mke eats 2

happy monday peeps!

i feel like i should have better name for these posts. i mean “mke eats” is pretty cut and dry as to what i will be blogging about butttttttt if anyone can think of something flashier, let me know!

well the highlight of my week when it comes to food was, my FAVORITE food truck was back at burnhearts (its a bar right by my house). i love foxfire a little too much, its my favorite food truck in milwaukee!

this weeks eats and drinks:

foxfire:

i literally could eat their fried chicken sandwich every single day. and im not kidding. i am so happy this is the food truck that is so close to my house once its spring/summer. the owners are great and so personable. last week was the first time foxfire was back near my house. so i knew right away i needed to get dinner there. their menu does change here and there but they always have their fried chicken! although, last week , they had a new version on the fried chicken called: the baller. annnnnd it was just as amazing as their normal fried chicken. this one had their signature spicy fried chicken on it, pickles, spicy mayo, slaw and american cheese. yeah, do i need to say anymore? i would recommend following them on IG because they are always updating their IG as to where they will be next.

goodkind:

nick and i have been waiting to go here for the longest time. so finally, last friday, i said we were going and we went! the restaurant itself is so cute, there is so much character. we started off with getting come craft cocktails, nick got their “call it a night”, their award winning manhattan and i got their “wood dog” which was different (in a good way!!!) because it had raspberry syrup in it. i would say it was almost like an old fashioned but a little sweeter. now, since i LOVE almost all seafood now, i got their spicy crab pasta and oh my god!! the noodles were light and fresh and the overall taste was to die for! one part i really enjoyed was the dish included
soppressata (italian dry salami) which made it a little spicy and gave it just that kick of salt to finish the dish. if you want to know what nick got, he went with their berkshire pork chop and he loved it. i tried it too and it passed the test 😉

puddlers:

this is a local bar that weve been wanting to try ever since we moved to bayview. this bar is one of the oldest in milwaukee. nick and i stopped here for a drink after goodkind and i enjoyed it. i really liked how its not your “modern day bar”. the walls in the bar, im sure, have a lot of stories! this place is great for just grabbing a drink or to stay for a game or two of ping pong.

foxfires gas station sandwich:

okay, we did stop into mothership for a few drinks on saturday night. but i have had my eye on foxfires sandwiches they have there. i ended up going with their hot fried chicken salad sandwich(duh!) and i literally shouldve gotten two. this sandwich is as good as their hot fried chicken sandwich from their food truck. i loved how this sandwich was just like ones you would see in a gas station. it had the thick white bread and everything. ugh now i want another one just talking about it!

the vanguard:

now now, i have talked about this place before on my blog post from february. but this place is so close to our house that we end up going here a lot more than other places. this time around, i stuck with that i knew best. a hot dog, seattle style (cream cheese, onion and shredded cheddar cheese), mashed potato balls and fries. all three of those are my go tos!

i know…super flash!

all this fried chicken talk, i want fried chicken now 😉

i hope everyone has a good week of eating!

xoxo kelsey

flipping the rental

the mirror that you could barley see into…but now is shining bring like my overbite

just call me joanna gaines now, i mean come on! its only fitting right? well kind of, i didnt knock any walls down, i didnt install an island and i didnt give the space that cute modern farmhouse style she has. and i didnt even do this alone, nick was there too…this wouldnt have been possible without him.

now are you wondering what im talking about? or do you already know and you want to me stop talking and get to the juicy stuff?

for the peeps who dont know, nick and i own a duplex (we live in the bottom unit and the upper is our rental) in bayview, wi. i love bayview, i would suggest moving there so we can hangout 😉 ANYWAYS, the old guy that lived upstairs for the past 20 something years had to move out (we are not going to get into details here) but that meant we had the opportunity to get up there and fix it up.

now before they moved all this stuff out, the space seemed pretty “clean” and “taken care of” but we were wrong. after our old tenant moved out there was outlines of his pictures still on the wall + very dusty and dirty walls, the bathroom mirror looked like it had been to hell and back, the stove had a weird smell to it, the oven door was being held up on by a screw. The light above the sink had wires exposed, the rugs we thought he “left” there were actually nailed into the floor. the carpet was so worn down and pieced together in some spots.

yeah, it was a total mess. on top of all of that stuff, we only had about a week and half to get everything done. now im not complaining because we had the place rented within two days of posting about it but still, that mean a lot of work in a short amount of time.

so where did we start? well, we first started by figuring out what we needed to do to get this place up and running again. we figured we should start with the floors but didnt really know where to so we asked one of our good friends. he suggested lumber liquidators. i literally knew nothing about this place but i knew they had commercials on tv and what was about it. we went there and loved it! i would recommend this places 100%. the staff was very helpful and they had a huge selection of flooring. now, since this is a rental, we didnt go with the best of the best, we went on the cheaper side but literally, you can not even tell that is a cheaper choice of laminate flooring. i would suggest though, asking for a couple of samples, taking the home and try to match them with the trim. i know a lot of homes have white trim and white goes with everything. in our case, our trim is cherry colored so we had to play around with a couple of floor choices to see what would look/match the best.

next, it was paint color. again, this is a rental so we went with white because we knew in the future that would be the easiest color to fix and also cover up. we just went to home depot and used glidden pure white paint. we shouldve just bought the five gallon sized one because i had to make a few trips back to get more paint but ya live and ya learn. we used this color literally everywhere, on the walls and the ceiling and personally, i wouldve used the same paint in my own space if needed.

just look how discolored the walls were.

here is where the party starts! we started by washing all the walls and the ceiling because duh! it was so dirty and gross. so after everything was washed, we taped off all the rooms. i loved it because we didnt have to worry about the floors. plus i can be a messy painter…RIP to my favorite pants. from there we started painting, i took one room and nick took another. we banged out the painting pretty quick.

then the floors went in. first nick tore up all the gross carpet. thank god we had the help of our friend greg because both nick and him were able to finish the dining room, living room and bedroom in one day. no… its not A LOT of space but still, its a lot of up and down, cutting while making sure everything lined up. i could not believe how amazing the space looked after the floors were in and the walls were painted!!

so our house used to be a single family. the L is there the stairs used to be before it was converted into a duplex.
i am still crying over the floors being cover with glue and then carpet.

ugh at this point, i just wanted to move in myself. arissa and i dreamed of making it our office and just working out of there all day BUT you cant have it all 😉

like i said before, the stove was a hot mess lol , okay but seriously! it has a weird smell to it, it was painted, yes painted and the oven door was being held together by a strew, kitchen fashion 2019? the kitchen space is not small but its also not huge. therefore, we chose to go with a small range but with going with an “apartment size” stove that means it came with mansion price tag. who knew little ranges costed so much money! so this did take some time find one that was reasonably priced. we looked everywhere, menards, home depot, lowes, second hand appilances and even sears outlet (yeah i didnt know sears was still a thing but they are!). after a lot of comparing stove after stove, we finally found a new one at sears that had minimal scraches and dents on it. i think if i didnt tell you, you wouldnt know it was from an outlet like that. getting the stove installed was a whole different story. the guys who came, didnt know how to install the store becasue they “couldnt find the gas shut off valve”. long story short, we had to call the WE Energies to come and help us. and of course, were was a shut off valve and it took the WE Energies guys like five mins to install the stove for us. ~eye rolling here~

lastly, it was just the little things that needed to done, like cleaning, scrubbing the paint from the kitchen floors (my fault), changing the kitchen light, changing light bulbs and replacing the smoke detectors.

and just like that! it was done. a little bit of me died walking away and just leaving it. i felt like a parent dropping their child off at school for the first time, okay thats a little dramatic but you get it! i am proud of all the work nick and i put into it in for the time frame we had. i think im crazy and i would do this again? i enjoyed it even though i didnt get to be a full joanna gaines but great things take time, right?

BEFORE AND AFTERS:

kitchen:

kitchen before
kitchen after
kitchen after

living room:

living room before
living room after (sorry for the yellow lighting)
living room after
living room after

dining room:

dining room before
dining room before
dining room after with wet floors from cleaning!

bedroom:

bedroom before
bedroom before
bedroom after
bedroom after

bathroom:

and this stayed the same, just has a clean mirror now 😉

i hoped you guys enjoyed our week and half journey of flipping our rental. id love to hear of any question you may have or if you need a recommendation for your own place.

and no, i am not coming over to paint 😉

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 1:

hi!

okay, this feels weird. i feel like it should be the end of the month but we are only a week into the month. ugh! i know, i know… im dramatic.

anyway, here i am. grabbing life by the horns and doing my food blog once a week. yup, still kinda of scared like i said in my post last week.

heres whats the plate this week:

classic slice:

okay, its a must to get the awesome breadstix with cheese like its not even a question. but if youre getting take out, i suggest calling a head of time and ordering because then you arent waiting around in the restaurant for your cheese bread. when it come to their pizza by the slice, that is a lot quicker! now their pizza is kind of like NYC style but better! and no, its not milwaukee style but still delish. yes, they have actual pizza but why wouldnt you want a just a huge slice? i mean why wouldnt you want a slice with cheese bread, if you ask me…thats the best combo! i always either go with pepperoni or cheese. the slices are the size of your face so no need for more than once slice…unless you have a really big face!

brew city booch kombucha:

guys, its 2019 and everyone is drinking it! drinking what? kombucha! now if you dont know what kombucha is, go and google it. but trust me, youll love it. but i know youll love brew citys even more! i recently worked with the owners of this local milwaukee brand and i think its safe to say i LOVE their kombucha. now, they are a smaller company but their products flavor is far from small. ive tired a lot of kombucha in my time and i have to admit their kombucha is one of my favs. right now, their main flavors are: ginger turmeric, lemon thyme, jasmine, berry hibiscus and chai. when i was trying them, i told myself “okay, youre going to have to pick your favorite”. well, that wasnt easy because theyre so good, like really good. but if i had to pick one to drink of the rest of my life, i would love to choose the ginger turmeric because i loved the fresh ginger but then the slight bitterness of the turmeric root. for all my mke peeps, you can find brew city booch at: west allis cheese and sausage at both of their locations, downer sendiks, 1840 brewing company, component brewing company, g. groppi food market and celesta. they are also at the south shore farmers market, so i will be getting my fix every saturday come summer!

blue bat:

i have been waiting to go to the place for the longest time! and this past week, i finally had the opportunity to do so. i have recently partnered with SPORTea and because of our partnership, i have a TON of samples to give away (so please let me know if you want some!). BUT the reason why im telling you that is because another local foodie, julie, reached out for a sample and with the tea, i included a note saying we should get dinner. wellllllll julie, arissa (because we cant not go anywhere without one another) and myself went to blue bat. i suggested this place because its been on my list for awhile now. i started off dinner with their traditional margarita which was yummy – nothing wrong with a lime on the rocks marg with a salted rim. then ive been meaning to try street corn so that was a must for an app, lets just say, i couldve eaten the whole thing!! for my meal, i had the shanghai pork belly bowl and hello yum!!! i have had pork belly before but nothing like this style. it was bigger slabs for pork belly which were super tender. i like the sweet and sour touches to this dish too!

purple door ice cream:

i really only have been here a handful of times but each time i do, i love it and i make it a point to try a new flavor too. i saw purple door had come out with a new flavor for 414 day and i knew i had to get there and try it. what flavor you ask? i got their purple moon. ive been trying to figure out how to describe what this tastes like and i would say its kind of like blue moon but better. purple moon wasnt as sweet, had a little crunch in it and was topped with a malted milk ball – who doesnt love those? i will be having this flavor again. it looks like am a flavor repeater now lol.

the mothership:

wait, you havent heard of the mothership? well, its only the best new corner bar in bayview! and im not just saying that. we hit this stop on friday night to check it out and i will be back! why? because pull tabs. you know i love those things and i become hooked when im pullin’. i love what has been dong with the space, the drinks are good and the vibes are chill too. and for all hamm lovers, its $2 hamms all day long!

cafe centraal:

yup, back here again! but this time just for drinks. yes, my weekend did include A LOT of drinking. but hey, #wisconsin right? we stopped here for a quick early afternoon drink before we went golfing and no, im not a golfer lol. but i got a traditional mimosa which you can never go wrong with just like a traditional marg. i literally couldve had four but then i would be on the floor lol. i also had a bloody mary but i wish i wouldve gotten a different one. i ended up getting the traditional bloody and guess what? NO CHEESE OR MEAT! so next time, i will have to get the the milwaukeean. but a bloody is a bloody and even though it didnt have cheese or meat in mine, i still enjoyed it!

city lights brewing:

we thought biking around and getting beers was a great idea until nicks tire popped and we were stuck. well not really because were we steps away from city lights but still, we had to uber home and then pick up this bike. anyways, this was my first time going here and i loved it! they have a huge outside area and the inside was cute! i loved all the brick and the exposed ceilings. since this was my first time here, i was that person who had to try all their beers to figure out what i liked. for both rounds, i went with the burt wheat rose and it was soooo good. i liked it because it was light and was a little fruity. i also liked it because it wasnt sweet, it had a little tartness to it.

and we made it! i hope you enjoyed and i hope you can get out and try some of these places!

have a good week & see you next monday 🙂

xoxo kelsey

mke food : april

its not called the big boy for nothing!

alright guys, you asked and now you shall receive, on my IG i asked if youd rather see my monthly eats more than just once a month.

(im not makingthis stuff up!)

and lets be honest, your girl loves to eat!

so, for now…intend of once a month of food blog post like i was doing for january, february and march, i will be here posting once a week. i am kind of scared..why? because what if i only eat at once place during the week? what if i eat somewhere i have already been? no worries! i also plan on including local food finds that i try too.

soooooo *clears throat* heres where i ate for the month of april:

dom & phil demarinis original recipes:

literally dont think i couldve eaten this any quicker. it was such a “classic milwaukee pizza”. now i say that because when i say”classic milwaukee pizza”, i think of this style. what is the style? its crust that isnt too crispy, isnt too mushy, yet there is just enough cheese where youre not chocking on it and its cut into little squares and not triangles. oh! and the sauce is a little sweeter but seasoned just right. and from there you just pick the toppings that you want. i got peperoini on my half and trust me, i would do it over and over again. so yeah, thats a classic milwaukee pizza! lets not forget the CHEESE bread. omg, that is a meal in itself. it was so good that i was “mad” that it only came with four pieces.

good city brewing:

yes, i did get a beer, i got the pils…yes i like lighter beers and if we are being real honest, i really am not a beer person. WHAT!! YOURE FROM MKE AND YOU ARENT A BEER FAN? yeah, thats me. but a beer wasnt the only thing i got. i got their brew burger and it was just okay. i have heard really good things about their food in general but it just wasnt as good as i wanted it to be. i also wish i wouldve gotten fries as my side and not chips. i also wish chips didnt mean chips from a bag…i wish they meant house made chips. you know the ones that are so good and you cant stop eating? yeah those! i will say though, i would like to go back and try more of their food!

aj bombers:

okay. now THIS was the burger i have been dreaming of! when we went, the burger i was dying to have was said to only be there for a week so i knew i had to get there and try it! well, i got wind AFTER i got done eating that the burger will be there all summer. this life changing burger is called the big boy. its a play on the old school big boy burger and hollllllly cow (lol literally). this was probs one of the best burgers i have ever had and let me tell you, ive had a lot of burgers. i mean, theres nothing wrong with two patties, three buns, cheese, lettuce and their secret sauce. and theres really nothing wrong with getting a side of tots with it too. lets just say, i mightve had this burger twice this month.

boo boos sandwich shop:

you dont know how many times ive driven past this place or walked past it and said “yeah, im going to go there soon”. well, too many to remember. finally, one saturday, nick and i needed, lol okay more like wanted lunch so he suggested boo boos and . so. good. their set up inside is kinda wacky which is awesome, they totally have their own style. but when it came to their food, that style was even better. i got their ham and cheese and i thought it was going to be just like it said, a ham and cheese and boy was i wrong! my sandwich was to die for, the ham was real chunks, the cheese was melted just right and the onions and mustard were just right. ugh my mouth is literally watering just talking about it. if you know anything about me, i am sucker for tomato soup. and their fire roasted red pepper bisque was not what i thought it was going to be but in a good way! they topped theirs off with white rice, cream and green onion. i was not expecting that but ended up being SO good.

honeypie:

now i have been here many times. i even went through a phase were i didnt like it ( i couldnt tell you why) but now i love it. i love it even more because its literally a block from my house… now you know where i live 😉 jk! and surprise, surprise… i got tomato soup annnnnd grilled cheese with fries. i ate all of it too, i had more regrets on it. BUT i know youre thinking “who gets a grilled cheese when they go out? you can make that at home…” okay yeah, i get that! but honeypies grilled cheese is pretty good. i didnt feel gross eating it and obvi it was good because i ate the whole thing. soup was a little plain, i wish it was a little more creamy.

boone and crockett:

we stopped here for a happy hour on a random friday and loved it. we have been here before but im never disappointed when i come to boone. and yes, i did get a brandy old fashioned sour, well okay…i got two but that was my drink my choice for both rounds. i think they do a pretty good job when it comes to old fashioneds.

cafe centraal:

now, i never go to brunch but i did this past weekend for gals that brunch! all my local mke ladies, if you want to branch out and meet new women who are like minded and who are inspiring, you have to go to this brunch. its once a month, you follow their IG page, watch for when tickets go on sale, buy the tickets and BOOM youre in it for brunch. its such a fun time and i have met some amazing women. BUT back to food… i got their dragon fruit parfait. the waiter did warn me that its not very sweet and that was totally fine by me! i am not a sweets person so i figured this was right up my alley. i do have to say though, i really lacked flavor. i mean, there shouldnt have to be sweetness to have flavor but i think next time, i will try something a little more flavorful.

and there we have it, i will see you next week, since ya know…im doing this thannnnng once a week now 😉

as always, i hope you enjoyed and youre leaving hungry!

xoxo kelsey

becoming more green tips:

happy earth day!

i wish this day wasn’t just once a year because i think it’s important to be aware how we are treating the earth and the area round us daily and not just once a year. but the awareness earth day brings is nothing short of amazing!

i feel like a part of me has always been into the greener side of things, as child we would recycle, reduce our water use and it was a must to turn off lights. i do believe that some of the traits are still with me today. i still recycle, i turn off lights (because nick LOVES keeping lights on) when no one is in the room or just have them off to let the natural light in. but recently, i have made a lot more greener choices and since im doing it, you have to do it too 😉

here are my tips & trick i use in my everyday life to stay green:

  • USE REUSABLE BAGS. now this means a few different things because i use reusable bags at the grocery store and i use those same bags if i need to transport a lot of stuff somewhere. i also use a lunch bag, yes those are still a thing! the kid in me still likes to get fun looking ones, go and get that lunch box that reflects who you are! this is the lunch bag i am using now, and love it! my little tip or any reusable bag is, to spend a little more money on them so they last longer and you aren’t going through bag after bag. one of my favorite places to get reusable bags are trader joes. i love their insulated one for keeping things cold in your car until you get home!
  • USE REUSABLE STRAWS. this is really new to me! i was a hardcore plastic straw user and i realized those aren’t doing good, they are just doing bad. i have recently started using stainless steel straws and love them! they’re easy to clean and they stay clean versus other straws i have used in the past. here is what i use: stainless steel drinking straws
  • RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS. ugh this drives me nuts! i don’t like plastic bags, i wish they weren’t even a thing. they take can take up to 1000 years to decompose and that scares me! so instead of throwing plastic bags in the garbage, i put all my smaller plastic bags into that big one you always get at the store and wait until it’s full. once full, i take it to my local grocery store (my mke peeps, pick n’ save, most targets and walmart has bins you can drop bag off at) and put it in their plastic bag recycle bin and they do they rest. this makes me feel so much better knowing they are being recycled and not being put into the earth or flying into your car when driving.
  • USE A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE . yes, i am that person who freaks out if they don’t have their water bottle. when it comes to water bottles, i would recommend a stainless steel one because they they can come insulated so your water stays cold forever…yes forever, stainless doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and it tends to be more mold resistant. but overall, it’s important to use reusable water bottle because then you aren’t putting plastic into the earth, you’re saving money and saving the earth one sip at a time. here are some of my favorite bottles: glacier point and bubba trailblazer
  • BUY USED CLOTHES. i love thifting for clothes (and other things)! i love the challenge of “going on the hunt” to find just want i’m looking for. i love the money i save too, because i’m spending only a few dollars on a piece(s) rather than spending a lot more on one or two item. yes, sometimes you walk away without finding anything but then you go another time and you hit the jackpot! i love thrifting/second hand stores because you are giving a piece of clothing another chance plus you are reducing waste and pollution. it’s important to donate your clothes once you’re done with them because then the cycle starts all over again. meaning everyone is saving, reusing and creating less waste on our earth.
(yes, this shirt is from goodwill)

i hope these tips & tricks are helpful! i literally could have went on and on about all the green things i do, these five are on the top of my list!

i truly hope these tips and tricks help you and make you want to make a change for our earth. regardless if you change one thing or five, every little step you take will make a positive impact to the earth.

happy earth day earth huggers!

xoxo kelsey

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kup of:breaded fish tacos

and im back with recipes! i know its been a long time but ive been working on a lot of other things. but dont worry, one of those other things are…wait for it…

I AM TEACHING MYSELF HOW TO CREATE MY OWN RECIPES. i am pretty much rachel ray up in here. all jokes aside, its been challenging because im that person who gets mad when food doesnt turn out.

now, i am almost embarrassed about this recipe because, its so easy. like easy easy. i dont know why i didnt think of this sooner but i thought of it now and thats what matters.

i came up with the best breading for fish (really chicken too) tacos.

ingredients:

  • about 1/2 pound of tilapia, cod or a thin white fish *
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 1/3 cup of sour cream
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • *i normally use tilapia and i make sure its thin. this time around i used cod and didnt like it as much. but up to your taste buds!

steps:

  • pat off fish to remove all extra moisture.
  • place panko on the plate for breading, set aside until ready to use
  • mix together the taco seasoning and the sour cream. stir until combined.
  • pour oil into a tan and let it warm up on medium-low heat. i stick with a lower heat because then im not burning the breading on the fish.
  • take the sour cream mixture and coat all sides of the fish. i make sure i am layering it on semi thick.
  • coat the fish with panko.
  • repeat until all the fish is covered with panko.
  • check to see if the oil is hot, i always throw a panko crumb or two in the oil and if sizzles, its ready.
  • place the breaded fish into the pan and cook each side for 5-7 minutes. (thinner cut of fish will require less time) The internal temperature should be 145.
  • ****if your fish is thicker cut, i would reduce heat so the breading doesnt burn.
  • ****also less flipping is best because more flipping means breading can become loose and fall off the fish.
  • remove from heat, pat off extra oil, cut and add to your tacos!

now i want fish tacos! and i feel like making tacos look pretty isnt my thing? like i know i can dress up a bowl of mac and cheese like no ones business but tacos…that is something i need to work on. accepting taco plating lesssons by anyone 😉

as always, please let me know if you make these!

enjoy babes

xoxo kelsey

interview with social sparkling wine

photo by: arissa

i recently was given the privilege to work with the amazing brand : social sparkling wine!

here is my interview with them, you can also check it out on their website!

xoxo enjoy babes!

GUEST BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: KELSEY TRAINDL

We have a guest blogger in our midst! Kelsey Traindl is the mastermind behind lifestyle blog @kupofkelsey! She is native to Milwaukee and loves cooking but loves her dog Glen even more! We sat down with Kelsey to learn a bit more about her and her passion for blogging!

What does a typical day in your life look like?

I wake up and think about all that I’m grateful for, I wake up my puppy because you know puppy life is hard! Then down a smoothie on my way to work. At work, I think of all the possible ways to create my next move, I think about what I can create next that people will love. On my way home, I either listen to music or a motivating podcast. Once home, I play with my pup, workout, make dinner (one of my favorite parts of the day) and then relax and get myself ready for the next day!

How do you maintain balance in your life?

I make sure that I am always trying something new. By new I mean, a new workout class, a new restaurant, a new recipe or meeting up with a new friend. I think it’s important to change up life as much as you can because for me, it keeps me motivated and inspired.

What are your passions and what inspires you to pursue them?

My passions are blogging, cooking and working out. I love blogging. I never knew it would be something that I would fall in love with. I never liked writing when I was in school so I surprise myself daily when I turn to my blog and start to write. I love knowing that I can impact lives of others through my words and perspective. When it comes to cooking, I love the mystery of what you’re making. Will it be good? Did I add enough of this or that? I also love that it can be really up to you as to how you want the recipe to go. I love seeing the reaction on peoples faces when they try your food for the first time. Working out is something I do for enjoyment and self strength. I work out to feel good but I love to see what my body is capable of doing.

What is your favorite health trend?

Ballet Barre. I love ballet barre, I’ve been taking it once a week for a little over a year now. At first, I will admit that I was scared to start because it was something I had never tried before. After the first class, I was hooked! I guess I am really hooked because I’ve been pretty consistent for so long now. I love how the class challenges my body and mind and pushes to me to go that extra mile!

How do you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

By trying new workouts, new recipes and surrounding myself with positive, like-minded people.

Who is the most inspiring person you follow on Instagram and why?

@emmasedition, she is amazing. She inspires me because she helps me grow as a person but also an influencer. She gives real advice and tips on how grow your brand along with yourself. When I look at her content, she makes me feel like I can do it too, that I can make my Instagram or blog the way I envision it being. Another thing I love about her is: she does take the time out of her day to talk to you and give you suggestions on what it is you’re asking.  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As a full-time blogger and a stay at home dog mom! But in all seriousness, I want establish my brand and want others to hear my voice and be inspired.

What are some lessons or mottos you have for other women following a similar life/career path as you?

Don’t compare yourself to others. I know, I know this is easier said than done! But listen to me, there is a reason you are who you are. There is a reason why you are doing what you are doing and that’s because you know YOU have a voice and YOU have a purpose. You have to start somewhere and you will not grow overnight, you will grow within time…I promise you that.

What is your favorite flavor of SOCIAL?

I love Strawberry Rose, it’s such a crisp and clean flavor.

What is your favorite thing about SOCIAL?

Knowing that SOCIAL Sparkling Wine is organic means a lot to me. I try and eat as organic as I can and now I know that I can enjoy a drink that is organic too. And it even contains alcohol which mean you’re able to have fun and enjoy the world around you while still living clean!

tips on achieving your goals:

HEYYYYY,

like ive said before, i only made one goal this year. i bet youre thinking: “kelsey, wtf? how do you only make one goal?”. well, yeah. i only made one. but now as i am growing within that one goal, i realized i have been making little goals within the big one.

i want to share how i set goals and what i think, are the best ways to achieve those goals:

  • WRITE DOWN THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT YOUR GOALS: this is key. i never did this and i would spend more time over-thinking and wondering how i would achieve a goal. i started to write down the questions i have about my goal and it made me feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. by having those written down, i felt as if my goal was more achievable. the questions and worry were off my mind and i was able to look at each question and try to figure out the solution.
  • GOALS CAN CHANGE: i mean, i had one goal and now i have many goals but theyre little ones that play off the overall goal i have. even if you set five goals for yourself and one of those doesnt seem to really “make sense” anymore, change it so align with what you want to achieve.by doing this, you arent wasting time thinking about how youre going to achieve something that you have no interest or passion in doing therefore, bring down your stronger goals.
  • MAKE A PLAN: if you dont make a plan, how will you grow? how will you know if you accomplished a goal? how will you know if you need to change a goal/make a modification? you wont know. youll just make excuses. youll make excuses as to why you goal(s) arent being achieved. youll make excuse of “well i dont see anything changing and im doing all i can or all i know how”. but are you doing all you can? are you looking at different ways to surpass your goal? with having a plan, youre able to see what needs improvement and where. i recently just did this, i printed off calendars for the next two months and wrote down what i need to get done when and what im going to focus on every single day.
  • STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE: trust me here. i know i know, you always want to be in your comfort zone because helllloooo its comfy! but if i have learned anything from blogging…just in this year alone, its you need to try new things, i talk about this ALL THE TIME. you need to try new things that are going to help you in reaching your goal(s). and i can tell you since i have stepped out of my comfort zone, i can feel achievement, change and reassurance that i can reach my goal! yes, the only one goal i have lol. do what you need to do to reach that goal!!
  • LISTEN TO YOURSELF: make sure when setting your goal(s), youre setting a goal(s) for something that you really want, something you can almost taste! my goal was to focus on my blog and from there i have created the small goals. i really want my blog to be successful and i want to be a place people visit and get excited when a new post comes out. i literally have this vision because i keep telling myself “you want this”, you want to be your own boss”. and if i didnt listen to myself, if i didnt listen to my thoughts or listen as to why i want to do those things, i wouldnt be so hungry to achieve what it is i want to achieve.

i also hope you know, you can set goals whenever. there is not rule that you have to set ALL your goals on january 1st. theres no rules if your goals are easy one or challenging ones. theres no rules when it comes to how long it take to reach your goals. follow the steps above and let those motivate you to reach your goal(s).

xoxo kelsey

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simple and cute porch tips:

its finally spring! well, anything over 40 is considered spring here in wisconsin!

ive been waiting to focus more on decorating because i want to show you guys my ideas & inspire you to create a space that youll love too.

i have a thing for cute porches, come on guys… i know im not alone here. well, last year was the first time ive ever had my own porch so “i played it safe” and only had a few chairs, a table and lantern. i did have flowers, but i dont want to bore you with the non-ending stories of the squirrels. they arent cute, theyre evil. my flowers were their playground! and yes, i tried it all. i even tried sprinkling cayenne ALL over and nope, they enjoyed it. *ive been eye rolling this whole time*.

now my porch is not very big. so i found it be to semi of a challenge. like how many are too many pillows? do they make outside rugs small enough to fit the space? Will those stupid squirrels ruin these super cool candle lanterns i bought?

i was concerned about spending “too much” on making my small porch look pretty but i was that person, and watched for target to come out with a sale on outdoor stuff. well last week, the stars were aligned and it happened! I was able to get a rug, two pillows, two lanterns and a vase for $119. NOW that is still a lot for me but i was okay with spending that much because we do spend a lot of time out there in spring and summer, so its fiiiiiiine.

i also kind of went the lazy route and only went to target for my patio needs but im not even mad about it because target is my second home . i guess the reason why i didnt check out other stores is because i told myself to make my patio different than the rest of my house, different than any other design I’ve done before, so i did just that, at target. all at target.

target.

i have put together a few of my tips for getting that porch feel youve always wanted:

  • dont be afraid to try something different, i did and LOVE it.
  • wait for a sale, it doesnt make sense to pay full price for something because they are going to put it on sale. its just up to you to watch out for the sale.
  • dont work yourself up if you cant afford EVERYTHING you want, the porch isnt leaving! save your money, thrift, try a different store until you get what youve been looking for.
  • dont let the size of your porch freak you out, like i said – mine is small and i made it work. take the size as a challenge rather than a let down.
  • plant flowers/plans you normally wouldnt. i love doing this. i love being creative and paring different flowers with one another in the same pot.
  • invite your friends over and show them! i love having people over so this is a must for me! okay, this wont make you have the porch youve always wanted but who doesnt like friends? food? or drinks?

okay, i am off to sit on my porch and dream of a squirrel free spring & summer!

xoxo

kelsey

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mke food: march

you guys!!! you know i love twisted path distillery! & now they have their rye whiskey out and im in love!!

holy cow, what a month of food!! wayyyyyy better than last month! i blame febuary being not as good because it was a short month. makes sense, right? yeah, kind of!

lets not mess around & get right into why you are here!

here is where my mouth touched a fork this month:

bellis bistro:

i know you guys know almost everything about me but you need to know that fried chicken is my favorite food group. and when it comes to fried chicken, its all about the hot sauces too. if you ask me, which i dont know why youd ask anyone else but my favorite hot sauce is louisiana hot sauce and bellis knows whats up and uses it. i kinda felt that feeling of “did we just become friends?”. another favorite food group of mine is, mac n cheese. now, normally when i get fried chicken, i get double mac but this time i branched out. the chicken dinner came with two sides so obvi, one was mac and cheese while the other was asparagus. overall the food was tasty! just a little greasy but their breading was full of flavor & was crispy.

jacksons blue ribbon pub:

jacksons has two locations but this was my first time at this one. its located inside the historic pabst brewery which it pretty cool within itself. now you guys know that we loooooove chicken wings so nick and i try to try wings whenever we go to a place that has them. now, i have to say that jacksons werent my favorite. they were a little “plump” for me. as i explained in mke food:: feburary, im not a huge fan of wings that arent smaller in size. and yes, i am that boring person who ended up getting what i had last time i was there. and that was the buffalo chicken wrap (i bet your surprised i got buffalo, right?). oh! get your chicken crispy on that wrap, no one likes grilled chicken…well maybe your mom ;). and skip those haystack onion rings i got, they were swimming in grease.

ninos southern sides:

ommmmg the OG of fried chicken! this is my spot. now, its a little out of the way for my peeps who are south of the city. ninos is located in shorewood but i promise you, its worth the drive. now, here, i dont mess around. i get the fried chicken dinner because you get three pieces and then i get double mac, its a must! nick does get the mashed potatoes and i have to say, theyre good too. the key here is to call in your order for take out, pick it up & take it home to enjoy! the ladies will take care of you, trust me…they call you to tell you that your chicken is getting cold if you dont come quick enough.

odd duck:

all i can say is: small plates. now, if i could have small plates everyday then i would be the happiest person ever. now there are a lot of small plate places in mke but odd duck has to be my favorites. their menu does change so its rare that you would get the same thing twice. well, thats a lie. the only thing i have had more than once and would recommend over and over is their whiskey sour with egg white. so. fricken. good. another good thing to know about odd duck is, theyre always busy! so if you wanna eat in the dining room, you gotta call and make reservation at least a week ahead otherwise, you can do what nick and i do. we show up and they will take our name and number and call us when a spot at the bar becomes available. which is totally worth it! this time around we got the cheese platter with the sweet grass green hill and marieke burning melange gouda cheeses. then we had potato & apple flautas, savory potato bubble waffle and smoked spicy duck fat carbonara, yes i did eat duck hearts…i can cross that off my bucket list. now everything was good, okay? if i had to pick, the carbonara wasnt my favorite out the bunch but nothing like i would never get it again.

story hill bkc:

can we all say BRUNCHHHHH!?? i went to brunch with my blogger bestie brit! this was my first time here and i loved it. the vibe of the restaurant was relaxed but their mamosa made everything more relaxed. i got their back bacon and eggs. well silly me, i didnt realize that back bacon wasnt actually bacon BUT brit is a MPV and let me have some of her bacon and it was to die for. i will totally be back here! but next, i think i will want to try dinner.

camino:

guys, if you want bar food and want it to be amazing – camino is your answer! when nick and i arent really sure where to eat, we end up here. no, its not like “uuuuuggghhh i guess well just go to camino again”, its more along the lines of “i have no idea what im going to order this time!”. its that good. i didnt get it this time but their clam chowder on fridays is one of my favorites in the city. now, we didnt get wings (their wings are bomb thought!) we ended up getting cheddar and potato pierogis for an app and they did not disappoint. for dinner, i had the cubanski (this is like my 4th time having it but take the hint). i like both the fries as my side or the crispy brussels.

glass + griddle:

this was an accident, we didnt mean to eat here. long story short…nick graduated with his MASTERS! hello!! but we wanted to celebrate so we headed to mke brewing at their new location downtown. first off, the new brewery is SO nice on the inside and glass + griddle is on the inside too. i had no idea. i feel like this is something i shouldve known. i ended up getting their g +g simple burger and split a side a fries with nick. the burger was just as it says, simple. yet it was delicious. i would get it again! fires were good too, although the yogurt ranch they come with was a little odd.

sabrosa:

i never go to brunch, okay yeah i went to story hill but it was a freak occurrence that i went to brunch twice in a month. because before this month, i really cannot remember the last time i went. but omggggg sabrosa is so good. like i cannot wait to go back. i had the S.B.S.B.B.S. which is a spicy brown sugar bourbon bacon sandwich with fried egg & cheese on toasted tuscan bread with avocado crema & sour cream. do i need to say anymore? go there and get it, this weekend.

crafty cow:

now this place is known for their chicken and their burgers and guess what kelsey got…mac and cheese and fried pickles…just making sure im hitting all the food groups here. but i was just so tired and wasnt too hungry so went with something “light”…lol. as simple as both of these dishes were, they were good. the pickles coating was “bubbly” and not like some places where its more of a cornmeal coating so that was nice! then the big mac bowl was super simple AND i ate over half of it (which is a lot of me because i get full quickly). you also have the option to get chicken over it and i wasnt feelin. yeah i dont get how i wasnt feel chicken either.

mobcraft:

we didnt eat here but how awesome of a location! this was our first time going here and it was delish!! they have a lot of different beer to choose from, hence why i got their flight. i cannot wait to go here 🙂

la merenda:

ughhhhh guys, this place got me. its was SO good and was small plates. I LOVE SMALL PLATES. but already knew that. and we had betty with us (nicks mom) which only meant that we were able to get more food because we had an extra mouth! since we were there on a friday, they had a fish special and this fridays was wisconsin caught perch and it tasted just like butter and who doesnt like butter. we then got the local artisan cheese & meat which was just a plate of cheese, sausage, bread, mustard, the kitchen sink, mushrooms annnnnd olives. then we got the truffled potato skins and these were not what i thought and in a good way! i planned getting like potato skin boats and no, these were like house chips and i about died because i have never tasted something like this before. we also had risotto con funghi which was as good as it sounded, i really like the microgreens that were on top, they just added another layer to the dish. next we got, pork and shrimp dumplings. now you know i like seafood but i cannot get myself to like shrimp. i keep trying and i keep not liking it. but betty and nick really enjoyed them. lastly, me, yes only me got their creme brulee. theres was chocolate with peanut brittle on top. i cannot say no when i see that on a menu.

andddd just like that we are done for march! woof, i felt like there was a lot. i am so happy that this month was better than last. now off to aprils food ( i keep reading this as apirl fools), i cant wait to see where i end up!

happy eating 🙂

xoxo kelsey