Honey and Fig Wine Spritzer

My husband recently admitted that he had never had a fig before outside of Fig Newtons. To some people that might sound crazy, but he's not much of a fruit eater so I'm rarely surprised when he shares what fruits he hasn't tried. A few days ago I saw that Trader Joe's had rolled out their Tiger Figs and immediately I knew I had to find a way to get Andy to have some. At first I considered throwing them into a fruit tray for him, but again, I've married someone with a serious distaste for fruits (so weird). The minute I stepped foot into the booze aisle though, I knew Operation Feed Husband Figs was about to take off. I picked up a cheap bottle of Trader Joe's Charles Shaw (love you long time, $2.50 wine!), some rosemary and my trusted figs and went on my way. 

Fig season always feels so short lived but so, so good! It's a sweet reminder to me that Summer is coming to an end and Fall is just around the corner. The notion that opposites attract could not be more true for Andy and I when it comes to our love for fruits! Any who, I whipped up a simple wine spritzer because it's what you do when your wine is under $3.00 and I put it to the husband test.

Andy ended up loving his fig wine spritzer, and over the weekend he even ate a fig all on his own. O.F.H.F. (Operation Feed Husband Fig) was a success!  To make your own fig wine spritzer you will need:

-FIGS! Some for your cocktail, some for munching on.
-3 oz. white wine 
-1 oz. club Soda
-simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heat till dissolved, pop half a fig in for flavor while dissolving)
-light dollop of honey if desired (makes it extra sweet and yummy!)

Combine all ingredients, serve over ice and top with a little rosemary. There are a ton of flavors going on in this that work really well together!  

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Our Stay at the Flamingo Las Vegas

There's something you should know about me: I have mega butter fingers. Hand me something and there's an 80% chance I'm going to drop it. My phone is probably what I drop most often, so naturally it had a shattered screen for a while. Again, I'm a dropper, so a shatter screened has never bothered me until the home button, aka the main button on the iPhone, actually fell out of my phone leaving it looking totally nakey. I freaked out immediately after realizing that not only was my home button now gone, my entire phone was completely frozen. My tech life flashed before my eyes as I realized that I hadn't backed up any of my photos, and I hadn't connected my last Candy Crush game to Facebook. AHHHHH! K, but really. All jokes aside, I was fairly upset till a few hours later when my phone had a moment of rebirth. I frantically started backing up all my photos, which brought me to this little trip I forgot to share! There's always a bright side, am I right?!?

Although we took this trip forever ago (almost a year ago, to be exact), I figured I'd share it today because it's National Pink Day! We've been to Vegas a handful of times and I had always wanted to stay at the Flamingo because hi, it's pink and it's flamingo themed! Andy found us a pretty great deal and we decided to go for it. We booked a room for $35, and much to our surprise, we were upgraded to this INSANE suite when we got there. Since we had never been upgraded this way, we pretty much spent the entire time in the suite, drinking champagne and watching Bachelor in Paradise, haha.

We're itching to go back to Vegas later this Summer. More than likely back to the Flamingo because their service is impeccable and also, did I mention there's a lot of pink?!?
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June Goals

You know when you go a long time without seeing a close friend and then when you're finally together you just want to burst into insane chatter about anything and everything that has been going on in your life? That's exactly how I feel right now. Hi there, blog friends! It's been forever and a half since I've taken the time to stop in and say hey. First off, happy freaking June! Say wahh?!? How we're already halfway through the year is a mystery to me, but alas, here we are. April and May were serious months of change for me. I made the decision to leave a job I had been at for four years after feeling like I had reached my maximum potential. It's weird deciding to leave something you've known and felt comfortable with for so long. Working there opened my eyes and heart to a community I didn't know existed. It made me a kinder, more empathetic person, and it helped me discovered my passion.  Job hunting felt a little like knowing you've outgrown your high school boyfriend, but still being a little too timid to jump into college dating. Is that a horrible analogy? Was everyone else just cool with dating in college?? Ha! Anyway, job hunting. It was stressful and slightly overwhelming. I'm happy to report that I've found a new job that I am so excited about! It's exactly what I'd been looking for and more. I feel challenged every day, which is something I had been missing for a while. It's also slightly terrifying. I'm no longer in the comfort of what I knew for so long, and the bar is set a lot higher. In a few months I'll be taking a board exam for this job, which kind of makes me want to shiz my pantaloons every time I think of it. I suppose I'll cross that hurdle when I get there (the exam, not the shiz). For now, I'm eager to get back to a much more chilled out life again. Once long ago when I was a better blogger, I used to love to blog about my goals for the month. They always made me feel motivated and excited about the things I wanted to accomplish, so I figured there was no better time than June 1st to hop back into that!

June Goals
1. Post daily on Instagram. I really sucked at keeping up with Instagram the last few weeks. It's definitely still one of my favorite communities, but there's nothing inspiring or photogenic about me frantically job hunting, crying, and having emotional breakdowns in our messy home. Haha :) also, I've really been digging Snapchat, too! (username: HeyJessKeller)
2. Go to yoga three times a week. I went once in May. Eeek!
3. Continue with my "say yes" attitude. Last month I decided I had to put away the "I'm sorry I can't, I'm super busy" phrase. Instead, I started saying yes to everything! Which lead to sweet times with friends, new and old. I love that I didn't miss out on things by giving some lame excuse, and I actually felt rather refreshed after every activity I agreed to! I'm excited to work that attitude into Summer!
4. Read at least two books. I started Me Before You a few days ago and I am loving it (aka I am crying all over the place).
5. Take tons of photos and record a few videos. I just got a few camera accessories I'm super excited to play around with!

What are some of your goals for the month of June? I'd love to hear them!
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Springtime Grapefruit Cocktail

One of my favorite things about Spring and Summertime is all the fruit that's in season. Everything is so much brighter and juicier, and the grocery store feels like it's in abundance of tasty fruits! Mmmm! Right now, I'm on a serious citrus kick. Grapefruit, in particular has been my go to. I've been having one every day for the past few weeks, and I am so not sorry about my obsession. I've been loving it so much, I figured it was time to add it to a cocktail!

This cocktail is something you can whip up fairly quickly. It's incredibly refreshing, and you can make it with things you more than likely already have at home. I love fancy cocktails, but when it's hot out and I just want to sip on something while I catch up on The Mindy Project (best show, by the way!), my go to is always something simple yet satisfying. Here's what you need to make your own grapefruit cocktail:

-1/2 Grapefruit
-Splash of Malibu coconut rum
-Splash of pressed grapefruit juice (optional, I happened to have this on hand)

In a glass, muddle your grapefruit. Combine both the Malibu and juice in a shaker with some ice. Shake it like a polaroid picture, pour over ice, and enjoy!

What's been your go to in season fruit?
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A Sea of Flowers

Happy Monday! I know I'm a broken record on this one, but...time is flying. I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that this is the last week of April. Ah! This month has been insane. I spent a large chunk of April on a serious job hunt, which turned out to be much more stressful than I thought. It's tough putting yourself out there, and to be totally honest, I'm not used to rejection. I don't mean that in a snooty way, I just haven't had to do this in so long. By week 3 of not finding the right fit, I was a complete stress ball. I'm talking cry sessions and stress zits (insert Jimmy Fallon's ~ew~). The good news is, I found something that I am so incredibly excited about! Putting so much emphasize on work has left me feeling like I need to add something more to my life. Creativity, travel, new hobbies, you get the gist. I kind of like this feeling of the unknown. I can choose what I want to do with my time right now, and that's a serious privilege! So, now that you know more about where all my energy has been going, I thought I'd share a few pictures from our trip to The Flower Fields a few weeks ago!

The Flower Fields are a Spring time tradition for Andy and I. There's nothing more beautiful than walking around a sea of flowers with your best friend! We dropped by right when they opened on a Sunday morning and we were the only people there, which made the fields seem even more massive.

Oh, if Ms. Frizzle was in need of a Mr. Frizzle, my husband would fit the roll perfectly. His themed shirts for our dates are always my favorite!

What are some of your Spring time traditions?
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Life Lately

Hey there, blogland! I sure have missed you! It's fun to be back in this little space of mine again. I feel like everything has been going 100 miles an hour and I haven't been able to catch my breath. I'm also having a hard time understanding how it was just January 1st, and all of a sudden here we are now about to approach the beginning of April! Whaaa?!?! But really. Time-you have to slow down. Life lately has been a lot about the "next thing". I'm in the middle of a serious job hunt, Andy and I are considering moving to San Diego, and somehow we are already making Summer travel plans. Whoa. I'm not really one to enjoy having things up in the air, but somehow I'm super cool with all of this right now. SO, life is pretty alright! I will say, I haven't tapped into my inner creative and that's a bummer. I'm hoping to get to crafting sometime in the next few days. Not sure what I'm feeling like making, but I definitely want to make something! Here's a little more of what I've been up to since we last caught up...

Margarita making. A lot of margarita making.

Andy and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We spent our day napping and watching Netflix. Ha! We also started a new tradition of picking up mini cakes and sweets from the bakery where we got our wedding cake. This was actually just a random thing we came up with after we pulled out our frozen cake we had saved from our wedding day and decided it looked horrific. If you actually ate the cake you saved-I applaud you. We had to dare each other like children to eat it and neither one of us budged. Perhaps I froze it wrong?...The day after our anniversary was Leap Day, so we spent it at our happy place! Obviously!

Related: Our Wedding Photos  

I went wine tasting with coworkers! I love wine country! Also, totally digging California weather more than usual. Even with our weird bursts of rain.

We've been taking Duke everywhere lately! Tell us it's dog friendly and we are there! It's fun to travel in our pack of 3. It's extra fun to watch his goofy grin everywhere he goes. We've especially been loving the dog beach. It's one of the few places I'm okay with him being off leash. Last time we were there a wave took him and he looked half terrified half excited, haha.

This past weekend we celebrated Andy's 28th birthday with a few of our friends! I love being surrounded by such great people. We are seriously lucky to have the friends we have. Also, they all live in San Diego. Reason #1389983094 that we are considering the move. Eeek!

Sunday morning, Andy and I had brunch in San Diego before heading home. We absolutely love the North Park area. I lived in San Diego when I went to college there but never fully experienced all it's neat crevices. Now that I can appreciate it more, I feel like it's a good mix of LA and OC. Quiet and homey enough like Orange County, but also fun and creative like Los Angeles! The biggest thing holding us back from moving right now is Andy's job and the comfort of knowing Orange County so well. We also have my parents here and a lot of my own friends are here too. But then we think, now's the time-we don't have kids and don't own property yet! We can do whatevaaahhhh! Any of you ever had a similar struggle? Also, can you just tell me what to do, please? Haha :)

So that's what's been going on in my world! What's up with you?!? Tell me everything!
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Hey there, I'm Jess! A DIY and glitter enthusiast. Obsessed with color, my husband, our dog, and Disneyland! Here you'll find colorful DIY's on a budget, boozy sips, and snippets of my life as a newlywed. Grab a cocktail, stay a while!



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