Around ATL: What to do in February

We are officially through our first month of 2016 and man, did it fly by. I mean, I literally feel like it was just last night that I was drinking champagne like it was my job to ring in the new year.

I’m excited about this time of year because there’s so many fun things going on, especially here in Atlanta. Between the festivals, concerts, wine dinners and more, you can pretty much plan out every weekend for the next couple of months – and if you know me, you know I’m already three steps ahead. So – why not help you guys do the same?! I don’t want anyone having FOMO so I’ve put together a list of some of the best events in Atlanta this February. Chances are you’ll see me at, like, all of them.

Friday, Feb. 5th – Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Colletta, Avalon’s hot spot for Italian food & wine

It may be OTP, but Colletta – and Avalon itself – are worth driving the extra distance. To celebrate their 1st year in business, they’re offering a $35 3-course menu and $5 wine and beer all night. Can you say “neverending Happy Hour?” More info here.

Colletta Anniv

Wednesday, Feb. 10th – #TreatYourself with some of life’s greatest indulgences: cookies and craft beer

One of Atlanta’s favorite breweries, Sweetwater, is taking things to another level by hosting a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing to make your hump day a little sweeter. More info here.

sweetwater pairings

Saturday, Feb. 13th – Get ‘shucked up’ at Park Tavern’s Oysterfest

Complete with live music, ice-cold beer and oysters galore, this is an event you won’t want to miss. More info here.

oysterfest

Sunday, Feb. 21st – Drink more beer at Sweetwater Brewery’s 19th anniversary party

It’s no secret that Atlanta appreciates its beer, and there’s really no better place to be on a beautiful, sunny day in Atlanta than on Sweetwater’s patio with a cold brewski in hand. A $25 ticket gets you a *special* 19th anniversary glass + 10 tasting tickets. More info here.

sweetwater 19th

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27th & 28th – …And eat more oysters at Steamhouse Lounge’s Oysterfest

For only $10 a day, why wouldn’t you? Another day filled with live music, ice-cold beers and delicious oysters. Obviously. More info here.

steamhouse fest

Holiday Gift Guide Under $50!

It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the yearrr! (Yes, I sang that as I wrote it.) December is a time for spiked cider, cozy sweaters, pretty lights, Christmas cookies and, of course, presents! While I think we all know by this point that gifts are not the reason for the season, they’re still fun obviously. It’s funny, but I’ve honestly found over the years that I enjoy giving gifts more now than ever. Sure, we all like to get them too, but I usually kind of know what’s in the cards based on the annual Christmas list I send my mom. There’s really nothing like seeing the smile on a loved one’s face when they get something totally unexpected from you. It’s just an all-around, feel-good feeling.

A rule I tend to go by when gift giving is this: Buy them something they wouldn’t buy themselves. Are you really going to spend $35 on that candle from Anthro you’ve been eyeing or new workout clothes when you already have three perfectly decent pairs of leggings? Probably not. Your friends and family members are probably on that same wave length. So, with that being said, I’m really excited to share this holiday gift guide with you all! Everything is under $50, so you’ll give them something they’ll love without having to break into your beloved savings account. This one’s for the ladies, but maybe if you guys like it I’ll share some ideas for your boyf, dad or brother. Enjoy!

holiday guide

S’Well Water Bottle | Kate Spade ‘Stop & Smell The Roses’ Bangle | Rifle Paper Co. Phone Case | Rewined Rose’ Candle | “I’m Outta Here” Passport Cover | Yay! Champagne Glass | ‘Adult Beverage’ Travel Coffee Mug | ‘Namastay in Bed’ Pillow | Arrow Dish | ‘You Can’t Spin With Us’ Tank

 

5 Tips To Help You Not Let It All Go This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, quality time, being grateful and, of course, feasting! While I have to admit I’m usually entirely too interested in the stuffing and Green Bean Casserole to give a crap about how I’m going to feel in about 33 minutes, I usually regret going for seconds (maybe thirds) –and I’m really sensing a change in that this year.  It’s amazing how lethargic, bloated and straight-up gross you can feel after a big meal. We tend to treat Thanksgiving like an eating contest – but why?! It’s not like we don’t have leftovers for weeks on end…

In order to combat that gross/nasty/”never again” feeling, I’ve come up with a few of my favorite tips that I plan to implement this Thursday to keep a healthy balance. I hope that these can maybe help you to take a step back and really enjoy the holiday with loved ones, instead of being so worried about saving room for an extra slice of pumpkin pie, and then probably feeling sick and gross and like you need to run an extra three miles tomorrow.

SO enough rambling – here’s my tips!

1. Start out the day with a huge green smoothie. Our Thanksgiving veggies usually come smothered in salt, butter or creamy sauces – AKA, not in their purest form – so it’s important to still get your fruits and veggies in. A green smoothie is a great way to get a big dose of good-for-you stuff first thing in the morning. Try a combo of unsweetened almond milk or coconut water, kale or spinach, your fave fruits like banana and blueberries, maybe some chia seeds or raw almond butter and lots of ice. Drink up and reap the benefits pre-turkey.

green smoothie2. Sweat it out. Thursday morning, soon after you wake up, plan to get in a 30-minute sweat session. Whether it’s a hot yoga class, walk or jog around your neighborhood or an at-home HIIT workout, make a commitment to yourself to get it in before the day kicks off. Danny and I are planning on going for a quick trail run and getting a little sweat going before indulging in all the goodies.

3. Don’t forget your water bottle. If you’re like me, your water bottle is with you constantly. So why should this day be any different? Keep in mind how good you feel when you’re drinking a ton of water and keep yourself hydrated in between glasses of wine. Your body will thank you later.

s'well bottle

4. Speaking of water, mix up your beverages. Sure, the whole “drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink” tip is great, but who actually remembers to do it? Trick yourself by adding ice cubes to your white wine or make a spritzer with half wine and half kombucha or sparkling water. You’ll still get your buzz and the good taste without getting overly dehydrated.

5. Bring a healthy option. Whether you’re heading home for Thanksgiving or spending it with your significant other or friends, it’s not only a courtesy to offer to bring a dish or two – but it can help you stay on track, too! If you’re not in full control of the menu, it’s often hard to find healthier options so why not bring your own? For starters, maybe try out these Brussels Sprouts Gratin or this Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole. My mouth is watering already.

sweet potatoes

Hopefully some of these tips help you to have a more balanced Thanksgiving and maybe, just maybe you won’t have to unbutton your jeans at the dinner table this year.

What other tips do you have for keeping it healthy during a big holiday meal?