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Monthly Journal: December 2018

December! So much happy, so much merry, so much busy.

 
 
 
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We got our first Christmas tree (!) and did a few more simple Christmas decorations to help make it feel cozy and Christmas-y in our little home.

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Since we had a Christmas tree I actually wrapped gifts before Christmas Eve - for the added cozy-ness of course. I knew I’d forget what we got June so I took pictures of everything as I wrapped and it really helped when I was wondering if we “needed” to get any more gifts. (Oh wow, so spoiled.)

 

Book: Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by the most talented designer and letterer, Jessica Hische.

 
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We only did lights, a star and some DIY fruit garland on the tree (because wow, the whole decor things adds up) and I actually loved it so much, I might do again next year instead of buying ornaments.

After stringing the second garland of cranberries, we left the house and I turned on our Roomba (and felt real great about myself for remembering) and he (yes, our robot vacuum is a dude and his name is Ross) destroyed the garland that I left on the floor and tracked cranberry guts all over the living room. Bah-humbug.

 
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We visited family in Sparks twice in December! The first visit was a pre-Christmas celebration because Chris’ sister was also in town!

 
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My birthday happened and I celebrated with my favorite things –

A trip to Target for some strolling and a giant free coffee; an entire afternoon blocked off for journaling and reflecting on the year; and a night out with Chris starting with ice cream, then dinner, then a champagne toast… err, chambong.

 
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Back to Sparks for Christmas!

We started what I think will be a great new tradition: skiing on Christmas Eve.

June did all the Christmas crafts with Grandma and made all the Christmas treats.

We lounged and ate and played and did all the jolly things you do.

 
 
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All the gifts, and a daddy in the background putting the toys with 8697 pieces and no batteries together.

 
 
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Back home for a few days with just our little family before Chris went back to work. We spent a lot of time resting and reflecting and planning for the next year.

We celebrated the new year with champs and the toddler version of bubbly, the Netflix countdown, and bed at 9pm. Glorious.

 

PLANS/GOALS/HOPES FOR January

  • Go through everything we own and purge anything we don’t need/actually use

  • Make serious progress on my collaborative project for The Business Bar and open it up to a few testers

  • June is starting “school”! And we’re applying for “real” preschool!
    (Sub-goal: set intentions for how I will use this time!)


 
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Here’s to more magic in 2019.

– JB

Monthly Journal: June 2018

So, my audio blog didn't last very long. I recorded everyday for about a week and a half... then my grandparents came in town and I just didn't make it a priority again after that. And I'm okay with it! I actually gained a considerable amount of confidence… talking to probably no one (JK, I know my bestie listened. Thanks, Ash.) alone in my living room/car.
Laughable but true.
I know that “podcasting” every day is not going to work for me. But I learned that I can actually enjoy it, I have more to say than I think I do, (though I really need to edit it down to what people actually care to listen to) and I want to keep playing with different ways to share what’s going on in our little world.
It probably won’t be interesting to most – and I'm totally cool with that. My goal is to: document key things in our lives so we can look back on them; share what is working and what’s not so anyone in a similar life situation can learn from us; and simply have a creative outlet with no client and no expectations.

Which brings me back to this post – my latest experiment. I’m going to try to do a monthly blog post instead of a daily audio blog. Seems doable but I’m actually shocked how little I can accomplish as June’s nap time gets shorter and shorter.

Here we go! 


 
 

June 2018
- the recap

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Road trip alone to LA for the Fashion Mamas "Mamas Making It" Summit; best friend came to visit; we all caught colds; started the process of reviving The Honest Boss with Sarah by going through the beginning of my client process, recording our meetings and posting them online; chopped off my hair; Napa Valley to celebrate Father's Day/Chris' new job/our 7th Anniversary; First pool and beach days in SF; Florida friends stayed with us and Chris' sister visited for an afternoon!

 
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Whew. June was so full!

 

 

Things I tried (and loved)

 
 
 
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Ideas for June (the kid, not the month) –

I'm always trying to get us into a better routine (and always forgetting to brush her dang teeth) so I made a "list" for her! It worked for a few days. Ha! I'd love to make little magnets for her to move when she's completed something but can't find any good customizable magnets... ideas!?

 

Finally ordered groceries from Whole Foods via Amazon Prime Now!

Definitely a little more expensive than our usual Trader Joe's run but the fridge was empty and mama tired. Grocery shopping with a toddler in the city is no joke! Thinking of making this an every other week thing. 

 
 
 

Embracing the 90's mom vibe  –

Not going to lie; I'm having a style crisis and this feels okay for now. Who even am I and what do I like and do I just like this color because I see it all over insta and btw I redesigned this blog again which is basically another piece of my wardrobe. Thanks for listening.

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Plans/goals/hopes for July

This will be our first month with no visitors since we moved to SF in November! We've loved it, of course, but we're excited to have a "down" month. It takes me a while to get back into my routine after we've been traveling or had guests in town so I have high hopes for getting back into healthy routines this month. 

To kick that off... I started a workout program on the SWEAT app, (after seeing 3647584787638 ads and ignoring them and then reading one post by someone I think is cool who raved about it. HA.) took embarrassing "before" pics to make sure I stay motivated and after the first workout I'm limping around like a 98 year old, soaking in salts and searching "sore" in the app's community forum to make sure I'm not the only one. It will get betterrrr. (RIGHT!?)

I'm also going to try to plan out more of a weekly routine so I can incorporate more things I'd like to be doing with June (teaching her more letters... maybe learn Spanish together... finally potty train!? Pray for us.) instead of doing whatever we feel like that day which usually means more TV than I feel awesome about. We'll see how it goes!


 
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Happy Summering, party people. 

 

––– JB