Unfortunate News.

Yesterday didn’t end like I hoped. I recieved a call from my mother that my great uncle passed. Hearing that a family member has passed is never a good feeling. I felt terrible and I still do. I headed home after work to comfort her and bring some flowers! Flowers brought her mood up a bit.

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I love these flowers, because of their smell and variety of colors!
Rest in peace Great Uncle Swick! You will be missed by so many!

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I hope you have a good day.
Tara

I Earned A Vacation

Hello Hello! How’s everyone today? Good, I hope!

I am happy to say that I get to take a vacation in a few months. Yes, a vacation…I almost forgot what that word meant. According to Google, a vacation is defined as “an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling.”

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My mom and I are going to visit our family who live on the east coast. I haven’t seen most of our family in 8 years. Basically since I graduated high school in 2006. It will be a great reunion!

We are planning on heading to the east coast in July for two weeks. We will travel to Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

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I honestly cannot wait, because there is alot of catching up to do. Plus, shopping in NYC will be amazing as usual!

Next up, purchasing the tickets for the flights which is on the agenda for this weekend. Then the countdown will be on! :)

Okay, it is time for work! Have an amazing Wednesday!

Tara

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Easter Weekend Recap

Happy Earth Day!

I wasn’t able to share my Easter weekend festivities yesterday, but I’ll assure you that the weekend was full of family and fun. I managed to work Friday without any distractions and was uber stoked with 4pm rolled around. I headed home to meet my family and to meet our guests. We had the opportunity to have my step brothers come up from Portland. It was a great evening and the liquids were flowing fast. Before happy hour/dinner we all had a beer outside since the weather was shockingly beautiful and caught up on life. Next we headed a mile down the road to the local mexican joint called La Casita. Our friendly bar that knows us and our drinks are on the table before we sit down.

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Cheers part uno.

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Cheers part dos.

Typically, I am drawn to the beer, but hey a margarita sounded perfect. A margarita the size of my head. Thank gawd for the guacamole. I’d eat guacamole for breaky, lunch n’ dinner. 

After happy hour/dinner/drinks/who knows….we headed home and the parents went to pick up my youngest step brother from the bus station up the road. Once they got home…shit got cray. That’s all.

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#grelfie Hey Family Hey!

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Typically Kasa shot…

Friday night was a great night. We typically go over the top but no one judges one another. We all had a great time and that is all that matters.

Saturday began with pancakes and bacon on the 1900′s stove.

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My family is not normal. We have a stove outside from the 1900′s and yes we use it. You probably remember me sharing the pretzels that we cooked in this baby around Christmas! The pancake were yummy and I think Joe will continue to make them on the stove even though it took over an hour to get everything going for breckie. Luckily, I was sleeping on the couch during most of the “prep” time.

Post breakfast was tree time. Tree time means….the boys are in town so let’s cut down a tree. Let me tell you, Saturday wasn’t the best day to decide to cut down a tree…but it worked out. The tree fell where it was supposed too. :)

After the tree fun, we headed to see the step grandparents then it was time for a gym session. All the liquids from the night before needed to be burned off badly  (only to be consumed yet again). Ugh, I worked out and came home to head back to the store to get food/drinks to prep for the birthday party that we would be attending that evening. I finally came to terms that I would be gaining like 5 lbs this weekend. I’m wasn’t happy with those thoughts, but I need to remember to live a little and go with it. So I went with it. 

Sunday was full of flower talk. We decided to just go with the flow and venture to Seattle to find cherry blossoms.

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Found em’

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A detour to the local Madison Park Starbucks for a pick me up.

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Views from the arboretum.

The arboretum was beautiful. My mom and I have never been there before surprisingly. Better late than never!

We wrapped up our Sunday at a friends house for drinks and dinner. I felt like the weekend was jam packed!

What did you do over the weekend?

Easter plans?

Did you have family come into town?

XO, Tara

Organized Chaos

You’ve probably heard only a few times about how busy I’ve been at work lately. I feel bad, because I haven’t been able to write as many posts or at least put my whole heart  into them. I will get better at this, I promise!

However, since work has been so busy especially with all the changes, I’ve had to learn to become more organized. I’ve always been a pretty organized person who hates procrastinating; although, I’ve had to learn to adapt to a new environment and prioritize myself to their needs. Sometimes its like organized chaos. Things that are top priority on my list may be different from the attorneys.

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With that being said, my co-worker and I have learned how to prioritize everything without feeling too overwhelmed.

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1. Put together a “short list” of all the things that you want to do each day and prioritize them.

2. Meet with your boss/attorney/head honcho every day and go over the short list. Find out what is priority for them and adjust your list.

3. After the meeting, tackle each project one by one. Try not to jump from project to project; mistakes tend to happen if this occurs.

4. Work with one another.  My co-worker and I work together to tackle our short lists together. We may have different items on our list, but we still check in with one another throughout the day to see what has been done.

5. Check items off your list and praise yourself for finishing items. This is the ultimate reward.

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What are your tips for staying organized when there’s too much to do?

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

Tara

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Fun Facts Friday- Brewery Edition

Friday already? Where did the week go? I guess that means that it was a busy busy week. I love it when work just flies on by.

Last weekend, I went out to tour Black Raven Brewing and visit Hi Fi Brewing. I have yet to share the fun with everyone and why not on a Fun Facts Friday. Well, there won’t be a whole lot of facts; mostly just pictures!

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Delicious sample tray

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Morrighan Nitro Stout

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The Raven

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The Menu

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Playing with the Malt

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Big ass Barrels

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Education time

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Wires on Wires…how they change the kegs

The next location was Hi Fi Brewing which is just a block away.

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The goods!

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Giving the beers a try

I love trying out new breweries and taking tours. It’s fun learning about the brewing process! Way over my head, but I’m trying!

Tonight, my step brothers are coming into town and we are going to head out somewhere to celebrate. Who knows where we will end up, but it will be a good time. I’m pretty excited.

Now,  I just have to get through the workday then I am free! Knowing that this week passed by so quickly, I’m sure today will feel like a half day.

How was your week? Did it go by fast?

Do you like touring breweries or wineries?

Have a great weekend and be safe!

Tara

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Guest Post: The Importance of Fitness Apps & Gear!

Good Morning!!

A recent college graduate named Sara contacted me inquiring about sharing an article on my blog. I am all about reading other people’s thoughts/opinions or wise words about the health and fitness industry.

Here is an article focusing on how apps and technology can help with your fitness journey.

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Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It’s doing the little things in life that often gets us started on doing the big things. I’d say getting in shape is a very big thing.

For the past several months, I have been focused on exercising on a regular basis. I wish I could say it hasn’t been challenging, but if you’ve ever attempted to lose weight by getting fit, you know doing so is anything but easy. There are, however, ways to make the process more bearable, and technology can help with this.

In recent years, companies have developed some pretty cool technological tools to help us get—and stay—in shape. Let’s take a look at a few of these creations:

Hapilabs’ Hapifork: Helping You Eat Wisely

The Hapifork reminds you to slow down between servings, so you don’t eat too much too quickly. Geek Sugar notes that it reminds you when the amount of fork servings per minute is too high with blinking lights and vibrations. Plus, a micro USB cable uploads the fork’s information to Hapilab’s site so you can see how long it has taken you to finish a meal, along with how many fork servings per minute you’ve had and how long you took between fork servings. It’s definitely worth checking out if you tend to rush through meals, only to find that you’ve eaten a lot more than you originally intended.

UP by Jawbone: Helping You Sleep Better

With the UP, there’s a lot that you’re able to take advantage of and track on a daily basis. However, as a Verizon Wireless contributor notes in this article, you’re able to “wear the wristband to bed and it tracks how deeply you sleep and how many times you wake up.” As it relates to sleep, it turns out that this gadget is quite useful. It may take some getting used to, but it’s small and light enough that you’re likely to not even notice that you have it on when you tuck in for the night. Knowing the amount and quality of your shuteye can help you know if any changes need to be made at bedtime. To that end, I’ve found that the better I sleep, the more inclined I am to exercise the next day. Plus, I’m less stressed and I can think better when I’ve been able to rejuvenate properly.

Fitness Apps: Helping You with…Well, Everything

As About makes clear here, there are so many fitness apps out there that I don’t have the space to list them all. From running apps like RunKeeper Pro to weightlifting apps like iPump & Fitness Builder, there are plenty of apps out there to help you no matter your workout preferences. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android, iPhone, iPad, or some combination of them all—you’re sure to find an app that helps you along your way to living a fit, healthy life.

The bottom line: getting fit is a lifestyle change. You can’t just say, “I’m going to live a healthy lifestyle January through March, but be lazy and eat junk food the rest of the year” and still expect to be healthy. You have to change how you live, and in order to do that, you have to start somewhere. I hope this post will help you take your next step.

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Thank you Sara for letting me share a great article with my readers!

I completely agree that apps and technology are huge contributors for helping people change their lifestyle. I use running apps every time I head out for a run. It is a must. It helps me track my distance and pace. Without it, I’d have to go back to the old way of tracking distance….driving the route in my car and making sure that I know exactly when I start and end my run. Hello, too much work!!!

I have yet to get a Jaw Up or Nike Fit Band, but it is something that I am willing to look into. I am not sure if it will help me change anything that I am currently doing, but it would be fun to know how many steps I’m taking or for a friendly reminder to get up and walk around every hour while at work.

What are your thoughts?

Are fitness apps helpful?

Have a lovely Thursday!

Tara

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Tulips on Tulips on Tulips!

If you haven’t figured it out already, this post will be filled with tulip talk. Lots of tulips!

Oh ya and….Happy Tax Day and Happy Birthday to my Step Dad! Another year older…and still loving Tye Dye!

On Sunday, the family and I drove up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We left at 8am (which sucked a little after a long Saturday night, ugh!) just to beat the traffic! The weather was supposed to be in the high 60s with clear skies and we definitely took advantage of it.

Lots o’ pictures ahead…

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Pretending to be camouflaged 

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Forgetting sunglasses= Fail

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But first, let’s take a selfie!

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Dare to be different.

My step dad and I were a bit tulip’d out by 12ish and dragged mom out of there….just to hit the nearby Skagit River Brewery. Sorry no pictures of this place, wasn’t worth it sadly. Hated the IPA that I chose. Boo.

Once lunch was finished, we headed home and our jaws dropped when we saw the amount of traffic going to the tulip festival. People, leave early….the back up must have been 5 miles long. Good luck….

When we arrived home, we were off to the next activity….taking Kasa on a walk at Soaring Eagle. I couldn’t believe how nice it was out.

It was a quickie walk through the trails before heading back to relax for the rest of the evening.

Sunday was a long day. I was pooped by 7pm.

Have you been to a tulip festival?

Whats your favorite flower?

XO, Tara