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    21 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
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  • Needle in a craystack.
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
  • Georgia Peaches

    The Hungry Twenties
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hey everyone!  If you saw my post on Instagram or are my friend on Facebook than you saw my big announcement yesterday.  At the end of the summer, I will be packing up my home in Upstate New York and starting a new adventure.  I'm trading in New York apples for Georgia peaches and moving to Atlanta, Georgia to start a new job that I officially accepted and announced this week.You might be thinking, "Katelyn, are you insane?  I don't know a ton about your job but you do post all the time about how you love it and you get to travel to exciting places like Romania, Turkey,…
  • home again, safe again...

    your wishcake.
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    There's something so surreal about being back in your own space after more than two weeks away from home. Everything is familiar, but not. When we touched down at the airport yesterday evening, I was surprised by how much I missed California. Maybe not California exactly, but certainly the life my husband and I have created here. Our cozy space, our routine, our regular visits to favorite places.I am so grateful Eisley and I had the luxury of such a long vacation with family. We were intending to keep the trip short, since Jay had to return to work after only a handful of days. But when we…
  • A Gearhead Trapped in a Skirt Suit

    DC Dana
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    I'm posting a throw-back this week since I've been discussing cars with my friends lately. I drive a retro-looking Mustang and I love it. It's fast, it's cute, and part of me just has to buck convention and everyone else in D.C. seems to drive BMWs or Audis, so dang it - I'm sticking to the Ford muscle car in protest.Sure, it doesn't look as "mature," or "professional" as something that blends in, but I've never been good at trying to blend in - as evidenced by my choice of a first car: A 1967 Camaro.Below is from a post I originally wrote in 2011 about that car. Let your inner teenage boy…
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  • Belk Fall Fashion Tour Stops in Dallas

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Nelli The fashion-savvy Arlene Goldstein, VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk department stores, visited Dallas last week to showcase new styles for fall. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for cooler temps, cozy sweaters and boots! This exclusive event took place at Galleria Dallas inside Belk. The audience got a sneak peek at upcoming styles by designer brands sold at Belk such as Trina Turk, Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, Pink Tartan and French Connection. Arlene showcased fall’s…
  • P.F. Chang’s Spark Something New

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: elysa Thank you P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring today’s discussion and for the tasty date night! We had an awesome opportunity to try out P.F. Chang’s latest menu items this week, so we took the chance to take a break from usual and see what the new offering is like.    They’ve recently rolled out their new menu, and it includes several new items, including new sushi and maki items, and small plates that are great for when you want to eat light or build a little variety into your meal. We opted to try a little bit of everything, so the small…
  • 9 Workouts You Can Squeeze In At Work

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Nelli If you sit down for hours and hours at work, a little bit of exercise throughout the day will help improve your attitude, performance and stress levels. Theresa Roemer, CEO of Theresa Roemer, LLC and 1999 U.S. Open Title holder for Body Building wants to share her nine simple exercises that you can squeeze in at work. It’s easy to do, and you’ll be happy you did it! Credit: Theresa Roemer 1. Sit up straight at your desk engaging your core muscles.  If your upper and lower abs are working, its like doing light crunches as…
  • Kendra Scott Partners with Raven + Lily to Give Back

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    This post was written by Genpink author: elysa Kendra Scott, Founder and CEO of Kendra Scott Jewelry, has partnered with Raven + Lily to give back to the Austin community that has helped her grow her brand into the global company it is today.  Kendra Scott is an accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott.  In partnership with Raven + Lily, Kendra has worked closely with fellow Austinite Kirsten Dickerson to create a two piece collection that will be sold exclusively at Kendra Scott stores in Texas.  The…
  • B.O.R.N. to Style on FYI Network

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Ashley From far right: Brandon Hood, Terry Artis, Kristen Brown, JJ Langan, top: Devin Stokes, bottom: Jonathan Bodrick, owner. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FYI Network through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about B.O.R.N. to Style, all opinions are my own. Imagine a more racially diverse, fashionable Brady Bunch and you’ll be thinking of FYI Network’s new show, B.O.R.N. to Style. It’s a show with a cast of sassy fashionistas from different backgrounds with a spider web of connections to…
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    Young Upstarts

  • [Review] Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Jessica Oaks Some of the time, you need more than what a mere smartphone or tablet have to offer. So mobile device manufacturers have taken the best of what smartphones and tablets provide and combined them into a new device coined the “phablet.” In fact, the phablet is currently beginning to overtake the tablet in sales, becoming the new surrogate for the tablet experience. One of the most popular phablets is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Read on to find out more about this amazing device: Device Size. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers a high-definition screen display measuring 5.7…
  • The End Of “Build It Yourself” Software

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap On May 7, 1947, Levitt & Sons announced their first rental homes in Levittown, New York. Of the 2,000 homes, more than 1,000 were rented within two days. The Levitts decided to build another 4,000 homes, which they were building at a rate of 30 houses per day by July of 1948. Their assembly chain approach to construction brought in a level of efficiency, cost-savings and quality that was previously unmatched. They met high demand for affordable homes with a single, replicable solution. The otherwise identical homes could be customized with the…
  • How Depression And Stress In The Workplace Are Killing Productivity

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    by Graeme Cowan, author of “Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder“ In a hyper-competitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead—working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations — often with little acknowledgment for their efforts. The result is a workforce that’s not just disengaged (Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report revealed that…
  • How To Succeed As A Successful Entrepreneur Today

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    by Teddy Hunt Many view starting a business as complete madness. While venturing out on the road to entrepreneurship does present a high risk level, there are enough success stories to prove it’s not complete mania. In fact, some of the youngest entrepreneurs actually hold the most impressive legacies, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Mark Masters, and these fresh faces are quickly taking over start-up world. Here are a few tips, tricks, and guidelines to get you on the road to successful entrepreneurship. Promote Yourself. A product won’t sell itself, no matter how ingenious the idea.
  • Your 7-A-Day Diet For Business Fitness

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Catherine Filmer, Marketing Co-Ordinator at Access Back in April, NHS Choices published the results of a UK-based study that used information on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England. The survey results suggested that seven portions of fruit and vegetables per day were more beneficial than the five that we’re all used to. This led us to thinking about how your business could adopt a similar 7-a-day diet to help business fitness. Having robust, lean processes and implementing the right software solutions to manage these processes…
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    Du Wax Loolu

  • Eight months old

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Dear Annika,Today you are eight months old. We are in prime Peak of the Baby season, and it is glorious. This month it feels like rather than any major breakthroughs, you've been working on building upon the skills you already have. You sit endlessly by now, and are happiest like that, playing. You've spent a lot of time this past month working on getting up on all fours--you can get up on your knees, though you don't usually hold the position for long, and you also do a lot of planking and downward dog. It seems like progress toward crawling, though I think that may still be a ways away.
  • Seven months old

    2 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Dear Annika,Today you are seven months old. Closer to a year than to birth. Let's not discuss it.It feels like a lot has changed this past month in terms of your skills, your disposition, and the way you spend your time. By now you are a master sitter and can sit unsupported indefinitely (though we still put a pillow behind you to accommodate the occasional crash). As a result, you spend most of your play time sitting or playing on your belly (you will often get yourself from sitting to prone-on-the-belly on purpose by leaning forward as far as you can and then kind of toppling off your…
  • Six months old

    2 May 2014 | 8:05 am
    Dear Annika,Today you are six months old. It's your half birthday!You continue to be the most delightful baby. You are mellow and happy basically all the time. You have a huge grin that you offer up constantly, and an adorable baby belly laugh, which your brother is especially good at producing. You have plumped up and have that classic-baby look of arm and leg rolls, cherubic face, big blue eyes, and gummy smile.This month has been all about gross motor skills for you. You are now rolling very consistently from your back to your belly, and sometimes over again onto your back, though that…
  • Five months old

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dear Annika,Today you are five months old. This is a prime chunky baby age, and it is delightful.You have become an extremely vocal baby this month. You are figuring out your vocal cords in earnest, and the results have been... squawky. You light up and let out a string of delighted babbling when you catch sight of us. You "talk" back to us when we talk to you. When you hear voices or noises around you, you crane your neck to see what's going on. You shriek when you're displeased or when you're playing with toys, and you have become quite ear-piercing. You're also babbling and talking…
  • Four months old

    2 Mar 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Dear Annika,Today you are four months old. Four! You are the most delightful little baby. You smile and laugh all the time, and squeal and shriek with delight when you see us. We introduced you to your jumperoo this month, and you will happily spend ages in there, bouncing and chatting. You remain mostly calm and mellow, and you love to be around people, though you definitely need your space to recharge.Your fine motor skills have really developed this month. You're able to manipulate toys surprisingly well for your age--you can grasp toys, pass them from one hand to the other, reliably get…
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    These Little Moments

  • Andrew Jay – A Birth Story

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Oh, hey! I had a baby! Three weeks ago! Andrew “Drew” Jay joined us on June 8th. We are overcome with love and happiness. Here is his story. On Friday, June 6th, I felt off. I can’t explain it exactly, but I felt differently than I had the previous 39 week. I was also losing my mucus plug (Oops! Sorry! Gross TMI birth stuff a must.), and since the same thing happened the entire day before my labor started with Ryan, I had an inkling this baby’s birthday was not far off. At just four days from my due date and having experienced lots of false contractions near the end of…
  • Life, and thoughts and feelings on baby #3

    6 May 2014 | 7:48 am
    It’s been a long time since I stopped by here. No excuses or anything, it just is what it is. Let’s just dive right in then, shall we? Today I am 35-weeks pregnant with our third little guy. I feel fortunate that aside from a really crummy first trimester and the fact that I caught every single illness Owen brought home from preschool this endless winter, this has actually been my easiest pregnancy yet. I’m sleeping, I’m not really waddling, I’ve gained less weight than before and aches and pains have been minimal. Maybe this one knows I can’t possibly…
  • Oatmeal Banana Muffins

    13 Feb 2014 | 10:49 am
    If the way my boys eat now is any indication of how they will eat in the future, I fear for what my grocery bill will be 10 years from now with three very hungry boys. Getting them to actually sit down and eat a meal in its entirety is challenging, but what I find instead is that they graze all day long. It’s so easy to fall into the packaged snacks trap. I’m definitely guilty of doling out the squeeze applesauce, Goldfish, and graham crackers out of sheer ease and convenience. I don’t plan on stopping that any time soon, but it’s certainly nice to have some easy,…
  • Releasing the Guilt and Peacefully Parenting a 3-Year Old

    12 Feb 2014 | 7:10 am
    I had a moment last week where I totally broke down. After a day of irritability to the extreme — everyone and everything was making me cranky — I lay in my bed and sobbed until the tears ran dry. There really was no one reason for it; more of an accumulation of things from of a really hard, really long month. I just felt done. Immediately after returning to school after winter break, Owen came down with a horrible cough. He would be unable to catch his breath and as a result, he would throw up. In the kitchen, on the couch, in his bed. It lasted a week, and despite my best…
  • Baby #3

    27 Jan 2014 | 11:58 am
    If you don’t follow me on my other various forms of social media, you probably don’t know I’m pregnant again. So, surprise! I’m…21 weeks pregnant. With another boy. I feel as though I have failed you as a blogger in withholding this knowledge so long. My apologies! Here, I’ll summarize for you: - thought I wasn’t pregnant. Peed on a stick to rule it out because I was meeting friends for drinks. Forgot about the test for 20 minutes. Went to throw out what was obviously a negative test…only it was positive. - begin to show immediately. By the…
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    Devin Reams

  • Photos from Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens, nearly three years after Rachel and I were married there, with her family to see the Chihuly art exhibit. The glass art and sculptures were well adapted to their environments and a beautiful addition to the gardens. Check out my photos over at Exposure.
  • Chapter 2: Joining GitHub

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Six months ago I joined the impressive team at GitHub. Since I haven’t publicly shared much about my experiences yet I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on my latest chapter. What is GitHub? GitHub’s goal is to help individuals and organizations build better software, together. We do this by providing tools that enable teams to collaborate quickly and easily, and produce higher-quality results than possible with other tools and philosophies. We use GitHub to build GitHub. Our roots are based in the open source community but we also understand very large organizations (and their…
  • Expressions That I Hope Disappear

    6 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve recently realized two seemingly harmless expressions may unintentionally continue to shape our thoughts to disenfranchise great groups of individuals. With some self-reflection I’ve resolved to avoid using the following. “suck” or “blow” Alluding to an action that pleasures a man, typically used to describing something bad. The negative connotation being that those things or individuals that are “in service” of men are lesser. That movie did not “suck”, that movie ended poorly. Those ideas do not “blow”, they could be better refined. you “guys” In many…
  • Photos from camping and hiking at Surprise Lake

    28 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The weekend after our summer road trip we headed up towards Silverthorne with a big group of friends to do some camping and get a nice day of hiking in. We ended up at the Green Mountain Reservoir and hiked up to Surprise Lake. It was a great trip and a fun reminder of how lucky we are to live in Colorado. Check out the photos and stories from our camping and hiking trip over at Exposure.
  • Photos from our summer road trip

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    This past week Rachel and I took off on a little vacation. We drove our new Prius (averaged 47 MPG!) through Wyoming, South Dakota, into Iowa, and back through Nebraska to Colorado. Along the way we saw sights (Mount Rushmore!) and camped out (at the Little House on the Prairie homestead!) and had a great time. Check out the photos and stories from our summer road trip over at Exposure.
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    Forum Discussions - 20 Something Bloggers

  • Jetpack Open Graph Tag Issues

    Sarah Hayes
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Hey all! So I finished up a redesign of my website last night and everything is pretty much good to go. I'm not super proficient in code, but I know enough to manipulate what's there. That being said, since I finished the redesign, somehow my open graph tags with Jetpack got jacked up, so now whenever I try to post new content to FB (both the homepage and my new blog post from today), it just pulls up a blank image. I know what the code looks like that I need to fix, but I can't figure out where that piece of code is in the CSS files or Jetpack plugin CSS files. I tried uninstalling and…
  • Blog Feedback (Travel)

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Hey guys. Newbie here. I'm a traveler (backpacker), and I started blogging a couple months ago. I have finally settled on a layout, after changing it a billion times, and settled on a rough format to structure my posts. I was hoping I could get some feedback from people that have been blogging longer! Because of travel, I have sketchy internet connection, so I want to "settle" on a theme now, while I have 'net, so that I can just concentrate on writing later on.  I'm at A Red Rover, and of course, any feedback is appreciated! 
  • Could you please review my blog?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:49 am
    Hello everyone, I was going through the discussions and I have reviewed many of the blogs that have requested for the same. I would like to get some reviews about my blog. Please feel free to let me know whatever you feel about it. What improvements must be made and what are the weak points. I Thank you in advance :) Here is the link Rangelz blog.
  • Heading to Europe - what European-only cosmetic brands/products should I try to find?

    29 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    Hey all! I'm heading to Amsterdam and the UK for three weeks and, as a cosmetic junkie, I'm wondering what I need to pick up while I'm abroad. Do you beauty bloggers have any suggestions? I'm definitely going to look for Sleek blushes and Kiko stuff. Anything else I'm missing?
  • FAFSA Tweet Sparks Outrage. Is it justified?

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes brands and government agencies try to be funny on social media, and sometimes it works. This time, however, it appears it didn't. Yesterday the folks behind the FAFSA Twitter account thought they'd make light of an issue that many people, namely students, feel quite strongly about. The tweet in question has since been removed, but here's a screenshot: Of course this sparked offense and people let FAFSA know how they felt about it: Personally, although I'm not offended by the tweet, I'm not laughing at it either. I think it was distasteful and the fact that FAFSA deleted it just…
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    Geoff Campbell

  • Google Analytics Presentation at WhippleHill Conference

    Geoff Campbell
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    On Thursday (July 10th), I presented (alongside web consultants from WhippleHill) on how private schools can immediately take advantage of the most immediately useful insights on Google Analytics. Below is a snapshot of the conference program and slides from my presentation. I recorded the presentation and will add that video later this week. After the presentation I had some great in person and online feedback. It was a great experience for me and I’m glad that people at other schools found it helpful. I need to include a shout-out to my Public Speaking professor Dennis Kinsey of the…
  • Professional Development

    Geoff Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Google Analytics Individual Qualification Over the last seven months at my first salaried job, I’ve found that my education and experience up to my start date has been helpful. However, I’ve also found that most of all, knowing how to learn has been useful. This skill is crucial especially in environments where job duties change and new technologies are needed to fulfill the same end goals. In a few short months I’ve improved my skill at Final Cut Pro X by training for and passing the Level 1 certification exam, improved my technical proficiency with InDesign CS6 with a…
  • Represented Mount Allison at a college fair

    Geoff Campbell
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On Tuesday, March 18, I represented Mount Allison University at a college fair in Massachusetts. I was offered the opportunity after speaking to a past classmate at Mount Allison who now works in the school’s admissions office and is responsible for recruiting in the U.S. I got in touch with him about recruiting Hebron students and he asked me about whether I’d be willing to be the face of my alma mater at a college fair. I had an amazing time at Mount Allison. I wrote about my experiences for the Registrar’s Office (which, in Canada, includes admissions) for four years and…
  • “Welcome to Hebron” Video

    Geoff Campbell
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:52 pm
    In between all the things that come up at an active boarding school I was able to shoot and edit a welcome video for accepted students. You can take a look below. I’m working on a longer video that will be completed later this month. Filed under: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Last Winter Pictures

    Geoff Campbell
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:44 pm
    With the end of the Winter trimester at Hebron comes the end of Winter (hopefully). Below are a few pictures I took of the kids at a local mountain. Hope you like them. Here’s the rest of the set. Filed under: Photography
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    Temerity Jane

  • Crotch Gate Gate.

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Yesterday I mentioned that my post was going to be in three parts, and there ended up being only two parts, for two reasons. The first reason was that I kind of got carried away talking about how I was going to talk about The Wet Brush, which is kind of the problem here – it’s never what I want to talk about that ends up being so many words, but me talking about what I’m going to talk about, and the lead in to what I’m going to talk about, and the things I think about that are kind of related to what I’m going to talk about that add so much bulk on to what could…
  • I won’t adjust to this and you can count on me for this. These are two different things.

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I have three different things I need to inform you about today, three totally different and completely unrelated things. I was thinking that a novel way to tell you about three different and totally unrelated topics would be to write three totally different and unrelated blog posts and then maybe even post them on three totally different days, maybe even three consecutive days, but it turns out that that’s just not the way I wobble. Much like I now literally live in the actual middle of the actual desert, so too does this blog exist as a bunch of nothingness with occasional giant blobs…
  • Item in drawers: a tale of husbandly betrayal, vanity progress, and the Anastasia Contour Kit-ish.

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Before we got married – actually, before we moved in together – ACTUALLY, before we were even officially dating, I told Phil that I don’t move. I mean, I physically move, like my limbs and stuff, if I have to. I meant that I don’t move my belongings from place to place. I’ll pack boxes and I’ll clean the place I’m leaving behind, but I don’t lift them and I don’t load trucks and I certainly don’t lift furniture out of one door and into another door. I just don’t do it. I don’t. And it’s fine if you want to consider…
  • Temerity Jane, slightly to the right.

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Here are seven things from one timezone and 450 miles to the right. 1. We are settled here in New Mexico, or mostly settled, or kind of settled, or we have a house and we are in it with our stuff. We are in the house and our stuff is in the house, and the doors of the house are closed around us and our stuff. That is a more accurate description than settled, I think. I am, as I am typing to you, literally surrounded by boxes, and you know that I don’t fuck around with the word literally, and also, I’ve moved to New Mexico now, and I’m done pretending like I’m going to…
  • So here’s what happened. Is happening. Will happen. Happenedingo.

    23 May 2014 | 3:12 pm
    So now that I’m done writing all those posts I promised I was totally going to write in the last post and we all enjoyed discussing all those things together and we feel really fulfilled and confident in my ability to do things exactly the way I say I’m going to do them, let’s talk about how things have been going for the last little while. It’s a long story, so this is a me-length post, or probably a double me, so, you know. Park it or bail out now, or scroll down to the big red text at the bottom if all you care about is how this all may affect you, personally.
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    Garcinia Cambogia Wonderland or Not?

  • Forskolin – What’s Stopping You From Learning How To Gain Weight At Lightning Speed?

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    We know that environmental surroundings and our lifestyle affect our wellness and how we look. Toxins are everywhere, the air we breathe, the food we eat and products we make full use of. Over time you start to remember those laughter lines deepening, tiredness, age spots, and loss of skin color. This is because your skin has been working overtime blocking toxins from entering your body and eliminating them. Cleaning could actually be some type of exercise. Housekeeping activities, with regard to vacuuming and dusting, can burn a respectable amount of calories which, of course, can trigger…
  • Splendid Tips Used For Achieving Stomach Weight Loss Quickly And Without Difficulty

    14 May 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Do you want to finally melt away the spare tire fast, easy, and without fad-dieting foolishness? Here are 7 top-secret tips for flattening a fat tummy like crazy! First you should know something about Green Coffee Bean Extract – there ARE Side Effects . The reality is that there are healthy carbohydrates and unhealthy ones. The healthy ones are individuals you in order to eating, you are on dieting or not ever. The unhealthy ones shouldn’t even be in your mouth whether you’re dieting not really! Healthy and effective weightloss program are not extreme according to this…
  • You Are Not Doomed Staying Fat Forever

    10 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    An effective quick fat burning will usually help people lose weight, within 7 days of purchasing it. Must take this activity if those motivates themselves to will what this program suggests. If you are in search of a workout plan to do it all for you, you will be sadly disappointed. How many times have you bought an infomercial product, suggesting you can lose this amount of weight anyone never actually tried make use of it. Below you’ll understand, what it will take anyone personally to finish the weight loss program you simply start. Green tea is one for the admired homemade remedies…
  • Fat Reduction Secrets To Burn Fat And Lose Weight

    7 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For lengthy time we are usually hoodwinked by misconceptions and diet products. We’ve been blinded by false commercials and advertisements. We’re told how the answer to weight loss comes from a mere product or tablet. Quite frankly, we all know they’re all false. Solution to weight is a well known fact. We all discover how to achieve health inside, but we’ve been lied to for so long that our former ideals have been distorted. Thus, I there to all my own engagement ring approach on this subject subject. I hope the readers will source the points presented useful in…
  • Latest Studies Show that Glyphosate Causes Gluten Intolerance

    Allison Daughtery
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    The incidence of gluten intolerance, celiac disease and other health problems linked to the consumption of wheat and gluten are on the rise world wide and seem to be reaching epidemic proportions. But while wheat, and more specifically gluten, have traditionally been blamed for this modern epidemic, new evidence points to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as being a probable cause or contributor to this rapidly increasing health crisis. It would seem that in recent times gluten has been blamed for more and more chronic health problems. In fact it’s…
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    She Takes on The World

  • Set Yourself Apart: Creating A Personal Brand When You’re Running A Business

    Natalie MacNeil
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    This blog post is being brought to you by Visa Small Business “You’re She Takes on the World!” That’s a common greeting I hear from people at conferences and events I attend. Natalie MacNeil has become somewhat synonymous with the She Takes on the World brand, and I am constantly examining where my personal brand and business brand overlap and where the two brands should be more distinguished. This is a common dilemma for solo entrepreneurs, who make up the majority of small business owners. I believe business owners should inject their own personalities and personal…
  • It’s Your Choice: The Antidote For Being Too Busy

    Natalie MacNeil
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and ask them how they’re doing and they say, “I am sooooo busy.” Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, “I’m really busy,” maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are. We are living in a very fast-paced world and I think we’re all feeling the pressure. I was recently in a café and heard a woman who was preoccupied on her phone tell her young daughter, “Mommy’s busy right now. Hold on.” Seriously, everything…
  • Should You Say “No” To Earning Extra Income?

    Natalie MacNeil
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Here’s a common scenario so many entrepreneurs ask about – say you’re a photographer whose bread and butter is taking pictures at weddings. You can always rely on that work for earning extra income, BUT you’d rather be creating your own curated shows and selling pieces. The wedding jobs just keep rolling in, which is great for your bank account, but not so great when you have no time left for what you’re really aspiring to do. Learning to say “no” to work that would earn extra income but that’s not in line with your business goals isn’t always easy, but taking on all that…
  • One Question That’s Going to Rock Your Business

    Natalie MacNeil
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re truly doing the right things to help your business succeed? Or if there’s another person you can delegate to who would be a better person to complete the task? I know I have, and it’s something I really struggled with. That is, until I discovered one very simple question that quickly changed the way I did business: “Why am I doing this?” The truth is, most tasks we do as business owners are things we like to THINK we need to be doing but we could easily get someone else to do them. If your business isn’t where you’d like it to be,…
  • Feel Like You’ll Never Be as Good as THAT Person?

    Natalie MacNeil
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today I want to talk to you about a topic I’m really passionate about, something I like to call the North Star Syndrome. The North Star Syndrome happens when you fixate on someone else’s success to the point you think they shine the “brightest,” just like the North Star. (But guess what? The North Star ISN’T the brightest star in the sky, not even close!) And that other person you’re constantly trying to measure up to? Their “star” doesn’t shine any brighter than yours! People will ask me in interviews if I want to be “the next” so and so, and the answer is…
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    Black Marks on Wood Pulp / by Corey Vilhauer

  • In a Relationship with Facebook: It’s Complicated

    Corey Vilhauer
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I joined Facebook on October 24, 2006, on my 28th birthday. Why I joined is pretty boring: I joined because it was the thing you did. I joined because I wanted to be part of a larger society, and it was this network that allowed me to reach out to all of those people I had long forgotten or missed since graduating from high school. In the seven-plus years that followed, I saw Facebook go from what felt like the newest version of MySpace to a multi-billion-dollar company that relied on my data and the data of those around me to sell ads, curate content, and promote events and causes from those…
  • From an imagined warzone

    Corey Vilhauer
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    “This must be what the Londoners felt like during World War II,” I said to a friend last night. She corrected me and said, no, actually, they were probably scared shitless, and we’re just sitting in the backyard. We fully understand that they these are just fireworks. They will not harm us. They will not take our home or family or country. Yet, as the third straight night of slow rumbles lull me to sleep – booms and crashes off in the distance, seconds apart, like we’re living in the suburb of a warzone, with lights flashing and the occasional close rock of…
  • The Ocean

    Corey Vilhauer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Up until last April, I had never touched the ocean. 1. I had been close to the ocean. I had travelled under the ocean. But I had never actually ventured out to it – never tried to take in its size, or let the salty remnants of millions of years of biological change wash over my feet. The ocean was a thing outside my realm. The ocean was as foreign as India or Japan. Last April, I finally did it. I touched the ocean. The Pacific Ocean, scene of a million surf wipeouts and Instagrammed sunsets. And now, here I was. Ready to do the same on the opposite coast. I got out of my car and walked…
  • Favorite Music of 2013: A Late List of Lists Because, You Know, Life

    Corey Vilhauer
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Sometimes I make lists of lists. I did one in 2011. I did one in 2012. So, hey. “Tradition.” As always, these lists are not in order. The Unofficial Album of the Year Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Favorite Albums From 2013 Soulcrate Music – “Welcome Back From Wherever You’ve Been Daft Punk – Random Access Memories Russian Circles – Memorial Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience XXX – XXX Favorite Albums From Before 2013 That I Didn’t Pay Attention To Until…
  • I Guess It’s a New Year

    Corey Vilhauer
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:42 pm
    The ball has dropped and nothing has changed. I still love how my children challenge my every word. I’m still amazed in the friends I’ve made through my industry. I still wonder why Kerrie puts up with my crap and cherish her for it. I still want to be better, still want to fight for the future, still want to protect my kids from everything, still struggle against that protection so my kids can make up their own mind. The ball has dropped. It’s a new year. I just learned to add “2013″ to my files, but then again I just learned – for what feels like the…
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    Australian Daisy

  • Picking the right faucets for an Australian home

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    Faucets are a staple in any home and a crucial factor in jazzing up any kitchen or bathroom. A great faucet can elevate an ordinary kitchen or bathroom into a great one. Homegrown or international faucet manufacturer? In Australia, the two biggest faucet manufacturers are Strommen (products designed and produced in Australia), and Kohler (American-based company). Bigger companies have nation-wide presence so it’s easier to visit their showrooms to get a feel of the faucets. Also, they tend to offer a better range of services including post-purchase reparation. However, it may be safer to go…
  • The best time to barbecue in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Australia has a long and great tradition of barbecue. We put the shrimp on the barbie whenever possible, rain, snow or shine. We just can’t get enough of our meat, the great outdoors and the company of friends and family. Although Australians can and will make any type of weather barbecue weather, it is still helpful to know the ideal time for a barbecue in Australia. Unless you want to end up like this guys below: Summertime = Barbecue time? Many of us equate the scorching summertime to barbecue time. Summer offers less chance of rain, snow or anything falling from the sky for that matter.
  • Best fishing spots in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Australia is a fisherman’s heaven. Almost every coastline that encircles Australia teems with life and every location provides its own unique fishing experience. There are great fishing spots for the kayak fisherman, the boat fisherman and the land angler. There are some spots that offer nicer scenery and others that boast the greatest variety of fishes. That’s why it is so hard to narrow down the best fishing spots in Australia. But, I have done it anyway. While this list is not definitive and certainly not exhaustive, the spots chosen are some of the best in their respective regions.
  • Playing billiard in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
  • How to get started with archery in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Archery as a sport in Australia and all over the world has been gaining greater traction these days. And no wonder because it is a great sport for training patience, consistency and resilience. It is also great for overall body conditioning. Research about the sport Before starting out, you should learn a bit more about the sport, including the types of archery available such as compound bow. Besides the archery you see at the Olympics (called target archery by the way), there are also other disciplines like 3D archery involving shooting at animal-size targets and field archery where you…
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    [ Super Duper Fantastic ]

  • Worse than Poisonous Meatballs

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This post, Worse than Poisonous Meatballs, originated at [ Super Duper Fantastic ]. Just before the Fourth of July weekend, Sasha suddenly wasn’t acting like her normal self. She was glum in demeanor and even refused one of her favorite treats. Hello, you’re saying no to bison strips? What’s wrong with you?! Thinking perhaps that she might have been the latest victim of poisonous meatballs, we took her to the vet immediately. We explained how we had seen dead skunks in a local park in places where you wouldn’t expect to see a dead skunk (ie. on the road). Maybe we had…
  • June 2014 in Pictures

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    This post, June 2014 in Pictures, originated at [ Super Duper Fantastic ]. And so we begin the second half of the year. It’s incredible how quickly 2014 seemed to have flown by. I’m certain it will be like this from now until forever. #365inFocus – a photo a day! 23 of 30 photos were officially taken for June’s challenge, but I was able to pull up enough photos for this post. June saw the end of the year for the social philanthropic group. There’s a short summer break, and the new year starts again at the end of August. We painted San Francisco skylines, watched…
  • Currently – v.03 {2014}

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This post, Currently – v.03 {2014}, originated at [ Super Duper Fantastic ]. Currently, this is where I’m at: Loving Rent the Runway Pro. Since I attend various events throughout the year where I might need to rent a dress, I opted in for the Rent the Runway Pro account. It is $29.95 for the year, and it includes free shipping, free insurance, and a $50 credit to be used around your birthday. Not a bad deal if you plan on renting twice in the year, and they’ve really worked on getting dresses in many price ranges. You can now find a cocktail dress rental for as low as $30 or…
  • May 2014 in Pictures

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    This post, May 2014 in Pictures, originated at [ Super Duper Fantastic ]. #365inFocus – a photo a day! 26 of 31 photos were taken in May. I’m seriously slacking off in the photo taking department, but I’ve not given up on the #365infocus project just yet. The month of May seemed to be quite eventful with plenty going on each week. We started off the month in Philly. That’s where Ryan went to school, so we spent a long weekend out there. We stayed in a loft near Chinatown, which was pretty accessible. I really enjoyed my time out there, exploring different neighborhoods…
  • Currently – v.02 {2014}

    15 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    This post, Currently – v.02 {2014}, originated at [ Super Duper Fantastic ]. About two weeks have gone by since the last “Currently” post, AND I’ve even updated the blog twice in between. WHAT!? I’m going for a record, folks! Loving Julie’s Organic Ice Cream sandwiches! The box caught my eye at Costco last week, and thank goodness they’re sitting in the freezer. Another heat wave has hit San Francisco, and these have been the perfect after-work snack. Loathing mosquitoes. They are relentless. Ryan picked up a mosquito net off of Amazon, and…
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    Everyday Adventures (of Me in the City) -- Chicago, IL

  • How I use my toaster oven

    Jessica B.
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Apparently, you can use your toaster oven for a lot of things. Pizzas, toast, etc. But I use it for a much more practical purpose. I used it to make s’mores. Yes, you read that correctly. My favorite thing to make in the toaster oven: s’mores. My friend Liz introduced me to this genius and now I’m obsessed. S’mores for dessert sometimes during the week and DEFINITELY on weekends. You even get the little char on the marshmallow! Sure, it’s not as good as regular s’mores over a campfire, but I highly recommend this. NOMS. So, seriously what else can I use…
  • Rediscovering free time

    Jessica B.
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    If you know me, you know I’m not great at sitting still. I like to be active, up, moving, seeing new things, checking out places, etc. Sure, I like my down time, but I just…like to be busy. Or maybe I’m just really noticing how non-stop busy I’ve been the last few months. Mornings = up at 5am to train before work Day = work Evening = French class or out with friends Weekends = train, grocery shop, see friends, go out, etc. Repeat. Hmm. Now, the schedule is very different. And after a tough weekend and Monday, I’m starting to see that I can’t maintain even a…
  • On trying to stay positive

    Jessica B.
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Today is my one-week anniversary of wearing my walking boot and so far, staying positive has been tough. Well, sometimes. I’m fortunate that friends have reached out and reminded me of the silver linings, sometimes when I’ve probably made it difficult for them to try and be positive for me. But they do. One friend even looked at my boot and is like, “dude you’re like Tony Stark! That’s awesome!” Getting through the day isn’t too bad. But it’s amazing how exhausting it is to run errands that normally, don’t take a lot of effort. And how I…
  • The appointment where I got not so great news

    Jessica B.
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So here’s how Thursday at 10:45am CT went: Doctor: “You have a stress fracture. It’s right here [points to a bright white line on my MRI].” Me: [Silence] Doctor: “I don’t know when it happened, but it’s likely that it was your injury back in May.” [the one where I continued to run after, including that 10 mile race] Me: “But I don’t have bone pain, I have muscle pain. And that pain has been better lately.” Doctor: “Your muscles are likely compensating for the fracture, to protect it. It’s not like a normal fracture…
  • Time of change

    Jessica B.
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Spring has been a fickle b*tch in Chicago so far, but I can still tell a season of change is coming up. FML, CHANGE. Blah, I can go on for awhile about how I dislike some parts of change. It’s necessary but sometimes, it just sucks. Lately, my friends are going through a lot of change, and I feel like I’m standing still. They’re meeting guys (or girls), moving, moving out of state for a few, and recently, a lot of close friends have changed jobs. That has been the hardest change. Going from seeing them every day to maybe a text 1-2 times a week (if we remember) and…
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    your wishcake.

  • photography: sweet little Lilly...

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I only took my fancy camera out once (that's right: once) during my entire trip, which is definitely a regret, but it is what it is. With the convenience of my iPhone (paired with the fact that I'm having trouble with the settings and focus on my camera), I often end up snapping photos with my phone and then editing them quickly with one of my favorite apps.However, I'm glad that I ran inside to grab my camera one afternoon while Eisley and her cousin, Lilly, were running around the back yard. I couldn't get any photos of Eisley without her making some sort of goofy face (par for the course…
  • recent craftiness: a birthday box...

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    My youngest sister recently turned thirteen (how this is possible, I do not know) and I wanted to share a little birthday box I put together for her. These days, it seems so difficult to find something to give a teenager that they'll truly need, use and like—so, with this in mind, I decided to give my sister a variety of items, packaging them in a way that would be fun to receive and unwrap. Here is a list of what I included:Spend Me — I put thirteen dollars in a chevron-patterned vellum envelope, added the stamped tag, and wrapped it with a bit of lace.Nibble Me — I didn't have…
  • my weekly to-dos...

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Aaaaaand now it's back to the usual, after a few weeks away! I know it wasn't the longest getaway of all time, but even after being away for a couple weeks I started to look forward to doing things like grocery shopping, cleaning day, and the friendly sound of our own coffee maker every morning. (Have I mentioned I'm a bit of a homebody? It's an issue.)So, here are my goals for the week ahead:Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life — Try one new recipe (I have my eye on this pesto recipe) — Buy one new item we need for the duplex (most likely pillow covers to replace the ones that…
  • home again, safe again...

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    There's something so surreal about being back in your own space after more than two weeks away from home. Everything is familiar, but not. When we touched down at the airport yesterday evening, I was surprised by how much I missed California. Maybe not California exactly, but certainly the life my husband and I have created here. Our cozy space, our routine, our regular visits to favorite places.I am so grateful Eisley and I had the luxury of such a long vacation with family. We were intending to keep the trip short, since Jay had to return to work after only a handful of days. But when we…
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    Our Little Apartment

  • Introducing…

    Ashley Cadaret
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Gabe has a little brother named Theo, who joined us at 12:28 am yesterday, June 29th. Nine days late and with a labor that was almost the complete opposite of his big brother, we are thrilled to finally meet this little guy! Well, not that little at 8 pounds and 21 inches. All the nurses keep marveling at how big he is for how petite I am. I told them it was all the Cinnamon Toast Crunch I ate. Nursing is already much easier than the first time around – my milk is in and he’s doing great! I’ll be back soon to share his birth story and more pictures like this: In the…
  • Hi. I’m Due Today.

    Ashley Cadaret
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    How far along? 40 weeks = FULLY COOKED How big is baby? I’m guessing bigger than Gabe, who was 6 lbs 13 oz. Total weight gain: +31 lbs Updates: Still pregnant. Baby still not named. Lots and lots of contractions. Many times I thought I was going into labor, but was not. Anxious about: Having to be induced and/or the baby not coming before Mike starts the new position July 1st with no time off. Being induced scares me because I liked (as much as you can like labor) laboring at home for 12 hours last time then going in when I was in enough pain to not care that I was at a hospital and…
  • Five Things on Monday.

    Ashley Cadaret
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:21 am
    My one customary bare belly shot for the pregnancy. In which I scare everyone with that belly button. The miracle of liiiiiife. 1. My due date is Friday. The last time I was 39 weeks pregnant, I wrote this about waiting and it still rings true with how I’m feeling – minus the commuting part, add some more discomfort. I’m still very nervous about labor (“You’ve already done it!” “Yeah, so I know how hard it is!”) and still feel okay with waiting a little longer. The mystery of when it will happen still delights me more than it maddens me,…
  • 38 Weeks.

    Ashley Cadaret
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Same shirt & pants – 5 months apart.  How far along? 38 weeks. How big is baby? We’ll find out soon enough. Total weight gain: +28 lbs (aka: 26% of my pre-pregnancy body weight…no wonder life is so hard) Updates: I tested negative for GBS, so hooray for not needing an IV of antibiotics! We also toured a different hospital last week and both knew instantly we wanted to have our baby there. There are two low-intervention birth rooms that feel less hospital-y, their standard hospital practices like having the baby stay on me while they examine it and tend to it are…
  • May Updates & June Intentions.

    Ashley Cadaret
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Preschool year-end performance. [May Update] Put my phone in another room (or at least across the room) at night. Wildly successful. Annoyingly so. I think it’s probably the part where I’m not on my phone right before sleeping or checking my email/Twitter in the middle of the night. I just stay half-asleep all night. Most nights. Except that one night where I ended up getting out of bed at 4:15 am to eat a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats. Take Gabe to swim lessons. Indeed. And borrowed a maternity suit to do so! I think my gigantic belly might alarm some of the other YMCA members,…
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    The Hungry Twenties

  • Catching Up - My week in Albany and 5K PR!

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Hey everyone!  Hope you all are doing well, and I apologize it's been a while since I have checked in last, it's been a busy week!After the Boilermaker last Sunday, my week was pretty packed with social activities in the evenings and runs in the mornings.  I had a creaky 3 miles on Monday following the Boilermaker (my knees and legs hurt a lot!), then a humid 5 miles on Wednesday, and a run on Friday where I finally felt back to normal.In the evenings I had a lot of fun as I started the week with my first ever jewelry party, then had a celebration "We have new jobs and are moving to…
  • China Recap Part 2: Eating in Shanghai and Wuzhen

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    On Thursday of my trip to China, I began a 2-day all day meeting with the local team there so I won't bore you with the details of that work meeting.  However, I did enjoy learning about how work culture is different in another country.  One thing that stuck out as being sort of interesting to me was that in China they were a lot more blunt about certain things.  Such as your salary, title/rank at work, or things like that.  At one point in the meeting we broke into two different groups for a break out session and we appointed "captains" (one of which being me) and were…
  • Boilermaker 15K Race Recap

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Hey everyone, I hope you had a great weekend!  I had a very nice, albeit low key weekend in Albany with a half day trip out to Utica today to run the Utica Boilermaker 15K race!  My weekend all revolved a bit around the race.  I stayed in on Friday after work because I was really exhausted and just fell asleep on the couch.  And I started Saturday with the same circuit workout I did last week, followed by a trip to the Troy Farmer's Market. It was a hot and sunny day so a perfect time to walk around the market with good friends, exploring the produce.  I picked up…
  • China Recap Part 1: First Days in Shanghai!

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Hey everyone, so I am finally spending some time to go back to my trip to China and recap some of the details and exciting things I was able to see and experience.  It's been in the back of my mind to want to write some of this down for a while but it always seems to get put on the back burner.  However, the thing that is keeping it coming to my mind is knowing that my grandfather in particular (who is also my biggest blog fan I think - hi Grampy!) I know really wants to read all about China.  And I want to preserve the memories as best I can too.  So, without further ado,…
  • Georgia Peaches

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hey everyone!  If you saw my post on Instagram or are my friend on Facebook than you saw my big announcement yesterday.  At the end of the summer, I will be packing up my home in Upstate New York and starting a new adventure.  I'm trading in New York apples for Georgia peaches and moving to Atlanta, Georgia to start a new job that I officially accepted and announced this week.You might be thinking, "Katelyn, are you insane?  I don't know a ton about your job but you do post all the time about how you love it and you get to travel to exciting places like Romania, Turkey,…
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    Kayla Aimee

  • Southern Summer Barefoot Blue Jean Night

    Kayla Aimee
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
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  • This Genius Gas Tank Tip Totally Changed My Life

    Kayla Aimee
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
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  • That Time I Accidentally Went To Graceland On Elvis’s Birthday & Got Kicked Off His Plane

    Kayla Aimee
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
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  • Wildly Writing And The Places My Words Fall

    Kayla Aimee
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
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  • The Silver Linings Of Prematurity

    Kayla Aimee
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
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    Life in Pink

  • Race Recap: Foam Fest 5k

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Recently, I completed my first adventure/endurance race and holy….eff…was it hard. I mean, there are hard races (like the one I ran Sunday in Baltimore that was a bit hillier than I was prepared for) but then there are races that just challenge your endurance and make you leave everything out on the course. Those races can be marathons or they can be endurance 5k races. Regardless of the race that challenges your endurance and confidence as an athlete, the Foam Fest 5k was that race for me. It was a good race – the Foam Fest 5k course was challenging enough, it looped…
  • Weigh In Wednesday: Dealing with Setbacks

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    No one is perfect. Last week, my tracking was uber craptacular. Like there was no point. I enjoyed a couple adult beverages at a work happy hour Thursday, a couple beverages with hubs on the fourth – you smell what I’m stepping in. It just snowballed to a whole lot of bad food and not watching what I ate. No one is perfect. I was dreading my weigh in this week but it wasn’t so bad. I was expecting much worse. Because here’s the thing, weight loss is as much about your eating as it is about your workouts. If you’re not eating right and eating well, then no. No you…
  • Nations Tri Training: Week 2

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Week 1 of triathlon training…success! Mostly? I think. Coordinating schedules with a husband who has evening classes and around a 15 month old is not nearly as easy as one would think. By the numbers… I did 20 miles on the bike, 5 miles of running, and 500 yards of swimming. Last week…. Monday: Swam 8×50 yds (with 50 yd warm up & cool down) | 4 mile shake out ride to test my new wheels Tuesday: unintentional rest day – Ethan had surgery on his ears and I had planned on taking him out for a run in the afternoon but it was really hot and he just was not having…
  • Summer Racing Goals

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I’m excited to get back into racing shape. With triathlon training under way (exception, this morning because little man got Tubes in his ears) I figured throwing a few fun races into the mix this month and maybe next isn’t a bad way to keep myself motivated and training hard for Nations Tri and for the Baltimore Half – my two big races this fall. What can I say, I get bored easily. That being said, I don’t have much for goals – though I would love, love, LOVE to finish the 10k as close to an hour as possible which may or may not be doable depending on my legs.
  • Weigh In Wednesday: Week 2

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Happy Hump Day – or pseud0-Thursday as it may be – given the short week. I’m pretty pumped for this week – triathlon training began and I’m feeling good about workouts…despite my shotty eating the past couple of days (and over the weekend) when I was home with Ethan after his surgery (he got tubes in his ears after 8 ear infections in the past year – 3 in the past month and a half). But there’s a new challenge… now that hubs is home, all my planning the past two weeks went to the crapper and I didn’t plan anything this week. Ugh.
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    DC Dana

  • A Year Later and Life is Still Gunning for Me

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    I'm feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed at the moment adjusting to a brand project at work while simultaneously adjusting to my brand new part-time life in the Navy Reserve, so I apologize but I couldn't pull myself together to write a new post this week. Instead, I'm reposting what I posted exactly one year ago -- since it's pretty fitting for how run-over I'm feeling by Life these days. (also, the "part-time thing" I cryptically mentioned below -- was about me joining the Navy. And I did say yes to the crazy cross-country relay. And I did get that new work project I was trying to find....
  • Punctuation Problems

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    I was hanging out with friends the other day and one of the male members of the group had spent part of the weekend making out with  flirting with a random girl who I'm sure he'll never see again. When she left, I watched him get her number -- even though I'm sure he'll never see her again.I, being the no-filter, verbal diarrhea, overly honest-er that I am, was immediately like "why bother exchanging numbers?"To which half my friends practically clutched their chests and were all "you have to do that. It's the norm."Here's where I again feel the need to compare dating rules to everything…
  • A Gearhead Trapped in a Skirt Suit

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    I'm posting a throw-back this week since I've been discussing cars with my friends lately. I drive a retro-looking Mustang and I love it. It's fast, it's cute, and part of me just has to buck convention and everyone else in D.C. seems to drive BMWs or Audis, so dang it - I'm sticking to the Ford muscle car in protest.Sure, it doesn't look as "mature," or "professional" as something that blends in, but I've never been good at trying to blend in - as evidenced by my choice of a first car: A 1967 Camaro.Below is from a post I originally wrote in 2011 about that car. Let your inner teenage boy…
  • Whichever Way's The Fastest

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    So, I'm currently obsessed with author Sloane Crosley and I was reading How Did You Get This Number and came across an excellent description for how I've learned to occasionally deal with life. She described how liberating it can be to get into a cab and let the driver decide the best way to a destination:"The moment you shut the cab door, you can be who you want to be...If you spend your day making decisions, you can stop, releasing yourself with those magic words: Whichever way's the fastest. Repeat it again when your driver attempts to brainstorm with you. He could…
  • DC Dating: Back to Gut Instincts. Again.

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    My friend Matt was talking about my blog and mentioned one post in particular about my dating life that was his favorite. It was about a guy I met years ago online who I've now nicknamed the Ninja Turtle (I'll explain more in a bit). Online dating may still seem strange to some, but it's the norm in urban areas. We are a fast-paced people, living in homogenized worlds where you quickly make out with become friends with everyone you ever see and in order to get variety, you need to look outside your circles. I also like it because it's like shoe shopping. Pick the make and model of the…
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  • 足の毛がゴワゴワして…

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    でも女性は足の毛がどうしても気になって仕方がありません。 薄い人ならいいんですが、大抵は太い毛で目立ってしまう。無駄毛との戦いの始まりです。 剃ると肌がカミソリ負けするし抜くと毛穴がゴワゴワ。エステに行くとキレイにはなりますが、お金がかかる。 最近は安く無駄毛処理をしてくれるお店が増えたようですが、これも後のケアが気になる所。…
  • 美肌になれる脱毛サロン

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    ジェイエステティックに行ってみたいな、と感じたきっかけは友達が行っていたからです。 脱毛って痛いのかな、と感じていたのですが、ぜんぜんそんなことはない、ということでした。 むしろ美顔の施術を受けているような感覚で、いつの間にか終わっているらしいのです。 脱毛ってもっと、大変なイメージがあったのでこれは意外でしたね。 あと、お値段がすごく魅力的なんです。…
  • ジョイエステに通いたいと思った理由

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
  • 他にはない部分脱毛サービスプランに注目

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    腕の毛が気になり、永久脱毛をしようと決意しました。 今時安い、サービスのいい脱毛サロンなんてたくさんありますが、案外腕だけのサービスプランなんてものは少ないんですね。 パーツ別で脱毛できる単体プランはほとんどの脱毛サロンにありますが、それで腕だけを脱毛しようとするとどうしても割高になるんです。…
  • お友達紹介プランを使うととてもお得!

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    私の家は田舎なので、エステなんて近所にはありません。 エステに行くには駐車場代を払って行かなければならないので、自動的に足が遠のいていました。 すると、子どもの幼稚園のママ友が脱毛をしていると言うのです。 「近くのショッピングモールの中にあるよ」と教えてくれました。 予約がとりやすいから子どもが幼稚園に行っている間に行けるという事。 しつこい勧誘がないから、とっても楽しく通えるという事。…
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    Frugal Beautiful

  • Happy Birthday To Me! – It’s An ALDI Giveaway!

    Shannyn Allan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    {Source: The ALDI blog} It’s a good day for a birthday.  Luckily for you, I’m not going to keep the celebration to myself! I’ve teamed up with my fave grocer, ALDI for a sweet giveaway. In our house, we tend to spend a LOT of groceries and we love to have company over.  My favorite recipe lately is veggie & steak skewers paired with a good sangria, potato salad and some chips and quacamole. Summer is a great time to grill since you don’t want the heat inside, plus, it’s lovely to enjoy the fresh air and get dinner ready. I also have been a huge fan this…
  • Sharing Moments Together

    Shannyn Allan
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    July has been a busy month- we’ve adopted a pug, I turn 28 and we’re planning a wedding for next June.  As I look forward to the future, I am finding it more and more special to document the milestones of our lives and the memories of our newly forming family. Since we live in the digital age, most of my pictures never make it off the computer or my social networks.  This year, I’ve been making it a point to print and frame even the most “everyday” moments to display them on our walls.  I also have been scanning in childhood photos to have a digital format,…
  • FitBit Just Got Fashionable: Tory Burch For FitBit Available On Pre-Order

    Shannyn Allan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    I wear my FitBit everyday and love it, but my biggest gripe has been that there aren’t enough colors and fashionable accessories to go with something that’s a wardrobe staple. My fiancé was able to find a few new colors made in China on Amazon, but beyond that- I’ve been a bit bummed that FitBit isn’t more, polished? When I go to a wedding or a cocktail hour, I wear all my bells and baubles, then there’s this black silicone thing on my arm, but of course, I want the steps.  Sigh.  I’m really excited that someone, much less Tory Burch has come out with a…
  • Doughnuts, Shoes & Sunnies: My Birthday Wish List

    Shannyn Allan
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My birthday is next week.  I think I turn 28, but since 25 has come and gone, I haven’t really kept score.  Maybe I’ll care again when it’s easier to count? Maybe at 30.  This year, I have all I could really want- a great husband-to-be and a wedding to plan, a great job and two rescue pugs who keep me busy with training and playtime.  The blog is growing, huzzah!  I’m pretty darn happy. Plus, I’m on a tight budget since we’re about 8k away from our wedding savings goal, so I really need to batten the hatches and save some coin for our big party in…
  • Life Lessons I’ve Learned By Planning A Wedding

    Shannyn Allan
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Sometimes, I feel like a novice when it comes to being an adult.  I’ve gone to graduate school, lived on my own, but for some reason, planning a wedding and paying for it can make me feel like I’ve just taken the training wheels off. I’ve thrown my fair share of parties and attended plenty of big events- but putting together a wedding from 2,000 miles away and intending to pay for it without going into debt is going to be our biggest challenges yet. In the 6 months we’ve been planning our wedding, I’ve realized it’s not just about planning a party,…
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  • Hemingway, the Webapp that Helps You Proofread, Is Now on Desktop

    Serge Norguard
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Windows/Mac: We're fans of Hemingway because it makes it easy to glance at a block of text and edit it by highlighting all your syntax. Now, the webapp is available for Windows and Mac. Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
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  • A Brief History of Voyager 1 Exiting, and Not Exiting, the Solar System

    Serge Norguard
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    You may have heard that Voyager 1 has exited the Solar System. And that it hasn't. This is a chronicle of that probe's greatest journey in headlines, including a few of our own. Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Plot Twists and Great Music Confirmed for Season 5

    Serge Norguard
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In a recent interview with Ashleigh Ball about A Brony Tale, she was asked a question at the end about season five and what we could expect. Ashleigh couldn’t say much on the subject but she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smaug Is So Pissed On The First Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies Poster

    Serge Norguard
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The first poster for The Hobbit 3: Citizens On Patrol The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived; while it's not exactly a shock, seeing a very, very angry Smaug descend on Laketown and Bard is still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Life After College

  • Age 30 Is NOT a Deadline

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
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    30 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
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    26 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
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  • Why Every Freelancer Should Charge a Flat Rate.

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Last night I hosted an hour-long live session with Rachel Rodgers, and it completely changed the way I think about packaging services. Rachel is one of the only lawyers I know that bills their clients at a flat monthly rate vs charging an insane hourly rate and charging down to the minute.  It can seem counter intuitive to sell your services at a flat fee, so I asked Rachel why she chose to do her business this way.  It now makes complete sense to me. Here is what she has to say: 1. It makes the client relationships better When clients know you are billing them for every minute they spend…
  • What I Learned About Making a Big Career Leap.

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about what professionals need to make a big jump in their career. Colleges (sort of) give us the skills we need to land our first job, but who shows us the path up to and through middle management? I remember walking into my first performance review absolutely positive I deserved a raise, and absolutely no idea what to expect in the review. Should I ask for a raise before the meeting? Do I negotiate in the meeting? What if they don’t give me a raise? Does everyone get a raise at their performance review?  These were things I never learned in…
  • 5 steps to building a career that doesnt ruin your life.

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    The biggest struggle women face is figuring out how to build a family without totally ruining your career. How can you build a successful career that doesnt totally ruin your life? I got pregnant my freshman year of college, so I have spent my entire career trying to figure out how to balance my work and my life. I signed up for an entire load of independent study courses the semester I had Aiden.  I will never forget calling my professors from the hospital bed to explain why my assignments would be late. Being a college student allowed me to work part time, and have a ton of time home with…
  • The Best Networking Tool You Never Use

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
      I have spent the past five years working in the blogger/brand space, which means I am subscribed to more than three-hundred blogs. It is my job to stay “in the know.” I spend a good amount of time each week sifting through content, and finding the pieces that are most relevant to my network. This is the most powerful tool I have for growing my business: information.  Sharing interesting content is one of the best way to show potential clients what interests you, and how you are thinking about the space.  Find a connection you want to work with, and start sending…
  • How to Build a Career That Works for Your Life.

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I had an intervention last week. Actually a couple of them. The best part of having mentors who are further along in their career is that they can see your obstacles much more clearly than you can see them yourself. Last week, I got into a debate over one of my blog posts with a mentor-friend of mine. She texted me late that night, “I have been reading your blog, and I can tell you are stressed the f**k out.”    She was right. Here is the thing. Self employment is hard y’all. I want to tell everyone to quit their job, stick it to the man and build a career that…
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