Tuesday, September 30, 2014

september recap

As quick as a wink the end of September is here. Like most months, this month was busy. Sometimes too busy. Sometimes just right. For example, it was just right when I headed to the library and worked on my summer project life book getting some time to myself this month.
workspace wednesday summer project life
My book is far from complete, but it's getting there. Hope nobody minds me sharing it mid October (or later!).

This month I added two sandwiches to my 52 sandwiches project:
#44: torta de rajas
52 sandwiches no. 44: torta de rajas
#45: breakfast turkey sausage, peppers, + onion
52 sandwiches no. 45: breakfast turkey sausage, peppers, + onion
Also this month, we celebrated Meilani's 11th birthday and Julianne's 1st birthday. (More pictures of that to come).

September is a special month for me because it is the month I became a mother 11 years ago. On Meilani's birthday, I tried to remember what I was doing exactly 11 years ago throughout the day. (I tend to do this on all birthdays). For example, "At this time, 11 years ago, my water broke, and I had no idea what I was in for." Ha. I'm actually working on a post about motherhood and my thoughts. It's a difficult post to write. Hopefully my brain cells can come together and I can write a coherent post about it. ;)
september goals
As far as my goals for September, this is how I did with them:

Begin and complete an activity challenge
I incorporated Jillian Michael's DVD workouts a few times a week this month. I had hit a plateau with my workouts and wasn't seeing the changes I wanted to see with my body. (I discussed my 10 weight loss tips which includes changing up your workout here). I plan to do another challenge in October.
Cook/bake with pumpkin 
I made a pumpkin smoothie this month, but I have big plans for using pumpkin in the kitchen soon.
Make time for myself
I did. Somewhat. I'm being more mindful of this because I'm not as frazzled when I have time to myself.
★Complete my summer Project Life book
I mentioned that it's far from complete, but definitely working on it.
Picnic
We picnicked this past weekend at the lake. It was nice.

Tomorrow I'll be posting my goals for October. See my monthly goals from this year here. See this year's monthly recaps here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

happy fall!

It was cold over the weekend, and I was stunned by it. It's fall??! How exciting! Though I'm still working on my summer scrapbook project life book and the weather is expected to be in the 90's next week where I live, I'm looking forward to what fall has in store. Like. . .

decorating seasonally (hello pumpkins); incorporating the color orange where I can; reading good books; watching good movies; lighting candles (gotta buy some pumpkin spice candles!);
pumpkins
seasonal decor 1
seasonal decor 3
seasonal decor 2
Pumpkin Swap for Stevie 1
drinking hot tea, hot chocolate, hot coffee;
september goals
fall crafting,
10 things making me happy
fall crafting,
Pumpkin rubber stamps and other supplies
fall crafting;
Pumpkin Paper Pocket *GIVEAWAY*
Petite Inspiration Box Swap (Black and White Edition) 6
30 days of thankful
Pumpkin Tiny Book
seasonal outings: a yearly fall festival, pumpkin picking;
apple orchard
good eating: apples (caramel apples! apple everything), soup, baking: bread, pies, muffins;
Muffin Tin Monday (Caramel Apples)
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pie
Pumpkin Muffins 2
Fall Jars layered with Pumpkin Bread and Cream Cheese Frosting
changing my wardrobe: adding colorful scarfs, "Peter Pan" boots (Jesse's affectionate name for them), sweaters, denim, charcoal gray nail polish, to name a few.
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I could go on, but I'm curious- what are you looking forward to this fall?

(Want to know the story behind each picture? Click on a picture to be directed to its original blog post).

Friday, September 26, 2014

five on friday: tips for staying inspired

five on friday
Hey there, Internet. It's Friday, and I'm ready for the weekend. I've had a blah week, which is probably obvious from the lack posts this week. Because I've been feeling uninspired lately, I decided to research tips for getting inspired and am sharing 5 links with you.

1. Elsie Larson's 5 Tips for Staying Inspired on A Beautiful Mess is useful. My favorite suggestions from her include carrying an idea journal with you and refreshing your workspace.

2. I might have this infographic printed: 24 Slides12 Tips on Staying Inspired. The suggestion to stay healthy makes sense and should definitely be a priority.

3. The infographic 29 Ways to Stay Creative by Islam Abudaoud for Behance is also a good one. I'm going to consider how to "break the rules" this coming week.

4. Helpful suggestions from Elise: 3 Things I Do When I'm Feeling Uninspired. I've been wanting to do a "detailed cleaning of every nook and cranie." Now's probably the time.

5. 21 Ways to Be and Stay Creative by Stacia Pierce for Huffpost is another excellent article. I would like to "take a class." Maybe I'll redo an online class I have already taken.

How do you stay inspired?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

pumpkin smoothie

pumpkin smoothie
I've strayed from having my regular, green smoothie lately. I've replaced it with a pumpkin smoothie. It is the season for it, after all. I've tried a few variations, but this is my favorite so far:
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of pumpkin spice
light whipped cream (this is non negotiable for me)
Blend until smooth.

One of my goals for September is to cook/bake with pumpkin, but it's still too hot to bake where I live.  I'm happy making smoothies 'til then. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

my dad's dodgers themed 50th birthday celebration

(I'm sorry if you came by yesterday wondering where I was. My phone is currently broken, which is wreaking havoc in my life. Dramatic, much? "How did this hinder you from posting?" you might be asking yourself. Good question. I use my smartphone to process most of my pictures for my blog. So now I am begrudgingly finding alternate methods until my phone is repaired. #firstworldproblems).

My dad turned 50 last month. (I am the oldest of my siblings and I was born when he was 18. Feel free to do the math. ;) My sisters and I thought it would be fun to host a Dodgers themed birthday party for him. He's obviously a fan of the Angels. Just kidding. ;) He's obviously a fan of the Dodgers.
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My sister Jasmine organized, set up the party, and took these pictures. How fun and lazy to think of party themes and have others execute those ideas. ;)
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For dinner, we had hot dogs, nachos, chips- food you'd get at a baseball game. We also watched the movie 42. Have you seen it? We liked it.
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My brother-in-law Oscar hand drew the Dodgers' logo. So cool!

We all dressed up in blue and white including Julianne:
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Those are my parents above holding Julianne.
Below are my siblings, parents, and me.
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Top row from left to right: my mom, my dad, Jennifer, and me. Bottom row from left to right: Jonathan, Jasmine, and Joshua.

It was a fun party. :)

If it seems like we're frequently celebrating birthdays and what not, we are. It's not an illusion. ;) See other parties we've hosted here.