Inspiration Folder: Newsies

Posted on | November 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

Remember when I used to do inspiration folders on the reg? (ICYMI: here’s three good ones from Old Sweet Song past Grease 2, sprinklers and the word awesome)

Well, needless to say it’s been a minute. And when a Newsies Inspiration Folder popped in my head I had to double check that I hadn’t already done one because well, come on. I have seen this movie no fewer than six billion times (yes, I have also seen the musical which is good but just not as good). The soundtrack is amazing. And don’t you worry it most definitely still holds up. Wasn’t I just walking down 23rd Street on a crisp, sunny fall down feeling like nothing could get me down as I blasted “Seize The Day” through my earbuds. Why yes, yes I was. The dancing! The drama! The romance! What is not to love about this film? And back in the day I remember being utterly blown away by just how dreamy Christian Bale was. My fourteen year old brain just couldn’t handle it. Also the kid from Big turned out to be pretty hot too. Although, I love a head of curls.

Should we watch it tonight? I think we should. Now is the time to seize the day, after all.

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Escape Brooklyn

Posted on | November 4, 2014 | No Comments

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I have a major crush on the blog Escape Brooklyn, if I were still doing blogger crushes you’d better believe these guys would be shoe ins. This blog, created and maintained by a creative Brooklyn couple, centers around… escaping Brooklyn. New York is such a huge, varried state but often we city folk get stuck in our city bubble and we rarely venture out. I’m as guilty of this as anybody. I’ve been upstate maybe three times in the past ten years. And Escape Brooklyn gives you all the good insider travel tips and info to make sneaking away easy and stress free. From the blog:

“In the great state of new york, we have beaches, mountains, inexpensive flea markets and farmers markets within two hours of Brooklyn. But how do you know where to go? How the hell do you get there, and once you’re there, what the hell do you do? Escape Brooklyn is committed to bringing you 100% non-boring and affordable vacations for those of us that live in the real world and need to get out of Brooklyn.”

I love these folks! For their travel ideas and inspiration as well as for their stunning aesthetic. They curate an online shop, The Brew & Compass, which is flu of flea market-y treasures and vintage-y goodness. As you know, I have a small weakness for things of this nature. And did I mention the photography is stunning and they have a killer instagram feed, to boot.

I found these guys right around the time that we returned from our little jaunt to Cooperstown to celebrate my sister’s birthday. It was the perfect getaway weekend and it got me thinking, we need to take advantage of how easy it is to get out of town via train (or even rental car) and do it more often.

Is there anything better than a quick weekend trip? These pics (all from the Escape Brooklyn blog) will have you craving a romantic, cozy fall getaway like nobody’s bidness.

p.s. Beware their instagram feed, which will even further your desire for such an upstate voyage.

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FIREPIT-WITH-CHAIRS-940x520Spruceton Inn, Catskills

 

Meet Tammy

Posted on | October 30, 2014 | 4 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 | 4 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 dang genuine. 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.

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