August 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 ‘gram. This is my way of sharing random photos I’ve taken throughout the month and a little snippet about them.


Nothing Bundt Cakes

I made time to visit my adopted grandpa at his retirement home. I say adopted because while we’re not technically related, he’s a very important grandfather figure in my life. He’s done so many great things for my family and myself that nothing would probably ever make up for all of it. But he does love chocolate cake so I stopped by Nothing Bundt Cakes and got him a chocolate bundtlet. I dropped it off at his place and we enjoyed a good lunch together. It’s the little things in life that matter!

Collecting Tea + Postage Stamps

In a previous entry, I mentioned about how I recently got back into the art of letter-writing/snail mail. Through this hobby, I’ve been able to lovely people from all around the world! I’ve added some new postage stamps to my collection as well as starting a tea collection! Buying tea is my weakness, but it’s nice to be able to sample tea from all around the world now. My penpal from Germany sent me the strawberry cheesecake tea and I’m really looking forward to trying that one out!

Making Some Healthy Changes

I will be honest, I will not deny myself a cheat meal at least once a week – it’s all about balance! For August, I saw myself getting more conscious with what I put into my body. I went out for poke when visiting my family but instead of consuming it all in one serving, I split it into two – one for now, one for later. I chose brown rice as my base and loaded it up with some veggies on the side.

In addition, I also found a little gem in town called Farm Fresh Bowls where they serve savory bowls using local farm ingredients! They change their menu often; but when they had the chicken poblano bowl, I would get that during my lunch breaks at work, but always had it changed up to the vegan bowl. Eating healthier has never been made easier.

While I’m not completely vegan, I’ve been dabbling with meatless meals occasionally to help me live a better and healthier lifestyle. With that, I teamed up with HealthLabs, a company that offers testing to see if you need to switch up your diet! They offer their vegan testing to see if you’re at risk for any animal-related allergies. As a nurse, this type of testing is important because sometimes, we may not notice how certain products are affecting us on the outside but could already be doing damage in our body (trust me, I’ve seen so many cases of this). If you’re curious to try it out, get 25% on their vegan testing with my code, EENA25. Healthy is happy, my friends!

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28 Comments

  1. August 26, 2018 / 12:13 PM

    HI EENA!! You’re such a sweetheart overall – it’s nice to spend time with others and all of the little things count! Hope your adopted grandpa loved the goodie from Nothing Bundt Cakes! Funny thing is that I’ve heard of this shop before but haven’t been @__@. You are kicking ass with the post mails! Oooh I didn’t know you started collecting tea! Shoot, I need to remember this if I ever go to Asia XD.

    I’m proud of you for making healthy changes for a better lifestyle. It’s good that you’re picking things that your body will thank you for. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this journey!!! KEEP IT UP, SUPER STAR!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  2. August 26, 2018 / 12:21 PM

    Oh my gosh, I love your stamp and tea collection! I don’t drink tea that often but even I couldn’t help drooling at the sound of that strawberry cheesecake flavour. Cheesecake is my absolute favourite dessert! I love the little chocolate cake you got for your Grandpa. What a sweet surprise for him!

  3. August 26, 2018 / 12:47 PM

    This is such a cute idea for a monthly post! Your stamp collection is lovely – my mum collects stamps so it reminded me of that 🙂 Also that bundt cake looks amazing!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  4. August 26, 2018 / 12:55 PM

    Ahh love this – HealthLab sounds really interesting too! How exciting having a pen pal in Germany, that’s amazing!!

  5. August 26, 2018 / 7:46 PM

    My great grandmother was a stamp collector, I have hundreds of B E A U T I FU L stamps from the 1890’s-1960’s! Stamps don’t hold the same beauty as they used to but there is nothing better than a hand written letter. I love cards, buying them writing in them, getting them. There’s just something special about taking the time to pick out, write & send a card

  6. August 27, 2018 / 11:35 AM

    This is such a cute post, I love that you took cake for your adopted Grandad, I bet he loved it! Its so cool that you collect stamps and tea too! I’ve been trying to eat healthier too and this food looks so good!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  7. August 27, 2018 / 12:07 PM

    Aww! That’s such a cute chocolate gift for your adopted grandpa, that’s so sweet & thoughtful and I’m glad you had a lovely lunch together. I love that you have been trying teas from around the world. Strawbery cheesecake tea sounds amazing! That’s such a cool collection. I’m loving the sound of the vegan bowl too. Great post Eena, thanks for sharing your August photos! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. August 27, 2018 / 12:11 PM

    This is such a great idea for a post! I always have so many unused photos that never see the light of day.

    The tea collection is really sweet – if only I drank tea! 😉

  9. August 27, 2018 / 1:18 PM

    I know I’ve said this before, Eena, but I love your monthly photo dumps, it’s such a good idea. Your stamp collection is amazing and those cake bundts are so cute. Great round up! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  10. Lainy
    August 27, 2018 / 1:21 PM

    Really cute post, your pictures are great! That chocolate looks really yummy. Lainy x

  11. August 28, 2018 / 3:49 AM

    I love your photo dumps! (That sounds AWFUL haha!) but they’re really good ideas for a post! I’m a bit hungry after seeing this one.

  12. August 28, 2018 / 10:07 AM

    I love collecting stamps, oh and the joy of letter writing 🙂
    Great post idea, Eena! Loved this! xx

    – Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

  13. August 28, 2018 / 5:56 PM

    This was an uplifting post, Eena! It was heart-warming to read about your adopted grandfather and the bundt cake. Letter writing sounds like a fun adventure! I remember reading about postcrossing from one of your earlier posts; I hope to have time to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. August 28, 2018 / 11:53 PM

    Ate Eeeeeenaaaaaaa!!! Waaaaaah I miss reading your posts!!! I’m jealous of the photo stamps and writing snail mails sound like a good idea 🙂

  15. August 29, 2018 / 2:27 PM

    This is such a great post! I love your stamp and tea collection…such a wonderful hobby! Also HealthLabs sounds like an interesting company…I would definitely love to try the vegan testing! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. August 29, 2018 / 6:07 PM

    BUNDT CAKE! Best gift EVER :). I bet he was so happy! Ben once bought me an entire full sized bundt cake for myself and it was the best day of my life.
    Love that you’ve been trying meatless Mondays! Even though I’ve already nixed meat and most animal products, I’d still be really interested to check out what my sensitivities are. That might help me kick cheese for good!
    Thanks for sharing lady!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  17. August 30, 2018 / 4:10 AM

    We love the idea of collecting tea, we are true tea lovers and seeing that collection just give us the hype to heat a pot now 😀
    Have a wonderful day,

    xx

    With love and light ☀

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

  18. August 30, 2018 / 3:03 PM

    I love your photo dump posts! They always offer such a great round up and read like a mini diary. The tea and stamp photo is my favourite in this one!! x

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

  19. August 31, 2018 / 7:06 AM

    Bundt cake is such a lovely gift, it’s so cute that you went to visit your adopted grandpa. I love the idea of serving fresh local food, in London we got an urban garden where they do the same, it’s such a great concept xx

    113thingstosay.com

  20. August 31, 2018 / 12:23 PM

    a chocolate bundtle sounds amazing I bet he loved it! I love the picture of all of your stamps it is my favourite and I bet strawberry cheesecake tea taste so bloody good!! I have never heard of vegan testing before but it sounds so important. I am glad I read this because I have got a friend that will really benefit from doing that! I really enjoy looking at and reading photo dumps! I might start doing them myself, great post xx

  21. August 31, 2018 / 12:42 PM

    Such a cute post and the food looks delicious! Thank you for sharing ☺️

  22. August 31, 2018 / 12:44 PM

    this is such an interesting idea! i have many unused photos which never end up going on my blog ahaha and that is such a lovely stamp collection.

  23. Tracy
    August 31, 2018 / 12:56 PM

    I love the idea of exchanging snail mail! If you ever want a letter/postcard from Vancouver, Canada just message me and I will send one to you 🙂 It’s been too long time since I mailed anything. I should probably write my mom a letter instead of messaging her. She would probably love it!

  24. August 31, 2018 / 1:09 PM

    i love this idea of a photo dump, it’s such a cute way to use other pictures you’ve taken. would you mind if i do the same some time, i would credit you in the post for the idea?xx

  25. September 1, 2018 / 12:22 AM

    Awww! I love that you have an adoptive grandpa. What a special gift <3 He must have been overjoyed.
    Your teabag collection is so cool. I even saw some dutch ones there?
    I think it's great youve been trying out vegan things. I'm not vegan myself either, but it gets my cooking up to the next level.
    I love getting creative.
    Have a lovely day hun 🙂

  26. September 12, 2018 / 7:32 PM

    My mom used to have an album full of stamps and how I wish we still have it. I even added some on it when I was a kid. Yes to having a healthy lifestyle! I tried going vegan for a week last year and I felt good but I still went back to eating meat when the new year started because of the new year’s eve party. Hahaha! However, I always make sure that I have a well-balanced meal and my snacks aren’t junk. I’m not a junk food kind of person.


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