Over Cocktails

So much to say, so little time – currently at the airport about to fly out to Lexington to visit my good friend Kristin! This week has flown by and I’ve been non-stop and needing a little break from reality.  Woke up this morning, went to Pure Barre and straight to the beach to watch the sunrise – even though I was about five minutes too late, it was still very nice to get out and see a little piece of the world coming to life!

1. Last weekend was B-U-S-Y, but I was not complaining – I was able to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. Went out for a friends 30th birthday to River & Post and I CANNOT wait to go back, the food was amazing and the rooftop bar was like something you don’t see in Jacksonville. I kept telling others how I felt like I was in a different city!IMG_7891 The night turned into a few more drinks and these pictures pretty much sums it up – needless to say, I did not make it to barre the next morning!

Saturday one of my most favorite people and her fiancé was in town, so I joined them for lunch along with one of my other favorite people and her husband! We spent FOUR hours outside enjoying the sunshine, laughing and catching up!!! IMG_7982 Sunday I got an invite to head down to Daytona for the 500 – I used to go to these races all the time as a child and it was just as much fun this time – the weather was absolutely perfect and even more fun running into one of my best friends, Nikki!!! Thanks to Instagram, I knew she was there and immediately sent her a text – she was one section over from me. Our friends kept saying “You two need to keep in better touch” and we were like “we talk almost every day – how much better do we need?” But both of our trips were last minute and she’s never been and I haven’t been in probably 10 years, so it didn’t even cross either of our minds!

Of course, I’d be foolish not to mention my little claim to fame here when I drove a NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway – read more about it here!

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I had Monday off for President’s day and once again, enjoyed the beautiful sunshine catching up with another old friend who recently moved away! Afterward I met up with my girls for dinner/movie! IMG_7918Clearly I enjoyed as much Vitamin D as possible last weekend and wrote this post way too fast, but they are boarding my flight now and I am going up north to cold weather, but looking forward to experiencing a new city!!!

Have a great weekend!!! 


Over Cocktails

Another mindless “Over Cocktails” post today – in all honesty, it was one of the reasons I decided to start writing this blog…I truly enjoyed going in to work, sipping on my protein shake, and reading something that I didn’t have to truly process for the first 30ish minutes of my day (don’t tell my bosses), so I figured I’d contribute to it and start my own mindless reading..

There are other reasons for this blog and I PROMISE I have some pretty exciting things to report in the next few weeks, but bear with me as I finalize all the details!!! 

  1. First and foremost:  Happy Birthday to my favorite brother and my favorite nephew.  My brother, who is only 14 months younger than I am, is one of my biggest fans of this blog and I truly appreciate his support and encouragement.  He has been a staple in my life as we were inseparable as children, then grew into teenagers who drove our parents crazy with the constant bickering and now he drives me crazy with his obnoxious kiss-up smirk. But don’t tell him this:  I love him and would’t change a thing about him. He is an excellent husband, great son/brother/friend and amazing father two his lil chihuahua’s.

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    I didn’t realize my nephew would capture my heart as much as he did, he is so incredibly patient, sweet and full of life. He’s smart and fun and I enjoy every second I get to spend with him! I hate that’s he’s turning 12 today, but love watching him grow and interacting with him even if it’s on FaceTime and he’s making ugly faces!!!

  2. Last was a great weekend spent with family and fairly confident I’ve mentioned this one too many times but I am so incredibly fortunate to have the family I do, we have recently reconnected with a family member and are so beyond thankful to have them in our lives! 

  3. I have heard of two incidents of people taking chances and making changes in their life this week. Bethany Watson, a host on Elvis Duran, announced this week that she will be leaving the show to pursue other adventures and then a friend of mine put in his two weeks notice after realizing for a few months that he was way too unhappy and life is too short to feel that way! It’s a HUGE decision, but those chances are necessary at times and definitely not easy! I am so excited for my friend and will continue to follow Bethany to see where lives little adventures take her.  IMG_7676
  4. PSA for the day: I have used the detox foot pads and I’m not a holistic person (not even sure if this would be considered holistic), but they are AMAZING! I’m not going to deny it – it could all be in my head, but every time I sleep with these on my feet, I wake up before my alarm – extremely well-rested and energized.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them and I have already bought my next set! 

    Have a great weekend! Looking forward to catching up with friends this weekend for some more birthday festivities and out-of-town guests!!!😘

Happy Valentine’s Day

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As I’m scouring online, I’m reading all these negative posts about how hard it must be to be single around Valentine’s Day (aka Singles Awareness Day) and I won’t agree with that statement at all! I’m not going to say it’s my favorite holiday, but then again – it wasn’t my favorite holiday when I’ve been in serious relationships in the past.  Sure, it’s nice to go out to a fancy dinner, have flowers delivered to the office and maybe a nice gift waiting for you when you get home! But in reality, I enjoy those things WAY more when it’s an unexpected surprise and not a Hallmark holiday.

I have never been the kind of person who is upset about where my life is….Am I 110% happy with where it is – ABSOLUTELY NOT, but I know very few people who are; and if I believe they are happy, I may have a false sense of reality. Let’s face it, the world is full of people posting everything happy about themselves (I know I’m guilty of it) and nothing of what’s actually troubling them – which we’d probably not want to see/read about anyway, but it gives the perception that everything is all sunshine and flowers.

I get the question A LOT, “Why are you still single?” and that’s a question I DESPISE!!! I don’t know, I don’t have an answer other than the fact I just haven’t met the right person. I have learned so much from all my past relationships that have helped me grow stronger and I have absolutely no regrets from any of them, but they just didn’t work out and I am fine with that. I have embraced my singledom and find it to be kind of fun/challenging. ☺️ Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather have someone to share life’s little adventures with me, but it is certainly not holding me back!

I enjoy the love surrounding Valentine’s Day and I am fortunate enough to have my family, friends and two lil ones that always get excited to see me walk through the door! 



My loves


As a side note, I just found this article  and think it speaks so clearly to me. I’m a Sagittarius and can’t agree more that I must take a solo road trip!  This WILL be happening soon and I am really looking forward to it! 😊

And today is Ash Wednesday, I am a bad Catholic and haven’t been to mass since a friend’s wedding (does that even count?) but I always test my willpower during lent and this year I have given up two things that are definitely going to be challenging.  WISH ME LUCK!  



Over Cocktails

I have been MIA and I have absolutely NO excuse other than the fact that I haven’t had much to say – I KNOW, IT SHOCKS ME TOO!!!

Something about this week has been out of the ordinary. I don’t know if it’s because work has been crazy busy, I skipped Taco Tuesday or I’ve been extremely domesticated all week. Regardless, I’m not complaining, but……I’m not loving it either.

  1. I had a great weekend last weekend.  It included dinner at my brother and sister-in-laws house on Friday (somehow they watched Olivia for me AND made me dinner) where they made low-carb tacos – the cheese was melted into a taco shell and it was DELICIOUS! I WILL be making these myself.  Saturday kicked off with two pure barre classes, cleaning and then catching up with great friends at some local breweries – Green Room/Southern Swells…..my kind of Saturday; exercise, productive and fun with a great group of people. Then celebrated dad’s birthday over the Super Bowl and watched the Eagle’s win – THANK GOODNESS!! (Should’ve been Jags, but whatever, I’m not bitter! 😝)
  2. I am quickly realizing I need to SLOOOOWWWWW down.  I have always been a self-proclaimed very impatient person.  Well, I realized I just need to slow down after driving my aunts around last week and basically taking ten years off their lives as they were holding on to Oh Sh*t bar for the less than five minute ride! So I’ve really been working on it and I can’t promise that I will succeed, but be patient (see what I did there!😝)
  3. On that note, I was leaving for Pure Barre yesterday morning at 5:45 as I do every morning and apparently didn’t wait for the garage to go up fully (#halfasleep).  The sound of a garage door hitting your car is NOT a something you want to hear first thing in the morning.  I could’ve sworn it cracked my back windshield, but fortunately, it only took off my little fin (over my antennae) at the top of my car and there’s a dent in it that you can barely see.  It’s honestly not that bad, but terrified me and I’m still a bit depressed about it. I have never hurt my car, and although I got it in ’09 – I still absolutely love it and don’t want another one. Recently I joked with one of my friends saying if I won the lottery I don’t think I would buy another car, he quickly called my bluff and I’m pretty sure he’s right, but sadly that’s not a decision I have to deal with right now. IMG_7802 2
  4. As I mentioned earlier, I have been very domesticated all week by staying home and cooking/cleaning/laundry every night.  I signed up for Hello Fresh and received my first  three meals. My evenings have been spent prepping/cooking.  These meals have all been so yummy and I love the fact that it’s perfect portion control and you don’t have a lot of leftover glazes, sauces, spices, etc. NO pictures though, but I have run the dishwasher WAY more than usual 😉 I doubt I will keep the subscription going on a permanent basis, but it’s nice to have different dinner options! 
  5. My credit card has been compromised.  What a friggin PITA!!! All my automatic payments have to be rescheduled and trying to figure those out will be a task in itself.  SO extremely frustrating! 😡
  6. fullsizeoutput_1b21I can go on and on talking about “This Is Us” – it is SERIOUSLY one of the best shows I’ve ever seen (granted I’m not a great judge, since I don’t watch a lot of tv) but I put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” when watching each episode and fully engage in the hour of television and LOVE every second! Of course Jack Pearson would get the dog AND the photo albums!!! ❤️

Anyway, my sister, cousin and his family are in town this weekend and I am beyond excited to spend it hanging with the people I love the most! I hope to have more to talk about next week …. although looking back, I think I did ok for some mindless reading on a Friday morning 😂!  


Have a great weekend! 

Over Cocktails

THANK GOODNESS IT IS FINALLY FRIDAY and FEBRUARY!!! Anyone else feel like this week has DRAGGED on and on and on, and that doesn’t even compare to the month of January, which was just not a good month and I am beyond excited that it’s in the rearview mirror now! 

I’ve got a lot of things to look forward to in February and ready to use this weekend as a kick off to a great month!   


Thanks Nikki for the perfect picture!

  1. I’m officially a F-A-I-L-U-R-E and I am more than ok with it, but I didn’t make it through Dry January. Obviously, there were the two Jaguars playoff games where I conceded and had a few beers because as I’ve said before, there’s something wrong wtih watching football and drinking water! But I was going to extend Dry January by two days and I didn’t even make it to that point ☹ I had a rough week and decided my sanity was worth being a failure by a couple days and to be honest – I have no regrets!
  2. I tried a few new places in town last weekend and LOVED them all (and as I write this post, I’m highly embarrassed at how bad I was this weekend with my food choices – although, in my defense, I don’t feel I was that bad, I maintained portion control and still worked out every day!)
    1. Grub Burger – just opened at Town Center, TECHNICALLY I didn’t eat, but my friends got extra food that a server just graciously gave them to try and I came in and it was staring me in the face and I had to have a bite or two! So good, plus they have a full-service bar. WIN – WIN!
    2. Mini Donut – first off, I am not a sweets lover, but I had to try to this place. They have all different types of flavors and you could try three mini donuts for $2.50 – NOT BAD AT ALL! The line probably took about 25 minutes to get through, but fortunately Southern Swells (brewery next door) was having their one-year anniversary party, so I was GTG with a beer in hand!!! For the record, I got the fruity pebbles (because I wanted to try something I wouldn’t normally get), the peanut butter cup (which was my absolute favorite), and the honey maple bacon (which are definitely worth a try) donuts!
    3. Cheddar’s – went with one of my favorite ladies who I’m fairly confident won’t ever read this because I don’t think she reads my blog…one day we were talking and I said “Oh, I’ll write about that in my ‘Over Cocktails’ post” and she said “OMG, that is such a cute idea!!!” HAHA!!! It’s always great to catch up with her, I didn’t eat nearly enough of my food, but I was so impressed at how reasonable the place was – it was packed and the wait was about an hour.
    4. Florida Cracker Kitchen – This is a MUST, I’m not sure if it was just the comfortable feeling of good cooking, the Bloody Mary bar out front (or in my case – the mimosa bar), sitting outside on the Adirondack chairs while waiting an hour for a table, or the amazingly cute retail shop – still regretting not getting that hat (guess I’ll be going back soon!) But enjoyed the company with my friend Matt, who is always up for trying new things with me! 
  3. I did a poll on Instagram last week to determine if the majority of people like strawberry jelly or grape jelly more on their PB&Js. I am a grape jelly lover, but apparently the minority at 22%.IMG_7697
  4. I went to the theater play of Lion King last night and it was SO INCREDIBLY good.  The costumes in itself made the show and I kept thinking to myself how I lack creativity after seeing those! My mom graciously gave me her ticket, so I spent the evening with a wonderful group of ladies (her best friends which included my two of my favorite aunts!) 
  5. Just for A Lil Bit of Cuteness

    Hung with this little man this week who told his mom that I was “kind”


    LOVE when cat sits like this!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Throwback Thursday!

Ready to feel old? I’ll give you a minute, because I wasn’t fully prepared for the emotions that would come with the simple Elvis Duran and the Morning Show banter.  I was just minding my own business, in my own little world, on my way to work and next thing you know the topic turned to songs that are turning 20 years old this year.  As they were playing these songs, it immediately brought back high school memories of driving down San Jose Blvd. in my little blue Honda Civic blasting these exact same songs on my way to school like I owned the roads! (Some will say I probably still act that way with the way I drive and honestly I won’t disagree!)

As a side note, I dipped my  hands in a little punk music at the time and realized that my favorite album from Unwritten Law came out in 1998!!! (I may or may not have downloaded that to my Spotify list, just now, once I realized it!)

Anyway, some songs that are turning 20 years old this year include:

  1. …..Baby One More Time (Brittney Spears)
  2. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)
  3. The Boy is Mine (Brandy and Monica)
  4. Believe (Cher)
  5. Ghetto Superstar 
  6. Thubthumping (Chumbawamba – definitely a 90’s name!)

In addition – SEX AND THE CITY turns 20 this year!!!C-R-A-Z-Y

Click here if you want to see a full list of songs – I didn’t want to put them all down, but it’ll definitely make you go down memory lane!

So seriously, what has happened?!?! Where has 20 years gone!!! Ironically, I’m reading a motivational book right now (Hello! 18 things to accomplish in 2018) that asks this question and makes you think about how you are actually living your life – I’m only about 18 pages into it (not a huge reader) but I’m enjoying it and will give a full report!

So – at the risk of completely embarrassing me and some of my best friends (then and now) I will post the following pictures.  I am scheduling a date SOON to post more after Ashley Cooney Auld stated that she had an entire shoebox full of pictures from this timeframe!!!🙈

Side note:  My email address @epippin98 is officially 20 years old. . .I set it up in 1998 . .people always ask if the ’98 was the year I graduated. . . .😒

Low Carb Turkey Burger Casserole

So I spent my Sunday enjoying breakfast at a new restaurant, going for a long walk, running errands, and watching a movie – which I’m ashamed to admit was 50 Shades Darker and now I’m even more ashamed that I am trying to find the first one to watch again 🤣!!!

I saw a recipe that sounded RIGHT up my alley and one of my New Years Resolutions was to try new recipes, so it was the perfect opportunity to make it on a rainy evening and have leftovers to eat for lunch during the week. I put my own “twist” on it and seriously L-O-V-E-D it, it was so amazing and took all that I had not to go back for seconds!



  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • Shredded cheese (1 cup)
  • Chive and Onion mix
  • Garlic Powder
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Worcestershire Sauce


  • 1/2 cup of Mayo
  • 1/2 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 eggs


  1. Brown the turkey meat
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the meat mixture together (and no I don’t have amounts because I was just eyeing it, plus I’m a Worcestershire freak, so I probably put more of that in than most people would!)
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all the “Topping” Ingredients together
  4. Put the meat in a casserole dish.
  5. Spread the topping over the meat evenly
  6. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top
  7. Bake for 45 mins at 350 degrees.
  8. SERVE and ENJOY!!!

SO GOOD and can’t beat the “Low Carb” part!!! 


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I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for lunch tomorrow!!!

Have a great week!!! 

Over Cocktails

My goodness, how is it already FRIDAY!!! This week seemed to FLY by and I was a homebody all week. Does that mean I’m actually growing up and becoming an adult? Highly doubtful, let’s face it, it’s likely  because I am in mourning with one more full week of Dry January and it’s starting to take a toll on me, especially after a mentally exhausting/challenging week!

On that note, let’s get to the first “Over Cocktails” point I would like to make.

  1. Here I am 26 days into Dry January (minus two, but whatever that’s irrelevant) and I haven’t lost one pound….NADA, ZERO, ZILCH, NOTHING!!! Do you know how frustrating this is?!?! I have gone to Pure Barre every day, minus the days I was sick, but let’s face it, I wasn’t eating then anyway! I swear I believe my body is meant to have a drink or two…the morning after the Jags games where I fell off the wagon, I woke up and my clothes fit looser and scale was lighter.  Yeah, yeah, I know – dehydration, but whatever – I like the first theory – my body is meant to have a glass or two a night!
  2. JAKE OWEN CONCERT was Friday night!  I went with one of my best friends, Nikki, and we had SUCH A BLAST.  Neither of us were drinking and it was probably the first concert for both of us without a beer in hand, but we had so much fun!  Jake Owen did an AH-MAH-ZING job engaging the audience and he seems so incredibly down-to-earth! He got his career in country music after a wakeboarding accident in college took him off the golf course and on to teaching himself to play the guitar. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock when it was news to me that he was my age, from Florida and went to Florida State!


    Not the best seats (my fault), but still a blast!!!

  3. My heart was broken after our Jags loss – it was SUCH a great game though.  After a few actually A LOT of bad calls, It was a tough loss, but it is what it is and we will come back stronger next year! I had a great time watching the game at one of my favorite breweries.  They had a watch party and the atmosphere was so much fun!!! We sat in the brewery area and got there three hours early to claim our spot – AND WE WERE ALMOST TOO LATE! 😱 It was P-A-C-K-E-D!!!

    Best view in the house! (yes, we were ahead most of the game – until the most important part!)


  4. I got my first “Big Fat Check” from Ebates and it was the easiest $7.16 I ever made.  I checked my balance for next pay period and I’m already up to $37.76. Granted about $30 of that is from people who signed up after I referred them, but STILL – SO EASY!!! You can read my post about ebates here. If you’d like to sign up with my referral code, use:  https://www.ebates.com/r/EPIPPI4?eeid=28187 (you’ll get $10 for signing up with this code after spending $25)  TRUST ME ON THIS ONE, I don’t promote unless I truly love/believe in it! IMG_7667
  5. I watch one tv show regularly and that is “This Is Us” and if you haven’t seen the last episode, you may want to stop reading here. But I was so incredibly nervous after the first 30 minutes knowing that a lot was going to be explained in this episode and it did not disappoint.


That crock pot is the EXACT SAME ONE I HAVE and wrote about here. I got it when my grandmother passed away and love the size of it, but I will be thinking twice, (probably three/four times), about using it again – ESPECIALLY when I am not home!


Well, I had a few other things that I wanted to write about, but tonight is not the night! Tired and too many other things on my mind.


Kindness Spreads Happiness

Ok, I’m not going to lie – I’m not as motivated to get on the computer and write when I don’t have a glass of wine in hand, hence the lack of posts lately. It’s pathetic – I get it –  and I shouldn’t admit it, but there’s something appealing about opening a bottle of wine, turning down the lights, listening to new/undiscovered music and sitting on the couch with a pair of cozy socks on! I know that sounded like the beginning of some sort of romance novel. . .until I got to the socks part 🤣!


However, tonight I am motivated to write after another school shooting happened today. I wanted to bring a small, tiny glimmer of kindness that I experienced from a coworker last week and thought this would be a great opportunity after such a tragic day.

But before I get to that, I’m going to go on a semi-rant and some may agree with me, most likely will not, but I REALLY hate the way the media portrays these horrible stories. I know it needs to be covered, but I don’t think it should be the top of the headline. It’s not that I’m unsympathetic because that is not the case AT ALL!!!  I think we need to have more positive headlines and I believe that all the negative headlines are giving crazy people ideas and a sense of fame – I also believe their  picture or name should not be published, if that’s even at all possible. . .who knows, it’s way beyond my realm of knowledge.

On that note:  My heart and prayers go out to the families, communities and everyone affected. 😞

Ok, back to the topic at hand. I walked into my break room the other day and a coworker was talking about this story she heard on the news. (I’m ashamed to say that I watched the same exact story and did not take the highly admirable action that she did. . .to my defense, I was sick when I was watching it, but in reality, I think I would’ve wondered what I could do, but then end up not doing anything about it.)

Anyway, the short version of the story: a former JSO reserve officer, was using the Meals on Wheels program and couldn’t pay his monthly fee, they stopped the service.  He was living off peanut butter and bread and owed close to $200.  My coworker said it just really bothered her and was up all night thinking about it 💗, so she went down to the news station asking to speak to the reporter and receptionist looked at her like she was crazy.  She finally was able to get in contact with the reporter and he put her in contact with someone from Meals on Wheels and paid the former JSO reserve officers balance of $192 to Meals on Wheels.  She got in contact with the gentleman and said he could not have been more appreciative.  She assured him that she would do anything to help him out and he said that his neighbors brought him some more peanut butter and he was fine for now.

I haven’t heard the rest of the story to see if his Meals on Wheels service was re-issued, but I will certainly look into it and give a full report. Stories like this prove that there are great people in this world, people who are incredibly selfless and willing to help others less fortunate!! And I believe it’s these stories that need to be published more 💖 (In fact, when I started this blog, this was one of my main reasons.  I haven’t published much in this category, but I do intend to in the future!)


Random Fact: This picture (minus the saying) is the background on my phone – was taken a few days after my grandmother passed away and always makes me think of her. 💞

Over Cocktails

  1. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the excitement surrounding another Jaguars WIN and NOW we are one game away from the Super Bowl!!! I am so friggin excited for this game on Sunday…..nervous, but EXTREMELY excited! I just hope we surprise the nation and win against the Patriots! My dad told me the other day that “I have to believe” . . . . UMMM seriously dad, I’ve been believing all along! 
  2. With that being said, I fell off the wagon last weekend watching the game.  I was sitting at the bar and seeing these towers filled with this yummy bubbly stuff all around me and I couldn’t help myself.  I’m not going to lie either – I don’t feel bad about it and will likely do it again on Sunday. There’s just something about watching the Jags play an AH-MAH-ZING game with tons of my closest friends (aka Jags fans)!  I surprisingly have some really great willpower and have given up alcohol for lent a few times, but c’mon, let’s face it, that’s giving it up for God, not me and my Jaguars! However, in an effort to live up to my New Years Resolution for January, I will extend Dry January by two days – I know it’s not the same, but it’s the best I got! And let’s hope come February 4th I will actually be excited to watch the Super Bowl and not just the commercials/halftime show. . . with a beer in hand!😏
  3. Last week I mentioned that I got sick, well here I am nine days later with a lingering cough and NO VOICE!!! Yes, that could have something to do with the incessant screaming I was doing on Sunday, but in reality it’s primarily because of my cough.  Random Pippin Fact #840: one of my vocal cords is paralyzed and when I have a cough, I’m straining the only one I use. I know this because I went to the doctor who stuck a microscope up my nose, down my throat (story for another time) and said I was only using one.  Anyway, I have very little voice right now and it’s driving me INSANE!!!  Others may secretly be loving it, but I can’t stand the silence and fear it’ll continue after the Jake Owen concert tonight and game on Sunday. . .
  4. This is the last bit of Jaguars talk, but click here to see a short three minute video telling America who the Jaguars are and asking everyone to cheer for us this weekend:  Video Image
  5. And in an effort to post something other than Jaguars related, here’s a picture of me and my girls.  I have never been successful at getting them both to participate, but always laugh at the attempts! (And this must’ve been pre-smile/cat jumping away)IMG_7625.jpg
  6. I LIED. . .


Jags Fifer and Pip