Hopefully, you’ve all had an amazing summer. One that’s been so amazing that you haven’t even noticed that I haven’t been able to bring you my regular pieces here :(. I knew this summer was going to be insane but I didn’t really realize that it would be insane. As I’m starting to get some breathing room, I thought I’d share with you a bit of where I’ve been, where I’m at, and where I’m headed. Since I haven’t been able to share my Favoring Fridays lately, I also want to show you some of the things that I’ve been loving over the last month or so. So grab your iced tea (if it’s still warm) or your PSL if you’re feeling those basic fall vibes, and let’s catch up!
Where I’ve been
Moving. Unexpectedly, we had to make a choice to move right outside the city. It chewed up our August. I’d like to say that it went smoothly and that now we’re all settled in our new abode, but this is not the case. We had four years plus of stuff, and what we couldn’t part with we’re squeezing into a space about half as big. I also had a really hard time saying goodbye to West Seattle. I know I’m only 15 miles or so away, but it feels like a big life shift that I wasn’t ready for. I loved being so close to the water, and it was the perfect mix of the best of city living with a laid-back feel. Anyway, I’m still adjusting to our new surroundings, and learning how to make my cluttered house feel like a spacious home.
I wasn’t smart enough to follow all of these before I moved but Jenn of Hello Rigby had shared 5 Ways to Cope With Moving Stress this summer that really would have come in handy :). It’s stressful!
In the middle of moving, we went to Montana for a family wedding. In a way, it was nice to have a forced break. We were able to see a lot of family and friends, and catch the state fair. We also made the trip in style, by driving a Buick Regal GS. It was such a nice ride that it made its way into my favorite things for this summer (see below!).
We hiked the Ape Cave around Mt. St. Helens (which was intense!), went to a few sporting events, tried to catch the Olympics, and squeezed what fun we could into the “free’ time we had.
If you read my Open Letter to Chrissy Teigen’s IVF Critics, you’d recall that fertility is an area of struggle for us. Although I’ve chosen so far not to dwell on it in this space, it’s something that takes up a lot of time, money and energy. It can easily become all-consuming, and we’re right in the thick of it friends.
Where I’m At/ Where I’m Headed
Settling into my house
Some people are able to pound it out and quickly unpack. I don’t get it! I hate living out of boxes, but haven’t found the time yet to get fully settled in.
My husband is having a milestone birthday that I’m throwing a party for. With everything going on, I haven’t been able to dedicate much time to the process, so it’s GO time! Our Anniversary is also this month :).
When you’re in three fantasy leagues and every weekend revolves around family and football, yes, this area gets its own category 😉 Don’t forget to check out the Thursday Huddle posts the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month!
I may not have kids yet, but things like bible study and book club pick back up in the autumn. I’m looking forward to making the time to do these things.
Between NY Fashion Week, Fall fashion, and Seattle’s Upcoming Fashion Week, there’s been a lot to keep up with. I haven’t been able to attend all that I’ve wanted but you should be getting the inside scoop on some of them soon. If you follow me on SnapChat (ChasingMyHalo) or Instagram Stories then you’ll see it as it’s happening!
I’m hoping to let you guys in a little on our journey. Stay tuned!
My Favorite Things
A snippet of what I’m loving NOW!
1. Buick’s Regal GS
For our trip to Montana, we were super excited to test out a Buick Regal GS. Growing up, my dad had a Buick for a bit and so I associate them with being larger, classy cars for older, classy people haha. I think that all stereotypes I had were completely shattered as we cruised along in this sexy, sleek, and ultra stylish GS. From the tires to the body and engine, this car turns heads!
Some of my favorite features were:
- In car wifi. This is a blogger’s dream, and made the super long road trip go by so much faster! Hands-free and always connected 🙂
- Collision Mitigation Braking. This was so cool! You could set your car to brake if a car gets within a certain range ahead of you. Perfect if traffic comes to a sudden halt or someone pulls out in front of you. Similarly, the side blind road alert is always a favorite to combat that dreaded blind spot.
- Electronic E-brake
- Infotainment System. You could put your phone’s touch screen basically up on the dashboard. It didn’t show all of the apps, but you could use a few of them right on the car!
- Turbo mode. Such a smooth, fast ride for those wide open roads of Montana!
2.) Numi Teas
I was already a fan of Numi teas, so when I received them in my Endless Summer VoxBox I was thrilled! With all of life’s stressors lately, I find myself turning to tea more and more.
3.) Gwen Stefani’s “This is What The Truth Feels Like” Album.
After seeing Gwen and Eve live in concert in Seattle, I can’t get enough of her new album. Candid and catchy, it’s Gwen at her best.
4.) Almond Milk at Starbucks
I can’t even tell you how happy I am about this!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
5.) Guitar Straps in Fashion
I think this is such a fun trend! A little bit of rock star mixed into your wardrobe :).
There you have it, I really haven’t been completely under a rock! What have you been doing and loving as the summer draws to a close? Is there a particular fall trend or a new album that you can’t wait to get your hands on?
Happy last week of summer!