My afternoon featured…more marshmallows!!!
Blackened over mini fires in the Hershey’s Snacktivity suite [mom, you would never have left this room!]
I also went to a session on Mobile Blogging [I want a new phone!] and Professional Blogging [I missed most of this session with sticky S'mores fingers so I don't have any notes]
Another snacktime was around the corner and the Stonyfield team agreed last night to meet me at 4:15 to try out the new Fig + Honey Oikos!
Likes: Flavor, texture, not too sweet, low in calories and sugar for a sweetened yogurt (110 Kcal | 7 g sugar)
Wants: More chunks of fig would have been nice to chew!
Thanks guys : )
Monica and I went for a beautiful afternoon walk on the water to recharge after a chilly day indoors. It was so nice to get out in the sunshine! Afterwards, we took quickie showers and dressed up for dinner – matching yellow purses and all!
We dined at Donovan’s Prime Seafood with the American Express Prepaid team (our sponsor) and Manisha Thakor, CFA and personal finance expert responsible for putting women in the financial driver’s seat! She spent many years in financial services and now works as a speaker and writer. Women power!
Since first creating a household budget a few years ago, I am actually fascinated with money, spreadsheets, organization, Mint.com, and budgeting. I couldn’t wait to ask her for advice. My biggest question was: How much should I be saving? 10%? 50%? It’s sometimes hard to not want to save it all and to determine how to break up your money pie. Her response was 10% to retirement and 10% to short term savings – so 20%. That’s double what I had heard other sources say (I’ve always heard 10% to savings including retirement) but I think 20% is a great number to shoot for. I could have talked all night about money management. Hopefully we will cross paths again sometime!
Dinner started with bread…
And red wine [Franciscan Cab!]
And ended with Scallops with saffron brie risotto and sautéed veggies
But that was just the beginning of the end – because two desserts arrived!
Deconstructed Banana’s Foster..
And an Oreo Pie
We I put large dents in both of them! Ice cream + caramel [+ marshmallows] are the foods of the week!
Thanks so much to American Express for the opportunity to come to BlogHer this year and for dinner!
This weekend has been really great – very chill and enjoyable! But I’m ready to get back to the rolling hills of Virginia. Flight leaves at 11 tomorrow!