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With fall starting on Friday, I think a summer goals recap is in order.  (Side note:  link up with me and Betsy for fall goals on Friday!  Grab your button below!)  When I looked back at my post, I laughed.  I wrote it when I was in Boston, finishing up a conference, and right before experiencing such excruciating pain that I would find myself in surgery a month later.  Life is funny.

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Summer Goals Recap

  • [DONE]Convert all our data to the new SIS management system.

I actually succeed on this front!  We’re still learning the ins and outs of it, but it’s so fantastic to be in a spot where we can control our own data.  Now I just need to get everyone using it.

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  • [Half-Done] – Spa day.  Oh goodness, a spa day.

After getting back from Boston, I booked a massage with Paul at the Four Seasons, but I ended up in more pain that when I started.  I was cleared for massages in mid-August and booked facial and massage at the Crescent Spa during the last week of August.  I think I have another gift certificate to the Four Seasons for a massage and facial, so I need to schedule that, too.

  • [Half-Done] – Finish organizing / decorating the home office

Every time I get this finished, more crap ends up in there.  I bought a roman shade, but I did not install the brackets correctly, so I can’t actually use it.  I need to get my mom over to the house to help me fix it so that I can actually raise and lower the shade.  I have been using my iMac more, especially since I’m in the middle of re-designing my blog, so I’d say it’s kind of a win.

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  • [FAIL] – Edit the rest of my Italy pictures

I’m down to just needing to finish Rome.  “Just” means that there are still 1200 photos left to cull and edit.  I have been trying to work on it a little at a time, especially on the weekends.  I’m very big into this idea of not creating more work for myself this year.  It’s been fun to look back through the Rome pictures.  We did so much while we were there that I don’t remember all of it.  (That’s one reason I love photography – my husband and I will go through our books and revisit / remember our adventures.

  • [Half-Done] – Blog the rest of my favorite parts of Italy 2018

I was happy to share more on the best tours in Florence, the fresh pasta cooking class, and all the rooms with views that we’ve stayed in during our trips to Florence… but there’s still so much to say!  (I can’t wait to tell you about how we made pizza in Rome… but I haven’t even gotten to those photos yet!)

Fall Goals on Friday!

Don’t forget to link up with me and Betsy!  We’ll be here talking about all the things we want to accomplish this fall!  Bring your bucket list, your organizing projects, your blog plans… any and everything goes on Friday!

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  • Bri @ My Life As... - I think you did really well! Especially when you consider all the pain you were in!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Even if you didn’t get everything done that you wanted to this summer, you certainly got a lot done. It’s so hard to balance time – working on house upkeep, editing pictures, and writing blog posts. I can’t wait to see your updated blog design! (I think it looks beautiful as is, so I can only imagine what you will do to improve it!)ReplyCancel

Popping in super quickly today to let you know that Betsy and I will be hosting our seasonal goal link up on Friday! Grab a button and come play with us!  I’m currently fighting the beginning of an end-of-summer cold, so I don’t have a lot to say today.  We survived our big college event on Saturday (201+ students, 100+ parents, 30+ Spanish-speaking breakout sessions, 27 college reps, and more!)

I had planned to hang out with a friend yesterday, but neither she nor I were moving very fast, so I slept most of the day.  I picked up some xiao long bao for dinner, sent my husband out for some elderberry, and tried to get some rest.  I leave next Sunday for Pittsburgh with a few team members, fly from Pittsburgh to Salt Lake City, and I’ll be back home the following Saturday.

Cheers to fall travel for work!

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I did not lie when I said I would be terrible at maintaining this idea.  To be fair, I’ve been pretty terrible at maintaining everything since mid-August.  Someone quit 30 minutes before the start of school.  My recovery regressed.  I cancelled my anniversary vacation.  My give-a-hoot factor has been very low.  So, it’s not just my blog that I’ve neglected (though in a strange twist, I got the wild hair to redesign it, so stay tuned).  I’ve read a lot more blogposts than this, but these are the ones I thought to save at the time.  (Again, see my give-a-hoot factor…. it’s very low.)

Betsy and I will be linking up for fall goals soon.  (You can read her summer update!)  This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for me because all the colleges are in town.  We are hosting a college fair (that is over capacitY) and our big fall event on Saturday.  Somewhere in there, we host a lot of college visits, will onboard a new staff member, and do a bunch of other things.

That means this probably not the week that I will start blogging again.  Then again, stranger things have happened.

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Here’s a Rome photo to remind you that I’m behind on my summer goals, so it’s okay if you are, too.

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  • Bri @ My Life As... - I still can’t believe that someone quit 30 min before the first day of school! Who does that??ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - Girl I totally understand about the not feeling like you have the time to blog! I’m hoping that I might get into more of a weekly routine, but that doesn’t seem to be happening, and I don’t think that it’ll happen with football season starting…ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Aw thanks for including mine 🙂
    Who quits 30 minutes before the start whaaat?! No!ReplyCancel

Last September, I talked about how I was planning to repurpose old blog content, edit photos and share some of the stuff that I did when the idea for this blog was born.  This is one of those posts.  Could we call it a #tbt?  I, like so many of my creative friends, am addicted to pinterest. It is one thing that gets my creative juices flowing when I’m stuck.  One of my favorite finds is this Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcake recipe, which sounds appealing even in 100+ degree heat.  I don’t even know what that means but it just sounds delicious, right?!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!!
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Cinnamon Chocolate Cake:
  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I used chocolate fudge. Target didn't have a single Devil's Food cake mix this weekend. I KNOW?!)
  • Eggs (amount specified on cake mix box - 3 for me)
  • Oil (amount specified on cake mix box - 1-1/4 cup for me)
  • Milk (amount specified for WATER on cake mix box - ½ cup for me)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used Mexican Vanilla)
  • 1-½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Whipped Topping:
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar (I used 3)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. Add cinnamon and cake mix (you can sift the cake mix in to make for easier blending.) Stir well.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Place immediately into airtight containers to seal moisture.
  6. Whipped Cream Topping: Whip heavy cream (took me about 3 minutes), then remove from bowl. Beat butter for 5 minutes, then add whipped cream.
  7. Add cinnamon, vanilla and powdered sugar slowly. If it clumps, be patient and keep beating. Add as much sugar until you get the taste you want.
  8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon. (I used Wilton tip 1M.)

 

A few tips from my experience:

  • Put cupcake batter into a gallon-sized ziploc bag and snip the end. Use it like an icing bag and drizzle batter into cupcake liners. No muss, no fuss. It’s seriously so easy to properly fill the tins AND not make a mess. Toss the bag and move on.
  • I ran out of the whipped topping and I was only about to do about 15 cupcakes with this recipe. I would probably double that recipe to be safe.
  • My topping isn’t as white as hers – it’s more of a light cinnamon color. I think it’s pretty either way. No big thing.
  • My topping doesn’t look as stiff as hers. I suggest leaving the whipping cream in the fridge until ready to whip.
  • Amateur hour:  Don’t take the bowl off your Kitchenaid until you wipe the beaters clean (or put down a paper towel). It dropped all over the base. Maybe that’s where some of the topping went?  Oops.

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I’ve been stalling on my July and August recap because I don’t feel like there is much to say.  Between all the doctors appointments, surgery, and recovery, my summer stalled out during the third week of June and has limped along since – literally.  (lol)  That’s not entirely true, so let’s see where we are on that 101 in 1001 list, shall we?

July and August Recap – 101 in 1001

Revisit the Crescent spa and find out if the facial is as good as I remember.

In June, a deal for a facial and a massage popped up on Travelzoo so I jumped on it.  It would only be good for the summer, so I imagined using it once the school year was over.  About a week before August was over (and the voucher was to expire), I remembered that I had it.  Booking was easy enough.  I scheduled a massage for 6:00pm and a facial for 7:00pm.

The facialist I remembered was no longer there.  I arrived at 5:30 to take advantage of the amenities.  I would have liked to spend more time in the plunge pool and jacuzzi, but there was too much noise.  It sounded like I was below a parking garage and the jets were *really* loud.  Not the most relaxing thing.  That being said, I really enjoyed the Molton Brown amenities and settled in for my first post-surgery massage.  The relaxation room was definitely relaxing.

My masseuse, Mimi, was fantastic.  She was the right person to ease me back into a massage, if that makes sense.  She was not overly aggressive, and she seemed to anticipate what my body needed.  I would absolutely go back to her.

My facial left a lot to be desired.  I didn’t entirely feel like the esthetician was interested in understanding my skin.  She definitely did not communicate what she was doing or what she was using.  My skin felt good after the facial, but I broke out pretty significantly immediately after.

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Consign or donate clothes that don’t fit anymore

As I mentioned before, I started this process.  In April, I sent approximately 20 items to The Real Real.  They kept half of them, shipped the rest back, and I have sold all but one shirt.  I’ve made a little over $600.  (My commission rate is 55%.  Once I sell another $390 ($1500 total), it will be 60%.)  The entire process is super easy.  I haven’t looked in the box to remind myself what they didn’t take, but I will absolutely do this again.  (I am constantly wondering why I am so lazy and don’t just go grab the stuff from my closet and go do it again now.)

Overall, I think it’s easier than consigning locally.  They didn’t limit me to things that are a season ahead.  I didn’t have to drive over there.  I didn’t have to do anything.  If you have stuff on their designer list, I definitely recommend taking advantage of the money that is hanging in your closet.

July and August Recap:  What I Didn’t Accomplish After All

In June I talked about how we booked a trip to Paris for our 5th anniversary.  We cancelled that and haven’t planned anything for this weekend.  I felt stupid spending money on something that I wasn’t sure we would enjoy.  Further, my hip has been flaring up quite a bit more lately.  I actually went in on Friday because I had a bite (or something) that was deep purple and swelling between the incision.  They gave me potent antibiotics and I appear to be on the mend.

I have my six-week follow up tomorrow morning.  We will see what they say and go from there.

Here’s hoping September will be a more healthy and productive month!

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  • Bri @ My Life As... - Cheers to September! This month is going to rock! Sorry that the facial wasn’t all that. Glad the massage was great though!ReplyCancel

  • Kasie - I am so sorry your hip is flaring up again. I can literally feel your pain, as mine does the same this time of year when the seasons begin to change. I’m sending healing thoughts your way, Sara. In the meantime, massages and facials sound like the perfect way to treat yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - You sold a lot and made a good bit. I’m currently using Poshmark to sell clothes but I’ve only sold two things so far. Granted I’ve been lazy about listing things, but it can be frustrating having clothing sit around waiting to be bought. I am pretty happy that I narrowed down my wardrobe from 3 closets (+ a coat closet) down to just a little bit too much for one. I’m now working my way through The Curated Closet and The Simple Magic of Tidying Up to see what else I can cut from my life. It makes you feel so much better to have gone through and cleaned up, doesn’t it?

    I’m sorry you are still dealing with hip issues. Hope they are resolved soon. :-/ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis - I hope you’re feeling much better and the mend is nearing it’s end. I went for a facial and massage today and had the opposite experience. Great facial but the intentions of my massage was to relieve pain in my back but the tension is still there. Good to know about the Real Real. I will have to check it out! Emily @ Martinis & BikinisReplyCancel