C’était Mon Anniversaire

Last week was my birthday, and things didn’t quite turn out the way I expected. With my birthday falling on a Monday this year, it was slated to be a long day of travel for me. I usually leave home around 6am MT and don’t get to Florida until about 6pm ET (thank you, time change and layovers)… and that’s if my flight is on time, which it often isn’t. I’m not so much of a birthday person to where {Read More}

Conquering My Colorado Summer Bucket List

This weekend was my first back in Colorado in seemingly forever, since I was only home for 18 hours last weekend. And as a bonus burst of excitement, this was a holiday weekend! My office is closed for a five day weekend (Saturday through Wednesday), and most people are taking off Thursday and Friday as well so I’ll probably only work a few hours each day and then take PTO for the rest. What a treat to be home and {Read More}

Learning How to Create a Outdoor Living Space for Colorado Summers

When I first moved into my house, I made a huge list of all the improvements I want to make, and kicked off with a massively expensive project to have the walk-out basement refinished. I’m glad I created a fabulous space there, but with my bank account dwindling, I recognized that I probably needed to space out the never-ending list of other upgrades I wanted to make. I decided that I would tackle one major project / area per year… and {Read More}

The Perfectly Packed Easter Saturday

I’m in between projects right now at work, which is always tough for me as it takes away my ability to plan. On a day or two’s notice, I could be asked to fly to the other side of the world for three weeks (as happened to me last month!). As a result, even my weekends are tough to really plan out more than a few days in advance. My family is gathering in South Carolina for Easter and a {Read More}

Simple Colorado-Themed Party Menu

As I wrote on Saturday, this week is my “Coloradoversary” – the anniversary of both the day I moved to Colorado and the day I closed on my house. I celebrated on Saturday night with a big party for all my friends, and it was a blast! For a Colorado-themed menu, I started with the most obviously Coloradan food: pork green chili. I don’t know the origins, but green chili is all over the place here – smothering burritos, omelets, fries, {Read More}

Prepping for My Coloradoversary

This week is both my three year anniversary of moving to Colorado, and also my two year anniversary of moving into my house. Since I decided I didn’t want to make Irish food, I thought my “Coloradoversary” would be a great theme for my March party, which is tonight. I can’t believe that I’ve already been living in Colorado for three years! The time flies. Sometimes it feels like I was living in Manhattan just yesterday, and other times it feels {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Party Gras Success!

What a fun weekend! This time I got three full days in Colorado, and it was glorious :) I tried to maximize my time by scheduling lots of fun stuff with friends, and while a few things didn’t go as planned, I largely made the most of it. The highlight of the weekend, though, was definitely the Mardi Gras party I threw on Saturday night (Party Gras). I love any excuse for a theme party, and this month I was {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Fail to Plan and Plan to Fail

This weekend started off pretty fabulously. On Friday afternoon, I learned that I’ve been selected as one of BizWest Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” – a huge honor that I still can’t believe I’ve received! Fortunately, I already had plans for a Galentine’s party that night with my best friends, so it was easy to pop open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate :) On Saturday and Sunday, though, things were much more low key – but not for good reasons. {Read More}

Sponsored: 2017 Folgers Jingle Contest

This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Several years ago, I stopped drinking caffeinated coffee regularly and switched to drinking decaf unless it’s a morning when I’m really tired and need an extra kick. That strategy has worked out phenomenally well – {Read More}

An Ode to my iPod Nano

Ever since December, I’ve been trying to clean out my house and get a rid of a ton of stuff. And for the most part, I’ve been pretty successful! I’m not following Marie Kondo or anything, but I have been replacing things in my house that were placeholders with new pieces that, as corny as it sounds, genuinely give me joy. One thing that I haven’t gotten rid of or replaced, though, is my clock radio, circa 2003. Let’s be honest, {Read More}