Sunday of Summer

August is like the {Sunday of summer} – trying to squeeze everything in before the chill of fall sets in.  I’m taking advantage of each sunshine-filled day that’s left!  I’ve gone on some great {adventures} this summer and look forward to packing in a few more!  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Summer 2014

1. Crossing {homemade martini} off my 25-year bucket list with these mango cosmos

2. Luke Bryan at {CUSA}

3. Birthday cookie delivery from my BFF in Seattle

4. Reunion with old co-workers in La Crosse, WI for Rockin’ the Docks fundraiser

5. Visiting my favorite {hole-in-the-wall bar} for the best bloody mary

6. Celebrating my 26th birthday with a backyard patio happy hour


Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! xo


twenty five.

Bday CakeToday is my twenty-fifth birthday.  That’s right…a quarter of a century. Amazing how time has flown by!  I have accomplished so much in my life and I have a lot of people to thank for that.  My family and friends have played an instrumental part in getting me where I am today.  I am so thankful for my past and my present and I couldn’t be more excited about my future!

On Friday I celebrated  my birthday with some close friends.  LOTS of my friends were out of town and couldn’t join me, but I read somewhere that on your 25th birthday you should ask each of your friends to contribute one activity to your {25 Bucket List} – each person is to come up with one thing you should do during your 25th year of life.  The three girls I was with took it upon themselves to give me some bucket list items.

I am supposed to:

~ Get a tattoo

~ Be {spontaneous}, do something you wouldn’t normally do when the moment arises

~ Go skydiving

~ Plan a trip to the south of France (then budget so you can actually go!)

~ Learn how to make a {damn good} martini

The list goes on, but these are some pretty good highlights.  As I mentioned, I am really excited for what my future holds.  But for now,  I am going to focus on being {young & free}.


What’s an item you would add to my “25 Bucket list?”  Let me know!

Almost Old

Last week I celebrated my 1/2 birthday [and by celebrated, I mean taking the night off from the gym and having a glass of wine…woo!].  It made me realize that I have 6 months until I turn a quarter-century.  It’s crazy to think about and I have heard so many people say “once you turn 25, it’s all downhill from there.”  Really…at 25?!  So what am I going to do with my last six months as a youngster??

Well for starters, I am looking forward to a trip to VEGAS in May!  It will be my first time in Sin City and I am excited to live it up!  I am attending a wedding in April of a good college friend – I can’t wait to watch her and her fiancé start their lives together.  I plan to finally get a tattoo – a version of something I’ve wanted since I was 16.

In addition to the “wild and crazy”, I am excited to do some more volunteering with local organizations and develop new skills by attending professional development conferences (another trip to VEGAS!).

I believe I still have my whole life ahead of me, but I am planning to make the most out of my “last” six months…after that, it’s time for some bifocals, a cane, and a good crossword puzzle.