Friday, January 19, 2018

Five Resolutions for a New Year

I swear, I had these written before New Year's, and hard to believe, but so-far-so-good for the first 3 weeks!  I love wiping the slate clean each January to reset and make the most of a new year.  A lot of these goals will look familiar from previous years (here was 2017), but after being mildly successful last year, I thought I'd take the reasons why the resolutions didn't work and try to be more specific to make it happen in 2018:

1. Eat Better: Year after year, I make a vague resolution for myself, but it's hard to follow through because I'm not specific.  So, obviously it fails.  Here are my thoughts for 2018 to eat better and improve my metabolism: drink hot water and lemon every morning, eat a protein-filled breakfast everyday (egg whites), drink a cup of tea (without sugar) each day, drink a glass of cold water a half hour before lunch and dinner, pack my lunch 4 days a week (aimlessly walking around Whole Foods everyday is my biggest problem), and don't eat after 9pm.

2. Use Untappd: Mike and a few of our friends have this beer app, and it looks like so much fun.  This one started out as a joke, but now I want to do it.  I'm megd_taylor if you use it and want to be friends!
3. 10 Miles Per Week: Here's another one (like #1) that's been rough in the past: working out.  Instead of saying I'll work out each day or every other day, how about I put a concrete number on it?  This way, I can get everything done in a couple days or spread it out throughout the week.  Let's see!

4. Answer texts when I get them: OMG my downfall.  I can't be the only one who elaborately thinks up replies in her head but never actually writes them?  I really want to do better at this in the new year!

5. Learn my new camera: Our Christmas present to each other this year was a new camera.  I can't wait to learn more about it, and simply reading the manual (who'd have thought?!) has taught me things I didn't even know my old camera could do.  I had fun with it over Christmas (a few photos here) but am still struggling with motion and dark shots (see examples below).  If anyone has a good online class or YouTube videos for a Canon 80D, I'd love to watch them!
What are your goals for 2018?

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Charleston Eats: Queen Street Grocery

Imagine a cute little corner store, selling a fantastic array of local products, produce, and beer, and also cooking up sweet and savory comfort food; this is Queen Street Grocery.  Just north of one of my favorite Charleston strolls, off the beaten path, in a cute residential area, Queen Street Grocery is super laid back and not too touristy.
They offer breakfast all day (omelettes, smoothies, sandwiches) and everything is fresh and made to order.  Charleston is definitely known for its comfort food, and what I love about Queen Street is that anything you order tastes just as comforting as any other Lowcountry favorite, but you can feel good about what's going in your body.  Everything is so fresh and light: salads, crêpes, and hot-pressed sandwiches.  My favorites are definitely the Murray crêpe (turkey, brie, green apple, spinach, basil pesto, and sriracha), Hail Caesar salad, and don't forget a sweet banana, brown butter, and brown sugar (the Johns Island) crêpe for dessert! 
While you wait or after you eat, don't forget to head to the back for "Groceries and Specialty Beers."  They also have an array of wine and non-alcoholic beverages to bring home.  
Now I'm dreaming of sitting outside at Queen Street for lunch - yum!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thoughts on MLK Day

"If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Before I continue onto sharing what we've been up to this weekend and sales I'll be enjoying on this extra day off, I wanted to start with my two favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes.  Today is about looking to the past, learning from our history, and making a better future.  As some of you might know, I work full-time for a non-profit youth development organization, and in the past, I have viewed that as fulfilling my need to give back.  But now, in 2018, I want to do more.  I am passionate about helping local young people and animals, and in the new year, I look forward to volunteering with Girls on the Run and the animal society.  I encourage you to consider donating your time, talent, or treasure to somewhere you want to make a difference!  That's the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekend Wandering

We've had a relaxing one: checked out a new spot to buy beer, took a walk at the Pitt Street Bridge, drank beer and ate pizza at Low Tide, started reading a couple of the books we got for Christmas, and watched a lot of football.  Spring cleaning has come early as we took down our Christmas decorations.  We rearranged our living room and are making little updates including new kitchen stools, an organizer for the end of our bed, and a new dining room chandelier (all linked to below in the Target home sale).
With a Lowe's trip yesterday, we also updated our pendant shades to these (obsessed!!) and bought some samples for a new kitchen backsplash.  I put out a poll on Snapchat, and I am still looking for input, which tile should we choose?  Left has mostly grays with some black and shiny chrome squares, middle is uniform tan and light blue, and right is very faint blue/white subway tile.  

Sales and Favorites
  • LOFT
    • Code: FRESH
      • 50% off all full-price items
      • 60% off all sale items 
    • Ends Monday night
    • Favorites...
  • Gap
    • Code: BIGWKND
      • 40% off purchase and free shipping
      • Plus! up to 75% off winter items (prices as marked)
    • Ends Monday night

  • Target
      • 20% off home items 
    • Ends Thursday 
    • Favorites...

  • Anthropologie
    • No code needed
      • 20% off all furniture, bedding, and decor

  • Williams Sonoma
    • Code: NEWYEAR
      • 20% off entire purchase and free shipping
    • Ends Monday night
    • Favorites...

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