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17 Best Mocktails & Virgin Drinks for Any Special Occasion

17 Best Mocktails & Virgin Drinks for Any Special Occasion

I absolutely adore specialty drinks. There are so many incredible flavors and combinations to explore. There are also many occasions that call for something fancier than water, such as holidays, weddings, and parties. But I even like to dabble in mixing drinks on date nights or after a long day at the office. I should […]

A New You for the New Year

A New You for the New Year

How to diet successfully as a Foodie While I have been unable to pinpoint the average weight gain for Americans through the holiday season, I think we can agree that the average American gains at least a little weight between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and the cold weather conditions winter brings. I’m proud to announce […]

Trains: The Airline Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Trains: The Airline Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Since coming out to Utah for college over five years ago, I find myself travelling long distances several times a year. My most frequent trips are back home to Missouri to see my family or to California to visit my boyfriend’s family. When planning how to make these trips in the past, the only two […]

Luke 2: A Christmas Tradition

Luke 2: A Christmas Tradition

One of the greatest stories of all time is that of the humble beginnings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His birth was foretold for centuries through the mouths of the prophets of old. Many anxiously awaited the signs of the birth of our Savior. Then one dark night in Bethlehem, in a stable, […]

Family Name Drawing: A Christmas Tradition

Family Name Drawing: A Christmas Tradition

Most of you have probably done some version of a Christmas Name Drawing before, whether it is with your friends, your family, or a Secret Santa setup. The basic principle is everyone’s names are put into a hat and each person draws one name. Whoever they draw out of the hat is the person they […]

Thank You to the World’s Best Parents

Thank You to the World’s Best Parents

To my parents on their anniversary Thank you for loving me enough to be a parent, when what I thought I needed was a friend. Thank you for always pushing me to be my best but for loving me no matter what. Thank you for telling me “no” sometimes, even though I didn’t understand why […]

Dieting as a Foodie

Dieting as a Foodie

Over the years, I have seen the quote “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels” in many different places. Refrigerator magnets, t-shirts, quote boards: all have held some variation of this quote. The thing is, it’s simply not true! I have been skinny with a low body fat percentage at points in my life. […]

Incredible Slow Cooker/Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Incredible Slow Cooker/Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

*This post contains affiliate links. You can learn more in our disclosure policy. Thank you! (**See bottom of post for Instant Pot adaptations) Chili is one of my favorite things about the fall! It’s warm and filling and hearty and drives out the cold better than any other food. This particular recipe is a slow […]

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: A Book Review

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: A Book Review

The Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand was a refreshing read for me simply because it felt pretty original. When you read a lot of books in the same genre, storylines and concepts start to feel overdone and boring. **This post contains affiliate links so I will get a commission for products you purchase at no additional […]

Let’s Get Real: There’s Light Ahead

Let’s Get Real: There’s Light Ahead

I can’t even recount how many times I was told growing up that I wouldn’t understand something because I was perfect and had this perfect life with this perfect family. And don’t get me wrong, I have been very blessed. We all have. But my life has been far from perfect and so have my […]

Déjà vu in the Details: “Touched” Review

Déjà vu in the Details: “Touched” Review

Reading has always been one of my absolute favorite ways to spend my time. Even as a kid I would spend much of my time pouring through new books. It got to the point that my mom would seriously threaten to take away our books as punishment! **This post contains affiliate links. I earn a […]