Sunday, September 28, 2014

Car Rental Tips

One of the things I learned on our Seattle trip was what NOT to do when renting a car. I should note that this was our first time ever renting a car. Valuable lessons learned my friends. I'm so glad we made the decision to come in a night early. It allowed us to get everything figured out and settle in so we could enjoy a full two days of Seattle adventures.

Our flight left MN at 7:45p.m. and we didn't get to Seattle until about 9:30p.m. (11:30 CST). Since our race was outside of Seattle, we rented a car. Apparently car rental is a thriving business in Seattle, because they have a separate airport-like building that all the rental companies share. We got to take a fun shuttle ride out to said building, and underwent the worst experience of our entire trip. My advice when renting a car:

1. NEVER book a car rental through a third-party.

  • We used Priceline, who made us pay up front for insurance when reserving the car. When we picked up the car, the rental employee said we actually weren't covered...

2. Research the cheapest car rental place. Then go with company who has the second cheapest price.

  • I knew I selected a company who had the cheapest rates, but stupidly didn't realize how popular it would be. While it might sound like a good idea initially, waiting in line for almost TWO HOURS at 10:30 at night after a four hour flight is not fun at all. I would have rather paid an extra $10 a day just to be in and out. 
3. Just stay away from FOX car rental in general.

  • They only had one employee working the counter, and even though I had made the reservation weeks in advance they overbooked their cars. We actually ended up renting through AVIS, and signed a contract that said FOX would pay us the difference. We were quoted for $9.99 per day, and AVIS rates were $29.99 per day. Nightmare. City.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Decor

Fall is here my friends, and it's my favorite time of year! Not only is the weather amazing for a few short weeks, it means the season of decorating has begun. Since I was at the Little Falls craft fair a couple weekends ago, I started a little early :)

The big owl up front was one of my prized treasures I found this year. I also stopped by Crafts Direct and picked up some fun fall foliage.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Treasures

Labor Day weekend isn't usually busy for me. Most years, it's a time to relax and unwind. This year was full of fun and treasure hunting. We found out about this "Traders Market" in Elko, MN (about 20 mins. South of Mpls/St.Paul) through the owner of the St. Paul antique market on Selby. It's a combination of flea market and antique dealers, and Saturday was the perfect day to venture out. Here are the goodies I managed to score :)

Set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. I've seen this set being sold for as high as $120 and as low as $40. Let's just say I paid somewhere in the middle (but towards the low end).

Friday, August 22, 2014

5 Things Friday - August 2014

Helloooooo weekend! This week seemed to go on forever, and I'm glad it's over. Here are 5 things on my radar this week:
1. Parks and Rec Season 6 came out this week. To promote it, they put out a gag reel. This cast is just so amazing:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

30 Before 30 List

Today I turned 29, and I'm kind of struggling with it. This is the first birthday I've actually dreaded. What's weird is that I'm not exactly sure why. To help me deal and make the last year of my 20's count, I've created a "30 Before 30" list. Some of these things I've done before, and some I haven't. Some are within my comfort zone, and others are way out of it. Some are specific goals, others are more general. The goal is to push myself and complete them all before my 30th birthday next year. They're all reasonable, budget friendly ideas, and I'm determined to cross them all off! :) So, here they are:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Running Revelations - No Excuses

During the day, I work as a social media specialist for a liquor company. Throughout the year, we're allowed to partake in various seminars related to specific alcohols - last month I attended one about tequila. Today, it was sparkling wine. We tried about 13 different kinds of wine, so as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty good by the end of the seminar (as were my co-workers). We decided to keep the happy feelings going and go out for happy hour.

Now, Tuesdays and Thursdays are my running days during the week. I missed Tuesday due to visiting a friend who just had a baby, so I was already feeling a little guilty about missing a run (although once I saw sweet baby, running was pretty far from my mind). I was looking forward to running today, but then happy hour happened. Which was completely fine - I really enjoyed myself, and hanging out with coworkers outside of the office is always fun.

As I was heading home though, I started thinking about how I was going to make up my missed run. Should I go before or after work tomorrow? Should I go tonight even though I just drank two glasses of wine and lots of delicious food? But I reeeeeally don't feel like going tonight.

What I realized, is that running can't become a priority if you don't make it one. So, I sucked it up and here I am at the gym at 8:30 p.m., running 4 miles, feeling pretty crappy. But you know what I won't feel crappy about tomorrow? Missing this run :)

Also, check out my sweet running gear that came in from! I'm pretty excited to wear them!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Beat The Blerch

Most of you know that Tom and I are training for a 1/2 marathon. The race is called Beat The Blerch, and comedic illustrator extraordinaire The Oatmeal is putting it on. He's written some pretty hilarious comics, my personal favorites being "My Dog: the Paradox," and "The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances." We decided to do this 1/2 marathon partly because we both love The Oatmeal, but also because it's about 30 miles from Seattle, WA so we're making a long weekend trip out of it. Another reason is it's the kind of race with "large quantities of birthday cake at every aid station, in addition to Nutella and magical grape beverages." Haha!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Risata Pink Moscato Cupcakes

Pink Moscato Cupcakes? Yes. They're amazing. You can't taste the wine, but you get a perfectly textured cupcake that isn't dry at all.


  • Box of vanilla cake mix
  • Risata Pink Moscato
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Buttercream Frosting (Pillsbury makes a delicious one!)
  • Sprinkles of choice
Follow the directions on the cake mix, except substitute Pink Moscato for the water. When cupcakes are completely cooled, use red food coloring to dye the frosting. Then frost, decorate, and eat! :)