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. 

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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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0116jennifer_henry_hankChampagne Bottle Centerpieces and Table Numbers

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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 »

Our Wedding :: Champagne Bottle Centerpieces and Table Numbers

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By far, my favorite project of the entire wedding was our centerpieces / table numbers. In fact, using champagne bottles as the centerpieces was the first decoration idea and decision of the event. My husband and I both love champagne and were more than willing to make the great sacrifice of drinking a bunch for the sake of the wedding. Haha!

With limited materials, these champagne bottle centerpieces were surprisingly inexpensive and easy – once the bubblies wore off, of course. The best part was the majority of bottles used were gifts from our engagement. How’s that for meaningful upcycling?!Read More »

Our Wedding :: Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs

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As cheesy as this sounds, I was unbelievably stoked when I realized we had the perfect set up for “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs. Most table layouts put the bride and groom’s backs to a wall which makes chair signs a little silly.

I have seen some really adorable signs. Wood cut-outs. Chalkboard signs. Even really beautiful floral displays. We opted to stick with the aesthetic of gold lettering but made a few slight mistakes along the way.Read More »

Our Wedding :: Quote Signs

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I am a total sucker for quotes. You can bet that I have Pinterest boards upon Pinterest boards filled with motivational or sweet, sappy quotes saved for a rainy day. I definitely have a few hanging around the house. I even kept a journal growing up to hold all of my favorite quotes (before the age of Pinterest) that I still keep handy.

So when it came to planning our wedding, we knew we had to include a few quotes to help capture our delightful and weird love. We selected three quotes. One that we both loved and one each to represent the way we felt.

The one we both loved is pictured above.

We are all a little weird
and life’s a little weird
and when we find someone whose
weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them
in mutual weirdness
and call it love.

Dr. Seuss

My husband and I both openly embrace our weirdness and find that our individual weirdness blends well together. We both enjoy the little things in life and celebrate the moments that make life fun. Whether it’s playing in bubbles at Disneyland or taking goofy photos to get on the video board at baseball games, we always strive for laughs and fun, even if others may think we’re weird.

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