lucky bandit: blogger life
Showing posts with label blogger life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogger life. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

true food kitchen // mosaic district

Earlier this month, Jess and I had a girls' night and decided to try out True Food Kitchen in the Mosaic District. Since she's dairy free and I eat vegan, it was a great spot for both of us. It was a chilly night, but they had a great looking patio and the interior and atmosphere were great, though a tad crowded. True Food has a great philosophy about food and a rotating seasonal menu that we're going to be sure to check out.

I ordered the Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl and Jess had the Butternut Squash Pizza. Everything tasted fresh and both dishes were delicious. My bowl was filling and had a great mix of veggies. I'm not a huge avocado fan (gasp) but it went really well with everything else. It was a really pleasant meal and I'll definitely be returning!


Friday, August 18, 2017

summer 2017

Summer is winding down and coming to an end, finally. I worked a lot, but did manage to get out a do some really fun stuff!
In June, I spent a week out in Tennessee and it was great. Saw some baseball, got sunburnt, laid around the house. Back home, N and I sat on a lot of patios and complained about the heat, saw some great local sights, stopped by the farmer's market and the soap box derby, and caused general mayhem. In late July, N and I took a trip out to Tennessee, Mumma made us some amazing vegan spaghetti sauce, we did a lot of outdoor sitting and talking, and I found my favorite seasonal beer, RJ Rockers' Son of a Peach, and tried Shiner's Strawberry Blonde. I'm now in love with both. Jess and I saw Jurassic Park, one of my favorites, at Byrd Theatre, which was my first time going and it was awesome. A few weeks later, N and I shot down to the beach one weekend spontaneously and that was a lot of fun, then stopped at a friend's on the way back for some night swimming, squealing over hound puppies, and hanging out.

I'm normally a homebody, especially during summer, so I'm really glad I could get out more than usual.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

a #bloggerscene rooftop party at the embassy row hotel

#bloggerscene blogger scene embassy row hotel rooftop cocktail party

#bloggerscene blogger scene embassy row hotel rooftop cocktail party

Wednesday night, Jess from Writing in Red Lipstick and I hopped the metro and made our way to the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington D.C. for a rooftop cocktail party for area bloggers.

It was a great time! We started off the night with drinks and the PeachE Punch was A+. While I'm not a big mingler, there were some great ladies there that I was happy to have met! There was a great panel of bloggers for a Q&A, the view was gorgeous, and the atmosphere was perfect.

#bloggerscene blogger scene embassy row hotel rooftop cocktail party


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

on blogging & being a "blogger"

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I consider myself a blogger. I don't make a living doing this, and I have a full time job that sometimes prevents me from writing blog posts. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love blogging and everything that entails. I love having something to blog about. My life isn't the most interesting, but maybe someone out there wants to read about it. Haha!

My main reason for blogging is my mother - she lives six hours from me, and though we talk on the phone every day, there's things I forget about or are best told with written words and pictures. Even a post with a recipe gives her insight into how I spend my time.

Other reasons I blog? It passes time. I enjoy getting feedback on posts. I can document my life, things I love, photos, and more to look back on at a later time. It makes me stop and think about things I do on a regular basis. I put more thought into the things I buy, because if something isn't good enough to recommend to someone, why would I spend money on it? Although I will say that I don't buy things for the sole purpose of writing a blog post about them. A large portion of my life goes un-blogged.

I've had this little piece of blog heaven since 2008 (or at least my domain that long), and before that I dabbled in Xanga and Livejournal. No worries, they've long been deleted. I've been around in the blogging world for a while. Since I was so rooted in hobby blogging and other things, my blog never really grew. Here I am eight years later with less than 250 followers. Still. And some days that bothers me and some days I couldn't care less. I was reading blogs when the big dog blogs were just wee little online spaces. And what's happened? Now they've morphed away from blogs and more toward online magazines. Now, though, I really enjoy reading blogs about "real" people and how they spend their time.

Other times, blogging can be a burden. If too much time goes by without a post, I get antsy and try to hurriedly make something happen. It's hard to blog on your "own time" when others are churning out blog posts five times a week. It gets stressful, even without a huge following. I sometimes find it hard to distinguish between whether I'm writing for the enjoyment of blogging or whether I'm trying to just please people.

Well after that verbal flood, I have to say that overall, blogging has been good to me. Sure, there are negatives, but I thoroughly enjoy the world of blogs.

Any recommendations? ♥

Thursday, March 10, 2016

blogger friends & nova trips

Yesterday I made a trip up to NOVA and visited my friend, Jess! We had a whole girls' day out planned and it was just the thing I needed after the week I'd been having. First, we started off with lunch at Cava Grill, which was delicious. I had a rice bowl with falafel, traditional hummus, harissa hummus (which was super spicy, but good!), and the dill yogurt dressing (the dressing wasn't vegan, oops). I'm so glad Jess had this on the list for the day. When I got home I wanted more falafel. I'm going to be raving about this place until I go at least fifteen more times.

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Next we headed off to Tysons Corner. I'd never been before and I was super excited. GUYS, we don't have these kinds of stores down where I'm from. The first place we stopped was Lush, as I'd never been there either (I know, ugh). I had no idea they had so many products! I could easily have come out of there with a ton of stuff, but I managed to limit myself to a few items.

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As we were heading to Lululemon, we spotted macarons! I got honey lavender and Jess got raspberry. They were so good!

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Then there was Lolli & Pops! I love checking out candy stores wherever I go to see what others have to offer. This one didn't disappoint! We took a little tour and I only got one picture there - our feet. Haha! They had a massive selection of candies in bulk bins - we definitely tried some samples.

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Afterward we stopped off and did some thrifting! I found some pretty great stuff (and some of it will be up in the shop once I have it photographed). It was pretty awesome having a thrifting buddy - I had someone to laugh about hideous items with! Jess took me by the used bookstore, too, and I found a couple Stephen King's I haven't read, yet. And everyone knows how much I love secondhand bookstores...

Then after a Wegman's stop for vegan Ben & Jerry's, we hung out for a bit so I'd avoid traffic. I had a fab day and can't wait til we make a trip to Richmond! It was pretty awesome to have someone to talk to that knew about blog terms and websites. And we even managed to take a selfie...the only one all day, but hey, time flies!

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Have you had any interesting trips lately? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

#bloggersecretsanta Sign Ups with Writing in Red Lipstick!

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This year, Jess and I are organizing a Blogger Secret Santa! If you're interested, simply head over to Elfster, register for an account, and sign up! Super easy, huh?

Once you've signed up, here are the simple details:

  • Pairs will be chosen on December 1st, and the gift exchange date is December 10th.
  • The spending limit is $20.
  • Make sure you fill out the wishlist on Elfster so your Secret Santa knows what you'd like. :)
  • You can hand wrap and mail your gift, or simply send it directly through somewhere like Amazon with a gift receipt/note.
  • Make sure you social media info is included in the packaging, however, so your new blog friend can find you!
Are you as excited as we are? Happy gifting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mid-Atlantic Lifestyle Bloggers - MALB

If you're a blogger, you're probably a member of a blogger club. There are tons out there, and most are very helpful communities to help build your blogging skills, help you meet new people, and more.

But sometimes it's hard to find one that's for you.

Well, Jess over at Writing in Red Lipstick and I have gotten our heads together, and we wanted to start a group that was for the lifestyle bloggers of the Mid-Atlantic area. We wanted a place that focused on those that write about their lives and what those lives entail. We hope to create a community that thrives on helping lifestyle bloggers connect, share interests, gain feedback, and hopefully find a few loyal readers on the journey.

Thus, Mid-Atlantic Lifestyle Bloggers was born.

mid-atlantic lifestyle bloggers MALB

We've defined the blanket term Mid-Atlantic as lifestyle bloggers who reside or go to school in Virginia, DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. However, if you're from a nearby state and feel you belong in our group, don't hesitate!

While we're in the beginning stages of creation, we'd love to have fellow lifestyle bloggers join our Facebook group! We will be having a Twitter chat tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19th at 11am using the hashtag #MALBchat. Feel free to join in and get to know Jess and I and the other members!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Anung over at Star Gazers: Dream and Create and I couldn't be more excited! I love connecting with other bloggers and I've met some great people.

The Rules
  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominates you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominates you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know they’ve been nominated!

  1. What job would you love to try for a day? (not something you want to do in life)
    I'd like to try an animal conservationist's job. I'd love to help little wild baby animals get back to where they belong in the world. Only babies, though, because I don't like to mess with anything big enough (and wild enough) to rip my face off.
  2. Favorite book? (I’d love some recommendations)
    This is impossible for me to answer. I love so many books. The 
    Harry Potter series will always be a favorite of mine - I reread them constantly. I really like Sara Gruen's style of writing, and of course Stephen King.
  3. Favorite book genre to read?
    I'm a huge 
    Stephen King fan, so definitely horror. If I'm not reading horror, I read a bit of sci-fi or drama. I like things that are time consuming and suck me in.
  4. What is something new you want to learn this year?
    I started a new job in December, and it's come with a lot of learning about regulations and the like. I want to learn as much as I possibly can about my industry.
  5. What is the next step, big or small, for your blog?
    I'm really hoping to grow my blog with bigger and better content in 2015.
  6. What would be your spirit animal?
    I love rabbits, though my stepdad had a good point - a Tasmanian devil rabbit. Apparently I'm nice and sweet on the outside, but inside I'm like a Tasmanian devil.
  7. Dogs or cats?
    Growing up I was a cat person. Now I am 100% a dog person.
  8. Favorite guilty pleasure?
    Raw cookie dough and filthy rap songs.
  9. The dish you know you can always cook?
  10. Which magical power would you have if you could choose?
    I'd love to be able to summon things. (Accio, if you're a Harry Potter fan.) While we absolutely love our new home, having an upstairs bedroom (my first ever) really makes me wish I could summon the potato chips from the kitchen downstairs.
  11. One thing you would change in your life?
    I mean, I think everyone could use some extra cash, but as far as my quality of life goes, I'm pretty happy. There's not anything major that I would change.
My Questions
  1. What's your favorite color?
  2. Do you have any holiday traditions?
  3. If you own a pet, what's the weirdest thing they do?
  4. Do you have any favorite exercises?
  5. Coffee or tea?
  6. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  8. What's the most bizarre thing that's ever happened to you?
  9. Have you read any good books lately?
  10. What's your favorite way to pass time?
  11. You get a free meal ticket for anything in the world - what do you pick?
(Since I don't know many people with under 200 followers, here's a few of my blog friends.)