Coffee Date

If we were on a coffee date, I would apologize for being a few days late with this post. I just decided to get back into blogging and needed a quick and easy post. Thank you ladies for having me!

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If we were on a coffee date, I would be drinking out of this mug because I’m obsessed with it right now. It’s the first Christmas related item I bought this year, almost immediately after Halloween. Although it’s not too Christmasy, so I’m sure I’ll use it all year. I found it at Target and you can see it here!

If we were on a coffee date, I would also be drinking a peppermint mocha, like Erin. I too prefer the holiday flavored drinks over pumpkin spice.

If we were on a coffee date, I would probably first ask how YOU are. I almost always want to know about you before rambling about my own life. I don’t think enough people ask “how are you” and really want to hear the answer.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you how excited I am that the holidays are upon us! I absolutely love the holidays at my house. I have a big family, so things are always exciting. The last two years I have done most of the decorating, which really puts me in the holiday spirit. The weather here in Southern California has finally started to cool down a bit, too. YAY! Maybe we can light a fire here one of these nights…

If we were on a coffee date, I would confess that I am really looking forward to 2017. This year has been absolutely amazing for me and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that I love this blogging community and I hope I can get back into the swing of things very soon!

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Coffee Date (A Link Up)

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(A link up with Amber from Mr. Thomas & Me)

If we were on a coffee date, I would insist we visit the Aussie Bean because they make the BEST cold brew coffee. It’s still pretty warm here in SoCal, so no hot coffee for me.

If we were on a coffee date, I might complain just a tad bit about it being Monday morning. I usually don’t see a problem with Mondays, but I had such a great, long weekend and I wasn’t quite ready for it to be over yet. How’s your Monday going?

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you about the insane trip I took yesterday with my best friend. Living in Southern California, one of my bucket list items has been to visit the desert, mountains, and beach all in one yet. Yesterday, we did just that. It was awesome, but SO EXHAUSTING. It was a about a 12 hour trip, covering about 350 miles. Definitely worth being able to see all three in a day.

If we were on a coffee date, I’d confess that I’ve been feeling a bit anxious about life lately. I recently re-applied at a local community college, and just this past week, applied for financial aid. School has always been a struggle for me, and while I know I’m in a much better place now than I ever was before, I’m still nervous about going back. I’ll be taking it slow, of course, and probably only registering for two classes for the fall. But even the thought of those two classes freaks me out a bit. It’s always a strange feeling to be a 27 year old on a community college campus. For me, at least.

If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask how you feel about summer coming to an end. It seems to have just flown by, like the rest of the year has. Are you looking forward to anything in the fall? I’ve got a few trips planned that I’m looking for. One trip to the mountains for Labor Day, and then a trip to the desert at the end of September. Both will be equally as fun!

If we were on a coffee date, I’d thank you for joining me. So often friends find it hard to make time for each other, but it’s so important to do so. I’d probably hug you, (because I’m a hugger) and say, “same time next month?”

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Coffee Date (A Link Up)

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Recently, Amber over at Mr. Thomas & Me turned a monthly “Coffee Date” post into a link up, and boy am I glad! When I first read her coffee date posts, I immediately thought, “this would make such a great link up!” So needless to say, I’m excited. I’m also excited that this gives me the opportunity to connect with fellow bloggers. I’m new here, so I’ll take any chance I can to talk to you all! Anyway, happy Monday. Coffee is much needed this morning!

If we were on a coffee date, I would be drinking iced tea, because it’s been too hot in SoCal to drink any kind of hot beverage. Not that I’m complaining about the heat! We’ve got a pool in the backyard, so I definitely don’t mind the warm weather.

If we were on a coffee date I would probably be wearing shorts, rather than jeans, because of the afore mentioned warmer weather. I feel more comfortable in jeans, because my thighs are a bit chubby. However, I have a sweet tan goin on right now, and I’d like to enjoy it publicly.

If we were on a coffee date I would first ask how YOU are. I’d want to know what’s going on in your life. Tell me something good that’s happened lately. What are you excited about? What are you looking forward to? No matter how small it may seem, tell me something good.

If we were on a coffee dateI would tell you how excited I am to be in a bigger bedroom. I’d confess that I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I’m 27 and still living with my parents. Even though I have a 2 year plan to get out on my own, I am STOKED to have moved upstairs into my sisters old bedroom. It’s still not a very big room, but holy crap, it’s so much bigger than my previous bedroom. To add to the moving excitement, I have bought myself a BRAND NEW desk! I know it seems so petty to some, but it’s a big deal to me. It’s bigger than my last, and I got a sweet deal on it.

If we were on a coffee date I would spend half the time looking around the coffee shop. I’m still listening to you! Don’t worry. I just LOVE people watching. Not in a judgemental way. It’s just that I love watching people be people.

If we were on a coffee date I would bring up that it’s July and half of the year has gone by already. How can that be?? I’d tell you that lately I’ve been thinking about where I was (in life) in January 2016 and where I’m at now, just six short months later. And then I’d probably tell you that I’m proud of myself and how far I’ve come. I’d ask what you’ve accomplished in the first six months of the new year and what you have planned for the last six months.

If we were on a coffee date I’d ask if we can do this again next month. And then I’d invite you over to my pool, because really, it’s so much nicer to work pool side than anywhere else.

Can’t wait to see you all next month. Don’t forget to check out Amber at Mr. Thomas & Me. This was all her idea, after all. πŸ˜‰

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Photo a Day June – RECAP

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I can’t believe June is almost over! Incase you missed the memo, I’ve been participating in Chantelle’s photo a day challenge. She blogs over at Fat Mum Slim and she’s pretty rad. I’m pretty sure she does this every month, as part of the 365 day photo challenge, and I just happened to join in June. But I’m here now! And it’s super fun. I’ve kept up via Instagram, my favorite social media platform. You can see all my photos there. But here, I thought I would show you 9 of my favorite photos from the month.

1. Key – They key to happiness is the key to my Jeep. It sounds so weird, saying the key to a vehicle is the key to my happiness. And it’s not necessarily the key to my ENTIRE happiness… but it’s a big part of who I am. Not only the fact that I love driving – it helps me think, or clear my mind – but the Jeep community has introduced me to so many good people who have turned into great friends.

2. Mistake – This was such a big deal for me. This one word, part of such a simple photo project, brought up so many emotions. I actually wrote an entire post about it. (You can read it here) But to give you the reader’s digest version… I’m really good at making mistakes. One of those mistakes was getting a DUI. I’m not as bad as I sound, so please, before you judge, READ THIS POST. (I’m not an awful person, I swear)

3. Cute – I just recently got really into succulents. My mom and I went down to Green Thumb and bought a bunch of little succulents. I painted this flower pot a pretty purple color and we planted all the succulents in there and they’re just SO DARN CUTE, I can’t take it. The whole pot sits on the table in our backyard and I’m constantly out there, just staring at the plants… Gah, I love them.

4. Partial – This is just a weird, artsy type photo I attempted. I took this photo at about 7am. I stopped for a Red Bull before heading up to the mountains for a few hours of off-road fun. I got very little sleep the night before, which is why I stopped for the Red Bull. Regardless of the lack of sleep, I had a great day in the mountains.

5. The Floor – I had a hard time trying to come up with something to photograph for this prompt. It wasn’t until the end of the night that I snapped this picture. I had come home late from a friends, was in the kitchen making something to eat, and I glanced down at the floor. I laughed again, because my mom bought this rug for the kitche, but it isn’t a kitchen rug. (I actually have the same one in my bedroom) But it’s so pretty and different, I decided to just take the picture. Not bad, if ya asked me.

6. No Filter – This was also a last minute photo. The sun sets around 8pm (ish!) around here this time of year. It was after dinner, and I had just pulled this popsicle out of the freezer and sat down on the couch. I thought, “oh crap, I didn’t take a picture today!” and just then, saw the gorgeous sunset that happens every night in our backyard. So I went outside, snapped a few pictures, and this was the one I liked the best. Simple enough.

7. Delicious – The beer I was drinking was only a Blue Moon. (Nothing special when your dad & brother are two of the biggest beer snobs ever) BUT, I finally gave myself a break from technology to sit and have a beer (or a few) with some friends. Turned out to be a very nice night.

8. Loud – I watched the hashtags for each of these photos this month, and for the prompt “loud” I saw a lot of photos of kids. I don’t have kids, so I had a hard time figuring out what to photograph. I went for a drive that day, like I do from time to time, and happen to pull over to snap a few photos of my Jeep. I got home later and was looking back at them thinking, “gosh that would have been such a peaceful moment on the side of the road, if it weren’t for that giant hole in the muffler.” Yeah. There’s a softball shaped hole in the muffler of my Jeep, making it… Loud. At least louder than normal. One of these days I’ll have the muffler replaced.

9. Sunshine – I took this photo today, but really, it sums up every day here during the summer. We have an awesome backyard, in my opinion. The water temperature is generally around 82 degrees, which I think is perfect. This is one of the main reasons I love working from home. It’s great to wake up in the morning, get a few hours of work done and then take a short break to hang out by the pool before returning to work. Okayyyy, it’s AWESOME. Summertime around here is clearly the best.

Well anyway, that’s it for the month of June. I’ve already seen July’s list of prompts and I’m SO EXCITED. It’s going to be easy somedays and challenging on others. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

If you’re interested in joining, check out Chantelle’s blog Fat Mum Slim for the July promps and hashtags. It’s fun, trust me!

Also, follow me on Instagram. I’m cool, I promise!

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2014 Review Extravaganza Week #2

We’re back for another installment of the 2014 Review Extravaganza hosted by Emmy! Today, I’m taking a look back at April, May and June of 2014. I only started blogging in October, so the majority of the year I will just be sharing photos & such. Enjoy!
aprilfirstApril 1st – The very first Angels home game of the season! It was also Mike Trout bobblehead night. That’s a very classy pictures of my sister Lauren and I right there. Her best friend Sonja also went with us. We sat in the very last row at the top of the stadium, and it was a little cold.. I don’t remember much about the game, but I’m sure it was good! (Ya know, cause the Angels did so well in the beginning of the season!)
aprilApril 14th – I watched my very first eclipse! I drank a lot of wine that night, which I think made it more exciting. It was so cool, though! I couldn’t believe that I had never seen one. I watched it from the backdoor in my parents room because I was too lazy to go downstairs & sit outside, like everyone else. #Winner.

April 23rd – Another first for me. I have driven to the top of Saddleback mountain plenty of times, but had never done it at night. I planned this kind of on a whim, threw it up on Facebook to see who wanted to go, and I had a pretty good turn out. If I remember correctly, I had about 15-20 other jeeps show up. (And a few people in trucks) When we got to the halfway point, (where this picture was taken) we stood around and hung out for what felt like forever. Probably a couple of hours, at least. A lot of people left from there, because it started to get late. It was close to midnight, and only a few of us left, when we decided to keep going up to the top. I was too tired and lazy at that point, so I rode with a friend the rest of the way. That was cool, too, cause it’s not very often I get to ride shotgun. The views are AMAZING at night! From the very top, you can see way off in the distance the planes coming in to the airport. So cool!
bradstockMay 10th – About twice a year, I have a friend who puts on this music festival in Lake Elsinore called Bradstock. Over the years it’s grown to be a pretty big deal in southern Orange County. The bands are pretty good, but I usually go just for the fact that I can hang out by the lake and get drunk during the day. It’s always a good time!
may100hapydaysMay 23rd – I’m assuming this is when I first discovered the 100 Happy Days project. I started it the next day, but I failed after about 60 days or so. Don’t worry, though, I plan on giving it another try in 2015! If you’re interested, you can check out the info at www.100HappyDays.com.
socaljeetmeet2014June 28th – I hosted my very first Jeep Meet & Greet at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Since it was my first, I planned it on a whim. My brother works at Valiant Brewing and he got me in contact with the owner. We picked a date that was about six weeks out. I was a little bummed that it was so far away, but it turned out to work in my favor. In those six weeks, I blew up social media with info on the event. I don’t have an exact number on how many people showed up, but at one point during the day, I counted about 60 Jeeps. Pretty good, if you asked me! Following this event, we had a group of about 10-15 of us that ventured up to the top of Saddleback. We got there by sunset, which was another first for me. It was a ridiculously long day, but I had such a freaking blast!
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Be sure to come back next week! I’ll be looking back on July, August & September. Also, if you’d like to join, it’s not too late! Link up with us; I think there’s some awesome prizes to be won, too.



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