Hey, It’s OK…

…to buy two iced coffees in one day (oops!).

…to be proud of yourself after a work out.

…to think to yourself, “I could make that”, when browsing on Pinterest or Etsy.

…to want to escape from it all.

…to put a random dinner together with what’s left in your fridge (you might end up with three crescent rolls and a bowl of kale, but hey — it’s better than nothing.)

…to enjoy a Friday cocktail (or two…or three…)

…to wonder what exactly goes through Lady Gaga’s head, or Nicki Minaj for that matter.

…to be pumped when Showgirls is on TV (it’s so bad, it’s good).

…to wish it were summer break like when you were in high school or college — no plans, limited responsibility, hang with your friends whenever you want. Not too shabby.

…to decide that Friday the 13th is lucky, not scary. (Might buy myself some scratch tickets today…)

And last but not least…

…to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest! THANKS EVERYONE!

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Hey, It’s OK…

…to operate as though your hands / fingers don’t work for hours after you get a manicure (hey, they might still be wet!).

…to want to cry when you realize you’ve run out of toilet paper.

…to damn your car to hell because it doesn’t have cup holders and you just got — and have to transport — coffee for three people.

Lots of coffee

Lots of coffee

…to be proud of Katie Holmes. Girl, most of America never even wanted you to marry him in the first place.

…to also be proud of Anderson Cooper. Honey, we all knew — but regardless — good for you!

…to never want Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez to break up. Ever.

The Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears of this generation

The Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears of this generation. Photo courtesy of People.com

…to want to spend the whole summer swimming in a pool or the ocean.

…to not worry what you look like when you’re eating ‘smores, buttery corn on the cob, wings, ribs, or any other messy (and delicious) food. Dig in!

…to want Kelly Ripa to have a permanent co-host already. Come on, enough is enough!

…to love the smell of a camp fire.

Ahh, summer

Ahh, summer

Wanderlust Festival

I haven’t always loved yoga. Actually, I used to really dislike yoga. I didn’t gel with certain teachers, I wasn’t patient enough, and overall I just didn’t have the right mentality towards it. I wanted a workout, but I also wanted to rush through it so I could get it over with and go home. That doesn’t really work with yoga. I’ve realized that I needed to slow things down, and appreciate yoga for what it is (to me) — a great workout, but also a way to calm myself down from my daily anxieties, slow my brain down from a crazy day at work, stretch my body out, and to take time to focus on myself. I really enjoy yoga now, although I am still searching for a class and teacher I really like in my area. It’s a work in progress, but I’ll get there!

One thing I have always loved is music. Ever since I was a little girl, music has always been a big part of my life — listening to Raffi, or Sharon Lois and Bram while dancing around the house, singing along with ‘the oldies’ on B103  in car rides with my mom, going to some of my first concerts with my parents — James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band, etc. Certain songs, or bands, always remind me of  different stages of my life. I play it loud, I (badly, but happily) sing along with the lyrics, and it’s my number one go-to when I need to cheer myself up, get pumped up, or relax.

Wanderlust truly is a one-of-a-kind festival that brings both yoga and music together (Ziggy Marley is going to be there!), along with local food, wine, inspiration, and motivation. Not to mention it’s at one of the most beautiful ski resorts around — Stratton (I mean, we chose it as our wedding venue, come on people, its gorgeous). There are pools (think sipping cocktails under the sun), there will be a delicious farm-to-table dinner, yoga on top of the mountain, incredible views, plenty of laughter, and new friends.

When I found out about Wanderlust last year while we were checking out the resort as a potential wedding venue, it really interested me. I was unable to go (unfortunately), but made a mental note to keep it in mind for this year. It’s at Stratton Mountain at the end of June — which will only be about two months from when Colin and I will be getting married there — pretty cool. I really can’t wait to go! If you aren’t able to attend the one in Stratton, or rather travel somewhere other than VT, please note that they will be making stops in Colorado, California, and Canada as well.

With a mission statement like this, “Wanderlust’s core mission is to create community around mindful living. Mindful living is a conscious, value-based approach to leading a sane & healthy life”, how can you say no? I’m always striving for a more sane and healthy lifestyle. :)

The nitty-gritty:

Purchase tickets here.

Lineup of speakers, musical acts, and more here.

For more info about the full experience, check this out.

Lodging info can be found here.

And don’t forget to check the Wanderlust Festival out on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date news!

*Photos courtesy of the lovely people at Wanderlust.

Cape time and happiness

I’m sitting here on the beach listening to the waves, absolutely basking in the sun. I’d like to soak up every last bit of summer if I can – I can’t believe it’s mid-August. Why does time go so fast when you’re a ‘grown up’?

As I sit here, I guess you could say I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. I am engaged to my love, Colin and wedding planning has been so much fun. I have a nephew on the way (in just a couple of weeks now!!!). My Mother is coming back from London finally (Dad, we want you back too!). I just attended a great conference in San Diego for work and got to see my big brother while I was out there. I have missed him so much and it was so darn good to sit down and catch up over a beer and a delicious meal. I have a good job and a new apartment we both love. One of my best friends in the world just came up to MA to visit and we had a ball! My family is happy and healthy and to me, that is most important. Not to mention the fact that I’m blogging while sitting on the beach in the Cape with Colin and his family. Life is good people, life is good.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging or I’m trying to rub the whole “sitting on the beach while you’re
at work” thing in you’re face, because I’m not. What I’m doing here is taking a moment. I’m taking a second to breathe it all in and realize how thankful I am for all that I have mentioned. It’s so easy to get caught up in the BS of everyday life. Just last week I cried because I made a mistake at work (I need thicker skin, I know). I bitched almost all day long on Sunday because of waiting at the airport and losing my bag. I skip the gym because of laziness and I deprive my body of the sleep it needs by staying up too late every night. I pick fights with Colin when I’m cranky. I take important things for granted.

But today, I’m filled with thanks. I am quite simply, happy.

Jerry Remy’s by the Seaport

I have been wanting to go to Jerry Remy’s by Fenway since it opened, so when my friends told me we’d be going to Jerry Remy’s for Christine’s birthday celebration I was pumped.  Tricky part of it all was, we were going to Jerry Remy’s by the Seaport. Didn’t even know they had a location by the Seaport! Turns out, I was even more pumped. A beautiful summer night spent at a fun spot on the water? Sign me up people.

To start, we had a ton of  some Corona’s, lots of laughs and great conversation. Next, I moved on to Jerry’s Sliders (featuring pulled pork, buffalo chicken and a classic cheeseburger) which was quite the delicious trio if I do say so myself. They were the best sliders I’ve ever had. You need to go try them fo’ real. I also enjoyed sweet potato fries on the side which was an excellent decision. We continued on with more Corona’s and GT’s (good times, of course). We headed over to Coogan’s near Faneuil after dinner and danced the night away!

*Sidenote: If you’re a country music fan, stay tuned….because later in the week I have a big, fun surprise for you! Woohooo

Check out the pics from Remy’s:

My first time to Jerry Remy's!

Some fabulous ladies

More fab ladies, including the birthday girl X!

Mmmmm...nothing like a cold Corona on a warm summer night

I love these women

Photo credit goes to Xtine

The most delicious trio of sliders this girl has ever tried

Sweet potato fries = bomb.com

Birthday shot for the birthday girl : D

Such a champ!

My Top 5 Summer Desserts

{Thanks Foodies at Work! I think I might attempt a blueberry pie this week!}

I like a good dessert any day (in fact I eat at least one every day, yes seriously) but Summer desserts are special.  We have the opportunity to use fresher ingredients and perhaps have more time to make homemade treats.  If it’s sunny outside, there’s more incentive to take a walk to get a dessert.  Who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant stroll after big dinner – a stroll to a bakery? If you say no, I don’t believe you!  Here are my favorite desserts to eat during the Summer.

Blueberry Pie

You may be familiar with my thought that fruit does not qualify as a dessert.  Desserts, in my opinion, are unhealthy by nature.  Sure there are low fat and fat free options, but sticking fruit in there is like pouring chocolate on your broccoli – STOP! You’re ruining it!  (Hmm, new experiment?) But Summer rules are different.  Fresh fruit can totally be a part of a dessert in the Summer.  One my favorite summertime activities is picking berries.  And what’s a foodie to do with so many fresh berries? Put them in a pie, of course.

Making homemade blueberry pie is really simple.  For this pie I used store bought crust and filled the bottom crust with blueberries tossed with cinnamon and a little sugar, both white and brown. I cut the second crust into strips to make the criss-cross pattern and topped it with more brown sugar.  Bake according to your pie crust directions and if you want a little something extra, top it with homemade whipped cream!

Ice Cream at a Fenway

I don’t usually choose to eat ice cream, but stick it in a plastic Red Sox hat and I’m sold.  The soft-serve vanilla at Fenway, and probably other ballparks, is so creamy and delicious; it’s a perfect way to cool off on a hot day if you’re lucky enough to be there.  Big surprise, my favorite part of going to a game is the food.

Cupcakes

While cupcakes are not specific to Summer, they are and always will be my favorite dessert.  Cupcakes can be enjoyed in any season, but Summer is a great time to try new ones.  Remember that after dinner walk I mentioned? Go ahead and take one.  Find a new bakery and try a cupcake you’ve never tried before.  These cupcakes are from Buttercup Bakery in New York.  They’re special because last Summer I had a list of cupcakes I wanted to try and my friends not only went long with my cupcake plan, they tried them all with me. Do I have great friends or what? J

S’mores

A traditional summer campfire treat, I’m putting S’mores on my list.  Just graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow.  Three simple ingredients combine to make a crunchy, toasty, chocolately treat.  Make them around a fire on a cool summer night, or make them my way: open faced in the toaster!

Congo Bars

You might call them Blondies, which is fine with this blondie, but at my summer camp we called them Congo Bars.  I always looked forward to BBQs at camp because the dessert was always the same.  Half baked ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie bars.  We never cared about eating the possibly raw cookie dough because it tasted soooo good.  Make your own by following my go-to recipe, the one on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag.  Instead of dropping spoonfuls on a baking sheet, spread cookie dough evenly in a brownie pan and under cook them just a little!  Here’s my cookie dough:

A big Thanks to Colleen for asking me to write this list! It was fun and made me hungry!

Top 5 Summer Dishes

{Thanks so much A Boston Food Diary!}

As a person who is incredibly obsessed, Summertime to me means one thing- celebrating the delicious flavors of the season.  I have been tasked with the job (delightful job if you ask me) of coming up with my top five list of Summer Dishes.  So in true Tonight Show fashion I present

The Summer Taste Top 5:

#5 Gazpacho

What could celebrate the season more than the combination of fresh local ingredients blended into a tomato base all in a refreshing chilled soup.  The flavors of Gazpacho are so light and yet full of flavor and spice, it makes it the perfect dish to cool off with during a hot day.

#4 Clam Chowder

On the exact opposite end of the spectrum, here in New England, there is nothing better than a delicious bowl of piping hot New England Clam Chowder.  It has always seemed so strange to me to indulge in something boiling hot and creamy during a hot and sticky day, but the wonderful combination of flavors from smoky bacon, fresh herbs, native clams and hearty potatoes is just irresistible.

#3 Freshly Grilled Hamburger

Of course another great feature of the Summer in Massachusetts is that our weather (usually) finally gets nice.  That means that since we’ve all been cooped up all winter hibernating from the cold and the wind and the snow and the ice, we relish every moment of the better weather.  In my opinion the best way to do this is to grill outside on a barbeque and what could be any better than a big juicy fresh hamburger.  Seasoned just the way you like, cooked to your desired doneness, and accented with just a little ketchup and mustard, maybe some fresh lettuce and onion- really is there anything better?

#2 Lobster Roll

Now, as wonderful as every piece of living in this area is, there is nothing that is as wonderful, or as delicious, as a fresh, lightly dressed Lobster roll made from the meat that our lobstermen pulled in that morning.  The sweet meat, combined with just a little bit of mayo and celery, piled high in a hot dog roll-well they are just incredible and we are so lucky to live in an area with Lobster meat is readily available and we can get our fill of these wonderful treats!

#1 Caprese Salad

As phenomenal as so many summer dishes are, there is one that is near and dear to my heart.  I remember the tomato plants that my mother would grow each year, the rosy fruits ripening in the hot summer sun, the scent of the tomato so strong you smelled them each time you walked past.  Those tomatoes were succulent and juicy and when paired with home grown basil and just a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and maybe even a little fresh Mozzarella cheese…well there is nothing so simple, so delicious, so perfect.

So those are my top five summer dishes- and now that I think about it- I am incredibly hungry- thank goodness it’s summer!!!

5 Must-See Summer Movies

{Thanks Oscartini! I personally cannot wait to see Eclipse when I get back from Ireland! PS – A very very very happy birthday to one of my best friends in the world, Miss. Christine aka Salt. Love you! Can’t wait to celebrate when I’m back! Enjoy your day :)}

With the mercury hovering in the 80’s and 90’s and another hot, humid summer set to take over Boston, what activity is the perfect blend of popcorn, entertainment and air conditioner? A movie, of course! Seeing as I blog about all things movies over at Oscartini, I was psyched when Colleen asked if I would share my top summer movies while she’s living it up in Ireland!

So now without further ado, here are the 5 must-see summer movies of 2010. *Disclaimer: this list is by no means definitive and could indeed not be *your* cup of tea J

First up is Going the Distance, starring real-life on and off again couple Drew Barrymore and Justine Long (AKA the Mac Guy). Out on August 27, this romcom looks at the long-distance relationship between Drew’s character Erin and Justin’s Garrett, complete with its ups and downs. If the trailer is any indication, expect to laugh and cry in this late summer arrival!

Next up is a movie I know many people (ok, mostly women!) are psyched to see: Eclipse. The third movie in the Twilight Saga is out June 30, and unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 2 years, you know what Team Edward and Team Jacob mean! From what I’ve seen, this is a movie for boyfriends too, with a lot of vampire and wolf battle action sure to please everyone

Eat, Pray, Love, starring the always-wonderful Julia Roberts is out on August 13 and directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same name, Eat Pray, Love promised to deliver some seriously awesome settings, with portions of the movie taking place in Italy, Indonesia and India. This is Julia’s first starring role since last year’s Duplicity, which didn’t do very well; I anticipate this will be a big hit this August!

Directed by The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception looks like this summer’s biggest thriller.  Out on July 16, word on the street is that this is one movie that you will really need to pay attention to, or else you’ll get lost, which doesn’t always make the best summer movie! IMDB’s synopsis on Inception is: “In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.” Sounds cool, right?

And now, the absolute must-see movie of the summer is…Toy Story 3! Out since June 18th, Woody and Buzz’s third and final installment has been at the top of the box office and has been receiving great reviews from audiences and critics, with some early Oscar buzz too! Andy’s toys are donated to a daycare center when Andy goes off to college; expect to see lots of new characters and an awesome big screen experience for all ages!

So there you have it Daily Craic readers, my top picks for this summer’s best movies! Do you agree or disagree with any of these picks? Which movies are you looking most forward to seeing this summer?

The 28th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl!

Ice cream is one of my favorite things in the world. I think many people would agree.

Donating money to a great cause is another one of my favorite things in the world. I also think people would agree with this.

Outdoor summer activities, yep, they’re another one of my favorite things. I’m going with the fact that you’re nodding your head right now.

80’s cover band, might be my TOP favorite thing. I’m going to assume it’s yours too.

Free things are also on the list of favorites. Bet they’re on yours too.

Close your eyes. Imagine all of these wonderful things together in one place. No you’re not in heaven, but you’re close. Open your eyes. Get in your car or hop on the T and head to City Hall Plaza. Pay your way and enter into the world of happiness, ice cream and 80s tunes. Come together and join the community in order to benefit the Jimmy Fund at their 28th annual Scooper Bowl. All proceeds go towards cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tell your friends and family! Bring everyone! Try over 30 flavors, like I aim to! (and yes, my sister’s wedding is in a month…I like to live my life on the edge…) Check the Jimmy Fund/Scooper Bowl out on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tickets sold online as well as at the door. $8 – ages 10 and up, $4 – ages 3 to 9, FREE 3 and under. $15 for a Scooper Pass, enter up to 3 times during the event. The Scooper Bowl goes from Tuesday, June 8th – Thursday, June 10th from 12pm – 8pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday – the AMAZING 80’s cover band, Fast Times will be performing at the Scooper Bowl from 5:30 to 8:00pm (thanks Nicole!!) Another GREAT reason to go. :)

But for one lucky craic reader, you and a guest are going FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is follow @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund on Twitter and comment on this post letting me know why you’d like to go to the Scooper Bowl. Or you could follow both of us and tweet about why you’d like to go (don’t forget to include @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund in your tweets please) Winner announced this evening, so get moving folks!

Good luck!

I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid…

Growing up is tough.

I’ve always know this. I mean, doesn’t everyone? But lately I’ve really, truly been realizing how overwhelming it can be. Lots of changes are happening and along with said changes come a plethora of emotions. I am an ‘emotional creature’ (if I may borrow these words from Eve Ensler) and when I feel something, I really feel it. So since a lot has been coming at me, I’ve been giving a lot back emotionally and it can be draining. On one hand I may feel overwhelmed, but on the other hand, I feel so positive about all these changes. I’m excited and I feel as though I’m in a really good place right now. Maybe I just need a thicker skin if I’m going to be a big girl…

May 1st marks the start of an important month for me. I turn 24 on the first of May and I’m currently feeling very adult like. Are you supposed to start feeling like this in your mid-twenties?

I’m leaving my current job and starting a new job on May 10th. This was a tough decision but ultimately I believe I made the right one. I’m investing in my career and hoping to make my mark out there in the world (what an adult like thing to say, right?!)

I’m moving out of my current apartment in Andover which I share with my sister Meg and her fiance Matt, to an apartment in South Boston with a few girlfriends from college. I’m sad to leave Meg and Matt because I love living with them, but since they’re getting married in July I figured I better get out of their way! At the same time, I’m excited to live with the girls and be closer to Boston/all the action. Should be a fun summer. :)

Lastly, I bought my first set of tires today. How thrilling – NOT ! Apparently big girls take care of their cars and when their cars need new tires they whip out the ol’ credit card and make that Chevy feel better. I was under the impression Ol’ Betsy would be getting an oil change for $19.99 but was sorely mistaken. Four tires, an oil change, glueing the rearview mirror back on (yes, this is the second time it has fallen. Yikes!) and $450 later I was feeling extremely adult-like and I’m not sure that I liked it very much. Can I stay 23? I don’t think I want to be 24 anymore.

On to today’s news -

To benefit local fire stations Baskin Robbins will be hosting 31 cent scoop night from 5pm-10pm. You know I’m gonna take advantage of that! In about ten minutes to be precise…

Attention caffeine addicts! Today’s Save is $15 for $30 worth of coffee/tea on www.CoffeeForLess.com Buy now -

http://www.eversave.com/boston/coffeeforless?ref=367725240&key=B4D7001C1F8665BA7A8658D2C1D20A18&sourceid=57088

I just found a new,  cute blog – The Economical Eater – and saw that The Living Room offers great happy hour specials! Check it out -

http://theeconomicaleater.blogspot.com/2010/04/best-deal-this-week-12-off-appetizers.html

It’s Derby time! Looking for a party? Head to Drink this Saturday (from 3pm-7pm) for cocktails, food, bow ties, seersucker, outrageous hats and preppiness galore. Drink – 348 Congress Street, Fort Point – (617) 695-1806. Tickets $45 and don’t forget your hippest hat for their competition. Review of Drink from www.drinkboston.com -

http://drinkboston.com/2008/12/09/drink-best-boston-bars/

Don’t want to Derby? Go to Ladies Luxury Escape at the Millenium Bostonian Hotel on Saturday from 11am-7pm to check out dozens of boutiques, spas, salons, etc. General admission tickets are only $10! More info here -

http://www.anthemevents.com/ladies/

What’s better than flea market browsing on a Sunday afternoon? Not much. So, go to the Top Shelf Flea Market presented by An Affordable Wardrobe. Where? 371 Summer Street, Somerville. When? Sunday 12pm-6pm. Why? Because it’s *free* and it sounds awesome. More info here -

http://boston.riotvine.com/riotvine-member/show/an-affordable-wardrobe-present-0f34/

I hope tonight brings you something wonderful. I’m headed to get my 31 cent ice cream and then to play Stump trivia with some friends. We’re hoping to take home the gold tonight. Wish us luck!