reading | just started The Chocolate Money, recently finished The Russian Concubine

listening | Something Big – Shawn Mendes, Upside – Allen Stone, Déjà vu – Giorgio Moroder, and New Rush – Gin Wigmore

watching | the finale episodes of Mad Men and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (on Netflix) – the first episode was absolute shite but the others got us laughing!

eating | thai chili, avocado toast (the red pepper flakes on top are a must!), and fetimans mandarin and seville orange jigger

drinking | on a definite smoothie kick right now! the combo of orange + mango + kiwi has been my favorite this week.

playing | wayyy too much candy crush. guys, it’s so addicted…

working | on migrating our company website to a new host provider. hoping this’ll be the last setback we have so we can finally launch!

organizing | my beauty products (using this idea) and our apartment search spreadsheet (we’ve got one more complex to visit & then have to wait patiently until June 1 to find out about any August openings at our favorites)

wishing | for the money fairy to appear with some funds that are solely ear-marked for fun – would love to ride roller-coasters this summer, get some new ink (got my next tat all picked out), or hit up a Broadway show downtown

enjoying | the lovely sunshine, green grass, and signs that spring will be in full bloom soon!

 So that’s me…what’s current with you guys?


enjoying | taking long walks after work with Ryan, exploring new trails by our house, and the occasional weight lifting sesh – we’re working to maintain a healthier lifestyle and to shed some weight we put on this winter while hibernating

eating | homemade pizza, fresh red bell peppers, pineapple salsa, banana bread, and this phenomenal chicken taco crockpot dish

drinking | tea! this new convert is totally diggin’ the following – ginger, peppermint, red raspberry, and raspberry peach tulsi.

reading | teen fiction that can be quickly consumed – haven’t had the brain power for much else lately. currently on book two of The 5th Wave trilogy.

watching | Peaky Blinders on Netflix

listening | “Crystals” – Of Monsters and Men, “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake, “Sons and Daughters” – The Decemberists, “Bulletproof Heart” – My Chemical Romance, “Muevelo” – Sofia Reyes, and “Electric Love” – BORNS

working | hard to finish up the design for my company’s new website. hope to have it live in a few weeks.

planning | to pay off our student loans by next month, pay off our car loan by December, buy another used car, find a new apartment, and work on saving some funds for a 2016 vacation – phew! lots to do.

annoyed | by the pesky ants that have taken up residence in our dishwasher. gross…and arggh! it’s definitely spring, folks.

loving | catching up with old friends on a more regular basis

looking | ahead to May when my brother graduates from college and one of my best girlfriends visits from Illinois – we’ve got lots of fun planned!

trying | to incorporate meditation into my life by doing 10 minutes a day – a neat app called Headspace has been really helpful.

obsessed | with minimalism, being more intentional, and simplifying every corner of my life – inspired about what the rest of 2015 will look now

So that’s me…what’s current with you guys?

weekend review x2

last weekend…

… had friends over to try out a new board game – Pandemic. It’s a cooperative game where all players must work together to rid the worldoffour diseases. The game’s exciting but also absolutely maddening. I get so frustrated when we play because it’s so tough to win! It seems like every time we get close to a cure, a massive outbreak occurs causing us to lose. Let’s just say it definitely tests my patience and sportsmanship!

… went on an impromptu date to see Insurgent followed by dinner at one of our favorite pizzerias – Costco. Ha! But for real, I freakin’ love their pizza.

…. co-hosted the Minnesota Bloggers’ 3rd Annual Favorite Things Party with Lo. We had a really good turn out; with a little over 20 people and lots of new faces. Fun was had by all and it was great to meet more MN bloggers. I brought Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints as my favorite thing and I came home with two other chocolates to try and a darling magnetic succulent that now lives on our fridge.

fave things party

this weekend…

… finished my stack of library books and need to go back for more. I’ve been trying to read more, watch less. Haven’t read any I’d recommend yet but it’s nice to be working on decreasing my screen time.

… went out to dinner with Ryan’s cousin, uncle, and his uncle’s girlfriend at Burch Steak and Pizza Bar. The reviews we read spoke very highly of their steaks but the pescatarians in our group found many dishes to eat and rave about too. I squealed when I saw they had a few dumpling options on the menu (spaetzle, piergois, kinkhali, etc.) and ended up devouring schupfnudel (like gnocchi but thinly rolled) with a rich, creamy gorgonzola cheese and walnut sauce. The dish was so similar to one I fell in love with in Italy that I felt transported back to Florence every time I took a bite. They also had cheese dumplings with lamb stroganoff which sounded divine – would love to try those next time.

… spent an afternoon wandering around the Como Zoo and Conservatory. The polar bear was extremely active and a lot of fun to watch!


Hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

weekend review

This weekend Mr.C & I…


…went bowling and played euchre with friends

…soaked up the sun and nice weather

….spent an afternoon apart: Ryan played video games with his brother who lives on East Coast (technology’s great isn’t it?!) and I went with Jen to check out the exhibit and omnitheater film about Space at the Science Museum of Minnesota

…ran errands and relaxed with our latest Netflix obsession, Wentworth (think Orange Is the New Black…but a little darker + Australian!)

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

weekend review

This weekend Mr.C & I…


…enjoyed the warm weather

…celebrated the engagement of our friends (Congratulations, Nicole + Brian!)

…laughed ourselves silly at the Brave New Workshop (50 Shades of Gravy)

…hosted game night for the gang at our place

…made fondue + finished House of Cards (Season 3)

…cleaned + organized Ryan’s old childhood toys

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend as well!

weekend review

This weekend Mr.C’s mom came to visit. We had a fun time hanging out, shopping, playing card games, going to the movies (“Kingsman” was quite good!), and eating our way through the menu at Mozza Mia.


On Saturday, Ryan enjoyed some mother-son time while I went wedding dress shopping with my friend, J.

Three stops and some delicious Rusty Taco tacos later, J found what she was looking for. Girlfriend’s gonna make one pretty bride!


Fast February

This month has definitely flown by! But, it’s actually been a pretty quiet one.

We’ve just been settling into our new routine with Ryan working first shift – lots of family dinners followed by a quick game or two of cards or Ticket to Ride. Plus, we’ve been able to hangout with friends more now that our Friday nights are available.  We’ve been apartment hunting too although we wouldn’t move until August. We’re hoping to find a place in Bloomington or somewhere more central to shorten Ryan’s commute.


I’ve finally been tackling some home and computer organization projects. Feels nice to check things off the list! I also had a girl date with my pal, Nicole, at Paint Nite (a social, booze-filled, two-hour art class where an artist leads the group through the process of painting a specific picture) which was really fun. Ryan and I ended up celebrating Valentine’s Day twice – once with an impromptu romantic dinner at home (sparkling juice on ice anyone?) and later at Outback Steakhouse (our favorite).

On the books for next week: wedding dress shopping with my friend, J, for her ceremony this fall and celebrating Ryan’s birthday – he turns 26!! This year he’d like a puppy… but sadly that’s out of the question with our current living situation, so he’ll have to settle for kisses from our friends’ furry creatures for now.

Hope you all have a great rest of the month. Can’t believe March is right around the corner!