So, I’ve been kinda MIA lately- both here on my blog and on my IG. We had a few big things happen such as our WEDDING (eeeek!), followed closely (like less than a week after our wedding) by our son having a major unexpected surgery 🙁 Then I was sick and feeling crummy for about a month- thanks to working in a children’s hospital and picking up kids’ bugs #NurseLife.

Blogging and posting content just hasn’t been high on my to-do list. I did, however, use this time away from social media to put some thought to the direction and purpose of my blog, which is amateur at best. When you read about blogging, it’s clear that the pros say you must have a niche for your blog. You can’t just post a mish-mash of content and expect to gain dedicated, long-term followers. A “lifestyle” blog is SO very vague and it can be extremely hard to find a niche in the world of lifestyle blogging where there is an oversaturation of bloggers sharing Nsale picks and the same flatlays over and over.

Here is what I do know: my life revolves so much about being a mom, but I never wanted my blog to be a mom blog. However, my son is such a HUGE part of my life, I can’t really picture myself having a lifestyle blog without occasionally featuring my handsome son who I am obsessed with!

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So. Grand Rapids. This city has been doing the most lately. Every time you turn around there’s a new brewery/restaurant/distillery/apartment complex. AND I LOVE IT! You definitely need a lunch date almost weekly to keep up with all the new places popping up!

BUT. Let’s focus for a minute on a place near and dear to my heart. Donkey Taqueria. It opened in 2013, and although it probably took me a few years to discover it, I am now fully obsessed. The flautas de pollo. The chorizo y poblano taco. THE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA. 

margaritas and sangria

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Ever since meeting my (now) fiance, I have had the pleasure and privilege of being able to travel to Traverse City, MI with the Duba ladies. I looooove spending these weekends wine tasting, antiquing (Trisha’s favorite (not really, she hates it) ), and forgetting about real life as we lounge on the beach at Aunt Lolo’s house right on East Bay. This past January, I had a long weekend off work, and decided to take a trip to TC with the Duba’s and a good friend of mine.

Sparkling dry wine at L.Mawby estate…a new favorite I discovered

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On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we did everything you would expect on a trip to Sin City. Party bus, pictures under the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, an excessive amount of drinking, lounging by the pool, and gambling (we got in as much as possible). However, we also did one thing that may not be expected. We went hiking! About 20 minutes outside of the Strip, there is great hiking at Red Rock Canyon. We hiked the Calico Tanks trail. Shared our trek below!

red rock canyon in las vegas, nevada

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I am in stout opposition to setting “New Year Resolutions.” Actually, I’m am much more opposed to people whose New Year resolution is to join a gym, and now for a good month or so, I can’t find a spot at the Y to do my hiit cardio. Hashtag first world problems. I do however, believe in reflecting on myself as a person and seeing what I can accomplish to better myself, my happiness and my family.

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