• Your engagement ring is one of your most prized possessions. Learn how to take care of it, and what to avoid coming in contact with it.
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    Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring

    Let’s start with this: I’ve managed to ruin my fair share of rings. I smashed one building our closet. I somehow cracked the band of a gold ring that is basically the only nice piece of jewelry I owned before…

  • August 2019: Books by famous folks, exploring Culpeper, a colorful card, and lots of steps.
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    Goal Summary for August 2019

    August was a very busy month, ending with a shiny diamond ring. We’re engaged! August 25, 2019 is one to remember πŸ™‚ While my brain is hopping into planning mode, I’m trying to keep myself in check and remember that…

  • 3 books, Fredericksburg & Strasburg spots, more crocheting & a DIY project for July 2019
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    Goal Summary for July 2019

    July is always one of my favorite months. People tend to be happier in the summer, and it’s by birthday month! I spent a lot of my time prepping some upcoming blog posts, celebrating my birthday, and focusing on my…

  • a quick summary of goals for June 2019
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    Goal Summary for June 2019

    It’s hot as hell and time for ice cream; summer is here! I started off June in Asheville and haven’t stopped since. It’s hard to believe 2019 is half over. I managed to complete all of my goals for June…

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    Goal Summary for May 2019

    This month was busy and exciting! We got out kitchen back together, went to see my parents one weekend, and got new flooring on our first floor. All of my goals were completed, except for finishing the second book of…

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    Goal Summary for April 2019

    April started out calm and on course. The last two weeks were very busy at work and didn’t leave much energy or head space for anything else. Oh well! That’s why I start over each month and wipe the slate…

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    Tips for Reducing Plastic Waste

    There are lots of environmental issues out there – but plastic is one of the more tangible pollutants. With stories in the news, like this one about a whale ingesting 88 pounds of plastic, our plastic problem is getting to…

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    Goal Summary for March 2019

    March was a much better month than February. After getting sick and having Gimli in a cone [again] a month with nothing crazy was a welcome change. And the weather started to warm up, which has a magically positive effect…

  • Tips for keeping a dog in a cone happy.
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    How to Manage Your Dog in a Cone

    Inevitably it happens. Your dog has to wear the dreaded cone of shame or e-collar. Most often it’s from getting neutered or spayed. Here are some tips for managing your dog throughout cone time.