Nerdy Halloween Costume Ideas

October 17, 2012

Halloween can be a really fun night, if you do it right. If you are like me, you are a bit of a nerd and tend to obsess over making the perfect costume. Last year, the B Man and I were in New York for Halloween so we didn’t celebrate, at work or anywhere else. This year for work, the Marketing team is collaborating on a secret department-wide costume. I can’t wait to post pictures.

If you like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Totorro, all things “nerd”…then check out these ideas:

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick has to be one of my favorite comedians, and of course, NERDS! He wrote the book, The Nerdist Way, and is straight up awesome. If you listen to his podcast, watch him on Talking Dead, or just like his style, consider being him for Halloween! I know if I were a dude, I totes would! **Note: Don’t forget to bring burritos to hand out to everyone.**


DIY Catwoman Costume

Does it get any hotter than tight pleather? Catwoman is all the rage this year with The Dark Knight Rises being such a hit. But she is so much more than a hip hollywood movie. Her love/hate relationship with Batman has produced many great stories. She is so badass that any lady who wants to be considered nerdy should dress as her this year.

Katniss Everdeen

Costume Idea: Katniss Everdeen

I am still obsessed with these books and any obsession = nerd! Katniss is a truly brave girl who even in a time of grave danger always thrives. To completely embody Katniss, you must be quite, collected, and yell “I VOLUNTEER” all Halloween. I don’t make the rules.

9th Doctor

I really only know one Doctor and so far, I love him. If you are already a whovian, consider halloween this year as the ninth doctor! If you have never seen Dr. Who before, it’s time. Turn on Netflix, grab some popcorn, and press play. Then you’ll want to be the doctor!

Star Trek

Star Trek

I love Star Trek, and while I am more of a Next Generation girl, I love the outfits of the early 60’s! This DIY outfit would be perfect for someone on a budget.


What is your idea of the perfect nerdy costume?

5 Fall Budget-Friendly Date Ideas

October 5, 2012

One of my favorite things about fall is the fun activities one can have in Minnesota. There is so much cuddling and cider being had at our residence, that I thought I would pass along this fun list of ideas. Give one of these a try this weekend!

  1. Have a movie/TV marathon night – whether you’re into Star Trek or Lost or Arrested Development, sit down with your honey and grab a nice hot apple cider and a blanket.
  2. Head to the Apple Orchard for some apple picking, hayrides, and other fun activities. If you buy apple cider there, when you get home you can do #1!
  3. Enjoy a nice morning at the farmers market. Use Trello to create your list and meal plans for the week. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee while your there to keep warm!
  4. Fall colors drive + picnic: Grab a salad or make some sandwiches, maybe grab a bottle of wine or some beers and spend time driving through the towns you know have beautiful fall colors.
  5. Grab tickets to your favorite local band or artist. One of Breski’s favorite activities is shows (the above photo is a local favorite, Brianna Lane).

What are some of your favorite date night activities?


What to Wear: MN Bloggers Conference

September 19, 2012

Figuring out what to wear to a conference can be quite difficult. Some people want to be comfortable so they can take in all the information, while others want to “dress to impress.” I say, you can do both!


Ladies Conference Looks - Fall 2012



Men's Conference Looks


Tips for the MN Bloggers Conference:

  • Bring a note taking device: A notebook, tablet, or computer will work but my personal preference is a notebook. By writing my notes I am remembering what is being said twice, by hearing and writing it!
  • Bring your business cards: I can’t stress this enough. You will meet a lot of people and you will want to make sure they remember you! Bring your cards or other “remembrance” device!
  • Enjoy the conference: The reason you are reading this blog today is because of that conference. Take in what the people are saying and enjoy the day!

What do you think is appropriate for conference-wear?

Earned, Not Given: Anytime Fitness Annual Conference

September 18, 2012

Inspiration. Motivation. Education. Bleeding Purple.

Those are the words that come to mind when I think about this past weekend. I spent the weekend photographing, talking, dancing, crying, and laughing with my fellow Anytime Fitness family. As I reflect on the weekend, I realize how fast it went by and how tired I am now as a result.

We (Lee and I) woke up at 4:30 am to be at our 6:30 flight! I was so exhausted that I slept on the plane (something I rarely am able to do). After landing, her awesome mom and dad picked us up and drove us to Chicago…where we hung out all day, walking Chicago’s Loop.

After getting settled in at the hotel, we spent the evening watching funny videos, listening to the “State of the Franchise,” and laughing at jugglers. With an early morning Friday, I called it a night.

I woke early Friday morning to photograph the morning Bootcamp workout. It was an intense session, lead by none other than Shannon Fable with the Bodyworkz team. Everyone was having fun while sweating their guts out. Plus, one of the Anytime Fitness Trainers, April Calderon, set the World Record for number of pushups done on 3 medicine balls IN FRONT OF THE BEAN! What a true inspiration. She showed the world that if you put your mind to something, you can do anything.

Friday was very busy with a speaker from the Ritz Carlton and a marketing and branding session.

The 80s party brought out the best in our Franchise. We showed that we not only can we do something as silly as dressing up “80’s style”… we will do it, do it together, and do it in style. We stick together and that is why we are so successful. People showed up in Ninja costumes, Mario and Luigi… plus a ton more!

The true inspiration came on Saturday. We awarded 3 of my favorite bloggers the 2i awards (2 inspire). Meet Annie, Meghann, and Cassie.

From Left: Annie (@MamaDweeb), Meghann (@MealsandMiles), and Cassie (@BackToHerRoots)


Annie is from Kansas and received the 2i award because of her amazing abilities during the #SurviveOn35 challenge. She made a grocery budget of $109 dollars look commendable for a family of FIVE! With exceptional planning and care, she was a co-winner of the challenge! She writes about family, food, fashion, and more on her blog Mamma Dweeb. She encouraged hundreds, that eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be expensive!


Meghann is from Florida and received the 2i award because of her unforgettable efforts in the #SurviveOn35 challenge. She constructed creative and healthy meals while documenting every cost for her readers. She illustrated the true meaning of eating healthy on a budget. She blogs at Meals and Miles. She is also an ultra-marathoner, amateur photographer, and globetrotter. She is constantly supporting her blog readers to live healthy lives through education and motivation.


Our first 2i award is from Indiana and received the 2i award because of her ability to put her whole heart and soul into the Anytime Health community, her motivational writing, and her health. She writes about food and fitness on her blog, Back to her Roots, where sheencourages people to live a healthy lifestyle through clean eating habits and exercise. She consistently brings outstanding content to the Anytime Health blog with encouraging and attention-grabbing content.

On top of that Saturday night was spewing with inspiration with four incredible member success stories that didn’t just involve losing weight or dress size but included a limbless woman, bullied kid, husband showing love by getting healthy, and a woman who had just lost her way. These people were just people trying to make themselves better…little do they know how they will impact anyone who watches their success videos. I was to the point of full on tears watching these videos!

This conference was my second. Nonetheless, it was the best. Even with exhaustion looming over me, I was still moved and excited to get to work and continue to move our brand towards awesomeness!