Currently July 2020

And just like that, there goes July! We had a pretty quiet 4th. We spent the afternoon with my brother and his family. Gryffin had a blast playing with his cousins that we hadn’t seen since the shut down. I also made these delicious red, white, and blue brownie kabobs. They were as sweet and refreshing as they look! You can bet I will be making these every year.

After my brother’s house we went out to dinner at our favorite Mongolian grill restaurant. With the majority of fireworks shows being canceled, there were quite a few illegal fireworks going off so we had fun running from our back deck to the front window to watch them all, haha.

The only other thing I can think of that happened out of the ordinary was that Gryffin and I came down with small head colds (I got covid tested just to be safe and we’re clear). It made me realize though I need to be more diligent about cleaning my home’s high touch areas and making sure I’m washing HIS hands as much as I’m washing mine. Regardless of Covid, it’s not fun being sick, no matter what sickness it is.

Here’s what else we’ve been up to this month…

Currently Watching

The BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. I’m leaving this on here because I’m not done yet. I haven’t made too much of an effort but I’m also not giving up.

Also, Friday nights have officially become our family movie night! Gryffin is now old enough to sit through most of a movie – granted he gets some toys to play with when we’re about 3/4 of the way through, but we’re completely fine with that. Our Friday night movies have included

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Trolls 2 (Gryiffin really liked this one),
  • Emporors New Groove
  • Scooby (we watched this one tonight!)

Currently Reading

I don’t have quite as much to share in this section as last month, but I’m still working on a couple books.

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I started this book over a year ago when I was looking at starting up my own freelancing business. This book is super motivational when you’re looking to chase after your goals and dreams. I took a long hiatus from this book after I put my freelancing dream on the back burner. I’ve picked it up off and on throughout the year, but I’m determined to finish it.

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Boundaries, Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

I made it through 60% of this book before it expired on the library app. I need to check this out again so I can finish it though. There are so many good points and I really find it helpful regarding different areas of my life. I also want to check out his book “Boundaries with Kids”.

Seeking Him by Nancy DeMoss Wolgeuth & Time Grissom

This is a devotional I recently started. I sometimes have a hard time being consistent with online devotionals and was wanting a hard copy to go through – this fits exactly what I was looking for and in need of.

Currently Making/Baking

Homemade salsa and Pork Carnitas!!

Yeah…I’m not the best at food photography

Making homemade salsa was on my Summer Bucket List. It turned out good, but not the best salsa I’ve ever had. I’m now determined to find the perfect recipe. The pork carnitas on the other hand were amazing!! We have a Ninja Foodie and used the recipe that came in the cookbook. We will absolutely be making them again!

Current Favorite

Summer days!

I have really enjoyed the warm weather and getting outside more.

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This book was from last month

Gryffin is at daycare and I have Friday afternoons off during the summer which gives me 4 uninterrupted hours to relax and/or get things done. 9 times out of 10 I choose to relax and enjoy the quiet. Reading outside is definitely one of my favorite summer activities.

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I hope you all had a great July. Here’s to a happy and healthy August!

Much love to you all,

Cami

Currently May/June 2020

I skipped last month’s post on purpose. With current events and everything going on in the news it just didn’t feel right at the time, so I’m combining the two months together.

May was stressful. Between work, planning a cross-country trip during a pandemic, and heartbreaking news headlines, it was a roller coaster for sure. We were also still working on the refinance of our home, which was also a bit of a roller coaster as well. Thankfully we finally closed!

As for June, it’s actually been quite a fun month. I flew across the country to my dear friend’s wedding. It was seriously so nice to put my phone away and soak in all the fun of what turned into an amazing girls weekend.

I came home completely exhausted and yet refreshed all at the same time! Mikey and Gryffin were troopers while I was gone for nearly 4 days! Which, by the way, was the first time I had been away longer than a day trip.

Here’s what else we’ve been up to the past couple months…

Currently Watching

The BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. This is a small spoiler of my next section, but since I was reading the book I also wanted to watch the movie as I’m going through it. Amazon Prime split the 6 hour movie into episodes, which is perfect since I barely have more than an hour or two sit down and watch anything. It’s perfect to turn on while I’m folding a load of laundry.

Currently Reading

Oooh do I have a lot to share in this section!

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel (who also has a blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, which I highly recommend checking out)

Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by [Anne Bogel]

Finished! I’m pretty picky when it comes to buying books. I’m very happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much I ended up buying it half way through. As it turned out, I THOUGHT I was only half way through when I ordered the book, but instead I was only 2 chapters from the end. I would have been more disappointed except for the fact I know I will read it again.

Even though this was a self-help type book, she really drew me in with her stories. I really appreciated her point of view that overthinking also encompasses a variety of things that generally take up brain space, like clutter, for example. She covered a variety of topics and subjects that all related to overthinking. I really enjoyed it.

Look at me being an over achiever here…

I’m also listening to the audio book “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend.

Boundaries, Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

I already know I’m going to have to check it out again, probably as an e-book. I’m only 8 chapters in and already want to refer back to a couple things he’s talked about. I might even just end up buying this one too.

I also chose Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen for some light reading before bed.

Pride and Prejudice by [Jane Austen]

I actually just finished this! I have read this book once before as a requirement for a class. To be honest, I did not enjoy it at the time but I knew it was only because I required to read it. 15 years later and I finally picked it up for fun. I’m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

And last but not least Keep it Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life, by Twyla Tharp.

I actually had this book on hold at our library before the Covid-19 shutdown, so I was happy to receive an email last week letting me know the book was available via curbside pickup! I believe the book recommendation came from Anne Bogel after reading on her blog, but I could be mistaken. Since I have 3 books going right now the timing isn’t the best but it’s causing me to get some serious reading in this month!

Currently Making/Baking

This No Bake Oreo Cheesecake by Aimee with Shugary Sweets.

My husband loves cheesecake, so on his birthday I try and make him one every year. This was an easy recipe and it turned out as good as it looks!

This particular recipe calls for 2 pre-made oreo crusts, but since I couldn’t find any at the grocery store I ended up having to make my own. I wasn’t disappointing though, because just look at that!

Current Favorite

I’ve been on a shopping kick via Amazon lately. After discovering I was in need of a new lip color I decided to branch out and try something new when I found this Milani lipstick. It arrived and I immediately fell in love.

At just under $5 I figured I couldn’t really go wrong and chose the shade called Rose Femme – the name sounded lovely. The color is perfect! Slightly dark for summer, but rosey enough that I can still get away with it. I loved it so much that I ended up purchasing a second in a different color. It goes on so smooth and doesn’t leave my lips dry or flakey. Oh, and it smells good too!

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you all are hanging in there. Have a wonderful, safe, and happy July.

Much love to you all,

Cami

Currently April 2020

This month has been an absolute blur! I’m still working mostly from home aside from going into the office once a week. The only other real news is that we’re in the process of refinancing our mortgage – which I’m not going to lie, was a little more stressful than I was anticipating. We’ve been working extra hard this month out in our yard and doing a LOT of spring cleaning so we could make our house look pretty for the appraiser.

We’ve only had our house for a little over 2 years, but with a baby I didn’t do a great job of keeping up our garden areas. There also was quite a lot of stuff left under our deck from the previous owner that we were able to get rid of. It looks much better now! We still have a few more things to get done, but I’m hoping to get some before and after pics posted.

Anyway, here’s what else we’ve been up to this month.

Currently Watching

Yep, there you have it folks. This is what quarantine has done to me. I’ve watched some Jeopardy too.

Currently Reading

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by [Anne Bogel]

I’m only 3 chapters in, but it’s already a good one. Even though this is a self-help type book, I can’t help but be amazed at what a good story teller she is. I have been so tired at night I haven’t been able to bring myself to read, but I’m determined to keep going, no matter how slow.

Currently Making/Baking

These Cheese-steak Sloppy Joe’s by Heather with The Toasty Kitchen

Close up of ground beef, onions, and bell pepper in a sloppy joe sandwich.
PC: The Toasty Kitchen

I found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it last night and it was so so good! I added mushrooms (yuck, but my husband likes them and I’m trying), subbed with pepper-jack cheese, and added chipotle ranch. They tasted A-mazing!

Current Favorite

The feeling of accomplishment.

That might sound cheesy, but getting so much done this month has been so refreshing. I’ve been feeling extra blessed with what we have and extremely thankful.

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I hope you all are hanging in there. Here’s do a wonderful and happy May!

Much love to you all,

Cami

Currently March 2020

Wait, it’s April?! Ha, just kidding…kind of. I actually had tried really hard to get this post up last night but the site has been glitchy for me lately (side note, if the pictures are not centered, I tried my best to fix it). But hey, better late than never!

Anyway, this year is starting to feel like a bad dream. I refuse to let this post be a downer though, so I will do my best to keep it light and talk about the happy things of the last month. :)

First of all, Gryffin turned 3 years old!!! We had planned on having his first big birthday party with friends but we will have to reschedule. We ended up getting him 3 balloons (paw patrol, spider man, and a cupcake) and a mini birthday cake. I’m sad we couldn’t have a real birthday party for him but I’m glad we were able to make it a little special. Thank goodness he’s 3 and didn’t quite know what all he was missing yet.

Second, I got to start working from home this past month! Granted, not exactly under the circumstances I was hoping for. It’s definitely made me realize I’ve taken some things in life for granted. I look forward to the day everything can go back to normal…I realize that could be a while and I’m not quite sure things are going to exactly the same again in some respects.

The month also ended with some crazy weather. lots of rain, hail, snow, heavier snow, sunshine, and an earthquake, all in one day. I was sitting down and suddenly felt dizzy and thought my vertigo was back. I looked up and saw the door was swaying, and the cabinet door, and the blinds. I was so relieved it was only an earthquake haha. But seriously, this month has been nuts.

Aside from the obvious craziness that we’re all dealing with, here’s what we’ve been up to this past month…

Currently Watching

The Office.

Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and B.J. Novak in The Office (2005)

I’m leaving this one up here since I’m still watching an episode here and there.

Also, I’ve started watching the news lately. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but it feels like the right thing to do. It has also led me to watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune…

Currently Reading

The 5th Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by [Hauck, Rachel]

I’m a little over half way through this book. It’s been a fun little read to take my mind of things at the end of the day.

Currently Making/Baking

The Easy Banana Muffins by Amy with Belly Full

My mom sent me the link to her recipe and I’m so glad she did! I usually stick to what I know and like, but by her suggestion I decided to give it a go. So glad I did! Super easy with minimal ingredients and they taste delicious. I will definitely be making these again. :)

Current Favorite

Gryffin!

Yes, he’s always my favorite but he gets a special shout out this month because my baby turned 3! He is seriously the best thing that ever happened to us. He has the best imagination and loves to laugh. Kind, funny and smart – we are seriously blessed. We love you our little Gryffin!

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Anyway, these were the highlights of the last month. These are really challenging times we’re facing and my heart hurts for many of you. I’m thankful we’re not alone in all of this – we’re in it all together.

Much love to you all,

Cami

Evening Routine (Partial Day in the Life)

Now that my life feels consumed by our new schedule, I thought I would share my daily routines that help me keep up with it all. I love “day in the life” posts, so here’s a little mini half version of mine.

After having a baby, I always wondered how other full-time working moms handled life. How do they get it all done? How do they balance it all? How do they keep from going crazy? This is going to sound dramatic, but I was afraid I was going to absolutely hate life and/or die, if not from the heartbreak from leaving my baby, then from sheer exhaustion of trying to do it all.

I had to take it one day and one week at a time. Every day got a little easier and slowly, but surely, I finally developed a routine and we sunk into a new normal. And guess what…I didn’t (and don’t) hate life. :)

Routines help make sanity possible.

While I don’t have a nursing baby now, I do have a different kind of challenge where I have an active toddler and my husband, who is now going to school full-time and works graveyard, isn’t able to help out nearly as much. All I can say is, preparation is key!

For a quick glance, I have a short run down of my routine. Feel free to keep scrolling for the full detail of my evening, from the moment I get off work to the time I go to bed.

Here’s the quick run down:

  • 5:00 – 5:30: Get off work and pick up Gryffin from daycare
  • 5:45-6:00: Get mail / eat snack
  • 6:00-6:45: 30 minute work out/warm dinner (I batch cook on the Sunday so I don’t have to cook nearly as much during the week. Funny story – I always hated the thought of batch cooking and now I can’t imagine doing it any other way!)/Gryffin watches a show/plays while I work out
  • 6:45 – 7:30: Eat dinner (Gryffin takes forever to eat!)
  • 7:30: Wake Mikey up
  • 7:30 – 7:45: Playtime with Gryffin until bath time
  • 7:45 – 8:15: Gryffin’s bath and bedtime routine
  • 8:15: Gryffin’s bedtime (more on this below)
  • 9:30 – 10:00: Wash dishes/ pack lunch/ pick out clothes and shoes for next day/ jammies/wash face/brush teeth, etc.
  • 10:00 – 10:30: Quiet time (read bible, journal, pray)
  • 10:30: lights out

**Now for the long explanation with all the juicy details!

5:00 – 5:45/6:00

Get off work and go pick Gryffin up. I have a 20-30 minute commute from work to daycare and we’re usually home around 5:45 (sometimes 6:00 if I stay and talk at daycare).

I love that it’s light when I get off work now!

While I don’t like the drive time (I know, I’m lucky compared to some of you!), I find that it at least gives me time to decompress after work. I usually listen to a podcast on my way home. My go-to podcasts are “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin and “What Should I Read Next” with Anne Bogel.

I’ve been a bit behind on the Happier podcast

5:45 – 6:00

Both Gryffin and I are pretty hungry by the time we get home, so we’ll eat a snack to hold us over until dinner. Usually I’ll make a half peanut butter and jelly sandwich or we just have some crackers.

During snack time we usually sit together and I ask Gryffin how his day was and just hang out with each other.

Being silly :P

6:00 – 6:30

I let Gryffin watch a show during this time – usually Blippi or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. For me, this part varies a little depending on what day it is.

I have started incorporating workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if it’s one of those days, I will start heating up dinner and workout while it cooks or I’ll throw it together after I’m done working out.

I got some new dvd workouts over Christmas. I switch my workouts between these, Blogilates, and Kathryn Morgan’s
ballet barre’s

If it’s not a workout night, I save the more time-consuming meals for those days and I sit and play with Gryffin for a little bit.

6:45 – 7:30 (sometimes earlier)

Taco night! He knows how to eat those olives right ;)
P.S. Don’t mind his crazy hair.

Dinner time. Anyone else out there have toddlers that take FOREVER to eat?? Gryffin can take up to 45 minutes sometimes. It’s also hard to know when he’s done because he will say “all done” and then immediately start shoveling more food in his mouth the second I go to wipe his hands *sigh*.

Anyway, dinner time ends usually anywhere between 7:15-7:30

7:30 – Wake Mikey Up (sometimes earlier, it just depends)

7:30 – 7:45

Dirty Kitchen / Clean Kitchen

Clean up the kitchen while Gryffin plays. Sometimes I’ll wait to clean the kitchen after Gryffin goes down to bed, but it’s always nice when I get it done early.

7:45 – 8:15

Gryffin’s bedtime routine. Bath, jammies, brush teeth, pick up toys, read a book. Pretty simple.

8:15 – 9:30

Gryffin goes down to bed around 8:15. This part of my night also varies depending on if I’m the one putting Gryffin down to bed. He is very afraid of the dark and has separation anxiety, so bedtime is rough and we usually have to stay with him until he falls asleep (there’s no crying it out, because he gets so worked up that he throws up). Unfortunately he can take forever to fall asleep.

If Mikey’s the one putting Gryffin to bed, I’m up and usually watching a show. Lately I’ve been watching either The Office, or When Calls The Heart on Netflix.

9:30 – 10:00

This is when I start getting ready for bed and Mikey gets ready and goes to work. I wash my face, get my jammies on, pick out my clothes for the next day, and get my lunch ready to go.

I keep my products pretty simple and I’m perfectly satisfied with drugstore brands. The bottle that looks like olive oil is actually jojoba oil. I use it in place of eye cream. It keeps the eye area moisturized and I feel like it helps with dark circles as well.

I am not a morning person at all, so I would much rather do it all at night rather than the morning.

10:00 – 10:30

Quiet time. I do my best to head downstairs right at 10:00 and read my Bible, but occasionally the above routine might take me a bit longer or I get sidetracked with my phone and start scrolling through social media. I’m working on being better disciplined, but for the most part I’m able to stick with this.

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So that’s what our evenings look like. I plan on also do a really short morning routine, and a weekend or Sunday routine as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Much Love,

Cami