Monday Coffee Date #1

17 Oct

Happy Monday! Since it’s been a while since my last post, I figured I would mix things up a little bit and try something new. Every few weeks I would like to share some random thoughts in the form of a “coffee date” and say what I would say to you guys if we were having coffee in person.


If we were having a coffee date I would tell you… our kitchen is (95%) done! We finished a couple of weeks ago, literally minutes before we had our family housewarming party. It feels so great to have a warm, cozy kitchen to cook in and I have definitely been spending a lot of time in there. I will share a full update soon with lots of pictures (once I have the time to take them!).


If we were having a coffee date I would tell you… we have been cooking up a storm and I’m loving all of the fall recipes. I made chicken noodle soup last night which was perfect as I am coming down with the beginnings of a cold. Some other meals have included: spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs, tacos, and Caitlin’s Bacon, Eggs and Brussels bowl which is one of our absolute favorites.





If we were having a coffee date I would tell you… farmers markets, bonfires, and all of the fall things have my heart right now. I’m squeezing the life out of fall right now and trying to fit in as much as I can. We went to a beautiful wedding this past Friday at our friend’s family’s amazing barn (congrats Kevin and Caitlin!) and a charity event there the next night as well. Both evenings concluded with a bonfire which was so much fun! Yesterday we were able to make it out to the Coventry Farmers Market which is my absolute favorite Sunday activity.



Mercado, I love you.

If we were having a coffee date I would tell you… we have been so busy and sometimes it has been hard to keep up with life. I’m so thankful for the times that we get to spend with friends and family although sometimes it is easy to get run down and fall behind on things like cleaning and meal prepping. I’m trying to turn that around this week and be as productive as possible so I can relax this weekend when we have our friends housewarming party.


Thanks for sharing this coffee date with me and fingers crossed, I hope to be back at least once more this week!

WIAW: Lucky Taco (Manchester, CT)

21 Sep

Happy hump day! Hope your week is going well🙂 Ours has been filled with all of the house stuff as our family housewarming party is rapidly approaching. We took some time out from the painting life this past Friday evening to enjoy dinner at a local spot that I have been trying to get Dan to visit for the past year or so, after my first visit with my friend Caitlin.

Lucky Taco is a Cantina and Tap Room located in Manchester, CT. It started in 2011 as a food truck and then they decided to open up a brick and mortar location as the business quickly became very popular. What I love most about Lucky Taco is the overall vibe, there are no false pretenses and you can tell as soon as you walk in that they are all about the good food and delicious drinks.


We each started off with a margarita, I had the white peach and Dan enjoyed the pomegranate. Both were incredible and I appreciated the fact that they use the local Ripe Bar Juice and fresh fruit puree in their margaritas.


As we were enjoying our cocktails, chips and fresh salsa were brought over which was excellent because we were both completely famished. The salsa was out of this world and Dan could not stop raving about how fresh it was. We could have made a meal out of that alone but I wanted Dan to enjoy the full experience🙂


For our meals, we decided to split a few different things. Dan ordered the special of the night, which was a Michelada burrito, filled to the brim with perfectly cooked beef brisket, black beans, guacamole, rice, and more that I can’t even remember. I ordered four different tacos: the stewed chicken, kung pao chicken, spicy adobo marinated shrimp, and the tasty Thai chicken.


We shared everything but my favorite was definitely the spicy adobo marinated shrimp as whatever was in that cool crema verde sauce was incredible. Dan loved the burrito the most as brisket is one of his favorite cuts of meat.


Lucky Taco is a great little spot for a date night, girls night, or even just drinks and apps. I have also heard that they have a great happy hour too! During football season, they are also doing all day happy hour on Sundays which we will definitely be participating in very soon😉

Lucky Taco is located at 829 Main Street, Manchester, CT and their hours are Monday – Saturday (11:00am-10:00pm) and Sunday (11:00pm- 9:00pm).

Have a great rest of your week!

Five Things Friday: Relief

16 Sep

Happy Friday y’all! I hope you have had a wonderful week. I’m not going to lie, as I hate when people put up a false pretense and always pretend everything is so happy happy when it’s not. This week has been rough to say the least but things are finally looking up (hopefully) so it is quite a relief for it to be Friday and to be able to be more positive. I figured I haven’t done one of these in a while so here are a few random thoughts from me to you.

  • Having good friends and family is priceless. I’m going to get the sappy stuff out of the way but I’m very lucky, to say the least. Quality friendships are hard to come by and I feel that I have some really great ones. My husband is my biggest supporter and for that I am SO lucky. Yesterday we were able to go for a nice little hike to the spot where we got engaged and it was exactly what I needed at the time. He is truly the best🙂


  • Our dinners this week have been pretty great. We did get takeout a couple of times due to exhaustion and not having any desire to cook, but we enjoyed a couple of great meals too. One meal was a chicken alfredo stuffed spaghetti squash from this recipe and another was a stuffed sweet potato with some amazing homemade peach basil salsa made by my coworker.



  • Fall decorating is in full swing around here. As I have previously mentioned, I’m not too big into fall as Christmas and winter are more my style but I’m loving decorating our house for fall for the first time! I went to Michael’s this week and picked up a ton of cute decor for just around $20.




  • Meal prepping is life. We purchased some containers from Groupon and have been trying to meal prep for the week each Sunday and it has been fabulous. Lunch is one less thing to worry about during the week and we are loving it. This week we did grilled chicken, riced cauliflower, and roasted asparagus.



  • The Big E is open starting today and I could not be more excited. For those who aren’t local, it is a big fair in Massachusetts which celebrates the different states of New England. We are planning on going tomorrow for half the day and then we are also going Thursday evening as well and I’m hoping to maybe fit in another evening too. It is one of my absolute favorite places to go and I can’t wait to partake in the fair food and visit the state buildings as those are the best!

Last year’s pumpkin beer, can’t wait to have another one this year!

That is all for today! I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend filled with all of the fall things🙂

Labor Day Weekend 2016

6 Sep

Happy Tuesday! I felt like certain parts of this weekend flew by and others went by nice and slow. I loved everything about this past weekend, but especially the time we were able to spend with our close friends and family. I feel like we spent quality time with SO many different people and that was really nice.

As I had mentioned, I took Friday off and that meant I was able to sleep in a bit and write this Stitch Fix post and prepare our dinner. I was planning on going to boot camp but once my alarm went off, I was just not feeling it so I used it as a rest day. I spent the afternoon doing some shopping and I enjoyed a delicious Cobb salad from Panera outside on their patio. I came home and unloaded my goodies and spent a good couple of hours lounging in our sun room. It was a perfect, leisurely start to the holiday weekend. That evening, we enjoyed some crock-pot turkey chili along with a fabulous red wine before heading to the Diamond.

Panera cobb salad

Gimme all that avocado🙂

Turkey chili

Saturday morning was spent at the farmer’s market where I was able to spend some time with my aunt and cousins while Dan and my Dad replaced the brakes on our Explorer (thanks guys!). The majority of Saturday afternoon was spent at a celebration of life for our best friend Tyler’s mom who had recently passed away. It was a beautiful celebration and it was wonderful to see so many people there supporting him and his family. Saturday evening we were a bit hungry so we decided to head to Birch Hill Tavern for some apps and we devoured their Sea Scallop and Arugula dip which was INSANE and I want more of that right now. We ended the evening by falling asleep at 9:00 on the couch watching the Harry Potter marathon. We are super cool.

Birch Hill dip

Sunday was the absolute definition of a Sunday Funday. We went to Gouveia Vineyards with Alex and Natasha and then enjoyed a dinner back at our house of chicken, steak, and shrimp kabobs with sides of macaroni and potato salad. I took zero pictures of our dinner but it was delicious. I wish every single Sunday could be filled with that much laughter and love.

gouveia wine bottles

Gouveia ladies

gouveia selfie

Monday was literally spent on the couch, I think for something like 12 hours. Robbie and Jenna came over, and later so did Morgan and Kody, and we watched four Lifetime movies and ordered Chinese food for dinner. It was the absolute laziest day we have had since we bought our house and it was perfection.

It was a great weekend and I’m happy that we have a short week so I can get back to more fun like that. Somehow, I’m still totally exhausted but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead!


Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix # 6

2 Sep

Happy Friday! I hope you are all just as excited for the long weekend as I am, it is much needed and I can’t wait to relax. I actually took today off as I usually do whenever there is a Monday holiday and I plan on spending today having some “me” time as I got all of my chores/errands done yesterday. Today’s high temperature is only 83 degrees which is pretty wonderful considering how hot it has been and I’m obviously making chili for dinner tonight since I want it to be Fall already so badly. Today I’m sharing my sixth Stitch Fix and I am definitely going to need some advice on what I should keep from you guys.

Here is an explanation in case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix before: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You pay a $20 styling fee up front and then you fill out an extensive styling profile which is sent over to a stylist who picks out five items (clothing, jewelry, scarves, accessories, and now SHOES!) which fit the personalized profile you have filled out. The items are sent to you and you try them on, with three days to decide on what you want. If you decide to keep anything, the $20 styling fee goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all five items, then you receive 25% off your entire order!

Stitch Fix #6 picture 1

Stitch Fix # 6 Picture 2

Item # 1: DV8 Jossie Two Tone Bootie ($97)

I know you guys are wondering, and yes, Stitch Fix does shoes now! I was really excited when I saw these at first glance as I love a good pair of booties. However, I am not a big fan of a pointier toe and the price point is pretty high so these will be going back.

Stitch Fix # 6 picture 3

Verdict: Returned. Again, the price is too high and I don’t feel as though I will wear them very much.

Item # 2: Kut From the Kloth Theresa Zipper Detail Cargo Skinny Pant ($88)

As soon as I saw these, I was very excited as I have been looking for a pair of burgundy pants for a while now. I absolutely love the color but the issue is the length. I am not a fan of ankle length pants because I always feel like I’m wearing “high waters” and it’s just an uncomfortable fit for me. I did ask for a pair of burgundy pants in my request for this fix and my stylist Alison definitely delivered, I just couldn’t get over the length.

Stitch Fix # 6 Picture 4

Verdict: Returned. I loveee this color but not the fit.

Item # 3: Market & Spruce Colibri Plaid Printed Tab Sleeve Shirt ($48)

When I initially saw this right out of the box, I didn’t think it would be my style. I think I only own one plaid shirt and I’m just not always a fan of the way the pattern looks on me. Once I put this on, I loved the material as it’s not flannel and very light. I also like the way it looks on me too as it’s long enough that I could potentially pair it with leggings if I wanted to.

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Verdict: Undecided. I really do like the fit but I have to decide if I will actually wear it as I really am not a plaid person.

Item # 4: RD Style Rowca Scoop Neck Pull Over Sweater ($68)

So, this one. The material is so cozy and comfy but it is way too big, I mean it’s huge on me. If I were to buy this one, I would wear it around the house on a rainy day but I would likely never leave the house in it because I’m literally swimming in it. I do love a big, cozy sweater though so I totally get where Alison was going with this one.

Stitch Fix # 6 Picture 7

Verdict: Returned. It is just way too big.

Item # 5: Market & Spruce Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket ($94)

Now here is the big kahuna. In my notes for my fix, I requested (or begged for) a nice fall jacket. I have a nice winter jacket and jean jacket for spring and summer, but I have no fall jackets. I was absolutely thrilled to see this when I opened up the box. It’s lined which means that it will keep me warm on the more chilly days and I love the details, including the fact that it ties. When it isn’t tied, it is a little big on me, but I plan to keep it tied whenever I am wearing it.

Stitch Fix # 6 picture 6

Verdict: Keeper! I really needed a nice fall jacket and with my styling fee credit and the remainder of a $25 referral credit (Thanks, Michelle!), it comes out to $69 which is not bad for a high quality jacket.

Alison definitely delivered with everything that I had requested on this fix. Some of the prices were higher than I’d like to spend and that is big factor for me right now (#homeownerproblems). I still have to decide on the plaid top but I’m really happy with the jacket.

Which items do you think I should keep?
Which one is your favorite?

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Random Thoughts, Weekend Recap & House Update!

22 Aug

Happy Monday! This past weekend flew by way too quickly as I was away for the majority of the weekend which was incredible. Today I’m sharing a few random thoughts, some moments from this past weekend, and a house update.

  • Since we were in the process of completing some kitchen renovations this weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to go out for sushi on Friday evening with some friends. I felt like we hadn’t had sushi in forever and it definitely hit the spot.

Friday night sushi

  • I was so lucky to be able to spend the majority of Saturday and Sunday in Rhode Island at the beach for Melissa’s birthday. It was so relaxing and there was endless amounts of laughter and fun. We were also treated to an incredible dinner of all different kinds of grilled pizza & margaritas for dinner on Saturday evening. It was such a special weekend.

ladies golf cart

Beach Melissa's Bday

margs melissas bday

grilled pizza melissa's bday

  • I had my first Acai bowl from Liquid Nirvana for breakfast on Friday and I’m officially hooked! It was so refreshing after a pretty intense boot camp workout. It is definitely something I can replicate easily at home but it was Friday and our kitchen was a disaster zone so there you have it.

Acai Bowl

  • Operation New Kitchen Floor is officially complete! While I was away, Dan, my aunt’s fiancee Jorge, my Dad, and my cousin Daniel all worked around the clock and put down our new tile floor in the kitchen. It looks absolutely amazing and makes such a big difference.

Kitchen in progress

before and after floor

  • This week will be a short work week for me as we have a wedding Friday afternoon/evening. It should be a blast and I splurged and ordered a Rent the Runway dress to be delivered so I have something new and fancy to wear. I will be sure to share some pics with you guys next week.

That’s all for today and I hope you guys have a great Monday!

Summer Fun: The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

12 Aug

There has been no shortage of fun activities going on this summer and one thing I love is visiting a new-to-us place and being able to experience something different. We were able to do just that a few weeks ago at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT. The always wonderful Kat from Bird Social Media invited us to eat and shop the night away!

We started the evening off at Feng Asian Bistro where we enjoyed several unique dishes, from tuna wontons to scallops that just melted in your mouth. We also enjoyed some cocktails and my personal favorite was definitely the white sangria which was most refreshing on that warm summer evening.

Feng Tuna Wonton

Tuna Wontons

Feng tuna on spoon

Bonnie in action

Love blogger action shots! Bonnie from Home Place Blog

Feng sushi roll

Feng scallops

The presentation was incredible!

feng summer sangria

Once we were stuffed to the brim with food and drinks, we headed out to do some shopping! We visited Loft, J.Crew, Olive A Little, and Simply Mac. My favorite was definitely Olive A Little as that is actually where we regularly buy our olive oil and vinegar, at their South Windsor location. They gave us an incredible swag bag filled with so many different kinds of olive oil, vinegar, cheese, and pasta.

olive a little

Olive a little swag

All of the goodies! Ignore my middle of renovations kitchen please😉

simply mac

So many cases to choose from at Simply Mac!

I ended up purchasing an adorable open back top from Loft as well as a pretty statement necklace from J.Crew. Both stores were having such great deals that I had to treat myself!

jcrew necklace

shirt loft

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley are located at 110 Albany Turnpike in Canton, Connecticut, right on Route 44. There are over 40 shops and businesses to visit, including a Kohls and a Dick’s Sporting Goods. I can’t wait until we are able to visit again and do some more eating and shopping!

(Disclaimer: Food, drink, and merchandise were provided to me in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own).