July 7, 2017

I love when bloggers post about their favorite things, so I thought I would write about some things that I’ve recently found that I want to share with you!


– I loved this article called “This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life.” Not surprising but backed up by multiple generations of research, they found that what matters, really, in life is the relationships we make. Not the money we make. Not the jobs we hold. Not the things we buy.

Sarah’s post about saying goodbyes as an expat really spoke to me. I went through something similar recently and I think she sums up the feelings perfectly.


– I had to whip up something at the last minute for a command event, so I made these Healthy…ish chocolate chip cookie bars from Half Baked Harvest. They were super quick and super easy. I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, but I didn’t have time. This is a quick recipe. You just throw everything into a pan and bake it. I did substitute all of the healthy things for whatever I had in my fridge (regular butter instead of almond butter, regular flour instead of whole wheat flour).

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– I bought this silicone wedding ring for Nick to wear when he’s on the submarine. It’s safer than wearing his metal ring in case it gets caught in something. He could just take his wedding ring off, but I think it’s nice to have something to wear when you’re out at sea. He likes it a lot so far, so I thought I would mention it for anyone who is active or has an active job. Amazon says the one I bought is out of stock now, but you can probably find something similar on Amazon.

This mug keeps your coffee hot or cold for HOURS. It’s the best mug I’ve ever had. You need this in your life.

– I still think that a budgeting software and app called You Need a Budget is the best way to get a hold of your finances. I wrote about it here.

– My favorite coffee is from the Kauai coffee company. I don’t make anything else at home. They used to sell it in the commissary, but they haven’t been stocking it lately and I was running out. Luckily, I found it on Amazon for way cheaper than they sell it in the other stores, so you should try it if you want to try some Hawaiian coffee. My favorite is the dark roast, but see all of the flavors here.

– I love bubble baths and this bubble bath from Amazon is my new favorite.

In case you missed it on Finding Ithaka….

– I wrote 5 book reviews that you can read here!

– I also wrote this post about not being afraid to ask for help.

These aren’t affiliate links. Just things I really wanted you to know about.

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10 responses to “Things I’m finding lately (vol. 2)”

  1. I can totally see how relationships are the most important in your life, not money or fame or fortune. All of that stuff totally isn’t worth it if you don’t have someone to share it with. And oh my goodness those cookie bars look so good! I haven’t baked in forever, but maybe I need to!

  2. OH my lanta, those cookie bars look amazing. Yum, yum, yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’d probably make them the unhealthy way, too. 😉

  3. Nicole says:

    You had me roped in at Cookie Bars! I’m going to check out that app. I need to create a budget as we prepare to retire from this military gig and move on. I just want to make sure we do it right! That app seems like a good start.

  4. Ever Emma says:

    YNAB is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made!

  5. Audrey says:

    Those cookie bars look yummy. I’ve thought about getting K a silicon ring but he wears his all the time and he doesn’t do much in the warehouse anymore, so I really haven’t looked into it. I might need to try that coffee mug!

  6. Jen says:

    Those cookie bars look amazing! I love simple and easy recipes like that.

  7. Laura says:

    Those chocolate chip cookie bars look delicious! ANd I need that mug that keeps your drink cold! My biggest pet peeve is when it’s warm again after an hour!

  8. Sarah says:

    That study is amazing! I just had a look at their website. It weirdly ties in really well with one of the findings of my dissertation and I’m considering referencing the original study in my dissertation now!! Yay! Also thanks for the shout out <3

  9. Emma says:

    I do so adore posts like this as well!

  10. I bought the same one for Chris! It’s easier to take on and off AND if he loses it it’s no big deal haha

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