Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday! 

It’s been a long, exciting week! Looking forward to time with Jason, the pups and some friends this weekend… And hopefully, some sleep! 

   A cocktail after Day 1 at Off the Record.


Spring rolls & avocado toast from Juice NOLA at St. Roch Market

   A beautiful view during a site visit in D.C.


 My sweet little JoJo resting with his paw in my face. 


 The best “going-away” cake ever! Love all the veggies! Ha ha! Good work, Jules! 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

-Lindsey

What I Would Pack with HomeAway

Happy Thursday!

First off, thank you all for reading yesterday’s post — I received a ton of great comments on social media and so many of you read the post, which is so much appreciated it.

I’m excited to have worked with HomeAway on a fun post talking vacation essentials– I mean, who’s NOT excited about getting away this summer?

First, I picked a place to go and I chose the Florida Gulf Coast – specifically, Navarre Beach! You can check out some other beautiful locations along the Florida Panhandle here. I’ve been looking at places in hopes of getting a chance to sneak off to the beach of a long weekend and found some beautiful options there–the white sand and blue-green water?! Sign. Me. Up.

Here are my essentials:

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Bobble water bottle: I’ve talked about Bobble’s products before, but having water out by the beach is essential — especially if you’re sipping a couple of cocktails. It’s all about balance, right?! I will always love Bobble’s products since they filter water as you drink it, help cut down on the amount of plastic water bottles used and make life so easy when traveling.

Budget-friendly floppy hat: As I get older, I practically hide from the sun — so much for all of those days of throwing tanning oil on and trying to get as tan as possible! I’d love to get a beautiful, expensive hat, but reality sets in when it comes to the wind, the water and the salt. This Forever 21 option is fantastic! I bought three when we went on our trip to the BVIs and wore two of them out during the trip. When I’m having fun with family on the beach playing games or going in the water, I don’t want to be worrying about getting my hat wet!

A great book [or series of books!]: I’ve shared my Hunger Games obsessed before and the series is one of my favorite beach reads. Sitting by the water with a book listening to the waves crash — my favorite place on Earth!

BB cream with SPF: When CC and BB creams started becoming popular, I bought a sample pack for the above mentioned trip to the BVIs thinking it’d be great to have some coverage — especially with a high SPF — and have the chance to even out my skin with minimal work before hitting the beach, pool or heading out on the boat. This one by Dr. Jart is fantastic — such great products, coverage and protection from the sun.

The perfect beach chair: Last, but maybe most important is a good beach chair. Tommy Bahama makes some great chairs (and sometimes you can find them at Costco or B.J.’s for a steal!). This chair is my tried and true – lots of pockets, a cup holder and it’s a backpack. We sneak our towels in there, as well, while we’re walking out to claim our spot. I’ll take my chair down by the water and let the waves hit my feet, while I enjoy my book and a drink…can I go to the beach right now, PLEASE?!

I hope you enjoyed this post — I’ve always been a beach girl, so it was fun teaming up with HomeAway to share some of my essentials. Now, I just need to book the vacation.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Lindsey

A new adventure!

IMG_0548Far from a legend, but thanks, Chris aka “Pants,” it was great for a photo opp!

Wow… I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since I have posted! But, I’m hoping that today’s post will make up for it…at least a little!

The last few weeks been had their ups and downs which is the explanation for my absence. Two big things happened that are life-changing. One is the loss of a friend who impacted my little corner of the world so so much. She’ll be missed so much by so many and I know her grace, kindness and compassion is something that will continue to be in my thoughts every day. So many times during the five years I’ve known her have I referenced how she’d handle a situation in my own life and I know that’s not changing anytime soon. Since we received the news of her passing, I have lacked a lot of inspiration until, really, the last couple of days. It’s just been hard to process and know that she’s no longer a phone call away, but that doesn’t mean she and her family who mean so much to me aren’t in my thoughts every day.

The other life-changing news … I’m starting a new job….TODAY!  (I told you … ups and downs!)

I am now the campaign manager in the sports and entertainment division for the American Diabetes Association. (!!!)

As I sit on a plane en route to D.C. for my first day, it’s hard to articulate how special the last eight-plus years have been with the Pelicans/Hornets and Saints.

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Working in PR for an NBA team was my dream job in college. After working in sports information for a couple years and landing an summer internship with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets), I knew the NBA was where I wanted to be. The game of basketball has been so influential on my life for about a million reasons – and it’s also been IN my life since I was born.

FullSizeRender (1)The best around – Kory & Big Shot, Pelicans equipment

Here’s a short history: I moved to New Orleans in August of 2007 and took the role of basketball communications coordinator. It was SO. COOL. Being at practice today and working every home game and facilitating interviews with players – I mean, I was loving my job. The following year – being able to travel with the team and take in games around the country – I thought it couldn’t get better. In the spring of 2011, the team’s corporate communications manager left and my boss asked if it was something I would be interested in. I was, but, I mean, how am I going to leave this super fun job that I’m in love with?! When I was told it was the best way to continue to grow and move up within the organization, it was a decision I knew I needed to make, but I was really terrified to do it. At that point, the team was owned by the league and, sometime in the near future, someone new would buy the team, and change was imminent. I took the leap and it ended up being the perspective, growth, opportunity for creativity and chance to take ownership of a role that I really need to grow personally and professionally. When the team was bought by the Benson family, I had the chance to do the job for both teams, work with ownership, including its philanthropic efforts, and my job was literally one of a kind in the world. So darn lucky.

Around the time that the team was bought, I was reading an article (and wish like crazy I had the link) that included the quote:

“…Take a deep breath. Be confident in your abilities. Be open to new ideas. Find comfort in knowing that it’s okay for dreams to change.”

I LOVED it and it’s been taped to my monitor ever since – and made an appearance in my ‘See you later’ email to my co-workers.

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That’s where my luck gets even better (if I could ever imagine). After a few years working for both teams and learning SO much, I wondered what was next. I loved my job (despite the stressors and minutia that sometimes drags you down that EVERYONE deals with) and so many of the people I worked with, but it was hard being a one-person show and, not to mention, having my husband in the building. We loved seeing each other, but the pace and hours we were both putting in were starting to be tough and we spent a lot of time at home talking about work, which is fine, but also can get old. I hadn’t applied for any other jobs, but family comes first and I wanted to be a better wife, daughter, cousin, niece and friend, too, so I wasn’t ruling out a change.

After volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and seeing the organization’s culture, I really loved the non-profit sector. In the last few years, there have been so many negative events and happenings, and also some negative cultural patterns that really have pushed me to want to do something to make the world a little better and help people when I go to the office every day.

On Monday, Feb. 10 (I remember because the Pels played that day, of course! Ha!), a former co-worker and friend of mine called to tell me about a few opportunities across a couple of non-profits, including one with the American Diabetes Association in its sports and entertainment division (where she had recently taken a job).

Talking to Morgan made me so excited about having the chance to unite two of my passions at the same time. How was that a thing?! I couldn’t believe it and immediately wanted to know more. After talking with her and the department head, Suzanne (who I knew through her husband and through a committee for a charity gala), I was in.

So, here I am, flying to D.C. to start another dream job – feeling incredibly lucky and, despite literally finishing my last day of work with the Saints and Pelicans earlier in the day, energized and excited for a new chapter. The department is relatively new at ADA and the organization has gone through a lot of changes and has a ton of new faces. The opportunity to be a part of building something special is really exciting.

For all of my Pelicans/Saints co-workers, colleagues and anyone who’s path intersected mine during my time in New Orleans and along the way that are reading this: THANK YOU!  Each of you has had a profound impact on molding me into the person and professional I am today. I’ve learned so much from so many and that makes me feel pretty darn lucky – and so many friendships have come from work and those relationships mean so much to me. It made it a lot easier to walk out of the building and not be a mess knowing that those friendships aren’t going anywhere.

It’s a new chapter. The chance to have more balance in life and take better care of my loved ones and myself and also, hopefully, make a difference in people’s lives every day at work.

Can’t wait to see how it all works out…but, forever, GO PELICANS & SAINTS!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Lindsey

Five Things for Friday

It’s been… a week. Looking forward to the weekend and spending lots of time with Jason and the pups.

Here are five images from the week. Have a wonderful weekend!

IMG_0275SO appreciative of the gifts received from Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam for winning a contest she hosted on her blog to celebrate the release of her new book, Carrying On. I started it on Friday night and had finished it by Saturday at lunch. A great read!

IMG_0283Jersey rushing to Daddy and JoJo during an outing at the dog park last weekend.

IMG_0296My homemade [vegan] version of Mexican pizza. YUM!

IMG_0343My first vegan baking attempt: vanilla cupcakes via Minimalist Baker. The first round wasn’t so good, but the second batch came out delicious!

DSC_1272#FBF: Found this while organizing photos. Snapped it as the sun was going down in Old San Juan during our summer vacation (2012). Loved the pure joy on the kids’ faces as they played in the fountains.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

-Lindsey

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wish List Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Gifts for your man or woman [DIY, inexpensive & thoughtful]

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Happy Wednesday!

This week is going fast since the office was closed and this weekend is the NBA All-Star Break…and I am NOT complaining about it!

Today’s post is for those of us who aren’t so into Valentine’s Day, but still would love to do something thoughtful for our significant other. This Wednesday post is a little non-traditional as in there aren’t links for every idea. Hope this helps you last-minute shoppers!

1 – 52 Reasons Why I Love You – I’ve seen this gift on Pinterest a ton and it’s super cute. It’s so cheap and easy and all the materials you need could be found at the drug store or even the Dollar Store. Just come up with 52 reasons, type or write them on a sheet of paper you can glue to the cards, use some binder rings to bind them and you’re done!

2 – Love Letter Board with Candy – This is another Pinterest favorite and there are a TON of versions on the website you can use. Or, you can get creative and write your own – just use one of the previous ones that uses the candy ‘terms’ for your love letter. Another one that can be sourced at the drug store or Dollar Store!

3 – A Cuddle Kit for 2 – I LOVE this one! Grab all the goodies – and extra candy or snacks you and your love enjoy during movie nights and enjoy a night in!

4 – Memory Balloons – When I was writing this post, I asked Jason what some of his favorite gifts that have been clearly homemade were his favorites and he mentioned this one. One year, I think when we had been together for five Valentine’s Days, I bought five balloons and attached a weight and card to each. Each card had the number of the year we’d been together and my favorite memory from that year. I also made him a chocolate cake [the best recipe!] with a heart made out of pink M&M’s on the top and dropped everything off at work. It was one of his favorites…even if he was a little embarrassed at the office!

5 – Swedish Fish Gift – This is one I may use this year as Jason LOVES Swedish Fish! This one is so easy and so cute and can be done for a ton of different candies. Again, Pinterest is your BFF on this one – search the favorite candy of your significant other and Valentine’s Day and you’ll have lots of ideas to choose from!

6 – Date Jar – Such a fun idea! Those this may take a LITTLE more time than some of the others, I love this idea. Each color popsicle stick determines the type of date –

7 – Coupon Book – Another classic DIY gift, there are a million templates online, but be creative and personalize some of them. If your guy or gal loves breakfast in bed, include that – or if there is a restaurant you hate but they love, promise to eat a meal there together. This one is easily personalized and can make a person feel so so special!

8 – Dessert surprise! – This wouldn’t be the best Valentine’s surprise for Jason because I try to do this from time to time normally, BUT make a special trip to get a treat that your significant other loves. For Jason, that’s Emeril’s banana cream pie. I’ve thought about trying to make it, but, I know my limits! If I’m downtown for a meeting during the day or something, I’ll stop by and pick a piece up to bring him at work. It’s always a welcomed gesture –and, since we don’t eat there more than a few times a year since it’s such an expensive night out, it’s a luxury surprise for sure!

9 – Basket of Favorites – The picture of the next gift idea is one I helped a co-worker put together for one of her staff members as a thank you. It’s so easy to make and personalize to really spoil the person on the receiving end. Collect candy, gift cards and other items, hot glue them to a dowel and find a great container to put them all in. Here’s an easy tutorial (I’ll admit, I didn’t use floral tape when I made mine) – it’s SUCH an easy gift to be as creative or simple as you wish!

10 – Book his or her favorite day! – Similar to the coupons and spoiling your significant other by promising to put on a smile and participate in their favorite outing, activity or heading to their favorite restaurant, this one is a way to really show you care. For us, usually this means me either tagging a long while Jason bowls, or, on the rare occasion, bowling with him. A lot of times, your loved one may not suggest their favorite activities or places because he/she knows it’s not on your list – surprise them by already having everything set! A simple, but sweet and thoughtful gesture.

11 – Cook his or her favorite meal – I feel like I am guilty of always deferring to this, but, homemade lobster ravioli is always a hit. If your significant other has a favorite meal at a restaurant that’s not TOO far outside of your comfort zone to make, gift it a shot. If you can, find a way to incorporate hearts – like the heart-shaped cookie cutter I used to make raviolis – or make a heart-shaped cake. Again, it’s the thought that counts with this one — well, if the house is still standing when you’re done in the kitchen!

I hope these ideas help if you’re looking for a last-minute idea that’s thoughtful, simple and doesn’t break the bank!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey