February 15, 2013

Funfetti Fun


Not quite so guilty Valentine's Day treats.  These funfetti cupcakes are actually made with the boxed mix and  a 12-ounce can of Diet 7-Up. No eggs, no oil - just soda!  Bake a few minutes less than the usual cupcakes in my experience.  They're delightful.  

February 6, 2013

To live on job alone?

I love my job.  I have the privilege and honor to work with amazing clients, brands that truly want to positively impact their customers and communities, and colleagues that go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.  So why do I want to blog again?  Because no one can live a truly happy life focused solely on the job.  While I feed on positive results, relationship-building and helping my team grow in experience and wisdom, outside the office – away from my laptop –  I have simply felt that there hasn't been much to write on lately. 

I’m not going to lay down the excuses here.  I have plenty to be thankful for in my life and plenty to share.  In fact, I’ll be the first to admit I live a blessed existence – I not only have a job I love and make a comfortable living doing so, I have a loving and caring support system of friends and family, the best dog ever, a beautiful home that I chip away the payments on each and every month, and live in quite possibly one of the most exciting cities in the world.   Sure, my heart longs for more, so I tend to focus on my job because I feel the most control there, but also on what I'm lacing in my personal life… instead of what I do have, which sure is a lot. 

It’s too late for a New Year’s resolution or even a birthday resolution, but those never work anyways.  I am publicly challenging myself, however, to share at least weekly an industrious endeavor or a blessing in my life through this blog that is NOT work-related.  I hope you’ll follow along and I can touch your life in some way – through a recipe, a photograph, a snippet of scripture or a story.  (I ride public transit – trust me, I have good stories.)   

January 8, 2012

Sunday Snapshots - Birthday Edition!

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What's a birthday weekend without some cake? Each layer is a different texture and makes a different sound. It's supposed to work on puppy's patience and problem-solving skills. I think as a marketer I should know the people who write the packages are making that up, but, I become a sucker the second I walk into the pet shop and buy my dog a present to celebrate my own birthday. 

January 2, 2012

Arlo's Sunday Snapshots - Week 1

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Meet Arlo, a Malshi puppy, half Maltese, half Shihtzu.  We've been back in Chicago together for a week.  I already cannot imagine my life without him. This furry little guy has stolen my heart and has made himself at home in the Windy City.

He's nine weeks old.  Potty training is hit or miss, but nothing we can't solve.  He's so smart he'll get the hang of it!  While the #1's may still land on the rugs instead of the potty pads, he has no doubt mastered fetch with his ball.  His online dating profile would read "I love rawhide chew sticks and bones and my favorite toy is Aunt Sophie's squirrel. I sleep a lot, love to lick and chew on loved ones. I don't care for snow, but love long walks in the neighborhood."    

December 18, 2011

I'm Getting a Puppy!!!

The countdown is almost over!  Little Arlo comes home on Thursday. I cannot wait!

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October 3, 2011

It’s Getting Hot in Here

It’s fixed!!! My oven is finally fixed!!! I celebrated right away with a frozen pizza. 

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Now it’s time to catch up on all the baking I haven’t been able to do.  Where to begin?  Well, for starters, I started with this recipe from Pinterest: 

Now these are currently in the fridge at work, awaiting a hungry lunch crowd!

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