Life Lately [+ A Fun Local Giveaway]

We Heart STL Cocktails

Hey guys –

It feels like approximately 10 years since I really sat down to blog so HELLO! I’ve missed spending time on this little corner of fun on the Internet.

My life lately has consisted primarily of hanging out with family cell phone-free and thinking about my living situation. Sadly, it’s looking like we’ll be moving out of the house we thought we’d be renting for awhile this summer. Instead of seeking another lease elsewhere, it’s looking like I’ll be buying.

So THAT is nuts.

It’s a crazy time. But a good time.

Anywho, I’m popping in today to share some really cool photos and a fun recipe from an event I went to last week in anticipation of a much bigger, cooler event coming up this Friday in St. Louis: the #WeHeartSTL party.

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One of the sponsors of the event, Cruzan Rum, invited a few local bloggers to concoct a beverage to sip on in anticipation of the party on Friday.

I created what I’d like to call a Blueberry Lime Pina Cola Spritzer.

Here’s the recipe:

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Blueberry Lime Pina Colada Spritzer

  • 2 shots Blueberry Lemonade Cruzan Rum
  • 1 shot Pineapple Juice
  • 3 shots Tonic Water
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Mint Leaves
  • Lemon and Lime Garnish

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Delicious, lemme tell ya.

Alright, on to the fun part:

Due to a change of plans (thanks, housing situation), I’ll be attending the #WeHeartSTL party on Friday and would love to see one of my local readers there as well! Alive Magazine has offered a set of free General Admission tickets to a local All Things E reader.

If you’re in STL and ready to party on Friday night, submit your first name and email address here:

Locals can also purchase tickets on Eventbrite right here. I would LOVE to see you there!

Giveaway closes Friday at noon.

Have a lovely week, y’all!

xoxo – E

P.S. Alive Magazine provided me with two tickets to We Heart STL in exchange for this post. I love St. Louis and supporting the local businesses here – this party is a great opportunity to do that! All opinions are my own.

How to Pack A No-Fuss Picnic Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CokeHappyHour #CollectiveBias

Summer has arrived here in St. Louis.

‘Tis the very best season with all of the very best things to do. I am pumped about it.

At the top of my list of favorite summer things to do here in the Lou is the Whitaker Music Festival at my favorite place, The Missouri Botanical Garden.

Each Wednesday night, beginning next week on the 27th, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts hundreds of St. Louisans for live music and picnics on their picturesque grounds.

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This One’s For You, Kid [A Few Pieces of Sisterly Advice for A Graduating Senior]

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareAtSchnucks #CollectiveBias

This little lady (my sister, Jessica) is graduating high school this month.

In my mind, she’s still 12 years old (the age she was when I left home for college).

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a few things with my Mom to get ready for her graduation (namely, taking her senior photos and making some invitations for the party – Mom has done all of the rest), and honestly, I can’t keep shaking my head in amazement at how time flies.

My baby sister grew up and I feel like I barely noticed. It is nuts.

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7 Podcasts That Inspire, Motivate & Make Me Laugh

Podcasts are like, so totally in right now, guys.

We probably have Serial to thank for that but lemme tell ya, this is a trend I can get behind. Erm, am behind, already.

You know how sometimes music just becomes background music to your thoughts? Like you don’t even notice the songs changing or the chords progressing?

That’s how I have been lately with pretty much all music. Driving was becoming a major fight to stay alert.

Luckily, podcasts have come to the rescue.

In the past few weeks, I have found a handful of great podcasts that have interesting hosts that are pleasant to listen to. They talk about topics such as creativity, entrepreneurship, happiness and simple living – all big-time interests for me.

Therefore, a list of my favorites for today!

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A Lady’s Guide to St. Louis’ Craft Beer Scene

A Lady's Guide to St. Louis' Craft Beer Scene

Today we’re going to talk about beer. St. Louis beer, specifically.

While I know many of the people that read this blog regularly are not from St. Louis, I urge you to read this post, pin the image below and promptly make a trip to this fine city for some brewery-hopping.

You would not regret it, trust.

One of my favorite past times for summers here in St. Louis has become seeking out pleasant patios upon which my friends and I will seek to taste as many different types of local beers as we can.

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You Can’t Buy Self-Confidence (But Boy, Have I Tried)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Reflection

This weekend, I jumped on the bandwagon yet again and bought the oh-so-popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

Over 2 million copies have been sold of this book and I know I’m not the first to talk about it, so I’ll spare you a critique of the book (cliff notes: the writing was so-so and a bit self-serving but the ideas were fantastic).

After reading it, I got rid of more than half of my stuff. 

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4 Steps to A More Sustainable Wardrobe

4 Steps to a More Sustainable Wardrobe featuring @method #stylebymethod #clevermethod

Happy Belated Earth Day, guys!

When I was planning and writing this post, I TOTALLY thought I was going to be in sync with the rest of the Blog World and on-topic with the holiday du jour but when I woke up yesterday and my iPhone alerted me that it was Earth Day, I realized that I completely had the date wrong…

And am therefore a day late with my sustainability message (#badblogger). So uh, let’s just pretend that today is Earth Day, mmmk? Okay.

In my post on Tuesday, I mentioned my newfound interest in more environmentally-friendly living following a talk I attended at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The main message of the talk was that we can all make a difference by approaching our daily lives with just a little bit more intention and implementing a few simple and effective eco-friendly habits.

If you’ve been reading All Things E for any span of time, you know I’m alllll about small habits snow-balling into much bigger life changes, so this message really resonated with me and prompted me to step back and take a look at the areas in my life in which I was being wasteful or hard on the environment.

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Life Lately

Flowers Blooming in Soulard

Hi loves, happy Tuesday.

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for a looooong time tonight, attempting to make magic with a blog post but having nothing come to mind of any particularly significant value, so I thought I’d share a few photos from lately and a quick update on what’s been going on in my world…

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What Is It About Where You Live That You Love?

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I have spent four out of the past five weekends not in St. Louis.

Two of them were spent in or traveling to/from New York City (which I will blog about eventually!), one was spent in Kansas City and the other one was spent in Iowa with my family.

All very good weekends, spent with people I love in interesting places…

But to be honest, I am pretty ready to hang out here in St. Louis for a few weeks! 

On the one weekend that I was here in town (the weekend after we went to NYC), Ashley and I went to a really neat event put on by Opera Theatre St. Louis called “Opera Tastings.”

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