Civil War Heroes.

20 Mar

I don’t have much to say today, folks. But, I have a strong gumption to share my thoughts on a band that is stirring up a lot of interest around the country right now. 

There comes a band every great once in a while that just “gets it” for me. I’ve known and listened to the Civil Wars for a long time, but it wasn’t until I watched the rest of the nation fall for their rootsy-pop-country performance at the Grammy’s that I gave them a second listen. Then a third…and fourth and so on. 

Maybe it’s self indulgent. Okay, I know it’s self indulgent. This band is what I always wanted out of my musical ventures.  Growing up with my mom blaring 80s & 90s country, my dad raving on southern blues rock and my innate love for 60s and 70s singer/songwriters, who was I kidding…I was born for this. Though during my formative musical years, with my all-but smokey, sultry bad-ass voice and punk rock personality, I had settled on the idea of someday playing the female lead in a musical theater rendition of Janis Joplin’s life (even if I had to smoke 3 packs a day to do it). Then, after wasting 3 years of my college life deciding I was more of the singer-songwriter type and writing mediocre-at-best songs, I decided that songwriting was best left to someone else. 

And then I went in to marketing. 

But hey, even if I didn’t get there with my music at least I can take comfort in the fact that this band did. And I can feel somewhat of a redemption in the American pop-music culture…maybe we are on to something here. 

So, kudos to you @thecivilwars. Kudos to you. 

Recipe Wednesday is back!

7 Mar

After a month hiatus, I am very excited to get back to recipe wednesday! Hope you all enjoy this wonderful little installment brought to you by a guest and friend of AA, Amber Recker of the Ginger Kitchen!

We all lead busy lives, making it difficult to plan healthy meals within budget and within the time constraints of daily life. My husband and I make cooking a priority and spend a lot of time planning meals. There are times, though, when we need something quick and easy. This recipe definitely qualifies. It can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and offers a lot of flexibility for picky eaters. It can also be a fun way to engage the entire family in the process of preparing a meal, allowing everyone to choose their own pizza toppings.  The possibilities are endless with this recipe and you can’t mess it up; simply choose your toppings, bake and eat!

Taco Pizza

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Boboli pizza crust (available in several varieties, including whole wheat)
  • 1 lb. hamburger

    The Finished Product!

  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can refried beans with chilies
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • ½ cup banana peppers
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½  head of lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Cilantro

Preparation:

Preheat oven according to cooking directions on Boboli pizza crust package. Place hamburger in a large pan and brown, add taco seasoning and water according to the taco seasoning instructions and simmer. While hamburger is simmering, prepare the pizza crust. Begin with refried beans, spreading onto the crust, about ¼ to ½ inch thick. When hamburger is done, place the desired amount on top of beans on crust. Next, add cheese, then peppers. Place on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and sides of crust are slightly browned. For a crispier crust, place the pizza directly on oven rack. Remove pizza from oven and add diced tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and cilantro.

About Amber: 

Amber and her husband Jon love to cook and they want to share that love with you! Visit them at www.thegingerkitchen.com or follow them on Twitter @gingerkitchen. Amber does the photography and blogging and Jon does most of the cooking- it’s a match made in heaven. Oh yeah, and they do it all from their humble little, not-so-state-of-the-art kitchen in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Candles and Sandals

28 Feb

Why you shouldn’t take the little things for granted.

In my first week on the job as Marketing Director for Warm Glow Candles, one of my tasks was to come up with a theme, slew of slogans and logo for our Spring Open House coming up in May.

I had been tossing around the idea of a play on “then and now” as we are expanding with at least one new building. Well, one new-old building. We are moving and re-purposing the first Warm Glow building — nothing like holding on to your roots as you move forward. Great theme- but proving to be difficult with  regards the fun, cheeky Joes Crab Shack-like slogans and characters my boss was also wanting.

So, Friday rolls around and I’ve still got nothing. Not a damn thing. It’s my first week, I’ve got something to prove and I have zilch. My boss pulls me in to her office, presumably to talk about the theme of the Open House- and to my surprise she has a been in a meeting with a lady from Lindsay Phillips.

*Note: for those of you who don’t know, Lindsay Phillips sells customizable sandals. You can change the straps and pendants, etc… Very boutique, relatively kick-ass.

I digress. My boss then says, I want to model the Open House around this new shoe line we will have in the store and we will start with these coral and teal colors. She decides to buy every employee those sandals and matching Warm Glow tshirts for the event.

And then it happened. Like I was the most genious marketer on the planet. 

Wait for it…

Yep. SANDALS rhymes with CANDLES. Perfect.

And that is how our Spring Open House theme was born. The littlest piece of the puzzle, a new sandal line, sprouted an entire theme. Don’t take the little things for granted. Don’t forget to look at EVERY piece of the puzzle when you’re dealing with a bit of brain drain.

Stay tuned for more fun stories about Spring Fever: Candles and Sandals and as always, keep rockin’

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Here's a sneak peak at Glowy the Candle...preparing for her big event!

-Arin

Commitment, Communication and Candles

17 Feb

Happy February everyone! Okay…happy mid-February. I cannot believe how fast this month is moving.

Not too long ago I posted a blog thanking many of you and letting you know about the excitement building around my contract work…and then I promised to write more. Now, I could sit here and write down the million and one excuses I have for not blogging like I should, but frankly they don’t matter. What does matter, however, is that I stick to this commitment. So, here I am. Back to the grind. Promising to keep up this continued communication and fun!

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New beginnings

For those of you that do not know, today is my last day with NRHA. And, while not exactly what I expected, my time here has been filled with so many experiences, people and lessons that I can only hope other young professionals have in their careers. It’s funny how “lasts” can make you sit back and really reflect on what you’ve accomplished and learned, who you’ve met and built relationships with, and how you’ve grown. Last week, as I accepted a position as the new Marketing Director for the Warm Glow Candle Co. , I was filled with a flood of emotion: “Finally! This is it. My turn to shine, make a difference. My turn to really make my career move and do it closer to home. Less of a drive! Higher salary! …this is going to be great!” This week, I’m more calm, more reflective and more respectful of the time I’ve spent working to get where I am. I think as young professionals it is all to easy to fall into the “me me me” trap, and for many of us it isn’t even a selfish act. It comes from a place of desire. Desiring more responsibility, more respect and trust, better relationships…desiring to be given the chance to be that top notch professional we know we can be. A lot of times we can’t understand why employers and business contacts don’t want to see that from us or why we just don’t seem to be moving forward at the pace we just knew we would after college. Today, I just want to give a little hope from one young’n to the next- slow down. Don’t be in such a hurry to move forward that you miss the opportunities in front of you. This past year has filled me with irreplaceable workplace knowledge, relationships and industry-specific training that I’ve, unfortunately, taken for granted.

Don’t make my mistake, friends. Take where you are and run with it, but don’t get so far ahead of yourself that you forget to appreciate where you are.

So with that said, to my NRHA friends and the MANY relationships that have seen me through this past year- Thank You. And I hope this next adventure proves as excited as the last. Don’t be strangers, come see me over at Warm Glow in Centerville, maybe I’ll buy you a candle. 😉

P.S. I will still be working on contract projects with Anderson Creative Communications as they come in. Nothing can really slow down this girl…not even candles. 🙂

-Arin

Time flies, thank you.

26 Jan

Well, I’ve already broken my post every day vow. Surprise Surprise. I suppose that was a little over zealous anyways.

I know it’s been a over a week- and I owe you 2 recipes and a stick figure drawing, but I promise it was worth it. For those of you that don’t know, I have taken the past few weeks to officially launch the contract business I have been working under for the past year. Contract work has really been building for me in the past couple of months and I finally decided to take the plunge. I greatly appreciate the support and advocacy that I’ve gotten from so many of you and I hope to do your faith justice.

So, without further ado, meet: Anderson Creative Communications and @andersoncre8ive

And special thank you to the people below for being extra supportive these past few months (even if they don’t know it). If you don’t know them, meet them. I can’t think of a single reason you wouldn’t want each and every one of them on your team.

@andersonjake

@ryanmbrewer

@randyclarktko

@dereckvogler

@csindy

@ErinCouch

@LeilanMcNally

@slicklaroo

@AllisonLCarter

@jlisak

@erinlorraine

@edeckers

@kyleplacy

@robbyslaughter

@seppichdaily

@cjtheisen

Again, thanks for being patient and I’ll catch ya’ll soon!

Arin

Pirates, Cookies and Rock N Roll.

11 Jan

Sometimes the best recipes are born out of creativity and whatever is sitting in your pantry. Over the weekend, after pirates had been played and the drum set rocked, Jake and I were left with a three-year old desperate for something to do. So even with groceries getting scarce and patience wearing thin,  miss Adrienne and I took a trip down creativity lane. Luckily, we came out on the other side of a glorious cookie rainbow with these white chocolate, apple oatmeal cookies made with things we found in the pantry:

This recipe will make 12-15 cookies, depending on the size and consistency you prefer. They are also perfect for a health conscious office snack- set them out in the break room, I doubt you’ll bring any home.

Ingredients:

Mid-bake jam session with daddy!

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened (for a healthier version, use unsalted butter)
1/2 tsp cinnamonMy little rockstar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
2 packets of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal
1 small green apple, diced (or 1/2 a big one!)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in small bowl. Gently mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy (will be slightly grainy, do no over mix). Mix in dry ingredients,  egg and vanilla. Add oatmeal one packet at a time. When mixture is cookie dough consistency, gently stir in apples and white chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet (we did HEAPING spoonfuls). Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350. Let cool and enjoy!

The time has come the Walrus said…

9 Jan

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about corporate culture. The who, what, when, where, why and how’s of what we do day in and day out. I recently came to the conclusion that this can be likened to a very familiar Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland, where I play Alice.

Here is a few things I learned from the characters that have come in and out of my Wonderland:

  1. There will always a be a White Rabbit that is too busy for you. Don’t take it personal, they are just climbing the ladder to SUC…cess
  2. Try not to offend the Mouse. Actually screw it, this person will always have some bigger, better problem than yours anyway.
  3. The Caterpillar will be rude, hateful and demeaning. I find it best to make jokes for my own amusement regarding this person. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make them laugh once in a while.
  4. Find a Chesire Cat. They may be mischievous but they will challenge you, help you find humor in a shitty situation and aren’t afraid to make things right.
  5.  The Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. You know the “clique”.  Don’t waste your time trying to be a part of the group, they will confuse you and you are better off alone. Seriously, look at what the Hatter and the Hare do to the Dormouse.
  6. Bill the Lizard is the workhorse. Plain and simple, you probably owe a thank you or two to this person.
  7. The Queen of Hearts has a take no prisoners attitude and probably isn’t afraid to show it. Don’t let him or her walk all over you.
  8. The Duchess isn’t always what he/she seems. The epitome of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” this person is misunderstood, worn out and is probably just looking for a little respect and compassion.
  9. The King of Hearts means well but has no direction. While this unorganized and confusing person can be very hard to deal with, they are an integral part of the team. Maybe all they need is a little push…or a swift kick in the you know what.
  10. And finally, Alice. You. Dropped into wonderland, left to survive. Cultivate the relationships, asses the environment and move forth my friend. But remember, every character plays a part in the success [or chaos] of Wonderland.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”