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?


Isn’t it the truth?! Everything works out in life because God is in charge. If you trust him life becomes so much easier. 🙂


Time for a picture of  Spiderman Lily

Honestly.. she is too funny!

I feel like i’m becoming one of those “crazy cat ladies” because I keep posting pictures of my family’s new kitten but she is just cray cray!


Anyways. On to the title of my post! 2 weeks ago I gave my 2 week notice to my manager at work. I am now a free woman after 5PM!

My family currently has my cousin from New York staying with us for about 2 weeks. I can finally go places with my family and cousin because I don’t have to work! We aren’t going any where far, but mostly showing her some fun stuff around the Burgh’. It is kind of like a staycation for me so i’m pretty excited to see what is in store.

I photographed my sister and cousin Molly:

They requested to be jumping for our little photo shoot!


Recent eats:

Cherry Larabar @ work. It was so sweet!

Chobani + granola = <33

Spaghetti/pasta night! I even purchased some vegetarian meatballs! My sister likes pasta and I like spaghetti much better. My whole family is split on the pasta/spaghetti debate LOL

Blueberry muffins

Banana w/ pb. I try to like this but it always makes me feel sick so I eat the pb and banana seperately. Strange.

Huge hazelnut iced coffee 🙂 (and a messy kitchen!)


Do you prefer spaghetti or other types of pasta? 

Do you eat your spaghetti/pasta on a plate or in a bowl? (Idk why I like it in a bowl!)