Chicago Restaurant Review: Rhyme or Reason

Since moving to Chicago, I’ve come to find out that my stomach is probably going to be a bit bigger while my wallet gets a bit smaller. The food here is INSANE.

I’m going to start this series off with a brunch spot I went to a few weeks ago. They have more than just lunch (cool bar + music + patio + nightlife) so I can only speak to brunch but BOYOHBOY, can I speak to it. So here’s to Rhyme or Reason!

Straight from their website:

“Rhyme or Reason is a New American Restaurant, Bar & Music Venue located at the corner of Division and Damen in Wicker Park. We strive to revamp a decade of elegance and Motown classics. On one end, people were throwing elaborate dinner parties. On the other— soulful music pioneers that were turning the world upside down. Without ‘rhyme or reason’ we meshed together these two separate ideas together to create a venue where the moments we know and love today can live on. Whether you come for our Chicken & Doughnuts during weekend brunch or our signature RoR Burger on a Thursday night, it’s always a good time at Rhyme or Reason!”

Rhyme or Reason Review
I started my meal off with a Bloody Mary.

Rhyme or Reason Review
“Mcclure’s bloody mix, hanger one vodka, garnished with a green olive, grilled shrimp, maple glazed bacon, our grilled cheesy cheese, shaved pickled cucumber.”

Rating: 8/10

I shared this with Ben since we’re both not drinking much alcohol now, but I couldn’t pass up a bloody. I consider myself a bit of a BM-snob. Growing up in Wisconsin + living in Milwaukee (the Bloody Mary Capital, IMHO) does that to you.

I chose my meal the first time I found Rhyme or Reason on Instagram … the Chicken & Doughnuts.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!“House made doughnuts, fried chicken, maple bourbon reduction.”

Oh. My. Doughnut. Gosh. 

Rating: 150M/10 (<— Not a typo)

I’ve definitely fallen into the chicken & waffles Instagram-worthy food porn, so obviously I had to jump at this. I actually wasn’t expecting it to be SO incredible.

The doughnuts were thick, warm and fluffy. Since they aren’t a “doughnut” shop, I wasn’t expecting them to be so good. I’d go back just for those.

Rhyme or Reason ReviewI did give Ben a few pieces, but I blasted through this dish with no problems and immediately wanted more – not because I was still hungry (it was actually quite filling!), but because it was so damn good.

One more because I like REALLY LOVED the fried chicken & donuts @rhymeorreason_chi 😍

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I can’t wait to go back, but I’m torn! Do I go back for brunch to get this again or go back later to try something else? Both? Okay, both it it is.

If you live in Chicago or are ever in the area, definitely check out Rhyme or Reason!

Let me know of any questions or comments in the comment section below. 

Long Weekend Recap: A sick pup & Jessie

I can’t believe how much I’ve been failing at sticking to a schedule with my blog! Life has been nuts and Cora has been sick basically for the last three weeks. All excuses, but wanted to let you all know what’s been up! Looking to get back into the groove of things here ASAP.

Anyways, I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday and the long weekend is over. Did any of you do wonderful, fun things for the holiday?

Last Friday I went to a conference for work which ended up being pretty interested, but I’m so bad at LONG conferences, especially if I’m just being talked to and not interacted with. Lots of good nuggets of info, but I started drifting off after lunch.

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Thankfully I had a pretty walk home. 🙂

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I had a pretty killer headache by the end of the day, so I got home, laid around with Ben and Cora and then headed out to a local Irish bar for some fish and chips.

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Look good, but the taste was not there.

The rest of the night was spent dealing with Cora because her stomach issues were acting up again and she was up all night. 💩

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If any of you have ever had a sick animal (or child), you know how frustrating it can be. The vet doesn’t seem to be worried, but she’s just not doing super hot.

Saturday morning was rough after a night with Cora, so we got a late start and unfortunately got stuck in quite a bit of traffic on our way up north to Ben’s grandparents’ cabin. Thankfully it was worth it once we got there.

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One of the best parts about being up there is that I don’t have my phone on me, hence only having photos from when Ben and I went on the boat. Basically we hung out with the fam on Saturday afternoon and went to fireworks that night. Sunday we played around on the boat, did some fun games outside and celebrated his grandpa’s birthday. We left around 8 pm and got home around 11.

Thankfully we still had two more days off! Both Ben and I took off Monday to extend our weekends. We slept in, hung out with Cora and headed to Shake Shack for lunch + went to the movies to see Despicable Me 3 – which I cry-laughed at pretty much the whole time. 😉

Ben wasn’t feeling well, so we headed back home after stopping quick at Trader Joe’s to pick up some chicken to cook for Cora (strict rice + boiled chicken diet for her right now). I came home to a wonderful note that my gas had been turned off and unfortunately it won’t be turned back on until my landlord fixes a bunch of stuff in my place. Should be fun with no hot water and stove. #CanIMoveYet?

Tuesday we woke up late again and came over to Ben’s since maintenance was supposed to be coming over to fix the issues (which they didn’t). Ben made me breakfast and I felt pretty queasy after eating it even though it was just eggs and ham. We hung around the apartment, I ran to Starbucks and played with the pup. I was in a really weird tired/cranky mood that I couldn’t seem to shake. I ate lunch and all hell broke loose. I got so extremely sick to my stomach – nausea, light-headed, sweating, etc. So the rest of the afternoon I prettty much didn’t move from the couch.

Today I went to work, but ended up going home around noon to work from home due to light-headedness and nausea. Hopefully this is all gone by tomorrow because I have a presentation for work!

How do you deal with a sick puppy/child?

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!

Monday is back, which for me means … Weekend Recap time!

Friday was a pretty slow day, so I was able to leave right at 4:30 to pick my sister, Jenny, up from the train from Milwaukee. I currently work right next to Union Station, so it wasn’t too difficult to find her! We walked to the other train stop and took that back to my place to play with Cora (and Ben lol)!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!After a little bit of playing, we headed over to Giordano’s for some “deep dish pizza” or so we thought. Apparently we don’t know what deep dish is, though, so we technically got a “stuffed” pizza – still good!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
We ended up being there for awhile, so we headed back to my apartment to play with Cora. She had been sick all week, so we didn’t want to leave her alone for too long. It ended up being an early night for us since we were all so tired.

Ben left pretty early for work, so Jenny, Cora and I hung out a bit before Jenny and I took a Lyft over to Whisk.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!After Whisk, we walked over to Stan’s Donuts to grab a few to go before taking the train back home.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
Once back home, we played with the puppy for awhile until Ben got home. We then all (minus pup – booo) headed out to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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We spent a couple hours there, which was super fun! The park is free, but parking is SO expensive. We decided to take advantage of it and walked to RJ Grunts for dinner. Ben and I shared a burger and fish and chips. Burger was definitely the way to go!

I thought the burger was great, but it was SO crowded in there and everything was shoved together. Worked out though – just an extremely long dining experience.

After dinner, we walked over to Mollie’s Cupcakes to grab some to-go. Ben loves cupcakes (well, all sweets really) so he was excited.

Once home we ate the cupcakes and played with the baby Cora. I don’t love cupcakes, so I only ate half of it and gave the rest to Ben. We hung out on the couch, before Ben, Cora and I headed to bed. We were all so exhausted from walking ALL day!

Sunday we all slept in a bit before heading up to Rhyme or Reason, a brunch place Ben and I have been dying to try out and it LIVED UP to what we were hoping for! Ben and I shared a Bloody Mary, which had a sweetness to it that was SUPER good.

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Then came out the big guys – I got Fried Chicken & DONUTS. Oh. My. Gosh.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!The donuts were super fluffy and wonderful. I loved it and devoured it, though I did share a little with Ben. 🙂

When we left, I actually saw Taylor of The Daily Tay outside, so I stopped and said hey to her. I didn’t realize how many bloggers and Instagrammers I follow that live in the city. I saw a fashion Instagrammer I follow last weekend, but she was SUPER busy with her kids, so I didn’t bug her.

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It was about a two-mile walk, so we forced Jenny to walk home (she’s not used to walking everywhere like we are – we had to stop and buy her tennis shoes on Saturday so she could make it through the day!) It was nice to get in some movement, though. We spent the rest of the early afternoon playing with Cora and hanging out before talking Jenny to her 3:15 train.

Then it was WORK TIME! Ben and I had put aside work all weekend which is much needed sometimes, but since Cora was sick all week, we had tons of work built up. We headed off to Starbucks until about 7 pm to get some work done (and I started this blog). Before we left, we order Thai from Opart Thai (our favorite Thai place) and grabbed that on our way home. My neck was killing me, so my lovely boyfriend gave me a massage before getting some more work done. So grateful to him for helping me host the sister all weekend, but he definitely had a crazy busy night.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!Oh, hey Cora. 😉

While I lovvvvve going out to eat, this week is going to be a “get back on track” week. Not only am I running out of money haha, I’m just feeling awful physically. I have barely worked out + going out to eat / ordering food for almost a week and my body is OVER IT. Time to get back on track! I’m hoping to get to a grocery store or something tomorrow night. I’d love to go to Trader Joe’s, but I’d have to drive there and that TERRIFIES ME (driving in the city is scary, dude!). We’ll see – I might just stop at a random grocery store and try to beg Benjamin to take me to Trader Joe’s a different day. 😉

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m off to another full week of work, then off Saturday-Tuesday in Wisconsin at Ben’s grandparents’ cabin and I’m excited for some true chill time.

Oh, oh, oh! Fun fact – I have been building a website for my VA business! Can’t wait to share it with you guys. 🙂

A Social Media Manager + Dog Mom’s Monday

Hey friends! I thought it might be fun to show you how my days have changed in the last month! Plus, I absolutely love reading these types of posts. So, here we go!

5:30 am: Cora wakes up … waking both Benjamin and myself up. He (thankfully) gets up with her and takes her out to go to the bathroom. He plays with her a bit, puts her back in her crate by me and takes off for his early AM clients.

6:30 am: First alarm goes off. Hell-to-the-no. Who needs to do their hair anyway? I snooze it for 15 more minutes.

6:50 am: Get out of bed, let Cora out and feed her. I get ready while she picks at her food / runs into the bathroom to watch me. Thankfully my job is an extremely casual environment, so leggings/sweater/tank top + flip flops + hoops + minimal makeup (and undone hair) works.

7:15 am: I play with Cora for awhile (AKA she plops in my lap because she’s super tired this AM, so I scroll my company’s Facebook Group) and finally put her back in her crate.

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeI grab my workout bag (because I WILL WORKOUT TODAY, DAMMIT) and head out the door. I’m currently listening to Jen Sincero’s “You Are A Badass At Making Money” so I listen to that while I walk the ~40-minutes to work. I stop at Dunkin Donuts for a quick coffee (which I haven’t had in over a month) and run into work.

Social Media Manager Day in the Life8 am: Say hi to my boss and hit the ground running at work. Besides a few random check-ins, I haven’t been “online” in a couple days. I start out in Hootsuite, seeing if there’s anything I need to act on (thankful for the Support team that’s in there over the weekend). My next stop is the Facebook group, which is rapidly growing so I have to check each request in our platform to:

  1. Make sure they don’t have a Support ticket open (AKA a lot of people will try to jump on social media and attack every platform to get their question answered. I try to give Support some time to answer questions)
  2. Make sure they’re not a BOT or someone that just wants to sell their services to my group
  3. Make sure they’re a user of the platform since this is currently a users-only group

8:45 am: This is the time the 10 of us in marketing stand around a high-top table and discuss what we’re doing. It’s a pretty quick meeting since most of us have a case of the Mondays.

9 – 11:15 am: I spend this time on Slack, updating my content calendar, emailing new social media management platforms I’d like to work with (AKA Sprout Social), looking up / scheduling new content on all our platforms, reading blog posts, catching up on Twitter, etc.

11:30 am – 12 pm: Ben texts me saying Cora is doing well, which is GREAT. His schedule is early mornings > break during the day > evenings so Cora’s not in her crate all day (which is a big reason we felt it was okay to get a dog).

I head into our conference room to take a picture of our new hires (the biggest group so far!) for social media while they’re in orientation. Spend some time looking up hashtags, playing around in Instagram and posting the pic to different platforms. This honestly takes me like, 5 minutes, but I flip back and forth between Twitter/Facebook/Instagram to see if people are liking it. HA!

12 – 1 pm: Break into an *early* Diet Mountain Dew because yo girl is GROGGY. Break into this article and do research on how to convince everyone at my job that I need to start using Sprout Social instead of Hootsuite. The biggest reason is HS is way cheaper than SS, but it’s so inefficient for me. Keep your fingers crossed!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeIn between that, I work on checking on the FB group (I get post requests all day long that I have to moderate), the forum, slack, Hootsuite, etc. I also get a Slack message from a coworker asking how he can learn more about social media in general, so I give him a few outlets to follow. I also find a conference I’d like to go to and pitch it to my boss. It’s local.

1 – 1:30 pm: Lunch comes! We are offered free lunch every.single.day (woo!) at work, which is super helpful and cool. It’s catered in from random restaurants in the city, so it’s never the same. Some days I still sneak out to Chipotle, but today I had some rice, meatballs and falafel and it was spectacular. I stand in the lunch room with some colleagues while we eat and then back to work.

1:30 – 5 pm: Basically spend the afternoon IMing with my Support partner about a Facebook Group post that’s going rogue. When I’m not doing that:

  • I continue to manage the Facebook group. Unfortunately we have someone in there complaining, so I’m monitoring it as best as I can.
  • Convince the conference to let me in free-of-charge since my colleague is speaking
  • Reply to a few things on Hootsuite
  • Text Ben to convince him to come to my work party in July (free food + yacht = he agreed)
  • Try to keep up on Slack – we have a few channels that I’m on – one of them is #general and it’s just random stuff people put up. Hard not to get distracted sometimes!
  • Create JIRA ticket for a social media image design for 4th of July
  • Start trying to talk myself out of working out
  • Grab a quick snack and water from our way-too-accessible snack cabinets (btw dumbest snack choice ever – those cookies were gone in a minute)

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  • Starts to get noisy around 3:15 – headphones in. One of the problems with a completely open floor plan … hopefully I’ll be able to work remotely in the future occasionally. I get way too distracted!
  • Decide on user meetup Hashtag with events manager
  • Grab another DMD because I have a horrible habit, it’s free and I have a serious case of the Mondays.

5 pm: Work day done! Technically we’re done at 4:30, but, of course, there was a social media issue at 4:30. It’s definitely impossible to stick to a strict schedule when you’re a SMM.

5 – 5:45 pm: Walk right past the gym because I’m already done late from work and I’m not going to leave Cora any longer. Guess I have to start going to the gym in the AM again – boo. Took the train home and got to my boo!

6 – 6:45 pm: Take Cora for a walk, feed her and feed myself. She had dog food (heh), I had leftover hamburger and fries.

6:45 – 9 pm: Play with Cora, try to keep her corralled (thankfully she falls asleep) and I get some of my client work done. I also get to editing this here blog post!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeI also spend some time trying to figure out Coschedule. I’ve heard great things about it and, since it’s not too expensive, I’m thinking of using it for my blog and business. I’ll write a blog post about it once I’ve used it a bit more (literally my first day).

I spend the rest of the time bouncing between Cora + blogging + watching YouTube.

Social Media Manager Day in the Life9:30 pm: Ben comes over after his clients and eating at his place. Can’t wait until we’re in the same apartment at the beginning of September! It sucks (especially now with a puppy) during the week for him to basically have to live between two places. But we’ll manage – at least we live really close to each other!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeAnyways he takes over puppy-duty while I shower, clean up a bit and then hang out with him before we go to bed. Puppy = early mornings, so we’re going to bed much earlier!

And that’s what a normal-ish day has been looking like for me! What are some of your favorite parts of your day?

Weekend Recap: Sleepy Pup = DO ALL THE THINGS

How is it Monday already? Am I right, or am.i.right. Sorry for the lack of posts this past week but WOW having a puppy is hard work. It’s been an exhausting week to say the least.

So, let’s start with Friday. After work, I took the train home and met Ben and Cora for dinner. Cora was being super sassy, so Ben and I ate dinner while she calmed down. A little bit later, we headed over to Cone to get some ice cream.

After ice cream, we headed over to Mariano’s (a local grocery store) to pick up my prescriptions and a few odds and ends. One of those being this Fairlife Chocolate Milk, which I did not know existed until Ben pointed it out to me. Lactose-free?! Yay! Plus, Cora approves. 😉

PLUS, we found peonies (my favorite flower everevereverever) and Ben bought me some. 🙂

Once we got home, we cuddled up with the pup for the rest of the night and ended our night.

Saturday Ben woke up early with the puppy (thank GOD for him, because I struggle with mornings). He put her back to bed and took off to meet his clients, so Cora and I woke up and headed off to the vet! She did very well in the car and the vet, so I was pretty proud of her. She absolutely loves people, so she’s adorable when people are paying attention to her.

We got home, ate and hung out until Ben came over after work. Cora was super lethargic from her shots, so Ben and I took advantage of that and headed over to Taste of Randolph.

We tried out Bombo Bar’s Cooler Chocolate, which was incredible and then walked through the crowds for a bit more before deciding we’d rather head to a restaurant instead of eating a meal at vendors.

While walking out, we got caught in a crazy downpour – worked out because it cooled us down a bit!

Once we got home, we brought Cora outside to go to the bathroom and she fell back asleep, so we didn’t feel bad leaving her again for dinner. This time we ran out to Little Bad Wolf for a burger and a quick drink.

We went pretty early (around 5 pm) so we didn’t have a wait, which was nice. The burger was reallllllly good and the fries were incredible. Highly recommend, and I’m not a huge “burger” girl.

Obviously the lighting was not optimal, but you get the point. 😉

On the ride home, Ben made the quick decision to pop off an exit and go sit down by the lake while the sun set. He really does know the way to my heart … or at least the best way to chill me out!

The rest of the night we hung out with the pup while watching Madagascar 3. We ended up going to bed pretty early, which was a pretty successful day.

Sunday we slept in a bit (well, after Ben got up with Cora around 6:30 to take her out) before we headed out to The Breakfast Club for a “Father’s Day” breakfast since Ben is now a puppy dad. 😉 Ben got chicken and waffles, while I got a California Benedict (with the sauce on the side because #lactoseintolerant). Not a super trendy place, but it was still good!

After breakfast, we quickly picked up his sister and headed out to the ‘burbs with Cora. I’m sad I didn’t get to see my dad on this Father’s Day, but unfortunately that’s the price I pay for living in a different state. I hung out with Ben’s family for a bit before heading off to Starbucks to get a little bit of work done. Of course once I got there, I realized I forgot half the stuff I needed to do in my rush to get out the door this morning, so it was a quick trip.

Once back at the house, we all had dinner and continued to wear out the pup.

We got in the car and Cora PASSED OUT. She slept pretty much the whole way home.

Once home, she got a little antsy (my neighbors constantly play loud music so she thought she should be outside playing) so we put her in her crate to calm down and she passed out again.

And that’s pretty much my weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Weekend Recap: Meet Cora

My weekend was centered around one thing – or puppy – as you might guess. 🙂 Friday night after work, Ben and I got sushi before heading to Target to do one last big haul (+ an AC unit because my apartment is unreasonably hot) and headed to bed. We didn’t get much sleep.

Saturday we woke up at 5:45, grabbed a few things and got out the door. We made a few pit stops along the way, but after a few hours of driving … we met Cora.

Cora is our 9.5 week old golden retriever puppy if you haven’t been following me lately and had no idea we were getting a puppy. And yesterday we picked her up!

After that, we headed about 25-miles east to Ben’s grandparents to spend some time with her (and his g-parents) before heading back to Illinois.

Yes, she’s as sweet as she looks. 🙂

We left a few hours later, made a quick pit stop and then headed to Ben’s parent’s house for another little break. We were super lucky because Cora basically slept the entire time we were in the car.

The three of us finally made it back to Chicago around 7:30, and then my friendsSaige, Joel and Jeffrey all showed up to see her as well. SO popular.

After they left, Ben and I ordered pizza and salad and he tried to figure out how he’d need to install my AC unit. Cora wanted to be close, of course.

Saturday night was a bit rough. We’re crate-training her PLUS potty-training, so there were a few accidents and some restlessness. She woke us up around 1 am, 5 am and then 7 am. I was so exhausted that Ben let me sleep some more and I got up around 8:30.

We got up, moved over to Ben’s apartment to eat and hang out for the morning/early afternoon.

There were a nap and a few bathroom accidents in there, too.  back to my apartment

Then back to my apartment. We were going to bring her to the park, but it was 90+ degrees outside and she was so hot, so instead we spent some time putting in the AC unit (meaning Ben did it and Cora and I watched).

The rest of the afternoon was spent being lazy and trying not to fall asleep constantly (which was difficult).

And that was our first weekend with Cora!

How was your weekend?
Any puppy advice for us newbies?

Books I’ve Read: Vol. 3

My book reading/listening has slowed a bit since I left my job with the CRAZY commute, but I’m still trying to stay on board!. Here are the books I read in May (and take a look what I read last month!)

  1. “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein
    I really liked listening to this book. I don’t think it’s my favorite book I’ve ever read, but I loved learning how Gabbie chooses love over anything else. It actually reminded me a lot of “Mastering Your Mean Girl” which I read in April.

    I will be honest, though. I actually don’t remember most of this book. Granted, I read it just over a month ago now, but when I sat down to write this, I had to really think back on it. Definitely not a book that I can recite (Like “You Are A Badass”) but was still good!

  2. “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley
    This was very different than the other books I’ve read so far, so it was a breath of fresh air. It was a bunch of essays that Sloane wrote from her life – some were funny, some were kind of weird. It was a fun break. Again, not my favorite book, but a nice transition away from self-help … even though I’m hopping right back into that arena haha!

I actually started “You Are A Badass At Making Money” and I’m loving it so far. I’m not finished yet, though, so it’ll be a part of next month’s wrap-up.

What have you been reading? Have you read either of these books?

What We Did In Nashville

Ahhh, vacation.

More like …

AHHHHH VACATION

Amiright or amiright?

So anyways, that’s my excuse for you getting a weekend recap/Nashville recap on Wednesday. 😉

Let’s go back to last Thursday, shall we?

On Thursday, I ended up getting stuck at work about a half hour late because some stuff blew up on Facebook. I got to the gym around 5:15 and then got a call from my boss and then got in my workout. By the time I got home, I was pooped, but I self tanned and packed up my stuff for Nashville.

Friday was here before we knew it! We were up pretty early and made it to pick up Ben’s friend Adam to take along for the ride. I’ll spare you the details of the ride – it was 8+ hours in the car so… lots of snacks, talking and music.

We made it to Nashville around 7ish and got into our cute Air BnB.

And that’s literally the only picture I took because I took a bunch of video for Snapchat & Instagram. If you’ve followed me for awhile, I’m pretty famous (LIES) for doing “Hotel Tours” from my traveling event planning days, so this time I did an Air BnB tour. Hopefully you saw it, because it was the cutest Air BnB ever!

After messing around the house a bit, we took off to meet up with the rest of the friends (we were staying with a total of 5 other people) at The Pharmacy for dinner. Of course, no photos, because I was not feeling well at all, but did manage to get half a burger down. Super good, just not feeling well! Since we went to Nashville for a wedding, we met up with the rest of the people in town at a bar for a quick drink before heading back to the house.

Saturday we all slept in a tiny bit before four of us headed out to Sky Blue Cafe for brunch. There was a 45 min-1 hr wait, but we decided to risk it. 1.5 hours later we finally got a seat … but it was worth it!

I got the Lo’s Bowl (minus the cheese) which was potatoes, peppers, tomato, onion, spinach and egg. Topped it with hot sauce and it was SO good.

The table shared this beauty. It was Stuffed French Toast PB&J Pancakes. What?

Basically it was a pancake –> jam/PB –> French toast –> jam/PB –> pancake, etc.

SO GOOD.

After brunch, Ben and I headed to the Grand Ole Opry to meet up with my friend Angela who lives in Nashville. She let us go through a quick tour, then we chatted with her on some of the best places to go while there. So great to see her!

We headed home after that and got ready for the wedding.

We clean up pretty well. 🙂

The wedding was literally a block away at the East Ivy Mansion and it was beautiful. Instead of describing it, here’s a bunch of pictures of the fun we had!  And literally my favorite photo of ALL time …

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Dinner was Southern BBQ and I had one sangria-type drink – it helps that both Ben and I aren’t huge drinkers, so we both were fine cutting out the alcohol for the night. We stayed and hung out with everyone, but ended up leaving around 10:30 pm to get back home because we were super exhausted from the sun and crazy day.

On Sunday we all slept in a bit, but Ben and I headed out for brunch at Butcher and Bee. I got Avocado Crunchy Rice and it was AMAZING.

We then headed out (into the rain, I might add) to The Soda Parlor for a sweet treat.

After our brunch, we headed back to the house and laid around for a bit (no one else was home). Once the lazy time was up (and the rain stopped), we headed to Centennial Park to see the Parthenon.

On our way back, we got a text from the rest of the group that they were hanging out at a bar not too far from us, so we stopped by to hang out with them before heading to dinner at Martin’s BBQ. My food doesn’t look super appetizing, but trust me – it was amazing. I had brisket tacos, french friends and beans and OMGYUM.

We headed to Broadway to get in some live music to top off our night.

Monday we woke up pretty early, went to breakfast at the Blue Sky Cafe again and then headed out around 10. We got back into the city around 7:30 and then Ben and I postmated some Portillos and called it a night.

That was our weekend! Have you ever been to Nashville? What did you think?

June Goals + May Hits & Misses

I seriously can’t believe it’s JUNE – what?! We’re almost halfway through the year. How did that even happen?

Time for some June Goals! You can see my May Goals here. 🙂

Let’s take a look back at May!

What went super well …
Find a new gym downtown. Done!
Get back on the workout train. Done, for the most part!
Start my new job. Done, and done! 🙂
Start coaching with Amy again. Thank GOD!
Get settled and write a new DITL post. Done! I actually am putting my Day in the Life post on someone else’s website as a guest post, though. I’ll get one for you all soon!
Spend time in Green Bay. Done!

What went pretty well …
Continue work on self-love. My first step was this.
Start cooking more with Ben. Does having him cook for me all the time count?
Drink more water. I’ve been making a conscious effort to do this! And I’ve cut out coffee.

What didn’t happen …
Lose 3-5 lbs. Nope. In fact, I probably gained a bit, but I’m trying not to focus on weight.
Set aside money. Nope. After the crazy day of spending almost $1400 in 24-hours, I’m feelin’ pretty tight. HOWEVER, I’m moving past it and I know I’ll be able to pay it off someday soon.
Go Spring shopping. Nope … the losing $1400 kinda hindered that!
Start writing love story with Ben. ………..

June 2017 Goals

Health & Fitness Goals:
Get back up to an average of 5 workouts per week. I’m currently hovering around 3.
Start counting macros again. I stopped counting macros for awhile to get myself in a better headspace. After my trip to Nashville this weekend, I plan to get back on it! I feel so much better when I do.
Incorporate new meals. The rice and meat combo has hit its limit.

Business & Financial Goals:
Finish “You Are A Badass At Making Money” by Jen Sincero and start working on her recommendations. Love this book!
Put together a budget. Believe it or not, I’m 29-years-old and don’t have a budget and it shows!
Start thinking of money in a positive light, instead of so negative. This is one of Jen Sincero’s teachings, but I want to live a rich and financially free life and I can’t do that if I hate money as much as I currently do.
Bring on two more clients. I’ve got to put a plan together to do so, but it includes reaching out to people. If you know of anyone looking for a virtual assistant or social media manager, please let me know! 🙂 

Life Goals:
Post at least three YouTube videos in June. Oh yes, girl. I’m coming back!
Post at least three times per week on this blog. Yay, blogging!
Make a Vision Board of sorts. Whether it’s online or physical – doesn’t matter!
Make my bed every day. I’ve gotten out of habit with this and it makes me feel so much better when I do it.
Try meditation and/or yoga. Ben is getting certified in yoga instruction and has been telling me for months that I should meditate. I really need to do it – this overwhelmed brain needs it!

What are your goals for June?

Gymshark Flex Leggings Review

Okay, if you’re into the YouTube or Instagram fitness culture at all, you’ve probably heard of Gymshark. If you aren’t, well … you’ve probably heard me talk about Gymshark. 😉

Their Flex leggings are now my most favorite workout pants that I own! Here’s a few reasons why:

Price: $38 + free shipping

Let’s start with the most important question first – price. I’ve now bought three pairs of the Flex Leggings (and one of the seamless leggings). And I’ll be honest … before I bought these, the most I’ve ever spent on workout clothes was $16 so $38 seemed expensive. Next to Lulu $100+ leggings, $38 is a steal! Don’t get me wrong, I want to get some Lulu’s someday, but these are my “I can afford more than $16 TJ Maxx leggings, butttttt mama’s gotta eat so can’t have Lulu yet.”

Squat Proof: Yes

I have a booty, in case you haven’t noticed. So issues with pants being squat proof arise all.the.time. These pants are amazingly squat proof. I think the lighter ones might be a tiny bit more sheer than the other colors, but I’ve still worn them on leg day and have never been self-conscious.

Sweat Proof: Yes

Okay, so I haven’t noticed any sweat marks or issues like that, HOWEVER it’s still kinda cool outside here so I haven’t been in 90+ degree humidity yet. But so far, so good!

Fit: Awesome-sauce

I was worried that the pants wouldn’t fit me the best since they’re not technically high-waisted and I hold a lot of bloat in my stomach all the time. Since my pants aren’t overly tight, I pull them up to be pretty high-waisted which makes me feel pretty comfortable. I will say because I’m super short, the full-length pant is a little long, but I don’t mind that they scrunch on the bottom. That’s good for you tall ladies, though!

Also, the booty contouring? Da best.

Comfort: Amazing, except when I’m bloated

This is not the pants fault ^^ Since I struggle with food intolerances and I’m still working through some eating issues, my stomach is bloated quite a bit. The pants are SUPER comfortable and flattering, but they do dig into my stomach a bit when it’s bloated. When it’s not, we’re all good! Or I just pull them up as high as I can so it contains the bloat. 😉

*P.S. This is obviously not sponsored, though I’d probably hysterically cry if Gymshark ever sponsored me. 🙂 Just a true fan!

What is your favorite workout outfit?