Moving Diary: San Diego -> Monterey 2018

Wow.. It's been a while. 

Not going to lie - moving SUCKS

If you don't know, we recently moved from San Diego to Monterey, California (Pacific Grove in particular) for Ryan's career in the Navy. 

As much as I'm aware of how amazing that sounds and how gorgeous Monterey is.. like what kind of life is this .. moving from San Diego to Monterey - tough, right? And we have an amazing home walking distance to the beach where Franklin can run around and play, walking distance to the little down for dinner or coffee.. it is most definitely amazing and I am not taking for granted any of these blessings. ♡

It still has been hard.  

We were so excited about moving and having a new home, area to explore, opportunities, etc.. it didn't really hit me we were leaving behind our first place as a married couple, our amazing friends we've made for the past 5+ years, the blogging community I was a part of, WARM weather year-round, and our routine in San Diego. 

It has been GO-GO-GO and we've had so much to look forward to with the move, once things have slowed down and I'm here in Monterey alone, (Ryan had to go back to SD to finish out his job until the end of the month) I've had time to think and reflect and feel sad. My sadness turns into completely shutting down and losing interest in things I love the most.. like working out, or blogging, or exploring the area.

No one talks about the challenges of moving around every 2-3 years with the military, like leaving behind the community, friends, family, support system you've had. And I'm not looking for sympathy or a pep-talk ♡ just bringing awareness, and sharing some things that bring me out of the funk and to stop feeling sorry for myself - to get back to finding what makes me happy in this beautiful new area.

Some things that have helped me adjust to a new area:

1. Write down one thing you're thankful for every day

This has been a "New Year's Resolution" for me to start writing down one thing I am thankful for everyday.. no matter how big or small. I can be a pretty pessimistic person at times - so looking at the good helps SO MUCH. Mindset is everything. (Ryan is my balance for always being positive and optimistic NO MATTER WHAT) lol I love him. 

2. Walk or ride bikes to explore your new town


Finding hidden treasures and local spots are so fun to me! Get to know your town and finding your "special spot" will bring more attraction and connection to the area. 

3. Find your favorite coffee shop

What feels better than walking in and the baristas knowing your name? Or in this case, they know Franklin's name lol

4. Talk to the locals! 


If I've learned anything about moving, it's how I want to treat other people and help anyone else going through change with whatever I can. A little kindness goes a LONG way for someone who moved to an area knowing no one else. 

5. Call your mom

Love you mom ♡



No dog? Get one. 

7. Light a candle / diffuse oils

Something so calming and so simple, it almost instantly puts me in a better mood. 

8. Buy fresh flowers

Similar to candles, a little goes a long way! Ryan continues to surprise me with fresh flowers when I need them most :) He had a bouquet delivered on Valentine's Day in the midst of moving all day & after going to pick up a dresser an hour away - completely surprising me, even after we agreed on not worrying about anything for VDAY this year! xx

9. Take advantage of "first class free" at studios!

Most gyms have a "free week" trial too! Go to a different place each week to prolong your gym membership if ya know what I mean lol

10. Go outside everyday

I'm guilty of not wanting to get out of bed on a cold, rainy day and choosing Netflix binging over anything else, but getting up and out does wonders.. also have Franklin to thank for taking ME for walks ha!

I end this post not in sadness, but in hope and happiness.. and some cheesy Pinterest quotes ;)

Reminding myself: change is good. 

Top 10 Faux Fur x F21 Finds


This faux fur poncho is out of stock in this color, but I found it in black + grey.

Here are my top 10 picks from Forever 21 - stay warm friends!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for HIM + *GIVEAWAY!*

Happy Friday friends! Can't believe it's February and that Valentine's Day will be around the corner.. literally less than two weeks! We've been pretty focused on packing, moving, and saying our goodbyes in San Diego so it's goin' by faassstttt. 


This blog post is for you ladies looking for a gift for your man to show him all the love ;) Ryan got a little gift this time thanks to JORD and offering him one of their unique wood self-winding watches! This watch matches his surfer-boy vibe perfectly ;)

Thanks to JORD - they are giving away $100 off any of their watches to you GlamGiraffe readers!  Just by entering you will receive a coupon code :)

Sharing my TOP 10 Valentine's Day gift ideas for your MAN:


1. JORD Watch



2. Patagonia Pullover



3. Hershel Duffel Bag



4. Bose Wireless Headphones



5. Shave Essentials Kit



6. Wine Decanter



7. Maui Jim Sunglasses



8. Wallet Everything Tool



9. Wool Hiking Socks



10. JORD Frankie 35


Enter the JORD Giveaway for a chance to win $100 off any JORD watch
Just for entering, you will get a 10% off coupon code! :)

*Giveaway ends February 11th! 


Thank you JORD for sponsoring this post!