Monday, August 27, 2018

Summer Highlights

With the summer closing out this weekend, here are some of my favorite moments from this summer.

 In June I went to Napa with my college sorority friends. It was such a fun trip! We stayed in the cutest house downtown Napa and hired a driver for 2 days of tours to boutique wineries. It was a blast catching up with everyone and I'm looking forward to the next trip!

On of the best summer purchases was this pool. It fits a full size raft, so I could layout during naptime. :)

Roman is getting pretty good at riding his balance bike.
We let Roman pick out this bed. He loves the house tent and requests that we knock on his door to wake him up in the morning.

 We went to Fort Myers with my family to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary. It was Roman's first time at the beach and he loved the whole trip! We stayed at the Pink Shell, which has a great family pool and activities each day for kids.

This was taken earlier in the summer. Roman is doing really well swimming now and prefers not to wear his puddle jumper. He especially likes doing cannon balls!

 We signed Roman up for a Ninja class and he loves it. It's basically obstacle courses, but he thinks it's pretty cool.
Friends Forever golf outing

We celebrated our friends Brandon and Maria's wedding in Chicago. Dan went to college and played baseball with Brandon. It was such a fun weekend and reunion with all his college friends.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Life Lately

It's been awhile since I've posted here. So many excuses I could make, but generally it comes down to time and motivation. Every now and then friends tell me they miss my blog always checking for new posts and it encourages me to continue. I started this blog 8 years ago as a hobby and a place to discuss sewing and fashion. Since then I've been married, changed jobs and had a child. In the last several years blogging has become an industry and a career for many. Bloggers are now fashion influencers with large audiences on social media platforms where they are able generate income. I never intended to make money off my blog, although sometimes I wish I would have gone that route. I would just like to share my personal interests in fashion, sewing, cooking and family. I hope to continue posting and hope that you will continue following. I truly appreciate the interest of those who follow me.

So what have I been up to? Working, Traveling, Shopping, Cooking, Wife(ing) and Mom(ing). The usual.

Working - I am fortunate enough to still be working in my office 3 days a week and from home with Roman 2 days. I still work in sales for a general service contractor producing tradeshows and events. I really enjoy what I do and the people I work with. I feel very lucky to be able to split my time and balance a work/life schedule.

Traveling - I have traveled quite a bit this year for both work and personal trips. I've been to Denver, NYC, Napa, San Antonio, Ft. Myers, and Chicago and will end the year with a couple more trips.

Ft.Myers beach family vacation

Exercise - You may remember last year I did the Faster Way to Fat loss, Post Here. That was an awesome program, but not sustainable for me. I did not enjoy the workouts and could not fast forever. I wanted to enjoy breakfast with my family. So this year I started a Beachbody program called Liift 4. The programs is a combination of weights and HIIT. I am currently in week 6 of 8 and am really enjoying it. The workouts are only 4 days a week and around 35 minutes each. This is what sold me because I can't really fit much else into my week. Admittedly, I miss cardio and still run and do the elliptical once or twice a week too.

Shopping -Some of my favorite summer purchases:

Abercrombie swimsuit. I have received so many compliments on this suit. It covers all the right places, but is still cute and trendy.

TJ Maxx Jumpsuit. This might be my favorite purchase this summer. It cost me a whole $16.00 and I love it so much. I wear it to work, on dates, and just casually!
Reading- I'm not a huge reader, but I've read a couple books this summer. My favorite was "What Alice Forgot".  It's a light read with a happy ending.

Watching - Dan and I get into a lot of shows. We recently finished the first season of The Sinner. It's dark, but pretty good. We are currently watching Sharp Objects, which is also kind of dark. The final episode is this Sunday.

Listening - I started listening to Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert on a road trip and really liked Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Bell's episodes.

Cooking - My go-to summer favorites are BLT salad, Grilled Pizzas, and Fish Tacos.

So that's about it! I'll share more photos from the summer in a new post.