Disney!

So we just got back from a few days in the most magical place on Earth…DISNEY!

Ok so it’s not everyone’s most favorite place ever, but it’s an amazing spot for a family trip! Especially when you’re entertaining little kids. We had the opportunity to take Tom’s nephews (ages 3 and 5)…so it was perfect! Here are just a few of the millions of photos I took during our visit…

Have you ever been to Disney World/Land? Did you like it? 
Who’s your favorite Disney character? 

[Five Things Friday] Vacationing

IT’S FRIDAY! We made it…(barely)
I’m jumping on the “5 things Friday” train like all my cool blogger friends :) This week I have some fun, vacation-related things to share…

TONE IT UP RETREAT!!
Oh man…you know I’m pumped about this. The long-awaited Tone It Up retreat in California just went on sale (and sold out within the afternoon)! As you know, I have some major expenses already planned out for this year (ahem…just a wedding or whatever), so I had to do some saving for this, but it’s going to be SO worth it! I can’t wait to meet more of my fellow, inspiring TIU teammates. It’s going to be an amazing vacation & inspiration sesh!!

tone it up retreat

SUNSCREEN WIPES
Life changing, am I right?? Recently, on our trip to Disney World, my sister in law busted these sunscreen wipes out and I was instantly enamored. How did I not know about these things before now? There’s always so much goop and stickiness with regular sunscreen…these are just genius.

READING ON THE GO
I feel like I never get to read anymore… As soon as I start to read in/before bed, I instantly fall asleep. And honestly, that’s usually the only time I have set aside to pick up a book when I’m not at work, the gym, making meals, etc. I LOVE traveling because it almost always gives me the opportunity to read (more)! I’m currently deep into The Happiness Project and, even though I’m only about half way through, I absolutely recommend it to anyone/everyone….

the happiness project book

DISNEY MEMORY MAKER
Disney filled their parks with photographer at fun, scenic spots to help capture your adventures. Sounds reasonable enough – you see that often, right? Then, you’d have to pay for the photos at the end somewhere. NOT with the Memory Maker package! Basically this package allows you to take as many photos with those photographers as you want and they are all yours to download and keep for one sum price. It’s a great idea for people like me who always take the photos, but are rarely in them. Or for those who don’t have a nice camera. Or for those who just don’t want to carry around another thing…very cool idea! We had such a great time during our recent Disney visit!

memory maker disney

UPCOMING BACHELORETTE
So, of course before the big wedding…there’s the bachelorette. WOO WOO
My lovely 6 bridesmaids and I will soon be heading down to the lovely Miami area for a few days of sun & relaxation…can’t wait!

south beach

What are you up to this year? Any fun vacations planned? Any amazing travel tips you want to share? 

 

 

[Recipe] PABU Asian Chowder

So you’ve heard me talk about how much we love PABU. I’m excited to share that their head chef, Jonah Kim, will be featured at the National Aquarium’s upcoming Fresh Thoughts sustainable seafood dinner on March 25!

Recently, I worked with Jonah to promote the dinner on WBAL-TV and got to taste two of the special menu items the PABU team is preparing!

PABU Jonah Kim at WBAL-TV

Jonah made this delicious Asian Chowder with fresh, sustainable clams and I’m pumped to share it with you!

PABU Asian chowder

Asian Chowder
Original recipe: Chef Jonah Kim from PABU

  • 2 1/4 ox soy-cured bacon (or regular bacon)
  • 1 1/4 C fennel (sliced)
  • 1 1/4 C leeks (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 C Spanish olives (diced)
  • 1 large russet potato (diced)
  • 1/2 C celery (diced)
  • 1/4 C roasted root vegetables (diced carrots/parsnips would be great!)
  • 1 1/2 L clam juice
  • 1 C white wine
  • 3 C heavy cream
  • 1 t Fenugreek spice (can be substituted with curry)
  • 1 sprig thyme spice
  • Chinese red vinegar and black vinegar for taste
  • S&P

Directions:

  1. Toast fenugreek spice over medium heat until you smell it then set it aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a stock pot over medium heat for approx. 2 minutes
  3. Add vegetables and thyme and sweat for approx. 6 minutes
  4. Add fenugreek spice and some white wine – make sure to scrap the sides of the pot to get all the flavor
  5. Add clam juice and bring to a simmer. Simmer for approx. 10-15 minutes
  6. Add heavy cream and cook for another 5 minutes
  7. While chowder is cooking, steam clams in white wine (clams will open when fully cooked)
  8. Remove thyme sprig from chowder and blend until smooth (a hand blender works really well!)
  9. Season with S&P and vinegars
  10. Ladle chowder into bowls and garnish with clams and vegetables
  11. Enjoy!

 

Currently…

So I just saw my lovely blogger friend Kerry post this cool “Currently” post and thought I’d pass on the fun! It totally reminded me of those old chain emails my friends and I used to send around with billions of questions haha We were SO silly ;) 

CURRENTLY…

Reading: the endless abyss of emails…
Deciding: on wedding invite colors!
Making : dinner
Cooking : salmon, brussel sprouts and rice/quinoa
Drinking : orange juice (it’s not just good in the morning! haha)
Wearing : my favorite sweatshirt from Hawaii
Wanting : spring to FINALLY arrive

katekatebear daffodil

Looking : for a place to go on our honeymoon in the fall (anyone know anything good in Costa Rica?)
Deciding : how to update my blog
Wishing : we had more money so we could go anywhere for our honeymoon haha
Watching : Face Off on SyFy…it’s one of Tom’s faves
Hoping : to sleep through the night for once (Kerry & I matched on this one haha ehhh)
Marveling : at the small numer of days left before our wedding! EEK!
Opening : a sweet (adorable) thank you note from my friend molly from her bday 

anchor thank you card

Needing: more time
Smelling: hopefully not the dog (love love love these odor-eliminating plugins)
Sorting: blogs I want to write
Bookmarking: how to do a poofy updo!
Disliking: the LACK OF room I have on this couch…

katekatebear crowded couch

Giggling: COUGARTOWN haha
Snacking: a new favorite – Glutino gluten free pretzels 
Coveting: a week off to get myself together haha
Hearing: the washing machine…don’t they make them quieter these days? 
Following: interesting new reporters on Twitter (found through Muckrack newsroom)
Helping: the dog get all of her millions of toys from under the couch
Loving: that new show About a Boy
Noticing: how much laundry we have to do…hmm…
Thinking: I feel like there’s still SO much to do to plan our wedding…
Feeling: exhausted
Admiring: bloggers who do/can post regularly
Enjoying: the last few days of SOMEWHAT warmer weather
Knowing: I really need to get to the grocery store so I can get ahead with our meal planning
Liking: my new 3x per week schedule with my training team at Under Armour
Wondering: what workout I’m going to do tomorrow morning
Considering: if we were to move, where would we go?
Pondering: what to wear to my upcoming bachelorette in Miami next month

Well there you go. That’s what’s going on tonight :)

Now I want to know what YOU’RE doing! 

What are you WATCHING?

What are you MISSING?

What are you EATING?

[Obsessed] Birchbox faves

So you’ve heard how much I love my Birchbox membership – an amazing way to try out new beauty items!

I tend to enjoy most things that the BB team sends, but there are obviously a few favorites :)

Recently, these two have been the my GO TO pieces…

birchbox favorites katekatebear
Benefit Benetint stain:
I’ve seriously obsessed with this. It’s a light stain that gives you a long lasting pink/red tint. I use it for my lips to give just a LITTLE color :)

Beauty Protector oil: 
Again, this is lightweight (apparently that’s a theme of things I enjoy – just enough and not crazy heavy!). It’s a great hair oil for any hair type. It protects against UV rays and other damage. It keeps hair smooth all day but doesn’t make my hair greasy or anything.

Definitely some good new finds!

What are your favorite beauty products?