It’s been a while, my friends. I was sick the last week of school, so I spent a lot of time laying on the couch and not getting anything accomplished. I’m so thankful to have two weeks off for Christmas break! I finally felt normal-ish on Saturday and went to spinning, got a haircut, and went to a Christmas party with tamales. I love that that’s a thing here.
I also watched The Giver. I remember loving the book when I had to read it (in middle school or high?). The movie is enjoyable and leaves you thinking. I’ve been meaning to see Gone Girl and Wild too. Are they good?
Sunday night, Matt and I went to see the musical Once! We grabbed an early dinner at the famous Tei-an. I enjoyed the restaurant, but I think I made poor choices, because I wasn’t that into anything we ordered. I must go back and get the ramen!
Our seats for the musical were really high up, but we moved at intermission because the theater was so empty. The actors play all of their own instruments on stage, which was so neat. The music was powerful and I loved the simplicity of the set. It was funny too.
Today was spent packing – we are heading wayyy south for the break and I’m pumped for warm weather. I stocked up on novels and bought The Art of French Eating and Me Before You.
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy start to the new year!Read More
I had a wonderful week in Maryland. It was so great, in fact, that I didn’t take many pictures. But you guys all know what Thanksgiving food looks like – we had the full spread of turkey and delicious sides, plus pumpkin pie. And a tasty prosecco after some quality autumn beers.
I got to see my parents on Friday – they drove up to Annapolis and we spent a blustery day walking around by the water, looking in shops, and eating seafood. We tried a new restaurant called Blackwall Hitch, where we had crab dip, crab pizza, and shrimp and grits.
Saturday night, Matt’s parents took us into DC and we tried an amazing Argentinean restaurant called Rural Society. The food was really different and we had fun tasting a bunch of plates paired with carmenere. And there was malbec butter! I wonder if this is what the food in Argentina really tastes like…
It’s back to the grind, but only for 3 weeks. Christmas break is on the horizon and rest + healthy eating is in full swing!
We have a dreary, rainy day here at Matt’s house, and the rain is expected to turn to snow! I had planned to post my weekend recap, but forgot to bring my camera cord.
I have the whole week off of work [beyond amazing], so I first went to Baltimore to visit my grandmother! I met my sister and my mom there and we had a nice time drinking manhattans, catching up, entertaining Mazen, and shopping!
Today, I arrived at Matt’s house and I’m truly relaxing. The whole family is working from home except for me, so I’m just doing quiet computer things and lounging, with a break to go to Body Pump with Matt’s mom soon!
I have ten million things to be thankful for tomorrow, and at the top of my list is my job and family. I hope you have a fabulous turkey day!Read More
“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.
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.
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!
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.
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!Read More
How is it Thursday again? The work weeks are already flying by! We had our open house tonight – lots of nervous parents and lots of questions. And man, people sure dress to the nines for open houses these days:)
But on to the fun stuff. We were lucky enough to get to spend Labor Day weekend in wine country. My sister and I have been planning this trip for well over a year – I can’t believe it’s come and gone already. Kath and her husband are Sonoma experts, so we were glad to have them show us the ropes!
We rented a wonderful little house near the Sonoma Square, complete with a backyard and hot tub. I wish we had been able to spend more time grilling in the chilly (!) temperatures, but it was a short trip and were busy tasting pinots and zins!
On our first day, we headed straight from the airport to Sausalito for lunch. The bay breeze were soo incredible – I miss water when I’m in Dallas. Then we ventured on to Lagunitas for beer! What a cool spot. I ordered a kombucha since I was the DD for the day, but I had a few sips of IPA.]
For dinner, we walked to the famous Girl and the Fig, where I had a lovely fig bourbon drink. We shared a cheese plate, and Matt and I ordered pork belly and quail.
I didn’t snag pictures of our dessert and port, but everything was wonderful.
Our second day was spent in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys with a picnic mid-day.
Chalk Hill was one of my favorite wineries of the trip!
We made our way to Healdsburg and ended at the La Crema tasting room – another favorite in terms of wine!
We killed some time shopping for dessert and walking around the square and then landed at Chalkboard for dinner. Oh my goodness – this was amazing.
I think we ordered 10 small plates?
Highlights were the pork belly cheddar biscuits, the beef sliders topped with short rib, and the crab tater tots.
Saturday was a big day because we did a wine tour – I would highly recommend Dean from Woody’s Wine Tours!
“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
If you’re just tuning it, Marriott Rewards is celebrating its 30th birthday by throwing surprise parties for people who deserve to be celebrated. Whether it’s your parents’ golden anniversary or your best friend’s graduation from a PhD program, I bet you can come up with someone or something to celebrate!
When I first heard about the contest, I know I was curious to see the winners and their parties. Marriott Rewards has already announced 8 winners from the first two nomination periods and you can see videos of the surprise parties online.
Check out this video – the bride had to miss her wedding because she had brain surgery and then a stroke, so a friend nominated her and Marriott Rewards surprised her with an engagement party once she was back on her feet!!
Nominations are reviewed based on creativity, uniqueness, and feasibility of the party. You don’t have to be a Marriott Rewards member to submit a nomination, but I highly recommend the program! You can sign up for the Marriott Rewards program online at Marriott.com/rewards. And don’t forget to enter at yearofsurprises.com – if you want to know more about how it works, you can find the rules at yearofsurprises.com/rules.Read More