Nov
12

My mom moved to Utah this past August and I finally got around to planning a trip out to see her a few weeks ago.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect; I had never been to Utah before nor had the desire to visit. However after spending two days in Moab, I was more than pleasantly surprised! The food was scrumptious, the people were sweet, and the landscape was gorgeous. I can’t wait to return!

Here’s the lowdown on our trip — from where we stayed to what we ate:

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Aug
12

About a month ago, I attended #SharingbytheShore, an intimate food blogger retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. Over the past year, I’ve been to a few blogging retreats and always had a positive experience; this trip was no different.

You might be wondering why food bloggers have retreats. Well, it gives us the chance to connect, learn more about one another on a more personal level, laugh, eat, and share our blogging skills/experiences. Every one has a different work style, reason they blog and what they’re passionate about. Like any other industry, it’s important to get together and learn from one another (similar like you would at a conference).

I loved this retreat in particular because we were in such a gorgeous destination. Before attending, I had never been to Michigan before (except the Detroit airport). It was a five hour drive from Chicago and couldn’t have been more beautiful. And, the entire retreat was sponsored by Milk Means More — we couldn’t be more thankful for having such a kind, generous sponsor help us learn from one another.

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Apr
09

Lately it feels as though time is passing by too quickly, like yesterday there was snow on the ground and wasn’t it just Christmas when I baked a batch of cinnamon rolls and all brunched in our pajamas? There are certain days when I appreciate how quickly the hours fade, just like the sunset in the evening. And other days where all I’d like to do is linger in these moments for a few days, soaking up every drop of memory and happiness. But as we know, life will pass you by if you spend too much time thinking about the past or future.

This has been my mantra lately. Live in the moment. Do what you feel is right. Always trust your heart.

I’ve been on a quest to travel more; there’s something about it that feeds my soul, filling it with knowledge, contentment, adventure and love. I’ve been to the Caribbean, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas all within the last month. I’ve appreciated every moment, each flight and along the way discovered that I value experiences over things, as I know that I’ll remember these moments as long as I live. Cheesy much? Ha.

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Mar
16

Traveling is one of the best things you can possibly do. It creates relationships (it’s how Tony and I met), pushes you to learn an incredible amount about yourself, encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and expands your knowledge.

Over the past year, I made a commitment to travel more. To see the world, other cultures and also to just relax and enjoy life. Everytime I come back from a trip, I am rejuvenated, full of ideas and a little more ambitious. Lucky for me, my job enables me to travel and share my experiences with all of you!

Most recently I went on a 7-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with Princess Cruises. I’ll have a couple posts in the next month sharing my experience with all of you. There were so many different experiences, it becomes difficult to narrow it down to just one post.

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Jan
28

Wellness Wednesday is back! As many of you know, I was on vacation last week. It was blissful, relaxing, and just about everything I needed; except when it wasn’t. Except when there were a million food choices. But especially because it brought up food issues for me. It reminded me of the times where I ate a few too many cookies (I’m talking like 6). The times where I felt overwhelmed by food, the hours where it controlled what I was doing, how I made decisions and my power of choice. Those moments where it consumed every ounce of me. And I hated that feeling more than anything.

Feeling all of those feelings again isn’t pleasant, especially when you’ve struggled with something so powerful. I don’t expect you to relate unless you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food before.

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Jan
27

Hi! It’s nearly been a week since we returned from Mexico and of course I’m missing it like crazy. I mean who wouldn’t miss warm sand between your toes, sun-kissed skin, all the food you could imagine, breakfast buffets for days and of course, chips and bowls of guac.

Traveling always encourages me to plan more trips to experience more of the world’s culture and people. I can honestly say that Mexico is one of my favorite places. I’m part hispanic; so the culture, food and people really speak to my heart.

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Dec
03

Wellness Wednesdays have become one of my favorite ways to share more with you outside of recipes. I feel like we’re good friends chatting about our experiences and similarities in this crazy world.

This week I wanted to share my recent health and wellness trip to Hilton Head Health in South Carolina; it was a complete eye opening experience and I’m so thankful that I was selected to attend. It has made me eager to go on more wellness and/or fitness trips. What’s better than eating good food, having fun exercise classes, meeting new people and finding some relaxation along the way?

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Nov
11

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Kansas City to attend ChoppedCon, a small blogging conference with incredible speakers and attendees. It was one of the best conferences that I’ve ever been to, partly because of the location but also because the content was fabulous.

My friend Maegan from The BakerMama decided that we would take the weekend to have a fun trip and do some exploring around the city. Now when I usually get together with her, it means I’m eating a lot of sweets because she loves baking and exploring cute bakery shops. I love when I get to spend time with her because she’s always getting me to try the tastiest treats in each city!

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Oct
20

Longest post title ever? Yup. Not sure I care though because it’s exactly what sums up this blog post.

Yes, OMG I’m actually moving. I don’t think it really hit me until last night when I was packing up my dishes. I’ve gone through so many life changes over the past 3 months that I don’t even know where to begin. This is kind of a brain dump of words, so I apologize in advance.

I knew about 6 months ago that I wanted to quit my job. I felt myself becoming more unhappy by the day and like I mentioned earlier, knew I just needed a change in my life. I wasn’t really planning on leaving until November, but decided one day in August that enough was enough. All I needed was a little faith in myself.

After quitting, there were decisions that quickly needed to be made regarding my living situation. My apartment lease was up in November and didn’t have the desire to live in Minneapolis any longer; I’ve been here my entire life! So in August I took a trip to Chicago to visit one of my best friends and to explore the city.

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We had such a lovely time shopping, going out and celebrating her birthday. Chicago really is beautiful. To me it feels like a bigger Minneapolis. Still a nice midwestern feel, but just with more things to do.

Since Tony lives in Chicago in the off season, it was an easy decision for me to make to live there. Here are some photos of what I’ve done around the city…

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Walked basically everywhere. I love how accessible the city is. I’m probably going to need to sell my car because I have a feeling I’ll never use it. Gosh, that’s going to be weird.

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