#JanuaryTidbitsWithTara Photo Challenge Update

Holy moly friends!  We’re already halfway through the first month of 2018!  How does time go so quickly?!   For those that have been following along, I started a photo challenge for the month of January and I’ve loved interacting with everyone that’s joined in!  I will definitely share a second photo challenge at the end of this month for February! Let’s keep up this fun photo challenge community!  If you haven’t joined in, feel free to start now; it’s never too late!

I can’t wait to see more photos from y’all!  Until then, enjoy some of my favorites posted from the challenge so far!! [Be sure to check it out at #Januarytidbitswithtara on Instagram.]


Who’s your best friend? Are they also your travel buddy? Today’s #januarytidbitswithtara is #friends, so today’s pic is of one of the most epic experiences my best friend (and husband!) and I have ever done—a lava boat tour on our third anniversary in #Hawaii! That is real LAVA breaking out behind us, creating new land on the Big Island! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #lethawaiihappen #bigislandhawaii #hawaiistagram #lavaboat #ilavayou #couplestravel #adventuretravel #adventure #travel #anniversarytrip @teawithtaram #lovehawaii #travelgram #travelingram #friyay #bestfriends #loversandfriends #epiclavapic #thebigisland #bigisland #bigislandhawaii #takemeback #loveyoumoreeveryday #bigislandflow

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If you want to join in the fun, heres the photo challenge prompts if you’d like to use them!  I can’t wait to see all the beautiful pictures!!  And stay tuned for the prompts for #FebruaryTidbitsWithTara (:

The 5 Best Diffuser Recipes You Must Try Immediately

Ok y’all!  I’ve been so excited to share this with you.  One of my Christmas gifts was Young Living Essential Oils and a diffuser.  I wanted to try it out for a few weeks to make sure I really do like it, and I must say I am a huge fan!!  My roommate got a diffuser and oils for Christmas too, so we’ve embarked on our oily journey together.  I want to share with you a few things I’ve learned so far and I’ll continue sharing as I learn more!  If you’re at all interested in investing in some oils (I highly recommend doing so!) click here to order your starter kit or click here for more information!

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The Top 10 of my 2018 Reading List

I love reading so much!  I didn’t do a very good job of reaching my reading goal in 2017, but I’m hoping this year will be better.  It’s one of my resolutions to set aside some time everyday either when I wake up or before bed to read a little bit.  In doing so, I hope to reach my goal of reading 36 books in 2018.  Of those 36 books I would like to read, these ten I’m sharing are at the very top of my list!

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New Year, New Goals! Happy 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It is officially 2018!!  I can hardly believe it! Can you?

I had an exciting night ringing in the new year with some of my best friends from high school.  We played games until 11 then went over to Grant Park in Chicago and walked toward Navy Pier to see the fireworks.  I don’t have much photo evidence (the one’s below were taken before all the phones died) because all of our phones died almost simultaneously from the cold, but it was so fun to spend time with them and act like penguins for warmth in the negative Chicago temperatures.  We finished the night by warming up with hot cocoa and a movie, and had an old school sleepover.  Despite the freezing weather, I wouldn’t have wanted to start 2018 any other way! Continue reading “New Year, New Goals! Happy 2018!”

The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe

Merry Christmas Eve Eve everyone!  I hope you all have some time to relax and enjoy spending the weekend with family and friends.  If you’re still scrambling to find a recipe for cookies to bring to your many Christmas parties, you can breathe easy, I’ve got you covered!  If that’s not why you’re scrambling then you should just make some of these cookies to relax and know that I’m praying for you to have a relaxing and happy Christmas weekend!

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