As the resident self-improvement geek of the Pursuit of it All gang, I like to wax poetically about all things inspirational. If there’s a new book out there, I’ll read it. New podcast? I’m on it. Crazy new technique? I’ll probably give it a whirl. But friends, I’m feeling like I might have fallen down on the job with you. How is it that I’ve never shared with you my obsessive love commitment to vision boarding? Geez. It’s, like, “Inspiration 101.” For those of you who are new to the concept, vision boards (sometimes called “dream” or “inspiration” boards) are…

So this week a thing happened in my "hometown social media world" ... a tweet between @FCPSMaryland and a student, about the weather.

  So this week a thing happened in my “hometown social media world” that got a lot of people me fired up. It started with the threat of inclement weather and a student tweeting to the school district’s Twitter account asking for schools to be closed the next day. Not a big thing … except … the student spelled “tomorrow” as “tammarow” in his tweet. In a brilliant move, the school district’s Twitter account wrote back: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”     And suddenly the internet exploded with two things: 1) virtual high-fives (and…

Judges on the Food Network show "Chopped."

  I spent most Tuesdays a few years ago watching the show MasterChef, where home chefs compete to become a Gordon Ramsey-dubbed “culinary master” for a large chunk of change, and a cookbook deal. The show’s okay — interesting enough to hold my attention most nights, but not dynamic enough to keep me from flipping around during commercials … like one Tuesday in 2011 when the What Not To Wear season premiere aired at the same time. (You know how much we like What Not To Wear around here!) Gordon Ramsey’s all about entertainment, simultaneously making us laugh, cringe, and nod our…

20 Gingerbread Recipes To Pin!

  Here we are, mid way through December, and less than ten days until Christmas. Weekends are being spent scurrying around finding those last (or first) Christmas presents, baking homemade treats, and figuring out holiday meal menus … all while simultaneously managing the regular weekend to-dos and chores — or letting those slide in favor of festive projects. Gingerbread is the “pumpkin spice” of the December holiday season, with everything from bread to lattes carrying its robust and aromatic flavor. I blame Starbucks (in the very best way) for conditioning us to think like this. Mmm… Ginger itself is such…

5 Lessons I Learned While Traveling To London And Paris

  When I was a little girl I used to dream of traveling abroad. An avid reader, I quickly discovered literature that would let me vicariously experience lands that I hoped to one day visit. Summer after summer I would lay in the hammock in our front yard and read all the Jane Austen and Bronte sisters books I could get my hands on. I was obsessed. My hope was to graduate college, save some money and spend a year traveling and experiencing the world. Alas, life happened and the dream was delayed. It wasn’t until I almost lost my…