️Feeling my usual positive self this gorgeous, chilly Fall morning after a walk around Federal Hill Park with my favorite fur babies and thought I’d share where my thoughts wandered this morning . . .
“The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on” – Julia Alvarez
Treat others how you wish to be treated, always be kinder than you feel, and do not judge unless you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes, taking everyone at face value & giving everyone an equal chance.
I don’t believe in ‘reputations,’ I believe in actions – – the unique efforts each individual places forth towards another being. No categorizations, no ‘guilty by association,’ just simply taking each person for who and what they are.
I’m exhausted of those living in glass houses and not cleaning their windows. If you are kind to me, I am kind to you. Appreciate each other for their abilities, differences, beauty & uniqueness.
Support & be happy for others enjoying their success. Life is an echo – what you send out, comes back; what you sow, you reap; what you see in others, exists in you. Lead by example. Be the YOU you’d want to know.
How do you pass on kindness to others?Tell me in the comments!
To live in for the rest of my life, T H I S would be it!
Absolutely love my S U P E R soft DAYDREAMER blue and teal tie dye long sleeve for transitioning into these chilly fall days! Also, these colors and print are right up my alley! BUT – they also have a variety of vibrant color combos and styles for something that’s more your vibe.
P.S.S. All of my outfit details can be found and are linked in the SHOP section of my site! Or, but downloading the LiketoKnow.itapp and following my page, @brittanyleighxo for shopping finds and updates!
It’s been a mere 16 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the recent Coronavirus as a global pandemic. It’s shifted lives, businesses and general daily practices to a new level of ‘normal.’ As much as I like to joke and use more informal lingo on my page, it’s serious business when we consider that vast majority of our U.S. and global population awaits puzzled as news and updates are provided on an ad hoc basis.
Those that know me personally, know my hubby owns and operates a local bar & restaurant in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. It’s been a tough learning experience for us, and equally as tough, if not even more impactful for our fellow hospitality friends.
I encourage those reading to do what you can to support those striving to maintain an income – whether it be via moral support [ [ check in on those you love! ] ] , or financially if your situation allows.
In this entry, I’m providing a number of fun and creative ways you can support local!
Live Music Streaming
Musicians alike, have been severely impacted by government mandates to suppressed gathering, closed bars and restaurants, postponed weddings, and the like. In response, and frankly not a surprise from these innovative folks, a number have launched live music streaming initiatives to not only engage with their fans, but also provide a positive and uplifting activity for those being responsible and bunkering down in their homes.
Shout out to local cocktail enthusiast, bartender and DJ pioneer herself, Abby Hopper, who led the charge in setting up the Baltimore Tip Jar for enabling patrons to continue support of their favorite bartenders! You can access a full listing of Venmo handles for individuals employed by the hospitality industry that have been impacted by the recent economic change. Various campaign initiatives have been circulating – from dedicating (2) tips a day to (2) random bar staff on the list, to a variety of other ideas and cadences.
3. Home Cooked Meals & Drinks To-Go
If there’s anything learned through the transition of working from an office to home atmospheres, it’s that it’s been [ [ T O U G H ] ] to keep up with the expectation of providing dinner and general meal prep with no breaks in what’s now non-stop home life. In response, a number of restaurants have stepped up to provide more creative means of their offerings to go for continued enjoyment at home:
Is offering their famous house and spicy guavarita mixes! You can stop by their location at 1032 Light Street and pick up your favorite. The house sour mix is just $10 for a 28 oz size that makes about (7) margaritas. The spicy guavarita ( ( my favorite! ) ) also comes in the 28 oz size, and includes tequila for just $35! UMMM… YUM!! And, you’re welcome for this Friday celebration tidbit!
Let’s be honest – working from home, PLUS grocery shopping, PLUSmeal prepping/planning, PLUS cleaning the house, PLUS dog walking, PLUS homeschooling kids that have been suspended for yet another month before returning to school… can be ROUGH. Don’t Know Tavern is offering a different pre-prepared platter daily on special that serves 2-4 for just $20! Just pop it in the oven for 15-20. While demand fluctuates, availability is driven by preorder/demand, so be sure to call to reserve yours in advance!
4. New Swag!
HUGE shout out to Matt Berry, who has helped SO many local businesses advertise NEW t-shirts via the Baltimore Neighbors page. You can find a slew of bars/restaurants to support including:
NOTE: For every t-shirt purchased, Matt is generously donating $10 BACK to that business throughout the shutdown!
5. Bar Madness
First off, let me give the biggest shout out of this entire post to @bmorebetches, who over the past few days, have quite nearly, [ [ shut. down. instagram. ] ] They’ve owned the social media game in the Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, and other surrounding neighborhood network – some comments reigning in from across the country! All orchestrated by their setting up a March Madness-like bracket of 16 local bars and basing round advancements off of tagged business comments! Have you been following your favorite bar through the brackets?! If you’re looking for a little fun & local competition, tune into their page to see who ‘takes all/wins all’ in their ‘BAR MADNESS’ competition here.Next up: the final championship round!
P.S. Throw in a vote for Don’t Know Tavern if you can, haha 😉
Anddddddd, that’s a wrap! I’ll be sure to monitor and post new ideas and ways to support in the coming weeks.
And most of all, do what makes YOU happy today – celebrate love in all the forms it comes. But, know one of the most valuable actions you can do today is to make someone else feel loved too. After all, love is simply a word until someone brings it to life and gives it meaning! You can put a price on the power of love.
I’ll be spending mine with this hunka chunka burning STUD !!! Happy Valentines to my number one and favorite valentine – lucky for me, he makes every day, every date, every smile, every kiss, every adventure, another chance for my heart to skip a beat.
Recently, I was surprised & delighted to win the pre-launch/kick off contest held by The Infuzed Bottle and I couldn’t’ have been more thrilled! (Lizzie was pretty intrigued as well 🙂 )
I’ve had on my radar to check these little ‘infuser’ guys out, read reviews and find the best one for me, but in typical fashion, I kept putting it off. While I’m not much of an adventurer of anything outside of drinking water, I do love to mix up my water – from a fizzy sparkling water to a variety of fruit infused water blends. Having these combination options helps me to not get bored of my water, while keeping up my hydration consumption!
Today, I’m sharing my review of The Infuzed Bottle and why you
should or why you shouldn’t invest in one.
It’s So Pretty!
How could you NOT want to strut around the office, the gym, your daily errands, etc. without this little beauty in your hands? From day one when I started using the chic, gold topped, fashionable glass bottle, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E I saw wanted to know where I got it from. It’s a show-stopper!
It’s Easy to Clean! (AND – It’s good for the environment)
With an elegant glass structure, you have to be delicate.
BUT – I personally always feel I’m able to get glass clean or sanitized versus
plastic. Plastic harbors Bisphenol-A, a chemical known as BPA, which can mimic
naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens, androgens, and thyroid
hormones. A.K.A. TOSS/RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLES FROM YOUR KITCHEN CABINET. As
quotes by The Infuzed Bottle, “Friends don’t let friends use plastic!” Exposure
to BPA is a concern because it creates possible health effects on the brain, can
have a direct correlation to high blood pressure, as well as health effects
related to behavior and prostate glands. Yikes!
For Infuzed Bottle, you can get it sparkling clean by simply
hand washing your bottle in warm soapy water. AND – know you’re being socially
It’s Easy to Keep Tabs on Your Hydration!
The Infuzed bottle holds 500 ML of water, equivalent to
approximately 17 fluid Oz, so if you’re one to aim for the ideal of eight
8-once glasses of water in a day, you only need four full helpings to exceed
I know what you’re thinking … of course it’s healthy, Brittany, it’s W-A-T-E-R for goodness sake! But, I mean even more than that – Don’t fall for flavored waters, vitamin waters, etc. that can be filled with artificial sugars and sweeteners! Maintain your nutrients and vitamins by using FRESH fruits and veggies. PLUS – they’re a great snack afterwards J
There are SO Many Ways to Use it!
Not in the mood for cold infuzed water? Try a hot mixture! The
Infuzed Bottle has both hot and cold functionality. Don’t worry – whatever you
decide to mix it with will get caught in the stainless steel strainer. That
means so extra seeds, chunks or tea leaves for you! Not sure where to start? Here’s
a few of my favorites combos for you to try:
Strawberry + Cucumber + Mint
Lemon + Lime + Splash of Ginger
Grapefruit + Pineapple
Raspberry + Lemon (tastes like pink lemonade!)
HINT HINT: It’s always best to chop, slice or dice your fruit into bite sized chunks before adding to your Infuzed Bottle. It helps to get the natural juices released and flowing! If you’re adventuring into berries, you can even try muddling them before you add them in for some extra bold flavor!
Still need some convincing? Try it for yourself! They’re on sale for a limited time – just $39! PLUS – if you use code BRIT10 you can get an added 10% OFF! I promise you that you will fall in love <3 <3