weekend review

IMG_6790My mom & grandma came up for a visit!

We went thrift shopping, swam in the pool, checked out Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka, played Wizard (a super fun card game), watched a few episodes of Keeping Up Appearances (a British sitcom on Netflix), and just relaxed.

It’s always fun when family comes to town!

Hope you all had a good weekend too!

Our New Digs

On August 1 we moved into our new apartment in Bloomington and so far we’re really enjoying it!

The complex is within a 15 minute drive of my work, near the stores and places we like to go, and was recently updated. It has a pretty epic workout center (including a big gym, half-court basketball, indoor and outdoor pool), attractive grounds and walking trails, and is dog-friendly. Yes, Ryan’s counting down the days until we can get a pup!


Our little one-bedroom is cozy, with lots of storage, a deck, new carpet, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and underground parking which will be nice in the winter.

Ready for a tour?

Here’s the kitchen and storage closet:


The bedroom and bathroom:


The dining room which leads into the living room:


The living room:


Even the plants like it!

It’s a bit smaller than our old place but we’re still pleased and look forward to utilizing all the amenities the complex has to offer and exploring the neighborhood soon!

weekend review

Mr.C & I spent this weekend with our friends Sarah & Brandon from Indiana. It had been 2 years since we last saw them and this was their first visit to the Twin Cities so we wanted to make it memorable!

Friday we cooked dinner, wandered around the Mall of America, ate delicious gelato, and then played games the rest of the evening… well, that is until a tornado warning chased us into the bathroom!


Saturday we made breakfast and set off to see the cities. First stop was Minneapolis and of course we popped over to the famous spoon and cherry.


Next stop was St. Paul and the Festa Italiana at Harriet Island.


It was quite warm that day so after our exploring we headed back home for a nap before dinner at the always delicious Mozza Mia. And after that? More card games of course! We’re fiends!

Sunday the boys had an appointment at Twilight Tattoo to finally get a little friendship ink. They’d been talking about it for ages! As big kids (and nerds for life), they opted for matching Ninja Turtle tattoos. Ryan got Michelangelo/Mikey and Brandon got Donatello. Ink by Bradley Trotter.


When they were finished, we dropped by Glam Doll Donuts for a little sugar before cooling off at Minnehaha Falls.



Next stop – dinner at The Nook! Everyone was jonesin’ for a Juicy Lucy and we were not disappointed. We also fell in love with their sweet potato fries and honey-bacon cheese curds.


Monday greeted us far too soon and we had to send our friends on their way home. So glad they were able to visit though! We had an absolutely wonderful time.


Hope you all had a good weekend too!

weekend review

This weekend Mr.C & I headed down to Okoboji, IA, with our friends Nicole & Brian. Brian’s parents have a lovely lake house where we were able to stay to enjoy a few days of fun and sun.

We went last year too and were so happy to be invited back since we always have such a good time.

This weekend we grilled out, took a boat ride, played bags, went swimming, grabbed brunch at Prairie Chick, napped, swam some more, became obsessed with a new card game (Wizard), double dated at the drive-in (Minions was playing), and stopped at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store on the way back home.





Hope you all had a good weekend too and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I definitely did (although I could’ve done without my wicked sunburn souvenir)!

Gotta love summer!

weekend review

Hellllooo July!! Man, this month is already flying by… and we’re only a week in!

So far we’ve started packing (we move to our new apt. at the end of the month), bought a 2nd car (a silver 2012 Honda Accord), celebrated my 26th birthday, and traveled back to our hometown in IL for a quick visit. With time off work for the 4th of July holiday, we made the drive to see family, friends, and fireworks. It was a great time!

Wednesday night we got into town and stayed up really late catching up with Ryan’s family.

Thursday was my birthday so we went out to a delicious lunch at Krumpets with my family, toured my mom’s gorgeous garden, and then had dinner Sievert’s to celebrate with Ryan’s family.



Friday my college roommate, Katie, drove up to have brunch with us (breakfast pizza from Land of Oz – guilty pleasure, totally worth it!). I last saw her two years ago so it was great to catch up in person (although with technology we’re able to keep in touch and chat often).

Friday afternoon we saw Peter Pan at Timber Lake Playhouse. The playhouse is where I spent many summers working the box office, where Ryan proposed to me on stage, and where we later tied the knot! Obviously TLP holds a special place in our hearts, so it’s always great to come back and attend an amazing show at the theater. Peter Pan is one of my favorite musicals and the cast and crew at TLP did not disappoint! Friday evening we played board and card games with my best gal Elecia and her boyfriend who was visiting from Washington.


Saturday we slept in (finally!) and then headed over to my grandma’s for a few rounds of euchre. Later we grabbed ice cream from Dairy Queen to munch on while watching the 4th of July parade which, in a tiny town, typically consists of ambulances and firetrucks from the surrounding area and a few small floats. Saturday night friends and family gathered in my mom’s backyard to watch the fireworks display, witness the only traffic jam of the year, and enjoy a bonfire with a side of s’mores.





Sunday was our last day in town, so we grabbed a quick breakfast at the café downtown before making the rounds to say “see ya later”.  As always, it’s so nice to see everyone back in IL. Thankfully some of them will be coming up to visit us this fall so we won’t have to miss them too much!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too. xx

Let’s catch up!

Can’t believe it’s been exactly a month since my last blog post! After drawing the curtain on our student debt pay-off series and sharing the final steps of my food sensitivities journey, it seemed like the right moment to take some time off.

But, I’m back now and ready to play a little catch up!


The summer hiring rush is on and our recruiting firm has gotten a lot of new clients who are eager to fill their job openings. We recently added a new candidate sourcing specialist to our team and I’ve been helping to train him. We also launched our new website and it was very well-received! As the designer, I can’t help but be proud of the outcome. 

You may remember that Ryan switched positions about four months ago. Well, he is still enjoying his new duties, coworkers, and being on first-shift. His company is growing rapidly which is exciting but it’s also proving quite stressful as current employees are trying to fill in the gaps left by the expansion and restructuring of staff. Hopefully they will get things balanced out soon!


As the deadline to find a new apartment loomed we were feeling very panicked but I’m happy to share that we finally secured our next home! It’s really tricky to find a one-bedroom right now and on a whim we stopped by a community who happened to have one available. We were the first to see it that afternoon and they had 11 other showing appointments after us! With that news, we immediately completed the applications and put down a deposit.

Our new place is in Bloomington and has an epic workout center (including a big gym, half-court basketball, indoor and outdoor pool), pretty grounds and walking trails, and is dog-friendly. The complex was recently updated so we’ll have new carpet, paint, and appliances. We move August 1 and are looking forward to it! Since we’ll be living too far away for me to walk to work, we’re car shopping. No luck yet but we’ll definitely be adding another vehicle in July.


out 'n about with our friends, Austin & Jessica

out ‘n about with our friends, Austin & Jessica 

We drove down to Nebraska to help Ryan’s brother and his family move into their new house. It was a lot of work getting them settled and unpacked but it had been awhile since we’d seen them last so it was nice to be able to visit and fun to play with our 3-year-old niece.

Other than that, our weekends have been pretty chill lately – we’ve been hanging out with friends, enjoying the sunny weather, and catching up on some of our Netflix favorites.

I was also recently introduced to Zumba and am now hooked! I attend classes twice a week and love it. It’s the first time I’ve ever been excited to routinely workout. Zumba is a dance fitness program that is easy to follow and high-energy. We groove out to hip-hop, latin, and international beats while getting in shape. To be honest, it’s basically a party. The class I attend is taught by three-generations of Zumba instructors (daughter, mother, grandmother) and it’s such a fun and uplifting workout session / dance party. If you’re in the Twin Cities and want to give it a try, check out Zumba with Nessa, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 – 9:15 pm, in Burnsville at Youngman’s American Martial Arts. No membership needed – just pay $6/cash at the door.

So, that’s what we’ve been up to lately! July is gearing up to be very busy and very fun. We already have a trip to Illinois planned as well as a weekend lake getaway and visit from friends on deck! Not to mention we’ll also be packing and moving soon. Phew!

Hope you all are doing wonderfully and summer’s treating you well!

weekend review

One of my dear pals, Elecia, came up to visit us from IL this past week.

(You’ll remember her as my best friend since kindergarten, maid of honor, and New Orleans travel buddy.)

“E” had a work conference to attend in Minnesota and came up the weekend before to hangout.

During her visit we…


…visited the spoonbridge and cherry, played at the sculpture garden (and saw someone propose), wandered downtown, lunched at the Midtown Global Market, went thrift-shopping, stopped by Ikea and the MOA, watched the monkeys at the Como Zoo, soaked up the warmth at the botanical gardens, ate dinner at Mozza Mia and the Crooked Pint Ale House, played many games (500 Rummy, Presidents & Assholes, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan), and spent a late night out partying at The Pourhouse and The Shout House.

I’m so glad Elecia was able to take the extra time to stay with us because we always have such fun together. Can’t wait ‘til our next adventure!