From city to country

Growing up, I thought I would always be a city girl. Every tv show I watched, celebrities I admired, visions I had for my future – everything screamed “city girl”. Everyone in my family thought so too – it is where I felt I would belong.

My hometown was not near a big city, its big but very residential and about 2 hours from Madison, WI. The closest city is Green Bay. I say this only because it’s not like I was living near a big city and felt like I belonged there, I literally just thought I would like living in a city.

In my head, I would be successful, trendy, walk down city streets with sky scarper buildings, and eat out all the time with my girlfriends (lol the most cliché). This was maybe ages between 14-20? Flashforward to my life now and I am the complete opposite, and I LOVE IT.

Meeting Matt opened my eyes to a whole new world that I didn’t know I would belong in. His family is how we got to the house we live in now. It’s a long story but we share the property with the family business so it works out perfectly.

From college, I moved to Minneapolis thinking, “Ok, this is it. I’m going to live my city girl dreams.” Nope. I lived in South Minneapolis so it wasn’t in the heart of it all but it just wasn’t for me. It was expensive, parking was so frustrating anywhere I went, dirty, lonely, and a little spooky. I felt so out of place.

As I get older, I realize I’m much further from a city girl than I thought. I love the outdoors. I love having our own space without any close neighbors. I love the peaceful feeling I get when I look out at the cornfield in the summer. I love having space for a big garden. I love being guarded by huge trees. I love living in the country.

I’ve learned a lot since moving away from the city, and I’m going to continue to learn throughout the years. I’m a country newbie, that’s for sure haha. Still hate bugs and I don’t think that’s changing.

It feels good though, to finally find a place I feel comfortable in and to share it with someone I love. I never thought I would feel this way and now I can’t imagine my life any other way.

xo, kk

5 ways to stay motivated during the gloomy days

I don’t know about you guys, but with daylight savings here, my motivation has been a struggle. I typically workout after work but lately, it hasn’t been so easy. I had my West Coast trip then 5 days of celebrating my birthday (not complaining haha) and just like that, I got out of the groove of my workout habit. To top it all off, daylight savings came and all of a sudden it was always dark, cold and gloomy.

This transition was tough. I felt a change in my attitude and in my everyday habits. I just wanted to sit on the couch or sleep. I was in a rut. But this is normal! Everyone goes through it.

However, in Minnesota we basically have like 4 winters so I had to find ways to get my butt up and do something about it. I wanted to share some helpful ways to find that motivation again.

Talk about it. Don’t keep it all in. If you’re upset about something or truly just feeling down because of the weather, let it out! I do not hold back when expressing my feelings haha  but I have found that it’s helped me! I talk to Matt, my friends, or family and let them know how I’m feeling.

Keep hydrated. Drink tons of water. This feels obvious but it does keep your energy up, trust me! Not only that, during the cold season it keeps your skin more hydrated. Win, win!

Get Outside. If you see that sun out, GET OUTSIDE. This has been huge for me. I have even worked from home just to get outside a bit more ( I know everyone doesn’t have that luxury but if you do, I recommend!) Soaking up any vitamin D during these cold months is crucial. If you’re unable to do that, I also take Vitamin D pills to help.

Stay Active. If you can do anything to stop it, don’t break your workout routine because of the weather. Fight through it and you’ll feel so much better post workout, it never fails! One of my  biggest weakness is breaking my routine and it’s also one of my biggest goals for 2019 – Don’t break your habit!! It’s not worth it.

Be social. Get with friends or family as often as you can. Date nights with Matt or laughing with my friends is a quick cure for my unmotivated mood. When I hear what other people are doing to stay motivated, it amps up my motivation too. I love my me time and always make time for that, but being with friends and family really helps to not become a grouch this time of year.

Bonus tip: If you can plan a vacation with warm weather – now is the perfect time!! I am going to Arizona and I can’t wait to get some sunshine in.

I hope this was helpful. If anything, just know it’s completely normal to feel unmotivated this time of year.  You are not alone! But when you are active it definitely helps keep your mood up and a smile on your face 🙂

xo, kk

Seattle & Portland Recap

My very best friend Alicia and I decided we needed a little trip. And soon. We wanted to keep it relatively cheap but something we had never done. Well a college roommate and good friend of mine lives in Portland, which sparked this vacation spot.

We booked a one way to Seattle, took a train up the coast to Portland and left from Portland.

Lets start with Seattle. We LOVE Seattle. I love that city and will definitely be going back. A huge perk for me was that we could walk everywhere – I strongly dislike relying on public transportation. I get motion sickness and also, just get impatient waiting for public transportation. I’d much rather be moving, walking around and exploring the city on my own two feet!

We booked a hotel at The Mediterranean Inn, less than a mile from the Space Needle – it was prime location! We got in at dinner time, grabbed some tacos from a local joint and just enjoyed each others company!

Starting fresh on Friday, we woke up early and caught the sunrise from the rooftop of our hotel. What a view!

We grabbed some coffee and headed to Kerry Park. Nobody told us how steep of a hill it is to walk up to Kerry Park – oh my gosh it was nuts! My calves were feeling it. But the view was 100% worth it. It was windy as can be but we didn’t care. Got some good shots and enjoyed our moments and on we went!

From there, we walked the 1.5 miles to Pike Place to see all the things. We walked around the market, grabbed an early lunch, checked out the gum wall and the water front. Got a quick Starbucks from the first ever location.

We had to make a 2:20 train to Portland so we made our way back to the hotel to grab our luggage. On the way we stopped at the space needle, that thing is huge! It was tough getting a photo from so close haha. Overall Seattle was AMAZING! Love love love.

The train ride was beautiful – all along the coast to Portland. I highly recommend taking an Amtrak rather than renting a car if you are trying to get both locations in.

I have a friend in Portland so luckily she was around and let us stay with her. We fell in love with this sushi place and went there both times for dinner..whoops. Friday night we went to dinner and kind of took it easy – we were exhausted!

Saturday, my friend wanted to take us to the coast. First we had to stop at VooDoo donuts though – so worth it!  We arrived at Cannon Beach just in time for the sun to come out! It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had such a blast just being on the beach, catching up, and taking photos. It’s wonderful how happy your mood can get just by being on the beach. We spent the afternoon there and headed back to get ready for the night. Grabbed some drinks downtown Portland but it was rainy as can be.

Sunday we were not flying out until 6pm so we were able to explore a bit more. And the sun came out again for the most part! We explored the little shops everywhere, and I found the most adorable Vince Camuto booties for $20 at a thrift store. WIN! Lastly, before the airport we stopped at Mt. Tabor to check out the views. So beautiful!

It’s true what they say. Keep Portland Weird. It was such an interesting town, something I’ve never really experienced. But I am so glad I was able to experience it now.

I’d love to go back to the west coast again and do more hiking outside of the city. That’s a trip I’ll take Matt with! I loved the West Coast so much – there is so much to see in the world I can’t wait for more adventures!

I know this was a lengthy post but I hope it was well enjoyed.

xo, kk

 

 

26 lessons learned in 26 years

I am beaming with happiness. I turn 27 today and I became an aunt this week. Life is good! I know I mentioned earlier that my West Coast trip will be on the blog this week – but I am pushing that back one week! I wanted to share 26 lessons I have learned in my 26 years of life.

  1. Family is everything. I learn this more and more each year, to cherish and love my family unconditionally. I am so lucky and sometimes I forget that.
  2.  Friendships take work. My whole life I have always had different groups of friends, I love meeting new people and connecting! But it’s no easy task trying to keep up with everyone while still keeping up with yourself. It takes work and to me, its so rewarding seeing longtime friendships continue to grow.
  3. Friendships fade. On that note, it is okay that some friendships fade. Some people were just meant to be a chapter in our life. When you start to realize you are the only one trying to keep up – is it really worth it anymore?
  4. Sometimes you need to be selfish. I am someone who worries about everyone around me but forget to worry about myself, and I’m learning that sometimes, I need to put myself first!
  5. Communication is so important. This is a big one for me. I am #teamcommunication for every type of relationship. People cannot read your mind!
  6. All holidays are not spent with my family. I’m used to inconsistency with holidays growing up with divorced parents. And now with Matt in my life, I don’t get to see my family for every holiday. Which is okay because I LOVE his family so much. But it is hard sometimes, and it makes me realize that I need to cherish the times when my family is together, even if it is not on a specific holiday date.
  7. Work hard. This is self explanatory. Never stop chasing your dreams and working hard to achieve your goals.
  8. Try something new in the kitchen. This year specifically, I have really tried to get creative with cooking. Some are kitchen fails but mostly they are successes! It’s great testing new recipes out on Matt, I have to start writing them down! This will be a goal for year 27 🙂
  9. Music makes everything better. It started with the edgy One Tree Hill and OC soundtracks that really got me into music ha. I felt so deeply listening to them as a little tween, I would cry both happy and sad tears! My music taste has evolved but I still love a good cry listening to my favorite songs. I have learned throughout the years that music will always be important in my life.
  10. Eat all the food. Life is too short not to enjoy all the tasty food life has to offer. I had phases when I would be so strict on my diet and those were my most unhappy moments.
  11. Get over it. I have been known to hold onto so many things that upset me, why? I have no idea. Things happen and its time to forgive and forget. This is something I’m always working on.
  12. Group chats are amazing. My college group of friends consists of 7 girls. Within these 7 girls we live in 2 separate countries and 3 different states. Group chats are CRUCIAL when keeping in touch. And I love the constant giggles they provide 🙂
  13. Handwritten letters are important. I still write my grandma letters on a regular basis and we both love it!
  14. Drink that H2O. Water is crucial. Finally at this age I drink it religiously but it took awhile to get here. My skin is less dry, I have more energy, its great! Love ya water!
  15. Siblings are the best. I can’t say it enough how much I enjoy my relationship with all 3 of my siblings. They are so wonderful!
  16. Journaling. This year, I learned that I love to write my thoughts and feelings down. I was always kind of against journaling for some reason, it didn’t make sense to me. After giving it a whirl during a tough time, I now am a firm believer in journaling!
  17. Balanced lifestyle. Sure, I love to eat all the food as noted earlier – but I’m learning to balance it out. I feel so much better when I’m consistently being active and eating a healthy diet. If you balance your lifestyle out, you won’t feel so guilting eating the brownie or the Top the Tator dip (shout out to the MN people, yum!!)
  18. Get your oil changed. Don’t wait. The price you pay is so much worse then just getting your oil changed!
  19. Be patient. Often times, I try to rush my life too much rather than enjoy where I’m at right now. I’m so happy and loving my life with Matt, right where we are and I can’t wait for the future, but I’m learning to be patient about that 🙂
  20. Call your parents. Sadly, as I get older I learn that more friends of mine are losing their parents. Life is so short. Cherish the time spent with your parents. Put your phone down and have genuine conversations with them. THANK THEM! Who would we be without our parents?
  21. God. My relationship with God has changed throughout my life. I thought I lost it for a bit but He was always there, guiding me. I just didn’t know it. He’s always in my corner.
  22. Get your nails did. It’s time I incorporate this into my life. My nails often just look like a mess so this is a goal for year 27 ha.
  23. Money. Self explanatory but it’s a huge thing I have learned in the past year. This is my year to save!
  24. It’s okay to argue with your loved one. That is how relationships grows!
  25. Say you’re sorry. Apologize and get through whatever the problem is. Whether it be with family, friends, or loved ones just say you’re sorry and move on. Life is too short to be upset.
  26. LIFE IS GOOD. This life we have is so, so wonderful. I can’t express my love for it enough. I feel lucky, loved, and thankful.

Take time out of your day to be thankful for something – there is always something out there to make you smile.

Thanks for reading!

xo, kk

Fall Date Night Ideas

Date nights are always so fun to have however, life can get in the way and they become few and far between. Personally, I don’t think you have to be at a nice restaurant, headed to the movie theatre, or attending a nice event to enjoy a date with your love! We have found different ways to incorporate date nights into our busy schedule and I thought it would be fun to share.

To me, date nights are important to have with your significant other. Life gets so busy and there are times in your relationship where weeks go by without spending that quality time with each other – I understand that happens sometimes but I do my very best to avoid it! Life is much better this way 🙂 Here are a few of my favorite fall date nights:

Fall Colors. I realize everyone may not be in the Midwest, but if you are definitely add this to your date night ideas! Fall is both of our favorite season and the colors are a big part of that! We take a lot of drives (if you’re with a hunter, we compromise and go duck scouting, too haha) to enjoy the colorful trees, especially on the back country roads. It’s one of my favorite things to do with Matt! Even when the leaves begin to fall and the air turns extra crisp – just getting outside together is great!

Cook Dinner. Sounds pretty simple, right?! I love the days when we plan a meal together! I especially enjoy these nights because it gets me out of my food ruts as I tend to make similar meals from week to week. Every night we sit and eat together, so its like a little date every night which is really special to me.

Outdoor Activities. Apple picking, hiking, corn maze, pumpkin picking, haunted houses – the activities are endless in the fall! There is so much you can do outside together before it gets too cold. And once you do get too cold, bundle up with some hot cocoa and end the night with a movie!

Home Projects. I’m not sure if this is just Matt and I, but we are so happy doing projects together! We really enjoy being together in the garage. He builds and I sand and stain…and he cleans up! Haha. Or just recently he was working on his duck boat while I was working on refinishing an end table (still in the works..oops). It sounds so simple but it is really nice to enjoy each others company while working on a project.

These are just a few of my favorite date night ideas. You don’t have to spend a ton of money or take too much time to enjoy a nice date night with your loved one!

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Comment below on your favorite fall date night!

xoxo, kk

Goals For The Blog

Happy Friday!

I realized last week I never told my brother about my blog. I talk to him so often on the phone I have no idea how I let that slip. I received a message on my blog, from my brother, and it was the sweetest note. He let me know how proud of me he is and how much he enjoyed reading my writing. It was the most wonderful message.

So after reading this and tearing up a little bit, we discussed the blog. He asked me what my goals are for my blog and I realize I never really set any goals for myself, I was just going to see where this journey took me. I think it’s important to set goals for life in general which I typically do, so I better start setting some for the blog!

I still am new to blogging, but it’s kind of fun to picture the future of my blog. I thought of a few goals I’d like to achieve in the next year. They are vague but this is my starting point.

  • Consistently writing posts that have value to them. I want my readers to take away something from my blog posts. I hope to write 1-2 blog posts a week.
  • Start linking my outfits and other products I love to use.
  • Increase my blog and social media traffic. This is my biggest goal I want to work on and I’m going to try hard to achieve it.

Like I said, I love setting goals for myself. It holds me accountable and there is always room for growth no matter what you are doing. Goals are healthy to have and achieving them feels amazing!

xoxo, kk

 

Weekend Roundup

Hi Hi! Happy Monday 🙂

I had such a wonderful fall weekend here in Minnesota!

The weather was dreary and cold all weekend (and the last 3 weeks, where are you sun?!) but that didn’t stop the fun.

Friday started out a good day even at work. After my chiropractic appointment I head into work and to my surprise, I see Matt there, too! Matt is an electrician, and I work for a small company that he does work at. So every now and then I get to see him in action. That always puts me in a great mood! Who wouldn’t want to see their love doing what they love to do?! Every Friday my work buys the employees lunch, so we had delicious lunch and to top it off, Matt and I got to eat lunch together which is so rare. He can’t talk much during the days in his line of work and isn’t able to grab lunch – so even if we have to sit on the cement ground of the warehouse eating lunch together, I’ll take it!

We ended our Friday scouting for ducks and grabbing dinner at a small town bar and grill that we hadn’t tried before. Chowed down on some chicken wings and drank our favorite Shells Oktoberfest beer. It was a good night 🙂

Saturday we had a wedding at a beautiful barn venue in St. Cloud. I love weddings and I love, love! Can’t say that enough. It was such a beautiful ceremony – though chilly because we were outside. We got to spend some time with friends we don’t see as often as we’d like and it was just a good night.

Sunday was spent picking apples at the orchard and watching the Vikings win! The colors were changing beautifully at Parley Lake Winery, the photos just did not do it justice.  I tried a healthier version of our favorite buffalo chicken dip from fitfoodiefinds.com – highly recommend if you are looking for a healthy alternative! On game days we also like to make our dry rub chicken wings, they are SO GOOD (yes I realize I had chicken wings twice this weekend..oops) My dad gave me the recipe with just an assortment of spices – if you are looking for a new dry rub recipe, let me know and I’ll share with you!

All in all, it was just such a good weekend. I cherish the times I get to spend with Matt because there are weeks where I feel I hardly see him and when these kinds of weekends come around I cannot stop the smiles. Does anyone else have those kinds of weekends? Even though we stuck around here, just having these happy moments together are so special.

IMG_1702Sorry, I know this was a long post but thank you for sticking with me and reading along! 🙂

xoxo

kk