Motivational Monday

posted on: Monday, September 1, 2014

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Sometimes you need to reminded that each day is a new day. So you had a bad day yesterday? Okay, leave it. Now it is the past. Today is a new day. Accomplish that little goal that you have set for yourself. See, getting out of bed wasn't that hard, right? Start your new work week off with a smile!

{Table Talk} Food Should Taste Good - Giveaway!

posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014


I was recently contacted by the marketing team at Food Should Taste Good® to review their product. I really enjoy healthier options when it comes to snacks. I've only recently started being more health-conscious. In the past when I was in the mood for chips, my favorite and go to tortilla chips for a long time were from a well known chips company and had a hint of lime and yes, they were delicious. I was able to try out Food Should Taste Good®'s version and was surprised to see the ingredients list; they're just wholesome ingredients without the added filler.

Now you tell me they're Non-GMO and even gluten-free? Those are chips with wholesome ingredients that you can actually trust and be happy about eating. The chips themselves are crisp yet light. They're not cut your mouth hard but they can still hold their own against salsa.


[Taken at Whole Foods Tenley]

Let's talk about the product itself. The packaging is simple--very minimalist and sophisticated which is refreshing. It doesn't need some colorful packaging to scream, "hey, look at me!" I don't always judge a book by its cover but when it comes to food I can get a little picky. The tortilla chips caught my eye on the shelf because it was different. Then again, I shop at Whole Foods and most of the groceries you'll find there are of the healthy-ish variety and sometimes even locally sourced. So far I've tried jalapeno, lime, blue corn and multigain. I am obsessed with multigrain. It tastes great, the texture is on point and you can even see the little seeds embedded into each chip!

[photo credit: jungfroid]

Now if you would be so kind as to pass the dip, I'd really appreciate it.

[photo credit: jungfroid]

[photo credit: jungfroid]

Places you can find Food Should Taste Good® in the district:
Whole Foods
Giant
Safeway


Here's your chance to win a nice sampler for yourself! Enter below to win your very own bag of chips to share or squirrel away as well as a $100 VISA gift card..you know, to buy more chips or even cheese and/or dip to compliment your new chip collection. :D

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Giveaway Ends: Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Winner will be announced on Monday, September 8th, 2015 and the winner must be located within the United States.

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Food Should Taste Good®. All opinions are my own.

{Tuesday Ten} 10 Common Mistakes While Using Public Transportation in a City

posted on: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In an effort to go green in the city I have been using public transportation and driving around as little as possible. I've encountered a lot of different folks in my travels. Here's a list of don'ts.

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  1. Standing in the left side of the escalator. I get it, you want to stand next to your sweetheart but the rules of the road also apply here. Pass from the left, slow on the right..so either stand in front or behind your sweetie.
  2. Letting your bag ride for free. I'm sorry, did you swipe your SmartCard for a fee for your bag? No? Then put it in your lap or on the ground and make room for other people. You don't want people to think you're selfish do you? Sharing is caring.
  3. Boombox syndrome. That's sweet that you want to share your musical preferences with everyone. Really, it is. The thing is, not everyone else agrees. Maybe you can invest in some headphones so you can still rock out without being bothersome.
  4. The world is your trashcan. You completely walk past a readily trashcan and yet you still feel the need to leave your trash on the bus, train and even the metro stop. What is wrong with you? See, this is why we can't have nice things.
  5. All your seats are belong to me. OK, unless you're immensely obese, you really shouldn't be taking up two seats. I don't think you got the memo. It's public transportation, that means you'll be riding with other people. If you didn't want to, maybe you should drive yourself or get a cab so you can have all the seats. So until then, slide over and take the window seat or move aside so someone else can.
  6. We're in the city, everyone is in a hurry. You know you're going to need to pay even before the doors open. It's not a surprise. You waiting right up until you get to the paying station before reaching into your purse to find your SmartCard or cash is holding everyone else up. The bus will straight drive while you're still at the paying station.
  7. For the love of all things holy..shower, slab on some deodorant, something! You're sharing a tight confined space with people. Let them breathe!
  8. You wish you were a Jedi. I kid you not, do not try to hold the door open. They don't stay open for anyone. Have you seen the elevator scene from Resident Evil? I still cringe.
  9. Be courteous. If you see an elderly or disabled person, help a brother out. Give up your seat so that nice pregnant lady can rest her feet. Help a blind transfer from the bus or metro. Sometimes people don't want help but it never hurts to ask.
  10. Spread it out like peanut butter and jelly. You don't all have to crowd at one door. Each train car has three doors and plenty of standing room if you moved toward the center. Hint, the tops of the seats have handle bars too if you're short like me and can't reach the top.
Now go forth with your newfound wisdom and happy travels.

{Shopping} Quick Breakfast Choices [Whole Foods]

posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oh no! You woke up late and you realized you forgot to prep your breakfast. What do you do? You can run and grab a coffee at your local coffee shop and give in and get yourself a pastry but your hips may not forgive you for that. I woke up late so I decided on my metro ride to work that I would stop into Whole Foods and grab some breakfast. I'm very fortunate to have a Whole Foods around the corner from my office. It's a bit pricey but there are much healthier options there which I absolutely LOVE!

[ I'm sad I've misplaced my chalk markers and can't doodle on my mug. :( ] 

School is back in session next week so it's been ramping up at work and starting to get hectic. I grabbed myself a Chia Pod Oats (Banana & Mango), LĂ„RABAR® (Blueberry Muffin) and Almondmilk from Califia Farms (Vanilla Protein). I also have a cup of Tiny Tea from Your Tea every morning. That tea is awesome, it's been helping me with bloating among other things. I've had issues ever since my thyroid was removed which I'll get into at another time.

I also grabbed some snacks for my colleagues, Petit Muffins (Whole Grain Blueberry). Okay, sometimes you just need sugar to get your mojo going. Hey, I'm not a complete health nut! 

I hope everyone has a great day! Smile! :D

{Celebrations} Happy 6th Birthday, Tyler!

posted on: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Events} A Garden of Wonders - Updates

posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014


We didn't take too many pictures that night. The lighting wasn't that great and plus we were having way too much fun goofing around. My outfit was comfortable and I'm not going to lie, I felt like a little princess in my tulle skirt. I definitely should have gotten it hemmed somehow for a more flattering look. Overall it was a great night and they served some delicious cocktails. 

We were even featured in K Street Magazine blog!




{Events} A Garden of Wonders

posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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I haven't been out to enjoy nightlife in DC in a very long time. My friend, Fil told me about "A Garden of Wonders". Unfortunately it was too late for me to get a VIP ticket so no Sprinkles cupcake for me. 
Modern Day Alice

My friend was thinking of dressing up, at least something subtle for this "Alice in Wonderland" themed soiree. Bunny ears and a pocket watch; I can do something like that too. I didn't want to go full out in costume but at least something subtle and comfortable so I made a mood board for an outfit idea. This is also a good excuse to wear a cute tulle skirt. I wonder how many steampunk folks I'll see out that night. It is a Victorian period garden-party after all. Cheers!

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