Spring Bucket List

 

There’s something so refreshing about waking up to sunshine in the crisp cool mornings, afternoons with lazy sun and bright blue skies. I think California is prettiest in the spring, when the days are getting longer, and are warm but not too hot. To me, those are the days where you roll open the window and breathe in the beautiful air.

I think springtime is a good time to get organized, tidy up the ol’ closet, and pull out that bike you haven’t used in a few months. I love spending as much time outside as possible once the weather turns nice.

Anything you look forward to doing in the springtime? I love days at the beach and sunshine filled afternoons at the park.

Love,

-S

Crossing things off My 101 List

February was very good to me!  I was able to cross off a few things on my 101 List including the following:

 

41. Track my spending (January and February 2014)

51. Don’t eat out for a while month (February 2014)

53. Buy all the Gilmore Girls DVDs  (I’m re-watching them and currently on Season 2, so good!)

84. Drink a glass of wine every night for a week (February 2014)

aaaannnnnddd I just crossed 96 off my list this past weekend, which was buy a whole cd. I just got the latest and greatest by Of Monsters and Men (it’s on repeat!). Love it.

This month I am working on: participating in a color run, which is coming up this Saturday, a three day juice cleanse, seeing the Great Gatsby movie, already started my month of Instagram every day, and am planning so many more.

How was your month of February? Did you get everything done that you wanted to?

I had a great weekend, which included starting up Fancy Fridays again.

Fancy Friday

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Love,

-S

Why, Hello February

January was such a busy month!

This cute little thing just came in the mail! I always love getting new Kiel James Patrick boxes, because they come with the cutest packaging!

I was able to knock 7 things off my 101 in 1001 list. Wahoo!

1. Inspire someone to write their own list (Yay)
2. Go wine tasting with friends or family (Napa Valley was so beautiful)
35. Organize my Itunes
39. Find my signature cocktail (Lemondrop, oh so yummy)
63. Buy a plane ticket with frequent flier miles only (the Santa Fe trip in March)
98. Get a hammock (Given to me by the lovely Maureen!!)

Done and done!

I have a few more items I plan to cross off in the works for February, so it should be a great month!

It felt like every weekend in January was jam-packed, from going to Napa, having friends over for fun cocktails, to babysitting basically every day of the weekend. February looks to be as busy as January was, complete with a trip with friends to Tahoe and a family trip to the Cayman Islands (eeek!!). This may or may not have contributed to the radio silence here on the blog.

Work is going well, and teaching full-time makes for a busy day, but I have been slowly carving out gym time, which has been good to get back in my life. I have a dinner date set up with Annie and my favorite old proff to discuss the masters program at SCU for this fall. I’m both alternatively stoked and dreading going back to night classes.

I finally set up a savings plan so I now can look forward to one day having a fancy-pants camera and a KS watch sometime in the next year or so.

Oh, and February is my no-spending month, so wish me luck!

We had such a grey, rainy, perfect for snuggling with the pups weekend. I babysat for a lot of the weekend, but did manage to get in a few hours working on my quilt. It was a great way to finish out the week.

Happy February!

Love,

-S

101 in 1001

Image From Daily Fancies & Pinterest

Image From Daily Fancies & Pinterest

I’m inspired by Mackenzie of Design Darling (which, if you don’t read, you totally should!) and Carly of College Prepster in creating a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. 1001 days, which is 2.75 years, is the enough time to do things without it being a total bucket list.

I stole some ideas from their lists, and then added a few of my own!

I’m officially starting mine on January first so my end date is September 28th, 2016.

Completed Items: crossed out.

In progress items: Italics.

101 in 1001

  1. Inspire someone to write a list of their own (Maryah  in Jan 2014)
  2. Go wine tasting with friends or family (Jan 11th, 2014)
  3. Learn to play an instrument
  4. Go hot air ballooning
  5. Make cake balls
  6. Invest in a food processor
  7. Climb a tall mountain
  8. Go sky diving
  9. Visit a new continent
  10. Go zip-lining  (I’ve got my eye on your Mt. Hermon)
  11. Build my dream closet
  12. Upgrade to a DSLR camera
  13. Go to a taylor swift concert
  14. Buy a house/car/condo/boat, something!
  15. Visit the Anne Frank house
  16. Get my own puppy
  17. Run a marathon (the San Francisco one in July maybe?)
  18. Spend a day at a spa
  19. Visit a castle (ideally this one: Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany)
  20. Take a tour the white house (planned for July this summer)
  21. Fast for three days (March 2014)
  22. Visit the Harry Potter World in Florida
  23. Tour Hearst Castle (on our road trip hit list this summer)
  24. Visit Canada (on our road trip hit list this summer)
  25. Donate money on Kiva
  26. Go paint balling
  27. Send a message in a bottle
  28. Buy a large jewelry box for all my bangles and earrings
  29. Invest in Tory Birch boots
  30. Take photos under the hollywood sign (planned for this June)
  31. Take photos with lit sparklers
  32. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow
  33. Order business cards
  34. Invest in a classic handbag (Frank Clegg/Tory Birch/Coach/Kate Spade)
  35. Organize my Itunes (January 1st, 2014)
  36. Send out christmas cards on time
  37. Throw a surprise party for a friend
  38. Buy my first piece of furniture
  39. Find my signature cocktail (January 13th, 2014) Lemon Drop
  40. Attend a horse race or polo match
  41. Track my spending for a month January and February 2014) 
  42. Drink 8 glasses of water (50 oz) every day for at least one week. 
  43. Buy personalised luggage
  44. Throw my first sunday brunch party
  45. Blog for 30 days straight 
  46. Top up my emergency funds for a total of one year’s rent money (almost at 6months)
  47. Get a mani and pedi that match (scheduled for June 2014)
  48. Set up a photo shoot for the whole family
  49. Meet a fellow blogger in real life
  50. Find a set of china that i love
  51. Don’t eat out for one month (February 2014)
  52. Write a guest post for another blog
  53. Buy all the Gilmore Girls DVD’s (Yay!)
  54. Invest in my first piece of tiffany’s jewelry
  55. Learn the sock bun successfully(I plan on asking Brandy/Amy)
  56. Cook dinner every night for a week (0/7)
  57. Buy myself flowers every week for a month (0/4)
  58. Go one month without buying Starbucks (February here I come)
  59. Invest in nice undergarments
  60. See a second Frank Lloyd Wright home
  61. Purchase or make a bar cart
  62. Complete a jigsaw puzzle by myself
  63. Buy a plane ticket with my frequent flier miles only (Santa Fe Tickets there & back)
  64. Come up with a way to organize ALL jewelry
  65. Take an Instagram photo errr’day for a month (in progress!)
  66. Do a “no spend month” (February 2014)
  67. Create a gallery wall (in my classroom January 2014)
  68. Create a custom blog logo
  69. See the Great Gatsby movie (this one)
  70. Do a three day juice cleanse (March 2014)
  71. Throw a masquerade party
  72. Be in a fashion photo shoot
  73. Participate in a color run (This Saturday!)
  74. Keep a food journal for one month
  75. Try hot yoga
  76. Find an infinity scarf i don’t feel silly in
  77. Go without “bedtime tv” for a week
  78. Unplug for a whole weekend
  79. Reach my ideal weight
  80. Read & watch every Jane Austen Novel/Movie (watched 3/5) (read 1/5)
  81. Update my good reads profile for three months.
  82. Go on a road trip (planned for July this summer)
  83. Make fig jam/red wine jelly with my mom
  84. Drink a glass of wine every night for a week (February 2014)
  85. Eat “clean” for one whole week 
  86. Get a blow out at a “dry bar” just because
  87. Ride in a limo
  88. Try a spinning class
  89. Invest in a monogrammed necklace or bracelet
  90. Finish my T-shirt quilt
  91. Learn needlepoint
  92. Walk through a corn maze
  93. Buy more J.Crew blazers
  94. Buy a new watch (March 2014)
  95. Take myself to the movies and watch a double feature 
  96. Buy a whole cd (March 2014)
  97. Have a stay-cation at home one day every weekend for a month
  98. Get a hammock (January 2014)
  99. Learn calligraphy
  100. Get a new hairdryer (preferably this one)
  101. Put 10$ into savings for every goal accomplished

Ps. If I inspire you to write your own list and you DO, email me either your link or your list.. and I’ll  link it to my list and get to cross one off.. Thanks!

16 Down, 85 more to go!

Love

-S

Critters Sweaters, Divergent, and Pistols

I’m in love with this sweater from C Wonder. I have really gotten into Critter sweaters, and am looking to develop my formal sections in closet, which should include cute sweaters. As I am completing my academic wardrobe, I have found many areas where my current closet isn’t formal or classy enough to wear to work as a teacher. By simply putting a collared shirt under a cute sweater, I am now fancy enough for work!

SCOTTIE INTARSIA SWEATER

I read the Divergent series last year when they were published. I love post-apocalyptical plots, so when I saw it featured last year on Amazon I snapped it up on my Kindle. Today, I saw that Hulu had a trailer for the movie’s release next year in early 2014. I loved the books so I hope they do a decent job on the movies. Have you read the books? Are you excited to see the movie?

Last week I went to the range with a friend and I learned how to shoot 2 pistols and a shotgun. Going to a range was something on my bucket list, so I felt the need to document this glorious event.

Learning the Shotgun

My bucket list has been a recent topic among some of my friends. There seem to be two camps, one that agrees with my organised plan on how to live a full live. The other camp disagrees, and thinks that I should just live the life that happens, and live spontaneously.

What do you think? Do you have a bucket list? What is on it? Anything I should add to mine?

Love,

-S