Friday, June 24, 2016

five on friday

five on friday
Happy Friday! How was your week? I went to the beach with Jesse this week. I haven't been to the beach with just him in, like, 14 years. We had dinner on the beach at sunset and then walked along the beach in the evening. It was great. Later in the week we went to my sister's to go swimming. My girls loved that obviously. I even got to work on my summer 2016 memory book! It has been a good week.

I haven't shared "Five on Friday" in several weeks! I have so much to share! Let's get right to it-

1. On cultivating joy: "We can cultivate joy every day. We don't have to wait for momentous once-a-year or once-a-week occasions." -9 Ways to Bring More Joy to Your Days by Margarita Tartakovsky. Also from Margarita: "Making time for simple pleasures helps to prevent burnout. Simple pleasures help us to refocus on the sweet small moments, which helps us to cultivate joy and welcome a boost of energy" -Savoring Simple Pleasures Every Day. Also! 35 Ways to Treat Yourself.

2. On summer plans: "Yes, summer often means big travel plans and fueling your wanderlust, but there are plenty of small things you can do every day to still capture the magic of the season and provide the adventure you're craving." -10 Things You should Add to Your Summer Bucket List Right Now by Stephanie Nguyen. Some of these overlap with my summer manifesto. Another helpful article: 5 Sizzling Summer Dating Tips by Anna Johansson.

3. On reading: "If you are like many, your time to read is limited, so you want to be sure you select a good book to enjoy." -How to Find Great Books to Read by Jessica Turner. Also by Jessica: How Busy Moms Can Find Time to Read. AND I have to mention: Read // Eat: Mini Blueberry Scones from ‘Me Before You’ by Sarah Von Bargen.

4. On happiness: "Most of us have vague ideas of what makes us happy. Maybe we’re reasonably happy on a day-to-day basis but we’ve never really put much thought into where those feelings come from or what, specifically, about an experience is making us happy." -How To Figure Out What Makes You Happy (so you can do more of it) by Sarah Von Bargen. Also: Never Give Up: Questions to Ask When Everything Isn’t OK by Kate Arends (excellent article) + The Key to Success? Not Comparing Yourself to Others by Michael Hedrick7 Simple Ways to Get Out of a Funk by Nicole Yi.

5. On simplifying life: "I am all about finding ways to simplify life and routines and work a little harder up front to prevent future stress." -Weekend Prep for Weekday Success by Jennifer Jones. Also: 20 Simple Weeknight Dinners by Tracy Benjamin and 7 Creative Shortcuts and Solutions to Simplify Life with Young Kids by Margarita Tartakovsky. ("Sort your to-do list based on time" is solid advice).

If you have time for a fun project, some DIY projects I came across and LOVE:
Floating Window Shelves by Jessica Marquez
Rock Flower Border by Nikki Mans
Bleach Tie Dyeing Fabric by Tracy Benjamin

Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

summer manifesto 2016

It's officially summer this week! At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to write manifestos for all seasons this year.

Related: my winter manifesto | my spring manifesto

I mentioned at that time that summer manifestos are easier to put together. I was way right. This list came together in no time. I had to limit what I wanted to put on the list actually! I gathered inspiration from our past summer break activities (2015 | 2014 | 2013). If you need more inspiration, take a look at Tracy's list this year, Tracy's list last year, Elise's list last year, Natalie's list last year, and Natalie's list the year before.
summer manifesto 2016
(Click to enlarge... the list is also below!)

This summer I plan to:
  • Go stargazing
  • Go out for frozen treats every week
  • Finish up the picnic blanket we started
  • Go on a moonlit hike
  • Go on weekly date nights
  • Go to the library every week
  • Bake pies
  • Go to the drive in
  • Go bike riding
  • Plant vegetables
  • Go geocaching
  • Go camping
  • Go to the zoo
  • Toast marshmallows
  • Paint the girls' nails in vibrant colors
  • Watch a movie at the park
  • Play Pictionary
  • Go to the beach
  • Read
  • Eat homemade pizza and watch a movie (I love this activity- I think it makes every list)
  • Have smoothies for breakfast
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Go night swimming (!!!)
  • Have street tacos
  • Attend VBS
I printed out my list (as you can see) and put it up on my fridge. Just looking at it inspires me to do something fun today. :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

summer break diary 2016

This is my fourth summer planning to stick to a daily, fun activity with my daughters. Some days are simple- a trip to get ice cream- and some days are more elaborate- a colorful stay at a pretty hotel. I plan to share our activities here once a week. As I've said many times, the point of this project is to keep busy in a semi productive way (no couch potatoes! and no overuse of electronics!) and avoid a "bummer summer" as Judy Moody would say.

I plan to document our various projects/fun outings together and share them here once a week- though sometimes I will also share more detailed projects/tutorials.

Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 2014 2013
summer break diary 2015: week # 7
summer break diary 2015: week # 1
summer break diary 2015: week # 9
summer break diary 2015: week # 4
summer break diary 2015: week # 8
our vacation // the saguaro palm springs
reading
paper dolls
summer break week no. 4
laguna beach
paper circus
bubble paint
ice cream!
(Click any picture to be directed to the original blog post).

I also plan to document our summer together. This mini book is my favorite to put together every year- I love the vibrant colors and the simplicity of it.

Related: Memory Keeping: Summer 2015 2014 2013
summer break diary 2015: week # 7
summer break diary 2015: week # 8
summer break diary 2015: week # 4
This project is inspired by Nikki at Whimsy Love. I often look through her diaries for inspiration. (201020112012, and 2013). I will definitely be keeping up with her "Summer Fun Schedule" this year.

My girls' summer break started already. I'll be sharing week 1 soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

gender reveal party

This is another special, guest post by my friend (and sister ;) Jasmine. I invited her to share pictures of her gender reveal party! (Browse her guest posts: 12 Dates // Valentine's Day or Anniversary Gift Idea: 8 1/2 x 11" Pocket Scrapbook IdeaMaking Time to CraftActive LivingHow to Digitally Crop and Resize Your Photos; her Fall Wardrobe Wishlist; and her 2015 pocket scrapbook).

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share our gender reveal celebration with you!
gender reveal party
As my sister mentioned, my husband and I are expecting our first baby in September! We are of course feeling thrilled, emotional, overjoyed, blessed, and terrified all at the same time.

We wanted to celebrate the gender reveal of our first baby with our immediate family and were able to combine our Mother’s Day and our gender reveal celebrations!
gender reveal party
My dad, our overworked, underpaid personal florist for all family events, put together these beautiful arrangements for all of mothers to take home as a keepsake.

We enjoyed a BBQ together and played a few guessing games.
gender reveal party
As you can see, most of our family guessed we would be having a boy! (On a side note – Instagram husbands have it rough- that is my husband reluctantly acting as a hand model for these two photos *chuckle*).

And no party would be complete without sweet treats!
gender reveal party
I make chocolate covered strawberries pretty regularly and decided to decorate these with white chocolate. I added just a few drops of food coloring and voila!
gender reveal party
My husband woke up early in the morning to bake cupcakes. I used food coloring to dye the frosting blue and pink and my sister-in law Jenna (who also took some of these photos) was sweet enough to make cake pops, macaroons (my favorite), and Shirley Temple floats.
gender reveal party
Our family thought the BBQ was delicious, but kept “joking” that we could really skip to dessert because the gender of our baby would be revealed in the frosting of the cake. Who am I to ignore their wishes?? After fighting against every instinct to not peek into the ultrasound envelope, I was anxious to dive into that cake *drum roll please*.
gender reveal party
IT’S A BOY!!!! Even though I consistently said that I had a feeling I was having a boy, nothing could have prepared me for that blue frosting!! I was so overwhelmed and genuinely surprised!! It’s been a month since this reveal and I have finally started to process that I am having a son and I could not be more excited about it.
jasmine and oscar's gender reveal party
Here’s to having a beautiful baby boy. :)

Thank you Jasmine! I can't wait to meet him!

See more Pretty Parties I've hosted (or attended!) here.

Keep up with Jasmine on Instagram. :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

june 2016 goals

May went by in a blur and I didn't get around to setting goals for May. I'm trying to shake off how weird I feel about that. I can start fresh today. So can you! Start anew with your goals/resolutions. Today is a new day. I wrote my June goals at the beginning of June and am just now sharing them. :)
june 2016 goals
At the beginning of every month, I look over my overarching goals/projects/resolutions for the year. This year I hope to blog often; read at least 15 min. every day; exercise (incorporate strength/interval training 3x a week and reach 10,000 steps a day); document our memories; declutter and "redecorrange" our home; meal prep; eat mindfully (eat more greens + vegetables and eat healthy desserts); drink more water; embrace routine; keep a prayer journal; get out alone; get out with each of my family members (for one on one time); and write fun, seasonal manifestos.*

In June I plan to:
  • See Me Before You with my good friend Denise
  • Write a summer manifesto 
    • I am going to cross off what I can from my spring manifesto until summer officially begins. 
  • Do at least 1 fun activity every day of my girls' summer break
    • This is my 4th year doing this and I really look forward to it every year. I will be sharing an introductory post to this project soon.
    • Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 / 2014 / 2013 & Summer Break Diary 2015
  • Document our summer together
    • Which also means- take one picture a day
    • This is the 4th year putting together a summer memory book. This is a project I really enjoy. Though I am behind on my Project Life book, this project might jumpstart the rest of my memory keeping projects. (I hope so anyway).
    • Related: Memory Keeping: Summer 2015 / 2014 / 2013
    • Take a 30 minute walk each day
      • Gotta get those steps
    • Finish up the whimsy jar swap 
      • ...initiated by my soon to be sister-in-law Jenna :)
    *I blogged about each of those goals in more detail at the beginning of the year: January 2016 Goals. I set monthly goals to get more specific with my yearly goals. There may be something specifically inspiring me this month, for example, that won't work (or I'm not feeling) at another time of the year. I talked about my goal-setting process in more detail: Goal- Setting: 2016

    What goals or projects do you have this month?