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{Travel} Summer in Wisconsin

Yikes! It’s been a while- what a crazy month this has been. My parents are moving out of my childhood home this week {to Nashville!}, so Grant and I made the trip up to Wisconsin before the house has new owners! We had a wonderful long vacation, full of friends, family, good eats, new adventures, many memories, and even more “see you laters” {I don’t believe in goodbyes}. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been getting ready for my new school {nursing no longer!} and new job {at Vanderbilt’s Career Center} to start!

A few of my most favorite Wisconsin vacation moments {sorry for so many!}…

Summer Sounds – Cedarburg

Madison Farmer’s Market

A day of boating on Green Lake

Found all of my 1st grade lunch notes from my wonderful Mom while packing!

Lambeau Field – Go Packers!

Hello, Aaron Rodgers

Milwaukee Lakefront

Chicago

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

 

Happy Sunday!

xo

 

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{Party} Summer Soiree

This past weekend was HOT HOT HOT, so I decided there couldn’t be a better reason to have a little get together! I used a summery color palate… orange, yellow, pink, and red made up the decorations and party supplies. I wanted to keep it simple and fun, and I think that was accomplished!

I used cupcake liners from Michael’s, colored straws, and small Mason jars for margarita glasses, or as my friends called them, “adult sippy cups.”

Appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel make for easy clean up. Paired with themed napkins, you can’t go wrong!

For the margarita shaped sugar cookies, I used a new recipe from Pinterest in hopes of making my cookies hold their shape while baking. I topped them with a “salt rim” aka sparkly sugar crystals. I still need to perfect this recipe, but I think they looked pretty cute!

Dad’s famous guacamole was a must!

And, so were monster cookies

Who can have a party without cupcakes?

3 bottles of tequila later, it’s got to be a success, right?! Hope ya’ll are enjoying your summers, bring on the cool weather!

xo

 

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{Travel} Weekend in the Big D

Longhorn Crossing!

Dallas. It’s been on my “go-to” list for months, probably because ALL of my friends somehow center around this city- they’re either born there, grew up there, have recently moved there to start a job, or have some connection to this great place! So, it was about time I made a trip to go see what all of the hype was about. I had been there once before, but I was 13 and it was for an ice skating competition, so needless to say I didn’t get to experience all the city has to offer like I could now. I went for a long weekend, Friday through Monday, and stayed with my sweet friend Kathryn! It was such a fun weekend and a great way to start June, and summer for that matter!

Directly from the airport, we headed to Fort Worth for some legit Tex-Mex at Joe T. Garcia’s and the RODEO! Yes- a real life rodeo. What an experience to say the least…

Joe T’s

Rodeo

The rest of the weekend was filled with shopping, eating, catching up, quality friend time, and even more tasty meals!

Out and About

Sweet Friends

Banana’s Foster Souffle

Thanks to my wonderful friends for such a great second-first trip to Dallas!

Mother and Daughter

xo

A “must”… 3 is my FAV number!

 

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{Travel} Quick Trip to Chattanooga

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Grant and I decided to head to Chattanooga for a little fun. I had only ever driven through, and had been wanting to spend a little more time there, than just at a gas station. I didn’t know much about it before going, only that it was a 2 hour drive from my house. Its definitely still an “up and coming” city, but there were so many unique things to do, that we can’t do in Nashville. It was so hot out, that we definitely had to take advantage of all the touristy things the city offers. Some highlights of the weekend:

Tennessee Aquarium

Pedestrian Bridge

Ruby Falls

Lookout Mountain (the sign said you can see 7 states from the top. I’m not so sure about that…)

Good Eats

Let’s eat!

If you have a free day or two, I definitely recommend going- a quick weekend trip worth taking in my opinion. I loved every second of our trip, and am already excited for our next adventure!

xo

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Paint + Canvas

Guess Who?

Last week, my friends and I headed to Paint + Canvas, a drink wine while painting your own art studio. There was a sample painting that we each copied to take home with us. What a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening! It only took about 2 hours, and was a perfect way to spend a Wednesday night… Make time, and go paint!

My Masterpiece!

xo

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Birthday Roundup

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! Here’s a recap of my wonderful birthday/week/month…

It started with a wonderful dinner at Sambuca planned by my sweet, sweet friends!

Prosecco from mom and dad, a delicious dinner, and even better company kicked off a fabulous celebration.

Oh, and I must add, I am now hooked on cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection– my parents sent them for after-dinner dessert, and good ole’ Gigi’s has nothing on them. If you haven’t been there, GO. Like go today. Do you really need a reason for a cupcake?

Sweet Lemonade Cupcake

My birthday was topped off with a delightful picnic on Love Hill, nothing beats this gorgeous view of the city!

Nashville Skyline

I went home to Cedarburg for the weekend, where my family and I had a wonderful time! We went out to dinner Friday night, dad cooked on Saturday, and we had my whole family over for birthday/graduation/Easter lunch on Sunday. I was spoiled with TWO cakes, one for graduation and one for getting old.

Birthday!

Lunch

"Preemptive" Graduation Cake

YUMMY

I couldn’t have asked for a better week- I feel so loved…

Feeling the love

…and can’t wait for all the memories and adventures this year will bring!

xo

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21 Bests of Year 21

22. TOMORROW. How am I this old and when did life fly by so fast?

I was thinking about all of the wonderful things that happened this year and I thought it would be fun to recap them. Ready, set, go! {Sorry in advance for the length of this post… }

1) 21 started off with a GREAT party- mom, dad, and my friend Megan were all in town! We spent the weekend sightseeing in Nashville/surroundings (Franklin, Arrington Vineyards) and topped it off with a fab party (and cake) at Taco Mamacita!

2) Moving into my first place was so exciting! Mom and I spent the whole summer shopping and finding fun things to decorate with!

3) Travel for keeping up with old friends… Spent a long weekend with Megan and Katie (friends from Copenhagen) in New York!

4) Themed Parties… “Brunch at Tiffany’s” was so fun to plan!

5) Vanderbilt Football

6) Travel to see family- I spent a long weekend this summer with my ADORABLE little cousins in Florida!

7) PACKERS. I’m definitely counting on them next year!

8) Baking new treats… First cheesecake attempt turned out great!

9) Can’t beat a good sunset. Each one is more beautiful than the next!

10) Time with my sweet friends

11) Spending the summer with these precious kiddos!

12) Christmas at Home!

13) Meeting wonderful new friends!

14) Travel for relaxation… Family trip to Cabo in March

15) Christmas Baking Extravaganza!

16) Girls Weekend in Chicago

17) 4th of July in Cedarburg- nothing like it!

18) Lazy Days

19) Parent’s Weekend!

20) Spending time with my family

21) I could go on and on, but I’ll stop and be thankful for all of these great memories. Here’s to an even better year ahead, is that really even possible?!

xo

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