Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blissdom '13



MARCH 21-23

I really wanted to go to Blissdom this year but due to Ireland and other travel plans it just wasn't in the budget.  It is on the top of my "to do" list for 2013.  I have heard amazing things about this conference from many of you and look forward to being a part of it too!

Will you be there?  Lucky for me my friend Rachel lives in Dallas so not only will I be able to attend Blissdom but hang out with her too (and convincing Katie to come too)!  And while she has generously offered me/us a place to stay (which I have not ruled out) I also want to consider staying at the hotel where all the action is.  So if any of my bloggy friends are looking for a roommate let me know!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hello Monday!

Well here you are again.  My least favorite day of the week.  And despite my restful weekend I start the week of tired due to staying up wait too late watching gymnastics (but well worth it)!  So there won't be much of a weekend recap from me today.  Do you want to know why?  
Two things:

Yes I'll admit it.  I did a lot of tv watching and reading this weekend.  It was boring relaxing and wonderful!

I LOVE the Olympics and this time has already proven to be no different.  I love watching, especially the gymnastics.  I'm so happy for Aly Raisman (our local gal)!  I will say that the "rule" of only the top 2 women from each country going to the all arounds is STUPID!  Jordan deserves to be there competing too.  I feel like there is always some controversy with the scoring when it comes to gymnastics!  

And then there is Fifty. . . are you reading it?  I finally gave in and started reading book 1 at the end of last week. . . WOW!  That is about all I can say about that (on my blog anyways).  I'm almost done w/ book 2 now. . . I will say these book are unlike ANYTHING else I have ever read!  Ha!  

Oh and the clinical social work part of me can't help but analyze/diagnosis Christian while I'm reading.  He would make for an interesting case study. . . imagine that. . . your grad school professor gives you a case study on him.  That would make for some interesting class discussions.  

Yes there was pinkberry.  How could I go a whole weekend without it?  SO SO delicious! 

How was your weekend? 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Call Me Maybe by Peyton

My 4 year old niece is giving Carly Rae Jepsen some competition!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gallop (An Inspiration Short Film About MS)

Please take a few minutes out of your day and watch this short film.  It was made by the great folks at
Shift MS.  It is not your typical MS video and I think you will like it.  To me it is just another reminder that life doesn't end with a diagnosis of MS. . . in fact it could be just the beginning of some things!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Color Blocking

So I don't typically post OOTD ("outfit of the day" for you non bloggers) or talk much about fashion BUT if you knew me well you would know that I LOVE Clothes, shop a lot too much and have way too many clothes.  

I keep up with the latest trends and like to be fashionable but on a normal budget.  My favorite store in the Limited and The Loft is a close second.  I've also been know to find quite a few cute things at Target!  

So today I thought I would share with you a few outfits I've worn recently using the trend color blocking (which I LOVE)!!!

{sorry for the grainy iPhone pics}

I picked up these capris at Target one day as I was shopping for work out clothes.  They were across the way and the amazing color caught my eye!  Now I had no clue what I would wear them with but it didn't matter.  I had to have them.  When it came time to wearing them I grabbed this raspberry tank out of my closet and thought the colors looked great together.  I also had on a light weight nude cardigan and a colorful bead necklace that tied the top and capris together (I told you I'm no OOTD gal and therefor don't have pics of the complete outfit - but you get the idea).  I must say I got quite a few compliments at work the day I wore this.

The iPhone pics don't do these colors justice but I paired an aqua tank top with a hot pink short sleeve cardigan.  I really liked these colors together.  It worked well b/c normally I would not choose to wear the tank alone to work (not really professional enough for the hospital) so it was nice to pair it with something to give me another work outfit.

Another day that I chose to wear a sleeveless shirt and needed something to make it a bit more professional.  I've always like purple and green together so I grabbed this teal green cardigan out of my closet (well if I'm being completely honest I grabbed it off the floor from the pile of summer clothes that never made it to my closet).  

What do you think?  Have you done any color blocking this summer?

Monday, July 23, 2012

2nd Annual Crawl For A Cure

Jenn hosted her MS Bar Crawl on Saturday with a "Country Club" theme.  We had a great day and hopefully Jenn raised a ton of money for MS (still waiting to hear how much she raised)!  I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.  Enjoy!

My country club outfit consisted of the cutest "preppy shoes" ever that I scored from Payless, a hot pink Polo dress, a white sweater tied around my shoulders, a ribbon in my hair and some beads!  

To go along with the country club theme we played Bar Golf.  I was all into it at the first bar but pretty much gave up by the 2nd bar when I saw I would have to drink a Guinness just to get a Bogey. . .

First stop: Paddy O's (This bar sure looks different in the daytime!)
The country clubbers arrives - some fashionably late.  Jenn went for the "tennis look" while Katelyn was a classic golfer.  Matt and Kim were oh so cute in their matching Lacoste shirts!  Oh and they had sangria.  It wasn't the best sangria I've ever had but I thought drinking out of the pitcher was pretty classy and surely country club style!

Second stop: The Black Rose (The most popular spot for bar crawls of the day)!
We may have been the smallest of the 3 bar crawls present but we sure were dressed the best!  Jenn somehow got mixed up in an arm wrestling match with another crawler - and she won of course.  My high school friends, Kendall and Jill arrived.  Jenn and I enjoyed our favorite - Magners and I was super excited that they had pear!!!

Third stop: Coogan's
Another brother arrived - extra fashionable late.  We scored the high rent window seats.  Drank another drink.  Lost track of who was actually playing bar golf.  And just had fun!

Forth stop: Jose McIntyre's (the most famous Mexican Irish bar in Boston!)
Bring on the food.  This was the the last stop on the bar crawl which meant 2 things - food and raffles!  I love both.  Why shouldn't I. . . it seems that whenever my family host a raffle lately I win something. . . or in this case 2 somethings!  I swear it wasn't rigged and just to prove it Jenn's other sister-in-law won 2 prizes too!

It is funny that I took these three pictures when we got there and ended up winning two of these things!  Kendall won the third.  Who wants to go to Del Frisco's with me?  I'm looking for a hot date.

I also won these!  We all know how much I adore Stella and Dot jewelry so I was pretty happy when my raffle ticket number was called!

And why not show some embarrassing pictures of Katelyn and her toy golf club and me in a headband/sweatband.  This is how we roll.

We had a fabulous day/night.  It is always fun to get together with family and friends and raise money for a GREAT cause.  

Only 46 more days until Jenn and I walk 50 miles in 3 days at the MS Challenge Walk.  If you would like to support me you can do so by going here.  All donations in any amount are greatly appreciated!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Liebster Award and The Versatile Blogger Award

Weeks ago two different bloggers recognized me with blogging awards!  So sweet of them and so bad of me that it has taken me this long to write this post!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. 

Haley from I Can Only Imagine nominated me for the Liebster Award in this post.  I found Haley's blog while "promoting" my MS Fundraiser, Sip, Shop and See, with Sweet Tea Paperie and I've read it ever since.  She is very sweet and you should definitely check out her blog!  

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
 1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things About Me:
1.  When I graduated from college I did a year of service with Americorps VISTA (aka domestic peace corps).  I worked for Habitat for Humanity in Long Beach, CA.  It was an amazing opportunity.  I loved working for Habitat and I loved my year/adventure in CA.
2.  Since being diagnosed with MS (almost 4 years ago) I've done things I never would have imagined myself doing including: fundraising (and a lot of it), organizing fundraisers/silent auction events, modeled in a MS fashion show, organized a team and participated in the Boston MS Walk for 4 years and soon I will walk 50 miles in 3 days at the MS Challenge Walk.
3.  I enjoy traveling to other states to see the Red Sox play.  This past April I went to Chicago to see them play the White Sox.  In September I will go to Seattle to see them play.  I've been to several other ball parks and hope to go to many more!
4.  I've been a bridesmaid in 6 weddings and done readings at 2 others!
5.  I don't eat seafood.  Never have never will.  I don't eat meat either except chicken sometimes.  Oh and bacon.  Totally random I know.  I just don't like seafood and meat and even when I was little didn't eat it.
6.  I went to college at Elon in NC and got my bachelors degree in Sports Medicine.  I went to grad school at Boston College and got my Masters in Social Work.
7.  I've never seen many movies that are considered "classics" or that pretty much everybody else in the world has seen. . . for example Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, etc.  (Of course now I can't think of any but there are many!)
8.  I was allergic to milk from the time I was a baby all the way until high school/college years.  I outgrew it at some point.  I use to vomit a lot as a kid.  Good times!  So glad I'm not allergic anymore b/c I LOVE ice cream and cheese!  Can't imagine not being able to eat those things.
9.  I'm a "people person" and a "loner."  I'm a social worker and love working with and helping others.  I enjoy being around others.  I love spending time with family and friends.  But at the same time I really love my alone time.  I love living alone and having down time to myself.
10.  I had braces for 3 years - from 8th grade until 11th grade.  It was forever!  And after all that my bottom teeth are crocked now from my stupid wisdom teeth (which have since been removed - worst experience ever but that is a whole other story).
11.  I was an adoption social worker for 5 years and LOVED it.  I really miss working in adoption and loving hearing happy/positive adoption stories.  

(Wow it was way harder than I thought it would be to come up with 11 facts about me that most of my readers wouldn't already know)!  

Haley's Questions For Me: 

1. How many cellphones have you had in your lifetime?  
Oh no do I really have to answer this honestly!?  I'm on my 4th iPhone.  Lost the first one in a cab, lost the second one in Target, dropped the third one in a toilet. . . prior to the iPhone I had a few regular cell phones and never lost any of them.  Go figure!
2. How many states have you visited? Ever been out of the country?
I drove cross country twice - northern route on way to CA and southern route on way back to MA - so I've been to a lot of the states.  I've also been to a lot of other countries - I studied abroad in college which gave me the opportunity to travel all over Europe.  I've been to England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Hungry, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. . . many more to come {hopefully}!
3. Around what age did you switch from taking baths to taking showers? 
I have NO clue!  Haha!  But I'll tell you that now I never take baths.  I really don't like them!
4. Japanese, Mexican, or Italian food?
All of it! But not at the same time!  I love the Japanese restaurants that could the food in front of you!
5. French toast, or pancakes?
Pancakes - with chocolate chips please!
6. Your all-time favorite restaurant?
Hmmmm. . . this is really hard.  I think it depends on the type of food I'm in the mood for. . .
7. How many times a day do you brush your teeth?
Twice sometimes three times.
8. Do you play an instrument?
9. What were the colors and mascot of your high school?
Blue and white. Panther.
10. What's your ideal outside temperature/weather?
Sunny and 70 degrees please!
11. Favorite all-time song to jam out to?
Currently - Call Me Maybe (not sick of it yet)!

My 11 Questions: 
I'm going to be lazy. . . instead of coming up with new questions feel free to just answer Haley's 11 questions in your post!

The 11 People I Choose For This Award:
Lauren at The Trunk Blog
Jamie at Inspired Mess

I chose these blogs b/c I enjoy reading them regularly!  Check them out.  

Jessica from Fantastically Average chose me for The Versatile Blogger award in this post.  Before being chosen for this award I didn't even read Jessica's blog (since I didn't know about it and didn't know she was reading mine).  Now I read it often and am glad we've gotten to know each other!  Thanks Jessica!

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their site
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other blogger for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their site
7. Let the bloggers know they have been nominated

7 Random Facts About Me: (It was hard enough to come up w/ 11 and now I need 7 more!)

1.  I often eat ice cream for dinner (I figure if that is all I want why eat the calories of dinner just to have dessert!?)

2.  I love random animals (like animals that aren't pets - cows, goats, sheep just to name a few)

3.  I broke my leg when I was 3, my arm in 4th grade, leg in 7th grade. . . and was on crutches a few more times for surgery on both of my feet.

4.  When I was little I loved seaweed!  Not sure why - now I hate it!

5.  I love fruit especially summer fruits - watermelon, strawberries, cherries. . .

6.  I love clothes.  And jewelry.  Especially necklaces.  I have a shopping and spending problem! :)

7.  I love Broadway musicals.  I've seen Wicked 3 times and LOVE it so much.  It is my favorite!  

Ok there I did it.  Not sure why that is so hard.  Just can't think of anything when I'm on the spot.

Since I've already nominated bloggers above I'm not going to do anymore.  But feel free to play along if you would like to!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Revere Beach Sand Castle Competion

For the second year in a row I went to the Revere Beach Sand Castle Competition.  Last year was the first time I ever went to Revere Beach and also learned that it is America's First Public Beach established in 1896.  For those of you who don't live around here it is what I would call a "city" beach but considering how close it is to Boston it is ok and you get to watch the airplanes take off/land right above you!

To read my blog post from when I went last year go here.

This was the main sand castle that has all the sponsors for the event on it.  It was awesome!  I love the Red Sox anyways but this was just so cool.  The detail was amazing.  And then we were so surprised when we walked around to the back and saw Wally. Too cute!

The 3 guys/faces in the top picture was my favorite of all the sand castles.  It was so cool in person.  It didn't win anything though!

The bee like creature won 1st place.  Not sure why - I didn't really care for it.  I guess part of the back of it was hollow which is hard to do. . . I just go by the way they look.  I think the one on the top right looks like a Willow Tree figurine!

I went with Joana and Carter again this year.  We had fun but didn't stay too long b/c it was REALLY hot.  We were sweating even w/ the ocean breeze.  I hadn't seen Carter in a bit so it was fun to see him.  I would say he was happy to see me as he would not stop kissing me! Ha!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Color Me Rad

On Sunday I participated in the Color Me Rad 5K run (walk).  I had heard all about these "color runs" from bloggers and thought it looked like so much fun.  Of course I don't run so I didn't think I could participate.  Then I found out that it is ok to walk.  I found out my friend Julie (one of my fellow MS models) was walking Color Me Rad with some of her friends and she invited me to join their team.  And now I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking. . .

So basically it works like this. . . you wear a white shirt.  You run walk along a route and go through "color stations" which are each a different color.  You get color bombed and then your shirt is no longer white!  The color is both liquid and powder depending on the station.  Volunteers spray and throw color on you as you go by (many people were literally rolling in the pavement to get more color on them)!

As you can probably see this is a good time.  It is by no means a competitive race.  It is just stupid fun!  People are goofing off and taking lots of pictures the entire time!  Everyone just wants to be colorful so the more color the better.  

At some point near the end of it I got very colorful. . . the funny thing is you are looking at everyone else and thinking how fun they look but you have no idea what you look like!  This was a different experience but fun.  I would recommend it if it comes to your city.  It was very hot and the lines to pick up numbers and start were long but other than that it was just a good old time.  

We attempted to do a jumping shot but we were hot and tired so this was the best we could do!  Ha!  And how about my hand once I removed my band-aid.  Too funny.  

We are still waiting to get the "professional" pictures that they take.  So if there is anything good I will share those once they are posted.

In addition to the shirt I wore (which looks really cool) they gave us a nice fitted/women's shirt.  They also gave us sunglasses to wear during the race which I'm glad I did b/c they were covered in color.  

In terms of removing the color I thought it would be much harder than it was.  I forgot to bring a towel to sit on in my car on the way home but it actually was ok and really didn't come off on the seat.  I showered as soon as I walked in my house and had to scrub in some areas to really get the color off.  I shampooed my hair 4 times just to be safe and that worked well.  My shower and bathroom still have some dye which I need to clean but other than that pretty easy color removal!  

Have you ever done Color Me Rad or a similar event?  What did you think? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mini-Vacation On The Cape

I took Thursday and Friday off last week so I could spend a couple of days on the Cape with my parents and Peyton and Ella.  It was so nice to have extra time!  The weather was beautiful and we had a great time.

My mom arrived to the Cape with the girls on Thursday morning.  While I was waiting for them I took a bike ride at the beach with my dad.  When the girls arrived they were really excited to go to "the show."  My mom had bought tickets for the Cape Playhouse to see SteveSongs from PBS.  We even got to meet him after the show!  Ha!

The girls had a lot of fun at the show.  They got to sing, dance and even go up on stage!  It was a cute show with a lot of sing-a-longs.  At the end there were bubbles and all the kids went crazy trying to pop them.  Too funny.

After the show we went across the street to Scargo Cafe for lunch.  The girls were starving so they snacked on some lemons while waiting for real food.  Ella says, "spicy" instead of sour.  You can tell from her face that it sure was!  I enjoyed a delicious sangria!  Lunch was very good.

After lunch we made a quick stop at Eden, since we were in the neighborhood.  Due to the popularity of this point you have to reserve tickets in advance to shop.  But if you just have one thing to do you can go to the "side door."  I just wanted to have my bracelet polished and pick up a new official Eden charm since I had lost mine when I took the bracelet off for an MRI.  While we waited the girls tried out these blue chairs!

We went home after that and the girls spent the afternoon swimming with Grammy and Grampy.  I stayed in to rest.  While they were at the pool I kept hearing the girls say, "Where is Jodi?" and "When is Jodi coming to the pool?" 

We ate dinner at home and then went out for ice cream to "the place with the train" as the girls like to call it.  We had actually never had ice cream at this place and were pleased with how good it was (so good in fact that we went back the next night)!  Of course the highlight for the girls is playing in the wooden train.  They love this thing!  Oh and I may have had the most delicious cake batter ice cream ever!

On Friday we spent the morning on the beach.  They love when grampy takes them in the water and had a lot of fun on the tube in the waves!

Then we spent the afternoon at the pool.  Who knew they could have SO much fun with noodles.  Wish I had invented those silly things!  They love swimming and could stay in that pool all day!

After dinner we went to Mayflower beach to play in the "snow" as Ella likes to refer to the sand there.  It really is the softest sand.  The beach is huge and fun for running around and playing (since there aren't too many people there in the evening.)  I took some adorable pictures of the girls.  Here is your sneak peak. . . more to come in a post later this week!

Next stop was to one of their favorite places (and who are we kidding mine too) the trampolines.  When Peyton was little she would call them the jumpolines!  They LOVE these things and it is so fun to watch them jump and laugh!

Last stop was back to the "train" for more ice cream.  There were no other kids on the train so the girls got to have it all to themselves.  They had so much fun.

And then. . . all good things come to an end. . .

Saturday morning Jenn arrived to pick up the girls to take them home and I went home too (for a much needed nap)!

It was a fun time on the Cape and I was so happy to still have my weekend which was also filled with fun!  Check back tomorrow for more on that!