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A Relaxing Staycation

Jimmy and I took Thursday and Friday off of work last week and sent Lola and Mavis to my parents’ so we could have a little staycation! We weren’t sure if we would be out of the house for long stretches of time, so we figured it’d be good to have the girls stay with my mom and dad. Plus dogs = extra responsibility and we wanted our time together to feel like a vacation.

I was definitely starting to feel burnt out from the busyness of life lately, so it was wonderful to take some time to relax and rejuvenate with my main man.

Husband and wife black and white picture smiling in car

I missed the girls so much and literally felt guilty for having them stay with my parents (even though I knew they were having a blast and were in good hands). Jimmy and I had such a wonderful time, though!

At first, we had these grand plans to go to a hunting and fishing store in West Virginia, or to visit the National Aviary here in Pittsburgh, but we didn’t do much of anything and it was honestly perfect.

What we actually did

  • Slept in until sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 each morning
  • Got coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks each day
  • Walked/rode bikes on a local trail
  • Did a little Christmas shopping for Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch
  • Washed Jimmy’s truck
  • Cooked HomeChef meals

Starbucks holiday cups 2017

I’m usually team Dunkin’ when it comes to plain coffee, but I tried the Starbucks Christmas Blonde Roast coffee and was a big fan. Jimmy got the salted caramel mocha and said he highly recommends it!

HomeChef pork tenderloin

We had fun testing out three meals from HomeChef as part of our little experiment with meal delivery kits! Spoiler alert: we liked HelloFresh more than HomeChef. I’ll definitely blog more about this as we try other companies. We are looking into Plated and Sun Basket next!

May Designs planner for BlueSky with accessories and coffee

I also grabbed some accessories for the planner I bought for 2018! Is anyone else obsessed with all things planner-related? For 2017, I had an Erin Condren planner and liked it, but wasn’t a fan of the price tag. I decided to go with a planner from Target for 2018 and bought some binder clips with tabs, washi tape, page flags, and color coding labels to gussy it up!

My sister and I always talk about how much we love looking for the perfect planner. My mom used to get annoyed with us during back to school shopping because we would spend at least 30 minutes looking at planners. We have yet to find the perfect planner and agree it’s because we are destined to create our own. Someday 😉

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

After a restful staycation, Jimmy and I met my parents to pick up Lola and Mavis this afternoon (Saturday) and we’re all back home. Mavis fell asleep on the way home and is currently crashed out on our bathroom rug (aka the only patch of carpet-like material in our all hardwood flooring house). It’s safe to say she and Lola had a great time with my parents and Jimmy and I had a great staycation!

Two questions today:

If you use a planner, are you loyal to a certain brand?

Have you ever done a staycation?


Currently: October 2017

Current book Just started The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky.

Current indulgence Going out for coffee, specifically Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

Current beauty product Burt’s Bees vanilla bean lip balm. My lips have been so dry since the start of fall.

Current goal Still wanting to finish writing my book before the end of the year!

Current craving Getting out and about to use my camera more. Jimmy and I went to a fall festival this weekend, and I brought my camera along to take pictures of the scenery. It was lovely and had me wondering why I don’t bring my camera out with me more often.

Beautiful stream and trees in the fall

Current food Marbled banana bread by Smitten Kitchen. My mom made a loaf for me recently and it’s banana and chocolatey perfection.

Current mood Thankful 🙂

Current blessing Pet sitting has been busy lately. It’s astounding to see God open doors and work in ways that only He can.

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy

Current confession I can’t stop laughing at my mom in the latest vlog we filmed.

Current need Absolutely nothing. Feeling very blessed.

Current obsession Taking pictures of Lola and Mavis snuggling. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddling

Current procrastination Finishing up folding and putting away laundry.

Current drink Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Current excitement I’m making a Lego-themed birthday cake for my cousin Josiah! He’s also going to pet sit with me again this month, just like last year 🙂

Pet sitting with Josiah, circa 2016 🙂

Current prayer One of my pet sitting clients found out his dog has cancer. The pup is having surgery tomorrow, so I’m praying all goes well.

Current question If you’re a coffee drinker, do you prefer Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or another brand of coffee?