Life Lately — May 6, 2017

 

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Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Life Lately update for you all. Things have been busy busy busy and there has been lots going on! I’ve got a short list of things I want to share with you all:

Little Book of Hygge – It’s pronounced “hoo-ga.” I just finished reading this book. The Danes really take comfort and coziness to the next level with their culture of hygge. A light and enjoyable yet informative read, this book exceeded my expectations! I went back and forth on whether to buy this book, but I found it worthwhile and have even been passing the book along to friends and family.  I’ve been trying to adopt some hygge practices in my own lifestyle and it’s been awesome!

A Quick Little Trip to Stockholm – If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some cool photos of Stockholm! We went to Stockholm for a short spring break vacation and it was really nice to experience a new culture, do some touristy things, and get out of the area for a while. I’m working on a post for you all about the trip! Look for that coming soon!

Vegetable Garden – I’m starting a vegetable garden. Well, sort of. I’m committed to the idea of growing some veggies at home, but I haven’t invested in raised garden beds, compost, irrigation systems, etc. I’m growing zucchini, cucumbers, green bell peppers, jalapeños, cilantro, basil, and lavender right now. We’ll see what I don’t kill and then add more veggies to the garden based on that!

It’ll be really nice to not have to constantly purchase these veggies at the grocery store or farmer’s market. Do you any grow veggies or herbs at home? Any advice to give someone who is a newbie? 

Parabo Press – I’m not affiliated with Parabo Press in any way, but I wanted to pass along a deal they have! You can get 25 free square prints just for the cost of shipping. I just sent in a 25 photos to print, including vacation photos, and can’t wait for them to come in. I ordered a photo book from Parabo back in December and just leave it on the coffee table to look at from time to time. It’s nice to physically flip through a book instead of swipe through my phone. 

That’s pretty much the “cool” stuff I have to share with you all! Below are some really good, informative links you should check out. 


Some links I’ve enjoyed lately:

13 Restaurant and Food Photography Tips for Bloggers

How to Live a Luxurious Life While Still Saving

30 Ideas for What to Post on Instagram 

 

Life Lately, January 8, 2017

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new year!

How were your holidays? How’s your start to the new year?

After a busy holiday season spent with family and friends, I am slowly getting back into the groove of things. Instead of going full speed at resolutions and new healthy habits, I’ve been transitioning into these things and been trying to be more forgiving with myself for not accomplishing everything immediately. I’m not a huge believer in new year’s resolutions as it is, and I find it easier when you’re not trying to improve yourself at the same time everyone else is. It becomes a bit of a rat race, which can be detrimental.

Land’s End Hike in The City

For those who don’t know, Land’s End is a park on the west side of San Francisco with stunning views of the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge. On a lovely San Francisco day, we explored along the coastal trail, taking in the views at Sutro Baths, hiking through foliage, and jumping across rocks on hidden beaches. Though it is a little crowded since the views are amazing, the views (dirt and sweat, too) are totally worth it. It feels like a lot of walking, especially if you veer off path and check out the sights, but it’s really about a 30-40 minute walk from one end to the other. It’s a great place to get a little exercise and take in the view. It’s great for visitors, and never really gets old to locals.

New Year’s In The Desert

This year, we rang in the New Year in a historic ranch on the desert. Living in NorCal, it’s not often we can take in the views of the golden desert and joshua trees. It’s beautiful in its own way, though I can see it getting old for those used to the terrain. It was a nice little getaway from the Bay Area.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

For those who bullet journal or are into hand lettering, you’re aware of how much hype there is around Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I’ve had them sitting in my Amazon cart for months, and I finally just decided to purchase them. Let me tell you, they’re so worth it. The writing is smooth, and the pens really don’t bleed through on paper. They’re great for bullet journaling and really forgiving when it comes to hand lettering, too.

Check them out here!

Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life

For Christmas, I received the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans. The book came to me highly recommended. Bill Burnett and Dave Evans designed this course and taught it at Stanford University. Undergrads would fight to take this course, creating long waitlists for the course. Since the course had so much hype, the authors wrote a book with the Designing Your Life concepts and teach workshops to those of us who don’t attend Stanford (which is most of us). Each chapter simply breaks down concepts, gives example anecdotes, and provides activities and quizzes to really help us figure out what’s best for us. I’ve been reading the book slowly but the book has been good so far! It’s a good read to check out if for any reason you’re feeling dissatisfied with your life, or if you want to see what you can do to design a better life for yourself.

Check out the book here!

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Life Lately — December 5, 2016

It’s December! I think it’s safe to say that we are all full swing into holiday mode! Black Friday damage has been done, gifts have been purchased, plans are being made, and the Christmas tree has been decorated. Before I get totally caught up in the holidays, I have to share with you all more of the fun things that happened in November.

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Blue Bottle Coffee in Berkeley:

Before heading to a The Big Game (Football: Cal vs. Stanford) on the rainiest day ever, we made a stop at the new Blue Bottle location in downtown Berkeley. The logo is nondescript on the storefront, and it actually looks a lot like an Apple store, especially with students lining the windows with their MacBooks and iPads. The store is very clean, and the baristas are nice and friendly. There is limited seating and their cafe is more suited for a quick coffee stop, but that works in a busy place like Berkeley.

Blue-Bottle-Berkeley-Serving

To go with my latte, I ordered a liege waffle which was delicious and I highly recommend getting this sweet treat to go along with your coffee. There are also some toast options that are a little pricy and probably not too filling but hey, they’re available.

Liege-Waffle

Gilmore Girls on Netflix:

On Thanksgiving, I FINALLY finished watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, just in time for A Year In The Life. I watched all four seasons the very next day instead of going out to do some Black Friday Shopping.  It was really nice to have something new to watch every day for about three months. And yes, I do feel a little sad now that there are no more new Gilmore Girls episodes for me to watch. Now that it’s finally over, I’m having trouble settling on a new show to watch, but I’m leaning towards watching Silicon Valley on HBO.

Black Friday:

Speaking of Black Friday–is it just me or were there just not as many good deals to score this time around? I just ended up doing a lot of shopping online, picking up quite a lot of workout gear.

I know it’s a busy time of year and I keep promising you all some posts but I really truly am hoping to write some good stuff for you and not just give you life updates.

Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far!