This post is sponsored by Samsung.
Years ago if someone had told me that I would have a phone that can control parts of my house I never would have believed them. Not only did I grow up in a small town, we were always last to catch on to any new technology. Fast forward to today and I live in one of the most tech-forward parts of the world, the Silicon Valley. Everything is connected, from our cell phones to everyday items in our home. Today I’ve partnered with Samsung to share some of the ways we keep our (rental) home connected to the outside world.
Reflecting on the past year, it has been one of the hardest in my life. I’ve gone through quite a bit for someone my age, but somehow the last year has been a complete mess. From a very close family member’s heart attack and health deteriorating, to my own health issues, to having to move after an ugly situation, to being in a car accident last week, this year has not been easy. While I try to remain a positive person and use this space as an uplifting place to share highlights and helpful information, it’s hard to keep out negativity. Today I’ve decided to devote this space to reflect a little extra positivity.
This year, especially more than before, I’ve been searching for ways to simplify the holidays so that I can actually enjoy them with my family. I’m sure you’ve felt the pressures during the holidays to do activities that you don’t enjoy just for tradition, or to cook a million dishes, or give a million gifts. This year I’m not having any of it, I’m done with spending my time doing things I don’t want to instead of focusing on my family. Last month I shared my ideas for a simple Halloween, and today I’m sharing my tips to have a simple Thanksgiving.
This post is sponsored by Monterey Tides.
Last month I took a trip with my boys to Monterey, California to catch the last of summer’s warm weather. It was a beautiful weekend and Monterey Tides was kind enough to host us for it. I actually stayed at the hotel when I was in high school during Yearbook Camp, so I was curious to see the updates. During our trip we stayed pretty busy and had a blast, so today I’m sharing the details with you.