I answered several of the questions from the prompt below (skipping anything that made me stare at the computer screen for too long trying to think of an answer...), so read on to see what's been going on around here this February.
The Sriracha flavored Almonds from Blue Diamond are my new favorite snack. They're just the right amount of spice and flavor for me. I was hooked on the Wasabi & Soy version before these came out but these have replaced those as my favorite as they're slightly less hot but just as flavorful. Maybe a little more sweet, too, which I always like.
What I'm reminiscing about:
Seattle. If you're a new reader you might not know I lived in Seattle for many years prior to moving to San Diego in 2013. In the next couple of weeks two of my good friends from Seattle will be coming to visit San Diego (at different times) and I can't wait to catch up with them. Their impending visits have me reminiscing on the fun times and friendships we had there. That's also the period of time when I got into reading fashion blogs and trying to improve my outfits. I shared a few pre-blog, Seattle-era outfits in my How I Built My Wardrobe post if you're curious!
What I'm loving:
My appreciation of Tracy Hensel's Snapchat account (@tracy_hensel) continued when she recently shared how she uses the Cozi App to help manage her family life and scheduling with five kids.
I was familiar with the app from seeing advertisements for it in a few magazines, but I wasn't sold on trying it until Tracy walked through some of the steps and functions she likes on Snapchat. The calendar and reminder system is exactly what my husband and I needed to stay in sync on all of the scheduling for ourselves and our kids. Up until this year, my kids have almost always been in the same sports or activities at the same time. (One of the benefits of having the same gender close in age.) But now they're dabbling in different activities at different times, so my husband has had to get more involved in taking them to/from places and communicating with different coaches etc. to make it all logistically possible. As you can imagine we've had a few scheduling issues and conversations like, "You didn't tell me he had practice that day...he already has an orthodontist appointment." I've only been using Cozi for a week and half so I don't think I am using it to its full potential yet, but so far it's doing exactly what we need to get organized. (And for reference there's a free version of the app and a "Gold" version which is $30 per year. I'm currently doing the free trial of the paid version.)
Organizing my blog photos. Until last month, I've had them organized in folders by year and month the photo was taken with whatever file name my iPhone assigned to them. So for instance, when I want to put together a collage of four favorite ways I wore a Portofino shirt like I did in this post, it takes for.ev.er. to hunt through outfit photos trying to find what I want to use. Now I'm re-naming them all with product names so I can just search my outfit files to find exactly what I want rather than hunting and scanning photos one month at a time. This probably doesn't matter to you and really doesn't benefit you as a reader (sorry!), but I'm hoping it makes me a more efficient blogger all the same!
What I'm watching:
What I'm wearing:
I usually feel a little redundant with this question since I already do an Outfit Recap every Friday (recaps for this month so far: one / two / three). But if you've done the math on those recaps, you might notice I only recap four outfits on the blog per week vs. the five to seven I wear and share on Instagram. I don't have any set criteria for choosing which outfits to post here. Sometimes it's the four that were the most popular on Instagram, other times I just choose my own personal favorites of the week. So for no good reason, here are four outfits that didn't make it into a blog post:
Similar) / Cami: Express / Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Sam Edelman / Watch: Fossil (Similar) / Bag: Danielle Nicole / Nails: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"
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Express / Cami: Target / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Target (Identical) / Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Length adjusted by me) / Bag: Tory Burch (Similar) / Bracelet: LOFT
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Maurices / Tee: Zappos / Jeans: Express (Similar) / Booties: Forever 21 / Necklace: Express / Bag: Amazon / Nails: Sinful Colors Black on Black + NYC Gold Glitter
Similar) / Cami: Express / Jeans: Express / Necklace: Express / Shoes: Calvin Klein (Similar) / Bag: Express (Similar)
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What I'm doing this weekend:
Probably the same stuff as usual...workouts outside the house for a change, some errands and some socializing with friends and neighbors for the kids and adults in my family. if you follow on Snapchat (@ontheDailyX) I usually try to share some snaps of weekend happenings since that tends to be moderately more interesting than my weekday activities!
Bonus Question: Favorite Easter Tradition?
I hope "buying Easter Candy 'for the kids' but getting my favorite kinds for myself" counts as a tradition because that's what comes to mind. I love malted Robin Eggs (only available at Easter!) and there's something about the peanut butter to chocolate Ratio in Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Eggs that's just better than the regular cups!
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That's it for this month's random update! See you back on Friday for my regularly scheduled outfit and fitness recap!