My Week In Review (otherwise known as WIR) posts are just that: a review of my past week. I post an update here every Tuesday sharing some tidbits of my previous week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram. Here’s the buzz from my week:
After a fairly cool and very wet spring, it finally feels like we’re moving into summer here in the Chicagoland area. We were blessed with some amazingly sunny, mild days last week, which were perfect for morning runs, twice daily walks with my pup, and generally just hanging out outside. Nobody knows what kind of summer we’re in for just yet, as it’s difficult to predict with the fickle Chicago weather, but these last few days of spring have been glorious!
Apart from enjoying some fun in the sun, last week was “business as usual” around here with most of my weekdays devoted to working on videos and blog posts. There were a couple of small exciting things and one big one to note. First on the list? Discovering Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. These are beyond tasty. My apologies if you buy some and get hooked like me! Another small delight was flipping through the May 2014 Allure magazine when I stumbled upon a YouTube ad. That’s right, a bonafide in the print paper ad for YouTube. How cool is that! After sharing that photo on Instagram many people commented that they’d seen similar ads on buses, in trains, and even on television! YouTube is growing!
The big excitement for me that happened last week was the launch of the Erin Condren 2014-15 Life Planner range. Planner Enthusiasts like me can understand how this is exciting news. Every time your favorite planner brand releases new products it’s a big deal! I was so excited when they reached out to me prior to the launch and wanted to host a giveaway (now closed), which was a big hit. Ten lucky folks received gift cards to put towards a new Life Planner. I ordered one of the new Life Planners myself first thing last Thursday morning, which was the launch day. If you’re curious, I picked out the Turquoise Platinum Life Planner as well as the Charcoal Party Pops additional cover (these are interchangeable now!). I’m curious if there is sufficient interest in an unboxing/first impressions video and blog post for my new EC LP. Let me know what you think!
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Of course, things aren’t always hunky dory one hundred percent of the time. My poor pup, Winnie, was not feeling well last week. I really don’t like it when she’s under the weather. I want my little girl to feel well all of the time! She seemed mostly like her normal self, but was having some major tummy/digestion issues. I didn’t worry too much at first since she was still peppy and eating well. I decided to take her to the vet this morning, though, since it’s been a few days and her tummy problems are not resolving. They checked her out and gave her a clean bill of health, but also sent me home with some medicine to help with her tummy issues. It’s hard to be certain what was/is the cause of the issue since she tested clear of parasites, but it’s either something she accidentally picked up that made her tummy upset or stress. She does tend to get anxious when I start packing when she’s not certain she’s coming along with me and we have been traveling a lot lately, so I’m wondering if my prep for our weekend trip contributed. Whatever the reason, I hope the medicine does the trick and she is all better again soon!
As I mentioned, we took a mini trip this past weekend (with Winnie!) down to St. Louis to visit my brother and his family, especially to see my nieces’ dance recital. We’ve made this trip for several years now. It’s always fun to watch them dance and see how they’ve progressed over the years. It’s also a nice way to have a little family reunion, since my parents come down, too, and some of my sister-in-law’s relatives make the trip as well. Don drove while I knit and we both listened to The Hobbit audio book. I’ve been hearing so much about this Audible app from other YouTubers and we finally made use of it! It was nice to get the first book free, since this one was $28!
It was a whirlwind weekend in St. Louis with mostly time spent hanging out with family and going to the girls’ recital. They were amazing! I especially liked the tap number they danced to Step In Time from Mary Poppins. We were happy to be reunited with not only our human extended family, but also our canine cousins. It’s so nice that all of our dogs get along! Of course, Bean Bunny made the trip with us, although there wasn’t any time for sightseeing this time around. He did, however, very much enjoy the Krispy Kreme shop and I got my semi-annual donut fix. Yum!
If you’d like to see more from my weekend, check out my vlog:
I love my family and being able to spend time with my loved ones who live farther away is always special. We’re off on another whirlwind trip next weekend for a family reunion on my husband’s side. Do you have any family reunions planned this year, big or small? There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by your kin to make the summer even sweeter. I’ll be back next week to share more family fun times with you!
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