End of Summer

With Labor Day around the corner and football on tv, the end of summer is near. I got to thinking about this summer, and the fact that it is coming to an end. I didn’t have many expectations for this summer because we moved, and that was my main focus at the beginning of the summer. Now that the summer is quickly coming to a close, I thought about everything I have done:
Went to Napa! We took a lovely 4 day trip to Napa and it was my first time away from my baby. 

Went to Cleveland- we celebrated my bother and his fiancée at their wedding shower. 

Moved- we moved out of our home in Chicago and headed for the burbs

Sold our home and bought a new one

Sold our car and bought a new one

Went to Cape Cod


Went on lots of walks outside 

Ate plenty of ice cream

I thought about making and end of summer bucket list but the only thing I want to do is just make sure we take at least one walk outside every day until it gets too cold. So that is my only goal! Pretty easy! And to keep the windows open and the air conditioning off as much as possible. Once the weather turns cool we are cooped up inside for so many months so I want to enjoy the fresh air! 

I can’t wait for fall! Fall is my favorite time of year. As a teacher, it was a time of new beginnings. This year I’m not teaching but it is still my favorite time. I love the air getting cool and the leaves turning colors. I love everything pumpkin- pumpkin decor, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin picking, and pumpkin candles. I love my birthday and Halloween which both fall at the end of October. I love wearing sweaters and scarves. I can’t wait to show my baby the leaves and dress him up in a Halloween costume. This year we will also move into our new home which is currently being renovated, so it will be a busy and exciting time!

Makeup Free

Something about the summer always makes me want to stop wearing makeup.  It is a combination of things:  I am on summer break so I don’t need to go to work everyday.  Also, when it is hot I hate the feeling of anything on my face.  I have allergies in the summer and find myself rubbing my eyes (even though I try not to) and rubbing makeup all over the place! I thought about how I am so dependent on makeup normally.  I don’t wear a ton, but my usual routine looks like this:  moisturizer, eye cream, liquid foundation, bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara.  I wear eye shadow when we are going out in the evening or when I am at work.  It’s a simple routine and a small amount of makeup compared to some people, but it still takes time, and I find myself asking why I feel the need to put makeup on everyday.

 With some makeup in Napa!

Now that I primarily stay home with my son, I find myself going make up free quite often.  It has been very liberating.  It is hard to shower and get ready with a baby who is all over the place.  I can only shower when he is napping, but nap times are also the only time I have to exercise, clean, and write, and there aren’t enough naps to fit everything in.  I have found myself making my shower and getting ready routine as fast as possible in order to fit in everything else.

Totally makeup free in the above picture!

Lately, there has been some buzz in the media about celebrities going makeup free.  Alicia Keys is the most notable one that comes to mind lately.  She has decided to go completely makeup free for good.  She is on the next season of The Voice, and will not wear any makeup on the show.  I think this is awesome!  First of all, she is lucky because she is beautiful without makeup.  However, even with this going for her, she could still choose to wear makeup for the cameras.  I commend her, and think this is such a crazy, bold thing to do in these times.

 

As a complete contradiction to this, I was watching Bachelor in Paradise this season. Side note:  I know these types of shows rot my brain, but I can’t stop!  The girls on the show wear SO MUCH MAKEUP!  They are ostensibly on vacation, at the beach.  When I go on vacation to the beach, I let my hair air dry, and wear literally no makeup.  The girls on the show had false eyelashes, tons of eyeliner, hair extensions, the whole nine yards.  I thought about how these girls would look so much prettier if they toned it down a little.  Of course, if you are trying to find love on TV, I suppose you would want to look your best, but maybe at least eliminate the false eyelashes while wearing a bikini 😉

 

For me, I don’t want to go completely makeup free for good.  I am a girly girl at heart, and sometimes enjoy the process of getting ready. I especially like it when someone else is doing it for me. I adore getting my hair and makeup done, even though it happens very infrequently. I strive to find a happy medium between no makeup ever, and fake eyelashes at the beach.  Some days I wear absolutely no makeup, and I’m fine with that.  Other days, I take a little time to put myself together.  I challenge everyone to try a few makeup free days here and there.  It is very liberating!

Cape Cod 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Cape Cod this year.  We were adventurous and drove from Chicago with a 6 month old baby!  I was nervous since he doesn’t like the car seat very much but it went way better than I expected!  We stopped in Syracuse and Boston on the way there, and Buffalo and Cleveland on the way back.  Our trip was filled with family, beach days, lobster, shopping, and relaxing.


I was surprised how fast the trip flew by this year, and I attribute it to the fact that being with a baby is so busy.  There is more work involved, but the payoff is so great.  Seeing my baby at the beach and with our family made my heart so happy.



We ate out a bit and ate in too.  Jim made lobsters one night, which is always fun. We went on a quick date night to Chatham Bars one night, and went out with my cousins for drinks to The Squire another night.

We took a day trip to Provincetown one day, and Nauset Beach another day.


Being at the beach and smelling the salt water is magical to me. I have gone to Cape Cod almost every summer of my life, and it is truly my happy place!

Starting from scratch with running

Very early on in my pregnancy I stopped running. It didn’t feel good and I was too nervous to push myself. I’m sure it would have been fine, but I was a first time preggo lady and I was scared. So I stopped running cold turkey. Fast forward to 6 months post partum and I still haven’t run much. I had a long recovery, and have found it hard to get back into running and exercise in general. 
I really miss running and everything that I get out of it. I am a super slow runner, but have run 3 half marathons. I run to push my body and stay in shape, but I mainly run for the mental benefits. Sometimes I zone out and blast music, and sometimes I use it as a time to think and sort things out. I have really missed running, and have started to slowly get back into it. 
Since I am starting at square one, I decided to do the Couch to 5K plan. Couch to 5 k I am on week 3, and while it is frustrating that I feel like I mainly am on a walk, I already feel that I am getting better. I was really sore the first few weeks and now I’m not anymore. I’m excited to continue this program and maybe get back up to the mileage I was at before. I might never run a half marathon again, but who knows! 


A half marathon right before our wedding! 

I’m back!!

After a long, long break from blogging, and lots of consideration as to where I wanted to take the blog, and if I even wanted to continue blogging, I have decided to return!  I have decided to keep my son’s life private, so you won’t be seeing many baby photos on here, but I will still be talking about parenting, and all of the challenges and joys that come along with having kids. I have decided to stay true to the name of the blog and focus mainly on the following:

Yoga- and all things fitness related

Wine- and all things food and drink related

Happiness- my constant quest to be happy and fulfilled in life

 

I hope you will continue to read and encourage any comments and feedback you have!

 

Julia