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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Corley Pillsbury KickStarter and a Giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

One of my best friends, Corley Pillsbury, has a KickStarter page up to help raise money to record her EP, Underworld.

Check out her KickStarter Here: 


For those of you that don't know, KickStarter takes pledges from people to give money and become "backers" to a specific project. If the project makes enough pledges to reach its set goal by a set date, it is considered funded, and all backers will be charged for the amount pledged; if not, no money goes to the project. Corley is raising money for the costs of recording and producing her EP and paying the artists and others involved. Like all KickStarter projects, she has designed rewards for backers...I want to make sure this project gets funded, so I'm starting an exciting giveaway that anyone who enters will be eligible to win in addition to any rewards automatically received from Corley's Kickstarter. 

Please read the details carefully...

I will be giving away itunes giftcards sent via email! Entering is easy: 

2.) Make a Pledge.
$5-$49 Pledge= 1 entry (leave 1 comment on this post)
$50-$99 Pledge=2 entries (leave 2 comments on this post)
$100+ Pledge=3 entries (leave 3 comments on this post)
3.) After pledging, leave a comment (or 2 or 3, depending on how many entries you are eligible for--see above) telling me the name you donated under. This will be considered your "entry." 
4.) If the project is fully funded by March 24th, I will select winner(s) March 25th using a random number generator. 1st prize to the first number generated, any additional prizes to 2nd name selected and so on...
5.) After verifying winners' pledges with Corley, I will contact winner(s) for an email address and email them instant itunes giftcards.

Here are the prizes: (prize(s) given will depend on number of entries. Prize in bold is the prize currently offered based on number of entries:

If there are 1-10 entries in the contest, there will be 1 prize of a $15.00 itunes giftcard (1 total prize).

If there are 11-20 entries in the contest, there will be 1 prize of a $20.00 itunes giftcard (1 total prize).
If there are 21-30 entries in the contest, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, and 1 prize of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (2 total prizes).
If there are 31-40 entries in the contest, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, and 2 prizes of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (3 total prizes).

If there are 41-50 entries in the contest, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, 1 prize of a $10.00 itunes giftcard, and 1 prize of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (3 total prizes).
If there are 51-60 entries, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, 1 prize of a $10.00 itunes giftcard, and 2 prizes of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (4 total prizes).
If there are 61-75 entries, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, 2 prizes of a $10.00 itunes giftcard, and 1 prize of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (4 total prizes).
If there are 76-99 entries, there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, 2 prizes of a $10.00 itunes giftcard, and 2 prizes of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (5 total prizes).
If there are 100+ entries, there will be there will be 1 prize of $20.00 itunes giftcard, 3 prizes of a $10.00 itunes giftcard, and 1 prize of a $5.00 itunes giftcard (5 total prizes).


ANYONE may enter this giveaway (except for me and Corley). The winners are chosen by random number generator.

I will automatically delete any comments that are NOT entries. Please email questions to: lolaandzoeblog@gmail.com

I am not affiliated with itunes in any way. I just like itunes and figured it would be a good prize to go along with the musical theme.

I do not benefit monetarily from the production of Corley Pillsbury's EP (I only benefit by seeing a friend happy). I have already funded the KickStarter, but figured this was a way to generate more pledges for her than what I could give on my own.

This should be fun! Remember: the more you give, the more entries you get. The more entries to the contest, the better the prizes!

If you have already pledged to Corley's Kickstarter, please feel free to leave your comment(s) and enter now!

Happy Backing!
<3 S, B, L&Z

Corley Pillsbury 

Do Your Best, Forget the Rest :)

Happy Sunday! It's a lovely day here in Midland: 75 and sunny, so in honor of this, I decided to go for a "run." I put run in quotations marks because anyone that knows me likely knows my history with running is complicated. I NEVER liked to run when I was younger (my friend Christiana and I would always walk the track), and it wasn't until graduate school, inspired by friends Alison and Jessica in Lake Charles, that I began to give running a shot. I ran my first 5K in March 2011 in Lake Charles and did a second 5K that July that Brendan and I trained for together. While I was never very fast, or very good, I did enjoy how I felt after, and I also enjoyed seeing myself get better and better...

Which brings me to 5K #3 next month...yeah, I really needed to start training for that. I've only logged a few miles all month, and most of them were on the treadmill, which is not so helpful. The problem is, I can tend to be really hard on myself when I run. I don't have Jessica or Alison to pace with me here (both were much faster/better runners than me, but would run by my side and not let me stop), and alone, I tend to start the negative talk in my head. It's amazing: I work out 4-5 times every week (and have been for the past 5 months), but nothing makes me feel out of shape like running does! It starts to feel harder to breathe, that freaks me out, and I slow down. There is so much to remind myself of about breathing and posture. I don't really get into a rhythm and just enjoy it, but today, I at least tried.

I jogged 2 miles today. It wasn't a fast 2 miles, and I came home gasping for air, but they were my 2 miles all the same. And for once, I didn't get annoyed with myself if I needed to walk for a minute or couldn't keep a certain pace...I just let the run be what it would be. It felt good just to get out and enjoy the pretty weather and not be critical. I actually did better without all the negative self-talk, while still pushing myself to improve. Hopefully, I'll do an awesome job at the next 5K...but getting better is most of the point anyway, right?

It's been a good weekend: Game of Thrones, grading papers (both of us will be super busy grading in the 2 weeks leading up to spring break), a friend's birthday party, and catching up with our families, Corley (who has some big news I'll be telling you about soon), and Neil (who had some awesome news for us, but I think I'll wait to share it!) Right now: I'm going to take a shower, make some of my famous chili, and then watch Game of Thrones/maybe some of the Oscars with Brendan. I don't like to think about tomorrow being Monday, but as my wise mother always says, "The only way out is through," a sentiment I remind myself of a lot!

Here's to hoping you too can "do your best and forget the rest" this week! Lets all make it our motto.
<3 S, B, L&Z

Saturday, February 23, 2013

When In: Houston, TX

Brendan and I just arrived home from our conference in Houston last night. We had a good time on this super fast trip and learned some neat things at the conference too. We also had a little time to explore Houston on Thursday before the sessions we wanted to attend. Luckily, Thursdays also happened to be free days at the museums. We paid the expensive cab prices (public transportation wasn't an easy/fast/effective option from where we were), knowing that we'd get a free day of fun. Up first was the Museum of Fine Art.

We got to check out all the exhibits and really had time to explore. As always, it is pretty unbelievable to be in the presence of artifacts that are thousands of years old. I loved the Egyptian exhibit. The collection of art here was pretty incredible and definitely not to be missed. I just wrote a proposal about meta-fiction, so please enjoy these pictures of me looking at pictures :)


Van Gogh
Picasso

After checking out the art, we grabbed some surprisingly delicious and reasonably priced guacamole in the cafe. Up next, it was a stop at the Natural Museum of Science, where you know our first stop was the paleontology hall. For some reason, I just love dinosaur bones. Much to Brendan's horror, the pre-Jurassic period kind of bores me. That impression of a shell is great and all, but I'd rather see a T-Rex (Don't worry, Brendan insists we visit exhibits in chronological order, but I rush ahead and spend all my time in Jurassic reading about the dinosaurs so I'll know what to do in the event of a Jurassic Park like emergency). 





I learned how to tell if dinosaur bones are real or replicas: holes drilled in the feet to hold up the bones=replica. Most of the bones at the museum were real though. 

After the dinosaurs, we paid the discounted Thursday price of $2.50 per person to check out the butterflies. Totally worth it. Not only did the glass dome feature tons of different butterfly species, but there were beautiful trees and plants, a waterfall, and even an iguana. 





After our fun filled day, we walked to the Bodega Taco Shop, which had good food, big servings,  and was a reasonable price. It was a really tasty dinner, and they had a good beer selection too. 

We definitely enjoyed our trip to Houston...and awesomely, our friend Erica from Lake Charles drove in to see us on Friday afternoon after our morning sessions. We checked out the Argentina Cafe with her and it was enjoyed by all. Onion and cheese empanadas, please! 


If you find yourself in Houston anytime soon, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. The traffic is horrendous, but with so many cool things to offer, I can see why Houstonians put up with it! 

Happy to be home safe! 
<3 S, B, L&Z 

Monday, February 18, 2013

First Signs of Spring

Dare I say it 30 days before the official first day of Spring? But yesterday, in Midland, it was sunny and mid-70s, and today, it was 70 degrees. Warm enough lately to sit on the patio and dream of spring. It is still getting cold here at night, but these days gave us a glimpse of the next season, and it was one I was happy to have.

We had a lovely weekend, and we'll have a short feeling week, as we travel to a conference in Houston on Wednesday.

I've been feeling the longing for spring in my bones! My skin wants to soak up some sun, and I want to run to prep for our upcoming 5K, but without the discomfort of strong winds in my face. I've been reading three books (sorry for my lack of book reviews, I'm all over the place and wanting to restructure how I do them), and wish I was reading them by the pool (totally possible in Spring in Texas).

Another sign of spring? I feel new and full of new ideas. Tonight, in yoga class, I caught a glimpse of my back in the mirror and really realized how much my workouts have been paying off. All the differences are subtle, but I can totally notice a change...I look more toned and am so much stronger than I was just a few months ago. I have a lot more confidence in my body and what it can do. Pretty cool and I have something to remind myself of next time I don't feel like going to the gym.

New ideas? We've been making plans for the future and some really exciting things we want to do. We don't really have any firm plans yet, but, you know me, I love to daydream about what's next...

and I'm always having to remind myself to stay grounded in the present!

Today was very productive and lived in the present: I graded 20 papers and submitted an abstract. I also attended yoga class and did some laundry and dishes. Hopefully, this makes up for the utter laziness that was my Sunday...

But hey, we've gotta have time for the daydreams too.

Here's to that, and to Spring upon us. The rest of the week calls for high 60s, wind, and rain...and Houston doesn't look much better, though I'd be interested to see a "severe thunderstorm" after all this drought...as long as it doesn't interfere with our flights ;)

<3 S, B, L&Z

Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Engaged Valentine's Day

Hope everyone had a great Valentine's day! 

As I was writing Brendan's card, I realized this is our 3rd Valentine's day to celebrate together. This was by far the best one yet. Our first year, we celebrated in Lake Charles. We picked a Risotto recipe and I didn't measure things right...3 hours later, I was very tipsy before dinner even started. Our second year, things were way more low key. We managed to make dinner in about 10 minutes. This year, Brendan had his night class, so I put dinner together. I made this meal and served it with salad and Prosecco. Delicious! 


Brendan brought home the pretty flowers. The store was all out of roses by the time his class ended, but I thought these were cute and fun! 

After dinner, we exchanged gifts and cards. I got Brendan a couple of sweaters and a card, and he made me the most beautiful card (I have to start finding a safe place to keep these) and got me a book and something else that's still on its way. 

Fun Fact: Brendan made the wrapping paper for my gift on the computer. 
Then, we delved into dessert. I had really wanted to make a chocolate pie, but I didn't plan ahead well enough, so I bought a very tiny strawberry cheesecake at the store and served it with fresh strawberries. 


After dessert, we watched Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, which was awesome until I fell asleep about halfway through. Someone had a little too much Prosecco...luckily, I can re-watch it again today!  

Can't believe it's already time for another weekend...we'll be seeing friends, grading papers, and hoping that Sunday is 72 degrees as promised. 

Happy weekend all! 
<3 S, B, L&Z 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Commuter Diaries

I've wanted to do a post on commuting for a while now, but typical to Stacy fashion, I never want to write about something until I've experienced it for 6 months. What's so magical about 6 months? I don't know, but it's about the time I start to feel knowledgeable about a new experience.

So, today folks, I've been at my job exactly 6 months (I know, hard to believe). This map shows my commute (click on the map to move it). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I only drive between Points A and B...40 miles each way. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I drive A to B and then B to C (additional 16 miles) and C back to A (55 miles). I work from home on Fridays. For those of you just tuning in, I commute because we live in the town where my fiance works (a larger town), and so, one of us had to commute. We chose me because we didn't want to move and because my car and schedule are far more conducive to a commute.


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Total mileage per week: 380 miles. The college reimburses me for 64 of those miles each week (for going from points B to C), which means I get $32/per week from them. I probably go through about a tank and 1/2 of gas a week...so, about $68/per week (currently gas here is about $3.45/per gallon). After reimbursement, I spend about $144 dollars (give or take) a month on gas. I think it's good to know what you're spending on the commute.

This brings me to my very first tip for commuting. It's obvious, but so true: Make sure your car gets good gas mileage. I think I get about 25-26 miles per gallon (highway). This isn't great, but it's not bad either. I always look at gas prices in all 3 towns I visit to determine who has the cheapest gas, then, I make plans accordingly to buy there, even if it means filling up at only the halfway point. My other car tips would be to realize that your car does not need an oil change every 3,000 miles if most all of your miles are highway. At first, I was wasting some money because I didn't realize this and wanted to make sure I was taking proper care of my vehicle. Speaking of proper care, you need to make sure you are diligent about watching and replacing your tires. For commuters, I recommend using Discount Tire and paying for the warranty. This has saved me a lot of money. Lastly, you need to join AAA. The $100 for my membership (which allows me 3 tows of 100 miles per year) has been well worth it. I've already used two of the tows (one for my car, one on a co-workers when we commuted together), and I can't tell you how much peace of mind it brings me.

Some other tips? Look for opportunities to share a ride. A co-worker that lives in Midland and I do this for meetings or other events where we have to be there at the same time (our work week schedules don't mesh).

Safety Tips: Don't text while driving...if you want to talk, dial before driving (or have Siri dial for you). Don't drive in bad weather...better to miss a day of work than to put your life in danger (luckily, I've only had to miss one meeting so far, and it was easy to make up). Don't drive near large trucks if you can help it (I always pass around them). Don't fidget with radio or search for things in the car. Cruise control is your friend, but leave a good stopping distance between yourself and other cars.

What To Do on Commute:
Think
Talk on phone (safely)
Listen to Books on CD (I need to do more of this)
Enjoy your beautiful surroundings
Listen to the radio (NPR News in the mornings) or a favorite CD

My mother has been a commuter my whole life, so I think it's funny that I became a commuter too. Sometimes, you just don't know what life has in store for you. The commute can be a pain, but it's also something I got used to pretty quickly, and it can have its enjoyable moments. For all commuters, I recommend yoga class. A commute can be physically bad for your body (all that stiff sitting), but yoga really helps me stretch and work the stiffness out of my muscles.

I hope this post helps someone who is thinking about a commute! There are a lot of pros: namely, my commute enables me to have a job I love.

Drive safe!
<3 S, B, L&Z

Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Friday

I love, love, love Fridays. I usually work from home, but today, my work was minimal because I got so much done yesterday (don't you love that?)

I slept in until about 8am and felt amazing (I went to bed at 10PM, so had 10 hours of sleep). This was the first morning I woke up and didn't feel super congested; breathing feels so good! Also, our apartment is super clean! I love that feeling too.

I made myself a delicious smoothie:


Stacy's Breakfast Smoothie 
1/2 frozen banana
1 handful of frozen strawberries
1/2 handful of frozen blueberries
1 cup orange juice
2 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt
A few splashes of apple juice

SO GOOD. Then it was off to check work emails and snuggle with Zoe. After that, I took care of some wedding related tasks (Thankful for my Mom's help!) and called Brendan's parents to see how winter storm Nemo is treating them (They are right in the path of it and all roads/schools/etc. are shut down--we are hoping they don't lose power this time!)

It's hard to believe it is winter...we've had really good weather here lately (knock on wood) and today should be in the mid-60s. Brendan and I are planning a run to get ready for our next 5K (okay, so Brendan has it totally down, I'm the one that needs to get ready). Though I've been doing interval training with running for a while now as part of the New Rules of WeightLifting for Women, running doesn't come easily to me. Nevertheless, I look forward to, hopefully, improving. I'm super sore after my first week of stage 4 from New Rules, so I'm probably going to go at an easy pace.

Our other weekend plans include attending the opening reception for Out of Bounds at Midland College. We're excited to talk with all of these artists and see their work. Other than that, we'd like to write, relax, get some laundry done, and cook good food. You know, the norm. The spring has been so calm compared to our crazy fall. I am loving being unplanned for a change!

Well, enjoy your Friday folks!
<3 S, B, L&Z

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cold Season

Okay, I'll start out my post by saying this: I am kind of a big wimp when it comes to not feeling my best. Brendan will have cold like symptoms for about a month and rarely complains. I have same said symptoms for five days, and I write a blog post about it.

But seriously: my throat hurts, used tissues are stacking up, and it's getting hard to breathe. Colds are gross, and while there is no cure, here is everything I'm doing to get better faster:

1.) Ibuprofen, Claritin, and Sudafed.

While I try not to over rely on taking anything, the Claritin and Ibuprofen in the morning make it possible for me to get up and get to work and the Sudafed taken before bed clears my nasal passages enough so I can actually breathe at night.

2.) More Sleep.

My bedtimes are becoming earlier and earlier. I hear rest helps the immune system. Bring on the 10:30pm bedtime (in favor of the normal 11:30).

3.) Disinfect

Clorox wipes are my new friend...I'm wiping things we touch frequently (computers, phones, ipad, remotes, doorknobs, toilet handles. Get outta my life, germs! Thankfully, our cleaning service comes tomorrow, so that will lead to an even cleaner environment.

4.) Baths

They feel good, relax your muscles, and can help open up your nasal passages. Win/Win.


5.) Still Working Out

Yoga Monday, strength training yesterday, yoga today, strength training tomorrow. I'm sticking to my normal pattern, as being active is supposedly good for your immune system.

6.) Vitamin C

Fruit smoothies, oranges, and grapefruit. I'm hoping the extra C will help me fight off this cold.

7.) Maintain healthy diet

I'm still eating as balanced as I can and working in fruit and veggies whenever possible.

That's all I have folks...what are your tips? Please share them in the comments section.

<3 S, B, L&Z

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 Months To Go!

Today, there are officially 5 months, or 150 days until Brendan and I get married! With the time drawing nearer, I am going to do some checklist posts, mostly to help myself organize, but also to be used as a resource for anyone else tying the knot soon. I'll try to make my list items as generic as possible in order to help others find the list useful. I'll list both tasks accomplished and tasks needing to be accomplished. I will also add my general timeline. This doesn't mean things need to be accomplished according to my timeline (not at all), but it might be helpful information for a bride to be.

Tasks Accomplished
At Over 1 Year-11 Months Mark

Secured Date with Venue(s)
Catering Booked (includes waitstaff/bartenders)
Cake Booked
Linens/Place Settings Booked
Day of Coordinator Booked
Ceremony Music Booked
Cocktail Music Booked
Reception Music Booked
Photographer Booked
Hotel Rooms for Out of Town Guests Blocked
Wedding Party Selected
Guest List Finalized
Wedding Registries Created
Wedding Website Made
Engagement Ring Insured
Florist Booked
Wedding Dress Purchased
Engagement Photos Taken
Officiant Selected
Readers Selected
Engagement Celebration

Tasks Accomplished
10-9 Months Mark

Groomsmen Outfits Purchased
Prints of Engagement Photos Framed
Created Save the Dates
Mailed Save the Dates
Started Booking Honeymoon
Purchased Supplies for Personalized Escort Cards
Rehearsal Time Scheduled

Tasks Accomplished
8-7 Months Mark

Bridesmaid Dresses Ordered
Honeymoon Finalized/Booked--Including all Accommodations and Flights
*Get Passports if needed--we don't*
*Make Pet Care Arrangements*
Hair Stylist Booked
Make Up Artist Booked
Videographer Booked
Personalized Items for Reception Ordered
Return Address Labels Ordered
Bridesmaid Gifts Purchased
Bride and Groom's Transportation Booked

Tasks Accomplished
6-5 Months Mark

Bride's Wedding Veil Purchased
Toasting Flutes For Reception Found
Bride's Shoes Purchased
Rehearsal Dinner Venue Booked
Something Borrowed Found
Something Blue Found
Something New Found
Flower Girl(s) gift(s) Purchased
Bride: Hair and Make up Trial 1 Complete
Thank You Notes for Couple's Shower Written and Sent
Have Wedding Guestbook (ours was an engagement present from a friend)
Made and Ordered Wedding Well Wishes Book (for guests to write messages in)
Officiant: Get Certified if needed

Tasks Needing to Be Accomplished

Caterer Booked for Rehearsal Dinner (just need to get our contract in)
Confirm After Party Location
Transportation for Guests Booked
Hair and Make up Trial 2 Attended
Bride: Undergarments for Dress Purchased
Bride: Dress Alterations
Bride: Hair Accessories Purchased
Groom: Find a Suit
Write Ceremony Script
Write Vows
Order Parent Gifts
Order Ring-bearer Gift
Order Groomsmen Gift
Order Favors
Shop for and Stuff Welcome Bags
Write and Copy Note for Welcome Bags
Create invitations for wedding, response cards, invitation for rehearsal dinner, after party, and website card
Address and Mail Invitations
Create Programs for Wedding
Create Personalized Table Numbers
Create Escort Cards
Create Place Cards
Make Seating Arrangements
Walk Through Schedule with Day of Coordinator
Decide on Menu for Reception (after tasting)
Decide on Menu for Rehearsal Dinner
Bride: Purchase Groom's Ring
Groom: Purchase Bride's Ring
Bride: Purchase Groom's Wedding Gift
Groom: Purchase Bride's Wedding Gift
Purchase Alcohol for Reception/Rehearsal Dinner
Hire Bartender/Security for Rehearsal Dinner
Purchase Marriage License
Officiant: File Marriage License
Get Something "Old" (I asked my grandmother about this)
Get Sixpence for my Shoe (Supposed to bring us financial success in our marriage--worth a shot!)
Purchase Garter
Purchase Supplies for Exit
Get Cake Serving Set
DIY Signs
Photo for Guest Book Table
Purchase Pens for Guest Book

Well...I'm probably forgetting a thing or two (or ten!), but that's the best I can do as of now. We are definitely getting so excited...11 (11!) friends and family have booked plane tickets to be at our wedding. The hotel block is starting to get lots of bookings...we're really happy that so many of our friends and family will be with us to celebrate. I think we're both really ready to be married. It's hard to wait, but we know it will be worth it to us when so many of our loved ones are able to be at our side.

If the last 259 days is any indication, the next 150 are going to fly by!

Here's to Wedding Bells Ringing!
<3 S, B, L&Z

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Superbowl Sunday!

Greetings and happy Superbowl Sunday! Brendan and I are totally insane and decided to venture out to HEB, the main grocery store in town to do a large grocery run. When we got there, we found parking was a zoo, and there were no available carts. In Midland, HEB is the grocery store everyone uses.

So...this space is usually full of carts. 
We needed to do a big grocery run and have been shopping on Sundays lately...probably not our best plan, but I'm hoping we're good and stocked for a while now. I love seeing our produce bowl filled :)

Bananas, sweet onion, purple onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, 2 kinds of peppers, ginger and garlic, oh my! 
We are routing for the 49ers tonight...I already have a gold sweater, so that was my reason. Also, I like San Francisco. Brendan is too, but cannot articulate a reason why. We are SERIOUS football fans here. Okay, so we're using the Superbowl as an excuse to drink with friends. Whatever. I'm making these tonight. I picked the recipe from this post because the recipe started with the words "it doesn't get any easier than this." Sold! Thank you Peas and Thank You, you're my hero!

Last night, we checked out Zero Dark Thirty at the drive-in. It was similar to watching dramatized news for a couple of hours. The movie was interesting and made us think...in fact, Brendan stayed up researching the war for several hours last night (I went to bed...I'm resting my immune system to battle a runny nose). The movie was obviously really violent...and probably not for everyone honestly, especially if watching torture is going to upset you. I had already read so much about this subject in college (I was in college from 2004-2007, so the war was the focus of many classes, readings, and discussions) that it was nothing I did not already know about (in fact, the books I read were more graphic). But, yeah, interesting but not for everyone will be my verdict. Along with the old cliche "real life is stranger than fiction." If you are looking for a Netflix feel good movie, check out Butter, or for more of a thrill The Next Three Days (Our Friday night double feature at home).

Okay, I'm off to make those delicious Barbecue Black Bean Pita Pizzas. Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone!

<3 S, B, L&Z

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday Blog!

Wow, they really mean it when they say "time flies when you're having fun." I just realized it has been exactly 2 years since the first ever Lola and Zoe blog post. 

Since that time, we've had over 25,000 page views and currently average about 1,500 page views per month (or 375 views per week). Our most popular post has been read 887 times and we've received 127 comments.

The blog has earned me free clothes and books and even some revenue. When I started blogging, I had no idea what it would lead to and always assumed I'd find my "niche," but Lola and Zoe has continued to be a blog about...well, everything that interests us! We're still doing recipes, book reviews, and having all sorts of fun. It has been a joy to keep up with our readers, many of them friends and family, via our little corner of the web.

To say thanks for reading and in honor of the blog's second birthday, here are my favorite 10 posts that didn't make the top ten:

Donate Your Birthday (It's fun, give it a try!)
Live in the Present 
The Art of Doing Nothing 
Teachers that Inspired Me 
10 Savings Tips 
Make Your Apartment Cozy for Kitty  
Best Relationship Advice Ever 
Thoughts on Reflections From a Wedding Photographer 
Giving Thanks 
Sweet Memories 

Want to participate in all the birthday fun? Wish Lola and Zoe (The blog) a Happy Birthday by checking out these past posts, becoming a follower (It's simple, click the "join this site" button and sign up using your google, yahoo, or twitter account), follow by email or feed, or tell your friends all about us on Facebook by sharing a post.

Happy birthday blog! 
And thanks from 
S, B, L&Z 
First ever photo posted to the blog--Feb. 2, 2011 (Stacy and Zoe) 

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