Meet Tammy

Posted on | October 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Guys, I want you to meet Tammy. She’s a certified health coach and cookbook writer and she just happens to be one of my best friends. In addition to health coaching, she is getting ready to launch a new website, blog AND cookbook at the end of the year. Tammy is my go to resource for all questions on healthy living and thoughtful food choices. She’s busy but she always has time to field my incessant questions that usually come out of nowhere via text message. For example: I’ve been at grocery store, paralyzed with indecision in the oil aisle and have texted Tam for help. I am insanely lucky to have her as a resource so I thought I would share the wealth here, with y’all.

Welcome to “Ask Tammy,” a new series of posts where I’ll share not only all of the annoying questions I pester the poor lady with but also her thoughtful and thorough answers. And if you have any pressing questions regarding healthy living or responsible food choices or the like, send ‘em my way. This is a lady who knows her shit. So without further ado…

oldsweetsong_asktammyA: Hi Tammy! How many eggs is okay to eat a day?

T: Assuming we’re talking organic and, ideally, pasture-raised eggs, up to 3/day is totally fine. Scientific studies haven’t been done with more than 3 eggs/day, so while it may be fine to have more, that’s my recommended limit. This is totally different than the old dietary guidelines that said 3/week…now we know eggs don’t impact cholesterol levels in most people (and aren’t linked to heart disease), so no reason to not have them daily. Especially with all the B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D and protein. Supermarket eggs = sad face. Those are higher in the inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, which most of us already have too much of in our diets.

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Lastly, I must recommend Tammy’s newsletter. It comes out about once a month and is Tammy’s concise take on a single topic regarding healthful life choices. Recent topics include: “Packaged Foods That Don’t Suck,” Green Smoothies and a personal fave of mine, 3 no cook sauces to save your boring bowl of quinoa. You should probably also follow Tammy on twitter as I see big things in her future. Not too big though, I still need her to respond to my random texts sent from the grocery store.

That Laugh

Posted on | October 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

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I love this picture. It was taken at a wedding a couple of weeks ago in Boston, and let’s be honest candids are the best and this one is so, so good. One of the first things I loved about Matt was his laugh. He laughs loud and unabashedly and with his whole body. Being around it you can’t help but laugh too, it’s just so genuine and warm. And he laughs a lot, too. Thank goodness.

We’ve been officially co-habitating for two months now. Everyone keeps asking “how is it going?” I vary up my answers. Good. Fun. Great. I mean it’s not perfect, of course. Melding two lives and two sets of things and two whole people can be tricky business. And we don’t always look like we do in that picture. Sometimes there are exasperated sighs and tense jaws and maybe even an eye roll or two.

But they aren’t often. And we move on quickly. And generally we smile and joke and enjoy each other. Life is good for us right now. And he’s also an amazing person and partner and I’m so glad I found him.

So there’s that.

But that laugh, man. That laugh is good stuff.

p.s. That dress was $26 from Target. Also I did my own hair that night.
p.p.s. I should get Matt a nice watch.

A Cooperstown Weekend

Posted on | October 28, 2014 | No Comments

About a month ago, for my little sis’ birthday we made a little jaunt to Cooperstown, NY. It was about two hours on the train and then another two in a rental car. The general purpose of the trip (besides making jokes together and eating a lot) was to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame which I highly recommend. But we were pleasantly surprised by how charming Cooperstown was. Our B&B was adorable and only a block or two from the main street where all of the action was. And by all of the action I mean a strip of bars, restaurants, baseball memorabilia shops and an old fashioned candy shop where I purchased my weight in fudge. Obviously.

The weather was gorgie and I was quite fond of the company. It was the perfect weekend away. Here are some of the highlights.

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 The Ommegang Brewery was the first place we went upon arrival. We didn’t even stop at the hotel we drove straight to the brewery. Priorities. It was a beautiful place to sit and sip beer and eat a million frites with extra dipping sauces. Which is exactly what we did.

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The Hall of Fame is biggest draw of Cooperstown. It did not disappoint. Can’t you tell by the kind of serious face I am making here? The Hall of Fame is no joke, guys. You can smile but keep it respectful like I did.

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Of course special attention was paid to any and all Braves paraphernalia.

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I MEAN.

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Cooperstown sits on the edge of Otsego Lake which is incredibly picturesque. It’s kind of stupid actually.

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But there ain’t nothing stupid about a giant bloody mary in a glass shaped like a cowboy boot. That’s pretty much the opposite of stupid. Note also: my new Brooklyn Dodgers cap procured at the Hall of Fame gift shop.

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My beloved travel companions. I’m sorry you can’t take trips with these people. It is always a real fun time.

A Jolly Good Time

Posted on | October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

oldsweetsong_iouIn my ongoing search for big ass art I found this lovable guy at GreatBigCanvas.com

I’d like to be able to say I’ve been busy. But I haven’t really been all that busy. I’ve been working some and then not working some. What in the hell have I been doing? Good question.

— Things I have been doing and/or thinking about as of late: —

1. Getting settled in our new apartment. Buying furniture, finding homes for all over our worldly possessions , wondering what we’ll hang where, figuring out how the heat works, etc. It’s a process, y’all.

2. Trying to get back into a healthy-ish pattern. One that includes 5 days of workouts per week and doesn’t include me eating everything in sight like a crazed monster.

3. READING!
Just finished Rules of Civility: A Novel
And starting Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”
and The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries)

4. Enjoying the Fall but mentally and spiritually preparing myself for my tenth(!) NYC winter. And by winter I mean 5 consecutive months of Amy freezing her ass off all the time.

5. Pondering Halloween costumes and figuring out how in the heck to make them.

6. Doing laundry. Just because I can.

Now. What have you been up to?

xo

Five Things for Friday ///// 10.17.2014

Posted on | October 17, 2014 | No Comments

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This coffee table
because it now sits in our living room. The pop up work/eat table and hidden storage below is genius. It looks pretty nice, too.
This hat because I spied it while browsing a wonderful flea market last weekend while we were in Boston and I just knew it was going to be one of those things I didn’t buy it but continued to think about. Luckily I found the exact same flea market seller online and the exact same hat is available for purchase. So I can continue to think about a knit hat. Great.
This podcast because it’s everything right now. (check the link for fun extras on the website)
This lady (a.k.a. my momma) because she’s on her way here right now and we’re going to have ourselves a nice little ladies weekend.
These boots because admittedly I may have small problem when it comes to brown boots (wha? is six pairs too many?) but a lady needs a pair of black knee highs for the colder months and Sam Edelman rarely disappoints.

What have you got on tap for the weekend? I hope it’s fun.

xoxo
Amy

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