Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Packing Advice

My trip to Germany is around the corner and I am super excited to see my family! It will also be nice for my brother and I to see our grandfather finally back in his "homeland". When my grandfather and mother flew over a few weeks ago, the airlines lost one of their suitcases, which made me even more determined to make sure I fit everything in a carry-on. Here is a great list of advice from Real Simple that I will use this week!

I will blog this week about my recent visit from friends:) 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend!! What will you be up to? A few friends of mine will be in town for the and I know it is going to be a really good time! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with a lot of fun along the way - just remember that "A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men" - Willy Wonka 

P.S. We will be eating deep dish pizza tonight - wouldn't it be fun to make this at home though?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sea Salted Caramel Apples

I cannot believe it is already Thursday and I haven't posted anything yet - my bad! Truth be told, I haven't had the chance to look at other peoples blogs this week or catch up on other reading either. I've been battling some kind of cold that refuses to come out fully or go away. I know I need lots of water and rest, but I haven't gotten much of either, which means I haven't been listening to my body as well as I should! But, today is a new day - I will work on both and by this weekend, I hope to be refreshed! Speaking of this weekend, I am hoping to make these sea salt caramel apples (below). Salty+sweet treats are always so satisfying and there is no time like the present for apples in the Midwest!

(Picture and Recipe from dulanotes.com)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fall Side Dishes

It totally feels like Fall in Chicago and it makes me want to start cooking! John calls me Queen of the side dish, because I tend to make a lot of them and forget about a main dish:)
Here are some awesome Fall inspired sides from The Food Network - I plan on making them all!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Book Club

Happy Monday - I have a feeling this is going to be a great week! Book club is tonight and it's my turn to pick out the next read. I'm still debating between Firefly Lane and The Cukoo's Calling.... Wish we could read both! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Apple Bread

(Picture and recipe from: A Farmgirl Dabbles)

Happy Hump Day! Tonight I am going to make some apple bread for a snack. I've never actually made apple bread, so I'm excited to try it out! Here is the recipe I will go off of if you want to make some with me! Hopefully by 2014, I will have both zucchini and apple bread recipes that are calorie worthy!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Busy Day

Oh what a day this has been already! The car won't start and needs a new battery, John's phone decides that it has lived long enough and breaks, my train to work gets stuck on the tracks for what seemed like forever (but in reality was about 15 minutes), our to - do list seems to be 5 miles long and work is crazy busy! Instead of getting overwhelmed , I've decided to look at all of this as an adventure - don't you think a true adventure starts when everything stops working correctly? 
I refuse to dread the rest of the day! Tonight will be the night we take on as a challenge! Let's see if we can complete cleaning our place, picking up a new phone for John, working out, making dinner, grocery shop, finishing the laundry... You know what, I won't bore you with the rest of the list, but the point I am attempting to reiterate is that, life is always throwing unwanted tasks our way, and it is up to us to decide if they are worth stressing about or not. In the end, time will pass and all will eventually be OK - so stress wisely.

In the meantime, I have found an easy list of salads that will cut down on dinner time (they all look amazing)- Thank you Martha for saving my dinner butt again!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Here I am at 27! When I was in high school, I was convinced I would have been married to my high school sweetheart, have had one baby and another on the way, own a big house on a lake and also have a phenomenal career. In my naivete, I believed I would always be healthy, strong and know exactly what I wanted in life.

Then, life happened. There were twists and turns only God could have predicted. There were high points that surpassed my dreams and low points that I wouldn't have believed without living them.

Yes, there is much more that I still do not know, but here is what I have learned thus far.

1. The energy you put out in this World will come back to you in fold, so if you are kind to yourself and to others, you will surely find kindness heading your way.
2. Never be afraid to question, but have your limit. If something is good/feels good, allow it to be.
3. Water is a body and minds best friend so drink up!
4. Do not take yourself so seriously - laughter heals most wounds.
5.  Life is fleeting, so enjoy and respect the present.

Never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would have the friends that I do. Thank you for showing me what true beauty is and accepting me, beauty marks and scars included. I was blessed to be born into a family that taught me the true meaning of love and humility - those lessons are the foundation of who I am, and without you, I would not be me. Lastly, without meeting John, I would not have believed love reached as far and wide as it does. Thank you for showing me the importance of standing up for myself and how to accept love for what it is. Above all else, thank you for showing me how amazing this life can be.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Heather and Donny's Wedding

(The Beautiful Couple!)

(John with the puppies Sunday - Nap time! )

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were extremely busy - but for a good cause. John and I had the pleasure of being a part of our good friend's wedding (Heather and Donny). John was in the wedding party and I was busy taking pictures:) They are both such amazing people and it was our privilege to be a part of their day. 
Our Sunday was extremely lazy and I think we are still recovering! Hopefully we will be in good shape by my birthday...
Tonight is a night of rest and catching up on my reading after I get my tooth fixed. My Mom just told me about a documentary called Buck, and it looks really good, so I will put that on my list to watch tonight as well!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Background Music

"You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music." - Annie Proulx

Friday, August 16, 2013

Enjoy your weekend!

Enjoy your weekend and take time to have some dessert... I don't know about you, but I could go for this recipe - popcorn and M&M's :)


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