I’m entering the phase of my life where I will say: “I used to be a writer…I used to have a blog…”  Since moving from Phoenix to Washington in 2012, blogging has been difficult for me.  I’m not sure what happened, but I absolutely lacked motivation to sit down and write.  To be honest, the most […]

  Hello, my name is Rachel and I’m a runner – though it still feels so strange to say.  Up until a year and a half ago, I would have told you that I hated running and nothing could make me change my mind.  It was during training for a huge day hike that I realized my […]

Beautiful.  It’s what every little girl longs to be called – and society doesn’t exactly dissuade us from seeing that, as a whole, attractive people are happier, more fun, better at everything simply because they’re good looking.  Unfortunately, my own journey to accepting my own looks has been long and at times difficult. About a […]

…but for some reason I can’t remember any of them! It’s been so long since I’ve written I feel like I’ve forgotten how.  I used to be so proud of this blog and generating a (very small) income and being able to try things but I don’t know – I think it got to be […]

Cable companies – ugh – am I right? When we moved to Washington we started Internet and Cable service with Comcast.  For over a year, we had no problems.  Then we moved and, suddenly, I understood why Comcast has been given the esteemed title of ‘Worst Customer Service” time and time again. First, everything seemed […]

Saturday was one of the laziest days we’ve had as a family in a long time.  With the exception of an hour or so playing in the snow in the morning, I’m talking about: jammies all day, I didn’t even shower, we just laid around watching documentaries, playing chess, and eating leftover turkey sandwiches on […]

Shawn and I are not typically movie people – but we do enjoy going to the theater occasionally, especially during the dreary months here in Washington.  There’s not much else to do on ‘date night’ – and movies are incredibly popular here, which makes the viewing experience all that more fun! We decided that we […]

Full Disclosure: I was provided a product sample of the LifeStraw Go for review purposes.  My opinions are my own and any product information has come directly from Vestergaard. Imagine life with no taps, no clean water.  Imagine drinking water that was unfiltered and dirty, and possibly full of bacteria that could make you terribly […]

It was June when I realized I wasn’t happy with the way I looked.  I had gained some weight by not being more careful with what I was eating (even though I was working out a lot, I clearly wasn’t burning all my daily intake of calories!  I’ve always been fortunate in that I’ve never […]

I have to tell you, I love living in a football town again.   Growing up in Wisconsin, the Packers were EVERYTHING even during the off season.  I remember working Sunday afternoons at the grocery store and having the manager play the game over the in-store sound system so we could know what was going on.  […]