Amanda Moments
June 15, 2016

Well hello everyone! Yeah, it’s me. I’m back! Well, kind of.

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog front lately, and I’ve been meaning to write an explanation. I guess it took this long to finally find the time and motivation to sit down type from the heart again.

I cannot believe we’re already HALFWAY through 2016. I remember the last real post I wrote like it was yesterday. The one where I dumped all my pent-up feelings and emotions out, only to just about disappear for awhile. I did do a few vlogs here and there, but to be honest…

I lost the desire to want to blog.

It started out unintentionally. In the last half of the year, posts started getting a little more sparse. Part of it was that I truly have been swamped at work. I meant to fit the blog in and come back, but it didn’t feel right. I was tired, I was uninspired. And I swore to myself that I would no longer write a post for the sake of it. I had to want to write. It couldn’t feel like a chore.

My shit year that was 2015 caught up to me by the end, and I needed some time to relax, take life in, heal and just do me. I cut back in several areas. I reprioritized. I did what I had to.

The work I’ve been doing in therapy has been incredibly helpful and healing. Frankly I don’t know where I’d be without it.

Here I am, six months later, and I’m feeling pretty good. 2016 has already been far better than 2015, but so has been my ability to cope with life’s ups and downs.

I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation why I’ve been absent, but it finally felt like time to check in with ya’ll again. To let you know I’m OK.

I’ve kept up with other blogs as much as I was able to. Even being a blog reader can be incredibly consuming. My inbox spiraled out of control the whole time too, and I still have tons of unread Bloglovin’ feeds. I’ll get to them eventually, but I can’t let the feeling of obligation control my actions anymore.

Something seems to have happened to blogs since I first started writing almost three years ago. The sense of community changed. Posts seemed less genuine. Less interesting to me. Not all, by any means, but many. Bloggers I love that were pivotal to me in the beginning have left. Some even came back and left again. Others, like me, just slowly started disappearing. I’m not sure what happened exactly, or why or how, and that doesn’t really matter anyway. Who knows, maybe it was me that changed…or didn’t keep up with the change.

I guess for various reasons, I don’t feel like I don’t need to blog anymore. I held off writing this post for a long time just in case that changed, but I don’t think it will. And I’m OK with that.

For awhile, coming here and writing, reading others’ posts, emailing with my new blog friends, doing the whole “blog thing” helped me immensely. I needed it. I worked through a lot of stuff in some of the posts, and had some light-hearted fun in others. This blog served a big purpose for me for those years.

But now? When I come home from work, or on the weekends, I am finding fulfillment in other ways. I’m investing in myself, in my marriage, in my hobbies and the other things that are important to me. I still struggle with some things, but I now know how to fix it without logging in to WordPress. In fact, blogging has been the last thing on my mind lately. And I’m OK with that too.

What have I been up to though?

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Our first house. We did it. Finally. And it feels great.

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Brick loves it too. Seeing him enjoy his own yard for the first time makes my heart melt.

I could write a series of posts all about the house, but frankly, I don’t want to. Instead, I’m going to get back to living.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be back here. I may come back for my life updates, and I might not. All I know is I’m not going to worry about it.

That being said, if anyone wants to keep in touch more regularly, feel free to email me anytime. I may be quieter on the blog and on social media, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still chat or swap funny cat memes! In fact, I invite you to that. I ADORE that kind of stuff.

All the best, my blog friends. See you when I see you.

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April 14, 2016

In a previous Golden Vlog, we talked about our insecurities. This month, we’re going the other way and celebrating the great things about ourselves while doing some reflection. Won’t you join us for this edition of the Golden Vlog?!

April Vlog Prompts

1) what is your biggest accomplishment that you are proud of?
2) who are your biggest fans/encouragers?
3) what creative pursuits bring joy into your life?
4) how do you typically react when you receive a compliment?
5) how do you nurture your creative side?
6) do your activities and lifestyle contribute to your sense of self worth and well being?
7) does something or someone else dictate how you spend your time, feel or act?
8) are you surrounding yourself with people that encourage and push you to be better or the opposite?

 

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March 10, 2016

This month, the Golden Vlog is going deep again. We’re talking about life’s big moments, its ups and downs. Let me tell you, a few of these questions were really tough to answer. But, opening up can be so therapeutic, and I personally like these deeply real and raw posts so much more anyway.

March prompts

-Is there anything you wanted to accomplish by now that you haven’t?
-What’s been the best day of your life (so far)?
-Would you mind sharing about any particular low moment?
-What is one thing you really want to achieve in the next 5 years?
-Have there been any life-changing moments that shaped who you are today or changed your view on the world?
-Biggest life risk and did it pay off?
-Is there something that you’ve said or done that if you had the chance, you would go back and change?

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February 11, 2016

It’s Golden Vlog time, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about loved ones! Not just our significant others, but everyone that has meaning to us. Watch to see who the special people (and pets!) are in my life, and please consider filming your own and linking up!

February Prompts

-Do you have plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?
-If you’re married or have a significant other, tell us about them! What do you love most about your partner?
-Who taught you the best lessons about love growing up?
-If you had to pick just one relationship advice tip, what would it be?
-Tell us about your parents. What did they do and what do you admire about them?
-Did you know your grandparents very well?
-Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
-Who was your best friend growing up?
-Who’s your bestie now?
-Do you have pets? Tell us about them!

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January 18, 2016

Confession: I’ve gotten two or three Stitch Fix boxes that I never even shared on the blog. One I hated so much that I didn’t even care to write about it (and for the first time ever, I returned every single piece), one was just so-so, and the other was actually great but I just never got around to taking photos. Oops.

I was starting to think it might be time to stop my Fixes, but I did have just a few holes left in my wardrobe I wanted to fill, so for this one I requested several light sweaters or cardigans and one new pair of dressy skinnies. Thankfully, this month’s stylist delivered and did a darn good job getting my style (shout out to Niko). Cash is a bit tight as we’re pinching pennies to get into a house soon, so I knew that even I loved everything, I’d have to be very picky as to what I kept.

Let’s see what I got!

Margerie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan – $68

stitch fix Margerie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan

This price is more steep than I’d prefer, but I like this sweater so much I decided to spurge. After all, a new cardigan is what I was most looking forward to and I wear the crap out of all my cardis. This one has a cute ruched back and draped front. It seems versatile and comfy, and I really think this one is going to be a winner. Kept!

Darrington Mixed Media Asymmetrical Knit Top – $58

stitch fix Darrington Mixed Media Asymmetrical Knit Top

This top was so close but not quite. The style was great, fit was perfect, and I adore draped necklines like these. Even though the price seemed steep, it could have been worth it as it’s dressy and looks very well made. The only reason I couldn’t justify keeping it was that asymetrical “V” of fabric that hung off the bottom just was weird. I like when the fabric drapes off to a side, but this one just kind of awkwardly hung over my crotch. Returned.

Danatella Crochet Front Roll Tab Knit Top – $58

stitch fix Danatella Crochet Front Roll Tab Knit Top

Though the price of this top seems a tish high for a casual shirt, I really fell for the style and look of this. It’s not something I would have picked out on my own and had my doubts when I took it out of the box, but I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. It’s basic but cute enough with the crochet detail to dress it up, and was actually pretty flattering. I can see wearing this a lot. Kept!

Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater – $58

stitch fix Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater

In theory I should have loved this sweater because it’s just what I asked for, but what I neglected to mention in my style profile is I really hate elbow patches. On top of that, the fabric of this sweater wasn’t very soft, and the fit was just a little off, like it should have been tapered in the waist. It was just kind of lackluster. Returned.

Rizzo Skinny Pant – $98

stitch fix liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant

I LOVE how stretchy this fabric was, and the fit was pretty good, but these were just a tish too big. I know from my first Stitch Fix that Liverpool pants shrink a bit, so they may have turned out perfect, but the nail in the coffin was they were just too similar to my other black skinnies. And if I’m going to pay near $100 for one pair of pants, they better blow my mind or be so different and amazing I can’t say no. This did prompt me to specify for my next fix that I’d prefer some cute colored skinny pants instead. Returned.

This was a really good Fix and you nailed my overall style and requests. The few items I returned were so close, but just minor details kept them off the final purchase, and could have been overlooked had prices been a bit lower. I’m still quite happy with my two keepers though!

If you want to give Stitch Fix a try, please sign up with THIS referral link, which gives me a $25 credit on my next box:)

January 14, 2016

Hey-o, it’s 2016  and time for our January Golden Vlog! This month, we’re hosting a “Currently” theme as an easy way to catch back up with everyone’s lives, post-holidays. Watch my video below to see what is going on in my world lately. It feels so good to check back in with you all! I hope you’ll join us:)

This month’s “Currently” prompts

Loving
Working Toward
Eating
Feeling
Enjoying
Watching
Writing
Following
Listening To
Trying
Wearing
Pinning
Traveling To
Reading
Celebrating

Here are the rules:
1. You must follow your hosts on at least ONE form of social media to link up w/ us.
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3. Add the button below or a text link to one of the hosts to help us promote this crazy thing!
4. Spread the love! Go watch, listen and comment on other blogs and make some new friends! Share your links using hashtag #GoldenVlog on social media.

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I hope you’ll join us again next month on February 11!

Next month’s prompts:
-Do you have plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?
-If you’re married or have a significant other, tell us about them! What do you love most about your partner?
-Who taught you the best lessons about love growing up?
-If you had to pick just one relationship advice tip, what would it be?
-Tell us about your parents. What did they do and what do you admire about them?
-Did you know your grandparents very well?
-Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
-Who was your best friend growing up?
-Who’s your bestie now?
-Do you have pets? Tell us about them!

January 6, 2016

Thanks to Cheryl and Mercola for today’s guest post. I have turned to Mercola many times for information and tips on healthier living. 

Could your health use a quick boost? Look no further than your local farmer’s market or organic produce section of your grocery store. Fruits and vegetables, especially when organic, are some of nature’s answers to our body’s demand for nutrients.

5 fruits to boost health

Just one caveat about fruit: Many varieties are high in fructose, so you do need to limit your numbers of servings. Consuming too much of any type of sugar, especially fructose, can add to your risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome with unwanted consequences for your brain health and waistline.

Here are five of the healthiest fruits, many of which are lower in fructose:

  1. Avocado

Avocados are truly in a class by themselves when it comes to nutrition. Technically a fruit and not a vegetable, avocados are an outstanding source of healthy monounsaturated fats that are beneficial for heart health and cholesterol levels.

One of the best fruits you can eat, avocados also supply good amounts of fiber, vitamin K, folate, and B and C vitamins. And they have twice the potassium of bananas! Great for adding to salads raw, a study shows avocados might even help your body absorb important bioactive carotenoids from other fruits and vegetables.

  1. Raspberries

These scarlet beauties contain more valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients than other fruits, including ellagitannins and ellagic acid. Unique to raspberries, the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value is one of the highest of all fruits.

If losing a few pounds is on your to-do list, you’ll appreciate the potential of the phytonutrient rheosmin (sometimes called raspberry ketones) found in raspberries. But don’t overdo it… raspberries have their share of fructose if you eat large enough quantities.

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes’ call to fame is for their lycopene content, a important flavonoid antioxidant. Lycopene helps protect cells, skin, and bone density. It may also help regulate heart rate and blood pressure levels.

Yet tomatoes supply a host of other nutrients, too, like fiber, vitamins A, E, C and K, as well as B vitamins, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium and manganese.

Just one warning about canned tomatoes: BPA is often found in the vinyl lining of cans, especially tomatoes, which can leach into the food and adversely affect your brain, hormones and more. Ideally, freeze your own from your garden or opt for fresh.

  1. Lemon

Lemons are real vitamin C powerhouses, providing 187% of the daily value, so reach for these golden gems whenever you feel an infection coming on. Make sure you grab the real thing – fresh lemons. Bottled lemon juice can’t compare.

When you consume food with lemon, especially freshly squeezed juice, its citric acid can aid in your body’s digestion, while lemon’s multiple antioxidants promote healthy mucus membranes, skin and vision, and help protect cellular DNA and regulate your immune function.

  1. Kiwi

Known in ancient Chinese medicine as Yang Tao, kiwi fruit is a natural immune booster. Kiwi packs an abundance of vitamin C content – five times greater than that of an orange! And they’re a good source of vitamins K, A and E. Kiwis do contain a fair amount of sugar, so be sure not to overindulge.

Kiwis are one of the few foods rich in vitamin B6. The B6, copper and folate in kiwi is especially important for healthy fetuses, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. These nutrients support bone growth and brain development, and help protect against birth defects and neutralizing damaging free radicals.

Fruits are easy to incorporate into your diet because they add both flavor and visual appeal. You can eat them raw, add small quantities to freshly squeezed vegetable juices or combine into a sumptuous fruit salad. Adding a limited amount of fruit to your diet, especially these ultra healthy varieties, is a great way to boost your health.

About the Author

Cheryl Malcham is a writer for Mercola.com. With a background in clinical nutrition and a driving passion for natural health, she’s always looking for ways to let nature be the guide towards a healthy lifestyle. Find out creative ways to use fresh fruits – Get your FREE Raw Food Recipes ebook here.

December 31, 2015

I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve, from home, since I took the day off work to recoup as I head into the New Year. I really want 2016 to be amazing, and to ring it in right, it was important to make a little bit of time to get caught up and relax, even if for just one day. I need this short break.

2015 was kind of tough for me. I mean, I still have a home, a husband, my fur babies, enough food on the table and love from family and friends. For those things, I am grateful. But emotionally, I feel drained. There were a lot of little things that took a toll on me this past year.

A lot of bloggers and Facebook friends are doing recaps of their year, filled with photos of smiling faces and lists of amazing accomplishments. I would love to do a similar post, but my heart just can’t. Reflecting on 2015 right now, nothing major is jumping out at me as great moments that I want to share or remember. Well, my 30th birthday was pretty bomb, and I enjoyed Thanksgiving Day with my husband, mom and father-in-law, and I did start a fulfilling new job, but after thinking for a few moments, those are the only big, happy moments coming to mind. Which makes me feel guilty that I can’t recall more. I’m sure there were tons of small joys in my year. But as a whole, I just don’t feel great about 2015.

I’m not writing this for any sympathy. It’s just that this has been on my heart for the past several weeks, if not months, that I’ve been in a bit of a rut. I took some time off from posting regularly on the blog as I just didn’t have the emotional energy to share much of anything. I sat down to write several posts, and I did draft several, but most were sad and rambly, or clearly contrived, and I just couldn’t hit publish on them. At the same time, I felt bad that I just left this space. This blog used to be therapeutic for me. I just lost some of my spark. Finally, today seemed like the day to open up and share what’s been on my mind as we wrap up the year, as I catch up on life, as I am doing my best to pull myself out of my rut and find some joy again.

When I think about why 2015 was so … not amazing… for me, there’s not one thing I can point to. There are many things, all piling on top of each other.

My dog got sick. Brick has been having some issues with allergies since earlier this year, and we’ve been having a helluva time getting it figured out. As time went on, things only got worse, and then he developed an entirely new issue: pitting edema caused by low albumin and protein levels that are seeping out of his body, somewhere. At one point, the words “kidney failure” and “cancer” were uttered from my vet’s mouth, which made me panic. It’s neither of those things so far, but my poor puppy is having a rough time. We had to make a decision between an expensive and risky biopsy to find out the problem, or just put him on medication and pray that solves it. After lots of tears and prayer, we decided on medication. Two weeks into his treatment, things are going well, but he’s not out of the woods yet, and I’m terrified that he’s going to die. I’ve been mentally prepared for my oldest cat Captain to go first, but I was totally caught off guard that my dog could be first because of unexpected medical issues. We’ve been to the vet more times in the past six months than in all his years put together, and have dropped more money than I had expected to on this dog. He’s worth it and I want him to be OK, but it’s only more stress on me emotionally and on my checkbook as well.

My uncle died. Just after Halloween, I found out that one of my only two uncles, had passed. My mom took it hard, and some family issues arose out of it. As I was in the weeds at work and making Thanksgiving arrangements, I suddenly had to fit in an unexpected trip back home for his service, which for several other reasons, turned into a big ordeal and lots more travel.

My old boss died and it brought up a rollercoaster of emotions about that job.

My sister-in-law had brain cancer. It was tough to see how much pain it caused my husband. She’s doing much better now, but we’re still healing from the scare and praying it doesn’t come back.

My mother-in-law is also having health issues, and it’s more stress and worry that I see on my husband.

My new job is stressful. I really do love my new job and my co-workers, but I’ve been putting in much more time at the office and at home working, than is probably healthy. I’m struggling learning to say no, set boundaries, manage my time and stay on top of everything.

Therapy is bringing back up old wounds and new feelings. Holy cow, is therapy a rollercoaster. I’m doing some really in-depth work learning more about myself than I ever knew there was to me, and it is trying. It’s all worth it to be a better me, but it sure is tough when I’m in the thick of it.

My health is worrisome. I’m starting to feel like a medical mystery, and I’m frustrated that doctors can’t fix me. My jaw has been clicking, tight and locking up. I black out sometimes. My period is still irregular, and I haven’t gotten pregnant yet. After countless trips to various doctors and numerous blood tests, scans and ultrasounds, everything comes back 100% normal and no one has any idea why I’m so broken. I’ve been off the pill a full year and half now, and everyone thought that for sure, by now I would be normal again, but I’m not. I feel helpless and confused and pissed off about it all.

My hair keeps falling out, and my self-esteem is at an all-time low. And those extensions I loved at first? Hate them now. Nothing seems to work.

I am frustrated at all of the hate in this world and saddened by humankind. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I swear that this year brought out some of the worst in people, and the actions and words spoken by supposed “friends” on Facebook and members of my own community made me pissed off at the world.

I’m questioning my religion. Because of all the aforementioned issues that made me frustrated, I started researching the Christian take on various social issues, and I then found some really compelling arguments that are making me second-guess the Bible and the institution of church. It’s even harder to remain strong in my faith when the most hateful actions and words are coming from people who call themselves Christians. It makes me not want to associate myself with any of it.

I’m sick of my apartment. Two years ago, we thought for sure we’d be in a house by now, but various setbacks delayed said home purchase. I know that things happen and plans change, but it is still frustrating that I feel so far off where I wanted to be by now.

I failed at staying financially on track. Meal planning stopped halfway through the year, and I started relying on delivery, takeout, fast food, and unhealthy dinners more than I should have. I spent more than I should have on things that I didn’t need. I used my overall sadness as an excuse to indulge in shopping and food, hoping it would make me feel better. I hate myself for that.

Again, I’m not writing all this for anyone to feel sorry for me. I just want to be real. I want to heal, and the only way I can do that is by being honest and admitting that not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Life is hard, and there are ups and downs. I’m struggling being in a down longer than an up. I’ll pull out of it in time, I’m sure. Closing the chapter on 2015 feels like a great start. Writing this post helped sort out some feelings too. I do have hope that things will get better soon.

Here’s to you, 2016.

December 10, 2015

Welcome to the holiday edition of the Golden Vlog! I cannot believe it’s already almost 2016. Crazy! I know I’ve been a little absent here lately, but life has been just bananas in the past few months. I explain a little bit about what’s going on in the video. And while I don’t have tons of time to devote to posting regularly here right now, I do love coming back for these vlogs. So let’s catch up a bit! Check out what’s been going on in my world in this month’s video blog.

December’s Prompts
-What did you do for Thanksgiving this year?
-What are your plans for Christmas?
-What is your favorite holiday treat or meal?
-What is on your wish list this year?
-What’s the best gift you have ever received?
-Do you put up a Christmas tree or decorate? Do you wait till after Thanksgiving or do it before?
-What’s your favorite Christmas song?
-Must-see Christmas movies?
-What are some favorite traditions that you and your family have?

 

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2. We want to see your face! How many times you roll your eyes, and if you talk with your hands! So link up a post featuring your VLOG answering this month’s questions! Please link up a post, not your blog’s home page, and be sure there is a VLOG (video blog) featured! This is the Golden Vlog after all 😉
3. Add the button below or a text link to one of the hosts to help us promote this crazy thing!
4. Spread the love! Go watch, listen and comment on other blogs and make some new friends! Share your links using hashtag #GoldenVlog on social media.

If you have any questions at all or want to be included on our monthly Golden Vlog Letter with next month’s questions, just email lifewithmrsgandtheartist@gmail.com.

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I hope you’ll join us again next month on January 14!

November 17, 2015

One year ago, I launched a new monthly linkup called Tell me About Your Town so that I could share all about the amazing things about my town and learn more about where others are from too. It’s been an incredible year, and I’ve so enjoyed writing about the crazy weather here, my favorite restaurants, local boutiques, free things to do in Fargo and more. I’m so thankful to everyone that has joined me in writing about your towns throughout this year! While this is the last month of the linkup officially, I definitely plan on telling you more about why I love Fargo, and I hope to keep reading about cool things where you’re from too! Last November, my very first co-host in this series was the lovely Rebecca Chapman, and I’m lucky enough to have her with me again this month to wrap it up. This month, our topic is the best memories from around town or meaningful places close to your heart. Perfect for reflecting as we enter Thanksgiving season!

So, what spots have meant a lot to me? Well, I’ve got some from where I grew up in Indiana, as well as some from my current town of Fargo.

-The now-defunct Scottsdale Mall in South Bend, Ind. This was the “cool” place to hang out after school and on weekends growing up, and my teenage self spent many a day in this mall with friends. I went on several dates there, and celebrated lots of birthdays at the Hacienda restaurant inside the mall too. After I left for college, they tore the mall down and instead put up a strip mall instead. True story: I still dream about the Scottsdale mall sometimes.

Spring Hill Camp, in Michigan, a place I went to for years as an early teen for church retreats. I met some awesome people there, and while we are no longer in touch, I remember a lot of them vividly. I developed a love of Cheetos there, learned the amazing game of “Moose”, and how to make a spoon stick to my nose.

My best friend’s basement and barn in Indiana. In that basement, we spent many nights sewing weird bags to use for cheerleading (I still totally have mine), practicing our partner stunts, watching Princess Bride and jumping on the bed. We also had joint Thanksgivings in that basement growing up with her family and mine. Later, she and I migrated out to the barn where her dad built a sweet top floor perfect for teenage girls to gossip and goof off in and host many a sleepover.

Room 403, Hallet Hall, Concordia College in Minnesota, aka, the room where I met my now-husband. My first impression when he knocked on my door in early 2005 was that he was wearing way too much hair gel, but I quickly looked past that and found this boy quite charming. Fun fact: The first time we kissed in this same dorm room, I may or may not have whispered, “I could so marry you right now.” (Hint: I did. And then when he said, “what?” I acted like he was hearing things and I never spoke such crazy things.)

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Similarly, the common area between Hallet Hall and Erickson Hall, aka, the spot where shortly after meeting, we migrated to so that we could keep talking into the wee hours of the night because my dorm had stupid curfew rules about boys in girls’ dorms past 10 p.m. Cal and I  instead talked until 3 or 4 a.m. in those crappy orange chairs, and if I had to pick a spot where I figured out this kid was really special, it was there. Sad news: This area is now defunct. The dorms got a much-needed makeover and now there is a coffee chop and meeting rooms there.

Our couch in our apartment. Not gonna lie, my favorite spot in our town is totally our couch, and yes I realize that does make me sound like a hermit. But really, is there anything better than snuggling on a soft couch with a fuzzy blankie and your husband? No? I rest my case.

brick and meWe don’t have this couch anymore, but it lasted many years!

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Rebecca and I are both giving away one surprise gift themed to our hometowns. Our boxes will be filled with little goodies representing Fargo or Nashville. One winner will receive each box, so there will be TWO total winners! Enter to win below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to every single person that has participated in this linkup, whether as a co-host, reader, commenter or linkup participant. I’ve loved sharing about my town with you all.