Dinner Made Easy | Chili’s x Emily Ahlbum

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Ahhh, Chili’s. One of my favorite stomping grounds. I can’t even begin to tell you how many happy hours I’ve spent there complete with chips and salsa and their delicious Cajun Chicken Pasta! Mmmmm.

When I found out that Chili’s had come out with a frozen food line, I was rushing to the store to grab them all up!

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It just so happened to work out perfectly because I was having girls night at my house and I was in serious need of something to serve! Thanks to Chili’s I was able to serve a tasty meal full of flavors!  Super bold, super delicious and super quick (<< the best part!).

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The girls and I all had the Chicken Bacon Ranch meal, because I mean hello…chicken, bacon and ranch? Who would turn that down?

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Results? It was absolutely delicious! Everyone including myself loved the bold flavors that came with every bite!

Don’t believe me? Run to your nearest grocery store and pick one up for yourself! Before you go, check out the list of meals they have here! Oh, and then let me know what you thought!

Until next time,

xx,E

Thank you Chili’s for sponsoring this post!

An Open Letter to the Co-Founder of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

**If you have not been nominated or participated in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, I am officially nominating you now! You have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to ALS. **

Dear Corey Griffin,

I am sorry I didn’t get to this sooner. However, I am sure word will travel quickly to you up in heaven…you sure have a unique talent in making word spread fast!

The reason I am writing to you is because although I do not personally know you, there are a few things I would like you to know…

Firstly, that my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends at this unfortunate time. I can only imagine the pain and heartache they are feeling and I wish them nothing but love and support through this difficult time. I hope they are able to find peace in this situation by remembering your courageous efforts and dedication to the people and things you were so passionate about.

I want you to know that in all honesty, I was one of the skeptical ones. I was one of the ones who didn’t believe that pouring ice water over my head would make a difference to those suffering from this terrible disease. I thought it was a trend that was soon to pass. Those negative(and insensitive) thoughts all changed when my newsfeed continued to consist of videos of others accepting this challenge, WEEKS LATER. I became aware that I needed to do some research myself and become aware of this disease that I truly didn’t know much about.

I want you to know that I soon found myself wishing and waiting to be nominated myself. That I wanted to help spread awareness to others who found themselves thinking the same thoughts I did when I first heard of this challenge. And I want you to know that I did just that.

Finally, I want you to know the challenge worked. Not only because the Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $31.5 million in donations (and still growing), but because you restored faith in creating awareness and proved that simply being aware of something can do more than any dollar amount can.

Thank you for all your hard work, Corey. May you rest in peace.

To learn more on ALS and how to #StrikeOutALS, please visit: http://www.alsa.org/

Is Chivalry Really Dead? | Emily Ahlbum

The other day as I’m scrolling through Facebook, minding my own business, I came across a status that made me chuckle. I guess it wasn’t necessarily the status itself that made me chuckle because I’ve seen this ‘quote’ numerous times, shit…I’ve probably even said a few times myself in a depressed, lonely ‘boo-hoo-me’ state of mind. What really got me was the backlash this person (we’ll call her Amy) received in the comments.

Her status stated something along the lines of “Chivalry really is dead”. Amy may have even threw a SMH at the end of it (I couldn’t tell you exactly because the status is now deleted, SMH). Well you can only assume two responses were coming her way. 1 – all the women on her friends list agreeing with her, cheering her on, chanting “all men are assholes”, that she doesn’t need a man…blah, blah, blah. And 2 – all the men on her friends list defending themselves, throwing the blame on the women because all the nice men get labeled “thirsty”, and my personal favorite “you’re not looking in the right places”…yada, yada, yada.

But for some reason, it really got me thinking. And it took me by surprise that my initial instinct was to take the men’s side. Why you ask? Well, here’s why…

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First off, lets just get the obvious out of the way… it’s 20 fucking 14, there are no knights running around on their beautiful horses scooping up distressed women, woo-ing them over. Am I right?

So technically…YES, chivalry is dead and gone my friends and quite frankly, I think it’s rude for women to hold men up to such a label. Aren’t women trying to break free from their stereotypical labels and roles that society has placed them in? More than ever lately, women are making a stand to prove that they can do everything a man can do AND they want the same recognition. Don’t get me wrong, as a woman trying to make something of myself, I am all about that. But if we don’t want that label, why are we continuing to throw this one on men?

However, if you look at the “ideal qualifications of a knight” you see: courtesy, generosity, valor and dexterity in arms.  Those qualities however, are not dead. These are qualities that not only men, but everyone should live up to.

So when I saw the response from one of her male friends saying “it’s not dead, you’re just looking in the wrong place”, I couldn’t help but agree. Remember when you were young and were taught things like “treat people how you want to be treated” and “you get what you give”… well the same rules apply here.

You want a man who will be courteous, generous, strong and brave? Guess what ladies…you have to be the same type of woman for him. And maybe you are looking in the wrong places for this ‘knight in shining armor’ and maybe he’s not ready to ‘woo’ you off your feet and maybe, just maybe he’s just not that interested.

And maybe chivalry is dead, but a chivalrous act is not.

Rant over.

Do you agree? What’s your take on this?


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10 on Tuesday

Today I’m linking up with Alyssa for 10 on Tuesday!

1. RIP Robin Williams <3.

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2. I just started watching the series Suits on Netflix…if you haven’t started it yet, go now…quickly.

3. Remember my new interest in doodling I wrote about here? Well, that has been recently replaced with a new interest in taking pictures of the sky. No idea where or what this came from, but I. can’t. stop.

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4. These logos will change the way you think about corporate companies.

5. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was a serious success. Here’s one of my favorite steals

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6. This quote really hits home for me lately.

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7. Have you noticed Pinterest’s new messaging update? Not a fan. So cliché Pinterest, so cliché.

8. Oh & Facebook, don’t even get me started on their new update.

9. Whitney goes deep in this anxiety post and nails it right on the head. I can relate to every word. I applaud her for opening up on such a hard topic.

10. Dude, it’s the middle of August. Where is this year going?!

 

#INSTARATION: HAIRBYDANIELLENYCOLE

Yo.

Lately I have had a lack of inspiration in my life. Like majorly. And since my job requires me to be creative ALL.THE.TIME. inspiration is pretty much a daily necessity. So what’s a girl to do when she is uninspired?

Well, she goes to the hair salon…

Because my hair stylist just gets me. Ya know, that instant fuzzy, warm, love connection you get when you meet someone for the first time? That’s what happened with us. We just clicked. Funny enough because, well…never mind, that’s a whole other story ;).

So off I go to get some touch up highlights, a sweet little trim, and a bad-ass blow dry. All of which comes with much needed girl time and life talks (I told you, she just gets me). So little miss Danielle works her magic, spins me around in the chair, sprinkles some fairy dust and BAM. I leave feeling like a new person.

INSPIRED. FRESH. HAPPY (me AND my hair that is).

So I’m here to spread the fairy dust and inspire you all with (drum roll please)…Danielle Nycole, Owner of Hair by Danielle Nycole.

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How hot is this bad-ass little babe?! Not only is she a total babe, but she is a serious go-getter. She worked her ass off and just recently opened her own business from the ground up. In just the short amount of time I’ve gotten to know her, I’ve fallen more and more in love with her, her positive attitude and her HUGE heart that she POURS into anything she does. Here is sneak peak of her fabulous work…

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And here is some of the work she’s done on me…

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So…Have I inspired you guys? If this didn’t do you justice, make an appointment with her and find out for yourself! You can find Danielle here.

Oh, & Hi Danielle! Have a great vacation!

Until next time,

xx.

 

Dear August…| My August Goals

Oye, August.

August is always a rough month. The days start off super sunny and extremely hot until about 3pm…

From there on out it is a torrential downpour. Sometimes it’ll stay sunny and hot on top of the downpour. Super, super fun!

OH! And sometimes it only rains in one spot. I’m talking rain in the front of the house, super sunny tanning weather outback. Those days are just fabulous!

The good thing about August is that things start to slow down a lot. Leaving me time to recharge and set some new goals for this month.

Dun, dun, dun…

1. Try a new recipe (and take pictures & document it!!). I love cooking, but I never make time to actually find a new recipe and get to work. Maybe I’ll try one of these amazing Chicken Marsala recipes

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Hate mushrooms, love marsala…weird, right?!

2. Journal. Every. Day. I need to get back in the habit of doing this, it is such a good stress reliever. I just recently found a new love for doodling…I’m not every good but here’s a little somethin’

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I have way too much fun with picture editing!

3. Gather, upload and print all the pictures from my trip to Martha’s Vinyard ( 2 weeks ago!!). Here’s a sneak peak:

Dinner view...heavenly.

Dinner view…heavenly.

4. DIY project – I have no idea what yet, anyone have a good DIY they just finished?

5. Write a post documenting all my goals I’ve accomplished! (aim high, right?!)

Well, that’s all folks. OH! Side note: I just finished Gone Girl – OMG. Amazing! Now I need my next read…what are you reading now? In major need of suggestions!

What are your August Goals? Do you love/hate August too? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Until next time,

xx

Confessions of a Social Media Specialist

Confessions of a Social Media Specialist.

See also: Stalker.

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|| I secretly judge you on the number of your followers.

|| I know (and celebrate) every weird National holiday. Today is National Personal Chef Day, in case you didn’t know.

|| #TBT, #FF, #WCW, #MCM

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|| Posting to the wrong account is a legitimate fear

|| Deciding which account to post to is a daily struggle

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|| A full panic attack ensues when my battery gets under 20%

|| I also know exactly how much time I have to use my phone when it reaches 10%

|| I keep a charger at work, in the car, every room in the house and one in my purse for emergencies.

|| I will ask you to like or follow a page I manage.

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|| I get paid to spend all day on Social Media

|| I use Google +

|| I get annoyed when people hashtag on Facebook

|| And I get really annoyed when you ask me what a hashtag is

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|| I know what app and filter you use on your pictures

|| I know the best way to complain about bad customer service is through Twitter.

|| I’ve unfollowed you if you’ve sent me an automated DM

|| I take pride in my social media stalking abilities

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|| I get all my news via Facebook or Twitter

|| Weddings are the last thing that come to mind when I hear ‘engagement’

|| I look forward to seeing my Insights & Analytics

|| Which in turn makes me give myself too much credit for a great postschmidt-celebrate

Just another day in the life…

 

 

 

 

Packing List for Summer Travels

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Summer is in FULL swing and I am starting to get ready for my week long vacation to Martha’s Vinyard! I am so excited to go ‘home’, see all my family and just relaxxxxxx for a whole 7 days!

Because getting to the Vinyard is a trip in itself (I am flying into Boston, driving two hours to the Ferry, and then a 45 min Ferry ride to the Vinyard) and because we are staying a few nights in Boston, I have to be very smart about what I pack. Since I do not want to carry a million suitcases, I need to make sure I am only packing the essentials (orrrrrr, at least try)!

So, naturally, I created a Google Docs spreadsheet complete with 3 sections: Carry On, Toiletries, and Suitcase essentials.

You can download my Packing List here.

Are you traveling this summer? What are your packing tips & tricks?

 

Currently… | Summer Obsessions

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CRUSHING | These fabulous RayBan Gradient Aviators! Perfect for summer!

READING | The One & Only by Emily Giffin. I started this book over Forth of July weekend after finishing The Glass Castle and I haven’t put it down since. The main character, Shea Rigsby, takes you on the winding road of following her heart to find her true passion. I am half way in and think its a great summer read!

DRINKING | Tazo Passion Tea. One of my newer obsessions. Passion fruit is know to help reduce anxiety and sleep problems, along with many other benefits. My favorite way to drink this is served over ice with a splash of lemonade! Skip the Starbucks line and make this at home to sip on next to the pool!

WATCHING | OITNB. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and I am glad I did! I even got Chris to watch it with me and now he’s hooked! In the midst of Season 2 and anticipating what will happen next! Everyone keeps telling me “Just wait, it gets better” …eek!

What are your current favorites? What books are on your summer read and have you started Orange Is The New Black?! Tell, tell, tell!