Jun 082016
 

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

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This month Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with sustainable clothing brand prAna to ask what we are craving this summer! You know I love a seasonal goal list, so I spent some time this thinking about what has the potential to bring me JOY this summer and created a  2016 #SummerCravingsTo Do List for myself.

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Here are the things I’m craving this summer and will myself to make time for before autumn arrives…

#SummerCravings To Do List

Sway my way at outdoor concerts.  Is there anything better than being outdoors warm evening listening to live tunes as the sun sets into sweet summer nights?  I think not! Thankfully, there is a park very near by that has a variety of amphitheater performances all season long. I’ve also seen a handful of local bars hosting outdoor shows, too. I could get down for jams with cider and pub food! Who’s in?

Find a go-to easy up-do. I’m 100% in favor of the gather hair on-top of head in the messiest, uneven bun possible and finish with BAMR band look, but I’m also really digging this quarter-up top knot found at The Beauty Mark [Though I did also find a few BAMR band patterns I’m digging from the new release, too…]

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Get away from my Weekend Leggings routine.  I’m uber thankful for this month’s partnership with prAna giving me the chance to take a pair of the Kara Jean our for a spin.  These pants come in a variety of solid colors and prints, too; my pair is indigo. I love how soft and stretchy these low-rise slim-fit jeans are, but my favorite two features are the length [perfect for my fellow tall ladies!] and the beautiful design detail on the button.  The Kara retail for $89 regular price, which is a bit outside of my normal clothing price-point for a pair of jeans, but I’ve seen them on sale for $59.50 which is much more my style. For a chance to win a pair of Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!

Go Garage Sale Hunting! I’d love to stumble upon some treasures to help me complete one of my DIY Dream List Projects; I am hoping to find a clip board collection in need of some decorating.  And I’ve got a handful of buttons ready to create my own wall art inspired by this Brigitte Herrod piece, I’d love to uncover more on the lawns across town.

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Pack a breakfast picnic. Who says picnics can’t happen in the morning? We’ve got a great location a couple blocks from THS HQ; just close enough that even a pre-work day breakfast picnic would be do-able! 

Sip on Shugarmom’s Summer Slush is a summertime staple.  We recently picked up new rainbow colored lidded containers that will be perfect for storing batches in the freezer!

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Create some more s’mores! Can we talk about these 9 fancy-them-up s’more recipes? [Side note: I really dig the stuff that is shared on the Shari’s Berries blog, and this is yet another example of that.]

Venture to outdoor Happy Hour with my co-workers. There are a handful of locations in Schenectady with great patios and there is one specific location I’m really looking forward to visiting – Centre Street Pub. I’ve visited inside for trivia a handful of Tuesday evenings, but I’ve yet to take advantage of the outdoor space which I’ve heard has a great vibe and includes yard games like corn hole. I also know of some rooftops in need of a visit soon; I’m looking at you Nico’s.

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Build a time capsuleShameless reminder of these “Let’s Make a Time Capsule” instructions from #THS30Days.

Enjoy COLD foods. Fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, stacked sandwiches for lunch, crunchy crisp salads when it comes time for dinner and endless frozen treats for dessert.  I’ve been collecting some refreshing meal ideas here: Summer Yums

Add more tarty citrus drinks.  Fresh squeezed lemonade is one of the BEST nostalgic summertime treats, and lately I’ve been all about lime beverages after trying [and falling for] this Stewart’s Fountain Classics Key Lime soda on a whim. I’m all about tart, sweet, citrusy drinks right now.  As a matter of fact, lemon and lime tarty goodness totally inspired my smoothie creating in the kitchen this month.

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Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!

Wild Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie [Single Serve]

Add ingredients in order listed to single-serve blender cup. Pulse until well blended. Enjoy!

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Both of these smoothies are fabulous, but the Straw-Cherry Limeade Smoothie blasted to the top of my favorite smoothies list so much so that it has replaced my previous go-to morning blend [Pineapple Coconut Cherry] which I haven’t made since first sipping this new fav!

_PRANA2Hey, you!! Don’t forget: For a chance to win a pair of super soft, hella-flattering prAna Kara Jeans for yourself, leave a comment on this post telling me what’s on your #SummerCraving To Do List!  I’ll choose a winner at random after Wednesday, June 15th so be sure to enter by then! 

#THSGoestoWashington

 Posted by at 5:00 pm  travel
Jun 052016
 

Tomorrow morning I am headed to Washington D.C. for the first time EVER. I’m traveling to staff a trade show for work, but we have plenty of sightseeing time on the schedule, too. To say I am excited would be a major understatement.

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I had gone back and forth on whether or not I want to travel with our DSLR camera for my tourist adventures but I’ve finally decided I will be bringing it with me.

I’ve had a bit of experience using the camera at home, for staged shots and during events and parties, but the majority of the time I take photos and video while on the move, I’m sharing in real time via mobile devices.  Typically, Nick takes the “real shots” with the DSLR for future use when we are out and about.  Since Nick isn’t going on this trip with me, the “should I bring the camera?” question lingered for the past couple of months.

At first I consider the possibility of my carrying the camera to DC and back without getting any photos of value.  I imagined the camera never/rarely leaving the hotel room if it felt like it was going to be a hassle to carry around as we walk from spot to spot.  I also pictured myself rushing through every photo opportunity in an effort to not annoy my travel companions.

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Then a few weekends back, I took myself on a walking tour through the nearby Stockade Historic District to gauge my comfort level taking photos while on the go.  Ninety minutes, one historic cell phone tour, and 306 digital files later, my concern turned to confidence: bringing “the fancy camera” with me was the right decision. [Let this be a reminder to your self-doubt about anything to just give it a try and see how it feels, okay?]

Also, my boss-friend Jennifer, whom I’m traveling with, loves taking photos herself and has promised not to make me feel rushed if I stop to capture something along our trip.

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This is my first visit ever to our nation’s capital and I must admit, with all my love for fun facts about the American presidency I know I am going in with a completely romanticized vision of what our trip will be like. Basically, I’m expecting to experience a 100% representation of this clip from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington:

These are in no way realistic expectations, I understand. Recent social media shares I’ve caught from pals visiting monuments and memorials include famous spaces filled with sweaty faces.  Families and groups of school children and bunches more noise than one would expect after watching the dreamy scene at the end of the above clip: Mr. Smith feeling ALL THE THINGS at the Lincoln Memorial.

While rocking some #sidehustle client work this weekend, I came across some great how-to articles on Digital Photography School that seemed like pre-DC must-read gifts from the universe:

I’m looking forward to taking time to capture our adventures while chasing lines, hunting patterns and remembering to take my time, specifically.  Slowing down has never been my strong suit and truthfully, this is likely my steadiest criticism throughout my lifetime.  Approaching tasks [especially those I’m enthused over!] calmly, steadily, mindfully and without rushing takes a lot of focus and practice for me.  Taking the DSLR with me on our tourism adventures will be a great exercise in expanding my patience muscles.

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I’ll also be trying to share some of my travel happenings in real time on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #THSGoestoWashington [hey, one can dream.] and definitely sharing stories of the journey on Snapchat, too. You can find me at thenheathersaid on all the internet spaces. Choose your favorite social stream and follow along. [Though it is worth noting that this year I’ve made it a mission not to repost content from one social stream to another, and instead create unique content specifically with that medium/audience in-mind. #PracticeWhatYourPreach]

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