Book Review: “A Severe Mercy”

“A Severe Mercy” was gifted to me by a dear friend last summer. It sat on my nightstand for a year before I cracked open its pages. I wish I could tell you that I should’ve read it sooner, but I believe in God’s timing. Last summer I was dealing with the dying and death…

How I Became a Morning Person

Beginning this month, I made a major life change: I became a morning person. Who says you have to wait for January 1st to roll around in order to decide to make improvements to your life? I chose the first Monday in June, and here’s how I did it: 1.       Determination I can’t tell you…

Book Review: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” I mean, come on. That’s funny. I know Austen purists probably turn up their nose at such an assault on a beloved novel. But I have to say, I enjoyed the pure entertainment of reading…

Book Review: “Bread and Wine”

My book club, “The Finer Things,” just recently finished up Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. I borrowed a friend’s copy to take on my recent trip to Florida thinking that I could save money by not purchasing my own copy. However, I had read 80% of…

My Favorite Apps: Free Prints

Yes, I am that person who still prints pictures. If you do too, I know you’ll love this app! I heard about Free Prints on Pandora Radio. I downloaded the free app and have been so pleased with every transaction! Each month, Free Prints will print up to 85 pictures and you only pay $10…

Book Review: “You are a Badass”

Last Spring, my Revenue & Referral group decided to read and discuss “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. I found it in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble, which was appropriate since the author claims on the back cover it’s the…

13 Spring Date Ideas

Spring weather in South Dakota can be pretty unpredictable. Finding things to do with your significant other isn’t always easy. Here’s a list of date ideas perfect for South Dakota springs, just remember to grab that light jacket! Trip to the Zoo- Spring at the Zoo can be so fun. Many animals have been in…

My Favorite Apps: Retail Me Not

I downloaded “Retail Me Not” to remedy the “Oh my goodness, I’m sick of going through hundreds of store emails every week” problem. You know what I’m talking about. The store clerks at your favorite retail establishments ask for your email address, and not wanting to miss out an any good sales, you give it…

Book Review: “Habits of the House”

Last weekend, I spent 14 hours driving to Wichita for a baby shower for my college best friend. I don’t mind taking road trips by myself, especially when the weather is lovely and I have a good audio book. Unfortunately, only the former was true of my trip to Wichita. I found “Habits of the…

Book Review: “The Go-Giver”

Through the Embe Women’s Leadership Program I was paired with a mentor. I personally requested City Councilwomen Christine Erickson because I know we share many of the same values. I look forward to posting about my year of mentorship in a few months. But for today, I’m reviewing the book she gave to read during…

My Favorite Apps: EveryDollar

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 was to stick to our family’s budget. Caleb and I made a budget as part of our pre-marital counseling in 2013. We used the budgeting app I had been using when I was single. It worked for a while, but we started noticing challenges in the programming….

Book Review: “The Boys in the Boat”

My book club picked up “The Boys in the Boat” toward the end of last year. The book depicts the real-life story of the 1936 Olympic crew team and their journey to Berlin. Overall I’m not a huge fan of sports non-fiction, but to my delight this novel read more like historical fiction. The book…