Kroger Prep+Pared: Stuffed Poblano Peppers

this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know my boyfriend and I enjoy spending time in the kitchen together. We couldn’t decide what to make for dinner the other night, so we headed to Kroger to figure out what we wanted.  Of course we ended up leaving with a Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kit. Seriously, our addiction to these kits is real. When it comes to deciding on a kit both of us have rules he doesn’t like salmon and I don’t like pasta, therefore most anything else goes. This week we decided to give a vegetarian Prep+Pared Meal Kit a try and went with the Stuffed Poblano Peppers. What a great choice, these bad boys were packed with flavor and definitely kept us full for hours. Current Meal Kits. Have you tried a Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kit yet?








Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits we have tried: Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork
Shrimp Scampi
Crispy Pork Chops
Coconut Curry Chicken
Jerk Chicken
BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Restaurant Review: North 42

 
There are a few restaurants along Lake St. Clair that you can get to by boat; North 42 at MacRay Harbor is one of them. North 42 is the spot my boyfriend picked for us to take the boat to dinner this weekend. Since we were in the water right before getting to the restaurant we decided to eat outside in the pool area that overlooks Lake St. Clair. New to the menu was the Hacienda Salad which featured grilled seasoned chicken, house salsa fresca, aged cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, tortilla strips, chopped romaine, iceberg and baby greens that are served with a Mexican ranch dressing. I was left feeling underwhelmed with this salad, the flavor just wasn’t there. My boyfriend ordered the Pale Ale Fish and Chips featuring Icelandic cod bathed in Bell’s Two Hearted - battered and deep fried with French fries, house coleslaw and remoulade. Hands down he had the better meal, and we both agreed that it was probably one of the best fish and chips meals that we have ever had. If you head over to North 42 by boat or car I highly recommend giving the Pale Ale Fish and Chips a try.    




Kroger Prep+Pared: Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork

 
My boyfriend and I enjoy cooking dinner together, however we both have busy schedules and sometimes there is limited time to prepare dinner with eachother– which results in us not eating together. Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits are the perfect solution for us, we can either go to the grocery store together or one of us stops and picks up the meal kit. Each meal kit is designed to provide two generous portions of food, and usually we have leftovers. This week we wanted to spice up our lives a little bit and went with the Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork. Let me just say, hello flavor explosion – this is one of my favorite Prep+Pared Meal Kits that we have bought. Kroger seriously impresses me with their kits, and if you haven’t tried one I highly recommend heading to your local Kroger store immediately. Stay tuned to see what kit we get next week! Current meal kits available.










Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits we have tried:
Shrimp Scampi
Crispy Pork Chops
Coconut Curry Chicken
Jerk Chicken
BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Jack Turns 6


How is this little one already 6? I seriously have no idea where the time has gone.  Here's a peek at his cake smashing party - aka I let him lick the cake.






Orange You Glad We Stayed for the Sunset



This weekend my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go out on his boat, and I asked if we could stay out for sunset, he agreed. We headed out onto Lake St. Clair, with a goal of getting me in the water and feeling secure in a life jacket, dinner and of course the sunset (Hallmark worthy, right… I know). This wasn’t like one of our regular dates; this one meant a little bit more. You see I am dating a fish, and while I would love to be a mermaid that just isn’t the reality of it. I don’t know how to swim, and I wasn’t comfortable just hanging out in wavy water with a lifejacket on. You know what though, I did it. Sure it took me forever to get up the courage to walk down the ladder and finally let go having to put all my trust in my boyfriend. I got into water that was wavy, that’s right it wasn’t calm it was wavy and I still did it. When we got out of the water we headed to dinner. Up until doing it with my boyfriend, I had never taken a boat to dinner and it’s a lot of fun. There’s just something different about hopping in the boat heading to dinner and over looking the water while eating. Once we finished dinner we headed back out onto Lake St. Clair to catch the sunset, the sky was looking a tad bit pathetic, but then it changed and everything went orange. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.






Five Things

discovered amazing macarons at For the Love of Sugar

Hey babes! Happy Friday! Hope you have some seriously fun plans this weekend, I am hoping my boyfriend wants to go out on the boat this weekend and we can get me swimming! What are your weekend plans?

 went to a Made in Michigan event at Kroger and discovered Marcia's Pickled Munchies and absolutely fell in love - best pickles ever.
 started to work harder on my body.
 got this super beyond adorable monogrammed raincoat c/o Perfectly Personal.
took my dad to go see Wicked - which is my favorite musical.

Chasing Shooting Stars



This weekend was the Perseids Meteor Shower, I kept tagging my boyfriend in notes about it on Facebook saying we should go check them out. He’s currently working on his Masters (#Goals), and has been incredibly busy trying to get his final exam finished. However, with everything going on he made it a point for us to drive out of the city and into the country to see the shooting stars. Neither of us thought this whole going to chase shooting stars thing through, as we packed NOTHING that would make this trip easier. Even though we were winging it, the trip turned out to be amazing. We did it Sunday night and stayed out until about 11:30 since both of us would have to work in the morning. That night was more than I could ask for; we saw some perfect shooting stars, including ones that left a trail in the sky. It was so nice to experience that with him especially since around this time last year we were Chasing the Northern Lights together. I love that he is willing and even likes doing these things with me, I couldn’t ask for a more amazing guy in my life. I can’t wait for our next moonlight adventure; hopefully it’ll involve a bonfire on the beach.

Restaurant Review: Mexican Village


I never thought I would meet someone who loved Mexican food as much as me, but I definitely met my match. My boyfriend gets Mexican cravings, just like I do. He also knows of some really delicious Mexican spots. Actually, little fact... my boyfriend is AMAZING at finding us restaurants to try together. A few weeks back he was sick, and I was trying my best to take care of him, making sure he was eating, staying hydrated, taking it easy...etc. When he was feeling a little better we decided to get carry-out from Mexican Village. The portions are insane, both of us really should of just split a meal. I ended up getting the Fajitas, which were delicious I might add. While he decided on the Arizonian which came with 1 Beef Chimichanga, 1 Beef and Cheese Burrito, 1 Flour Beef Taco, 1 Beef and Cheese Enchilada as well as Rice and Beans. We both really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be going back.


Champagne & Gainz

I received a tee in exchange for an honest review
Babes! My friend Anna just released the cutest line of athleisure apparel you're sure to fall in love with. The line is all about sippin' on that bubbly and workouts - even though I personally do not drink alcoholic beverages I know plenty of you babes do, and that's why I had to share this totally cute clothing collection with you. With shirts that say anything from Champagne & Gainz to Burpees and Bubbly there is sure to be something is this adorable collection that is perfect for you. Did I mention each saying has plenty of t-shirt, tank and crop options in a variety of colors. You can shop the line at Fit & Flirty.








Crazy Sexy Confident: Positive Affirmations

I recently launched a Crazy Sexy Confident challenge; if you missed it you can check it out here. For myself personally, I discovered that positive affirmation is incredibly important to me. However, if I wanted others to say positive things to me – I needed to start saying them to myself. You see, this is a huge struggle for me. I grew up being extremely overweight; when I went to college I dropped a ton of weight and have all the stretch marks and battle scars of my past visible all over my body. From elementary to high school I was bullied, and came home every single day (not even kidding) went in my bedroom and cried until eventually I would fall asleep. College changed all that, and no one has bullied me since I left high school behind… except for myself. That’s right, I am my own worst enemy and talk horribly about myself. You’re fat, ugly, stupid, not good enough, etc are all things I taunted myself with on a daily basis. This was something that was incredibly important for me to overcome if I ever wanted to have the relationship that I have always wanted. I started to work really hard on being positive and encouraging with myself. The difference it has made is incredible. I wanted to share with you some of the positive affirmations you will find on my mirror and desk, maybe this will help you become crazy sexy confident and start loving yourself the way you should. Let me know what you have on your mirror.

You’re beautiful.
You are what someone looks forward to.
I am not my mistakes.
You’re talented.
I believe in you.
Faith over fear.
You’re sweet.
I am strong.
I deserve love.
I am enough.
What I give is what I receive.
You’re are stronger than the girl that walks away.



Flint Repertory Theatre


Another positive change comes to Flint, Michigan. For over 60 years, Flint Youth Theatre has proudly served young people and their families, and today it takes a bold new step to offer more to all ages by transforming into the new Flint Repertory Theatre.  This name change will go into effect immediately.  Starting with the coming 2018/2019 season, a major expansion of the depth and breadth of its programming, as well as its mission, will position it as a professional, not-for-profit regional theatre.



“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the past six decades with the support of our generous donors and the Flint Institute of Music, of which we are a part. We are now in a position to expand and serve more people in our community and in southeastern Michigan,” said Michael Lluberes, Producing Artistic Director, Flint Repertory Theatre. “We have an exciting new commitment to provide highly imaginative, thought-provoking theatre that is challenging, entertaining and inspiring for all ages. We look forward to our future and to enriching the lives of those who share our passion for the performing arts.”
 
Flint Youth Theatre, a true community treasure, will be under the new banner of Flint Repertory Theatre – or “The Rep.” It will become a program of The Rep’s Education Department and will present student driven productions that perform at the theatre and tour to local schools and community organizations.
 

Expanded Programs at The Rep
One of the biggest changes at The Rep will be expanded programming for adult audiences. The new “Signature Series” will offer a professional season of diverse plays and musicals. The 2018/2019 season titles will be announced on August 22 at The Rep’s Season Announcement Party: https://thefim.org/events/fyt-season-announcement-party
 
Additionally, The Rep will considerably expand its commitment to develop new work for the stage. The newly created “Flint Rep Lab” will offer studio space and other resources to playwrights, composers and directors to workshop new plays and musicals. The Rep will expand their “New Works Festival” to establish a hub for creating original theatrical work that can only be seen in the city of Flint.  After a successful inaugural festival last season, the second annual “New Works Festival“ will be a three-day presentation of staged readings and workshops of world premiere plays and musicals with discussions between playwrights and audiences. 
 


A multitude of new opportunities for professional theatre artists will be offered with the broadening of these programs.
 
The transformation to Flint Repertory Theatre will also create more options for those interested in learning more about what goes on behind the curtain or perfecting their craft on stage.  An expanded alliance with the University of Michigan-Flint will provide theatre students an array of apprenticeship opportunities.  Additionally, The Rep will now offer professional fellowships and adult classes.

Continuing Programs at The Rep
            The Rep will continue to offer shows for the entire family under the “Theatre for Young Audience Series” which will present the best and brightest in the genre, including world premieres and wonderful re-imagined classics. 
 
            The popular “Learning Through Theatre” school matinee program will also continue to provide thousands of students from Genesee and surrounding counties with free or highly discounted tickets to The Rep’s Theatre for Young Audience shows.
 
Year-round education classes, camps and workshops for every grade level will also remain a part of The Rep’s offerings.


           
About Flint Repertory Theatre
            Originally founded in 1957 as Flint Youth Theatre, the new Flint Repertory Theatre – also known as “The Rep” – is a professional, not-for-profit regional theatre located in the heart of Flint, Michigan.  It is a program of the Flint Institute of Music and its mission is to provide the city of Flint and surrounding communities with highly imaginative, thought-provoking theatre that is challenging, entertaining and inspiring for all ages.
 
Along with a season of professional works and an annual festival featuring new work, The Rep offers educational programming for all ages.  Facilities at The Rep include Bower, a 300-seat proscenium theatre; Elgood, a 150-seat thrust theatre; two rehearsal spaces; and, scenic and costume shops. 
 
Funding for The Rep is primarily through individual and corporate donors including Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, James A. Welch Foundation, Whiting Foundation, Bower Charitable Trust and The Community Foundation of Greater Flint Endowment.
           
            For more information about Flint Repertory Theatre, please visit www.FlintRep.org
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Instagram: @FlintInstituteofMusic
Twitter: @FIM