Currently: March 2018

Current book The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. I’m about 1/3 of the way into it and so far it has been a light, easy read.

Current Drink I literally just finished drinking a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee as I started this post. ‘Twas delicious.

Small Dunkin' Donuts coffee with cream

Current beauty product DevaCurl shampoo and conditioner. As I mentioned in my last post, my hairdresser really wanted me to try this out. I feel like it’s too soon to tell a difference since I haven’t used it for a solid amount of time, but I’m liking it so far!

Current goal Cleaning out our closets and donating clothes we no longer wear. Also, finishing writing my book. I’m at 81,000 words and so close to wrapping up the first draft!

Current obsession Guys, I’m in cake mode again!! I was asked to make my father-in-law’s wedding cake since he’s getting married in May and I’m 100% obsessed with all things cake right now.

He and his fiancé asked for a Harley Davidson-themed cake, so I’ve been nailing down exactly what I want to do in terms of details and just practicing layering the different tiers of the cake. My fingers are stained with gel food coloring and I’ve been highlighting and studying a guide on working with fondant. I am one happy girl when I’m in cake mode 🙂

Three layer wedding cake with fondant and Harley Davidson colors

A super bare-bones trial run.

Current mood Excited (for spring and Daylight Savings!).

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just so sweet, kind, caring, and hardworking.

Current excitement Mavis has reached the highest level of training (Adult Level II) at our local pet store and has her last class and Canine Good Citizen test tonight! We have been taking her to training once a week since August, when she was 10 weeks old. She’s basically grown up in this pet store, haha.

It’s definitely bittersweet to be ending this part of her journey because we love the trainer we’ve been working with. I’m sure there’s more training at different facilities in Mavis’ future, though!

Parti colored Cocker Spaniel puppy therapy dog in training harness on walk

Current confession I’ve been so slow about doing laundry lately. I have no problem washing it… it just sits in the laundry basket all clean for like three days until I fold and put it away 😉

Current prayer Healing for all involved in the recent school shooting in Florida.

Current indulgence Researching all things cake-related for my father-in-law’s wedding. I have some flavor combos I’m dying to try!

Wilton cake decorating guide working with fondant

Current procrastination Catching up on all things computer-related. I have some work for my family’s real estate business to do, I want to catch up on blog reading, clear out my email inbox, and more. It will all get done, eventually!

Current food Thin mints! It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, aka the most wonderful time of the year. What are your favorite flavors of Girl Scout Cookies? My #1 is thin mints and then trefoils.

Thin mints girl scout cookies in box

Current craving I want to paint my nails. I just need to find make the time to do it!

Current need A new wire for our Petzi Treat Cam. Mavis and Lola chewed it while trying to get treats out of the camera so its out of commission for the time being! Naughty pups.

Current question What is your favorite part about spring? I think mine is just seeing green grass again and watching flowers and trees bud. Or maybe more daylight and warmer weather? Or maybe spring rain? Love that sound. It’s just such a beautiful time.


Currently: February 2018

Current book Ballet for Life by Mary Helen Bowers. I’ve always been fascinated by ballet, so it has been fun flipping through this book written by a professional ballerina!

Current drink Naked Juice smoothies. My current favorite flavors are strawberry banana and protein zone.

Current obsession Taking Mavis out and about to train her. She has been to the bank and library twice, and Lowe’s more times than I can count! She loves interacting with people (and vice versa) so this has been great practice for therapy work.

Cocker Spaniel puppy in Lowe's training to be therapy dog

Current beauty product Everyone 3-in-1 soap in the coconut + lemon scent. It’s a body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath. I’ve only used it as body wash, but the scent is great and I love how inexpensive it is.

Current goal As always, finishing my book! A friend from church graciously offered to proofread for me, so now I just need to finish it. I’m a few chapters away from finishing the first draft. So. Close.

Current excitement This is going to sound so boring, but I was dog walking the other day and noticed the grass and was so excited. It was nice to see grass after feeling like I’ve seen snow on the ground forever! Pittsburgh got a few inches of snow just hours after I snapped that picture, LOL.

Black boots on green grass in January

Current mood Content!

Current blessing Love and support from family. It’s such a big blessing to have a core group of people who just love you, you know?

Current confession I’m getting back into scrapbooking! I feel like this is kind of time consuming when I can just make a scrapbook online from a million websites out there that will print and ship it to me in days, but I just like taking the time to use my hands and be creative with our memories.

I looked back in my archives and the last time I scrapbooked was in 2014!

Current craving Another staycation with Jimmy! We could definitely use some downtime together.

Current procrastination Mopping our floors. It only takes me a few minutes (small house perks!) but I’m just so lazy about this lately.

Current need A new Bible. Mine is falling apart, but I am having such a hard time parting with it (I have so many notes in the margins) and finding just the right Bible. I would love a combo of a study Bible + a journaling Bible + one with NIV and Amplified versions all in one. That definitely doesn’t exist so I need to figure out which to get!

Current indulgence Naps. I have been in the habit of napping after dog walking on most days. I think something about the cold and wrangling dogs just makes me tired and in need of a power nap.

Current food Salmon. I am having a moment with salmon right now. I really love to eat it with the skin on, which everyone I know thinks is gross except my dad.

Current prayer Do you know the hymn It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford? Lately I’ve been praying that I’ll always be able to sing that with sincerity, no matter what is happening in my life ❤

It is well with my soul

Current question What is your favorite hymn?