Foody Friday: Episode 4

This Valentine’s Day blew me away. After a long day at work, I came home to find my boyfriend cooking us dinner with a glass of wine already poured for me. I was in total shock. We had nothing planned so I was expecting much let alone this.

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He made us steak, stuffed shells with homemade marinara sauce, and bread. So good! And he also made chocolate chip cookies, which he put on top of vanilla ice-cream.

Boys, take notes. This is how women want, no…..NEED to be treated. After working all day he knew this was the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, at home just the two of us. It was perfect.

Not to mention, he got my the most thoughtful gift. He got me the traditional Russell Stover’s box of chocolates and 4 (yes, four!) bags of La Colombe coffee.

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La Colombe’s owner, Todd Carmichael, has his own TV show on the Travel Channel where he goes all over the world to buy coffee direct from farmers. My boyfriend knew how intrigue I was with this show and got my caffeine needs stocked for a while.

This Valentine’s Day was one for the books. I could not have imagined a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. It’s not about the stuffed animals or flowers, it is an opportunity to show your significant other how much you care for them. I hope you all had just as blessed a day as I did. Now the goal is to keep each other feeling just as loved and appreciated every other day of the year.

I love you all. Happy Valentine’s Day….everyday:)

Pandora Party

I work for PANDORA in West Town Mall as a Sales Associate. Recently I got an amazing opportunity. I was tasked with planning the Valentine’s Wish List Event.

The goal of the event was to get people in the store, show them the new Valentine’s Day products, and get them to fill out a wish list.

I had a $200 budget and color restriction of red, pink and white. This is what i did:

I set up a main table in the back. On the rose petal covered table was pink lemonade with freshly cut strawberries, a bouquet of red roses in a square vase, candy and cupcakes.

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I made the lemonade and flower arrangement myself, but I also had a little help. Gigi’s Cupcakes in West Town Mall graciously donated cupcakes to adorn our table and tempt our customers. They were a big hit!

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We also had a great spa package raffle, Thanks to Planet Beach in Turkey Creek.

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And to top it all off we had a Photo Booth set up for customers, equipped with fun glasses, feather boas, and headpieces.

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After all the cupcakes and candies were eaten and all the wish lists were filled out, of course my fellow PANDORA employees and I had to get in on the Photo Booth fun.

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Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. It was a blast!

 

 

Namaste, ya’ll

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get fit. I am not your stereotypical gym rat. I really don’t enjoy a room full of machines, I don’t find it much of a challenge.

Growing up, I stayed fit by competitive dance and volleyball. Both of which give you a great work out and because of my competitive nature, I never notice how hard I was working out.

So in order to get fit without forcing myself to hit the gym, I tried something new.

Hot Yoga.

Yes, I said it, Hot Yoga.

After talking about it for weeks, one of my co-workers and I tried it out. We bought some fast drying workout clothes, read all the hot yoga class etiquette blogs, and purchased a 30 day membership with Real Hot Yoga in Knoxville.

I was definitely nervous. I didn’t want to pass out or get sick. Or even worse find out exactly how out of shape I was. We walked into the beginner class, scared out of our minds (but excited).

After an hour in a 100+ degree room, WE HAD SURVIVED HOT YOGA! Dripping with sweat and exhausted, we left the studio feeling awesome. We have tried out a couple different classes and here are some of my tips:

  1. Drink lots of water. Before, after and during the class, H20 is your friend.
  2. Wear fast-drying clothes. Cotton is definitely not a preferred material of choice when trying hot yoga.
  3. Take a workshop. Real Hot Yoga offers workshops for those starting out. They go through all the poses and prepare you for a class.
  4. Bring extra towels. You need a towel over your yoga mat, but what you really need to bring is an extra towel. I use a small hand towel for a quick face dab between moves.
  5. Try different classes. There are many types of class and styles. Take a few different ones, so you can figure out which one is right for you.

I definitely recommend Real Hot Yoga in Knoxville. Such a great workout that leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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I’m still going to frequent Hot Yoga, but I’m looking for another fun workout to try out. Any recommendations? I can’t wait to hear them, but until then…

Namaste, ya’ll.