Home for the Holidays


Holiday Work Party


As I have mentioned time and time again I truly treasure the month of December. Not only do I love that it’s my Birthday month but it’s most importantly the perfect month to fill your days spent with friends and family together during the holidays!

Each December I look forward to Jake’s work Christmas party at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. The night consists of catching up with his coworkers, watching people embarrass themselves with their crazy dance moves, eating too much filet, & sipping on strong drinks.

Another fabulous party in the books.


Dress: Express

Shoes: Forever21

Neclace: J Crew



Christmas Cheer

Every year my most favorite day of the year is decorating and setting up for Christmas! As you’ve probably seen on Instagram, we jumped on it a little early this year (as soon as Thanksgiving was over the Christmas decorations went up). It’s such a fun day that I always look forward to! We blast our favorite songs, dance around in our pjs, make seasonal treats and pull out all of our Christmas decorations.

This year Jake and I started a new Holiday tradition of buying each other an ornament  for Christmas each year! It’s going to be so exciting to look at the ornaments years from now and share that memory together!

Holiday Burlap Wreath from Michael’s


An ornament and pine cone assortment





The holidays are my favorite time of year and it’s so much fun bringing friends together. This month for book club we made it a memorable one by having a white elephant gift exchange.

{ Yes, that is a pink unicorn in the middle }

{ December’s book choice: Orphan Train }

{ My white elephant winnings, this adorable Indiana pillow }

DIY Presents 

wine glass


* Mugs & Wine Glasses {$1 at Dollar Tree}
* Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pens
* Scrapbook Stickers/ Stencils


1. To do a monogram design you will need a stencils or letter stickers. Pick the monogram/design you want and stick it on your mug. I did a “K” and a “S” for some of my friend’s first initials. You will want to make sure it’s in the right place/angle etc.

2. Next you will want to make dots ALL around the scrapbook sticker. Follow the directions on the markers to get the paint going. Do some practice dots on some cardboard before hand. Once ready, start filling in the area around the sticker with dots. Really fill in the area. Add a second color if you like. If you mess up, wipe away with some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip.

3. Once you have the design you want and it’s dry – carefully peel off the sticker or stencil to reveal your design.

4. Then of course, fill and enjoy with your favorite beverage or give away as a gift.

Sweater party

When it’s cold out, I find it difficult to dress for nights out. I want to look cute but at the same time I just want to be warm. Since I don’t want my legs to freeze in a dress, I usually stick with the less-than-glamorous formula of jeans and some kind of sweater. Or I opt to wear leggings and tights. I’m comfortable, but I end up feeling a little ‘blah.’ Last weekend we had a themed party to attend. What better excuse to dress casual and fit in than an ugly sweater  party?

Not only are you bound to be warm it a big sweater but also comfortable the entire night.  It’s also quite hilarious to see how creative some people get.

Did I mention they had a photo booth? How fun is that?

2015 Weekend Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2015. How is this even possible? The end of the year has been full of fun, crazy-busy, hectic weekends. This past one was by far one of my favorites. One of my best friends, Morgan came back to Indy to visit. We enjoyed margaritas and Mexican at Delicia followed by a night downtown with friends.

Sunday was spent baking up a storm in the kitchen making Christmas treats. Hope you all had a memorable weekend.


Black Bean & Caramelized Corn

My first experience with Cajun/Creole food was after a year or so of living in Indianapolis when Jake and I finally discovered one of our now all time favorite restaurants, Yats. I fell in love instantly and couldn’t wait to go back. Maybe it had something to do with the rock bottom prices, the super humongous portions or the enormous selection of hot sauces. I don’t know what the reason, but Yats really made an impression on me and we continue to go back for more.

Jake normally switches his meal selection up getting either the Jambalaya, chili cheese étouffée or the gumbo. As for me, I get the same thing every single time, the B&B. It consists of corn, black beans, red peppers all served over a bed of rice and a side of french bread. After years of ordering the same meal I finally attempted to make the dish at home, how hard could it possibly be? And to my surprise it was delicious & super easy!

Black Beans and Caramelized Corn

2 tablespoons butter
1 can sweet corn
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 red pepper, diced
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
A few splashes hot sauce of choice

Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add corn and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly caramelized and sweet-smelling. Add brown sugar and saute for about 2 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add black beans and red pepper and saute until warmed through, about 2 more minutes. Add milk, cayenne, salt and pepper, and hot sauce, and let simmer until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately over rice with more hot sauce, and a big hunk of french bread on the side, buttered and sprinkled with cajun seasoning. Enjoy!