As I stated yesterday, I plan on sharing with you my reflections each day leading up to my 33rd birthday next week on the 27th. I honestly welcome each birthday with open arms. I know some people who dread getting older each year, but I truly embrace it. Not only am I grateful to be alive and healthy with a great family, but each year comes with a better understanding of who I am, what I want out of life and eliminating things from it that are just a distraction.
You may have noticed on the blog that my home posts have been pretty minimal. This is because I made a conscious decision over a year ago to reduce spending our money on materialistic things for a house that is already beautifully put together. New seasonal throw pillows aren’t going to make my life any happier in the long run. READ MORE
While on our vacation to Lake Tahoe last week, my family & I decided to take an overnight trip to the Napa Valley region to enjoy some wine tasting and exploring. While there, my friends at Jackson Family Wines set up an AMAZING Cabernet Sauvignon tasting experience at the Freemark Abbey Winery in St. Helena.
Over the years I’ve done my fair share of wine tastings, getting personal tours of vineyards, walking amongst the grapes in Tuscany, yet I’m always intrigued to learn more. Freemark Abbey is nestled just north of Napa in St. Helena, a small town with a lot of charm. Upon pulling up to the estate, it may not seem like much, but once you enter their doors and take view of their exquisite restored interiors and gorgeous courtyard you’ll be encouraged to stay awhile. READ MORE
In just 7 days I’ll be turning the ripe old age of 33. I remember being in high school and meeting someone that was in their 30’s and thinking how old they were. Now that memory is a far distant past and just makes me laugh. I love my 30’s and feel anything but old. I’m more connected with myself than ever before and approach life with a bigger sense of purpose.
Beyond the fact that my favorite number is 3 and I get to have 365 days of living with two 3’s … I wanted to share with you for the next 7 days things that I’ve reflected on now that I’m approaching my mid-30’s and how I approach living life to the fullest. READ MORE
Lighten up your summer with this healthy pan-seared tilapia topped with a delicious spicy grapefruit avocado salsa. It’s refreshingly tasty and super easy to make!
It’s funny how growing up in Wisconsin I didn’t eat much seafood beyond the Friday night fish fry’s. Battered cod was about as risky as I got. Now having lived in Southern California for the past 11 years, I love all sorts of seafood and am incredibly surprised at how easy it is to make at home.
When we are looking to create a healthy dish for lunch or dinner, I tend to grab tilapia filets because they’re a pretty inexpensive fish and they taste great. For this recipe, I simply seasoned them with salt and pepper and let the spicy grapefruit avocado salsa do all the work. Don’t be intimidated by the word “spicy” as it’s really more about flavor than it is about heat. READ MORE
If I’m not wearing my coveted off the shoulder dresses and tops, then you can often find me going ultra casual this summer with a simple denim on denim style featuring my favorite wardrobe accessory, the chambray button up.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m turning 33 in a couple of weeks, but my style as of lately is epitome of casual. I don’t like clothes that I have to fuss with. I want easy, can be mixed and matched between outfits and are super comfortable. That’s probably why I live in my chambray button up and denim shorts.
The way I tend to “up” the outfit from basic & boring to basic & fun is typically with accessories. I own over 30 hats, have an entire jewelry wall in master bathroom and love a good handbag. Since I’m constantly on-the-go between traveling, concerts and going out with friends I love love love the simplicity of this black leather tassel crossbody from Fossil. It has 3 built-in credit card slots, room for my iPhone 6 Plus (fingers crossed for the iPhone 7 Plus for my birthday!) and the leather is buttery soft. These days, with the cameras on our phones, that’s all I need to leave home with. It’s quite freeing to literally go hands free with only a few items. READ MORE
Last year we hopped across the pond to visit Italy for 3 weeks, but this summer we decided to visit our friends to the north. We ate, drank and explored our way throughout Vancouver and Whistler, Canada for 10 days and needless to say, fell in love with it all. Take a peek at my travel log where I’m sharing tons of photos of our trip, plus what to see, where to eat and where to grab the best cocktails in town.
Vancouver really has the best of both worlds. There is the big, beautiful city life with glass skyscrapers and then within minutes you can be biking around Stanley Park or hopping across Lions Gate Bridge to a lush canopy of trees and wilderness. Our trip was the perfect combination of both. We did 4 nights in Vancouver, drove up to Whistler for 3 nights and then back down to Vancouver for another 3 nights. We were initially worried that we’d run out of things to do in 10 days, but trust me, there is plenty to see & do, but even more to eat & drink! READ MORE
This is a PSA (public service announcement) — if you haven’t tried a Thai Beef Noodle Salad then you need to make this your next meal. I have a crazy obsession with noodle dishes lately. Like I seek out restaurants that have one on the menu and then ask them to add extra noodles crazy. Instead of waiting until the next time I eat out, I thought why not combine my love of filet mignon (I am a born & raised Wisconsin girl) with my obsession of Asian noodles?
You didn’t think I was talking about spaghetti noodles did you?
Though I’m not sure my Thai Beef Noodle Salad recipe is overly healthy simply due to my heavy hand of noodles, it does pack a ton of flavor and one that will keep you coming back for more. I love the sweetness of the added mango chunks combined with the spiciness of the hot chili paste. Don’t be alarmed though, everything balances out nicely and it’s really not a “spicy” dish! READ MORE
As if time isn’t flying by fast enough, we’re already into June and Father’s Day is fast approaching. Just like everything in life, trends come back full circle and the art of a good quality, close shave is back. Electric razors are easy and all, but there is nothing more masculine than a lathered up face and a manual shave.
Unlike women, most men like to get a functional gift that they can routinely use. It’s not like they need 7 wallets to choose from! This handsome Father’s Day Shave Set from Harry’s Razor is giving the gift of practicality, but in a way cool gift set. It comes with a limited edition storm gray handle, engravable razor stand (Love You Dad!), foaming shave gel, (3) blade cartridges and a travel blade cover. This set looks so stylish that we actually wouldn’t mind it being set out on the bathroom counter (win-win)! READ MORE