July: My Month from A - Z / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


July: My Month from A - Z

Now that it's August it feels like we're slowly creeping our way to 2017. Summer will be over, autumn will begin, & then we'll have winter to look forward to. I know I'm getting several months ahead of myself, but I'd rather be mentally prepared for the ball to drop into the new year. Until then, here's how my July played out.

Appreciation - Nobody & nothing owe you anything. Appreciate the kindness as well as the little things that others do for you rather than taking them for granted. Just be aware of those moments. Appreciate them.

Beet Hummus - I didn't know beet hummus was a thing & I regret staying ignorant for so long. The bold pink colored hummus tastes incredible & looks almost too pretty to eat. 

Coconut Chips - I adore coconut in all shapes & forms, coconut chips included. See my post about the tasty snacks here.

Double Earrings - Add some pizzazz to your piercing & add two earrings to one hole. See it in action here.

Essential Oils - I mentioned the lavender essential oil earlier this month but I've come to also enjoy bergamot & peppermint. I walked into a minty fresh house yesterday & it was so rejuvenating. 

Face Masks - Give yourself a mini spa treatment with a facial mask at home. I know I felt totally refreshed afterwords. 

Grill & Chill - Fred & I had a mini grill & chill to enjoy the warm summer days & munch out with some delicious vegetarian food.

Huitlacoche - Fred's mum made this for me (& him) for the first time. I encourage you to Google it. Read more about huitlacoche in this post.

Independence Day - The Fourth of July came & went & so did the relevance of the Independence Day film. I watched it for the first time to celebrate the holiday.

Jimbo's - This fun little health food store was a gem when Fred & I were looking for some wholesome & delicious snacks.

Kulfi - I used a Groupon for local Indian restaurant & tried kulfi, an Indian ice cream, for the first time. It has pistachio, rosewater, & saffron. After tasting it I realized that it's extremely similar to the Persian ice cream bastani sonnati.

La Croix - So far I've tried lemon, lime, mixed berry, pamplemousse (grapefruit), coconut, peach pear, apricot, lemon, & orange. I will not stop until I try them all.

Morning Hikes - To combat the summer heat, I recommend only hiking in the early morning or in the late afternoon. Despite being obnoxiously sweaty, I did manage to see some spectacular sights.

Naan - Garlic naan for the win!

Odd Tan Lines - Tan lines can sometimes be sexy. However, a weird array of foot tans aren't the most attractive thing in the world, at least to me. On a positive note, at least my feet are not pasty white any more.

Pedicure - Got a much needed pedicure. Hallelujah. 

Quesadillas - Because you can never have enough. Am I right?

Ragu - Back at it again with another Ragu collaboration! Check out my super simple recipe here.

Salsa - Living in Southern California gives me so many options for delicious & fresh salsa, but nothing is better than the salsa made by Fred's mum. Delightful & authentic.

Tortoise - Come on. Isn't Franklin cute?

Updates - As a social media professional, I need to stay updated on all things social. I normally carve out an hour every Friday to read up on the latest news.

Venturesome - Be willing to take risks & embark on an unusual course of action.

Walks - I've been much more frequent with regulating my daily activity as well as spending more time outside enjoying nature & walking. 

Xantusia Henshawi - Xantusia henshawi also known as granite night lizard. 

YSL - Nothing livens up the spirit more than a beautiful new lipstick. I tried out a few Yves Saint Laurent swatches & wasn't sold on anything. I continued shopping but couldn't think stop thinking about it so went back and purchase this.

Zen Garden - I received this Pure Light organic spray a few months ago but Fred is the one who's totally obsessed. It's his favorite room spray at the moment. He spritzes it around whenever he can.

How was your July? :]

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  1. Love the concept behind this post! Quesadillas made me giggle, couldn't agree more. La Croix water is so good! The grapefruit one is my favorite.

    Chanel | Je M'appelle Chanel

  2. Coconut chips??? Now I am sorry for being ignorant. I will have to get me some of those.

    March and May

  3. Beautiful post! On the way of becoming an adult it was hard to realise and accept that nobody owns me anything.
    Thanks so much for sharing darling.
    Much love,

  4. What a great idea, I don't know how you came up with something for every letter, bravo! :)


  5. I love the style of post! Franklin is so adorable x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  6. This is such an innovative idea for a post! I really enjoyed reading it. Franklin is ADORABLE!!!

    |Georgia Megan|

  7. This is such a lovely post. Franklin is precious, and you've got me thinking about essential oils again! Morning hikes sound lovely as well! I wish I had the motivation lol.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  8. franklin really is the cutest!!! fun post!


  9. Loved reading this post! Great compilation <3


  10. aw, franklin is so cute!!!

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    I will follow you back after it. ^^

  11. I am your fans, i love reading your every post. Come on



  12. I love the pictures.So lovely.

  13. when I read salsa I thought salsa dancing :p maybe something for you to try! hihi beet humus is nice indeed but I still prefer the "original"
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  14. Interesting post and beautiful photos! And the tortoise is incredible cute! ;)


  15. I'd never heard of huitlacoche but it does sound tasty!


  16. Ok, first and foremost,, THE CUTEST TURTLE EVER! I really liked the essential oils though, I have a lot of allergy, sinus problems, etc and I use different kinds for different reasons and I really do believe they help, so I can't wait to see more from you on essential oils. Happy Monday girly!
    xoxo, Simona and Indre


  17. Beet hummus? Omg! Sounds amazing. Peach Pear is my favorite La Croix...so far :)


  18. Beet hummus is so so yummy, love to eat it to baked vegetables! And the color is really pretty too, which makes it even better haha! Xx



    I never tried beet hummus, would you share a recipe? :)

    My July was about new learnings. I also went home after not being there for almost 1,5 years and it was the first time I didn't want to come back to London...

    Have a fab August!


  20. I love it!!! Beet hummus?! Now that sounds interesting! And Franklin is just adorable!

    I hope August is just as awesome as July :)


  21. I love this post!! And YES - garlic naan for the win <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  22. The hummus was amazing! I loved the flavor. :]

  23. I didn't make the beet hummus myself, but I will experiment & see what I can come up with. :]

  24. Yummm Peach Pear is soo good. Tastes like candy. :]

  25. Right? The color is amazing! So picture-worthy. :]

  26. I hadn't heard of it either. It's somewhat of delicacy in Mexico. :]

  27. Isn't Franklin the cutest? I died. Do you have any essential oil blends or anything you enjoy in particular? :]

  28. I've never been salsa dancing. I guess it's time. :]

  29. I have sooo many oils now & have to stop myself from not buying more. Current fave: bergamot. :]

  30. I need to visit Franklin again, because he's probably bigger now.

  31. I don't know how I did it either. It's been like 3 months since I did all 26 letters for my A - Z recap. :]

  32. Absolutely T. It's hard to disconnect & not take things for granted. It's all a learning process. :]

  33. Haha, stop being ignorant & try some coconut chips. You won't regret it. :]

  34. YES! I love the grapefruit La Croix. That's definitely in my top 3. :]

  35. That tortoise is so cute!! This is a fun article!! Great idea!

    xx Jenelle


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