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What’s Saving My Life – Winter 2018

To be honest, I don’t really have an issue with winter. I still complain (probably a lot) about the cold, but I could never give up snow. Plus, most of my favorite activities are even better when sitting in front of a fire or wrapped up in a blanket – reading, board games, jigsaw puzzles, drinking tea, you get the idea. However, I can’t resist a good linkup! So here I am adding my thoughts to Modern Mrs Darcy’s annual “What’s Saving My Life” post to mark the halfway point of winter:

Board Games – We’ve spent many an afternoon and evening learning and playing strategic board games this winter. Jay gets all the credit for seeking out the best ones and teaching me to play. Plus, we’re both super competitive so it can get intense. 

Candles – I’m actually burning them! That’s really it… Usually they just sit around as decoration, but they’re starting to pile up so I’m finally relishing their scents.


Vacation Planning – With an upcoming trip to Austin in February and Ireland in June, much of my downtime is spent researching and planning these trips. Which I just ADORE. I’ve probably been on AirBnB at least twice a week since December. Ireland is particularly chock full of quaint cottages in stunning locations. P.S. you can earn $40 off your first stay if you use my link!


BakingOur wedding gifts included a bunch of baking supplies, so I’m testing out lots of new recipes this winter. Homemade brownies, macarons, and pecan pie are my favorites so far. There’s nothing like a house that smells of baked goods to feel cozy and warm.

Humidifier I HATE static and dry skin, so we now have a humidifier in our bedroom and living room. The living room humidifier seems to be fighting a losing battle with our pellet stove, but I still encourage it to keep trying.


Daily Bible Reading – My home church where I grew up (and where my parents still attend/work) put together a daily Bible reading plan. It’s separated by week – each week has a theme and five daily readings. This simple chart is enough motivation to dig back into the Word on a much more regular basis.


Bonus: Turkey Hill Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream – Some of you may balk at eating ice cream in the winter, but I don’t abide by such ridiculous rules. This limited edition flavor is divine and it’s become practically a nightly ritual. 


Your turn! What’s saving your life this winter?


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    February 1, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Great list! Absolutely agree with humidifiers and board games and baking. I wish I was vacation planning too.. haha.

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    Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice
    February 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Vacation planning made my list too! I realize I’m much happier if I have a trip to look forward to (and plan and research). Ireland sounds amazing!

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    Stacie @SincerelyStacie
    February 2, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Ice Cream! Yes! I should have mentioned that in my list too. Salted Caramel Talenti. There is always room for and a time for ice cream. At least that is what my mom taught me!

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    February 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    My hubby and I have ice cream almost every night after the kids are in bed, while we unwind watching a tv show. It literally is “Netflix and chill” for us. 😀

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    Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
    February 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I haven’t played board games much for years because my husband doesn’t like them. : ( But my son is old enough now that I should convert him to my side!

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    Wendy @ Falconer's Library
    February 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Our family has been playing a lot of board games too. We are lucky to live by a library that has an extensive collection, so we can get some variety without breaking the bank. We keep school days screen free, so during the week the kids often want to play games after dinner.

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