I love summer – it’s soooo good! Everything is brighter and lighter and my winter blues melt away. I wanted to do a watermelon/picnic theme this month, but I couldn’t find much that I liked as far as embellishments go. I went with some camping stickers I had laying around, and it got me excited for all the fun summer things I get to start doing with family and friends. Here it is:
One of my favorite spots to sit and plan is our little patio on the back of our apartment. It’s one of the better spots, since we have a few trees instead of a full parking lot to look at. The hubs brightened it up with some flowers earlier this month. It makes living in the city a bit easier since we both come from a rural area.
*Disclaimer – I purchased all these stickers myself, and I was not paid to give my honest review of these products.*
Another month, another chance to decorate! I’m still not happy with my planner skills, but I’m practicing and learning. I think it’s mostly because I’m just not that happy with the layout of my ELCP as I initially thought I would be. My handwriting is big and unless you’re ambidextrous it’s really difficult to fill out a spiral-bound book. I also just can’t find a STINKING PEN that doesn’t smudge and works on matte and slick paper! I end up using white-out (ew). I’ll definitely be looking for some better pens this month – its a goal for sure! Hopefully I can do a review post on them. Do you have a favorite? Comment and let me know!!
Despite my setbacks, I DID find a really great sticker shop on etsy! The SweetPaper Co had a super cute May set that I tried and I liked it. The stickers match well to the ELCP month’s colors, and they are matte so they are easy to write on (if you have the right pen). Next month I’m going to try and not have everything so matchy-matchy. It’s not bad, I guess it’s just not my style! Here’s my layout:
Wow this year sure is flying by isn’t it? March got pretty crazy for me, so I was a bit of a slacker on several things I meant to stay on top of. Allison and I decided that this upcoming month of April would be a fantastic time to refresh ourselves and our goals. A “reboot” if you will…
I was sick in late February, and my exercise goal of the month (100 body squats a day) went out the window and so did my exercise goal for March. This month I’m going to try and do a plank challenge AND re-do February’s challenge. I’m starting on April 1st (no joke) – want to join me? You should!! We can be accountable to each other! Leave me a comment if you are interested and I’ll do a middle-of-the-month-check-in to see how we’re doing! Here’s the link to the challenge.
Another part of my life that needs a little push is my food intake. We have been eating out SO much and both myself and my wallet are feeling the effects. We need to stop spending so much money on eating out and start eating at home again. To do this, I’ve made a whole month meal plan. I always do better when I have a plan, but I’ve never done a whole month! I figured if I at least have something on every day, we are more likely to use that meal instead of going out. These are just dinners, but still really helpful! I’m sure I’ll give in sometime (I just really love pizza), but I guarantee it will be cheaper and healthier than last month! I found this cute printable calendar and wrote it all out – then hung it on the fridge as a reminder! Here is my menu:
Being sick can really throw you off your game! I don’t get sick much, but when I do I guess I like to make up for lost time – thus this late post! I love to travel, and being sick wasn’t going to stop me this time. This year Bryce and I were able to take a long weekend and go to Colorado with some friends. I was excited and nervous at the same time, because it was the first time we would be leaving our baby (I have tears just thinking about it). It was hard, but I’m so glad we took the trip. We loaded up the 4-Runner and headed to Breckenridge, CO.
Despite the fact that I caught some respiratory bug, and possibly was affected by altitude sickness, I still enjoyed the mountain air and was able to get out and about. Bryce has never gotten to snowboard in the mountains, so I was excited to see his reaction when he saw how huge they are, and how much REAL snow can make a difference in your riding experience! He’s so good at boarding already, he adapted very well. I, on the other hand, still struggle with snowboarding – but I’m getting better and better the more we go!
Breckenridge is a very popular place to ski/snowboard, especially in the high season of January-March. There were a ton of people out, but the lift systems and trails that they have in place still make it nice for everyone. They have something for all sorts of winter sportsters – greens for the newbies, double blacks for the experienced, and “bowls” for the insane. I stayed comfortable on the blues and greens. When you’re tired, just take a break at one of their many lodges! The food is a bit expensive, but you get a large amount and it is delicious. I didn’t know before, but they also have childcare! We might just have to take baby girl back real soon…
While our group of 12 got the most of the fantastic riding conditions, I had to stay at the condo most of our second day. I did however get out to see some of Breckenridge’s cute little downtown. It’s adorable, colorful, bustling – and a shoppers paradise! A friend (who also took the day off) and I walked around, ate crepes, and strolled in and out of shops.
Here are a few of my finds:
Artisan Necklace – B for Bryce, O for Olivia, and “blessed” because I am!
Organic Tea for the sisters
Crepes – made the only way I want them, by a hipster with a handlebar mustache. My buddy Meng was working on his social media game while we watched the crepes being made. The hipster was working too fast for me to get a good shot, you’ll just have to believe me about the handlebar mustache.
There are SO many places to eat here too. We wanted to try them all but just didn’t have enough time. I would suggest going more than 3 days if you can, to get the most of your trip! Although we didn’t get to use it, our lift tickets included a day at Vail or Keystone which are other nearby ski resorts. Hopefully we can explore those next time.
All in all, I say this is an excellent place to visit. Be prepared though, to spend some major cash, because skiing/boarding can be expensive! If you love the outdoors as much as we do, it is totally worth it. We saved money by driving (instead of flying), bringing along groceries, and splitting the cost of a condo with the rest of our group. We were also able to get a discount on our lift tickets by purchasing them early. I can’t wait to go back next year!
Where have you been lately ? Comment about your travels!!
A while back, one of my facebook friends posted this really cool game that she and her friend started doing. I guess you could call it a game … it’s more like an adventure-creator! I am so in love with this idea – I couldn’t help but share it!
Road trips are always fun (in my opinion). Road trips with one of your best buddies – even better! Part of the fun of road trips is getting to your destination. You get to see lots of places, eat lots of junk food, and make memories with your friends. This type of road trip is even more exciting, because you have no idea where you’ll end up! [Allison recently told me that not knowing where you end up sounds terrifyingly annoying to her… I disagree!]
There are lots of fun aspects to this “unplanned road trip”. The girls made some fun rules to follow, and the directions are all part of chance. Here are their road trip rules:
- Every hour, roll the dice to find our way
- At every bathroom stop, pick a card
- At every intersection, we roll the dice
- Every time we get gas, pick a card
- Any site, park, museum (etc.) that we find interesting we must stop to check it out
- When all road trip buddies decide it’s time to get off the road, we roll the dice and go 30 minutes more
When you roll the dice (re-roll if it doesn’t work):
- Go North
- Go South
- Go East
- Go West
- Turn Right
- Turn Left
- Take the interstate
- Take the county road
- Take the state highway
- Make a pit stop
- Pick a card
- Pick 2 cards
What’s on the cards? The road trippers wrote things like “take a road trip selfie”, “buy something local”, and “stop for a road side snack”. Making up your own fun card to-do’s would be so fun! It’s really up to you, what you decide to put on the cards. Any task, however silly, I’m sure would make the trip very memorable!
What I like about this adventure is that it’s very laid back and flexible. If the rules don’t exactly work where you’re at, then bend them a little! Roll the dice again, or pick another card. Stacey (the road-tripper), told me the first time they went out, they had to change some rules because it kept them roaming around the same roads for an hour. After the change they ended up in Indianapolis! The second trip – Memphis. Depending on how much time you have, you could pretty much end up anywhere!
Some tips from the road trippers: Make sure you have snacks and water, bring a camera and the charger, and pack for the season (they go in the summer).
So what do you think? You ready to road trip?! Share with us!
Whether your best friend is your spouse or someone you’ve known since kindergarten , Valentine’s Day can be celebrated by all! And who says you have to have just one best friend? Maybe you have a few…
There’s no doubt that any relationship (romantic or platonic) takes effort. Life gets busy, and if you don’t take the time to nurture those relationships they can really tank fast! Although it can be easy to do the same old things with your buddies every single week, it’s a good idea to change things up and make new memories along the way. Here are 40 ways to do that!
- Coffee run
- Ice cream run
- Layout and read at a park
- Cook a fancy dinner together
- Make cupcakes
- Create a care package for a mutual friend
- Plan a road trip
- Make a bucket list together
- Pick out outfits at a thrift store for each other – photo op!
- Make a time capsule
- Volunteer at a food bank together
- Volunteer at a pet shelter together
- Get matching tattoos
- Try a new restaurant
- Paint/wine night
- Try a new theme park
- Go paint pottery together
- Go camping
- Go hiking
- Upcycle a piece of furniture together from thrift store finds
- Have lunch together with each others’ moms
- Take a cooking class
- Go horseback riding
- Play a board game
- Do a puzzle
- Watch a matinee movie
- Plant a garden
- Try knitting/crocheting
- Go to the gym
- Take a yoga class
- Find a local farmers market
- Make a scavenger hunt for someone else
- Fondue night
- Go zip lining
- Go cart racing
- Get your Christmas shopping done (super early!) and wrap your gifts
- Play cards
- Go antiquing
- Fold oragami