Life Lately – July 26, 2017

Alameda County FairI hate to break it to you, but we’re about halfway through summer. 

Half. Way. 

For those of you who are counting the exact days, no, it’s not the exact midpoint between the first day of summer (June 21st) and the first day of fall (September 22nd). But if you’re talking school year summers, which vary widely around the country and around the world, we’re halfway through ours! 

Summer has been a whirlwind of activity, which is why it’s been tough to keep up with posting. I’ve been constantly busy with day to day life and my calendar has been booked every weekend. On Sunday, I had a day with no plans, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had actually forgotten how I spend Sundays relaxing because I hadn’t done it months.

I want to share with you some of the things that have been going on in my life lately and tell you about the fun stuff that I’ve been doing. 

Alameda County Fair. My family and I actually have a dispute on whether I’ve been to the county fair before. My father swears that he’s taken me to the fair himself, along with my brother. On the other hand, I don’t think I had been to the fair at all! Until I went with my friend at the end of June.

She was the perfect guide, leading me around the fairgrounds and showing me all the different exhibits and shows. She even knew which food stands served which food and which alcohol stands served which drinks. I ended up getting a mac and cheese hot dog, topped with crushed flaming hot cheetos while she got a mound of french fries topped with mac and cheese (which she so kindly shared). 

Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

It was a fun experience and it was nice to do something different on a Friday night! There will always be restaurants, bars, and Netflix nights in, but the county fair is only in town for a couple weeks. 

Beach Trip. The weekend after the 4th of July, my boyfriend and I went to the beach for the weekend. We got a nice AirBnB in a small town south of Santa Cruz and had a relaxing weekend there just hanging out. We caught up on Game of Thrones, did some light reading, and walked down to the beach with no set schedule. 

It was gloomy at the beach so I didn’t take many photos, but it was still pretty

Until this beach trip, I took “staycations” for granted, thinking they weren’t exactly a waste of money but almost. Maybe we just got lucky with our AirBnB, or maybe it’s just because we were close to the beach, but I actually came back from a weekend away feeling refreshed and calm. 

Twin Peaks. I dedicated over 30 hours of Netflix time (over a period of ~3 months) to watching Twin Peaks, a TV series that ran from 1990-1991 by David Lynch. It’s difficult to categorize the show, as it’s something of a murder mystery, sci-fi show, and soap opera combined into one show, but it’s thoroughly entertaining and has a cult following. The show had only 2 seasons up until May 2017 (yeah, this past May), where a third season was released on Showtime. If you’re looking for a new show, are a fan of Stranger Things, and can get past some of the silly early 90s special effects that happened on television at the time, give Twin Peaks a chance! 

The Book of Mormon. I’m super late to the game here, but we finally saw The Book of Mormon. It was touring in San Jose so we decided to go, because we remembered how everyone was raving about the show…6 years ago. We really didn’t know what exactly the show was about. We also didn’t really research it either, because we wanted it to be a surprise. It wasn’t until when we got our programs that we realized that the writers of the musical were the same writers of South Park. Then we started to get an idea of what we were in for. Was it out of the ordinary for a musical? Most definitely. Would I see it again? Probably not. When I was younger, I definitely liked the South Park type of humor, but as I’ve grown older, I feel like I’ve outgrown a lot of it. 

Alameda County Fair
Another photo from the fair I really liked

I can’t believe I’ve only shared four things with you all. There are so many other things I’ve done this summer too, and so much more to come. I can’t wait to share new happenings in my next Life Lately post!

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, jalapeƱos, 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