winter

Currently: January 2018

Current book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I read this book in high school and it has remained a favorite to this day. So excited to be rereading it!

Current drink Starbucks blonde roast. I love taking Lola and Mavis with me when I go through the drive-through so they can enjoy a puppuccino.

Starbucks holiday cups 2017

Current beauty product EOS Strawberry Sorbet Organic Lip Balm. I’ve always wanted to try EOS and now I’m hooked!

Current excitement Snow! If it’s winter, it might as well snow, right? We got a few inches on Friday night, so Jimmy and I took the girls out in the snow on Saturday afternoon and they had a blast running through it!

Current obsession Dogs in jackets. So stinkin’ cute! They have been much needed, though, as the temperature here in Pittsburgh has dipped down to zero. Brrr.

Cocker spaniel and chocolate lab in winter coats

Current need Either snow boots or salve for the dogs’ paws. Lola and Mavis have been limping if they get salt in their paws or if they get too cold. Poor gals.

Current blessing Thinking back on how amazing last year was.

Current craving Adopting another pet! Just kidding (but not really…). I think Jimmy might smack me if he reads this. I just love having fur babies 🙂

Black cat laying on gray rug

Current procrastination As always, finishing writing my book. So many things seem more pressing than writing, but I know I just need to make the time.

Current goal I really want to paint our office. This has been a goal of mine since last January. I think Jimmy and I are finally going to start working on it this month, though!

Current indulgence Lighting a candle each evening and cuddling on the couch with a good book!

Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl three wick candle

Current food Cracker Barrel! My mom and dad took us there recently and it was great, as always. Does anyone else love Cracker Barrel? I’m a big fan of their rainbow trout and cornbread. And country store. I could spend hours looking at everything!

Current prayer Praying that God would be front and center in my life this year and always ❤

Current mood Happy. Jimmy has the day off work!

Excited to spend time with this guy today!

Current confession It was too cold to walk the dogs yesterday, so I made a little obstacle course for them to get their energy out. I’m not sure who had more fun with it, me or the dogs?!

Current question What are you up to today?

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What’s making me happy lately

Hello and happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in and share some things that have been making me happy lately. I’m just going to jump right in!

Lola with yarn

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Lola isn’t a typical dog in that she doesn’t like to play–not with toys, people, or dogs. Her favorite things are food, laying on the couch, and taking long walks. I was super surprised when my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came over last week to teach me how to crochet and Lola was transfixed by the yarn. She didn’t do anything, but I could tell she was enthralled. The next day, she came inside after her morning bathroom break and ran over to my ball of yarn and started ripping it apart and playing with it! It was the cutest thing.

Date nights

Before Jimmy and I were married, we went on dates a few times a month because we only saw each other on the weekends. Now that we’re married and living together, we’re with each other all the time (yay!), but we tend to focus on house work or other activities in our free time. We went on a date night over the weekend for the first time in months, and it was spectacular. We used a gift card we were given for Red Lobster and then browsed around some local stores. Catching up over a meal we didn’t have to cook or clean up after was lovely, and we had a blast window shopping! Must do that more often 🙂

Doodling

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I’ve been doodling each morning when I write in my journal and read my Bible. It’s a fun way to relax and express creativity. Also, I want a cat.

Enjoying the great outdoors

It’s so easy to stay cooped up in the winter when it’s cold outside. Thankfully I have Lola to give me the please walk me now look, which gets us outside each day. Even if we’re only out for ten minutes, I always feel great afterwards. Fresh air works wonders!

Work

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I got to work from home (kind of!) for the first time last week. The family I work for is having their house renovated, so their kitchen is currently out of commission. I typically bake and cook for them each week, so I made some food in my kitchen and then dropped it off at their house. I made granola, bread, chili, meatballs, homemade pasta sauce, and spaghetti. The only downfall? I was totally unmotivated to cook dinner for Jimmy and I that night, haha.

Indoor gardening

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Last month, I mentioned that Jimmy and I bought new windows for our house. Jimmy, stud that he is, made a special windowsill in our kitchen for me to start an herb (and palm tree, ha) garden! I planted basil, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, and chives. Everything is starting to grow, and it makes me incredibly happy. I’m already dreaming of gardening outside in a few months. Can’t wait!

What’s making you happy lately?