gapmuse quarterly roundup: Happy Places, Self-Love, New Adventures & More

Collage of photos: woman on a horse, Acamai breakfast, Goat Cheese Omelette, Glamping in the woods, beautiful landscape of Half Moon Bay, Woman sitting in the water at Lake Tahoe

Is it really the last session of the year? That was me asking in awe about the sign up date for my little one’s next ice skating session. It appears that every year I’m astonished at how quickly time goes by.

I figure I can’t be the only one surprised that summer is over (sob!), back to school is in full swing, Fall is well under way and I’m starting to freak out that I’ve yet to order Halloween costumes! Yikes!

It’s been a whirlwind past three months but we managed to squeeze in some blog musings (albeit not as many as we’d have liked) and to share some posts on our social media that resonated with you.

From discovering a majestic place that makes us happy and encouraging moms to give themselves the love and care they deserve, to finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors, and empowering girls to ask for what they want, we came away feeling fulfilled, energized, wiser, and ready to tackle the rest of the year.

In case you missed it, here are the musings that educated, inspired, and empowered us for the past 3 months:

1. Find Your Happy Place [+Stunning Photos & Video]

“I love Lake Tahoe,” my little one, 5 at the time, declared on the second day of our short vacation. It was a beautiful April spring morning in 2015. She was frolicking outside picking at the remnants of snow on the ground in our beautiful wooden cabin nicely tucked away in fir trees. Read on…

2. Why Every Mother Should Have a Life Outside of Her Children [Without Guilt]

It’s back to school again (can you believe it!) and you’re busy juggling your kids’ schedules, last minute shopping, transportation, lunches, and anything else that needs to happen for a successful school year. Some of you may be sending your kids to pre-k or kindergarten, some to elementary, while others to middle school or even high school. Read on…

3. 10 Reasons We Love Glampling [& You Will Too] + Beautiful Photography & Video

Do you love the outdoors? Do you love to wake up to the sights, sounds, and smells of Mother Nature while still enjoying the most basic amenities of your home?  If you answered yes, then glamping might just be your fix. What’s glamping you ask? It’s simply camping with your basic amenities – kitchen, bathroom, and bedding – while still experiencing the spoils of camping – outdoors, natural surroundings, conversations by camp fire, dinner by the camp fire, roasted marshmallows, star gazing, and just chilling. There are fancier options for glamping if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience. Click on the glamping link above to learn more. Read on…

4. How You Can Empower Girls to Ask For What They Want [+Video]

Image of girl with painted hands cradling her face

Ever heard of the term “Intimate Justice?” If your answer is no, you’re not alone because neither had we until we came across this powerful Ted Talk by Peggy Orenstein. Our biggest takeaways, (1) we need to normalize discussions about sex with our girls, and (2) we must focus our discussions around responsibility and joy and away from risk and danger. Watch now…

Take a peek at the quotes and social media posts that inspired you the most:

5. Free yourself!

 

6. Embrace and appreciate the unexpected

 

7. Be creative

 

8. Never underestimate the ability of girls to take care of themselves. Encourage and nurture it.

 

9. We can and should never have enough of nature’s beauty

Happy Saturday gapmusers! #beauty #lovenature #nature

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10. Share your passions with your loved ones. They will feel the love.

#Sunday dinner from my kitchen tonight. I love to entertain. #diy #foodie #dinner #yummy

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11. Knock down stereotypes

 

12. Try something new

 

13. Give girls the tools they need to succeed

 

14. Find your inspiration

With 130 followers and over 70 pins, you made this our most popular Pinterest Board. Thank you for sharing and commenting on our pins and staying connected to us.

We were thrilled to discover that you’re as empowered by Misty as much as we are.  You re-pinned and shared this pin 160 times! Thank you for inspiring others!

 

15. Step out in style!

We love that you share our passion for fashion! This was not only your second most popular Pinterest Board, but also featured your most shared pin (see below)!

You loved these culottes so much that you’ve shared the pin over 3,500 times! We agree! Who can resist? They’re adorable!

16. Unleash the foodie in you! 

We were pleased to know that we have so many gapmuse foodies! Thank you for exploring our culinary tastes with us!

Yasss to cocktails! You shared this pin 76 times!

17. Replenish your soul!

We can never get enough food for our soul either! Thank you for making our “Get Inspired” Pinterest Board our 4th most popular Board.

We love Steph too! Thank you for sharing his story 109 times!

We hope that you had as fulfilling a summer as we did and wish you the best for the rest of the year.

And as always, thank you for reading and following our blog and staying connected to us on social by liking, sharing and commenting on our posts. We love and appreciate you. 🙂

We leave you today with this inspiring quote paraphrased from Emily Esfahani Smith’s Ted Talk:

“Meaningfulness in your life is what sustains you through good and bad times.”

May you find it today and always gapmusers.

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