December 18, 2014

2014 Favorites - Part 1

The year is coming to an end and the gift guides are starting to die down.  That means it is time for 2014 in review posts.  I love these, so I'll be sharing a few.  Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorites. I should warn you that I'm not always on top of the newest trends, so some of these did not come out this year, but I enjoyed them this year.

Books

These were my 3 favorite books that I've read this year.  I know they are a little random, but these are the three that I couldn't wait to pick back up every time I put them down.  Plus, we all know how much I love Andy Cohen - total guilty pleasure.




Movies

Gone Girl & This is Where I Leave You were my two favorite movies.  Turns out I didn't see many this year, but I have a lot I want to see this holiday season.  Hopefully I'll add a few more to this list.  The plan is to see: Wild, Unbroken, Mockingjay, Into the Woods and the Theory of Everything.  I better get to the theater sooner rather than later.

TV Show Binges

Breaking Bad - We started the first season over a year ago and then realized that it would just be easier to wait until the show was done and watch the whole thing beginning to end.  Incredible.

Scandal - I get the Olivia Pope fascination now.

Gilmore Girls - Not sure how I missed this show the first time around, but it's my guilty pleasure now.

30 Rock - Because Tina Fey

Songs  - I'll admit that I loved Fancy for the first three weeks it was out around my birthday and then I started to hate it.  These are all songs I have listened to a ton this year and have not gotten sick of yet.  I'd call that a win.








The Best Songs Of 2014

Linking up with Helene for the best songs.  Tell me your favorites from the year.  I could use some new stuff to check out.

December 17, 2014

I'm BACK!!!!

I'm back from the motherland of Minnesota with an extra 5 lbs of fat and my sanity intact.  The craziness that usually comes with the holiday season has passed for us.  We celebrated a work holiday party, both family Christmas parties, 4 weeknight dinners with friends, one large friend get together, 2 brunches, 1 trip to the Minneapolis holiday market, 1 Chuck E Cheese date and a successful bridesmaid dress shopping trip.

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Our next few weeks are just the two of us with the pups.  It will be quiet and peaceful, but better than last year because we got our family time in face to face.

When we arrived back home late Monday night, it felt so good to be home.  I missed certain little things about my routine that I had never really thought about before.  In Minnesota, we were jumping from guest room to guest room.  

I missed my Keurig that I can start in my underwear in my kitchen before I jump in the shower so I have a hot cup of my favorite coffee as soon as I'm ready.  I missed my closet where things can be hung up.  I missed being able to just throw dirty clothes right into the washing machine.  I missed my couch (although our friends, Brady & Kelsey, have the same one, so that was nice.)  I missed my early AM/late night reading & writing time.  I missed my treat cabinet that I can sneak into if I need a little snack.  I missed the juice place downstairs that can help me bounce back if I spend too much time in my treat cabinet.  I missed walking.

I could go on and on, but I have a point.  I realized how much I enjoy my daily routine.  Traveling is so much fun, but I finally feel the same amount of joy when I come home.  I've never been able to say that in the past.  Maybe it's our current location or maybe it's the awesome daily routine I have, but whatever it is - I like it.

There is so much laundry and work catch up to be done, so I'm off to have my second cup of my favorite coffee.  Happy Hump Day all.

December 10, 2014

'Tis the Holiday Season

Minnesota is not as cold as it probably should be this time of year which means I haven't had to purchase additional long underwear yet.  We have been busy hopping from place to place and filling our week days with work meetings and lunch dates.  It's been hectic, but it's been absolutely wonderful.  This is the motherland and these are our people.

We have some pizzas cooking in the oven and some dogs that just visited their favorite vet and need some love, so I'll leave with you my favorite picture from last weekend.


If you want to see pictures of the happenings, make sure to follow me on Instagram @stephgregerson and you can also follow J @justingregerson.  In the meantime, I just wanted to remind you that the giveaway for the Etsy gift card ends tomorrow night and I have some awesome ladies on the side bar for you to check out.  Hope you are having a wonderful week and staying warm wherever you are.

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December 5, 2014

Home for the Holidays + a Giveaway

As a teenager, I would watch The Family Stone and think how awesome it would be to someday go Home for the Holidays.  I'm officially there.  We made the trek back to the motherland this week and I can't wait to do holiday things with family.  We will be watching Frozen with our nieces, make gingerbread houses, get some work meetings done and have lots of happy hours and get-togethers with family and friends.


I'm also going to eat Christmas Tree Cakes for breakfast as many days as possible and drink Caribou Coffee and find myself some hot dish.

While I'm frolicing around the winter wonderland in the Twin Cities, I'm leaving you with this giveaway to help you finish up your Christmas shopping (or start it like many of my friends.)  Go check out some of the awesome ladies on my sidebar and win yourself a gift card.

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December 2, 2014

Beers in New England


Back in October, we took the most amazing road trip through New England.  The one part I left out of our recaps was our brewery tour.  One of the items on my 30 before 30 list was to visit 5 new breweries and we were able to accomplish this in one week as we trekked through the northeast.

Vermont Breweries




The brewery at the Von Trapp Family Lodge near Stowe definitely had the best scenery.  You are looking out over the Green Mountains on a deck with sheep and other animals running around below you.  They have a deli with some snacks and 4 different brews to sample.  We loved being outside.




Harpoon Brewery in Windsor also had a great location.  It was located near lots of other shops and eateries.  They had bonfire pits set up outside and a great hang out atmosphere.  Plus, I just love Harpoon beer :)




Our favorite brewery of the whole trip was Long Trail.  We stumbled upon it accidentally, but I was super happy that we did.  They had food, beer and a beautiful setting with a "backyard."  If you ever find yourself in the middle of the Green Mountains (which you should), then I would definitely recommending stopping here for a bite and a drink.

Maine Breweries

Our trips to breweries on the coast of Maine were a little quicker, but enjoyable nonetheless.


Our first stop was to Atlantic Brewery in Bar Harbor, ME.  They had a Leaf Peeper Ale which was meant to be for us.  The blueberry was also super tasty.  In the middle of a busy cruise port, we were happy to find this treat.


On our trip down the coast of Maine, we stopped at the Marshall Wharf brewery.  This was my least favorite of the places we stopped.  The beer was a little too hoppy for me.  We didn't even finish the 2 oz samples that we shared.  This would be a great place to go if you are an IPA lover that enjoys the tiny places.


Our last stop was Shipyard.  This was a recommendation from lots of friends.  You watch a quick movie and then you get to try a few of their beers.  There were also having a sale on their summer beers, so we stocked up on some watermelon and grapefruit beers... which only lasted a week once we were home.

And then in Portsmouth...

We had deviled eggs and beers at the Portsmouth Brewery.  Our goal was five breweries in seven days.  What can I say?  We are over achievers.


What is your favorite brewery to visit?