Daily Life

Summer Survey

Today’s post is veering off from your regular “Five on Friday” post. I’ll be back next week to share more about why that is! For today, I’m channeling my inner middle-school girl again to do another survey. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one is all about summer!

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  1. Walk or bike ride?
    • Hands-down, I’d choose a walk. Taking walks is one of my favorite things. When I’m by myself I can catch up on a good podcast, but it’s even better when I’m with someone. Travis and I like walking in the evenings and talking about our days, and I love walking with friends to catch up and talk with them. Socializing and getting a workout in, win-win!IMG_4256
  2. Favorite picnic food?
    • A really good sandwich. I think I could eat a sandwich every single day and not get tired of them. Make it a Jimmy John’s sandwich and Iย know I wouldn’t for sure!
  3. Pool or lake?
    • Lake by a long shot. As I mentioned last week, the lake is one of my “happy places” and whether I’m floating, taking a long boat ride, or tubing/skiing, I just can’t get enough. It’s a place where I always feel so content and relaxed.IMG_0110
  4. Favorite flavor of ice cream?
    • I always go for ice cream that has lots of “stuff” in it. No plain flavors for me! The more chocolate and peanut butter chunks an ice cream has, the better, in my opinion (#BunnyTracksGirl!).

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      Flashback to lobster ice cream in Maine last summer!
  5. Flip flops or slides?
    • Flip flops. I don’t think I’m cool enough to pull off slides. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. Favorite summer fruit?
    • I’m a major strawberry fan. Eat them plain, put them in salads, smoothies, yogurt, etc…they’re always good.
  7. Corn on the Cob or Cut off the Cob?
    • Corn on the cob! It’s just not the same if you cut it off!
  8. Favorite summertime song?
    • I don’t have a favorite, but right now “Up Down” by Morgan Wallen is just “summer in a song” to me.IMG_4375
  9. Favorite part of summertime?
    • There’s too many- the walks and pool days with friends, downtime to do whatever I want (aka read for hours at a time), ability to go see my family in the middle of the week, catch up more with friends, longer evenings, meals on the grill, etc.

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      Float trip last year!
  10. Dresses or skirts?
    • Dresses- I have so many skirts in my closet because I want to be a skirt-type-of-person, but I’m just not and think they look “off” on me. I’d much prefer a cool, cottony dress in the summer.
  11. Favorite cold drink besides water?
    • We’re big iced-tea fans in our house. It has to be unsweetened though. Sweet tea makes me want to gag. Sorry for all of those I’m offending with that comment. ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_4367
  12. Best summer dessert?
    • I’m simple and usually just like ice cream in the summer. My mom made an incredible peanut butter ice cream pie when we were home for Father’s Day, and that might be my new number one. I’ll share the recipe soon!
  13. Favorite summer meal?
    • I can’t get enough of just having grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, and quinoa or rice. My recipe for Huli Huli Chicken (which I’ve talked about several times on here) is our go-to.huli
  14. SPF of sunscreen you use in the summer?
    • I don’t use sunscreen if it’s not more than at least 50 SPF. I’ve got super sensitive skin, and it’s just not worth it to skimp. If I’m being honest, I usually buy sunscreen that’s more like 70 SPF- heavy duty! ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_4339
  15. Favorite veggie to eat raw?
    • Love, love, love cucumbers and red peppers. They’re my go-to vehicles to dip in hummus too.
  16. Dream summer vacation spot?
    • If I’m going all out, I’d have to say Bora Bora. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Someday I’ll get there!). Also, Nantucket is high up there and so is South Carolina. Of course, I’d always go back to Maine in a heartbeat too. It’s the best vacation I’ve been on so far!IMG_4012
  17. Favorite adult beverage on a beach day?
    • I love a good wine spritzer (just white wine, sprite, and cut up fruit),ย however mojitos are my all-time favorite drink on a hot, summer day (or anyday really).IMG_4304
  18. Swim or layout at the pool?
    • Having the fair skin that I do, I can only handle laying out so long. I like at least being half-in the pool so I can stay cooled off.ย IMG_5017
  19. Salsa, queso, or guacamole?
    • Guac is life! (Followed by salsa and then queso.)
  20. One word to describe summer?
    • Unwind. After getting through a stressful school year, I really feel like I can unwind, catch my breath, and just relax during the summer months…just in time to gear up for another year. ๐Ÿ˜‰IMG_3482

Have a great weekend! Play along in the comments with your own survey answers!

Question of the Day: Favorite part of summertime? Favorite summer meal? One word to describe summer?

 

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Monkeys

Another summer, another softball season.

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Unfortunately our softball team lost our first tournament game on Sunday, meaning that we are officially done…until fall, that is!

Just missing a few in our group picture…

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Sadly, Jessica moves this week to Texas, and the softball team won’t be the same without her. As much as we’d like her to still come back for every game, that’s probably selfish of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ve had a lot of fun hanging out with this crew…sweating profusely for those early games and making jokes in the dugout.

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Good season, Monkeys! ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the Day:ย What is your favorite sport to play?

Weekend

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! Wheh, what a weekend! I feel like we have been nonstop since the end of June, and we’re packing to leave on a trip soon too! Summer, slow down!

On Thursday, Jessica, Emily, Julie, and I all played Singo at Tanner’s in Aggieville. It’s basically Bingo, but they just play songs and you mark the name of the song on your card. For each “card,” there are three rounds, and the winner of each round gets a Tanner’s gift card.

Well… Jessica won the first round! Then, I won the second round. We were getting evil glares from other tables at this point. And then, somehow, my card won the last round as well. Emily took that winning one up for me so that I didn’t get pelted with beer and more angry glares. We were feeling pretty good about our luck though!

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Since Jessica moves to Texas this week, we’ve tried to get together more this past week to soak up at the time we can! We went out to several bars after playing Singo. Aggieville was pretty dead on a Thursday night in the summer. However, at Tubby’s, our last stop, it was pretty popping. A guy was talking to Jessica, and after we found out that he was only 21, we made him guess all our ages. He guessed I was 24, and I’ll take it! ๐Ÿ™‚

On Friday, we drove back to Sabetha to do some fireworks with Trav’s side of the family. It was so cute seeing my niece and nephews get excited about the dinkiest little firecrackers. My personal favorite, as always, was the pooping puppy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday morning, I ran with my mother-in-law to a salad party that she does every week. She meets with other women at one of their houses and they each bring three things that you would put on a salad and some mason jars. They put all the food out on a table and then you fill your mason jars with a little of each, and voila! You have healthy lunches for the week! They either put them over a salad or stir fry the mixture, they said.

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I love this idea and want to get it started here. I bet I could convince some of the cute old ladies on my street to join in! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After our salad party, we did a little shopping at a new women’s clothing store in downtown Sabetha called The Girl Cave Boutique. We both found some cute things: I found a new kimono and earrings and Holly found a shirt and earrings too!

We had plans that day to go to Brownville, Nebraska, a teeny-tiny little town full of so much charm. My in-laws bought me tickets to go see a show at the Brownville Village Theatre for my birthday. We decided to make a day of it, and we started by grabbing lunch at The Lyceum.

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The room we sat in was full of old books and our table was tucked back into a cozy corner with bookcases. I love old books and was already enamored just being there. However, when I found out the books were for sale, I was riding high. I had a blast looking through all the books and picking some out.

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My in-laws said they knew I would be in hog-heaven, and they were right!

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I got ten books (I went a littttle overboard)ย that were all kind of coastal/nautical. It’s hard not to go overboard when they are each only around a dollar. I have them in my office out as decor, and I think they look so cute and add the perfect beachy charm!

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After lunch, we went over to the Brownville Village Theatre for our show at two, called “Maybe, Baby, It’s You!” It was advertised as being all about love and the different stages, aspects that love/marriage brings.

The little theatre was so cute. It was originally a church that was converted, and the theatre has been holding shows for something like over 50 years.

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The show was very funny, but most of the scenes showed the dark or bad side of love. It definitely didn’t leave you with a mushy-gushy feeling, but it was fun to laugh at the misfortunes of the characters.

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After our show, we drove up to the Brownville Winery and looked around, and then we tried to get down to the river to see this museum that’s on a boat, a dinner boat, and a boat hotel, but with the recent flooding, all three were impossible to get to.

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We got home and ate a quick dinner, and then Travis and I hit the road to go home.

Thanks again to Brad and Holly for the tickets and the fun day! Brownville reminds me of the fake town “Bluebell” in the show “Hart of Dixie.” So cute and quaint. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Sunday, we met up with Jessica, Zach, and Emily for brunch at Coco Bolos as a final meal out with Jess before she moves to Texas (cue the tears ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ). After brunch, we helped Jessica move all the things from her apartment to a storage unit. We were all sweaty and nasty, but we managed to have some fun with it and get it all in two trips. Praise the Lord that her apartment was on the first floor!

Travis and I made a few errands after we were done and then came home to crash for a few hours before softball.

We started our tournament play last night, playing a team that had an undefeated record. This season started earlier in the spring so it’s ending early too.

We have an upcoming vacation soon, so I know July is just going to keep flying by!

Have a great one!

Question of the Day:ย What was the highlight of your weekend?

Friday

Five on Friday

TGIF!

This week has been a good one, with plenty of patriotic festivities ๐Ÿ™‚ , and we’ve got a busy weekend planned too!

one. My friend Jessica and Iย finally got to watch an episode of The Bachelorette together and debrief on all the guys. We actually both like all six of the guys who are left, which never happens! Any other Bachelorette fans out there?

two. On the 3rd this week, we had a party/cookout at one of our friends’ houses. We did the same thing last year; I like this tradition! We grill out, play yard games, shoot off fireworks, and talk. We didn’t let the heat get in our way!

Us girls have gotten substantially better at Polish Horseshoes too!

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three. On the 4th, we got together with our friends in the afternoon to have a pool day. When we got to the pool, we were the only ones there, but within about five minutes, everyone and their brother showed up. The pool became so packed that we could hardly move around without getting splashed, ran into, etc. (We’re pretty sure most of those people don’t even live in our neighborhood too). We lasted a few hours and then went home to clean up and rest.

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We grabbed dinner and ice cream before heading over to Wamego. We got there plenty early to grab a good spot.

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The show this year was incredible! Wamego prides themselves on having the best fireworks show in Kansas…and for good reason!

four.ย Earlier this week, I looked out our window in the afternoon and there was a very large deer just meandering through our backyard. It isn’t unusual for us to see deer in our backyard, but this one was much larger than usual.

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I ran downstairs to grab my phone and the deer just locked eyes on me and stared for a few minutes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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five.ย Tonight, we are getting together with Travis’ side of the family to shoot off some fireworks with our nieces and nephews. Then, tomorrow, I am cashing in on my birthday gift from my in-laws.

They got me tickets to watch a show in Brownville, Nebraska. They always rave about this quaint little town and love grabbing dinner and a show so that’s what we are going to do with them. The one I picked is supposed to be a funny one about marriage. Should be entertaining!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the Day:ย How did you celebrate the fourth?

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th to you!

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I love celebrating the 4th of July, but it also makes me realize that summer is halfway over. It’s gone way too quickly already, and with our upcoming trip and some other things planned for July, I feel like I’m going to blink and it will be time to start school already. It’s a good reminder to really savor the next few weeks of summer!

Here’s to a day full of friends/family, fireworks, and food…lots of food. ๐Ÿ™‚

And just for fun, a flashback to the 4th last year…

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Enjoy!

Question of the Day:ย What are your plans for the 4th?

Products

Lobster Loves

Hi there!

Wheh, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Lobster Loves post about items I’ve recently bought or just ones that look intriguing! (Lord knows that’s not because I’m not feeling “shopping.” I’mย always in the mood to shop. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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  • Stowaway Sling Bag from Eddie Bauer- $19.99
    • My family has an upcoming trip to Alaska this month where we will be doing lots of hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. I like the size and convenience of this sling bag to toss a few things (water, snack, wallet, phone)ย in and go! Bonus, they’re on sale right now too!

 

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  • Personalized Tropical Palm Leaf Monogram Phone Case from Custmode (Etsy)- $8.95
    • This is one of the phone cases I just got for my new phone. I love the palm leaf look, and the pink monogram is just the cherry on top! I also ordered this one because they were so cheap. I was a little nervous about shipping and quality since they came all the way from Lithuania, but they arrived after only about a week and half (wow!) and they are such great quality.

 

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  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask from Amazon- $10
    • I love trying a good, new face mask. This one has awesome reviews on Amazon, and it’s on my list to try soon. Maybe I could even get Trav to try this one with me too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Free shipping on this too!

 

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  • Xersion Medium Support Sports Bra from JCPenney- $27 (on sale in stores for $12.99)
    • I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve shopping in a JCPenney store since I was probably in middle school. One of the girls on our softball team had the cutest sports bra on a couple weeks ago, and we all (ok, just the girls ๐Ÿ™‚ ), were dying to know where she found it. She said Penney’s was having a killer sale on all of their athletic clothes. I went the next week and picked up a couple. Online, it looks like they are regular price, but in stores, they should be 50-60% off.

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  • amika Bombshell Blowout Spray from Amazon- $25
    • I picked up this spray from Marshall’s (so it was less than half the price), and I didn’t have the highest expectations but wanted to try it. I spray a little on my roots right before I blowdry my hair, and it adds a little lift and makes my hair very easy to tease without looking greasy. I’m a fan!

 

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  • Lace-Yoke Bell-Sleeve Sweater from Old Navy- $34.99
    • I know, I know, it’s too early to be thinking about fall already, but man, this sweater justย calls to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The neutral stripe plus the lace-up detail is perfection! I’m usually leery to buy too much from Old Navy because it fits me so loose and boxy, but I’d be willing to try this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

That’s it for today. I promise I won’t go another couple months before the next edition. Happy shopping!

Question of the Day:ย Which item on today’s Lobster Loves would you like to buy?

 

 

Weekend

Weekend Recap

Good morning!

Coming at you with a painful sunburn from this weekend’s festivities. I’ve got swollen, burnt lips that looks like hotdogs and a chest burn that makes me look like a literal lobster, but it was worth it with the fun we had!

We rented a pontoon boat on Council Grove Lake for Saturday with some friends so on Friday, we laid low and got food and gear ready for our lake day.

We all met at Zach and Emily’s house early the next morning, loaded up, dropped off their puppy, and were on our way!

We were out on the water by about 10 a.m. and sped along down the lake (more like creeped along because we were in a pontoon ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Try as I might, I will forever be the pale one in the group. There’s only so much that tanning lotion can do for a girl- ha.

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We spent the day alternating between floating, snacking, jello shot time, and cruising around.

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We picked up two more people early afternoon and then basically floated again until we had to return the boat at 5 p.m.

The whole group…

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The day went unbelievably fast and only fueled the guys’ dreams of each owning a boat.

We were burnt, tired, and hungry as we got off the lake. What is it about being on the lake that makes you so hungry?!

Also, a moment of silence for Jessica’s sunglasses. RIP.

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I’m hoping that my wicked burn turned into somewhat of a tan, but I’m not crossing my fingers. I’ll take any color I can get though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We got home, showered, and basically crashed for the rest of the night.

On Sunday, we didn’t have much on the agenda except some small things like mowing, laundry, and a softball game at 7 p.m.

It was a weekend that we want to repeat again and again. The lake is my happy place!

Have a super day!

Question of the Day:ย What was the highlight of your weekend?