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Two Years In Our Home Sweet Home

Wow wow wow! We’ve officially been in our home for two years! It feels like we’ve only been here for a minute, honestly. Time truly flies. I laugh when I think about the day we saw our home for the first time. We had been living with family to save up, and were house-hunting for well over a year at that point. When we left to meet with our realtor for an afternoon of home tours, I told Tom this was the last one for the year. If we didn’t find “the one” that day, we needed to take a break. House hunting is EXHAUSTING mentally, physically and spiritually, and we had been to so many showings with little success. Not to mention, our wedding was just around the corner. I didn’t have the bandwidth anymore to focus on both. And as if the universe heard me, we found our home that day – it was one of the last ones we walked through. Friends had told me that when you walked into “your” home, …

I Got a Tarot Reading on Etsy

I’ve been shopping on Etsy a lot more than I have in the past these days. Seeing other people’s creations just brightens my day and inspires me so much. One night I was browsing the internetz for occult shops and found one that really spoke to me on Etsy. Of the many things offered, tarot readings were on the list. One of my long-running traditions is to get a reading once a year. I’ve gone to many different psychics and healers in my life – the majority were very good readings with the exception of maybe two, one of which I ended up consoling the man reading my cards about a personal issue he was facing. I’ve gone to coffee shops, Renaissance Faires, the back rooms of occult shops and other people’s homes for readings before, but I’ve never done one virtually. But ya know, COVID, so I bought it and hoped for the best. Well, here’s what happened. When purchasing, the reader asks that you leave three questions in the notes section of your …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: September 13

It’s been a rainy week, but a happy one. I enjoyed having an entire week off with my husband, even if we didn’t get out much and spent time taking turns playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater on PS4, which I am very bad at. We would have been in Germany this week if COVID hadn’t happened, but I’m dreaming up our plans to really do it big whenever we can finally get there. I just got back from spending the weekend with my sister, brother-in-law and my little sweet nephew. He’s about ready to walk and had me on my toes! It was such a special visit and I’m so happy I was able to visit with them safely. A few things I’m loving this week: I know buying jeans seems really weird right now, but sometimes I want some normalcy back in my life. Transitioning into fall clothes is about to happen and I’d like to try to wear more than loungewear while I’m working remotely, but we’ll see if I actually do. No …

PCOS Awareness Month

September always feels so fresh to me. I’ve always equated it with new beginnings and while this year feels pretty different, I’m still digging deep for a fresh start in these COVID times. It’s in there somewhere. This month also happens to be Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome awareness month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder which affects roughly 1 in 10 people with ovaries. It’s the leading cause of infertility and can lead to an array of serious health issues including Type 2 Diabetes. And if you don’t know anyone with PCOS, now you do. I’m never sure how personal I’m willing to get here, but this feels important. I was diagnosed with PCOS 10 years ago when I was 21. I had spent a decade with extremely irregular and painful menstrual cycles prior to that diagnosis but never had an OGBYN who took my concerns seriously. They would shrug it off: I was young, it would work itself out, and they would throw birth control pills at me to regulate it. After …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: September 6

I love a long weekend, and at that I took some time off to stretch it out a bit more. Can’t wait to have a week full of Sundays! Tom and I were supposed to be in Germany this week. </3 We were in the “ready to book” stages of our planning when COVID hit, though. So we didn’t have anything official in the books, but it still feels disappointing. I’m hopeful that we’ll make it there in the future. I’ve been doing my best not to dwell on it, though. I have a few things that have been bringing some joy to my heart: I got to spend time with my nephews this weekend and it was so so wonderful. Except when I told my (almost) four-year-old nephew that an empty box was a spaceship, he said: “No, it’s a box.” Well then! I bought these wooden truck and train paint kits to do together, and it was so much fun to see my nephew get messy and use his creativity. I took the …

Summer Reading: August

August FLEW by, didn’t it? Or is it just me? This month was pretty strenuous in many ways, so I didn’t have as much time or mental focus to read the way I have been throughout the summer. And honestly, that’s OK! Here’s what I did read this month, though. Fiebre Tropical by Juli Delgado Lopera This was a really fun one to read, albeit a little challenging since I do not speak or read Spanish fluently. Thankfully Google Translate filled in some gaps and as the story went on, I felt more comfortable translating a few words myself. This is a coming of age and coming out story about Colombian teenager who moves to Miami with her mother, sister and grandmother. It was so funny and the author’s voice is so casual. I wanted some more closure at the end, but still absolutely loved it. Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring I have always been intrigued by the 1960s, in fact I …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: August 30

And just like that, August is just about over. Time is just rolling on so quickly now, I can’t seem to keep track anymore. We’re so close to finishing our spare bedroom, which means my work-from-home space is about to change once again so we can work on that. I haven’t picked out colors yet, but I have some time to figure that out. I’d love to paint a wall mural – something I’ve always thought would be fun. Really, as long as I have a place to work that isn’t at my kitchen table I’ll be happy. Here’s a few fun things I’m loving. I recently finished Chani Nicholas’s “You Were Born for This” and I’ve been SO obsessed with reading my family’s charts. I’ve loved astrology for years but I never knew how to read my chart, so this book was so fun. My good friend sent me a link to this water bottle she’s been using and saying it’s huge would be such an understatement haha. I wanted to be sure I …

Black-Owned Businesses to Support

We live in a time of simplicity and convenience where it can be so easy to just click on over to a big box site, grab something and get super quick shipping and call it a day, and sometimes even get that thing you ordered by the end of that day. Right now it’s never been more important to buy from small and local businesses, and even more so from businesses owned and led by BIPOC. Sure, you’re probably not getting your item in mere hours and it takes a little more time to hunt around, but the outcome has a lasting impact on so many things, including helping to build up Black communities. By choosing to shop from Black creators and Black-owned businesses, you’re empowering Black business owners with your wallet, and giving a chance at more diversity and representation in markets that are often saturated with far too often problematic corporations. This year has given me a lot of pause in the way that I shop. While I know I don’t consume perfectly …

My Favorite Pet-Friendly House Plants

I guess once I hit my 30s I decided to lean fully into my dream of becoming a plant lady. I’m well on my way now. So far I’ve only had two plant casualties (RIP), but I’m learning as I go. One of the hardest things about plant lady life is finding easy to care for, gorgeous plants that are also pet safe. Winnie loves to chomp on my green babes, so it’s definitely never safe for me to buy something potentially dangerous and just hope she will know enough to steer clear of it. It takes a little bit of research before going to a nursery or any plant shop, but I also think it’s much easier to shop when you know exactly what you’re looking for anyway. I like to keep a little pet-safe list on my phone. Some nurseries do have pet-safe sections, or some kind of indication that certain plants are OK for our fur friends. A few of my favorite Winnie-proof houseplants are: Spider Plants, non-toxic for pets (though it …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: August 16

Hi, hello Sunday! This week was a bit busy for me, so I’m indulging in my favorite new tradition – doing absolutely nothing all day on Sunday. What a gift. Last week Tom and I finally took the plunge and ordered furniture for our new living area space. I’m really excited to see how it’ll all come together and share it here. There’s nothing I love more than being at home these days, so why not make it the coziest place to be? A few things I’m loving right now: Our new gallery wall! I have been struggling with what kind of art to hang in our hallway and decided to make a gallery wall of old family photos. I love the way it came out. Shoutout to Tom for doing all the brainwork – apparently I’m not very good at math/measurements, but I think we got it down perfectly. Teamwork! I used these frames from Target, which came in a nine pack – the perfect amount of photos for our hallway. I’ve been daydreaming …