January 2020 Recap

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Hello everyone! It’s time for the January 2020 Recap.
So, January was THE longest month ever.. I can’t believe it’s just now February. I actually spent the majority of November and December with my family members. My girls and I spent some time out of state with them and they spent some time here at our place too. It was much needed rest during the holidays and while school was out of session.

Since I wasn’t traveling as much as I normally do in November and December, I decided not to put up my regular monthly recaps for those months. So, I’m going to include the few places we traveled to during those months in this post as well. Let’s get started!

Places Traveled

North Carolina: Carvers Creek State Park, Kure Beach, Raleigh, Fayetteville

South Carolina: Charleston, Isle of Palms

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What I Watched

This month, I rewatched every episode of The Office. Every. Episode. The Office was playing every night as I did my school work in bed, while I did my dishes, it was playing. While I folded my laundry, it was playing. It’s been a while since I watched the show all the way through and it was glorious. :p After that, I always watch a couple episodes of Forensic Files after my kids go to sleep.

I also watched the Pandemic documentary on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, you should! It was aptly released just before the Corona Virus was being talked about world wide. I love a good documentary and this one, which is in episode form, follows different people and organizations through different cities and countries to show you how people are working to prevent deadly outbreaks.

I use to be up to date on all of the movies and shows that come out, but I’m so busy these days I don’t get to watch things the way I like to. I was feeling swamped this month so I kinda focused on doing things I wanted to do which ended up being watching shows I like to watch while I do the million things I have to do everyday. You have to fit “you time” in where ever you can, right?

What I Listened To

If you are looking for some relaxing background music, try this!

Relaxing Celtic Music
I have this turned on quietly on my computer in the background everyday when I’m working on my computer. Celtic Flute is so relaxing to me.

Songs I’ve had on repeat this month:
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine
Waves – Mr. Probz
Roxanne – Arizona Zervas
Dance Monkey – Tones and I
Baby I’m Yours – Breakbot
Budapest – George Ezra

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Books I Read

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
The book is set in pre-WWII Prague. It follows two young lovers, Josef and Lenka, on their journeys as they are separated from one another by the Nazi invasion. The story dramatically continues decades later and thousands of miles away in New York City. I only recommend books here that I enjoyed reading. If you like books about history or about romance or books that keep you on your toes. You’ll love The Lost Wife.

The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
Old Gold. I’ve re-read and re-read this book. The book has sold over 80 million copies – if you have yet to read it, what’s taken you so long! The book starts in Paris with Robert Langdon. He along with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through riddles and clues as they try to solve the mystery of a death in the famed Louvre. They end up finding themselves with a secret society. The only way for them to uncover a breathtaking historical secret and clear Langdon’s name is to uncover the ancient truth before it’s lost forever.

The Secrets of The Notebook by Eve Haas
Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish family that took refuge in London when Hitler come to power. This is a story of a long held family secret. One that shocks Eve to her core. A story that unearths a love story set against the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars. The book was an Irish Times bestseller and a movie based on the book is currently in production. This is another book for history lovers, mystery lovers, and romance lovers.

Life Highlights

I got to go back to Charleston this month. When we went last year, I was in the throws of post-natal depression and I really wasn’t able to enjoy it properly. I hardly took any pictures and I wasn’t in any of them! So this trip meant a lot to me and I got a lot of pictures with my girls. Last time we were in the Charleston area we wet to the beach on Sullivans Island, this time we tried the beach at Isle of Palms and LOVED IT!

This month I got my first brand ambassadorship, plus some advertisement opportunities to share some products on my Instagram of things that I purchase every month. Super pumped!

Life Lowlights

Unfortunately we had a death in the family at Christmas time and that was really hard for a lot of my family. School is back in session. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m studying and I’m excited to get my degree, but I’m honestly really tired. Managing home life, mom life, business life, and school life is hard. It puts a lot of weight on my shoulders. So, I’ll be happy when school is over so I can lessen my work load a bit. On a positive note, this is my last semester before I get my business degree!

Not necessarily a life low, but I really love living in North Carolina. We are right in between the mountains and the coast, it’s the perfect place for a travel loving family to be. However, January in North Carolina is too cold for me. It’s gotten down into the 30’s this month. I can’t wait for it to warm up again!

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Blog Posts

Visiting Charleston, South Carolina With Toddlers

How To Spend The Perfect Day In Raleigh, North Carolina

20 Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Travel Diary: Carvers Creek State Park

Travel Plans For Next Month

I’m excited for the upcoming month of travel. I’m hoping to visit Charlotte, NC some time soon. I’m not sure if it will be this month or next, but I have to go soon. They have a milkshake shop there that I have been seeing pictures of for months and I don’t get one of those delicious looking shakes soon I’m gonna die! ahahah

I’m wanting to explore some of the North Carolina beaches that I haven’t gotten the chance to visit yet. My girls and I have been to almost every public beach access in central and southern North Carolina. (So if you have any questions about the difference between the beaches, best beaches for kids, which ones have public bathrooms, etc. ask them in the comments!) Now it’s time to head north and explore the Outer banks!

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