So You’re Planning a Wedding..

Ah, he finally proposed…. now what?

Heres the start of wedding planning, which let me tell you, can be the best thing and the worst thing..

I will help you with the in’s and out’s that range from what to splurge on to what I made myself as well as helpful tutorials. Saddle up ladies, you’re going to learn quite a bit here…

I decided I’m crafty enough to make our own event decor and ended up saving a ton!  First, we had to decide on colors and then it was time for centerpieces.. I turned this 👇🏽 into … ✨

 Nice, simple.. and easy to pack!
Mason Jars were cheap in bulk, the faux baby’s breath and Roses  (this come in a variety of colors) and came right to my door and I used Mod Podge and glitter for the table numbers and jar and wa-la! Handcrafted, EASY, centerpieces.

I recommend using the Matte Coating to prevent glitter from getting everywhere! And its helpful in the next project I’ll mention too! 👇🏽

I had my girlfriends come over and they helped with the process over a bottle of wine and let me vent/go over wedding plans… much needed!

I also decided to make some fun signs for our guest book and seating arrangements. Again, these were super easy and you save a bunch by doing it yourself.

I looked up some fonts online, grabbed my chalk pen and went to work!

You can get your Chalkboard Signs  and chalk marker here!

We decided to splurge on a photographer but are having a friend be our “extra” for some of those “candid” shots. After all, you only get married once – we did splurge on a nice  guest book for our polaroids.

Fortunately, with a destination wedding – several things are included in the package including flowers and the cake – we just let them know what colors and off they went!

As far as the dress and attire goes, I did NOT splurge here – I shopped consignment and saved a fortune. I actually bought 2 dresses, one from Amazon , and one from a friend.  Both gorgeous but finally narrowed it down. The girls were all told to pick a blush maxi dress – shade and store you buy from doesn’t matter, why go crazy with those little things..

The details are the most stressful so why not have fun with them! Call the wedding party over and pop open some wine -ENJOY yourself. This is one of the most exciting events of our life.
Any questions on what was made or planning, ASK!


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5 things to do in Bayfield, WI in the Fall.

Jordan and I just celebrated our anniversary and chose to do so in Bayfield (one of the cutest towns on the shores of Lake Superior). Now unfortunately our anniversary is in the Fall which meant temps were chilly so we didn’t get to explore the Apostle Islands by kayak; que next summers adventure. 

However, we had loads of fun in the fall weather both in Bayfield and Madeline Island. Here are five musts when visiting.. 

1) Bayfield Winery 

On your way in, check out this cute winery.. where you get six tastings of Apple inspired vino AND a cute wine glass to take home, all for $5! 

 My favorite: Cherry Farm House Cider

Jordan’s favorite: Queen’s Red

2) The Fat Radish

This cute shoppe is both a coffee Cafe and a restaurant in the evenings. They have a brillant Mexican Mocha and Blackberry scone that will change your life. After, take a short (few block) walk to the shore and take in the views, which are very dog friendly.

3) Madeline Island. 

Hop aboard the ferry and head over but be sure to dress accordingly; it gets chilly on the ride in. There are no cabs on the island but you can rent mopeds or in our case rent a tandem bike! 

Our ferry views (up) and our sweet ride (below) 

4) Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Once on the island, you need to check this place out which is quite literally a Cafe that burned down in the past and is remade with miscellaneous items.. it’s a “see-to-believe” kind of place. However, they have a great drinks and a sketch artist. Also, is extremely dog friendly as well as very friendly people! We had such a fun time. 

And finally… 

5)  The Ritten House Masion/B&B 

We celebrated our anniversary in style. We had quite an amazing dinner. It was a gorgeous home, great service and the fish is spectacular. Doesn’t get fresher than this. A must when visiting Bayfield. 

Seeing this town in the Fall was absolutely wonderful with so many things to do! 

As far as a place to stay, we can’t recommend Ole and Lenas place enough. We got our own suite, which was great for the dogs. It was tucked in the woods and the coffee they made us was wonderful. They are an amazing couple with great stories.. and amazing views. 

Follow us for more adventures – we promise we won’t disappoint 😍

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What I learned in the BWCA while camping with my husband 

Ladies get ready for this..

  1. Bare it all….                                                                                                                                          You’ll experience your husband in his entirety as he will you. Get ready to bare it all. And while doing so that being said .. pack some extra essentials, ie. TP. However,  it’s not all that bad. You get to spend time cooking, cleaning, bathing and using the lou (which you will get insanely good at squatting). Don’t forget a toothbrush, deodorant, and conditioner depending on your hair type ( I forgot this and wish I hadn’t. My hair was in knots due to its thickness)-everything else you can manage without 👍🏽

2. Hunting.

Fishing is awesome in the BWCA and depending on your food packing skills, it may be crucial in having a good meal.  For us, it was mostly for fun but we did enjoy a few filets with dinner. I’m still a bit newer to the fishing game and may or may not have broken a pole and lets just say.. he may shed a tear if you lose his favorite lure. Make up for it by helping catch dinner… use these > > > (your goal just got a whole lot easier)”>The

3. Gathering.

You’ll be paddling and fishing all day so you’ll be pretty hungry. I suggest prepping a few meals for the evenings (in the unfortunate event you don’t catch fish) and having sandwich items for lunch.  Trail mix is always a favorite! I made mine from nuts, dried cranberrys and mini Reese’s I bought from Trader Joe’s.

4.  Shelter.

Set up camp early. I’m usually on tent duty so I bought a really easy one to get up. I got mine from Amazon and it worked perfectly! I was able to set it up with minimal effort and took me about 5 minutes – get it here. “”>

I also recommend sleeping pads; the ground gets quite rocky up here, you can get the ones we used and really loved here   “”>

5.  ENJOY it all.

With how crazy and chaotic life can be – its nice to step away from the technology world and go off the grid with your best friend. ☀️

Enjoy the BCWA.. I know I sure did… enough to make this an annual trip!

Dancing Fever

Jordan and I have always loved to dance! We finally decided to take lesson, especially with our wedding on the horizon! We absolutely fell in love – and now you can too!


For $60 you alone OR you and a partner can take TWO 40 minute private lessons and ONE group dance! But if you mention “Beauty and The Beard” when you call to schedule, you get it for 50% off – it’s a deal that’s hard to pass up!

Call Fred Astire today and start dancing 💃🏽


Not your typical “Netflix and Chill” kind of night.. 

We’re back!! Yes, we took a short break from our blog but have had quite the summer. Not only did we spend the Summer and Fall continuing to explore, finding wonderful dates along the way but Jordan asked me to marry him and I happily accepted. 

We’ve spent time in the Boundary Waters to as far as Craig, Colorado but we will share those adventures with you later 😉 

Now don’t get us wrong, the whole “Netflix and chill” is great and all but sometimes you just need to get gussied up and head 27 floors up! Jordan took me to the Foshay’s prohibition bar to enjoy cocktails and appetizers on a Thursday night and it was better than expected. Although it was quite busy, we found a cozy place to cuddle up and take in the room -literally, think prohibition era. 

Plan to pay for parking and this bar is a little spendy but definitely worth the trouble. Not to mention, ladies beware it is quite a walk but once you get there, a cozy chair or sofa be waiting. 

With these delicious drinks, you won’t find many teetotalers at this blind pig 🥂

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Last One In Is A Rotten Egg

Whew! So we’ve got chickens. What started off as two has quickly become four egg-laying hens and quite the adventure.

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Two chickens, Basil and Rocket, came with our lovely house complete with chicken coop. We decided to speed up egg production by purchasing two more from some lovely Facebook friends. Now, introducing new chickens to an, already established coop, is quite problematic and messy considering there is a pecking order that must be maintained. However, Rocket quickly decided she is the Alpha and the others obliged with no choice (fights did happen but were pretty mild).

So far, we’ve gotten about a bakers dozen of eggs or so and the two new chickens escaped once. Now THAT was chaos. Imagine us running up and down the alley chasing chickens in a CITY. Not to mention, we had to climb a very, very tall tree. The birds were caught and we clipped their flying wings very carefully. We confined them to the coop for a few days to learn their surroundings and they have been great since.

Now, here’s to smooth sailing and some happy, healthy chickens! Eggs anyone?


It Doesn’t Get Sweeter Than This… 

When in Vegas, all rules are out the door. Meaning if I want to eat my weight in dessert, well darn it, I’m going to. That’s precisely what happened at Sweets Raku! Although this place isn’t on the strip, it’s about an hour walk (15 min Uber) and well worth it. It’s located in a strip mall; the big line out the door will give you an idea of where to go. Jordan and I waited and waited before finally getting sat; there are about 21 seats in this bad boy so be prepared to fight for a stop or at least dedicate a few hours to waiting. We ordered lunch and desserts and everything was perfect and very inventive. I recommend sitting at the bar so you can watch their renowned pastry chef making all the wonderful desserts! If you are in Vegas, definitely take a look off the beaten path and check this place out. You won’t be disappointed.

The amazing wine flight and cheese plate with lobster bisque soup and Caesar salads before our main course.

Mango sherbet and coffee gelly before the main desserts. 

Feeding Frenzy

Jordan and I are finally moving to the city! Giving up two acres in the ‘burbs was tough but this move was a great choice for us and the pups couldn’t be happier having a fenced in yard to run wild in. This house comes with its quirks and 1920’s charm, complete with large garden and a coop full of CHICKENS!

Never having owned chickens, this is going to be quite the adventure, but we’ll get to that later 🙂 What we’re excited and focused on now, being that it’s Spring, is to build a big, beautiful, organic garden. To start that, we have been growing some vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, jalepenos, green beens, pumpkins and watermelon in a seed starter at our home.

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We have about a month to go until we move in to our new home and in the meantime, I have been reading “Planet Heal Thyself” by Jordan Rubin. This book has inspired us to start composting with Red Wiggler Worms among many other self-sustaining  things.

I thought the process would be more complicated and was a little hesitant on taking on worms inside the house – especially with already having to take care of two pups. However, it is SO EASY.

I went to Wal-Mart and picked up two bins – unfortunately we couldn’t find dark ones (worms like dark, damp spaces) but it’s easy enough to store these bins in a dark place.

Once I got all of my supplies, Jordan drilled air holes for the little fellas in the top bin and TINY holes in the bottom of the top bin (for drainage).

I ordered the worms off of eBay (who knew?) and once they arrived, we used our old newspaper scraps for some bedding, added a small amount of dirt (the worms come with some dirt of their own) and added some water — a small amount just to dampen the newspaper and, boom! you’re ready to start the adventure of composting!

** It’s important not to overfeed the worms, otherwise things can start to smell. The same goes if you have too wet of an environment for the worms. If you feel that food is starting to add up in your composting bin, take a few days off for the worms to catch up **

We can’t wait to use our compost material in our garden as well as the “liquid gold” attained from worms as well. We’ve even been reading that chickens make some great compost as well as provide us with eggs. I think we’re going to make great friends with our neighbors 😉 Happy Composting!

It’s Never Too Cold…

For ice cream!! 

Ice cream is the key to my heart. Which is why Jordan always enjoys taking me for a cone.. He knows what he’s doing 😉 

We visited Sebastian Joe’s in Uptown on Saturday night and it was delicious! It was a little busy but the lines went fast and were well worth it! The ice cream here is amazing and definitely worth the trip!