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My friend Sara was recently the maid of honor in a wedding. Rather than giving a toast, she sang a medley of Michael Jackson songs reworded about the newlyweds. It’s hilarious and sweet, and don’t you admire her cojones (not to mention those pipes!)?

Thanks Sara!


Alice makes these awesome necklaces out of – wait for it – paper clips! Crafty and thrifty, this has to be one of the best how-to projects I’ve seen in a while. Perfect for a rainy fall weekend. xo

P.S. Check out her tutorial here.

Today I walked into a teeny sandwich shop in a small town where I’m attending training. At an old wooden table in the middle of the room sat four old ladies deep into a game of hearts. They were quiet but competitive, and I overheard my fair share of trash talking while I waited for my sandwich to be made. In the short time it took me to get a turkey on rye, I decided I’d like to be just like them when I grow up. Anyone want to start a cards club? Warning: I might be a little louder than my older friends. xo

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“Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it. Because nobody else will.” – Gandhi

Something to think about on this beautiful fall weekend. xo

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Excuse my french, but I can’t think of a better word to describe this mega-sized Michael Kors watch. I think it’d add just the right dose of cool to jeans and tee shirts this fall.

P.S. This rose gold version makes me swoon too. Perfect for fall.

Warm, breezy fall days like today make me want to run out of my office, throw on a pair of sneakers and hit the road. That’s exactly what I did this afternoon. I’ve been running pretty consistently for more than ten years and somehow over that time it stopped being torture and began being a haven, my haven. A place where my mind is quiet and it’s just me and the next step, step after step and breath after breath until somehow the rest of the world melts away. Then it’s just me and the wind, sailing along the road like there’s no ground beneath us. Some people have drugs, but as for me, nothing can make me feel stronger or more at peace than a good long run.

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I’m off to greet house guests who’ve come into town for a friend’s wedding tomorrow, and I can’t wait to change into a pair of jeans, open all the windows and wait for them to arrive. I know it’ll be great catching up with them and everyone else who’s coming into town for the affair (I fully expect my stomach to hurt Monday from all of the laughing). Don’t you love how weddings bring everyone together? I hope you have a silly, laughter-filled weekend too. xo

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I’m feeling a little under the weather today and am staying home from work to nurse my sore throat. It’s so soothing to be curled up at home with fluffy pillows, hot tea, and a good book, but I can’t help but think about all of the things I should be doing–work work, schoolwork, chores around the house. It’s a strange push-pull that’s become ever more familiar in my adulthood–the push to meet my obligations before meeting my need, and the guilt when circumstances compel me to slow down and focus on myself. It’s something that I’ll probably always struggle with, as I’m sure do many others (particularly women, it seems). So today I’m going to work on releasing that guilt and focusing on what I need physically so that I can start feeling better and get back to the task at hand.

(I can’t remember where I found this image – if you know the source, please let me know so I can add it here!)

A photo of me.

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Hi, I'm Pam. I'm a runner, reader and recent MBA grad living in Baltimore with my husband. I work in PR, but I spend my off-hours writing here about my life, which mostly revolves around family, friends, fashion and fitness. Sometimes I throw in the occasional food photo just to make sure you're paying attention.


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