Overnight Oats That Finally Taste Good

People have been raving about overnight oats for a while now, and I desperately wanted to love them.

But whenever I tried the recipe, the one that was supposed to convert me from a plain ol’ oatmeal enthusiast to a lover of this surprisingly low-maintenance variety that I could (gasp!) prep before bed, I woke up ready to sing its praises.

But after one bite, then two, then three just to be super sure, I felt kind of meh about … Continue reading

An Unintentional Hiatus

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and that wasn’t my intention, I promise. I’ve always loved writing about the lighter side of life — books, travel, recipes I’ve been drooling over, etc., and this has always been a perfect outlet.

Part of the reason for the unintentional hiatus falls under “writer-y reasons.” I’ve been knee deep in major, second-round revisions (exciting, tedious, but oh-so-necessary), so that’s been keeping me very busy along with my freelance assignments.

Aside … Continue reading

Quick, Curious, Playful & Strong: A Tribute to Kate Spade

Mourning someone you’ve never met has always been a strange phenomenon, and yet today when I received the push about Kate Spade’s sudden passing, I felt like somebody socked me in the gut.

Knowing my love of pretty much anything Kate ever put her name on, the texts began rolling in from family and friends with equally sad and surprised reactions to the news.

In stark contrast to the bright, cheery and more often than … Continue reading

20 Years Ago: Cap, Gown, Tassle, Doc Martens

You know the question where people ask what advice you’d give your younger self?

Well, my total Oprah moment happened, minus the illustrious Lady O, just last weekend when a young seating hostess at my favorite taco place was sporting a pair of black Doc Martens.

“I know what I’d tell my younger self,” I thought as I looked at them longingly. “Never, ever get rid of your Doc Martens because one day, you’ll be wishing you still … Continue reading

Goin’ Back to Nashville

In what has to be another land speed record for the passage of time, it’s hard to believe that March is (gasp!) almost a wrap.

It’s been a really good month, one that began with a return to a place I hadn’t visited in much too long — Nashville. For anyone reading who doesn’t know me well, Music City played a rather significant role in my life story. It’s where my professional writing career began, it’s … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, CDs

I know, I know, the CD died long before Best Buy recently decided to stop selling them (rumor has it, Target is next) as most people have comfortably made the transition to all things digital.

And while I’m usually a fan of anything that frees up additional shelf space, it’s the weirdo, clutter-free freak in me, I’m still a little bummed that CDs are rapidly going the way of cassettes and 8-tracks.

Worse yet, they’re also destined … Continue reading