Summer. Do. 2017

Every year I compose my Summer. Do. list. This is basically all the things that I want to do this summer. It can range from 'go to a drag show' to 'get a darker tan'. I don't think I made one last year but since I'm getting back into the habit of blogging, her we are. So without further ado here is this year's ...

Summer-Do-20171. Rides at the Santa Monica Pier. 

2. Movies at the beach

3. Have a bonfire/ make s'mores

4. Eat sushi once a week

5. Go bike riding

6. Visit Catalina Island

7. Go swimming once a week

8. 24 hours in Las Vegas

9. Start geocaching again

 

So that's what I have up my sleeve for the summer. What are your plans? Leave them in the comments. I'd love to know! 

 

Amanda ❤

Summer 2017 Reading List

I realized lately that I hadn't been reading as much as I used to, so a week or so ago Bub and I spent an afternoon at Barnes & Noble. Now, I wasn't able to buy every book that interested me *Insert super sad face here* , but I was able to buy a few. Thankfully, Bub also picked up a few books that I was interested in so now we can share them, and I thought I'd show you. 

Summer-2017-Reading-List

Now these ARE affiliate links so if you decide to purchase any of these books that means that I could make a small commission from them. I mean, that could be cool since I'm trying to get BBG to a wider audience, but if you don't, that's cool too, but you totally should buy a book and read along with me, that way we can talk about it. Any who, I'm rambling now...

...ON TO THE LIST! 

  1. The Little Big Things: 163 Way to Pursue Excellence By Tom Peters 
  2. Driving With the Top Down By Beth Harrison
  3. Money: Master the Game By Tony Robbins (Bub's book) 
  4. How To Be A Bawse By Lilly Singh (I'm currently reading this one.) 
  5. Social Media Marketing for Dummies (Bub's book)  

 

Other books on the list include: 

  1. Superbetter: The Power of Living Gamefully by Jane McGonigal
  2. The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
  3. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  4. Make Your Mind Up by Bethany Mota
  5. Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

What I've also been craving is to learn something. I want to read something that has some sort of workbook. Maybe learn a new language? If you have any suggestions on what else I should add to my summer reading list, or the type of workbook I should pick up leave it in the comments and I'll be sure to take a look into it! 

Amanda ❤

Ocean Trails Reserve Hike

A few days ago Bub and I decided that we wanted to go hiking. We were set on Point Mugu again when we realized we weren't quite in shape to scale that beast of a mountain, so we chose another trail closer to home. We ended up at Ocean Trails Reserve. You have to trek through a particular president's golf course to get to the trail that we went but it was worth it.

Ocean-Trails

Once we hit the bluff we took the trail to the left. It's unpaved, rocky, and the last five words on the precautionary sign read "proceed at your own risk". As soon as I saw that, I knew there was no way that Bub was going to go on the other 'safer' trail, so down we went. 

Ocean-Trails-Reserve-Wild-Flower

Walking-The-Shore-on-Ocean-Trails

Ocean-Trails-Waves

Ocean-Trails-Self-Timer

Hello-Ocean-Trails-Reserve

Ocean-Trails-Self-Portait

Ocean-Trails-Cairn

Of course I ended up picking up some trash. You guys, mylar balloons are NOT the business, they're cute for all of five minutes but when you release them, they almost always end up in the ocean. Also, there seems to be a lot of crab/lobster pots that wash up along this particular stretch of the beach so I've been trying to brainstorm a way to bring them up the narrow trail.

Secretly, I was hoping that I'd be able to find some rope to send off to Planet Love Life as a donation, and I did. Until it didn't want to budge from underneath the rock that it was stuck under. I asked Bub to try his hand at it and he couldn't do it either. I also hadn't even thought about finding any rope on our hike so we had no knife to try and cut it. "Leave it. That rope's not going anywhere." 

Don'tTellMeThatThisRopeIsn'tGoingAnywhereBecauseThisRopeIsGoingWithMe! I found myself a sharp rock and soon just started hacking away at it. I mean, when I'm determined, I'm determined. Ha! 

Overall we had fun though and I totally intend on going back to try and find more rope. Prepared for next time though, with a knife and some gloves.

Amanda ❤