like a pen, but definitely come off as a marker. Okay, I’m done geeking out over writing utensils, haha.

Next up, I went to Trader Joe’s and got some fun food and drinks to try out!

Trader Joe's maple ladders and sunflower seed spread and coffee and other products

I’d literally give all of the above products a 10/10 for price and taste. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d either choose the Colombia coffee beans or the maple ladders cereal. So good!

Okay, one last favorite. Our families and neighbor took such great care of our pets while we were gone, and it made us so happy. Mavis and Lola stayed with my parents for the week, and we had both of our parents and our neighbor check in on Malcolm on different days.


We got some great pictures of the girls from my parents of all the dogs hanging out and were slightly obsessed with talking to Malcolm on our Petzi cam!

What are some things you’ve been loving lately?



  1. I love peanut butter filled pretzels. One store here called Publix always has them on sale and they are good! I will look for them at TJs. I like the mango slices there.

    I’m going to find those erasable markers. Working from home, I buy my own office supplies and those look neat. My schedule is always changing so I could erase in my planner instead of just crossing things off all the time.

    1. Oh yum! I think I’ve heard of Publix before, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to one. If I get to go, I’m totally buying their peanut butter filled pretzels. I need to try TJs mango slices now! They sound so refreshing as the weather is warming up here!

      I hope you find the markers and enjoy them! I totally geek out over office supplies!

  2. I almost bought the peanut butter pretzels while I was at TJ’s on Sunday!
    One thing I’ve been loving lately is the It Cosmetics CC+ cream. It’s so lightweight but full coverage and helps even out my skin tone. Plus it has SPF 50 so I’m always protected from the sun.

  3. I love new markers and pens too!! Ha, ha. Seriously nothing more exciting than a fresh new notebook and pens to go along with it. 🙂
    And your food haul makes me went to head back to Trader Joes! Ours is a bit of a treck (about 45 minutes away), but it’s worth the monthly trip!

  4. Yay for pretty weather for dog walking! That’s so great!

    And the picture of you standing on the stool and focusing made me smile because that has so been me SO many times, haha! Love it!

    I totally get checking in on your pets while you are away! We do that with Oreo all the time. 😉

    1. The warm weather has been SO nice for dog walking! And I always think of you when I’m on a photography assignment! I feel like Christopher has grabbed some great shots of you “in the zone” haha.

  5. You are too darn cute!!! You did a beautiful job with the vlog for Fred & Kim’s wedding! So fun. Those trader joe’s finds look yummy! I love their coffee. I’ll be keeping an eye out for that cereal next time!

    1. Thank you so much, Mackenzie! You have to try that TJs cereal! It’s bomb!! I love their coffee, too. I can’t believe how good it is for that price! Just another reason to love it there 🙂

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