Fried Chicken, Chris Carrabba, & America.

Hello and happy Monday! Man it is hard coming back to work after a three day weekend. I woke up this morning 100% not ready to start my day and I am already New Years Eve style counting down to Friday. I also slept terribly last night, which is strange because I stretched (stretching before I go to bed always helps me fall asleep and stay asleep) and drank my bed time tea, but I ended up tossing and turning all night. Let’s hope being extra tired today will keep me knocked out for tonight’s sleep! While I’m still awake though, let’s recap my Fourth of July weekend!

  • Friday

Shortly after posting my Friday Finds, I got to work on cooking up my first meal from Blue Apron! I opted for the Fried Chicken dinner, given that it was an ultra American holiday weekend, and it turned out great!
blue apron dinner editIt was paired with a kale-cabbage slaw, and mini biscuits! The meal proved to be very easy and fun to cook, and given that it was my first time cooking fried chicken, I was thankful that it went over smoothly! The meal took roughly about 35-40 minutes to prepare, and even after feeding three people, I still have some slaw leftover (largely due to the fact that Jake doesn’t eat anything green)!

After dinner, Jake had some work to do, so I took over Netflix duty, and much to his dismay I chose what may be the greatest documentary in the history of film, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. As a life long BSB fan, this documentary was everything and more. Dancing! Singing! Adult men arguing about dancing and singing! And a lot of shade thrown at (and rightfully so) Lou Pearlman! I saw BSB in concert in 2011, and it was probably the most entertaining experience of my life, and I feel like that is saying a lot because I have seen Beyoncé live. I highly recommend this movie to any BSB fan, or really anyone who has an appreciation for 90’s boy bands. It was a DELIGHT.

  • Saturday

I started off my American celebration with a hot and humid 10k early in the morning. I’m telling you, it’s getting to the point where even 7 am is too late to run in the summer. It was puddle of sweat by the time I was finished, and it was only a little after 8. Barf. After cleaning up I took my puppy Hannah (she’s 9) to meet Jake’s puppy for the first time and go swim. Unfortunately it did not go over well, and I took my puppy home after about 15 minutes of the two just staring at each and being too nervous to do anything. Dogs meeting for the first time is literally no different than a middle school dance, I swear. After dropping off Hannah back home, Jake and I grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to the pool.

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As you can see here, I really know how to celebrate. I found that donut float at Target and it has proven to probably be the best investment I have ever made. After making a fool of myself and cleaning up, Jake and I headed to the highlight of the evening, Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind at The Southside Ballroom in Dallas! What I didn’t know was that Augustana was opening, so once they came on stage I was more than certain that I had actually gone back in time to 2007.

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They were absolutely amazing live and now that I know that they are still around and have other songs besides “I THINK I’LL GO TO BAWWWWSTAWWWWN” I’ll definitely be listening to more of them, and while Augustana was amazing, I was mainly there to see my boyfriend #2 (sorry Jake), Chris Carrabba.

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I saw Dashboard for the first time in 2011 as part of anniversary tour celebrating the release of Swiss Army Romance, and it was mind blowing. This go around was no different, but he definitely had a more excitable energy than when I saw him last. Also, you have not lived until you have screamed the lyrics to Hands Down with a room full of strangers.

Once Dashboard had completed their set, Jake and I were contemplated staying around to see Third Eye Blind given that we had already been standing for three hours at that point, and we really only know like four of their songs. We stayed for their first three songs, and then booked it out and headed home. I feel bad for not staying the whole time, but my feet were killing me. I’m sorry Stephan Jenkins, maybe another time!

Sunday was a lazy day, so I don’t have much to recap there, sorry! I hope you all had an awesome time celebrating the 4th of July! I’m going to go sleep forever now. See ya tomorrow!

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Friday Finds

Hello and happy Friday! I hope you all are enjoying a lovely day off for the Fourth of July weekend. My day has been go-go-go since I woke up! I had a doctor’s appointment at 7:30 am, walked the dog with my Dad, went to the grocery store, and then went to the gym! Whew. I’m already exhausted and it’s not even 1 pm. Given that it I am minutes from crashing, and it’s a holiday weekend, I thought I’d keep today’s Friday Finds post a little short. It also works out that I don’t have a new book to share this week because I am still reading Aziz Ansari’s ‘Modern Romance’. I think being in Austin last weekend set me back on my reading, but hopefully I can finish it in the next couple of days! Until then, let’s recap some favorites from this week!

  • Blogilates 30 Days & 30 Stretches to the Splits Challenge

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Confession time. I cannot do the splits, and it’s always been a silly life goal of mine to finally be able to do them. So when I stumbled upon Cassey Ho’s latest Blogilates challenge, I took it as a sign to finally buckle down, and get down…to the floor. I’d like to think that a year and some change of consistent yoga practice would give me the leg up (pun intended) on the challenge, but after trying out some of the more difficult stretches (Hello #10!), I was brought back down to earth and realized I had some work to do. Granted I’m only three days in, but I really am going to do my best to practice every day! According to Cassey, you only need to practice a selection of stretches 10 minutes day, and by day 30 you should basically be a pair of scissors. We’ll see how this goes!

  • Blue Apron

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My first Blue Apron box arrived today! After months of debating whether I should try the food service or not, I got my hands on a sweet coupon deal and decided to give it a go! Blue Apron is essentially is a super convenient, and super snazzy way of bringing fresh food right to your door, already portioned and organized for three different meals – instructions and recipe included! My box included the ingredients and recipe for:

  • Black Bean and Red Quinoa Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
  • Grilled Cheeseburgers with Feta-Watermelon Salad & Pickled Watermelon Rind
  • Crispy Fried Chicken with Kale-Cabbage Slaw & Buttermilk Biscuits

I’m thinking I am going to make the fried chicken tonight, and the burgers tomorrow for 4th of July! I am so excited to try this out, and I’ll be sure to share my results with you all next week!

  • Bubba Keg Water Bottle

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I don’t know what it is that water bottles have against me, but I constantly either having one warped in the dishwasher, losing a lid, or they end up cracking. After reading PBF’s post last week about her rediscovering the Bubba Keg, I thought I’d order myself one in order to A) Have an indestructible water bottle and B) Make it easier to fill my water intake for the day! My Bubba Keg (II have casually been referring to been mine as “Cali Park Bubba Sparxxx”) tops off at 32 oz, so drinking three of these at work is a breeze and a great way to make sure I’m getting enough water I need for the day. It is top heavy as hell, but thankfully fits into my car cup holder. Oh Bubba Keg, I think you are going to be my new summer favorite.

That’s it for this week! I’m off to go start cooking my first Blue Apron meal, and then tomorrow Jake and I are going to see Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind in concert! It will be a throwback for sure. I hope you all have a super fun and safe Fourth of July Weekend, and I’ll catch ya Monday!

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#tbt VII

Hello, and welcome back to the absurdity that is my weekly Thursday post, #tbt! This week I come to you from the year 1995, when the r&b was at it’s finest, and when you heard the name “Kardashian” your immediate reaction was “The lawyer?” and not a blind rage. While I do not know a lot anything about football, I do believe this was the last year that the Dallas Cowboys were “good”. I say this because today’s photo is brought to you in part by a Super Bowl party my grandparents threw when Cowboys played, and my grandparents haven’t had a Cowboys Super Bowl party since. I think the Cowboys almost went to the Super Bowl a couple of years ago? I have no idea. I did not grow up watching football. Some people were raised on sports, I was raised on Cheers and Frasier because apparently my parents wanted less of a baby, and more of 45 year old Kelsey Grammer super fan.  If someone asks me “Do you like the Cowboys?” I would say, “They’re not my team!” I then immediately pray that they don’t follow up with “Well who is your team?” because I will most likely give them a fictional sports team (Go Bayside!) and run away nervously. However, let’s bring it back to a time when I was naive enough to love “America’s team” and proudly wear their fan gear. I was five, give me a break.

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OOTD:

  • Dallas Cowboy’s t-shirt in what appears to be in a Adult Medium.
  • Track pants, because I was ready to be active at any time.
  • Tennis shoes, because of the same reason as the track pants.

Hair:

  • Cut and style inspired by youngest boy sibling on Family Ties.

Andy

Makeup:

  • Demon red eyes courtesy of 90’s flash photography technology.

Pose:

  • I watched a lot of Whitesnake music videos as a kid.

Setting:

  • My Grandparent’s living room, but judging but the state of disarray and random books, I may have been in the basement of an abandoned library.

I have no idea who’s feet are behind me in the photo, but judging by the socks I’m going to assume it is my Grandpa. I think the foot photobomb, coupled with the confusing mess of books and pens lying around (was my family working on a round of Soduko during this game?) really ties this photo together. I promise if the Cowboys ever make it to another Super Bowl I’ll reenact this photo, but don’t hold your breath. Unless Jerry Jones uses his billions to replace football players with expert robots, but again, still no chance.

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DIY Nutrient Bowl

Hello and happy Wednesday! Last night I realized it has been well over a couple of months since I shared a meal plan recipe, and I happened upon a new dish yesterday that I prepared for lunch today and I may never go back to anything else. It’s crazy simple, and crazy filling. What is it exactly? A nutrient bowl! I drew inspiration from a post I found on the Graze Box blog, and tweaked it a little to better accommodate what I already had in the fridge. The nutrient bowl is based on six parts: a base, slow carbs, a protein, veggies, healthy fats, and a fruit. It may seem like an outrageous assortment of foods, and it is, but it does a great job of filling up on the nutrients (aha!) you need for the day, and is super quick the night or morning before work or school!

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Here is what all I used in my nutrient bowl. Feel free to get creative with your own! The more colorful the better.

  • Base
    • Baby spinach (washed, and uncooked)
  • Slow carb
    • Wild rice (leftover from dinner! +10 recycle points for me)
  • Protein
    • Spicy black bean burger (cooked, and then crumbled into bowl)
  • Veggies
    • Sliced cucumber
    • Diced red and green bell peppers
  • Healthy fats
    • Drizzle of olive oil
    • Diced avocado
  • Fruit
    • Strawberries (opted for frozen so some of the juice could melt into the bowl and act as a dressing)
  • Extra
    • Juice of half a lemon

See what I said about it being super simple? Given that I already had the ingredients available, putting this together took me upwards of ten minutes. This may be my meal prep for the rest of summer, so look out for more nutrient bowl creations in the coming months! Hope you all have a great day and let me know if you give this a try!

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July Stitch Fix Unboxing (#5)

It’s the most wonderful time of the month again! No not your student loan auto debit, it’s Stitch Fix time! I apologize for missing an unboxing review last month, but my box arrived a few days before I left for my California trip and I failed to take pictures of each piece I received, which is a shame because it was such a hit I kept every single item! If I post any photos of the items I received last month I’ll be sure to tag it as a Stitch Fix find so you can check it out. Now for any of you unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, take a look at this post and their website to get more acquainted, and don’t blame me when you have to re-budget your savings to accommodate this subscription service. It’s an awesome monthly (or you can opt for every 2-3 months) service that delivers clothes right to your door! Don’t like what you got? That’s cool just send it back (for free!). Sold yet? Awesome, feel free to use my referral code (4616190) and go crazy! Now without further a due, let’s review (you’re welcome for that cute little rhyme)!

  • Scribe Ruffle Front Blouse (Kept)
  • Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short (Kept)

blouse and shorts

I’m not sure if these were meant to be paired together, but I love the contrast between the bold green and the blue and white stripes! For starters, this blouse will be perfect for dressing up a simple summer outfit with the lace detail and ruffles in the front. The shorts are incredibly comfortable as I wore them on the drive down to Austin last weekend and are functional either dressing up or dressing down. My stylist noted that these shorts would be perfect for a Texas summer barbecue, but if that girl knew me she would know that I require a lobster bib and a hazmat suit when eating ribs.

  • June Polka Dot Skirt (Kept)
  • Eugene Swiss Dot Blouse (Returned)

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I shared this one on Instagram last week, but this skirt makes me feel like I should fire someone, but in a good way. What I’m getting at is that this skirt makes me feel 20 feet tall and a lot more cooler and authoritative than I actually am. The sleeves were really tight, and it was Global Guts obstacle course trying to get that thing on and off. Plus this weirdly made me feel little like Jerry in his puffy shirt. Not really a look I’m trying to pull off right now.

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  • Christiana Skirt (Kept)

christiana skirt

Please see description for June Polka Dot Skirt. But seriously, pencil skirts are my new jam. I love dark teal pattern, and it adds a nice pop to the overall outfit. Thankfully it is also crazy comfortable, and unlike a lot of pencil skirts, doesn’t make me feel like I am wearing a giant Ace bandage around my waist.

I had asked for a pencil skirt in lieu of dress pants to wear to work, and I love the options I was given! Shout out to my stylist, Kimberly, for knocking it out of the park yet again! Next month I think I’ll be requesting a dress to wear for my birthday (August 23rd!), so you can catch me on Pinterest for the next month trying to find some inspiration. Are anyone of you subscribed to Stitch Fix? Let me know what you got in your box in the comments below!

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Equality, Sandwiches & Keeping Austin Weird.

Hello and happy Monday! For some reason today does not feel like a Monday at all. I woke up thinking it was Saturday and upon realizing that my alarm was not a mistake and it was in fact Monday, I was obviously quite upset.

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I had a super awesome weekend and now I have to trudge through the work week again, but good news is that I have Friday off for the Fourth of July weekend. Thanks America! Speaking of America, a round of applause for legalizing gay marriage this past Friday!

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Side note, up until Friday I was not aware that there were other color schemes used in the LGBTQ community! If you’d like to learn about the colors and symbols used in the community I highly recommended this resource. And while I respect other’s opinions and beliefs, I’d ask that you refrain from commenting on any opposing views on this matter. I’ve seen enough nonsensical trash on my Facebook news feed of people who are genuinely offended by this, and quite frankly I don’t want to invite opportunity to share something hateful for such a positive and amazing event. If I wanted to hear something hateful or ridiculous I’d watch a Real Housewives reunion.

Shifting gears a bit, let’s recap more cool stuff from this weekend, but more specifically the Keep Austin Weird 5k! Some of you may remember that Jake and I participated in this event last year and had a blast! This 5k/festival has been going on for 13 years now, and always brings out the electic people of Austin with costumes, bubbles, and of course, booze. Jake and I got into Austin Friday evening and thankfully his sister and brother-in-law were kind enough to let us stay at their house for the weekend since they live just outside of Austin! The race started at 7 pm Saturday so we agreed that much like last year we would walk the route since it was already crazy humid outside.

uklele

The first stop was for Deep Eddy Vodka, but just like last year the line was so long we had to skip it and move on to the next. We did happen upon the Ukulele Society of Austin, and they were adorable and wonderful and I think Jake wants to join their band now.

walkers

The above photo was probably my favorite duo of the evening. A father walked/ran whilst playing his guitar along side his son who was clearly taking it well. We also saw families dressed as Pac Man characters, friends decked out as Mario Kart racers, and even one dude wearing an adult diaper!

new belgium

While didn’t get our hands on any vodka, we did get to sample an IPA from New Belgium, and you guys know I’m not a beer fan, but this stuff was pretty good! I wasn’t able to get a photo, but the stop before the beer was the incredible and amazing Amy’s Ice Cream, and while my allegiance still lies with Blue Bell (#babycomeback), I will say their vanilla ice cream is comparable to an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii. I don’t know who Amy is, but I do know that she is brilliant and I would like for her to officiate my wedding.

Now my only complaint is the lack of obstacle courses and shots stations. Last year there was a mini webbed course, and I got two different shots! I feel silly complaining because even without those things it was an awesome time, but I think we can all agree that obstacle courses and shots can take anything from 0 to 100, am I right?

TC

After the race Jake and I booked it straight to Thundercloud Subs. I have not had Thundercloud in about five years, but I bring it up in conversation at least once a month and I have missed it dearly. Thundercloud is an Austin classic and they are best subs of all time. Yeah, you heard me. I ate mine in what felt like one breath, but it was amazing and I promise myself never will I deprive myself of the sandwich masterpiece for so long ever again. If you ever get the chance to go, order the New York Italian with the Thunder sauce. You won’t regret it, but if you don’t like it just send whatever you have left over to me.

I need to go make myself a sandwich now. Anyone got a recipe for that Thunder Sauce? Anyone? Oh well. That’s all for Monday! I’m hoping tomorrow I can get my July Stitch Fix review up so look out for that! Have a great day!

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Friday Finds

Hello and happy Friday! Today is a momentous day because it is my two year anniversary on this blog!

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Granted, if you go back to 2013 you’ll find like two posts, but hey the important thing is that I picked it back and here we are! To celebrate, I thought I’d upgrade a tad and I finally wised up and made an about me page! You can click here, or get over yourself and just scroll to the top of the page. I also have a total blog revamp in the works, so be on the lookout for that! In the mean time, and while we’re still in a celebratory mood, let’s review some Friday Finds!

  • Trader Joe’s Well Rested Herbal Tea

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As some of you may know, bed time is serious time for me. I love a good cup of tea before I head off to bed, and while I normally opt for Celestial Seasonings, this weekend while at Trader Joe’s I thought I’d try out their store brand bed time tea! I’ve had a cup each night this week and I’ve found it is extra tasty with a splash of vanilla. Ya nailed it again, Trader Joe’s!

  • Faerie Organic Rose Hip Regenerative Serum

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I recently ran out of a vitamin C serum I’ve been using for the past couple of months, and though while I liked the product, was looking for something a little more gentle on my skin. I am already a huge fan of the Faerie Organic makeup line, and thought I’d try out what they had to offer for skin care! For a little bit of a background, I have fairly normal skin, but my biggest issue is acne scarring from the god awful breakouts I experienced off and on for nearly ten years. In an effort to combat the scarring I turned to the Rose Hip Regenerative Serum. Faergie Organic has a wide variety of serums/moisturizers depending on your skin type. The Rose Hip serum is targeted for scarring and is made of completely cruelty free and organic ingredients! I’m still in the very beginning stages of using this product, but so far I am really enjoying it and my skin seems to be drinking it up as well!

  • Mallory’s Book of The Week – Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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Okay, so a little bit of a back story here, but I’m kind of a little obsessed with Aziz Ansari.  I have seen him live twice, I watched his standup specials more times than I can count, and he is most quoted Parks and Rec character of all time. That being said, once Aziz announced last year that he would be releasing a book, I was hyped as hell. Aziz got down to business for this book, and conducted years worth of research surrounding, well, modern romance. Aziz goes into the depths of how psychotic, convenient, inconvenient, heart crushing, amazing, and insanely confusing it is to date in a social media and smart phone era world. This book is equal parts informative, relatable, hilarious, and thought provoking. I’ll find myself laughing hysterically laughing, and in another moment cringing at the horrifying tales recounted by interviewees on terrible dating experiences. I highly recommend this book whether you are in a relationship or not, and I hope this becomes a NY Times Best Seller fifty million times over. Is that possible? I’m pretty the Chicken Soup for The Soul series did that.

That’s it for me this week! Jake and I are off to Austin this weekend for the Keep Austin Weird Fest 5k so expect a race recap on Monday! I’ll also probably spending most of my time in Austin at a Thundercloud, so expect a lot of sandwich recaps as well. Have a great weekend!

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