A New Type of Birthday – Palooza

Growing up in the middle of siblings made celebrating personal milestones hard because of the lack of recognition. So when I was finally old enough to drive, I gas’d up my car and decided to make a celebration of my own, Birthday-palooza. Instead of celebrating my birthday for one night, why not celebrate it for an entire month? Whether it means traveling somewhere, going out to dinners, bar crawling, trying new things – the options were endless. As long as I was surrounded with my people, I felt special and celebrated.

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…..Holiday Cookies

WhatΒ are the holidays without cookies, right? OBVI. As you know, my holidayΒ cookie eating this year will be slightly different. And by different, I mean sweets without the buttery, processed, and artificially sweetened ingredients, but truthfullyΒ delicious normal-people-cookies. However, for those of us who can’t eat normally anymore or just want a break from the fake stuff, I’ve compiled a list of all of my favorite Paleo/AIP cookies for you to make this holiday season. I also dared myself to try and make my own Paleo/AIP Kolaczki (Insert shocked emoji). I know, I know, my ancestors are rolling over in their graves… Continue reading

The Real Housewife of Chicago (and her guilty pleasures)

To anyone who knows me, they know that I love watching the Real Housewives series on Bravo. Okay, I lied. I’m totally ADDICTED to them. And to answer your question, I watch every city-even though a handful are definitely better than others. 90% of the time involves old(er) rich ladies who fight like they’re back in 8th grade, but that 10% of the time is the portion that keeps me coming back for more. Whether it’s the slick comebacks (NeNe is the Queen), the “jobs” some of these wives have, or the ridiculously gorgeous lives they live (um Lisa V.), TRH series takes precedent in our household.

While I live and breathe #AIP, I still have my moments when I crave normal people food-a.k.a. sweets. Coincidentally enough I thought of this article while watching RHONJ. I mean, what better way to combine my favorite show(s) than with themed treats around town….treats that I would die to eat.

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NYC Bucket List Eats

A year ago this weekend, two of my best friends traveled to NYC for an extended weekend visit. I was spending the summer interning in the big apple, but also hosted many friends who wanted to experience the NY life, which at times can be overwhelming, no doubt.

With so many sights to see and well, food to eat, I definitely felt a sense of overload with my NY bucket list growing daily.
But, in a world where calories have no meaning and cheese is basic food group***, here is my round up of sweet and savory items that will make your trip to NY worth every penny and Instagram like.

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