Coffee and Pocky Pairings + A Cute Chicago Coffee Shop

If you saw last month’s Valentine’s Day DIY post, you know that I’m obsessed with Pocky: a delicious, portable, sweet treat. I frequently use their chocolate flavor as a coffee stirrer, and that had me thinking… what kinds of Coffee and Pocky pairings could I put together?! So I went over to Dollop Coffee Co. in Chicago to find out.

Dollop Coffee Chicago

Dollop Coffee Co Chicago

First of all, I finally found this Dollop location after admiring it from afar on Instagram for a long time.

Cute Coffee Shop in Gold Coast, Chicago

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Spring is Here with This Easy Tea Party

It’s been a few months, so I think it’s high time that I share a new, fun easy tea party with you all. When Paper Source sent me their new spring catalog, I knew I had to try out some goodies! After all, I’m a big supporter of tea, spring florals, and carbs.

An Easy Tea Party with Paper Source!

Head over to the Paper Source blog to see the rest of the details and my tips for throwing a tea party! Plus, enter to win a private party at your local Paper Source with the #myPSparty contest! If you win, I’m inviting myself. ;) Contest ends March 3rd, 2017.

This easy tea party looks so fun! #Adulting, am I right?!
An easy tea party for the adult in you ;) #adulting

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Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes

Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes
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At the beginning of this year, I embarked on my second Whole30 journey. While my first attempt only lasted 22 days, this time I did the whole damn thing (*pats self on back*). If you don’t know what Whole30 is, you can read about it here. In short, it’s 30 days with no grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, soy, or legumes. That cuts a lot out of most people’s diets, including my own.

In addition to giving up all of the above, I also gave up coffee for the month. I felt that it’s just not worth it to drink my coffee black, and wanted to give my body a break from the constant caffeine intake anyways.

People ask about my experience a lot, so I wanted to share some tips and insight for those wanting to try a Whole30 challenge! If you have any questions on things I haven’t covered, please comment below and I’ll do my best to answer!

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A Delicious and Easy Whole30 Salad Recipe

Easy Whole30 Salad -- Pear, Pomegranate, and Shrimp!

As many of you know, I’m currently in the middle of my second Whole30 journey (read about my first experience here). This time around has been much easier, and much more successful (i.e. I’ve been following all of the rules this time). What’s made it easier is that my friend Emily and I are doing the program together! It’s always good to have a buddy, and we’ve been making lunches for each other to make everything easier. I’m going to round up all the recipes we made during the month in a later post, but I wanted to share this delicious and easy Whole30 salad recipe from Emily first! Also, even if you’re not doing Whole30, it’s still good. Promise.

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Why You Should Host a New Year’s Brunch

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them.

Setting the stage for a New Year is a detailed process that takes dedication and hard work. Creating New Year’s Resolutions (and sticking to them) is quite difficult in my opinion, and while it’s always exciting to think of what’s to come in the next 365 days, it can also be daunting.

While I’m fully up to the challenge, I’ve found that bouncing ideas off of people who I love and respect helps a lot in holding me accountable and creating realistic goals in the first place. For these reasons, I put together this colorful New Year’s Day Brunch!

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them with a fun New Year's Day BRUNCH!

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How To Host a Friendsgiving Dinner

How To Friendsgiving

I live in such abundance. Without sounding too much like bragging, I have it all. I have family and friends that love me, a job that I love going to every day and that pays the bills, food in my fridge, a big soft bed, clothes for all seasons… I could go on and on. And for all of these reasons and more, I am thankful. If you’re reading this, something tells me you have reasons to be thankful, too. Enter Thanksgiving.

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What Jew Wanna Eat?

Jewish Dessert Recipe

It’s no secret that I’m a proud Member of the Tribe–and if this is news to you, mazel! Hands down, one of my favorite parts of being Jewish is the food associated with our culture. The holidays encompass so many delicious dishes that I associate with some of the most joyful moments of my upbringing; matzo ball soup at Passover, latkes and sufganiyot at Hannukah, challah on Shabbat, and bagels + schmear on any day ending in “y.”

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What I Learned From Whole30

What I Learned From Whole30

This past April, I did a the Whole30 challenge–except, caveat, I only did it for 20 days (Passover happened, and you KNOW I was not saying no to matzo ball soup). The premise of the Whole30 is pretty simple: no dairy, no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no legumes… for 30 days.

Why I did it: Honestly, my whole office was doing it and I thought it would be a great way to jumpstart a new healthy eating program. Although I typically maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle, I had fallen off the bandwagon a bit and wasn’t happy with how I was feeling.

Although I only did 2/3 of the program, I learned a lot about my body, my eating habits, and my psychological relationship to food:

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