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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ahora 1: June

Happy June! 

I love seeing what others are up to every month and the items that cross their radar. Naturally, I thought it would be fun to do my own. 

Ahora, meaning Now in Spanish, is a monthly series that gives you the highlights of what's going on in my life each month. 

June is a big month.
  • My birthday is in June. 
  • School ends in June.
  • Summer begins in June. 

What I'm reading...
  • These days, I have been reading and loving Married with Luggage...What We Learned about Love by Traveling the World by Warren and Betsy Talbot, of the blog, Married with Luggage. As someone who loves to travel the world with my husband, this is especially interesting to me. It's a fun read. And it's fun following them around Europe via their FB page. Adorable.
  • I also read Dream, Save, Do by the same authors, that has very practical tips for how to turn a dream into a reality.

And my favorite blogs this month:
  • A Compass Rose. Bonnie Rose is the voice behind A Compass Rose. She is a self proclaimed "third culture kid" expat who writes about all things travel, photography, and beauty. Check out Travel Tuesday for a link up for travel bloggers.
  • Sweet and Savoring. Christy is a travel and food lover from the Hudson Valley of New York. Her travel writing and photography (and that of her husband, Andy) surely will inspire your wanderlust. 
  • Life According to Steph. If you want to laugh out loud, check out the musings of this insightful blogger from Philadelphia. She nails it. Every. Time.

What I'm watching
  • A Place at the Table. If you have access to Netflix, consider this documentary about food insecurity here in the United States. Hunger affects 50 million people. Students in my own school are sent home with emergency food bags for the weekend. Hunger is everywhere. 

What I'm eating
  • Caprese...In a salad, I mix fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes...ideally, heirloom, a drizzle of olive oil, good balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. And, occasionally, some diced avocado. Because avocado is always a good idea. In a sandwich, I toast some day old rustic, artisan bread and use pesto, instead of the fresh basil leaves. So good!

  • And drinking...iced coffee with skim and Splenda. Still. All summer.

And sangria! Salud!

What I'm wearing
  • Flip flops. Finally...a great excuse to splurge on a pedi. 

What I'm doing
  • Celebrating. Between our anniversary, my birthday and my husband's birthday, there's a whole lot of celebrating going on. We secured our trip to Spain this summer, and then we splurged, and will be going back to Paris this fall, where we got engaged.

Maybe we will find our lock on the Love Lock Bridge.

What I'm listening to
  • Spanish via the owl of DuoLingo. Consider this free app if you want to try learning a new language. They offer Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and English. And it's all free. A win-win.

Making my heart smile
  • Another school year is ending, and my students are ready to leave the nest. They worked hard and they made some great gains, both academically and socially. They are ready. Read about their hopes and dreams here
  • My niece is coming home this summer from Florida. Can't wait!
  • It's almost native strawberry season. I just love fresh strawberries. The Franken-berries from the grocery store fit in a pinch, but nothing compares to the fresh native berries I get from the farm. I eat half a pint in the car on the way home. 

My goals for LAST month
  • Strength train three times per week, not just two with my trainer. Meh...still working on this one.
  • Eliminate my use of disposable water bottles and only use a refillable one. DONE!
  • Increase my water intake to at least 80 ounces per day. DONE!

My goals for this month
  • Write, write, write.
  • Use sunscreen. I tan easily, but a tan is not worth skin cancer. 
  • Get outside. 
There is no app for this.

And there you have it...what is happening Ahora in my world. 

Your turn...what is happening in your world these days?


  1. Thanks for the mention! And the recommendations, I will check out those other bloggers. They sound right up my alley.

    I'm on the same page with the fresh strawberries over frankenberries, the flip flops and sunscreen.

    I'm excited to visit Spain and Paris vicariously through you!

  2. I love these monthly check-ins! I am also in favor of adding avocado to everything, which my Italian husband *does not* understand!

    1. They are fun for me too, Anna Belle. :-) My husband isn't an avocado fan either...that's okay....more for me. :-)

  3. Thank you so much, Kelly! I read your description out loud to Andy and he said 'Ahh, I am pretty lusty.' ;) That quick wit of his!
    I love your Ahora posts. I'm definitely checking out those books (and their FB page!)- and June is my birthday month too! Also yay for using only reusable bottles! :) So many great things in this post to check out- including that language app (I really need a smartphone already).
    Paris plans AND Spain plans?! Wow you must be over the moon! I bought my ticket to a travel conference in Mexico in September, now I just need to find a great flight deal :) Super looking forward to our four-night trip to Maine coming up in a few days to celebrate my birthday- and I'm partnering with a B&B for the second time so that's something to look forward to as well.
    Have a beautiful Sunday, Kelly :)

    1. Sorry for the delay on this response, Christy. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to Mexico and hoping to book my flight ASAP. :-) Looking forward to reading about all of the wonderful experiences coming your way. :-)

  4. Fun Ahora, and happy month- Celebrate, Celebrate and Celebrate! Wishing you much joy!

  5. Everything just sounds lovely! Happy birthday this month! We celebrate hubby's birthday, our anniversary, and school out. I am most excited for school being out..I get so very tired of it all by now! :)

    1. Thank you, Lara! I'm still in school until next week! :-( But summer is finally within reach. Happy end of the year!

  6. I LOVE this! What a great idea for a post, as I feel like a real part of your day- may have to do one like this myself and link you as inspiration!

    1. Thank you! I hope you do. I look forward to reading your responses. :-)

  7. Great post! Thanks for the tip with the documentary. (food insecurity here in the United States) I think this is a bigger deal than we are made aware of. I think in the coming years, next year....we might see even more people laid the economy isn't getting better. Although the saddest part of this is the children like you mentioned. It breaks my heart that children are going hungry. Way to go! Thanks for what you are watching... great post!

    1. Thank you, Meranda. Food insecurity here in the US is's hard to believe that in a country as rich as ours that there are hungry families. So sad...and infuriating. Thank you for visiting. :-)