Bread & Wine Cooking Club // Part 3

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Monday was the 3rd installment of our gals Bread & Wine cooking club, based on the book 'Bread & Wine' by Shauna Niequist. And no, you didn't miss something- there was no 'part 2' post because I was unable to make last month's meeting. So this is the latest. ;)

I think I mentioned this in my last post, but the thing I look forward to MOST at cooking club is not the food, dessert, or even the wine... It's the laughter. I told Lindsay (our host) last week that I never laugh harder than when I'm with the cooking club gals. I'm not saying I never laugh, it's just that these women are hilarious. Maybe it's because we're all just a 'tiny' bit off-our-rockers-crazy with kids, owning our own businesses, etc. But whatever the case, I love these girls. They reassure me that I'm not crazy. They tell me their stories and I feel better. It's a beautiful, safe little community we're creating and I love it.

Our menu for the night:
-Magical white bean soup served with avocado, lime, cilatro, & cheese
-Corn bread
-Summer salad

So delicious! I loved the chili and all the toppings.

I haven't always had this kind of community so I'm extra grateful for the opportunity to share life with girls in my own town. And the beauty of it is that we're all from different situations and backgrounds. Some of us have lived all over the world, others have lived in Michigan our whole lives. I love the stories and culture that is brought to the table each time we meet. For example, my friend Tracy who lived in Hawaii for a season just informed us at our last meeting that if you want to lower the acidity in pineapple, just soak it (peeled & cored) in salt water for a while before you eat it. The salt will help neutralize the acidity. WHO KNEW? Thanks Tracy. ;)

If you're looking for ways to build solid relationships within your gal-pal community, I highly recommend starting a cooking club. You won't regret it!

I'll be back with you this Friday to share an 'amazing' beach wave product that I'm hooked on. I've searched for years to find the perfect beach spray and I finally found it.

*Buy Bread & Wine here

Michigan Blogger Mixer

Monday, May 23, 2016

Last Thursday was the Michigan Blogger Mixer hosted by Foster Coffee Co.
It was such a great evening and I was shocked at how many people turned out! Definitely my favorite blogger meetup event yet, and it was right here in my hometown. We had some people that came all the way from Toronto to check it out. So cool. I met some great new friends and reconnected with old ones too! The panelists all had great insight and I took away several helpful tips. I'm looking forward to more events like this in the future!

^ Our panelists: Andrea, Kristin, Sarah, & Tyler.

I fell in love with this vest/pants combo at H&M about a month ago but didn't commit to buying it. I kept stewing on it so I went back a few days before the event and snagged the whole ensemble for the blogger mixer. So fun! I got lots of compliments and I'm positive I'll get loads of wear out of this vest.

Toward the end of the evening Foster revealed a special coffee collaboration with Madcap. It features their name and brand logo and it's the first time they've collaborated in this way with another coffee shop. So great! I love all the cool things happening here in Owosso.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was sunny and wonderful. I kicked off the weekend on Friday with a photoshoot collaboration with Birch & ElmPhotos by Alex, and Smith & Voss. It was fun! I helped style the models and even tried my hand at set design. Our theme was boho chic and it turned out great.

We rounded out the weekend with a walk downtown with Winston and a stop at our local ice cream shop! Sundae Sunday, right?! I'm looking forward to a short week ahead as Ben has Friday off work. Memorial Day is forecast to be hot and sunny so naturally, I'm a happy gal. Bring on all the summer festivities, please. ;) Memorial Day is the official, 'unofficial' start of summer to me.

Have a great week, friends. Thanks for reading!

Photos: Andrea

Vest: H&M (Exact, here)
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden (Here)
Necklace: Lee & Birch
Bag: Vintage Coach

Happy Girl Granola

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hey guys! Today I'm so excited to share an amazing Michigan company with you- Happy Girl Granola. I met Aly, the owner, a while back at an event and we hit it off immediately. I'm borderline obsessed with small businesses (especially from Michigan), so I knew this partnership was a perfect fit. Aly is a great gal with a passion for baking. Happy Girl Granola was born, rather organically, from the desire to create and share her passion with those around her! She ships her product all over the US now but her granola is handmade locally. Isn't that great?

Here are the granolas I sampled:
-Blueberry Lavender
-Cherry Almond
-Cinnamon Raisin
-Maple Walnut Chocolate

My favorite granola, hands down, was the maple walnut chocolate. I can't even. Every flavor is balanced perfectly and just crumbles in your mouth like real granola should. No over-chewing here, people. I hate it when granolas are too soft or 'break-a-tooth' hard. This is neither, just delicious.

My second favorite granola was probably the cherry almond. In Michigan, we literally eat cherries on everything- salads, desserts, pastries, etc. So naturally, I loved it! And yes, the cherries are from Michigan, too.

Ok, now here's the exciting part- You can WIN an entire Happy Girl Granola prize pack [pictured below] by entering through Instagram. Just click the image below to be directed to the giveaway.

Happy weekend!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

You guys, I got a bike! 

Not just any bike, my dream bike. The one I've been eyeballing and dreaming about for 8 years.

Ben surprised the socks off me and gifted me this brand new Electra Townie 7D for Mother's Day. I cried, I squealed, it was awesome. To me this is not just a bike, it represents so many amazing adventures and memories ahead for my little family. Pulling Winston behind me in his bike trailer, cruising the beach this summer, riding to get ice cream, exploring Michigan trails, etc. Memories. Adventure. Exploration. I am one grateful girl

I had always put my bike dreams on the back burner for more important, immediate needs. And to paint a clear picture- my method of biking transit for the past 8 years has been a youth Huffy bike from the 90's. #classy

So allow me this moment- I have the best husband ever. I can't believe how sweet and thoughtful he is. I love him so, so much. And I never dreamed that I'd be cruising around on this dream machine for my first Mother's Day.

(Electra Townie 7D in Polar Blue)

This white basket was an addition I had to have! It easily snaps on & off and you can take it in to the store to grab a few items. OR- you can tote your 5 lb. yorkie-poo around in it like me. ;)

In other news- I finally found a pair of overalls that don't make me feel like Farmer Mel. It took years, but alas, here they are. I found them at Gap and I love them! I've been getting tons of compliments on them. I like how they're cropped and fitted on the bottom. I think that's what sets them apart from your grandpa's bib overalls.

Thanks for reading along, friends. I hope this week is treating you well! I've got a fun giveaway opportunity heading your way this Friday so be watching for that. 

Overalls: Gap (similar)
Bike tee: H&M
T-strap Sandals: American Eagle



Monday, May 16, 2016

Dreamy, breezy kimonos. I can't get enough of them this season! So easy to pop over any tee, tank, sundress, etc. I'll be wearing this one from Birch & Elm all summer. The colors will go nicely with several items in my closet.

This crown roll hair style has been a go-to of mine lately. It's cute and functional. I love that it keeps my hair out of my face! Maybe I'll have to post a tutorial soon. It's kind of my 'I'm too lazy to braid but still want to look cute' style. Ha. Braiding takes a concerted effort on my part.

How was your weekend? Mine was good but a little too fast for my liking. ;) Also, it was cold. Boo... I'm thankful that we have some really warm days in the forecast. This week I'm looking forward to the Michigan Blogger Mixer event at Foster Coffee Co. (see previous post for details). If you're a Michigan blogger/photographer/influencer then get out here! It's going to be a great time. I also have a fun giveaway opportunity coming your way this week so watch for that, too.

Happy Monday! Hope you manage to get yourself caffeinated and seize the heck out of this day.

Tank: Ann Taylor
Kimono: c/o Birch & Elm
Denim: c/o Birch & Elm
Sandals: Eddie Bauer
Purse: Vintage Coach
Watch: c/o JORD

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