Hey friends! It’s been a nice long weekend off but it’s time to ‘get back at it.’ Before the work week is back in full swing I wanted to touch base with you all. I know I am often sharing pretty projects or new cocktail recipes but during the day I am firmly planted in the marketing world. I’m pretty sure it’s clear that I’m not a full-time blogger (if I was I’d be slacking, ha!). I’m the Director of Content and Community for The Grommet and have been a part of an awesome team there for the past five years. Before that, I worked freelance helping women grow their businesses through social media and online marketing. Building relationships to support small businesses and helping them grow is genuinely what gets me up in the morning (even if what keeps me going is the promise of an end-of-the-day cocktail hour!).
This time of year, the bridge between the Christmas craze and the impending New Year, is sort of odd —isn’t it? Typically I find myself in reflection of the previous year and feeling a bit melancholy about letting it go. Not this year. Personally, I say good riddance to 2014.
This year I have been walking around feeling like a poster child for all of those inspirational/therapeutic sayings on Pinterest. Yep, each one of these was “made for me!” (and I’m sure all of the other folks who pinned them too feel the same). But this phrase, is the one I played on repeat in my mind. All. Year. Long.
Instead of resolutions I could make a list of lessons learned. Lessons about others and definitely lessons about myself. Perhaps I’ll do that….and keep them in my pocket. Write down all the lessons I (unfortunately) learned the hard way. (Que the George Strait lyrics … “Baby, write this down, take a little note // To remind you in case you didn’t know).
We talk a lot about food here on the blog. And my family is always looking for ways to gather around and share a good meal. We’re pretty darn lucky to have more than we can eat on most days. But did you know that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger? All walks of life, all cities….you just never know who is struggling. The fact that 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from breaks my heart. It could be our neighbor, or yours.
This fall I’m excited to be teaming up with Unilever Project Sunlight to help rally people across the country to join in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I’ll be sharing ways we’re tackling this issue in our own neighborhood soon.
I stumbled upon this word…. fernweh and it describes perfectly the feeling I have been having. It’s like I NEED to explore, to see, to go.
I’ve noticed that lately I have had this undeniable urge to just go. Travel. Get out. Don’t get me wrong, I (more than most maybe) love to be a homebody. I appreciate spending weekends with my people doing things like baking, gardening, and just being. But the past year or so, I just constantly want to GO.
This past weekend the family and I escaped for a nice long Memorial Day weekend at one of our favorite places. Filled with sun, water and family — we couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop for an easy, simple, and fun mini-getaway.
Between water sports, beach time, grilling, and a little R&R — we had a fun filled trip. Here are a few pics of our weekend. See all of the pics from our weekend on Instagram tagged #99summerdays.
The sun was warm (which meant I was in my happy place). It really felt like a kick-off to summer.
Cruisin’ along side the river was in the cards as well.
No long weekend is complete (in my book) without a themed drink! This one was super simple: vodka, cherry 7-up and a few maraschino cherries to garnish. Also, cute straws are a must (these cute pinwheel straws came from Target).
Grilling was a must-do. Simple all-beef hot dogs hit the spot for easy grilling that pleased the crowd. Hebrew National had us covered (and they are the best hot dog in my opinion). Good, simple, food. Plus they are easy to make and everyone is happy. Perfect for summer get-togethers. I love pairing it with a veggie packed spaghetti pasta salad.
Tori’s Summer Spaghetti Pasta Salad
-1 package thin spaghetti
-1 jar Zest Italian salad dressing
-1/2 jar Salad Supreme (look in the spice aisle)
-1/2 large red onion, finely diced
-1 green bell pepper, finely diced
-2 large tomatoes, finely diced
-2 cucumbers, finely diced
Cook spaghetti and toss with bottle of dressing. Finely dice all veggies, put in a large bowl and mix in salad supreme. Combine dressed spaghetti with veggies, nix well. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (it gets better with time!).
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It’s a new year which means many resolutions will be made (and many more broken). After ringing in a festive but low-key 2013 with close friends, the Mr. and I are enjoying a late morning of breakfast, movies, and a warm fire. Instead of making resolutions we’ve decided to make a 2013 bucket list. We know we want to do more as a family while our girls are young and we want to live life more … be present. To accomplish this we are starting our bucket list with several “must do” and “must see” goals. So far we have volunteering together and surf lessons. A of couple amusement parks and natural wonders have also made our top 10.
So friends, cheers to a NEW year. For us 2012 was a roller coaster and we’re looking forward to a more purposeful 2013.