Happy Birthday to My Guy!

As I mentioned in my August goals, this month is filled with a few different reasons to celebrate, one of which being my love's birthday! He isn't one to care much about birthdays and doesn't need anyone to make a fuss over him, but I always ignore that and make it my mission to C E L E B R A T E him as much as possible!! 364 days a year, he does so much to be thoughtful towards others and do nice things for his friends, family, and coworkers, so on his birthday it is my job to make him feel extra special like he does for everyone else the rest of the year!

Unfortunately we both have to work today, but I have some special things planned for tonight and this weekend that I hope he will love! When I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday he just said he wanted to spend it with me, which pretty much tells you what kind of guy he is :) We always have so much fun and it makes me happy simply doing silly stuff together like wandering around the grocery store or watching our favorite shows on the couch with Marly.

So, with that, HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY DAI! I love you and am so happy to be able to spend another birthday with you, my best friend :) This next year is going to be another great one for you, I just know it. Have a wonderful day and I can't wait to celebrate you! And tell you 'happy birthday' a few more hundred times :)


August Goals

How is it already August?! This summer has just flown by and has kept me very busy. Between working 50 hours per week, moving, and having jam packed weekends, it is no wonder I blinked and we are somehow already at the beginning of August.

August is a bittersweet month for me; there are exciting things to celebrate, but it also means the end of summer break and the beginning of a new school year. While I enjoy the newness of a fresh semester, I do not enjoy the responsibilities that come along with it as my classes progress!

Since it is my last few weeks of summer break before school starts up again, I definitely want to make the most of this month! Here are some goals I have...

+ Get unpacked and settled in at my new apartment
Yes, you read that right, my new APARTMENT! I will definitely share more about this very soon, but I just moved all of my stuff into my new apartment almost two weeks ago (that I am sharing with one of my oldest friends!), so I still have some settling in to do and would love to be all unpacked before school starts. I always love seeing and reading about people's homes, but have never felt like I had much to share, so I am definitely excited for all of the home related blog posts to come :)

+ Celebrate Dai's birthday and our 5 year anniversary
This is the fun part of August! Dai's birthday and our anniversary are just 3 days apart, so these special occasions are always the highlight of the month. I usually plan something for Dai's birthday, but this year I am also handling plans for the day of our anniversary and I am excited :) We are also using these occasions as an excuse to go away later in the month, so it is like we get to celebrate all throughout August, which I am definitely a fan of!

+ Start school
Well, this "goal" is a little inevitable, but I still have to get all of my supplies organized and mentally prepare to start my last year of school! This will be happening this month whether I like it or not ;)

+ Spend time with Dai
July was pretty crazy for both of us, so it didn't really feel like we got to spend much quality time together, even though we saw each other every day. This month I would like to make an intentional effort to spend nice time together, especially since I will be starting school soon and then will have homework and tests to worry about even in my down time.

+ Try out the gym at my new place
One of the great amenities of my apartment is a nice gym (along with a pool!), so I definitely want to take advantage of it and get my booty into a workout routine! Between the gym at home and a pilates class I am taking this semester, I am hoping to finally begin my fitness journey. Gyms are totally new to me and while the one at my apartment isn't huge, it is surely enough to get me going!

+ Have a get together/party with friends
Since I just moved and really love my new place, I would love to have some friends over for a get together or have a house warming party! Hoping we can do that sometime this month maybe, or at the very least get it on the calendar :)

+ Spend some time alone doing things I want to do
As you can see, going back to school is a theme here! I am thankful for my education, but it definitely puts a strain on my free time, so I would like to take advantage of the time I have left before school starts again to do things I have been wanting to do. I would love to do things like have a coffee date with myself, work on a scrapbook, blog, and play around with hand lettering, things I always feel like I have to put off because of school.

+ Give oil pulling a try
My friend and roommate, Laura, and I were talking about giving oil pulling a try and thought it would be nice to have each other as a buddy to do it with. There is a lot of information out there about oil pulling, so I would just Google it if you are curious, but it is essentially swishing around oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Sounds weird, I know, but it has tons of health benefits, such as teeth whitening, increasing oral health, aiding in weight loss, killing bad breath, the list literally goes on and on... So, I figured why not start this month?

So there you have it, my goals for this month! Even though it just began, I can already tell it is going to fly by! I think the most important thing for me is going to be being intentional about my time, especially when it comes to wanting to do some things by myself. I am really looking forward to seeing what this month brings!

What are your goals for August? Are you going back to school this month?


Currently // June

Now that this month is coming to a close, I thought it would be nice to take some time to reflect on how June has been and to document some things that happened...

Reading... The book Brooklyn. I have had it for several months now and am slowly getting into it.
Playing... Sudoku on my phone. I had never played before, but while I was in Chicago I gave it a shot and now I'm addicted.
Watching... The Bachelorette and the new season of Pretty Little Liars. What can I say, I just love trashy TV haha
Trying... To make plans for our anniversary getaway and for a trip I may be taking with some friends. So many details to work out!
Cooking... Everything on the grill! I grilled tri-tip and veggies by myself for the first time the other day and now I want to grill allllll the things. So yummy! 

Eating... Yummy catered breakfast and lunch at my internship everyday. Yes, we are very spoiled.
Drinking... Vanilla coffee. We have awesome coffee machines at work and I am trying to not get hooked on caffeine!

My sister because she is awesome and I miss her.
Pinning... Branding inspiration for a bakery I am designing things for!

Going... To bed early these days because I have been so tired from working so much!
Loving... Swimming pretty much every afternoon at my nanny job! Makes those 10 hour work days a lot better!

Hating... The fact that I have to get some stuff done to my car this week which just means $$$.

Discovering... What I am really interested in for a career and also what I do not want. 

Thinking... Of all the things I would like to accomplish this summer and that I should probably write them down so I can start working on them!

Feeling... Generally happy about life right now! Good things are going on.

Hoping (for)... A miracle to happen and I find a place to move to soon!
Listening (to)... The Gilmore Guys podcast. I still have not caught up to the present day episodes, but I have been loving listening to them while I drive everyday! Plus, with the GG revival coming, it's been extra nice getting ready for that!

Ordering... That pink donut pool float and other things from Amazon because Amazon is king. Gotta love that Prime shipping! My sister also introduced me to Jane.com and that site is dangerous too!
Thanking... Myself for finally getting a new iPhone. I love it! Oh, and Dai for putting up with my antics :)

Considering... Taking off on an adventure this weekend! It is a holiday weekend after all, so why not?

Starting... To blog more often! I have really missed blogging consistently and would like to get back into it!

Finishing... This post because I should probably get back to my actual work ;)

All in all, June has been a great month! It flew by way too quickly though and I just want summer to slow down a bit! I'm excited to see what July and the rest of the summer will bring :)

How was your June? Did you do anything special? How is summer treating you so far?


A Coffee Date + JORD

It is no secret that I love coffee dates. I love them so much it has become my mission to make Dai love them too. Whenever I can, I get him to come along with me to a coffee shop where we can find a cozy spot to sip our yummy drinks and talk or work on blog things. When I got back from my two-week-long trip, I made a date for us to do just that. We had a lot to catch up on since we hadn't seen each other in so long (the longest time apart in 3 years!), so we headed to the city to visit a new-to-us coffee shop called Pinhole Coffee. We loved the vibe and camera themed decor, but that's another story that deserves a post of its own!
While I was away, Dai and I each received beautiful new wood watches from JORD! I have been eyeing JORD's watches for quite sometime, so I was definitely thrilled to finally have one of my own. I had also shown Dai this company a while back and ever since then he has been telling me that he wanted one, so as you can imagine, he was pretty happy too!
When we opened our watch boxes, we were both so impressed with how nicely our watches were packaged. I almost didn't want to take mine out! I love that I now have a nice wooden box to use for something else, or better yet, a safe place to store my watch when I am not wearing it.
On our coffee date, we both excitedly decided to wear our watches for the first time and I must say, we are in love! With our watches and each other ;) After going back and forth between our options for watches, Dai finally settled on the Delmar series in Red Sandalwood & White Carbon and I settled on the Frankie series in Purpleheart & Plum. It was a tough decision because we liked so many of them, but we are very happy with our choices!copy-6602copy-6831
So far I have gotten a lot of compliments on my pretty purple watch! It is very unlike anything I have seen before and the color makes it so unique. It feels really nice on my wrist, especially since JORD sent it to me already sized with my wrist measurements, which is such a great service that they offer with your order! I always hate when I get a watch and have to wait to wear it until I get it sized, so it made me very happy to be able to wear my watch immediately after opening it.JORD-8
One great thing that we have discovered is that these wood watches fit in so well with our casual style (but can also be easily dressed up when need be!). Whether we are wearing them to work at the office, run around with kiddos as a nanny, out on the town on a Friday night, or on a coffee date, they just look so good! We are quite pleased with how these unique watches fit right in to our busy and casual lifestyle.copy-6706
Dai was really drawn to the eye-catching design of his watch, as the big face of it compliments his style and the redwood and white carbon contrast each other so nicely. So far he has loved wearing it to work and showing it off to his coworkers haha.copy-6879
All in all, our coffee date was a success and we enjoyed our latte & iced coffee! I think I just may have even convinced Dai that we should schedule some more of these in the future :) There is something so nice about relaxing and catching up over a cup of goodness!

Big thanks to JORD for sending us these lovely watches to enjoy and wear on coffee dates for many years to come!

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.

Womens Wooden Watches


The Busy Bee Update // 2

I have been on summer break now for 4 weeks and I am just now sitting down to finally write a blog post. I know you are probably wondering what in the world could now be keeping me from blogging now that school has ended. Well, let me just start by saying this: life has been quite the wonderful whirlwind!

Let's see...what have I been up to?
I went out of town for two weeks with my dad and took a road trip from Illinois to California.
The day after I finished school, I headed out to Illinois to help my dad and his siblings clean out their 92-year-old aunt's house since she unfortunately passed away in April. I had not been to my dad's hometown in 6 years, so it was nice to visit again and see some extended family. While I was there, we were very busy trying to sort through my aunt's belongings and clear the house out so it could be put up for sale. It was really bittersweet being at her house, but it was good closure and I really enjoyed getting to know her more simply through all of the things she had. She and her late husband built that house and had lived there since the 1950s, so as you could imagine, there were tons of things buried in there. I found many vintage treasures and am happy to have those momentos to remind me of her.

During the second week of my trip, my dad and I drove from Illinois back to California. I had never done a road trip like that, so I was very excited for this adventure with my dad! We left Illinois on Sunday and ended in San Diego late Thursday night. We took our time getting home and stopped along the way in Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. I will definitely be posting more about that very soon, but it was such a fun trip!

I started a summer internship!
Two days after I got home to the Bay Area, I started an internship at a company called RingCentral. I am working in the marketing department (no, nothing design related) and have really been loving it so far! I just finished my second week and it has been a fun new experience. I have made lots of friends with the other interns from various departments and I am enjoying the team I work on. I am still nannying in the afternoons though, so between the two jobs I am working 50 hours per week. It has been really great and fulfilling, but I am definitely tired at the end of the day!

I'm figuring out where I will be moving to in the next month or so.
Along with all these fun things going on, I also have to deal with the not so fun task of figuring out where I am going to be moving to. So far I haven't found any great options, so it has been a little disappointing. I am not sure what I am going to do yet, but I know everything will work out one way or another!

I've been enjoying my weekends and evenings completely free of homework!
Aside from everything else, I have been simply enjoying my evenings and weekends that have left me free to relax, go places, and just hang out worry-free! It is so nice not to have any school assignments hanging over my head! I have been hanging out with friends more and have lots of things lined up on my summer bucket list. I am definitely soaking up every moment of this freedom before school starts back up again in August!

I am currently at Blue Bottle Coffee in Palo Alto with Dai and we are having a lovely summer day out and about! We are sitting outside at this public workspace and it is so nice! I wanted to use this relaxing time to quickly write a post to check-in and update you all on what's been up with me. I haven't abandoned this blog, I promise, and look forward to finally writing all these posts I have drafted in my head :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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