July 27, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Good morning y'all!
So happy you dropped by for a little networking and mingling! There are lots of incredible bloggers to meet, posts to read, and friends to make, so I'm glad you dropped by.

I'm all sorts of crazy this morning hobbling around in my new aircast boot. I need to find some coffee STAT to make it through this Monday on top... who's with me? 

Hope you had a great weekend - thanks for saying hey!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:
** Favorite chain coffee shop and your drink of choice there? **




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In Case You Missed It...
+ Seattle & Portland - Any Recommendations?
+ 5 Things

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July 24, 2015

5 Things



1) I'm falling apart.
You guys, goodness sakes... I need to be put in a bubble. Finally went to the doctor and I have a severe bone spur in my right heel and plantar fasciitis in both feet. What on earth? You can just call me gimpy for the next 4 weeks!

2) Thanks the sweet heavens for rain.
The amount of summer rain and storms we've been getting lately at least have one good use. When I forget to water our flowers for days on end, my little hibiscus tree is still booming and gorgeous on our deck. Love those bright blossoms!

3) I may or may not have gone crazy on Amazon...
I've been pretty good this month about no major purchases, but they have been sitting in my wishlist calling my name. With our trip coming up in 6 weeks, it was way too tempting to just go ahead and pull the trigger on a few things I've had my eye on for months...

Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals in black/white congo print.




My first pair of Chacos - ZX/2 Unaweep in crops pattern.



Kavu Veronica Tank in black... only $10!



These cheap ultra cute sunglasses - FUNOC Retro in leopard.


4) Speaking of vacation...
We are headed to Seattle and Portland soon! I would love, love, love your recommendations on where to stay, eat, play, and hike. A huge thanks to those of you who have sent me emails or left recommendations in the comments. Each of you will be receiving a puppy and a free tropical vacation for you time! ;)


5) Homemade ice cream sammy recipe coming this next week! 
Stay tuned - these were a delicious way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day last Sunday! 

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What are you crazy adventurers up to this weekend?
Make it a great one!

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July 20, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Happy Monday, everyone?
I am trying to chug down some coffee as quickly as I can this morning. We had some wild thunderstorms last night so I woke up to a clap of thunder and a jilted puppy in my bed at 3AM. This girl is s-l-e-e-p-y!

Thanks so much for dropping by - excited to play catch up with you!
How was your weekend? Did anyone celebrate National Ice Cream Day yesterday? We celebrated with homemade ice cream sandwiches, and that recipe will be debuting later this week!

One more thing - I'd love to connect with you on the go! Are you on Instagram? I hope you will keep up with me on the go @life_of_meg - it's my favorite social media and I love connecting and sharing!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:
** If you were given the opportunity to have a personaal chef, gardener, maid, or personal assistant for the next year, which would you choose and why? **



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In Case You Missed It...
+ Seattle & Portland - Any Recommendations?
+ Gratitude Lately
+ 5 Hacks for Healthy Meals at Home
+ Currently Loving
+ Chipotle Fans Rejoice!

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July 13, 2015

Chipotle Fans Rejoice!

Can I just say a HUGE God Bless Chipotle on behalf of people everywhere?
I mean seriously, how can you not love their fresh delicious food?

Not to mention they have single handedly saved my sanity (and our marriage!) one too many times...


I remember when Adam and I first got married, I was trying to wow him with my "superb culinary skills" and fancy meals every night. On this one particular day I had just spent hours scouring recipes and came across a BBQ chicken meal that looked incredible, and the best part was you threw it all in a crockpot and let it cook itself.

So I prepped everything, tossed it in the slow cooker and let it do it's thing. I was so chipper driving home from my downtown office thinking that dinner was ready and I was the coolest wife in the world. Well, low and behold I walked in the door expecting to smell slowly roasted tangy chicken, and all I smelled was smoldering burnt barbecue sauce and dried to the bone chicken.

As soon as Adam got home and was able to pull my sobbing blubbery self back together, we both looked at each other and instantly said, "Chipotle?". Yup, you bet I drowned my sorrows and bruised ego in guacamole and I loved every second of it.

To say I am a die hard Chipotle fan would be a massive understatement. I don't think we could go a week without indulging our cravings for their fresh, locally sourced, organic food.




So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Chiptole's Cultivate Festival was coming to Kansas City for the first time on July 18th! 

Cultivate is a free festival that merges good food, an awesome music line-up, craft beer, and fresh ideas about food issues. We can't wait to try delicious food that goes far beyond the Chipotle menu (including a sampling of their new pizza restaurant concept!), sample Boulevard's Cultivate Farmhouse Ale (made just for this festival!), great music, top celebrity chef demos, and local artisan fare!




I'm also looking forward to their interactive experiencesand exhibits like the Guac-From-Scratch station, Factory vs. Farm exhibit, GMO experience, and Fresh vs. Processed foods exhibit! They even have a Kids’ Zone with snacks and fun activities like an organic cotton pit and plant-a-seed demonstration with Slow Food USA. 

Plus for each activity experienced, festival attendees can receive a stamp and learn their way to a coupon for a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos at any Chipotle.


Ummmm, free Chipotle? 
Yes please!

If you are in the KC Metro area, come join me at Penn Valley Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 18th! This year marks the fifth anniversary of Cultivate, and Kansas City is the second stop on a three-city tour, including Phoenix (April 18) and Minneapolis (August 22), so come out and show Chipotle the same love they show me every time I have a Pinterest meal flop! 


See you there!


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Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Mornin' y'all!

How's everyone feeling on this fine Monday? Although the weekend never quite feels long enough, I was thankful to wake up at 5am feeling rested, happy, and in the right mindset to conquer the day. Are you there yet? Coffee helps! ;)

I hope each of you had a great weekend. Who did something fun? Pool time? Is anyone else a kid at heart and went to see Minions over the weekend? Not that I did that or anything...

Anyway, glad you're here, glad you're you. Thanks for showing up, spreading the word, leaving a comment, and generally making Mondays more awesome! Are you on Instagram? I hope you will keep up with me on the go @life_of_meg - it's my favorite social media and I love connecting with people!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:
** What is your favorite season and why? **



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In Case You Missed It...

+ Seattle & Portland - Any Recommendations?
+ Gratitude Lately
+ 5 Hacks for Healthy Meals at Home
+ Currently Loving
+ Chipotle Fans Rejoice!

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July 10, 2015

Seattle + Portland - Any Recommendations?


We're moving and grooving people!

At the end of the summer I will be checking one state off my bucket list and finally get to see the Pacific Northwest coast with my favorite adventure buddy, Adam! For years I have been dying to channel my inner hipster as I melt into the Portland culture, and live out my Seattle adventure dream that started back in my Gray's Anatomy obsession days.


We got our little long weekend adventure fix when we ate/walked/explored our way through gorgeous Nashville over Memorial Day... and now we've been bitten by the travel bug.


Although Adam is up in Spokane for business during the fall/winter, we don't know either coastal city that well. We plan to fly into Seattle, drive down to Portland making stops along the way, exploring there for a few days, and heading back up north to see Seattle and the San Juan islands.

So I'd love to ask...
Do you have any recommendations of fun things to do? Places to stay? Restaurants? Shops? Roadtrip must see stops? Day trips or hikes? We would LOVE to hear! 


Thanks in advance for your awesome tips!


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July 9, 2015

Gratitude Lately

Lately I'm thankful for playing in the dirt and the sweetness of summer.

For parental units that make doing life so fun.


For small things like sprinkles and how they remind us it's okay to be a kid at heart.


For summer brews and great conversations.



For this city that I love to explore and the people that make adventuring twice as fun.


For fresh blooms in thrifted mason jars.

For date nights driving with the windows down and spontaneous ice cream stops.

For snuggly Beasts and the unconditional love they provide.

For time at the family cabin that reminds me to breathe and renews my tired spirit.


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And today I am thankful for YOU, who keep showing up even when I have been distracted and uninspired. I am starting to feel like myself again as my work life has calmed, and I spent time away to restore what I was missing. Cheers to new beginnings...

Here's to gratitude and how it makes life fuller, and the smallest things more than enough. As always, thanks for the inspiration, Today's Letters!

  //  What are you thankful for today? //



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July 6, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Good Morning!
Welcome back back to the weekly grind. Did everyone have ultra relaxing long weekends? Who did something fun?

Well we rolled back into town last night from a super chill weekend at the family cabin. We stayed up too late, made some killer cocktails, played games, floated around on a raft that looked like an island, slept in, and generally had way too good of a 4th!

Glad you're here, and so thankful that I've had time off to get re-inspired! Can't wait to share fun photos and more this week... stay tuned and thanks for being patient while I've been drowning a bit in my real work life! :)

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:

** Best movie you've seen recently? **


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