Nothing makes me happier than getting a chance to merge some of my favorite things:  Shopping while eating frozen yogurt, drinking wine and talking with good friends, etc.  So I was extra, super happy to merge my love of writing about Dayton with my love for nerding out over Ancient Native American culture (which I studied in my undergraduate education).  I loved writing this article for Dayton Local:

Ancient Native American Sites of South Western Ohio

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I loved getting to write this great piece on the Oregon District for Virgin Atlantic‘s blog!

Discover Dayton:  A Guide to the Oregon District

gate to the oregon by beth weeksIt’s nice to know that, thanks to Virgin Atlantic, Dayton has fans all over the globe!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Weeks

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The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is this weekend on Saturday, October 18!

If you’d like to join, but don’t know anyone who has started a team, feel free to join mine using this link:  Making Strides Dayton.  The team name is On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

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I’m also selling these pink ribbon hair ties to raise money to donate to the Making Strides walk:  Girl About Town – Breast Cancer 5-Pack.  Use coupon code MAKINGSTRIDES for free shipping.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – Dayton
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location:  Fifth Third Field  (Map view of Fifth Third Field)
Walker Check-in/Rolling Start:  8:00am-10:00am

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I absolutely love writing about Dayton, but nothing does my heart better than reading great articles about the city I love.  Here are just a few of the great things being said about Dayton lately.

 

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So I’ve started making these yoga hair ties because they are my favorite super-practical accessory (you may have noticed the Store section of my blog!).  In the few months that I’ve been making them, I’ve been so lucky to have them sold in some of my favorite shops in Dayton and beyond (so far, Bloom, Simply Vague, and now Local Love!).  I’m so happy to be attending my very first event as a vendor – 3rd on Third Eclectic Outdoor Market.  This is the last one of the year and it takes place on Sunday, October 19 from 11:00am-4:00pm.  I’m nervous but also very excited to give this a try!

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What is a yoga hair tie?  Yoga hair ties are made of a wide band of smooth elastic, knotted at the end, and heat-sealed to prevent fraying.  You can wear them around your wrist when your hair is down and use them to put your hair in a ponytail, messy bun, pigtails – whatever you like – when you’re ready to put your hair up.

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What makes them special is that they don’t do nearly as much damage to your hair as traditional hair ties and can even prevent that sharp crimp in your hair from having it up so it’s easier to transition from having your hair up for part of the day and then down for the rest of the day.  They are ideal for yoga because within one yoga class you usually want your hair up for some of the hour, and down for the rest depending on the postures you’re working on at the time.

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Of course, the best part is that they come in all colors, patterns, and designs so they are a lot of fun to match to outfits or even occasions (such as football season kicking off for the Buckeyes!).   Another great thing is that they are inexpensive enough to have plenty around when you need them.

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I love putting together the collections and hope that you like them, too!  This has been a very fun hobby for me!  If you’re interested in purchasing a set for yourself or a friend, please visit my store at www.girlabouttown.bigcartel.com.  For a limited  time, use promo code GATSALE for 20% off your purchase!

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I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate The Century Bar for being named one of the 60 Best Bourbon Bars in America!

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The Bourbon Review compiles the list and has teamed up with Four Roses Bourbon for a nationwide “toast” to each of the 60 bars selected on September 30.  You can participate by tagging The Century Bar on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #60Toast.  Century, we all know you’re the best and it’s awesome that the rest of the country knows it, too!  Congratulations!!

The Century Bar
10 S Jefferson St
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 223-3382

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On my sister’s birthday, we celebrated by enjoying some of her favorite things.  After volunteering for The Light and Leadership Initiative in Huaycan, Peru for a few weeks, she developed a love for some of the foods and drinks of Peru, including Pisco, a type of brandy made in South America.  Salar makes a great Pisco sour so of course they had to be on our list for the evening!

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We also had to get some delicious desserts and luckily, they had another treat Beth missed from her adventure in Peru – lecuma, which is actually a fruit but when it’s made up this way, tastes exactly like butterscotch pudding.

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Of course, we had to try their chocolate cake just in case.

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We had a fantastic time trying all of these great Peruvian treats on Salar‘s awesome patio.

Salar
400 E 5th St
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 203-3999
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I had a blast at the final Urban Nights of the year!  We started out at the Old Yellow Cab Company Food Truck Rally and ended up at Toxic Brew Company – walking the all over Downtown Dayton in the process.

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I love that on Urban Nights, there are people ALL OVER downtown!  I wish it was like this every weekend!

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At Toxic, we had a great time trying their beers made in house and of course getting to snack on some free popcorn (because they rock!).

I’m so glad my friends and I could make it out for Urban Nights this year!

Toxic Brew Company
431 E 5th St
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 985-3618

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A lot of festivals have beer, wine, and food but only one festival calls itself all of the above!  The Beer, Wine, and Food Festival in Glendale, OH is a seriously fun event that’s also for charity – this event benefits The Cure Starts Now, an organization dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer.

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Mostly local wine and beer makers brought their best stuff to be sampled by the festival go-ers.  You get a glass when you arrive and then there are just so many wine and beer choices, I found it best to sit down with the pamphlet and figure out all of my tastings ahead of time.  I decided to stick with all red wines and local ones at that.

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The food choices were great – and it was neat to try some food trucks I hadn’t tried before like Roll with It Cafe (which was amazing by the way!).

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The pretzels from Cock & Bull Public House were to die for!

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All in all, this is one festival that I was happy to venture away from Dayton for.  I even made a squirrel friend!

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Plus, Glendale is a beautiful, historic town.  I can’t wait to visit again sometime!

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It’s pretty easy to get into a seemingly unbreakable routine when you work a normal 9-5 type job, so one day I was in the mood to visit Preen Apothecary and thought “well, that would be the best lunch break ever!”  And it was.  Take a look:

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First of all, I needed to stock up on my favorite body products by BijaBody.  These items are seriously luxurious and smell fantastic.

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They even come in convenient, purse-sized versions.  I love that Preen puts them in a trifle bowl!

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Second, I was absolutely smitten with Smith & Cult, a very cool nail lacquer brand that has zero lame colors.  All of their colors were stylish and on point.  Every. Single. One.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look for yourself!

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I always love visiting Preen Apothecary and I can’t wait to spend another lunch break shopping for all my favorites and finding new ones!

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Preen Apothecary
2508 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH  45419
(937) 293-1818