Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Have a Date with Justin Timberlake Tomorrow

Hello there. I'm still here! Despite the crickets the last few days. I was at home with the family this weekend. Did you know the crickets up there are a LOT louder at night than they are in Lexington? They were seriously so obnoxious I couldn't sleep. And sometimes they would get out of sync and it was awful. So I decided to be content with the screeching as long as they were in harmony.

And if the previous paragraph doesn't clearly show that I have zero motivation for blog posts lately, then I don't know what does. I felt like I was on a roll for a while these past few weeks. But now I'm super busy with work and personal travel, that I don't have as much time to be creative. I guess life is allowed to get in the way. I can't write about my life if I'm not out living it, I suppose.


When I was younger my mom and I would always play heart and soul on the piano. She's musically inclined. I am not. But it's the one thing I learned. While I was home we dusted off the keyboard to see if we still had it... and voila.

Musical genius, my friends.

Moving on.. I have a date with Justin Timberlake tomorrow night. I guess some would consider that more interesting than my musical ensemble. And don't worry, Mrs. Biel is cool with it.

I'm doing a site visit to Kansas City and the lovely people there invited some Meeting Planners to the Justin Timberlake concert! So dinner at a winery, then grooving with JT it is! And the best part is my bestie is flying in from Chicago to spend the weekend with me! Woot!

I really love my job sometimes most of the the time. :)

So if this innovative post didn't tickle your fancy (which I don't see how it couldn't!) then check out my Top Posts section to see some actually well thought-out ideas and writing.

And with that I'll just hit publish before this gets any worse!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Open Letter to Dunkin' Donuts

Dear Dunkin Donuts,

Kali here. One of your most loyal customers since I was a young buck. I've been wanting to write a letter to you for quite some time now. Ever since I discovered the sprinkle shortage.

But let me start from the beginning. My whole life, I've only liked Dunkin Donuts. I scoffed at Krispy Kreme or any local bakery. If it wasn't a chocolate sprinkled doughnut from Dunkin, I wasn't having it.

The gooey chocolate icing, mixed with those rainbow sprinkles that filled every bite... just delicious. I was hooked. Your doughnuts became the staple of the start to ever road trip with my family. Two of these babies and a little carton of milk - I was set.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preach, Bloggess, Preach

The ever-talented-queen-of-hilariously-inappropriate-analogies (The Bloggess - duh) just wrote this post entitled, "Women Who are Ambivalent About Women Against Women Against Feminism."

As soon as I read it, I realized she was saying EXACTLY what I said in a previous post, "It's OK to Drop the F Bomb"

It's always so refreshing to see other women understand this point!

The Bloggess: "Do you think men and women should have equal rights politically, socially and economically?  Then you’re probably a feminist."

Me: "If you are a woman, and you support the rights and equality of women, guess what? You are a FEMINIST! (Gasp!) Instead of shuddering at the thought, try to embrace it. And let's continue to move forward.Don't be afraid to drop the F bomb."

Monday, July 21, 2014

24 Pounds of Happiness

When asked me to write my guest post on happiness, I thought, well this is easy! So I started compiling a list of all of the things that make me happy. Like that new, just-out-of-the-box, shoe smell, a cold beer on a warm summer afternoon, some cheesy queso dip with crispy chips... but then I thought, wait. Let's focus on ONE thing that brings me ridiculous amounts of happiness each and every day.

This thing....

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This post is for all of my readers who are (lucky enough) to still be living the college life! (I'm jealous of you!) I remember from my college years that purchasing books each semester would always make a massive dent in my already pathetic bank account. So today I am here to tell you about to solve your textbook woes!

Here's why they rock:
  • You save 40 - 90% off of bookstore prices (that's huge!)
  • Free shipping both ways - (I refuse to ever pay for shipping.. so this is a big plus!)
  • You can highlight in the textbooks - (In case you're a highlighter fiend like myself)
  • Flexible renting periods - (score!)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Get Fit ~ August Goals

I got this email from MapMyRun yesterday...

Now, that's 100 workouts since I joined MapMyRun over a year ago. So, it sounds awesome. But, it's not really that impressive.

BUT... I still thought it was appropriate because I'm FINALLY back on track with my #GetFit goals.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Why Running Totally Sucks

Remember this post about why I love to run? Or even this post where I listed all the running benefits?

Well get excited all you non-runners! Because today we are talking about why running totally and completely sucks.

If I didn't realize how much I love running a while back, I would TOTALLY be a running hater. And some days I still am. People who run marathons are absolute anomalies to me and definitely have a few screws loose.

On days when your legs feel like steel, or your sides are cramping or your lungs are burning, running is not your friend.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vionic Shoes

If you know me at all you know I have an addiction (besides queso dip)... and that is shoes. Unfortunately, with a stress fracture to my foot back in February, I was rocking a medical boot, then sneakers, then strictly flats for many months. I would walk into my closet and see all of my beloved wedges and heels, sigh, and then grab my boring flats and head off to work.

I just couldn't risk style for comfort - at least not while my foot was healing. I was too desperate to get back to running. So alas, I stuck to flats (which honestly had so little support, it probably was just as bad as high heels).

It was like the lovely people over at Vionic could read my mind, because they reached out to me to try their shoes with Orthaheel Technology. I gladly accepted.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sometimes I Forget To Pet My Dogs

Lately I've been noticing (more than usual) how much I don't live in the moment. I have told myself before that I want to live in the present and enjoy the here and now. Stop and smell the roses, if you will. But in the past couple weeks, I've been noticing how much I suck at just stopping, and BEING.

The light bulb first went off the other day when Piper kept coming up to me and nudging me so that I would pet her. I kept shooing her away. I was watching TV or doing laundry or something.

But that Piper girl is relentless and kept softly head-butting my leg. I finally looked down at her sweet face, stopped what I was doing, and petted her.

At that moment I thought, "OMG. How often do I just PET my dogs?"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beauty is Reflection

Happy Thursday ladies! While I'm off in Palm Springs touring the Renaissance Esmeralda for our December event, I wanted to share with you all this awesome lip gloss that has recently entered my life via R Brand Beauty.

Two years ago I was anti anything on my lips. I wasn't happy with my smile and didn't want to draw attention to it in any way. But after a year and a half of Invisalign treatment, I'm so happy with my smile and have finally delved in to the world of lip makeup! I've been on the hunt for the best glosses and lipsticks on the market and playing with bold colors! 

So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear from R Brand Beauty who wanted me to review their lip gloss. I chose the "Poppy" color and couldn't wait to give it a try!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

9 Mistakes You Will Make At Your First Office Job

1. Forgetting the Attachment in an Email

This happens to the best of us. And not even just when we are new. Every now and then you hit send and then CRAP! Forgot the attachment! Sorry! But in your first job, you will most likely have to send 100 customized emails, and you will most likely forget the attachment on every single one.

2. Reply vs Reply All

Reply is for when you want to only respond to the person who send the email. Reply All is when you send your funny, yet slightly inappropriate, little quip to the entire employee list. Oops.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Independence Day Wrap Up

We had a fun and relaxing long weekend. I hope everyone's 4th of July was full of family, friends, and fireworks!


Friday we hung around the house, did some laundry/cleaning, and Tim and I went for a run. I only went 1.5 and he went 4.3, but who's counting? 

That night we had a fire in the backyard with just the two of us. A bunch of neighbors were shooting off fireworks so we got some sneak peaks! And had some s'mores - obviously.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Making Decisions

Sometimes in life you are faced with big decisions. And it's hard when different people are telling you to do different things. So today, I just needed some inspiration to help clear my head.

This one really spoke to me today. I want to make decisions because I'm hopeful that they will work out. I don't want to make a decision to NOT do something because I'm scared of it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What Living Away From America Taught Me About America

Paris, France

So the funny thing about living in Europe for four months, was the effect it had on my opinion of my country back home. While I appreciated and admired the history, architecture, customs, beauty, and people of all of the countries I visited, one of the biggest takeaways from my semester abroad was how happy I was to be an American.

The Palace at Versailles

I could write a ton of posts about Europe (and I did way back when) but with it being 4th of July week and the big USA game today, I wanted to talk about the ole' Red, White, and Blue.

After I got over the culture shock of packing up and moving across the pond to a country whose language I don't speak, I started to love the adventure of it. I got to visit many cities and countries, and had so many new experiences jam-packed into 120 days.