Summer Update / Summer Favorites
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
What have I been up to this summer?
This summer, for the most part, has been a transitional time for me. A time to kinda figure out what I want to do and what I want my life to consist of. Simply staying at home and taking care of things around the house hasn't really working for me. Yes, I still need to do those things, but I also want to do some other things. I think I'm starting to get all the pieces together and I'm really excited/ready for the fall. I'm going to wait to update you on all of that - I want to see how it goes before sharing (so sorry!). I think I am probably only going to make a big update post once a season since some months don't have much going on or big things are happening over a couple month period. In the meanwhile, I'll probably make mini updates along with my random thoughts on random topics. It'll be fun - I promise!
What fun things did I even do this summer?
In early June, I got to go to camp with our church's 4th and 5th graders. I went to the same camp when I was a kid and it was a blast getting to come back as a leader and child wrangler (just kidding the kiddos were so good that wrangling wasn't even necessary). Our squad color was yellow, in case you couldn't tell.
Later in June, one of our dearest family friends got married out in Springtown. The reception was in the most beautiful barn I've ever seen in my life. It was a great summer wedding (and wasn't too hot hallelujah!)
In July, our church made a low budget trailer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. It was amazing. (FOTR is my favorite movie and I feel like we did it justice)
I got to work with my friend Colten on the special effects. He is a creative mastermind and it came out beautifully (for what it was which was low budget). Plus we got to set stuff on fire. All around win.
Then came Six Flags. I went to Six Flags a lot as a kid, but was too scared to ride anything scarier than Runaway Mountain or Judge Roy Scream. In the past fifteenish years, I've only been one other time and only got to ride one ride.
This time was different. I was determined to put on my big girl pants (I'm terrified of heights) and ride most of the rides. And I did. I think I rode every roller coaster, except the Joker one because I didn't really want to throw up. A highlight was the first time on Texas Giant where I screamed bloody murder and Rachel couldn't stop cry laughing.
I was not going to ride on Titan. Why? Oh, because I enjoy living thank you very much. But those hooligans suckered me into it. See, it's not the going down that I don't like; it's the going up. The anticipation. I hate that part. So on Titan, I just looked straight ahead and tried to not think about my impending doom. Then at the top, it like briefly paused and I audibly said "Seriously?! NO!" Then proceeded to scream my head off as we plummeted to our near death. Just kidding, it wasn't that bad. Except for the fact that some idiot decided the best place to put the used or dead roller coaster cars underneath the Titan. Seriously, you are dropping down and all you see is a roller coaster graveyard. Doesn't exactly give you confidence in your own survival in my opinion. Anyway, it wasn't horrible and I survived and actually had a lot of fun. I think Batman, Texas Giant and Shockwave were my favorites.
A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went out for a fun night of karaoke. And it was really fun. We went to a place where you can rent a small room and sing your heart out. The night was spent jamming to bops from high school and early 2000s rap songs we only sort of knew the words to. 10/10 would recommend. Unless your friends are judgy. Then leave them at home with Simon and Randy.
(Sorry Lori - this was the only picture I got which means we need to go again and get a picture with all of us)
I also spent a good amount of time at the pool. I am no longer bright white. I'm now like a beige-ish sort of color.
So I'll admit, I was really ambition with my goal of one verse a week all year. June came and I got really behind. Then it became too daunting to catch up and I finally just gave up. I was really discouraged at first, but then realized I had been too idealistic. I hadn't been realistic with my goal setting. I hadn't accounted for if I missed a week or the fact that it was going to get harder as time went on. I was trying to do too much and wasn't really committing the verses I was learning to heart. Quantity over quality is never good. So, I'm regrouping and trying to figure out a plan that works better for me.
The summer has been a great one for books! My goal for 2019 was to read 12 books, one a month. Well, I've officially read 32 (nearly 3x my yearly goal) and am working on a couple others. Seriously, having them in audio form has been a tremendous help. (see my blog post about How To Read a Book on more info on the library app Libby)
So... honesty time: June was crazy. Somehow it got to the end of the month and I had completely forgotten about doing a 5K. So there was no 5K for June.
For July, we did a fun Independence Day themed one on the 4th. It was just three of us, but I got my best time (woot woot!).
Again, August has been crazy and I almost completely forgot about doing one. But I did sign up for one on the 31st. I may be the only one doing it, but I don't want to have to make up any others later, besides the June one.
In other news, I have been working on getting a routine down. It's actually going really well! It'll be adjusted a bit this fall as things pick up, but I'm ready for it!
I've been pretty diligent with meal prepping, working out consistently, and soon I'll add weekly volunteering to the list. It's going to be a great fall y'all.
Summer Favorites aka Products I Wish I Was Getting Paid to Sponsor
(click on any picture and it will link you to where I got the item)
This summer was all about bandannas & tie-dye T-shirts. Oh, and chokers and big sunglasses. Just kidding. Big sunglasses are always in style in my life.
< Click the picture to be taken to bandanna paradise (aka where I got all mine)
Both swimsuits were purchased on Amazon
These are the most amazing work out shorts I've ever owned. I discovered this brand earlier this year when looking for new leggings with pockets and when I realized they made shorts, I knew I needed them. And I was right. I love the length (they come right above my knee) because they don't ride up or cause my thighs to chafe. Plus pockets - so bonus!
These come in 4 different lengths - shorter, this length, capri, and ankle. And a lot of different colors. Black, obviously, is my favorite though.
Oh! I also became obsessed with StitchFix. If you want any more information on what I learned about Clothing Subscription Boxes, check out my Instagram Story Highlight regarding it.
Here are some fun things I got from StitchFix this summer:
1. Black flowery kimono 2. Dangly earrings 3. Pink striped T
Food & Drink
This summer I discovered the best nondairy ice cream in the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but in my world thus far. Holy quacamolito sauce y'all. It is good.
My main problem with most nondairy ice creams is that they are usually made with coconut milk, which isn't my favorite. Plus, in ice cream form, coconut milk is too overpowering. But almond milk? Oh, I love almond milk. And almond milk ice cream may even be better than regular dairy ice cream. Whoops. I said it.
So, when I took this picture a few weeks ago, the peanut butter flavor was my favorite. And it's still my second favorite.
But once I discovered the vanilla cake & cookie dough flavor - game over.
Both + several other flavors are available at Target.
Since I've been working out more, I've been trying to get more protein into my diet. And what better way than a smoothie? I love this protein powder because it doesn't taste like there's any even in the smoothie.
Protein powder is linked.
This summer I've been obsessssedddd with cold brew + oat milk. I know I know I was just ranting and raving about almond milk. But for my cold brew, I've really been digging oat milk. Truly, I think making it homemade tastes way better than getting an iced coffee or cold brew from Starbucks or anywhere else.
So I got this cold brew pack at Aldi for a steal. But alas, it was seasonal and I haven't been able to find since :(
Target (and probably Walmart and any other grocery store) sells cold brew packs on their coffee aisle - it's a much better deal than buying the cold brew in the refrigerated section.
Oat milk is linked.
I have loved V8 Energy drinks for years, but when they started making them sparkling.... so good. They have a white grape flavor that tastes just like sparkling grape juice - but with caffeine! The blackberry/cranberry flavor is my favorite though.
Aldi was selling these in four packs this summer as a seasonal item, which again they no longer have. But I have been able to find these at Quik Trip (you just have to buy them separately)
This summer I got back into bullet journaling. I had one 2-3 years ago and really enjoyed it. But I put too many rules and boundaries on it and wasn't able to fully enjoy it. Well, I'm giving it another go and making sure it fits my two needs for it: a fun, creative outlet and a tool for keeping me organized. One month in, and it's going well.
Also, if you want to use brush pens, I've learned that name brand is the way to go.
For music, of course I am obsessed with Taylor Swift's new album Lover. Paper Rings, London Boy and I Forgot That You Existed being my current top 3.
I've also discovered I really do like the Jonas Brothers. I didn't like them when they were first popular, because I was at that stage where I was too cool for anything (aka the worst stage to be in). But now that they're back, I'm in a place where I like them and their new album Happiness Begins.
Okay, I think that's all for now. Hope y'all enjoyed!
Have Fun. Be Safe. Make Good Choices.