Let's chat.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hi peeps, whats up! Long time no blog! I've missed you guys and I've missed this space! It is (finally!) Friday, we are 23 days away from Christmas and I am pumped.

Can we talk about my beef with the holidays for just a quick sec? My beef with the holidays is that work still goes on even when there are holiday parties to attend, presents to wrap, baileys to drink and friends to hang out with. I don't think work should be a mandatory thing during the holidays, but anywho.

Let's chat.

Wanna hear something crazy. Last week I got an email from my blog host saying my blog was down! Do you know how terrifying that is. Pulled up my url and boom, it was gone. My host didn't even call/email/text nothing to tell me. But don't you worry, after about 3 phone calls and some screaming, Everyday Grace is back up and running. Sorry if I scared ya'll there, I'm not going anywhere.

You guys probably all know my blogging mentor, Helene, from Helene in Between - but did you know she has the ultimate Instagram course. Literally the best thing I've ever seen. It's called Instagram for Success and it's insane. Videos, handouts, and all the tools needed to grow your Instagram. The thing I love about Insta is even when I disappear here, I can still connect with all my blogger-loves on Insta! You can find all the goodies HERE! Or click below! GO now, it'll be literally the best thing you ever do for your blog and instagram.

If you didn't know, now you know, but Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite. I think she is probably the coolest actress out there. But, Chris Pratt is making her even cooler. Have you seen this Buzzfeed where he crops her out of all his pictures. It's hilarious. Now, I love them both. Please date. 

I'm hosting a breakfast club this Sunday to watch the Broncos game and I am so excited for three reasons; (1) friends and broncos (2) breakfast casserole that's so easy and delish (3) mimosa bar. I CANNOT wait to show you all the details on Monday's post. Again, see above about that whole working during the holidays again. 

I haven't taken our Christmas card picture this year and I am stressing. It is December 1 and no picture to be seen. I'm going to see if I can rope my neighbor into taking it. Please don't tell Adam, he will be mortified. But hopefully it'll make for a great picture. I already have my Minted card picked out!  Last years was so cute, and I know Minted will do a great job again! 

I know I'm late to this party, but I am obsessed with Pentatonix. I get it, they've been popular for like a bazillion years and I am new to their party, but people --  I cannot stop listening to their Christmas CD. It's insane. And yes, I still listen to CDs. Mary did you know is my favvvvvorite.

Congrats if you made it to the bottom of this ramble! This is the fun part. I really want to get to know other bloggers. I follow about 1000 but I don't know more than a handful and in full disclosure of honesty around here, I hate it. I love following people on Insta but it makes me feel crazy when I see a random person and don't even recognize their face. Anyone with me here? 

Everyday Grace is starting something new. A blogger feature on the blog for FREE. Free never happens so let's do it. I know bloggers aren't supposed to give it up for free, but this is me honestly wanting to know you! Let's do it interview style. I want to get to know you and in the mean time, introduce you and your blog to others! Then we can actually grow a friendship, not just a follow-for-follow type thing. 

Wanna be featured? Leave me a comment with your email address! Can't wait, this is going to be fun. Let's grow our sites together! 

Happy Friday everyone! Have the best weekend. 

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Product Review: Nip + Fab

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Skin is one thing I struggle with when it comes to my own personal maintenance. I work out, I eat healthy, I take care of my nails, my hair and yet, when it comes to skin care, its something I neglect.

I've been using the same skin care for probably the last 4 years. And, to be honest, the main reason I haven't changed skin care, is because it been working, fairly well at least. It wasn't until I saw friends, who are my age, with glowing skin that I started to question what I was doing. I started asking around and heard about a plethora of products. My main thing in skin care is I want it to work and be affordable.

Hey, this is where I tell you that this is a sponsored post. I was gifted this product by Nip + Fab, but in the spirit of writing honestly, all comments and thoughts are purely my own. 

Nip + Fab approached me about a month ago, asking if I'd be willing to try their product. The timing couldn't have been more perfect as I was already in the search for a new product. I jumped on the opportunity to try and in turn to hopefully share with you guys a great new product.

The thing I have with sponsored posts is that usually they ask for a turnaround post within a week. How could I try a product within a day and give an honest opinion? Nip + Fab has been great, I've had the products for two weeks, which I think is a great amount of time to see a difference. The cool perk to these products, they help with less fine lines and wrinkles! I'm not getting any younger, I will take what I can get!

Nip + Fab sent me four products to try (their details are straight from their website):
  • Dragons Blood Fix Serum: A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.
  • Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme: A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process.  Easily incorporated into a weekly routine, use one pad at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise usage once a week.
  • Dragon's Blood Fix Mask: An intensely hydrating gel mask combining multiple skin perfecting complexes to plump the look of wrinkles and refine the skin's appearance for a brighter, more youthful looking complexion.
  • Glycolic Scrub Fix: Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator, Glycolic Facial Scrub Fix.  This 3-in-1 micro exfoliant is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energizes + awakens the skin.
My initial thought was wow great packaging and the product smells amazing. I've tried a few products that are so perfumey that I can barely stand to have them on my face. This product smells great and dissipates enough that I don't get sick over it.

I tried the scrub and cannot get enough. It's a great cleanser but gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my skin. I followed up with the serum and my usual night cream and hit the sack. I woke up in the morning and my face felt amazing. It was clear and bright. Something I'm not used too! I used the night pads the next night followed by the same routine and I was even more impressed!

I followed that nightly skin routine for the next week and I could not believe how great my skin felt. In Colorado, especially in the winter, hydration is key. Sometimes I feel like I am not using enough on the skin and it is so dry. However, after using the serum and everything else, my face is moist and supple and I just love the way it feels.

Side-Note: a lot of times heavy moisturizers or serums can feel sticky or weigh you down. Not this one. It is so smooth and once dry (about 10 seconds) your face is smooth and hydrated.

Two nights ago, Adam and I tried the mask. Yes, I said Adam. Men can care about skin care too! It was great. Its only a ten minute mask which is perfect for busy lives. I loved this one. It goes on smooth and comes off smoother. It smells delish! After I used the product, I went through my nightly routine, only to wake feel amazing.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but honestly people, I love this product. It's so great and everyone loves a good skin care routine that doesn't take forever. It's simple and in no-time we'll be saying goodbye to those wrinkles.

You can find Nip + Fab HERE // HERE // HERE.

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope a little skin care chat made your week just a titch happier.

And remember, be kind. xx

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Election Day + a Recipe: The Good Popcorn

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy Tuesday friends! Or as the entire world is looking at it, happy day the election ads stop! Happy Election Day 2016, we made it!

Has is it hit anyone else that today our world will change in a HUGE way, regardless of the outcome? Today, the US will elect one of the two most un-electable candidates this country has ever nominated. That's fact, not opinion, look at the polls. But tomorrow, we will still be the greatest country in the world and that is what we must keep in focus.

Attention: The next few paragraphs are going to be politics related. I get it if you hate politics talk. I usually do to. However, I need to get my two-cents out. If you don't like politics, skip the paragraphs below (I indented them to make it easier), because I am sharing the yummiest popcorn recipe ever!
I have written my two cents about this whole election process about 100 times and it never felt right to me. I've woken up in the middle of the night to write what I was dreaming about. I've deleted posts, re-written posts and it never worked. I've tried to articulate my thoughts without using offending words, thoughts or comments but I realized in this election specifically, that is impossible.  
Here's my summary of everything I worked through in my head in the past couple days. Tomorrow this will all be over. Tomorrow the US will still be standing and we will still be great because at the end of the (election) day, it's her people that make her great. It's her hard-working, passionate men and woman who want her to be great and will continue to make her great.  
I won't try to change your beliefs on the hot button issues because at the end of the day, you've chosen to believe that way based on life experiences and situations you've been a part of, ones that have shaped you and molded you and are experiences I will never have. The best I can do is listen to you, hear your heart and respect your beliefs and in turn I hope that you respect mine.  
So remember that when you're making your last minute digs or remarks. One candidate will win and the other will fade away but the people who you degraded on the way to defend your candidates "honor" will never forget the words you used.  
My hope is at the end of this, we can move on, backing whatever candidate wins, because if we don't come together we will continue to fall apart. Being united is what makes American great. So whether you're with her and want to make america great again, I hope we can all agree, that none of that will happen if we don't start listening to each other, really listening and working together. 
While we watch history made today in one way or another at least let's do it with wine and delicious popcorn.

When Adam and I moved in to our house, we did so without a microwave. The original one doesn't work and the second one we bought at Home Depot actually caught fire and had to be thrown away. So for the last 9 months we have lived without a microwave. I thought it would be hard, but it's taught me how to make things a different way, and in the case of popcorn, the better way!

I ventured to Oil and Vinegar to visit my friend Jim and to learn about truffles. Did you know it's currently truffle season? They legit take dogs and pigs out to find and dig for truffles. I had no clue. I never knew how truffles grew or where they came from, let alone any kind of mushroom. All I knew is that I loved them.

Jim sent me home with truffle salt and truffle oil. I was off on my way to make the most delicious truffle popcorn, I could hardly wait.

There is a lot of research out there on truffles because, like cilantro, liking or hating them may have to do with your genetics. I for one thank my lucky stars that my genetics have allowed me to LOVE truffles. But, if you're like my dad, he hates them and says they smell like musty socks.

Regardless of your taste for truffles; real life, stove-popped popcorn is guaranteed to tickle your taste-bud fancies. The key to stove-popped popcorn -- white kernels. Don't buy yellow, that's the fake stuff. And, use coconut oil. Sometimes coconut oil is not appropriate because you don't want that flavor, but trust me here. The coconut oil flavor on white popcorn is killer.

  • 1/3 cup white kernel popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Heavy bottom pan
  • Salt (or truffle salt!)
  • Truffle oil 
How to Make:
  1. On medium heat, heat up the 2 tablespoons coconut oil and put in one popcorn kernel. Put the lid on. 
  2. Wait until you hear the one kernel pop. 
  3. Put the 1/3 cup in the pan. 
  4. When you hear the first pop, start to shake the pan slowly (all with the lid on). 
  5. The popping should start like crazy! 
  6. When you can count to 5 between pops, pull it off the heat. 
  7. Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with truffle oil and truffle salt and enjoy! 
  8. If you aren't using truffle oil, no need for more oil. Sprinkle with salt and devour! 
Enjoy the popcorn everyone! And please don't forget to VOTE. That is the only way to have your voice heard,. May God Bless the Election and may God Bless America. 

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Where My Heads At + Friday Favorites!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Happy Friday friends! This week seemed to flyyyyy -- did anyone else have that feeling? This week was so exciting watching the Cubs win! I didn't really care who win seeing they both haven't won in years, but watching Bill Murray and all those boys was too cute for words. Congrats Cubs, you deserve this one big time!

I am so glad Friday is here. A relaxing weekend is just what the doctor ordered. Every Friday I always think, this weekend I'm going to get a ton of blog posts written. But ya know what? I haven't felt like it. Let's get a little raw here, shall we?

We've talked about this before. The immense pressure to put pen to paper and give you something you need, something pinnable, something fascinating. I started avoiding my blog email at all costs because it meant I had to feel the guilt that comes with this space. That is a terrible feeling.

This space is supposed to be where I go for inspiration and excitement. But lately all it makes me feel is inadequate. Every time I express these feelings, I get the same response, "but you're a good blogger, keep it up." Don't get the message twisted here, this isn't a sayonara to blogging. But it is a slow down.

I started thinning out Facebook bloggers (I was following over 500!) That's crazy. I want to read the people I love, not feel like I have to follow everyone in the world because it's what I'm supposed to do. I was missing my blogging besties blogs because I was following people I had never heard of.

I stopped taking "classes" because it's overwhelming and makes me feel bad about myself and who needs that. I stopped reading those posts that are only about growing and success because I'm here to connect with people. If my blog stays this little space because I'm not posting at the right time, then that's okay.

I got an email this morning with these stats -- 

Facebook – 2 times per day
Twitter – 3 times per day
LinkedIn – 1 time per day
Google+ – 3 times per day
Pinterest – 5x per day
Instagram – 1.5 times per day 

...And it said quote, "But it’s not just about posting more stuff on social. If you want to get 40 times more engagement on each social media post you must do this daily." 

If I learned anything in law school, it's that an answer with a must or always in the answer is always a wrong answer. 

I want this space to grow because you, all of you fabulous readers out there like it and help it grow! And while we are talking about readers, here's a quick thank you! I have the best blog friends in the world. You are more supportive than some of my real-life friends. You reach out, you send emails, you comment and it means the world. THAT is why I do this! You are why I love to write.

So you are all probably wondering why I just ranted forever about pretty much nothing. Well, ranting is how I hold myself accountable and its how to release some self guilt. Here's what I want moving forward. Real, good, quality posts that make you guys happy and make me happy. That might mean posts every day or once a week. I cannot guarantee a post every Tuesday at 9am even though that is what I'm "supposed" to do. But, I can guarantee, real life in these posts moving forward. Whew, I can already feel the blog-guilt dissipating.

And hey, if you're only looking for pinnable images and things that will grow your space, this probably isn't the blog for you. If you're looking for honestly, real life and totally delicious recipes, then this is the space and welcome!

And hey, blogging gurus, please don't take this post the wrong way. You are my role-models. One day, maybe, I'd love to do what you do. But for now, watching you, trying to catch up with you has me utterly exhausted. I'm done chasing you and from now on I'm gonna run at my own pace.

Stick around everyone. I (moving forward) promise to keep it interesting. If nothing less, I promise to come to you guilt free and with some good stuff to fill your inbox. Thanks for sticking with me. Should we look at some awesome stuff that happened this week around the web? I think we should.

 This. I hope my kids are this cool. 
Because, duh.
 That's a hard feeling to replicate and so dang true.
 I couldn't stop laughing. Damn Katie. 
The cutest Red Sox fan in the world. 

Happy Friday friends. Thanks for reading the worlds longest post and thanks for supporting me and this space. Get excited for some good posts coming atcha. 

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Life Update.

Monday, October 31, 2016

What is up friends. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I have been the most MIA blogger in the world. Can we just chat about that for a minute? Last week was seriously my nightmare. At work until so late every night (we are talking 830pm), at work early (like 730am) and I'm pretty sure I didn't put a dent in any of the piles on my desk.

Add that to a 5 month old puppy who can never get enough exercise and I'm pretty sure I thought to myself at one point that it was going to stay that week forever.

It's been a long time since I filled ya in on life! I feel like lately I've been trying to sell ya on stuff, which let's be honest, it's been some cool stuff. But let's chat. Grab a coffee, I got a lot to tell ya, it's been a while.

In case you missed it, about a month ago, I had some girlfriends in town and we did Denver big! It's so fun exploring the city you live in with people who have never been. I have always loved Denver, but showing it off to new people makes me fall more in love with it. PS. if you are even in Denver, hit me up! I love buddies.

[side-note] you should probably add something a little stronger to your coffee at this point, we're not even half way there. I suggest baileys.

Speaking of Baileys -- Do you guys watch RHOC? Did you see they went to the farm in Ireland where they make the cream for baileys? I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't want to milk a cow, but I'm so down to try the cream they make! I'm obsessed with Baileys. You will find me come Thanksgiving sipping on it, every night. Ok, maybe not every night, but a lot.

Whew, anywayyyss -- After the girls trip, my brother-in-law and his future wife came in town! They are so fun, we just have the best time hanging out with them. We went to the Great American Beer Fest, which is pretty much beer heaven. Did you know it's the largest beer convention! It's incredible. And the funniest part, you can only eat what you wear. Think pretzel necklaces and even chipotole burritos on string. I wish I was lying. Oh and to top that weekend off, my future sister-in-law asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding! Let's get them hitched!

Oh, Chipotle. I went there last week to grab burrito bowls for Adam and I and the line was horrendous. I would have thought that whole salmonella thing would have turned people away. Instead it seems to be encouraging it! I mean.. I guess it didn't deter us. If you go to Chiptole today dressed in costume, you can get a $3 anything! Enjoy!

Have you ever been to a four-year old mermaid birthday party? It is pretty awesome. My niece turned four and we made the road-trip to Omaha to help celebrate. It is so amazing how smart four year olds are! At one point I asked her why Elsa (one of her new dolls) had combat boots on and she looked up at me and told me it was because that was how God made Elsa and she is perfect because God made her perfect. Heart melted. Ovaries melting.

This last weekend my parents were in town and it was amazing. They came in Friday and delicious wine and food was enjoyed all weekend. We took them to our favorite, Breckenridge Brewery which is just the coolest. For dinner Saturday, we ventured to the Highlands and went to Old Major for dinner. If you are in Denver and haven't been, you must go! It is so delicious. Sunday was the grand finale --  the Broncos game and a Broncos win!

Today, I am starting the day, busier than ever but with a much lighter heart and feeling. It's amazing what a weekend with your parents can do for the soul.

Cheers to a better week, delicious candy and it only being a month and a half away from Christmas!

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Nature's Logic + puppy pics

Friday, October 21, 2016

As you all may or may not know, we just recently got a new pup, Lola. We've only had here for about 2 months, but I cannot imagine not having her. Henry, our first pup, while I believe he is perfect in every way, didn't have much training as a pup or any at all . I was so obsessed with him that I let him do pretty much whatever, and I let him eat pretty much anything. Rotisserie chicken? Sure! Eggs? Why not. Well before I know it my little York was 11 pounds and super over weight. Overweight at 11 pounds, what a life.

I knew when we got Lola, I wanted to "do it right." Train her, feed her the best food and make sure she actually was a perfect dog. Tuesday and Thursdays nights full of puppy kindergarten and a 2 week training intensive and we are getting close! 

Now, to the food. I think we've all seen those commercials that talk abut the ingredients in dog food. I never really gave it a second thought until the vet told me Henry was fat. How can something so small be fat? We looked at his food and realized that he was eating flour with some chicken scraps mixed in! GROSS. 

Here comes Natures Logic Canine Kibble. They focus on making whole foods with 100% natural ingredients. We eat clean, why shouldn't our pets? Nature's Logic rocks. Wanna know why?
  1. Their food is free is of common allergens and contains, no corn, wheat, rice, soy, potato, tapioca, peas or sweet potatoes. 
  2. It contains natural antioxidants from fruits and veggies grown in the USA. 
  3. It does not contain any man-made synthetic vitamins, minerals or amino acids, nor any genetically engineered fruits, veggies, nuts, grasses or seeds. 
  4. Their food has probiotics and enzymes that help increase nutrient absorption and aid in digestion. 
So my pups are paleo. Figures. We chose the chicken kibble, but the best part, they have so many awesome meats to choose from!  Since my pups have been eating this food I have noticed so many amazing changes. 

Henry, who is almost 8 has so much energy. He is down to 8.2 pounds (skinny minny!) He had knee surgery when he was 4, so he kind of slowed down. But this food gives him so much life! He keeps up with Lola and even challenges her.

Lola has a ton of energy already but I'm hoping that feeding her amazing food early will keep her at the appropriate weight and continue to grow healthy, happy and strong. 

Lola had a bit of an issue with some crab apples in our yard a few weeks ago. Think runny poop and puke. After a week on chicken and rice with meds, I was nervous to transition her back to food. She is doing amazing. She hasn't had any issues since we started her back on Natures Logic and she loves it. 

Disclaimer || Before you change your dogs food, please ask your vet their opinion. I checked with my vet and he totally approved this for my pups. But every dog is different. Transitioning dogs to food can be a bit tricky If you do transition their food, do it slowly --incorporate the new food into the old food while slowly pulling the old food out. In about a week or two you should be fully transitioned. 

If you have any questions about Natures Logic, please visit their website here

I mean -- look at those happy pups. Happy Friday everyone! I hope your weekend is the best. 

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Wednesday Playlist

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Happy Wednesday my friends! I hate apologizing for my lack of blogging, but here I am aplogizing. So sorry! Life has been hectic and work even more so, meaning the blog has been put on the back-burner. But, if you wanna follow along make sure to follow me on Snap (@kgrace01) and Instagram (@kgrace01) -- the blog make take a hit, but those social media avenues are always busy! Anyways, let's get to the playlist! 

I love Wednesdays. Is that weird? It's usually a busy day but it's right in the middle of the week. At this point you've either had a great week and you've got momentum moving forward or you have two more days in front of you to change your perspective. Plus, we are officially half way to the weekend. Win!

Have you noticed how many amazing new songs are out there right now? I cannot wait to get to work to start my Spotify or YouTube and listen to new jams. I thought, since there are so many, I'd share my Wednesday playlist.

Let me preface with - I love songs that I can belt the lyrics too, feel in my heart and bones and listen to over a period of 8 hours. I do not like techno or music with no words, so if that is what you're listening too, so sorry. But I hope you love this as much as I do! Ah! Share you new jams with me! 

Wednesday Playlist!, a playlist by kristenenglert on Spotify

Happy Wednesday friends!

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Touring Denver: The Ultimate Denver Guide

Friday, October 7, 2016

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting two of my best girl friends FIRST weekend in Denver. Both of them had spent time in the mountains, but neither had spent any time in Denver. The pressure to show them a great weekend was on. I contacted some of my Denver girls and asked for their must haves.

Coti and Jen arrived around 6pm on Friday night and we we're doing Denver things until I dropped them at the airport Sunday afternoon. It was a jam-packed weekend full of food, cocktails, snapchats and laughs. It was one for the record books and I cannot wait until our next girls trip. See ya next October, Portland!

Let's start with some Denver history:
  • Denver really does sit at a mile high. There is a step on the State Capital Building that is exactly 5,280 feet about sea level. Golf balls go further, tennis balls are hit harder, the sun feels hotter and alcohol packs more of a punch. 
  • Denver was founded on November 22, 1858 and the Denver metro currently has 3,418,876 people. 
  • Denver has 300 days of sunshine. Did you know this was used to convince people to come out and build the railroad? It worked! 
  • Denver is not in the mountains, it's near them. Our views are spectacular. 
  • Denver is the second highest educated city. 
  • We have seven profession sports teams! GO BRONCOS. 
  • The Broncos just became the winniest team in history. How does that taste Kobe?
  • Denver brews more beer than any city in the nation. 
  • There is a blue horse as you enter the airport (the largest airport in terms of land in the country) and it's cursed. It fell on it's sculptor and killed him. The horse has red eyes. Yikes.
  • There are more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks. 

It is really easy to find amazing stuff to do in Denver. The nightlife is amazing, the food is some of the best I've eaten and the views are spectacular. Make sure when you come you bring both a jacket and shorts. The weather here is crazy, but beautiful. Oh, and make sure you are doing Denver right by bringing your best girls. That always makes life more fun. Let's get to it shall we? 

  1. Colt & Gray: It's a must go. They describe themselves as a locally owned and operated neighborhood restaurant serving the highest quality food and drink in an elegant yet comfortable environment. I am not joking when I say this is a must. We started with oysters and a charcuterie board and shared the mushroom soup. We sipped on dirty (filthy for Coti!) martinis and amazing cocktails. Okay, we indulged! We shared the ciopionni and the roasted chicken. Oh and to top it off, we got home made cheesecake. It was too good not too! 
  2. Osteria Marco: This is one of our favorite places. It sits on Larimer Street, which is the most darling little street. It's cozy, comfy and has the best homemade burrata I've ever tried. We take all of our friends here. It's the best place to share a bottle of red wine and a charcuterie (yes, we love cheese boards.) IF you go you have to try the burrata. Homemade mozzarella stuffed with homemade ricotta. It's to die for. Split a wood-fired pizza and a bottle of wine and you are all set! 
  3. Linger: Great food, great rooftop and bottomless mimosas. Linger serves, brunch, lunch and dinner but I LOVE it for brunch. It is semi asian-food inspired with some chorizo and nutella waffles thrown in. We all got a different bun; pork belly, dragon, pork and Mongolian beef. Coti and Jen got ramen and I got a Banh Mi sandwich. Blood orange mimosas on the rooftop to follow. The cool thing about Linger is it used to be a mortuary called Olinger (see the picture below).
Colt & Gray: Charcuterie, Oysters, Chicken and Ciopionni 

Linger: Ramen, the Original sign and Chorizo tacos! 

  1. Little Man Ice Cream: The cutest little ice cream spot in the Highlands. Get there early or your wait will be crazy! Delicious flavors, vintage outfits and the best photo opps. 
  2. Black Eye Coffee: It was named the number one Instagramable coffee shop! And it does not disappoint! We sipped on delicious coffee and split an avocado toast. So delicious and so cute. The copper and gold accents make this place the cutest coffee shop around.
  3. VooDoo Doughnut: This originates out of Oregon and has the most delicious (and crazy!) donuts around. The wait is usually around 30 minutes and the parking is difficult, but the sweet smell of donuts is worth the wait. 
  4. Pigtrain Coffee Shop: This little coffee shop is located in Union Station. This is a darling little shop, nice baristas and Union Station is the best! Our milk was sour...which was a huge negative, but usually this place is amazing. 
  5. Terminal Bar. This place rocks! Old school bar with delicious cocktails and a great feel. 
Black Eye Coffee
Union Station: Terminal Bar
Voodoo Donuts and Little Man Ice Cream

  1. Larimer Square: The cutest street. It was actually designed after the Champs-Elysées in Paris! It's full of restaurants, bars, shops, speakeasys and coffee shops. It's a brick street lined with lights and is more than picturesque.
  2. Red Rocks Amphitheater: Unless you are living under a rock, you've heard of Red Rocks. It has to be the most beautiful place. Plus, the concerts there are the best ever. If you have a chance, go! There are concerts, yoga on the rocks, movie on the rocks and hikes. It is a dream. 
  3. The Art Hotel: We went here for drinks in their bar and it was amazing. IT is right in the heart of downtown. They have a huge fire-pit on the deck and the best cocktail and truffle fries ever. We ordered this amazing strawberry martini with a balsamic glaze. It sounds weird, but it was the best drink. 
  4. Union Station: Filled with shops, restaurants, flower shops, coffee shops and a hotel! It's a great place to grab a drink and people watch. Plus the mix of old time feel with updated cocktails is perfect!
Red Rocks Amphitheater 
The most amazing view. 

Happy Friday friends. I hope you have the best weekend! AND if you are ever in Denver, hit me up! I would love to show you around! 

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The Gallon Challenge: It's over!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

WE ARE DONE. I never thought I would be so excited for this challenge to be over but I am. Let me explain.

I love the way my body feels, but I hated the fact that all I thought about was water. I hated carrying around the huge jug and I dreaded drinking water. Yes, moving forward I realize how much better I feel and will work towards drinking more every day. But man, oh man.

My goal moving forward is 3/4 a gallon everyday. I switched to a big Starbucks tumbler and that makes drinking so much easier! How did you all like the challenge? I do have to admit, I will miss the daily snapchats of your water jugs!

Let's talk about updates. 
  • Loving: That it is over and how light I feel. Light is different than skinny. I just feel more agile. 
  • Feeling: Good! 
  • Anticipating: Incorporating drinking more water into my daily life. I know I need it, so I need to get better. 
  • Enjoying: That I don't have to carry my jug anymore :)
Callie's thoughts: I cannot imagine not drinking a ton of water anymore. It made me feel so much better and the thing I notice the most is fewer cravings and so much less tired. The big jug was so good, but now I know what a gallon looks like so I don't need to carry the heavy jug anymore.

So, there you have it. The challenge is over. Here's to drinking more water, feeling better and NOT carrying around the big jug.

Happy Thursday everyone! Stay tuned for tomorrows post! A beginner's guide to Denver! I am so thrilled to share last weekends girls weekend with you and all the Denver hot-spots we tried out!

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Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Monday lovies! I hope you had the best weekend. I am still recovering from the high of my girls weekend. It was such a wonderful weekend exploring Denver. We went to some amazing places and I cannot wait to share my Denver tour guide this week! If you are following me on Snapchat (@kgrace01) you saw a little sneak peek of those places!

Sunday was a blur which required an easy meal. I needed something that was filling, healthy and didn't require a lot of prep. In my world, that is usually a salad, something Adam isn't super fond of. This means I have to get super creative with my salad creations. Enter this Chicken Thai Salad. I got the inspiration from this Buzzfeed. It was a bit bland for my liking so I spiced it up!

It turned out so delicious, a little spicy and Adam even went back for seconds!

Needless to say, Monday came too quick with too little coffee. However, I'm still dreaming of this chicken salad.

  • 1 bag of butter lettuce (my fav!)
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 chicken breast 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • red jalapeno, diced (use only half if wanting to reduce spice)
  • 2 shallots, sliced very thin 
How to make: 

  1. Salt and pepper chicken and cook until tender. Set aside and slice thin. 
  2. Prepare the veggies! Toss the salad ingredients (sans chicken) in a large bowl!
  3. Make the dressing. Mix well! 
  4. Toss the dressing the in salad, mix well! 
  5. Plate the salad, top with chicken. 
  6. Devour!

Happy Monday everyone! Here's hoping its a great one!

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Recipe: The Perfect Breakfast Scrambler

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Guys, it has been a week. Monday we moved our office into a new office and needless to say the transition was not smooth. Computers have been down, copiers aren't working and moving just isn't fun. But, our new office is so pretty, right in Denver and it will be a great move once we work out all the nitty gritty details.

On the bright side, it's Thursday and it's National Coffee Day! I love Thursdays. They are like the happy hour to a great dinner. Everyone is in a better mood than yesterday as we wind down towards the weekend and this weekend my bffff Coti and Jen are coming into townnn!

They both have never been here, so I cannot wait to show them around! Just wait for my Denver-Beginners Travel Guide next week! Today I cannot wait to share this incredible recipe with you! IT is no secret that life is busy and time is of the essence. But, what we eat is also a huge factor in how we feel, work and get through that busy life.

This is where my perfect breakfast scrambler comes in. Remember as kids when your mom used to say you were having breakfast for dinner? Was there anything better? Sure, when I was 7, breakfast meant waffles or pancakes with bacon. While my love for pancakes hasn't diminished, my desire to eat a tad healthier has.

This is where the scrambler comes in. It's ready in under 30 minutes, filling, full of flavor and makes enough for leftovers. Deal. We've been making variations of this for years, but I've finally fine tuned it to this final piece. But, the best thing about this, is you can use everything you have! Look through those veggies drawers people!

Adam told me I have a knack for cooking for 30 people. I have no portion control. 4 sweet potatoes for a two-person scrambler? Sure! 7 handfuls of mushrooms? You bet! But like I said, it makes enough for leftovers! And making my co-workers jealous with leftovers is my specialty! Let's get to it.

  • Really good sausage. I perfer non-cooked and then cook the veggies in it. (There is this amazing Colorado brand that we LOVE! Plus, it's spicy)
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 onion, either diced or cut into circles
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • handful of mushrooms
  • 4 eggs (or if you have a hungry husband, 6) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
How to Make:
  1. State here if you used un-cooked sausage. Cook the sausage until fully cooked. Remove and set aside. 
  2. Start here if you used pre-cooked sausage. Add sweet potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes. This will vary on how thick your pieces are. 
  3. Add the onions and bell peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes or until tender. (If you are using pre-cooked sausage, add it in now to heat up).
  4. Add the sausage back in. Stir. Add in the mushrooms and the seasoning. Cook until tender. 
  5. Now the egg, you can do this multiple ways. I break all my eggs in a bowl, mix them and then pour them into the pot with everything. Some people like them separate. So use a separate saute pan, make your scrambled eggs and then mix. 
  6. I hate doing dishes, so I prefer the one-pot method. It does take a little longer for the eggs to cook since there isn't as much pan. 
  7. Top with a little sriracha or if not-paleo, cheese! 
  8. Enjoy! 

 Adam is always telling me I don't use enough mushrooms. He loves them!
 I mean, that is a ton of mushrooms. 
 One pot = less mess and is always a win in my book. 
Not the prettiest, but totally the yummiest. 

What would you put in your scrambler! I love hearing new ways to mix it up!
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