Life Lately

Tomorrow is August 1st. This means two things:

1. The Iowa State Fair

2.  Tax free weekend

I’m a simple woman.

July consisted of a vacation, a baby shower, trying new shampoo and conditioner, a night out, and me trying to work out my unrealistic expectations of myself. What did your July look like?

My family and I traveled to Branson, MO and stayed a week at Stormy Point Village. The weather was fantastic and we spent most of our time in the pool. Which could not have been any more perfect for me. In between our pool time we went to Dixie’s Stampede and did a tour on the Duck Boats. Yes, the Duck Boats. If you have watched any news lately you are aware of the tragedy that took place in Branson this month. We rode those same Duck Boats on that lake. It’s heartbreaking. Those people have been on my mind and in my heart a lot lately. Just a reminder that tomorrow is not promised. Overall, the vacation was a success and taking a week off from work was fantastic.

Next, two of my dear friends and co-workers are welcoming babes into the world. YAY!! So my office mate and I planned a “weather themed” baby shower. It was so much fun!!  I think I missed my calling in party planning. #justsayin  We ordered some awesome cakes and cookies, bought balloons, made clouds with rain, and had lemonade with lemons and colored straws!! The Mama’s to Be received some great gifts and I think they felt loved. Mission Accomplished.

I’m so weird about shampoo and conditioner. (I’m actually weird in general). When it comes to shampoo and conditioner I like to change it up a lot. I saw this ad on Facebook for Function of Beauty. It’s a company based in New York that makes specialized shampoo and conditioner based off of a hair profile and goals that you pick. So for example, my hair is curly and coarse. My hair goals are anti-frizz, hydrate, shine, curl definition, and color protection. I have been using it for about two weeks and I’m really enjoying it. It’s also fairly inexpensive which is nice if you just want to try it out. This is just my experience–not an advertisement. If you are interested in checking it out here is the website:

I spent last Saturday with my favorite gal pals. We have known each other for 27 years! We met in the first grade! They are such brilliant, strong, fun, lovely ladies, and I am so blessed to be in their tribe. We spent the night getting pedicures, eating at LUCCA, and drinking wine at a self-serve wine bar, Della Viti, in the East Village. Cheers! If you haven’t been out with your friends do yourself a favor and make plans to do it. It’s good for the soul.

As you can see July has been filled with some fun things but it’s also been filled with my anxiety. Having this blog has meant so much to me but it is also a source of anxiety. Similar to social media, I measure myself and worth through it. Not good, I know.  I have unrealistic expectations of what I am actually able to do when it comes to this blog. The term “Dream Big” is not lost on me. I just want to be successful at something I enjoy. However, this requires me putting myself out there a little bit and that’s terrifying. I’m hoping I can gain some confidence and get something going in a direction that feels productive and dream worthy. #anxietyisabitch #talkaboutit

Pink Thoughts and Espresso Shots xoxo

Disclaimer: This blog post is based on my thoughts, opinions, and experiences. This post is not an advertisement. I am not receiving any financial kickback. Just me sharing my life with you.

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