January 18, 2018

Italian Meatballs | Cooking for Max

It has been unbearably cold in Kansas City these last few days, and finally I feel like we are back in the post-holiday groove. We are back to a regular work and social life, with quite a few wedding planning details thrown in there.

With it being so cold the last few days, I wanted to pick out something from one of Ina's cozier options, which is why I went right to meatballs! It's not secret that Max and I are pasta lovers, but nothing is better to go with pasta than a meatball. Ina's meatballs were delicious and surprisingly pretty easy to make.

I had to make a few substitutions being that my local grocery store was out of a couple of things, but what it basically came down to was a delicious meatball made with ground beef, pork, lamb and lots of cheese! They were cooked in the oven which made for a much easier clean-up than the traditional pan-fried option.

I served the meatballs over a bed of whole grain spaghetti. Max used some of our favorite Cascone's red sauce, while I opted for my pasta and meatballs simply topped with some grated parmesan cheese. It was basically one of the easiest "cozy" meals I have ever created and writing this post makes me crave them yet again!

Max's thoughts on the meal:
"Loved the meatballs! The variations of flavors were great and the meal was delicious for a very cold night. They were very well done.

Max's Overall Rating: 7 1/2

Very similar meatball recipe found here!

January 9, 2018

2018 Self Care Goals

Happy New Year everybody! You may (or may not have) noticed, but I took a little break after Christmas and the New Year Holiday season to spend time with my friends and family. It was wonderful but I am ready to get back in action!

I'm really excited for my New Years resolutions for 2018. My first one is to volunteer with an organization. I want to give back more and I really do find a lot of joy in volunteering. I have been researching local organizations to dedicate my time to, but I would love to hear if you guys have any charities that you love volunteering for. Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

My other resolution this year is to be better about self care. It's so easy to overlook taking care of yourself, but especially with our wedding later this year, I want to take time to take care of myself so I feel great every day. Not only does that consist of making time to work out and making decisions to eat better, but also making it a point to treat myself to a manicure or facial once in a while, or make time for a 20 minute face mask twice a week... there is so much I can be doing that will help me feel better day in and day out. It's all about making time for me-time to unwind. Even in the last week or so, I have felt so much more relaxed by making it a point TO relax. It's been amazing and I definitely want to keep it up all year long.

I hope everyone is having an amazing start to 2018. Cheers to what's to come!

December 29, 2017

We're Engaged!

In case you haven't seen my countless Instagram, Facebook, and story posts this past week, I wanted to let you know that I am engaged!

My b̶o̶y̶f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶  fiance and I are thrilled! We are so so happy to start this journey and planning process, and I'm really excited to take you all along with me.

If you're wondering how he did it, he proposed the Friday before Christmas in front of the beautiful festive display here in town at Crown Center, in kind of a private spot, which was beautiful! He had thrown me off by getting me a trip to New York for my birthday weeks before (I had thought he would propose there). I had no idea until all of the sudden he stopped, put down his coffee, grabbed my arms, and started giving me a beautiful, thoughtful speech. Once he started talking, I realized what was happening and started crying! I was so happy, and of course after he got down on one knee, I said Yes!

It was such great timing because we were able to celebrate with both of our families over the Christmas holidays. He also got one of his friends to take photos of us which was wonderful. I have included a wash of those photos below, if you're interested.

For all of those who reached out with kind words, thank you so much. I can't say it enough, but we are thrilled! I cannot wait to marry the love of my life and become his wife, and he my husband. Cheesy, but true!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 19, 2017

My Favorite Sweaters Right Now

The Cozy Bright 

I have been loving this sweater from H&M! It's so soft and a bit over-sized, but the way it hangs with the V-Neck is very flattering. I love the blue, but they make it in a ton of different colors also.

The Softest Cardigan
This cardigan, also from H&M, is ridiculously soft and surprisingly warm! It pairs well with a lace camisole and looks really nice without putting a ton of effort in.

The Most Popular
This cardigan from Leith was a hot item during the Nordstrom sale a couple of months ago! They have since come out with it in several colors, but it's classic, flattering, and has pockets, which is always a plus.

The Classic
You can never go wrong with a classic crew-neck sweater. This one from Gap fits really well and can be worn anywhere from work to a date nights. It's so simple and versatile, you will have it forever


The Festive Sweater
I'm a magpie, so when I see glitter or sequins, I'm all over it. This sweater from H&M (they really have the best sweaters, always) is very soft, a bit over-sized, and has these darling star appliques on them. Perfect for Christmas morning or to add some sparkle to your everyday.

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