Dear August

Dear August,

Somehow, you were a great and terrible month all at once. You brought our friend Peter to town so we could spend a week together and celebrate our best friend’s wedding day, which was quite a great time. But then you were the month that I was sick for three weeks with a sinus infection and bronchitis. And then, to make things even worse, this was the month that my husband worked in Kansas City for three weeks in a row. It was rough. I was sick. I missed him. He was in another city living and working. Gosh, I don’t know how military spouses do it. Mad props to them. The Monday after Danny and Sara’s wedding was quite depressing for me. I was so sick, Peter left to go back home, Danny and Sara were on their honeymoon and Kevin left for Kansas City. But I did have excuses to go home to St. Louis and take a mini vacation to Kansas City. So there was good and bad, but I’m ready for you to be over, August.

Dear September,

You kick off the best time of the year for me. So cheers to pumpkins, the color orange, fall-scented candles, hoodies, NFL, chili and blankets. I’m so happy you’re here.





Marriott Rewards Year of Surprises – Part 3

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Marriott Rewards. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As many of you know, I have been working with Marriott Rewards® this summer to promote the ongoing Year of Surprises initiative they have to celebrate their 30th birthday. They’re honoring the great people in our lives with a truly epic party! Whatever the reason – Marriott Rewards wants to honor it.

The program has been going on for the past few months and they have already thrown four epic parties. One of which I’m going to talk about today because it happened right here in Louisville!

Funny story…I recently when to lunch with the lady who helps run the event spaces in The Whiskey Row Lofts in downtown Louisville. She mentioned how one of the spaces was recently used as a surprise party that Marriott Rewards helped throw. How funny is that! I knew exactly what she was talking about and loved hearing how fun the party was.

So Amanda nominated her husband, Bryan. After their daughter Margot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of two, Bryan left his job to be by Margot’s side at the hospital for six months. Amanda wanted to throw an awesome surprise 30th birthday party. They even arranged to have Bryan’s college band perform! #bestwifeaward

You can watch the video from the night here…it’s so great. Made me tear up!

Right now we are in the LAST phase of nominations so head on over to before August 31 to submit your nomination. Don’t worry if you’re not a Marriott Rewards member yet – you don’t need to be to nominate someone. (But if you are chosen, you’ll need to sign up to be a member…to do that, go here: You can check out the Year of Surprises Official Rules at