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Weekend Wrap-Up: Nashville Y’all + Giveaway Winner!

Hi friends! How was everyone’s weekend!? Mine was amazing because I was in NASHVILLE for just a fun family trip! It felt so good to be back there – so many fun memories – and it felt even better to just have a laid back weekend! I forgot how freakin’ HOT it is down there, though. Omg. I think I’ve finally gotten used to the cooler Chicago summers so it felt even hotter than usual.

We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort which was literally MASSIVE. Obviously we got lost on the way to our room. And it’s not even like you just get lost down a hallway there, you are in a literal JUNGLE of wildlife and plants trying to find your way out. I felt like I was in the opening scene of The Secret Garden.

And if you’ve seen it you HAVE to be giggling because it’s so spot on. I tried to find an image to support this claim but unfortunately Googling “secret garden movie baby lost in jungle” doesn’t yield the results I wanted.

Weird.

Anyway.

I went down there with the intention to stop by all the bloggery spots – you know – the big Nashville wall, Pinewood Social, I can’t even think of any others? – but honestly it just didn’t work out that way and I actually kind of liked it better because it wasn’t so blogger basic. Y’all have seen those spots before. Boring.

(And yes, I said y’all, I’m Southern again, sooooo…)

We ended up having lunch at Acme Feed & Seed (which was DELISH), did a little daytime bar crawl from Paradise Park to Tootsie’s rooftop, bought way too much sour candy at Rocket Fizz (weakness), spent the evening getting pushed around at The Stage (favorite), had coffee at not one but THREE local spots – Bongo Java, Relevator, and Crema, brunch at Jackson’s, dinner at The Pharmacy (worth the hype), and spent the last night out on the town at Honkey Tonk Central followed by sitting in insane Kanye West traffic and calling it a night before midnight (granny).

Per usual I planned to take a lot of pics but wanted to just enjoy some family time, so I did my best. 🙂 (And P.S. after my pics I’m announcing the winner of my VITAL PROTEINS GIVEAWAY!)

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Sweet Tea Mint Julep at ACME
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A little coffee moment at Bongo Java
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Found this in an alley behind the old Printer’s Alley
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Obsessed with the painted tables at Bongo Java
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It was so hot I had to get iced
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Loved the decor at ACME
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I love walking through neighborhoods when I’m in a new city and seeing all the cute houses
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Vibes at Relevator #chic
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Love the blatant trashy side at Paradise Park
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More coffee – are you sensing a theme here?
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Where I get my love of coffee – sweet Mumsy
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Found my dream home
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My pops showed me this place – SO cute right near downtown
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Delish. Plus it has a rooftop.
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Selfie with mah boo.
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ACME. YESSSS. I had redneck ramen LOL.
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ALLLLL THE COFFEE @ Relevation
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Lusting over this velvet couch at ACME
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Opryland brought my inner diva out, idk.

Oh and BTW, thank you all SO much for the amazing feedback during my giveaway last week! It sounds like coffee talks & Whole 30 posts are your favorite (search both topics on the toolbar or using the 3 little lines in the upper right corner if you’re on a mobile device!).

I absolutely love writing those posts – I think they’re my faves, too – so I loved that you loved them!

But enough about that.

Lets get to the juicy stuff.

The winner of the Vital Proteins giveaway is………

COLLEEN! (@colleensheehan9)

Wooooo!

I will DM you with the details! Congrats!!!

I hope EVERYONE has an amazing week! I will be back tomorrow with a fun new FALL recipe for my Whole 30 lovers! See you then! Xo.

-TWB

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hey guys! How is everyone doing?! I’m currently typing this from the couch where I’ve literally been the entire day because I’m so POOPED. I think I’ve taken about 3 naps and eaten about 20 buffalo wings. Thank God for Postmates, amiright?!

I’m not proud.

BUT it’s so worth it because this weekend was so amazing.

Let me back up a minute.

This past weekend, I traveled to Rome, Georgia for my best friend Sam’s wedding. First of all – her venue was absolutely STUNNING. She had her wedding at The Farm in Rome, and not only is Rome the cutest little town ever (I felt like I was literally in Bluebell for any other Hart of Dixie fans out there besides Ben & I) but tucked away in the woods was this absolutely gorgeous barn.

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Every single moment was beautiful. Sweaty, but absolutely beautiful. I don’t even have the words to explain. I think I cried off and on the entire weekend. And completely lost my voice.

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Plus, the entire weekend we were all completely off the grid with no cell service or wifi which was amazing because I genuinely spent every single minute with some of the people I love most. It was so nice to just put the phone down and be in the moment. I tried to take a lot of pics, but honestly, I just wanted to soak it all up!

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Tell me…  how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Tell me everything! I’ll be back soon with some fun new posts for the week! I hope you had an amazing weekend! Xo.

-TWB

Cape Cod Style

Hey y’all! How is everyone doing today? Today I’m actually traveling (yes, AGAIN) to Atlanta for my best friend Sam’s wedding and I am SO EXCITED! And I’m also super excited to finally share more pics from Cape Cod! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post about what I thought would happen in Cape Cod. And then what actually happened.

It’s probably the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me.

So let me back up a minute and talk about why I even went to Cape Cod, because even some of my closest friends were like, wait you’re going to Cape Cod???

Long story short, Ben’s best friend from high school worked for the Wequassett Resort back in the day, and he was traveling there and invited us along. So yes, we were basically the SUPER lucky friends who were chosen to crash someone else’s amazing 5-star trip.

And I’m sure you have seen all of my Instagram tags, but we stayed at a resort in Harwich called the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. It is easily the nicest resort I’ve ever stayed at. It’s so quiet and peaceful and the service is just out of this world. I think any time we ran into a staff member (which was few and far between because you feel like you’re in your own little world), they were like “Let’s get you some champagne!”

Um, OKKKK? IF YOU INSIST.

Oh and everyone on the resort looked like a Ralph Lauren model. Literally. Everyone.

It was overall just a really nice weekend and I never wanted to leave!

But enough about that. Now onto the important stuff – CLOTHES. Because when you travel to Cape Cod, let’s just be honest, Lulu’s and an oversized tee just won’t cut it.

AIRPORT

This top the magic jeansthe perfect purse that doubles as a 2nd carry-on

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DINNER

This dress + saddle brown heels (only $49!) + these earrings + you guessed it – this bag again

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COFFEE

This teecutoff shorts +  these slings (on sale for only $48!) + this pullover sweater (yes, it’s mens I wear a size small!) + these slings & bag againthis cap + these sunnies

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BRUNCH + POOLSIDE

This shirtthe magic jeans in white + new sunnies

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So tell me… what are you up to this weekend?! Anything fun? I will be back Monday with a fun little weekend wrap-up! I will see you then. Xo.

-TWB

Weekend Wrap-Up: Cape Cod

Hi sweet friends! How was everyone’s Labor Day weekend? I hope it was restful, fun, and filled with BBQ! If you follow me on Instagram (@thewindyblonde) and Snapchat (@jillbeangreen) you saw my adventures in Cape Cod.

Today I’m sharing some pictures from the trip!

I’ll start with the good ones first…

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…And now some fun ones!

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AND I have a TON more pics to share! Be sure to check back the next few days for details on the trip, resort, and the most important, OUTFIT DEETZ.

Until then… what did you do this Labor Day? Did you go anywhere fun? Catch up on some TV shows? Try some new fun restaurants? Tell me everything! I’ll see you soon. Xo.

-TWB

Traveling For Work (Without Totally Ruining Your Diet)

Hey guys! How is everyone doing today?! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I’m currently in St. Louis. No, I haven’t seen the arch yet (sad face) but hopefully after work I can do a little more exploring. Fingers crossed!

Anyway.

My original plan today was to start my Bowl of the Week series and share some fun bowl recipes because I’ve had a ton of requests for this. So I want to start this up next week when I’m back at home (and back to meal prepping!). But today I wanted to talk about what is super relevant for me this week: how do I eat healthy when I’m traveling for work? 

Anyone who has traveled for work feels my pain on this, right?!

Traveling for work makes healthy eating really inconvenient. Since you’re there to work (obviously) there are time constraints that make it difficult to sit down for a real meal, pressures to join your coworkers for pizza and drinks during happy hour, and on top of that, you’re in an unfamiliar area so it’s even harder to find a healthy meal even if you wanted one.

I think the best way to travel for work without totally ruining your diet is pretty simple: You really have to try.

I know, I know, this isn’t groundbreaking stuff but I feel like it needs to be said. I’m going to be blunt here. Just stop making excuses and genuinely try. Invest in your health. Think about your long term goal. And think about how crappy you’ll feel when you get back and have eaten horribly all week (on top of being exhausted).

Yes, it’s easy to jump into the shorter McDonald’s line at the airport and grab a McGriddle. But you need to plan healthy eating into your day and make it a priority when you’re traveling.

Wake up 15 minutes earlier and get to the airport with time to stand in the mile-long Starbucks line for something a little healthier. Research restaurants around your hotel, or conference center, or office to plan your lunch or dinner ahead of time. When your coworkers invite you to happy hour, yes of course you should go (don’t be a weirdo) but order a light cocktail or one glass of wine and a healthy appetizer. So many restaurants now cater to the “healthy” market, you can typically at least snack on some hummus and veggies.

And if your coworkers give you a hard time? They’re probably just self-conscious about what they’re eating. Nobody likes to eat nachos alone.

But for real. Keep your hands out of the nachos. I know you can do it.

Here are some ways I’ve stayed healthy during this trip, and maybe it will give  you some ideas on how to plan ahead for your next work trip!

Breakfast

What I ate: Starbuck’s Blueberry Oatmeal & Blonde Roast coffee (black)

Why I ate it: I can’t eat dairy so eating breakfast on-the-go is really tough for me. Pretty much everything available for a quick breakfast has cheese on it. So I opt for the Starbucks oatmeal because it’s super filling & a great source of fiber, and best of all, it’s made with water so it’s a delicious dairy-free breakfast! I throw some blueberries on top, too, for some added antioxidants. Oh and my coffee? I always drink it black. I know, it’s not fun or nearly as Instagrammable as the Pink Drink but it gets the job done. If I had to add a sweetener I would opt for raw sugar or Truvia. Please don’t drink fake sugar. It literally makes me cringe.

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Morning Snack

What I ate: Grapes, cashews & a banana.

Why I ate it: First of all, building snacks into your day is a major key (omg I can’t believe I just said that) to staying healthy on-the-go, because it helps prevent hanger attacks and impulsive decisions. Plus, after a flight, nothing tastes better than some water-filled fruit like grapes to rehydrate me. But I also like to mix in some protein-packed nuts (cashews are my fave) so it’s a little more substantial. The banana is thrown in my purse for an emergency snack. Sometimes you just can’t plan when you’ll have your next meal, so if hanger strikes, just reach in your bag for your banana!

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Lunch

What I ate: A bowl (duh) from Crazy Bowls & Wraps with organic quinoa, grilled chicken, mixed veggies, and an olive oil, herb, and lime sauce

Why I ate it: You know I live for bowls. So when I’m traveling for work I do my research. Instead of making an impulsive decision on lunch after a 2-hour meeting where your stomach is growling louder than the person talking, look up your lunch spot ahead of time so you don’t have any excuses. If I’m in a city I’ve never been to, I like to Yelp it. I search “fast-casual” and typically a ton of nearby options come up. That way, I can browse menus and plan ahead. This place was right up my alley.

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Afternoon Snack

What I ate: Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

Why I ate it: I love these bad boys. They’re minimal-ingredient, minimal-processing, throw-in-your-bag-and-go lifesavers. Plus the peanuts pack protein and they’re just filling enough to get me to the next meal. I buy them before my trip and pack them in my purse.

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Dinner

What I ate: “Naked” grilled salmon, button mushrooms, and sautéed spinach from Stoney River.

Why I ate it: Ok before you judge my bougie dinner, the restaurant is in my hotel, ok??? Any time I have to eat dinner out, I try to stick with the same combo: a lean meat, a green, and another veggie. Whether you’re able to pick your dinner spot, or you have to entertain clients or dine with co-workers, this is always a safe bet. I will never be the girl who tells you to order a salad – you’ll be hungry in your hotel room within an hour and reaching for the mini fridge snacks. Feed yourself!

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All Day

What I drank: WATER.

Why I drank it: It’s so important to rehydrate after flying. It will keep your energy levels high and your skin from looking haggard and dull. Pack some electrolyte tablets and your Contigo and you will be all set. Be sure to drink at least 2 extra glasses (or one Contigo refill) more than your usual amount to make up for the lack of hydration. Please note: This is a TWB suggestion, with little to no scientific backing. LOL. But it helps keep me hydrated!

So tell me… how do you stay healthy while you’re traveling for work? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Tell me everything! I will be back tomorrow with my new favorite hairstyle and some amazing pics from the lakefront! (I shared a sneak peek in my new profile pic on this page!) You won’t want to miss it! Xo.

-TWB