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Life Recently

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 | 5 comments

Hello!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit! I’ve been crazy busy at work, and my moments in the evenings have been filled with cooking, packing lunches, dinners with friends, attending speaker series, doing housework, and going to bed early to get up for the gym. Every week, I think things might calm down, and they never do! I’m loving it so much though because my days are filled with helping kids, supporting teachers, and trying to figure out the big picture of my new role. I’m never bored, which means my days are flying by. I can’t believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving break, and I cannot wait to see family and rest for a few days.

The weather has cooled off here (relatively speaking), and Matt and I have been enjoying drinking fall beers and getting cozy in new restaurants. We tried a restaurant called Gemma from a couple of Napa transplants, and had a lovely dinner at the bar. I’ve never had fried olives before.

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I haven’t been too creative in the kitchen during the week because I’ve been reverting to quick and easy favorites. Fridays and Sundays have been my cooking days, and I made this delicious butternut squash pizza last week.

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What’s new in the blog world? Does anyone have any awesome fall recipes?

Happy weekend.

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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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