I Took a Blogging Spring Break…

Good Morning friends! Long time no chat. Sorry for the little week long hiatus, but I thought I would take a little blogging spring break and recharge. We all need a little break once in a while don’t we?

Can you believe that it’s gonna be May next week? *insert Justin Timberlake meme here. I also realized that I spent the months of March and April completely disregarding all resolution progress I made in the months of January and February. I think it’s time to get back on track. And I don’t mean on May first. I mean today. I packed my gym clothes, meal prepped some yummy stuffed peppers for dinner, and I am ready to go.

So I obviously spent this past weekend completely enjoying myself. Sunday it was beautiful out again (finally) so we went over to Aidens Pub in Bristol Rhode Island. We sat outside, I had an amazing Pineapple Beer from Maui Brewing Company, and ordered a chicken pot pie for my meal which was absolutely perfect. Then I went home and watched some Netflix until it was time for bed. It was a pretty relaxing Sunday after a crazy week. And now I am recharging and ready to take on a new month.

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I will see you guys here on Monday May 1st with some more inspiration and another post but until then, have a wonderful week.

xx Casey

Weekend Recap: Easter

Good Morning Friends! I hope you are all having a great day so far on this BEAUTIFUL Monday! Can we talk about how nice it was to wake up this morning with all the windows open and the fresh breeze flowing through my house? Oh yes, it was wonderful.

Can we also talk about how incredibly beautiful it was yesterday as well? The first warm day of the season – and it felt like summertime. My cousin came over mid morning armed with two bottles of Prosecco and we were ready to enjoy the day. We made a quick trip to Shaws and picked up a bunch of snacks and some OJ and then made it back to my place. We made our favorite Spinach Dip in a bread bowl (and my boyfriend could not help but throw out a 40 Year Old Virgin Reference), some pigs in a blanket, cut up some cheese and prosciutto, had some assorted chips and crackers, and I attempted (and failed) to make cinnamon rolls. Who knew that you don’t put the icing on the cinnamon rolls BEFORE you bake them? Just me? Oh.

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After spending the morning eating our snacks, drinking mimosas, and watching my current favorite show The Office (currently binge watching it on Netflix) we decided to head over to Providence Oyster Bar for some dollar oysters. We got a couple beers, a dozen oysters, some shrimp, and cherry stones, & met a lady who brought her bird on a leash to the bar. Only in Providence.

After Oysters we had to use the beautiful day to head out to Swansea for the first Ice Cream cone of the season. We first tried to go to the Ice Cream Barn first but they were closed so we drove over to Eskimo King. Eskimo King never disappoints. With over 200 flavors to choose from I went with a waffle cone with Coffee Cheesecake Soft Serve. YUM.

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After Ice Cream I was ready to curl up in bed with the windows open and the office on. It was a pretty perfect Sunday.

xx Casey

A Quick Hello

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Hello friends! I just wanted to pop in here very quickly to say that I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of sunshine, flowers, family, happiness, and chocolate. Whether you celebrate Easter or not I hope you take some time this weekend to get together with family or friends, have some Watermelon Mimosas, and relax. I will share with you all of our Sunday Brunch recipes and moments on the blog on Monday. Until then – I hope you all have an incredible day.

xx Casey

Cold Pressed Watermelon Mimosa

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Easter is fast approaching and besides the obvious reasons for the holiday, when I think of Easter I think of family and brunch. This year my cousin and I are not going down to New Jersey to visit family for Easter so we will be holding our first annual Cousins Easter Brunch. We did two annual cousin Thanksgivings in the past and they were a BLAST, so I am very excited to spend the day cooking, eating, and drinking.

So today I am going to share with you a delicious (and healthier?) Mimosa Recipe featuring Trader Joes cold pressed watermelon juice. All you have to do is pour some in a glass and top it off with your favorite Prosecco. A nice Sparkling Rose would also be really good with this and would make the pink color pop even more. SO FESTIVE.

So there you have it, an incredibly simple and delicious mimosa perfect for your upcoming East Brunch. And for all spring and summer long really.. I think this might become a brunch staple.

xx Casey

Creating Balance at Work

balanceToday I am sharing with you a couple quick tips on how to create balance while at work. It is easy to keep a balanced routine when at home, but when I get to work it is easy to get stressed out. So today I am sharing a couple tips to keep your mind, body, and soul activated while at the office.

Mind- 

01 Do mentally challenging tasks before easier ones. The first thing I do in the morning when I get to my desk is clean through my emails, get rid of what is junk and flag what is important, and then write down my to-do list for the day. I always start my day with the most challenging tasks first, whether it be dealing with a guest issue or detailing an upcoming group. Then in the afternoon I have time to do the easier tasks on my list without those bigger ones looming over me.

02 Take a short break midday to meditate. If you get stressed easily or have some anxiety, doing a short meditation in the afternoon can do wonders. I love the Calm App which has quick 5, 10, 20 minute meditations to help clear your mind and get you through the rest of the day.

Body – 

01 Drink a TON of water. Stay hydrated. It is so easy to keep drinking cup after cup of coffee that you forget to drink water.

02 Get up and move. While at work use the stairs not the elevators, park farther away in the parking lot, and spend the last couple minutes of your lunch break going for a quick walk. Taking a couple minutes to get your body moving after sitting at your computer all day gives you that boost you need to finish out the day strong. And it is getting nicer out, so get out there and enjoy it!

Spirit – 

01 Diffuse essential oils at your desk. The first thing I do when I walk into my office is put on my lamps and my wax melter (or whatever it is actually called). Sometimes I am melting lavender and lemon and sometimes I go for something a little sweeter like vanilla. However, I am thinking of investing in a small essential oil diffuser for my desk. Any recommendations?

02 Take the time to learn something new everyday. My number one rule in a job is to never get stagnant. There is always something new to be learned. Take a couple minutes at the end of the day and sit with a colleague and ask them questions. Most of the time they will be happy to talk to you about whatever it is you would like to learn. I like to sit in different meetings and be apart of different committees to keep myself motivated and involved.

A healthy balance of all three of these things will keep you more focused on the tasks at hand.

xx Casey

Weekend Recap: NJ Food Guide

I spent this past weekend with my family back home in Jersey to see my little sisters spring musical. It was The Little Mermaid and she was one of the eels. Despite being sick she killed it – awesome job Nina!

Besides going to see the play we had another thing on the agenda: hit up as many of my favorite North Jersey food stops in 24 hours as possible. It is safe to say I officially feel gross and I am ready to get back on track today – after I finish this bagel.

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When we arrived we started off having lunch at my all time favorite pizza place – Rose’s Pizza in Garfield. They have THE BEST Sicilian pie you will ever have. Also their Eggplant Parm is incredible and their sandwiches are so fresh and so big. If you are in the area you have to stop in. Order a Sicilian Pie – well done, sixteen slices. And don’t worry the leftovers are just as good.

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After the play we had to hit up White Castle. My boyfriend had never been so for his first time in North Jersey I skipped out on White Manna and went for some Murder Burgers. Fries, Onion Rings, Chicken Rings, Sliders, Chicken Breast Sliders, Mozzarella Sticks… OH. MY. GOD. Do I regret it? Maybe. Would I do it again? Probably.

The next morning we had to take a quick trip before breakfast to get a dozen bagels from Fairlawn Bagel to bring back to Jersey. I got a mix of Everything, Sesame, and a couple Cinnamon Raisin. Next time I am taking a page out of my cousins book and getting a dozen Everything Bagels.

After the bagel pit stop we had to hit up a Jersey Diner for Breakfast. We hit up the Cit Chat Diner in Lodi, and had some awesome breakfast food and even more laughs. I absolutely love when all of my cousins are together. After the diner we had to stop in at a Wawa and get some beverages for the road.

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The last stop on the way home was at Shake Shack for lunch. Now I have never had In and Out and I know there is a big debate between which one is better, but Shake Shack burgers are so incredibly flavorful. And the cheese fries are on point. Oh, and the shakes. My burger was a little too rare for my liking, but by the time I finished my fries I was so full I could not move.

We finished the journey home half dead in a food coma, and then immediately got into bed. I am very VERY ready for some lemon water and a nice salad for lunch today. How was your weekend?

xx Casey

Buy A Lady A Drink

Today I want to talk about an incredible cause that is being supported by one of my favorite beers Stella Artois in conjunction with water.org. Their goal is to help end the global water crisis. According to their website, today 663 million people live without clean water. For more than 25 years water.org has pioneered safe water and sanitation solutions that give women hope, children health, and communities a future.

If you buy one of the Stella Artois limited edition chalices, you are providing 5 years of clean water to a country in need. You can help by purchasing a Brazil, Cambodia, or Uganda Chalice. Each of them are incredibly beautiful and go to an even more beautiful cause.

Stella Artois has helped provide more than 800,000 people in the developing world with access to five years of clean water through the sale of more than 225,000  Limited-Edition Chalices and by directly donating more than $3 million to Water.org.  But they are only just beginning.

Just $6.25 gives communities the resources they need to survive. Go to stellaartois.com to buy yours today.

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xx Casey