June and July in Review

The last couple of weeks of July were crazy, as the beginning of August has been–I got promoted at work and my hours have doubled! I’m very thankful for the income since we had two very costly car maintenance issues to take care of (4 new tires on one, and 2 new brakes on the other) but also look forward to scaling back the hours in September when more associates are hired to lighten the load. 

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog due to my crazy schedule, so looking back on the past few months has been really fun for me and inspired me to get going on a bunch of new posts for August and September! 

I got a lot of blogging done in June! The organization bug bit me not once, but twice. 

Salvation Mountain, Outside Niland, CA

Something about the summer had me pondering travel and we did get a chance to sneak away to Salvation Mountain for a day with Angela and Palm Springs (part 1, part 2) with Doug for our annual anniversary trip. 

The Saguaro Palm Springs

We did some rearranging of the apartment to accommodate a big green sofa we bought and a glass table from my parents. 

Switcheroo

I felt mixed emotions in regards to so many bloggers picking up and moving this season–lots of excitement that I get to follow along virtually, and lots of jealousy as I long to own a condo/townhouse/house of my own. Lessons in patience. More frustration followed as a bunch of noisy Irish college-aged “kids” moved into the apartment and kept me up ’till all hours of the night. This frustration resulted in a big gripe list. Good news: most of them are now gone! 

My Blurb book

I finally got around to gushing about how much I love the company Blurb and sharing my experience in creating two books using their service. 

I proclaimed “kitchen week” and created two product roundup boards–one of my 5 essential kitchen tools, and one for 5 frivolous but awesome kitchen tools. Not to mention inspiring colorful kitchen spaces. 

My Makeup Bag

Wedding week arrived, and I shared my quick and easy makeup routine. Now that I work in an upscale mall I feel more pressure motivation to “put on my face” every day, and instead of resenting it I really enjoy making myself look nice on a regular basis. Whoda thunk! 

Whew! Yes, like I said I got a lot of blogging done in the past two months! Isn’t it weird how far gone the beginning of June seems? Except, it really wasn’t that long ago! It’s been a crazy summer! 

March, April, and May in Review?

Happy July! Are you sick of hearing about Google Reader-ocalypse from all the other blogs in your bookmarks? I am! If you’re reading this… you and your relationship with this little old blog survived!

Oh my, my. Seems like the nice little routine I had gotten into as far as month in review posts has… well, lapsed, to put it mildly. I went ahead and plucked my two favorite posts from each of the missed months, just to catch up (for funsies). Maybe you’ll see a post you missed!

March: 

succulent garden

March marked our sixth month of living in San Diego! And it’s three months gone by, already! Wow, March seems so long ago! My Succulent Garden was a highlight, and I still smile when I look at it… Comparing it with these photos from three months ago, I think it’s growing! It has moved to the patio and seems to be thriving better out there. So much for my attempt at indoor gardening…

Wall Hangings

Another fun little post I shared in March was a DIY my mom helped me with in 2007…! two canvases which found their way back to me and now add some subtle color and pattern to the apartment.

April: 

Happy Mosey Day!

In April I had the privilege of reflecting on Two Years with Mosey, the little sweetheart he is. My favorite time of day is in the morning (on days when I don’t have to head to work early) when he and I cuddle on the bed since we have nowhere to be. When he uses my leg as a pillow, it’s just the sweetest thing.

Ice Cream

The weather really started to kick into high gear right around April. We celebrated the early arrival of summer by visiting our favorite local hippie-owned ice cream place, Mariposa. My mouth is watering thinking about that Mexican hot chocolate ice cream!

May: 

I had a really hard time choosing the two best posts in May, because I really liked a lot of stuff I posted about in May! Does that sound cocky? I hope it doesn’t, but the more I try to focus on creating quality posts, instead of just typing out some nonsense, the better the posts are! Who’da thunk… better effort creates better content.

Money Lei Process

Anyway, my post selections for May are the DIY Money Lei I made for my sister’s college graduation, and the guest post I asked my friend Libby to write for me about prescription sunglasses.

Warby Parker Sunglasses

After work yesterday, I reached in my purse to pull out my new sunnies and my heart skipped a beat–they were gone! I’m so paranoid about losing them somewhere! Luckily they were at home on my kitchen table. Phew! I’m going to be much more diligent about remembering when I’ve left them at home.

Since June just finished up, I’ll lump it in with July– a month from now. 

Time really flies, doesn’t it?? What have you been up to?

February in Review

For such a short month, February has felt very long for some reason. Now that all the hubbub of the holidays (and gift returns, in January) is finally over, I think it’s nice to relax a bit.

I started out February highly caffeinated, with my three-part coffee series including French Press, Moka pot, and Pour-Over coffee.

French Press

Pour-Over Coffee

I shared some photos of my favorite local vintage store, Vestige. I have been meaning to poke my head in there this week and check out his new furniture items. I wonder if that black couch in the picture is still there? It’s not in super condition, but it has been haunting me…

Vestige Modern

Speaking of vintage wares, I also opened up my Etsy shop, Petite Copine, this month! Guess what? I also made my first sale! Shipped it off today. I have some more items I need to photograph and get ready to list, too. Don’t forget that blog readers get 10% off with coupon code MFSBLOG10.

Petite Copine

This week has been busy… Monday was more or less of a home tour, sharing the living and dining area of my home, and Tuesday was a huge day for me as I was selected to guest blog about my favorite nook over at Brooklyn Limestone!

Living and Dining Area

Ah, and my monthly two-second tip. Got an eyesore in your living arrangement? Strategically obscure it with decorative items!

What have you been up to?

I don’t know why, but I think February is such a fun month!