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London- One of the most visited cities in the world

What’s the Allure?

London has proudly earned the distinction of being one of the most visited cities in the world.

The diversity is evident in popular activities; visitors can indulge in the centuries-old stories as told by guides at the iconic landmarks, or discover modern art at top museums.

They can elect to chat with friendly locals at a pub or watch the latest in experimental theatre. Indeed, with its fascinating history, classic architecture and dynamic culture, this exciting capital city offers a little something for everyone.

Points of Interest

For a city so rich in history and popular culture, it is quite refreshing that London offers both a steady stream of memorable districts and iconic structures as well as dozens of open-air “green” locations.

Visitors can easily explore atmospheric areas such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, followed by a respite at beautiful green zones including Hyde Park and Hempstead Heath.

London’s multitude of diverse nationalities makes it one of the world’s most famous culinary melting pots. On any given day, sample authentic dishes from the likes of India, Italy, China, Japan and Africa…to name but a few. Of course if you prefer to try traditional English cooking, there are plenty of options available; from hearty shepherd’s pie to tasty fish and chips or even avant-garde Michelin-starred creations – it’s all on offer at this cosmopolitan metropolis.

Activities:

A major pastime in a city as dynamic as London is sightseeing. Popular sites include the Queen’s residence at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and the ultra-modern London Eye.

Activities

For art lovers, the excellent selection of galleries and museums are sure to entertain. Outstanding options include the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern.

After dark, the city comes alive with a curious mix of classic British etiquette at the upscale West End areas (such as Mayfair and Notting Hill) and the grittier, underground vibe of the East End club scene. Whatever your mood or preference, London aims to provide a memorable source of entertainment.

Why We Love it

London is an exciting city that continually strives to improve its offerings.

This dedication to innovation is arguably one of the main reasons why it was selected to host the Summer Olympic Games for the third time running…and we can’t wait to see how they plan on making it a most welcoming and memorable affair once again.…

Creamy Chicken Curry

I made the brown rice in my InstantPot (equal parts water and rice, manual for 23 minutes – perfection!) and then made the Curry on my stovetop. SO SO SO simple and yet delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 containers/jars of your favorite salsa
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder
  • Diced onions

If cooking on the stovetop, brown your chicken, cooking through and caramelize onions. Add all of the salsa and curry powder, bringing to a low simmer.

<>Raise the heat a bit, break up the cream cheese and add. Stir and simmer together for about 12 minutes. Serve over your favorite rice. Feel free to adapt to fit whatever cooking method you plan to use. Had I finished the rice earlier, I would have done both during the day for reheating for dinner.

THAT IS IT! I mean, does deliciousness get any easier than that?! This will DEFINITELY be joining our rotation in the future and it was SO flavorful without all the mess!

Hope you enjoy!…

Cruisin’ with LuLaRoe

How do you capture eleven months in one blog post? And how do you share experiences from a week long trip on a boat in just a few words?

By now, you’ve learned that my sister-in-law and I are part of the Sisterhood of the Patterned Pants and since last March, have worked our patterned tails off to build a business that we call family. This Community of Confidence is not something that has happened over night, but it’s one that we find great connection with and it is a calling we have like no other.

So what have the past eleven months looked liked? 

  • Long hours
  • Sleepless nights
  • Partying like rockstars (jk, but parties ALL THE TIME)
  • The first four months were INSANITY.
  • The first TWO WEEKS WERE CRAY.
  • Lots of coffee
  • Mug life
  • Hearing stories from all sorts of people
  • So much hugging
  • Countless outfits
  • Thousands of photographs
  • Stresses with changes in our business
  • Ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups (HELLO, JUNE)
  • Daily affirmations with our favorites
  • Working to build a team and figure out what all that means!
  • Making Trainer in six months

It’s also meant the opportunity to Cruise with LuLaRoe for seven days. Hearing from the founders that they are ALL IN, 100% dedicated and devoted, and hearing their hearts and raw honesty. It’s meant LOTS of time together. And if you’re asking, nope, we’re not sick of each other. Yet.…

Surviving Social Media Mean Girls

In this day and age of technology, everyone has something to say about everything and because of the protection of a screen, we have little hesitation to say just what we are thinking and saying it to whomever we want.

We cling to the fact that we can just “delete” bad commentary, unfollow those we find unsavory, and come back with a well-placed retort every time we get a notification that someone responded.

But oftentimes, this brash and bold behavior has consequences unlike any other and our Facebook accounts become weapons rather than an opportunity for true conversation. We use our log-ins as swords and are positive that “if only they understood” what I was trying to say, I might somehow change their mind.

Developing strategies for your own social media presence as well as combating the woes of social media mean girls is a lifelong learning process and one that I find evolves over time.

Here are just a few of the ways that you can “fight back,” but in all reality, just survive those social media mean girls:

1. Resist the urge to be passive aggressive.

And yes, I realize the irony. No, I am not being passive aggressive myself because there are too many to count (hardy har har), so yes, I am unable to call anyone out specifically. When you’re passive aggressive on social media, you really aren’t fooling anyone. The majority of time, the person you are intending to call out knows it OR everyone else in your life suddenly believes it is them and you have caused conflict to arise that did not actually exist. Does this mean you need to now start tagging people in statuses? No. But consider what posting those “vaguebooking” statuses do to stir up unnecessary drama and strife just because you “had to” put this out there. (And don’t lie, we’ve all done it. Let’s do better.)

2. Choose kind.

This one is actually not super difficult. If you feel the urge to respond to someone who is being nasty, do it in kindness with the best of intentions. They may not understand your approach and they may still think you are attacking them, but choose your words wisely. The delete button will only be able to take you so far.

3. Choose others as you would want to be treated.

This one’s pretty simple. Just do it. #kthxbai

4. RESIST DRAMA.

If I could put this on a billboard, I would. Speaking from experience, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO BE. I PROMISE. It can also be the most difficult to avoid, but you MUST. And each day, you must do your very best to avoid it!

Anti-mean girls defuse drama. They work hard to avoid it, not create it, and not find themselves in the middle of it. It is EASY to share a clickbait article, encourage discord, and stir up unnecessary negativity. It is much more difficult to continually choose positive conversation and connection time after time.

5. Survive social media mean girls by not being one.

It’s easy to consider all the ways everyone else is failing you, but learning to start with yourself is the first step.

Make every day an opportunity to be inclusive, accepting, and loving to other girls. Lift up, edify, and encourage – it is THE way to be. The more we create a community of love, acceptance, and “you can sit with us” girls, the more successful we are in “defeating” the mean ones.

We may wear pink on Wednesdays, but we choose kindness every day.

What are your favorite tips for surviving mean girls of social media?…