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12 February 2016

A Night Unleashed

Last weekend CB and I had the absolute treat of participating in, "A Night Unleashed" with Rover. Rover is a site that every pup parent absolutely needs to know about. 

When you live alone and travel often for work, you quickly learn just how expensive dog boarding is. Before I met CB, I used to have to spend a small fortune boarding my pups when I'd leave for these 10 and 14 day trips I have to take for my job. 

Not only was dog boarding expensive, but I really had to do some trial and error until I found a boarding facility I felt comfortable with. With Rover though, everything was completely different. Rover is the nation's largest network of dog sitters and dog walkers. Not only is the cost far more affordable than boarding, you have a choice of where your dogs stay. The pups can stay in their own home, or you can take them to a sitter's house who lives close by. 

Since we will both be apart on Feb 14th, CB and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day together a week early. With the help of Rover's excellent customer support, I opted to take Gee and Veenie to a neighbor's house who just so happens to be a Rover sitter. 

Kimberlee and her family welcomed my babies with open arms, as did their sweet pup named Pink! Veenie is great with kids, so I was tickled that she would get to spend the night around Kimberlee's daughters. Gee on the other hand immediately began sniffing every square inch of this new place. His tail was wagging about a mile a minute, so I knew he was perfectly fine! We told the pups we would be back in the morning and waved goodbye, headed home to get ready for our date night! 

We went to a restaurant called DISH, and oh my goodness gracious was it amazing. I had told a friend where we were going that night, and she screeched with excitement when I told her DISH. I can now see why. The food and the service was absolutely impeccable. Whatever you do, get the crab stuffed avocado if you ever go there. I swear I'm still having dreams about that appetizer. 

After dinner, we stayed out and enjoyed a night with drinks and lots of dancing, not worrying about hurrying to get home to the pups. At the end of the evening, we took an uber home and snuggled up together in what felt like a very empty bed without Veenie and Gee. The next morning I missed them and was ready to bring them home. 

Kimberlee had them ready and waiting for us at 11 the next morning, both Vee and Gee's tails wagging out of control when they spotted us standing there with their leashes. 

This was my first time using Rover, and it worked so well that I've already arranged for the pups to stay with Kimberlee again when CB heads to Miami to meet me on Saturday night. I know they will be in good hands, and in the comfort of a loving home!

Although Rover provided me with a free night of dog boarding, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

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09 February 2016

How To Be Healthy When Traveling

Every January and February I have to travel for several weeks for work. I always start my trip trying to figure out how to stay healthy when traveling. I'll say, "I'm going to stick to my diet for the whole time. Only salads!"  In my 5 years with this company, this approach has yet to work. By lunch on day one I'm generally eating a double cheeseburger and fries, convinced I'm surely dying from starvation. 

I'm not going to be unrealistic this trip. I'll be in Miami for 10 days, and if I tell myself I can't have something, it will be all I think about. Instead, I'm making a plan and ditching the all-or-nothing approach that has so regularly failed me in the past. 

I'm going to outline my plan below, in hopes that it'll help me stay focused, but not deprived. This won't be an all-or-nothing approach, I'm not going to restrict myself to only salads, because that just isn't realistic. With that said, I also need to remember that this trip is in no way a vacation. I shouldn't be able to use the excuse, "Whatever, I'm on vacation!" 

No, I'm at a 10 day work trip and I need to stay focused with my eye on the bikini body prize. 

1. Bring a refillable water bottle
My bestie Magen gave me a S'well water bottle for Christmas and I'm nothing short of obsessed with it. Whenever I'm on these trips, water never seems to be readily available but diet cokes are EVERYWHERE. I actually like and drink lots of water in my normal day, so I'm hoping having an easy bottle that I can refill will keep me away from the DC! 

2. Go Outside To Run 
I always say, oh I'll go to the gym in the hotel. Well, that's fine and good... and I MIGHT go once if I'm lucky. Instead of committing to going to the gym, I'm going to commit to running/walking outside. It's February in Miami for pete's sake. I'm going to take my C25k app and hit the pavement 5 times. That's my goal, 5 times. 

3. Keep Fruit within an Arm's Reach
I'm not sure what it is about these boat shows, but I get savagely hungry. I'll be standing there at 11am and I feel like my stomach will literally begin eating itself and I will pass out and die if I don't eat 48 slices of pizza, stat

In the past, my plan when I get that hungry, that early is to just wait it out until at least noon. By then though, I'm so hungry I really do eat 48 slices of pizza. Ok fine, it was just 44 slices

Not this trip. The second I feel hungry, I'm not going to deprive myself. I'm going to eat. I'll make my boss take us to the grocery store on day one and I'll pack oranges, apples and carrots each day, and I'll eat as much of those kinds of items that I want. I'm pretty sure none of us got fat from eating too many orange slices. 

So, If I'm hungry, I'll eat. 

4. Automatically set half to the side
This feels very wasteful to me, so I'm reluctant to even write it. Our meals are all paid for on this trip so we won't exactly be skipping dinner and eating leftovers the next night. I am going to list this tip though because I follow the Skinny Confidential and she always talks about doing this. I would be totally fine to have a body even remotely like hers, so she must be on to something with this tip. 

If I make a bad choice -- I know damn well I'll get the fish and chips in Miami because that's my kryptonite there -- I'm automatically going to move half to the side and simply indulge, enjoying the other half. 

5. I don't need a hotel breakfast
Again, since meals are paid for, most of the guys I travel with opt to go out to breakfast each day. I am going to decline that option on this trip. I don't need a hotel breakfast buffet seeing as I'll be hungry again around noon, regardless if I just eat a breakfast bar or if I stuff myself with bacon, eggs and a short stack.  

Plus, then I get to sleep later #winning. 
(Or I guess I could go get in one of those 5 workouts, but sleep sounds a lot more fun

So those are my goals for this work trip. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm all ears! Follow all of the beautiful sights and scenery from my Miami trip via Snapchat: iamsarahwebb  

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08 February 2016

The 5 Minute Garlic Feta Dip

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It's officially official, football is over and I am very emotional over it. Just as soon as I begin to sink into a deep, dark, post football depression I remember basketball season is already well under way and tournament time will be here before we know it. 

As I've mentioned a few times, two of our best girlfriends live just down the street from us. We get together at least once a week, and this past week we did a test run on a garlic feta dip that will be delicious and easy to make come tournament time. Since this dip only takes 5 minutes, I thought I'd have CB be the one to prepare it for the girls. 

It's about time the girls posted up on the couch watching basketball while the guys are in the kitchen! Boom! That's how you do it, folks!

You can't have dip without wine (actual fact) so I brought over a box of Black Box Chardonnay. Black Box is perfect to bring to a sports-centered get together since it is so portable and is 40% less than comparable bottles. Plus, just one box of Black Box is equal to 4, 750mL, bottles of wine! I buy Black Box all the time because it lasts for so much longer than normal bottles, up to six weeks and they have won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality! 

I poured the girls a glass, then handed off the recipe to CB, fully confident in his abilities. 

That's a natural born chef right there, I think he has found his calling in life!  

|| Ingredients ||  
6oz Feta Cheese (I used Fat Free)
4 oz Cream Cheese (I used a low fat version to keep it lighter)
1/3 cup greek yogurt
3 cloves garlic
Pinch of dill
Pinch of oregano
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 Small Roma Tomato, diced
Chopped parsley for garnish
Pita bread, cut into triangles 

|| Directions ||  

Combine your feta, cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, dill, oregano and lemon juice in a blender. I'd probably recommend using a food processor but we didn't have one of those on hand so a blender worked perfectly! When dip is completely blended, transfer to a small bowl and top with tomatoes and parsley. Serve with pita bread. 

*Recipe adapted from Host The Toast!

Basketball playoffs right around the corner and a delicious dips delivered right to the couch?
Yes please! I'll toast to that!

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05 February 2016

Female Fan Does Not Equal Kitchen

Here's something crazy.... my favorite week of the year is also my least favorite week of the year. 

Super Bowl week for a sports fan -- I don't care if you're a girl, a guy, my 90 year old grandmother or my beagle General, a sports fan is a sports fan, no matter the gender-- should be the most exciting week of the year. The only other time of year I think could rival that of the Super Bowl, is March Madness, which I also go giddy for. 

"So, why is it your least favorite week of the year then, Sarah?"

I don't get easily offended by most things in this world, I really don't. I mean, I laugh at pretty much everything that Beige Cardigan and the Fat Jewish post on Instagram. What DOES offend me though is anytime someone equates being a "female fan" with the kitchen.

My friend Jessica sent me this article knowing I'd feel the exact same way she did about it. She was correct. The headline talks about how this company in particular is trying to reach "Female Fans" with Super Bowl social effort. 

The article starts by saying advertising during for the Super Bowl is male oriented because brands haven't figured out a way to reach female fan viewers. Do you want to know their plan on how they're going to reach female sports fans??? Do you?

By encouraging them to use the hashtag #gamedaytraditions and sharing Super Bowl Party hosting tips. This is how they plan to reach the female sports fan. LOLZZ! 

The fastest way to piss off a female sports fan is to equate watching sports with being in the kitchen. I don't know about you but I don't have a television in my kitchen. Would you like to know how much cooking I did this year during football Sunday? None. Not one second. We ordered pizza literally every Sunday because neither of us wanted to miss a second of the game. 

Are you an advertiser who wants to market to female fans? Do you want to know how? I'll tell you how, it's quite simple. 

Treat us like one of the boys. Take the 30 second spot you'd do for your male audience, and replace the male actor with a female. Boom, that's it! I kid you not, that's all you have to do. We are just like one of the guys you're trying to reach. We know the sport as well as they do, and we want to do all of the things that the boys do during the game. 

We want to eat wings.
We want to drink beer.
We want to eat pizza.
We want to look at the cheerleaders -- I'm not joking, we all want to look because we want to be them... girls are weird, I'll give you that.
We want to win money in Draft Kings. 
We want to win our fantasy league.
We want to throw things at the Television when our QB gets picked.
We want to scream uncontrollably when our RB kicks on the jets... He gon
We want to watch the pre-game.
We want to watch the post-game.
We want to argue with the opposing fans.
We want to support our team for every single second of every single game.
Just like the boys. 

I would die if these commercials aired female actors in place of the original male actors. I. WOULD. DIE. 

We want to steal the fence from the front yard again because it worked great last game, and have our husband who is at home drinking coffee get mad at us when he sees the fence is gone again.
Whaaaa? Woo, Go Cardinals! 

We want to hand our sleeping baby off to our husband and race outside to let our emotions out, slamming repeatedly on the horn in our car. 

We want the only words we ever say to be "Discount Double-Check" because we love Aaron Rodgers so much.
Discount Double-Check...Discount Double-Check...Discount Double-Check...Discount Double-Check...Discount Double-Check...Discount Double-Check...

We want to sit in the stands holding weird dolls with the highest amount of certainty that we are single-handedly leading our team to victory. You're welcome that we are your fans, team. 

We want to welcome, with open arms, the chick that brings Tostitos to the party even though we really don't know her. We will call her Cindy, among other nicknames like: 
"Cindy-Mindy-Lindy-Loooooooooo" and 
"Cind-ayyyyyy My Ride Or Dieeeeeeeee" 
....Only to find out that her name is Katie.    
Hayyyyyy GIRL HAYYYY, Kat-ayyyyyy! 

We want to stuff our face and guzzle beer with our bestie at B-dubs

We want to make the ultimate sleeper pick...

We think Aikman's touchdowns were unbelievable.

I think you advertisers should get the point by now. 

If you so desperately want to figure out the super secret code for reaching the "female fan" just think of us like you do all of your other fans. We aren't in the kitchen, we aren't wearing pink jerseys, we aren't nagging our husbands to take the trash out with 2 and a half minutes to go in the 4th quarter. 

We are eating pizza, watching football all day long, wearing our favorite player's jersey in our favorite team's colors, drinking beer and screaming at the top of our lungs at our idiot left tackle who keeps letting our quarterback get BLASTED. 

So there. You're welcome. Now you have all of the information you need to advertise to us. 

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