Things I Love: July

July held some big changes for us; we moved our family across the country from California to Florida and are now living with our in-laws for a few months.

Things have been relatively good although there are definitely things I *really* miss about California. I miss the weather — it’s so HOT and HUMID and full of nasty mosquitos in Florida! It’s hard to even get out and go to a park because it’s so hot, even at 9 in the morning. Plus, there are no such things as seasons over here. It’s either ridiculously hot or hot. That’s it.

I miss the farmer’s markets — I still haven’t gotten out to a farmer’s market over here. They are either at the worst times of the day (at night) or early in the morning but about a 45 minute drive. I will make it to the one 45 minutes away, I just got a tad bit spoiled having a farmer’s market walking distance on one day and a market about 15 minutes away on a different day. I’ll have to get there right when it opens so we’re not walking in the blazing heat.

I miss my very *few* friends (this includes family members whom I consider friends) — I finally found a couple people who have kids Andrew’s age and who I really connected with. Then I moved. I actually felt like I met a lifelong friend so it really sucks that we’re not close enough to hang out. Yes technology is a great, but it’s definitely not the same. Plus, it’s hard to find time to Skype when you have kids and a 3 hour time difference.

OK. Now that I’ve got that out of my system (thank you for listening to me) here are the things I really do love now that we’re in Florida.

  • We’re closer to the beach. The beach is my ultimate get away and it’s only a 30 minute drive!
  • We’re able to go diving again. We haven’t gone yet but the fact that we are able to, makes me excited!
  • We have a backyard, with a lake front. We’ve been able to get a blow up pool for Andrew, bicycles, scooters and a mini t-ball set. We are able to play outside when it’s not hot and we take old bread to the dock and feed the fish and ducks.
  • We have help with Andrew. What a huge relief! Grandma & Grandpa help take care of Andrew so Scott and I can actually have time to ourselves.
  • I’m closer to my mom which is always a good thing!
  • Cheaper raw milk and eggs. We were paying $14 a gallon for raw milk and $8 a dozen for eggs in California. Now, we pay $6/dozen for eggs and $9/gallon for milk!

Other Things I Loved in July:

  • Are you still using conventional toothpaste that has fluoride and other unnecessary ingredients in them? Jump on the natural toothpaste bandwagon, I promise you’ll like it. If you are not sure what to switch to you should read this article about natural alternatives to toothpaste — there are 12 ideas for you!
  • Hot summer days call for refreshing drinks like this watermelon lemonade!
  • Do you love your foaming hand soap so much you won’t give up the expensive conventional kind? You should really try this easy, homemade DIY foaming soap. It consists of 3 simple ingredients and one simple step!
  • From reading my blog, you should know by now that Monsanto is not my favorite. I love this “Dear Monsanto” article. It’s short, sweet and to the point.
  • Are you making a cake any time soon and want to learn how to make it pretty? This post has a great cake decorating demo to make your cake prettified.
  • Quit buying store-bought salad dressing because they contain yucky ingredients that you shouldn’t be eating. If you need a homemade dressing, you can try this homemade creamy Italian dressing. It looks delicious!
  • Have you ever wondered if where you live impacts your health? This article maps out the best and worst places to live and how it affects your health.
  • In this article there are five excellent reasons to ditch your sports drink and it also offers a healthy alternative.
  • Learn how to make your own “better than lysol” spray and rid your home of toxic cleaners.
  • Ever wonder what it really means when you pick up a Crayola box of crayons and it says non-toxic? Is it really non-toxic or are there hidden meanings? Read this article to find out.
  • Junk mail sucks! It’s such a waste of time and resources. In this article you will learn how to stop junk mail from coming to your door… and inbox!


What have you loved about July?

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  1. Welcome to sunny Florida! I moved here from out west too (Colorado) and it took a little getting used to, but I’m sure you will grow to love it as I have. If you like the water, you will never be bored, and remember the humidity may be bad for your hair, but you’ll love what it does for your skin!

    1. Thank you! My husband is Floridian native and I lived here previously for 4 years before we moved back to my home state, California. Although I’ve lived here before, I’m still getting used to the humidity.. ugh! Where in FL are you?

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