Hi friends ♡
Today, I’m coming at you with another Life Lately post. While the rest of my posts focus on recipes and baking tips, these ones are my shameless way of talking about my life here on the Internet. And I secretly love it.
I enjoy sharing these monthly recap posts to keep you in the loop, and even more, I would love to hear how your June has been. Let me know in the comments below!
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Well, here’s the biggest news of the month: we’re engaged!
It still feels weird to say it out loud (or write it in a blog post), and I can’t stop gazing at my ring. Kyle and I actually picked the ring out together back in March before quarantine, so I knew what it would would look like. However, I had no idea when the proposal would be.
He kept telling me that he was still waiting on the ring to be shipped so to say I was surprised was an understatement! He actually secretly got the ring delivered a few weeks ago and managed to hide it from me.
This past Friday, we went on a long walk after work in the East Village and Williamsburg, and he proposed at the East River Park (which holds a really special place in our heart). It was magical and so perfectly us.
Given the situation with COVID, I’m hesitant to start any wedding planning, so more to come on that later. I’m hoping that we can have our wedding towards the end of 2021, but it might have to be in 2022. More than anything, I don’t want to put our guests at any risk, and I want them to feel as safe as possible.
Anyways, back to normal life stuff…
A few weekends ago, I actually got out of the city and went strawberry picking! I’d never been before, and it was oddly therapeutic—I swear that digging around in the ground for the strawberries for hours makes them taste better.
For the past few months, my weekends have all looked about the same. I wake up, workout, work on blog content, go out for a walk, and go to sleep. Given that, it was so nice to switch things up and do something different!
That being said, life is definitely not back to normal here in New York City. We still wear masks whenever we leave the apartment, and things are just now starting to open up, little by little. However, we’re trying to find ways to mix things up, whether it’s through an elaborate movie night at home or extra long walks on the weekends.
After being home for three months, we have fallen into a really great routine with cooking. We write out our meal ideas for the week on a whiteboard calendar, and Kyle and I take turns cooking each night.
Here are a few meals we loved this month:
- BBQ Salmon Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa — We have made this dish in the past, but I forgot how delicious it is! I didn’t have any avocados on hand, so I just skipped that part of the recipe, and it still turned out delicious. I’m always a bit nervous cooking salmon, but it turned out so much better than I expected.
- Homemade Strawberry Jam — This is a shameless plug for myself, but I have honestly been making a batch of this jam every week. After I went strawberry picking, I whipped up a batch of this jam, and I couldn’t believe how amazing it tasted. Can I please pick fresh strawberries every week from now on?
- Soba Noodles with Shrimp + Veggie Tempura — Kyle made us this meal for lunch a few weeks ago, and it was unbelievably delicious. We ate the noodles with a cold broth, and it was super satisfying given how hot it has been lately.
I’ve talked about it before in a video on my YouTube channel, but I love planning out my content on Asana.
One of my goals this summer is to get ahead on content for both my blog and YouTube channel. I have actually gone into Asana and planned out all my blog posts and videos through the end of 2020! It’s a bit daunting to see all the work I need to do, but it really helps me stay on track.
I have also been enjoying revamping old posts on my blog. Whenever I have spare time, I re-make an old recipe, shoot some new photos, and update the blog post. It gives me more photos to use on Instagram, and I love seeing my photography improve.
Here is one of my favorite transformations:
Without my long commute each day, I have definitely been reading less. However, I still managed to get through a few books this month:
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works* — For the past few years, I have wasted far too much time calorie counting and wanting to lose that annoying 10 pounds. And one day last month I just got fed up with it. I decided to start reading this book, and it has honestly changed my perspective on dieting and made me rethink my relationship with food. If you’re someone who struggles with food, I highly recommend giving it a read!
- Bringing Down the Duke* — This book is pretty much just a cheesy historical romance, and I loved every minute of it. Sometimes you just gotta read a feel-good love story. Plus, how fun is that cover?
- The Lost Apothecary* — One of the best perks of working for a publishing company is that you get to read books before they come out. And this book actually won’t be released to the public until next March. I devoured it over the span of a week, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. You should definitely preorder it!
I’m not sure how it started, but Kyle and I have fallen down a rabbit hole of re-watching all the Marvel movies.
Over the past few weeks, we have watched the following:
- Captain America: The First Avenger*— I had never seen this one before, and it was so cool getting to see his origin story!
- Captain America: Winter Soldier* — I think I just have an unhealthy obsession with Captain America.
- Captain America: Civil War* — The scene where Chris Evans holds the helicopter… no words.
- Black Panther* — This honestly might be my favorite Marvel movie. Michael B. Jordan is phenomenal, and I love how layered the movie is.
I’m super curious: are you a superhero movie fan? If so, do you prefer Marvel or DC movies? We’re definitely Team Marvel all the way over here.
Besides binge-watching too many superheroes, I have also been watching far too many YouTube videos. I heard somewhere that YouTube views are up 75% because of quarantine, and I think I’m contributing to at least 50% of that.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Andrea Clare‘s videos. She’s a Canadian who has lived all over the world with her husband—France, London, Singapore, and now Amsterdam–and I love watching her travel and fashion vlogs. For the past few weeks, I have literally watched every single one of her videos. I have a problem.
On the slightly more educational side of things, I’ve been watching Abbey Sharp to learn more about intuitive eating. She’s a registered dietitian, and she also does these amazing videos where she reviews ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos by famous YouTubers.
Like I mentioned last month, I have been going through the entire Insanity workout, and it has been kicking my butt. However, I’m *almost* done with it!
As of today, I have less than a week to go, and I’m honestly so proud of myself. It’s a really challenging workout program, and I’ve been doing it consistently every single day before work.
That being said, I am really looking forward to getting back into running. Now that we have weights at home now, I might try and do more strength training as well! Stay tuned.
Lazy afternoons in the park, fake eucalyptus, air conditioning, morning cuddles with my cats, virtual trivia, film soundtracks, new home decor, prosecco, and picnics in the park.
Check out the latest recipes and articles this month:
- Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts
- Earl Grey Macarons
- Vegan Snickerdoodles
- 7 Amazing Summer Dessert Recipes