our grown up school supply list

Our Grown Up School Supply List

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today marks an important day as I head back to school for the last time. It’s a very happy first day indeed! As I’ve grown older the back to school tradition has remained a great reason to maintain my gear, pick up a few great office essentials, and return to a routine with more structured hours. This list includes a great bag, office essentials, and some great camera gear to freshen and brighten up our office hours and work this year.

Keep reading for our grown up school supply list after the jump!

25 Ways to Love Yourself

25 Ways to Love Yourself

It wasn’t a normal Saturday. After a meeting, everything that I had been feeling over the past few months came rushing to the surface. Tears couldn’t seem to stop for hours. I had a good cry, one of those that didn’t seem to make any sense, where every feeling that had been pushed down rose in the form of tears. I finally gave my heart a voice.

Often times I find that when my business is going great, my personal life is less than great, or vice versa. As someone that operates at a high capacity, it’s easy to look at the highlight reels of others and allow for voices of comparison and limitation to take the driver’s seat. However, after this past weekend I’m reminded of the value of giving your heart a voice. When it comes to self care, only I truly know how to take care of myself. Knowing when to give yourself grace, to take care of yourself body, soul, and spirit, laying other items to the side. Self-care isn’t selfish or narcissistic, rather it allows you to show up, bringing your best self to the table, and the ability to serve others over and over again. In light of this, we put together a little list to brighten up your Monday. Regardless of the season, dream you’ve been chasing, or length of your to do list, take some time for self care today.

10 things to love this weekend

10 Things to Love this Weekend

It’s crazy to think that in just a few short weeks summer will be over. In week we’re in T-minus two weeks of a serious launch and start school at the same time. Throwing in a wedding of a dear college friend in the Midwest next, we’ll be operating in overdrive around here for the next few days. With that in mind, we’re taking full advantage of our last weekend of summer. From symphonies by the lake, to cornhole on the downtown green, hikes on snow cladded mountains and placid lakes, it’s going to be a full weekend embracing everything that the last golden evenings of summer hold.

eggplant parmesan whole 30 edition

Eggplant Parmesan with Italian Chicken Meatballs and Garlic Zoodles (Whole30 Edition)

When it comes to eating cleanly, I can handle living without sugar. My true challenges are letting go of carbs and cheese. We’re known for living off of antipasto around our house and it’s a guarantee that a charcuterie will be served at any given party.

This recipe is a lighten up version of an Italian classic, Eggplant Parmesan. By removing a few of the breaded coatings and subtracting the cheese, this recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner and can be made quickly over the stovetop.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!

flying solo the used car lot

Flying Solo: The Used Car Lot

I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to cars. If anyone starts rattling off stats about cars, I quickly seem to go comatose and my eyes slightly glass over, looking for a quick redirect to any other topic of conversation. For those of you who know me personally, it was time for my car of 13 years to be replaced. “Little purple” as I affectionately called her was a sad sight. Most of her clear coat was gone, paint was starting to rust through, her roof liner was dry rotted, and 3 out of the 4 interior door handles were broken.

When it comes to flying solo, there’s nothing quite like a visit to the used car lot to wrack you mentally. I don’t have the person to break out all of their car knowledge, do heavy negotiating, and know the stats on every car. Rather, I come in with my feeble carfax reports, comps, and hoping that a purchase will come in at my price point. To be honest, I can’t get out of my head the picture and stigma of a used car salesman. Whether it’s the greasy hair, thick combed mustache, Ron Swanson character, there’s something that is always stereotypically correct when you encounter the first character off the lot. But we’re all about facing fears, finding courage, and being the single lady that can handle most anything, so we headed to the car lot, knowing a car we had in mind.