1.06.2015

Reflections & Looking Forward

     Well lovelies, we are officially in 2015! It's been a good year so far, am I right? ;) I'm excited to see what the year 2015 has in store for me. 2014 was a year of a lot of really great things. There were some bad things, of course, but to end a year with more wonderful than horrible, is something I am grateful for. I ended 2014 as a stronger person, with a stronger marriage, and a stronger love for life. We accomplished a lot last year... We bought a new house, as well as a new car. We started new jobs within the same company, and Tan completed his training certifications for his new job. We even launched Tide Twenty Two Vlogs, our very own YouTube channel, in October. There we captured memories on video that I am beyond thankful for and will forever cherish.
We took trips to Florida & Utah, and had visitors from California, Colorado, Utah, & Washington. We even got to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas in our very own house with lots of people and love. We also ended the year together and stronger than ever.

     With reflection comes embracing the next chapter as well. We have some goals for this year.
For starters, get our house fully unpacked and organized. This has been by far our biggest house challenge. I need to set time to slowly tackle that mess.. And I plan to! I get so overwhelmed and just shut down with it.. So I just need to make smaller goals and work towards getting it all done. I'd love to have Tanner's art room cleaned out by the end of February so he can have his own space to love and enjoy.

     Another goal is probably on everyone's list.. To eat healthier and be healthier. We eat out a lot, and have been since we moved into this house. We were really good for a couple weeks towards the end of 2014, but it's very easy to not stay strict on it. Money is also a factor. We really just want to make sure we're cooking at home more and eating out less. Especially at breakfast time. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan.. I can do this!
     There's also financial goals... I'd like to make an extra house payment this year as well as get closer to paying off our second mortgage. I also want to pay back some of our savings.. Buying your first house isn't cheap.. We also had to buy almost everything when we moved in. So paying back some of our savings is a huge goal for 2015.

     Last but not least.. I'd like to double our subscribers on YouTube. We have 16 right now, which means I would love to get to to 32. So if you haven't checked out or youtube channel, please do. It would mean the world to me! If you like any of what you see, please please please subscribe.


     I love all of you who have supported this blog, even in a mostly hiatus. I hope you guys have a FANTASTIC 2015! I'd love to know any goals you have for this year, so leave a comment, tweet me, or comment on my Instagram :)

And always remember to Embrace Your Voyage.




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12.30.2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Recipe from: Tide & Thyme
Ingredients:
- 40 (approx) Hershey's kisses, unwrapped
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (+ extra to roll dough in)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Prep cookie sheets with parchment paper (if desired).
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until fluffy.
4. With mixer on low, add egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix to combine. 
5. Slowly add in flour mixture. Mix until combined.
6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
7. Roll in sugar and place on prepped cookie sheet.
8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Until lightly browned.
9. Remove from oven and quickly push a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
10. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool.

Behind the scenes: youtube.com/tidetwentytwovlogs   :)

11.30.2014

Bath & Body Works Candle Haul!

Happy Sunday loves!  I posted my first solo video this weekend. It was a little weird to record it without Tan, but it was fun. I also get to talk about one of my favorite obsessions... Bath and Body Works candles! The winter collection is always the best one in my opinion; probably because Christmas is my favorite holiday :) So if you're looking for some ideas of what to get, check out the ones I love the most! Also, be sure to let me know which candles you're loving at the moment. :)