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Little Pictures Here and There

June 29, 2016
A few days ago, J called me from work and asked what I was doing, to which I replied "trying to make this house a home." I've been doing a lot of that lately, and I/we have a long way to go until our vision for this place is fulfilled. Between that, and taking care of my mom (she had surgery recently, but all is well and she will make a full recovery), I haven't picked up my camera since the day I unpacked it. In fact, I've had to consciously remind myself to take little pictures here and there, not necessarily for the blog, but just to document life, which is really why I created this space in the first place. So here are some small snapshots of life as of late.

How I Get Free Magazine Subscriptions

June 17, 2016
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Have you heard of Rewards Survey? It's one of those companies that pay you to take surveys. Some are longer than others, and some may have absolutely nothing to do with your life, but they pay you... in magazines (love me a good magazine article, so this is right up my alley)! I currently receive Elle, EssenceRedbook, Rolling Stone, Women's Health, W, and Nylon Magaine thanks to taking these surveys, and I didn't pay a dime for any of them.

Netflix Titles that Pleasantly Surprise (Vol. 3)

June 14, 2016
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It's been a while since I've shared some Netflix gems. Every now and then I'll turn on something I've never heard of, without reading the synopsis, and am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the film. Since Netflix updates their library regularly, I'm always stumbling upon something that has me feeling like man, that was actually really good. And so, here are some movies I've loved lately.

Raven's Favorite Spots Around Town

June 9, 2016 reached out a few months ago and asked me to share some of Raven's favorite spots around town. Thanks to recent the whirlwind of life happenings (making moves both personally and professionally), I'm just now getting around to this post. 

Keep Lying by Donna Missal

June 6, 2016
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Back before Shazam, and general access to the internet on your phone, I had to search far and wide for the songs I heard on TV shows or in movies. I would often sit through to the end of the credit reel in the movie theater, because that's where the full song listing lies - at the very end. Even then, I had to look quick, because the words scroll so quickly when you're actually looking for something!

Earlier this week, I was catching up on House of Lies (a show I thoroughly recommend), and this lovely melody started playing in the background. I was streaming from my phone and had to rewind a few times to catch the lyrics. One, quick Google search later and bam; I'm listening to Keep Lying by Donna Missal on repeat. Thank you, modern technology. 

This Season of Life (Home Update)

May 27, 2016

Please forgive the quality of these photos. I've been itching to post a home update of any kind, and I'm just now getting a few seconds to sneak these on to the internet, before life taps me on the shoulder, like hey, let's get back to the grind. The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind, and now more than ever I need a vacation! Above are a few quick snaps of our townhouse (the middle one with pops of red). It's big enough to host guests and for us to claim our separate corners as needed, but small enough for us not to feel overwhelmed by repairs and regular maintenance. It's just enough for what we need in this season of life, and that's exactly what I asked God for when we started the house hunting journey. 

Home Hunting & Anniversaries

May 15, 2016

These past couple months have been one big whirlwind in Active Spirit Land. All the photos here were snapped in various neighborhoods around town, during the house hunting process. Yep, that's right, house hunting.
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