We love our North Loop office for many reasons, but when the sun starts to shine and patios are happy hour-ready, our neighborhood transforms into a hot spot. Not to mention, being a hop, skip and a jump away from Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins is a great perk. Now that baseball season is in full swing (pun intended) we are looking forward to spending many summer nights cheering on our team while indulging in baseball’s finest: beer and peanuts. Go Twins!
Sometimes you learn something new…and sometimes it’s how to make maple syrup. I spent a weekend “supervising” (aka observing) my friend checking sap lines and boiling sap in the appropriately named Sugar Shack.
So how does sap turn into syrup? I know you’re dying to know.
- Step 1: Come spring, tap trees by drilling holes into their trunks
- Step 2: Collect the sap as it drains out of the tree
- Step 3: Boil the sap to evaporate the water and you’re left with syrup. *Note – be careful to not overheat the syrup as it will begin to crystallize.
It is quite the job, but having pure maple syrup that goes straight from the forest to the table without any added chemicals, preservatives or additives is something to appreciate.
This past weekend, lululemon athletica hosted its much-anticipated annual warehouse sale at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As a lululemon aficionado and a brave Minnesotan, I knew I had to check it out.
We went on Saturday to avoid the wait times that had accompanied the yogi heyday on Friday, and only ended up spending about 40 minutes in line. Also, there was a DJ playing Miley. So, there’s that. <thumbs up>
As for the actual sale itself, I’ll admit that I didn’t go into it with high expectations and figured all of the “good stuff” had been sold already. After some serious searching (and some nasty looks from my boyfriend whom I had dragged along), I managed to leave with a pretty good haul: two pairs of crops, a tank, jacket and long sleeve shirt, all for under $200.
Was it worth it? In my opinion, yes! But keep in mind I’m the girl who spent two frigid hours in line at Target on Black Friday to get a set of Rachael Ray cookware…
Every once in a while we deserve to take a break from the daily grind, so I decided to tackle my #1 goal for 2014 – travel more.
Last week, I let my inner tourist shine as I explored the scenic city of Seattle one restaurant at a time.
One of the best parts was experiencing a little taste of spring in the form of sunshine, flowers and open-toed shoes!
Michelle’s baby girl has arrived! Little Eloise made a visit to the Lola Red office and she was so excited that she couldn’t help but “raise the roof” with her teeny hands. Congrats, Michelle!
I was reading an article recently that outlined the 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently and one of the “things” listed was Failing Up. I thought this concept was interesting as it stated creative people tend to not take failure personally, rather they use it as fuel to try again and again, even if that means failing a few more times before finding true success.
This really resonated with me as I think it’s something that all of us should practice a bit more. I‘ve found that if you want something badly enough, you can’t sit around and wait for it to happen, you have to go for it wholeheartedly. You have to take a leap of faith often times before you can even see the net. Alexis used to tell a lot of the Lola Red team members and clients that you have to “leap and the net will appear,” and she was right (you’re welcome, boss)!
In today’s world with social media it really seems as though anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and what you’re doing. If you’re invested in something and have a true passion for making it happen, others will eventually see that fire and some of them will feel inspired themselves. Resilience is the true elixir to life so get out there, take a leap, fail, and then try again.
That’s all the inspiration I have for now kids. Until next time.
There’s only so much winter a girl can handle. I’ve never thought I’d be so happy to be surrounded by puddles of melted snow, see grass or hear birds chirp.
My winter weather therapy? Watercoloring.
I’m elated to have a little more color back in the world. More inspiration for me!
Here’s to spring!
One year ago today, I was introduced to the infamous Lola Red PR team at PRSA’s Pro-Am day where students job shadow a PR professional for the day. Not only have many aspects of my life transformed since then—such as, graduating college, moving to Minneapolis and learning to love my one bedroom apartment—but also my perceptions of Lola Red have changed.
Then: Everyday is a party at the Lola Red office
Now: Yes, we do like to enjoy a couple drinks at the end of a long day…sometimes. However, after a typical busy day, nothing is more appealing than sitting on my couch and binge-watching Netflix.
Then: PR is a glamorous profession
Now: Cold calling, answering emails and borderline stalking journalists is not glamorous. However, the glamorous side comes with the events we attend and the placements we secure for our fabulous clients.
Some things never change…
Then: Becca is a fashionista
Now: Becca IS a fashionista but scores her designer trends for next to nothing
Then: Office dogs are adorable
Now: “Office dogs” now have names, Olive and Lily, who are indeed adorable. I am jealous of their afternoon sunbathing but they are always up for a little stress-relieving cuddle session.
I was smitten the first time I walked into the Lola Red offices and fell in love with the company after learning from the team for a day. Despite my somewhat incorrect first impressions, my passion and enthusiasm for Lola Red will never change.
If you were one of the lucky ones who got to see Disney on Ice as a kid, you might remember dramatic light shows, fireworks, and the evil witches and queens scaring the crap out of you.
Not so with Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate, the latest version of the classic show. Much to this mom’s relief, the show’s fun party theme was a delight to watch from start to finish, even when the “bad guys” strolled onto the ice for a trick-or-treating party.
- Oliver refusing to open his eyes until seconds after the music started
- Ariel – Oliver’s favorite. Somebody is SO getting an Ariel doll for his birthday.
- The swanky jazz tunes thanks to The Princess and the Frog
- Ursula’s absence – I’ve promised Oliver over and over that the “big lady octopus” can’t get him because she has to stay in big water. I had no plan for how I was going to explain her suddenly appearing on the ice in skates.
- Amazing talent – seriously, this is where former Olympians go to kick back and have fun
Our only complaint:
- It was REALLY loud! Oliver had his ears plugged for the entire second half.
Anytime Disney does anything – go. Just go. It’s Disney’s world and I am more than happy to be living in it. ;)
Michelle on our team is having a baby girl, and we are pretty darn excited for her. We celebrated the much-anticipated arrival of her new addition with presents, donuts, and cupcakes. Because, what’s a party without cupcakes?