There are few things that make me happier than a surprise bouquet of flowers. From their vibrant color to the intoxicating smell, a fresh bouquet in my apartment brings a huge smile to my face. And it’s not just me! Studies show that flowers trigger happy brain chemicals – so they actually do improve your mood. Which is why they make the perfect gift for every occasion.
Whether it’s to express condolences or joy, for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, a birthday or Mother’s Day (Hint! Hint! At least one of these is coming up soon), a beautiful bouquet is the perfect way to show you care. Continue reading “Flowers for Every Occasion”
Does anyone else feel like March flew by? All of the sudden I woke up and it was April but still as cold as a brisk day in February. Maybe that’s why I can’t comprehend that March has come and gone and more goals can be checked off – or that I’m just getting to this post and it’s already the 18th. (I promise a new goal is to write these for you sooner!)
It was admittedly a mixed month of goal crushing and, well, not crushing. I managed to try out a new recipe and TWO new studios, but unfortunately my book of the month rolled over a little into April. While I’m bummed that I didn’t finish it in March, I’m happy that I was able to start another amazing read and that I’m pushing myself to finish it so I can get on to something new for April. While I may not have hit my true goal, I’m still doing things that help me become a better person and push me to do things that I previously wouldn’t have, and in my book (pun intended) that’s a win. Continue reading “2018 Goals: March Recap”
I don’t know about you, but often times my environment dictates my productivity. When I try to power through work at home I find myself taking breaks to do laundry or grab a snack from the fridge, wander to bed and need a nap, or the dreaded “I can get this done while watching The Real Housewives.” And while I’ve looked into coworking spaces to get my blogging done none ever fit my needs. They felt too informal, had kitchens I could wander in to for beer and coffee and get distracted talking to someone, or were spaces that felt more like a hangout than a work environment. That is, until Co-Optim moved into the West Loop. Continue reading “Coworking Meets Luxury in the West Loop”
This post is one that has taken me a long time to write – not because I didn’t hit my goals – but because I really only enjoyed one of them. I thought I failed because my recipe wasn’t great and didn’t photograph well, and I felt guilty because I did not like the studio I tried – but then I realized something: this is the whole reason I set these goals.
Some months will have more joyous outcomes than others, but every month I’ll get out of my comfort zone, learn something, and try something new. I’m learning to cook (even if some meals are not photogenic or delicious), I’m reading books that will help me grow and develop, and I’m trying new workouts to push myself to work new muscle groups and try things that make me uncomfortable. With that being said, here’s what I was up to in February:
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For those of you who saw my post on my goals for 2018, you know that every month I’ll be reading one new book, learning one new recipe, and trying on new fitness studio. Well, I can proudly say I survived the first month with all my goals still on track, though it did require a lot of last-minute reading (about 70 pages if I’m being honest).
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Have you ever had a meal so good that you didn’t want to brush your teeth before bed because you never wanted the taste of delicious steak to go away? If your answer is no then you’ve obviously never been to Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. (And incase you were concerned about my dental hygiene – yes I did brush my teeth that night). Last night Jackson and I went there for a dinner to celebrate my birthday and his new position on a prestigious choir, (ok we had the reservation before we realized those things, but it’s always more fun to go out for a celebration) and the whole meal reminded me why I truly love good food.
Continue reading “Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf | A refreshing twist on a classic steakhouse”
How often do you find yourself with lipstick everywhere? I’m talking a full on makeover takeover with your gorgeous lip color suddenly on everything from your wine glass to your chin to your teeth to your boyfriend. And don’t get me started on the horrors of accidentally falling asleep with your makeup on only to have your pillowcase look like a clown shoved his face into it, lipstick stains and all.
That used to be my daily horror to the point where my boyfriend refused to kiss me when I had my lipstick on, until I found LipSense.
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Few times in my life have I read a book and been moved. I can count them all on one hand: My Sister’s Keeper, The Power of Now, The Art of Fielding, and, now, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar.
Continue reading “Dear Sugar, Thank You For This Book”
The other week I was in Vegas for a work conference. First off, let me tell you that traveling for a work conference is one of the most exhausting things I have ever done. From the hours of networking to the long days in high heels, I’ll probably be recovering for a week. And it didn’t help that I was there during a heat wave. I left the hotel no more than 3 times – twice to get in Ubers to dinner, and once at night to see the fountain at the Bellagio. Mind you it was 101 degrees out at 11:30pm.
But after my conference ended I wanted to stay in Vegas an extra day to treat myself to a show. After looking at some reviews and seeing what had tickets available, I opted for the Michael Jackson ONE show by Cirque du Soliel. Not only was I able to find a ticket, but I got myself a front row seat.
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Love sandwiches but tired of the same old sub shop chains? Look no further, because The Ruin Daily has you covered with deliciously inspired sandwiches, refreshing sides, cool cocktails and everything you need to take your sandwich game to new heights.
Continue reading “Not your typical sandwich”