ClassPass is in Baltimore/Annapolis and I’m trying it!

I've been stalking ClassPass (<-- affiliate link) for awhile and am super jealous of those who live in NYC and DC and can use it. Guess what? It launched in Baltimore TODAY! Haven't heard of ClassPass? Here are the details: Located in cities throughout the US You can workout in ANY city with ClassPass Flex (read …

9 Birchbox finds that I’ve actually purchased

I've been a Birchbox devotee for about three years and get really excited when I find something that I love so much that I actually end up ordering it. Here are the 9 things that I've purchased after receiving Birchbox samples: Benefit The POREfessional I have massive pores and this is the only product that helps …

5 things I’ve saved to Pocket and finally read

Do you use Pocket? It's a site/extension where you can save articles to read later. Unfortunately, when I use tools like this (including Facebook's Save feature), I don't always go back to read what I've bookmarked. Since I've been saving things since March 2014, I figured I'd take a moment and scroll through Pocket and …

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 55,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many …

Review: Stitch Fix #11 (or the one after a very long break)

Let's pretend it hasn't been exactly one month since I've posted and just dive into this Stitch Fix order. Laina 3/4 Sleeve Striped Tie-Waist Dress ($38)   It's super soft, which is nice, and I love grey, but it's kind of a terry cloth material, which makes it feel more like a beach cover-up. Esten …

Currently loving [“I haven’t posted in awhile” and 2 giveaways edition]

Yep. I fail. I've been so crazy busy that I haven't taken the time to update over here, but here are some things that I've been loving: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: I received these to review and have been tossing them in my yogurts. They're super crunchy and packed with protein and Omega 3s. Want to try …

Support breast cancer research w/Haribo (and win gummi candies!)

The pink hue that hovers over October can be a little overwhelming, but if you're a family member of breast cancer survivors like I am, you appreciate all that's been done to fund breast cancer research and get us closer to the cure. When I was offered the chance to share about Haribo's gummi candy's partnership with National …

5 things Friday: Other things that happened during #for30more

This 5 Things Friday is dedicated to all of the things that I've been doing in the past month while also promoting #for30more, which ended up raising $17,670 (to date)! I was excited to try* four new products, Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, baked goods from Immaculate Baking Co., Pillsbury S'mores Melts cookies, and Yoplait Kids yogurt. I'm not a …

#for30more giveaway #14: Acupuncture and personal training/reflexology

Another day, another giveaway! And #for30more just inched past $17K and could hit $18K in the next three days--if you all make it happen. Today brings two giveaways (so two winners!): An appointment with my amazing acupuncturist, Marina Gan,  valued at $125, and a 1-hr personal training session OR a 1-hr reflexology session with Perfect …

#for30more giveaway #12: Art, art, and more art!

Happy Friday, friends! Today's #for30more giveaway comes from some crazy talented people and is focused on the art. We'll have SIX winners! First up, "Tiny Notes" from my friend Madeline's mom, Twink. Twink is donating two packs of 8 cards/envelopes worth $15 each. Check out her Etsy store and follow her on Twitter to see more! My lovely friend, …

#for30more giveaway #11: Meal or grocery tour from Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen

I still remember the first nutrition lesson that Rachel taught me. In college, she needed volunteers for a study on calorie perception. I measured different sizes of cereal (i.e. 1 cup) and what I would normally pour for a normal breakfast. I sadly learned that I was WAY off in my measurements, and that lesson …

#for30more giveaway #8: KarmaPop ice pops

Baltimore, have you caught on to the KarmaPop craze? This company is so cool. They're first and ONLY food tricycle in Baltimore and make small-batch desserts like gourmet ice pops and mini pies. (Sweet Potato Pie and Razzle Dazzle Lemonade are flavors.) The mission? Spread good karma, one dessert at a time! Krystal of KarmaPop was excited to …

#for30more giveaway #4: Four (4) tickets for Tours & Crawls Baltimore or Annapolis

I'm so excited about today's #for30more giveaway because I'm actually doing the Tours & Crawls tonight! Steve and I are catching up with my fantastic friends Jes and Rachel of Intrinsic Events and going on a haunted pub tour in Fells Point. (Keep an eye on my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook accounts for the play-by-play.) While there are several options, …

#for30more giveaway #2: $25 gift cards to Blue Hill, Shiso, and Tavern on the Square

$4K in three days?? That's phenomenal! You're all rocking #for30more. Ready for another awesome giveaway? The amazing team at Blue Hill Tavern (which I reviewed way back in '09), Shiso Tavern, and Tavern on the Square donated SEVEN (7) $25 gift cards to each restaurant, so today's giveaway will have SEVEN winners! Each winner will …

#for30more giveaway #1: $50 to Local Color Flowers

In case you missed it, Katharine launched an awesome fundraiser yesterday, #for30more. You can read all about why she wants 30 more years as her 30th birthday wish and why I support the cause. Over $2K were raised in first day—but we can't stop yet! To make the fundraiser even more exciting, we've partnered with …

My 30th Birthday Wish… For 30 More

I am so excited to help Katharine launch #For30More! Keep tuning into both of our blogs for details.

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As most of you know, at 16I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.Even 13 years later I’m still a long way from fully dealing with what it means to have this disease and the implications it has on my future.

Right now, my life looks like many other 29 year olds?. I have a wonderful husband, fabulous family and friends, and a job that I love. But unlike most people my age, I have to do time-consuming daily treatments, spend countless hours at the hospital, and worry about what my future looks like.

When I was born in 1984, the life expectancy of someone with CF was just 25 – onSeptember 26th I’ll turn 30! And I can’t wait to celebrate the many things this wonderful life has allowed me to do.

But I’m not finished…

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I wanted to accomplish 30 things in my 30th year. Here’s how that’s going.

Way back when 2014 was in its infancy, I shared 30 things that I wanted to accomplish in my 30th year. Since we're into August, I thought this would be a good time to take stock in that list. Here we go ... CAREER Pick up 1-2 new freelance opportunities [I'm occasionally writing for I Hate …

Five things Friday: Foodie happenings in Baltimore

There is a lot happening right now in the Baltimore food scene! B&O's Champagne and Oyster happy hour is back. From now through Sept 30 from7-10pm,  B&O AmericanBrasserie is reviving their popular TuesdayVeuveday promotion: A glass of Veuve Clicquot and a half-dozen oysters during the 7 p.m. hour for $7 each A glass of Veuve Clicquot …

Pinterest testing: How to cut a watermelon

You've probably seen this video floating around Buzzfeed, Facebook and Pinterest: <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lq14KIgdJOA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> I had to try it. Enter: my watermelon. And a very large knife. I sliced the sides (but not the whole way around). I went around the edge with the knife to cut away the rind. I did …

Save 10% on Baltimore’s inaugural seafood festival!

Get ready for the first annual Baltimore Seafood Festival! The festival will debut on Saturday, September 20 from 12- 6pm at the Canton Waterfront Park. AND I'm offering a promo code! Participating restaurants include: Aggio, Bond Street Social, Barcocina, Langermanns, Café Gia, Farmstead Grill, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Captain James Landing, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Blue …

24 hours in Atlantic City to see Lady Antebellum

Thanks to awesome team at DO AC, Steve and  I were able to spend 24 hours Atlantic City this past weekend and see Lady Antebellum in a (free!) concert on the beach. We were in town on Sunday afternoon, grabbed lunch at Harry's (mahi mahi tacos!), and headed over to the beach around 5pm. We had an …

5 things Friday: Me & Martha, passport woes, and more

Here are five things that I learned this week: Martha Stewart and I share a fondness for gin. I don't like Chex Mix, but Chex Mix Popped? This is a whole other ballgame. This stuff is addictive, especially the Sweet & Salty. Examiner.com is now requiring 1500 words for articles. That's almost twice as many …

Head to B&O American in August to try its throwback menu

B&O American Brasserie celebrates its 5th anniversary in August and invites the public to try its initial menu that started it all! I've frequented and written about B&O many times over the past five years and highly recommend that you check out this Baltimore gem. $5 Cocktails (Flight of all 3: $14) Horsecar (My favorite!!): Dorothy Parker …