Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July: Month @ a Glanc


Happy July Friends!

Hello Again from Austin! Today is my last full day here and I will be in meetings alllllllll day so I wanted to check in first thing this morning before my day got busy.  June turned out to be a busier month than I was expecting it to but it turned out great. 

Plus, I opened up my very own Etsy Shop! If you haven't had a chance to check it out, make sure to head over there and check out my Facebook Page.  I'm trying to hit 100 likes within the first month and would be super excited if you all helped me hit my goal. 

July is going to be a busy month for us between visitors and weddings.  I'm excited about everything but I am also hoping I can get everything done and get a few more paintings up on my Etsy Page.  

In Chronological Order:
  • Austin for Work (I come home on the 2nd)
  • 4th of July Party with a few friends
  • Start training for the 1/2 marathon (more on that later) 
  • Head to the east side of the Mitten with Sarah for the weekend
  • Dwayne and Wendy Visit for the weekend
  • Cedar Point with a group of Friends
  • Emily's Wedding
  • Dwayne and Wendy Visit again 

Other Goals for July:
Read at least two books
 Workout 12 times with Christina or Sarah
Complete every scheduled run for the month of July
Have at least 10 blog posts


Question of the Day: What fun things do you have planned in July? 

I'd love to hear from you!

   
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Strawberry Picking 2015

Hello from Austin! I have to say I have not been to Texas in a loooongggg time.  It is 91 degrees with 95% humidity right now so I am melting every time I go outside.  A group of about fourteen of us flew out last night from Detroit and arrived late last night.


On my flight, I took advantage of the three hours without technology and finally read any part of a book for this month.  June has been a bit crazy for me between being busy and being sick.

Over the weekend we celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday by going Strawberry picking for the fourth year in a row.  

 

On Sunday morning, Justin and I got up around 7:30 to get out the door and make our way out to Spicer's Orchard.  All four years we have done strawberry picking, we have gone to Spicer's Orchard.  I really enjoy going there because they are reasonably priced and super convenient to use.  Plus the staff is super friendly.




Justin and I were a few minutes late, so we had to wait about 15 minutes for the tractor to come and get us.  Honestly I was a bit worried that the weather would not be good because the day before was the worse day we've had weather wise this summer.  



The day ended up being absolutely perfect for strawberry picking.  It was sunny with a few fluffy clouds but not too hot nor too humid.  We honestly could not have asked for more beautiful weather for strawberry picking.  And of course McKenna and J.P. ate a ton of strawberries.  Look how cute she is with strawberry all over her face and shirt.  I just love her.  



I love this tradition so much and look forward to doing it for many years to come!!

After the orchard we headed back to my in-law's house to make strawberry jam.  I was super excited to make the jam because I have never made jam before.  I did not realize that there was SO much work that went into making jam.  



I can't wait to get home from Austin so I can try some of our jelly!


Previous strawberry picking posts:


This picture is from our first time going strawberry picking! My sister-in-law was pregnant for this round.  It's amazing how much has changed since then. 

I'd love to hear from you!






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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's Up Wednesday #3

Happy Wednesday Friends! Today I am linking up with Mix and Match FamilyPinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for the What's Up Wednesday Post.  What's Up Wednesday occurs on the last Wednesday of every month and it is a fun list of questions getting ready for the upcoming month!



1. What We're Eating This Week:

This week has been a bit busy and we will be eating out three times this week.  Monday night we had P.F. Changs, last night we had Nacho Pie, tonight we're having fast food, tomorrow we're having Spaghetti and Friday we are going out to dinner for a date night.  

2. What I'm Reminiscing About:




On Saturday night we went out to celebrate Sarah's birthday and it was so much fun! I loved getting out with my friends and just having a good time.   

3. What I'm Loving


The clouds! I have been seeing some pretty crazy clouds around here lately and I love it.  I just wish I could reach up and pluck them from the sky.  

4. What We've Been Up To
Honestly, we have not been up to too much lately.  We have a busy month ahead of us for the Month of July, so we are making sure to enjoy the down time while we have some. 

I have been working on my Etsy Shop and getting some listings up on there.  If you didn't notice, I created a tab at the top of my page with more information about the Etsy Shop.

5. What I'm Dreading
I am dreading working out on my own.  I have been consistently working out with Christina and she is going to be out of town this weekend and I am out for work next week.  I am going to do it but I am a bit overwhelmed by it all. 

6. What I'm Working On
Paintings and travel plans!




I have been working on getting a ton of paintings done for my Etsy shop and I am excited to say that I am starting to generate a little activity.  I feel so blessed that I already have 66 likes on my Facebook Page within 10 days.  


7. What I'm Looking Forward To

Next week I fly to Austin for work.  This is my first ever time travelling for work so I am both nervous and excited.  I have never been to Austin, but I have been to Texas so it will be exciting to head back south for a few days. 

8. What I'm Watching/Reading


I have not read any books in the month of June {for shame} but I have been enjoying the kick off of the summer shows.  Currently I am excited about what will happen in Mistresses and Pretty Little Liars.  


9. What I'm Listening To


 Still listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack on YouTube.  I loved the movie + the soundtrack so much so it only seemed appropriate to listen to the soundtrack on YouTube. 

10. What I'm Wearing


I have been loving this dress from Target lately! I found it for $8.63 at a target by my house and it is perfect for this warmer weather we have been having.  Honestly, I have been wearing a ton of dresses lately and have been loving it.  


11. What I'm Doing This Weekend

Friday night, Justin and I are staying at the Royal Park Hotel for the night.  Then Saturday I have a bridal shower and Sunday we're going Strawberry Picking with Justin's family for my mother-in-law's birthday.  I am hoping the weather holds out for our big day.  


12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month


We have a ton of exciting things coming up next month, but I think I am most excited for Wendy coming to visit! She will be here for two different weekends and I really look forward to catching up with her.


13. What Else is New
I have lost a total of 9" all over my body and a total of 2 pounds.  It's amazing how much change can happen without much weight loss.  I'll make sure to post an update for everyone once I have it all ready for ya'll.  


Previous What's Up Wednesday Posts:

What's Up Wednesday #1



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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: When I Grow Up

 

Today I am teaming up with Andrea for another fun round of Show and Tell Tuesdays.  This one will be a little fun because I have had several different things that I wanted to be when I grow up.  

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Veterinarian when I grew up.  Animals were (and still are) a passion of mine and I my mom always had to deal with me bringing random animals home to have as pets.  Of course, she never let me keep them, but I made sure that all animals had a place to live (even if they were not supposed to be in our house).



Around ^ this age, I caught a baby rabbit in our back yard and brought it home with me to rescue it.  Of course, my mom freaked out and told me to get the rat out of her house.  Once she realized that it was a baby rabbit, she calmed down and was able to calmly tell me to put it back outside.

Of course, at some point in my life, I realized that sometimes animals have to be put to sleep and I knew then that I would not be able to put any animal to sleep so I moved onto to other fun careers like a model, professional ice skater and gymnast.

Obviously those did not happen either and I ended up getting a degree in Psychology and working in the business world as a "grown up". 


Up Next on Show and Tell Tuesdays.......


Show me your yard! 


Question of the Day: What did you want to be when you grew up?

I'd love to hear from you!


  

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Monday, June 1, 2015

June: Month @ a Glance


Happy June Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It has been super rainy in Michigan for the last few days, but the sun did peek out for a little bit yesterday morning and it was glorious!

June actually is going to be a slower month for us since we do not have too many big things on the calendar, and to be honest I am quite alright with that because July will be absolutely crazy.

In Chronological Order:
  • 5k Race with my cousin, Stephanie, for Meals on Wheels in my Area 
  • My niece's first gymnastics recital
  • Father's Day celebrations
  • Graduation Party
  • Strawberry picking for Marcy's birthday 
  • Bridal shower for my cousin's future wife

So overall, it really will not be super busy.  I plan to take this month to get myself organized and get our guest bedroom ready for when we have company in July.  I also will be kicking off my 26 @ 26 plans this Friday! I am excited to share with you all what things I have planned for this! It will be totally awesome.

I am excited to report that in the month of May, I was able to read five books!  Currently, I have three books planned for the month of June.  Once I have those finished I will make sure to share a review on the blog for you.  Since I read five books in May, I will make one large post with all the books I read with a quick review in case you all were interested in reading any of those books.

Question of the Day: What fun things do you have planned for June?

I'd love to hear from you!


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's Up Wednesday #2


Happy Wednesday Friends! Today I am linking up with Mix and Match FamilyPinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for the What's Up Wednesday Post.  What's Up Wednesday occurs on the last Wednesday of every month and it is a fun list of questions getting ready for the upcoming month!



1. What We're Eating This Week:


With it warming up around here lately, I thought it would be fun to make the Sante Fe Crockpot Chicken from my recipe list.  We're going to have a slower week than normal, so I will be glad to be able to just through this into the crock post and not worry about it after that.   

2. What I'm Reminiscing About:


Girls night with my girlies last Friday.  It is not very often that I get to go out with my girlfriends and have a grand old time, so I was excited to go and had so much fun with these two lovely ladies.  I cannot wait until the next time we can get out for the night.  

3. What I'm Loving


The clouds! I have been seeing some pretty crazy clouds around here lately and I love it.  I just wish I could reach up and pluck them from the sky.  

4. What We've Been Up To

On Sunday, Justin and I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 for an impromptu date night.  I have to say I laughed just as hard at the second one as I did the first.  If you're looking for a fun movie that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, then I would totally recommend this movie to you.

5. What I'm Dreading
Unfortunately, I put off Spring Cleaning again and will need to spend time in June catching up from last month.  I am also dreading cleaning up our guest bedroom for when Dwayne and Wendy come in June.  Honestly, I should not call it our guest bedroom, but should call it our storage room.  It is a "mess that you apply heat to".

6. What I'm Working On
Our Summer plans! We have so many fun things coming up this summer with more things to pop up I am sure! We have at least two weddings to go to and a plethora of other fun things we will be participating in.  I cannot wait!

7. What I'm Looking Forward To

This coming weekend I have a bridal shower for one of my very good friends from college, a birthday tea for my cousin, and the Lana Del Rey concert! Sarah and I bought tickets for each other as birthday presents since our birthdays are roughly a month apart.  I am so excited.

8. What I'm Watching/Reading


Currently I am addicted to The Bachelorette.  I really did not enjoy the twist of having "two bachelorettes" at the beginning.  It seems like a lot of unnecessary drama for something that is already very dramatic.  I am excited to see Kaitlin this season and I hope she meets a great guy.

Right now I am reading The D.U.F.F. + a few other books.  I am very curious to see if the movie is anything like the book.


9. What I'm Listening To


 Lately I have listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack on YouTube.  I loved the movie + the soundtrack so much so it only seemed appropriate to listen to the soundtrack on YouTube. 

10. What I'm Wearing


I have been wearing a LOT of racer back tanks lately since I find they are the easiest to layer.  With the weather going from 50 degrees to 85 degrees in any given week, I feel the most prepared layering.

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend

I actually talked about this earlier in #7: Bridal Shower, Birthday Tea and Lana Del Rey Concert

12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month



There are a lot of fun things planned for the month of June, but I always look forward to strawberry picking for Marcy's birthday! I have a lot of recipes planned for the strawberries we pick this year so I'm getting super excited about going.

13. What Else is New
There have been a lot of exciting things happening at work so I am excited to see what happens in the next month or so.  I will be sure to share with everyone once I know a little bit more 

Previous What's Up Wednesday Posts:

What's Up Wednesday #1




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