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Summer is starting to come to an end. the mornings are a little bit cooler and there is a crisp breeze in the air.
This Past August…
I’m going to sound so cliche when I say this, but August literally flew by. Like, I blinked and all the sudden it was September and Starbucks is selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes and everywhere I look is another pumpkin spice something being sold.
We’ve officially been in our house for over a month. The fact that this house is ours still blows my mind every morning when I slowly walk my way downstairs in my robe in the morning or hear Dobby’s little paws clicking on the hardwood floors. There are still a few boxes hiding out in corners, absolutely 0 pictures/paintings are hung, and we have yet to paint any walls. But we (well, really Neal) have put together two rocking chairs for the porch, hung some Ikea shelves in the kitchen, and put together an armoire. The house is slowly coming together, but it’s coming together. I can’t wait to share our plans and see how everything turns out.
I had my first high school reunion this month! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated from South Side in Fort Wayne. I made the quick trip back north for the reunion and had a blast seeing old friends and classmates. There were a few people there that I went to school with from first grade until high school. It was so fun seeing everyone and learning what people have been doing these past 10 years.
We had our last wedding of the year this past month! Our friends tied the knot at a beautiful wedding in the Indianapolis area. We hosted our friends for the weekend, which was really fun. The groom grew up with Neal and this was the last wedding for that group of friends! It really feels like the end of an era!
What I’m Cooking
I’ve been taking it real easy in the kitchen lately and relying on quick and easy meals. My go to recently? Coconut Chicken Curry Noodle Soup. I bought this green curry paste from Amazon and it is amazing and so full of flavor. I don’t have a recipe written up yet, but in my Instant Pot I mix chicken broth, coconut milk, curry paste, tamari (gluten free soy sauce), jalapeño, onion, garlic, fish sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken breasts. I cook it for 10 minutes until the chicken is so tender it shreds easily, add some thin rice noodles, and top with a squeeze of tangy lime juice and fresh cilantro. I’ve honestly made it every Sunday for the past 4 weeks, haha. It’s so comforting and easy! Our dishwasher is broken, so I’m especially loving that I can make it all in my Instant Pot 🙂
WHAT I READ IN August
Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes – Gorgeous book with examples of Mark Sikes interior design work. I love his classic American style
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – I’m so obsessed with this Plantagenet and Tudor series! There are 15 books in the series and so far, each book is told from a different female perspective. The Stars shows “The White Queen”, “The White Princess” and “The Spanish Princess” are all based on this series. Highly recommend if you like historic fiction!
When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Not my favorite read this month, but a beautiful story about how a young doctor copes with learning he has terminal cancer. It was a heavy read, and I teared up a few times at the end.
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This book has everything you need for a great story: mystery, adventure, heartbreak, and love. The narrative follows a German boy and a blind French girl in WWII era. Highly recommend!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Love this story about how a single mom and her teenage daughter change the lives of a upper middle class family in a suburb of Cleveland, OH. This story really resonated with me, and I don’t think I’m the only one since it is going to be made into a miniseries to be aired on Hulu!
The Elements of Design by Erin Gates – My sister-in-law gave me this book a few years ago for Christmas and I just now got around to reading it now that we have this house we need to decorate! Interior design is completely new to me and this book was a great intro. And it’s gorgeous, so will make a great coffee table display book!
Bosch Power Drill – Lol, so cliche for a first time home owner but dang this thing is a game changer! It makes putting together furniture SO much easier!! I’m telling Neal that now we have a power drill I can do anything and I’m going to make our porch swing daybed!
Yeti Chug Cap – I really believe my 18 oz Yeti Rambler is the ultimate water bottle, but I hated using the extra wide mouth sometimes because I have a habit of spilling water all over myself. Enter the Chug Cap which makes it easier to unscrew and the narrow mouth makes it almost impossible to spill all over myself. Love, love love it and can’t believe I just now found it!
Welda Skin Food – Ultra hydrating, ultra moisturizing, clean(er) ingredients, and less than $12 for a tube. What more could you want? I use this over my serums when I use chemical exfoliant or really need some extra love. I think it kinda smells like Gin though, which doesn’t bother me but Neal hates the smell.
Standing Desk – I had a standing desk at my old job, so bought this one for my current office. I love it so much, it’s so easy to raise and is over $100 cheaper than the previous one I had. Love it!
Teeccino Herbal Coffee – This goes down so smooth, it’s hard to believe it’s not actually coffee.
DOBBY’S August UPDATE
Dobby is absolutely loving his new house and yard! In the morning, he runs laps around the yard, leaping over the bricks that line the garden. We weeded the garden this month and its like a whole new world for him to explore.
Our couch is against a wall of windows and his favorite thing is to perch on the couch keeping watch over what’s going on in the street. He especially likes to perch when Neal is on the couch, sometimes laying his head on top of Neal’s head. It just makes my heart melt <3. I just love my two boys.