A photo-heavy look at what’s been going on around here all summer.
It’s the first day of our new school year! Do you know what that means? It means my baby is now in Kindergarten! This year, I’ll be homeschooling for Kindergarten and 5th grade, and it just blows my mind.
This summer on the blog has been a doozy. I shared my favorite marinade and a peach crisp recipe, which are both perfect for those outdoor cookouts. Then, I tried to convince you that essential oils don’t work, which I don’t think fooled anyone. My favorite local shop asked me to team up with them and test out their monthly subscription box, which was amazing, and I started really working on my goal to become more eco friendly! Then, last month, I formally stepped down from my partnership with Young Living, which has opened so many doors for me professionally and personally.
We haven’t had much time to connect, though, have we? So, sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and see what’s been going on the last few months. This one’s going to be more photo heavy than past catch-ups. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
We traveled a lot!
June was packed with travel, and I feel like we were gone more than we were here! We camped on the Guadaloupe River, where we spent the weekend tubing the rapids, eating s’mores, and hanging out with friends.
I also took a road trip with the girls to visit Willie in Oklahoma City. He was there for work and had to stay a whole month, so, the girls and I spent about 10 days visiting him and exploring the area.
Everyone always looks at me in disbelief when I tell them I road trip alone with the girls, but the truth is, my kids are very used to it. They’ve become such good travelers, and we all have a lot of practice. If you struggle with taking trips with your kids, check out my post on traveling with kids! This trip, we tried out an audio book and got hooked. We listened to Wonder on Audible and it really made the trip fly because we were so into the story!
I have become plant obsessed
I’ve always loved plants, but keeping them alive was another story. My kids are easy. They let me know when they’re hungry, thirsty, tired, and bored.
Plants, though? They just sit there, and don’t let me know what they need.
I’ve always been such a plant murderer, but something finally clicked. Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve built up quite the collection, and I’m thrilled to say they’re thriving.
My current favorites are my Monstera, Pothos, and Snake Plant!
New Homeschool Space
I have to admit that my biggest accomplishment at home this summer has been the creation of our new homeschool space. It wasn’t even really planned out, but I love the end result! We no longer have a dedicated dining area, but the space as a whole feels so much more useful now.
I Re-Opened my Etsy Shop!
This is such a sentimental move for me, because I got my first taste of entrepreneurship on Etsy almost a decade ago.
The platform has changed a ton since I left, and it’s been a huge learning curve, but I am officially open for business over there.
Angie Cruise Designs will house my t-shirts, tanks, mugs, digital products, and any other fun ideas I may have! My hope is that this will be easier to shop than my original setup, which wasn’t really planned out. If you want to check it out, you can shop Angie Cruise Designs here.
Project 52 Photo Challenge
I mentioned in my last update that I’ve been doing a photography challenge. Somehow, I’ve managed to keep up just about every single week all year long. I think I’ve only managed to miss 2-3 weeks all year!
I shared a few relevant ones in this post, but here are some more:
So, that’s what’s been going on around here! We’re pretty pumped for a new school year, and can’t wait to get back into some semblance of a routine.
Check out some of my favorite blog posts this summer:
- 60 Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit
- Deep Cleansing Bentonite Clay Face Mask
- My Minimalist Bullet Journal Setup (A Walk Throug)
- How to Entertain Kids While You Work from Home
- 10 Fall Diffuser Blends with Essential Oils