About The Blogger: That’s Me!

Learn This Life

 

As I was thinking about my long list of topics that I want to blog about, nothing jumped out at me this morning. I then remembered browsing through a different blog, Ordinary Adventures, and how I enjoyed reading a little bit about who was writing all of those fun blog posts. So here I will share some random things about myself so you can get to know the blogger of Learn This Life a little better.

  1. The number one most important thing in my life is my faith. I am a sinner, like all of us on this earth, that deserves eternal death. But God, in His mercy and love, saved me. I am a born-again believer and don’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, but am so thankful to have received it.
  2. I am married to my best friend! His name is Jonathan Grisanti. He is 6’3″ and very handsome. We are super silly together and have a blast doing nothing together.
  3. I have an awesome family. I have three older brothers and a younger sister. I now have a sister-in-law, a nephew, a niece or nephew on the way, and a soon-to-be sister-in-law. On top of that, after marrying Jon, I now have five more brothers and two more sisters and a soon-to-be sister-in-law-law? Not sure how to phrase that, but she is awesome! Also, all my cousins and grandparents live in the same area that I grew up in. We now live in AZ, but CA is where all of our family is.
  4. I am creative, but untalented. I love all the DIY crafts on Pinterest, but don’t quite have the eye or patience for detail. So when I do get around to doing a craft, it often turns out mediocre, although the process was fun. This is why blogging has turned out to be a wonderful creative outlet! I can express myself, but it is digital, so I am not relying on my unsteady hand for perfection.
  5. I majored in Biblical Counseling at a very small Christian college (which is where I met my husband). I am very interested in pursuing this more, once my husband is done with school.
  6. I am also very passionate about adoption and everything surrounding it. I have discovered this passion through my parents, as my younger sister is adopted, we have done foster care, worked with orphans, and many other things relating to that. I have been so encouraged to see ways that people can help with adoption, without adopting themselves. I do think that more people should adopt, but understand that not everyone can. But I love how everyone can jump in and serve in so many different ways related to adoption.
  7. I just got a new job! Although I have a lot of experience in the Real Estate and Property Management world, (we have a family business in this and I have been working at a company that does both of these for a little over a year now), it is not my passion. I am now going to work as the administrative assistant and the pastors’ assistant at my church!
  8. I also just started as an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books and More! I have only been doing it for about a week, and am continually becoming more and more obsessed. They have an amazing selection of books, ranging from books for infants to young adult. Also, I am hoping that this will be a fun and flexible way to make some extra income and get free gifts for people in my life.
  9. My favorite color is purple…there are a few shades I do not like, but if you think lavender, you are right on track.
  10. I love to read! I don’t read all the time, but really enjoy when I find a good book or series. I have quite a few on my list right now, but my new love for blogging has slowed me down. Check out some books I love on my Pinterest on this board and this board!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about the blogger!

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Travel: Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

 

Have you ever been to Lake Powell or Horseshoe Bend? Well if you are ever in Arizona or Utah, you need to go! This is Jon and I’s favorite trip since being married. There are so many things to do here.

{Why Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend Are Worth The Visit}

  1. The views are beautiful! Anywhere you end up in the campsite, you have a view of the lake and the beautiful, huge rocks, backing it.
  2. The campsite is really nice. We stayed at Wahweap Campground. You don’t have to rough it here, if thats not your style. You can stay at the resort, camp in a trailer or RV, or camp in a tent. There are bathrooms nearby and you can even shower there. It is a very clean campsite.
  3. Horseshoe Bend is unique and close by. We went at sunset which was amazing, but it might be worth getting up to go at sunrise!
  4. There are so many different things to do! You can paddle board, jet ski, rent a house boat, swim, kayak, and more. Of course, there is Horseshoe Bend to visit also.
  5. The weather is awesome. We had hot sunny days which were perfect since we were in the water. And at night, there were distant thunder and lightning storms. 

{Tips For Camping At Lake Powell}

  1. Bring your own firewood. There is not a lot of wood lying around so you should definitely bring your own for a camp fire. All we could scrounge up were a few twigs.
  2. Bring a camera…everywhere! The whole area is beautiful.
  3. Bring a waterproof camera! I don’t have one and am so bummed I didn’t have it on our trip. The most exciting, unique, and picturesque part of our trip was when we were paddle boarding, so I did not get one picture of it!
  4. Bring something to create some shade. There are trees and bushes, but around the campsites, they do not provide any shade. And it gets really hot there!
  5. Watch out for red ants! We had a little hill in our campsite and Jon got bit on his foot. His foot really hurt afterwards. We saw some at the beach too.
  6. Visit in September. This is a safe month to go because it is still really hot and sunny, but not horribly hot. We heard that the heat is unbearable in the summer months.
  7. Visit Antelope Canyon. We didn’t get a chance due to time restraints, but we have heard it is amazing. So if you are already planning a trip here, make sure to fit that in. And don’t forget that you have to schedule a tour, so book it in advance! It fills up quickly.

Scroll through my pictures to find out why you should visit too!

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Are you visiting AZ anytime soon? You should make time for these trips also!

Beaver CreekMohave LakeThe White Mountains Lockett Meadow

Organization: Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning Schedule

 

My husband and I live in a one bedroom apartment, and we love it. It has a great layout, a wood burning fireplace, and for the most part, fits all of our stuff. It does get dirty quickly though, even though it is only us two living here.  So I started reading different articles about keeping your house clean and discovered cleaning schedules. I thought these were a great idea to give me some guidance and motivation to take on a cleaning task each day, after a long day at work. I started to feel very overwhelmed though when searching for a schedule to print up and put up in my home. Each schedule seemed so exhausting, way too thorough, and unrealistic. When I pictured the individual actually sticking to this regimen, it left them cleaning from morning until night. That is not what I want to spend my time doing. I wanted to find tools that would help me keep up our home easily, so we could get out and enjoy life. So I decided to make my own, simple, and cute cleaning schedule. Below are many copies of the same schedule, just in a variety of colors. If you like to keep things neat, but don’t enjoy the process, these may be helpful for you. Feel free to download them and share them with your friends! One helpful point that I read from a blogger who had created her own cleaning schedule was to number the days, not name them. This helps a lot because life is crazy and some days you just don’t keep up with the tasks. This allows you to plow on through those chores and just pick up where you left off. You won’t be thrown off for the whole week. Enjoy!

 

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