fall television round-up

Now that the fall television season is underway, I’ve had a chance to get my DVR set up to record all of my favorites.
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learning to like exercise

I’ll admit it — I’m pretty lazy when it comes to fitness. I’d rather spend my post-work evenings curled up on the couch with a cocktail than out on the road in my Reeboks.

However, I know it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle — and that includes eating well and getting at least SOME exercise on occasion.

SO, I’ve decided I’m going to learn to like exercise. Or at least attempt to like it.

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book review: renegades write the rules

If you weren’t 100% satisfied with what you were doing with your life, would you simply deal with it, or would you do something to change it?

I recently had the honor of receiving a copy of Amy Jo Martin’s book, Renegades Write the Rules, and my mind is STILL racing with excitement after reading it. Amy Jo Martin has been an idol of mine for several years now, and I have always looked to her Twitter account and blog for inspiration when it comes to business — and life in general. Upon finishing Renegades, I am filled with motivation and the desire to do great things with my life. Continue reading

cozy & crafty

Now that it’s getting colder out, I’ll probably be inside more often than in the summer. To keep myself from spending all evening on the couch doing nothing, I’ve decided to be a crafty fall person. It helps that I have my beloved Pinterest to provide endless ideas. Here are five projects I plan to try this season:

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fall into fashion

Today is officially the last day of summer. Fall starts tomorrow. Okay. I get it. Ever since Labor Day, many of my friends have been geeking out over all things fall. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. No offense to you guys (I’m lookin’ at you, S!), but it’s still summer! I’m a summer girl, myself. Fall is nice and everything, but nothing beats laying poolside with a cocktail on a hot, sunny day.

However, now that fall is actually here, I’m all for it. Bring on the PSLs and cozy, warm clothes! Bring on the scarves, the jackets, the knee-high boots and the thick socks. I’m ready for you, autumn!

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travel light and pack a small suitcase

I go on several trips a year — most of which last about a week, but some are shorter. No matter how many days I’m gone, I always try my hardest to get everything to fit into a carry-on as opposed to checked baggage. I have a fear of getting to my destination (or back home) only to find that my stuff didn’t come along for the ride!

Whether it’s paranoia or just a desire to save time after landing, here are my tips when it comes to packing all of your items into a carry-on suitcase:

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a new kind of happy hour

I love it when the ideas for blog posts come at me at the most random times… like, last week, as I was untying my figure skates. (side note: for those who are curious, I’m a competitive figure skater.)

Anyway, the act of me taking my skates off isn’t all that random. But considering it was 12:30 pm on a work day and I was clearly not at the office, I guess you could say it was a little unusual. Most days at that time, I’m eating lunch at my desk and sending e-mails. Continue reading