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July Highlights

In July we hosted friends for the Fourth, pet-sat a few friends’ dogs, and stayed in town most weekends, except for a quick trip to Charlotte. It was a very good summer month, but I’m not entirely sad to see it go, mainly because it means the Whole30 diet is over (more on that later). Here are some more memories from the month, and how I fared on my monthly goals.

July 2014 Highlights

July Highlights:

+ Watermelon cookies!
+ Puppy love
+ Ping pong playing in the backyard
+ Wainscoting progress
+ Lots of Whole30-approved meals
+ An evening in Charlotte at my sister’s (I love her house)
+ Spending time with my friends’ babies
+ Date night with this fella
+ Ray LaMontagne concert

July Goals:


  • Finish wainscoting in dining room // YES!! Pictures and tutorial coming soon.
  • Host friends for Fourth of July // YES! Fun times.
  • Do one thing on my DIY or craft pinterest boards // Let’s just call the massive wainscoting project one of them.
  • Finish one book // Read Carry On, Warrior
  • Keep basil and tomato plants alive // Just barely.

Not so much:

  • Clean out all of our closets // Ha. I didn’t clean out a single one.
  • Go to the pool / beach / lake / some body of water // Nope.
  • Start training for the Savannah Half Marathon // I started running, but wouldn’t really call it training.

How was your July? :)

August Goals

Hello August

Hello August! I am so happy to greet you! The lazy days of summer are coming to a close and I feel things starting to ramp up for a new season. We have a fun-packed month planned, including two weekend trips to see family, and lots of local events planned in between. I also really want to organize my house. We moved into our house a year ago and I feel like we just packed things into spaces because we wanted it out of a box. J is out of town one weekend, so I plan to tear the house apart and put it all back together in an organized, functional way. We’ll see how much actually gets done. ;) On to my goals this month….

August Goals:

  • Start training for the half marathon (eeks!)
  • Go on a date with J in Durham
  • Transition into eating 80% Whole30 approved foods
  • Give this blog a little refresh
  • Get all of our cars inspected and pay for car insurance (August is our dreaded expensive car month!)
  • Write a letter to our sponsored child Jacques in Togo
  • Map out meal ideas from August to December
  • Map out blog post ideas from August to December
  • Clean out the linen closet and guest room closet
  • Clean out and organize the garage
  • Celebrate living in our house one year! And blog house tour, room by room, one year later

What are you up to this month? Leave your goals and plans in the comments, I would love to read them. :)

PS – Want more inspiration of what type of goals to make in August? Check out my goals from August 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2009. Evidently I didn’t make any goals in 2010. :)

June Highlights

June was such a happy, sunny month. It always is! Here are some memories we made last month:

June 2014 Highlights

June Highlights:

+ Peonies!
+ Leia riding in the trunk
+ Weekend trip to Boone for J’s birthday
+ Boston with the birthday boy
+ Bike riding to Harvard
+ Getting lost in the North End
+ Business trip to Blacksburg, VA
+ Card playing with friends/family
+ Antique shopping with my SIL

Recap of my June Goals:


  • Keep my tomatoes and basil alive
  • Organize and create a plan for teaching ESL this summer
  • Build wainscoting in dining room // I’m halfway done, so I’m keeping it in the accomplished pile. This project is not for the faint of heart, but it should be done in the next few weeks.
  • Learn to grill pizza
  • Start a neighborhood running club, if anyone is interested :) // Sort of? I found a neighborhood running buddy and go at least once a week for a run through our neighborhood. Yay! 
  • Go to a Red Sox game with J
  • Throw at least one cookout with friends

Did not accomplish:

  • Read at least one book // I have had such a hard time getting into books recently. Hoping lazy July days will change that.
  • Blog at least once a week // Nope, no blogging last week.

How was your June? :)

July Goals

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I was walking in Target yesterday looking for the seasonal outdoor section, when I realized that entire section had been taken over by Back to School stuff. What the what! It is July 1st people. Don’t let time fly any faster than it already is! However, as I was walking away in defiance, I did pause and glance at the aisle of colored pencils and beautiful clean notebooks. Schools supplies are just the best! But not yet. Not yet! Stay strong, summer.

I kind of feel like Target sometimes in the middle of summer — ready and longing for the next season. June is so happy and sunny and warm and wonderful, but July and August are hot and humid and make me long for autumn to arrive already. But I don’t want to be one of those people constantly wishing away today. So this month I’m looking to be intentional about choosing joy and savor these long days of summer.

July Goals:

  • Finish wainscoting in dining room (halfway done!)
  • Host friends for Fourth of July
  • Do one thing on my DIY or craft pinterest boards
  • Clean out all of our closets
  • Go to the pool / beach / lake / some body of water
  • Finish one book
  • Start training for the Savannah Half Marathon
  • Keep basil and tomato plants alive
  • To be present and look for the beauty in every moment. When I catch myself complaining, acknowledge the blessings and goodness around me instead.

What are you up to this month?

PS – July goals from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. It’s funny how a lot of them are the same. :) Also, I’ve updated my 2014 yearly goals since we are halfway through the year. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?

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