April Photo Dump

Monthly Photo Dumps are basically end-of-the-month entries where I dump photos that never get its own blog post or never make it to the โ€˜gram. They include little background stories and thatโ€™s about it. Years ago, I regularly made these posts to show what Iโ€™ve been up to the past month. So, photo dumps are making a comeback!


A National Parks Map

I got the biggest surprise in the mail last month – a package from Nat, all the way from Australia. She had a National Parks map mailed to our new apartment as a housewarming gift. I have yet to get a frame for it but I am so excited. Thinking this will go really well above the fireplace.

Saturday Farmers Market & A Quiet Place

We also were finally able to go to the Saturday Farmers Market in town! I’ve always enjoyed these markets because I believe it’s so important to support local businesses. Unfortunately, there was heavy rain the night before and in the afternoon that there were only a few stalls opened. Chris and I grubbed on some Lumpia Hut and strolled through. I wanted to buy some berries but they won’t be in season until mid-May.

Afterwards, we headed home and left again for lunch. I wanted Chinese food but the restaurant was closed so we grabbed some burgers from A&W (they’re so pricey – I ended up ordering from the kids menu) instead, then went to see A Quiet Place. The movie was so good!! It’s nice to see a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film. Also, I had never been in a theater so silent until that movie.

Food Photos, anyone?

This past month, when I went home to visit my family, I stopped by and grabbed some poke (it’s a traditional Hawaiian food served with raw fish, some toppings, sauces, rice). I was bummed because not only did my favorite poke raise their prices, their portions got smaller and it just tasted bland. Their presentation was still great but the taste seemed to go downhill, blah. Time to hunt for a new poke spot.

Also, we received a free pizza coupon for Blaze in the mail one day, so Chris and I obviously put that to good use! Fun fact – I hate meat on my pizza. I usually put a lot of mushrooms, onions, spinach, pineapples (yep, I’m one of those) and feta cheese, mmhhhm – the best way to enjoy a build-your-own pizza.

Can you guys believe it’s May already?! This year is breezing by so fast, and that both excites and scares me. How was your April? Tell me all about it!

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  1. May 4, 2018 / 8:24 am

    I like how I talked about wanting to go to the Farmers Market and here you are – rocking some vibes at the Farmers Market!! Glad you guys still got something from the trip. WELL we’re arleady into the first week of May so mid-May is coming up soon.

    I love how you’re rocking these food pics! DON’T YOU MISS LA POKE LOL. Blaze Pizza is so generous with their free pizza. I remember their grand opening in Glendale and they were giving away free pizza. Hope you’ll have a good May ;)!

    https://exquisitely.me

  2. May 4, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I love your photos. Can’t believe it’s May already. My April was good, mostly working but it will be all done for Summer!

  3. May 4, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    That map is so beautiful! Lovely pictures, it looks like you had a nice time!

    Lucy // lucyturnspages co.uk

  4. May 4, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Looks adventurous! My April was pretty crap but has flown by! I’m glad it’s May now, means it’s by birthday at the end of the month! xo

  5. May 4, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    such a cute little farmers market! I love the idea of a “photo dump” and this has gave me inspiration to do my own on my blog! I loved hearing about your little stories behind each picture x

  6. May 4, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Here I am stalking your photo dump post again! I really love the warm tone in all your pictures. I wanted to watch A Quiet Place but still haven’t gotten the chance to. But gaahhh, your food photos are making me hungry! x Ain

  7. May 4, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    I love your photo dump idea! Sometimes I end up with homeless pictures too๐Ÿ˜„ nice parks map, I like it!

  8. May 4, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Love that map! We are geographers, so maps are always so cool to us.
    Have to admit, there’s nothing worse than having a favourite spot that eventually lets you down with changing costs or portion sizes.
    Also, pineapple on pizza is the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. May 4, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Great post! I love photo posts I find them so easy to read ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. May 4, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Love the National parks map! And yes canโ€™t believe itโ€™s May already! Nice post!

  11. May 5, 2018 / 12:58 am

    The pizza looks so delicious! As a vegetarian, I don’t want any meat on it either ๐Ÿ™‚

    ANOUK

  12. May 5, 2018 / 4:24 am

    Aw, that map is amazing, I bet it will look fabulous wherever you hang it! I love your end of the month photo dumps, it’s such a good idea. I always take loads of photos that never make it into posts or on Insta so this would be a great way of sharing a few more ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy May, lovely, look forward to your May photo dump in due course! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  13. May 5, 2018 / 9:28 am

    This idea is so awesome, I might have to do a photo dump of my own!! Love your pictures, especially the food. Thatโ€™s sad that the poke wasnโ€™t too good though! At least you got some cute pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. May 5, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I love your photography! ๐Ÿ’– That pizza looked amazing, Iโ€™m exactly the same, I always put lots of veggies on mine. Ooh I really want to see A Quiet Place too, I think me and my boyfriend might go this weekend, glad you enjoyed the film ๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  15. May 5, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Yay farmers market! Ours is slowly gaining some traction, but the reaaaaaally good stuff doesn’t start appearing until June/July. But we love the local potatoes, garlic, spinach, and asparagus!
    A Quiet Place is one of the first movies in FOREVER that I’ve wanted to see. I still haven’t, but I’m going to! Tully is also on the list.
    It looks like you guys have a good month. Bring on MAY!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  16. May 5, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    Looks like April have been a great month for you! I love going to a farmers market. All the fresh vegetables just make me so happy. The pizza that you got looks really tasty!

    http://whatmakesmesmileblog.com/

  17. May 6, 2018 / 4:01 am

    Gorgeous photos! I love that national park map, a beautiful house warming present. I too can not believe it is May already, where is the year going?
    Jo | http://www.mindfuladventures.co.uk

  18. May 6, 2018 / 9:40 am

    The map is so cool! I still have so many of the national parks on my travel bucket list! Love the farmers markets and supporting local businesses! And I donยดt eat meat – so veggie pizza is my all time favorite!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Anna
    http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

  19. May 6, 2018 / 11:24 am

    This food looks delicious and I love the whole build your own pizza idea too! This is such a cute idea for a post too – I loveeee photo based posts!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

  20. May 6, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Such a cute farmers market! I always like these posts, they inspire me to take more photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. May 6, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    I love this series so much! I saw A Quiet Place last week! Such a good film! I’m not that good with horror movies so I didn’t know whether I’d be able to properly enjoy it but it was so intense, I couldn’t turn away! Great food pics as well! That pizza sounds really nice!

  22. May 6, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I’m a total foodlover so I adore those shots! All those pics are amazing so it’s good that we get to see them now.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  23. May 6, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I absolutely adore the idea of this post. I always end up with so many photos with no posts to go with them.
    Big fan of the “photo dump”!

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

  24. May 6, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Oh, that National Parks map is such a lovely gift! That pizza looks amazing too, I’m also an advocate of pineapple as a topping haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. May 7, 2018 / 9:55 am

    I love poke! You’ve actually got me craving for some right now and im wondering if I should go get some for my dinner hmm… and yaaas, I love pineapple on my pizzas too! but they’re have to be paired with ham ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    https://annicklau.com

  26. May 7, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I really want to watch A Quiet Place too, heard so much good reviews about it. I thought I’m the only one who order kids meal but I can do it only if my toddler is with me, otherwise they won’t allow it ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually got to know Poke bowls from you and Nancy and when I saw one here I had to try it and now I’m hooked.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  27. May 8, 2018 / 10:45 am

    The best way to get fresh, beautiful and tasty food is in the farmers market! We love to go to the local little markets to get them ๐Ÿ˜€
    Sending all the love,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

  28. May 8, 2018 / 11:43 am

    What a cute gift! I love the map ๐Ÿ™‚ And the food looks amazing too!

  29. May 8, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Interesting post! I learned about Hawaiian food that I hadnโ€™t heard of before. Hopefully I find it at a better place than you tried! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We discovered Blaze pizza for the first time in Orlando and found another near DC recently. A great find! Also, your photos are very professional. Thanks for sharing!

  30. May 8, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    The farmer’s market looks so fun! Ooh we just got a Blaze Pizza I’ve been wanting to try it!

    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

  31. May 8, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    girl your photos are so nice!! it looks so nice where you are!!

  32. May 8, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Love this idea of a photo dump! I really want to see A Quiet Place and I think it’d be interesting to sit through a movie where everyone is completely silent too.
    Omg I love Blaze and I also don’t like meat on my pizza lol looks good!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

  33. May 10, 2018 / 8:45 am

    I love this idea! I take so many photos ‘just in case’ that I never use! Or I don’t end up doing a post but have photos I love just hanging around on a memory card. This is such a great way of sharing. Those food pictures are amazing! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  34. jane
    May 11, 2018 / 12:42 am

    That marinara pizza looks appetizing.
    Great photos dear

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  35. May 11, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Beautiful photos. You clearly have a talent for photography. Love the farmer’s market one. The colors on the vegetables really pop.

  36. Charlene McElhinney
    May 11, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    The National Park map is sooooo enticing, I wanna visit! I love the idea of a โ€˜photo dumpโ€™ post. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing little insights in to your life throughout the month!

    Charlene | http://www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

  37. May 11, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Love the idea for this post! I have so many pictures on my phone, haha. I’d love to go to some farmer’s markets and have a look around. Love your food photos – looks delicious!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  38. May 11, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Can’t believe it’s already almost half may ahah time flies! i am losing track! loving your food photos! they are making me hungry!

  39. May 12, 2018 / 12:24 am

    I’m sure I said it before, but I love these photo-dumps! Every photo has a story ๐Ÿค—I have so many photos that don’t make it to the ‘gram or blog, so definitely will be adopting this idea in the future.

    That’s so lovely of Nat to send you a map as a house-warming gift, it looks so pretty and I think it suits you and Chris well hahaha. Very outdoorsy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love mushrooms on pizza, so you’re not alone gal haha!

  40. Emily
    May 13, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Love your photo dumps! Such a good idea to support local businesses through the farmers market although what a shame about the weather! I loved A Quiet Place too! Such a unique but stressful watch!

    Musings & More

  41. May 14, 2018 / 12:39 am

    The map is gorgeous!! I absolutely love it, what a great gift to receive.
    And the rest of your post has made me super hungry…

  42. May 14, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    I am loving that National Parks map! I love maps – we have a world one hanging in our bathroom and it shows little illustrations of things that come from each country. It’s pretty cute.

    I’ve seen A Quiet Place and absolutely loved it. I genuinely left the cinema with my butt still clenched. I was so sad with what happened to the dad ๐Ÿ™

    PINEAPPLE? You’re lucky I like you, otherwise we would have to fight girl. I’m the complete opposite – I gotta have meat on my pizza XD

  43. May 14, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Isn’t it so disappointing when your favourite eats go down in size and quality? At least you have a reason to explore and hunt for some new poke places! Love that map btw – such a gorgeous house warming gift!

    SHANNON VALLE life + style blog

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