July 2014 in Review on Campfire Chic

July was an awesome month.

I started more things than I finished this month, but that’s okay with me because this isn’t a race. I started reading Hellboy* (and finished some of the volumes + met Mike Mignola the creator of Hellboy at Comic-Con!) this month and I’m in love. I haven’t finished reading the book for the NovelTea Book Club, but I hope to finish it this weekend…

The biggest change this month was my abrupt change in the posting schedule…nothing ground-breaking or life-altering, let’s be honest, but I feel like 3 days a week is much more manageable right now. I’m operating on the “do less to get more shit done” idea that I shared with the Campfire Chic mailing list last week and it’s working out for me. Instead of saying, sure why not?! to different opportunities, I’m saying, try me again in 2015. Opportunities are nice, but my Fitbit* (and how I’ve been physically feeling for the last two weeks) has been showing me that I need more sleep and more movement in my life right now — sitting in front of the computer is the opposite of those things.

While some things fell apart this month (my keyboard is on my lap right now because my desk is a mess), I had a good month with my moonlighting gig that I mentioned last month and I’m staying pretty well hydrated. It’s the small things. I’m going to be more cognizant of keeping a running list of things that are going well as well as the things I finish in August to get me back on track.

If you’re new to Campfire Chic, I like to share the posts that were published during the month in one place for easy reference. Here are the posts that went live in July 2014:

Wild with Reece Witherspoon will be out later this year so I wanted to share a bunch of other books that may inspire you to get outside and try new things.

It’s pretty terrible that I’ve lived at about 30 minutes away from the beach for the past 10 years but rarely go and enjoy the sand and water. Alex and I recently got into kayaking and in Campfire Chic let’s-try-some-new-stuff-and-see-how-it-goes fashion, I shared the essentials that I make sure to have with us when we’re on the water…and what is waiting for us in the car when we’re done.

Not everybody wants to work a 9-5 and worry about office-CYA (cover your ass) nonsence. Here are some tips from from Krystal for planning your escape.

Alex and I updated the write365 iOS app with some more prompts and I took some time to go through the Three Sixty-Five ebook and update some of the content …including bringing the number of ideas up to about 400!

Now that I’m blogging less, I think these Around Here posts will be my favorite posts to put together

I’m super behind in my Project Life binder this year (and let’s be honest, there are some gaps in the previous years, too) but I shared three completed layouts and shared a simple document I use when planning out my weeks before ordering my photos.

I was able to finally announce that I was asked to be a brand ambassador for Teton Sports. I’m thrilled to work with a company that has been so helpful and supportive over the past year+ of me stumbling across their weekly Twitter chat. I’m looking forward to putting some faces to names next week when I get to meet a few other Teton Sports Mountain Adventurers and the Teton Sports crew at Outdoor Retailer!

If I knew how easy it would be for me to create a mini-album documenting a month in photos, I would’ve made this mini a long time ago. I’m thinking of using the same method for my December Daily album, too!

I’m really into going to comic/pop culture conventions and so I shared the “basics” I always make sure to bring with me when attending a Con. This post includes a short review of a new-to-me external backup battery

Alex and I ran away for a weekend in Sequoia National Park.

*I’m in love with my Fitbit right now…yes, that is an affiliate link. If you click that link and then make a purchase through Amazon, I may get a small commission of the sale. Shopping through affiliate links helps support me/Campfire Chic and I appreciate your help. Please check out the disclosure policy if you would like more information.

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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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Downward Facing Dog - Campfire Chic

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January was for changing some habits, avoiding resolutions, a weekend in San Francisco, bringing lunch to work, crazy hot weather, a state-wide drought, birthdays, engagements (not mine, don’t worry!), micro-adventures, a weekend in Mammoth, new connections, and really taking a look at all those projects on my backburner.

January was great. It’s motivating to have a fresh start, but in reality, I used the month to “start finishing” and to focus more on things like retirement while finishing a few things that have been looking over my shoulder.

This month’s blog posts were all over the place, but they all had a theme: Trying something new. New projects, a new way to frame my year, new partnerships…

Things I finished in January 

  • Onward and Upward eworkshop
  • Unbounce’s FREE 11-module Landing Page course
  • Premise: Modern Email Marketing (you need an account to get it – accounts are no longer available)
  • Putting away Christmas decorations
  • 2 guest blog posts (here and here)
  • 2 interview posts (see above)
  • 3 Issues of Yoga Journal
  • January’s email to the mailing list
  • February’s email to the mailing list
  • 1 8.5×11 scrapbook page for a friend’s birthday
  • “How Not to Screw Up Social Media” by Ittybiz

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