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Goodbye May, Hello June!

Lots of fun stuff happening lately!

First off – donuts. Oh how I love donuts! The DC area is getting in on an Outer Banks beach vacation treat: Duck Donuts! These were excellent! I can see what everyone is talking about when they rave about these!

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The annual PBS Memorial Day Concert on the lawn of the Capitol Building was awesome as always! 

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If you have never been to Harper’s Ferry, VA/MD/WV, I highly recommend it! All 3 states converge at this beautiful spot and there are historical sites, outdoor adventure activities, and much more!

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I am trying to eat more veggies at lunch, I get tired of a typical salad and then realize that I end up in a rut of eating basically nothing green at lunch for weeks at a time! So this is the #summerofsalads that are of a non-traditional variety! This tasty combo below lasted the whole week and was so yummy! Strawberries, broccoli, almond slivers, get crumbles, chickpeas, and a poppyseed slaw dressing. 

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Last week I had the pleasure of getting to attend a VIP pre-opening dinner at Arlington’s new Tupelo Honey Cafe! Usually I hate Facebook ads, but seeing the ad was what led to getting on the list for this event!  I know this is a popular chain throughout the south and I can see why! Every single thing I ate was so tasty! Can’t wait to go back again!





Last weekend I said goodbye to May with another year of running the Virginia Wine Half Marathon. It was hot and humid but luckily overcast! 





I love you, wine!



And wine tasting back at one of my fave wineries afterwards was a largest way to celebrate a great run!

Oh! And last but certainly not least! A HUGE thank you to everyone who shopped my Stella & Dot eBoutique in the month of May! Thanks to you, we were able to make a donation of $400 to Nepal earthquake relief !

That’s all for right now! Be on the lookout for another post very soon, I just finished a really great book that I can’t wait to share about!

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Some of my favorite things from July

On this last day of July I want to share some of my favorite things from this past month!!

The DC fireworks for the 4th are always amazing. But the DC area offers something 1 week later every year, and I think most people would agree that it’s even more enjoyable — the Alexandria Birthday Celebration! It always happens the weekend after the 4th, and with easier parking, a comfy lawn, manageable crowds, free cupcakes, and an up close and personal view while listening to the live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra…well you almost just can’t even compare the 2. So I got to spend the evening in the company of some great friends. And made Key Lime White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake Mix bars (what a title!).

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Cherries. Seriously. So good. Picked these up at a farmer’s market and ate them all in a couple days.

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Some people eat a lot of burgers off the grill in the summer, or maybe BBQ chicken…me? I’m eating loads of prosciutto. 🙂 this grilled cheese was such a winner. Yum yum yum. Egg, prosciutto and a little Gouda.

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(And more prosciutto)

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The new fall 2014 collection from Stella & Dot — more on that to come!

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Seeing corporate office spaces I’ve designed be almost near completion! Love putting things on paper and seeing them come to life.

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Mango sparkling wine!!

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Conscious Boxes!! Seriously, this is like the best of all worlds for delivery boxes. There are some snacks, some beauty care, some nutrition, recipes, the best chocolate bars ever, and it’s all great for your body. I’m so glad I tried it out on a Living Social deal. I have 1 box left in my subscription and will be sad to see it be over!

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Getting a trip home to FL to spend time with my family! More on that soon too 🙂

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That’s just a little snippet of some fun things from July!

Peach and prosciutto grilled cheese

We had a mini Bachelorette finale viewing party last night. It was definitely more enjoyable to watch than last week’s mega-dramatic episode. Either way, watching it with friends and wine makes it fun!

I was looking for a dinner idea that I could toss together quick when I got in from my tabata workout on the rooftop of my gym’s parking garage (it was the most perfect fake-fall-feeling summer night!). So the peach prosciutto grilled cheese was born!

After a quick stop by the grocery store for fruit, meat, and bread, then my fave local cheese shop to get a good cheese pairing recommendation, I headed home to get ready for my workout and walk over to the gym.

Love finding good local produce at the grocery store!

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A little humor on my walk and in the cheese shop

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Peach and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese
Ingredients
-8 slices of sourdough
-2 white peaches, sliced
-1/4 lb gruyere (about 1-1/2 fingers of a block)
-4 slices prosciutto (or more, if it tickles your fancy)
-butter

Directions
1. Heat a grill pan to med-high
2. Butter one side of bread slices, and place 4 pieces, butter side down, onto grill pan surface.
3. Layer cheese, then peach slices, prosciutto, additional cheese, and another bread slice on each.
4. When cheese starts to melt and bread starts to brown, flip and cook on the other side until all cheese is melted.
Makes 4 sandwiches

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And before we forget all about Des the Bachelorette, let’s enjoy one more look at her fabulous Stella & Dot style from the season!

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Watermelon Wednesday

I loved that watermelon salad from Monday night. So after a “death by burpee power clean” workout in Crossfit tonight, it seemed like the perfect dinner, especially with some chicken this time. I made a pit stop at the pool on my way home to cool off (it is still 100 degrees here in DC) and swam some laps. Now I can barely keep my eyes open. Hopefully I sleep well tonight!

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Lunch has been chipotle Mexican turkey lettuce wraps and tasty cherries on the side

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Saw this funny sign outside a restaurant on my way home

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Oh! And pictures just got emailed to me by the photographer from my friend’s wedding that I made the cupcakes for last month.

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Oooh!!! And I just placed an order today for my new Stella and Dot samples for the fall line (which is INCREDIBLE!!!) — the whole new line is open to orders by all starting Friday! Eee!! Here are some sneak peeks! Here is a video

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June fabulousness!! And a giveaway!

In my 3rd month now of being a stylist for the fabulous boutique jewelry line of Stella and Dot and I have met so many great woman, loved making some extra money, and also can’t get enough of all the great jewelry I have in my possession 🙂

There are awesome awesome awesome June incentives for being a hostess, for signing up to start your own flexible and fabulous business, or just if you want to shop and make use of the great deals!

I’m loving that my blog is getting more and more followers so I want to share the Stella love with you all and do my first ever giveaway! So I have an open show link that y’all can use — make a purchase through this link by Friday, June 7th, and then post a comment to this post to tell me, and on Saturday morning next weekend I’ll pick a winner and send you one of our fabulous wrap bracelets that are so super hot right now for a summer arm party!

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Here is the link: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/ow8q5

And don’t forget the gloriousness that are Dot Dollars!!!

I love June already 🙂

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