Dating in New York City Update

So it’s been about three months since I gave a guy my number and a few things have happened.

He eventually texted me and we went out to a bar to watch a Rangers game. I honestly had a great time. We talked for about 2 hours and barely paid attention to the game. A second date was discussed and happened but that’s kind of where it went downhill. You’d think that by cheering for the same sports teams, things would be great but he wasn’t feeling it. Honestly, him telling me flat out that he didn’t feel a “romantic spark” was totally fine. I’d rather a guy be upfront than drag out the process.

The experience of getting back out there and dating was a bit nerve wrecking but taught me a lot. I just need to relax and be myself. My guy friend Mike basically tells me that on a daily basis as I freak out over how to text a guy back. I’ve talked to a few guys here and there but nothing really happened.

At this point, I’m basically not feeling the whole dating thing. I attempted to join and that lasted all of 12 months. Set up was super easy but then they wanted me to pay $130 upfront, for 6 months of usage. Umm, no thank you! While everything was clean and easy to use, their whole “Match Guarantee” seemed a little to sketchy for me. Basically if you don’t match with someone they’ll give you another 6 months for free, as long as they determine everything is valid. As someone who is super picky, that’s not a lot of reassurance. Sorry, bye!

I then decided to check out OKCupid, which hasn’t really been a priority for me. I scan it every few days and of course get the creep messages from guys. Is it necessary to start a convo with “Hey gorgeous?” Cut that crap out.

For now, I’m just using Bumble. Yeah, figured I call out the app I’ve been using for several months now. It has it’s ups and downs but I like it since I don’t need to dedicate a significant amount of time to it. But one note to guys, if you swipe yes and the girl messages you, answer her back! Stop wasting our time!

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My Word of the Year

Oh, hello there. Remember me? I’m the “Ohio” in this blog. Well, Brittany has been really carrying the site for awhile now and I apologize for that. I’ve been so focused on settling into the new job, the new city, the new place, I just kind of let a lot of things go.

I wasn’t eating as healthy as I’d like or working out very often. I wasn’t reading as much as I used to or taking time to do anything creative for me. Klaus and I weren’t exploring as much as we used to. Instead, we watched a lot of TV and ate a lot of fried food.

But as we approach a new year, now is a time for a fresh start. Over and over again I’ve made one giant resolution and quickly broken it (like most of America). Instead, this year I’ve decided to pick a word for the year and try to make smaller, actionable goals each month that ladder up to the word.

My word for 2016: Initiative

Despite being an outgoing introvert and a very hard worker, often I sit back and just let things happen.I make excuses – I’m tired, it’s cold, I’m settling in – and that has got to stop. So this year I will take initiative to better my life and the lives of those around me.

As for my January theme? Its all about my career. I had a really amazing meeting with Keith Speers right before Christmas and he told me that I have great ideas, but I need to stop being so timid about sharing them. I love my job and the company I work for, so its time to really take initiative and step it up. I’ve been handed this wonderful opportunity to take ownership of a practice area and its about time I act on it.

My goal is to check in at the beginning of each month to tell you a bit about how the previous month went and what my new theme will be.  In the meantime, I’ll try to commit to more regular updates here.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to a bright and shiny new year!

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Finding Myself Again…

A few months ago, I was basically dumped for the first time ever. I won’t get into the messy details but one of my girlfriends asked when was the last time I went out and what happened to the fun Brittany who would go out and get drinks several nights a week. It was then I realized that over the past three years I had lost myself. For those wondering, it’s been two years since I went out and had a great time without a care in the world and I just cant hang multiple nights a week anymore. Sad I know.

Well these past couple of months, I’ve made it a mission to find me again. It’s definitely not something that I’ve accomplished 100% but any amount of me is good. Honestly, I’m not even sure where to begin but somewhere along the way, I started going to trivia nights with friends and even joined dating apps. So far I’ve matched with at least 20 guys on one of the apps and have had about 5 conversations. Not a bad ratio but seriously guys, why say you’re interested and not answer a message? (Serious question.)

This past week, I actually matched with someone who not only lives in my area of the city, but is really cute. (Rose agrees.) At first I just thought here goes another conversation that will go nowhere but he asked for my number! My best friend just happened to be over and she of course encouraged me to give it to him. So far, I haven’t received a text but it’s only been two day. Definitely having a Clueless moment a la “Christian said he’d call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday.”

Since this is a new venture in my life, I wanted to share all the deets and hopefully get some advice. It’s also pretty timely since my good friend, Jessica Lawlor, recently asked me to provide my insights into dating as a single woman living in such a large city. Definitely check out the post and if you have any suggestions for me as I enter the dating world again, please share!

So for now, here’s to…

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Learning How to “Leave Your Mark”

Earlier this year, Aliza Licht released her much anticipated book, Leave Your Mark. If you’ve never heard of Aliza, well currently, she is the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International (Licht recently announced she is leaving DKI) and up until recently, the voice behind @dkny. Bet you follow the account, right? Well, then you were talking to Aliza, who really knows how to engage with followers!

I don’t remember exactly when I started following @dkny but I immediately loved how the handle was responding to tweets and not focusing solely on fashion. Now at this time, no one knew who was actually behind the Twitter handle but it was great to just follow along during red carpet events and even while watching some of my favorite shows like Revenge, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Then in 2011, the identity behind @dkny was revealed on the DKKNY PR Girl Tumblr. Everyone was excited to finally find out the person behind the curtain, but let’s fast forward to May 2015.

Leave Your Mark

After years of working in the PR business and moving up in the ranks, Licht shared with the world her tips and tricks to leaving your mark and killing it in your career. I couldn’t wait for my copy to arrive and dive right in. Yeah, I have a job but really you should never stop learning and I was intrigued to read what Licht had to say. As someone who frequently networks as an alumnae for my university, I just made sense for me to see how someone with more experience views the daunting task of landing an interview, rocking it in your career and just building up your overall brand.

In writing Leave Your Mark, Licht brings in her personal experiences, from changing majors to internships to becoming the person hiring. Personally, I honestly believe this helps in showing the reader that anything is possible, all you need to do is find your passion, set goals and have focus. She hits on important topics like “Writing a Killer Cover Letter and Rock-Solid Resumé,” “Going for the Promotion and the Raise,” “Surviving People and Politics,” “Being Socially Savvy,” and “Being Your Own Publicist,” all must-knows for getting ahead in your career. Also, one important thing that I noticed was that in a time where social media is EVERYWHERE, Licht knew she couldn’t fall behind on the happenings. I mean, she ran a successfully popular Twitter account and no one knew it was her! Girl knows how to keep a secret! For someone in her position, it was like a breath of fresh air to see someone in a VP role, just get social.

Overall, I agreed with what Licht brought to the table and recommend that everyone pick up a copy. You don’t even need to work in PR because the skill sets in Leave Your Mark can apply in any industry.

Moving is Hard

My last month has been completely consumed with all things moving. From finding a place to live in Columbus and packing to saying goodbye to friends. Klaus and I officially moved to Columbus on Friday, July 10 and I feel like I still am floating in this weird middle space. Which is poView Postssibly the most nonsensical description I’ve ever used but it is the only word I have for it.

Our Bushwick apartment as we finished loading the truck

Our Bushwick apartment as we finished loading the truck

After several weeks of packing up, throwing out or donating everything we have accumulated over the last four years of living in our tiny Bushwick apartment and a few incredibly fun nights with friends (including a long weekend in Jim Thorpe, PA with two of my favorite people in the world), Klaus and I packed up a 10′ UHaul truck and hit the road. What should have been an 8.5-9.5 hour drive took us over 12 hours. Some of that was my fault for going a little slower than the speed limit, some if it had to do with the fact that we had to take turns in rest areas because one of us had to stay with the cat (because locking an animal in a hot truck in July is a huge no-no), some of it was traffic due to an accident on the Pennsylvania turnpike, and some of it was just the stress gods punishing me even more.

After that VERY long trip (in which Klaus was incredibly supportive) we unloaded the cat and a futon mattress and passed out.

And things have been pretty much go-go-go since then. We unloaded the truck on Saturday and my mom and my sister drove down my car, packed with some random things (a bookshelf my grandfather made, a very old thin desk, a lamp etc.) and we unloaded that. We did a Target run, we did a grocery staples run, we tried our hardest to start upacking and organizing. I started work on Monday.

We have a lot more work to do in the duplex, but it is fairly livable for now. We drive up to Cleveland next weekend in another UHaul to pick up more stuff from my mom – including a washer and dryer, a bed and a dining room table (that needs some sanding and staining).

I think the strangest thing, though, has been this weird unanchored feeling. I naively thought that we would arrive in Columbus and immediately feel at home. In reality, this city is a stranger to me and I to it. I don’t know the roads, the culture, the restaurants, the neighborhoods. And things are so different here – In a good way, don’t get me wrong – but it will require some major adjusting. I thought that, because these were changes I wanted (a car, a shorter commute, friendlier people), that I would immediately be thrilled and have no issues. That is turning out not to be the case.

Flights at Columbus Brewing Company restaurant

Flights at Columbus Brewing Company restaurant

I’m thrilled to be in my new home. And I know that Columbus has a ton to offer, but like with any relationship – it takes some time to really fall in love. But I know it will happen.

Until then, I’ll keep exploring and I’ll bring you all with me! As I explore my new city, keep an eye here for restaurant reviews, recipes featuring produce from my CSA, looks at how we decorate our new place and some DIY posts, especially as we get new old furniture!

Hi There, Remember Us?

Hi everyone!

We’re so sorry for the lack of updates. Rose is currently out in Ohio preparing for her move back home. Don’t leave NY!!! And me, well I’m completely consumed by the Stanley Cup Finals. Go Rangers!!

The weather is also getting better so I’ve definitely been enjoying the nice weather. If you didn’t know already, I’m a total summer girl. I LOVE the warm weather and the fact that I don’t have to wear pants. Rose loves the whole not wearing pants thing too.

As things start to settle down, we’ll have more posts coming your way very soon! I’m actually working on another book review and heading to Buffalo in two weeks for the first time.

Talk soon! – B

The Struggle is Real: Allergies #WipeForWater

One day, in the spring of 2008, I thought I was going to literally scratch my eyeballs out of their sockets. For probably an entire day, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and then a light bulb went on. It was ALLERGIES!

Thankfully I had some eye drops but over the years my allergies have only gotten worse. Depending on the year, sometimes I can get through the seasons changing without the feeling that I’m dying. Well this season change has been absolute hell so far.

Yesterday, from the moment I stepped outside, I knew it was going to be a bad day. Mother Nature decided to have a full on wind storm causing the pollen on the ground to swirl all around me. Needless to say, I felt absolutely gross and wanted to take a shower immediately. Unfortunately, I had to go to work but remembered my Neutrogena Naturals wipes from Influenster!!

Influenster VoxBox

I’m super familiar with Neutrogena’s facial wipes for removing make up and used these wipes for that purpose when they first arrived. But realized they could also be used for getting the pollen off my face! The cooling felt great since I felt like I was dying my entire commute to work. Let’s just say I would TOTALLY recommend Neutrogena Naturals for not only make up removal but also during allergy season. What a total life saver and my new favorite allergy season product!! Definitely adding it to my allergy season survival kit which already includes Zyrtec, tissues and Advil.

Neutrogena Naturals

But back to the real reason I have these Neutrogena Natruals wipes. Influenster sent them so I could take #WipeForWater challenge. For at least three days, I was asked to stop using water to clean my face and use Neutrogena Naturals instead. When I started wearing make up I used oily serums that I hated, therefore I stopped wearing make up as much. About two or three years ago, I came across Neutrogena’s make up removing wipes and fell in love. They’re honestly really great for sensitive skin. My #VoxBox arrived a few weeks ago and I was excited to try the latest from Neutrogena and totally made an effort to wear make up on a regular basis. Sometimes I wake up at the 11th hour. Overall, I saw a different in my skin and felt great. The smell and feeling was a game changer and I’d recommend everyone make the switch.

Going along with the typical “I’m a millennial stereotype,” I love when companies use their pull to promote social good. For every mention on social media with #WipeForWater, Neutrogena will contribute $1 to The Nature conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,00. How great is that?! So next time you’re picking up make up remover, keep Neutrogena Naturals in mind!

I received Neutrogena Naturals from Influenster for free and all opinions are my own.

Book Review: Big Little Lies

If you couldn’t tell from my last book review, I really enjoy a good murder mystery book. Based on the summary and recommendations from friends, I knew I had to pick up Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

The story, which takes place in Australia, opens on the night of the murder which occurs during a trivia night fundraiser.

Credit: Goodreads

Credit: Goodreads

Moriarty doesn’t revel too much but let’s the reader know a murder has taken place and there is complete pandemonium as the local police try to figure out what actually happened. We even get statements from various parents attending the event at the end of each chapter.

To totally through you off, the story jumps back several months to Kindergarten orientation day. New to town, Jane, a young mother with a son named Ziggy, runs into a fellow mother, Madeline, who is on her way to the same orientation with her daughter Chloe. Madeline injured her ankle (on her 40th birthday of all days!) and Jane graciously helps her, making the two instant friends. Once the pair arrive at Pirriwee Public School, it becomes glaringly obvious that Jane is much younger than the other mothers.

While the children are at orientation, Madeline and Jane go to a local coffee shop where they are joined by Celeste, another mother who has twin boys, Max and Josh. Jane and Celeste quickly learn the school politics and the three basically agree to stick together all year. The three learn some more about each other, like Madeline’s ex-husband’s daughter is also attending Pirriwee, Jane is raising Ziggy on her own and Celeste’s husband is constantly traveling on business. As the story continues, Moriarty dives deeper into each woman.

Upon arriving back at the school, Ziggy is accused of injuring another little girl, who’s mother of course is not exactly friendly with Madeline. As a result the lines between parents become drawn and the school kind of takes off from there. Ziggy and Jane become subject to petitions from parents trying to get him expelled and even though she has her own stuff going on Madeline is quick to step up and defend her friend. Additionally, Ziggy is almost at that age of wanting to know his father, a man Jane had a one-night stand with and she’s not even close to letting herself go there with a five year old. She does confide in both Madeline and Jane who are of course sympathetic to the entire situation.

Madeline’s teenage daughter Abigail, whom she raised alone, has started to rebel and doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye anymore with her mother. Abigail now thinks her step-mother Bonnie is such a role model and starts to emulate her qualities, right down to advocating rights of women and become vegan. Madeline is not too pleased with these developments, especially since her ex-husband decided to start a new family and live in the same town, but grudgingly lets Abigail move-in with her father. I felt as though this change needed to happen in Madeline’s life so she could see things and people a little differently. Her opinion about several parents, including her ex-husband’s wife changes for the better.

Now for Celeste. It’s really true what they say, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. Unfortunately for Celeste, her what looks like a perfect marriage is anything but. Her husband, who is frequently traveling for work, hits her and for silly reasons. Of course he swears every time it’ll never happen again and buys expensive things to make Celeste happy, but that peace only lasts for a few weeks, if that. It takes a lot, but Celeste finds the strength to finally talk to someone and starts to plan a life with her twins alone in a small apartment. Sadly for Celeste, her husband finds out the night of the fundraiser and that’s when all of the secrets start to come out…even which child is actually the Kindergarten bully!

But wait, who dies? I can’t tell you that. I’m sure you’re thinking one thing, I know I was while reading, but Big Little Lies provides for one huge twist you won’t see coming. If you love a really good page tuner, this is the book for you!! By the last 50 pages or so, my jaw was basically on the floor but all the developments. Moriarty doesn’t disappoint and I hear her other books are just as good!!

Weekly Menu Plan April 26-May 2

It is that time of week again! I’m finally on the mend from that monster cold and that meant I was feeling up to a day full of food prep. I love prepping food for the week because it helps me stay on track with healthy meals. If all the hard work is taken out of making wholesome, nutritious food, I have no excuse to order in or eat junk food.

On Sunday I went grocery shopping and came home and made Butternut Carrot Whole Wheat Muffins (I used regular eggs, reduced the amount of maple syrup and added raisins and/or sunflower seeds to some of them), freezer breakfast sandwiches for Klaus, I cooked up a mess of chickpeas from dried for meals this week and washed and cleaned fruits and veggies – including grapes, radishes, cucumbers and carrots.


Klaus and I are both trying really hard to get on and stay on a healthy path. A few hours of week spent in the kitchen definitely helps us do that!

Now, on to the menu plan!

Menu Plan April 16 – May 2

Any substitutions or changes I plan are noted below

  • Sunday: Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas over Wheat Berries (photo below!)
    • I sliced up a few of the chard stems and cooked them along with the shallots and garlic
  • Monday: Chickpea Schwarma over brown rice, side of roasted zucchini
    • Obviously, I’m serving this with brown rice instead of millet because I can’t find millet at my local stores
    • Topping it with roasted red peppers, feta, homemade tzatziki, parsley and red onion
  • Tuesday: Book club! We usually meet at Thainy
  • Wednesday: Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Avocado Sauce
  • Thursday: Seared Cod with Cucumber Relish, side salad
  • Friday: Veggie Frittata (really this is my “use what veggies are left in the fridge before they go bad” meal)
  • Saturday: I’m hoping it is warm enough for roof top bars this weekend, if so – we’ll be eating out! If not, I’ll make something from what is left in the fridge – a fried rice or pasta dish usually.

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Bridesmaid Boxes

Because we’re not getting married until January 28, 2017, Klaus and I don’t have a ton of wedding planning to do yet. I mean we know where (Now Sapphire Resort), when and some general ideas (colors: ocean blue and bright yellow), but we really don’t have to get into the details for quite some time.

But one of the very first things we decided on was our bridal party. While we’re doing a pretty relaxed destination wedding, having people I love stand up with me was something I really wanted. Again, in the theme of slightly unconventional, I’m having two maids of honor (my sisters) and two bridesmaids and Klaus is having one best man and two groomsmen. All of the bridal party has been asked and said yes, but I wanted to treat my bridesmaids to a little something special. FullSizeRender (5)

I’m in love with the new trend of bridesmaid boxes and decided to do one of my own. I am no Martha Stewart, but I am pretty pleased with the slightly Mexico-themed box I pulled together. Each of my girls is getting a message in a bottle (I bought these from Petite25 on Etsy), a Chocolove Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate bar, a bottle of tequila and a handwritten thank you note. I also included a sheet of paper with the photos, e-mail addresses and names of everyone in the wedding party, which I folded into an origami heart. Most of our wedding party don’t necessarily know each other, so I thought this was an important part.

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I packed all of these items into a white box with the insides painted our wedding colors, packed them in mailing boxes and shipped them off!

I know it can be a little cheesy, but I am so excited to be married and I see the wedding as this really awesome celebration with family and friends. I want everyone to be as happy and excited as Klaus and I are. As we get closer to the actual wedding I’m sure I’ll post more about it here, but I promise not to overwhelm this blog!

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