Friday, July 21, 2017

Have You Heard? // Band of Horses - "Casual Party"

Happy weekend friends! We're kicking ours off with no plans whatsoever tonight!!! :) So excited! Maybe I'll work some more on my Project Life Album! :) 


This song has been around for quite a while and it just grows and grows on me. It's pretty mellow, but also upbeat and not boring. A good combination if you ask me. :) 


I also just like that it's called "casual party". It just makes me laugh, as opposed to a formal party? hehe 

What are you guys up to this weekend?!

We so far, only have plans to do a bonfire for s'mores with my mom, Olivia, grandma, Jess, and her family. :) It's a very belated Christmas and Mother's Day celebration. :) Otherwise I hope to read, clean, and work on project life. #partyhard

XO,

Alexandra

PS - I know my profile image is gone... boo on you photobucket. Eventually I'll get that fixed... : / 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Goal Update // Halfway Through!

Wow, we are over half way through 2017. That's crazypants!



I thought I should do a quick recap of my goals, progress made, and strategies for the months ahead. Thanks for the reminder Torrie! :) Updates are in bold. :) 

Reflections & Goal Planning/Explanation: 

I did some reflecting on 2016 and a lot of what I realized about my anxiety is that it often stems from a lack of space. Whether that is physical space, mental space, or a sense of freedom. So a lot of my goals are centered around those ideas. :) This may seem like a giant list, but a lot of it is written to accommodate specific ideas, and *trying* things... even if I don't end up implementing them longer-term. Some of them are also things that I am currently doing, that I want to continue with. I've been thinking hard about all of my goals and issues I want to work on, and what those big and small moving pieces are. So, I am choosing the word "space" this year for obvious reasons. I don't usually pick a word, but I think it will really help me focus this year! :)

Health 

Work out 3x's per normal week (at least)
Put Healthy Meals on Rotation
Try 25 New Healthy Recipes (add them to rotation if we like them enough!)
Get new mattress = sleep better
Continue to take stairs and walks at work
Try out at least one active hobby (ideas: SUP, kayaking, boxing, etc.)
Get dental work done - not sure I can finish this year, just financially... but making really good progress on this!
Visit a dermatologist
Attempt grazing - I'm the WORST snacker...
Focus on healthy breakfasts & caffeine sources

Stress

Limit & be intentional with plans that we make - doing well with this so far!
Do one de-stressing activity per day (yoga, coloring, reading, meditating, etc.)
De-clutter (physical clutter = mental clutter)
     -sort through boxes and tubs in storage at KC's parent's house - ALREADY STARTED!
     -coat closet
     -wall hanging items
     -kitchen cabinets/kitchen craziness...
     -under bathroom sink
     -bathroom linen closet
     -jewelry box
     -vanity!!
     -boxes of un-homed junk...
     -things I hide in the closet....
     -filing paperwork....
Reduce amount of technology that I have to deal with
     -limit notifications
     -unsubscribe from email lists
     -delete drobox from laptop...
     -have "un-reachable" times?
     -etc.
Check long-standing items off my to-be-done list. I love Gretchen Rubin's 1 hour per week idea!
     -being healthy (folded in above)
     -dentist (same) - doing really well so far!
     -DSLR skills -re-thinking this... my phone has a better camera than my current DSLR.
     -sewing skills
     -reading classics - 2 so far!
Make a point to listen to music!
Purchase an essential oil diffuser
Look into getting a weighted blanket

Brand

Populate my Etsy with invite templates
Do a bridal show (maybe)
Make Flyers and put up around town #oldschool
Re-brand blog
Continue/improve with Youtube - getting better! Need to work on lighting and sound...
Scheduling items (see scheduling section below)
Learn more about what y'all like reading about in this space!

Creative

Take a cooking class
Pick up (try) either: sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery... something NON-paper! - working on it, but have not "picked one up".
Do a 2017 PL/scrapbook album (monthly highlights, as the year goes on) - keep sharing the progress! - working on it! Check out my Youtube to see! :) 
Attend more non-concert live performances - 2 so far!
Do some type of photo challenge (even a short one)
Apply to be on 2018 creative teams with documenting brands! - 1 so far, and I did not get it.
Take a DSLR course - re-thinking this...
Food in Jars challenge with Rachel (flexibly!) - 2 so far.
Make a new dessert - pavlova
Get a better/more versatile printer for documenting

Scheduling

Set up a rough guideline for using my Tuesdays well (or a rigid schedule)
Make a social media posting schedule (because I forget and it stresses me out!) - working on this for IG, and it's going well so far!
Make a cleaning schedule
Try some meal-prepping schedules - find something that works pretty well

Cozy Family - inspired by the ideas of hygge and minimalism

Learn about Hygge and apply some ideas from it to our day-to-day life
Create more traditions with KC as our own little family (seasonal, holiday, weekend, little things, etc.)
Make a point to enjoy and experience each season
Be at home more - so far, doing well, much better nearly every month!
Take our time and be slow

Books

Read 50 total books - 29 so far!
Read at least one book from each category:
     -biography/memoir
     -poetry
     -graphic novel
     -horror
     -science fiction
     -thriller
     -mystery
     -historical fiction
     -short story
     -essay
Complete a reading challenge - it's looking good for Erin's 7.0
Read 5 Non-fiction books, not including cookbooks/craft books that are just skimmed
Read 5 Classics - 2 so far!
Continue with book ban - I've only sold a few so far, but I've read a lot that I own (including Netgalley!)! Definitely more of each than this time last year! :)

Travel

Go back to NOLA
Plan out NYC!
Visit at least two other new places (even if they are close-by)
Travel with friends
Try a new food


Entertaining

Find a dress for SIL's wedding
Plan bachelorette/shower night for Juliet

Continue having game nights - 2 so far!
Epic KC bday week
Have a "Galantine's Party"! - I MISS THIS EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. 
Give 6 little gifts - 2 so far!
Spoil the heck outta Jess's baby - yes, so far! :P
Swap GG nights for Movie nights with close friends - this isn't probably going to happen
Generally plan more things with my girlfriends (because they're pretty amazing)

Bottom Line: I think I am doing pretty well with my goals so far. All of my reading ones are more or less on track, travel is nearly done, and I have a lot of things that have been started. Some of the ones related to stress/organizing may have to change.... I didn't plan on us moving when I made the list... and now our living/storage situation is quite different! Pleased with the dental progress I've made, but not sure if I will be able to finish it this year. It gets so expensive. I think we've been doing ok at seasonal things, but summer is really tough because it's just too hot for me, and KC doesn't like it much either.  We did pretty well at seasonal things for St. Patrick's Day and springtime. :) Hoping for more hygge/cozy/traditions this fall and winter. It's about time that we buckle down budget-wise, so that should mean being home more and also cooking more. We've not been cooking anything new, if at all, for most of the year. Hoping to improve on health, cooking, and organizational goals before the end of the year! :) 

How are you doing on your 2017 goals so far? 

Are you slacking on any? What are your plans to make them a priority?

Have to checked any off? What are you most proud of so far?

XO,

Alexandra

Monday, July 17, 2017

Six Ways to Make Your Own Project Life Cards // Documenting

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you had a great weekend and got to watch GoT. How sweet is Ed Sheeran's angel voice?! How icky were those bed pans... ewww.

We had such a great time celebrating my SIL's wedding this weekend, but today I don't have anything ready to show you for that. HAHA

Sooo, how about a quick tutorial on making your own Project Life cards? If you're still trying to figure out how to start PL or needing motivation, check out this post first! There are TONS of ways that you could do this, in this video I'll show you some ideas I had by starting with a stamped background, and you can watch me speed through the process and then see the finished cards. Making your own PL cards is a great way to use up items in your stash and to save money on documenting supplies!

I'm happy to share more methods in the future as well, let me know if you are interested!



Here's a closer up image of the final cards (I definitely forgot to trim the top off of the one on the top right! - whoops!):




Supplies:

Scraps of light colored paper/project life cards
Paper Cutter
Word stamps (here I used Kelly Purkey and Heidi Swapp)
Acrylic Stamping Block
Ink
Washi Tape (fairly solid or colorful)
Ephemera, stickers, and tags from your stash
Scissors
Adhesive Roller

Which card is your favorite? 

How do you use up supplies that you have in your stash?

How do you save money on documenting?

I'd love to hear how you document (photo books, scrapbooks, apps, etc.)! Let me know!

What other types of videos are you interested in seeing? (process videos, DIYs, flip throughs, etc.) I'd love to know!

Other Project Life Posts: How to Start a Project Life Album // YES You Can!, and my Travel Mini Album Flip Throughs: Houston & GalvestonSan FranciscoGeorgiaNashville, and Las Vegas.

XO,

Alexandra

Friday, July 14, 2017

Have You Heard? // Vance Joy - "Lay It On Me"

Happy Friday Friends! I am still playing catch up on reading blogs since our road trip, but I can't wait to see what you've been up to. :)



This week was a funny one for us, a two day work week for me... lots of external stress related to my parent's divorce and not being able to catch a break from social obligations and constant contact, etc. But I think things are looking up. Wednesday and Thursday gave me a small change to calm down and work on my own projects. :) What I really need after this week is several weeks with exactly zero plans in them. I hope I can manage to get it. Cross your fingers for me! :)

One piece of good news is that my sister in law gets married tomorrow! Hooray! :)

A second piece of good news is that Vance Joy has released a new single. Yayyy!



I have only listened to it a few times, but I can't wait to hear the rest of the album. Vance Joy is just a favorite of mine. (as you, I'm sure know!)

What do you guys have planned this weekend?

For us it will be wedding and wedding-related plans. But next week is nearly completely free and I'm so excited about it!! :) 

Other Posts This Week: June Reads & A Weekend at the Farm.

XO,

Alexandra

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Father's Day Weekend at the Farm // June 2017

Hello everyone! We are back from our road trip, but I'm not quite ready to write a post yet... so... I'm sharing something from last month! :)

Back in mid-June we spent Father's Day weekend at KC's grandparent's farm. It was such a blast to spend time with his family and just take it easy.

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time relaxing or taking it easy. Pretty much ever. When we travel I like to keep busy, and see a lot. That's just my preference, so it's rare that I fully relax and take it slow. The weekends at the farm are perfect for that!

I also mentioned a few weeks ago, that this is where KC popped the question back in 2011. So it holds a lot of special memories even for a relative newbie like me! We are the BABIEST of BABIES in this post! hehe
















We spent time at the "lake" fishing and talking, we fed the catfish in the pond, we checked out the garden. We shared meals, played Taboo, watched golf (not me..), and read. My FIL helped Papa with projects around the farm. We watched birds, bunnies, and squirrels. Sometimes we get lucky and see deer or turkeys. We fell asleep to the sounds of Midwest storms every night, and it was perfect.

We always manage to stop at the antique store on the highway too, which is fun to sift through for treasures. This time I found one die, from an old casino in Reno. It had character. So $1 later I have a super random treasure. One of these days I'm going to buy a pie there! :) (because of course they make pies and jams too...)

So grateful for our slow weekend together! :)

What about you? Are you good at relaxing and/or unplugging? Or do you find it difficult like me? Any tips?!

Does your family have a special place to spend family time?

XO,

Alexandra

Monday, July 10, 2017

June Reads // Fluff & Fun



Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

4 Stars - I recommend if you like YA, and light hearted, cute-as-can-be romance. 

Madeline is 18 years old and she has never left her house, she's got SCID, so anything could kill her at any time. Most days she is fine living her life indoors. She loves her mom, her nurse Carla, and her books. When Olly moves in next door, everything changes. For the first time, she wants more.

I expected to like this book. But I could not even handle it. It was so cute!! It was really short, I loved that some of the sections were notes, or charts, or drawings, etc. I though Maddy and Olly's relationship was really well defined via texts, conversations, and all of their little notes and doodles. I love that this book is inspiring to live your life to the fullest. I didn't see the ending coming, but I thought it worked well. It was fun to read YA about 18 year olds rather than 15 year olds, I think it's more rare? It just made their relationship feel more realistic, and less insta-love-like... hard to explain, but I loved it.

We also saw the movie. Parts of it were great, parts were kinda "meh". They changed some things that were pretty arbitrary, but that I missed in the movie. Like the "if found return to Madeline," things in her books. Etc. I loved the casting and the depiction of certain things in the movie (like the bundt cake, etc.). The astronaut part was cute, but them talking through their text conversations was super strange... especially the one where they are in space... LOL. It also felt more "insta love" like... but it is hard to avoid that in such a short time. Overall it still left me feeling excited and inspired. KC is a saint for seeing any kind of movie with me. *swoon*

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy short stories and YA. This collection was very diverse, so you're bound to enjoy some and not others, but I appreciated how many stories included POC and LGBTQ characters and relationships.

This book is a collection of diverse YA short stories based around the themes of summer and love.

1) The first story "Head, Tails, Tongue, Scales" by Leigh Bardugo was interesting, I almost got into it, but it was pretty out there. I wasn't expecting something quite so strange for the very first story. It was just OK for me.
2) Nina La Cour's story "The End of Love" is LGBTQ and I thought it was really nice. La Cour really captures what it's like to be a teen struggling with tough issues. I thought the story was equal parts cute and serious. A good mix!
3) Libba Bray's story "Last Stand at the Cinegore" about a vintage horror movie theatre closing was really fun. First off, I love having a teenage male protagonist. It's just so much fun to read for me. Secondly, the characters were quirky and that was amazing. The twist was bonkers. I dunno how I feel about the twist... but overall I still really enjoyed this one.
4) "Sick Pleasure" by Francesca Lia Block was really depressing for me. It went where I did not think it would. I didn't feel hopeful after reading it, and it wasn't much in the way of a cute summer-y love-y type story. There were also an awful lot of characters, and naming them all after their initial (A, M, I, S. Etc.) didn't help matters.
5) "In Ninety Minutes Turn North" by Stephanie Perkins was adorable as expected. I was delighted to immediately notice that she used Marigold and North (the characters from her story in "My True Love Gave to Me") again in this one!
6) "Souvenirs" by Tim Federle was pretty cute, I didn't think I was going to like it, but did quite a bit. It's about Kieth and Matty, who meet working the summer at an amusement park, the start dating knowing that Kieth is going away to another state for school in the fall. The start dating and create a "break up day". This story takes place on breakup day. Despite that, myself liking a happy ending... I enjoyed this one. It was very sweet. Another LGBTQ story.
7) Inertia by Veronica Roth is one that looked like it was going to be set in the present in our world... but really it ended up being more futuristic. Claire is woken and taken to the hospital to go to a "Last Visitation" for her best friend Matt. "Last Visitations" occur when a patient is not expected to live through a procedure. She goes and is able to share memories and "talk" to him during the procedure. This one made me cry, but I liked that it was quite different from the others, and not all together depressing despite the premise.
8) "Love is the Last Resort" by Jon Skovron was kind of fun in that it was about multiple couples, kind of love actually style... but more intentionally knit from the beginning. I found it to be an interesting setting, with quirky characters. I imagined them all to be painted by Janet Hill. :) Overall it was a little bit predictable, but really pretty fun.
9) "Good Luck and Farewell" by Brandy Colbert was about Rashida, a girl who was bought up by her older cousin, and how she copes when her cousin announces that she is moving across the country. During that time Rashida struggles with anger towards her cousin's girlfriend. She finds out that she's not alone in her grief, because Pierre's sister is leaving too. I loved that this one touched on some tough and diverse subjects like race, violence, and life apart from absent parents. I appreciated the diverse voices and the candid characters.
10) "Brand New Attraction" by Cassandra Clare was pretty whimsical and fantasy based as expected. It is about a girl who's father runs a dark carnival. When he runs away for money reasons, she must keep the carnival afloat. Her uncle comes to help and brings his step-son. The two bond, and quickly learn that there is something very very shady happening at the dark carnival. Overall I liked this one, but it was a tiny bit much for me at times. I shipped the main characters pretty hard.
11) "A Thousand Ways this Could All Go Wrong" by Jennifer E. Smith was about a girl who finally gets her crush to notice her, and go on a date with her. It was probably my favorite, because I loved the characters so much. It was just too sweet. I can't tell you why though, because it might ruin it for you if you read it someday. Think Big Bang Theory or The Rosie Project. I appreciated that this one was diverse in a different way that the other.
12) "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" by Lev Grossman had a really cool premise, that the same day repeats over and over, and he's the only one who knows... until he meets a girl who also knows. I wanted to love this one, parts of it were great, but it definitely left me wanting more. It was also pretty bittersweet.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy mysteries or thrillers. This one is also a classic so it is a little more subtle. I found this quick to read, unlike Rebecca, and I also just generally liked this one quite a lot more than Rebecca.

Philip Ashley has been raised by his cousin Ambrose. He wants to be everything Ambrose is, the man of the estate, a hard worker, interesting, and a bachelor. When Ambrose is taken ill, the doctors suggest that he spend the damp English winters in warmer sunnier Italy. There Ambrose meets Rachel and subsequently marries her. Before Ambrose makes it home to England, he starts writing letters to Philip saying that he is very sick, and suggesting that Rachel is his "torment". Philip races to Italy but it is too late. He's convinced that Rachel is a monstress and killed Ambrose. When Rachel later arrives in England, he invites her to stay with him, with the intention of calling her out... but she's not what he expected.

I would like to start by saying that while I wanted to love Rebecca, I didn't. It drove me bonkers that the main character didn't even have a name (to start). I was worried I wouldn't like this one... but I loved it. For one it is much more romantic, but it also read more quickly. I found the psychological bit to be very subtle, I definitely saw it as one thing happening and not another... but I enjoyed it quite a lot. I did not see the ending coming (aside from the fact that I may have read something spoilery with 10 pages to go.) *whistles innocently* I'm really excited to see the film adaptation!! *update* The film adaptation was really well done! It definitely was more psychologically confusing. It sort of leaned the other way from how I felt about the book in terms of what actually "happened".

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoyed the other To All They Boys I've Loved Before books, and if you like contemporary YA.

This book follows Lara Jean and her family as they navigate her senior year of high school. I don't want to give spoilers. :)

Overall I liked this book, I loved having more to read. I feel like Lara Jean is my book character soul mate. She scrapbooks, bakes, crafts, loves costumes... even likes a lot of the same movies. So it's fun to read about her. heheh I didn't like this book quite as much as the others, the pre-college stress was pretty forefront in the book, and I felt like it changed the dynamics a bit. I guess it was meant to, but it was kind of odd. I liked how most things ended, but it's weird to have it feel so open ended at the end of the book. Overall I definitely recommend the series. I read this in just 1 day. :P

Currently Reading:




A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Fork in the Road edited by James Oseland
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Be Your Own Fairytale: Working with Storytelling for Positive Life Chaneg by Alison Davies*

Books on Deck:

Everything for Erin's Challenge!!

Shotgun Love Songs by Nikolas Butler
Between Sky and Sea by Jaclyn Dolamore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Tides by Betsy Cornwell
Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
East by Edith Pattou
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Looking for Alaska by John Green
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Either Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie OR Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books tomorrow. :) 

What have you been reading? What do you hope to read this month?! 

Let's be friends on Goodreads!

XO,

Alexandra

Friday, July 7, 2017

ROAD TRIP! // Have You Heard? // Jack and White - "Lost"

Hello friends! I hope that you had a lovely week! I'm so happy to say that today KC and I are on the road and headed North. Excited to check out some new-to-us states, and just spend a few days away from home and work.


I can't wait to tell you all about it once we're back!

I know I've shared this song... probably a long time ago... but this is just such a fun upbeat kinda folksy song.. I can't get enough of it. Also, it's the perfect road trip tune. I hope you enjoy it!



So fun and catchy right?! Also, romantic. Shocker. Alex likes the romantic song. :P Worth adding to your playlists guys!

What are you up to this weekend?!

We'll be spending the whole weekend exploring and enjoying each other's company. #cheeseball Stay tuned on Instagram for photos! :)

Other Posts This Week: 27 // Bday Recap! and Six Months In // 2016 Goal Progress.

XO,

Alexandra

PS - What's your favorite road trip snack? Ours is Gardettos. Preferably said (after lack of sleep) like a pirate, Garrrrrdetttos! (yes this happens).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Six Months In // 2017 Goal Progress

Hello everyone! I hope that you have been having a great week! 


In order to keep up with my goals for 2017 a little better, I have been trying to do monthly mini goals. :) See my 2017 goals here.


Goals for June:

1) Try another make ahead breakfast
Nope....

2) Finish macrame craft I started
Nope...

3) Try getting caffeine from tea ( : / )
I bought tea.. does that count?

4) Read 5 books (fluff, upcoming movie releases, and Erin's 7.0)

I did this! I read Miranda and Caliban, Everything, Everything, My Cousin Rachel, Summer Days and Summer Nights, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. All of these were pretty good, you can hear more about them for SUYB on 7/11.

5) Try 2 new-to-us restaurants
We tried several in May, and one new place in St. Louis. Not quite...

6) Check off some Netgalley reads
Just one but better than none!

7) Make a summer dessert
Nope... but KC made me an American flag berry pie for my bday. Sorta close...

8) Film shorter scrapbook videos for Youtube!
I did this! I filmed 16 videos, almost every single one is much shorter than before! :) I posted my first one, Getting Started with Project Life // Essential Supplies I am planning lots of things, so stay tuned for all that!! I'd love a follow on Youtube, and I'd love to know what type of videos you'd like to see! 

9) Go on a picnic (if the weather is ever nice enough?)
June was rain + heat. Not much fun. 

10) Try out rough IG and Tuesday schedules
Half pass? We'll call it a pass. I came up with a bit of an IG schedule, and have been using that (more or less) for the past month. It's going really well, I think! I worked 1/2 of the Tuesdays in June... so it wasn't a good month for coming up with a Tuesday schedule.

11) Do Yoga every Tuesday + arm weights
Nooooopppe.

12) Get something accomplished in my Etsy store (starting should not be a hurdle!)
Noooope.

Total: 4/12 - yikes.

Rationale/News: After May, and all of the graduations and wedding things... I was pretty spent. I spent June mostly being a hermit. Not wanting to go anywhere or hang out with anyone. I focused most of my effort into self-care and alone time. I also put some effort into a big leap for me: applying for a design team. I found out on my birthday that I did not get it. Which obviously sucks, it feels just like last year when I didn't get my "perfect" library job. What can you do? Find a new goal or motivation I suppose. Feeling jaded today, but will hopefully feel more motivated soon.

Other things that happened in June:

I survived two big icky work weeks.



We went to St. Louis to see Broods. See that post, here.


new favorite dress....

We celebrated Juliet's mom's wedding!



We spent a weekend at KC's grandparent's farm. I hope to get a post up soon!

I found a dress for my SIL's wedding.


my favorite movie date. 

We saw My Cousin Rachel, Pirates #5, and Wonder Woman. My Cousin Rachel had a different spin than how I interpreted the book, which was fun. It was really well done I thought! Pirates 5, I expected to be disappointed by, but I thought it was actually quite good! Wonder Woman I expected not to love, because there's too much hype, but I actually really loved it too! 


Goals for July:

1) Try another make ahead breakfast
2) Enjoy our road trip to the Dakotas!
3) Enjoy my birthday!
4) Read 5 books 
5) Do some major goal and soul searching (it's another year folks!)
6) Check off some Netgalley reads
7) Go through 3 boxes (or the like) that we are storing. Purge, purge, purge!
8) Learn how to do voice-over audio for my videos on Youtube!
9) Work on Tuesday schedules
10) Make other Youtube Videos (Planner, Crafts, etc.) - what would you want to see?!
11) Do Yoga every Tuesday + arm weights
12) Get something accomplished in my Etsy store (starting should not be a hurdle!)

How was June for you?

What did you accomplish?

What are your goals for July? 

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch for, What's New With You tomorrow.

What's New With You

XO,


Alexandra

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

27 // Birthday Recap

Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope that you were able to enjoy a long weekend celebrating the 4th of July (or Canada Day!)! :)

As most of you know, this long weekend was also my birthday weekend. Woohoo! I'm now 27!

I had a great time celebrating with friends and family and of course KC.










Friday night, we had my family over for a book themed costume party. It was Olivia's idea, and it was fun to come up with last minute ideas. I love crafting, so it was pretty fun to use felt and playing cards and ribbons to make myself look like The Queen of Hearts. KC was the White Rabbit. :) Jess was Bella/the Twilight Cover, Darrick was Harry Potter, my Mom was Holly Golightly, and Olivia was Stefano from A Series of Unfortunate Events. We had lots of fun!


Saturday we caught up on sleep and things like groceries. I read Always and Forever, Lara Jean in the afternoon and evening while KC hung out with a friend. It was super cute, and I seriously think there is not a book character more like me IRL than Lara Jean Song. Scrapbooking, costumes, baking, crafts, family, love of old people, even watching Amelie and Romeo + Juliet. Having a crush on Gilbert Blythe. You get the idea. :) I didn't like it as much as the other two, but still enjoyed it.






Sunday we had friends over in the evening so we spent the day cleaning, organizing, and cooking. It was fun. KC made me festive bday pies, bomb pop layer drinks, and kebabs. People brought sides and we played lots of games. It was really fun! :) I got to wear one of my birthday presents from KC, this bomb pop dress! :)




Monday was my actual birthday, so we took the day off work. We had breakfast and then drove out to KCMO to the Plaza. We saw 47 Meters Down, which was not our usual type of movie... but I really kind of liked it. It was fun doing something so different! Then we went to Anthropologie, because we only have a few around here... and I rarely go. We popped in, and since it was the sale weekend, I bought myself a few little pieces of jewelry. We also stopped by Paper Source, which I do enough... but I like to check out this location because they have different things! I got some good sale finds, etc. which will be great for my project life albums. We got dinner at a local Mexican place with KC's family, which was great. I ended up getting really over heated and feeling sick though! Which was too bad. Eventually I left the restaurant and cooled down at home, and then we watched Bridget Jones's Diary.

Tuesday we had lunch with my mom and Olivia and then hung out for the rest of the day. I still wasn't feeling great from the night before, so I decided to take it easy at home. I wrote thank you notes, got my planner ready for the week, printed photos for PL, etc.

Overall it was a great long weekend, I was so grateful to spend it with family and friends! :)

What did you guys do this weekend?

How do you like to spend your birthday? Do you have traditions that you keep?

XO,

Alexandra