• Happy Dancing Gets Me Every Time

    by  • April 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    This past weekend I was in full-on dance mode. Here are some pics to prove it. Yes, they get a little blurry, but I’m not even mad. These girls, and guy, straight killed it. For that matter, all the dancers in the entire show were fantastic. I teach a couple classes at Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project and the students are the shining part of my week. Scroll down to see more, or head over to Dance Kelly Style today to check out the videos of my fabulous dancers.
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    The Ace Hotel Gets Me Every Time

    by  • April 16, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    So, there are close to what, 300 hotels in New York, or something like that. And this is just about one of them. The Ace Hotel at 29th and Broadway. While the hotel lobby is more like a club than a lobby (I think that’s a NY thing, right?), the rest of the hotel has a few charming quirks. Here’s a look.
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    The minibar was in that “rations” box underneath the TV. Pretty cool.

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    And while I would recommend getting an inward-facing room due to noise, at least the street side had a nice view, huh? If you’re going street side, I’d take earplugs. #protip
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    Throughout the hotel there were little mantras painted on the wall that would make you smile, like this one, in the bathroom.

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    NYwork2The retro office touches throughout the room were charming as well, don’t you think?

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    And I somehow even willed myself to the hotel gym. It was small, but, again, had it’s touches that brought a smile to my face. I think that sign on the left could be used in many households throughout the nation.
    NYwork5So, why was I in New York? For work. We were filming some short online videos that launched just a couple weeks ago. Make sure to check them all out on Central Perch. But for now, here’s the latest, just launched today.

    It’s worth noting that all opinions expressed here are my own, not that of my company, or my client, or the hotel or the puppet master. You know. Oh. I also went to New York to play too. Check out the full story over here.

    Roasted Garlic Burgers Get Me Every Time

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Earlier this year, my fellow Boston Blogger Kate posted an easy recipe for some roasted garlic butter. I jumped at the chance to make it when we had family over soon after, but I ended up roasting a little more garlic than I needed to have enough butter for five adults.
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    So, naturally, when taking stock of my fridge one night, it seemed logical to combine my ground beef with roasted garlic and create a burger Mr. GMET wouldn’t be able to pass up. (His love of garlic is only second to his love of yours truly.)
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    The result—a roasted garlic burger that tasted great with ketchup (me), mustard (he) and as leftovers two nights later.
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    We’re inching our way closer and closer to that 20th burger. Maybe I’ll be able to get one of these bad boys on the grill in a couple weeks. (fingers crossed.)
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    Burger #17 : Roasted Garlic Burger

    THE INGREDIENTS:
    for the burgers (makes 4):
    1 lb ground beef
    salt & pepper (according to your tastes)
    3 cloves roasted garlic, diced
    1 tbsp diced onion
    2 tbsp bread crumbs (mine are GF, of course)
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    + your favorite buns + toppings (cheese, mustard, ketchup, tomato, etc.)

    THE DETAILS:
    Mix the ground beef with the salt and pepper plus the garlic, onion, Worcestershire + bread crumbs. Don’t over-mix your meat though or it will get a weird texture. Keep it meaty! If it’s falling apart or too juicy, add an extra spoonful of breadcrumbs. Now, throw em on your grill, in the oven, in a frying pan, etc and watch them carefully, turning about 8 minutes in to get both sides nice and grilled (more or less, depending on how well you like ‘em done.) Oh, and be sure not to press down on them, that lets out the juices that keep your burger extra tasty.

    Make some onion rings, or toss a salad while the cooking is going down. Then pile on your toppings and enjoy.

    ** This year, I’m making (at least) 20 burgers. See ‘em all. **

    30 Before 30 Get Me Every Time

    by  • April 8, 2014 • 4 Comments

    tulipsSome people make a list of things they want to do before they turn 30. And I’ve never found anything wrong with it. I actually still don’t. But as I rapidly landslide into my next decade, it wasn’t something I thought was worth doing. It’s just not my thing. Besides, I have done A LOT in those 30 years already. So, today, my list of 30 things I did before I turned 30 (in no particular order).

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    1 Traveled overseas—Rome, Ireland & London

    2 Swam in the Pacific Ocean (and the Atlantic too)

    3 Had surgery—knee & eyes

    4 Lived in 4 states—PA, AL, OK, MA

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    5 Got married

    6 Bought a house

    7 Started a craft business

    8 Went on a road trip (OK→GA in 1.5 days)

    9 Had a perm

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    10 Adopted/rescued/took in a cat

    11 Earned an MS

    12 Spent the summer as a camp counselor

    13 Got a job teaching at a college

    14 Did a kegstand (unrelated to #13)

    15 Filmed a few commercials

    16 Danced in a movie

    17 Cheered at a National Bowl Game

    18 Worked at daily newspaper

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    19 Ran a 5K

    20 Seen a few Broadway Shows

    21 Marched in a parade

    22 Lived by myself

    23 Became a godmother

    24 Danced in a liturgical dance company

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    25 Was a mascot (Go Cougars!)

    26 Hiked Diamond Head (twice)

    27 Swam a “polar bear dip”

    28 Touched Vanilla Ice’s hand

    29 Skipped prom

    30 Planned a surprise party

    So what’s next? It’s anybody’s guess really.
    I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, but the surprises are what makes this whole thing fun. 

    Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Gets Me Every Time

    by  • April 3, 2014

    Remember how Louise got Perk’d? Well, a few days later yours truly came home to another package. And this time, it was for me. (Sorry, Louise.)

    Rimmel1So, since I love all things colorful. And my skin and lips need all the moisture they can get right now (thanks for nothing, old man winter) this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick arrived just in time. Now, I know I don’t share many opinions about skincare or makeup or outfits of the day or anything of the sort. And while I’ve never given it a second thought, I think I figured out why.

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    This lady is no good at the selfie. No good at showing off the latest hairstyle or trend (as if I even know what they are) and these photos just prove it. I puckered up and applied the new lipstick and it smoothly glided on.

    Rimmel2For a night out in New York (more on that soon, promise!), this statement lip was just what I needed. And at the end of a blustery night my lips still felt nice and hydrated. No chapstick needed. While the color isn’t my go-to everyday nude, I’ll loved the way it applied and stayed on. I’ll be checking out other colors in the line-up and save this one for our next date night.

    I received this product from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own. I was under no obligation to review the product, just wanted to let you guys know about a great new lipstick.

    French Macarons Get Me Every Time

    by  • April 1, 2014

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    Do you ever look for signs of things to come? Say for instance, spring? I think it’s fair to say we all do. My favorite sign of spring for years has been one that comes before trees bud and crocuses come up. It happens usually before all the snow melts and before the winter boots have been put away. It’s the squawk that makes you turn your head to the sky. Geese. That familiar “V” appears in the sky and you know that we’re inching ever closer to spring as the annual migration begins.

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    I can say, I think we’ve almost made it, you guys. Not only are the geese getting rowdy, but here in Boston, more and more food trucks are coming out of hibernation. And this year, already, I can tell my favorite truck, a new one at that, is Cameo Macaron.

    Macaron3I ordered two dozen of these guys and Cameo Macaron founder Kinesha Goldson personally delivered them for National Macaron Day. I gotta say, those colorful tasty little cookies cannot be beat. And since they’re naturally gluten free, I’m going to tell you to go get your own, buyer’s keepers.

    Good news, guys. Cameo Macaron is now operating a weekly schedule. Starting today, you’ll be able to spot that pink truck around town. Check the schedule or follow on Twitter to find out where and when. And don’t forget to follow Cameo’s Instagram for some eye candy that will leave you chasing this pink truck across Boston.

     

     

    Weekend Links Get Me Every Time

    by  • March 28, 2014

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    This is one of my favorite corners in our house. Actually, it might currently be my favorite corner in our house. No it is. Done deal. It gets great afternoon light, perfect for a cup of hot tea on a rainy day, which, unfortunately, I hear we’ll be having this weekend. So, why not make the perfect cup of your favorite (tea or something stronger) and enjoy some weekend reading:

    1 | The aggressive work ethic of highly creative people.

    2 | Skinny spinach lasagna. yum.

    3  | Easy Southwest Mac & Cheese, made with Greek yogurt.

    4 | This DIY magnetic organization board would be perfect for so many things. (meal planning, groceries, projects, etc.)

    5 | Designing your dream job. Another nice link for the creative folk.

    Science Diet Gets Louise Every Time

    by  • March 27, 2014

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    I signed up for package delivery notifications about a year ago. Basically, when those big brown trucks are moving your boxes across the world, you get updates on where your package is and when i’ll be delivered. Imagine my surprise when I got an unexpected notice that a 13-lb package was coming my way. And it was going to be delivered a day early too. What could it be?
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    The anticipation was killing me so I ripped into the box as soon as I got home. Paper streamers in red, white and blue came tumbling out and I realized that this package was hardly for me. It was for Louise, from the nice folks at Science Diet.
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    Louise was going gluten-free, just like her mama. Doesn’t she look excited? Yeah, I know. Well, the good news is there was more to it than that. While the box did include a bag of grain free dry food and some treats too, Louise was most excited about the box, the paper and, of course the included  laser pointer. She didn’t even know what to do with herself.
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    But, just look at her. That’s not a face that turns down food. The food is a hit with Louise and I feel good about giving her a healthier option. Winning all around.

    I was given this free product because I am a Klout Influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. All opinions are my own.

     

    Taking Care of Busy-ness Gets Me Every Time

    by  • March 25, 2014

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    | Loving these succulents. A gift for a friend. The most talented couple in NYC. Anarchy + Cats? A “warm” March day. |

    Hello again. Sorry for my absence, you guys. Let’s call it an extended Spring Break, shall we? In all honesty it’s just been non-stop, wall-to-wall, go-go-go around here lately. I find it’s the only way I can get through this chilly March. Since it’s been so busy, I do have lots to catch you up on. Like not one, but two quick trips to New York. Some food things. Some fun things. You know, the usual happenings around these parts.

    PS. I missed you guys and I’m so glad to be back.

    Around Here Gets Me Every Time

    by  • March 3, 2014

    AroundHere33_13AroundHere33_1AroundHere33_14AroundHere33_12not believing it’s already March 3rd.

    looking forward to turning the clocks ahead this coming weekend.

    wishing we got spring break as adults.

    finding reasons to pull out bright spring-colored clothes.

    enjoying time with family (Feb family portrait, above.)

    packing up shop orders.

    trying to find a new book to get lost in. (suggestions welcome.)

    itching to get some spring craft projects done.

    keeping my feet warm with one sweet kitty.

    loving leaving the city behind on the weekend (even though I wouldn’t change being there every week.)

    planning a short weekend away.

    keeping busy at work.

    going screen-free before bed.

    devouring homemade hummus.

    That’s the first weekend of March around here. Expect a quiet week though, as I have a feeling it’ll be a busy one between work and the shop. But, if you’re missing me, I’ll be over at DKS.

    The Friday Four Get Me Every Time

    by  • February 28, 2014

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    I’m so eager to start the weekend that I’m only giving you four links to get through. TGIF in the biggest way, y’all.

    1 | A quiz to see which half of your brain you use more. (I’m 53% left. What are you?)

    2 | I love any idea that helps solve a gigantic problem. Like micro-housing & homelessness.

    3 | Seth Rogan made a personal plea against Alzheimer’s. It’s sad it takes a celebrity to get the government to listen, but, hey, whatever it takes.

    4 | Today, let’s all stop talking ourselves out of things. Motivation to try something new this weekend, perhaps?

    BBQ Chicken Burgers Get Me Every Time

    by  • February 26, 2014

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    You ever have that “want two things at once” feeling? You know. Like you want chocolate, but something salty and so you compromise with yourself and go for the chocolate covered pretzels? Or you want to sleep in, but you know you should get up so you grab your favorite blanket and move that party to the couch? Or when you don’t want to shovel that 6 inches of snow, but someone has to so you send your husband? Yeah. That.

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    Well, sometimes my dinner menu is all over the map. I want Chinese take-out and the Mr. wants Buffalo chicken. OR, I want Chinese take-out but I also want Buffalo Chicken. Still with me? Well, I think that’s what this burger experiment was created for. For dinner, I thought BBQ would be great, but burgers also sounded delicious. And so, we’ve arrived. This is burger #16 out of 20. (When did we get here?!) The BBQ Chicken Burger with Onions.

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    This burger is similar to one I’ve made before (the BBQ cheddar burger) but, as I’ve mentioned more than once, the ground chicken burger is so adaptable. And here, it really lets the BBQ smoky/sweet flavor shine. I sautéed up some onions to pile on top and we had the best of both BBQ & Burger worlds.

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    Burger #16 : BBQ Chicken Burger with Onions

    THE INGREDIENTS:
    for the burgers (makes 4):
    1 lb ground chicken
    salt & pepper (according to your tastes)
    2 tsp diced garlic
    1 tbsp diced onion
    2 tbsp bread crumbs
    4 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated + a little extra for the toppings
    3 tbsp your favorite BBQ sauce + an extra dollop for the toppings
    1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
    + your favorite buns

    THE DETAILS:
    Start with the onions. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a small sauté pan over low heat. Add your roughly chopped onion and mix so the oil is spread evenly throughout. Then, let them do their thing and caramelize while you fix up those burgers.

    Mix the chicken with the salt and pepper plus the  garlic, onion, BBQ sauce, bread crumbs and cheese. Don’t over-mix your meat though or it will get a weird texture. Keep it meaty! If it’s falling apart or too juicy, add an extra spoonful of breadcrumbs. Now, throw em on your grill, in the oven, in a frying pan, etc and watch them carefully, turning about 8 minutes in to get both sides nice and grilled (more or less, depending on how well you like ‘em done.)

    Make some onion rings, or toss a salad while the cooking is going down. Then pile on the onions, some more cheddar and a little squeeze of BBQ sauce. Enjoy!

    ** This year, I’m making (at least) 20 burgers. See ‘em all. **