Central Park



This morning I thought I’d grab some quiet time and a quientiscential piece of New York.  So I walked up 7th Avenue to Fluffy’s Deli- grabbed a Bagel and Veggie Cream Cheese and continued onward to Central Park. There I grabbed a bench, watched some birds stalk me for my bagel, and enjoyed the light breeze and shade.  What I love most about Central Park is the massiveness of the park itself.  Of the Nature. I love the huge trees, the rock formations and the vastness of the park.  These two things (the bagel and the park) are definitely areas where NYC excels over Chicago.

But don’t worry Chicago- I’m coming home.  I’m only just flirting with New York a bit.

My Carry-On


I love Thirty-ones’s expand a tote. This bag has 3 pairs of capris, 3 dresses, my retro metro bag, undergarments, and 4 or 5 (can’t remember what I packed). Plus it has my carry-on eligible toiletries.

I have a bag checked with a crap load of swag, and of course, I have my computer bag. All and all, I’d say I’m a master packer.

Ready for BlogHer12

Carrots everyone will love

One of the things Schatz and I are working on is eating more fruits and veggies. For me, it mostly means remembering to buy them more frequently. For Schatz, it means being sneaky. When I First met him he would eat green beans, zucchini, corn, apples, bananas, and of all things- Brussels sprouts.

He was the epitome of picky eater. On our first date I ordered Tomato Bisque and give him the opportunity to try it. He didn’t think he’d like it, but he quickly found it wasn’t that bad.

Now I grew up in a “try one bite” household, where I was expected to give everything at least one try. So, I was pleased he tried the soup. Since then, I’ve convinced him to try all sorts of things, including the recipe below. Continue reading

Friday, Friday, and Coconut LaCroix!

I’m a proud sister today.   My little brother, the one I watched take his first steps, yell “uh-oh” for his first word, and think snow is milk- was given a scholarship last night. Today is his last day of High School and he graduates in a week. I find it so hard to believe that the little boy that I used to persuade into watching Pocahontas, is now old enough to buy lottery tickets.

He’s become such a smart young man, and someone I love to hang out with.  And he’s leaving me to go to Utah.  Half way across the country.  I’ll let that sink in for a minute, after all, I have until October before I have to say goodbye.

So, today I’m comforting myself with some Coconut La Croix.  At work, I can at least pretend I’m sipping on something alcoholic and tropical. Which makes the day much sunnier. I love La Croix when I can’t use my Soda Stream.  When I lived in Germany, I went from drinking at least 5 pops (yup- I’m from the Midwest) to drinking just sparkling water.  Here at work, I’m lucky that they provide sparkling water all day, everyday. Sparkling water is was a great way for me to get the carbonation (which is what I really loved about pop) without all those pesky calories.  Not like you’d know by looking at me- but I do try to eat healthy for the most part, much to the dismay of Schatz (my fiance), who would much rather I ate junk food all the time. This week I purchased The Fresh 20 lunch plan, so I could get some good shopping lists and ideas for lunches that don’t involve me grabbing food so I can sleep a little longer.  Hopefully I’ll try them this upcoming week and let you know how it goes.


I want to start making sure as we set up our lives together, that we are doing so as healthily as possible. In fact, because his new job will take away all the time he spent walking in his last job, I’m going to start instituting walking times for us throughout the week (we’ll see if I can make that work). Since I started commuting, I realized that I missed exercising, but really find it hard to tell Schatz that I have to stop talking (on the computer- for example) and go for a walk or something. He keeps telling me just how wonderful I look and so on, but I try to tell him it’s not about looks for me- I really could care less what size I am, but has way more to do with wanting to stay healthy.  Especially now that I have someone to stay healthy for.  And it’s important for him, because his grandmother has Congestive Heart Failure currently and there is a history of heart issues all over his family tree. We met so late in his life, I want to make sure we have each other for as long as we can.

So starting tonight (I think- if it doesn’t storm), I’m going to try and get us both out of the house for a walk.  It’ll give  us some good time together, with no one around.

Happy Friday folks!


Products from Thirty-one, I love!

So, as I mentioned in a Facebook group for BlogHer12, I have several Thirty-one products that I plan on taking advantage of as I travel out to NYC this year. A few of the products are tried and true from last year, and a few I’ve used since, and can’t recommend any more highly. As soon as I have a chance, I’ll update with real world pics of these products.

First, let’s start with the bag that made me a Thirty-one fan.  When my mom decided she was going to start selling the bags, I thought she was nuts.  But since I was getting ready to travel to San Diego and wanted a great bag that I could expand out to a larger bag to accommodate BlogHer Swag.  I wanted a bag that would fit as a carry on as I went out to San Diego.  Enter the Expand-a-Tote.  This is by far my favorite bag.  When I flew out, it was considered “light” baggage, and I was able to board sooner than everyone else (with the babies and old folk crowd).  Not only was it good at tucking into places on the plane, but it also did a great job going through checked baggage on the way home.  I’m not joking when I say that Mom and I both have no idea which bag (she has two identical ones) I actually took. Please note, that you’ll need to buy a shoulder strap with this bag (however, that shoulder strap can be used with many other Thirty-one products).

The next item I loved was the Organizing Shoulder Bag. I borrowed one of her show models, and went months before I got my own, but that wasn’t with out constantly asking to borrow this baby.  It’s perfect when you’re going out anywhere- know you’ll need a purse that is big enough to hold your cell phone, small nook sized tablet or notebook, wallet, and has zippered pockets that ensure nothing falls out.  It fits across the body (and I’m  a heavier girl- so you should have no doubts that it will fit your body).   I recommend not getting a quilted pattern, as it makes the strap a little more difficult to loosen or tighten. Another great thing about this purse is that it easily fits in your computer bag (without being to bulky) so you can have your personal item be your laptop bag (as a carry on) and not a bulky purse.

Finally- the last item I took to BlogHer that I think is a great addition, was the Fold and Go Organizer with notebook.  This was great for holding my own business cards, as well as others’ in.  It also gave me quick access to paper if I needed to jot an idea down, while speaking with someone in the expo hall.   Currently, I’m using the one I bought while attending wedding planning appointments.  Overall, this is an excellent product that has so many versatile uses.  Did I mention it fits in the Organizing Shoulder Bag?

If you have any questions about the products I listed above, please let me know.  I am not a seller, but because of my mom’s status, I typically have access to a lot of the products to test out.

All  images are taken from the most recent (Summer 2012) catalog and are used solely to give information regarding products I love. I do not own the photos.