Weekend Recap: I won!

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m currently starting this post on Sunday, so we’ll see how happy I’m actually feeling tomorrow morning. Either way, let’s get into the weekend!

Weekend Recap
So, Friday night I came home and started off my weekend. I had been feeling super crummy for the past few days dealing with extremely painful bloating – AGAIN.

Weekend Recap: I won!
I wasn’t exactly in the best of moods. I had also taken an Everly Well “food sensitivity” test which came back with absolutely no results, so highly do NOT recommend spending $200 on one of those tests. I decided at that time that I was going to just do an Elimination Diet (recommendation by my doctor) to see what the heck is happening to my body. I spent some time looking diet info up before we ordered some Postmates for dinner (they had free delivery because of Friday the 13th for some weird reason).

Our Postmates took forever, but when it finally came in from Portillos, it had CIGARETTE BURNS in it from our driver, plus our food smelled like cigarettes. Disgusting (not Portillos fault … still love them). Postmates gave me half my money back, which I think is ridiculous, but I didn’t feel like fighting with them.

Weekend Recap: I won!Our night wasn’t doing the best if you can tell…

I sat on the couch and started eating some of the salvageable food. I had been checking and checking to see if I had won the Bloguette’s giveaway, but wasn’t hearing anything. All of a sudden I noticed an Instagram notification and I just *knew* – sure enough, I WON THE TICKET TO THE WORKSHOP IN FEBRUARY! Arizona, here I come (well, in February). I’m so excited! Definitely completely turned my night around and I couldn’t believe how fortunate I am. I had been looking

Weekend Recap: I won!
I’m so excited! Definitely completely turned my night around and I couldn’t believe how fortunate I am. I had been looking over that conference for a few weeks, but just couldn’t bring myself to sink more $$ into my business when I’m not really making a ton out of it. Then the other day I saw they were doing an Instagram giveaway for a ticket to the workshop, which is normally $550 so I had to enter! Even though I still have to pay airfare and hotel, it’s totally worth it! Plus, in my mind, there’s obviously *some* reason I need to be there because I put it out into the universe, it’s been in my head for weeks and now I won the contest! Definitely seems like there’s a reason I need to be there! You all should definitely check it out if you; re thinking of going to a conference or workshop for your blog, though.

You all should definitely check it out if you; re thinking of going to a conference or workshop for your blog, though. I love that we’ll actually be working through things all day, not just sitting there listening to people chat!

So that’s exciting!

Weekend Recap: I won!
Saturday I slept in a bit and Ben didn’t have to work because we were technically supposed to be in Michigan for the weekend, but it was supposed to rain so we didn’t go. Good thing, too – it literally POURED all day. I ventured out with the fam to get a coffee a little after lunch, otherwise I didn’t go outside at all. Perfect gloomy day to sit under a blanket with Cora, watch some TV and just chill. We also spent some time looking up food and making a grocery list for the elimination foods.

Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won!We also spent some time looking up food and making a grocery list for the elimination foods I can/cannot eat. It’s very daunting, but basically I have to cut most foods out for 2-3 weeks, then I can start to reintroduce certain foods, one at a time and see what happens. That’ll help me figure out which foods are affecting my digestion so badly. Not looking forward to this, but hoping it’ll help me get some answers!

I also spent lots of time with the pup.

On Sunday Ben, Cora and I slept in a tiny bit before heading out to the grocery store to pick up some food. I did film a grocery haul + some more info on why I’m doing this “diet” (doctor recommended, not because I want to lose weight or anything) and I’ll probably have that up Tuesday/Wednesday if you’re interested! I’ll be writing / taking videos of this whole process.

Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won!After the grocery store + a coffee, we hung out at home for awhile before Ben headed out to hang out with friends to watch football. I ended up preparing a few things for the week, looked up flights to Arizona for The Workshop and hung out at home. I was feeling super exhausted, so I took a quick nap(ish) when Ben got home after we ate some Thai food.

Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won! Weekend Recap: I won!

We left for the ‘burbs around 7 for Ben’s hockey game and they won! I hung out with his dad in the stands while Ben got knocked around on the ice. We ended up staying up a bit too late getting me ready for Monday, which of course, didn’t do so well for me trying to wake up on Monday to workout. Whoops!

I’ll keep you all updated on this elimination diet!

How was your weekend?

Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways

In full transparency, Shophopes was kind enough to gift me some of the items below in exchange for my honest opinion, plus I spent a bit more of my own $$.  I’ve been wearing Shophopes clothes for years, so it was super exciting to get to work with them! Make sure to checkout the discount code down below!

GUYS. I’ve officially come to terms with the fact that it’s Fall and I need to start dressing like it. Of course, Midwest seasons are finicky, so it’ll be 50 one day and 85 the next (like the day I shot these pics…😐) so having pieces I can layer are the best. I bought two new pieces from Shophopes with the help of a gift from them and I’m excited to show you how I made them into fun outfits for the Fall and Winter.

First up is this Lead the Way dress, which is the perfect layering dress. I actually styled it two ways and I can’t choose my favorite! I’m wearing a small.

I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this blanket scarf and booties with my favorite new layering dress! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three WaysCora the Cone Head wanted to be a model, too. 🐶

I layered up this dress with a nice big blanket scarf (anyone else have to wear their hair up when they wear a scarf? Drives me crazy to keep it down!) and some booties. I’m in the market for some new booties and these are looking pretty sweet

And when it’s not 85 degrees out (like as I write this – it’s 60) I’ll be bringing in some fun tights!

I actually have a second look with this dress that I’ve already worn to work. I love this dress because I think there’s so many ways to dress it up or down, making it as fancy or cozy as you’d like.

I paired this Shophopes dress with a long necklace and OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired this Shophopes dress with a long necklace and OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways I paired it with a long, dangly necklace and some casual OTK boots. I love this look, especially for when it’s not SUPER cold out and I don’t necessarily need a big blanket scarf.

And, as you can tell, I was having a hard time putting down my coffee so it was in every.single.pic. 😂

The next item I got was this distressed black & white sweater (which unfortunately is no longer on the website, but I’m loving this one). I did end up getting a medium so it’s *pretty* big, but that seems to work out with oversized sweaters, so it’s still pretty dang cute!

Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three Ways Loving this oversized black & white top from Shophopes with simple leggings & OTK boots! | Shophopes: Two Fall Pieces, Three WaysI know y’all are V impressed by my modeling skills.

For the sweater, I paired it with my super soft leggings from Athleta that I talked about in my Stitch Fix blog and some red OTK boots for a bit of flare. I absolutely LOVED this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again. So comfy, but yet looks put together – my favorite type of look.

If you’d like to take a look at Shophopes’ stuff, they ALWAYS have free shipping and they gave me a discount code for the next couple weeks! Use Jessie10 at the checkout to get 10% off! 🎉  The discount code is good through 10/31/17. I’m actually planning to use my own discount code and buy some of their OTK boots – ha! I’m obsessed.

What are some of your favorite way to style and layer clothes once it gets colder out? Any ideas for how I can style these differently?

Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AF

And, just like that, it’s Monday!

First of all, thank you SO much to everyone for the love on my Stitch Fix review. I’m loving trying out new things on this blog and I’m glad you loved it. Either way, let’s move into the weekend recap!

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a Wedding
Friday ended up being a pretty chill day at work, so I spent a lot of the afternoon working up on the roof. I didn’t have much to do, so that let me be a bit lax on the YouTube videos I was watching while waiting for other people to finish their work so I could schedule it on social. 😂

Once home, I hung out with Ben for a little bit before heading off to dinner at Rhyme or Reason with our friends, Frank and Draco. I don’t have any photos, but I did do a review of the restaurant a few months ago. Dinner did not disappoint!

On Saturday, I got out of bed as Ben was going to work so I could hang out with Cora. I didn’t feel well, so I ended up literally sitting ALL DAY watching TV and sitting on the couch. I was going crazy by the time Ben got home.

It was TRULY a blogger weekend for me! Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AF
Later that night we headed out to the ‘burbs for Ben’s hockey game, where I got to wear my newest shirt …

It was TRULY a blogger weekend for me! Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AF
That’s just me, warming up in the bathroom before the hockey game started …

Sunday morning Ben let me sleep in until almost 9, which I wasn’t ready for! I woke up thinking it was before 7 and here it was almost 9 am! I must’ve needed the sleep.

I made myself breakfast before heading out to try to see a few of Ben’s clients in the Chicago marathon. Then we stopped at DoRite donuts and Shake Shack for some foods on the way home.

It was TRULY a blogger weekend for me! Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AFAs you can see, my “eating well” is still not going the best. 😂

We walked the rest of the way home, stopped to grab a coffee and then I tried on a BUNCH of outfits and posed while Ben took pics of me. You’ll see more about that on Wednesday – stay tuned!!

It was TRULY a blogger weekend for me! Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AF It was TRULY a blogger weekend for me! Weekend Recap: Dog Mom AFCora and Benjamin were HUGE helps! Can’t wait for you guys to see the pics.

I took off all the sweaters and boots (SERIOUSLY how to real bloggers do this crap – it was SO hot and I was sweating the whole time lol!) and got to work. My client/friend’s podcast goes live on Tuesday so I was getting some last minute stuff done for her! It’s going to be so cool – a Day in the Life podcast with all kinds of cool people. I’m talking the founder of inkWELL, a counterterrorism expert and a Hollywood entertainment assistant – and those are just the first three she’s done! You’ll be able to subscribe on Tuesday, October 10, but check out her FB group in the meantime and let her know I sent you. 😀

After I finished up some work for her, I started writing this blog and getting ready for my week while watching the Packer game. And scheduled some content in Planoly for Insta.

#DogMomAF Just me and the loves of my life (@benfritzfit was the blogger boyfriend today 📸)

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The rest of the night was pretty boring – just played around on social media while Ben did some work. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep unfortunately so this Monday is already a struggle!

How was your weekend?

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin’ to be a fashion blogger!

Ok, so I love fashion. I never BUY fashionable items, but I still love it. I’m starting to incorporate a few good pieces into my closet since I’m almost 30 and I should *probably* get rid of the clothes I got going into my sophomore year of college. #heyo

So now I’m trying out Stitch Fix! I’m in no way sponsored by Stitch Fix, but that is a referral link, just so you know! And as you can tell, I’m a HELLA qualified fashion blogger. 🙄  Don’t mind the perfectly timed photos taken with my iPhone with Ben sitting at his desk trying to work and I’m in between a mattress and a garbage can … oh, and a puppy with a cone head. Told ya – SO MUCH FASHION.

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!
The Process

First of all, for those of you that have never used Stitch Fix, I filled out a questionnaire online and sent a link to my Fashion Pinterest page – easy peasy!

 

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!
Once I got my package and made my choices, I went online, paid the money for the piece I kept (the $20 styling fee went toward it which was AWESOME) and told them why I didn’t like the other pieces. Then I packaged everything up in a bag they provided and sent it off in the mail.

My Fix

I ordered my SF a couple weeks ago and had it sent at the beginning of the year. I was so excited when it came in! It even came with a little present for Ben …

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!… socks! Which honestly is GREAT marketing in my opinion. Now Ben will probably try out SF because he got some $$ off and free socks.

Moving on to my stuff …

Stitch Fix Piece 1: Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!I loved this scarf, but it was $38 and I’m just not paying that for a scarf. Plus, I’m more of an infinity scarf girl or serious blanket scarf (though this one claimed to be, but it was more rectangular than square). Back it went!

Stitch Fix Piece 2: Kept

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!I.Loved.This.Cardigan.

What you don’t see in this post is that I just finally splurged on some high quality leggings from Athleta because my three-year old Zella Leggings have a huge hole in the thigh that I’ve just been ignoring for oh, two years. ANYWAYS, I can’t wait to wear my new leggings and this big ol’ cardi. And a shirt, obvs.

It was SO soft and long, but still fit my arm length which always makes me nervous with over-sized anything. I’m a small human, so loved that it was made that way!

Stitch Fix Pieces 3&4: Both Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!#FashionBlogger

I loveddddd these jeans (and I hate jeans) – they were petite, so they fit my length perfectly and the tears weren’t too huge. Problem was, they were a little to small and for $88, I’m not paying that unless they’re a hells yes!

The top was another fix. Ben LOVED it, I felt like it was too “grandma-ey” so that was returned as well.

Stitch Fix Pieces 5: Returned

My First Stitch Fix Haul | Tryin' to be a fashion blogger! Nothing like trying to figure out that fashion blogger life, am I right?!(Peep Cora in the background #coneofshame)

I *almost* kept this dress. Ben loved it and I thought it was really pretty (especially for a wedding I have next month) but I felt it was too similar to a dress I already have so I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $50+ for it. Really loved it, though!

Overall Thoughts

SO MUCH FUN! First of all, it was fun to get a few pieces sent to me and figure out what worked. I feel like my stylist really listened to me and it was only my first fix! I’ll probably never keep the whole box because $$$ but I think it’s fun to do once a month or so and see what items I can get. Super excited to do it again!

What did y’all think? I love reading post like this, so I hope you like it, too. Let me know if you’ve ever tried Stich Fix in the comments below! 

Pieces linked

Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a Wedding

Edit: Putting this up a day late due to the horrible tragedy that happened in Las Vegas yesterday. I didn’t feel it was appropriate and I also just wasn’t feeling very inspired. Please go and hug someone you love. 

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a Wedding
Gotta be honest, I feel like trash. I’ve got a nasty cold that’s trying to knock me down and let me tell you, it’s currently winning.

Unfortunately I was sick the whole weekend. I went into the office on Friday for a half day before going home around 1 pm to work from the couch. I felt feverish and just all-around awful.

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a WeddingOnce 4:30 hit, I logged off for the day and sat on the couch watching HGTV before convincing Ben to make the trip to the ‘burbs to drop Cora off to be babysat for the weekend. I was supposed to bring her by myself on Saturday morning, but I was afraid I’d feel way too awful to do that, so we brought her out there late Friday, then came home and went to bed (TG for NyQuil).

Saturday I woke up went Ben left for work and parked myself on the couch with Say Yes to the Dress (this damn cable package is bad). I also finished some work and invoicing for clients. Ben got home around 11:30 and we spent some time getting ready before driving up to Kohler, Wis. for my friend Brooke’s wedding. I chugged back that DayQuil and hit the road!

What a beautiful wedding! It was held at Riverbend and it did not disappoint. It was a little chilly, but we were in the sun so it wasn’t bad at all. Right behind the area where the ceremony was being held was a waterfall and … it was just an absolutely gorgeous day. Plus, one of my favorite women in this world was getting married, so that made it even better!

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a WeddingOnce the ceremony was over, we all moved inside for a cocktail hour where Ben and I ended up laughing our faces off with Brooke’s uncles. Dinner was amazing and intimate – there were only about 40 people in attendance, which was so fun and refreshing. I’m so used to huge weddings and this was much more intimate and lovely. I didn’t take many photos since I was just drinking everything in, but it was gorgeous and I’m actually surprised I didn’t cry the whole night.

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a WeddingWe left around 8:30 to drive back to Chicago and thankfully we did because my DayQuil had worn off and Ben was exhausted (he’s basically got the end of this cold). By the time we got into Chicago (and hit traffic at 10:30 pm FRICKEN CHICAGO) we were ready for bed. We got home, I took NyQuil and headed to bed. The amount of times I’ve mentioned DayQuil and NyQuil, you’re probably thinking I’m sponsored by them. #notsponsored

Sunday we woke up a bit late (8 am, but that’s late for us as of recently). Ben did yoga and I died on the couch (slightly dramatic with a cold, I suppose.) We grabbed a quick breakfast from The Breakfast Club and then headed to Sip to get some work done. I have a guest post to write that I am STRUGGLING with because my brain is mush today. So I listened to some fun tunes (thanks Pandora) and started writing this post to get my juices flowing.

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a Wedding
We left for the ‘burbs a little later in the afternoon once we were done with work and headed straight to Home Goods and Trader Joe’s. Afterwards we jumped over to his parent’s house to see Cora, then grabbed some Qdoba for me on the way to Ben’s hockey game. And they won!

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a Wedding

Time to talk about the weekend! Weekend Recap: Beautiful Day for a WeddingCora had her surgery on Monday morning, so we left her in the ‘burbs. 🙁 But we went home and went straight to bed!

How was your weekend? 

3 Reasons Why We Canceled Our Trip To Mexico

We did it.

Last night we clicked the “Cancel Trip” button on Southwest.com and canceled our anniversary trip to Mexico in November. And do you want to know what I immediately felt?

Relief

Here are the 3 reasons why we canceled our trip to Mexico - and we're super happy about it!
We were SO excited planning this trip in July – I mean, who wouldn’t be … look at the place! (Photo from Secrets’ Website)

Here are the 5 reasons why we canceled our trip to Mexico - and we're super happy about it!Don’t get me wrong, I hope to go there someday soon, but here are the three reasons we canceled our trip.

  1. Save Money
    The biggest – and most obvious reason – is to save money. If you’re following me on Pinterest, you might know I’ve been a bit wedding obsessed lately (HA sorry Benjamin). One of Ben’s clients owns a wedding business and he told Ben to save for $100-$150 PER PERSON invited to your wedding. Ben immediately suggested eloping, but I said no. 😂

    The problem is, my family ALONE is well over 200 people (without kids because #sorrynotsorry, not inviting kids to my wedding) and that’s not counting Ben’s family or our friends. Granted, we’ll be cutting that down and some family I barely know just won’t be invited (again, #sorrynotsorryi’mpoor) but it still got my wheels turning that I should be saving. Since my savings account isn’t even in the four digits (ouch) that could be a problem.

    Plus, to be completely honest, I have debt and so does Ben. I’m working to cut down my credit card debt and that should be out of the way soon and then I can focus on pushing my monies back into savings. Just canceling this trip saved me $1470 that I can put toward the little bit of $$ I owed Ben and then go straight at my credit card.

  2. Timing
    Of course we’d love to go on a trip, but we literally just came back from San Diego and I’m hoping we’ll go somewhere for my birthday in January. While going on trips in the winter, especially being in the Midwest, is so nice, November isn’t even the worst of it! I’d rather go on a trip in January when we’re sick of the weather.

    We normally plan trips around holidays because then Ben loses the *least* amount of money. That’s the one problem with him having an in-person client-based job – if he isn’t in Chicago training people, he’s losing money. So we usually plan stuff around holidays that people would be taking off anyway. This is a great idea, but that lumps almost all of our trips into the end of the year which just isn’t feasible, so we need to figure something else out.

    Also, my friend Perry had a great suggestion. While we’d LOVE to take a super relaxing trip right now, knowing Ben and I, we’d both be so antsy by the end of it, we’d end up doing work anyway. She suggested going on an all-inclusive trip when we NEED it – like after a wedding or before/after we have kids – sometime when we’ll really enjoy it.

    Plus, maybe I can convince my bridesmaids to take me on an all-inclusive (CAN YOU TELL I HAVE WEDDING FEVER – no ring … so not sure why that’s happening.) 😐

  3. Future Trips
    This one came from Ben. He said if we just made up a number like $10,000 that we could spend in the next couple of years on our dream trips, would a Mexico all-inclusive be on that list? My immediate gut answer was NO. I want to go to Ireland at least one more time, Maui, Greece, Vancouver, Denver, Portland/Seattle, Harry Potter World … if I am told I have the option to go to one of those or an all-inclusive in Mexico, it’d be a no-brainer – I’d knock out Mexico in a heart beat. So we did.

And an extra piece – I’m actually quite nervous about the food and safety in Mexico and it has given me an uneasy feeling from the start. I’m already INTENSELY sensitive to a lot of foods and it’d be just my luck that I’d get sick in Mexico and the trip would be ruined for me. I’m also slightly nervous about safety, but that’s just a general thing that added to our final decision.

What do you think? Have you ever canceled something and knew it was the right choice?

Weekend Recap: Things are changin’ round here!

Hey friends! Happy Sunday Monday (I’m writing the beginning of this on Sunday morning #cheater). Let’s take a look back at the weekend, but stay until the end to see some of my ideas for this blog moving forward … I hope you’ll stick with me!

So, let’s head back to Friday. I walked to work, got myself a coffee from Dunkin (I’ve been saving so much money with my Keurig!) and then got into work to start my day. I had a shorter Friday due to a doctor appointment, so I got started with work. Unfortunately there were some issues with the platform (#startupprobs & #techworldprobs, amiright?) so I had to monitor social pretty closely all morning, so I spent some time in a room getting through that.

Also, remember that new client I told y’all about? I already had to end with her so that was over as of Friday. 🙁 I’ll give you the story in another blog (she’s an amazing woman, so nothing to do with our relationship!)

The rest of the day/afternoon was filled with work, listening to a podcast our Director of Education did and getting things all set for me to be out at the end of the day.

I left around 2:30 and walked to my doctor appointment to get my Mirena IUD replaced. Ben met me there because I was really nervous – when I had it put in 5 years ago, I almost passed out from the pain so he wanted to be there to take me home. <3 If anyone would like an in-depth conversation about the pros/cons of the Mirena and why I get it, let me know. Just know I literally screamed during the insertion (again) and had to be monitored for awhile afterwards. Low pain tolerance, y’all.

Ben and I grabbed an Uber home (I was extremely light headed and bleeding #tmi so I didn’t want to walk around like we had originally hoped to do) so we got home and I basically sat on the couch for the rest of the night. Benjamin was so sweet and ordered Thai food from our favorite place Opart Thai and then watched the last Harry Potter movie for the night, which basically means I cried like 900 times.

Saturday morning I got up early at 6:30 with Ben and Cora to hang out for a bit. Ben left for work and dropped me at the CVS on the way to his gym so I could pick up pantyliners (girls, I haven’t worn pads or pantyliners in like 6+ years because I rarely got a period on the Mirena + before that I used tampons) and then I decided it’d be fun to walk ALL the way to Marianos (a local grocery store) about a mile away, then walk home. So I walked 2+ miles. With cramping. #smart

I turned on HGYV and continued to watch that with Cora-boo until Ben got home. I also ordered myself some sushi from the restaurant Jieyi Sushi via UberEats. They had a $10 box deal – a big salad, three baby shrimp egg rolls, a spicy tuna roll and a diet coke. Such a great deal – granted I had to pay the $6 shipping/taxes from UberEats, but whatevs.

We hung out for a bit before I turned on Say Yes to the Dress (ha) and he did football stuff. We literally did NOTHING (well, Ben was working.) We ended up ordering from UberEats again – this time we got Devil Dogs which is AMAZING. I had a Chicago dog and a small Elvis slider (which has peanut butter AND sriracha on it and it’s amazing). Of course, I didn’t feel awesome afterwards, but it was amazing.

The rest of the evening we kept HGTV on, but then started unpacking a few more of my boxes + making a Goodwill pile.

Sunday morning we woke up at 6:45, played with/took Cora for a walk and then got ready to go to Sip Coffee to get some work done.

Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here!
After a little bit of work, we packed up Cora and took her to the ‘burbs to play in a yard for awhile while Ben and I went shopping.

Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here! Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here!
Ben needed a suit (the one he has is just way too big for him) so we headed to the Fashion Outlets and he bought the first one he tried on. 😂 #boys Of course, he still needed to shop around but we ended up coming back and getting the first one he got.

We were pretty rushed since he had a hockey game, so I wasn’t able to find anything besides two quick candles from Bath & Body Works, plus my body was pretty sore from walking around all day. We headed over to his hockey game (they won!)

Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here!
After the game, we stopped to eat quickly at Portillos. Of course, I was craving pasta and we went to one of the locations that apparently doesn’t have pasta (boooo) so I got a burger, which was really, really good!

Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here!
We headed over to Ben’s parents to hang out with his family for a bit + grab Cora, and then we headed back into the city. And that was my weekend!

Weekend Recap: Things are changin' round here!
So, my quick little “announcement” of sorts is that I’m going to be writing a bit more about social media, virtual assistance and all of that. It’ll still be from my perspective, obviously, but those things are such a huge part of my life so I figured I should be writing about it! If you have anything you’d like to hear about, let me know!

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin

Happy(ish) Monday, everyone! It’s been a DAY already and it’s not even 11 am my time … but it seems all of my colleagues are struggling with this Monday, so I don’t feel so weird.

These past few weeks have been insane. My virtual assistant business is booming which, in turn, makes my brain go crazy. I’m planning to get on a schedule with blogging here again soon, so hold on!

So, in conjunction with the VA business booming, I went to dinner with Ben to Quartino on Thursday night to celebrate landing another client. Quartino holds a special place in my heart because back in October 2016 I spent some time alone in Chicago and decided that’s where I wanted to live. During that trip, I ate lunch at Quartino by myself and just felt so at home. Definitely was the place to go to celebrate where I’m at!

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinOn Friday, I worked a half-day in the office, but mostly from the roof …

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin
Around noon, I took off to get home and quickly get in the car to drive up to Wisconsin before traffic got crazy. The good (and bad) part about being a social media manager is that I can log in pretty much from anywhere, so I worked the entire trip up to Ben’s grandparents’ house.

Once there, I turned off all work and we went to get a fish fry before spending the night hanging out and chatting.

Saturday I did a tiny bit of work via my phone when I woke up, then got up to spend some time with the family and the puppy. Ben and I took the boat out for a couple hours (where I made him talk about engagement/wedding stuff – THAT’LL TEACH HIM TO TAKE ME FISHING) before coming back in for the afternoon. It was SO nice outside, so we all sat outside and did different things.

Grandpa: Read
Grandma: Knitted
Jessie: Pinterest..ed
Ben: Looked at Football Stuff

A little later in the afternoon, we all sat down for dinner before hanging out together the rest of the night. There was a little craziness going on in the Facebook group I moderate, so I monitored that before we went to bed.

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinSunday it was a little harder to wake up, but once I did we played around with Cora to wear her out before the car ride and then have peppers and sausage for lunch. It took us a little under 4 hours to get home, so once home I cleaned, took a shower and then got to work. Oh, I also watched the Packers lose, but I don’t want to talk about that. 😉

One thing about having my own business besides working full-time – I do not have time to breathe somedays. I’m learning quickly that I don’t want to work 60+ hours per week for the rest of my life. Honestly, the whole reason I want to work for myself is so I can have a flexible lifestyle and make more money. Family time is coming down the road (NOT ANYTIME SOON) and I do not want to be working a ton. Plus, I want to make my own schedule. These are all things I’m learning as I’m currently working my butt off and knowing it’ll pay off someday!

How was your weekend?
Do you run your own business? Any tips?

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017

And I’m back! If you haven’t seen my LONG post with lots of photos of my favorite parts of California (in San Diego), go check that out here.

Saturday PM

Since Saturday AM is in the last blog, let’s start around 11 am when Ben and I headed to La Jolla Coves. SO MANY SEALS AND SEA LIONS.

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We left La Jolla, stopped to get a bite at Chipotle and then got to our next Air BnB right outside of Laguna Beach. Super cute, but I don’t have any pictures for some reason – just video. The only issue is she didn’t supply us with any toilet paper, paper towel OR shampoo/body wash, which was pretty annoying.

ANYWAYS.

At this point Ben and I were tired … tired of traveling, tired of eating SO much (who knew?!) and missing our puppy.

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We couldn’t decide on dinner because neither of us were hungry and it was SO hot out that we didn’t want to move… so we finally just decided to go to a local grocery store, make some homemade fajitas and head out to Laguna Beach around 8 pm.

Oh man, Laguna Beach …

First off, it was $20 to park a mile away from the beach – TWENTY DOLLHAIRS. Once we parked, we walked and there were SO many people it was just ridiculous. We walked around for about an hour before we realized we were just miserable and headed back to our Air BnB. Basically we found out on this trip that Ben and I are NOT good at touristy places and we really wish we would’ve just stayed in San Diego.

Sunday

Okay, back to being positive about our trip. Sunday we woke up and were both feeling much better. We headed out to get me a coffee and an acai bowl (YUM) before heading back to the apartment. We got in a short workout and then headed out to lay by the pool for a bit.

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017It had cooled down a TINY bit, so we put on some workout gear and headed out to hike the caves nearby in Laguna Woods.

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We actually had a really great time, which we weren’t necessarily expecting since Laguna hadn’t been our favorite stop so far. And we DID see a rattlesnake, but luckily it was far enough away that I didn’t flip the F*** out.

We both grabbed takeout (Ben: Subway; Me: Thai food) and went home to hang out and repack for the rest of the evening.

Monday

On Monday we woke up bright and early to head up to LA with our rental car, which we dropped off around 7:30 am at the airport and my cousin came and picked us up. We hung out with him, his wife and puppies for a couple hours before heading down to Venice Beach.

I don’t know what it was, but I was over this trip by this point. I really loved how laid back and kind everyone in San Diego was and I was over the crazy, rude tourists and scary homeless people (seriously, a woman tried to hit me in the head while we were eating lunch on a patio). Nevertheless, we walked from Venice Beach up to Santa Monica to hit up a sushi place (that was closed …) and then sat down to eat at the aforementioned patio which I unfortunately don’t remember the name of… but the food was good!

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017
We walked down to the Promenande area (I have no idea if I’m spelling that correctly), walked in a few stores and tried to get my stomach to calm down (story of our LIVES on this trip – my stomach was not happy) and then walked to Sidecar Doughnuts which Ben wanted to try based on a recommendation from Amanda Bucci. I thought they were good, but nothing super special!

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Probably because they weren’t crazy like Donut Bar! 😂

We took a (very expensive) Uber back to my cousins’ place and took a nap.

After our nap, we got up, ran to Chipotle for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening catching up with family.

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Tuesday

On Tuesday we hung out at my cousins’ place for a few hours in the morning before heading to the airport.

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It was a pretty bumpy flight back, but Harry Potter got me through …

And then we both fell asleep at home haha! We did pick up this munchkin on Wednesday, though!

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I think I just like getting sleeping pictures of Ben. 😋

And those were my trips! Remember to check out my recap of San Diego (which was my favorite part of the trip) if you haven’t already!

Weekend Recap: Bed, Bath & Beyond Damage

It’s officially the start of the week. Can you believe it’s already the middle of September – what?!

So, my favorite thing to do is take a look at my weekends so let’s get back to Friday!

I worked on Friday (obvs) until 4:30, took the train home, made some dinner and literally sat and watched HGTV with Ben and Cora until bedtime.

Not kidding.

It was AMAZING.

Saturday I slept in a bit while Ben went to work, then got up and took Cora for a quick walk. We headed back to the apartment, did a little cleaning (with HGTV on, of course #addicted) before I walked to Ben’s gym to workout with him and his cousin, Andrew.

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After a great lower body workout (which I’m still feeling today …), I sent a check-in email to my coach. Yep, back on the macro train. Since I need to be in a swim suit for about five days straight in November and I’m not exactly “feelin’ myself” right now, time to hunker down a bit!

Ben dropped me off and then went to have lunch with his cuz. I took Cora for a walk and had a call with MY NEW CLIENT! So excited to be working with this woman as of Monday. She wants me to put in quite a few hours, so hopefully this will help me move into full-time “work for myself” mode sometime soon!

Once Ben got home, we got ready and headed out to the suburbs to hang out with his family, go shopping for house stuff and go to his hockey game. We spent an hour+ in BB&B and walked out with almost $500 worth of stuff – ugh. Unfortunately it was all stuff we needed (bedding, sheets, shower stuff, pillows, Keurig stuff, shelving, etc.) but DANG that’s a hit to the wallet, especially after our California trip. We’ll definitely be staying in quite a bit until November!

Weekend Recap: Bed, Bath & Beyond Damage | Come check out what the weekend was for Ben, Cora and I finally moving in together! Once finished, we hung out with his fam a bit more because his hockey game was canceled (booo) and then headed back to the city.

Sunday we woke up pretty early, had some breakfast and started laundry. Ben did some yoga and I did some work for my Brittney. I’m definitely going to have to learn time management soon here. With 10-hours of work for Brittney per month and my new client would like me to do 20-hours per WEEK (yep) … it’s gonna be crazy. Plus, you know, my full-time job. Nothing like truly side hustling, huh?!

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The rest of the day was pretty much hanging out with Cora, watching football and trying to unpack!

Make sure you check out my blog on San Diego OR the new video is up if you prefer to digest content that way!