Y’all sure know how to make a girl blush Reading your comments is the highlight of my day. I am glad you all enjoyed the little trip down memory lane. I replied to all of the comments – did you know that you can reply to your comments through your email now with WordPress? I just hit “reply” in my inbox, but instead of sending an email, it sends it directly to your comment box on my post – cool!! I am going to start doing this more often – right as the comments come in!
What happens when a girl gets her blogging mojo back? A full day of eats, of course! I don’t think I’ve blogged all three meals since BlogHer. I have to give kudos to those of you who do it every day – it takes dedication! Muy impressivo.
I woke up at 5:45 am this morning and was hit with the writing bug. As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t know where this newest “project” is going to end up, but I like the way it’s making me feel. I enjoyed a mug of Coffee Cocoa while relishing my furiously typing fingers (ha, I am SUCH a dork!).
As per usual, I headed to the gym for a morning sweat session and did 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I love that workout. It’s such a wake-up call! I came back, showered and made the usual.
Are you tired of this combination yet? ‘Cause I’m not 😉
Then it was off to work I went. I was lucky enough to have Papa Bender as a walking buddy this morning. My family stayed in Chicago with me for the weekend and left this afternoon, so PB was nice enough to escort me to the office. Twas fun!
I spent the morning catching up on everything I had missed. I snacked on a new Jocolat flavor.
It was pretty good. I think I like the Larabars best, but it was still fun to try something new.
Lunch was phenomenal. One of my co-workers recently told me about the Butternut Squash & Apple soup from Au Bon Pain, and I am now obsessed! It has a hint of maple syrup and a touch of cream…and a whole lotta awesome. I highly recommend it!
This is actually a picture of last week’s lunch But you get the idea – it looked the same today, promise!
The rest of the afternoon went by in a blur. One of the things I love most about my new job is that I am always kept busy. No such thing as “boring” while I’m in the office. The days go by lightning fast and I have no idea what happened. I sort of love it.
When I got home, I made one of my latest favorites for dinner.
I cooked up 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites with some spinach on the stove until the greens had wilted. I then stuffed the “goods” in a whole wheat pita and added a big handful of chickpeas, 2 tbsp. salsa and a sprinkle of Goya. It is seriously filling. Must be all that fiber 😉
Currently, I am further indulging my fiber needs with a HONEYCRISP!! I know these are big in blogland and as everyone else will tell you, they are worth the $$. So juicy and fresh – they scream fall.
That is all. Yes, I am from Minnesota. Yes, I live in Chicago. Yes, I am a cheesehead at heart.
Bobby and I are arch rivals tonight. Bring it on, Bob.
- Did you see that Gourmet, Cookie and Modern Bride are closing? So sad
- CHECK IT OUT: The New FTC Guidelines
This is a big deal as both a blogger and also in my line of work. Here are some of the key points:
- The post of a blogger who “receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement”
- The rules require bloggers and endorsers to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products or face penalties that include up to $11,000 in fines per violation
- The rules do not say how bloggers must clarify or disclose any conflicts of interest (e.g. in each post, in an overall site disclaimer, etc.)
- The disclosure goes beyond blogs to celebrity endorsers – including comments on talk shows, blog posts and on social media as well as in traditional advertisements
- If a company’s advertisement refers corporate-sponsored research findings, the advertisement must share and disclose the connection between the company and the research organization (e.g. who paid for the research)
- The rules also affect advertisements/endorsements where the “results not typical” tagline used to appear; now advertisements will be required to say what results consumers can “generally expect”
- The rules take effect December 1
Thoughts on the new guidelines? How will it impact the way you blog/read blogs?
Please share your opinions – I’d love to hear them!