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Stress Relieving Soak

With the holidays quickly approaching, it can be easy to get stressed out over all the details.

My mom gave me this “recipe” for a stress relieving soak a few years ago, and now, anytime I am overwhelmed or feeling sick/rundown, I do this, and I swear it helps me feel so much better.

It only takes three ingredients and leaves you feeling carefree and ready to tackle the world again. ๐Ÿ™‚



Stress Relieving Soak

You will need:

  • One handful of Epsom salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender oil


  1. Draw a warm or hot bath.
  2. Pour all three ingredients into the bath water.
  3. Soak for at least 20 minutes.

*This soak is supposed to draw out toxins, lower stress, and balance PH levels.

My body always does feel lighter and rejuvenated after doing this soak. Also, every time I have done the soak, I always end up dripping in sweat (I’m talking so much that it runs down my face- sorry, TMI?). Either, it’s pulling aย lotย of toxins out of my body or….maybe I just get my bath water too hot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Give it a try and feel your holiday stress (or everyday stress) melt away!

Question of the Day:ย What helps you feel more relaxed when you are stressed?



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Currently (November 2017)

This has officially been the fastest fall ever! I’m still processing the fact that Thanksgiving has come and gone and that we are less than a month until Christmas!

Here’s life currently for November, one of my favorite months!

Watching:ย I used to make fun of my friend Renee for always watching Hallmark Christmas movies because they are so cheesy. Well, I was bored about a week ago and randomly turned one on, and now I can’t stop. They are seriously so awful– cheesy with bad acting, but now I keep watching them. Maybe I like that there’s always a happy ending (or maybe I’ve just been really bored)?

Listening To:ย I’m loving my country music stations lately. Songs like “Greatest Love Story” by LANCO, “A Girl Like You” by Easton Corbin, “I’ll Name the Dogs” by Blake Shelton, and “Fix a Drink” by Chris Janson (plus many more) are my jam. They’re just feel-good songs that make you want to sing along and relax!

Shopping For:ย I’m freaking out a bit that I’m behind on Christmas gifts this year. Usually I have all of my shopping done by now and almost everything wrapped too. (I’m blaming it on this year’s students. They wear me out so much, that I haven’t had time to think about Christmas!). Travis and I are making a few of our gifts, but I need to bite the bullet and just order some of the gifts I’ve been pondering for people. Amazon Prime is my best friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wearing:ย I love that it’s getting to be sweater and jacket weather! I am a total layer-wearing fool in the cold months. It’s also officially that time that I put my fuzzy robe on the second that I walk in the door after work. Cozy over stylish around here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Loving:ย I’m loving having a decorated house. My Christmas decor is by far my favorite. It’s so welcoming and cozy (that must be my new favorite word ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I’m soaking it up because the month of December always goes way too fast!

Looking Forward To:ย I’m looking forward to being back with family again for the holidays. I just have two and half weeks left until I am on Christmas Break from school!


Question of the Day:ย What is something you are currently loving?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m feeling so thankful (not just today but everyday) for all of the blessings in my life: wonderful family and friends, a cozy home, a job, and so much more!

We are back home with family for the next few days so you can catch me back here on Monday with a full Thanksgiving recap and later next week with a gift guide for the guys in your life. If you missed my women’s gift guide yesterday, you can check it out here.

Wishing you a blessed few days of family time and delicious food with those who mean so much to you!

Have a great day!


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Two Years

Today is a very special day for Travis and I. It’s our two-year anniversary!


Though we dated for over seven years before we got married, these two years of marriage have been my absolute favorite times together.


The real fun started after the wedding, and the trips we’ve taken together, along with the mundane details of everyday life have become my favorite, just being together.

I had a guy friend (who has no desire to ever get married) ask me last winter what is so great about getting married and what the purpose actually is.

I looked at him with a straight face and said, “Well, besides the tax benefits, umm…” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahaha.

It’s that feeling of knowing that someone has your back and isย always going to be on your side.

It’s that feeling of being connected to someone and together, you two are better than you are apart.


I feel so fortunate to have found my husband so early in my life because that means we get even moreย years to spend together! ๐Ÿ™‚


Trav, I’m forever glad you said (oops…I meanย typed) those three magical words to me: “ur pretty hot.” (Take a walk down memory lane and read that post with me. It’s a pretty entertaining story.)

Speaking of memory lane, here are some of my favorite pictures together from our relationship.

  • Ourย first picture together. We look like babies (and let’s not even mention my hair- eek!) We were headed to Sabetha’s homecoming our junior year of high school.



  • We thought it was so cool that we went to World’s of Fun with just us and another couple. We did the haunted houses there, and Travis got soaked on a couple rides. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Ohhh, junior prom! Travis got to drive my aunt and uncle’s Porsche…and he basically knew no one at my prom. He was a trooper. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • And…senior prom! Talk aboutย big hair! (By this year, he knew some more people so he held his own. ๐Ÿ™‚ )sr prom


  • I got Travis tickets to Schlitterbahn for his birthday. We rode the lazy river for probably four hours straight. (I also forgot to put sunscreen on my face and got major blisters, but let’s focus on the fun stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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  • SO many good memories at Theta Xi. I’m so glad that Travis joined the house and made such good friends! It was our favorite party spot in college!

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  • Though this picture is highly unattractive, I’ve got no shame and it deserves to be on this list. Travis always had his cooler (man purse) at parties and I had my bucket with my drink in it. Power couple!
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  • I was battling strep, but we still headed to Kansas City for Theta Xi’s formal. I had to keep drugging up on antibiotics, but it was well worth it! Such a fun night!

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  • Kingpin date paty. We were rocking the hippie look!8 kingpin


  • We visited my brother in Winter Park one spring break. I got the honor (daunting task is more like it!) of teaching Travis how to ski. I still don’t understand how he never mastered the art of pizza-ing.

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  • Travis’s graduation led to a job offer…to stay in Manhattan! Woohoo for never leaving the college town! Manhappiness is a dream place to live!
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  • This is an obvious favorite! Our engagement (January 2015) at the Oz Winery. Travis knew me well to propose with wine. ๐Ÿ˜‰12 engage


  • Since we knew we would be staying in Manhattan, we began the house hunt. In about a month’s time, we probably looked at around thirty houses, trying to find the perfect one. This house sold us on the backyard (Though it’s still in town, the yard has that open, country feel).12 home


  • My graduation the following May meant we were one step closer to getting married! I had accepted a job teaching in Wamego, which was perfect!13 l grad.jpg


  • Engagement pictures were so fun to take. It still hadn’t sunk in that we were really getting married.

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  • We lucked out and got a beautiful day for our wedding in mid-November. I wish I could relive that day over and over. (Thanks to our wedding dvd, we kind of can. I’m going to pop that baby in tonight and make Travis rewatch it with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

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  • Our honeymoon over Thanksgiving in beautiful Turks and Caicos was dreamy. I love traveling with Travis. I’m super uptight, and he is go with the flow, relaxed. He balances me out!
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  • We took a day off from work for our first anniversary, and we spent the day goofing around in Kansas City. We bought a treadmill as our gift. (For better or for worse, unless we get fat.ย I kid, I kid.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Perhaps our favorite memory yet was our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine this past June. Hiking, seafood, and everything nautical. We were content. ๐Ÿ™‚18 lobser


Is anyone still reading? If so, I commend you. I wasn’t going to include so many pictures, but after I started going through old photos, it was incredibly hard to narrow it down.ย How does one narrow down the past nine years into just a few pictures?

Travis, boober, you are one of kind. I am thankful everyday that we get to do life together. I can’t wait to see where the next two years (and beyond!) take us! Love you!

We are celebrating today with a nice dinner at home (lasagna and cake!) and are both taking Friday off to spend the day together, eat out, and shop. Last year, we took the day off as well and went shopping in Kansas City. We even knocked out some Christmas shopping together. I’m thinking this is going to be our anniversary tradition. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a super day!

Question of the Day:ย How did you know that your spouse was the one? OR What will your dream wedding be like?

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The Results Are In!

The results are in from the poll I posted on Tuesday!

Thank you all for the many votes! While I love writing, sometimes I begin to wonder if peopleย really care about what our house looks like or what my students say at school.

Going forward, it looks like I will keep all of the topics that I have been writing about and add in more DIY projects and product recommendations! (I’m going to use the product recommendation posts as an excuse to try some new things. Amazon Prime, here I come. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

I had plans to do a fun post today, but last night, Travis and I finally took a night off from staining furniture, ordered pizza, and watched a movie (There’s Something About Mary-always a classic!). It’s safe to safe I could have fallen asleep by 7 p.m.

So…stay tuned until tomorrow when I’ll be back with another Five on Friday!

Happy Thursday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the Day:ย What is the last movie that you watched?



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Polling the People

Hi there!

As I’ve gotten some more followers lately, I thought I’d do a quick poll about content on the blog.


I get a lot of feedback from my number one follower, Travis, and thought I’d reach out to the rest of you too!

You can mark as many answers as you want on the polls below. I want to see what YOU are interested in reading about, and that will help me shape the content going forward! All answers are anonymous.

Thank you for your help! I’m excited to keep writing and sharing bits of my life with you!


Question of the Day:ย What is something you would like to see more of on the blog?



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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween out there!

I’m feeling a bit jealous of people in my hometown today, as they have had Friday, Monday, and today off from school. (Halloween is a big deal in Hiawatha, Kansas!).

Hope you enjoy your fill of sugary treats!

See you tomorrow!

Question of the Day:ย What did you dress up as for Halloween this year?