I’m always so sad once Monday rolls around – if only I could I have a “Sumonday”, a day in between Sunday and Monday so I can get the rest of the things done that I didn’t get to over the weekend! I made a trip to IKEA for some new nightstands…and walked out with a few bags full. I just can’t resist all of the home goods. I snagged two white Malm nightstands that I purchased some overlays and new drawer pulls for, so I’m excited to do a “Malm upgrade” post in a few weeks!
I cannot believe we’ve made it almost half way through July! Summer is almost over and I can’t believe all of the amazing things I’ve gotten to do this summer: go up north, see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live, eat the best sandwich of my life at Zingerman’s, and more. So here’s a quick recap of my weekend adventures…which is also an explanation as to why I’ve been slacking a bit on blogging!
Another big announcement…I’m going back to school next month! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I’m finally going to pursue my M.B.A. at Wayne State in the fall – wish me luck!
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I don’t think there’s anything better than summertime wine nights with friends – if drinking wine and enjoying foods while chatting was considered an actual hobby, it would for sure be one of my best! I’m completely a white wine kind of a girl and when I stumbled on a new brand of Chardonnay the other day, I knew I had to add it to my collection and serve it up with my favorite wine night tapas. I spent the weekend preparing for a little soiree I thew and I can’t wait to share my recipe for Triple Cheese Flatbreads with a Balsamic Reduction and the bottles I served it with!
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I don’t know about you but I love light, fresh recipes during summertime. During winter I eat a lot of heavy soups and warm meals but when summer hits, all I want is light, fresh and absolutely delicious! I’ve rounded up a few of my absolutely favorite and very easy skinny summer recipes that make for a great lunch or dinner and are easy to modify for a family or just cooking for one. And of course, what fresh and light meal isn’t complete without half a glass of white wine? None! Read ahead for my selection of recipes you need to try this week:
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Guys. My pineapple obsession is a little bit out of control. Just a little bit. It’s to the point where anytime my friends go to Target or Old Navy (pineapple heavens) they text me pictures and bring me back all their pineapple finds! I have candle holders, water bottles, big metal pineapples that have no purpose other than to be a big metal pineapple, you name it! Adam has to “chaperone” me when I go to Target now to make sure I don’t come back with a cart full of random things. So, in honor of summer and my
little summer pineapple obsession, here are a few items that are on my wish list!
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Who’s ready to bonfire?! I’ve already done a record of three bonfires this summer and it’s only June! I live for summertime s’mores, there’s just something so satisfying about the perfectly-roasted marshmallow, situated between a delicious square of chocolate and the finishing crunchy graham cracker. Like I said, nothing beats a bonfire s’more! I’ve been trying out a few bonfire hacks to take my get-togethers to the next level because of course, it wouldn’t be a bonfire at my place if I wasn’t trying to go over the top!
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Every single year we ask my Dad what he wants for Father’s Day and his answer is always…”nothing”. But you can’t just get your Dad nothing for Father’s Day so I start searching endlessly for the perfect gift with little to nothing to go on! I was able to hit a couple of home runs in the last few years with my gifts so here’s my guide to the perfect gifts to give the dad who doesn’t want anything – trust me, one of these will be a hit!
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I’m moving in about two months and I’m feeling like it’s time to switch up my bedding. Right now I have just a white duvet filler on my bed because I used to have a gorgeous duvet from Lands End (that ended up bleeding all over my clothes when I washed it) but having plain white bedding is really difficult to keep clean. My OCD can’t handle being able to see all this dirt all the time (I say this as I’m eating gluten free Oreos in bed) so I’ve started shopping for some new bedding options. We all know I have quite a “preppy” sense of style so I’m searching out a few preppy bedding options that aren’t extraordinarily priced and I think I’ve found some good options!
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The hot weather that is finally hitting Michigan means it time for one thing – the outdoors! After being locked in the house all winter long I’m ready to break out that new swimsuit and hit the beach, the park, the hiking trails, or whatever the summer activity of the week it is! One of the things I try to do at least once a month during summertime is catch an outdoor concert. There’s something so relaxing about chilling on the lawn (mainly because the tickets are dirt cheap), enjoying a hot pretzel and listening to some good music. Outdoor concerts are a little bit trickier for me to prep for though because they start in the evening but go on as the night gets cooler, and I want to up my beauty game but not look overdone. It’s a fine balance between skincare and makeup! I’m sharing how I get prepped for my favorite summer outdoor concerts with my secret to how I look good: the easiest summer skincare routine, ever.
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You know what they say, ladies who brunch together, stay together! I am a huge fan of brunch, and in more ways than one. It’s something I’ve made a weekly routine of with my friends or with my family because it’s a great way not only to keep in touch but to relax, sit back, and enjoy some pancakes! When I’m not going out for brunch I’m cooking it at home and boy, is it an adventure. I love to go really extravagant and flavorful with my foods but I decided to switch it up and start serving new Aquafina Sparkling Waters – they’re flavorful, 0 calories, 0 sugars, 0 artificial flavors, and make for a perfect budget-friendly pairing with my brunch-approved citrus and brie grilled cheese, inspired by one of the Aquafina flavors!