June Thoughts.

June Thoughts.

Hey ladies and gents. Happy summer.

The month of June has been difficult in the world to say the least. I took some time to be silent on my end and really listen and learn about what is going on in the world. I’ve had more uncomfortable conversations with my Husband, friends, and peers more than ever.

First I think it’s important to say, BLACK LIVES MATTER. I live in a city that is over 60% Black. It is important that as a member in my community I make effort everyday to support Black owned businesses. Support my Black friends. Support all the incredible things that are done for my community.

I might not post on social media every day, but my way of doing better on the BLM movement is how I spent my money every day. I see that not everyone in the world is dealing with this in the same way. If you want to share every day on your social media how the world needs to change, DO IT! If you want to dine at Black owned restaurants everyday, DO IT! However you want to share, support, or spend, it’s important to do what is best for you. No matter how you support the important thing is that YOU SUPPORT!

How are you supporting BLM?

xoxo, Kate

Importance of Friendships

Importance of Friendships

As someone in their late twenties. Yes late twenties, wow I don’t think I’ve ever said that before. Friendship is so important. Quality over quantity. The last 2 years I feel like the quality piece has really come out. Here are my tips!

  • SHOW UP. It sounds so simple but show up for your friends. If you make plans keep them. Show up on time. Be fully committed to the friendship.
  • Be there for your friends. If they make the wrong decision don’t walk away. Stand by their side and support them all the way.
  • Check in on them. Friendship should never be a one way relationship. You should never be the only friend checking in on your friends. It should be a 50/50 split.
  • Never leave your friend on read. Life happens. But it’s important to show up when your friend needs you. Regardless if that means you are 20 min away or a 4 hour flight away.

xoxo, Kate

Traveling at Home: #2 Disney

Traveling at Home: #2 Disney

Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney

Just because we can’t actually go to Disney, doesn’t mean we can’t go there in our hearts. This week Tony and I turned our Baltimore Apartment into Disney World!

A trip to Disney for me typically starts with a stroll down Main Street, a stop at Starbucks, and a picture in front of the Castle. Tony and I tried to recreate this the best we could at home!

Click Here For My First Disney Look

What was on the menu:

We decorated the house for a Minnie and Mickey themed adventure as well!

We ended the date night by having a movie night and watching Frozen 2!

xoxo, Kate

Traveling at Home: #1 Go Phillies!

Traveling at Home: #1 Go Phillies!

As I am sure everyone is really at the point that you are ready to leave your house for the weekend in the worst way! Tony and I are dying for a little weekend getaway. I decided to start a new series called Traveling at Home where we will take a mini “journey” somewhere that we love.

Tony and I are lovers of baseball season, and extremely sad that we haven’t been to a single game all season long. The Phillies are our team, and I would have to say since we live in Baltimore, we have to give the Orioles a small place in our hearts.

This past weekend, we “went to a Phillies game.” For our date night we picked up ball park favorites, got game time ready, and watched the Phillies win the World Series in 2008!

What was on the Menu:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Sausage and Peppers
  • Cracker Jack
  • Peanuts
  • Summer Shandy

Want even more of a baseball game feel? Pick up some Graham Slam ice cream and put it in a baseball helmet.

To make it feel real, I decorated the house with a few Philly favorites, throwbacks and more. I bought a few balloons from Target for $6 to make a ballon garland. Linked my decorations here.

xoxo, Kate

Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day 2020

I hope all the Mama’s out there had an amazing Mother’s Day! Navigating holidays during quarantine has been interesting to say the least. But one cool thing is that it makes you think outside of the normal routine! It makes you become creative during such a time of need.

I am extremely thankful I was able to spend the day with my mom to celebrate how amazing she is! My parents live in South Jersey. I wanted to take a few minutes to recap what we did this weekend, because we had such a great time and would be the perfect day, even if we weren’t in quarantine.

  • We started the morning was a delicious breakfast casserole. Linking a similar recipe here. Breakfast casseroles are great because you can prep them the night before and then day of you just need to pop them in the oven! My mom recently sent me a recipe for a caprese version that I plan to try soon!
  • Second was MOM-osas!
  • Next, we headed over to one of the cutest coffee shops nearby, Evermore Coffee Roasters. I did a blog post on them a few weeks ago, you can check it out here.
  • A big lunch was on the game plan for the afternoon. My dad had picked up catering from Due Amici’s a local Italian restaurant. They currently have an amazing special $40 for dinner for 4. Salad, Pasta, and Chicken all of your choosing. Not to mention it comes with Garlic Knots and Cannolis. Linked their menu here.
  • Then, the next thing on the agenda was at home Mani Pedis! We both used the cutest color from OPI- Tickle My France-y.
  • A quick pit stop to stock up on the Vino.
  • Next it was off to enjoy the warm weather in my moms back yard with a few visitors! My cousin Sharon and her Husband Brandon came over for a little Happy Hour.
  • Would the night have been complete without a Bonfire?
  • My specialty – Charcuterie was next on the menu.
  • Last, but not least, we ended the night with ice cream from Friendly’s.

All things considered with COVID-19, we had a pretty amazing Mother’s Day!

xoxo, Kate

Mother’s Day Ideas in Quarantine

Mother’s Day Ideas in Quarantine

Mother’s Day is just 4 days away and if you are still deciding on what to do for Mother’s Day (like me!) here are a few suggestions for if you are able to see your mom in person. If you are unable to see your mom during quarantine I totally understand! Feel free to take a look at my blog post on Virtual Mother’s Day ideas.

Ideas for hanging out with mom in person:

  • Support a local coffee shop. Maybe your mom has a local favorite, or you can suggest one. Make sure you splurge to get mom a croissant to go with her oat milk latte.
  • Create a floral arrangement! Head to the grocery store and pick up a few bunches of flowers and design floral arrangements together. If you are in need of a vase I actually just picked up 2 cute ones at the dollar store last week.
  • Cook for her! Your mom deserves a day off from cooking. Kick her out of the kitchen and get to work.
  • Do a craft together! The last time I hung out with my mom we did bleach tie dye and we baked cookies and it was a blast!
  • Have a wine tasting. Pick up a few bottles of wine and do a wine tasting together and make sure to pair it with a cheese board!
  • Go for a walk. I love walking by the water with my mom and being able to enjoy each other’s company.
  • Give your mom a manicure! She deserves it! We have all been missing our nail salons. Give mom the treat of feeling like she’s back in the salon.
  • Have a picnic! Set up a blanket and bring her favorite foods. This is a great option if you plan to do take out!
  • Decorate her front door! Show her how much you care by shouting it out loud to all the neighbors! You could pick up hanging florals, a balloon arch, garland, the list goes on and on!

xoxo, Kate

Dollar Store Finds

Dollar Store Finds

If you are anything like me you are always looking to find a good deal, and to be honest who isn’t! Especially during uncertain times like these it’s always good to be able to save a couple extra pennies.

Last weekend Tony and I stopped at the Dollar Store, and found a ton of things we normally buy at Target or other retailers for much less. Sharing with you guys a comparison and total cost savings!

  • Crest 3D White toothpaste $2.99 at Target
  • Ice Pop Mold $7.45 at Walmart
  • Small Vase $5 I actually bought the same exact vase that I bought from a local flower vendor at the dollar store that I did from the local vendor! Wow! I could have bought 5 before!
  • Medium Vase $4.99 Similar to one I saw at Target
  • Rope Dog Toy $3.99 at Target
  • Rope Ball Dog Toy $3.99 at Target
  • Rubber Bone Dog Toy $1.99 at Target
  • Floral Shears $12.49 at Target
  • Floral Snips $13.89 at Target
  • Red Solo Cups $2.69 at Target
  • Plant Markers $8.50 on Etsy

Total: $67.97

Dollar Store Total: $11

Savings: $56.97

xoxo, Kate

Virtual Mother’s Day Ideas

Virtual Mother’s Day Ideas

As Mother’s Day is starting to look a little different this year. I thought it would be great to share with you guys a few ideas to make sure Mom still has an amazing day all about her!

All of the suggestions below are “Virtual” ideas where you can connect with your mom for Mother’s Day and “hang out” online. Zoom or FaceTime have been my two favorites over quarantine.

  • Virtual Brunch! A zoom date, with all the fixings. If you live close enough to your mom you can drop off brunch to her. If you don’t, you can order your mom brunch to be delivered to her house. ps. Make sure there is bubbly for those Mother’s Day Mimosas.
  • DIY Candle Making Kit. Send one to your house and one to your moms house. You can both make your candles over zoom together and still be able to enjoy the time spent together. I linked an option from a local company, KSM Candle Co. in Baltimore.
  • Terrrium Building Kit. Linked here a kit I found on Etsy that you and your mom can create separately from near or far.
  • Virtual Cookie Baking! Hop on zoom, and you both can make your favorite recipe, and then ship a dozen to each other when you are done.
  • Wine Glass Painting. Ship both you and your mom supplies to paint wine glasses together.
  • Floral Bouquet Building. Reach out to your local florist to see if they offer bundles of blooms and you can build a beautiful arrangement with you mom.
  • Dinner Date! Order take out to be delivered to both of you from your mom’s favorite restaurant!
  • Complete a puzzle together. You could even have a race on who could finish first.
  • Get a virtual taro card reading.
  • Cook a new recipe together, but separate. Follow the same recipe online and enjoy! I would recommend trying a recipe from my friend JZeats. I linked her blog here.
  • Make craft cocktails, sip, relax and enjoy.
  • Virtual Spa Day. Mani/Pedis and Face masks seems like a good plan to me. Ship your mama a new nail polish color and enjoy girl talk and an at home spa day!
  • Virtual Yoga Class. There are a ton of classes offered virtually through YogaWorks!

Pick one or pick them all! I would love to hear in the comments below what your plans are for Mother’s Day!

xoxo, Kate

COVID: #7 When Quarantine Ends

COVID: #7 When Quarantine Ends

I don’t know about you, but I have a long list already of all the things I want to to do when this quarantine is lifted! I asked you guys on Instagram what you want to do when you are free again! Sharing your responses below:

  • Heading to Nordstrom
  • Making a Hair Appointment
  • Spin Class
  • The Nail Salon
  • Going to Delaware
  • Out for a nice dinner
  • The Gym
  • Finding a Rooftop Bar with a Chilled glass of Rose
  • Work!
  • Going for Mexican and getting Spicy Margs! YUM!
  • Waterfront Brunch!
  • Disney
  • The Bar
  • Getting a tan and a mani!
  • Poker at Horseshoe Casino
  • See Friends!
  • Get my lashes done
  • A date night to somewhere special and delicious
  • Fancy cocktails at the Bygone
  • Hug my mom
  • Nail Candy Shop obvi!
  • Sagamore Pendry for the Night
  • The Beach
  • Nails and Eyebrows ASAP
  • Yoga at Yogaworks in Fells
  • Beast Mode at the Gym.
  • Atlantic City

What’s on your to do list?

xoxo, Kate

COVID: #5 Quarantine Must Haves

COVID: #5 Quarantine Must Haves

Sharing with you my current must haves that have been keeping me going during this social distancing time frame.

  • At home coffee. I am a huge cold brew drinker and my at home go to has been Stoks cold brew, almond milk, and SF Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon.
  • Leggings. These Aerie leggings might be the only thing I’ve been wearing. Good thing I have so many pairs.
  • Cute lounge sweatshirts.
  • The best comfy bralette.
  • Fresh flowers. I swear they can make any day better. If you are a Baltimore local, B. Willow has super cute bouquets for $25.
  • Teleties– A necessity for all the top knot wearing days.
  • Dry Shampoo– I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure the last day I washed my hair. Linked my favorite one, and I was so sad the day Target stopped carrying it, so when I buy, I normally stock up!
  • Zoom! It seems like this is the only way to connect with friends an family!

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

xoxo, Kate