Life Update: Dog Days of Summer

I can’t believe it’s already July 30! The summers really do fly by, and I feel like this has been a particularly good one. I’ve been able to work part-time and make just a teeny bit of money to help keep me afloat at school, and I’ve also had some time to have fun, enjoy my family and pets, and work on some little projects of my own. It’s been a good mix.

Here are some photos from my life lately, hope your summers are going well!


Radishes my brother brought home, fresh-picked, from his summer job.

cat and dog

My cat and dog are besties, and I love that about them

bruschetta spread

I made this bruschetta spread for my family for a fun appetizer-style dinner (sorry for the photo quality)


Elouise decided she could give me a couple of snuggles early morning before anyone was up to let her out. Cats, am I right?


My mom and I went hiking last weekend near Boulder, and the views were just gorgeous. Colorado, you will always have my heart!


Birthday Week

happy birthday!

I said goodbye to 22 and hello to 23 on my birthday last Wednesday (you guys, where does the time go?), and thanks to my family and friends, I had a great day celebrating! I’m a big supporter of the idea of “birthday week” now that I’m getting further into my 20’s, because somehow after you turn 21 birthdays don’t feel like that much of a big deal anymore. “Birthday week” lasts the whole week that your birthday falls into, and basically you just treat yourself to little things all week long (and continually remind your family that *hint, hint* it is your special week, ha!).

Here are some of my photos from “birthday week.” I’m absolutely kicking myself for not taking any pictures of my cake, which was from Costco and had these pretty musical notes on it, because it was really the only thing I wanted for my birthday. Which tells you where my priorities are in life (;

birthday donuts

It wouldn’t be birthday week without some birthday doughnuts! (It totally still would, but I really really love doughnuts.) I got them on sale after the 4th of July weekend was over — leftover doughnuts for the win!

happy birthday

I hung this adorable banner in our dining room the whole week. A couple of my friends gave it to me a couple of years ago as a surprise when we coached swim team together, and I’ve held on to it to bring out for birthday celebrations! It sounds kind of silly, but it made me feel special all week.


If you ever get a Starbucks giftcard, register it through their app, and then keep a little money on the card until your birthday so you can get a free birthday drink! I love that Starbucks does that, it’s really a huge treat for me since I almost never go out for coffee. I tried their cold brew coffee (with a touch of soy milk and no sweetener) and it was really good, I’d recommend it!


I think my cat has finally accepted me as her own again (it only took her 3 weeks *eye roll*). She hung out with me a lot during birthday week, and I snapped this picture of her in a new box she got this week.

spa day at home

On my birthday, I pulled out my old foot bath/home spa set and gave myself a “stay-at-home spa day.” It was so relaxing and felt like a really special treat to myself. I’m going to have to use that thing a few more times this summer!

Anyway, I had a great “birthday week.” Now that the celebrations are over, I’m starting to embrace being 23 and getting excited for what this year will bring. There are so many things to look forwards to, and I think it’s going to be a great year.


Currently I’m…July

I can’t believe we’re already knee-deep in July…the summer always seems to go by so fast! I’ve been really settling in to life back home in Colorado, enjoying spending time with my family and pets, and relaxing a lot. I am working on setting some goals and some form of a schedule for the blog, so I hope I’ll be focused enough to get some things done! It’s funny, I always think I’m going to get so many things done over the summer, and then in reality I prefer to spend my time in the sun. Here’s what I’ve been up to this month so far: