The Modern Wreath

One of the newest trends that I have been keeping my eye on is the modern wreath. So here is my first attempt at a cheap, but chic modern wreath.

The Modern Wreath

This wreath cost me about $25 to make. All of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby. Of course you have to buy each item when it is on sale to get a good price – so it may take you two weeks and separate shopping trips to get all of your supplies on sale.

I used gold jewelry wire and gold spray paint that I had at home from previous crafts. The only other supplies you need is a steel ring (approx. $4) to form your wreath and your choice of flowers!

This is a great and easy DIY to make that will brighten up the look of the inside or the outside of you house!

Hello January


How weird is that to read. As a 90s baby, I am having trouble believing that 2020 is already here. It feels like I have been stuck in 2012 for the last 8 years jamming out to ‘As Long as You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber and ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna. By now, I am sure you know what apple music playlist runs in my Jeep during my road trips out of state.

We are finally getting snow in NW Ohio.I know most people hate the snow, but I absolutely love it. Goose does too!

snow dog

Austin’s lease FINALLY ran out on his little Honda, so I decided that it was time to convert him… into a Jeep man! We are officially a Jeep family and what better place to start a Jeep family than in Toledo, OH: home of the Wrangler Jeep Plant. Austin chose a Jeep Cherokee and named it Chad, very fitting. Although, I still think Fiona the Sahara is way cooler (my personal Jeep obsession).

January is still young and I am sure there is more to come, but for now here is your update!

Celebrating into 2020

This holiday season has been jam packed with TONS of quality time with our friends and family. Austin and I have quickly realized that we were beyond home sick after moving to Ohio. So getting to spend some extra special time with our loved ones has made us feel beyond blessed throughout the holidays and entering the new year.

Our crazy season began early in November. Some of our dearest friends Katie and Jose tied the knot! Their special day was filled with love, laughter, and tequila!

A few weeks later, I headed up to North West Indiana to celebrate my Dad’s 50th Birthday. Because Dad isn’t much of a party person, my mom decided to throw together a 50th Birthday Bar Crawl for him instead. It was so much fun to be able to get together with lots of our family friends and catch up. Is there anything more fun than a Birthday Bar crawl in small town bar scene?

We spent the rest of the weekend visiting my sister in Chicago. We did some typical tourist stuff (even though Hollie is a Chicago girl herself, she chose to tag along with us for the fun of it!). One of the highlights to our weekend-cation was visiting the Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower).

Thanksgiving and Christmas flew by. We were lucky enough to be able to visit both of our families on the weekends surrounding the holidays. Christmas was my On-Call holiday during 2018, so Austin and I spent Christmas eve and Christmas day watching movies in our PJs and vegging out. Here are some photos my mom was kind enough to take of us for our Christmas card this year.

Our friends made a quick trip up to Ohio to celebrate a late Christmas with us. As always, we had a blast but I every time we spend time together, I am quickly reminded that I left part of my heart with them back in Indianapolis.

We realized how much we missed Indy, so we opted to join them for NYE.

Austin and I welcomed in the new year with so much love in our hearts. And even though we missed or friends & family and cherish every second that we were able to spend with them over the holidays- it has been nice to finally be settled back down at our little home in Ohio.

Fall is in the Air

With the change in the weather (its been about 70 degrees and breezy during the day, 50 degrees at night here in Ohio) and the leaves beginning to change color, my fall senses have been tingling. Naturally, I made my way over to Hobby Lobby to craft and welcome in the season! Now i know some of you are probably saying we still have several weeks to go of summer, but that can’t stop my love of fall!

One of my favorite crafts are wreaths. I love a good homemade wreath because it can to really spice up the entrance into your house.

My favorite thing about fall is white pumpkins, hence our wedding, which was white pumpkin themed! So I decided to incorporate white pumpkins into my wreath this year, along with white sunflowers to keep the theme rolling. To add a pop of color and sparkle, I threw in some burgundy and orange leaves with a few acorns and pinecones.

Finally, on each and every wreath that I make, I always put our metal S on it. This was the first item that I had purchased for both Austin and I and I that had to do with our last name. I absolutely love that it always sits on the front door, welcoming everyone to our house.

welcome to our home

Oh Deer!

It seems as if the unbearably hot days have come and gone. Today it was so beautiful outside, I just couldn’t resist taking Goose to the park and skipping the gym. We went to Sidecut Metropark, which we seem to be visiting quite a bit latley!

For some reason it felt like we had the park all to ourselves for once, seeing only a few people during our hike. It was a peaceful 2.5 miles, listening to the birds chirp and the leaves that have recently begun to fall crunch as we walked. We were so quiet that we came across a doe about ten feet in front of us. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to take a picture before the doe darted off. So we went on our way.

Not far up the trail, we ran into two more deer who seemed to be enjoying a little afternoon snack. They were kind enough to let us walk right on by. Surprisingly, Goose didn’t even bat an eye at them.

This lady even stuck her tongue out for the photo op!

And towards the end of our hike we ran into a little buck! The buck didn’t waist much time on us though, he was very busy and must have been late for a meeting or something like that because before we knew it, he was gone!

The Busy Little Buck

After the deer extravaganza, Goose and I took a nice 1.5 mile run to end the evening off on a strong note. I hoping for more nights like this to come! Who’s says that being healthy can’t be fun?!

Early Riser Breakfast

I am someone who gets up at bright and early every morning because my workday typically starts at 6:30 am.

I love mornings, but getting up for them can be tough enough without having to cook a good meal to get me through a ten hour shift. Over the last year, I have been experimenting with ways to eat a healthy breakfast without having to sacrifice my time for it. I have tried everything from fasting (lets not do that again), to meal prepping baked eggs in a muffin tin, or even just drinking a primer protein drink that mixed into my coffee. But this recipe for a early riser breakfast has been by far my favorite easy meal for the morning. This meal keeps me full all morning long, taste absolutely delicious, and I can even eat it in my car or at work.

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c – 1 c coconut milk
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 or 1 small banana
It’s not the most eye pleasing, but my belly sure appreciated it!

I mix these ingredients up in a sealed container and place in my fridge overnight. All you have to do in the morning is grab a spoon and go! And don’t forget your coffee!

workin on my fitness

Being healthy isn’t always easy, so I have set some ‘New state, New Fitness’ goals for myself sense we have moved!

Austin and I have joined a cross fit gym here in Ohio and so far so good. I have recently learned that even though the provided gym equipment can be nice to use, its not the only thing you can do to work out. To keep things interesting, we have been trying new workouts using tires, sledge hammers, sleds, rope, exercise balls, and kettlebells.

For more examples of some of the workouts we have been doing, check out my workout pins on pintrest!

The gym is not for everyone though, in fact, some days its not for me even! There are so many ways to be active and live a healthy life style, so here are a few more of my fitness routines that I have been working on.

I ran cross county for about 3 years while in middle school. So I thought to myself, that if I was able to run on a regular basis when I was younger, then what was stopping me from getting back out and running again? When in reality nothing was stopping me except for myself, and I have decided to change that. To hold myself accountable to this new running goal, I decided to sign Goose and I up for a 5K in October. We haven’t made it much farther than 1.5 miles yet, but we still have time. I haven’t given up hope yet!

And finally, my favorite way to stay active is hiking!

Oak Openings Metropark

Ohio just so happens to have some of the most amazing Metroparks available to everyone, for free, everyday! I will touch more on these parks a little later in the week. But I find hiking to be the most relaxing exercise that I am always able to do even on days that I don’t feel my best! And it makes me feel even better knowing that my dog was able to enjoy being outside with me!

The Market

Austin and I love love love fresh groceries, but then again who doesn’t! Most people will say that its too expensive to shop healthy and fresh, but Austin and I have found a loophole to this problem, farmers markets. We are lucky that we have almost always lived within a few minutes of local farmers markets.

Every Thursday, Austin, Goose and I head over to the Perrysburg Farmers market to get our fresh groceries. This happens to be one of Goose’s favorite activities. We never take more than $20 with us and we always end up more than enough delicious, fresh, locally grown food to last us throughout the week.


This week we picked up some homemade jam for Austin’s breakfast and sometimes we even use it for our dessert! Our favorite flavors right now are blueberry cloud and strawberry rhubarb.

We also bought:

  • sweet corn for grilling
  • peaches for snacking on
  • the most delicious zucchinis to make bread out of and to eat as a side with spaghetti
  • these beautiful bell peppers that we will use to mix and match in our evening omelets (breakfast for dinner is a household favorite here) or with chicken and rice for lunch!

Go check out your local farmers market!

August is here!

It has been a crazy first week of August for our family, so this might be more of a lengthy update!

We are officially Ohioans! Our address and state IDs have legally been changed, which is so weird to us, considering that neither Austin or I have ever lived anywhere but good Ol’ Indiana.

To start August off right, Austin fell over Goose (our goldendoodle) while playing outside and we ended up making a quick trip to Urgent Care. After a few x-rays and a ace bandage on his ankle, Austin was good as new, well kinda. He got lucky and it ended up being just a really bad sprain. We were worried with PA school starting next week for him, that it might have been something worse, so we had it checked out right away.

A few days later we made a trip back to Indianapolis, IN for a Jon Bellion concert. I had bought Austin tickets for this concert Christmas last year before we found out that we were moving away. We also had dinner at one of our favorite resturants in Fountain Square. It was Just the date we needed after feeling a little home sick for Indy.

The Canal
the Hawaiian shirt

We left Indiana as soon as the concert was over because we had let Goose stay overnight at his daycare for a sleepover and we had to pick him up early the next morning.

I had been studying all of last week for an EKG test required for my job in the Cath Lab and it had been taking up most of my weeknight time. It’s safe to say that this experience of ‘text book studying’ has reminded me why I did not go back to school after I graduated with my AS of Science in Radiography last year. Thank goodness that Miss. Honey was around to keep me company while I studied. I also started taking call at my new job, so I will most likely be much busier from here on out. (I love to pick up call!)

Honey is the best study buddy that anyone could ask for!

We realized a few days after picking Goose up from his overnight stay at daycare, that he might have rough housed with the other doggies just a little too much while he was there. Turns out that he had tore his Carpal paw pad in half (we looked it up and I guess it can be common in active dogs) and we have been cleaning it and wrapping it in coban every day, hoping that it heals up on its own.

Patient Information : Goose Sandlin, DOB 09/23/2017, MRN 317WOOF

Today, Austin and I went to the Jeep Festival in Toledo, OH. If you know me, you know that my love for Jeeps is real. Watching the Jeep parade was like a dream come true. Ironic that we moved to a city that has such a strong love for Jeeps too!

Toledo Jeep Fest

And that is all for our early August update, see ya next week!

Quick & Easy Cookies

Happy Sunday, readers!

I had a little bit of a sweet tooth today, but didn’t want to totally crash my diet, so I whipped up some 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies. Yes, you read that right, only THREE INGREDIENTS! These peanut butter cookies take about 15 minutes from start to finish to make. And they really are a mess free cooking project if you enjoy not having to clean up on your lazy Sunday like me.


Set the oven to 350

Mix together:

  • 1c of peanut butter (creamy, not chunky)
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 1 egg

If your mixture seems too runny, set in the freezer for 10-15 min to let it firm. Then simply place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, use a fork to press each cookie down and pop them into the oven for 10 minutes until they are golden. This recipe should make 12-15 cookies depending on the size!