Monday, December 21, 2015

The FL Keys!

A beautiful weekend filled with love and promise. I just got back from an amazing weekend getaway to watch my best friend walk down the sandy aisle. Katie and Joe are now Mr. and Mrs. Grasch they said "I DO" it was perfect!!

Manasota Keys- 1st off the Lock & Key Pub had some amazing fish! I had the salmon, grouper and mahi mahi. We stayed on the beach front and had a really beautiful view of the ocean and palm trees.

Favorite bar we went to was a fun dockside bar called Flounders. Shot of choice Beach Bar 43 they will F you up and taste phenomenal. Nick had the shrimp burger and said it was amazing

Went to see a some gators at a place that was cute, southern and family owned.  Immokalee was the town it was in. Airboats and Alligators! The Parrot outside likes to laugh and dance... seriously it's creepy and cute!

Flounders on the Beach

Lock & Key Pub

Alligators and Airboats

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Resolutions... bucket list... goals?

Well I am happy to end 2015 and pleased to see a new year ahead of me. Here's a recap of 2015 quickly.... I have many more but I don't want to bore you.

  • 1. Daughter turned 11 on January 29th 2015 had an eight girl sleep over and they had a blast
  • 2. Went to FL to visit my sister Nicole and her family
  • 3. Divorced was finalized (still shelling out money to my lawyer though)
  • 4. Went to opening day at Miller Park with Taran had a ton of fun and got kicked out of hanks house
  • 5. Went Hiking at Devils lake with Anaka
  • 6. Saw Tame Impala, Ed Sharpe & Magnetic zeros, Amy Schumer, Avett Brothers, Kings of Leon
  • 7. Went to Chicago a few times, one was for my Birthday weekend which was amazing! Finally went to Door county! I love it
  • 8. My daughter turned 3 years old and had a Build a Bear party!
  • 9. Experienced Colorado for the first time with my amazing boyfriend Nick! Hiked, and zip-lined
  • 10. Had many fun family times with my sisters, and mom
  • 11. Met amazing, beautiful and kind souls this year

What I am most looking forward to in 2016 is making memories of course, learning and perfecting my yoga and self care. Making time to do things that are most important to me and my kids. Sharing my life with people that value me and don't take my friendship for granted. I hope to travel more this year than ever. Even if it isn't to far off destinations. Just seeing and experiencing new towns, cities, kayaking, and being outdoors. I also hope to volunteer more and help people in the community. I don't want to lose weight or promise to go to the gym more like most people do. I have done that in the past, tried to make a resolution to go to the gym 5 days a week. I lasted till maybe the end of January. Well I hope you have your eyes set on positive goals and life experiences for yourselves.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Traditions...

Holiday traditions.... seems like a fitting time to talk holly, jolly and Christmas cheer.

So I really don't have many... which makes for a difficult blog post. But... I welcome all your ideas in the tradition dept. What do you and your family do? Since nobody ever comments on my posts this question I just asked seems silly but... hey maybe I'll get a Christmas MIRACLE!!

My family and I don't go out and cut down a tree, put the lights up, partake in sledding, or building of snowmen. We never had that specific day and time where we all gather and do some sort of Christmas event. In a way I love traditions that others tell me about but often wondered why my family didn't do any? So we just didn't do that stuff.

I do remember my beautiful, inspiring, and caring grandmother Anita making the most amazingly delicious Christmas cookies with my sisters and I. We would make peanut butter balls, rice krispie wreaths, spritz cookies, cutout cookies, and the Hershey kiss ones. We would wake up early in the morning have all the ingredients prepped and ready for the cookie making extravaganza. I would be full by noon with a tummy packed of  mini marshmallows, raw egg batter and other random sugary goodies I'd find. I obviously know that was a tradition of ours but when I was little I never understood the magnitude of it and how perfect that day was. I loved it, looked forward to it but now I find an empty place in my heart now that it's gone. Taken away by a horrible disease called cancer.

I miss more than ever my grandma Anita. She was the glue that held the family together, the smile of hope when the family was in disarray, the sweet hugs and kisses she would give me could make me feel so much love and comfort. I really wish I had more time with her. I wish I was nicer and wouldn't have made her upset with me for not listening or helped her more when she asked. I lived with her for many years during the summer months in her gorgeous home on Silver Lake. It was the best summers of my life. Waking up early, talking about what we were to do that day. How she wanted to plant some flowers in the front, or go into town and go to ben franklin, stop at some rummages to see what kind of treasures we could find. She would let us swim for hours and hours. Only calling us in for lunch. She would never allow TV unless it was after 7pm and called it a boob tube. She would take us for Ice cream at our favorite place "Jimmy's". I love and miss you Grandma I think of you always and I wish more than ever I could make a batch of cookies with you this very moment.

      Gandpa & Grandma Banaszak

(Mom if you ever read this, know that I love our family and I love you so much for all that you sacrificed to raise us girls. I'm grateful for you and the lessons you taught me xoxo.)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Amy Schuuuuuuuuuuuuuumer!!!!

So Amy Schumer, live in action in Milwaukee. Talking about all things inappropriate and hilarious!
First off I love her cheese curd, pbr sippin, shot takin references because let's be honest....
That is all WI is right? ha no not really but I'm a fan of all 3 of those things. She was her
short dress wearing, wine straight from the bottle kinda gal. Made myself and 2 friend Kayla, & Katie
laugh, cry, and have to pee! Wait that was the coors light. But all in all my $40 dollar seats were 
well worth it. It was a very pleasant Christmas present to myself. We went to rumpus room after which is one of my fav places. Beer battered fish fry, rumaki, beer, oh and flat bread pizza... trying to get a lil' winter layer on for when the temps dip below -14 degrees. No for real though it was by some luck I was able to drink at Fink's after consuming all of that delectiable food. So go see Amy LIVE in raunchy action pretend to double dutch into a vag and laugh your little asses off! 

Cheers to AMY SCHUMER, MILWAUKEE and my 2 gal pals! love you bitches!

                                                                  Kayla, Katie, Me

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Put it down...YES!.. your phone it's wasting your life away.

So I have magically jumped on the social media frenzy... you name it I was on it or had an active profile. I wrote them all down and then got really sick and felt like I was about to throw app I mean Up.. the total number of life wasting apps was alarming. So I cut some out :-)

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Twitter
  5. Linkedin
  6. Google+
(I'm now off Instagram, snapchat and twitter)

Ok now my music apps... I'm obsessed with music so I am not too ashamed of those.... but I have since got rid of Pandora. I only listen to podcasts on Soundcloud. 

So why this need to be apart of this app/media frenzy... Well as sad as it sounds I was just following the herd of civilians. Even old people in their 50's are using these apps I felt like a relic and out of the loop if I was not on these apps... well I'm hear to tell you that you would be quite surprised at how much you can get done when not interrupted by the icons and beep notifications on your little stupid smart phone. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders I no longer see stupid snaps from people I dont really know, or scrolling through IG wondering how that makeup is so perfect etc. Here are a few of my experiences....

1. I'm done Christmas shopping already
2. I have put up all decor for the season
3. I have finished a 350 page novel in less than 6 weeks hahah I know that sound terrible
4. I have learned a few new chords on the Ukulele
5. I donated many older/unused items to goodwill
6. I learned new crock pot recipes and also make s'more crescent rolls before 7am!

I am a happier and more self sufficient 30 year old woman. Now go little app addicts go uninstall and delete your little square icons forever! Go play with puppies and kitties, go try on new Uggs without your phone in hand, stop snapping pics of Starbucks cups and putting them on Instagram. #eggnoglatte It's ok if you drink a cup of eggnog latte and not tell the world about it... I have and it feels really good. I promise. It's like you're in the secret service and you are considered a rare albino elk when you decide to go out for drinks or dinner.

If you still want to read more about this topic click below becaue some scientists and statistical data might blow your mind more than I can.... Well I only blow my boyfriends mind... with my intelligence... get your head out of your snapchat asses!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Scarf bomb away! Share the warmth and love!

So proud to have been apart of this scarf bomb event my very own sister put together! Milwaukee has seen a lot of ups and downs in terms of crime, and poverty but we were all thrilled to help spread the warm love for our community! Thank you to all that came out to Red Arrow Park on Sunday! Let's make this bigger and better next month.