Chris Zastrow, MBA

Congratulations to my brother Chris!  I am so proud of his accomplishments.  He is such a gem of guy and I’m thankful to call him my brother.  Getting to see him graduate with his Masters was definitely an honor I will cherish forever.  Little did I know, I was in for the speech of a lifetime when graduate Brian Giovanini took to the podium.  (I get goosebumps just thinking about it!)  Brian began his speech by informing the audience that he was born with cerebral palsy.  You could’ve heard a pin drop right there and then.  He spoke of the challenges he faced growing up, being raised by a single Mom in a trailer, and recalling how he had always wanted to just feel ‘normal’.  With the help of a computer, he reminisced how he finally felt some normalcy when he was able to write his name legibly for the first time in his life.  The simple act of being able to type out his name for others to see planted a seed in him that would later grow into a degree in field of  computer science.  As Brian’s speech continued, I smiled profusely while the tears streamed down my face uncontrollably.   Struck by Brian’s powerful determination, I quickly realized he surpassed normal long ago; Brian was extraordinary!  Now headed for his Masters degree, there’s no limit to what dreams Brian may fulfill.  His powerful determination to succeed beyond the expectations of others inspired me then and probably will for the rest of my life.  Brian, you have touched the lives of many.  Thank you for being YOU, we know you will continue to do amazing things!

Becker Bump

It’s always an honor getting to capture milestones… even more so we get to fly us across the country to do so!  Thank you Nate + Em for your patronage, but most of all, thank you for your friendship.  We loved every minute shared with you guys out west and cannot wait to meet baby Becker soon.  Love you!

Brooke’s Birthday

Brooke has been my bestie since highschool!  Being the ‘new kid’ is never easy, especially as a freshman – but Brooke definitely made it easier for me.  I’ve appreciated her love and support throughout all of these years and just couldn’t help but want to capture a little piece of what makes her so special.  She is, by far, one of the most doting and loving aunts I’ve ever met.  Her niece and nephew are so important to her and it shows.  Same goes for her friendships.  See the gifts on the table???  Those are for her friends – on HER BDAY!   That’s just Brookie and only a few of the reasons she is the BEST.  Happy Birthday Brookie!  Love you gurrrrl 😉

Favorite Things

Please use the blue links below to purchase any of the following fabulous items…

 

Blue Q Socks – Women & Mens

For the peeps in your life that have everything… I guarantee they don’t have a pair of these socks… so many awesome pairs to choose from for Guys and Gals.  Thanks to my friend Ems for introducing this brand to me with a pair for my bday.  I think of her every time wear them.

 

 

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Get stronger!  Make one of your New Years resolutions to read this book!  I am going to put it on my Audible list again – it was ‘that’ good;)

 

 

Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2"Silpat Baking Sheet

My mother-in-law bought this for us a couple of xmas’s ago and we just love using it.  It makes baking easy with non-stick surface.  Definitely saves on foil and scrubbing.

 

 

My Heat Buddy

As you may know from my past fav things, I’ve been obsessed with the Bed Buddy for years.  But this year I found an even better option at WI State Fair!  I use it everyday.  Warmth lasts for hours, which is much longer than my former Bed Buddy AND it doesn’t smell like the rice filled Bed Buddy either.  Double-win!

 

 

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Elements East

I started taking free meditation sessions at this home store in the Third Ward.  The owner has curated a collection of beautiful things.  I love the incense and the candle selection.  Just spending time in this space is a dream.  Treat yo self!

 

 

Image result for prius vPrius V

When we had to replace our commuter, we picked the Prius V.  It drives a bit different from the standard Prius.  You sit higher up like a crossover and it’s a lot more spacious than the tradition compact.  It has almost same storage as our BMW X3!  Averaging 40mpg, we save a ton when we are going long distances.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love our X3, it’s just great to have a commuter to offset the premium gas costs of the beemer.  They actually discontinued this line because the highlander did better for them.  So the V is definitely a hot commodity.  Hopefully Toyota will bring it back when we need a new one!

 

 

Clazzio Seat Covers – with HEAT!

We love leather seats in our cars, so when our Prius V didn’t come with leather, we opted for this much less expensive option.  Easy to self install and look just like factory installed leather.  Actually… better!!!  For an extra $100, you can get heated seats too.

 

 

Michelle Collins Show

This morning show on Sirius XM is my new fav next to Howard Stern.  Michelle is hilarrrrrrrrrr!  If you don’t have XM, don’t try it.  Once you do, you will never be able to live without it;)

 

 

Image result for vanderpump rulesVanderpump Rules

I kept hearing Michelle Collins talk about this show on her show so I had to check it out.  Steven and I binged the entire 5 seasons and can’t wait for the new season to start next month.  I also started watching the Real Housewives of Bev Hills since Lisa Vanderpump is among the cast.  However Steven does not watch that one;)

 

 

 

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Truvani Tumeric

The food babe, Vani Hari, started her own company of ‘food without lies’.  Her tumeric tablets are the best you can find.  They help you feel good from the inside out.  Seriously, ven Steven takes them.

 

 

 

Maggie Rogers

Saw her on SNL and haven’t stopped listening to her since.  She is a brilliant artist!  Pre-order her album from the link above.

Erin + Matt

Ceremony: Crossroads Presbyterian Church (https://www.crossroadspres.org/)
Reception: The Berkshire (http://theberkshiresheboygan.com/)
Florist: Pam Borgardt
Cake: Donuts are from Holey Moley (http://www.hospitalitydemocracy.com/holey-moley/)
Dress Designer/Bridal Shop: Badgley Mischka, Kathryn’s Bridal (https://kathryns-bridal.com/)
Shoes: Naturalizer

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Stone Manor Bridal (http://www.stonemanorbridal.com/)
Hair: Allure Salon & Spa (www.alluresalon-spa.com/)
Makeup: Blush Beauty Boutique (http://www.blushmilwaukee.com/)

Transportation: Royal Limousine Milwaukee (http://www.milwaukeeroyallimo.com/)
Music: Sound by Design (http://www.soundbydesign.org/)
Marquee I DO Letters: EZPZ Marquee (http://www.ezpzmarquee.com/)
Donut Wall/Card Box: Mark’s Woodchips (https://markswoodchips.com/)