Well, January 2018, it was nice knowing ya. I feel like I haven’t even had time to THINK about making resolutions, and already this month is gone just like that. But in general, I’m one of those people who is always trying to get the most out of life, especially when it comes to health and wellness. I’ve always been into little tricks to up my self-care game, and I want to continue into the new year. I mean, who DOESN’T want to feel their best all of the time? Answer: no one.
Now, you know I love pretty much any craft brewery, but Green Bench Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg, FL is DEFINITELY one of my absolute faves. From their tap room to the outdoor area to the beers, even to the branding, they’ve covered everything.
Located just a block from all of the excitement on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, Green Bench is a convenient stop if you’re out and about. There are a LOT of breweries in this area, which makes for a perfect day of brewery hopping. Not to mention, you can bring your own food and eat it there while enjoying a delicious brew. So grab one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the Bay Area at Bodega and bring it on over to Green Bench. Day made.
Photo by Studio Magnolia
So I cannot believe that just like that, it’s Fall. It may still be 90 degrees in Florida, but I am STILL pumped for flannels, pumpkin spice everything and all of the basic betch fall things. I literally am drinking a pumpkin beer as I write this post. YUP, no shame. Before we know it, 2017 will be over and we’ll all be confused as to where it went. I thought this would be a good time to regroup and refocus on my goals for the blog (and life in general, but I’ll get to that later).
Disclaimer: I am not, I repeat, NOT. a morning person. I’ll do pretty much anything to snooze a few extra minutes, like no joke will tell Siri to set an alarm for two minutes (about five times) before I get up. I then do as little as possible to get ready before heading out the door. My mascara is the one thing I can’t leave without putting on, so the first time I saw someone with lash extensions, I was immediately intrigued.
One thing I’ve noticed since getting into cooking is that a ton of recipes call for herbs, and those herbs are usually what makes the food taste extra delicious. But I was always so lazy and cheap, did I really need to buy an entire bunch of parsley or basil just to use it as a garnish? Ugh, so wasteful. But once I gave in and stopped foregoing the herbs (read: got a real job after college), I realized what I was missing.
Ok, before you read this entire post pronouncing Cueni in your head as quey-nee, I’ll make your life easier real quick. It’s pronounced Q-knee and as they say, “the name is difficult to say, the beer is harder to resist.” True.
So if you haven’t been to Dunedin yet, or you’re not a FL local, let me just say that you NEED to put it on your list as a day trip. Dunedin is the cutest little beach town full of shops, markets, and what is referred to by locals as the Beermuda Triangle of breweries.
Honestly, there are very few things that girls love more than a boozy bachelorette brunch. In typical me/bridesmaid fashion, I decided to plan a mini bachelorette brunch at my apartment to kick off my friend Karly’s wedding month. I love a good challenge, so obviously I thought making this a surprise party would be the cherry on top to this bachelorette brunch idea. My friends are THOSE girls who group chat all day, so keeping this a secret was NOT an easy task for any of us. But of course, her tears of joy and countless “are you guys serious?” was well worth the hard work.
I’ve always been fascinated by craft breweries. Not only because I love craft beer (which I do, a lot) but also because of the vibe that is typically carried through the entire brewery. Each brewery has it’s own identity, and it permeates through their beer, interior design style, logo/swag, and just overall aesthetic. When I stumbled upon Angry Chair Brewery, I knew I had to do a Brew Review.
So I’ll be honest, this week’s been crazy and I haven’t had hardly any time for sticking to my blog schedule. BUT, a friend and I did throw a 4th birthday puppy party for our dogs (yes I know, crazy dog moms over here) last Sunday because they both turned four this month. They’re growing up so fast 🙁