And This is Why I’ll Never Do Laundry Again

never-doing-laundry-again On laundry day last week, I headed out to my garage (aka laundry room), and began dutifully stuffing things into the washing machine. Suddenly I caught a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was either my imagination or a mouse…both of which I can deal with. But to my horror as I turned my head to get a clearer look, I saw that it was not a mouse, or my usual paranoia…but a snake! A SNAKE! In my garage, no more than 2 feet from where I was standing! Worse yet, I’m pretty sure that it slithered out from under the washer (probably when it heard me open the garage door). I’m now certain that it lives under there with a nest-full of slithering baby snakes, and comes out to feed on unsuspecting toes, ankles, and the occasional fingertip or two. Obviously, I’m not up for becoming snake-bait, so I see three solutions before me:

  1. Declare a permanent end to laundry duty and see if I can pretend that we’re just taking the “grunge” look to a whole new level.
  2. Buy fishing waders or a hazmat suit so as to properly protect my legs and feet from imminent snake attack.
  3. Figure out some way to get the snake to leave…

I’m hoping you all might have some advice on how to implement option #3. Do they even make snake traps (I’m having a hard time visualizing what that would look like)? How would one even encourage a snake to venture into it? Somehow I don’t think that snakes are as gullible as mice with the ol’ cheese bait trick. I really don’t want to kill the thing…just encourage it to go far far away from me. Do any of you have experience with reptile wrangling? If so, this is your time to shine!

Snake image from BioDiv Library

My Summer “Love It” List

summer-love-list-1 Hello lovelies! today I thought it would be nice to share a quick little post about some of the real everyday things that I’ve been loving recently. Unlike my usual Things I’m Loving lists (wishful picks), these are things that I actually have/use/make/enjoy/etc. on the regular. I’d love to hear recommendations from you guys on new things that I should try out…anything that you just can’t stop crushing on? I’m always looking for new things to fall in love with! xo Ez

P.S. I have a fun DIY project that I’ll be sharing with you guys tomorrow! See you then!

LISTENING TO:

  • Lorde (except for the song Royals – I never really got into that one)
  • Regina Spektor
  • Lana del Rey
  • Noosa (‘Walk on By’ is my favorite track of hers)

WATCHING:

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Luther
  • The Paradise
  • Sherlock

EATING:

  • Boba (bubble tea) – we have it every single day!
  • Gluten-free brownies – I step up the yummy even more by topping each serving with a toasted marshmallow!

READING:

  • All the Light We Cannot See - by Anthony Doerr
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – I’ve already read this wonderful book a few times, but it is so inspiring and informative that I can never resist another turn through the pages.

DOING:

  • Bike rides! We just had the tires on our bikes repaired over the weekend and took our first bike ride in over 3 years yesterday evening. It was fantastic!
  • Beachcombing! On Saturday we visited the Spooner’s Cove beach in Montana de Oro State Park and had possibly one of the very best days ever! The water is stunning (to look at – it’s too cold to venture into in my opinion), the beach is covered in the most beautiful smooth stones and shells (perfect for collecting), and with rocks on either side of the beach, there is very little wind to contend with (the wind is one of my least favorite things about most beaches). There is just something about this little tucked-away place that is truly magical! We are already planning our next visit.

Saturday Snaps

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I hope your weekend was wonderful. On Saturday my daughter and I took a quick road trip down to Santa Barbara to visit my grandparents for the day. We spent the time chatting, laughing, and making new memories with them…it was pretty much perfect! And then on our way home again I couldn’t help but veer off to the side of the road to snap a few photos of one of the vibrant Bougainvillea bushes that grow in abundance in their town. My daughter’s hair even matches the blooms!

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Wishing you a beautiful week! Be sure to check in tomorrow for a lovely stylish giveaway that I’ll be hosting! See you then! xo Ez

Balance

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Thing are busy as usual around here, but I have to admit that the new Summertime schedule (my daughter got out of school last Thursday) is going to take some getting used to. It seems that this quote that I’ve seen floating around online sums things up nicely (I just tweaked it slightly):

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Ha! Can I please see some hands in the air if you feel me on that one! Of course there are great things about having your kid(s) home everyday, so this is certainly not a complaint. I’m just currently trying to figure out how to balance work and wanting to spend as much time with my daughter as possible over the next couple months. Any suggestions to share savvy mamas and papas out there? I’d love to know your tricks!

And finally a few links of note:

  • There’s FREE worldwide shipping available in my Society6 shop right now. If you’ve been eyeing something in there…now’s the time to pounce.
  • We’re obsessed with Boba (aka Bubble Tea) around here, but our habit is getting pricey, so this Bubble Tea Recipe might be coming in handy soon!
  • While looking for a bubble tea recipe I stumbled across the post: It’s Not You, It’s Me (from Use Real Butter) and I couldn’t relate more! I’m not sure where all the inner contemplation will take me, but I can say that changes are afoot. Hopefully I’ll have more to share on that soon.
  • I’ve been loving the charming how-to cooking / food prep videos that Hatchery shares on their Instagram feed. Definitely worth following!
  • And I finally found a new book to fall in love with! All the Light that We Cannot See is beautifully written and the storyline is really pulling me in so far! I can’t wait to see how it ends! Have you read any great books recently?

Have a gorgeous day! xo Ez

You’ve Got This: Free Printable Goal Chart

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I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with a renewed fitness routine over the past month, but am disappointed to admit that I didn’t do well at all. It’s a new month (and a new day) tomorrow, and I’m ready to really dig in a do this thang!

My ultimate motivation (besides just wanting to feel healthy again) is that my third sister just recently got engaged and her wedding is only a few months away. Wearing a bridesmaids dress comfortably in front of a bunch of people will serve just fine as my current goal. I do best with visual reminders of progress, regardless of what the goal is. So I made up a chart for myself and thought I’d share it with you too. Maybe it will help you achieve a personal goal of your own!

In the past when I’ve used goal charts like this I like to pick two colored pencils; one in my favorite color, and one that I don’t like all that well. Then for each successful day I get to color in a square using my favorite color (it’s so very kindergarten…but eh, whatever works, right). The goal is to have the majority of the chart filled with my fave color by the end of the month. Of course you can feel free to just check the box…or if you really want a grade school throwback, use stickers!

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Download your goal chart using the link button above. There are two version available…one with the days of the week listed and one without (just print the one you prefer). While you’re at it, you might also like these Printable Action Plan Sheets that I shared a few years ago. Oldies but goodies! Here’s to achieving our goals one day at a time! xo Ez