CURRENTLY IN LOVE WITH: Mr. Wonderful

I’ll admit it. Some days are just plain overwhelming. A billion things to do and not enough hours in the day. Sometimes all I need is some positive reinforcement to get the day going. When it feels like I’m working non-stop and my calendar is about to explode, finding these little messages on my coffee cup, mousepad, keychain, wall or even my note pad are an instant cheer up! As the name suggests, Mr. Wonderful is all about a wonderful, meaningful and happy life. They add inspiring quotes or illustrations to just about anything. Read More…

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GIVEAWAY: Celebrate with us and win an iPad Mini + NEXTISSUE Subscription!

Giveaway alert! We interrupt out regularly scheduled [OMG-I-am-in-love-with-Austin recaps] program for a birthday… Kevin O’ Gara’s Blog Birthday! His blog, Thou Swell, has been a close favourite for a while now. His curating skills are GOLDEN! Join in on the celebration and you could win an iPad Mini + NEXTISSUE Subscription!

Details:

When: The contest will run until Tuesday November 11th.
What: The official prizes are one iPad Mini (16GB, Wifi) and one three month subscription to NextIssue.
Who: Open to International Readers!
How: Use the widget below to enter.

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Here’s the list of awesome bloggers bringing you this giveaway!

Thou SwellBuckets & Spades | Helarious | Of Trees & Hues | Cocorrina | Ex Vitae | Safaris & Sunsets | Lucky Number Seven | Pen & Peplum | Zoso Lights | Tara Victoria | Clear the Way | Nuance & Bubbles | Eavan Elizabeth | Oh I Design | Catalina Creative | Squirrelly Minds | The Golden Fig | J for Jamie | Hello Lidy

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GOLDEN TRAVELS: Day 2 + 3 / Austin City Limits

The Austin recap continues! Saturday and Sunday we were getting the hang of how to get to the festival on time for what we wanted to see while exploring around Austin. Saturday we had breakfast at Magnolia Cafe. I tried cornbread for the first time and almost died of a heart attack when I saw what my plate looked like. Huge servings, great prices! After that, we made our way to the festival and saw Empires, Mac de Marco, Interpol [my shoes got destroyed and sunken in mud] and Broken Bells. It rained all morning so going from one stage to another was a challenge!

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How tired were we after walking for more than 8 hours straight in pure mud? So tired we ordered takeout. No fancy dinner, no exploring the city. Now, Sunday, we were a lot more aware that we only had two days left. So we knew we had to put on our game faces. #ColorSeeking and finding some awesome coffee spots were the priority. Read More…

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GOLDEN TRAVELS: Austin Day 1 / Austin City Limits

After three layovers, we finally made our way to Austin at midnight. After settling in at the hotel, we woke up to Day 1 of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Although our morning mission to find the Austin postcard was a complete fail, we headed over to the festival earlier and had the best tacos for breakfast. We might have also had some beer for breakfast as well. All tracked with my Jawbone UP24!  We saw Temples, Bleachers, CHVRCHES, St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian and a very far away Beck. Such a happy camper! Day two and three to come… tgf_aus_1

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FIELD TRIP: Miami in two hours

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What do you do when you have 4 hours to spare on a layover to Austin? You ask your Miami friends for recommendations on food and coffee. Then, you take Lyft to said places. In two hours I ate the best pizza in the planet, had the yummiest iced coffee and saw some really awesome murals. Then, back to airport. Enough to keep me wanting more. Like a first date. A really good first date! Dear Miami, I promise to call you back and see a whole lot more of you soon. Kay?

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GOLDEN TRAVELS: Traveling + Tracking with Jawbone UP24

tgf_travelingtracking_jawbone_6 As you all know, I’ve recently been sporting a Jawbone UP24. It’s been tracking my sleep, my steps and once I got a hang of it, my food! Since I work in what I like to call food mecca, the most difficult for me has been finding exactly what I am eating on their dedicated app “Up by Jawbone”. But, there’s a workaround! I started tracking ingredients. If I cannot find my favourite broccoli and spinach quiche, I ask the place what it’s made with and track the ingredients. This proved to be a great trick on my Austin trip! I had all kinds of food from a dreadful airplane sandwich to the best BBQ Pulled Pork tacos. I could’t find the exact tacos on the app but believe me, Pulled Pork, Corn Tortillas and Cole Slaw are in there. Now, since I knew I would not be eating the healthiest on the trip, because Music Festivals = Beers, I knew I had to go overboard on my stepping! I had my #UP24 band on from Gate to Gate on layovers, while walking around town discovering Austin and most important while dancing and singing to my favourite bands at ACL!

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