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{mostly} Picturesque Utah Update

Hi friends! Happy Friday! A few things I've learned the past few days in Utah: Skiing and I are not friends. We will most likely remain amicable for the remainder of the week but after that we…

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#104 Treat Yourself Tuesday

After a little break last week, I'm back for our weekly Tuesday treats! Lotsa treatin' happened while I was in Chicago and I'm excited to share it with y'all. First of all, a little break from…

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#109 Treat Yourself Tuesday

We are taking a quick break from #pumpkinweek2015 this morning to share our weekly treats! It's not a Tuesday without Treat Yourself Tuesday, right? If you're disappointed in the lack of pumpkin…

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#41 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Whew – This weekend was SO much fun and it went by way too quickly. Isn’t that the way it is with any vacation? I can’t wait to share my long weekend in Colorado with y’all, but for Treat…

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#49 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Kyle and I are on our way home after a wonderful (and fun, yet exhausting) long weekend in Las Vegas. It was our 4th time visiting - Kyle lovesssss Vegas so we go almost every year,…

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#50 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Before I jump into Treat Yourself Tuesday, did y'all catch my post from yesterday? If not, make sure you hop on over and check out the AMAZING project Katie is leading over the next year. I'm so…

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#50shadesofblends – RECAP

Okay, this recap is for realz this time. I promise <3 Part of the reason this post took me forever to compose is because I really just don't know where to start. The five of us had SO much fun…

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#6 Treat Yourself Tuesday {TYT}

Wow, how is it already Tuesday again??! I'm okay with it though, because we all know today is Treat Yourself Tuesday! Again, a BIG thank you to everyone that participated in Treat Yourself…

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2013 Kentucky Oaks

Hello, hello! It feels SO good to be back to blogging :) I missed all of you! A HUGE thanks to my beautiful guest-posters De, Kate and Danielle for providing lovely posts over the past week! Make…

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37,000 feet

Hello from 37,000 feet! {Actually, if you’re reading this, hello from Orlando. United is still living in the 19th century and doesn't have Wi-Fi on their planes so I am posting this from the…

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A Naples Adventure

Living in a new place is always an adventure! While Kyle and I have lived in Naples, Florida since October, it is our first summer in SW Florida and we had (and still have) no clue what to…

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A Night with Julia Child

On Wednesday night, Kyle and I took an incredible cooking class at The Chopping Block in Chicago. Celebrating Julia Child: Julie and Julia - Julia Child revolutionized American cuisine by…

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A weekend in Omaha

What a weekend - family, food and a whole lotta fun. Since I'm currently at the Omaha airport (smallest airport EVER) and like to make the most of my time, I thought I'd share my weekend in…

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Abbreviated Weekend Recap

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I sure did and it left me exhausted - right after I hit "publish" I'm headed to bed. But before I say goodnight (almost good afternoon because it's so early,…

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And we’re off!

My alarm rang dark and early this morning (ahem... 4am...) and we were out the door by 6am to catch our cruise to Key West! Say a little prayer for me as I hope that I'm not currently seasick…

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And We’re Off… to Utah!

Hi! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed the wonderful holiday with your family and friends :) For the past few years, Kyle and I have gone on a ski trip over winter break with Kyle's…

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Aruba, Jamaica, ooooh I wanna take you…

I started writing a post about the resort that Kyle and I stayed at in Jamaica but was feeling incredibly unmotivated. The resort was INCREDIBLE and it deserves a proper and super excited post so…

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Blend – The final recap

Since I recapped our awesome sponsors and eats from Blend earlier this week, today is all about what my fabulous fellow bloggers and I did while in Utah! Let's start from the…

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Blend 2014

It seems like yesterday that I was attending Blend for the first time last May. I had never met anyone attending in person, but knew I would immediately click with these two girls. And boy…

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BLEND Recap – Part 1

BLEND 2013. It was honestly one of the best, funnest, most fantastic, sleepless and inappropriate weekends of my entire life and I loved every single second of it! I have no idea of where…

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BLEND Recap – Part 2 – Saturday!

I apologize for the delay in this post - I typically like to have my posts up bright and early in the morning but Blend seriously took it out of me! Last night I came home from work, slept for 2…

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BLEND Recap – Part 3 – Sunday!

Sunday was sad. Us "blenders" were exhausted (at least those of us who stayed up past our normal bedtimes...) and we knew we had to go back home, to our real lives but none of us wanted to. Not at…

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Blend Retreat 2013

Happy Friday!! If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen #blendretreat and #blend2013 blowing up my feed over the past 2 weeks... There were quite a few Twitter conversations about what…

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Blends Do Chicago!

This weekend was  SO. MUCH. FUN. I cannot believe it is already over but I am so happy that I have amazingly wonderful friends (that I met through this little blog!) who make weekends like…

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Breckenridge, Part 1

Last Thursday afternoon, Kyle, Dean and I packed up and left our mild winter for Colorado! Breckenridge to be exact. The flight from Ft. Myers to Denver is four hours... and then we followed that…

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Breckenridge, Part 2

Miss Part 1? You can find it here! I left off midday Saturday, right after we enjoyed that delicious pizza and beer ;) Kyle went back out to board a bit longer and his sister and I headed back…

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California, here I come!

{Editor’s note: Apparently my United flight (on a brand new plane too for your information…grumble, grumble…) did not have Wi-Fi. Lame. I did actually compose this post on the plane but am…

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Chicago Bucket List

Welp, the movers come tomorrow. That means for the next two weeks we will be living out of suitcases (and sleeping on an air mattress...) in our own apartment. This shall be fun. I keep mentioning…

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Chicken Fried Tofu + Hooch + Derby Pie… What to Eat in Louisville!

Let me start off this post by saying that I am definitely NOT an expert when it comes to knowing where to eat in Louisville. Kyle and I were in Louisville for 3 days and 20 hours of that time was…

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CINQ Chicago – Summer Kick-Off Celebration

On Saturday evening, Kyle and I attended our inaugural CINQ Chicago event. Before I get into all of the fabulous details, let me tell you a little bit about CINQ. CINQ is a Chicago food, wine…

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Couples Resorts – Eats & Drinks

Remember that time Kyle and I visited Jamaica? Yeah, me neither... It was barely two months ago, but it seems like ages since I've seen hot temperatures and had a hint of color on my skin. Oh…

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Couples Resorts – Tower Isle Jamaica

Okay, I think I'm finally ready to share more Jamaica recaps - who's ready for some island photos? This post is going to focus on the incredible resort we were fortunate to spend five nights…

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Daily Ramble #16

We made it! We survived our first flight with a baby. Well, actually our first TWO flights as we had to make an unexpected pit stop in Indianapolis to refuel.  Yeah. Big error on United's part…

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Dean does Chicago, Part 1 – Wrigleyville

Oh, hey there! We are back from Chicago and I am excited to share our adventures from the week with y'all. First up, Dean's first trip to Wrigleyville to see the Chicago Cubs play…

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Dean does Chicago, Part 2 – Dim Sum + Shedd Aquarium

On Tuesday morning, we headed to Chinatown to take Dean to his first dim sum brunch. In full disclosure, dim sum is not my favorite thing. Kyle lovesssss it so I tag along whenever we're in…

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Dean does Chicago, Part 3 – Lincoln Park Zoo

On Wednesday of last week, we made a family trip to the zoo! The Lincoln Park Zoo is an urban zoo in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. It is free to the public (awesome, right?!) and the…

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Dean does Chicago, Part 4 – Millennium Park + The Purple Pig

Dean was a busy guy last week! After spending Sunday in Wrigleyville, Tuesday at the Shedd Aquarium and Wednesday at the Lincoln Park Zoo, on Thursday we headed downtown again to check out The Bean,…

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Disney – I need your help!

Hello from the Orlando airport! My wake-up call was at a ripe 4am this morning - I'm ready for a nap and it's not yet 6am. I have good news and bad news for y'all today. The good news is…

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Duluth, MN Recap #1

Hi Friends! Happy Sunday :) I hope you are all having great weekends! This weekend, Kyle and I celebrated my birthday with a trip to Duluth, Minnesota! Duluth is a quaint, boutique-like town on…

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Duluth, MN Recap #2

Okay... where was I? Oh yes, the beginning of Saturday morning. Breakfast wasn't served until 10:00am on Saturday (I thought I was going to starve!) so Kyle and I took advantage of the extra time…

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Enroute to Denver!

*In case you missed it, make sure to check out my essential oils post from yesterday!* Good {early} morning and happy Friday! Kyle and I are heading to Denver bright and early this morning to…

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Estes Park – Where we stayed & What we did!

I've been bombarding you with Colorado posts this week, I hope you don’t mind! In case you missed my previous posts: Saturday in the Mountains Treat Yourself Tuesday – Colorado…

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Fashionista Packing Tips

First and foremost, HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!! This is one of my favorite holidays and I am currently celebrating while on a plane to Puerto Rico ;) I thought I'd also share some wonderful St.…

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Guest Post: Let’s Visit Boston!

Hello from Louisville, Kentucky - Home of the Kentucky Derby! While I'm spending the day at Churchill Downs wearing an oversized hat, drinking mint juleps and watching horses race around the track,…

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I Can Ski!! And My Final 2012 Weekly Health Goals

Hi friends! I hope you are all having awesome weekends! **I recently created a new Facebook Page! I would love it if you "liked" my page to get updates on my blog posts and life :) **  Kyle…

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Jamaica, here I come!

By the time you're reading this, Kyle and I will either be soaring through the skies on our way to the beautiful island of Jamaica or on a beach with a cocktail in hand. Photo from my trip to…

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Kansas City Weekend

Hello, hello! After a super quick trip - we're talking a day and a half - to Kansas City for a girls' weekend, I'm happy to be back in Chicago getting ready for the week ahead. Once a year (twice…

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Kentucky Derby 2013

Yesterday, I recapped Friday's Kentucky Oaks and today I'm going to tell you all about the Kentucky Derby! (Image Source) Let's get to the important things first! **Disclaimer: As with…

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Kentucky Derby Fashion: Do’s & Don’ts!

You ask and you shall receive! Today I am going to share some mind-blowing fashion do's and don'ts from the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. I'll be the first to admit that I do not have the…

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Key West Adventures – Key West Express & Eden House

Before I get into part one of our Key West vacation, I would like to congratulate Kate on winning my Mighty Nut giveaway! Congrats, girl - Check your inbox for an email from yours truly :) I gave…

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Last week’s Iowa trip

Last Wednesday, Kyle, The Deanster and I jetsetted off to Iowa to visit my family! Per the usual, the trip flew by as our schedule was full. I brought my computer fully planning to type up a few…

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Let’s Get Iced – Challenge Accepted!

Hello from fabulous Las Vegas! Between delicious dinners, rich wines, celebrating my sister-in-law's 21st birthday and doing a little shopping damage, the weekend has been a BLAST so far. I…

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Let’s Visit Nashville!

All y’all ready to learn how to do Nashville (and its ‘burbs) in a day or less? Let me first warn you that I called basically everything I saw in and around Nashville adorable or the cutest thing…

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LUNAFEST: Chicago

On Thursday, my wonderful friend Katie graciously invited me to attend LUNAFEST. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, LUNAFEST supports women filmmakers by selecting 6-8 (I can't remember the…

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Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar

"Holy crap. I just had the best dinner of my entire life in Puerto Rico. The only words I can utter are holy crap. Blog post to come!” That was my Facebook post after visiting Marmalade…

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My Chicago Weekend

Hi friends! How was your weekend? I just returned to Minneapolis after spending a wonderful weekend with my boys, exploring our new city and neighborhood! I have a lot to share with you today…

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My days right now…

Hello from Puerto Rico! Since many of my dear friends are experiencing miserable Midwest weather at the moment, I thought I'd share what my days have been like this week. Spread the Vitamin D joy,…

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My initial thoughts on Florida

Since I've been in Florida for almost a week now, I'm pretty much an expert, right?! ;) Today I'm going to share a few of my initial thoughts about being a Floridian. 1. The sun rises late…

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My Valentine!

Happy Friday, loves! How was your Valentine's Day? I hope it was full of love for yourself and love for others :) My Valentine's gift to myself yesterday was a nap. Yes, a nap. I'm really…

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My Weekend in California – Napa, Part 1

I am happy to report that my liver has now recovered and I can now share with you all of the fun I had in California this weekend! I flew into San Francisco on Wednesday night and Carly's adorable…

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My Weekend in California – Napa, Part 2

Okay, where did I leave off... Oh yes, Carly and I heading back to the Napa Hilton Garden Inn to get our beauty rest on Thursday night! I - unlike Carly - slept like a baby on Thursday night. I'm…

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My Weekend in California – San Francisco!

Woohoo - it's Friday! Is it just me or did this week fly by? Not that I'm complaining or anything... ;) I know I promised that I was going to share a big announcement today but it is going to have…

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NYE 2014 Recap – Entertainment Cruises + Rent The Runway!

I still can't believe that it is already 2014... Time goes by so quickly! Since I'm attempting to deny the fact that I am back at work today - unfortunately without any upcoming holidays - I'm…

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October 2013 Foodie Pen Pals

BOO! Happy Halloween! How are you celebrating the holiday? Since Kyle and I celebrated with friends this past weekend, I'm just planning on dousing myself in sugar and calling it day ;) Today I…

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On our way to…

Good morning and happy Friday! Kyle and I woke up bright and early this morning and are currently at O’Hare waiting on our flight to Nebraska for the weekend. Yep, you read that right –…

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Our week in Chicago

Okay, it was technically 10 days but "week" sounded much better in the title of this post ;) Kyle, Dean and I recently arrived back home from a wonderful time in Chicago. It was a fun and busy…

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Our weekend at Disney

Last weekend, Kyle, Dean and I spent a few days in Orlando. It was Dean's (and mine too!) first time visiting a Disney Park so, of course, I need to recap it on the blog. His reaction to all of the…

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Oysters, A Pool Table, Eataly and PRESENTS – A Christmas Break Recap!

TGIF!! Man, it was a long week ;) Before I get into the recap of my Christmas break, I want to share with y'all how productive my day was yesterday! Besides doing about 5 minutes of actual…

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Puerto Rico Recap – Cuisine!

**Disclaimer: This may, in fact, be the longest blog post known to man. I apologize but I promise it is worth reading!!** To preface this post, I would like to state that I am not a picky…

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Puerto Rico Recap – Fitness!

Hello from sunny and warm cloudy and cold Minneapolis. Sadly, I am back in the land of eternal winters but I am excited to share with you all of my vacation activities! I'll be sharing a variety…

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Puerto Rico Recap – My Favorites & Tips!

As I write this, it is currently snowing - yes, SNOWING - in Minneapolis. It is painful to watch the flurries fly in April as I look back on my photos of the vibrant blue ocean, the palm trees…

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Puerto Rico Recap – Where to Stay!

Good Morning! I have yet another post in my series of Puerto Rico recaps for you - If you are getting tired of reading about the beautiful island, I apologize. I have one final recap after this…

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Sanibel Island & Cape Coral – Great Eats in Florida

I meant to share this post with y'all the week I returned from Florida but time has a way of slipping by much too quickly. I love reading reviews of restaurants before traveling to a new place, so…

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Saturday in the Mountains

Hello from Estes Park! I don't know about you, but I love photo recaps. A picture is worth 1,000 words, right? I plan on sharing a full recap {with words!} next week but for now, enjoya few of…

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Shout out from SLC

It's always sad to say goodbye. Blend 2014 was just as fun as Blend 2013 and I can't wait to recap it for y'all! But for now, I'm enjoying my last few minutes with Lindsay at the airport…

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Sunset in paradise

Last night we made a spur of the moment decision to watch the sunset from one of our favorite beaches in Naples. The sky was (mostly) clear. The weather was perfect. And the breeze off of the Gulf…

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Ten Lessons from French Eating

I'm so excited to introduce you to my guest post-er of the week - Katie from Live Half Full! In addition to being a blend, Katie is also a real-life friend. She was one of the first "blends" I met in…

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That time Kyle ate my chewed gum…

Hello from Jamaica! Kyle and I are packing up and getting ready to leave this beautiful island but before we go, I have to share a funny (or at least what I think is funny!) story with y'all :)…

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The BIG News…

As promised, today is announcement day. It is with mixed emotions that I share all of this news and I'm not quite sure how to go about sharing everything - there is a lot here - so I'm just going to…

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Tourist Tips – Chicago!

Have I told you how much I love Chicago?   No? Well, today I am guest posting about what to do when you visit Chicago on Holly's blog! Make sure to head on over and check it out…

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Vegas Dress – I need your help!

I mentioned on Tuesday that I'm planning out our Vegas getaway that is quickly approaching. Part of my planning involves picking the best dress for a fun night out - This is where you come in! I'm…

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We may be crazy but…

I promised y'all that I had a little surprise that I'd share this evening. Drumroll, please. We may be crazy but... Kyle and I are moving to Florida! And yes, this is a legit photo of…

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Week in Photos

I meant to post this yesterday, but WordPress had other plans... So I went with the flow and y'all get to enjoy the photos of my week with my mom over the weekend instead :) While the week is a…

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Where to Eat – Minneapolis Edition

As most of you healthy living bloggers know, the Healthy Living Summit is a mere 9 days away! This year, the conference is being held in downtown Minneapolis, my lovely former stomping grounds…

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WIAW – Blend Edition

I’m back again today with another Blend recap for y’all! In case you missed my post yesterday, make sure you check out my #treatyoself recap from the weekend. Since it’s WIAW, I’m going to…

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WIAW – Colorado Style

*Amanda let me know yesterday that my comment reply emails haven't been sending to y'all! I checked with Katie and Katie (I know a lot of Katie's - haha!) to confirm and I think I fixed the issue.…

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WIAW – Vegas Style!

If you've ever been to Vegas, you know the food is one of the many reasons tourists come from near and far to the city of sin. There are restaurants galore for any and all tastes - Kyle and I love…

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WIAW – When My Mom Visits Chicago!

Are y'all ready for an abbreviated version of this week's What I Ate Wednesday edition? Kyle and I spent a lot of time outside last night (the weather was GORG) which was amazing, but it didn't…

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Wisco Weekend

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I can't believe I am admitting this but I will not be watching the big game tonight. After being gone all weekend, I am looking forward to some quiet grocery shopping,…

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