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I'm Katie! I'm an Atlanta transplant by way of Birmingham who is having a ball exploring this city with my new-ish husband, Blake. This is a snapshot of what I'm up to and thinking and wanting.
By day I'm a social media gal in my mid-twenties. As soon as I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up it became obsolete. Instead of writing for a newspaper I get to write here. I love wine, pizza, my English bulldog, Alabama football, Diet Coke, and goals.

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Song and audiobook suggestions?

1) What songs are at the top of your running playlist right now?

2) What song do you listen to when you need some running motivation - current or oldies style?

3) If all else fails, what book have you read lately that you think would be entertaining on audiobook that I can use my Audible credit for and try to listen to when music gets boring? 

Just trying to prep my audio needs for the marathon next week given that roughly 5-6 hours will be spent with headphones jammed in my ears. Thanks!

Posted 11 hours ago | 10 notes

Friday Five

1. Target has been the main source of my fall wardrobe this year. They have a sweet sale going on through tomorrow - buy one, get one 50% Merona clothing and all shoes in store, and buy one, get one 50% off any clothes online. My mom and I went with Kel to get her set up with an awesome new job wardrobe and I grabbed a few office + casual options myself (like these pants in army green, this herringbone print cardigan, a nice snuggly sweater, over-the-knee boots, these booties with a tiny bit of a heel, this ponte dress but in polka dots, this blouse in cream, this black ponte skirt, and of course another striped dress.) Even though that has me more than completely set for work and play, I still am in love with these patterned pants, this sweater dress to go with those booties, this fit and flare dress in navy, this pretty berry cocoon cardigan, this amazing striped cardigan, this popover blouse in the flower print to go with that berry cardigan, and this black and white pencil skirt.  Target is basically my everything. 

2. I can’t get enough of my two newest beauty products - the Anastasia Brow Wiz and Maybelline’s new matte lipsticks. I’m now obsessed with filling in my eyebrows, which is not something I ever thought would happen. 

3. I’ve loved getting so much Sister time this week. We’re getting ready now to go eat pizza with Brooke and Jordan and Blake and can I please just have like 2 more weeks to hang with her before she moves? (The answer is no, she must go home tomorrow morning sadly.)

4. I’m also super excited to see one of my oldest friends tomorrow for her son’s 1st birthday party. I haven’t seen her (or him) in a few months so it’ll be crazy to see him actually walking around! 

5. While Blake was away I was able to get some good house things done, which included buying a new parson’s desk (from Target for $12!) and putting it together and installing new lamps above the bed. I feel like the bedroom is finally about 90% finished (after only 2.5 years here in this house.)

Pizza time! Happy Friday!

Posted 5 days ago | 21 notes
Email is relentless. There’s no break. You’re on this treadmill. You’re trying to stay on top of your email, which really means staying on top of the tasks that you’re being asked to do on email, but then you keep getting more and more email which represents more and more tasks.
You Aren’t Imagining It: Email Is Making You More Stressed Out (via fastcompany)
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a couple of awesome things:

  • I reached my fundraising goal for TNT! (With two days to go!) Whoo! Just a few weeks until the marathon - start praying for my left knee now as it has been bothering the hell out of me lately.
  • Blake gets back from his week away for work tomorrow night. We don’t spend a lot of time apart so a week feels like forever.
  • Getting ready to order some new Warby Parkers that will actually have my correct RX in them. 
  • It’s officially fall, and Atlanta weather is only slightly taking the hint in that I didn’t walk outside and immediately sweat earlier. In anticipation of cooler weather I bought two pairs of boots from Target last week ($60 for both - I thought that was a good deal!) so I’m ready to break those out.
  • Sister is here visiting me in Atlanta all week which is the cherry on top of the sundae that has been spending the last two weekends in Birmingham with her and the fam. We’re having pizza for lunch in about 5 minutes. 
  • Most awesome thing, though, is that she got a JOB! Whoo! The only downside to this is that the job is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which according to Google is a 17 hour drive or ~$400 plane ticket away. I’m still so excited for her and even more excited that she is here for the week now! Anyone have any tips for her? She’s been told about 1,000 times that it gets very cold up there, but any tips on surviving said cold would be appreciated. She already has an apartment lined up that looks awesome, but general tips on Minnesota life would be great. Any great warm jacket suggestions?
Posted 1 week ago | 26 notes
Best first birthday gift for a boy?

I don’t think I have a great grasp on the comprehension level or mobility of a 1 year-old as I am looking at gifts that are either TOO baby-ish or WAY too advanced. Help?

Posted 2 weeks ago | 13 notes
Appropriate slug life apparel for watching football from the couch tonight.

Appropriate slug life apparel for watching football from the couch tonight.

Posted 2 weeks ago | 15 notes
Denny wanted some snuggles last night while we watched some football. (And I promise Blake is wearing pants - not sure why it doesn’t look like it.) 

Denny wanted some snuggles last night while we watched some football. (And I promise Blake is wearing pants - not sure why it doesn’t look like it.) 

Posted 2 weeks ago | 23 notes
Again, in movies they like to portray marriage as like, ‘Oh, the wife and husband are always arguing and bickering’…With me and my wife, the easiest part of my life is my marriage. Like if everything was as smooth and easy and fun as my relationship with my wife then I would have a much easier time getting through the day. We really get along and we like the same stuff.
Seth Rogen in a recent interview - I love this
A CUP OF JO: What’s wrong with marriage in movies
Posted 2 weeks ago | 53 notes | ©
I am so ashamed.

I’d always been rather meh on the idea of visiting Paris, as I always thought I’d prefer to visit places around Italy and Greece if given the chance to fly across the ocean.

However, seeing some shots of Paris (and Versailles in particular) in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians earlier made me want to visit more than anyone’s descriptions or photos have before. 


Posted 2 weeks ago | 29 notes
Anonymous asked: Does it ever make you feel a little guilty that you are asking your blog friends to pay for your travel, lodging, and race entry? You (and most people who do team in training or similar programs) haven't been upfront about what YOU get out of this deal. Entry to the race alone is around $175. Travel costs are probably close to $500 for a plane ticket and your half of the hotel room. That adds up to a pretty large chunk of the total amount raised.

Hi, grey-faced friend! This is actually a great point, and one that I put a lot of thought into both times I have participated in a TNT event. 

Team In Training has a couple of different options when you sign up to fundraise (at least they definitely did for my race.) One, yes, you can sign up to have them cover the cost of your race entry, air fare and hotel lodging for 2 -3 nights. This does, of course, mean you raise a significantly higher amount of money to offset the costs of all of this to TNT. I can’t be positive, but I think it was roughly $500 extra if they book your flight and then you raised roughly $3K on top of that to include covering the cost of your hotel stay. (I actually don’t see the option for them to cover your airfare for any upcoming races, so that may have even been removed as part of what they can provide.) These options and fundraising minimums are similar to what I did with TNT last time I participated, as I wasn’t (and still am not) a pro at figuring out travel and hotels near where I need to be and all that jazz. 

The second option, which is the one I went with this time, is to take care of the airfare and hotel yourself and have TNT simply guarantee your entry to the race (in addition to training plans and motivational emails from mentors and all the other great things they provide as you train and fundraise.) Brooke and I booked our flights a few weeks ago and are excited to stay with a friend that weekend! I’ve heard before that the race entries may be comped to charities, but even if that is not so then they are out just the $175 for my entry while I am looking to raise $1,800 (and hopefully more than that!) I definitely am also planning to make a personal donation on top of my fundraising minimum. 

People all have varying opinions on charity runners, mostly for the very issue you raised here of people feeling the charities and runners aren’t totally transparent about how the money raised is used. I myself signed up for Team In Training again because of a very personal connection I feel to raising money for cancer research, particularly blood cancers, because of the loss of a close friend. Because the cause is so close to my heart, I definitely wanted to know that as much of the money fundraised is going towards actual research and services. You can check out and see that TNT spends 73% of its funds on program expenses, which includes funding leading-edge medical research, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs and advocacy for legislation addressing patient issues, while LLS reports they spend 77.6% on program expenses.They have raised more than 1.4 BILLION dollars through their fundraising efforts in addition to raising awareness of blood cancers and research, and report that they’ve spent more than a billion of that on research and programs. 

So, yes. In the past I have had a hotel room, airfare and race entry provided to me by TNT, and they are providing my race entry to the marathon, but that is not even close to why I am a part of TNT. I participate to raise money, to raise awareness, to be a part of finding a cure or even just helping families while we research a cure. I’d hate for any of you guys to think I was asking you to “pay for [my] travel, lodging, and race entry,” as it is something bigger than that for me. I would have gladly paid the $175 for a race entry to Chicago, and was even chosen in the lottery to do so (which I found out after I’d already decided to race with TNT,) but felt that raising this money would be a better way to make a difference. To each their own as far as charity/fundraising runners go, but I do it much more to support an organization I believe in than for a free race entry, and I 10000% appreciate every single person who donates to my fundraising, especially given that I haven’t met most of the Tumblr’s that have already donated so far!

Go Team! 

Posted 3 weeks ago | 37 notes
Things that would make me this excited - reaching my Team in Training fundraising minimum before my deadline in two weeks! 
I am just $385 short - can you help? Every amount, even $5, helps! Donate here:

Things that would make me this excited - reaching my Team in Training fundraising minimum before my deadline in two weeks! 

I am just $385 short - can you help? Every amount, even $5, helps! Donate here:

I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.

Jonathan Carroll 

A bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain

(via partyforone)

Posted 3 weeks ago | 58,969 notes | via | ©

what’s your favorite pick me up purchase that’s under $10?

my list includes NYX lipsticks, nail polish, a large french fry, fun colored pens or fine tipped Sharpies, hand lotion, cheap sunglasses from Amazon, on sale pajama shorts or pants on sale from Target, a Kindle book, or a combo of chips, a candy snack and a Diet Coke. You?

Posted 3 weeks ago | 25 notes
Look what just showed up at the front door! A new Keurig 2.0 that can brew both a single cup and full carafe! #HelloKeurig                       (I received this product for free from Influenster for review purposes.)

Look what just showed up at the front door! A new Keurig 2.0 that can brew both a single cup and full carafe! #HelloKeurig (I received this product for free from Influenster for review purposes.)

Posted 3 weeks ago | 40 notes

would you rather go one one huge vacation every five years (say, a 2 week European vacation) or one smaller trip every year or two, which would you choose? (Bonus points - where would you go?)

AND for those who don’t travel as much right now, would your rather buy a home (or a car, for a smaller commitment) or travel often and on a grand scale for 5 - 10 years?

Posted 4 weeks ago | 28 notes

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