Friday Favorites

Remember when we had a blog? Well we’re baaaack. At least for today. I’m feeling festive and thankful for a Friday, and there’s a backlog of great things that I’ve been wanting to share with our masses of followers/moms. So, without further ado, check out some of my Friday Favorites:

  1. Whine About It – Surely you’ve seen this Buzzfeed video series where Matt Bellassai gets drunk at work and complains about various topics. It reminds us of last Thursday our intern days, and makes us LOL more than is comfortable for life in a cubicle. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, but I really enjoy The Worst Things About Being An Adult and Reasons Why Going Out Is The Worst.
  2. A dear friend of mine has recently started making and selling gorgeous, hand-lettered signs. I just placed an order for an old window featuring one of my favorite quotes, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Check out her amazing work on Instagram @northandbirch.
  3. DoneGood is an app that lets users easily find socially responsible businesses in the Boston area. Full disclosure: I work there in my spare time, but it’s something that I’m incredibly proud of. Check out coverage in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, and download it today!
  4. It’s been a great year to be a Michigan State Spartan and tomorrow is a HUGE game for Spartan nation as we take on the Hawkeyes in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis. I will be watching and cheering for Victory for MSU!
  5. If you’re in the DC area, you have to check out Miracle on 7th Street. This holiday pop-up bar in the Shaw neighborhood will definitely get you in the holiday spirit and features tons of delicious cocktails, jolly decor, and plenty of questionable Christmas sweaters.


Happy weekend-ing,

mm

Postage for Pops

I’m having a hard time processing the fact that it’s June. And that it’s almost the third Sunday in June, i.e. Father’s Day, which falls on the 21st this year. So, if you’re like me, you probably haven’t bought the important men in your life cards yet. I’ve done us all a favor and picked a few of the best for all of your dads, granddads, stepdads, baby daddies, etc. And trust me, I spent about 4,823 hours reading about the National Stationary Show on Oh So Beautiful Paper so these really are the crème de la crème.

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1. This Anchor card from hello! Lucky letterpress is perfect for the man in your life who keeps you grounded and, if you’re lucky, takes you on sunset cruises around the lake. Or sea for you non-Michiganders.

2. For the outdoorsy dads, I like Idlewood Co’s “Dad is so Fly” card, which is masculine but pretty at the same time.

3. I didn’t have a hamster but I did have a gerbil named Jenny who used to “escape” at least once a week and each rescue mission was more daunting than the last. For all the dads who had to lead such harrowing expeditions, or deal with less than ideal boyfriends, this Emily McDowell Studio card is for you.

4. Playing cards, especially the game of Euchre, was always a part of my family gatherings. Maybe that’s why I love this France’s Lab card so much but it’s also simple and sweet and great for all the card shark dads out there.

5. When I was making this list I realized that I’m at an age where a lot, and I mean a lot, of my friends are having babies. On purpose. So I needed a card for those of you who are married to dads. It’s a concept I’m still adjusting to but this was my favorite because wanting to make a person with another person is the biggest compliment you can give them. Thanks, laLa Grace for summing it up with gold foil.

Cheers to all the dads out there, especially mine. I wouldn’t be who I am today without your support. Have the happiest Father’s Day and don’t forget to check your mail!

xo,
mm

Happy National Donut Day!

While I personally think that the countless “holidays” celebrating just about everything under the sun have gotten out of hand, National Donut Day is one that I can definitely get behind. And it’s a legitimate reason to celebrate, not just an excuse to eat donuts at all three meals. According to the history book better known as Wikipedia, National Donut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. So in honor of the 77th celebration of this day, which is always celebrated on the first Friday in June, I’ve been reviewing this list from Fodor’s Travel of the Top 10 Donut Shops in the United States.  I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting two of these shops – Federal Donuts in Philadelphia and Voodoo Doughnut in Portland – but that means I still have eight delicious donut holes in the wall to visit. See what I did there? I fully intend to post full reviews in the future but for now, enjoy the photos below and have a very Happy Donut Day!

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Love and sprinkles,

mm

p.s Currently coveting this float for my next beach getaway if anyone is looking for the perfect donut day present. xo

Let the countdown begin…

We are pretty excited for tomorrow. It will be Friday, a mere five days away from quite possibly the greatest concert of all time (I’m looking at you, Nelly), and it’s National Donut Day! There will be a longer post tomorrow but we wanted to give you ample time to plan your morning accordingly. Both Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme will be giving away free donuts in honor of this special day so bust out your Google maps and find your nearest donut shop before tomorrow’s commute.

xo,
donuts&denim

You Won’t Even Miss the Booze

Well, that’s a lie. But we had to rope you in with something. In all honesty, when you’re on Whole 30, Paleo, or whatever kind of healthy living journey you may be on, finding something refreshing and tasty that will make you forget that glass of wine or summer evening cocktail isn’t easy. But that’s where LaCroix is going to rock your world.

LaCroix sparkling water comes in approximately one thousand flavors. It’s bubbly, refreshing, affordable, and had been known to kick the worst cravings for a pina colada. Wait, does anyone else get those? The best news is that it’s totally Whole 30 compliant! Oh, and it’s made in the USA, so it’s kind of the patriotic thing to do.

LaCroix

Real life fridge pic.

The packaging is super colorful and kind of screams 90s to me, which makes it even more fun. My favorite flavors thus far are coconut and grapefruit. The coconut tastes rich and creamy even though it’s just water. And I’m crazy about anything grapefruity. So, if you’re looking for something different to drink that isn’t the hard stuff or fulls of lots of sugar, pick up a case of LaCroix. It’s sold at most chain grocery stores. You can make a mean mocktail or just drink it on it’s own. But, LaCroix also makes a great tastes great in a real cocktail, too…for those of you interested in that kind of thing. Just sayin’. Enjoy!

*LaCroix didn’t ask us to write this post. We did it out of the kindness of our own hearts.

Nothing Beats a Cold Brew (coffee)

For a fair share of us, coffee is the life blood. It’s a vital part of a workday if you want to communicate like a sane person and no weekend brunch is complete without at least four beverages, coffee included. When it gets a little warmer out, there’s nothing like a refreshing iced coffee. I’m not talking about any run of the mill iced coffee. I mean the cold brew varietal.

It’s so easy to make at home. And budget-friendly since you’re not forking over $4,000 each day for one cup of coffee. Here’s a quick recipe from our friends at Whole Foods Market (well, we would like to be their friends…):

Ingredients: 3/4 cup medium-roast coffee beans, coarsely ground (or finely ground, we aren’t picky); Coffee filter and/or large (34-ounce) French press

How It’s Done: Scoop the coffee into a large bowl or a French Press. Pour in three cups of room temp water. Let is perolate for 10 minutes. Stir. Then cover that bad boy for about 12 hours or overnight. Line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter. Slowly pour coffee through strainer/filter combo into a pitcher. If you’re using a French Press, you know what to do. You can serve it immediately or keep it in the fridge for up to three days. For each cup, pour one part coffee and one part water or milk over ice. Just remember that sugar won’t really disolve into this. So, either use simple syrup or just try it black – you’d be surprised at how good coffee can taste sans milk or sugar!

Now, if you don’t have time to make it at home. (No judgement here!) Starbucks has a pretty tasty cold brew coffee right now. It’s mellow and not bitter or reminiscent of battery acid like the other iced coffee they serve. Sometimes you can’t beat convenience. Plus, it’s Corgi approved.

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Thanks, Mister Walter Bates!

Currently obsessed with

Unroll.Me. Last week during our monthly meeting of the minds, more commonly referred to as the Maple and Wine book club, our hostess mentioned Unroll.Me. This web service identifies all of your subscription emails, lists them in alphabetical order, and allows you to unsubscribe from any of them with just one click.

I have been on an “unsubscribe” kick since the new year in an effort to clean out my inbox and generally simplify my life but doing so takes time and is not easily done on an iPhone. Unroll.Me on the other hand makes this process super easy. When I signed up this morning, I had 199 subscription emails. Less than five minutes later I was down to 101 emails consisting of only the most essential home decor and travel updates. I highly suggest you give Unroll.Me a try if you too are trying to streamline your e-life.

mm

The Tale of the Easiest Whole30 Meal Ever

If you’ve ever done Whole30 or tried your hand at clean eating for an extended amount of time, you know that it involves tons of cooking. The dishes start to pile up and sometimes it’s hard to find the sink, a clean pan, or the motivation to fire up the stove. If you didn’t know that, you just learned something free of charge. You’re welcome.

When you feel like cooking is torture and you can only find one clean pan, no fear. That’s where the easiest Whole30 meal ever comes into play, and it’s so delicious.

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Here’s the lineup:

1 package Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage

1 medium/large sweet potato

1 medium yellow onion

1 apple (pick your favorite, but Granny Smiths add some nice tartness!)

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Salt/Pepper

Chop everything up. Throw the coconut oil into a large skillet on medium/high heat. Toss in the ingredients. Cook everything for about 10 minutes or until done. It can vary, but when everything is soft, it’s done. Season with salt and pepper.

It’s so easy! The hard part is trying not to eat the entire dish in one sitting. If you need some more veggies in the mix, roast some broccoli florets. A little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like it.

Enjoy!

-bb 

P.S. Aidell’s doesn’t pay me to hawk their products, I just like them more than anything else out there. But if they wanted to do so, I wouldn’t say no…

Chillin’ at the Days Inn

But more accurately, eating Chinese food at the Days Inn. Sounds weird. And there is no denying that Panda Gourmet is in fact a weird place. An alternate universe where you don’t really know what’s happening around you. But it’s also delicious and kind of magical in it’s own little way. After reading the Washington Post review of this hidden gem well off the beaten path in D.C., we knew it was our kind of place. The frills are minimal. If you’re looking for fine dining or some kind of Asian fusion, this place is not for you. This joint has the basics and they do them well.

Days Inn

It’s a real place.

Fancy Decor

Authentic Decor?

The outside is unimpressive. Need I remind you that it’s a Days Inn? In way NE D.C.?  The decor explains itself.

Self Portrait: Eat ALL the noodles!

Self Portrait: Eat ALL the noodles!

MM and I needed a good meal after a night of revelry. Chinese food is normally a good cure, and Panda Gourmet certainly delivered. Needless to say we were a bit ravenous. No pictures were taken of the actual food. I can’t remember what we ate. But it was a lot. Dumplings, noodles, chicken, appetizers. We pretty much sampled it all – it’s our duty to make sure you’re well-informed. It was all really good – better than most of the Chinese I’ve had in D.C.

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MM was overwhelmed by all that was Panda Gourmet.

To (dim) sum it up, if you’re looking for an adventure, add Panda Gourmet to the list. Nothing beats a hot date at the Days Inn.

-bb