Restaurant Review: Rusty Bucket

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

Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern designed for people to come together and enjoy great conversation over even better food. At Rusty Bucket food is cooked from scratch because they think it tastes better that way - and I couldn’t agree more. Plus, since everything is made just for you, if you have any dietary needs be sure to share them and the Rusty Bucket can most likely accommodate them 0 that’s some exceptional service right there! The Rusty Bucket’s bar features drinks made with FRESHLY squeezed juices, I mean let's be real do you know of many places that offer freshly squeezed juices in their cocktails… didn’t think so. 

I recently had the opportunity to get a peek at Rusty Buckets new menu and let me tell you’re going to love it. Did I mention they even have Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - and you won’t want to miss out on the Chicken & Waffles or Chilaquiles.

Rusty Bucket has over 24 locations in six states (Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio). Michigan has four locations: Bingham Farms, Bloomfield, Northville, and Northville Park Place.

This was my first time visiting the Rusty Bucket, and let me tell you I will definitely be back. The food was not only delicious, but the service was great and the atmosphere was fun. The Rusty Bucket is the perfect girls night out, date night or place to take your family. With a jam-packed menu, there is sure to be something on it for everyone. My personal favorite was the Chicken and Waffles, which you can order Saturdays and Sundays off the brunch menu. I’ve had a few chicken and waffle meals in my lifetime and this one is one of the best.

Monday through Sunday at the Rusty Bucket you will find Drink Features and Blue Plate Specials. Don’t get this confused with Weekday Happy hour from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday which is something entirely different. 


Drink Feature: Draft Day 

Blue Plate Special: Cincinnati 3-Way

Spaghetti smothered with Rusty Bucket’s Texas sirloin chili and topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, onion, and fresh diced tomatoes; served with garlic cheese bread


Drink Feature: Half Off Wine Bottles 

Blue Plate Special: Hoosier State Fair Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Center-cut pork loin breaded with Gary's secret blend of spices served with lettuce, tomato, pickle chip and onion with a side of mayo. ** Really unique flavor


Drink Feature: Whiskey Wednesday

Blue Plate Special: Beef Stroganoff

Tender slow-roasted pulled beef, button and morel mushrooms tossed with pappardelle pasta and morel cream sauce; topped with sour cream and scallions and served with garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Bucket Punch Day

Blue Plate Special: Spaghetti ’N Meatballs

Two jumbo beef and veal meatballs slow-cooked in house made red sauce; served atop spaghetti noodles garnished with our homemade garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Martinis

Blue Plate Special: Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp sautéed with white wine garlic butter sauce, fresh herbs and tomatoes tossed with spaghetti and grated parmesan and served with garlic cheese bread.


Drink Feature: Gary’s Famous Margaritas

Blue Plate Special: Chicken and Noodles

Slow roasted chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onion, carrots, peas and our house made chicken jus, tossed with pappardelle pasta and served over mashers.


Drink Feature: Bloody Sunday

Blue Plate Special: Kentucky Hot Brown

Rusty Bucket’s house roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced and piled high on Texas toast, covered with a creamy parmesan sauce and topped with sliced tomato and bacon. *** YOU GUYS! Oh my goodness, this was absolutely amazing!! Since it’s called a Kentucky Hot Brown I would assume it’s from Kentucky (unless it's like the whole Boston Cooler in Michigan that has nothing to do with Boston), since I have never been there before this was my first time trying a Hot Brown and now I want to go to Kentucky and give one of theirs a try!


Spinach Con Queso
 A blend of spinach, white wine, and cheeses, served pipping hot with tortilla chips. 
So insanely good!

“Cheese Blanket” Nachos 
Loaded with seasoned ground beef and braised black beans, covered with Rusty Bucket’s signature “cheese blanket.” Served with pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream and scallions.
 Great to share with friends!


Bucket Bites

Mini Burgers on potato buns topped with carmelized onions, American cheese and a pickle chip on top.
 Highly recommend!

Green Chili Burger*

Rusty Bucket’s house-made beer cheese, Serrano and jalapeño relish.

Beer Cheese Burger*

Rusty Bucket’s house-made beer cheese piled high with crispy onion rings.

Main Plates

Macaroni ’N Cheese*

Swiss and American cheeses melted with heavy cream and Blue Moon white ale; tossed with jumbo elbow macaroni noodles; topped with kettle cooked potato chips, scallions, and diced tomatoes. Served with garlic cheese bread.



Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, red onion, fresh banana peppers, green olives, and spinach.
Yum, yum, yum

“The Big Sicilian”

Pepperoni, Italian sausage, and capicola with mozzarella and provolone cheeses, peppers and red onions. 


Cookies ’N Cream

Heaven right on a plate!

Death By Chocolate Cake

If you’re a chocoholic you’re going to love this cake. 

Berry Blast

This cobbler is out of this world. 


Chicken and Waffles

House-made Belgian waffle, Rusty Bucket’s famous hand-dipped chicken fingers, warm maple syrup and a light dusting of powdered sugar.
 My absolutely favorite thing on the Rusty Bucket menu, and might even be the BEST chicken and waffles that I have ever had. 


Fresh corn tortillas baked with salsa verde and pepper jack cheese, topped with braised black beans, ranchero sauce, sour cream and two sunny side up eggs. 
Probably becoming one of my favorite things to get for brunch at places.

*I do not drink alcohol, so trying anything with their cheese sauce really grossed me out. Everyone else really loved it, especially the macaroni and cheese. If you like alcohol you’ll love the infused cheeses, if you don’t I highly recommend ordering something else.

Mountain Ridge

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Are you financially savvy? When you have a job that doesn’t pay you as well as you would like it to, sometimes it makes it hard to be financially savvy. However, there are some habits that any woman can pick up to help them have financial success. Here are 9 habits that will help you get your finances sorted out.

She knows what her income is

How much did you get paid last year, month, a week? Do you earn money from shares or interest accounts? If so, do you know how much? Do you sell things on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace? Did you keep track of that amount? A successful woman knows exactly how much money she has earned and where that money comes from. She makes sure every cent she earns is working as best as it can for her. Knowing where the money has come from leaves no surprises.

She has savings

A successful woman has savings and contributes to it regularly. She knows the importance of a backup plan, and that things can unexpectedly happen. That being said she keeps at least $1000 in a rainy day fund for emergencies that may come up, along with an account that she may only contribute $25 a week, but it’s something and it’s better than nothing!

She never lives a Chanel lifestyle on a TJ Maxx budget

A successful woman never lives on credit. She doesn’t purchase things above her means, and certainly does not live a Chanel lifestyle on a TJ Maxx budget. She is motivated by actual wealth and knows that means more than a dollar figure in her bank account. Anything she truly desires, she saves for.

She avoids unnecessary expenses

A success woman knows that she can easily save $25 a week if she made her coffee at home instead of picking it up at Starbucks on the way to work. She buys her favorite shampoos and conditions on sale, as well as makeup. She knows the best day to fuel up her car is on a Tuesday, because that's when gas is the cheapest. She always pays her bills on time so she never has to pay late fees. She doesn’t have to live a frugal life and eat ramen noodles every night, she does, however, need to be smart and savvy about the financial choices she makes. 

She knows that just because she can afford it, doesn’t mean she should buy it

A successful woman knows that just because she can afford a new Apple Watch, coffee every day, that new Chanel handbag or other lavish items that it doesn’t necessarily mean she should purchase it. We all should have bigger ticket items that we should treat ourselves every now and again. However, these are occasional calculated expenses and should not be impulsive purchases. A success woman uses these big-ticket items as rewards for reaching goals she has set for herself

She knows all of her expenses

A successful woman never pays late fees, because she is organized and knows when and what things are due. She knows her rent is due at the first of the month and has budgeted for it, she knows that her water bill is due in a week and has money set aside for it. She avoids nasty financial surprises that may pop up because she has budgeted that too. She also knows that automating her bills is the cheapest and most efficient way to do things.

She budgets
A successful woman understands that even with a stable paying job expenses change, and she budgets for that. Electricity, water, gas, grocery, travel…. Etc are all items that can change at any time. One week you may fill your gas tank up and it costs you $30, while the next week gas goes up and it’s now costing you $65. Sure, you can’t budget that exact amount - - but you can make sure you have extra money budgeted for circumstances like this.

She pays for things with cash

A successful woman pays for groceries, food, coffee and more with cash. I know, I know this may seem completely crazy especially in a day where we rely on our charge cards. However, our charge cards allow us to swipe and spend limitless amounts of money. Whereas with cash we can only spend the amount of money we have with us. Only have $50 for groceries this week, no problem! Look through the ads to see what is on sale and meal plan for the week based on sales. Grocery shopping for basics at stores like Aldi can help save you hundreds of dollars in a year. 

She pays off her most expensive debts first

A successful woman knows how much her debts are costing her, and pays off the most expensive ones first. I know, this might go against the gain of what you have been taught or heard people say - - however, a successful woman looks at her debts to see which is costing her the most. The one that costs the most should be eliminated first to help her reach financial freedom.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Wild Encounters

Whether you’re visiting Fort Wayne with your girlfriends, significant other or your kids the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is definitely worth checking out. The mission of the zoo is “Connecting kids and animals, strengthen families and inspiring people to care.” One thing I really loved about the zoo was it’s designed for children to get up close and personal with the animals with their parents having to pick them up - this was especially beneficial for me since I am 4’10” and no one is going to go around picking me up so I can see what is going on.

Something that makes the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo really unique is its Wild Encounters. The zoo offers five different fun encounters for an extra price that you’re sure to love. While I was visit the Zoo a few weeks ago I got to experience the Stingray Wild Encounter and absolutely loved it. It was a really unique experience to get up close with the stingrays and feel them take fish right out of your hands. The one encounter I would love to do on my next trip is the penguin one - as someone who loves penguins I think it would be a lot of fun to check it out.

To help you select which Wild Encounter is best for you, lets see what each one offers.

African Bird Walking Tour Wild Encounter 

Cost: $59* per person

If you’ve ever wondered about the birds in the African portion of your zoo journey then this tour is for you. This walking tour provides you with access to the zoo’s bird keepers so they can show you what they feed the birds as well as how they care for them.

Days: Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Time: April 27 - May 23 & Sept 1 to Oct 7 - 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm 

and May 24 - August 31st 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Ages 5 & up.
Maximum group size 4 people.

Dr. Diversity Wild Encounter

Cost: $59* per person

This Wild Encounter will take you behind the scenes of the Indonesian Dr. Diversity Rain Forest Research station, where you will visit the retile room and see how zoo keepers take care of the Dr. Diversity animals.

Days: Sundays
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Ages 4 & up.
Maximum group size 4 people.

Stingray Wild Encounter

Cost $39* per person

The aquarists will provide you with fish that you will hold in your hand, and wait for the stingrays to swim over and grab the food from your hand. 

Days: Saturdays, Sundays and Monday during the zoo season.
Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM.

Ages 6 & up.
Maximum group size 4 people.

Giraffe Wild Encounter

Cost: $79* per person

Start your adventure behind the scenes in the giraffe barn, where you’ll held the zookeepers create special feeders and watch the food get eaten while you stand toe to toe with these gorgeous creatures. 

Days: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Time: 3:00 - 3:30 PM

DO NOT visit the Indiana Family Farm before your Giraffe Wild Encounter - goats and sheet may carry a virus that can affect giraffes (it is not harmful to humans).
After your Giraffe Wild Encounter feel free to go visit the sheep and goats.

Penguin Wild Encounter

Cost: $89* per person

Step onto the beach - yes BEACH, and help the zookeepers bring the penguins lunch. You’ll be taught the best way to feed the penguins and details about their personalities. 

Days: Fridays-Mondays during the zoo season.

Time: 1:15-2:00 PM.
Cost: $89 per person.

Ages 8 & up. Maximum group size 2 people.

*These prices are for 2019 and are subject to change year to year. Please visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for an up to date price list.

Weekend Getaway: Fort Wayne, IN

thank you Visit Fort Wayne for an amazing time

Who’s ready for a road trip? I recently had the opportunity to explore Fort Wayne, Indiana with the Visit Fort Wayne team, and I am so excited to share my experience with you. Prior to this trip, I knew nothing about Fort Wayne or Indiana in general (other than the fact that I have to drive through it to get to Chicago). Depending on where you live in the Metro Detroit area Fort Wayne is likely three hours or less. The quick drive makes it a really attractive distance if you’re in the mood to get out of Michigan for a weekend.

From Detroit, it’s a quick drive (around 2.5 hours - it took me 3 hours since I am outside of Detroit) to Fort Wayne, which makes it a great weekend getaway with friends or family.

Things To Do: 

There’s a ton of fun things to do in Fort Wayne with your girlfriends, significant other or family. Here are some top picks from my trip to Fort Wayne.

See a TinCaps Baseball Game

You know I am a huge fan of baseball, and love checking out as many ballparks as I can. If you’re going to Fort Wayne I highly recommend checking out their minor league baseball team, the TinCaps. The name of the team is a tribute to pioneer Johnny Appleseed who is believed to be buried in Fort Wayne. With an adorable logo that features an apple wearing Johnny Appleseed's trademark tin cap, the TinCaps have called Parkview Field home since 2009 and continue to draw in fans young and old each season. The stadium is gorgeous, the atmosphere is a lot of fun and there is so much interaction you’ll never be bored.

Visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Even if you aren’t visiting with kids the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is definitely worth checking out. The mission of the zoo is “Connecting kids and animals, strengthening families and inspiring people to care.” What I really love about that is it’s actually true, as someone who is 4’10” I struggle to see animals when I go to the zoo - so think about the kids who are smaller than me. Kids can actually see the animals without having to be picked up by their parents! The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo also offers Wild Encounters like feeding the stingrays, which I would highly recommend.

Explore the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

If you love flowers you’re going to love the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Filled with tropical plants, a relaxing waterfall, and desert-themed room there is sure to be something for everyone. The conservatory hosts a variety of events and exhibits throughout the year, and beginning April 27 they will have a live butterfly exhibit that runs until July 7, which I cannot wait to go back and checkout.

Learn About Your Ancestors at the Genealogy Center

One of the coolest experiences was visiting the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library and learning about my family history. With nearly a million physical research items plus additional online databases, the Genealogy Center is a completely free resource that draws people in from all over. Prior to the trip, I provided the librarians some information about my family, and they pulled some amazing information about my ancestors. I learned that I am French Canadian, Scottish, German and Irish - plus my family has colonial roots in the United States which is amazing. Learning about my family history was truly an amazing experience.

See what’s new at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art

If you love art, you’re not going to want to miss out on the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. This museum provides an array of unique pieces of art from permanent pieces to rotating exhibits.

Check Out Science Central

Do you love science? If you do, then you definitely don’t want to miss checking out Science Central. The hands-on exhibits are educational, and you’ll learn so much in a short time. One of my favorite parts of Science Central is “Science On A Sphere,” this three-dimensional globe can showcase anything from the plants to storm systems.

Where to Eat: 

Looking for ideas of where to eat while you’re in Fort Wayne? Here are a few places I highly recommend.

Breakfast - Proximo

Looking for a unique and delicious breakfast? Look no further than Proximo. This is a great space to go with friends or family. I ordered the Carnitas Benedict which featured braised pork served over house-made cornbread and is finished with arugula, poached eggs and hollandaise - oh my goodness was it delicious.

Lunch - Dash-In

If grilled cheese is your thing, you’re definitely going to want to head to Dash-In. They have a great selection of food, but are known for their grilled cheese sandwiches and have a unique variety of them. I tried the Green Goddess, and it was absolutely amazing. With muenster, provolone, havarti, pesto sauce, guacamole, and fresh spinach this sandwich is pure perfection. I paired it with their tomato bisque which is a rich and creamy tomato soup with hints of white wine, white onion and is topped with parmesan cheese and scallion - oh my gosh yum!

Snack - DeBrand Fine Chocolates

You can’t go to Fort Wayne and not try DeBrand Fine Chocolates. I loved the raspberry cream from the classic collection.

Appetizers - Copper Spoon

Looking for a great selection of wines, a huge cocktail list filled with unique options and delicious appetizers, then Copper Spoon is the place for you. This restaurant has a fun atmosphere that is perfect for gathering with friends or a significant other. Copper Spoon also shares views of Parkview Field where the TinCaps play. I tried the Charcuterie Platter (cured meat, cheese, pickles, spicy mustard, and baguette pieces) and Smutty Fries (patatas, sloppy joe, quest, pickled hot peppers, pickled onion, and scallions ).

Dinner - The Hoppy Gnome

The Hoppy Gnome is a fun and unique experience, this brewery rocks and amazing sophisticated food menu you’re sure to love. They focus on fresh ingredients and make an effort to change up their menu a few times a year. I enjoyed the Pan-Seared Scallops (jumbo scallops, hoppy hash, bacon and sweet corn relish with jalapeño tartar) and Asian Tuna Tartare (Sashimi grade tuna, Serrano pepper guacamole, soy glaze, and crispy wontons).

Dessert - Ruth’s Chris

I know that there are Ruth’s Chris chains all over the continental United States, but trust me you want to check out the one in Fort Wayne for dessert. Forget all other desserts on the menu, you want to get the carrot cake, it’s the best that I have ever had - and it’s only at a couple locations.

More Things To See and Do: 

Promenade Park is opening this June, and you won’t want to miss the dining, Tree Canopy Trail, playground, kayak rentals and more.

If you like seeing the art around Detroit, you’ll definitely want to explore the many unique art murals and public art around town.

See the Embassy Theatre, with a history dating back to 1928 this place has been dazzling audiences with live shows, movies and more for years. Dress in your most elegant attire and head to the Embassy Theatre to see a show one weekend instead of the Fisher Theatre or Fox Theatre. 

Fort Wayne, you were amazing! I had so much fun, and cannot wait to visit again.

5 Tips to Help Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Summer is right around the corner… I think, and with summer quickly approaching if you’re anything like me you’re determined to try and get into shape. To help myself, and you achieve the goals you have I am sharing some of my fitness tips.

5 Tips for Achieving Your Fitness Goals

1. Set goals that are attainable. I have a very busy schedule, therefore I am making sure that I am setting realistic goals for myself. My goal is to get to the gym five days a week for at least 30 minutes each day. 

2. Work with a trainer. Experienced trainers are there to help you achieve your fitness goals. This is a great way to get a workout tailored to what you’re trying to accomplish.

3. Try new classes. This has been a game changer for me, lately, I have gone to barre and burlesque classes. I have taken barre plenty of times before, but burlesque never before and I absolutely love it.

4. Find an accountability partner. It’s easier to make sure you get to the gym if you know you are meeting someone there.

5. Have fun. Keep things fun and exciting, do what you love. I love boot camp and booty classes so I make sure to fill my schedule with them.

Detroitish Spring Bucket List

If you’re dreaming of spring weather right know, you’re not alone. While the calendar may say spring, the gloomy, rainy, chilly days feel more like fall. However, with all these April showers, May flowers will be showing up quickly. So let us spring forward and start a bucket list of things to do once the weather breaks. Here are some of my top picks to make the most out of spring in Detroitish (Southeast, Michigan). Feel free to leave a comment to add some of your own ideas to the list.

Explore Detroit Zoo

You’re never too old to explore the zoo.

Catch a baseball game

There’s nothing better than enjoying a baseball game with friends. Visit downtown Detroit to catch a Tigers game or visit downtown Utica for a USPBL game and see the Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers, Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers or Westside Wolly Mammoths.

Visit the Anna Scripps Conservatory on Belle Isle

This beautiful space that makes up the Anna Scripps Conservatory is filled with five different flower rooms that are sure to leave you amazed.

Bike or walk along the Dequindre Cut Greenway

The Dequindre Cut is a two-mile recreational path is known for its graffiti and artwork. Along the way be sure to stop at Eastern Market and end your trip near the Detroit Riverfront.

Entrances to the greenway are located at Atwater Street, Franklin Street, Woodbridge Street, Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Wilkins Street, and Mack Avenue.

Spend Saturdays at Eastern Market

Eastern Market allows you to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and so much more.

Enjoy the Detroit Riverwalk

The Detroit Riverfront offers beautiful views of the city and Canada, not to mention is surrounded by delicious food and attractions.

Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institude of Arts (DIA) is home to amazing works of art and is the perfect place to hang out on a rainy spring day.

Bring out your competitive side

Head to C.J. Barrymore’s for a round of mini golf, go-karts, batting cages and more.

Get out an hike

Visit one of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Take a step back in time

Visit Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum for a unique experience.

Girl’s Getaway Weekend: Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

I received complimentary admission to a ticketed session at the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, IN. All thoughts, stories, and opinions are my own.

My likeness for Vera Bradley kind of snuck up on me. Mostly, I thought of Vera Bradley products as those “quilty-looking purses” with crazy patterns that just didn’t have a classy touch to them. In college girls toted their laptops around in Vera Bradley cases and carried her totes, while I had a polka dot Target laptop case. Recently, I was invited to attend Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana (about three hours from Detroit). When you hear “outlet sale” you tend to think it is items that didn’t sell or have an imperfection. However, that is not the case for this sale - at all. Women travel from near and far to head to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to get their shop on. This sale is a bigger deal then you can even begin to imagine.

When You Get There

When you arrive at the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale, you get to walk through doors during your allotted spot to a sea of prints and patterns. Upon walking through the doors you will be given a map that will help you navigate through the space, as well as a huge bag to carry any items you plan on purchasing (for security purposes, your items will be transferred to a different color bag upon checkout if you chose to buy one). If you signed up for a ticketed session, you’ll have a set amount of time to shop and when that time is up you’re out of there. There are countdowns and announcements to let you know when the session is over, so you’ll want to be sure to locate what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. Even though you’ll only get a set amount of time during a paid time slot, you will shop with a lighter crowd, which makes the paid session totally worth it.

What You Will Find

Ladies, if you have been living under a rock like me, you’ll be surprised when you walk into the sale and realize that it is so much more than paisley printed totes - although they still have those if that is your thing. You will find florals, modern patterns, saturated hues, leather, solids (obsessed with the black) and more. In case you didn’t know Vera Bradley isn’t just totes, bags, purses and luggage it's so much more. At this sale, I found blankets, umbrellas, stationery, robes, flip flops, shoes, towels, lunch boxes, bathing suits, apparel and so much more. There’s something to fit every aspect of your life, and with deals, a deal between 40 to 60 percent off you’re sure to find things you need and want. Even I found items that matched my beach babe and classy professional lifestyle.

My Haul

I went with the intention of buying things for Christmas gifts, but in the end, I only bought things for myself. I actually walked around the entire place once, before I started making my picks. So what did I go home with? I picked up the Weekender in classic black to take on road trips with me. The Work Tote in classic black that has a slot for my laptop case, the beach scarf in Indio and two Seashore Beach Wristlets one in sunburst floral and one in lotus flower swirl. As you can tell I am a classy meets beachy kind of girl. 

Overall Thoughts

Before attending the show I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Upon walking in I was very overwhelmed, but once I looked around followed the map I actually loved attending the show and looking at everything. I was so surprised by all the amazing products Vera Bradley carries, and cannot wait to go back to the sale again next year. I am definitely interested in getting a rolling carry-on suitcase. Prior to attending this sale, I had no idea that Fort Wayne was just three hours away and was a city packed with so much fun.

I highly recommend heading to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale next year. 

April 15 – 19, 2020

Flawless Tips for Packing a Carry On Bag

Summer travel season is just around the corner, and I know traveling can be a little stressful. That’s why I have gathered some airplane travel tips and tricks for you straight from a polite - which includes the ultimate carry on packing list. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use a few of these tips the next time you travel. I also have a simple carry on packing list filled with the essentials that you may need for any trip. The list includes electronics, personal items, food, medicine and more that will help you create a flawless carry on that is sure to get through any TSA checkpoint. If you have anything else you think I should add to the list, please feel free to leave the tips in the comments!

Carefully Pack Your Carry On

First, you should always make sure you understand TSA guidelines. It’s always amazing when you are at a TSA checkpoint and people are trying to get through with full-size shampoo bottles in their carry-on. After you know what you can and can not take on the plan, you can fit so much more in the carry-on. Plus who wants to carry the heavy bag across multiple terminals… not me.

I like to carry two carry-ons. A suitcase to fit in the overhead bin, and a small bag/purse to keep under my seat. When I pack I try to keep everything I’ll need during the flight in my purse so that the suitcase can stay overhead the whole time. While traveling I like to keep gum, mints, hand sanitizer, emergency medicines, a few snacks, and a refillable water bottle.

Carry On Packing List Essentials




Back Up Battery

USB Cord


Personal Items


Hand sanitizer



Mini toothbrush

Mini toothpaste

Makeup samples

Mini shampoo and conditioner

Hair elastics


*Remember all liquids and gels need to be under 3oz. And fit in a quart size bag.

Back Up Items

Change of clothing


TSA approved snacks




Protein Bar


Anti-nausea medicine

Anti-diarrhea medicine






Credit cards

Print out of flight and hotel information

Pen and paper

Eye mask

Stay Hydrated

Avoid eating salt or sugary foods before your flight, as well as while you’re on it. I love taking a refillable water bottle, typically airports have a water filling station - if they do not most restaurants will graciously fill it up for you. Even on the flight, you can ask the flight attendants to fill it up for you which will save you from having to spend $5 on water at the airport.

Move It

This is critical, after learning about all the negative effects sitting for extended periods of time can be I am definitely a firm believer in moving. To make it easy to remind yourself to get up, set a timer on your phone, and be sure to get up to stretch your legs. Also, wearing compression socks will help prevent blood clots from happening.

ANASTASIA to Make Detroit Debut

Broadway In Detroit announced today that individual tickets for the tour of the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA are now on sale!  ANASTASIA will make its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre, June 11 – 23, 2019. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak.
The creative team includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision), Lawrence Goldberg (Music Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.
ANASTASIA, currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway, began performances on March 23, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) with critics exclaiming “Ahrens and Flaherty have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season’s strongest! (NBC)” and “Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally, Anastasia is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans (Time Out)”. The new musical has played to sold out crowds on Broadway since officially opening in April 2017, in addition to garnering multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and nominations.
The original Broadway cast recording is available at, and iTunes. The 75-minute album includes the Academy Award-nominated favorite “Journey to the Past” alongside new numbers from the show such as Christy Altomare’s haunting “In My Dreams,” Ramin Karimloo’s passionate “Still,” and Derek Klena’s heart-racing “My Petersburg.”
The National Tour of ANASTASIA is produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit), Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening), 50 Church Street Productions, The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Carl Daikeler, Warner/Chappell Music, 42nd Club/Phil Kenny, Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Broadway Asia/Umeda Arts Theater, Peter May, David Mirvish, Sandi Moran, Seoul Broadcasting System, LD Entertainment/Sally Cade Holmes, Seriff Productions, Van Dean, Tamar Climan and in association with Hartford Stage.
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Performance times for ANASTASIA appearing June 11-23, 2019 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
·         Tuesday – Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·         Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
·         Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·         Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
·         Special open captioned performance on Sunday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for ANASTASIA start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
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Confetti Popcorn

Growing up something that my great grandma, meeme and my mum drilled into my head was never let your guests go home empty-handed. Whatever you give them doesn't have to be expensive, but it's a little token of appreciation. With Easter this Sunday, and my schedule being absolutely insane I wanted to whip up something quick and easy to give to everyone. Since life is better with sprinkles I thought there is no better way to share how blessed I am to have them in my life than with a pop of color in the form of a yummy treat.  Confetti popcorn is quick and easy to make, not to mention everyone will love it. 
 You will need
• 2 bags Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn (I recommend Pop Secret for the biggest kernels)
• 1 lb. bag of white chocolate wafers (candy melts)I bought mine at Sarah's in Michigan - if you have a local cake/candy decorating I am sure you can find these there. Or Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics sells Wilton Candy Melts that will work the same.
• 1/4 - 1/3 cup confetti sprinkles
• Wax Paper

1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave and place in a large bowl, be sure that you have removed all un-popped kernels(you don't want anyone breaking their teeth).
2. Melt your white chocolate wafers in a double boiler or the microwave on defrost(it burns very quickly so be sure to watch it and stir often)
3. Pour your melted chocolate over your popcorn and stir to combine.
4. Add in the confetti sprinkles, stir to combine.
5. Spread out on wax paper and allow to dry for a couple hours. Break apart so you have separated the kernels.

 {I bought these mini pails 2 for $1 in Target's dollar spot}
 {The popcorn was placed in cello bags, adorned with coordinating ribbon and a tag}