Summer 2019 Bucket List, Revisited

Well folks, it’s time for the good, the bad, and the ugly – since this weekend marks the end of summer in the social sense (so sad!), I thought I’d share what I did and did not cross off my summer 2019 bucket list, which I posted at the beginning of June.

I wanted to share it, because to quote from my initial post, “I should, absolutely, one hundred percent, go ahead and make the bucket list for this summer. And that I should, absolutely, one hundred percent, not be too terribly disappointed when/if I don’t check everything off of it. Because that’s simply life, and I happen to love my life right now, and wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Overall, I’m definitely not “too terribly disappointed” with it; I’m actually pretty happy with how much I did on the list, all things considered – and by all things I mean an intense kitchen renovation and a busy one-year-old. 🙂 Some of these things are definitely going on next summer’s list!

  1. Go to a baseball game – like our minor league team, the Columbus Clippers. – NO. But we talked about doing it, does that count for something? 😉

 

2. Visit Rockmill Brewery – less than an hour away from the city and in such a beautiful area it makes for a perfect day trip! – NO. Also did not do this. But they just built a new tasting room and the fall colors down there are gorgeous, so I really think we’ll go this fall!

 

3. Visit three new metro parks- there are so many in Columbus, and while I’ve loved every one I’ve been to so far, I want to branch out! (no pun intended). -ALMOST. I visited two new metro gardens, and they were gorgeous! Did not make it to a third new park.

 

 

4. Visit Hocking Hills State Park- we go here for my birthday each year and it’s my favorite. -YES. We went here, went on a hike without our phones (oops) and marveled at the beauty of the park, and visited our favorite winery. I just love going there.

 

5. Do some sort of water activity- planning on checking stand up paddle boarding off this list next week! -YES YES YES. Lots of time was spent in the water this summer, and it was wonderful. Not only did I do SUP, kayaked, and swam laps once a week, but I visited the pool several times with my daughter. She went from hating the water to loving every second of it, and it was simply the best.

 

6. Go to a rooftop bar or patio– like Vaso, which is right down the road. -YES. I went to Vaso, and it was so fun! The view was great, and also hot!

 

7. Go to a concert- literally any concert. It could even just be free music in the park. Just get to one! -YES. We went to free music in the park, and it was a local band playing covers from boy bands. It was a fun evening.

 

8. Take advantage of as many other summer opportunities that I can- like festivals, walking to get ice cream, splash pads, all the above! -YES, although I realize this one is a little vague. We walked to get ice cream countless times, went to farmer’s markets, and ate outside on as many patios as possible. Summer, I love you.

 

 

Now that’s quite enough about my summer – tell me how your summer was!

Cheers To Five Years

The end of this month marks five years since I’ve started this blog. Five Years. !! You can go back and see my highly captivating posts from August 2014 here.

 

 

very first post!!

 

 

Truth be told, I almost didn’t share that I just hit the five year mark on this blog. Why? Because it really hasn’t grown all that much in five years. Yes, my blog is kind of a dud.

 

Sure, I’ve gained readers/followers over that time period, since I literally started with zero, but my blog certainly hasn’t exploded in popularity like other fashion blogs. I’ll read things like “Remember, it took me four years to get to this point” and I think, yikes! At this rate I’ll be 100 before I make it big.

 

But you know what? As much as I love blogging and want to keep doing it, it’s not really a huge priority of mine. If I had poured more time and energy into this blog, I’m sure it would have been more successful and seen better five-year growth. (Well, at least I think it would have!). But I have other priorities in life – my family, our home, and my two side jobs. Sorry dear blog, you’re a fun hobby, and that’s all.

 

 

So here’s to blogging about what I want, when I want, and not feeling stressed about it. And here’s to you reading what you want, when you want, and not feeling pressured about it! This is a happy place, and I think I’ll keep it around for another five years.

Then and now. Life was good then; life is sweeter now.

 

Then and now. Life was good then; life is sweeter now.

 

Things I’m Loving This Summer

Well, I wasn’t planning on taking a two week break from blogging, but that’s just how summer’s been going recently – busy and flying by! Today I’m back with a quick post sharing a few things I’m loving this summer. Key difference being the emittance of the word “for.” I see a lot of posts at the beginning of each season – I even personally publish posts like this – where bloggers share things they’re loving for this season. Nothing wrong with that, but now that we’re past the halfway point of summer, I wanted to share a few things that I have actually used and loved this summer. So here they are!

 

 

Bracelets Stacks – a lazy girl’s way of wearing jewelry

 

Saltwater Sandals – nothing new here, summer #4 of wearing them and still love them!

 

Bold Lip Color – a lazy girl’s way of makeup… seeing a trend here? 

 

Fun Nail Color – because no fun is not fun

 

Denim Shorts – go with everything and can be worn year after year 

 

Hats – okay well I’ll probably never actually love these but they protect my skin and I love that!

 

Ponytails – easiest way to stay comfortable when it’s so hot