Coffee Shops You Need to Visit in De Pere, WI

Coffee Shops You Need to Visit in De Pere, WI

In my last blog post, I shared six coffee shops in Downtown Green Bay. Downtown De Pere also has some great local stops to get your caffeine fix. In this blog, I will cover a few of my favorites, but I know there’s still more of De Pere that I need to explore! If you have any favorite coffee shops in the area, leave me a comment at the end of this post.

Luna Cafe

This is one of my favorite spots to grab brunch. They feature different daily sandwiches and wraps, so there’s guaranteed to be something new to try. The De Pere location is nice and cozy. It’s a great spot for getting some stuff done on your laptop or meeting up with friends. My go-to order here switches between a lavender honey latte or an iced americano with a splash of milk.

The Exchange

The best way to describe this coffee shop is aesthetic. It’s very industrial, with lots of wood, black, metal, and gold furniture and decor. I always enjoy their honey lattes (with almond milk) and their avocado toast. Speaking of their avocado toast, it’s not what you would typically expect. The base that would usually be bread is swapped out with a bubble waffle. My first impression was a bit skeptical, but after tasting it, I was a fan.

One piece of advice if you visit this shop on the weekend: get there early! It can get pretty busy, and it can be difficult to find a table. But it’s worth it.

Tazza Italian Coffee Co.

With exposed brick and greenery, this coffee shop is also very cute. I love this cafe for their seasonal flights. They have latte flights, hot chocolate flights, and even lemonade flights. Their latest round of lemonade flights features lavender, strawberry rose, hibiscus, and honey jasmine flavors. It was delicious, so try it while you can!

Exploring Coffee Shops in Downtown Green Bay

Exploring Coffee Shops in Downtown Green Bay

This past weekend, I joined in on the Cafe Crawl all around Downtown Green Bay. The crawl featured six different local coffee and tea shops and lots of unique caffeinated treats to enjoy. Admittedly, I’ve been waiting for this event to return since the last Cafe Crawl I went to in 2018. Coffee and hanging out downtown are just a couple of my favorite things, so this event is the perfect blend!

If you’re looking for a new cafe to try, you can’t go wrong with any of the shops that were on the Cafe Crawl route:

Daily Buzz Espresso Bar

The crawl began at Daily Buzz Espresso Bar. This shop is a favorite of mine since I can always count on enjoying something from their seasonal drink menu. Not to mention, their food is great and their bakery case is always mouth-watering. The aesthetic of Daily Buzz is a bit industrial yet still cozy.

Glas Coffeehouse

As you may guess from the name, Glas Coffeehouse has Irish roots. This place is my go-to when I want a big cup of cold brew. If you don’t get a chance to visit this shop in person, you should check if you’re in the designated area for their bike delivery. Yep, you read that right. They deliver coffee and treats in a very eco-friendly way.

Grounded Cafe at ADRC

If you’re looking for a cup of coffee that can make a difference, check out Grounded Cafe. They provide a space for people of all abilities and all ages to thrive. You can check them out on the ‘gram for all of their daily special announcements.

The Attic Books and Coffee

Calling all book lovers! The coffee shop doubles as a book shop. So, while you sip, you can also shop a variety of pre-loved books. I always recommend The Attic to friends who are new to the area.

Cultivate Taste Tea Salon

Cultivate Taste is a tea shop that’s somewhat new to the area and very new to me. I’ve stopped by a couple of times during local events like the Cafe Crawl, but I’d love to visit for an official tea tasting.

Voyageurs Bakehouse

This place is really beautiful and bright. Their lattes are artfully done, and their bakery treats are so yummy. Voyageurs is the kind of place that I enjoy going to on a slow Saturday morning. If you’re looking for a solid breakfast and an Instagramable location, this is your place.

Which coffee shops will you try or have you tried? Any favorites? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Starbucks At Home: How-To Make the Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Starbucks At Home: How-To Make the Honey Citrus Mint Tea

One of my favorite cozy-time drinks is the Honey Citrus Mint Tea from Starbucks. You may also know this drink by its nickname, Medicine Ball. I find this tea so soothing when I need a little pick-me-up or a drink to cuddle up with. It’s the kind of drink that I like to have especially during snowy or rainy days. It tastes fruity, tart, and extremely refreshing. The best part? It’s super easy to make at home!

Seriously, you don’t have to be a barista to successfully make this beverage. Plus, you can most likely find everything you need to make it at your local Target.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1: Heat up a cup of equal parts water and lemonade

You don’t have to be too scientific with the measurements here. I typically just grab a mug and fill it halfway with lemonade and then fill the rest with water. I microwave it for about 60-90 seconds. You can heat this mixture over the stove as well; it just takes a little longer.

Step 2: Add honey to your mug

After the water and lemonade mixture is heated, I stir in a bit of honey. I use about a teaspoon. If you prefer sweeter tea, add extra honey. If you want it more tart, add less honey.

Step 3: Add one of each tea bag to steep

It’s the mix of 1 Peach Tranquility tea bag and 1 Jade Citrus Mint tea bag that really gives you the delicious sweet yet minty flavor. I like to let these tea bags steep for about 3-5 minutes.

Step 4: Enjoy

Once your tea is done steeping, you can remove the tea bags or leave them in for continued diffusion. Then, all that’s left to do is enjoy your drink!

What’s your favorite Starbucks drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Small Business Saturday 2022 Finds

Small Business Saturday 2022 Finds

If you read my last blog post or keep up with me on the ‘gram, you’ll know that I went shopping around Green Bay on Small Business Saturday. It was a fun day of looking around my favorite local shops and new-to-me spots (check out my SBS ’22 story highlights for locations). I found a few items to add to my winter wardrobe, as well as some other goodies.

It was great to finally check out Alternative Route Outfitters on Small Business Saturday. I first saw the shop on Instagram and loved the vibe. It lived up to my expectations when I saw the place in person. At Alternative Route, I found a red cropped sweatshirt and some cowgirl earrings. I loved their selection of boots, skirts, and dresses, so I’ll definitely be back when I have the excuse of vacation or concert outfit shopping.

At A Bag Lady, I found a diamond checkered jacket. It’s made of a super fuzzy material and has some brown corduroy accents. I can always count on this boutique for unique finds!

Another boutique I adore is Sunrise on Main: They have a mix of upscale new and pre-loved items. I found a cozy maroon sweater and a tan camo sweater there. Both of these will be absolutely perfect for the chilly days ahead!

On Small Business Saturday, I even stocked up on some candles. I found an old fashioned candle from LoCo WisCo. Yes, it smells just like the drink. At Aurora’s Apothecary, I found a teakwood and tobacco candle from Classic Farmhouse. It smells amazing and has a cute rustic look.

& that wraps up all of my finds! Did you go shopping on Small Business Saturday? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Preparing for Small Business Saturday in Green Bay, WI

Preparing for Small Business Saturday in Green Bay, WI

The gift-giving season is approaching: are you ready?

If not, no worries! I’m just preparing too. This year, my goal is to be more intentional with my holiday shopping and actually plan ahead.

Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 26th, and Downtown Green Bay has lots of deals. Not only can you get some gift shopping done, but you may even win a treat for yourself. When you shop small at participating businesses in Green Bay, you can enter to win a staycation prize package! You can check out the details here. I think it’s a great incentive to support your favorite local spots.

To prepare for Small Business Saturday, I looked through all of the deals and created my own list of places to stop. This list features some of my favorites and some places that I am excited to explore more. Read on for some great deals and personalized recommendations.

Daily Buzz Espresso Bar, White Dog, and Fox Harbor are all offering deals on gift card purchases (check out the details here). Daily Buzz is also offering 20% off all food and drink on Small Business Saturday! So, it’ll be the perfect first stop of your shopping journey. I plan on fueling up with a seasonal latte and their delicious bodega breakfast sandwich (with vegan bacon).

Cockloft Vintage is offering a free vintage mug when you spend $25. This shop has a beautifully curated selection of vintage clothing, accessories, and home items.

LoCo WisCo will have 20% off storewide with the exclusion of 10% off alcohol. They have lots of locally crafted goods and plenty of WI/Green Bay themed items. I’ve only stalked them on social media, but I’m looking forward to checking out their shop.

Lion’s Mouth Bookstore is offering a free Lion’s Mouth mug when you spend $50. If you have a bookworm on your shopping list, stop here!

A Bag Lady will have 20% off all items. I always have fun shopping for accessories at this glittery boutique. You can expect to find tons of jewelry options, a variety of purses, and a nice selection of clothing.

Beerntsen’s Candies will have 10% off all items. All I can say is YUM. I’m sure I’ll buy gifts here that I’ll have to resist eating.

Kavarna & Glas Coffeehouse will be offering buy-one-get-one 50% off bags of coffee. Here’s a great opportunity to treat yourself or a coffee lover in your life.

Captain’s Walk Winery is giving you a chance to win with your purchase. Every $5 spent will be an entry to win a Captain’s Walk gift card. Small Business Saturday will be the perfect opportunity to stock your wine racks.

Titletown Brewing Company is offering buy-one-get-one tap beer. In case you need a spot for kicking back to wrap up your day of shopping, here you go!

Want more spots to shop locally? Check out the full listing here.

Where will you be shopping on Small Business Saturday? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Cheers To Year 3 of Blogging

Cheers To Year 3 of Blogging

Here’s to another blogaversary! just turned three years old today.

Before starting this annual post, I looked back at what I wrote for year one and two of blogging. It was interesting to open up the digital time capsule and see what I was thinking and feeling at those times. The posts still resonate with me, yet I know so much has changed for me personally from the time those were written to now.

When I wrote about year one of blogging, I was still in college. When I wrote about year two of blogging, I was just getting into the groove of post-grad life. Now, I’d say that I have more of my ish together. I don’t mean to say that I have it all together because that’s just not true, but I feel good about the place that I’m at.

During year three of the blog, you may have noticed some changes too:

  • I had the opportunity to share way more experiences and dabbled in travel blog posts. My trip to Nashville inspired me to write about travel and capture memories as well as recommendations.
  • I shared a couple of new Q&A posts with people/brands I admire. For our mostly female community, I found Victoria Lyons’ story especially important to share. I’m glad I had the opportunity to speak with her about her female-first condom brand, Slipp.
  • I brought you to my home in Wisconsin through a few posts. If you find yourself in Madison or Green Bay, you may recognize some of my favorite places.

In year four, I want to continue sharing adventures on the blog: big and small. You can also expect Q&A posts from time to time with lifestyle and fashion content in the mix. As always, if there’s anything that you’d like to see, you can let me know! I appreciate your ideas and input.

Thank you for following along and celebrating year three with me; I’m happy you’re here!

What would you like to see in year four? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Texas Vacation Highlights: Visiting San Antonio & Dallas

Texas Vacation Highlights: Visiting San Antonio & Dallas

Last month, I had a family vacation in Texas, and I’m excited to tell *y’all* about it. We spent a total of five days traveling and sightseeing in both San Antonio and Dallas.

When we first landed in Texas, I spotted a Dutch Bros Coffee and just had to stop. I ordered a Caramel Pumpkin Brulee Cold Brew; it was absolutely delicious. After getting caffeinated, it was time to get to our hotel and check-in. On the first night of the trip, we stayed at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. The hotel was very posh and pretty.

That same night, we enjoyed a San Antonio River Boat Tour. It was dark out, and the streets along the river were beautifully lit up. Our tour guide pointed out some historically important spots along the river and even gave us intel on haunted locations. Our hotel was, unfortunately, on the haunted locations list, but I don’t recall experiencing anything too paranormal.

After the boat ride, we grabbed dinner at Rio Rio Cantina. They had 10/10 margaritas and a perfect veggie quesadilla. What can I say, it hit the spot.

On day two, we checked out The Alamo (aka the place you kinda have to check out if you go to San Antonio). We also stopped by “The Oldest Saloon in Texas,” The Buckhorn. The Buckhorn was more than just a bar; it was also a pretty sizable museum featuring Texas Ranger memorabilia, lots of mounted animals, a replica Bonnie & Clyde car, and more. I know the “mounted animals” part sounds a bit odd, but the story behind the animals is quite interesting. My favorite part about this place was a section of the museum that looked just like an old western town. You could walk through swinging saloon doors and peek in old-time shop windows. Overall, The Buckhorn is a fun tourist spot to check out!

The second half of our Texas trip brought us to the Dallas area. Here, we saw the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. It was neat to see another NFL stadium but, admittedly, the Green Bay Packers’ tour is better.

Post-tour, we grabbed food at Mellow Mushroom: a groovy pizza chain. The food was good, and the aesthetic was very cool. I mean, take a look at that lava lamp chandelier!

We spent our last night in Texas watching a Cowboys game at Texas Live. The Live Arena was packed full of energized fans. This place has a few different bars and restaurants inside and lots of TV screens for game days. If you find yourself in Arlington, definitely check out Texas Live.

I’m happy I got the chance to see so many new-to-me places on this latest trip to Texas! Feel free to let me know in the comments, or on Instagram, if you’ve ever been to Texas or have any favorite spots. I’d love to hear about your experience too!

Thrifting at the 2022 Fall Shop Hop in Green Bay, WI

Thrifting at the 2022 Fall Shop Hop in Green Bay, WI

Over the weekend, I enjoyed exploring a variety of resale and consignment shops in the Green Bay area. There were quite a few shops on the 2022 Fall Shop Hop list that I had never visited. It was great to discover local businesses to shop for pre-loved clothing, accessories, furniture, decor, and more!

I began my Shop Hop journey at Three Lil Birds. This shop had lots of home decor as well as clothing. If you are in the market for second-hand designer purses, this is the place to go. They had lots of Dooney and Bourke and Coach bags. Three Lil Birds also had a big selection of Harley Davidson gear (including boots, shirts, leather jackets, belts, pants, etc.).

Next, I visited Uniquely Yours Antiques. This shop had lots of home decor items. I loved the teacup candles that one booth was selling. Another item that caught my eye was a wooden croquet set (if I had a yard, this would’ve come home with me).

Wonderland Vintage Market was a short stroll away from Uniquely Yours. This shop featured decor, collectibles, antiques, and some vintage clothing booths.

I loved when I found a Beavis figurine at Wonderland, but the booth that stood out to me the most was BLK & WHT. All of the prints were so fun and gorgeous. I adored the drinkware, the gold decor items, and the overall vibe of the booth. I will have to revisit it.

One of my favorite shops, the Green Bay ReStore, was on the Shop Hop route. This place has been my go-to for furniture and frames since I moved into my current apartment. I always enjoy looking around the ReStore to see what’s new.

Across the street from the ReStore is The Mixed Basket. They have lots of home decor items, as well as some larger furniture pieces. You can also depend on The Mixed Basket for unique glassware and drinkware.

The last shops I made it to were the Allouez Cottage and Interior Motives. Allouez Cottage offers a unique shopping experience since it’s an old house that was turned into a vintage shop. They had decor, some clothing, and other vintage finds. Interior Motives had lots of larger furniture pieces and upscale home decor. They also had perfect candles for fall, along with a large selection of Berres Brothers Coffee.

I didn’t make it to all of the shops on the Fall Shop Hop list over the weekend, but I’m happy to explore more another time! If you are in Green Bay, I encourage you to do the same. We have so many unique small businesses to shop and support!

Where is your favorite resale store? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Few Summer Concerts & Outfits

A Few Summer Concerts & Outfits

August has been a month full of live music! I couldn’t imagine a better way to wrap up summer.

Back in June, I wrote a blog post with Goodwill NCW that covered four thrifted concert looks and discussed the beginning of the festival season. In the post, I talked a bit about attending an Eric Church concert, a Jason Derulo concert, and Freedom Country Festival. It feels like it was just yesterday since the piece was published, but I’ve been to three more concerts since then.

Early in August, I saw 3OH!3 perform in Green Bay’s Titletown District. I have to admit that I listened to them quite a bit in middle and early high school, so it was cool to see them live. Yes, I fangirled when they played “Don’t Trust Me.” I wore a “black dress with the tights underneath,” (*wink, wink*) paired with a black denim jacket and faux snakeskin booties.

Last weekend, I saw Oliver Tree perform at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. His openers were Huddy and Jawny. The whole show was incredible, energizing, and engaging. If Oliver Tree is ever in your area, go to the show! Just be prepared for lots of jumping up and down and screaming. Also, be prepared to join in on a few chants. Did I mention that Oliver also likes to open up the mosh pit? Oh, and he has a cow statue and other props handy. It’s an absolute blast.

For this show, I went for a casual yet accessorized look. I threw on some white tennies and a white tank with my black denim shorts and jacket. I brought my completely bedazzled purse along and put on a fuzzy black bucket hat. With how warm the venue got, I definitely could’ve left my jacket in the car; but hey, fashion over function.

Last night, I attended the “Sounds of Nashville” show at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. This concert was unique since it featured a few country songwriters. JT Harding and the Warren Brothers played #1 country songs that they wrote. You may know the song “Alone With You” performed by Jake Owen or Blake Shelton’s hit, “Sangria.” Well, those were both written by JT Harding! The Warren Brothers wrote Chris Young’s “Sober Saturday Night,” Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” and more (of course)!

This concert was also unique because the songwriters shared stories of how the country hits came to be. They shared a bit about their journeys as artists as well. It was a very relaxed, conversational, and good show.

For this concert, I kept my outfit country with my tall black cowboy boots and a little black dress. I can’t wait for another excuse to break these boots out.

I think that’s a wrap on concerts for me this summer, but I’m excited to see what fall may bring for events!

Do you have any upcoming concert plans? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

The *Best* Way to Crop Your T-Shirts

The *Best* Way to Crop Your T-Shirts

The way I styled my shirts changed after I saw this Reel in my Instagram feed. In the reel, @torylleigh shares how she cuts her crop tops with a curve rather than a straight across cut. While this may not sound like a huge difference, it actually creates a unique look. If you sometimes feel like t-shirts or basic crop tops make you look “boxy,” you have got to try this cropping method.

Step 1: Try the shirt on to see where you would like it cropped. This ensures that you don’t cut it too short or too long. It may seem like an obvious step, but it’s one that I occasionally regret skipping.

Step 2: Lay your shirt down on a flat surface. Make sure there are no wrinkles; this will cause you to get a jagged cut rather than a clean one.

Step 3: Start cutting the shirt. As you cut, you’ll want to create a half circle. You can fold the fabric over once you are to the center of the shirt to mirror your cuts on the other side. Pro tip: Use fabric scissors. These are sharper, easier to use, and they give you a better cut!

Step 4: Cut down the center of the neckline. This is an optional step depending on the look that you are going for. You can have a plunging v-neck cut, just a slight cut, or no cut. It’s up to you!

Step 5: Pull along the fabric that you cut. When you pull along the fabric, it naturally “curls”/folds over. This helps to clean up any slightly jagged cuts.

And finally, your crop top is ready to wear! I love how chopped-up tops only get better with age. Once you wash and dry this t-shirt a few times, the cuts will soften even more and it’ll be perfectly worn in.

Do you have a different cropping method? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!