Sunday Snaps, 07-07-19

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As I sit and write this, we are in the early days of July, and I am sitting back and reflecting on this past month or so of summer (and really, the rest of the year if I am being totally honest) wondering where the time went.

When I announced my comeback to blogging and SoV, I definitely did not realize the full load of motherhood. Then, when I thought I had a handle on things, I went back to work, and then realized that working mom life was even more intense than anyone told me. When do people have time to see friends? Go on vacation? Also, the everyday tasks like going to the grocery store and cleaning up the mess of a kitchen and…oh wait, the baby is sick but no PTO? Guess I’m working from home today trying to field incoming emails while juggling an exactly 2-minute attention span of a nearly-one year old. Phew. Are you tired? So am I.

Another struggle I’ve been dealing with over the past several months is that blogging has turned into micro-blogging via Instagram, and Instagram has just become another way to sell products, which has turned my feed into a steam of sponsored ads, testimonies to products, and $29.99 w/ FREE SHIP!!! notifications that makes my head spin. Some of my favorite bloggers are now “influencers” taking on campaigns left and right…. but wait, weren’t you a food blogger too? Do you still blog? I understand that creating and producing content needs to be financially supported somehow, especially for those that are fulltime, but more often than not, I’ve found that blogging has turned into taking sponsors of products that they don’t believe in, then that turns into content….and that makes me sad because its not authentic.

Teddy enjoying his first beach trip ever in OCNJ

Teddy enjoying his first beach trip ever in OCNJ

One of the things I’ve struggled with the past year, when deciding to come back to the blogging space, was the decision that I really don’t want to sell anything. I mean, sure, I will happily promote a product I believe in, and If I happen to get a cut from it, that’s cool…but I certainly don’t want my content to be driven by compensation from others.

…and on that note, I will stop kvetching and share some snapshots from the summer, which are not sponsored at all! 😊 June was, in all honestly quite the month, full of all sorts of summer fun…so much so that I kind of never want summer to end…but doesn’t everyone say that?  We went to Ocean City, NJ to visit friends (and go to the beach, obvs), a lavender fest in VA, and all sorts of fun stuff.

Our summer hydrangeas in full bloom are <3333333

Our summer hydrangeas in full bloom are <3333333

Our summer garden has been so fruitful this year! Fresh herbs every day, and I am grateful for that.

Our summer garden has been so fruitful this year! Fresh herbs every day, and I am grateful for that.

Summer salad on repeat: said fresh herbs, salad greens, whatever protein I have in the fridge, goat cheese, and evoo.

Summer salad on repeat: said fresh herbs, salad greens, whatever protein I have in the fridge, goat cheese, and evoo.

This warm weather just makes me want cold fruit and cold salads, so I could happily eat a smoothie bowl from SouthBlock every day.

This warm weather just makes me want cold fruit and cold salads, so I could happily eat a smoothie bowl from SouthBlock every day.

We took Teddy to Ocean City, NJ to visit friends and had just the best time. Teddy LOVES the water, but we also enjoyed the boardwalk, the sun, the sand, and pretty much the whole beachy vibe.

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Sunset on the ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ.

Sunset on the ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ.

So much fun on the boardwalk.

So much fun on the boardwalk.

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Teddy is growing so fast…. I know everyone says that, but I can’t. He has interests and so much personality. Someone once told me that kids are good at being 100% themselves from birth, and now I really believe that.

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This kid just LOVES water.

This kid just LOVES water.

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At the end of June, Seven Oaks Lavender Farm had their annual lavender festival, and it was so fun. Even though it was SO HOT, and usually always is the end of June and most of July here in the DC area, it was well worth it. I’ve never smelled anything quite as nice as stepping into a lavender field in full bloom. Swoon.

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