Posts tagged summer in SF
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!

 
 
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Oct
2018

 
 

whole30

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.

 
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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

 
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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!)

 
 
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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.

 
 
 
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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.

 
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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.

 
 

punkins!

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.

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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!

 
 
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PLANS/GOALS/HOPES FOR november

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!


 
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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: August 2018

We just got back from our family vacation in Hawaii and I'm somewhere between very happy to be home and not quiet ready to come back to real life. I have yet to check my email, set an alarm or put on make up. Coming back before the weekend was a gooood idea. But back to reflecting on August, before the big vacay!


 
 

Aug
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We started the month strong by driving to Napa to visit a friend/client and it was great to see her, meet her son, and soak up some of the summer that SF does not have; June had a few no-nap scares where she'd go three days in a row without falling asleep during nap time, but then go back to her trusty (and gloriously long) naps; spent hours researching and finally signing June up for a swim class and dance class that will start next month; attended the first Squarespace Circle meet up and met other people in my city who also love using Squarespace for work; started working through an online course to help heal the ab separation I discovered last month, which was graciously gifted to me by a friend who never used the course; finally caved and bought some comfy sneakers for our long, hilly walks in the city; June used her last diaper for bedtime and started sleeping in undies and has had no accidents so far - so impressed with her; went to a clothing swap, got rid of probably 200 items and brought home 3 - goal, met; we started having a lot more sunny days in SF; Chris' parents came to visit and we packed a lot of awesomeness into 2.5 days ...and then vacay but that needs it's own post!

 
 
 
 
 
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June's eye thing

Mid-August I noticed June started doing this weird thing with her eyes when she's holding something up close. She holds it to one side and one eye goes so far to the side it looks like she's crossing her eyes. At first she was doing it with both eyes and it seemed like she was just playing around, but later in the month it seemed to be happening a lot more with her left eye. Now it happens every time she looks at something close to her, like she can't help it. Luckily this started right after I made her an appointment for a check-up so we'll see what doc says at our appointment in just a few days!

 
 

in a weekend grove

For a while I was feeling blah about the way we spent our weekends. We either did nothing and stayed home, which we do love doing despite feeling a little lame when people ask what we did over the weekend, but it usually leaves us feeling more restless than restful – or we'd get out and go do something that usually didn't feel quite like us and left us super drained and wondering why we left the house. Ha! #introverts
The past few weekends we've found our grove. We take it slow in the morning, have breakfast and coffee and let June watch some cartoons. (Which I can fully enjoy with no guilt since she's not watching so much TV during the week, thanks to our new routine) Then we get ready and go on a little walk or catch the trolley and have lunch out and maybe ice cream. Then we'll head home, put June down for a nap and Chris will chill at home while I go thrifting or sit at a coffee shop or outside to read or write. These weekends – or the ones spent at the pool or beach – have felt like the right balance of rest and adventure for us and I'm pumped about it.

 
 
 
 
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Reading reading reading

This month I spent a lot of time reading and learning in areas I felt like I needed some help.
I read/am still reading through:

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Parenting by Paul David Tripp
Your Brightest Life Journal by my friend Caroline Kelso Zook
(Caroline was one of my business besties - before I started a business. I'm just crazy proud of her and the work she continues to bravely share with the world... so yeah, I'm totally shouting "I KNOW HER!")
Being Boss by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon

 
 
 

Reflecting on my goals for August

I successfully connected with old and new friends each week of August, got outside in the sun every chance I got, and kept a quick journal of the day's events and how I was feeling every day. Just as suspected, all of these things proved to be winners in the mental health category.
While I never really narrowed down which time of day I'd like to spend catching up on social, I definitely spent a lot less time on my phone altogether. The time I spent on it was much more about documenting real life, and less about scrolling through little bits of other people's lives. Okay, and online shopping for Hawaii
I totally gave up on starting Whole30 when I realized our first day home from vacation would be Sept. 1 and I just really want to Day 1 to be on the first day of the month. (Probably just an excuse to put it off.... totally just an excuse.) But I have been cooking almost all Whole30 recipes for dinner to prove to myself that Chris and I can survive without quinoa or rice with dinner, and I don't have to cook separate dinners for each of us. It is now on my calendar for October 1. (!!!)

 
 

PLANS/GOALS/HOPES FOR September

As mentioned above, I'm actually going to start Whole30 in October – so in September, I will plan at least the first week of meals, buy groceries and supplies, take before pictures and measurements, and make a list of the results I'm hoping for and post them for motivation.
We'll be starting weekly activities for June this month (swim and dance) and my friend that I usually switch off with is having a baby, so I want to figure out a good new weekly routine for us.
There are some really exciting things in the works for both The Honest Boss and The Business Bar, and my overall goal is just to move forward with the ideas and dreams without letting fear hold me back.


 
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I'll just be over here soaking up the last bits of Summer!

 

–– 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