Currently: October

It’s that time of the month already!  Time for my monthly wrap up… I changed it up a little this month, sharing some new things I’ve never talked about in “currently.”  Enjoy!

Currently October | No Thanks to Cake
Current Netflix Binge:

I’ve broken down and joined Netflix.  Yes, the girl who barely watches any television has subscribed to Netflix, for one reason, two words:  GILMORE GIRLS.

Gilmore Girls | No Thanks to Cake

I never watched this show when it was on TV.  However, one extra wintry winter a few years back, I watched the entire series.  And, in watching it, I completely fell in love with Rory and Loralei.  My friend Erin said it well… If only we could be as witty as Loralei one day… 

Seriously, if you’ve never watched this series, it’s time… and the entire series is available on Netflix!  Let me know what you think of Stars Hollow, will ya?

Current Confession:

So, I haven’t really talked about it on social media… and I hate to talk about it with my friends because it’s a total downer, but my car accident last month kicked my arse.  I’ve been on the couch for a whole month… watching Gilmore Girls.  Rotating ice packs (aka bags of corn and edamame) with heat compresses… and planning to take over the world when this damn thing heals.

Now, I’m only sharing this with you now because I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER four weeks later!  Finally!!!

yay | No Thanks to CakeI’m not 100% and I’m still afraid to carry much… but gosh, not being miserable when I wake up is heavenly!!!  For all of you who have chronic back pain, I am SO SORRY!  For all of those who have listened to me whine, THANK YOU!!!!  I owe you REAL wine!

Current Craft:

I’ve had my eye on a little capelet from Ravelry forever… And, during my fabulous couchtime and while watching Rory’s first days at Chilton… I made it!  I totally want to make another!  Maybe in a charcoal or mustard color.  What do you think??  I’m in love!

Capelet | No Thanks to Cake

This makes me excited to knit additional wooly fall/winter things!

Current Book:

This month, I’m not pointing out a work of fiction… instead, the most beautiful cookbook I’ve laid eyes on in YEARS!

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The Skinnytaste Cookbook was released in late September, and I was BEYOND excited to receive my copies.  Gina‘s cookbook is LOADED with calories that are “light on calories, big on flavor.”  I recently made her Skinny Chicken Parmesan and it was phenomenal…

Chicken Parmesan Skinnytaste | No Thanks to Cake

I am in LOVE with all of Gina’s recipes… both those on her blog and these new creations that are part of her cookbook.  Order yours here… it’s amazing, I promise!

Current Hairstyle:

I’m still pretty obsessed with how easy it is to curl my hair everyday for work… I mentioned it last month, but wow, it’s so easy!

How to Curl Long Hair | No Thanks to Cake

And, I have yet to burn myself… {Knocking on wood.}

Current Memorable Moment:

At the beginning of the month, I got to participate in my very first engagement!  My friends Alex and Tiffany made it official… and Alex wanted to have Tiff’s closest friends involved in the action.  I was honored to be a part of it, and had trouble keeping a dry eye during the actual proposal.

The Proposal | No Thanks to Cake

And, of course, she said YES!!!  Congrats, Alex and Tiffany!

Current Outfit:

It’s not REALLY an outfit, but wow, it’s the cutest coat on the planet from New York and Company.  Half coat, half cape… yep, I BIG-PUFFY-HEART love it!

Cape New York and Company | No Thanks to Cake

Hooray for coupons!! For more detail, click here.

Current Flavor Inspiration:

As part of Tiffany’s engagement extravaganza, we had brunch at a little Denver restaurant called Jimmy’s Urban Bar & Grill.  I’m not huge on brunch,  but considering the special occasion, I decided to try something new that I had never had… and to just jump in.

Chicken and Waffles | No Thanks to Cake

Hello, Chicken and Waffles.  I can’t wait to come up with a healthier version of this.  There has to be one.  I’ll create it, and I’ll share it… I’m still having dreams about this stuff.  It was that good… must recreate.

Current Crazy Thing I’ve Done:

I been Christmas shopping all year long.  When I was in California at the wineries with Crystal, I picked up a few things.  I pre-ordered one of my favorite bloggers’ new books, and I even picked up a few fun things in Savannah during Fitbloggin!  All these items have been hanging out in my guest room, but it was time to get them on the road.

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I’m far from done Christmas shopping… I still need things for my niece and nephew, my brother, and my stepdad, but this first box is progress.  I did feel pretty nuts wrapping packages in October though…

Current Location:

I’m here (in paradise).  And, it’s my sister-in-law Beth’s 40th birthday tomorrow… Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

Montelucia | No Thanks to Cake

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Currently: June

It’s that time of the month again!  Let’s catch up on what’s going on “Currently”…

Current Book:

I completely devoured this book last month from Emily Giffin.  And, it even showed up in my PopSugar Must Have box this month!  If you haven’t read it, now’s the time!  Perfect for the beach!

PopSugar Must Have Box | No Thanks to Cake
Current Music:

Prepping for the Lionel Ritchie concert (O-M-G… Amazing show!), I bought Lionel’s Tuskegee album, which is a compilation of duets with major country music stars.  Think Endless Love with Shania and Stuck on You with Darius Rucker…  So good!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Planning for my trip to Fitbloggin, I did a little too much shopping.  And, I stumbled into Charming Charlie’s.  Seriously, don’t ever go just at that moment when it starts to rain…  you’ll buy way too much.  You’ll have way too much time to look at all their treasures.  You’ll even insist on walking out wearing one of the necklaces you like the most.

Charming Charlies | No Thanks to Cake

Current Nail Color:

This week, I switched my polish.   I’m rocking the Lapis of Luxury… a pretty, pretty periwinkle by Essie.  And, I kinda love it…

Essie Lapis of Luxury | No Thanks to Cake

Current Drink: 

Savignon Blanc… Still obsessed and it goes down like water for some unfortunate reason.  I drank a few glasses at the cute little Truffle Table this week with the ladies.  Loved it.

Sauvignon Blanc | No Thanks to Cake

Current Food:

This chicken.  I could eat it every day for some time and not get sick of it.  And, it’s so pretty plated up.  My next dinner party… yes, this is what we are eating!

Grilled Lime Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

Also…  Pssssst!  I’m a finalist in the Fitbloggin California Avocado Cutting Edge Culinary recipe contest and will find out later today what I win! Will keep you posted…

Current Favorite Show:

True story:  I don’t really like TV.  I think there are so many other things to do rather than watch it… I don’t watch any of the hip shows.  I just watch my old standbys and if I miss them, I really don’t worry too much.

But… there’s talk that me and a few of my gal-pals are going to go see Sound of Music at the Ellie Caulkins Theater in Denver, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!!  Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, after all…

Sound of Music Favorite Things | No Thanks to Cake

Current Outfit:

Oh, if I look back at this month and the recent Fitbloggin shopping… there’s a lot of fun dresses that came out of recent trips.  After all, my favorite conference of the year has me traveling to the sweaty surface of the sun… so a girl’s gotta be breezy in some dresses.

Nordstrom Rack | No Thanks to Cake

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Nordstrom Rack:  I didn’t realize you were so dangerous.  Well played.

Bizarre Happening:

I told you earlier that I don’t watch TV… and now, well… I’m confessing that I am SO not a pet person.  But I met this dog, and it’s weird.  I just like her.

French Bulldog | No Thanks to Cake

Her name is Lucy and I spotted her at the Hanuman Festival last weekend… and since then I’ve been running into little French bulldogs everywhere.  Is this a sign??

Current Online Find:

These aren’t new finds for me, but I thought I’d share two of my Fitbloggin faves with you that you need to start reading NOW!  This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come next week when I leave Fitbloggin and begin gushing over the fab people I’ve met.  In the meantime, meet Alyssa and Ashley!

Have you met Alyssa from Double Chin Diary? yet?  Well… she’s agreed to room with me at Fitbloggin this year, and didn’t really expect me to bring the luggage that I did, surely.  Her story (along with her sister April’s) is awesome, inspiring and always teaches me something new, while at the same time making me realize I really should live near the coast.

Double Chin Diaries Alyssa | No Thanks to Cake

Another MUST-READ is Fierce Forward.  If you haven’t met the lovely Ashley yet… watch out, because she is incredibly fierce and fiercely authentic.  Her warm and bright spirit makes her a pleasure to be with… and I love her rocker style.  So hippie chic, and I’m so glad to call her a friend.  I got to see her and new friend Meagan at the Hanuman Festival last weekend, and so excited to be spending time with her again in Savannah!

Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

These are just two of many men and women I’ll be visiting with at Fitbloggin… I’ll share more in my recap!

Current Words of Inspiration:

This simple phrase is one I utter daily.  When I wake up in the morning, I verbalize that I am grateful for things that are yet to happen.  “I’m grateful that I had a great day.”  “I’m grateful that my presentation went well…” etc.

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And every day, at the end of the day, I get to smile and appreciate again in reflection how great the day was.  Try it… it works.

Current Mood:

In the words of the man, the artist, the legend, I’m…Easy Like Sunday Morning | No Thanks to Cake

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Life Lessons: Petition as Practice

I love those moments where I feel inspired in a powerful way, and reminded of important life lessons.  Yesterday was one of those days, and I have my favorite book to thank for its inspiration.

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I have to assume many of you have read Eat Pray Love.  It was wildly popular when it came out and has been widely talked about for years.  If you haven’t yet had the pleaure, I highly suggest that you consider reading it.

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It’s absolutely my favorite book of all time.  There aren’t many books out there that I can say I’ve read multiple, multiple times, but this one fits the mold.  I own it in paperback, as an eBook, and I even own the audiobook.  You could say I’m a fanatic… and I wouldn’t mind at all.  It’s that good.

The magic of Hollywood even transformed my favorite book into a movie.  I’ve shared the trailer with you, so you can get a feel for what this  book is about.. but again, go straight to the pages of prose to experience all that this book is.  While I love the movie for what it is, there is so much between the pages of this book that hit the cutting room floor… including details of the story I share today.

So… what is up with this book?  How could I possibly have read it as many times as I have and never get tired of it??  

Simply stated:  It moves me.  The main character (and author) Liz Gilbert goes through a tremendous transformation.  She hits rock bottom (or in her case, the bathroom floor) and she finds a way to pick herself back up again while traveling the world and meeting the most incredible people.  I simple love the story, and I relate tremendously with Liz and the beautifully written passages about her growth.   I’m not going to lie, I also love the pasta in Italy, the yoga in India, the handsome man Liz meets in Indonesia… and, really, who can’t help but adore Richard from Texas?

Today, I reflected upon Eat Pray Love again, specifically about what I’ll call my favorite part of the entire book.

It’s a beautiful, beautiful scene in the first section where Liz wants desperately to end her divorce negotiations.  She is completely exhausted by the process and just wants to move forward.  Her dear friend encourages her to stop trying to control the situation, and to instead put it out into the world and to enlist the support of the universe.

Her message to Liz goes a little something like this….

Eat Pray Love | No Thanks to Cake

Desperate for a solution, Liz proceeds to create her “petition” and begins to collect virtual signatures from people she thinks would sign her petition and endorse her along the way… she thinks of both people she knows as well as people she’s never met (ex.  her parents, and then President and Mrs. Bush also sign.)  Many, many people “endorse” her and bring her light.  As the chapter ends, her husband signs the divorce papers, freeing her from all the anguish associated with her lengthy legal separation process.

I absolutely love this scene, and moreso, what it represents and reminds me to do.

It reminds me that sometimes you have to just let go, and that these dreams I dream every day… those ones that seem somewhat impossible at times would be TOTALLY and COMPLETELY endorsed by anyone I asked.  Yet I never think to ask… neither virtually or in real life.

Example:  If I told you a dream of mine that I wanted to make happen… I know that you would endorse me, my dear… and you, sir, as well.  My family, my friends, and even my favorite artist would all jump on board to help support these dreams.  I like to think the newly engaged George Clooney would even take a moment to sign his name.  There are an  amazing amount of people that are willing to send light and love my way, if I were to ask for it… a world of support swirling around me every day just waiting for me to “petition” it.

In Liz’s situation and in so many that I face, I find myself spending so much time trying to control and influence the situation.  While working a little harder can help me get closer to some goals, worrying about the goal being achieved can be extremely counter-productive.  Sometimes you just have to LET GO…

To me, I love the idea of tossing the concept out via petition… and feeling warmed by the support of everyone I know (and don’t know.)  It’s a beautiful way to find peace with situations, and a beautiful way to let the universe do its job.

I find it endearing how books can cause pause – – even books that I haven’t read in about 6 months.  This is one of the many lovely lessons that lie within Liz’s story.  Lessons that hit me at different moments in my life, like right now, showing up at just the right time.

So, think about what you want most in the world and/or what worries you the most right now, and ask the universe to endorse your intent.  I know I’d sign your petition in a heartbeat, with a sharpie and without a moment’s hesitation…

Dream a little bit bigger, ask for what you need/want/dream of, my dears.  A quick reminder that it is all infinitely available to you.  xoxo

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Currently: March

Happy Friday, My Dears…

We’re almost to the end of  March already!!!  That’s so hard to believe… but I figured there’s no time like the present to post this month’s “currently” post… Enjoy!

CURRENTLY: MARCH 2014

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Current Book:

I’ve been so busy lately!  Downtime, schmowntime… Who needs it?? {Um, I totally do!}  I took some time this weekend to just relax and disconnect.  In doing so, I stumbled across this book by Elin Hilderbrand… and I am loving it so far.  I’ve read a TON of her books, and I’m such a fan.

Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand | No Thanks to Cake

Her books also have a lovely way of taking me to Nantucket Island, on the beach and splashing in the ocean.  Needed that, Elin.  Thanks!

Current Music:

I got a new iPod last month, and it has been making me dig through my archives for songs I haven’t listened to in forever.  I may or may not have landed on some Air Supply last week… and I freakin loved belting it out in the car!  No judgment… who doesn’t love Air Supply??

Air Supply | No Thanks to Cake

Current Nail Color:

I’ve been rocking “Power Clutch” by Essie this month… LOVE IT!

Essie Power Clutch | No Thanks to Cake

It’s sort of a greenish-greyish color, and I’m wearing it on my nails and toes!  I do, however, feel summer colors coming on pretty quickly… stay tuned!

Current Drink: 

As always, I’m drinking mostly water… but I’ve gotten hooked on a new drink at Starbucks.  How about a tall skinny latte with 1.5 pumps skinny hazelnut and 1.5 pumps skinny mocha??

So delish!!!  And, I’ve needed the caffeine kick lately… so it’s been my afternoon pick-me-up!  110 calories worth of warm tasty goodness!

Current Food:

I’m eating a LOT of Jenny Craig these days, and I’m LOVING it!  Specifically their amazing cinnamon rolls…. they make my tastebuds sing!

Jenny Craig Cinnamon Rolls | No Thanks to Cake

Current Favorite Show:

Grey’s Anatomy has been amazing lately.  I’ve been watching it for years, and frankly… it was amazing, and then it sucked for a while, but it’s back to incredible again.  I must admit some of the draw to Grey’s Anatomy has everything to do with the Jackson-April storyline…

Jackson Avery | No Thanks to Cake

Move over, McDreamy and McSteamy…

Current Outfit:

I’ve been all about dresses lately.  Whether it be this sparkly number

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Or these dresses… from JCP, New York and Company, and H&M

Cute Dresses | No Thanks to Cake

 Hurry up, Warm Weather!!!

Current Wish List:

Another black tie event to look forward to…. yeah, I freakin’ love getting dressed up…

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Current Excitement:

I am heading to Phoenix on Sunday night for a work trip.  I’m excited to get out of Denver for a few days with one of my favorite co-workers.  There’s something delightful and healing about the desert.  I can’t wait to get there…

Desert | No Thanks to Cake

Current Needs:

I need to decide what the heck I’m doing for Fitbloggin this year.  I’ve booked my room and my registration… but I can’t decide if I’m going to spend a few extra days on the east coast.  I need to get with the friends and family and decide!

Current Indulgence:

Mug Cakes… after making this cake on Saturday night, it’s all I want to eat.  So delish!  Click here for the recipe details…

Microwave PB2 Chocolate Mug Cake | No Thanks to Cake

Current Online Obsession:

Sole Society – – I’m not sure how I even found their site, but they have the cutest shoes… including these DEA wedges in BEET that I had to order.  I have a feeling I’m going to be living in them for the next few months.  So cute!

DEA Wedge Sole Society | No Thanks to Cake

Current Inspiration:

This mantra, and saying it often…  It can shift your energy pretty fast, in the best possible way.  Try it…

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Current Mood:

Determined.

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