Life Lately — June 18, 2017

Plane Photo
View from up above

 Hey friends, 

It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve put something up for you guys. Things have been pretty nuts (lots of highs and lots of lows) for me these days and as much as I wanted to write for you guys (truly, I did), I was just never able to find the time and/or energy to put something up for you all. I’m hoping to be putting up a few more awesome posts for you all soon and that this post gives me the start I need to get back on track. 

I want to share some of the positive and fun things that have been happening lately! Also, who else is excited for summer? 

A beach trip to Santa Cruz, CA. How many of you have been to or at least heard of Santa Cruz?I actually lived in Santa Cruz for a while, so it holds a special place in my heart. This small coastal town has a big reputation for some of the most hippie folks in America. There are definitely some moments you have to stop and people watch, but this place has so much to offer for a weekend away whether you’re going as a couple, with a group of friends, or with your family. The thing is, finding the great food, great views, and the fun activities to do can be a little tricky. After spending part of Memorial Day weekend in Santa Cruz, I decided I’m planning another “Not-as-touristy” guide for you all to Santa Cruz so you can really make the most of your time there. 

Hanacure. Who else has been seeing Hanacure masks pop up on their newsfeeds? After seeing the ads and seeing the testimonials, I decided to order the masks and give them a shot. I love face masks, as my skin tends to be irritated quite often so they give me a sense of relief. Hanacure is on another level. After one use, I started to see a difference in my skin after a few days. Dark spots were going away and my cheeks were looking less red. I’ve only used the mask twice so far but I’ve already ordered another set so that I can be consistent with the masks and see results. Since this mask is so popular, they let people pre-order the masks. Right now, you can pre-order for early August delivery. They’re definitely pricy, but if you’re looking to treat your skin to something special, it just might be worth the cost. 

A quick trip to Seattle. I made a quick three day trip to Seattle just last weekend to celebrate my brother’s graduation. The day before his ceremony, wow did we eat a LOT. And walk, a LOT. And drink, a LOT. We indulged in fresh oysters, $5 small lattes, cider flights with some interesting and obscure ingredients, flavorful bowls of ramen, and very delicious and nominally priced sushi (I’m talking $2 rolls). All this in a span of 6 hours. And we may or may not have continued this trend for the rest of my visit. I was bloated for days! But I was blissfully enjoying everything I was eating. Seattle really has a lot to offer. Again, you just have to know where to look :)

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. It might seem kind of random that I’m talking about these earphones here, but holy crap they’re probably one of the best purchases I have made in a long long time. These noise cancelling headphones do a great job of blocking out irritating noises like traffic, coworkers’ music, and more. I think I took the best nap of my life when wearing these headphones. The music is very balanced and if you’re a fan of audiobooks but find you get distracted by other sounds while listening, you will not regret purchasing these headphones. 

Sweat. I’ve been a fan of Kayla Itsines since the beginning of the year when I first started her BBG program. I then took a break from it to do barre classes, and then I lost all consistency once I went on vacation and life got nuts. It was difficult to schedule time to workout. My motivation did start to come back once I downloaded the Sweat app. I’m pretty impressed by how motivational it is and I like how it tracks all my workouts, provides a meal plan, and gives me options to do other workout plans. If you’re looking for a workout plan with proven results, I highly recommend downloading her app AND also following her on Instagram. She constantly posts transformations, showing women that they too, can do it. 

Wonder Woman. Dude, you just gotta watch it. In theaters. Where was this movie when I was a kid? 

Instagram. I’m getting close to hitting 1000 followers on Instagram! I smell a contest or a giveaway coming soon! 

That’s all I’ve got for now! Any of you have fun plans for the summer? 

-S

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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