Health(ier) Valentine’s Sweets

Under the Oaks : Health(ier) Valentines Sweets(clockwise from top left: sugar free cookie dough chocolates, rolled sugar cookies, berry lemonade gummies, chocolate dipped cherry meringues)

With Valentine’s day a mere week and a day away, I’ve been craving anything sweet! I’m itching to fill my mixing bowl with yummy goodness and watch the ingredients collide into something that will make mouths water. As per usual I’ve been prowling Pinterest for something sweet, delicious, and as sugar free and healthy as possible. And as per usual, I found some great options that I can’t wait to try out (co-workers and friends, ready your bellies for some deliciousness). Continue reading

2013 Reflections + Bucket List Recaps

Under the Oaks blog: 2013 Reflections + Bucket List Recaps(photo via)


Aside from having the most vacations in one year, 2013 was pretty calm for me and Jason. Unfortunately, my family lost its most important person, my grandma, in May so the year has been a bittersweet one. Right now I’m feeling very thankful for all of the blessings in my life, especially having my mom down here with all of us for Christmas. It felt a little more like home with her here. One of the greatest blessings of the year is that I didn’t get laid off! It has been a good year at work so I’m very thankful that I didn’t have to go through that again. This is also the first year that I’m able to say I’ve been at the same job the entire year. It feels so normal but when I think about how much I’ve gone through the past 10 years since being in NC, I realize it’s definitely abnormal. Either way, I’ll take it! And we are celebrating our first full calendar year of marriage! So much to be toasting to tonight.

As for the bucket list…

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