Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Birds, Birthdays & Blogiversaries (and a GIVEAWAY)

Man, what a whirlwind of weekend. Let’s do some quick catching up before we address the fact that as of today, I’m a quarter of a century old. #yikes

How ‘bout those Ravens?

I have NEVER experienced the kind of electricity that Baltimore had on Sunday night. I’m fairly certain every single bar was at maximum capacity, with the Seven Army Nation chant echoing loud and clear throughout the city. 

The Bears may always be #1 in my heart, but it was still super awesome to witness the Ravens win it all, and to be a part of the madness.

Second on the agenda. Tomorrow, February 6th, is my 1 year Blogiversary! I cannot say how blessed I feel to have this joy of writing in my life, and the privilege to share it with all of you. To my surprise, my blog has grown a lot the past year, and my hope is that it will continue to do so throughout 2013.

One thing I wanted to do to celebrate was to host my first GIVEAWAY!!!! I brainstormed for awhile, and decided that the logical move was to give away something that represents me the best:

I'm giving away a Trader Joe's Store $25 Gift Card!!

I love to eat. I love experimenting with new recipes, and I LOVE grocery shopping. Trader Joe's is basically my second home out here in Maryland.  So, to show my appreciation for this awesome store and for my awesome readers, I would love to give one of my readers a free trip to the grocery store.

To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite food, why you love Trader Joe's, or why you enjoy reading my blog. This Friday, February 8th, I will select a random winner using a random number generator, and ship off that gift card to you.

Last but not least… I’m 25 today!! Baltimore decide to celebrate by throwing me a parade!

The Ravens parade was super fun, super crowded, but a great way to spend my birthday.

My amazing coworkers bombarded me with gifts and made me feel extra special. Now when I sing along to ‘22’ by Taylor Swift I have to change it to 25 but that’s OK. I can deal with that.

CHEERS to being one year older and wiser, more amazing memories, and of course, those purple birds.


  1. Kate I am taking your advice and commenting because hey, you never know. I might win something for once, just like you and your cruise. But hey, here is my contribution. My favorite part of your blog is the eat clean recipes you share, especially your smoothies. Still love all the pumpkin ones but I need to get over that now that it is officially past the holiday season. But I have truly enjoyed all your blog posts and love your commentary on life. Keep up the good work! Taylor.

  2. I like Trader Joes. I made bacon wrapped dates from there for my Christmas party. I don't like long distance running but this is always a fan read.

  3. I love Trader Joe's. I think I find something new and wonderful everytime I go. I think the last time I was there I bought some PB&J chocolate bars.

  4. I think it's safe to say my favorite food is PIZZA. Remember all the cold pizza you used to eat from my fridge? yeah, that's definitely the way to my heart. And then there's the blog - which brings a smile to face when I read it because it is so you. Every last word. I read it and I know the rest of the world will one day fall in love with my best friend because of her hilarious witty loving ways. Best of luck to you my dear. Just remember, keep calm and run on :)

  5. My favorite food is probably eggplant, I love Eggplant Parmesan. I love Trader Joes because you can find really fresh vegetables there, and of course their excellent Kashi selection and the selection of whole grain breads is great as well. Thank you!


  6. Happy Birthday and blogiversary! I love TJ's and just made pumpkin pancakes tonight in honor of national pancake day (and yes, I stocked up on the pumpkin mix b/c I can't get enough). Fearless Flyer for the win!

  7. My favorite food (right now, at least) is mac and cheese. Classic comfort food.


  8. My favorite food is blue crab. Thanks for the giveaway - awesome prize! I love TJ's, especially their cookie butter :)

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  9. Favorite food: all things Mexican
    Why TJ's: Great selection across the board. And specifically chocolate covered caramels.
    Why I read: Fun, light reading. And I enjoy reading about a fellow BU athletics alum doing a sport other than what was played in college.

    Happy Birthday. Cheers!

  10. Favorite food: McDonald's. Specifically the double cheeseburger meal. Is this a healthy living blog? What?

    Why I love Trader Joe's: Fab variety of easy to cook food, also obsessed with the dark choc covered raisins.

    Why I love your blog: It's funny, not afraid to get deep, and it goes beyond just what you eat and what exercises you do. Because to me, mental health is the most important of all.

    Love, your publicist (Danielle)

  11. My town just got a TJs a few months ago. I love it. Now, what would make me love it i even more is if they'd pass the laws in my state so that our TJs can sell $2 chuck! haha

  12. My favorite item at Trader Joe's is their chicken sausage! Such a great, and relatively healthy dinner.

  13. I love Trader Joe's. I go a few times a year (don't have one really close) and stock up on pretty much everything. It's always an overflowing cart but my favorite are some of their cookies!

  14. I read your blog and count down the days until we meet in real life, duh. My favorite food, hands down sushi.... and TJ's is my favsies, because I just feel cooler shopping there.

  15. I love all the specialty goods at Trader Joe's. So fun!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

  16. I love Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Potato chips. Seriously, best things ever

  17. My favorite food is hamburgers and though I lived in Maryland almost my whole life I have never been to a Trader Joes but would love too. Happy Birthday and I am so glad Baltimore could throw that parade for you lol

    1. sorry email is wilcarvic

  18. Happy Birthday!!! My favorite food is hummus! Trader Joe's trio hummus is amazing too :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  19. I love TJ's because they have awesome Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip!!! So yum!!

  20. Follow your blog and thanks for the giveaway! I love watermelon. I can't wait for summer so it's back in season :)

  21. I forgot my email....

    hockeyheaven7 at yahoo dot com

  22. My favorite food at TJ's are their frozen appetizers. Nom. Nom.

    Happy birthday!!!

  23. My favorite food would have to be Peanut Butter. I actually think I have an addiction problem to it...if that is possible. I love reading your blog by the way because I feel that we have a lot in common. Congratulations on your 1 year blogversary!!

  24. YO! First of all, did you not make it to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade? I can't remember if you would've been in CO at the time, it was SICK!

    I love that you're giving away a TJO's gift card, we all know how obsessed I am. It stinks big time not having any of them in CO, but every time we drive to Albuquerque & visit Joey's family, we bring back a big ole trunk full! Their Penne Arrabiatta skillet dinners are amazing, especially when you add a little tofu? JUST like Noodle & Co's Penne Rosa! Also addicted to: their indian frozen dinners, their chocolate chips cookies, their bagged nuts, oats & berries, and pretty much everything in the entire store. I'm now heartbroken that I cannot go shop there. RIGHT. NOW.


  25. I love Trader Joe's because they sell high quality food. Thank you for the giveaway!


  26. My favorite food is pasta..love all kinds.
    I also never been to Trader Joe's. We just got a new one in my area and would love to go there and try it :)


  27. I love Trader Joes, I love their salted chocolates -- oh Yummm! I want some right now.
    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

  28. I love their large and affordable selection. My favorite healthy food is anything whole grain (like steel-cut oats, buckwheat). My favorite bad food is chocolate anything :)

    sswpss at yahoo dot com

  29. I love Trader Joe's because they always have delicious stuff and it's affordable!

    afm626 at yahoo.com

  30. I love Trader Joe's for their awesome selection of healthy foods at reasonable prices. I love their frozen foods section and often have their Butter Chicken when I need a quick lunch.

  31. Just found your blog! Live just outside of Baltimore. Love Trader Joes!! Good Ravens!!

  32. I practically live at TJ's! What an awesome birthday!

  33. Any food with lots of onions and cheese and tomatoes is great. Pizza?

  34. happy late birthday! my favorite food is something with sugar!! :-)


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