Best of May

I had so many wonderful moments last month.

Here are my May favorites:

Instagram Challenge

One of my first May favorites was the participation in Anna Häusler’s Instagram challenge #meetthebloggerde. I had to post a picture daily for two weeks with different topics like: Who am I? Why do you blog? My biggest dreams. 3 fun facts and so on. It was fun to find new bloggers in Germany and to connect with people during this challenge. Check out my Instagram feed on the bottom of this page to find out more about it.


My daughter turned 10, yes, double digits! Wow, now I’m a mom of a tween and a teenager.


That’s probably why I started a Meditation class at the Campbell Community Center. Check out the Meditation Coach. He taught the class and his love and dedication to meditation has made an impact on me. You can read a bit more about it in my recent post about mono tasking. I really like meditating. I have to read more about it and have to improve my routine. But in May I meditated every morning between 10 and 20 minutes and I’ve already felt some differences in my whole attitude. Each morning I didn’t meditate since then I’m missing something during my day.


Girl’s Night

A fun night out with my most favorite ladies to San Francisco. We had so much fun and several cocktails around town. A French 75 at the “Top of the Mark” was a highlight before enjoying a fabulous dinner at the “Foreign Cinema” in the Mission. You should definitely pay this one a visit. It was just featured in “Compass Quarterly”.



I love the anticipation of having visitors.  You’re excited to reunite, make a lot of fun plans, think about what to cook for them and set up their guest room. Besides, to pick up friends and family from SFO is the BEST. Do you know “Love Actually”? It is one of my all time favorite movies. There is so much LOVE at the arrival gate of an airport.

LOVE actually IS all around.

Spending time with my parents.

Having family in your house 24/7 is not always all sunshine and rainbows, but I really enjoyed having my parents here. Because they were so happy to just be with us. Furthermore, they don’t need lots of sightseeing, they enjoy seeing the girls doing sports or playing in the pool. They love sitting in the Californian sunshine reading a book or having a nice lunch and a glass of wine by the beach. And they took care of our girls while my husband and I could spend…

5 marvelous days in Hawaii

Carving out couple’s time is so important, but also not always easy. Even though our kids are older now and we can go out for dinner and drinks without having to get a sitter, getting away for a few days is tough without family closeby. That’s why this trip was extra special. And it was definitely my May favorite #1. We spent a bit more than a day in Maui and the rest on our favorite island of Kaua’i. We just had the best time with snorkeling, surfing, SUP boarding, kaying, eating Poke, drinking Mai Tai’s and enjoying Hanalei Bay and the fantastic Bali Hai sunsets. You have to add Kaua’i to your travel bucket list! Check out this Ke’e beach sunset.


The Golden State Warriors

won the NBA Western Conference. Go Dubs! No on to beat the Cavaliers and win the NBA Championship!


And now it’s June 7th and school is out for summer on Friday. I’m looking forward to a lazy, sunny summer with lots of pool time, blogging and being creative. Stay tuned.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin




  1. Cailin Caulfield

    June 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love your Best of posts! It makes me inspired to keep a gratitude journal.

    1. bellamonte

      June 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks for your constant support, friend! I never thought of it as a gratitude journal. But that is actually a great idea. I should print my posts and make a journal out of it. It IS kind of a diary in fact.

  2. Places in California: S is for... My A to Z in California. -

    August 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    […] Best of May, A night and a day in the city, 4 hours in San Francisco […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: