January Book Review!

Somehow I managed to read SIX books this month! Can you believe that?! I went from reading zero books to six and I’m not stopping there!

I haven’t done a book review in forever because I haven’t found the time or truly had any interest in opening a new book but this month, it was a game changer!

I LOVED having the Kindle this month – I didn’t know how I felt about it since I really do like to hold the book but having the Kindle and my library card (yes, a library card and I realize I’m late to the game!), I loved being able to rent another book right after I finished the other. And I didn’t have to go anywhere to do that – jackpot!

Let’s jump right in!

One

Beautiful Day

The first book I read this month was Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand.  I had  no idea what this book was about when I picked it but figured if it’s by Elin then it can’t be bad!  I was right – it was so good and left me wanting more!  It’s about a wedding on Nantucket (ugh, when can I visit?!) and a family who lost their mother years earlier .  She can’t be there for the wedding but wrote up a whole notebook full of ideas for her daughter’s wedding.  It’s a really sweet and simple read that I definitely recommend!

Two

The Break Down

I got this book from my SIL for Christmas and I was eager to read it.  I’d read another book by this author last year and realized that I really do like to read these thriller type books!  Again, I didn’t know what to expect or what this book was about but it was so good!  It’s about a murder that happens one night while a girl is driving home and how her life unravels after it.  It keeps you on your toes and makes you want to keep reading.  Definitely a book to add to your list!

Three

Here's to Us

This book wasn’t one of my favorites this month! I thought it was good but there were a lot of different characters and it was told through each of their point of views which made it hard to follow.  I also didn’t feel like I “connected” with any of the characters.  The story line was a little heartbreaking but I loved the ending! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re like me and trying to read ALLL the Hilderbrand books 🙂 But I’d save it for a last one. I just didn’t love it overall!

Four

Couple Next Door

Oh my, this one kept me on my toes! I had some suspicions during it but didn’t see the end coming.  If you love thrillers, definitely give this one a try! It’s about a couple’s baby that is kidnapped and trying understand who took the baby.  Is the baby alive still? I wouldn’t advise reading it in the dark or by yourself but I would advise you read it 🙂

Five

Identicals

Ok… this is my favorite Elin book so far!! It took me a little bit to get into and I kept thinking… is this as good as everyone says?! But it totally is! This is about two identical twin sisters who live on separate islands (Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard) and hadn’t seen each other in years.  Their father passes away and they find each other on the same island dealing with their feelings and what happened.  It unravels and is so so good! If you read any Elin Hilderbrand books this year, make sure this one is it!

Six

The River at Night

I read this book based on another blogger’s recommendation and I can’t say I loved it, at all. It was hard to get into and even at the end, I thought… really?! It’s about four best friends that go on a camping trip and white water rafting – things don’t go as planned and it tells their journey.  Hopefully that’s not saying too much.  Pick it up if you’re a hiker/camper but it just wasn’t for me!

Well, that’s all folks!

I’m hoping to keep up with this reading craze and i’ll be back to share another book review for February! I wrote down your recommendations from before but if you have any good recs for thriller/suspense books like above, let me know! 🙂

aKristi

 

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Weekend Rewind + Target Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday! Boy, I’m happy Monday is over! It was just one of those days… and I’m hoping the rest of the week goes better!

We had such a fun this weekend – checking out the Super Bowl experience (it helps when you live 20 mins from the stadium where the Super Bowl is going to be held!) and enjoying a movie (Forever Girl – so cute as if I expected anything less!) with a good girlfriend!

I only seemed to take pictures from Saturday so without further adieu…

We walked into the convention center downtown to see what the big deal was 😜

We loved seeing all the NFL teams – Go Pack Go!

They have these huge helmets lined with every team – pretty fun to see!

Then we headed into the actual event and saw the “Locker rooms” all set up for the big players!

 We got to see the Lombardi trophy!

 And the NFC and AFC championship trophies as well!

It was cool – anyone and everyone could get up on these player bodies and “be” the players!

Of course, our Packer player!!

The Super Bowl rings were fun to see…

And they even dated back to the very FIRST Super Bowl ring…

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Which the Packers won of course 🙂

Second ever Super Bowl ring below!

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It was fun to see how much they’ve changed over the years and how blinged out they are now!

img_3985 They had virtual reality and played some games!

There were some retired players signing autographs like Greg Jennings.

And my Mama joined us too!

 My brother was supposed to join us as well but woke up around 3 am with the full blown flu – such a bummer!!

Then we headed out to Nicollet Mall to see the rest of the festivities!

It was so much fun and glad to see it all before it gets even crazier this week!

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I headed to Target as well this weekend and they have some really cute stuff – as usual 🙂

First off.. I just love their sugar fix line!

And seriously.. they had so much on sale from this line!

How cute is this white quilted purse?! It looks totally high end and was on sale for under $20!

Oh my.. did you guys see these gingham flats?!

Love! So why am I sharing some favorites from Target?!  Oh yeah… I love their $1 section always but especially around this time of year because #givemeallthepinkandred

Now is the fun part!

I’m linking up with some great gals to share a $150 Target Gift card Giveaway! Giveaway is through this Friday so you definitely want to enter ASAP!

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What would you purchase with the gift card if you won?! Leave me a comment below to let me know! 🙂

aKristi

Ending the week in… Lilly!

Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s the last week of Lilly on the blog and some of you are probably like this…

While others are like this…

I feel you.. both! 🤣

I can’t believe I managed to blog 5 days this week… FIVE days! It’s so much easier when I have fun outfits to share!

Today, I’m sharing two outfits.. mainly because it’s the end of Lilly week – and I figure you might not want to see more next week 😉

Let’s jump right in!

This Meg top is one of my very favorites! I have it in a few prints and it’s so comfortable and easy to pair with anything!

It can be dressed up or dressed down! Throw a faux fur vest on with it, cute jean shorts or work pants and you’re good to go! Of course, not all together at the same time 🤣

This little love wanted to see me while I was putting my shoes on!

This next top was from the sale as well – only $19! I’m going to love it more when it’s warm and sunny out but for now, this would be a fun going out top in spring!

Just so you can see the colors and top up close – don’t mind my hair and paler skin 🤣🤣

In all honesty – do you wear your Lilly Pulitzer all year round or just in summer?! And I need to know.. what are your favorite pieces because I’m always looking to add to my closet! #fashionaddicted

On another note – I stopped by Target and they have such cute stuff.. for real! I have a fun Giveaway for y’all next week and I’ll share all those favorites!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Kristi

Weekend Recap in Lilly!

Happy Thursday!

This past weekend was a busy one – sort of! I started off Friday night with a Mimosa because #its5oclocksomewhere

And a little happy hour and queso with the Mr!

On Saturday, we headed to Eau Claire for the day for a bowling tournament for Logan – luckily for me, my Mom and Grandma live there (and where I went to college!) so I was able to squeeze some time with them!

We had lunch at Mancinos – one of Logan’s favorite grinder places ever – before Logan left us for bowling!

I promise she was happy to see me and have lunch, contrary to her non smiling face 🤣

Then headed to a few shops with my Mama – Ross, Pier 1 and Walmart!

My mom had Lilly on too but you can’t see it under her vest 🙂

Then we stopped for some Coldstone because #wheninrome

I always get the Cake Batter and Cookie Dough.. obsessed!

I picked Logan up shortly after and hung around with some of his work buddies for a few drinks!

My Moms birthday is this Sunday and even though we will end up seeing her this weekend, we have her gifts before we headed out!

She was pretty stoked for the Kindle 🙂 oh yeah, and Lilly!

That was our weekend! Sunday, we relaxed and watched some football! I should have done my meal planning but that didn’t happen #shocker but I’ll get back to it next week!

Kristi

Let’s Make It Sunny!

We’re halfway through the week and I’m already ready for the weekend!

We’re doing some Superbowl activities this weekend because when will we ever be around the Superbowl?! Probably never… So we thought it would be fun to act like tourists for a day and do all the things!

I’ve had a few of you ask if there are other ways to purchase good Lilly at decent prices #not200dollarsforadress AND there is! Of course, there’s the After Party Sale that’s twice a year but also, there are so many groups on Facebook, Re-Lilly is one where people put their gently used Lilly up on there for sale and you can contact the person to purchase.

I also use Poshmark as a selling mechanism (and have purchased a thing or two) for all things Lilly! You can check out other sellers reviews and make sure the items are good quality!

So check those out for some good deals! Moving onto this fun dress…

Isn’t it so fun?! I didn’t know if I loved it because of the style (it’s the Linden dress, if you’re wondering!) and with my larger chest, sometimes these dresses aren’t the cutest…

But, boy do I love a good flamingo print?! #allthehearteyes

These cute flats have my monogram on them and are only $15! They definitely need to be broken in – the backs are killing me after one wear but I’ll let you know how they are after a few wears!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?! Or just this fun Wednesday?!

aKristi

Dreaming of Warmer Days…

While I’m over here thinking about wearing #allthelilly, Minnesota clearly didn’t get the memo!  We got about 5-6 inches of snow yesterday and it was insane!

Thankfully, I did not end up having to drive in after my appointment yesterday and was able to head home (the roads were TERRIBLE even around that time!) and listen to the call from there.  I can’t even imagine driving in it after work with how bad it was at noon!

It’s day two of Lilly over here and I’m dreaming of Spring and Summer.  It’s almost here, right?! Ha!

Aside from dresses, Lilly Pulitzer popovers are one of my favorite pieces because you can wear them year round!

They are slimming, bright and so colorful! I just love them all 🙂

Fun fact: I wore these flats at our wedding! I wore uggs for the actual ceremony (since it was an outdoor “winter” wedding in Minnesota in December) but threw these flats on for the dancing and reception! I always thought I’d wear heels for our wedding but I’m glad I have a pair of shoes I’m more likely to wear again and reminisce about that day!

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

aKristi

Lilly Pulitzer Week!

Helllllllo! Happy Monday!

We have a snow storm upon us #whatsnew and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it!  Normally, if it snows at all, I work from home because if I don’t have to be on the roads – I’m not! But today, we have meetings in person so off to the office I go!

I polled instagram last week about a full week of Lilly outfits – and y’all responded that you ABSOLUTELY do want to see those After Party Sale purchases and how I’m styling them this Winter. So every post this week will be just that; a sale purchase!

First up for the week: the Willa Dress!  

I’m on the fence about this dress to be honest…. The style is good but the colors just aren’t as vibrant as I’d like!

However, we had 2 days of 40 degree weather, and while I’d prefer it to be a littttttle bit warmer to wear this, I would absolutely wear this dress with booties much like in the pictures.  It’s perfect for the cooler weather!

Not pictured but I’d also throw on my faux fur vest in case it got a little bit chilly!

Did any of y’all pick up this Willa dress from the sale?!

I didn’t do meal planning yesterday as planned…. mainly because I’m not sure how long it will take me to get home from the office today.  ON a good day, it’s an hour… with the snow they’re talking about us getting.. it could take up to 3 hours!  But I will work on getting meal planning done tonight for the week though because it’s been SO much easier the past two weeks with it planned out.

Wish me luck today… hope you have a fabulous day!!

aKristi

Crockpot Cuban Beef Recipe

Happy Friday!

It’s almost the weekend, finally and instead of sharing some favorites on here – I thought I’d share a super good recipe we made this week!

Normally, I’m the worst at picking recipes… I mean, they are just plain ol’ NOT good! But this one… oh my! Even Logan said it tasted SO good!

He actually said the beef tasted so much like Chipotle’s Barbacoa (whatever that is?!). AND it’s Paleo, gluten free and pretty healthy so I’ll take it as a win!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb beef chuck roast
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 poblano pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium white onion (one half thinly sliced, and the other half chopped)
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T cumin
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)

Instructions:

  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once olive oil is shimmering hot, sear chuck roast for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Place chuck roast (with oil and drippings from pan) in crock-pot. Add poblano pepper and sliced onion. Pour in beef broth and tomato paste. Add cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and garlic. Stir ingredients. Place lid on crock-pot, and heat on low 6-8 hours.
  • Once beef is fork-tender, shred on a large plate, using two forks. Return to crock-pot for 30 minutes.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice with chopped onion, cilantro, and a lime wedge. Pan-fried plantain slices would also compliment this Cuban dish.

The instructions and ingredients are from the original recipe.  Logan made this today and a few notes for what he did in addition to the recipe:

 The Chef’s Logan’s Notes:

  • Add seasoning to the beef roast before searing it – he added Montreal Seasoning and salt/pepper
  • Add an additional tablespoon of garlic
  • Add 1 T salt
  • Add 1 T pepper
  • Add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro to the crock pot (versus just garnish)

 

For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of it while we ate last night #bloggerfail BUT you won’t be disappointed if you give it a try!! 🙂

Let me know if you like my “meal planning Monday” posts and I’ll show the recipes that are total wins throughout the weeks if so!

Have a fabulous Friday!

aKristi

Life Lately + A Giveaway!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared about what we’ve been up to lately!  I mean.. we don’t lead a very exciting life in that we haven’t been extremely busy.  Logan was sick all weekend and he’s finally feeling better (yay!) so our weekend was a little bit more relaxed!

Here’s a little bit of life lately around these parts!

I went on a breakfast and shopping date with Gayle to our favorite home store a few weekends ago – Kirklands!

It’s always so nice to get together and even better when we can shop!

Logan and I finally hit up the gym together! It was only the one time so far but it’s a start!

Can you tell how thrilled he was to go?! Ha!

I’ve been doing workouts at home versus the gym – and I’m happy to say I’ve worked out 3 times/a week the last two weeks! Win in my book!

We went over to my Brother’s the other weekend since my Dad was in town for their Christmas!

I’ll take any chance I can to snuggle little Ms. Nora.  Can you spy her back there?!  I sang the Wheels on the Bus and danced her around and she LOVED it! No joke – incessant giggles and all 🙂

I had a fun coffee date with Ashton! Oh yeah – and we got our nails did too 🙂

Gosh, I love this girl and am so glad we could catch up! I always feel so put together when my nails are done but I’m terrible at making the effort normally!

I made Chocolate Chip Cookies for the sick boy on Friday and I’m loving this warm (but not very attractive) marshmallow sweatshirt 🙂

I snuggled this little one (always a favorite!) and she loved it even though her face tells otherwise! ha!

Logan and I finally enjoyed a little night out at Texas Roadhouse for dinner! We never think to go there but had a gift card for our anniversary from my Mom so thought we’d give it a try!

I can’t believe how busy it was for a Monday night! The waiting area was insane and it was a 30 minute wait just for the two of us so we decided the full service bar was right up our alley! 😊

I’m pretty sure I ate {and drank} my weight in food!!

Last but not least… if you’ve made it this far… I have a fun giveaway for you!

I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to give you a chance to win a $150 Nordstrom Giftcard! Scoreeeeeee! 🙂 Follow the steps below (as many as you’d like) to enter!

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Giveaway ends January 22! Goodluck!

aKristi

Meal Planning Monday!

Hello! Happy let’s hope this work day goes quickly! It is Monday after all…

Our weekend looked a whole lot like a blank blog post… no joke! The Mr. started feeling under the weather on Thursday and spiraled a bit this weekend with a cold so he stayed in bed ALL weekend! In turn… I didn’t do a whole lot either – mainly because it was -2 degrees and snowy!

I did, however, squeeze in a quick coffee and nail date with this girl – which was my highlight for sure!

I’m trying to stick to some goals (I guess you could say, goals!) of the new year while it lasts and therefore I’m sharing a few meals we’ll be enjoying this week!

 Monday – BLTs

Tuesday – Crock pot Cuban Beef

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Chicken Gyros

Friday – leftovers 

As you can tell – nothing earth shattering about these recipes but I’m happy that I went to the store yesterday to get prepped for them.  It really does make the days/nights easier when I’m not thinking “what can we have for dinner…” all week!

Well.. time to get to work and finish out this Monday!

Please share what you’re having this week!! I need all the ideas as usual 🙂

aKristi