2017 Monthly Goal Check In: January

I still feel like I’m getting used to it being January of a new year, but we’re already a month into 2017. Time is flying so far this year! This year, I set a few small goals to work on over the course of the year. My plan is to check in every month, and potentially revise some of the goals a little bit as needed, but ultimately, keep track of my ongoing progress. And so far, I’m doing pretty {Read More}

Award-Winning Recipe: Bacon-Turkey-Tequila Chili

Last night, a hiking Meetup group I’m in organized a chili cookoff. While most people simply wanted to eat chili and contribute an appetizer/drink, I was one of about a dozen people who signed up to cook chili and be in the competition. Chili has always been one of my favorite dishes to make – it’s quick and easy, comes out great almost every time (and any mistakes can easily be covered up with sour cream or cheese), and it was the {Read More}

Review: Date Night at Uncorked Kitchen

On Friday night, Adam and I had a date night at a really special place: Uncorked Kitchen. Uncorked Kitchen is a unique combo of a wine bar / cooking class studio. It’s at a beautiful modern facility in Centennial, with sweeping views of the mountains and huge windows so you can enjoy the Colorado sun. Adam and I headed down to Centennial after work on Friday, and were pleasantly surprised to find that traffic wasn’t very backed up at all heading {Read More}

Upcoming Event: Uncorked Kitchen Fall Festival

Adam and I got back on Monday morning from a weekend in Atlanta, which it kicked off the beginning of three weekends in a row that we get to spend together… yay! Last weekend we were in Atlanta visiting some of Adam’s friends, this weekend we are taking Adam’s son to Disneyland, and the following weekend Adam is coming to visit me in Colorado. On that final weekend, even though we’ll be staying at home, I wanted to organize a {Read More}

Sponsored Giveaway: Krusteaz Holiday Cookies

Now that I have my house, I’m eager to start all kinds of annual traditions. My Halloween party was a big hit, and now that I’ve done all the planning, I can just copy it for next year’s bash. (Just like I do with my Thanksgiving Excel!) And after being inspired by my friends Blake and JP when they threw an amazing Christmas extravaganza last year, I knew that I wanted to host some sort of holiday party at my house… but I {Read More}

Sponsored: Gardein BBQ Pulled Porkless Pocket Meal

Honey, I’m home! Well, I was for a few days anyway. The month of September is pretty crazy for me with travel, and it was nice to get home this weekend for pretty much the only time this month. (That said, I am thrilled with the places I get to go and things I get to do – no complaints here!) In accordance with all my travel, my first errand of the weekend was an appointment with a home security {Read More}

Choosing The Simple Life… and Accepting the Consequences

This weekend, with Adam‘s help, I went back to the simple life. We spent Friday night at the baseball game downtown, where my company hosts an annual event with amazing field-level seats. And then on Saturday, we planned literally nothing all day long, slept late, and got errands done. I now have a new stainless steel dishwasher! (The old one broke, which means I am officially replacing my kitchen appliances one at a time until everything is stainless.) Adam installed {Read More}

Sponsored Recipe: Healthy Italian Breakfast Sandwich with Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs

I spent this weekend in Arizona with Adam, which was a ton of fun. I flew to Phoenix from New York City to arrive Friday night, and we headed straight to dinner at a yummy (and surprisingly inexpensive!) sushi restaurant on our way home. Although I had arrived not really hungry, I devoured my bento box, especially the tempura, and then realized that Adam and I had gotten the same exact thing but I had eaten far more… oops. Yet {Read More}

Sponsored: A Big Win and Celebrating with Palm Breeze

Last week, I told you about how I was out in southern California for the week to observe a training program that our senior associates go through after promotion. The “observe the program” part of that went great and was easy. The part I was nervous about came on Wednesday morning, when I auditioned for our Learning & Development team to take on the “orchestrator” role for the program. The orchestrator basically acts as the emcee for the week-long program, {Read More}

Designing a Home for Healthy Habits

I had another fantastic weekend in Arizona with Adam, and this time, arrived home not at all stressed to have been away. Hooray! I’m only here in Colorado for two days before heading out on another business trip, but I was lucky enough to get to work from home today. Even though I had a ton of work to do (and even forgot to eat lunch until 2pm!), it made me so happy to get to do it from my {Read More}