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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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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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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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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This Summer has been full of margaritas, travel, baseball, and SO MUCH FOOD. I’ve felt so blessed to be able to take so many weekend trips in between my long work weeks. The photos below capture some of the moments of a few trips to Miami, North & South Carolina.

You can also check out my Trip Advisor profile to check out some of the places I’ve stayed. I need to get better about reviewing the restaurants I’ve eaten at. That’s on my to do list next!

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Oh hey, I know it’s kinda been a while since I’ve done my last travel post. I feel like I’ve been traveling ALL summer and between launching the new blog design, working full-time, cooking up recipes, and visiting Tony, I haven’t had time to do an iPhone photo dump.

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Cinnamon Rolls from Ambitious Kitchen

I love sharing photos and sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to lately, but it’s certainly been awhile! Like I mentioned before, I’ve been quite busy with the site redesign and traveling, but hope to be back with recipes soon so please don’t go away, friends.

Over Easter weekend I was in North Carolina to see Tony play baseball. Unfortunately I missed being able to see him pitch, but we were able to spend time together, which is always incredible.

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Somehow I convinced him to watch the movie Frozen with me; it’s such a cute movie. I loved the snowman! Besides just vegging out, I made incredible overnight cinnamon rolls by hand. I think I was a little tipsy when I was kneading the dough at 2am the night before, but they turned out beautiful, soft, fluffy, and dare I say it… better than Cinnabon.

No really. Tony and his teammates devoured the entire pan that morning. Girlfriend points.

Decorating cookies

Tony’s parents were also visiting him over the weekend, so we jetted off to the grocery store to do a little shopping.

We picked up a cookie and I was surprised when they actually let me decorate it myself in the back of the bakery!

With all this eating, I brought Jillian along on my trip. Have you guys ever tried her workout DVDs? I LOVE them.

My favorite is Trouble Zones.

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I’m back with some more details about my recent travels to beautiful Australia! You can check out the first part of my trip here.

After a few days exploring Sydney, Tony and I flew into Brisbane. We were planning on spending a few days in a little hippie beach town called Byron Bay (my favorite place ever), so we rented a car. It was a bit of a challenge for Tony to get used to driving on the opposite site of the road and in the opposite side of the car, but he managed.

Right when we got off the plane we met my friend Susie for lunch and cocktails, then we dipped off to Byron Bay.


Out of all of the places we visited in Australia, Byron Bay was our favorite.

The first night we walked into town and enjoyed a delicious dinner, live music, and drinks. It was relaxing and just what we were craving.


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Hello my loves! First of all, let me tell you that I have missed you all so much. I can’t wait to share recipes with you soon!

As you probably know Tony and I headed to Australia to spend time together and attend one of my best friend’s wedding. I already miss the bright blue water and silky smooth sand on my toes. The smell of the ocean, too.

We took a flight from Chicago to LA, then headed to Sydney. Our travel time was long and draining, but we flew Qantas which I highly recommend! Our flight was fairly comfortable, and we especially loved the service, free snacks, and safety. The inside of the plane was gorgeous, too. What are your favorite airlines?

1888 hotel - Sydney, Australia

When we arrived in Sydney, we checked into the 1888 Hotel. It’s a small boutique hotel and overall we really enjoyed it! Our room was beautiful, bright and clean; everything we could have hoped for.

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One of my best friends is moving to Washington this weekend so this shout out is just for her: I’ll miss you Laura. I’ll miss Tibet Kitchen, our Rojo dinner dates, and even hard boiled egg whites. By the way, I’m so proud of you.

Can’t wait to visit!


We recently had a team meeting and had this for apps. It was nothing short of delicious.


During our meeting we made homemade pasta, grilled chicken, salads, and lemon olive oil cakes. I was FULL to say the least.


Have you tried this stuff? My favorite granola is usually honey and oats or ANYTHING pumpkin flavored.


Isn’t it obvious I love pumpkin from the bottom of my heart?


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