Slow Mornings with Barista Brain.

Happy weekend friends! Whenever I wake up and realize that it is Friday, I am overcome with a feeling of peace and excitement for the weekend. I could have the busiest day ever but in the back of my mind I know it'll all be okay because its the weekend. Anyone else with me?

One thing I love about the weekend is getting to sleep in a little longer and start my day slowly with a cup of coffee. Usually we make something fresh in the Chemex and every now and again Mark and I will use the V60 for pour-overs or the french press. Honestly, ever since we got married we've been making coffee by hand and have only used our automated coffee maker once for a party. We just aren't huge fans of the burnt taste it gives the coffee! So with that in mind, you can understand why I would be hesitant to try making coffee in anything automated, like the Barista Brain from OXO. Boy, was I wrong!

The Barista Brain 9-cup coffee maker was designed with hand-poured brew methods in mind. It is brewed with water that is kept at an optimal temperature and brews in cycles (just like a pour-over!) and can also be prepped the night before to wake you up to a freshly brewed pot of your favorite coffee. Because Mark and I have all of our hand-brew methods set up in the kitchen, we decided to put our Barista Brain up in our bedroom and - HOLY COW - it makes getting out of bed so much easier. 

We've fallen into the routine of making coffee in the Barista Brain on the mornings where we don't have as much down time. It does some of the work for us ;) Mark has been prepping the night before and then in the morning I'll pour our coffee when it brews at our set alarm of 7:00am. It's so nice to have those few extra minutes to chat while we drink our coffee in the morning and get ready for work. On the weekends I especially love getting back into bed and cuddling a few extra minutes while we drink our coffee and talk about the day's activities.


Weekends in the City with LuLaRoe

This last weekend was so nice! Mark and I were able to spend some quality time with one another and with some friends (things we both desperately craved!) 

On Friday evening we had to go pick up our car from my uncle's garage but beforehand we went for a walk by the river and got some treats at local Harrisburg places. I tried Iced Chai Tea Lemonade from Little Amps and it might be one of my new favorite drinks. So refreshing!

One thing that I find time and time again is the importance of having a comfortable outfit to spend the day in. I hate having to change multiple times throughout the day because I'm uncomfortable or not dressed up/down enough. Thankfully, this is where LuLaRoe comes into play! The whole weekend I sported several different looks from LLR and was amazed at how good I felt all day. My favorite piece is definitely the Carly because I can wear it with booties and a few pieces of jewelry and dress it up or I can go casual with a cardigan and sandals. Saturday we went to the Mt. Gretna art show with our friends Brooke and Tom and I wore the Carly with gold scrappy sandals. Probably one of my new favorite looks :) Another piece I really love is the Classic Tee. I wore it with LLR leggings (which are the softest things ever) when we went out on our walk on Friday and then again on Sunday when we had game night with some friends.

With LuLaRoe, you need to find a local consultant to shop with which I love because it provides women with jobs and ways to be entrepreneurs and also can create connections within your local community! My step-mom Sami is my LLR consultant and you can join her group here if you don't already have someone that can bring you the stylish goodness of LLR!


An Impromptu Summer Dinner Party

A few weeks ago, Mark and I invited a few friends over to see our new apartment and to have dinner. Then it turned into a few more and all of a sudden we had a casual dinner party on our hands! Thankfully, I have a crockpot so I made a super easy BBQ pulled chicken recipe and added a few other dishes to make it a southern inspired potluck! I set everything up and welcomed our impromptu guests with Leon Bridges playing in the background. After dinner we played Taboo and entertained Charles and Tori's new puppy, Lucy. She was the cutest! Little moments like these make me so thankful for community.