Hi friends ♡
Can you believe I’ve been writing these monthly recap posts for over a year now? It’s honestly so cool that I can look back and see what my life was like this time last year. These recap posts are some of my favorites to write, and I’d love to hear how your month has been going as well.
A quick note before we get into it: this post contains referral links for products I love and use myself. The Baker’s Almanac earns a small commission on these links at no cost to you, and the links will always be marked with an asterisk.
Humans are creatures of habit, and many aspects of quarantine honestly just feel kind of normal now. Immediately washing our hands when we get home, putting on a mask anytime we go outside, mentally preparing for long grocery lines—that’s just what life looks like at the moment.
Other areas around the U.S. have started opening back up, but NYC will most likely be the last to do so. My company announced last week that we will be working remotely at least through the end of summer, so I will be staying home for a while longer.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are doing well and staying safe. We will get through this together ♡
More YouTube videos!
Over the past few months, I have really gotten back into filming videos for my YouTube channel. I took a bit of an unplanned break on there, but it feels good to be back.
With The Baker’s Almanac, I have found it so interesting to see what formats of content creation I feel drawn to. While I love taking photographs of recipes and writing blog posts, I also find so much joy in shooting and editing videos. There’s something so therapeutic about finding your personal style for a video and getting creative with text overlays and music.
Since I will be able to monetize my videos when I reach 1,000 subscribers, I’m hoping to hit that milestone soon! I have about 200 to go, so fingers crossed it happens within the next few months. If you haven’t already subscribed, make sure to check out my channel for lots more content from me.
For the past month or so, I have been doing the Insanity workout every morning before work, and I’ve been loving it.
I did the entire Insanity workout a few years ago, but man, I had forgotten how difficult it is. If you’re not familiar with the program, it’s basically 60 days of high-intensity interval training. The first month has 40-minute workouts 6x a week, while the second month ramps up to hour-long workouts.
Honestly, I have to modify a lot of the exercises (ya girl cannot do pushups to save her life), but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger. Plus, it has been great having a bit more structure in my life—each morning, I wake up around 7 am to get the workout done, then I shower and get ready for the day.
A few months ago, I was running several times a week and really enjoying it, but I like to change up my workout routine when I start to get bored. After I finish Insanity, I will probably go back to running! And possibly lifting weights because Kyle managed to snag the oh-so-coveted Bowflex dumbbells* for our apartment.
All. the. things.
I’m the kind of person who has a physical, color-coded planner, plus several apps to keep track of all my current tasks. So, I’ll be the first to admit I thrive on organization.
A few months ago, I picked up a label maker* from Amazon, and I have truly gone to town labeling our entire apartment. Just a quick heads up: this label maker is a bit finicky and sometimes messes up letters, but it gets the job done.
One night after work, I had the best time labeling all the dry goods in our pantry. Kyle legitimately thought I was crazy, but it was probably one of my favorite nights in quarantine. To each their own, right?
The only problem now is that I’ve run out of things to label. If you have any other suggestions, please send them my way.
All my friends keep talking about how much money they’ve been saving lately, but I honestly can’t stop myself from spending money. At first, I was buying new clothes online, but the obsession quickly turned to home decor.
Since we have been spending so much more time in our apartment, I quickly realized that there were certain areas I wanted to spruce up. We have been living here for almost a year now, and we actually just re-signed our lease.
I bought a new runner for the kitchen from Target, and it has changed the entire space. Plus, you can’t beat that price! Once my bank account rebounds back a bit, I want to buy some new kitchen towels and some other decor for the kitchen.
We also picked up some new throw pillows for the couch at Target, as well as a new floor lamp. Next on my list: update the coffee table and rug. But, like I said, that might have to wait a few months…
Waaay too many YouTube videos.
Honestly, I kind of prefer YouTube videos to TV shows at this point. The content is more relatable, and it oftentimes feels way more informative! I personally love to watch lifestyle channels, as well those focused on home decor.
This past month, I discovered a few channels that I’ve been obsessed with:
- XO, MaCenna — I stumbled upon MaCenna’s channel a few weeks ago, and I literally watched every single one of her videos. She shares tons of DIY and home decor videos, and she recently redecorated her entire house. Besides being so creative, she is so bubbly and honestly just a joy to watch.
- Caitlin’s Corner — Similar situation here: I happened to find Caitlin’s channel a few weeks ago and subsequently watched dozens of her videos. She posts a lot of lifestyle vlogs, as well as bullet journal and meal prep inspiration. I like how varied her content is, and I feel like I would really get along with her in real life.
Chocolate banana smoothies, macrame projects, growth for TBA, chocolate chip cookies, nighttime tea, Taylor Swift, fresh blackberries, intuitive eating, bursts of creativity, three-day weekends, and homemade iced coffee.