January 2015 Recap

January 2015 Recap

1) Long walks have been a major blessing for me this month. I started 2015 taking walk near the American River with my family over my Winter Break. Since then, I’ve been doing a combo of walks near my house or on the treadmill.

2) Through my work I was able to meet Jamie Oliver and see him in action. It was a major highlight for me. I’ve been a fan since the Naked Chef came out.

3) While Nate spent countless hours watching season after season of Friends while he graded, I fell in love with The Great British Bake-off on PBS.

4) One of my New Year’s goals was to read fifty books this year. I have to a good start. In January, I finished #GirlBoss, The Tyrant’s Law & The Widow’s House.

5) I attended my first baby shower pregnant. It was fun to share the moment with Elissa and can’t wait to meet her little one.

6) The melodic Waves by Mr. Probz’s Waves has been in my head all month. I just can’t stop listening to it.

7) Our carpenter on Project Roof surprised us with this amazing bench made from new and reclaimed wood from the project.

8) I helped Nate with his end of semester grading by entering scored into his gradebook. So glad I had PBS shows to keep my going through the hours of data entry.

9) Lemons, lemons, lemons – I have been putting lemon zest, juice and pulp in just about everything this month and I don’t see the obsession changing until we have no more Meyer Lemons on our tree.

August 2014 Recap

August 2014 Recap

I love August. It’s so busy and full of laughter. We did a lot, but I enjoyed every minute.

1. We took a group of friends to Sea Ranch and they loved it so much we plan to go back next summer. #searanch2014
2. I love BBQ Oysters from Fishtarian in Bodega Bay SO MUCH.
3. I did my best to unplug as much as possible. It is a daily struggle for me to put that darn iphone down, but I continue to work on it.
4. I got a little obsessed with Orphan Black and Cedar Cove this month. These two shows couldn’t be more different, but I enjoyed them both. I would recommend Orphan Black to anyone, but Cedar Cove only for the sentimental.
5. We have been making roof progress. Nate really spearheaded the drive and I am so thankful he did because I was an absolutely horrible project manager. We have our funding secured and hopefully vendor contracts signed this week!
6. My parents bought me this excellent Maleficent hat on a Disneyland trip with the nieces. Looks like I have my Halloween inspiration this year…
7. I had to say goodbye to my moon window decal when we got a new windshield. She’s been with me since my first car.
8. Nate and I attended a sweet, intimate wedding in our friends’ backyard.
9. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Aren’t they adorable? :)

July 2014 Recap

July 2014 Recap

Oh July – you came and went oftly fast! I am just now taking the time appreciating all the fun you brought me.

1. The beginning of July found us at the top of the big island of Hawaii near Honoka’a.

2. I read on the last three Game of Thrones books over our Hawaii vacation. I finished A Dance with Dragons on the flight home. It’s hard to keep all the plot developments secret from Nate who hasn’t read any of the books, but I am doing my best to stay mum.

3. We arrived home very late on the 3rd of July, slept and then had to quickly switch gears in order to host our annual 4th of July party. #weneverstop

4. Watching the kids in our lives interact this year was adorable. They are all growing up so fast.

5. I declared a pool siesta every night this summer to relax. Sometimes after work I am in such a funk, it is difficult for me to break it. Spending thirty minutes swimming or just chilling in the pool helps a lot. My pool siesta hasn’t happened every night but I still have forty days left of summer to enjoy them.

6. Fresh tomatoes are the best. Maybe that’s why I have four tomato plants growing…

7. And speaking of tomatoes, the Pomodoro Time app has become a new favorite productivity tool. You set the timer and then have 25 minutes to focus on work with a five minute break. The cycle continues for three more runs and then you get a 15 minute break. It’s a great way to focus and get stuff done.

8. While camping, I swam across the Russian River with Teagan on my back. Her excitement that I was taking her to the big kids was the sweetest thing. #auntiesarefun

9. Vacation always brings reflection and these Yoobi notebooks have become a new favorite journalling notebook plus they are a good alternative to the pricy Moleskine ones.

June Recap 2014

June 2014 Recap

This month’s recap took me longer than most. I feel so much has happened since the beginning of June that it was hard to narrow my nine items down. My final selection is a little bit of everything.

1. Finding peonies at Trader Joe’s the morning of Dagny’s bridal shower.
2. Feeling like I have a handle custom design work
3. Attending my cousin Molly’s high school graduation
4. Picking plums from the garden
5. Scoring four mid-century chairs (and later the matching table)
6. Entering into World Cup mania (Nate and the cats after his World Cup birthday)
7. Having mega fake eyelashes as a bridesmaid
8. Successfully getting Nate on a plane
9. Finally having Hawaii time

April 2014 Recap

April 2014 Favorites

1. Spring Break and Easter happened.
2. Dagny’s Bachelorette was in Tahoe during a gorgeous weekend.
3. I’ve put a lot of work in my new etsy products.
4. We’ve become Sac Republic fans. #undominable
5. Nate and I started a budget together. This month is all about the cash system.
6. I posted a lot of food on Instagram (like an enormous amount).
7. Game of Thrones is back!
8. Nate made me dinner all by himself and it was fantastic.
9. I got a bean plant in a bottle and it made my day.

*****

Also if you are interested I posted a video about my Spring Favorites today.

I am still learning the rope of this video thing, but I can only get better with practice!

Products mentioned:

Health Products

Vega Recovery Accelerator
Vega Protein Powder in Tropical Tango
Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein in Natural
The Republic of Tea, Get Happy Tea
Pukka Herbs – Organic Super Fruity Tea Elderberry & Echinacea with Elderflower

Skincare

Noble Formula 2% Pyrithione Zinc Bar Soap
Nourish Organics Argan Serum
Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleaning Oil
Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream
Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack +
Philosophy Lasting Hope Instant Refreshing Moisture Mask

Four Emergency Skin Aids

Cortizone-10 (1% hydrocortisone cream)
Neosporin (Anti Bacterial Cream)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Craft & Office Favorites

Assorted Washi Tape (also check out etsy!)
Le Pen – 12 Pack
Sharpie Fine Point Pen Stylo – 12 Pack
Post-its (full adhesive, 4×4 square and shapes)

Random Favorites

Portable Fold-Up iPad Stand
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

Disclosure: Some of the product links above are affiliate links. All opinions are my own and all the products were either purchased by me or given as gifts.