Sailing on Lake Washington

On a random Wednesday our friend Hayes invited us to go sailing with him. (Umm is this real life?) Dave and I have never been sailing before. It was a perfect sunny day out in May. So after work we met Hayes and his dog Boda by the boat parking lot.

Hayes grew up on a Bald Head Island sailing so he’s a total pro. He gave us lessons while we were out there. There are a lot of terms and types of knots, but it was fun to learn. I am a huge Kennedy fan so I equate sailing with the Kennedys, and JFK always looks so sophisticated and relaxed sailing. I always thought I’d want to learn to sail someday. IMG_6359.JPG

Boda is a Vizsla and has a lot of energy. She was swimming behind the boat most of the time.


This is one of my favorite pictures of Dave. And I love that Rainier is in the background. IMG_6386.JPGIMG_6365.JPG

Hayes and Dave love each other. Plain and simple. #bromance


It was a great first sailing experience.

Camping in Cali

Since I’m so behind on blogging I’m just going to randomly catch up on fun adventures from the past few months.

So back in June Dave and I went to California for a weekend to have a camping weekend reunion with our old roomies, and my sister was in town from Chicago as well. We camped outside of Ojai, basically in the desert. It was so hot out. IMG_6768.JPG

My sister just turned 13 this year and she’s almost as tall as me already. The campsite allowed dogs, and here is our brother’s dog Stitch.


We walked along the creek around the campground. IMG_6799.JPGIMG_6793.JPG

And caught the sunset at the top of a hill. IMG_6802.JPG

Darin (one of our old roomies) flew in from Arizona, my sister (Kelly) was in from Chicago and Dave and I flew in from Seattle all to go camping and catch up with everyone. It was so much fun to all be together in one place. There’s nothing like camping and friends who become your family. :) IMG_6809.JPG

Financial Goals For an Almost 30 Year Old

So as of November, it’ll be just another 6 months until I’ll officially be 30 years old. It’s really hard to wrap my head around that. If I’m not officially an adult now, I don’t know when I’ll feel like it.🙂 I have a lot of adult responsibilities (aka bills, a mortgage, a job, a pet, etc) and it’s about time I get my finances in order. Here are a few of financial goals:
I need to sit down and create a real budget. I told myself I would do that this past January and well, that never happened. But hey guess what? It’s almost January again. Haha whoops. But I’ve started doing some research and looking up some different methods and I’m slowly finalizing my budget plan. It would be nice to know how much I’m spending on different categories and where I should cut back. 
Create an emergency fund. Life happens unexpectedly and things come up and as a adult you need to be ready for it. If I were to lose my job I’d like to know I will be ok and won’t have to be late on paying my bills and mortgage. I would also like to have a financial cushion so I won’t have to get a job the day after I lost it. 
Pay off my student loans. I have lots of student loans debt. I took out loans my entire college career. And paying $200 a month barely pays the interest I’m accumulating. I need to figure out how much I should be paying so I can make a real dent. 
Save up for my wedding. I’ve thought about my wedding for a long time now. I know I want to have a smaller wedding, but still we all know they’re not cheap. Ever since I got a big girl job I’ve been putting away 20% of my paycheck towards a wedding fund. But I still need to create a wedding budget and see realistically how long it’ll take me save up. 
Set up a retirement fund. I need to figure out a pre tax retirement fund. I would love to be able to retire one day and not work until I’m 75 years old. So I need to do more research and see which type of fund would be best for me. My work currently matches my 401K contributions, but I know I need to do more. 
I recently found a website called Personal Capital that has a free retirement planner. I know that retirement is super overwhelming to me, so it’s great to have a tool that lays it all out and explains it to you. And there is also a net worth calculator that keeps you aware of how much you’re worth and what you owe.
I am grateful for website like these that can help me understand finances more clearly. 
I would love to hear about your financial goals and how you got to be financially smart. Because it’s something I’m working on and could really use your tips and recommendations! 

Lake Twenty Two Hike

You guys summer in Washington is amazing. Like beyond my wildest dreams. Prettier than I could have imagined. It’s one thing to see pictures of beautiful places and a whole other thing to actually be there in person. And you know pictures can never fully do justice.

A few months ago we did this hike with our friends and we were only able to see up to the snow line because of all the fog. We had no idea we were missing SO much of the mountains. This time we went it was sunny and so clear.

One of our good friends Ryan from Chicago, came to visit us in early June (his first time in Seattle!) and we took him on this hike.

Here we are in front of the lake. And while this picture is nice, it really bothers me that people take pictures of our feet and the rock in front of us and not the majestic mountains behind us.


It’s just so pretty. The greenery, the clear water, the sunshine, the snow all in June! Just everything.


Greenland or Washington?🙂



Can you tell how happy we were? IMG_6715.JPG


And this is just one of the many, many gorgeous hikes in Washington.We are fully taking advantage of living here and loving every minute.

Summer in Seattle 2016

I wasn’t sure how my blogging would change once we moved to Seattle last fall. (Can’t believe it’s almost been a year already!) But I basically went exploring and stopped blogging completely. But once you see what I’ve been up to, hopefully you’ll understand. I thought it’d be easiest if I just did a recap of my summer and go from there. This has been one of the busiest and best summers of my life. So much beautiful scenery and so many visitors.


On my Getting Out More Often post I mentioned that I had signed up for a yoga class at the Chihuly Glass Museum and it was so pretty. It was my first time to the museum and I can’t wait to go back.


In early June one of our best friends from Chicago, Ryan came to town and we went on a gorgeous hike called Lake Twenty Two.


I went to California two weekends in a row to visit my family and old roommates. IMG_6795.JPG

Gretchen, one of my good friends from home, who now lives in Seattle too, we went to my first Mariners game. And yes of course I wore my Chicago Cubs shirt!😉


Vi (the other half of Say Yes to Happy) and my real life bestie and her fiancé Jacob came to Seattle for their first time and they loved it. We are trying our best to convince them to move here!🙂 Can you blame us?



We spent July 4th on a boat in South Lake Union with some of our best friends. We are beyond lucky to have so many good friends here.


Kathleen and Greg drove through Seattle on a road trip and we all went to dinner together. It’s been years since we have all been in the same city.


We went camping on Second Beach on the Western coast of Washington with our friends Kate and Hayes.


We went to the lavender fields in Sequim, which smelled so good.


Took Gretchen and Kristina camping for their first time ever at the beautiful Diablo Lake. Yes the water really is that color!



My mom and sister came to visit for a few days and we did some sight seeing.


Dave and I flew home to Chicago to surprise one of my best friends,  Melissa for her birthday. Vi and I spent the day being tourists in our own city and it was so much fun!


We hung out on the Chicago River near the Marina towers and it was a beautiful Chicago summer day. These are my people and I love them. Melissa and Vi are my 2 best friends and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that we were all together.


One weekend we’re in the Chicago and the next weekend we were camping at Rainier National Park. Isn’t life grand?


Another thing on my bucket list for the summer was to go to a Sounder game. It was my first professional soccer game and it was great! So much energy and so many enthusiastic fans.


One of my favorite weekends of the entire summer was getting a cabin near Mount Baker. We played games, laughed so hard we cried, hiked, saw huge mountains and a beautiful lake with a side of pizza and bacon.



This past Labor Day weekend we went to the East Coast in Maryland for our friends’ wedding. We used to live in Washington DC and Los Angeles at the same time as them.


Dave and I drove down to DC for a few hours and visited our old apartment, and walked part of the National Mall. Can you tell how happy I was?🙂 DC was the first place we moved outside of Chicago and it holds a lot of wonderful memories for us.


Our life is full of friends, family, adventures, and travels and we couldn’t be happier and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

I want to try and start blogging again but my track record the last few months hasn’t really been too promising, so I won’t get ahead of myself. I’ll just do what I can.

My New Glasses!

So a few weeks ago Katie told me about this awesome company called They offer both prescription glasses and sunglasses. I checked out their website and found so many cute, affordable, cheap glasses.We all know how expensive glasses can be at the eye doctor. I recently went to the eye doctor and ended up paying $500 for a pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses with insurance! It’s frustrating that they don’t have price tags on frames. So it was really exciting to see affordable frames for glasses online.
And one of the best parts of the website, in my opinion, was you could upload a picture to virtually try on frames. It’s such a good idea and really helps to see what glasses look like on your face. Because I know I was a little worried about not being able to physically try them on.
This was my first time ordering frames without actually trying them on and I love them! They’re very lightweight, my prescription was exactly right, they fit my face, and I love that they match everything because they’re black and basic but oh-so-cute!
I haven’t blogged in so long that they two times I took picture in my glasses for this post, my hair length is totally different. I donated 8 inches to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths after growing out my hair for 2 years. I’m proud to say this is my third time donating in the last 6 years.   IMG_6945.JPG
I highly recommend this website if you’re in the market for some new glasses or sunglasses! And they were kind enough to include a code for my readers! Type in GSHOT50 at checkout to get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (excluding sale frames). Happy Shopping! 

Friday Favorites-Seattle Edition

Look at me, blogging three days this week after blogging once a month lately. Haha, whoops!

This weekend I’m heading to California to see my brother and mom (and my sister is visiting for the month there.) It’ll be a nice little reunion. I haven’t been back since we moved to Seattle in October.  I’m excited to see the old roomies, get some California sunshine in, and be with my family.

Here are a few of my favorite Seattle things lately:


One of our best friends came to town last week to visit us. He also visited us when we lived in Santa Monica. Getting to explore our new city with an old friend was really fun and it was his first time in Seattle. We’re grateful to have good Chicago friends who come see us and we’re so happy Washington has so many incredible hikes to take them on like this one! (Lake Twenty Two which I’ll blog about another day.)



Because Washington is so far up North, in the summer months the sun doesn’t set til like 10pm. Here we were watching the sun set over the Pugent Sound around 9:30. The other day I was in bed around 9:30 and had to pull the curtains because it was still sort of light out! It makes the days really long and I love it!


When I think of Seattle, I think of the Space Needle. Every time I catch a glimpse of it or drive by it, I am reminded of where I live and what a cool city it is. IMG_6659.JPGIMG_6504.JPG

One of my favorite things about going Pike Place Market is getting to see all the gorgeous flowers that are in season. Right now it’s peonies and they’re amazing!



Being in a new city I love looking at those tourist magazines suggesting fun spots to check out in and around the city. Having had so many visitors lately and going to a lot of the same spots, it was fun to check out this new one called Hat ‘n Boots. It’s a little South of Seattle and is in a random park.


Happy Friday friends!

Linking up today with : Erika,