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How to Have a Cheap AF (but magical) Wedding

Guys. Today is a random, spur of the moment post because it’s the anniversary of mine and AJ’s vow renewal! As some of you may know, AJ and I got married at City Hall in Chicago just a few weeks into dating and while it was so intimate and cozy, I still wanted that “big wedding” feel, but cheaper. So, about a year after we officially got hitched at City Hall, we had our formal vow renewal and it was magical, simple, and inexpensive. Here’s how we had our dream wedding for 7k: Limit the Guest List This helped us SO much. AJ and I really only wanted close family and friends at our wedding. So, if we haven’t seen you in a year, sorry. Of course there were people that our parents wanted to invite which was cool with us, we just told them they had to pay…

Paleo Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal

It’s that time of year again, people. Fall. Fall in Chicago has got to be the greatest feeling of all! I’m SO into my morning walks in the 50 degree weather, wearing a light jacket, sipping coffee, listening to my true crime podcasts, thinking about… Halloween. Too soon? Oh well. I just freaking adore Fall. With the glorious-ness that is Fall, comes Fall food. Which means cozy, comfort food. I used to be OBSESSED with a big, warm bowl of oatmeal, topped with cinnamon and apples. MMM! And then I always wondered, “why does my tum tum feel like complete poop after I devour oatmeal?!” I just do not tolerate oats in large doses like that, even gluten free oats. This saddened me to my core. Then entered this culinary masterpiece: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal. This meal combines ALL of my favorite things: pumpkin, peanut butter, zucchini, and…

Three Things I’m LOVING at the Moment

I’ve been into lots of (in my opinion) fun things lately that I’m absolutely loving and I thought I’d share them with you guys! Plus! These things just so happen to save you time + money in the long run, so win win, amiright? Let’s get to them, shall we? Homemade Cashew Milk I recently just found out through a food sensitivity test that I’m highly sensitive to almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and a few more things (*insert eye roll*). The worst one for me though? ALMONDS! Um, goodbye almond milk lattes, Simple Mills Crackers, Barely Bread, almond flour goodies! But, ya girl is always trying to look on the bright side and I saw this as a PERFECT opportunity to start making my own cashew milk (thank buddha I can have those!) and I am LOVING it! I tried to look for a coconut or…

#FanGirlFriday: Deanna Mutzel of Real Food Lab!

It’s time for another edition of #FanGirlFriday! Today’s total boss babe is the wonderful Deanna Mutzel of Real Food Lab! If you’re not following this beauty on Insta- get on it because she creates the most mouthwatering nutrient dense recipes out there! I “met” Deanna over Instagram a few years ago when we started messaging back and forth about fitness, nutrition, and mom life and she is a total sweetheart! She’s all about women supporting women (which you know is BOMB) and she is a successful entrepreneur! Deanna is a mom of one, a wife to Mike Mutzel (another amazing, knowledgeable human!) and the owner of Real Food Lab products. There’s Real Food Lab cookies, crackers, and breads and they are all AMAZING, low carb, low sugar, and “microbiome friendly!” Because we all know gut-health is life. Her zucchini bread has to be my all-time FAVE- smother it in coconut…

Cinnamon Cacao Fat Balls

Fat balls are all the rage nowadays, and I totally get why. They’re easy to make, you don’t need to bake them, and they’re perfect for grab and go! I actually saw a recipe for cinnamon roll bliss balls on The Toasted Pine Nut blog and they looked amazing, BUT when I went to make them, I didn’t have most of the ingredients. Not cool, Melanie. So, I improvised and adapted to make my own little version. These babies are perfect straight out of the freezer and are filled with filling Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Butter (which I’m positive is literal crack) and gut-loving collagen that I just loooove. I hope you guys like em’! Cinnamon Cacao Fat Balls Ingredients 1/2 cup Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Butter (or any other nut butter of choice) 2 tablespoons almond flour 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons Philosophie…