7 Favorite Things About Summer


Summer is upon us! Finally! I absolutely love summer. There are so many wonderful things about the season, but below are my top 7 favorite things about summer.

  1. Warmer Weather. I am not a fan of cold weather so when the sun starts to thaw the earth, I’m in heaven. The heat brings so much life and here in San Diego it means spending much more time outside.
  2. The Fruit. Berries of every variety. Pineapple and mango. Citrus. Grapes. Everything that brings on the sweet summer flavors.
  3. Longer Days. Let’s face it, the winter months are slightly depressing. The lack of sunshine takes its toll on our perception of time. Having hours of sunlight still ahead of me after I leave work fools me into feeling as though I actually have more time to accomplish all the wonderful things I want to do that day.
  4. Summer Nights. Bonfires. Movies in the Park. Casual gatherings with friends. Along the lines of feeling like I have more time in my day, I find the summer is filled with more evening activities. The break from the usual schedule is welcomed and very much so enjoyed.
  5. The Beach. Living by the beach, I find my way to the sand throughout the year. However, the summer is when I can really enjoy taking a quick dip and drying off in the ocean breeze.
  6. Summer Movies. They are called Summer Blockbusters for a reason. The best movies come out in summer, from comedies to comic action films. There’s always a big exciting new movie to go see.
  7. Rosé. Okay, I know you can drink rosé year round, but it seems so much more satisfying chilled while sitting on the patio soaking up the final rays of the day while enjoying a good book.

And now I’m off to do just that. Cheers to the rest of your weekend!

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What to Pack in your Disney Backpack

My husband and I make our way to Disneyland about once a month. It’s a lot. I know. San Diego is close enough proximity for us to have Annual Passes and easily squeeze in the minimum number of trips to justify the cost of the passes. In case you are wondering, six trips a year brings the Signature Pass to value.

Given that we visit so frequently, we decided a backpack designated for our trips would be worth it. We dug our way through TJMaxx, Ross, and Burlington Coat Factory to find the perfect backpack. We needed one with multiple pockets and bottle holders on both sides of the bag. We landed on this great Swiss Gear backpack for about $25.00.

We keep the bag packed at all times with the essentials. We typically leave for Anaheim around 6:00AM so not having to pack the bag every time we want to go is convenient and sanity saving.

So what “essentials” do we have packed? Check out below…

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7 Things I Do On Sundays

Well, June Gloom has officially settled into the California coast, bringing lots of clouds, humidity, and light morning showers. Today, I’m enjoying my usual Sunday routine while basking in the rainy day.  Sundays are my quiet days. A day to rest and reset. In fact, this is one of the most true statements about my philosophy on life:


Aside from cuddling, there are 7 things I do every Sunday to recenter myself and bring life back around from the chaos. 

  1. Run and Yoga. While I exercise throughout the week, I use Sundays to get in quality sneaker and mat time. Without time constraints, I can really focus on my run and my practice without life’s stresses. 
  2. Laundry. All the laundry gets done every Sunday. This keeps us from falling behind and allows me to wear whatever I feel like during the week. 
  3. Gardening. I don’t have a green thumb and have a tendency to forget about my plants. I have reminders to water the plants during the week but on Sundays I really tend to them. I remove or trim dying leaves. I harvest herbs. It’s surprisingly relaxing and keeps my garden healthy. 
  4. Weekly Cleaning. The chores list sounds long but doesn’t take longer than an hour every Sunday. Vacuuming, mopping, dusting, dishes, etc. all get done. 
  5. Meal (Snack) Prep. I used to be the person who did meal prep for the full week but I found I missed cooking throughout the week. Instead, I prep my snacks for the week to ensure I don’t reach for unhealthy options on the fly. This usually means I make humus and divide up veggies into serving size containers. 
  6. Family Dinner. While we are only a family of two (plus our furbaby), we are trying to build the tradition of eating a sit down meal together every Sunday. This means at the dining table with place settings. I spend a good portion of the day cooking a more elaborate meal than a weekday meal. It’s a nice opportunity to enjoy the end of the weekend and connect before diving back into our busy schedules. 
  7. Pampering. Before heading off to bed, I throw on some guilty-pleasure tv and take time to paint my nails, do a facial, and relax one last time. A little me time really helps settle me down for bed and while small, feels like I’ve really done something for me. 

Do you have a Sunday ritual? I’d love to hear what other people do to prep themselves for the week. 

A New Space

I stayed up late last night rearranging our apartment with my hubs. My poor husband. Less than a week before he leaves for deployment and I tell him I’d like to rearrange our home. After a year and half, I was getting antsy to do something to the space. Without being able to make significant changes like painting, moving the furniture around was the best solution. New curtains and throw pillows can only go so far. I needed a big shift.

​Originally, I said I’d like to make the changes on Saturday, but as we were eating dinner, I decided there was no time like the present. Our apartment has been feeling cluttered and claustrophobic lately and with our big change looming, some space to breathe would be nice.


Moving furniture around wasn’t the only method to get that space. We also created a purge box during the process to weed out items we don’t need or want anymore. We have accumulated a lot of stuff in the past year or so that there’s really no reason to hang onto. Well-intentioned gifts of knickknacks and novelty items have begun to clutter our space and, dare I say it, vibe. Our 667 squarefoot apartment was starting to feel very, very small.

We started by shifting two bookcases from the dining room to the living. We had four bookcases in the dining room to begin with (two small, two large) that created a beautiful library wall. But in our space, the library wall made the dining room feel tiny and look cavernous. In our all white apartment, the brown bookcases sucked in light and created a heavy look. It was time to break it up. So we pulled the smaller of the two bookcases to the living room to frame the tv. The two larger bookcases were pushed to opposite sides in the dining room to open up the wall. The effect is mindblowing. Our dining room feels HUGE now.

We also flipped our living room. Unconventional and not feng shui. But now facing the opposite wall, the living room feels like its own room, rather than part of the boxy great room it is. Moving the couch to the opposite wall also opened up the intersection between the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

Perhaps my favorite result is now all of my craft supplies are in one location – the dining room. Admittedly, I use the dining table more to craft than to eat. Previously, my craft supplies were spread over multiple storage spaces in the dining room, living room, and a closet. Now, while I still have some organizing to do, they are all contained to one space. The dining room actually feels like a craft room as well. A true dual purpose space. With the amount of storage I have in there, I can reorganize to get my supplies put away neatly and discretely… and actually get to finishing those projects!

Crazy what moving furniture around can do. ​The result is beyond what we expected. Our home now feels bigger, more open, cleaner, and more stylish. What has always felt like home now feels like a cozy home that is inspiring.

7 Favorite Podcasts

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend, finding time to relax and enjoy quality time with those they love. I’m spending mine at home with my husband and pup. I love quiet weekends at home. I typically spend the time crafting and catching up Podcasts from the week. Podcasts are great entertainment while I’m working out too, keeping me focused on the story and not watching the clock on the treadmill. A short list of Podcasts make it into my weekly lineup and they keep me thoroughly entertained. So without further ado, here are my 7 favorite Podcasts. 

  1. Stuff You Should Know : Covers a broad array of topics from science to history, explaining how things work or happen. 
  2. Lore : If you’re into folklore, you can’t miss this podcast. It’s like creepy storytime. 
  3. Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown : Two comedians (plus guests) break down the weekly Bravo Real Housewives shows. 
  4. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! : NPR weekly news recap show with a comedy twist (liberal leaning).
  5. Stuff You Missed in History Class : Excellent digs into obscure and interesting historical events and people. 
  6. This American Life : Covers stories in modern day America that will make you think. 
  7. Planet Money : 20 minute-ish financial topics that will help you expand your knowledge and understanding of personal finance and economics. 

Podcasts can be downloaded in a number of places including iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. 

I’m always looking for new ones to add. Share your favorites below. 

7 Things About Me

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you are relaxing and enjoying, what I hope is, beautiful spring weather. I’m still living in an aloha haze from our Hawaiian  adventures. Is it time to go back yet? Ha!

I’m starting off a series called Weekly 7, where I share seven tidbits on various topics. My hope is this will keep me focused on my blog while creating a strong connection to my audience. In this edition, I’m sharing seven random things about me. Hope you enjoy!

  1. I love trying new crafts but cross stitch is my go-to. Cross stitch is a lot like piecing together a puzzle. I love watching the picture come together out of just cloth and thread. Plus, I find the practice to be calming and get my best ideas while cross stitching.
  2. My favorite colors are blue and teal because they remind me of the ocean. The colors show up in every aspect of my life – home decor, wardrobe, our wedding.
  3. I loathe calling in food orders to restaurants. I’m always happy to go pick up the food, but my husband and friends are always saddled with the job of actually ordering.
  4. While I love to read, I’m not the type of person who can get lost in a book. Even if the story line is really engaging, I struggle to turn my brain off and fully exit real life. I’ve always admired those who can be truly captivated by books.
  5. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve worked hard to develop a healthy relationship with food and my body. I’m one of those crazy people who wholeheartedly enjoys exercise and prefers healthy food. Insane, I know.
  6. I possess an unusually strong association between music and memories. If I hear a song, I can tell you either a specific memory that I relate to it or at the least, what time of my life I associate with it the most.
  7. The first blog I ever had was a Yahoo! Geocities webpage in 2001. This is also where I learned most of my basic HTML coding abilities. Since then I’ve had far too many blogs to count.

 

Our San Diego Wedding :: Summary

We were so happy with the way our wedding turned out! I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of the line – but I’m out of blog posts about it. Haha. It’s been fun reliving our big day though and I hope you’ve found a few nuggets of inspiration.

Below is a summary of our posts and information on our vendors, in case you missed something!

Venue: The Thursday Club
Caterer: Epic Catering
Photographer: True Photography
DJ: DJ Sound Express
Flowers: San Diego Wholesale Flowers

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0122jennifer_henry_hankMr. & Mrs. Signs

0116jennifer_henry_hankChampagne Bottle Centerpieces and Table Numbers

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0151jennifer_henry_hankThe Food

On to the next adventure!

 

 

Our Wedding :: Table Settings

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When it came to putting our table settings together on our wedding day, I was ecstatic with the way our vision came to life. Over the course of planning, we had boxes of candle votives, printed quizzes, wood boards, candles, etc that we had never actually laid out on a table to visualize. So when the day came, I was nervous. What if the center pieces weren’t full enough? What if we didn’t have enough time to piece everything together? What if it looked cheap and silly?Read More »

Our Wedding :: Menus

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Ah – the wedding dinner menu. Some people have them, some people skip them. Those who have them either print cards for the place settings or have a board up with the food options written out. The option brides and grooms chose depends heavily on how their food is being served. For our wedding, we served food family-style (large platters of food served to each table) so we decided a family-style menu would work just fine!Read More »