The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that balances sweet and tart flavors together. Making a whiskey sour is easy and is super refreshing on a hot summer day!
Typically a Whiskey Sour is: whiskey, lemon juice and sugar that is chilled and then strained into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
The real history behind the drink is actually interesting…The original origin of the “Whiskey” Sour traces back to the 1700’s when “Bartender” Vice Admiral Edward Vernon, would serve his British Navy Sailors, rum with lemon or lime juice to keep the sailors safe from scurvy. He began mixing rum with lemon or lime juice to mask the watered down flavor of the liquor and to help keep his sailors healthy. I bet he never knew this would become such a popular drink!
The sailors then brought the “sour” mix back to shore where they then substituted other liquor such as gin and brandy. It wasn’t until American bartenders, in the 19th century made the drink the most popular with Whiskey.
While many of you favor a plain old Whiskey Sour, since it is National Whiskey Sour Day, lets switch it up with some unique varieties of this classic drink! Ready for your mouth to water?
Simple Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour is a classic and delicious drink! It is super smooth and can be enjoyed really any time of the day! Since it is essentially three ingredients it is also rather easy to make!
I hate when one day is such a beautiful day and the next day is complete garbage. I walked into work yesterday thinking it was such a beautiful day and I wish I had the day off. Not to do anything especially fun, but just to enjoy the weather. Well then today happened, and it’s all rain and clouds. I woke up to dark clouds and drove into work heavy drops of rain and slow moving traffic. One day it’s hot, the next it’s not.
Today’s outfit is versatile for any weather, rain or sun. A peasant top works great from spring to fall and pairs best with some flared jeans.
Since the top is so sheer, I wore a green camisole underneath. It adds the slightest hint of color. If I wore a nude camisole I might look naked underneath, not so work appropriate. With the sheer peasant top I wore flared jeans, black and tan espadrilles and my leather and gold vintage hand bag. Some gold hoop earrings and a ring were all I needed to accessorize.
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Have a happy hump day everyone and saty dry! It’s almost Friday!
Strong is the new skinny! And for all of girls who want that Kardashian butt without the surgery, doing squats can be a powerful way to boost your overall fitness routine and have many benefits for young women like ourselves!
Squats are relatively simple and require no equipment and can be done basically anywhere! There are now even workout routines to do while you are in the garden, cleaning the house and playing with your toddler!
After doing some research I learned that there are ton of benefits of squats other than a nice booty! Clearly there are WAY too many reasons not to skip leg day!
BENEFITS OF SQUATS:
1. Tones Entire Body
Squats work a ton of muscles in the body all at once. Squats are an excellent multi-purpose exercise to help tone your booty, abs and of course your leg muscles including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Squats are also a vital exercise to straighten your ankles and cores, when done the right way! So squats can actually help you improve both your upper and lower body strength and even promote muscle growth around your entire body!
2. Protects Health
Believe it or not, the muscles that you work during squats regulate glucose, lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity which helps protect your body against obsesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
3. Improves Cellulite
When you do squats the muscles stretch and create blood to pump throughout the whole body. This not only improves overall health but creates good circulation which means more nutrients, oxygen and can help reduce cellulite when done regularly.
4. Non-Impact Workout
Certain exercises and workouts can put strain on your back, knees and ankles. Squats are low impact so they actually help weaken your knees and ankles. And when done the right way strengthen your back as well!
5. Makes Real-Life Easier
When you do squats, you build muscle. When done regularly and correctly these muscles work more efficiently and promote mobility and balance. This then translates to the real world as well allowing your body to work better!
6. Burns More Fat
I would never have thought that squats would be a time efficient way to burn calories while gaining muscle but for every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. WOW! Better add these to the daily workout routine ASAP!
7.Increases Mobility and Balance
Even though we are still young, it is important to think about the health of our body in the future! Squats help strengthen legs but also help maintain balance, improve communication between brain and muscle groups which helps prevents falls. Squats can actually be as beneficial to preventing bone fractures as calcium supplements!
Squats help strengthen muscles that can become weak overtime such as ankles and backs. Squats also help prevent injury by improving flexibility!
9.Boosts Sports Performance
Even if you are not a health nut or use your gym membership on the regular, studies have shown that squats help athletes run faster, jump higher and idealy increase their performance. If you are a mom running after your kids or even a dog, this can help!
10.Help with Digestion
Just as I stated before squats help improve blood flow which then hand in hand aids in pumping other bodily fluids such as nutrition to tissues and organs. Which then also helps remove waste from the body…if you know what I mean. Squats can actually help passing of waste through your bowels, so it helps to keep you regular too. Learn something new everyday!
With so many variations of squat such as single-leg squats, side squats, squat jumps and squat holds these variations target different muscle groups and allow you to never get bored with your exercises!
The only thing that is SUPER important is to make sure you are doing them correctly!
Stand with your feet just over shoulder/hip distance apart.
Keep your back in a neutral position/parallel to your shins, and keep your knees centered over your feet.
Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle, as if you are sitting in a chair.
Push your hips forward to bring yourself back to standing/starting position.
Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position
Do not let you heels come off the ground and do not let your back fall forward. Also, your knees should never extend past your toes.
If you are not used to doing squats, this exercise can be more difficult than others but once you master the technique you can try variations of the exercise! Be prepared to be sore! Sore is a good thing and means you are toning your legs and booty which are beneficial parts of the body!
If you are in your twenties you are already being pushed to get married, buy a house and basically start the beginning to the rest of your life ASAP! I have already been blessed to buy my first place at 25, but I still have not reached other milestones such as getting married or having kids… yet. While I scroll through Facebook I constantly see friends, acquaintances and plenty of millennials making those next steps which made me think…what really is average these days? Am I in-front of the curve, not on track or am missing out on something? Interesting enough I found out yes and no…
Age of Buying a House:
As I stated earlier I was able to buy my first place by age 25 years old. Ironically, that is the same age my dad was when he bought my childhood home that they still live in it to this day. But, when I think about it, is that really average? Even though the market crashed a few years ago and there are tons of foreclosures and the housing market is priced low, I feel like it is rarer for someone to buy a house in their twenties.
After doing some research I found that the average first-time home buyer is actually on average single and 33 years old! Zillow analysis said that first-time home buyers are typically renting for six years before buying, compared to the average of 2.6 years in the 1970’s. Nationalmortgageproffessional.com also narrowed it down that the “median income for those 33 year olds is $54,340, which is actually the same amount as first-time home buyers in 1970’s, when adjusted for inflation.”
So, realistically things have not changed since our parents were twenty-something’s….interesting.
Average Cost of a House:
Census.gov had a factual list of the median and average sales prices of new homes sold in the United States…unfortunately they didn’t have a good average dating past January 1975 …although I figured it would still be interesting to try to compare to our parents…
Median and Average Sales Prices of New Homes Sold in United States
Period Median Average
Jan 1975 $37,200 $39,500
Jun 2006 $243,200 $305,000
Jun 2016 $306,700 $358,200
I will be honest, this average price of a home for a first time home owner is astonishing! That is a lot of money for one let alone two people so that surprises me that there are that many single 33 year olds that can afford a $358,000 house by themselves.
Average Age Getting Married:
If you are in a serious relationship, like myself, you are constantly asked at work, at weddings and family events…when are you getting married? How am I supposed to answer that seeing that I don’t make the decision to get proposed to.
With that said, Huffington Post calculated the average age for Americans getting married has reached a historic high with women at 27 years and men at 29 years.
This confuses me…so more millennials are getting married first and then buying a house 5-6 years later? That is way different compared to our parents back in the 70’s!
Average Cost of Wedding:
Now, this could be why millennials are getting married and then waiting years to buy a house…due to the cost of their wedding!
Refinery29 stated that the “latest findings indicate that the average U.S. couple spends an estimated $32,641 on their big day. That’s up more than $1,400 compared to last year and represents an increase of $5,500 over the last five years. That is a TON of money especially since the tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the wedding has started to die!
Here is a visual to show the average cost of a wedding per state….Why is Chicago so dam high?!
Now if you are already married this is probably the question you are constantly bombarded with by your parents and in-laws! When are you having kids?
NPR.org reports that women in the U.S. are waiting longer than ever to have their first child. In 2000 the average age of a woman who gave birth to her first child was 24.9 years old and now (2014 stats) show that number has risen to 26.3 and continues to climb!
To recap…this means from all these stats so far millennials are on average:
Getting married in late twenties
Having kids right after marriage and renting until 33 years old.
Average cost of having a kid:
Now if this isn’t a doozy, I don’t know what! A recent U.S. Dept. of Agriculture report states that the cost of having a baby and raising it from a child to adult averages about $245,340 in total (stats are from 2014). This calculation includes housing, childcare, education and the expected expenses only up until age 18 so if you plan on helping your kids with college you better raise that another $40-80k! Better start saving!
What does this all prove…EVERYTHING is an average. Which means there are millennials younger and older achieving/celebrating milestones in their life each day. There is no point to put a timeline together for your life of what you have to do by a certain age. In our twenties we should all be living our lives and doing what makes us happy. It should make sense to what step you are ready for in your life! Yes, income and stability is a major importance to getting married, having kids, and buying a house, but remember it all comes in time. No rush, think about everything before making the next step and there is no point to compare yourself to others, because they aren’t you!
We only have a few more days of Olympics to watch you guys! Anyone else caught that Olympic fever? I know a few people who can’t stop watching all day. I mean I get it, we won’t see the summer Olympics for another four years so we better watch it while we can right?
So I really wanted to do something for Thirsty Thursday that was Olympic themed. I considered some Brazilian cocktails or some drinks that would represent each color in the Olympic rings, but then I realized the color that matters; gold.
Since all the Olympians are going for gold, we should support them with some gold cocktails. You don’t have to be a big baller with gold leaf on your drinks, but you can get in the spirit with some gold colored drinks! Now I promise it won’t be all Goldschlager drinks. Enjoy your gold drink and help cheer on team USA!
How do you get to be the best? You start small of course. No athlete busts on the scene running miles at time scoring goals left and right. The start small and practice, and this drink is perfect for the beginner cocktail maker. A few easy ingredients, but big results. You can impress anyone at your Olympic party with this bronze medal drink. Get the recipe at Brit + Co.
Want to have a golden cocktail for a high class get together? This is your drink. Spare no expense with this brandy and pear infused sparkling cocktail. There is no better place that Salt & Wind for great cocktails!
Love cognac and want your friends to as well? Make this for fall and no one will be asking for cider! Get the recipe at MarthaStewart.com.
Freeway of Love (In a Golden Cadillac)
This drink wins the award for most creative! I mean the combination of liquor in the drink truly make it one of a kind. It has a perfect golden color to it, can you believe it has Creme de cacao in it? Make this recipe and be the hit of the party! Get the recipe at Just Make Something.
Don’t even act like you didn’t want to grab that champagne glass right off the screen. This a drink for winners guys, so be on your A game and you can celebrate your victory with this delicious cokctail! Bonus points because it uses ginger beer and cotton candy, I’d do some hurdles over and over if this was at the finish line! Get the recipe at Freutcake.com.
Now get out there and never settle for anything but gold!
For all of you that don’t know, one of my best friends, since we were kids is competing today in the Men’s 3000 meter Steeplechase at 9:50a.m. CST in the Olympics! Everyone is so proud of him and want to support him from all the way back in the United States. With that said, I wanted to show my love for THE Evan Jager and wear one of his old school shirts to support him while at work today! Sorry but there are none of these for sale anymore; this shirt is old school!
Since I wanted to keep it business casual, I added my: blue Metaphor blazer, Target skinny capri jeans and of course my show stopping red Steve Madden pumps to complement my T-shirt.
This outfit not only shows support for my friend but is super fashionable and business casual appropriate!
Good luck today Evvvv! We are all rooting for you and are super proud of how far you have come! Get it!
I’m sure by now in your twenties you have some go-to hair products you swear by. While new products come out every year, losing your affection for the tried and true can be hard. Besides all the number of hair products out there for styling and coloring, there are always the basics we use everyday. You know what they are, something for cleaning, something for repair and something for shine. Today we decided to showcase some our favorite everyday hair products we use to keep our do’s looking fresh.
I’ve been lucky enough to experiment with a lot of different brands of hair prodcuts. With a sister who owns a salon and has done hair all her life, she shared with me the products I should use and why. While I have found a few new favorite brands along the way, I always go back to what I know works.
I still remember using this stuff in college, back before Moroccan Oil expanded its product line. My sister gave it to me and said use a dime sized amount in wet hair. I still use it years later and think it’s one of the best products out there. It does not weigh your hair down, just gives its a health shine and repairs damaged hair.
This is another product I have been using since college because it is seriously the best shampoo and conditioner out there. It’s great because it repairs your hair long term and keeps it healthy. The shampoo is so minty it feels amazing when you use it. The conditioner is also something you should use on your ends as well as your scalp. We are sort of taught to focus our conditioning efforts on our ends but we forget about nourishing where the hair grows. Plus the scalp treatment is perfect for anyone that gets a sore scalp from wearing their hair in a ponytail too long.
I use system 3 in their 3 part system, but consult your hair stylist when you buy to find out what system you should be using.
This is a new product for me. My sister owns a salon in Georgia and carries L’OREAL Professionnel products. She sent me this and some other products as a Christmas gift and I really loved this one the most. It’s a split end treatment that pumps out half oil and half cermides. I blend them together in my hair and it creates a shin and protection against heating tools like curling irons and blow dryers.
I will be honest I am pretty lame when it comes to doing my hair these days. I don’t know if it is lazy or that my hair is gotten so long that I rarely find the effort to do anything with it in the morning before work? But, here are some of the hair products I do indeed use and think that would work for anyone that has long hair, fine hair and is on the go a lot!
John Frieda Radiant Red Daily Shampoo and Conditioner & RedKen Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner
I am a person that showers at night and lets my hair air dry sooo there are typically the two hair shampoo and conditioners I use. I have one set in my shower and the other one in the soaker bath tub. I feel like it is good to switch off every few days or so!
Coconut Oil has a billion different benefits for your body and can be used many different ways! One way I use coconut oil is as a leave in conditioner for my dry hair! Especially during summer my hair gets dry and I use this to regain it’s strength and natural oils! I leave it in for about 20 minutes and then wash my hair. While I usually use put it on my strands I sometimes put it in my roots as well. BUT if you do, that don’t plan on going any where that day because your hair will still be a little oily!
I’ll go ahead and put it out there now, if you are allergic to blueberries. Go ahead and skip todays post, might I suggest this post of the importance of sleep instead. For those of you not allergic to blueberries, get ready to get excited to pick some of these delicious treats up from the store.
I got inspired to write this post after reading about the blueberry and lots of other super foods in a book by Steven Pratt called Superfoods RX. I got it in the clearance section at Half Priced Books for $1 and It was so worth it. Every chapter is about a super food from nuts to kale to pumpkin. A super food is a nutrient rich food that is especially beneficial to your health and well-being. The book is a lifestyle book that gets you informed on what foods you should be consuming every day. I’ll admit that after I read the book, I felt more conscious of what I had on my plate. I wanted to be sure to consume at least 1 super food at each meal.
While I really enjoyed reading about all the super foods, I wanted to do a post today on blueberries. It’s summer time and all the fruit we love is overflowing the grocery stores and farmers markets. It’s prime time for blueberries! So this week was especially good because organic blueberries were on sale at Trader Joe’s, I got over a pound of organic blueberries for $6. Now you don’t have to but organic but I really recommend you do for blueberries especially. They are very think skinned so those pesticides will soak into the meat of the berry and you don’t want anything messing with the impeccable health benefits flowing inside. Just get organic ok?
So maybe you have eaten some blueberries in a fruit cup or indulged in a few blueberry muffins but you’ve never been a big blueberry eater. I get that, we can’t all change our habits but hopefully what I will share with you today will help change your mind. Blueberries are not just a random super food, they are up there at the tippy top of list of the ultimate super foods along with spinach. Here are a few reasons why you should try get more blueberries in your diet asap.
1.The blueberry has more powerful disease fighting antioxidants than ANY other fruit or vegetable.
Boom. I did not come to play with the blueberry facts you guys. This is real deal Holyfield. One serving of blueberries has as many antioxidants as 5 servings of carrots or broccoli. And you would much rather have one serving of blueberries wouldn’t you? I love some carrots and broccoli (also super foods) but it’s much easier to squeeze in one serving of blueberries
2.Blueberries are brain berries
For a long time blueberries went undervalued, because scientist recognized their relatively low vitamin C levels. Blueberries got to the forefront of health foods when it was discovered that blueberry consumption could slow down and even reverse many degenerative brain diseases. Adding a serving of blueberries to your diet could majorly reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s or dementia. The study to prove this was an ongoing study in rats by the USDA. The end result confirmed that blueberries contain a vital functioning antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property that affects the brain. When they moved the test to humans, it showed that humans who consumed one cup of blueberries a day had better motor skills than the group of humans who did not consume blueberries daily.
3.Blueberries fight Cancer.
First of all I am a firm believer that what you eat is the most important cancer fighting treatment you can endure. So since the blueberry is proving to be a power hitter super food, it’s not surprise these bad boys fight cancer too. One of the star antioxidants in blueberries is something called ellagic acid. Research suggests that this antioxidant blocks the metabolic pathways that can encourage cancer growth. Studies have also suggested that people who consumed foods with ellagic acid (blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries) were 3 times less likely to develop cancer than those who did not consume it.
4.Frozen, Dried or turned to jam, the blueberry does not lose power.
A lot of times with certain foods, they lose antioxidants and nutrients when you alter their natural state. Heating and cooling them to prepare to eat often times kills all the good things you got the food for, but not blueberries. For all the studies they did using blueberries to test their value, freeze dried blueberries were used. The berry did not lose its nutrient value, so a frozen one is the same level of health as a fresh one. When made into jam, the antioxidant polyphenols still lives on despite the berry being exposed to boiling temperatures. Polyphenols prevent degenerative diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
5.Blueberries will keep you young
As if I needed to go one about the many antioxidants in blueberries! But just one more, for those who fear aging. The phytonutrient in blueberries that give them their blue color are called anthocyanin. The darker the berry, the higher the amount of anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are mainly found in the blueberries skin, another reason to by organic. The nutrients give blueberries their anti-inflammatory abilities. Not only do anthocyanins neutralize the damage done by free radicals to the skin, they work with other antioxidants to produce more collagen.
Ok so now I can tell you are probably all jacked at raring to go with the blueberries. You are ready to get that one cup serving in a day, but how are you going to do it? I got you once again. For starters, reward yourself for reading about the mega-awesomeness of the blueberry by making this Blueberry Fig Chambord cocktail. It of ourse has blueberries so you are all good to enjoy it.
Also enjoy some of these blueberry recipes to keep your new blueberry infatuation healthy and growing!
When I recently visited my family in Oregon, one of the things on my “must do” list was visiting Voodoo Doughnut shop! If you don’t know what that is, it is not only an epic doughnut shop but has partnered with Rogue on a number of occasions to make amazing beer!
Why Voodoo? Well after reading the facility’s bio it is actually based off the type of southern oil that they use to make doughnuts! Learn something new everyday! But, they are iconic for wacky doughnuts, crude names, for their designs and obviously for tasty doughnuts!
The line was outside the door almost to the curb…so obviously it is the place to be in Portland, Oregon!
When you finally get the the front of the line and step into the building, we noticed two things; it is decorated so randomly with pictures all over walls and ceilings AND it was hot as hell! I don’t think they have air conditioning so it was deathly hot in there! I don’t know how the workers do it…especially with not sweating all over the doughnuts.
When you get to the front of the line there is a huge chalkboard of different doughnut options. Since we were going to a family BBQ after Voodoo doughnuts we decided to purchase 2 dozen doughnut variety pack. They packaged up all the doughnuts in adorable pink boxes that had the Voodoo logo on it!
It is always hard for me to have the time to go shopping for fresh produce. Finding recipes that make sense for two people is also a struggle. While I understand you can always split a recipe in half, I like when it is laid out for me! Here is a simple yet tasty appetizer and/or meal that you can make in little to no time and also grill during summer! Recipe serves serves 2-3 making 6 jalapenos total.
What you Need:
6 jalapenos (try to get as big as possible without bruises)
1/4 cup of cream cheese (I used garden vegetable for some flavor)
1/4 cup Mexican cheese
4 slices of thick smoked bacon
2 tablespoons of green onions, chopped
Bread Crumbs (optional)
What to do:
1.Put 4 strips of bacon on the skillet and cook until crispy
2.While the bacon is cooking, cut the stems off the jalapenos and core them. Make sure 99% of the seeds are out or they are going to be spicy as hell!
3. Add cream cheese, green onions and mexican cheese all together in a small bowl.
Drinking wine while cooking is optional :)
4.Once the bacon is done put it in a seperate bowl and crunch it up into small pieces. Once it is cooled off, add to your cream cheese mix.
5.Add the cream cheese mixture to the inside of the jalapenos. If you can’t get to the bottom with a spoon, feel free to use your hand.
Optional: Add bread crumbs to the top of the jalapenos for a little crispyness
6.Put jalapenos on the grill. Try to prop them up so the yummy goodness stays inside and becomes crispy on the tinfoil!
Cooking with beer brats again optional :)
7.Cook for about 8-10 minutes on each site. This will depend on how hot your grill gets so keep an eye on them. (We used a coal grill)
Serve alongside burgers or brats or any other grill time food!
Summer is almost over, and I have not worn all my summer dresses yet! Sometimes it’s hard to get to all of them but that does not mean I shouldn’t try right?
This week for Style of the Week I wore a lose fitting nautical style dress that I got from Charming Charlies. It’s really casual and comfortable and perfect for summer because of the lightweight material. I wore it with some gold sandals and a white cardigan and two gold chain necklaces. A perfect summer outfit for a seafood dinner with family, which is exactly what I wore the outfit for.
Hey there everyone and happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is chugging along this week, grinding towards pay day. At my job we have regular meetings every week to check on what we are doing and what issues we are facing. It’s a helpful round table discussion in marketing and it’s not uncommon. These are pretty corporate ways to keep us invested in our job and always striving to be better. I mean you don’t want to be the person in that meeting with nothing to talk about right?
But what other motivations are there? What else can we do for ourselves to make sure we are on the right track at work and with our lives? Well, a lot really. Besides always taking advice and never quitting, we can also follow suit in the footsteps of those that have gone before us. One of the major perks of my job is we have a women’s organization that mentors women in the workplace with workshops and guest speaker events. I recently attended one where the speaker was a former employee who now works for a major restaurant chain as the US Vice President of Digital Marketing…kind of a big deal. And if you are wondering what restaurant chain it is, trust me you have eaten there. I don’t know a single person who has not eaten there ever, considering it’s affordable and in all neighborhoods.
Anyway, she spoke a lot about her career path and I jotted some notes down to share. There were a few things that struck me about her advice, which made me reevaluate a lot of things I had thought were correct.
1.Look for a job when you are happy with your current job.
Think about how you feel when you hate your job and you just want to find something new. Chances are you might be settling for another less desirable job because you could not stand another day at your current job. Waiting until you can’t stand your job to find another job is not a great practice, especially if you want to advance from a manager to a senior to a director role.
If you are happy with your job and the role you play, never feel bad about looking elsewhere. It does not mean you have one foot out the door, it just means you know your worth. Exploring other job options when you are exceling in your current role can either affirm the role you have now as one you want to keep or it can open new doors to advancement.
Also looking does not mean you are not loyal. You have to think of yourself first, and any good boss would realize that if you found a better opportunity somewhere else. Nothing reaffirms your happiness with your current job by seeing what else is out there, especially if what is out there is garbage.
2.Ask lots of questions at the beginning
In a new role it’s important to have a full grasp on knowledge on what you are doing. If not, you will get lost somewhere along the way of business and eventually fall behind. She stressed the importance of a good deep dive early in the new job stage. It doesn’t matter how menial the questions are, as long as you ask them right away. If you are still asking these same questions or questions likes them after the first year, that sends a huge red flag to your employer.
Most importantly, advancing in your career means holding the knowledge that actually gets you there. No one gets to a vice president role without knowing what they are talking about first.
3.There is no formula for a perfect work like balance
As someone who was in an executive role for over a decade, she also played the role of mother to a growing daughter and she admitted that there was no perfect way to do both. She tackled the myth that somehow a woman could have it all, be a mom who is there for it all as well as an executive. As a single mom, she could balance in placing value on both roles. A late meeting would have to be cancelled for a graduation ceremony or a high school volleyball game would have to be missed for work crisis. It’s about balance, it was she stressed. It’s about what works for you and your lifestyle. However you do it, don’t hold on to that idea that you can have it all and do it all. You can’t. You have to compromise in a lot of places.
4.Be eager and willing to learn
Nothing helps shape your career path more than the knowledge you have and the passion you exude for what you do. One thing she mentioned is that when she hires people, she looks for that spark. That little fire inside them that they show in their eagerness to learn more.
5.Dont be ashamed of a varied background
One thing we all had questions about was how she transitioned her roles. She started in customer service, then moved to sales then to marketing and eventually to general manager. Making those changes did not come easy, especially coming from various backgrounds. She mentioned that having a few different areas of experience on your resume is not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you can translate how those roles can help you excel in the role you want, there is no excuse to not try for it. I know it is especially hard to switch roles during your career. We sometimes feel that because we have started on path, whether it be in sales or customer service that we can’t ever make that jump over to a marketing or operations department. That is simply not true.
Make a point to be interested in other areas of operation and relate your daily work to a position in that field. There is no fence, holding you to that area if you feel like you want to branch out. It’s all about showing interest.
Screen door is all about Southern cuisine with hearty fresh organic produce and meats. They blend Southern soul food, Cajun and French/New Orleans food styles to create this amazing menu!
When my cousins said that the wait would probably be over an hour for our 12 person table, all of us Midwesterners were thinking the same thing, “this place better be good”! And don’t worry we were not disappointed! It is completely worth the wait!
Sure enough we waited about an hour total for a table, but were greeted by a our server offering mimosas, bloody marys and other tasty brunch drinks! After ordering our drinks we browsed through the extensive menu for not only breakfast, but lunch. We were brunching hard today! While their menu is extensive I wanted to feature a couple of their staple items that were drop dead delicious!
Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich
“Warm, freshly baked buttermilk biscuit w/ choice of: fried chicken breast & country sausage gravy, pimiento cheese, pork sausage & over easy fried egg or w/ choice of grits, cheddar grits or roasted potatoes.”
I mean this just looks like a heart attack but so worth it!
Screen Door Praline Bacon
“Smoked bacon caramelized w/ toasted pecans, brown sugar and cayenne”
Well this is just heaven! All you bacon lovers out there, and I know a lot of you are, this is where it is at! I mean seriously I felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast!
Vanilla Bean Brioche French Toast
Pretty Self explanatory, french toast with a vanilla taste!
I split this with my boyfriend Mark because we wanted this and chicken and waffles. It was good but nothing that I was head over heels with. Not like the other items!
Screen Door Praline Bacon waffle
Screen Door’s, “signature praline bacon baked into a light yeast raised waffle topped with a strip of praline bacon, whipped cream & toasted pecans”
Again a staple piece at Screen Door with waffle and melt in your mouth praline bacon!
Screen door fried chicken and waffle
“Buttermilk battered fried chicken breasts over a sweet potato waffle”
First off I have had quite a bit of chicken and waffles in my day but this was by far the best I have ever had! The chicken was moist ( I know you hate that word but oh well), it was tender but yet perfectly crispy and the spices were perfect! The waffles were also delicious! Even though they were sweet potato, I couldn’t really taste the difference BUT with the chicken and waffle together it was the perfect blend!
Since my boyfriend Mark and I couldn’t decide on just one dish we decided to split this and the french toast so we got 3 pieces of chicken…trust me they are huge pieces!
Screen Door is considered to be one of the best if not THEE best weekend brunch spots in Portland Oregon. While it also serves dinner it is known for it’s brunch and classic southern dishes such as amazing chicken and waffles and of course that DAM candy praline bacon! This place is all about comfort food and making your stomach happy! Screen Door prides themselves on having the best Southern Cooking in Oregon and I am a believer!
If you have the pleasure to make it to downtown Portland, the Screen Door is not a place you want to pass up! Do your taste buds and favor and stop in and get you some fried chicken and waffles!
My boyfriend Mark and I decided to rent a bike from Eagle Rider while we were visiting my family in Oregon this past week. We rented out of the Milwaukie location and we were ready for a fun adventure and to see some locations where The Goonies movie was filmed. I have to say that this is the first time in my life that we kind of just let the day flow and didn’t have exact plans, but this was an amazing trip!
Just as a heads up, being Chicago suburb native, people in Oregon SUCK at driving so going through the city of Portland with all the windy expressways and constant stop and go traffic (for no reason) was less than favorable. But, once we got off 26 and onto 101 it was nothing but beautiful hillsides and back roads of Oregon!
The first place we headed on the bike was Astoria to see The Goonies House…YES the REAL Goonies House! Not only is that movie a classic but it is one of my favorites so I couldn’t miss out on being a tourist and seeing the real thing! And as you all know I love my 80’s Cindy Lauper songs
To get to Astoria you have to travel over a one late road that has the Columbia River on both sides. While it was one of the most epic rides I have been on it was kind of scary with how windy it was that day! Her is a video leaving Astoria but you get the point!
As soon as we got to Astoria we were not only a little chilly from our roughly 2 hour trip but we were starving so we stopped at a cute place on the water called Baked Alaska. The view on the outside deck and the food was delicious! We even saw a few up close breaches of sea lions, but I didn’t get any good pictures or videos because their visits were so fast…
Mark ordered the steak while I ordered the spicy pulled pork flatbread pizza. We enjoyed the view while we drank some cocktails.
After lunch we headed up the street to see the official Goonies House. While you are not really suppose to even enter the street, nor stop at take pictures we did SUPER FAST so we didn’t get in trouble.
It is crazy to think that people have decided to live there, but the view is amazing! If was fun to think that I was standing on the same ground where Chunk made the truffle shuffle so famous!
This was by far my favorite part of the trip! The view was absolutely amazing and the rock was huge!!
Both beaches were not only historic in regards to Goonies fanatics, but both locations were absolutely gorgeous and epic to visit! I would highly recommend a trip up there if you are going to be visiting the Oregon, Washington or even California area; just dress warm!
Yesterday was National Watermelon Day and if you have not had any watermelon flavored drink this summer, I am very surprised. I feel like watermelon water and juice is all over the produce section. Which if you want a refreshing watermelon drink, try the watermelon juice at Trader Joe’s or Watermelon Water at your local grocery. Or if you want to have some watermelon cocktails, I have some amazing recipes for you today! Any one of these would be a hit at your end of summer bbq or just to sip on while you relax in the sun.
Drinking a cocktail directly from a mini watermelon is one of the dopest things you can do in the summer time, we know this. I had one of these at Navy Pier a few summers ago and I could see a lot of people noticing how fresh to death it was to carry that thing. Either way, make one of these for yourself this summer, you deserve it! Get the full recipe at Drinkwire.
Have you guys had a Negroni this summer? You need to, it might be one of my favorite new summer time drinks! A crisp mix of gin, vermouth and campari makes a classic negroni. This recipe uses Aperol and Watermelon to make a unique flavor. Really want to try this one! Get the recipe at ProbablyThis.
I am amazed at how easy most of these cocktail recipes are. Makes me wonder why I have not been making them from the beginning! This is another simple vodka drink summer flavor. I like the simplicity of it and the use of St Germain. Full recipe at Love & Lemons.
A great drink in the summer time is as easy as mixing watermelon, mint and coconut water. But if you want that same refreshing taste plus some vodka, this is a great recipe for you. Get the full drink recipe at Host the Toast.
Time to get your tool set out and make this watermelon keg! First of all it looks cool and it’s guaranteed fresh with the tap right in the melon. Learn how to do this for your next summer party at SheKnows.
This week I decided to mix two different styles, professional and edgy. For work the other day, I put on my Francesca’sblack and white stripped dress and realized it was too basic. I wanted to add a little flair so, I added my YMI Jeans cut off jean jacket.
To balance off the outfit I added my simple black New York and Company flip flops since I already had color and pattern on top. I then accessorized with basic silver bracelets and earrings for a little sparkle and then just a slight pink color on the lips. I topped off the outfit with my used Louis Vuitton 25 bag that I recently purchased as a gift for myself on Tradesy after selling some of my clothes this year!
As you can see Kip loves his Mommy and enjoys helping me pick my outfits out
This outfit is great for a casual workplace and basically any casual event such as a lawn concert, shopping, antiquing, lunch date, dinner date or even just taking the dog for a walk!
How funny is it that I created this post, and just today I had a Facebook reminder from exactly one year ago when I made 3 loaves of zucchini bread. I remember having so much zucchini last year that I made 3 loaves of zucchini bread and zucchini mac and cheese. The year before that I made stuffed zucchini, there are really so many ways to make this wonder vegetable!
I guess it’s not too surprising, since it’s peak zucchini season. Smart vegetable growers planter their zucchini at the beginning of summer and are now reaping the benefits.
But while I love a classic zucchini bread, I really wanted to try something new. So I made one plain zucchini bread this year and one Green Tea Zucchini Bread. I had my boyfriend try both, without telling him what I made each with, and he prefered the Green Tea version! It was so good and a great change from the regular recipe. I made a few swaps in ingredients and added some almond extract and green tea matcha powder to give it fun flavor. This is definitely one of our new favorite recipes!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups refined coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup matcha powder
2 cups grated zucchini
½ cup chopped pecans, plus extra for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread loaf pan and set aside.
Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl. Stir well. Then mix in all other ingredients and stir well.
Once mixed thoroughly, pour into bread pan and top with a sprinkle of extra crushed pecans. Bake for 1 hour. Use a knife or toothpick to check if it’s cooked all the way through.
Happy August 1st! It’s the start of a new month and the beginning of the end of summer. But before you get all bummed out about not having enough summer fun, start thinking of the good things that come with August. For one thing, August 20th is both National Lazy Day AND National S’mores Day. That legit sounds better than Christmas. NFL preseason begins August 7th and August is National Family Fun Month. So there are quite a few things to look forward too. But if you need more convincing, here are 5 things to embrace about August.
1.Summer Clearance – Now is the time to get the best deals on your summer threads. About this time, retailers are shoving the tank tops and skirts to the clearance rack, ready for you to scoop up. If you are living in warmer climates where cold weather does not roll around until December, you can still benefit from the sales and wear the clothes. Something I like to do is buy something on clearance at the end of the season and pack it away with my summer clothes. Then when spring rolls around next year, I have a new item for my wardrobe!
2.Ice Cream – Winding down are the days when you go for ice cream and enjoy it outside. There is a great place in downtown Lake Forest my boyfriend and I have been going to calledSweet Pete’s. They have every candy you could imagine as well as ice cream and frozen yogurt. It’s nice to get a cone of ice cream and enjoy the warm nights while you still can.
3.Back to School Mentality – Remember when August rolled around and it was suddenly time to get back to the school grind? If you are still in school then this is something you are still very familiar with, but if you have been out of school for a few years’ time to give it another try. Not going back to school that is, but just getting that back to school mindset. I know for me when another college semester rolled in it was all about how I was going to stay on track with my courses and study and put my best effort into all of it. Sometimes we lose that edge when we are stuck in our daily grind, so use this season so push yourself more. It can be anything, push yourself to save more or focus more of your time on a forgotten project. Either way, think of it as going back to it. Going back to being more thankful, going back to that thing I really wanted to learn to do but never did. You get the idea, stay hungry people!
4.Labor Day- Don’t freak out but this is the last 3-day weekend for a while. Do you think you can hold out until then? I know Labor Day is not until September, but might as well start planning now. Use this as weekend to spend in warm weather before we go into full on hibernation mode in the winter.
5. Prepare for Fall – Don’t worry I am not going to forget about those of you who love the changing season. A summer to fall transition is sometimes what you want more than spring to fall. A lot of us out there enjoy the chilly weather, and fall outfits of course. Now is a good time to prepare for fall by cleaning out your closet to make room from new fall threads. New boots, new purses, whatever you want. Just don’t pile that onto your old stuff you have no intention of keeping. Time to start researching your Halloween outfit (for those that are mega into their costumes like Britt) and pinning those pumpkin recipes on your Fall Pinterest board. No shame in your game, you love fall and that’s great!
There is really a day for everything! It’s National Lipstick Day and whether you hate lipstick or love it, I am sure you have at least tried it. For today’s post we thought we would list or 3 favorite lipstick brands and colors. Now you don’t have to be an avid lipstick user to enjoy some of these colors. A lot of them can be used for special occasions only or for a special night out. You never know what you will like until you try it! Check out our favorite lipsticks!
A great set that let’s you choose if you want a lipstick with shine or sheerness. Sometimes it can come off as childish and look cheap but this set is perfect and comes in a convenient package for only $40 for 3 lipsticks! With all three shades you will have the ultimate color for any outfit or style!
I am sure you would be surprised to tell me that this cheap $3.90 lipstick crayon is actually one of my favorite lipsticks out there, but it is! The quality is actually really good and the crayon moisturizes lips while giving them a nice pop of color. The only thing is that you do have too apply frequently since your lips will lose the color fast. If you are looking for a quick and cheap choice, this is for you!
I am not a big lipstick fan. I tend to wear more tinted balms during the day and gloss when I go out. But on occasion, it is nice to get a good lipstick in there for weddings ad other formal events. My favorite brand for lipstick in general would have to be Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier. Laura Mercier is a bit more affordable and I have never had issues with my lips feeling dry or the color fading. I don’t venture into the bold lip look as much as Brittany so you will see a lot of my lipstick colors are a pale pink or nude. This is a great lipstick to keep in your makeup drawer for a few reasons. It’s goes on smooth (but lip primer helps) and does not feel heavy like lipstick. Also the color goes with just about everything.
I clearly have a major affection for Pacifica. I use their lip balms all throughout the day, so I was pretty excited to try their lipstick. I actually used this for the last wedding I was in. I hate anything that feels like heavy lipstick and this is a brand you can trust to be lightweight. It goes on clean like a balm but has more color like a lipstick.
Last but not least another of my favorite beauty brands, Tarte. They make the best stuff you guys, including lipsticks. I got this lipstick as a sample and have always gone back to it. It’s another great basic color to use during the day or to use at night with a layed of gloss over. Also it’s one sale for $14.
I don’t want to alarm you guys but next week is August. Yeah, the last month of summer. So please, do yourself a favor and soak up some sun, get outside and enjoy some seasonal produce, like mango!
I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and made a make your own 6-pack of beer. I got some watermelon beer, grapefruit beer and a KBC Mango Pale Ale. I was not so sure about the mango beer, but I wanted to give it a try. I am so glad I did, because I loved it! It was my favorite beer out the 6-pack so far, however I did get a Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale that I have not tried yet.
It was surprised by the mango beer but it got me thinking about other mango drinks I could be enjoying. So, please enjoy this mango cocktail round up for today’s Thirsty Thursday! It’s not long before mango is out of season, so get them while they are cheap!
What is summer without a great margarita recipe? This is fun one to try because is combines heat and sweetness. The chile rubbed rim is optional, but you might as well give it the try to get the full flavor.
Mango Moscato Smoothie
Look, you guys have no excuse not to make this drink. You only need two ingredients, so stop playing games and make this drink for your friends this summer. If you’re kicking it with your girlfriends on a Saturday night drinking moscato, you can easily add some mango puree to make this fun drink. Get the recipe and more at Maebells.com.
This is an easy drink to make and it’s perfect for summertime. The cool, icey drink uses mango sorbet and fresh thyme. It’s a perfect after dinner cocktail that will satisfy your sweeth tooth. Check out Vinepair.com for the full recipe.
This is the recipe I was most looking forward to since I was so in love with the mango beer I tried. This recipe from Glue & Glitter really has me excited because it has a lot of elements for summer; beer, sweetness and heat. Don’t be afraid to try something new with this beer cocktail.
I love this recipe because it sounds exactly like something I would order off the drink menu of restaurant. If I saw this on the happy hour list, best buh-lieve I would be ordering it. But I don’t have to wait for that moment because I can make it myself! Great pictures and recipes at FoolProofLiving.com.
I am a big fan if subbing anything into mimosa’s. I don’t drink orange juice so whenver there is mimosa’s I just stick to champagne, unless I happen to bring along some pineapple juice. This recipe sounds like a great go to for anyone who wants a new kind of mimosa for the summertime. It’s a clever use of mint too, which always grows abundantly in the summer time.
Another classic summertime drink made unique with a touch of mango. My dad and my sister love some summertime mojito’s, but if my sister saw this on a menu I am sure she would order it. It does not stray away from a classic mojito either, so you don’t have to worry about losing that crisp mint flavor.
It’s easy to trade peaches and mangos in recipes. Both have a soft texture and are not too sweet. They are both relatively the same color and go great with wines. Luckily you don’t have to swap anything with this recipe. A one two punch of peach schnapps and mango chunks make this a standout sangria! Get the recipe at JenniferMeyering.com.