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Ame & Lulu Gym Bag

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 | 5 comments

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Ame & Lulu. I received product samples to facilitate my review.”

Since staring my new job, I’ve been going to a few 6 am classes each week. I don’t mind getting up as much as I mind showering at the gym. But, I’m starting to get used to it, and I bought double of some of my products so that I can keep them packed. However, I didn’t have a good gym bag. And just when I was browsing the internets for something, I was presented with the opportunity to try an Ame and Lulu bag! I went to the website right away to make sure they were cute. And they are! There are all types of colorful and classic patterns and there are a bunch of different travel assessoriess to match.

I hadn’t heard of the company before, but the founder, Amye Kurson, created the brand in 2003 because she wanted more stylish accessories that could be used for sports (shes’s an avid golfer) as well as a day of shopping or grabbing drinks with friends.

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For my tote, I chose the Wish black and green pattern because the black will match almost anything and the pop of green makes it more fun.

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The bag is called the Easy Tote, and I also got the Key Pouch and the Essentials Insert to go with. I’ve been putting jewelry in the Key Pouch and using the Essentials Insert for things like deodorant, extra hair ties, and dry shampoo. Now I want the Makeup Bag too!

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The bag is very roomy and well constructed and has a large interior pocket with zipper. I can easily fit my shoes and outfit for the day, running or spinning shoes, makeup bag, and shower stuff inside and there’s still room! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t zip closed (it snaps). I like bags that zip for travel.

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Overall, I’d definitely recommend Ame and Lulu based on the bag and accessories I received – there are so many cute patterns and the bags can be used for so much more than just the gym. Packing my bag the night before and having all the products I use at home with me in the locker room has made it just a bit easier to get out of bed in the mornings and get to the gym.

You guys can get 25% at Ame and Lulu! Use code love25. Enjoy!

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 | 19 comments

-My car broke down at 5:55am on Monday morning. What a start to the week!

-I went to the grand opening of the J Crew in my neighborhood – the food was excellent, but everything was $89 or $98. When did sweaters and shirts become so expensive?

-Matt and I tried a new restaurant: Scotch & Sausage. Most of the dogs are $6 – $8 and the fries are amazing – giant and crunchy on the outside. Loved it!

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-We also tried a Spanish tapas place, and for the first time in my life, I didn’t like pork belly! It was fried and drizzled with chocolate, but too rich. Sounds enticing, right?

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-I led a parent presentation on student success tonight. I was super nervous beforehand, but was surprised at how at-ease I felt once I got started.

-Since I’ve started working in a nut-free environment, I actually think my cravings for peanut butter have decreased. I just ordered Nikiki’s Cake Batter Coconut Butter and can’t wait to try it!

-I think something is biting me at night. Could I have brought home bed bugs from Turkey?

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Life in Order

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 2 comments

I’m about 4 weeks into work and I’m finally starting to breathe. It’s been both wonderful and challenging to create my role – I have so much flexibility yet there are so many questions and things to figure out along the way. I’m really trying to get some organizational systems in place to make my job easier down the road. Simple things like trying to figure out how I want to organize my spreadsheets of students and if I want to take meeting notes and student updates on my iPad versus pen and paper have been challenging because I keep going back and forth and need to just decide! I used to rely on a planner, but I’m trying to use an electronic calendar now. Despite the little things, I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished in just a few weeks and I’m so happy to be using the knowledge I gained in grad school. It’s slowly coming back to me and now I’m in the swing of things. I’m still feeling so lucky to be working in such a supportive and creative environment. After so much uncertainty over the last year, I can’t tell you how good it feels to know I’m in the right place.

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I’ve had lots of fun weekends this summer, so last weekend was dedicated to getting organized. After being out of town and putting everything on the back burner since starting work, I really needed to get my life in order. I’ve never been so excited to sleep until 7:30, eat nut butter, and go to bootcamp on a Saturday morning! Oh how life has changed in the past couple of years. I also cleaned, did laundry, roasted vegetables, filed receipts, organized my tangle of jewelry, and paid the bills. Saturday night, we grabbed dinner at the bar across the street with friends and spent hours talking. Matt and I split a few things, including a huge, juicy pimento and bacon burger. I feel rejuvenated!

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See ya.

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Restaurant Week and Relaxation

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 | 1 comment

Hey!

I’m so thankful for a restful weekend at home. I can’t even describe how exhausted I was after my first week of work. I managed to scramble some eggs each night for a taco dinner and then went to bed at 9:30, and I was still tired. Despite how my body feels, I couldn’t be happier. I love being back in a routine, I love using my brain, I love collaborating with awesome people, and I love being in a school that’s full of energetic students. I feel like a real member of society again:) With each passing day, I feel more and more fortunate that I landed a job in such a wonderful school!

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We missed restaurant week last weekend, but there were a couple of places that extended it, so we snagged a reservation at Dallas Fish Market. We rarely have dinner downtown, so it was fun to get dressed up and go to a fancy place. We stopped at The Woolworth before dinner, and I ordered a delicious spicy tequila drink with dry ice! Matt didn’t love his drink, and for the price ($13) and casual atmosphere, we decided we probably wouldn’t visit again.

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We strolled just a few blocks to Dallas Fish Market – the space was modern and was decorated with cool blue, fun bubble lights, and ocean scenes.

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We ordered white wine to go with the seafood and this deviled egg was brought out as a little bite before the first course.

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For the real first course, I ordered the tuna tartare, which was pretty typical, but very good.

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My main course was a sea bass with mushrooms, truffle ravioli, and a mustard sauce – this was heavier than your typical fish dish (a good thing in my eyes). I really loved the mustard sauce and I’m obsessed with mushrooms, so it was and hit! Matt had some kind of sweet duck with brussels that was also fantastic.

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We shared the desserts equally – the lemon pine nut tart and the poached pear with butterscotch. Both were enjoyable, but nothing mind-blowing.

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Overall, we had a lovely dinner and I would recommend Dallas Fish Market. I don’t think we’d go back, just because the entrees are really expensive if it’s not restaurant week and we are rarely in that neck of the woods. The food was delightful though!

Have a good week.

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 | 2 comments

-It’s almost August guys and the triple digits are here! It’s so cold inside Equinox that I actually love it when I step outside. Can you believe I only have two more weeks there!?

-I’ve started putting some ideas together and meeting with folks at my new school, and I’m getting so anxious to get started!

-I’m back into the swing of healthy eating, and loving summer fruits, but I still feel like I’m carrying around 5 lbs of Turkey weight. And I don’t mean the bird.

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-When does Mad Men return? I miss Don.

-I need a real alarm clock that’s pretty. Any recs.?

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-Remember when I mentioned finding a new shampoo in this post? I got a sample at my last hair cut appointment and I think this may be the one. It smells soo good!
Happy weekend eve.
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Finally

Posted on May 4, 2014 | 8 comments

Thanks for your sweet comments!

I was sick all week long and spent a lot of time on the couch watching Dawson’s Creek, eating pancakes, and sleeping. But the whole time I was smiling! After 61 cover letters and interviews for 13 different positions, I am finally done. I have accepted the role of Learning Specialist at an independent school! The position is brand new, so I will be spearheading the development of policies and procedures surrounding the academic support program, coordinating support services for students with learning differences, and acting as a resource for parents and teachers. My role will be similar to what I was doing last year as a school psychologist, except that I won’t be testing students to determine special education eligibility (because I.D.E.A. doesn’t apply in private settings), and I’ll be working in ONE SCHOOL! I am pumped for this challenge, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be working with an amazing group of professionals. I substituted on Friday and only got more excited to be back in a school setting with the kiddos. I don’t start until the new school year, so I will continue working at Equinox in the meantime.

Needless to say, Matt and I celebrated this weekend.

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We popped open a bottle of Prosecco that’s been in my fridge since December.

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We drank it in the park by our apartment while the sun was setting and then ordered Thai takeout. It was a wonderful evening.

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Saturday morning, I was finally feeling up for some exercise afer 4 days off – I took Matt with me to a spinning class and then tried out the steam room for some relaxation afterwards. Felt so good to sweat!

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Matt let me pick our Saturday evening dinner destination, and I went with Komali because of the incredible Mexican-inspired menu – seriously my dream menu. We walked to dinner in the glorious 80 degree temps.

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Cheers! I ordered a tamarind margarita with a spiced rim and it was amazing.

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For appetizers, we ordered the goat cheese with morita chile and piloncillo,

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as well as the PEI mussels with pasilla chile flakes, cilantro, and tequila – whatever crema was on the toasted baguette was out of this world.

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For entrees, we ordered the pan seared scallops with cauliflower poblano rajas, apple compote, and ancho chile glaze,

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and the poblano pepper stuffed with beef tenderloin and dried fruits & nuts with toasted walnut sauce and cilantro.

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And lastly, the pumpkin tres leches with candied pepitas and cinnamon whipped cream.

Everything we ordered was amazing – I’m kind of in love with Komali now. We definitely went all out, and the dinner made for one hell of a celebration!

Hope y’all had a lovely weekend.

PS: thank you for the continuous support this year and for bearing with me during these past couple of crazy months!

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