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Cinco de Derby

by Josh Johnson

The best two weeks to call Louisville home are upon us, y’all! yes, you read that right. We party for a full two weeks leading up to Derby. The official kick off for Derby season was last weekend with Thunder Over Louisville. This Derby is going to be doubly as fun though. Why? Because it also happens to land on Cinco De Mayo! Which means there’s literally no better way to celebrate than with a margarita or two. Not just any margarita though, it is Derby season after all, but with one of the seven margaritas that are in the running this year for Patrón’s Margarita of the Year competition. In typical fashion they rounded up margaritas that offer a refreshing twist on the iconic cocktail. This marks the fourth year that Patrón Tequila embarked on its search for the margarita of the year. And I’m constantly blown away by the innovative cocktails they’re able to find. Like the one I’m sharing today for instance. A tomato margarita? I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but it’s easily one of the best I’ve had before. Safe to say, it’ll be on heavy repeat around my house during the summer. The “Search for…

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Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Time flies, y’all! I swear it feels like it was just Derby a few months ago, but here we are again. And this year is shaping up to be one of my busiest Derby seasons yet. Can’t complain though. It’s easily one of the best times to call Louisville home. The whole city really turns it out for the few weeks leading up to the actual races. As of now right now, I’m only spending one day at the actual track, which is 100% fine by me. Why? Because locals, like myself, really enjoy spending actual Derby day at home with friends, where we’ll eat and drink for most of the day without battling the crowds. This year I’m hosting a Derby Brunch: A Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. I’m coming stocked with every Bloody Mary Mix that Master of Mixes has to offer, and a spirit for each mix. Because Tequila and Bourbon make for as good of a Bloody Mary as Vodka does. Personally? I’m partial to Tequila over Vodka in almost everything, especially Bloody Mary’s or Bloody Marias in this instance. As far as my friends go? I’ve asked them to all pitch in and bring…

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Spring in Step

Sponsored by Zappos. TGIF, y’all! Who’s with me?! Even more excited for this weekend. Why? Because I’m headed to Chicago for some work and a little fun. After checking the weather though I realized I needed to quickly grab a few warmer things for the trip. As well as a pair of shoes for trekking around the city. This week has been crazy for me, from deadlines, events, meetings, and everything in between, which meant shopping in store was out. But thanks to Zappos’ fast, free shipping I was able to pick up a few much needed pieces from the comfort of my couch. Best part? They were on my doorstep in less than 48 hours. Meaning that even for my procrastinating self I had plenty of time to get what I needed. Because I know I’m not the only one who waits until the last minute to pick up what you need for a trip. So I picked up a few hoodies, a flannel (or two), and this new pair of Rockport TruFlex sneakers. They’re literally the perfect mix of comfort and style – making them the ideal kicks to trek through a big city like Chicago. Because we…

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Spring Fling

 Well, it is officially Spring, but Kentucky weather seems to not quite have gotten the memo on that just yet. Just this week we’ve went from 30 degrees up to 80 degrees and now back down to 45 degrees with a chance of weekend snow. Mother nature sure does need to go ahead and make up her mind on what she’s doing. But her bi-polar nature didn’t stop my friends and I from taking full of advantage of the few warm days we’ve had. And what better way to celebrate Spring officially being here than with an cookout. That’s right. Nothing. Especially with a Black & Tan in hand after the recent launch of Yuengling in Kentucky. With their lineup of Traditional  Lager, Light Lager, and Black & Tan there’s literally a beer for everyone. If your friend is anything like mine there’s definitely a plethora of different tastes which is why options are always important. Speaking of options, for our cookouts or dinners together we take a divide and conquer approach. Whomever is hosting the dinner that night  typically tackles the main dish while the rest of us pitch in everything else. With a group as big as ours it…

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Receipt Tracking

If the above scene looks familiar to any of you then you’ve more than likely elbow deep in tax prep just like me. Tons of fun, right? At least I’m not tackling it alone this year! Like I said in my post with Intuit earlier this year delegating is a top priority for me this year; especially with tasks that I don’t love to do. Why? Because I’d rather spend my time and energy on things that I excel at and ask for help when I don’t excel at something. Using QuickBooks Self-Employed the last few years has always helped me work smarter not harder during tax season. Like helping me find tax deductions, keeping my finances organized by capturing receipts, and categorizing my business expenses. Don’t believe me? QuickBooks Self-Employed users find an average of $4,340 in potential tax savings per year and more than $18,000 in deductions. Which is why I’m excited to partner with them on today’s sponsored post. So let’s walk through how I’m getting ready for taxes this year. Shall we? Keeping organized has never been my jam, but QuickBooks Self-Employed makes that a thing of the past. With their Receipt Tracker it’s never been…

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