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1.  Ingenious way to sip fruit infused H2O on the go…the brainchild of a 15-year-old entrepreneur // Define Bottle

2.  The prettiest, and oh-so-chic way to serve doughnuts  // Glitter Guide

3.  One of my favorite bloggers/cookbook authors wrote a cookbook (I’ve made many of her recipes) and now she’s started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project // The Yellow Table via Kickstarter

4.  Jell-O shots using a hulled strawberry as the serving vessel.  Stop it!  // Popsugar/Yumsugar

5.  In case you missed it…Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels do Real People, Fake Arms on The Tonight Show // Mashable

Have a great weekend!

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1.  Cantaloupe meets bagel, odd combo, can’t wait to try this! // Tasting Table

2.  On my summer must-read list // NY Mag

3.  Lobster chic.  I saw a girl wearing a similar sweater at a bar last night, and I really liked it! // Elle

4.  Philly goes big-time!  Shake Shack/Vetri collaboration. // FooBooz

5.  No-bake key lime pie, yes please! // Domino

Have a great weekend!

 

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1.  I need to make this “Choco Taco” this weekend // Thrillist

2.  The History of the Ramen Noodle // The New Yorker

3.  The single best condiment for grilled corn on the cob – chipotle lime butter // Bon Appétit

4.  10 Buzzy Superfoods That Work // Refinery29

5.  Presto change-o…easy food hack for converting soft shells to hard taco shells // Foodbeast

Have a great weekend!

Happy trails to you, until we meet again…it’s Friday

If you’re a blog aficionado, then I’m guessing today’s post will probably look familiar to you.  I’m starting a new series called “Friday Five”.  As a news junkie and communications choreographer (thanks Lindsay A. for allowing me to borrow this moniker) I’m constantly scouring the web for interesting, informative and thought-provoking content to add to my arsenal of conversation starters.  Here are some of the cool stories I’m reading today.  Have a nice weekend!

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1.  3 Easy Water Infused Recipes // A Beautiful Mess

2.  11 Things You Didn’t Know About Lucky Charms // Thrillist

3.  Best Airport Food Across the U.S. // Delish/Food & Wine

4.  Red Velvet Cake: A Classic, Not a Gimmick // New York Times

5.  How to Win Reservations and Influence Waiters by David Chang // GQ

 

What are you reading today?

 

We have FOMO because, YOLO

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We’re all friends here, right?   So, hopefully you won’t judge me when I confess that everyone in our house suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out).  Fortunately, I’m able to effectively manage my FOMO.  I experience a mild amount of regret if I order the wrong thing on a restaurant menu and someone else’s dish looks way more awesome than mine.  Or, I see a friend’s vacation photos on Facebook and realize I’m totally missing out on an awesome vacation experience.   My husband Jay on the other hand, nurses a much more serious case of FOMO.  He will be practically overcome with anxiety and grief if he suddenly realizes he is missing out on a night of awesomeness with his friends.  Even our bulldog, Hank, suffers from FOMO.  He follows our every move to ensure he doesn’t miss out on a single moment of our day.  Springtime in Philly only seems to exacerbate our FOMO.  With all the new restaurant openings, concerts, foodie festivals and events it’s hard to accept the fact that we simply cannot be doing the coolest thing ever at every single moment.

Fortunately I hear there is a cure for FOMO.  Apparently you can fight FOMO by realizing the media, including social media, are misleading us by presenting a highlight reel of moments disguised as everyday activities.  So true, right? Speaking of social media, it seems to be the primary culprit of this modern phenomenon.  Since I work in marketing, part of my job has been to stream news and important info via social media platforms, but as everyone knows it can be a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with all the various social media networks.  If you’re a marketing nerd like me, you’ll probably appreciate this interesting infographic from Mashable that shows 56% of social media users suffer from FOMO.

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In conclusion, I read an article earlier this year that said 2013 was the year of FOMO and we should strive to make 2014 the year of JOMO.  Which is: the joy of missing out.