5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥ / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Hello, hello! How was your week? Mine was...speedy. I've been going on more walks, & I adore seeing the irresistible beauty that is Southern California on a much more regular basis. The temperatures have warmed up but sometimes the weather likes gifting us with a few minutes of fleeting heavy rain. Make up your mind, San Diego! Now that it's Friday, I'll kick off my shoes, enjoy some grocery shopping, & then get ready for a weekend in San Clemente. PARTY! Here's what I'm loving this week:

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Whether I'm heading to a beautiful Carlsbad event while simultaneously getting great photos to use across my social media channels or going on a walk while dictating a blog post, productivity is an excellent feeling. I'm not sure if this is deemed as productivity or multitasking or even a little bit of both, but it's still a good feeling altogether.

rose arrangement

Free Flowers

You may have read about my really cool free flowers adventure earlier this week. To sum it up, I found two ridiculously large & utterly gorgeous flower arrangements by the dumpster. Someone thoughtfully left the arrangements in sight without making me climb inside. I ended up swooping them both. They're sitting beautifully on the counter as we speak, wilting away slowly.

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Breaking Bad

Yes, I know I'm extremely late on the Breaking Bad train, but that isn't going to stop me. You guys should know by now I'm a bit of a Netflix fiend. My boyfriend & I finished our Gilmore Girls rendezvous & deliberated long & hard on what to queue up next. We're currently on season two episode six of Breaking Bad.

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My boyfriend turned 27 last week, & it was a mind-boggling experience considering I've known him since he was 17. It's crazy how so much time has passed, but it's more interesting to look at the progress, the growth, the knowledge, & the experiences acquired throughout all that time. We've both grown a lot as human beings & as a couple.



As a vegetarian, it seems like a weird juxtaposition to even attempt to eat sushi since the whole premise is fish or raw fish, but that doesn't stop me. It's basically a hobby to find vegetarian-friendly sushi. I picked up the Avocado, Cream Cheese, & Cucumber Roll, the Vegetarian Rancho Roll (avocado, cream cheese, fried in tempura batter topped with spicy mayo, jalapeno, & Sriracha), & the Vegetable Tempura from Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill. My favorite was the Vegetarian Rancho Roll. Yummm.

What are you loving right now? Anything from my list? :]

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  1. Lovely list! I love vega sushi as well! It tastes so fresh :)

  2. Carmen Jny (carmitive)March 11, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    Uuh these 5 things are cool! I'm so into sushi at the moment - makes me kind of hungry as I am writing this ;) And flowers are always something beautiful - especially red roses;)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

  3. your free flowers story was amazing! enjoy the weekend :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  4. Great post. I love sushi as well.

  5. A huge happy birthday to your boyfriend, Carmen! It's lovely to hear how long you've known each other for, and who knew then that 10 years later the both of you would be together? Free flowers are always a plus point! I got a bouquet this week, too, though they're paper folded by a special someone so they won't wilt, haha. I hope you enjoy the weekend, Carmen! x


  6. I like all five of them! The sushi looks delicious, and loved that you dictate your blog posts! What app do you use for that?
    Lovely post, Carmen!


  7. Lovely post! It's so nice that you have known your BF that long, it's lovely to watch someone grow up! I still can't believe those flowers, that is amazing!

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  8. I'm still trying to get my hubs to watch Breaking Bad! :) Loved it so much. I was late to that party as well... & you're up on me - I'm still on Season 1 of Gilmore Girls :)

  9. I'm such a fan of sushi too! I went to Japan in January though and the sushi you can get in England is incomparable to what I was eating there haha! I can't believe you found bouquets of flowers by the bin, what good luck! Thanks for your comment on my recent blog post... do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin' so we can keep up with each others' posts? Really like your blog :)

    -Ruby Xx

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  10. Living BeautifullyMarch 11, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Yayyy it's Friday, happy weekend! I absolutely love those red roses. It is indeed impressive that you and your boyfriend have shared so much time and so many experiences together, during a period of life when we tend to grow ,change and develop a lot. I hope you'll celebrate many many more birthdays together : ) xo

  11. Rajwant Kaur SinghMarch 11, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    Such a lovely round up, lots of things to love this week
    Congratulations for your boyfriends birthday and the flowers are such a lovely treat
    Veg sushi is delicious, great post, thanks for sharing

    What Raj Wants

  12. Those flowers are beautiful!

  13. Love this round up! Haha it's never too late to watch a great show, I recently finished Breaking Bad myself!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  14. Lovely post, it's nice to hear what you have been loving on your weeks! It keeps things interesting and up beat. I may need to do a blog post like this some day soon! Thanks for sharing! <3

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  15. That's awesome that you've known your boyfriend for 10 years! That's amazing! I like how you mentioned productivity and sushi cause I can relate to that. Seems like you've been having a great month so far! Looking forward to your next round up of the things you love! I hope you have a good weekend!

  16. Love the list! Enjoy Breaking Bad, its better late then never :)

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

  17. Sushiiii! I recently got obsessed with it and I don't know why I hated it so much before :D
    This post made me happy as I read through <3 xx

    KayleeㅣJK's Dawn

  18. The flowers were a fantastic find and the sushi sounds yummy! It's so cool you've known your boyfriend for so long! Hope you're having a great weekend. Such a fun post!


  19. You can definitely find vegetarian sushi. There is always ( at least where I'm from) a vegetarian section on the menu for it. Speaking of sushi - my grandma treated me to some tonight and that was certainly a highlight of my week!


  20. It's okay, I still have yet to watch a single episode of Breaking Bad, so you're not the last one on the bandwagon! Those flowers are gorgeous and happy belated birthday to your boyfriend!

    Via Sora

  21. Aw, that's so sweet that you've known each other for so many years! I also feel the same way about productivity, it's such a great feeling when you're inspired and getting things done daily! It's good you're motivated and doing well. Sushi is amazing, even if its vegetarian, definitely one of my guilty pleasures!

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  22. I love sushi too but don't eat seafood LOL. Over here we have "California Rolls" which are filled with a variety of things, from veggie to meat and even seafood. But I am obsessed with these.


  23. Productivity is the BEST feeling, and how much do flowers bright up your day (especially free ones! Hehe.). I eat so much vegetarian sushi just because it's yummy, the place I go to has a yummy ginger, cream cheese and avo one and veggie tempuras are one of my faves!


  24. Oh yes, much growing up has entailed since we first met. :]


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