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Monthly Journal: November 2018

November felt like three months packed into one. Looking back through my photos (which is totally how I remember what we’ve done) I couldn’t believe it was really all in one month. It could also be because it’s now mid-December and I’m just making this recap happen. Our Florida trip gets it’s own post because somanypictures so here’s the first half of November!




Snaps from a solo hike at Lands End.


We picked out June’s glasses

After multiple trips to Warby Parker and a home try on kit from Jonas Paul with a very OCD try-on process on my part (…sorry, June) we picked out two pairs from Jonas Paul!


(Attempting to)
clean up June’s plate

After learning so much and feeling so great after Whole30, I was more motivated to change June’s diet for the much healthier. Girlfriend basically only likes dairy and bread and fruit… and gets pickier every day.

Honestly, it’s not going great.
I was excited because she ate my baked sweet potato fries and actually said the words “oh delicious!” and I wanted to cry tears of joy. She ate a vegetable! Even if it does taste like candy. But that was one of the only wins we had before going on vacay where I just did the best we could! #sendtips


A little festive decor up!


smokey days

The California fires bought thick smoke to SF. We stayed inside as much as possible with our windows closed, and still felt the effects of breathing in the smoke. Like everyone in the city, we were feeling pretty bad and going a little crazy from staying inside, but so incredibly thankful that we only had to deal with the smoke and our lives and homes were not in danger.


Sparks trip

A few days into the smokey period, we had a wonderfully timed trip to Sparks planned to visit Chris’ parents. We got to breathe some crisp clean air and play in the snow!


Trying to stay busy while staying indoors! We stuck out for an art class one day and make a giant mess in the kitchen another day. The paint on her fingers totally stressed June out and she wanted to leave immediately, but somehow I was the only one focusing on my breathing in my messy kitchen.



I feel like this is a big deal… We hired a babysitter. I was on pie duty so I made one and bought two for back-up. I put on a fancy jumpsuit that barely fit before the food. We went to Friendsgiving. We were asked how long we’d been dating; I said 10 years, married 7. I realized we’d been together 10 years. We knew 4 people. We left knowing more. We even snuck in a little mini date before. We left early because babysitting and because we’re old people. (And introverts.)

It may have been the first drink I had since not drinking for 2 months but I just felt super grateful to have some really wonderful friends in the city (even if just a few) and live in such an awesome place. And the 10 years thing. And food. Grateful for food.


west coast craft

I’m still overwhelmed from the amazing-ness.

I was sick from something I ate + probably the smoke, but I was not about to miss this. I wondered around the entire building multiple times (with a matcha/sit/breathe break in between) making sure not to miss a single booth and saw so many artists and makers that I’ve only admired online. I wanted to buy all the things but left with only a few items for people I knew would really appreciate the work that went into them.

Also! I met the lovely people behind Yeild - a company in St. Augustine that also followed forever. How funny that after living so close for so long, I’d meet them across the country.




Enjoy time with family!

Take time to be still and quiet and journal. Reflect on 2018; set intentions for 2019.

Continue working towards launching my collaborative project for The Business Bar. (But don’t work too much)


Overwhelm and thankfulness,

— JB

Monthly Journal: October 2018

The palm trees in Union Square are already strung with lights, we’re getting excited about our trip back to Florida in November, and I can’t lie - I’ve caught myself humming Christmas songs. It’s only October but I feel like we’re going to blink and it will be 2019. I’m feeling more excitement for the things to come, and less stress over what I still want to do, which is a new way for me to wrap up a year. Or, well, anything. I like this feeling!





I did the dang thing! Re-introduction has started and I’m really excited to be able to tell how certain foods change the way I feel and see what is worth bringing back.

This month has been full of food prep (which June loved helping with - and she’s actually helpful these days!) and food dreams. Weird. I’m excited to write a full recap post when the re-introduction phase is over.


It rained! Once.
We were used to almost-daily afternoon storms in Florida so the dryer weather has been awesome but we were actually really pumped for a little rain shower here.


Best seats in SF for Fleet Week


Pieces of June’s Halloween costume(s) started rolling in and she was so pumped to try everything on.

(These are the monster slippers that didn’t actually make it in our photoshoot because oops, it got really hot outside!)


All the pink, all the Minnies, all the Disney. Who is this kid!?


Summer happened in SF

Good to remember for next year: June is the most depressing month in San Fran (the fog never leaves and the sun is no where to be found) and Summer shows up for a few days in October. Keep a few cooler outfits and bathing suits out of storage.


weekend trip – sparks, nv

We made the first of many weekend trips to Sparks (right outside Reno) to see Chris’ parents after they moved there from Jacksonville last month. We got to feel some cold air, hang with our kitties, and go to an awesome fall festival with June’s grandparents.


curated closet

Since we moved to SF I’ve felt very.. eh, unsettled with my wardrobe. The big change really made me want to update my style but I’ve been unsure what my style even really is, so I picked up Curated Closet from the library to read for the second time. It’s gives a step by step process for nailing down the closet that will work best for you and last.

I’m documenting the process and will share where I (and my closet) end up!

For now, I’ll just be over here trying on every pair of jeans in San Francisco and taking awkward mirror selfies.



We checked the pumpkin patch visit off our list of goals - twice! There was an awesome place (Clancy’s) right here in SF. June has asked to go back and do the hayride again almost every day since.


June’s eye thing – now has a name

Our appointment with Dr. Good (who really was awesome) was at the end of October. He could quickly tell that she had Accommodative Esotropia which is why her eye is crossing when she focuses. He said glasses with a very low prescription will fix the problem! She may only need to wear them temporarily for the eye to correct itself.

So we’re currently glasses shopping! We checked out Warby Parker’s new kids line, and ordered a home try-on box from Jonas Paul. Anywhere else we should check out!?

She’s going to be the cutest thing ever in glasses, but I’m not sure how I feel about all three of us having glasses… family group hugs are about to get awkward. Ha!



We’re going back to Florida! June and I are traveling back for a wedding and Thanksgiving. This is the first time we will have been back since we moved last November! I’m super excited and my list of people and places to see is long.

My Whole30 reintroduction is going to stretch out until we leave for our trip because I really want to make the most of it and learn as much as I can. Taking all the notes to share!

This month I have one branding client and the rest of my time will be spent on my big exciting collaborative project for The Business Bar. We’re already swimming in inspiration boards in the strategy phase so we’ll have something to share so soon; I’m giddy with excitement!


Here’s to eating dinner on the floor under a blanket tent, working from bed, and Christmas songs in October. It’s all okay.

–– JB

Monthly Journal: September 2018

Wait, is September really over!? I blinked and it’s October 7th.

But I’m sticking to this, dang it. Let’s go back and recap!



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Switching it up a bit with some bullets:

  • At the beginning of September, we had just gotten back from our big vacation to Hawaii and we jumped into some new activities for June. She started weekly swim class at a local rec center through our Parks and Rec. and dance class at OCD. This came at a great time because one of her bestie’s became a big sister (!!) so we’ll be taking a break from our weekly trade-offs for a while!

  • Work was pretty busy in September, which as usual, spurred ideas for my own business. (Sharing these very soon!)

  • We passed around a little cold and were reminded how awesome it is that I can schedule work around being a mom and drop everything for some sicky cuddles.

  • I stuck with my networking/connecting goals and went to TuesdaysTogether for the first time since moving here, and went to the WorkParty book tour event where I saw four people that I knew from two different places and just could not get over it. I know people in SF now!?

  • We left the city for a day to take my car in for a recall repair and used the opportunity to go to Chickfila since it was “only” 15 minutes away! The other direction from home, but worth it.

  • Two friends happened to be in SF so I got to hang out with my oldest creative friend and first client from Jacksonville, and one of the first creative friends I met here in SF who moved to Taiwan for a year.

  • Probably the biggest news from September: Chris’ parents moved to Nevada! They decided just two weeks before their house in Jacksonville closed, drove across the country and stayed with us (with our two cats) for a week until their new home was ready to move in! June was so sad when they left and took the cats with them. But we’re so excited to be driving distance away from grand-hangs… or a June drop off and child-less vacay!

  • I finally braved the DMV and got CA tags for the car. (Totally bullet point worthy.)

  • We wrapped the month with a visit to Facebook. Chris’ sister Katie (um.. I mean Katelyn. But we still call her Katie.. ha!) recently started working for FB in DC and came to the west coast for “work” so we got an amazing tour with all the free food. It was awesome and delish and I felt like total crap after… perfect motivation to start Whole30!

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whole30 prep

For the past few months, I’ve been eating Whole30-ish. I cooked Whole30 meals for dinner so I could prove to myself that I could survive without adding quinoa or rice to our meals… and that Chris would like them so I wouldn’t have to make separate dinners for a month. But, I didn’t hold back when the occasional treat was available and definitely didn’t check labels for added sugar. The last week of Sept. I went a little crazy and “enjoyed” all the things - feeling the need to experience everything I probably won’t even want anymore by the end of my Whole30… which sounds like freedom because my body did not enjoy the things my tastebuds only kind of did.

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June’s “eye thing” update

We went to the pediatrician and he thinks her left eye may have a weak muscle causing it to cross, and referred us to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. We have an appointment at the end of October. I’m anxious to know more and start a treatment! It definitely seems to be getting worse over time.

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Whole30! Really excited to finally start. My goal is to finish… ha! And take really good notes so that I maximize what I learn - and what I can share. I have a lot of hopes for the program; I plan to share those in a post just on W30.

I want to take June to a pumpkin patch. Duh, right? But she has talked about the “punkin pouch” since last October so this makes the list. Oh and figure out what she’s going to dress up as. Right now Minnie and monster are the top contenders.

For work, I want to wrap up the projects I have going on and fully dive into one branding client’s project and the new project for The Business Bar. I plan to lean more on my team for any other projects that come in!

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Love and no more chocolate,

–– JB