Sunday Social: Let’s Get Social!

Hi!

Happy Sunday!

How was your weekend? Mine was, well…not what I had planned (and I had a lot planned).  Friday night I went to bed with every intention to wake up, go to Pilates, get a mani/pedi, and finally make it through my dreadful dentist appointment.

Come Saturday morning, Chris & I both wake up with a terrible headache. I dragged my self out of bed and over to the coffee machine, determined to make it to my 9am Pilates.

8:30am – back in bed, realizing Pilates is not happening. No worries, I still had a full day planned, or so I thought. An hour or so later, I venture out to Starbucks for a fruit cup and a bagel. As I sit in the line that is wrapped around the building, I look in my purse and see no wallet. Ahhhh, I had left that pretty lady in my desk at work (THAT my friends, is what online shopping will do to you). Very quickly, my well planned Saturday crumbled right in front of me. No Starbucks, no mani/pedi, and no dentist appointment. I had two options – get angry (and I really, really wanted to be angry), or laugh it off. I decided to laugh it off and enjoy a day of doing NOTHING. I am all about the signs people, and something was clearly telling me today was no longer in my control.

The day resulted in napping, snuggles, pizza delivery, movies, and homemade cinnamon sugar popcorn. Not too bad, if  I say so myself! My advice if this ever happens to you – Don’t fight it. Embrace it. You’ll be thankful in the end that you did 🙂

So it is now Sunday afternoon, and I just woke up from a sun induced siesta, enjoying a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and ready to embark on the fun new Link Up from A Complete Waste of Makeup! So, lets begin…

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1. Top 3 things you cant go a day without doing

Drink coffee, checkInstagram, say ”I Love You” to the ones I love.

 2. 3 things that scare you the most

Cockaroches, death, getting stranded ALONE !

3. 3 places you want to see before you kick the bucket

Greece, Fiji & the Love Lock Bridge in Paris ❤

4. 3 movies you will always love

Big Daddy, Mean Girls, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

 5. 3 favorite current songs

All of Me – John Legend, Julian – Say Lou Lou, Smoke Trails – Jackie Onassis

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you joined the Link Up also, make sure to leave your link in the comments below so I can check it out!

Until Next Time,

Emily

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TMI Tag!

Before I start, could you all do me a HUGE favor and LIKE my Facebook Page?

Now – I got this ‘TMI Tag’ idea from the lovely Blonde Velvet Lover, and thought it would be a fun thing to do to help you get a better idea of who I am! So lets begin…

1: What are you wearing?
Ripped Boyfriend jeans, black chiffon blouse, black sandals, MK watch.
2: Ever been in love?
Yes, I have & currently still am 🙂
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
‘Terrible’ would be an understatement!
4: How tall are you?
4’11…no, I’m not kidding.
5: How much do you weigh?
You never ask a lady her weight 😉
6: Any tattoos?
Just one on my ankle – a heart on my ankle for my momma.
7: Any piercings?
Two in each ear. Used to have my belly button pierced, but that was soooooo 2002 😉
8: OTP?
Jack & Emily from Revenge…still keeping my hopes up for that one
9: Favorite show?
Revenge, ANY Real Housewives, Duck Dynasty
10: Favorite bands?
Backstreet Boys, duh.
11: Something you miss?
My best friend/sister Casey, who was taken away from by the bright lights of NYC…if you’re reading this – COME HOME!
12: Favorite song?
How do I choose just one?! Say Something – Great Big World [sans xtina], All of Me – John Legend [Tiesto Birthday Remix] & Inner Ninja – Classified ft. Olly Murs
13: How old are you?
23
14: Zodiac sign?
Taurus
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Respect, sense of humor, family oriented, motivated.
16: Favorite Quote?
Everything Happens For a Reason.
17: Favorite actor?
I am NOT a movie person, so I’ll stick to a classic – Adam Sandler
18: Favorite color?
Purple
19: Loud music or soft?
Both! Just depends on my mood 🙂
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
I usually crawl in bed and hide, LOL
21: How long does it take you to shower?
Usually 10-15 minutes.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Any where from 30 minutes to an hour. However, I am known for oversleeping and being up and out of the house within 10 min.
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope. Keep it classy, ladies.
24: Turn on?
Confidence
25: Turn off?
Cockiness
26: The reason I started blogging?
To put all my thoughts out for the entire world to see at the touch of their fingertips.
27: Fears?
Cockaroaches. I literally cringe just typing it…gross.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
I think it was RHOBH…because everyone cried when Yolanda sent Gigi to college, right?!
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Today ❤
30: Meaning behind your blog Name?
I wanted something real and straight to the point. So, Emily Ahlbum it was.
31: Last book you read?
Mercy – Jodi Picoult
32: The book you’re currently reading?
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
33: Last show you watched?
ESPN with the boy this morning.
34: Last person you talked to?
Co-workers
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Chris, my boyfriend.
36: Favorite food?
Pizza, Mexican, Mac & Cheese…the list goes on & on.
37: Place you want to visit?
Greece!
38: Last place you were?
Home.
39: Do you have a crush?
Still crushin’ on the babe, Chris 😉
40: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning before we parted ways for work
41: Last time you were insulted?
I can’t really remember…so that’s a good thing
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Milk chocolate or anything sour!
43: What instruments do you play?
I’m pretty sweet at the air drums while jamming out in the car.
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?
I have a slight obsession for big chunky men’s watches
45: Last sport you played?
LOL – Good one!
46: Last song you sang?
Currently singing Last Chance – Kascade
47: Favorite chat up line?
hmmm….
48: Have you ever used it?
If I could of thought of one, I’m sure I used it!
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Da boo 🙂
50: Who should answer these questions next?
YOU!

 

Monday Motivation

Happy St. Patrick’s Day dolls!

Are you guys doing anything exciting to celebrate? My family is coming over tonight for a good ol’ corn beef & cabbage dinner and then I am off to a hot yoga session! 

I have been practicing on & off for a few months now and I am addicted. So in honor of tonight’s practice, here is my Monday Motivation:

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Have any of you tried hot yoga? If so, comment below with what motivates you to get on your mat! If not, what are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

xoxoxo,

Emily

 

Food Review: Tucker Dukes Lunchbox

Hello!

I am so excited to share Tucker Dukes Lunchbox with you! If you live in South Florida – this place is a MUST try! The chef, Brian Cartendo, has perfected southern comfort food, with a modern twist. He was also the winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen! I stumbled upon this gem when they followed ME (@emilyahlbum) on Instagram and knew right away that I had to try it out. The bf & I decided to stop in for date night last Friday and we fell in love! Everything from the decor, to the service, to the food was spot on – surprising for a brand new restaurant. So when my parents asked me to come with them last night, there was no way I was turning down that offer!

Thankfully, this time I was able to get some pictures of their amazing food, meet co-owner, Jay Oakes, andddd learn the story behind Tucker Duke and his lunchbox! However, it’s not really his lunchbox…but Tucker Duke is Chef Brian’s 110-pound Great Dane Lab (and apparently, looks just like the dog in the lunchbox on their logo). Cute, right?

Now…the food!

For starters (or “snacks” as they call them), we had the Fried Pickles & Portabella Fries. I only tried the Fried Pickles, and they truly live up to their hype. Unlike most Fried Pickles, these were served spear style to keep the juice & flavor of the pickle, and boy did it! Sooooo good. If you love pickles, you’ll die for these…I’m not joking. (Side note – I have also tried the Mini Corn Dogs, which did not disappoint either)

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[Fried Pickles]

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[Portabella Fries]

Next came the burger – and I do not mean just any ol’ meat-cheese-ketchup-boring-blah burger. I had the Fido, which was topped with American & Cheddar cheese, pickles, fried onions, tucker sauce, and the house made ketchup. This was  the 2nd time I tried this one, and it will continue to stay my go-to burger. I absolutely love it. Not too greasy, not too big, and cooked to perfection. You can’t go wrong. For sides, the three of us split the regular Mac & Cheese, the Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese and the Sweet Potato Fries. None of them let any of us down! I was very weary of trying the Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese, because I don’t like to complicate simple things and the regular Mac & Cheese is amazing as is! But Owner Jay convinced me otherwise. It really was perfect. If you are scared of spice – do not be scared of this Mac & Cheese. It won’t hurt you, I pinky promise. The Sweet Potato Fries are topped with a cinnamon-sugar-salt mixture that is just perfect.

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[Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese]

If you live in the South Florida area, put Tucker Dukes on your list of places to go. You can check them out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

February Faves

Oh hey there!

I cannot believe February is coming to an end so quickly! Do you guys catch yourself thinking the same thing?

Since I am trying to hold on to this month as much as possible, I thought it would be a fun idea to post some of the favorite things I found myself loving this month…so voila, here are my February Faves ❤

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  • Essie Resort Collection: One of my biggest pet peeves is unpolished nails. I am that girl that HAS to have a mani/pedi every week[or two, at most]. So when I saw Essie’s 2014 Resort collection, I fell in love. Living in South Florida I don’t get to celebrate too much of a winter, and these colors are a perfect mix of both winter & spring, giving me the best of both worlds!
  •  Erin Condren Life Planner: Ummmmm…how amazing is this planner? If you’re anything like me, planners are a MUST in everyday life. I love, love, love buying a new planner and color coordinating each part of my life and planning out the year. That’s why I fell in LOVE with this one from Erin Condren (who I stumbled upon on Twitter), it has everything you could possibly need, and its totes aborbs.
  • MK Jet Set Wallet: I think this baby is pretty self explanatory. I mean look how gorg she is *inserts heart eyes emoji face*. It is perfect for this transition period from winter to spring.
  • e.l.f Lip Exfoliator: So along with my mani/pedi obsession, I am also a chapstick feen! I can’t even tell you how many different lip balms I have laying around. This lip exfoliator takes the cake though – it is amazing! Not only does it work wonders on my lips, it is also only $3! The entire e.l.f line is brag worthy actually, so go check it out!
  • Kate Spade Candle: I NEED this candle. It smells delicious and it is the perfect amount of pop to add to any dresser, bathroom, or desk! There are a bunch of different colors & styles to fit your own personal taste … You go, Kate!

Have you fallen in love with anything this month? Share your faves with me in the comments!

xoxo,

Em

Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers!

Hi Lovers! 

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So, I have a confession… I HATE Valentine’s Day. Single, taken, valentine, no valentine…it’s just not for me. But that doesn’t make me a miserable, bitter person either. I love, love and I love spreading love and holiday cheer even more [so you miserable/bitter people beware – i’m coming for you with a big bag of candy hearts]. 

Thankfully for me, my Valentine feels the same way. Our celebration will include pizza, champagne, and good old quality time with each other…a girl really couldn’t ask for any more! Oh yeah, and some chocolate chip cookie cheesecake – can’t forget that!

How are you spending your Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re celebrating or not, make sure to indulge in something you enjoy! Today is about LOVE in any shape, size or form! 🙂 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until next time, 

Emily