June 2014 in Review with Campfire Chic

June 2014 marks the 4th anniversary of Campfire Chic!

This month was for kayaking in Dana Point, a little bit of hiking, managing my workload at work as I faced an avalanche of end-of-the-fiscal-year requests, and a few late nights. I tried a new Gmail add-on to streamline my inbox, received wedding invitations from some dear friends, submitted 3 guest blog posts…Needless to say, June was a bit of a roller coaster for me…cue the ever-appropriate timing of a rather large box arriving at my doorstep earlier this month.

The awesome folks behind Balance Water sent me several of their waters (they are known for including Australian flower essence in their waters) in Cleanse, Relax, Mind, and Refresh to sample. As a self-proclaimed water snob (go ahead and roll your eyes, I deserve it) I was hesitant about the idea of a bottled water with flower essence…would it taste funny? Would there be things floating in the water?

After tossing the the liter-sized bottled of Cleanse water into the freezer before heading out for an afterwork walk, I pulled it out and was pleasantly surprised that the water truly doesn’t taste flavored at all! The bottle itself is also a good size so I held onto it after I drained it — Once I find a bottle I like, I don’t let it go! I took another Cleanse with me kayaking and opted to take a half liter Relax bottle with me to work and having that visual reminder next to my keyboard all day was really nice (can I get a bottle that says “be nice”? I could use one of those!). All in all, if you have granola-like tendencies like me, I think you’ll dig the Balance Water products the next time you’re at your yoga studio or gym. You can also purchase Balance Water on Amazon.

When I wasn’t out soaking up some sun this month, the following posts made it up:

The folks behind Balance Water reached out to me for a review of their product. While they provided me with the products, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. The links to Amazon are affiliate links…clicking on those links and making a purchase through Amazon may result in a small commission for me. Shopping through these links helps support Campfire Chic. 

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Kam of Campfire Chic for Fabletics Sportswear - Campfire Chic

Confession: I had to slow down with my Fabletics purchases because it was getting out of hand…I just can’t resist the great colors and durable clothing. But I think June will break me. The new colors and styles are too good to refuse…and if you’re into camo, the camo designs will be returning! Apparently the camo items sold out SUPER fast the last time they were available…I probably won’t go that route, I’m more of a sold-colored-bottom kind of gal. Anyway, I shared the image above on Instagram last week and wanted to talk about it a little more: I joined a Biggest Loser competition at work and have been doing a bunch of bodyweight workouts at home (I need somebody to have an apartment-friendly workout series – let me know if you have a favorite) and some jogging lately. I love getting into my Fabletics leggings and that super bright red sports bra because I feel like such a badass whenever I put them on! Not pictured? a shirt…how did I miss that?! Anyway, check out Fabletics and get your first outfit (like top + bottom) for as little as $25.

 

This month’s posts:

 

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Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve State Park in California - Campfire Chic

Taking in all the poppies on a super sunny and super breezy day. My Teton 1500 was perfect for this day trip! You can get it from Amazon for 56% off right now (a great pack for less than $50? Killer deal) and since I’m living as if there are three days until payday (big hug to those of you who resonate with that statement) saving that much on a quality product means even more to me. I brought that pack with us to Austin and New York to use as our daypack while exploring…it holds our jackets, lets us stow our snacks in easy-to-reach pockets, and there are interior pockets for our wallets, and is super slim so it is easy for us to maneuver through crowds without knocking people/things over.

What you may have missed on Campfire Chic this month:

 

FINISHED

  • I Hike by Lawton “Disco” (That’s book number 3 of the 5 books I want to read before my next birthday!)
  • Batgirl/Robin Year One graphic novel
  • Rachel Rising Volume 1 graphic novel
  • Taxes – signed, sealed, and sent off
  • Season 1 and Season 2 of Once Upon a Time 
  • Season 1 of Orphan Black
  • Day in the Life (April 15th) with 9 photos from my day
  • #Letsgetlunchy – I brought my lunch to work 12 out of 15 days I was in the office this month. To celebrate 3 months of bringing my lunch to the office more often than not, I’m buying 4 more of the Easy Lunch Boxes to make things easier. Sometimes I want to pack a few lunches at once, but that doesn’t always work out. Being a grownup is hard.

Remember: You can get 15% off of snack packs from Jerky Dynasty through May 15th using KAMROCKS at checkout. In addition to the exotic jerky they offer, there are is beef and pork. It’s gift season (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduation!) and these treats would make great additions to any gift you give.

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Month in review - March 2014 on CampfireChic.com

March came in like a lamb and is going out like a pretty well-behaved lion in my neck of the woods. The weather has been pretty perfect this month — some days we’re wearing shorts and flip flops, other days we’re bundling up and wearing boots with leggings. It’s pretty fantastic. March was a BIG month for me behind-the-scenes…I was able to see my parents almost every weekend, I managed to throw Alex a mini-surprise party without him guessing, I made some great connections, I retrieved most of my plants from Alex’s parents’ house…this month pushed me to become more of an adult and tested my nerves when some curveballs were thrown my way. I wouldn’t say that I’m glad it’s over, but I will say that I’m happy that I was able to use all of my One Little Word™s from previous years (focus, brave, finish) to help guide me this month. I’m super tired but I have too many things that are so close to being finished that I’m not going to stop just yet. I’ll just keep sleeping in my car at lunch :)

In case you’re a new Campfire Chic reader, I like to list out the posts from the past month in one handy place. This is it.

 

Things I FINISHED this month:

  • Submitted a guest post to Fabletics
  • Secured 2 interviews with bloggers I admire
  • Moved my desk to a different part of our apartment
  • Caught up to the current season of Grimm
  • My #30Lists and the challenge
  • Attachments (aff. link) - A fun book that one of my girlfriends at work and I decided to read because we essentially do what the two main characters do
  • The Son of Neptune (aff. link)- I’m behind in this series and I’m determined to get caught up

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February 2014 on CampfireChic.com - Campfire Chic

February was a great month – I didn’t really expect that one coming! It’s usually just that super short month that flies by between New Years and my birthday. This time around, though, I attended a bridal shower, had brunch with my parents, went to Austin for 4 days, got a bunch of awesome mail, went camping with some new friends, and made some decent steps business-wise. What a month!

If you’re new to Campfire Chic and missed out on the blog posts shared this past month, you’re in luck, here’s a list of some of them:

 

Things I finished this month:

  • At-home sushi
  • Downton Abbey S1 re-watch
  • Archiving agendas at work
  • Art Journal
  • New “thank you” confirmation page for mailing list subscribers
  • New “resources” page for mailing list subscribers – includes NEW resource
  • Money, a Love Story
  • Grimm S1 & S2
  • The Guild S2 & S3 & S4
  • Suitcase Entrepreneur ebook
  • Project Life layouts 23 – 32
  • My taxes (okay, my accountant finished my taxes, but it’s the same!

Easy Lunch Boxes Inspiration for Work Lunches - Campfire Chic

I set out to challenge myself to bring my lunch to work at least 12 times in February. Guess what? I brought my lunch to work 14 times this month! Using the EasyLunch Boxes with the silicone baking cups makes the whole process…Alex and I spend a few minutes together each night putting our lunches together so we don’t have to scramble in the morning.
We’ve learned a few things in the process (don’t put chips/crackers in the boxes overnight, they get soggy!) and it’s a lot less depressing than when I was bringing frozen meals for lunch — no wonder why that never lasted long!
My guess is I saved between $70 and $140 this month by bringing my lunch. Not too shabby!

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