APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULES

AH I CAN'T BELIEVE CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!! To get into the holiday spirit, I'm sharing a festive twist to my one of my absolute favorite drinks. This is the perfect cocktail for any holiday parties or even just when you're in the mood to be jolly and buzzed 😉 It's super easy (!!) and so good!



ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Hi, babes! I haven't been as active with the blog the past few months since I've been so busy with moving (many posts to come!!). To make up for it I spent so long putting together the ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE for literally every single person in your life you might be shopping for this holiday season! I wanted this post to be as extra as I am 😉 so I put together SEVERAL gift guides in one post to cover a wide spread categories of people you may be shopping for. I've included the usual His/Hers, Parents, etc but I also included tons of different people you may need to get gifts for :) Happy shopping!


STORIARTS - WHERE STYLE MEETS LITERATURE

Hi, friends!! Recently I was introduced to the coolest boutique that I wanted to share with you all. Storiarts is a literary goods company started by a husband and wife creating beautiful hand-made literary theme custom pieces to the most classic books, including authors. I have always loved reading so I was really excited about this collaboration!


LAZY GIRLS GUIDE TO HALLOWEEN

I don't know about you all but Halloween is my favorite. Fall weather, pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice errrythang, Halloween parties, scary movie marathons, Halloween decorations, all the candy. I LOVE IT ALL. I've always been really into dressing up. I'm decently creative so I would think of my costumes (yes, plural) months in advance. I haven't really had time to do any of this planning this year since we are moving in about two weeks (!!). That being said, I put together this list of easy costume ideas for the girls just like me - a little lazy this year, still want to look cute, still want to be comfortable, and still don't want to break the bank.

CROCKPOT QUINOA CHICKEN CHILI

Fall is here so you know what that means.... it's CROCKPOT SZN. A lazy gals ~dream~.  I feel like this shouldn't even be considered a recipe since all you are doing is putting all the ingredients together but oh well 😂. It's too good not to share! This is a perfect (and easy) dish that is both hearty and filling that you can eat guilt-free!


BEAUTY ON A BUDGET

Makeup and beauty products can be SO expensive. I'll walk out of Sephora or Ulta only having purchased two or three things and it'll easily cost me almost $100. It's sick! To be honest, I only started using higher quality, more expensive products in the past year or two because I really was never good with applying makeup  therefore never felt the need to spend tons of money on products I don't even know how to use. BB Cream? CC Cream? Baking and contouring? How do you know which makeup brush to use for what?! In the past year I have loved watching Beauty Youtubers (Some faves are Jaclyn Hill, Jeffree Star, James Charles (HI SISTERS), and Laura Lee) and I think it really helped me get so much better with makeup. Even still, it kind of hurts my soul how expensive makeup can be so I find myself saving the 'good stuff' for nights out and weekends. Here's a round up of my favorite and affordable beauty products!



TRAVEL GUIDE TO DENVER

Denver has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now and I was so happy to be able to spend my 25th birthday exploring with my family! As soon as the trip was booked I went to Pinterest (no surprise there) and began creating our itinerary. Shout out to all the people who gave me SO many recommendations! This years birthday will be hard to beat. Check out my list of my list of all the things to do, places to go (outside of Denver, too!), and places to eat.

WANT IT WEDNESDAY - FALL DECOR

I don't think there's anything more bittersweet than summer transitioning to fall. As much as I love summer, fall will forever be my favorite. Bring on the sweater weather, fall foliage, football tailgates, candles, and pumpkin flavored everything. So I know fall isn't officially here until September 22nd but I think it's the perfect time to start purchasing some fall decor. Check out my roundup of my favorite fall items below!

25 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ME

Hey, friends - it's been a minute! I have been so crazy busy the past few weeks but I'm really excited to be back on the blog sharing this post. September 1st was my birthday!! I wanted to share a fun and more personal post with you - 25 random things you probably didn't know about me in honor of turning 25.
I spent my birthday weekend exploring Denver with my family! A post on Denver will be coming soon :) I have to say this has been the best birthday yet and will definitely be hard to beat.

WANT IT WEDNESDAY - ATHLEISURE EDITION

The athleisure trend is hotter now than ever before and I'm not mad about it! Am I going to the gym or am I just trying to give off an athletic illusion - you'll never know 😅 In all seriousness, athleisure is not only perfect for the gym but also for lounging around the house, running errands, and traveling in. Side note: I will never understand people who wear jeans to the airport. OR HEELS! *Shudder*
Check out this round up of my favorite athleisure items. I've included everything from tanks, tees, and sweaters to leggings, shoes, and gym accessories! A LOT of these items are on sale too. Happy shopping!


GARLIC PARMESAN KALE CHIPS

I will be honest and admit that I've never had kale before this recipe. The stuff kind of scared me, tbh. Even still, I know kale is so good for you so I decided to give it a try. I initially bought this veggie for a smoothie that I made (post on that later!) but since the bag was pretty big I wanted to be sure I didn't let it go to waste. I went to Pinterest (duh) for easy kale recipes and found this! Not only are they SO INCREDIBLY EASY (only 5 ingredients!) to make but these are a really tasty and crunchy snack alternative for chips or other junk food. The garlic and parmesan adds a salty kick, which I love. Overall, I approve of kale!


HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO OLLIE

No shame in my crazy cat lady game. It was Ollie's FIRST birthday yesterday so you know I had to dedicate a post to my furry little dude. Anyone who follows me on Snapchat knows I am obsessed with him. This past September I rescued Ollie when he was just over a month old. Today he turns 1 and I thought it would be a perfect time to share the story of how I got him and what he has taught me over the past year.

WANT IT WEDNESDAY - NSALE SHOPPING SPREE

It's the most wonderful time of the year: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here!!
This sale is amazing but it can get a little overwhelming. My little trick: I shop the sale by going through page by page of each department I am interested in (Women's, Home, etc) and add EVERY item I like in my cart. After doing so you can just imagine the total damage in my cart 🙈 After that, I start discarding items one by one until I am left with all the items I just cannot bear to live without. Ok, maybe I could live without them but I really don't want to live without them i.e. I had to purchase them 😂 This kind of takes a long time but it gets me really familiar with the sale and I have to be sure I don't miss anything, duh. Anyways, I love shopping this sale and I love checking out what other people purchased so I thought I'd share my purchases as well as other items I had my eye on. All the items I purchased are under $100 😉 TIP: Don't get discouraged that some items are sold out. Keep going back and checking on them every day! I know Nordstrom restocks some (not all) items. Just a reminder: Early Access goes through Thursday, July 20th and then the public sale is July 21st through August 6th!

SUMMER READING LIST

I have always loved reading as a kid but haven't been reading nearly as much as I would like to in the past few years. Reading in college was difficult with studying and homework (or going out too much) but now that I'm a couple years out of college I've been trying to dedicate more time to get back into reading. My favorite genre, which would come as no surprise to anyone that knows me, is anything twisted, suspenseful, and thrilling. The more messed up a book is the more I will like it.
If this is your type of genre as well check out my list of recommendations below!
Ollie follows me everywhere so of course he plopped himself front center  😂

4th OF JULY FRUIT PIZZA

4th of July is here! This is by far my favorite holiday of the entire year. Matt and I always spend the weekend in Door County, WI with his family and we always have so much fun :) I like to bring some kind of festive treat for holiday weekends so this time I made a 4th of July themed fruit pizza! If you haven't noticed this yet, I tend to go for really easy recipes because I am by no means Betty Crocker so this is not only a really tasty and festive treat but so easy to make too. Hope you all have a great 4th of July celebrating with friends and family!

WANT IT WEDNESDAY - OFFICE ACCESSORIES

Anyone who knows me knows that I love decorating, designing, and customizing anything and everything I possibly can. I started my new job back in January and I swear one of the most exciting parts of starting my new job was decorating my desk area. It took everything in me not to bring my box of office decor the first day (I waited until day 2, ha!) so people wouldn't think I'm totally crazy.

Here's a roundup of some must have office accessories! A lot of these items would also make for great gifts for someone who's starting a new job, got a promotion, etc :)






KEY LIME PIE CHEESECAKE DIP

Happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing this sweet treat I found on Pinterest that I whipped up for Father's Day weekend. It's so good and dangerously easy to make. The perfect summer dessert!

5 WAYS TO PAY IT FORWARD

When I was visiting my family in Kansas a few months ago something terrible (almost) happened. It wasn't until 10pm when I got home and was about to pull out my laptop that I picked up my backpack and it felt alarmingly light. My laptop was nowhere to be found. Long story short - my travel/time anxiety got the best of me and I left my laptop in one of the bins going through security at O'Hare - rookie mistake, I know. I was stressing out about this all weekend long (O'Hare Lost and Found is only open Monday through Friday, go figure) but I received a call on Monday afternoon saying my laptop has been found! This was the absolute best feeling - I never get lucky like this! I had no way to repay anyone who played a part in returning my laptop (whether it was someone who went through security after me or a TSA officer) but this inspired me to spread some good karma. I will preface this by saying I know I should find small ways to give back every single day but it's so easy to get caught up in your every day life and routine that this just slips my mind. Here are a couple of small ways I chose to pay it forward.

FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Happy Tuesday, friends! Father's Day is right around the corner (June 18th!) and I know thinking of a perfect gift can be a daunting task. Whether your dad is a grill master, beer drinker, fisherman, tech junkie, or a little bit of everything I've put together 25 items ranging in price that will make for the perfect gift. All dad's are different but they all have one thing in common - they are so special to us. Father's Day is our turn to spoil our dad's and let them know just how special they are! I'm posting today to give you plenty of time to submit those online orders ;)


WANT IT WEDNESDAY - WEDDING SZN UNDER $100!

Happy Hump Day!! I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend :) I was totally thrown off yesterday thinking it was Monday and I was like, 'Oh, I have all day tomorrow to finish up my post', thinking 'tomorrow' was Tuesday but it was in fact Wednesday - oops.

Anyways, with Summer arriving it is safe to say that "wedding season" is just about here. I personally don't have any weddings to attend this summer but being the selfless human being I am (😉)  I'm sharing these picks for YOU! All of these dresses are under $100! Note - the shoes and bags may be over $100, though!

TURKEY TACO LETTUCE WRAPS

Happy Monday, friends! Hope everyone had a fun weekend :) To kick off my Monday I always try to do some relatively healthy cooking to get me through the week. My last weeks post with the zucchini noodles got some great feedback that I figured I would share another recipe with you all!
I was in the mood for some Mexican (I'm pretty much always in the mood for Mexican) so I opted for some turkey taco lettuce wraps instead of regular tacos. So easy and so good!


WANT IT WEDNESDAY - BAR CART ESSENTIALS

Happy Hump Day, friends! With the weather warming up it's feeling a lot like summer and I've had the urge to redecorate my apartment. Of course I don't have the funds to completely redecorate my place, but an easy way to change things up a bit is redecorate my little bar area! Bar carts are really popular these days (I actually have a wine cabinet) but I decided to put together a little BAR CART ESSENTIALS post for some apartment redecoration inspo. I'm also sharing 3 different bar carts ranging in price from $99 - $150.



CROCKPOT GROUND TURKEY BOLOGNESE W/ ZOODLES

I know every Wednesday I've been doing the Want It Wednesday posts but after a long weekend of vacation I need to focus a little more on detoxing and healthy cooking over online shopping - we had an overload of fried food this weekend.  I was really in the mood for some type of spaghetti or noodles dish and figured I would turn a hearty meal into a healthy dish instead. Check out this recipe for CROCKPOT TURKEY BOLOGNESE & ZOODLES I found on Pinterest - super easy and healthy!


MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Happy HUMP DAY peeps ☺  With Mother's Day right around the corner (just over a week away!) I figured I would dedicate this weeks post to some gift ideas for that #1 lady in your life. I saw a funny quote somewhere that said 'Mother's day is hard when your mom deserves an island but all you can afford is a candle' which is so hilarious and true. What can you possibly give the woman who deserves it all? I've scoured the internet for the best gifts so you wouldn't have to! Just about every item I shared is under $100!

BANANA BREAD ENERGY BITES

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone had a great weekend :) Mine was super low key and relaxing since I'm going to Myrtle Beach next weekend! I was on Pinterest today and saw a recipe for Banana Bread Bites that looked so good and healthy and I just had to try it. They turned out SOOOO good and they were so easy to make - check it out!

WANT IT WEDNESDAY - BEACH VACAY EDITION

 Happy HUMP DAY friends!!! I'm going to my parent's condo in Myrtle Beach, SC next weekend for a little weekend getaway with a few friends, which inspired me to put a little beachy twist on this weeks post. Here's a couple of items I have my eye on for the trip:

TRAVEL GUIDE TO KANSAS CITY



Random fact about me: About 4 years ago my family moved from the Chicago suburbs to Kansas. My initial plan to move back home after graduation while looking for a job/saving money immediately went out the window. In hindsight, this probably worked out for the better because I'm sure I probably would have still had a curfew ... (jk love ya mom!!!!). I don't really see my family too often - they come and visit me for Thanksgiving and a few other random occasions and I go visit for Christmas and a few other random occasions (like the time I lost my Kansas ID and had to fly back to Kansas and get a new one, lol good times). Basically, what I'm trying to get at is that when I go "home" to Kansas, it still feels like I'm visiting a new place because I am usually going places I've never been before. This is why I decided to do a little travel guide to Kansas city post. Here's a few of my top things to do if you're ever in Kansas City :)


WANT IT WEDNESDAY

Check out this weeks finds, favorites, and sales!

EASTER OREO BARK



Happy Easter weekend my peeeeeps 😉 ! In the spirit of the holiday I'm sharing an incredibly easy and yummy treat I made for Easter. Check it out below!

WANT IT WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, we meet again. Check out the items I'm loving this week below! This past weekend I visited my family in Kansas City (post to come soon) and had a laptop mishap (post to come soon) so I didn't have much time for a post since last weeks WIW post but I made sure to keep filling my Nordstrom cart with items to share for this week ;)

WANT IT WEDNESDAY

Happy hump day friends! Putting a little bit of an Easter twist on this weeks WANT IT WEDNESDAY post. With Easter right around the corner, I've rounded up a few items to give you some outfit inspo (and some sales, dupes, and steals) with just enough time to order by next weekend. ALSO! I added a little shopping widget to the right hand side of the page (if you're viewing on a computer) or all the way at the bottom (if you're viewing on a mobile device) that is a quick, easy way to shop the items I've posted before, and a few others items I've added!

TRAVEL GUIDE TO PORTLAND


A few weeks ago I took a trip with my dad to visit some family in Portland. I was really excited when I initially found out about the trip because I'd never been there before. Immediately I turned to Pinterest (what else is new) and began searching things I wanted to do, places I wanted to see, and more importantly - food I wanted to eat ;) What was nice about this trip is we had Portland natives with us (my aunt, uncle, and cousin) that knew where exactly to take us - touristy and non touristy locations. Check out my list of 5 things to do with your 5 days in Portland!

WANT IT WEDNESDAY

SCRAMBLED EGG MUFFINS

I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of breakfast. I really never have been. I'm never particularly hungry in the morning and on top of that having to put effort into making something sounds absolutely miserable. In college, I usually opted for a granola bar or something along those lines (if I was ever up before lunch time because lets be real...) but honestly, I don't really like eating very sweet things in the morning either. In general, I prefer a salty snack to a sweet treat any day so same (USUALLY) goes for breakfast items as well.

Anyways, I know how important breakfast is and I also know how lazy I can be in the mornings so given these two factors I've found the perfect and easy breakfast you can make on Sundays and be set for the whole week! Here is a recipe for Scrambled Egg Muffins that my mom introduced me to.

WANT IT WEDNESDAY

Check out these 7 items I'm currently loving:


I'M BACK + LIFE UPDATE

HELLO FRIENDS! After over a year hiatus, I've decided to jump back on the blogging train. A lot has changed over a year. I follow a few blogs religiously (like, literally check them right when I get to my desk at work oops) and I have realized I miss the creative freedom and outlet.

I'll try to revamp the layout slowly but surely. Fun fact, I used to be SO into MySpace back in the day and was so good at designing my page with all these crazy and cool tricks (lol) so I'm hoping I can figure out how to get this blog all pretty.

So. A year re-capped?