Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I am always on the go and enjoy gardening, baking, and taking pictures. I love a good book and a cup of black coffee, a travel podcast and a glass of wine, or a refreshing glass of lemonade after a swim.

I move often and I submerge myself wherever I am planted- hence unrooted and blooming. I have had an array of jobs: social worker, retail, housesitter, yoga teacher, payroll specialist, writer, dog watcher, ESL teacher, 2nd hand seller…and…and…and. I’ve house hacked-rented out my home furnished, and moved to SE Asia on a whim.

I like to find the beauty in everything around me, from the smell of freshly washed laundry to a perfect chocolate cake, when a friend doesn’t shy away when life gets messy and a colorful weed in an otherwise “perfect” lawn.

Take a look at my gallery, read about my adventures, check out some recipes, and tell me what you’re up to.

  • New Year, New You?

    I no longer get into the hype of New Year’s resolutions. So many times I’ve resolved to eat healthier, exercise more, and worry less. While these are all lofty goals, they aren’t concrete. What does “eat healthier” mean? Is it giving up sugar? Eating more broccoli? Could it be eating mindfully- chewing slowly and enjoying […]

  • Pantry Meals

    Since moving to a rural area, I’ve noticed a marked difference in dinner and meal planning. Just a year ago, I was able to “run” to the store to pick up a loaf of crusty bread or to pick up a forgotten item. With prices at the local little store sky high and the nearest […]

  • Treasure Hunting

    As a child, I spent hours in the forest pretending to look for treasure. One day I stumbled across a cache of view finders and was delighted to look through the pictures. I imagined stories about the people in the images and wondered how the pictures ended up in the middle of the woods. I […]

  • Soy in My Eggs?!

    There’s soy in my eggs. Yours, too, most likely. I was surprised a few years ago when I realized that one of my favorite teas from Trader Joe’s listed soy as an ingredient. In an herbal tea. Where soy has no place. Soy contributes to my migraines, so I have become careful about reading labels […]

  • Mindful Consumption

    We’ve come a long way from the days of using things up. When was the last time you mended socks? I never have. I am frugal when it comes to spending to begin with and will wear things for years and years. But I am not a fan of mending holes or wearing things with […]

  • Food Frugality

    I tried to get on the coupon craze years ago. I remember seeing people on the news who would pay a fractional amount for their groceries. I attempted to coupon- searching the circulars for the best price, tracking prices on my regular purchases, making a list keeping coupons in mind and driving to several stores […]

  • Small Town Christmas Celebration

    Last night I went to my rural town’s Christmas tree lighting. It’s the type of event I loved as a child and one that I thought was too small town as a teen. In 2019, I celebrated Christmas in Vietnam, where it was warm and raining and only the big touristy hotels had Christmas trees. […]

  • How to Avoid Putting Christmas on a Credit Card

    Several years ago, I was searching for the cheapest flights to visit my family for the holidays. We all lived in different states and the time. which meant that the majority of us had to pay for travel. Then presents. Speaking with a co-worker, she said that she felt compelled to buy presents for her […]

  • Spend Time in Nature

    With the change in weather, projects have slowed down quite a bit and I’ve gotten a chance to get outside more frequently. It’s been amazing to explore and breathe in the crisp, cool air. I prefer warmer weather, but I love the look of a stormy sky and the changing leaves. Rushing spring-time waterfalls are […]

  • Winter Checklist for Our Home

    Winter isn’t coming, my friends. It’s here. We miraculously got the concrete poured for our garage remodel and got the walls us. Just in time for the torrential downpours. We’ve done a lot of big upgrades this year, from getting new gutters (with a cash discount) that are bigger than the originals so they’ll have […]

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