Cargos and Heels

Cargos and Heels

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Love is in the air!!

There are a couple things brewing in my close gal pal’s of Chicago’s worlds. One is a definite and the other one is in the works on happening. And I say happening because it will happen. And you will know it when it does because I will be shouting from the rooftops as I am right now for my other good friend…

I have wanted nothing else for the two of these girls. I used to think it was fun when things happened to me but I find it is more exciting when great things happen to others. I mean it is a reason to cheers, and who the heck doesn’t love a great cheer!

Cheers to Nina and Ryan on your engagement!! I love when soulmates find each other and don’t settle for anything less. I love saying to newly engaged couples, “THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” Because it is so so so true. 
http://justachitowngirl.com/2013/06/28/some-sparkly-news/

Love is in the air!!

There are a couple things brewing in my close gal pal’s of Chicago’s worlds. One is a definite and the other one is in the works on happening. And I say happening because it will happen. And you will know it when it does because I will be shouting from the rooftops as I am right now for my other good friend…

I have wanted nothing else for the two of these girls. I used to think it was fun when things happened to me but I find it is more exciting when great things happen to others. I mean it is a reason to cheers, and who the heck doesn’t love a great cheer!

Cheers to Nina and Ryan on your engagement!! I love when soulmates find each other and don’t settle for anything less. I love saying to newly engaged couples, “THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” Because it is so so so true. 

http://justachitowngirl.com/2013/06/28/some-sparkly-news/

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Dream will become a reality

Last week in Mexico (doesn’t that sound amazing?), Brad woke me up early in the morning like a little kid excited for xmas…”Kate, you awake? Wanna go for a walk on the beach?”  Me: HELL YES! (My top favorite thing about Brad, his love for the beach in the early morning sunlight).
While walking, crawling and struggling over the rocks and water (why don’t we ever bring our shoes?!), I felt the Mexican air and felt re-joiced again. Its been a year now since I decided to “stay at home” with Jack (remember that guy, pics to come next week). The past year was 100% about being in the moment with Jack, which left little to no thoughts about the future. But it was as if someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Remember reaching goals is your thing? You need to start dreaming again.”
It dawned on me, no like really realistically dawned on me. What do I love most in life: Good family, great friends and Mexico. So how do you put all together?  By inviting everyone to your Mexico house to visit and entertain for (maybe this is how I can say thank you to my family)! Brad, probably without totally realizing on this walk, was life changing for us. He said his normal response, “yes Kate that sounds great, whatever you want.”
Great, I will start planning how to buy our house in Mexico 5-10 years from now. It will be our “second” house of course, don’t want to totally break out of society and leave everything behind but to visit a couple times a year and rent out the rest of the time, I think it is realistic.
So friends/family book your tickets, we will take care of everything else. (and ironically as I am typing this a random commercial comes on the TV for Mexico…a sign, hell yes!)
~Note: Yes sounds crazy, I didn’t say the house would be a mansion, it might be more like that little shack that is hard to see in the pic above, but at least it will be a starting point!

Dream will become a reality

Last week in Mexico (doesn’t that sound amazing?), Brad woke me up early in the morning like a little kid excited for xmas…”Kate, you awake? Wanna go for a walk on the beach?”  Me: HELL YES! (My top favorite thing about Brad, his love for the beach in the early morning sunlight).

While walking, crawling and struggling over the rocks and water (why don’t we ever bring our shoes?!), I felt the Mexican air and felt re-joiced again. Its been a year now since I decided to “stay at home” with Jack (remember that guy, pics to come next week). The past year was 100% about being in the moment with Jack, which left little to no thoughts about the future. But it was as if someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Remember reaching goals is your thing? You need to start dreaming again.”

It dawned on me, no like really realistically dawned on me. What do I love most in life: Good family, great friends and Mexico. So how do you put all together?  By inviting everyone to your Mexico house to visit and entertain for (maybe this is how I can say thank you to my family)! Brad, probably without totally realizing on this walk, was life changing for us. He said his normal response, “yes Kate that sounds great, whatever you want.”

Great, I will start planning how to buy our house in Mexico 5-10 years from now. It will be our “second” house of course, don’t want to totally break out of society and leave everything behind but to visit a couple times a year and rent out the rest of the time, I think it is realistic.

So friends/family book your tickets, we will take care of everything else. (and ironically as I am typing this a random commercial comes on the TV for Mexico…a sign, hell yes!)

~Note: Yes sounds crazy, I didn’t say the house would be a mansion, it might be more like that little shack that is hard to see in the pic above, but at least it will be a starting point!

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Not only for Mexico….
TO EAT: Guac Recipe: (2-3 people)
1-2 cloves of chopped/smashed garlic in medium size bowl
4-5 avocados peeled, de-pitted and mashed
1 hot pepper (ask your grocer) chopped very fine (2 if you want it more hot, ole!)
1-2 tomatoes chopped in small cubes
1 handful of chopped cilantro
1 lime squeezed throughout mixture
*Mix all together and serve with chips or get ready for this: thinly cut red/yellow peppers or thin slices of cucumbers, I know! DO serve in fun bowls.
TO DRINK
My serious new fav…Skinny Girl Margaritas: 1/2 the calories and amazing taste, worth the price, $12.99 (NOTE: the famous housewife has launched new flavors and cocktails to this brand, I am nervous to try more!)
~I love having these ingredients on hand whether family or friends are stopping by or we are invited to a party…we will be taking this to our friends BBQ this weekend to watch the Pride Parade…holler!

Not only for Mexico….

TO EAT: Guac Recipe: (2-3 people)

1-2 cloves of chopped/smashed garlic in medium size bowl

4-5 avocados peeled, de-pitted and mashed

1 hot pepper (ask your grocer) chopped very fine (2 if you want it more hot, ole!)

1-2 tomatoes chopped in small cubes

1 handful of chopped cilantro

1 lime squeezed throughout mixture

*Mix all together and serve with chips or get ready for this: thinly cut red/yellow peppers or thin slices of cucumbers, I know! DO serve in fun bowls.

TO DRINK

My serious new fav…Skinny Girl Margaritas: 1/2 the calories and amazing taste, worth the price, $12.99 (NOTE: the famous housewife has launched new flavors and cocktails to this brand, I am nervous to try more!)

~I love having these ingredients on hand whether family or friends are stopping by or we are invited to a party…we will be taking this to our friends BBQ this weekend to watch the Pride Parade…holler!

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MEXICO!

I want to post all 250+ pics of our trip from last week, but something tells me I would crash tumblr. If you know me, you know I LOVE Mexico. I love everything about it. EVERYTHING. BEST weather, great people, amazing food and best bang for your buck. Although I seriously believe I was from Mexico in my past, I owe all my passion for Mexico to my grandparents. They started traveling their when they were raising their kids and quickly made my parents fall in love with it as well. The tradition continues for Brad and I. This past trip was a trip of a life-time. My sweet, adorable and hysterically funny cousin invited Brad and I along with her and her best friends to stay in a house in a place that is pretty close to heaven.

Vacations, I mean “holidays” are truly even better with amazing people. They say you can’t room or travel with just anyone. Brad and I have even more of a reason to work hard each year so we continue this first annual “holiday”. (Side note: this would not have been possible without my aunt and uncle, your generosity is amazing and Brad and I find it difficult to truly thank you, so we will continue to shout it where we can.) Being surrounded by those that are so easy to travel with, 100% positive, gives you abs from belly laughters, shares your same obnoxious humor, makes you jump into the pool late at night with your clothes on, is ok with sitting around the breakfast table for hours on end talking, asks what suncare you need for the trip, brings “holiday” sunglasses for everyone, puts together a memory book for your coffee table and cheers you on for just about anything doesn’t even sum up half the reasons why this trip was beyond wonderful.

Cheers to memories and lifelong friends!

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I think I’m ready to start writing blogging again.

Yes I know, I said I would blog and it’s been well over two seasons since my last post. But I pride myself on my integrity and for someone that is “truly lovin life” I didn’t feel very authentic. 

I do love my life and I am so very thankful for all that I have. Sometimes though I get knocked down and feel I can’t get back up. So I have to remind myself of all that is good and all those who are great to me. I am learning to breathe, I am learning to stay true to myself and I am learning to dream again. I don’t know where this blog will take me, after all seems everyone has a blog these days but I am ready to start sharing again and maybe will lead me to my next adventure.

So here we go, as my husband would say, “let’s have some fun!”.

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Merry Christmas!!

Brad and I (oh and jack of course and brewer also in the back) are driving home to wi for the holidays. We have been so busy getting ready, shopping, wrapping, caroling and more that I haven’t even had a second to Sit down and write (post-holiday posts will sure get you back up to speed and give you more helpful tips)! We have a huge line up over the next three days, filled with lots of family and I’m positive even more food than we can handle. As we make the drive with carols surrounding our little four door I can’t help but be thankful for what we have.

In yoga this morning the Instructor said it perfect. Being thankful for what you have will bring you more, wanting more will leave you with less. That is a great reminder. I have never felt so full and blessed. Sure I could focus on what we need but it’s never really worked before. So this Christmas I am so very thankful for everything in my life and wish the same for everyone else.

This is the first Christmas without our dear papa, I can’t help but think of him everyday and my grandma preparing without her special sidekick. I know he is smiling down on us and giving her strength to get through. It won’t be the same but I know he is not alone. So as we gather, hug your loved ones a little tighter this year (even if you dont always agree) and be thankful for what you have.
Xoxox

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Grrr.
I probably shouldn’t be upset or complain that my husband tells me I can’t have the car Thursday to go shopping with my gma because he NEEDS to go to work for a trial that he has in the suburbs. Oh the joys of living in the city with one car and the joys of being a wife. 
Smile!

Grrr.

I probably shouldn’t be upset or complain that my husband tells me I can’t have the car Thursday to go shopping with my gma because he NEEDS to go to work for a trial that he has in the suburbs. Oh the joys of living in the city with one car and the joys of being a wife. 

Smile!

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"What’s that Brewer? You now have an ear infection and we need take you BACK to the vet to be charged another $100 for you to be looked at and then told you are fine but high maintenance and to give you ANOTHER prescription that is never cheap?" 
Great.

"What’s that Brewer? You now have an ear infection and we need take you BACK to the vet to be charged another $100 for you to be looked at and then told you are fine but high maintenance and to give you ANOTHER prescription that is never cheap?" 

Great.

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OMG
My mother in law rocks! Another doorbell ring and this is what I opened. Hallelujah I just ran out and now I am stocked! Oh Morroccan Oil how I love you and love you too Mom B!

OMG

My mother in law rocks! Another doorbell ring and this is what I opened. Hallelujah I just ran out and now I am stocked! Oh Morroccan Oil how I love you and love you too Mom B!

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"Happy Bday Sis"

Anytime I ever get mail I get really excited, like it’s Christmas…why don’t people send more mail? The other day the doorbell rang and I got this awesome card and package. Love you sis!! Get home safely soon, can’t wait to hang out!!

Gift: My fav things! “Elf” is this great brand of makeup sold exclusively now at Target, but only selected stores (was at Nordstroms before). The best thing about this brand, everything is under $5!! What you say? Yes! Some are even $1. I repeat $1. It includes, powder, brushes, mascara, eyeshadow, fake lashes, blush, gloss and the whole kitten caboodle! Who needs to spend hundreds when you can spend a few quarters and update any makeup bag! Thanks sis for replenishing me on my hot bold red lip matte color and adding in a few new lip glosses for a treat. Oh and that ball you see, its EOS, a new chapstick that is sure to have you loving it for sure. And what wouldn’t a gift be without Orbit fun pink bubblegum? Does a sister know a sister or what??! Love the card, love it, so true (does that make us bad?).

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Love new music

My new favorite band is “Of Monsters and Men”. I am sure you have heard them on the radio, when I played their new CD, I instantly knew of them and love them. 

Thank you Brian! My brother Brian is always introducing me to new music and TV shows (yes, Brad you do the same!). But somehow when certain bands and shows get my brother’s seal of approval I am instantly a fan (seriously Brad, don’t take this personal! :)). Thank you for “the office”, “30 rock”, “how I met your mother”, “the killers”, “coldplay”, “Dave Matthews Band” (ok more like new Dave) and many more that are on my ipod.

My brother is awesome. This latest year he has helped me out more with advice that I needed than ever before. He is the most kindest, honest, most humble, very much of a gentleman, coolest, and sincerest guy (ladies he is NOT taken but he has two tough sisters and a tough mom!!). I love him more than life. Younger brother yes, but sometimes older protective brother, definite. I am proud of him everyday. Best Uncle to Jack out there, literally lights up when he sees him (Jack that is!). My sister and I are beyond lucky, and she would agree, THE BEST! 

So thank you for the advice and the new cd of new found music love. How boring I would be without you in my life!!

And by the way, “Of Monsters and Men” are coming to Chicago and playing at Riviera on 12/16/12, get tix here:

http://www.songkick.com/concerts/14068919-of-monsters-and-men-at-riviera-theatre

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Bday and Turkey Day Morning…

Once and awhile this happens. My bday falls on Thanksgiving. Pretty cool right? Well this year since hosting, wasn’t the most relaxing bdays but one of the most fun one’s to remember. I think secretly I wanted to host this year not only to give a break to my gma, mom and aunts AND because Brad and I are in the middle, but also so I could keep busy. Every year my gma and papa call us on our bdays and sing, it’s perfect. And this year, my gma did her best and I loved it (But I admit not having him here this year I was sort of not feeling complete). So I was busy and not really thinking and kept very busy….

But morning of, one of our traditions stemmed from my side, is we wake up the person on their bday morning and jump in their bed with gifts and heartfelt cards. Ugh I totally and utterly love this (by the way one thing you may not know about me is I LOVE mornings, like feel the most comfortable and excited in mornings, maybe because I have the rest of the day to conquer it! So to some this would be hell but to me, HEAVEN).

Now with my own little family I couldn’t have been more excited. I of course pretended like I didn’t hear Brad and Brewer get up and go get Jack. So when they came back in and pounced on me I acted so surprise! Beautiful heartfelt cards were there with lots of hugs and kisses. HEAVEN! Then Brad mentioned (since we would be crazy busy the rest of the day) that we needed a little family time. Another thing you may not know about me I LOVE LOVE working out in the morning and getting Starbucks, ugh total heaven. Am I my father or what, those that you know him!? So within minutes we were all dressed and ready to set out on the beautiful morning. 

A great family bday run. All in towe including Brewer. We were slow but an excited, bundled up group. And oh by the time we finished our little 3 miler (barely stopping in between) we were sweating good. Starbucks stop on the way home, it was just about the perfect morning. Some like diamonds (ok I do), others like designer bags (yeah I like those too), but when you have all of the above and enough for a young girl should have, there’s nothing more than family time.

AND PS I will continue to strive and love my bdays, hello 31 I have been looking forward to seeing what you have in store for me this year!