Fresh Basil!


Look- fresh basil!

I know it’s been awhile since my last post. Mike and I are still settling into to our new place and having lots of fun exploring our new neighborhood! Last week we had an opportunity to try something new and of course the recipe was from one of our favorite blogs: Iowa Girl Eats.

When we went to the store to purchase everything for her Grilled Caprese Chicken, I asked Mike if we could just buy a basil plant for $5 rather than buy the pre cut packs of basil. Best investment ever! I love our basil plant! The chicken was delicious! We will totally cook it again and I used fresh basil on top of my pizza last night. PS- homemade pizza plus no AC plus 80 degree weather= not a good mix. But the pizza was still delicious. ;)

What new recipes have you tried lately?

My Pilates Journey


How are you?

There have been a lot of changes recently and I thought I would share them with you. The first change is Mike and I officially moved into our new apartment which is closer to downtown Milwaukee! We’re very excited about the location, neighborhood, and new adventures. When we moved to Wisconsin we wanted to live where we are now but there wasn’t anything available so we settled into a nice, quiet, suburb area. Our new place is in a more active part of town within walking distance to restaurants, parks, running trails, and other fun things. I’ll be sure to share pictures of our new place once we are all unpacked- we’re getting close!

The next change is I’ve decided to leave my 9-5 desk job for something that will make me much happier. Last year I began my training to be a certified Pilates instructor. I’ve changed a lot throughout the journey and learned a lot about myself in the process. I’ve always believed that it’s not about money, it’s about what makes you happy. When I teach and do Pilates I am truly happy. My spirit is uplifted, I come home in a good mood, and I don’t feel like I have to be someone else when I’m teaching. I’m excited to do something that I am very passionate about every day.

As I continue my training and after I complete my certification I know that I will see more changes in myself and all for the better. One thing I’ve learned and that I tell myself constantly is that “Change is the only constant in life.” So much has changed in the past month and while I’m still adjusting I have seen many signs that it is truly for the best.

I’m a strong believer in the phrase “Everything happens for a reason”. I was preparing to start my Pilates training when we were still living in Columbus but put the idea on hold after we moved to Wisconsin. I’m so glad we moved to Wisconsin because I am training with an excellent instructor and in an excellent program. I’m learning the true classical Pilates method, the one created by Joseph Pilates himself.

As I write this post I know that some may not understand this journey but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders as I share this news and know that today is my last day in a job that is not for me.




Weekend in Columbus

Wow…I haven’t posted anything in almost a month! Sorry about that! Things have been busy for me and Mike and the blog got away from me a little bit.

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend! Did you try any new recipes? We traveled to Columbus to finalize some details for our wedding and it was a great trip! The items we checked off our list were: hair trial for me, meeting our officiant in person, and tasting cocktails to decide on what our signature cocktail will be. We’ve named our cocktail the Tipsy Thompson and the name fits because you will get tipsy when you start drinking it!

The rest of the weekend was about going to our favorite places together and reuniting with our favorite city. ColumbUS is where we became US and the city always makes us feel welcome. The city didn’t disappoint this weekend and I wish we were still living there but home is wherever I am with Mike, except for Minnesota or North Dakota, and maybe a couple others. ;)

Here are some highlights from our trip:

We drove to Columbus to save some money and it was a fun road trip!
Pre Road Trip Photo

Jeni’s ice cream reopened this weekend so we made sure to support one of our favorite local businesses while in town. Gosh, I miss Jeni’s!
Jenis Ice Cream

As I mentioned, we tasted some cocktails and here is the Tipsy Thompson:
Tipsy Thompson

Mike has never been to the Big Bang piano bar and we plan to sing and dance at the Big Bang the evening of our wedding (our reception is in the afternoon) so I showed him what a real piano bar is like. We have been to Lucille’s in Milwaukee and it was awful. Big Bang is so much better even if they didn’t play Hang on Sloopy.
Big Bang

Sunday we walked around downtown, through Arch Park, and along the river before going to the Clippers game in the afternoon, which was super hot by the way. September weather will be interesting in Columbus!
Arch Park

Throwback Thursday- Anniversary Style

Hi! Happy Thursday!

Today I’m throwing it back- anniversary style. Yesterday was the four year dating anniversary for me and Mike. Four years! I can’t believe it’s been four years already. When I met Mike I had decided I wasn’t going to date guys for awhile- too many bad first dates and then he showed up. That’s how it always works, right?

Well our friendship blossomed with many cupcakes which Mike brought me after going to lunch at Chelly Belly – I really miss that place! Four years later I’m happy that I asked him out on our first date- a round of 9 holes. (We both played awful) And I can’t wait for September 12 when he will officially be my husband!

Here’s to more cupcakes, bad rounds of golf, and cheap & fun concerts!