Celebrations, Stories and Fireworks- July Monthly Recap

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August, already?! I am not ready for this summer to end so soon, and I really hope it goes as far into the month of September as possible. But with the end of another month, it’s time to recap the greatness that was July. Really, it was such a good month!

Before I jump into things for the recap, you may notice there is a new Monthly Recap button at the bottom of this post. A few months ago I was talking with Jacquelyn about starting a Monthly Recap link-up and she asked if we could do it together, and that link-up started last month. Jacquelyn recently decided that she is taking a blogging break to focus on her little darling, so my first thought was to end the recap, but I would really loved reading monthly recaps! Then I thought I would see if Emelia wanted to begin co-hosting with me….and she said YES! So grab the new button below and join us!

We started the month with a weekend in Hagerstown, Maryland on a Blogger Babe Winery Tour hoping around to various wineries. I feel like each time the 4 of us spend time together we come up with ideas for future dates, when we were in New York we talked about going on a brewery or winery tour. We decided that a winery tour would be best, and I got to planning. We rented a limo, explored the country side, enjoyed lots of wine, and had a blast. You can read more about that great trip, here.

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4th of July. aka the best holiday known to America, and my favorite day of the year. We have always had a huge party on the 4th at my grandparents and it’s a open house for anyone that wants to spend the day on the water with us. It’s always so much fun to see people that come back year and year, then also the others that come for the first time. It’s a true celebration of the USA and this year was no different. Laura and her husband spent the day with us, and even though it rained for most of the day, we had an absolute blast. We ended the night around 11pm with endless sparklers, fireworks and glow sticks. I would say it was a huge success.

We found out that our very first styled shoot (ya know, that one I talked about here that Annie, her husband, and Megan modeled for) is going to be published…IN A MAGAZINE!! Real tears of joy y’all. This is just too good for words. We also had a beautiful watercolor styled shoot published on Elegant Wedding this month, you can see the feature here.

Movies We Watched- if you read the post about my favorite apps, you got the down low on MoviePass. If you didn’t get a chance to read it (check it out now!) in summary, we pay $30 a month and go to the movies ALL.THE.TIME. This month we saw Finding Dory (3.5 stars- it left my young self still begging for the nostalgia, but it was good), The Purge (2.7 stars- the 2nd was the best), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (4 stars-hilarious + Anna & Zac, need I say more), Nerve (4 stars- I really dug the concept of this movie, it’s really unique and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The actors were great, the concept was awesome and the action was fun. I just wish they would have played up the big ending more, it had a big build up and then boom it was over)

Kawfee Scrubs

I decided that this month I would take some time to relax and have a “treat yo’self night”. I was able to try out the scrub and I loved it! My face felt refreshed and clean afterwards and I LOVED the smell…because hey, it’s coffee! If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, check out their website or Facebook page.

to travel and beyond monthly recap

This was also a really busy month in general. We went tubing with friends, coordinated a wedding in Delaware, I spent a lot of time with my sister, enjoyed a day at the beach with my mom and sister, had a wonderful day out on the boat with friends, went to Louisville for a weekend, and celebrated a friend bachelorette in Nashville!

My favorite posts from this month:

8 Ways Traveling Makes You A Better Version Of Yourself by Hand Luggage Only. It’s so difficult to summarize this post quickly, so I am going to suggest you read it for yourself. It was so, so good. My favorite things were “Consider more possibilities” and “To conquer fear”

I Am Stronger Than My Excuses by Shane from Sea Salt Secrets. I love how real Shane is in this post. She really puts it out there that excuses have no room in life or traveling. If there are things you want to do, don’t let excuses hold you back. The time is now for most of us, so make it happen. She is such an inspiration to my traveling heart and I just loved this post.

Why Blogger Babes Are The Best Friends Ever by Megan from Soup Of The Day. It may be obvious as to why I love this post, but there are so many reasons to love what it’s about. When Megan was talking to us about her thoughts for this post, it really made me think about what a wonderful friendship we have, but also how great it is to have people that really understand. Blogging can be a blessing and a curse, we can get wrapped up in website downtime, sponsorships and not having a creative heart at the time, but that is when blogger friends are around to help you.

That Time We Got Fake Married by Annie from The Free And Wild Blog. Sometimes there are the posts that you cry the entire time you are reading it, and this post was one of them. Annie said the sweetest things in this post and it brought back all of the emotions from the days of planning this shoot, until the time we said goodbye standing in front of The Maryland Inn after the shoot ended. We had such a fun day and I felt so thankful for Annie, Megan and Brandon for dealing with the cold to help us share our creative hearts.


I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done this month! Join me and Emelia to share your monthly recap. Whether you have a recap of favorite posts, what you did, monthly goals, etc. we want to see it all! Grab the button below, or link-up back to us and share your link below!

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  • Reply Shane Prather

    Thanks so much for the feature lovely! So glad it resonated with you <3

    August 2, 2016 at 7:17 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank YOU for such a great post!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Love the new button! I’ll add it to next months recap and so pumped that you are continuing with the link up! You had such a busy but fun month! I think Chris and I are actually going to do the movie pass at least for a month or two to see how it goes because we NEVER go the movies now- I think because its so expensive but we will have a reason now! Agghhh I missed so many days for my #1SE video and since I only have two months left I’ve put alerts on my calendar to remind me each day. I want to finish strong!

    August 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It’s so bright and fun, I love it too! Let me know if you guys get Movie Pass, we can go together!! We love going to Arundel Mills or Towson for the movies since the theaters are so big and the chairs are nice.

      August 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Emily Abernathy

    I love reading monthly recaps! Thanks for sharing. I gotta go check out that MoviePass app! Sounds like you had an amazing month full of travel, family, and friends!

    August 2, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank you! MoviePass is awesome, we use it constantly!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Jen

    You had a great July!!! 🙂 I always love reading monthly recaps.

    August 2, 2016 at 8:55 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It was so busy but so great being able to do and see so much!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Oh sorry I didn’t get the new button in time–but I’ll have it for next month! As always, Julys are the best!

    August 2, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yay!! Thanks for always linking up with us <3

      August 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Erika Powell

    Ok this is the second 1SE video I have seen today and now I am off to download the app! How awesome!

    August 2, 2016 at 10:23 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I LOVE the 1SE app. It’s gotten me into vlogging and I think I will do a more in-depth version yearly next year.

      August 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Annie

    Best month ever! UGH I love summer and don’t want it to end! I’m loving that face scrub though. Coffee on muh face? YES PLEASE

    August 2, 2016 at 10:31 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It smelled SO good and worked really well!!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    Yay I’m happy you guys are still doing the linkup! Congratulations on being published the shoot looked beautiful. I cannot believe it’s August already.. I really can’t

    August 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank you!!! We would always love to have you cohosting again if you come back. I know, this summer is flying by and it makes me so sad!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    You were so busy this past month between work and travels and just having fun! I can’t wait to hear about your friends bachelorette party! From snapchat it looked like y’all had so much fun!

    August 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I will eventually get around to a NashBach recap, it’s been on my calendar but then other posts come up. So much to blog about and so little time!

      August 18, 2016 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Bourbon & Lipstick

    You do so much that I get tired just thinking about it! Ha! What a fun life you lead. Inspires me to get out more!

    August 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      HA! You sound like Dave, he says just me telling him our plans is enough for him. THANK YOU!! That is seriously such a sweet thing for you to say and it means the world.

      August 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    You had SUCH a good month. I cried reading Annie’s post…so sweet. I’m so proud of you too, you’re such a determined talented planner. I really love seeing everything you’re doing. Again, thank you so so much for asking me to co-host with you, this is going to be fun!

    August 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It was so busy but so, so much fun. Isn’t Annie amazing?! I can not believe blogging has blessed me with such amazing friends.

      August 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

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