May Book Club: Funny Ladies

Even though April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, so far this May it’s been nothing but rain. So this month, my book recommendations for Book Club are easy reads for a rainy day – all written by my favorite funny ladies.

So curl up under a blanket in your favorite cozy chair with one of the following books and begin to laugh the rainy weather away.

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling is one of those celebrities real people can relate to. She’s hilarious and even though this is an older book, I loved reading about her pre-famous past.
  • The Last Black Unicorn. No one makes me laugh quite as much as Tiffany Haddish. Watch this interview and you’ll be convinced to add this book to your list of must-read material.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody. Following Anna Kendrick on Twitter is a must. Being funny in 120 characters or less is hard, so if someone can do that successfully, they can definitely fill a book with razor-sharp wit you won’t want to miss.
  • Talking As Fast As I Can. Lorelai Gilmore is one of my favorite TV characters of all time. In her book, Lauren Graham makes me an even bigger fan. She writes like she talks and it’s the absolute best. I want to be her friend in real life.

Are there others I’m missing? Let me know what you think if you pick one of the suggested reads for your own book club!

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RIP Little Blue Kate Spade Purse

A super depressing thing happened this morning. My favorite little, blue Kate Spade purse has broken…

We had so many great times together. Fun nights out…

Weddings…

I cant believe I ever put her on the ground 🤦🏼‍♀️

Fun days out…

Concerts…

Trips to California, Vegas and Nashville…

Holidays like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Unicorn Frappuccino Day and Cinco de Mayo…

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Tailgating…

I guess I’m coping OK. I just don’t know how I’ll find another purse this perfect 😩

Send recommendations please…

Current country music hot takes

I love country music! And I have some hot takes to share on the current state of country music…

I love country music! And I have some hot takes to share on the current state of my favorite music genre…

1. I need old Luke Bryan back. His first album was amazing! It was so good it made me fall in love with him. His new songs are about lighting up cell phones and how people are good, and they’re lame. Bring back old Luke!

2. “Take a Drunk Girl Home” is the worst song on the radio right now. In any genre. When he says Pick up her life she threw on the floor, I get so annoyed. Just because a girl is out getting drunk, doesn’t mean she threw her life on the floor. Another set of lyrics say:

She’s bouncing like a pinball
Singing every word she never knew
Dancing with her eyes closed like she’s the only one in the room

That sounds like a great night to me, and if you tried to stop me and take me home, I’d be so pissed. I wish the song was called “Leave a Drunk Girl Alone.”

3. Jake Owen is really underrated and needs to be played more. In my opinion, he’s better than Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt. At Country Fest this summer, Brantley Gilbert is headlining, but Jake Owen is an opener. I don’t get it. Also, have I mentioned he’s super hot?

4. The Kane Brown song “Heaven” is stupid. I’ve never heard someone “talk about heaven like they just can’t wait to go.” And the worst part is that it’s super catchy so I get it stuck in my head.

5. Carrie Underwood’s face looks the same, and they made way too big of a deal about it on the ACM Awards last month. She’s flawless and beautiful, and it feels super awkward that they keep talking about how brave she is for showing her face.

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I’m really sassy about everything in those first five hot takes. So here are some positive takes 🙂

6.The new Dierk’s song on the radio makes me feel all the happiness.

7. Kelsea Ballerini’s new song, I hate love songs, is so good. I haven’t been a huge fan of hers since she started, but I’m liking her more and more after every song she puts out. She’s also adorable.

8. Keith Urban’s song “Wasted Time” is like a year old but still makes me want to party the second it comes on the radio.

So do you agree with me? Disagree? Have any other hot takes you want to share?

My favorite people to follow on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Like most 30-somethings, I’m obsessed with social media – especially Instagram and Instagram stories lately. I find myself watching stories for way too long before I get out of bed in the morning, in the middle of the night, while waiting in line for coffee. I can’t stop. Here’s who you should be following!

Like most 30-somethings, I’m obsessed with social media – especially Instagram and Instagram stories lately. I find myself watching stories for way too long before I get out of bed in the morning, in the middle of the night, while waiting in line for coffee. I can’t stop.

Here are some of my favorite people to follow…

1. @emilyschuman at Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Emily is the founder of Cupcakes & Cashmere, an adorable lifestyle blog that I’ve been obsessed with for a couple of years. She posts about fashion, food, beauty and more. There is even a Cupcakes & Cashmere shop. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’m sure I’ll cave and buy something eventually. The earrings she’s wearing in her insta-stories are always absolutely beautiful and sold in the shop so I’m guessing that’ll be what I buy first…

2. Chrissy Teigen

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If you don’t know that Chrissy Theigen is a must-follow celeb on twitter by now, then you must be living under a rock. She’s hilarious and always interacting with her followers (see example above). From her cooking on her Insta-stories to her witty banter on Twitter, she’s sure to entertain you on any social media platform.

3. @busyphilipps

 

So I really only watched Busy Philipps on Cougar Town (I know…), but I somehow ended up following her on Instagram, and I’m not mad about it. I have this same conversation with friends on a weekly basis:

Do you follow Busy Philipps on Instagram?

YES! She posts things that I would never imagine posting about myself.

Right? I love her.

She shares real life things like sweaty workouts, skin problems and days drunk on vacation. But then you also get to see her getting ready for fancy events and hanging out on the red carpet. I might have to go watch all of Dawson’s Creek on Netflix now…

4. Ali at @Inspiralized

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Ali is the inventor of the spiralizer, a super cool tool that turns zucchini and other veggies into noodles for easy meal prep. She has a couple different instagram accounts: alissandrab, inspiralized and inspiralizedkids. All of them have great healthy eating and lifestyle content. She has a little boy only a month younger than Baby B, so I love being able to follow along what she’s going through at the same time as me.

5. bravoandy

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When I started writing this post, RC recommended that I add Andy Cohen. I don’t watch Bravo so I thought “nah.” But then followed him, and he’s great. Super funny! Even if you don’t watch Bravo shows, he’s worth a follow.

6. @catandnat

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Cat & Nat are moms who started an online community of moms who go live on Facebook daily to rant and joke about their lives as moms. As they say on their website, they dismantle the unrealistic portrayals of motherhood that are often presented throughout social and traditional media. And they are so funny, you guys. If you’re a mom (or even if you aren’t), you have to follow them!

7. @buzzfeed

If you’re anything like me, you spent literally hours every day on Buzzfeed in around 2010-2013. I’ve rediscovered my love for Buzzfeed via Instagram in the last year or so. Go follow them to get a daily dose of laughs in your feed.

8. Ria and Fran at @chicksintheoffice

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My brother got me hooked on Bar Stool Sports in the past year. A couple months ago they made an amazing choice and gave Chicks in the Office their own show. While I don’t get to listen to it that often, I need too more because I love their Instagram videos on pop culture news. I feel like they’re my besties.

9. Gina Homolka at @skinnytaste

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I’ve been using SkinnyTaste as my go-to for meal prep for years. Gina’s recipes are delicious and healthy. I love following her on Facebook and Instagram. Her Instagram stories are always a fun look into her personal life, as well as her cooking.

10. @vancityreynolds

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He’s hot and funny. What’s there not to love?

Who else should I be following? Anyone on this list you love? Or hate?

 

Bachelorette party in Temecula

If you’re planning a trip to Temecula, for a bachelorette party or anything else, here are a couple must-stop places I would recommend visiting.

Last week, I was lucky enough to travel to southern California wine country for my bachfuture sister-in-law’s bachelorette party. If you’ve never been to Temecula, I recommend planning a trip! Old Temecula was adorable, the vineyards were beautiful and the weather was amaaaazing.

If you’re planning a trip, here are are a couple must-stop places we visited during our long weekend:

Gershon Bachus Vintners

This vineyard had the most beautiful view. I liked the wine, but it wasn’t my favorite. However, their wine crackers for in between tasting were super yummy. #Important

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery

Robert Renzoni was the vineyard with my favorite wine and food. Their red wines were all delicious – loved their port. Their moscato d’asti was also really good! I would have bought a bottle if I wasn’t worried about packing for the flight back. My mom, sister and I ordered artichokes and a meat and cheese plate to share, and the bachelorette ordered a cheese pizza that was arguably one of the best cheese pizzas I’ve ever tried. This is a must-stop vineyard in Temecula!

Leoness Cellars

Our favorite part of this vineyard was hot Greg who did our tasting. The wine was also super good, but, I’ll be honest, we were distracted by Greg and had drank a lot at the last two vineyards…

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Hart Winery

Honestly, by this time I was pretty full of wine so it’s hard to know exactly how good this vineyard was… 🙂 It was a really unique location. It seemed a bit like a barn or garage in a wooded area, which I didn’t love because the other views in Temecula are so beautiful. However, you wouldn’t have found me complaining as I was slurring my speech, FaceTiming my husband and baby B back at home, and chugging rosé outside on the porch area.

The Goat and Vine

We hung out in Old Temecula on our last night, which is an adorable area with little shops, bars and restaurants. For dinner, we went to The Goat and Vine. They had sandwiches, salads and pizzas that all sounded so good it felt impossible to pick something to order. My mom and I shared a pizza and salad, and they were delicious! The salad had spinach, bacon, spicy almonds, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, green onion and champagne vinaigrette. I would try making it at home, but I feel like salads never taste as good when you make them yourself… I don’t think anyone in our group had a bad thing to say about their meal – so good!

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Because of all the snow in the Midwest over the weekend, our flight was cancelled and we were stranded in San Diego for an extra two days. After getting our flight rebooked, we spent a couple hours walking around downtown San Diego looking for a hotel to stay in for two nights. We finally found one, and the guy at the front desk was the best – shout out to the Westin San Diego! He recommended we try a restaurant down the street for brunch: Queenstown Public House. The little restaurant screamed “take my photo and put it on instagram!” …So I did.

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The drinks bright, fun colors, and the food was so good. I would definitely recommend making a stop there if you’re ever stranded in San Diego.

Overall, the trip was awesome! Can’t wait to go back again someday.

-SM

Whole30 Advice from a Sugar Addict

When I decided to go on Whole30, all of my friends thought I was crazy. No sugar. No alcohol. No dairy. The main three food groups for a girl from Wisconsin. On top of that –  no carbs, no grains, NO POP, no gum…you name it, most likely you have to give it up for 30 straight days. Seems impossible, right? Well I can proudly say that I’ve done it, without cheating, not once but TWICE (!) in the past year and a half. So if I can do it, trust me – anyone can do it.

Even though it may sound crazy, I would highly recommend everyone complete  Whole30 at some point in their life. The benefits alone are worth giving up a social life for 30 days. I lost 10 lbs (with barely exercising), finally started sleeping through the night and my skin is the clearest it’s been since 2nd grade. If any of these sound appealing to you and you’re ready to jump off the deep end, I’ve compiled some advice to help you get through the 30 days and stay sane.

You must meal prep. The only way to not give into daily temptation to go out for lunch or stop by Starbucks for breakfast is by being prepared and having your meals packed for the day. Easy options: egg cups for the breakfast all week and carnita bowls with cauliflower rice for lunch, topped with fresh pico and guac.

Host a brunch. About 2 weeks in, you’ll start to go stir crazy. So have your friends over for a brunch! Breakfast is the one meal you can host while on Whole30 and not be completely obnoxious about it. Bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, fresh tomatoes and basil, coffee – all delicious Whole30 approved foods, and generally enjoyed by any normal person.

Do it with a buddy. Someone to meal prep with, someone to commiserate with, someone to play board games and do puzzles with instead of going out for happy hour. This second time around I did it with my husband. We saw so many new movies and had lots of quality time in the kitchen. Plus, I had someone to complain to but at the same time keep me accountable and away from cookies.

Have an emergency back-up plan. There will be so many times when you want to give up. To stay on track, keep RX kids bars on hand. And know where the closest Chipotle is for a Carnita Salad when you’ve met your limit on cooking. For me, Starbucks was a lifesaver. A Blonde Americano felt like a delicious treat halfway through the day when all I wanted was a brownie.

Have you done Whole30 before? What are your tips? Thinking about trying it? Let me know! I could be a really good accountability coach, and have tons of recipes and more advice to share 🙂

-RC

 

 

Surviving a party bus in your 30s

If you’re thinking about planning a party bus in your 30s, here are some survival tips.

In my 20s, party buses were probably one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night. We planned them for birthdays, Halloween, New Year’s Eve – you give us an occasion, we’ll book a party bus.

This past weekend, I went on my first party bus in my 30s, and I loved it! But it was different than my party bus experiences in the past…

  • We stopped at a llama farm because why not?
  • It started at 2pm in the afternoon and ended by 7pm, which is earlier than our buses have even started in the past.
  • There was food on the bus that people actually ate.
  • We stayed at bars that were at least 10-30 minutes outside of the cities – townie bars FTW!

If you’re thinking about planning a party bus in your 30s, here are some survival tips:

Snacks are a must.

Our party bus hosts were super smart and brought sandwiches for everyone – just a pack of that yummy Hawaiian bread with some cheese and deli meat. They tasted delicious after a couple cocktails and kept us from getting super sloppy (we were still a little sloppy…).

Day drinking is your friend.

The party bus picked us up at 2pm and had us dropped off by 7pm. I was in bed by 8:30, and it  was amazing. I felt pretty great on Sunday morning (besides my damn cold).

Don’t forget water.

I forgot water. Huge mistake. Bring a pack of water bottles, and I guarantee everyone will be thanking you for helping them stay hydrated.

Plan your pace.

I decided that the peak of my drunk had to be around 5/5:30 in order to feel OK when I went to bed and wake up hangover free. So I slammed shots before that time, and it ended up working out for me. However, I could see this type of plan backfiring pretty easily.

Non-bar stops can be a blast.

We stopped at a llama farm. Yup, a llama farm was our first stop on a 30th birthday party bus. It was hilarious and super fun! Consider adding a stop that doesn’t have anything to do with drinking to help you pace yourself.

Anyone else love party buses? What are your tips for survival on the moving party bar?