Life Lately: Summer Check-in

I had every intention of getting a blog post up yesterday, but it just didn’t happen. Life has been pretty busy lately during the week and on the weekends, so I’m beyond ready for this long Fourth of July weekend ahead! I made it a point to not plan too much this weekend because I have a lot on my to-do list at home (including catching up on blogging things) and just really want some quality time with my couch and new 4th gen Apple TV!

But since I’ve been a little more absent on social media and the blogosphere this past week (I’ll be catching up on post reading and commenting this weekend), I wanted to check in and chat about what I’ve been up to in my life lately. So here goes.


Celebrated a Birthday

Last weekend I celebrated my 26th birthday! It was a great day and as birthday celebrations usually go, I ate entirely WAY too much food. I received some pretty awesome gifts as well. My two favorites were a one-time cleaning service from my parents (I’ve been talking about needing a deep clean done forever) and an Apple Watch from Ted (I’ll be reviewing it – along with the new Apple TV – once I’ve spent a little more time with it)!

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Orange is the New Black season 4 hit Netflix a few weeks ago and I got through the season pretty quickly, as usual. Another one I’ve been watching? Bloodline! I saw bits and pieces of it last year when I visited my college bestie, Kerry, in NYC, not long after it was released. Since it’s basically a TV drought in the summer, Ted and I decided to start from the beginning and have already made it a few eps into season 2. The family the show follows is CRAZY. 100% beyond dysfunctional, filled with drama, and includes lots of sketchiness. Obviously we can’t get enough of it.

Did Lots of School Stuff

I’m only taking one course in my graduate certificate program this summer, but it’s a lengthy one, and has been pretty challenging and time-consuming. Basically, economics kind of makes my head spin. But I’m happy to report that I’m doing very well in it so far and have made it well past the halfway point. Just 3 more weeks to go! I’m also looking into transitioning fully into an MBA program, so preparing for that has been taking up quite a bit of time as well.

Got a Big Promotion

The timing couldn’t be more perfect on this one. It happened early last week, at the start of my birthday week! Talk about a fabulous week of celebrations. This ended up being much bigger than I originally expected, so I’m pretty excited about this climb up the ladder.


So that’s what’s been going on with me lately! Tell me, what’s been going on with you? Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend ahead? Travel plans for the summer?

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend! I’ll see you back here next week!



  1. July 1, 2016 / 12:48 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, and congrats on the promotion! I also binged thru OITNB. I watched last season of Bloodline, and season 2 is next on my watch list.

    • July 2, 2016 / 9:00 PM

      Thanks, Shann! We just finished S2 of Bloodline (the binge went fast, haha), it’s pretty intense!

  2. the cape on the corner
    July 1, 2016 / 1:25 PM

    congrats on your promotion. i don’t like instant netflix, but i wish i had it for orange is the new black! i just finished season 3 (on disc) which i loved. it was more lighthearted, i felt, but still really really good. the ending was so joyous, out in the lake.

    • July 2, 2016 / 9:01 PM

      Thank you! I’ve gotten very spoiled with Netflix being able to watch the episodes back to back. Sometimes I think I’d be much more productive if I watched it on disc instead though, haha. I hope you like the new season!

  3. July 1, 2016 / 1:46 PM

    Well Happy Birthday & CONGRATS on your promotion…what an exciting week! Looks like you made out pretty great on your birthday!

    Clothes & Quotes

    • July 2, 2016 / 9:01 PM

      Thanks, Shannon! it was such a great birthday week!

  4. Ashley Solberg
    July 1, 2016 / 1:48 PM

    Happiest of birthdays to you! What a wonderful week it sounds like…promotion…yayay!!!

    • July 2, 2016 / 9:19 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! It was the best week!!

    • July 3, 2016 / 10:47 AM

      Thanks, Laura! I’m loving it too!

  5. July 1, 2016 / 1:56 PM

    Congratulations on the promotion. I know that feels so good! And happy belated birthday!! My mom was borrowing my apple watch to see if it was something she wanted to get and yesterday she texted me a picture of it, and the screen is shattered! I was like, “What happened?!?!” She said she was gardening and the hose flipped back and tapped the screen just right. What a bummer. Learn from my mistake, get the extended warranty. It’s so worth it! And now they also sell screen protectors so the screen doesn’t get scratched (after mine got scratched). Didn’t have the best luck with the first one. Lol, we’ll have to try again.

    • July 3, 2016 / 10:50 AM

      Thanks, Kaitlyn! Oh no about the screen shattering :( I was wondering about a screen protector. I’ll need to look more into it. Thank you for the warning/recommendation!

  6. July 1, 2016 / 2:00 PM

    Happy belated birthday and congrats on your promotion! Talk about the perfect birthday gift, right? I have an Apple watch too, so I’m interested to hear what you think about it. I really like mine, but at the same time, I feel like I could live without it. I hope that you have a great time celebrating the Fourth this weekend!

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:17 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! Definitely a great gift :) So far it’s pretty cool but I wish the battery life lasted longer! I’m still getting used to it buzzing on my wrist. It makes me jump every time it does, haha.

  7. July 1, 2016 / 2:00 PM

    Congrats on the promotion! That’s so awesome! And I’m totally going to be asking for a one-time cleaning service for my birthday this year.

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:15 PM

      Thanks, Christine! The cleaning service was great! Now the struggle is keeping it maintained! Tough to do with a shedding dog, haha.

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:17 PM

      Thanks, Emelia! It certainly has been :)

  8. July 1, 2016 / 2:34 PM

    All good things! YAY for the long weekend :)


    • July 3, 2016 / 10:50 AM

      Yes! Long weekends are the best :) Hope you guys have something fun planned. It’s getting so close to baby time!

  9. July 1, 2016 / 2:45 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday and congrats on the promotion! Looks like that fortune arrived just in time!!

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:19 PM

      Thanks, Angela! I guess I’ll have to pay closer attention to my fortunes more often now, hopefully more good ones to come :)

  10. July 1, 2016 / 2:54 PM

    OK that OITNB season blew my mind…. I can’t believe it ended like that! Congrats on the promotion btw!

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:18 PM

      Me either! I had to go back and rewind it because I thought I missed something! And thanks for the congrats :)

  11. Candy Kage
    July 1, 2016 / 3:06 PM

    Sounds like life is busy but all is good. Enjoy your weekend.

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:19 PM

      Absolutely! Thanks, Candy!

  12. megan
    July 1, 2016 / 3:42 PM

    Congrats and happy birthday! Would you recommend the cleaning service you used? We have been looking for one!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:49 PM

      Thanks, Megan! The cleaning service was great! Are you in the Tampa area?

      • megan
        July 9, 2016 / 8:12 PM

        Yes I’m in south Tampa!

  13. July 1, 2016 / 4:56 PM

    Congrats on the promotion and on your 26th birthday!! I have my eye on an Apple Watch myself ;) They are so sleek and pretty to play with!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:49 PM

      Thank you! They are very sleek! I think the boyfriend did well with picking out a gift!

  14. July 1, 2016 / 5:12 PM

    Happy belated birthday and a HUGE congrats on your promotion!!! <3

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:48 PM

      Thanks, Susannah! It was a fab birthday week for sure!

  15. July 1, 2016 / 5:16 PM

    A belated Happy Birthday! It looks like you got some great gifts :) And congratulations on the promotion! :)

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:47 PM

      Thanks, Alix! Hopefully one of these days you’ll be able to get one! Tech toys are so much fun!

  16. July 1, 2016 / 8:28 PM

    Happy belated birthday, and congrats on the promotion!

  17. charline
    July 1, 2016 / 10:07 PM

    Congrats on the promotion and happy belated birthday!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:47 PM

      Thanks, Charline! Lots of exciting things :)

  18. July 2, 2016 / 12:41 AM

    Wow! You are seriously rocking it. Congratulations on the promotion! Keep doing your thing, girl!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Thank you! Hoping to keep this momentum up, for sure!

  19. July 2, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    Sounds like your life is pretty awesome! A birthday, a promotion, progress on your course, and some fun gifts don’t sound too bad at all. :)

  20. July 2, 2016 / 12:07 PM

    Congrats on the birthday and the promotion! That’s awesome. Keep doing big things, lady :)

    xoxo, Jenny

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Thanks, Jenny! It was a fantastic week, for sure!

  21. July 2, 2016 / 12:44 PM

    Congrats on the promotion and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Also, I don’t know this says about us, but I would be so pumped for cleaning service too haha. :P

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:52 PM

      Thank you, Nicole! We have officially reached full adult status with these feelings, haha.

  22. July 2, 2016 / 3:04 PM

    Happy belated birthday! I too have been binge watching OITNB and I don’t know how this season has me feeling yet. Lots of things in it have made me sad which I didn’t expect!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:54 PM

      Thanks, Jordyn! I’m with you on the mixed emotions with OITNB. The ending was crazy! I had to go back and rewatch it because it happened so fast!

  23. July 2, 2016 / 6:17 PM

    Yay! Congratulations on the promotion! That’s awesome!

  24. July 4, 2016 / 9:07 AM

    Happy belated birthday and a huge congratulations on the promotion! That’s wonderful. I hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:59 PM

      Thanks, Leanna! The holiday weekend was great – I wish we had more of them! Hope yours was great too :)

  25. July 5, 2016 / 9:33 AM

    Congrats on the promotion!! I’m so proud of you!!!

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:20 PM

      Thanks, Kristin! I’m so excited about it :)

  26. Aarika Chilson
    July 5, 2016 / 12:32 PM

    Happy belated birthday! It’s true that life can get so busy. Congrats on your promotion. I enjoyed learning about what you’ve been up to. Cheers to more adventures!

    • July 9, 2016 / 7:59 PM

      Thank you :) Appreciate you reading!

  27. July 5, 2016 / 5:08 PM

    Happy belated birthday! I just finished binge watching OITNB the other day – this season was definitely one of my favourites! Congratulations on the promotion!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • July 9, 2016 / 8:00 PM

      Thanks, April! It was a crazy season, for sure. I love learning more about the character backstories!

    • July 9, 2016 / 2:19 PM

      Thanks, Katie :) Apple TV is great! This one has been a huge improvement from my glitchy first-gen Apple TV!