So many new things

15 Aug

So I am excited to announce that on August 30th I will officially be unemployed. Well sort of. It’s more like, I will be self-employed! Turns out – there’s a great possibility that I will be busier in my new rolls then I was when I was employed full-time!

I’m sure I have mentioned it before, but I have an amazing life partner. The hubs is not only one of the hardest working people I have ever met, but he has a great passion for his work and his family (and his Tigers). I know that he would be over the moon happy if I was working for someone and happy. It would settle him, if I was… settled. But that’s just not ever happened for me. I am a bit of a dreamer (no, really.. !!), and probably a tad unrealistic about somethings – but when I am happy and feeling challenged and in an environment that is healthy and creative – I am also a hard worker with great passion. The Hubs has noticed how unhappy I have been – and has simply said, “make a plan, and do it… just do it”

So.. 2 years after he started saying that – I am happy to announce that I have done it.

Made a plan.

And did it!

I will get to spend more time with my Captain. He is my world – and watching him discover his world is the most inspiring thing of all time. I have so many plans! I can’t hardly wait.

I have been working with a good friend on a design business, we call it jo&co designs, and hope that our website will up and running in a matter of time! We have been so busy designing lots of pretty things for weddings and baby showers, that we have not had the time to finish our site!

I also have had this amazing opportunity to work with and learn from one of the best photographers in the city. If you don’t know Nicki Griffith and her amazing skill – you need to. I am getting the opportunity to work for her and help her with marketing and selling – and learn a ton! I so so love it!

The best news of all I will have more time to dedicate to you all too!!

“Love, like everything else in life, should be a discovery, an adventure, and like most adventures, you don’t know you’re having one until you’re right in the middle of it.”  ― E.A. Bucchianeri

m

BRGR – Power & Light

12 Jul

 

 

The hubs and I had the distinct pleasure of attending one of the trial runs at the new BRGR in the Power & Light District. Located in the old Fran’s diner location – across from Drunken Fish, this new BRGR is absolutely beautiful — not to mention DELICIOUS!

4 of us dined.

We choose to order 2 appetizers to share:
Chile Fondue and the Fried Deviled Eggs (lets just say.. er. mah. gerd!).
The Chile Fondue is served with warm salty chips and the best soft pretzels this side of a Wetzels… and the cheese was good – I expected more of a spice or maybe a richer flavor – but all in all I’d order it again.
The Fried Deviled Eggs.. let me just say again – OMG! They were delicious! Coated in prosciutto and sausage with a spicy mustardy pickely filling.. they were awesome.. oh and the dipping sauce, I think it was a stone ground mustard, was great as well.
What we didn’t try, and wished we had: Pig Wings, Grilled Gulf Oysters (we will go back in a month with an R to try those).

For dinner we choose 4 entrees and shared:
Lobster Mac & Cheese, KC Butcher burger, Build you own Mac & Cheese & House Sausage Plate + a Combo of Tater tots, Gram & Dun Onion Straws & Sweet Pot Fries

The Combo – all delicious! Tater tots were even good the next day!
Lobster Mac & Cheese – was not my favorite – however it was well received with everyone else at the table. The lobster seemed over cooked to me, and there wasn’t enough cheese. However the medium hard cooked egg that it’s served with was a nice touch – because it gave some moisture where it needed it. This dish was missing something for me – but I really hope they work with it and improve it.. It has great potential!
KC Butcher Burger - This burger has everything! A perfectly cooked patty, hanger steak (cooked medium), horseradish cream cheese, caramelized onions, onion ring all served on sourdough bread.. it was so good! I loved everything about it. This was by far my favorite thing we ordered!
Build your own Mac & Cheese – I wasn’t excited about this dish – but it was terrific. We started with all the cheeses that were offered and bread crumbs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, garlic and onions. It was super delicious. Anyone that can make a good mac & cheese is a friend of mine!
House Sausage Plate – Wow this dish is impressive. It’s served on a long cutting board full of all types of sausages, some bread and condiments. Again with that stone ground mustard — so good! The sausages were cooked perfectly and everything just sort of danced in your mouth.

Things we will try next: The Big Hoss burger, Roadside sliders, New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp and maybe.. the Standard Frank – I bet it’s soo good.

We opted out of dessert for this trip – because after 4th of July and a long week off from work – I would have had to be rolled out of there.

I love reviewing restaurants – if you have any that’d you’d like me to try – let me know!

Hopefully exciting things on horizon to report soon! Keep in touch.

xoxo
m

 

 

Being artfully inspired

24 Jun

I go to Dean and Deluca once or twice a month… always in the morning, when it’s not busy, there’s a hum of people preparing for the day. Today, I stood and waited for my coffee – and took in the sites and smells. From the white subway tiled walls to the beautifully designed desserts and packages all around, and the giant photos of the most amazing looking cheeses and breads — I was artfully inspired.

Olive and Sinclair ChocolateThe store at Town Center Plaza is never terribly busy in the morning hours before I have to be in the office – it’s the perfect time to go, and today, a Monday, it was a nice beginning to my week. I decided while standing there that a beautiful box of artisan chocolates would be the perfect gift for me.. someone tell the hubs please! Dark Chocolate with sea salt.. sounds heavingly (why isn’t that a word?).. but more so – the packaging was awesome! It’s like a designers porn.. I swear!

Right then and there I decided I needed more of that in my life. I needed to be inspired by the beauty around me, taking trips to World Market and Paper Source, not to buy something but to be inspired by the everyday. I don’t need special trips to the museums, although I would love a few of those as well.

For years I have heard about the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, seen hundreds of images from inside the gardens – and have never been. I recently decided to focus more on passions and picked up my camera again, and chose the Kauffman Gardens as my first spot for portraits. It’s such a lovely place. I absolutely LOVE the grounds, the fountains — even the bathrooms were super clean!

Even if you are not a “designer” or think you are creative, I challenge each of my readers to look around and see inspiration in the everyday. Inspire yourself to do, see, create or just be. Inspiration can come from just about anything — just open yourself up to it!

xoxo

m

I love talking about restaurants.

7 Jun

Seriously, it’s my favorite subject.

  1. I love to eat
  2. I love to drink
  3. I love to be social
  4. and most importantly, I love to be in the “know”

My favorite restaurants in KC:

  1. Blue Bird Bistro
  2. Waldo Pizza
  3. Margarita’s
  4. Garrozo’s
  5. Carmen’s
  6. Californo’s
  7. Oklahoma Joes
  8. Osteria Il Centro
  9. J.Gilberts

My favorite coffee shops in KC (I LOVE COFFEE): 

  1. Mildred’s Coffee House
  2. The Roasterie Cafe (B-Side is the best)
  3. Coffee Girls in Waldo
  4. Broadway Cafe

My favorite downtown/midtown lunch spots (oh, how I miss these):

  1. Westport Flea Market
  2. Lulu’s Noodles
  3. Anthony’s
  4. Margarita’s
  5. Room 39
  6. Saigon 39 (I might miss you the most)

Places I’d most like to go:

  1. Bluestem
  2. The American Restaurant (can you believe I’ve never been??)
  3. Nara
  4. Anton’s
  5. Piropo’s
  6. Aixois
  7. Captial Grill (yep..it’s a chain)
  8. EBT (I hear there’s a good happy hour)
  9. Justus Drugstore

I would love to start a restaurant blog, I’d call it. EAT! or  Go Forth and EAT! or A girl, A boy & A cow (walk into a restaurant..).. I don’t know what I’d call it – but it’s fun to think about. We just don’t go out as much anymore, and I’d want to s. But there are some really great ones that I read, religiously. Here are my top reads:

  1. Eat it KC is the newest that I have found. I really love her pics of meals, and restaurants – and the blog is beautifully designed.
  2. I have been reading, Making of a Foodie, for a few years. She’s lovely and explores her pallet and gives her suggestions on where to eat.
  3. I still “follow”, KC Napkins, however he hasn’t updated it since early last year – so I am thinking after a few years of him writing, he’s done. But it’s still a good resource for reviews on restaurants – old and new.
  4. The Kansas City Star started a new blog called, Chow Town, it’s a blog by a newspaper – but still an interesting read.
  5. Missy Roe’s, The Perfect Bite: KC, is also a great read. She travels and blogs about great restaurants she eats at when she’s not in KC. But for the most part she tries an eclectic array of restaurants around town – and talks about them like she’s talking to her best friends. It’s very easy to read, and I find that I agree with a lot of her reviews.

Are there restaurants that you love, that you want to try? Know any food blogs that we JUST have to check out? Let us know!

xoxo

m

What’s new in your world?

6 Jun

My life has been on a crazy train lately.

Since January:

  • I turned 34 (eek)
  • Celebrated the Captains 3rd Birthday
  • My 6th wedding anniversary
  • The Hubs 37th Birthday
  • Signed the Captain up for organized sports
  • Realized that he  is still too young for organized sports
  • Joined a great gym, one that I actually really, REALLY, like going too.
  • Had some realizations about my professional life
  • Talked an amazing lady into launching a design business with me
  • Made a few mistakes
  • And finally, have the Captain almost totally potty trained (betcha I jixed us!)

I’ve been busy. I FEEL like I’ve been busy.. but in that good, workout kind of feel.

First and foremost I can’t believe my baby is 3! He’s sassy, smart, feisty, so smart and so very very frustrating. People keep saying, “It doesn’t really get better until about age 5.” This scares the crap out of me.. Are you kidding – don’t tell a mom who’s at the beginning of the 3’s that it could last 2 more years!

I will be writing more on this subject later, but I have had some pretty major realizations about my professional life. i have come to the conclusion that 20 is too young to be able to make decisions that will impact you when you are “old,” and “mature”. Wait! Am I those things? Old and Mature.. well I’m older and more mature, at least.

At 34 – looking back with regret will not help me move forward. So how do I move forward? (seriously, if you know – could you please tell me – i’m asking for realz..) I’m kidding, I think….

So, I’m at an impasse.

I have this crazy amount of guilt about not being with the Captain more. He may or may not be a little on the wild and crazy side, and I wonder if I was at home with him, if I would be able to help reallocate some of that energy into something more positive. I also, really don’t want to quit working. I really like having a job, and being able to financially contribute to our family. Because lord knows, I have done my fair share of spending.

All roads not taken are scary.

The thought of leaving a company to go out on my own, is scary. I can’t fail. I don’t have the luxury of it not working. I’d put the Hubs and the Captain in harm’s way, at least financially, and that can’t happen. So I am taking baby steps.. I mean, I have dreamed of doing something on my own since I was 16.. so apparently, I take very very slow steps!

The next few months should be interesting. I will do better at updating this – and I hope people are still reading.

xoxo
m

 

 

 

 

There have been some questions as to if I am quitting my job. No, I have not, and don’t really plan to yet. I don’t want to mess up our lifestyle at all.. so I’m here giving my all until I can honestly look and say I have enough business on my own to sustain our life. I have a good thing here, nice people, good work, the opportunity to learn new skills. But don’t worry, YOU WILL ALL KNOW when/if I quit my job! 

Marian Hope Center

30 Jan

Spring into Hope - Kansas CityOne of the blogs that I follow, Scout-a Mom’s guide to stylish living, posted this – and I think it’s a great cause – so I thought I would re-post. This is from her blog – I have nothing to do with organizing the event.. actually – I don’t even know her (although I’d love too.. great style, and a good read) – I read her blog, and that’s about it!

Spring into Hope, a shopping event to benefit the Marian Hope Center for Children’s Therapy located in Independence, Missouri.  If you are not familiar, the Marian Hope Center is a non-profit organization servicing children with Autism, Down syndrome and other special needs throughout the metro Kansas City area.  The center offers a variety of therapeutic programs and consultative services to meet the array of needs of children in our community. With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with special needs, it is important for our community to come together to embrace our children and families.  Having a booth at an event like this is a great way to expose your business/shop/items to a large group of women (WHO LOVE TO SHOP!) and most importantly it is to support an incredible cause!
If you would like more information, please click the link above that will go to her blog – her contact information is on there!

What other organizations around Kansas City are you interested in? I think having a list of important orgs in KC would be a great idea. Have a suggestion?

xoxo,
m

Oh, the places I’ve been..

22 Jan

For some reason, I have always prided myself on the fact that I can tell you ANYTHING about the great city of Kansas City (and really.. neighboring cities).. I am not kidding – where to eat, where to shop, where to stay, where to happy hour, where to poop.. well.. maybe not that one.  But still. I am a vast resource of pretty useless knowledge.. and I kind of love it. It’s one of those quirks that I am pretty sure The Hubs loves and hates about me all at the same time. The look on his face when people talk about a restaurant that, ” I JUST LOVE,” especially if he’s never been there.. always kind of amuses me. I’d like to think he’s in awe of my useless information, but I think more times than not.. it kind of annoys him… especially when I can’t tell him important dates or amounts of checks..

Just one of those things that keeps our marriage so spicy!

I’d really like to pull my resources together, and do something with my knowledge… and it doesn’t stop at the Kansas City metro area (although that’s what I know best and love the mostest) .. Any place I’ve been and love (and hate), I have made a mental note – and can tell someone, no, WANT to tell you about my experiences. I’m not sure where to start, or how to get started. Do I start a blog, write some articles, start a tour company (boo.)? I’m just not sure. This currently haunts my dreams at night, a desire to be more creative in my day and do something that I love, not just like, or am fine with. Something that fulfills a need and desire that is not currently being met. I am creative person, I design, I write (or try to write), I take pictures, I cook. I love doing things with the Captain that will spark excitement and creativity within him.

Is it fear, again, that is holding me back? I am just not sure.

Don’t forget that this week is KC Restaurant week! This is such a great way to try out restaurants you have always wanted to try, or go back and visit a favorite. $15 lunches and $30 dinners – most are 2, 3 or 4 course meals – and samples the restaurants best dishes. This week, I’d like to try just a couple, I think I did something like 4 lunches and 2 dinners last year – which got pretty pricey!

Do you have funny quirks that you love about yourself? Favorite restaurants or any you want to try? Let us know!

xoxo,

m

Cabin Fever.. not the horror film 1 or 2

9 Jan

This years cabin fever has been especially hard for this mom. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that the Captain is getting older, and has more energy than the sun – but it might just kill me. I have started looking into places we can go to burn some energy at night – and other than the mall “playground,” where I am sure the flu bug sits in hiding waiting to pounce, or a fast food restaurant play area (equally as gross), I am a total loss.

I looked in to gymnastic classes, but they are super full at the places I have looked – and they are not cheap – somewhere along the lines of $60/month – which is more than a gym membership. He seems to be too young to do karate and indoor soccer has started already.

While searching, I headed over to the KC Parent website, and found a list of activities you could do with your child to help keep them occupied. Some I will try, some I will not based on age or attention span. But it’s a solid list from making paper airplanes and racing them to making volcanoes and window painting. Here’s the list.

What kind of things do you do with your littles to help burn energy?

xoxo

m

December came and went.. where was I?

3 Jan

Probably on the couch watching the series finale of Gossip Girl (Dan? What the..)

Noo.. well.. yes, but no. Our month was so crazy – I am afraid I haven’t gotten all my Christmas cards out! I def didn’t write on my blog, I’m pretty sure that I forgot to get someone something annnnd then it was Christmas! I mean holy cow! We had birthday parties, and dinners out with friends, we had a family funeral for a wonderful lady who lived 101 years and who was loved by literally hundreds if not thousands of people in Kansas City, St. Joseph and Plattsburg and then Christmas and New Years. WHOA. I am wiped!

I have had some time to reflect on my year. I feel like I got into a habit of making declarations; I WILL LOSE WEIGHT, I WILL EAT HEALTHIER, I WILL BE ORGANIZED… and then, although not always realizing it, followed that up with… tomorrow. How lazy is that??  It’s all about fear. I fear I will fail or disappoint, and so instead I drink soda (yum), and sit around, and watch TV. I don’t want to be sad and frustrated with my self, my weight or my laziness anymore! I want to be happy and thankful and moving.

So, TODAY needs to be my word for 2013! I need to stop dwelling on the rough patches from the past, and look forward. We all need to do that. Everyone I know has something in there past that they are caught up on – something that keeps them from fully moving forward. Do you know what yours is?

This year, I would like to start a food blog. A blog about restaurants, near and far.. and food I love or don’t, cooking, cookbooks – anything food. And do you know why I haven’t started it.. Because I can’t come up with a name.. how ridiculous is that?

Fear again!
Are you seeing a pattern, I sure am!

I would also like to get back into photography. I miss taking my camera EVERYWHERE! I miss the process of shooting and processing. Although I would love to get a new camera, I have a nice Nikon 35mm that I think I will make an effort to play with more. Ideally I could find a photographer in the area that needs some help at shoots or in the studio – just so I can be around it. I would absolutely love that.

As I type this I realize that my hope is that 2013 will be a transformation year. I’d really like to take that budget bull by the proverbial horns and get it under control, I have to lose weight and clearly my creative side is screaming at me to do something.

I hope you come along for the ride, I can’t promise that I will complete everything on my want list – but I will do my best – and promise, if nothing else, as an outsider – you will be amused!

Happy New Years! Love you all for reading.

xoxo

m

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving

26 Nov

Hello Friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We hosted as we have done 4 times in the last 5 years. The Hubs and I love to host, and love to cook. We baked a bird and smoked a ham. Everything was delish! I hope yours was too.

We tried taking the Cap to see Batman Live! on Saturday. What a production – the music and lighting was very dramatic, and in all a really top notch production.. but maybe not for a 2.5 almost 3 year old. It totally freaked him out and he kept saying I don’t want this movie, and I go home.. it was sad. We left at intermission.

I am working, working, working, on lots of Christmas cards, Holiday invitations and some stationary.. plus I am getting ready to launch a new project. Please stay tuned as I hope to announce a launch this week!

There is still time to get holiday orders in, shoot me an email or make a comment and I will contact you.

Happy Holiday Season.. it’s upon us, whether we want it here or not.. it’s here. Hope it’s stress free for you!

xoxo -

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