Oh hey friends. Happy Monday! This weekend I spent time at Deer Valley Resort for the Better Blog Retreat. Of course, I’ll tell you more about it in an upcoming post, but for now all I want to mention is that I CANNOT even begin to explain to you how completely gorgeous Utah is. I had no idea!

For the rest of the week, Tony and I are driving down to Moab, Utah to see my Mom, then we’re headed to Denver for a little vacation. Honestly, we need it. The past month has been CRAZY face due to moving, painting, traveling, projects and basically everything else that life throws at you.

And now it’s almost November? I just can’t even.

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How was your weekend? We finally set up our living room with our new rug, plus I just ordered a custom designed ottoman, which I’m really quite excited about. We picked a dark blue velvet color and can’t wait to see it when it arrives in a few weeks. Other new things? A black custom french-looking desk and a small side table that’s going to be painted a bronze gold. Obsessed is an understatement.

Hmmm what else? Chicago’s been insane lately. We’ve had the Chicago marathon, the Cubs in the playoffs and the Bears actually won TWO games. Thus, I’ve been eating a little too much pizza and bar food lately. What I’m really craving now is a seriously good veggie burger with a huge side salad.

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Yesterday we moved into our new apartment! Finally, I’ll have own office. And our place is much larger than my previous 700 square foot 1-bedroom.

I’m so eager to get to Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Target plus go antique shopping. The upside of moving is that you get to completely redecorate. If I haven’t mentioned before, my style is very romantic with a bit of sophistication. I love antiques and making them new again with a fresh coat of paint. In fact, I recently had an old headboard painted a beautiful bronze gold from my friends at MegMade here in Chicago. They have a wonderful Etsy shop too, so check it out!

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Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope that your enjoying your day off — whatever that means for you. I really don’t have any special plans. Maybe a Mariah Carey jam sesh and cookie baking, but nothing extraordinary.

But I’m super excited for tomorrow because Tony is officially done with baseball and I’m looking forward to having him back home. Even though our Fall months are going to be jam-packed with moving, redecorating, painting, concerts and trips; I can’t wait to do it all with him. All the romantic, mushy feels are happening.

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This Summer has been remarkable.

To tell you the truth, I thought I’d have more down time to relax but then I realize that life is short and all I want to do is see the world like any twenty-something. I spent a lot of time traveling without any regrets. The discovery of new places always excites me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to celebrate the end of Summer with a happy heart.

In other exciting end of Summer news, Tony should be getting home from baseball next week, so we’ll be spending time together eating everything that Chicago has to offer. Date nights (and BDUBS) here we come!

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Looking for a healthy snack? Try these healthy NO BAKE energy bites that taste like a scrumptious oatmeal peanut butter cookie. The chia & cacao nibs add nutrition, fiber & protein!

Do you wanna know what my eating routine was all last week? (Even if you don’t, I’m still going to tell you.)

Well, it’s pretty basic: Eating at the Whole Foods salad bar and shoveling these no bake oatmeal peanut butter cookie energy bites into my mouth at an extremely fast pace.

From last week’s eating adventures, I’ve learned two things: 1) It’s astonishing how much you can spend on a salad bar AND 2) I absolutely plan on making these energy bites every week for the rest of summer. Because once summer is over, it’s BAKING season (not that it ever ended for me).

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It’s Milly’s 1st birthday today! I know I probably shouldn’t be this excited but my love for her is strong, as demonstrated by my snapchats.

Over the past year, she’s really developed her own little personality and it turns out, she’s just as quirky as me. Her daily life includes naps, treats, tail chasing and sitting on the refrigerator watching me cook. To be honest, the daily joy she’s given me is irreplaceable. It’s weird, but now I can’t imagine what my days would be be like without her. #CATMOMFOREVER


Milly when she was 3 months old

For her birthday treat, I made her yogurt ice cubes to lick up. For some reason she loves both siggi’s and Stonyfield. (Of course, she has impeccable taste like that.)

Now onto things that aren’t about my cat…

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Let me introduce you to a new NUT butter. Because technically coconut is a nut, right? Well technically it’s considered to be a drupe. I googled it for you.

Have you ever heard of coconut butter? Well if you haven’t, it’s just a ‘butter’ made from ground coconut shreds! There are a few brands that currently sell it in Whole Foods, but overall it can be fairly difficult to find in most grocery stores. Plus, coconut butter tends to be pretty expensive (over $10!). So I thought I’d teach you how you can make it at home.

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Anyone else love milkshakes as much as I do? I’m asking because I’ve made you one that tastes EXACTLY like that delicious minty chocolate chip one from you know where (BIG M).

I will tell let you in on a little secret: Tony is OBSESSED with McDonald’s; I can’t get him to stop eating it. In fact, I think he eats quite a bit of it when I’m not around. Quite disturbing for someone who runs a health-focused food blog, right?!

I guess opposites really do attract? Or something like that anyway haha.

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