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30 September 2016

The AT&T Stadium Secret You Need To Know Before Your Next Cowboys Game

So I imagine a few of you were coming here for me to explain myself and my snapchats (@iamsarahwebb they're still up, if you missed them) last night. Sadly though, you're going to have to wait until Monday for that event recap. A girl needs her time to edit photos and such, you know the drill! It'll be worth the wait, I promise. 

Today I thought I'd let you in on my super secret, AT&T Stadium trick for maximizing your Cowboys game experience on the cheap. I first learned about this secret when I partnered with the Cowboys last year for their Female Fan Gameday Ritual promotion. 




There is this place in AT&T stadium, ON FIELD LEVEL, called the Draft Kings Lounge. When I say field level, I mean you walk out and you see football player's butts in your face. 

FIELD LEVEL, PEOPLE.
You have your very own bar with little to no wait, seating, and you are right there on the sideline, looking at the other team's bench. Close enough to yell whatever you so choose at Eli Manning or Kirk Cousins.

What do you think these field level passes cost?

$1,000?
$1,500?
$2,000+???

What if it told you it was just a $125 add-on to any ticket at AT&T stadium, including the standing room only tickets?! 

A standing room only ticket will run you about $29. So you can be FIELD LEVEL for $154. 

Why am I being so nice and telling you all of this? Well, I dunno the answer to that yet. 
*Insert contemplation face emoji here*

There are also other "experiences" you can add on to your ticket, including:

 || Miller Lite Club Pass  ($150 extra) || 
Located on the Cowboys sideline at field level, rather than visitor sideline (hence why $25 more than DK Lounge)

BONUS - the Cowboys have to go THROUGH the Miller Lite Club in order to get to the locker room, so you'll see them up close and personal pre-game, halftime and post game. 

 || High Five the Cowboys Before Warm Ups ($250 extra) || 
Meh. not as great of a deal, but it's an option for you if you have money to spend


 || Miller Lite Corral VIP Mezzanine - Pregame ($100 extra) || 
Includes light snacks, beer, soda and water for the 3 hours leading up to kickoff


 || Postgame Field Pass ($150 extra) || 
Run and hop and skip and jump on the field after the game... it's a lot of fun, I did it last year



You can also get VIP Sideline Pre-Game Passes ($500/person) and even enter an auction to win the opportunity for your group to hang out in Jerry Jones' Perch 30 minutes


"SO--- Sarah, you have all these great things for us, how the heck do we get them??!?!"


How to Purchase Cowboys Experiences

Step One: Download the AT&T Stadium App from the App Store
Step Two: Open app and select "Cowboys Experiences" at the bottom
Step Three: Create an account 
Step Four: Click "Shop Now" located just under the headline "Make Every event more memorable with Cowboys Experiences"
Step Five: Starting the Wednesday before the game you want to attend, purchase your experiences directly on the app. 

That's it. My super secret trick to maximizing your Cowboys experience on the cheap. Just don't forget, you need at least a Standing Room Only ticket in order to purchase an "Experience" -- cool, right?


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29 September 2016

National I Love National Days Day


I wonder if anyone who invented these ridiculous holidays is somehow benefitting off of them in any way? Was it one person who sat down and was like well let's make September 29th National coffee day, and let's throw in about 48 dog holidays while we're at it. 

Make November 14th National Dog Day 
Make August 5th National Two Dogs Day
Make May 23rd Nationally Puppy Day
Make Feb 2nd National Jack Russell Day (Veenie just happened to be in the office as a guest picker
Make July 9th National I Love My Dog Day

---at this point I'm assuming the booze cart arrived in the conference room---

Make December 3rd National I Love My Dog but I Wish He Would Stop Pooping on the Floor Next to the Door and Just Use the Doggie Door Instead Day.....

Make June 7th National I Hate That Cat That Sits in MY Back Yard, All Fat and Judgy, While Mom and Dad Aren't Home To Let Me Outside. I'm Going to Get You Cat. One Day. That is MY Back Yard, You Don't Even Go Here Day (Veenie, again, I'm just guessing tho...)

SO---

Was that one guy or multiple guys? I realize the logical explanation is that someone from each industry (take the coffee industry, for example) started laying dibs on specific days. Then they called up Instagram and Shop Ban.do and were like, "Yo... add coffee on there for Sept 29th.

If you have a Ban.do planner (so, everyone) then you'll know those ladies never miss a holiday. I kid you not, it says Sept 29th - National Coffee Day. Sure enough, there goes instagram this morning, right on cue. 

Ban.do is telling me that Tuesday the 4th is National Taco Day. 

Now this really starts to bring up the questions for me. 

Is National Taco Day every single year on the 4th? Or is it the first Tuesday in October each year? Wait- I'm just nerd and bored enough to consult my 2015 Ban.do adgenda.... hold please. 

...
...
...

Ok so, first of all yes, pray for my sanity because I just went and tracked down my old planner. But I'm glad I did because there WAS NO NATIONAL TACO DAY 2015. Whoa. 

Up is East, White is Down. Is my name really Sarah??!??!?!?! 

I know what you're thinking, and yes, I need a life. 
Wait--- GOOGLE WILL KNOW....






Whew. Order has been restored.

So, with that said, WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. NATIONAL TACO DAY 2K16 REALLY IS ON TACO TUESDAY. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

HOLY SHIT.
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28 September 2016

A Raleigh Wedding

This past weekend kicked off my whirlwind, trip-filled Fall. I seriously have so many scheduled (College Station, Knoxville, New Orleans, work photoshoot in Florida, NYC) that I'm thinking I might just hibernate on the handful of weekends that I am actually in Dallas. 

I sayyyyy that, but then Tennessee Football plays and I'm dialing up a group text to invite everyone and their brother out to a bar to watch it with me. One day I'll be content watching football on the sofa screaming in the privacy of my own home, but for now, I prefer to scream in front of a room full of strangers while holding an over priced miller light. 

To each his own. 

This past Thursday after work, CB and I hopped a Raleigh-bound Southwest plane that no one offered to give up their seat on so that we could sit together even though I made the world's largest pitty party production. I'm really such a grouch. I bet if CB ever wrote a blog, it would be stories on the things that happen on a daily basis that transform me to grouch mode. 

It is usually dumb stuff that sets me off... 
for example at Subway they give me a tiny cookie on my plate and it drives me absolutely bonkers. I am at Subway and not Cici's pizza for a reason. I would rather be at Cici's pizza pigging out but I'm at Subway and trying to be good so keep your DAMN cookie to yourselves and stop ruining my life. I won't even get into the day that the Subway lady yelled at me for not getting cheese, "That's the BEST part, she said." Thank you, I know it is the best part, that's why I'm not at Cici's. 

In the words of Amy Schumer (if you're reading her amazing book) ANYWHOOZLE...... 

So we were in Raleigh for one of my best friend's vow renewal. They originally married five years ago, with the intention of doing a big reception at a later date. After two precious little boys, that later date was finally here last weekend. 





The night was absolutely gorgeous. The bride was breathtakingly beautiful. Perfect weather. Perfect company. The bride had thought of every single detail, including the rickshaws that took us all to the bar after the reception. Tell me that isn't precious?!?! 

Here are a few photos from the evening! 
We had ZERO fun as you can tell in these photos LOLLSSSS












 
Finally, since I think we are all about the same age, I'll leave everyone with this HILARIOUS parting story from Brunch the next day..... 








It was Saturday morning, the day of the Tennessee / Florida game. We were talking about the 11 year drought the Vols have had against Florida.

My friend Laura goes...
"Wait, so we never beat them while we were in college?!?" 

I let her down gently, but not gently enough because the look on her face after I said this was pure heartbreak.

"Yes, Laura. We did beat them in college. We were in college 11 years ago."

Sigh. 
The truth is hard to hear sometimes. 

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22 September 2016

A Cute Inexpensive Dress For Fall

Just going to rip this post off like a bandaid... HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF ME WEARING CLOTHES AS A "MEDIUM - aka that weird no-man's land size between 8-12".

Fashion friends, titling a fashion post is hard. What do I name these kinds of posts? I feel like the Ricky Bobby equvalent of I don't know what to do with my hands right now. 

How about, "A Cute, Inexpensive Dress for Fall" ?!?!?!?!?!?!?! 
How many times can I name a post the exact same thing. 

I'll come back more prepared for class next time (aka- see what everyone else names their blog posts) until then, you get the post title of: A Cute, Inexpensive Dress For Fall. 

Yes I posed in front of 3 different walls and accidentally left my DSLR at work. I am new to this, be kind to the learning curve. Ok, I'll pretend to be out of excuses so we can move this post along. 





I don't really care for that last picture, but I just wanted proof that it really was THREE different walls. *Face Palm*.

You guys promised you didn't care if I shopped at TJs or Marshalls or in this case ROSS as long as I linked similar items! Yup, dress and shoes both from ROSS.... ROSS I TELL YOU! Dress was $14 and shoes were $15 on clearance.

I hate my legs, they are hands down (errrr - legs down?) my least loved part of my body. I think these booties make my legs look somewhat ok though. Reason why? They don't come up real high on my ankle. Taller ankle booties cut my legs off making them look even heavier. I hate heels, but these are an absolute breeze to walk in!

DUDE - I normally have no problem writing on this blog, but describing booties and why I like them is like, the hardest thing I've ever done.

Forget it. That's what you get for now.
I LIKE THESE BOOTIES. I LIKE THIS DRESS.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN RECREATE THIS LOOK....
CLOTHES.

Open Toe Backless Low-Ankle Booties: 
Sorry, I don't have any fancy apps yet to show you what the shoe looks like *insert sad face here*

1. Try and track them down at Ross, tough but certainly not impossible! 
I was at the Ross in Irving, Texas if you'd like to road trip for a pair of booties. There is a great TJ/Homegoods giant mega store next door that you should hit while you;re there. 





"Peasant" Dress:
Yes, I just put peasant in quotes as to not offend any 18th century peasants who might be reading. Just the style of the dress, peeps. 
 1. Again.... Try and track them down at Ross, tough but certainly not impossible! 


(also available on Rent The Runway for $24, SCORE!) 



Fringe Cross Body:
Not from... no idea where it is from. H&M, I think?
Here are some alternates that I'm digging! 


(actually wait, just look at all of these from Francescas they're all affordable and cute) 

(I'm not enjoying writing BODY BAG over and over again....)

(See what I did there? Felt better using Self instead of Body bag again)
(is anyone even reading at this point? prob not. k bye.)


Sunnies:
Watch yo self... I can actually link to these directly!
1. Sunnies I wear all the damn time: HERE


Maybe I'll have a fancy app to help me link to things going forward, maybe I won't.  
Maybe I'll stick to one wall per outfit, maybe I won't. 
Maybe I'll stick to my diet today, maybe I won't. 

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21 September 2016

11 MORE Weeknight Low Calorie Meals That Even Dudes Will Love

One of my most popular posts on this blog was my list of 11 weeknight low calorie meals that even dudes will love. Those were all recipes that I had personally made, that I had personally loved and the boyfriend loved as well. I figured if something goes well, keep doing it! So, today, I'm back with 11 more weeknight, low calorie meals that even dudes will love. I've personally made each one of these meals. They are tasty, healthy and easy enough to make on a week night! 





Low Cal Weeknight Meals






1.  Cauliflower fried rice || 131 Calories per serving, 5 WWP+
via Eat Yourself Skinny

The Best Low Cal Meals




2.
2.  Low Cal Pizzas || 250 Calories per serving, 6 WWP+
via Venus Trapped in Mars

The best weight watcher recipes



5. Avacado and Crab Salad || 179 Calories per serving, 5 WWP+
via Skinny Taste

healthy recipes



7. Weight Watchers Buffalo Chicken Taquitos || 148 Calories per serving, 4 WWP+
via Recipe Diaries

Weight Watcher REcipes




9. Maple Balsamic and Herb Chicken || 247 Calories per serving, 6 WWP+
via Eat Yourself Skinny

Low Cal Meals Weeknights




10. Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu || 258 Calories per serving, 6 WWP+
via Skinny Taste

Weeknight Low Calorie Meals











   
11. Shrimp and Asparagus Stirfry || 300 Calories per serving

Weeknight Low Calorie Meals



Want even MORE Low Cal weeknight meals??
Check out this post HERE 
or click the image below


Weeknight Low Calorie Meals



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20 September 2016

So, I Declined The Gas

^^^ where I wished I was instead of the dentist 

This past weekend I decided to have a major dental overhaul on a Saturday. Why Saturday? Well because I'm vying for the world's greatest employee award, that's why. Or maybe it is because I have a ton of trips planned over the next three months and I feel like I should not press my luck. Either way, Saturday it was, for the dental overhaul. 

I've never really been the dentist's bestie -- actually based on the amount of money I just shelled out, I'm 100% his bestie right now. Should I say rather, I'm not his/her star pupil. I brush my teeth morning and night, but I'm really very poor about getting regular checkups. As in, I hadn't gotten my teeth checked up since 2010. I probably shouldn't be writing this on the internet but I've always been transparent on here so why stop now. I suck, I know. I just really hate the dentist. 

I'm going to clarify that last sentence. I am not scared of the dentist, I just hate it. I'm sorry if you are a dentist, but the dentists I've been to, thus far, have told me I will die if I don't get X, X and X treatment RIGHT NOW. That is odd to me. It's not like a regular doctor where I know something is wrong or hurting, and I'll take his/her advice right away. Nothing hurts, so why am I'm just supposed to believe you that you need to drill into my skull no later than two weeks from now? 

Seeing as they already made me gag 48 times during the x-rays, I certainly was OUT on getting a second opinion, so in I went on a Saturday for a root canal. I'd never had a root canal, and certainly had no idea what to expect. I'm not scared of needles, so I declined the laughing gas stuff. This is irrational, but one of my biggest fears is saying dumb shit on laughing gas. I have a wild imagination, and I'm sure I'd conjure up some story abut being a massive drug dealer and having a meth lab in my basement and then next thing you know I'm in a holding cell over a root canal. 

So, I declined the gas. Yikes. Poor choice. 

I don't have any crazy fear of needles, so I didn't freak out as they shot my mouth up. Everyone then left the room, and told me they'd be back later. Then I panicked. 

My lips went numb and I made the terrible mistake of touching my face, which felt like it was the size of a beach ball. My lips felt like sausage links. 

I started balling crying, alone in this room. I was CERTAIN that my face would never return to normal size. I literally thought, my face is going to be stuck like this and CB is going to leave me and I won't have anywhere to live. As if he would do that?!? As if my face would be stuck?!?! Sigh. 

I then tried to calm myself down, but all I could think about next was that I was going to swallow my tongue and die. I cried. I cried a lot. I cried a lot because I thought I was going to swallow my tongue and die. OMG WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. 

This fear continued for the next four hours, but I relaxed whenever the dentist or tech was in the room. I felt comforted knowing that if they saw my tongue go the wrong direction, they'd catch it and pull it back up before I died. Literally, that was my thought process. I'm not embellishing. 

And I worried CB would leave me because of my face.... psht. We've got bigger fish to fry here.

Long story short (lols-- jk, I've already made it long) one root canal turned into two and here I am, tongue intact and face about as normal as I could hope for. CB picked me up with the finest soup in Dallas and I continued to cry on his shoulder well after the procedure was done. I'm crazy. 

And then, after I climbed in his truck as we drove off, I checked the score of the Vols game at halftime and realized that the near loss of a tongue and two root canals was probably more fun than watching that first half against Ohio University. 


P.S. I told Gee how painful the two Root Canals were, and he gave me the middle finger and responded, "Karma is a BITCH, I have like one tooth left thanks to you, woman."


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19 September 2016

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game


Cute Cowboys Gear

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game

What To Wear To A Cowboys Game




Cowboys Gameday Witten Tank  HERE || Wilson Official Football HERE


I'm not going to lie, I thought that the feedback on my last post would be ok, but I had zero idea that you guys would seemingly be pumped to help support me. I assumed a few of you sweet souls would comment and tell me... ohh bless your heart that sounds nice, sweetie. That's the way my mom gives me support when she wants to be supportive and encouraging but has no idea what I'm talking about. Gotta love moms, no one out there better. 

So, I think I'm going to give this whole "MEDIUM" fashion thing a try. I mean, why not? What do I have to lose? Just my time and potentially relationship with my photographer who I happen to live with..... PSHT! No biggie!

In other more football specific news, in case you missed it - this entire NFL season I'm partnering with NFL Fan Style as one of eight bloggers participating in an NFL Fan Style Fantasy Football League!

|| Posts In This Series So Far ||


Today I thought I'd bring you some gameday outfit inspo with the help of the NFL Shop! I chose this Jason Witten 82 tank, because he is my favorite player, and not just because we went to the same college --- ok, I lie, that's mostly the reason. Here in Dallas, we don't have cooler temps for tailgating until at least November, so tank tops are a necessity.

This year, the NFL Shop has some of the best clothing options actually made and cut for a female shape, and they aren't pink!! Find your favorite team here. If you have a little girl at home, you gotta check out these tutu dresses. I'm contemplating getting Veenie one, would that be weird?!?

And for one last item of business on this glorious Monday (lolss)....
 I'm giving away $100 to NFL Shop.......
Check Insta  for the details. 
Giveaway ends today at 4pm! 


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13 September 2016

The Need for a "Medium"


For the past two weekends, Helene and I met up to take photos together for upcoming various blog posts. This was fantastic for a number of reasons, the biggest being how comfortable I felt taking photos with Helene.  Dare I say it, I almost even enjoyed it. 

I appreciate CB so much for going to take pictures with me, but bless his heart I know he doesn't want to be there taking photos on a Saturday morning at 8am, and I let that thought crawl into my head with every click of the camera. Then add in people walking by, staring and I pretty much just freeze up and wave the white flag to end the day. 

That relaxed feeling I had snapping pics with Helene though, made me feel like maybe I could do this a bit more regularly. Like maybe I am cut out for being in front of the camera instead of just behind it. CB is always willing to go take pictures with me, he just begs that I have a plan in place before we go. That day with Helene, we had an exact plan of attack, so maybe that really was key. 

One of my favorite posts of all time that you might remember was, "Where Are All The Mediums?" It seems like there is such a small representation in blog land for that middle size, my size. 0-6, totally covered, 14-20, totally covered. What about 8-12? Where are we? What should we wear?

Anytime I post anything "medium" related, you guys seem to go crazy over it, making me feel like I'm kind of on to something. Like maybe there is a completely untapped side to this blog that I should be considering. Yes, I'm talking about fashion. 

"Medium" fashion. 


Fashion though???

I'm SO cheap, and I'm so patient. If I'm not mistaken, that is a lethal combination for being a fashion blogger. What do I mean by patient? Well, I am that girl that goes shopping by herself at somewhere with overstuffed racks like TJ Maxx and will literally touch every single hanger until I find the absolute best priced item that I can't live without. I don't mind spending 4 hours in a store touching everything, I actually love it. 

Did I mention I almost never shop online? Oh yeah, I almost never shop online. I really have embraced that whole, "Shopping is my cardio" expression.

CB saw the photos that Helene and I took together, and nudged at my side suggesting that I should really try and do this a bit more often. I said I can't because I shop at TJ Maxx. 

"Well, why is that a problem?" he asked. 

I explained that to do fashion posts, even to just occasionally dabble in it, you need to be able to link your readers to the item you're wearing. If we are being honest here, I could count on one hand the number of items from my closet that I could currently link to on the internet. My entire closet is either embarrassingly old, or vintage or from TJ Maxx. 

There is an overwhelmingly wide open market for a medium fashion blogger though, and now I need to decide if I want to dip my toes in. I do feel like I know how to dress for my body type, and I, like every other female on this planet, have a love affair for clothes. 

I would love to show other females my size outfit options that they can actually picture themselves in, rather than yet another pair of over the knee boots that literally make you LOL because you know damn well there is just no way your leg is gonna fit in that thing.

I'd love your thoughts on this matter, honest thoughts. 
Telling me... "Sarah, just no. Please just stick to sports and dog photos." is also an acceptable response.


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