Plumora On Indiegogo

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Earlier this month I told you about Plumora, and today I’m super excited to announce that we’ve launched our Indiegogo campaign! Head over to the campaign page to watch a video about Plumora and make a contribution to our campaign if you’d like – you can make a contribution in any amount by clicking the CONTRIBUTE NOW button. You can also reserve a Plumora Bracelet for just $169 – a great deal, as they’ll retail starting at $299.

Feel free to share the campaign page with your family and friends to help us meet our $250,000 goal!

Plumora: Connect On Your Terms

I mentioned a few days ago that I’ve been working with a wearables company that’s developing a smart bracelet for women. Today is a very exciting day for us, and I figured it would be the perfect time to explain how and why I got involved.

Back in 2006 when I was a senior in college (SIDE NOTE: OH MY GOD, I’M OLD), I wrote a blog chronicling my life. And by “my life,” I mean all the really dumb stuff that my friends and I did, like getting bored in World Market and using wooden cork guns to re-enact a certain former vice president shooting his hunting buddy in the ass. Anyway. Despite my clearly questionable grasp on what constitutes quality blog content, an Australian blogger named Aakanksha started commenting on my posts. I started reading her blog, and then we started emailing each other, and before I knew it I had made my first blogging friend.

Fast forward eight years to last February: I got an email from Aakanksha informing me that she had founded a wearables company in Melbourne. (Seriously, how bad ass is that?) Her team was designing a smart bracelet for women that would alert them to smart phone notifications. Only unlike other wearables on the market, this bracelet would be a beautiful piece of jewelry, something that women could wear into the board room, or to a wedding, or to brunch with friends without looking like they were wearing a gadget on their wrist. Something delicate, made out of beautiful gold instead of clunky rubber or plastic.

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The idea really resonated with me, as I HATE feeling like I’m constantly tied to my phone. Yet on the other hand, I also hate missing important calls, texts, and notifications because my phone is stashed in my purse or I’m stuck in a meeting. I also loved the idea that we would be doing more than creating a beautiful wearable device – we were allowing busy women in all walks of life the opportunity to break free from their phones. To stop stressing about missing important calls from loved ones, and spend more time engaging in the world around them without distraction.

I joined the team as a digital marketing advisor, and the last eight months have been a fantastic whirlwind of designing and building and branding and planning. I’m so proud to announce that this morning we officially launched our website at www.Plumora.com. If you have a second, I’d love for you to check it out. And if you like the idea, consider following us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Plumora BraceletThis project is very dear to me, and I’ll likely check in every once in a while with updates as we prepare to launch our crowdfunding campaign. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I appreciate your support!

NaBloPoMo Day 3: The Best Grilled Cheese Ever

Dave and I invited some new friends over to our house a few weeks ago for drinks and scary movies, and I got kind of nervous before everyone came over. What if they didn’t like us? What if we ran out of stuff to talk about? What if they noticed that one of the air vents in our living room ceiling is being held on by duct tape because it broke OVER A YEAR AGO and we’ve been too lazy to go find the actual part to fix it?

Like usual, my anxiety was pointless because they are awesome, a fact that I had already suspected but was solidified when they told us that the next weekend they were all having a bonfire/grilled cheese night and that we should come. If you’ve so much as glanced at my blog before, then you know I like cheese more than I like most people, so of course we were like VERY YES.

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How I wrap up every restaurant order. Even dessert.

You guys, what happened at that bonfire was magical. I’ve made tons of grilled cheeses in my life, and while the fillings inside may change, the standard procedure remains pretty constant: butter two pieces of bread, fill with cheese, grill, flip, grill, inhale, the end. But it turns out, there’s a much better way to do it. And it looks like this:

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Actually, it only looks like this if you’ve had two coconut rum and Cokes. Otherwise, it’s much less blurry.

Do you see what is happening up there? He melted the cheeses separately in order to achieve the perfect warm and gooey consistency, and then spread it onto buttered and grilled French bread. MIND BLOWN. And then there were the toppings: avocado, tomato, bacon, jalapenos. I can’t even describe my feelings about these sandwiches. I’m glad it was dark out so nobody could see me doing this the whole time I was eating:

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 Seriously though, if you haven’t made a grilled cheese this way then you need to. And then invite me over and give me some.

 

NaBloPoMo November 2014

I’m baaack!

I haven’t blogged in over three months, and now that I’m attempting to start back up, I feel like I owe you guys a bit of an explanation for my absence. And also some gifs.

In March I got the opportunity to write over here, and I figured it’d be a great way to start a travel/home improvement fund outside of my regular monthly savings. Around that same time, a good internet friend whom I met through my blog back in 2006 contacted me about joining her company that’s about to release a really beautiful smart bracelet. And I was like, I HAVE TO BE A PART OF THIS. (Also, please “Like” our page – we’re about to make some exciting announcements!) On top of that I was also working full-time in software marketing. People would periodically ask me why I’d suddenly stopped blogging, and I’d politely explain to them that I was just really short on time and something had to give.

J/K, I was all:

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But! Things are changing. I recently left my full-time job and scored a really great position that I think is a much better fit for me, and will also allow me to have a more flexible work schedule. I won’t give too many details because PRIVACY, but it’s super great and I’ll be leading a team that’s working to make a difference in the lives of families and youth in our community. I have a whole month before I come on board full time, and I plan to spend it taking care of the long list of home improvement projects that I’ve ignored for the last six months. I also plan to do a little of this:

tumblr_inline_mmn4nrZePS1qfelxuMy comeback just happens to coincide with NaBloPoMo, so clearly I’m going to have to participate again this year. Assuming I’m not too busy napping on the couch under a pile of leftover fun-size Halloween candy wrappers, that is.

What I’m Eating

I’m doing something a little bit different today, and sharing a day of eating with you guys. I have this weird obsession with food blogs where people just document what they eat every day. And if you’re thinking that that sounds boring as shit, you’re right, but it does help me come up with new meal ideas. Also, I’m just kind of a creeper in general and like to see the inner workings of people’s lives. For example, I like to go for walks when it’s starting to get dark so I can look inside people’s windows and see how they’ve decorated. It’s pretty fun, except for when they happen to walk past the window and see me standing there all:

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Anyway, I recently noticed that my pants are fitting just a liiittle bit tighter, probably because of my birthday earlier this month and going on vacation the week after that, and generally just existing off of cake, home brewed beer, and the occasional salad. When that happens I try not to freak out, and just be a little better about counting calories (I use MyFitnessPal) for a few weeks until taking my skinny jeans off doesn’t look like this:

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I haven’t been running much lately, so I’ve been trying to keep my carbs at around 30% of my daily total calories. Not because I think carbs are bad, but because I don’t need as many when I’m not running long distances four days a week.

So here’s what yesterday looked like for me. I generally net around 1,400 calories per day (I eat back any calories from exercise, meaning that most days I’m actually eating 1,500-1,800 depending on what I do at the gym):

Breakfast

Breakfast

Right now, my favorite breakfast is two fried eggs. It’s fast, easy, and unlike cereal/oatmeal, it keeps me full until lunch. I also can’t function without my morning cup of coffee, into which I measure a tablespoon of Hazelnut creamer because there are some things I will never ever give up even though they’re full of hydrogenated oil and chemicals that will probably give me cancer.

Lunch

Chickpea burger wrap

For lunch I had a Morningstar Mediterranean Chickpea Burger lettuce wrap with 1/2 an avocado and a little bit of salsa, plus cottage cheese + tomatoes on the side. I eat a chickpea or black bean burger pretty much every day for lunch, either in a wrap, on a bed of greens, or inside a sandwich thin. Except on Wednesdays, when Dave and I walk to the deli up the street and I eat a turkey sandwich on a French roll as big as my head.

Snack

Yesterday it was a bunch of smoked almonds, which I did not photograph because I would have had to momentarily stop shoveling them into my mouth. Peach season is in full swing, so I’ve been getting them from the farmers’ market and having those for snacks as well. I also eat light Babybels like my life depends on it.

Dinner

Dinner

This is one of my favorite dinners ever – Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Bowls. Just cook up a batch of quinoa and top with grilled chicken, avocado, cilantro, black beans, veggies (last night I used onion, orange bell pepper, and halved grape tomatoes), and a little bit of barbecue sauce. Crushed tortillas/cheese are also awesome on top. I like to season my quinoa with cumin and a little bit of garlic salt before throwing on the toppings.

Dessert

Dessert

Skinny Cow Chocolate Mousse Ganache Cones are my everything, and I’ve started eating one pretty much any night when I have enough calories left over after dinner. Are they healthy? Uh, no. But they do contain about half the calories of a Nestle Drumstick and taste every bit as delicious, so there’s that. I’ve tried really hard to cut artificial sweeteners from my diet, but these cones and my morning creamer are probably going to stick around. Moderation, right?

What I’m working on:

- Limiting drinking to two nights per week. It’s just so hard when I know there’s delicious home brew in the fridge. Also, I’m super introverted/have serious social anxiety, so whenever I’m at an event and there’s booze it’s hard to say no to at least one drink to calm my paralyzing fear of awkward small talk.

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So that’s it … do you ever read “what-I-ate” style blogs? Please tell me I’m not the only one who likes to read this shit occasionally.

 

Back From The Beach

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After doing pretty much nothing but this for three days straight, it kind of sucks to come home to temperatures over 100 degrees and the realization that I gave up any hope of being rich enough to own beachfront property back when I decided to major in journalism. Note to any journalism/English/communications students who may be reading this: RUN, DON’T WALK TO THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND CHANGE MAJORS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

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Anyway, here are a few more pics from the beach:

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Whale watching. Everybody saw them but us. Standard.

Me and Dave

After he shaved 10 years off my life by showing me his “American Ninja Warrior” skills, AKA leaping from rock to rock right next to the edge of the roaring ocean.

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I love fog. Why do I not live here.

I’m off work until Thursday, so the last few days have consisted of Netflix, pajamas, and processed foods. I did manage to get to the gym yesterday, but I forgot that hot weather aggravates my heart condition, and after about 30 minutes into this elliptical workout I felt like I was going to die. I think until the weather cools off I’m going to keep my cardio a bit lighter.

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Source   This looks about right.

And since I’m almost Netflixed out and boycotting the gym, I’m thisclose to buying a plastic kiddie pool and spending the rest of my vacation sitting in a foot of water in the back yard. If you know me in real life, feel free to come over and join me. Bring RazberRitas.

Hello From The Other Side

After that last totally depressing post, I figured I should probably check in and let you know that I survived turning 30. And it actually didn’t suck.

Probably because I did a lot of this.

Perhaps because I did a lot of this.

On the morning of my birthday Dave made me breakfast in bed, which I ate while watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If that doesn’t say, “I’m ready to be a responsible adult,” then WHAT DOES?

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That’s a maple sausage/egg/cheese/potato breakfast burrito. Wrapped in an Ancient Grains tortilla because HEALTH.

He also surprised me with the best gift ever – he blew up two photos he took of a butterfly on a flower on our front lawn and had them printed on canvas:

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They’re still sitting on these bookcases, almost a week later. I was going to hang them in the hallway, but I accidentally watched three seasons of “Disappeared” on Netflix instead.

I got a lot of other neat stuff, too. My parents bought me this watch, which I love so much that I’m posting a picture of my veiny hand to show it to you:

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How do fashion bloggers take close-ups of their hands without them looking like alien claws? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

Dave’s cousin got me adult onset diabetes 30 Milky Way Midnights, which was hilarious and also the reason that you will find a surprise candy bar in your purse when you get home if you visit my house in the next year.

All that to say: My birthday was super fun, and I’m done freaking out about my 30s. For now.

We leave for a trip to the Southern Oregon coast tomorrow morning, which I’m really excited about because it’s been over 100 degrees every day for the past week here. I plan to do nothing but eat, drink, and marvel at the fact I don’t have sweat dripping down my back and into my underwear. It’s going to be great.