Funerals, unemployment and health scares. How was your summer?

I took the month of August off from blogging, but I’m honestly surprised I didn’t end up taking the whole summer off. It was quite a summer! I’m at a point now, where I can talk about it … or most of it. I started blogging in the beginning as a source of therapy and fun, so onto the therapy!

Several things actually started prior to summer, but everything converged in chaos during our warmest months.

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Shrewd Foods Protein Crisps

I received these products free of charge in exchange for a review.

One of the ways I manage my type 1 diabetes is by controlling the carbs that I eat. I limit each meal to a certain number of carbs and try to keep my snacks as low carb as possible.

So, I jumped at the offer to test out and review Shrewd Food’s‘ protein crisps. A low-carb, crispy, cheesy snack? Count me in!

They sent me three flavors:

  • Cheddar
  • Brick Oven Pizza
  • Sriracha Cheddar

They also make Smokehouse Maple and Cookies & Cream flavors that sound delicious. Continue reading

DIY Nautical Dec(k)orations

Brad and I are preparing to clean, fix and stain the deck on our new house, which inspired me to share a project from last summer that didn’t make it on the blog yet.

I can’t take credit for anything you’re about to see, all the credit goes to my crafty and talented mother-in-law. She has the cruise bug worse than anyone I know and is drawn to all things nautical. This is the woman who made a cruise-themed Christmas tree for their living room.

At the beginning of summer last year, she was anxiously anticipating an upcoming cruise so she decided to deck out their deck with some awesome handmade nautical items (please tell me someone else appreciates all the ways I can use “deck” in this post). I’ve linked to her inspiration with each item as well.

If the sea calls to you as well, prepare to be inspired! Continue reading

7th Anniversary = Stars

Spoiler Alert: The traditional and “modern” gifts for the 7th anniversary have nothing to do with stars.

For Brad and I this year, stars were the thing we got to celebrate. Rather the very cool thing that artist Jennifer Beck, of Modern Map Art, made for us: a custom star map. I got our star map for free in exchange for reviewing it here. Continue reading

Not My Dad

Let’s start here: My life is strange. None of my stories sound like they’re normal and I’ve come to just expect weirdness and complication and just roll with it.

Several years ago, my dad died. I was just embarking on the incredible adventure of adulthood – which for me included getting married, a period of not having an address, starting a career and nearly dying. A few days after I was released from the hospital, my dad lost his battle with cancer. I sometimes wonder if he held on just to make sure I was okay. My life may look like smooth sailing on Instagram sometimes, but it’s had a lot of ups and downs and a few tunnels I almost didn’t make it out of.

My mom eventually started dating, which was weird. She found a nice man and married him. When you boil it all down, he’s my stepfather. But that feels really weird to say. In my head, you get a step-parent as a child and then keep them through adulthood. When you’re already grown up and your mom marries someone, you get a Keith. Okay, I got a “Keith,” you may get a “Bob” or “Jim” or whoever. He’s a guy who is married to my mom and he’s part of the family. For us, it seems to work really well. My siblings and I call him by his first name and my nieces and nephews call him “Opa.”

But to someone outside of our family or who don’t know the history, it’s hard to explain a Keith. Continue reading