Author: missalaneyus

  • The Best Nail Polish for Your At Home Manicure

    The Best Nail Polish for Your At Home Manicure

    I love nothing more than freshly painted nails, but even before the Coronavirus hit, I rarely got a manicure. For years, I picked up nail polish at the drugstore or even Ulta, but I’ve recenlty developed a new obsession that works so well. For the best at home manicure, I can’t recommend the brand Nails…

  • What to Read Next

    What to Read Next

    Earlier in this pandemic, I mentioned that I was reading my face off. Since that time, I’ve finished many other books. Most of those are listed below, along with a short review. I enjoyed nearly all of these and hope you like them as much as I did. What is not shown is the cathartic…

  • Checking In

    Checking In

    We are living in strange times where “How are you?” can feel like a loaded question. But, I’ll go ahead and ask, “How are you doing?” I hope you’re navigating things with confidence though I am often not. Here, at our house, we feel both fortunate and burned out. I have laughed so hard I…

  • 39 Things I’ve Learned in 39 Years

    39 Things I’ve Learned in 39 Years

    I actually wrote this past last year. It’s been tucked away in an old notebook with 38 things I learned over the course of my life. Today, on my birthday, I added one more and hit publish on this personal post. Always take the trip. There are few things I regret more than the vacations…

  • Books to Read Right Now

    Books to Read Right Now

    I really thought I’d be spending this quarantine knee deep in new recipes, but instead, I’ve had my nose stuck in a book. It has been a much needed escape. So today, I’m excited to pass all that hard-earned research on to you. Here’s a short list of which books to read right now –…

  • 5 Vegetable Garden Mistakes To Avoid

    5 Vegetable Garden Mistakes To Avoid

    I love having a vegetable garden. But over the years, I’ve had a number of missteps. From them, I’ve learned a lot. In this post, you’ll find five vegetable garden mistakes to avoid, as well as details on what I’m planting this year and why. 5 Vegetable Garden Mistakes to Avoid Make sure your garden…

  • 15 Ideas That Spark Joy

    15 Ideas That Spark Joy

    How are you holding up? Here, in our corner of the quarantine, we have a lot to be thankful for – our health, office spaces at home, a big backyard and an endless supply of art materials for Ellie. And yet, this is hard for all of us, because it is big and scary and…

  • Elementary Excellence

    Elementary Excellence

    For years, something has been shifting in middle-class America. Pre-competitive and competitive sports start at age 5. Subtraction happens in kindergarten. Reading chapter books is expected at first grade. Multiplication begins in second. And, these are just the early elementary school years. All of the advancements might sound like a good thing. We’re moving forward,…

  • 2020 Goals

    2020 Goals

    Happy New Year! How’s your 2020 starting? Mine has been relatively slow, punctuated by visits with friends and family. It’s been wonderful. As is typically the case, my mind has been on my resolutions for the year. Originally, I wanted to take a stab at my 2019 goal – to act with more intention. My plan…

  • 15 Minute Meals: Mustard & Thyme Pork Chops

    15 Minute Meals: Mustard & Thyme Pork Chops

    At the Odle house, we eat pork chops once a week. I’ve had my tried and true method for over year, but recently switched it up. As soon as Ellie had this new version, she announced she liked these much better. I liked them too, but for different reasons. They taste great, but their true…