Things To Do This Summer in Green Bay, WI

Things To Do This Summer in Green Bay, WI

Summer is not over yet! There is still lots to do before we wrap up July and August, especially in Green Bay.

In this post, I’ll share five things that I’ve been enjoying this summer. If you also live in Green Bay, we may have some favorite things to do in common. Yet, I hope that you can find something new to try in this post! If you are not from Green Bay, I believe this post offers some good recommendations for a visit.

Go To the Downtown Farmers’ Markets

When the weather starts warming up in Green Bay, I always look forward to farmers’ market season. On Wednesday nights, you can catch the Farmers’ Market on Broadway from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There are local produce vendors as well as a few food trucks and beer tents. Also, you’ll find a handful of vendors selling floral bouquets.

On Saturday morning, there’s a farmers’ market from 7:00 am to noon on South Washington Street in Downtown Green Bay. I love to catch the free yoga at 8:00 am. This market also has a lot of local vendors and food trucks. I always have to stop by Coffee Wizardz‘s nitro cold brew stand; their draft lattes are incredible.

Enjoy Live Music, Wine Slushies, and Sangria at Captain’s Walk Winery

Captain’s Walk Winery is currently hosting a Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights (you can check the dates here). They have wine slushies on the menu Thursday through Sunday throughout summer. Yes, these are absolutely delicious.

Before summer is over, I need to make it to one of their Sangria Saturdays. From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays in the summer, you can get 1 liter of sangria and a basket of chips with homemade salsa for just $14!

Attend Titletown District Events

There’s always something going on in Titletown. Lately, they’ve been hosting a series of free concerts with some pretty big names. I’m looking forward to seeing 3OH!3 on August 13th! In the district, they also host workout classes, outdoor movies, and more! You can check out their full calendar of events here.

Go Out On Downtown Dinner Dates

A few of my favorite places to grab dinner in Downtown Green Bay include Copper State, Vintage Cantina, and Fox Harbor. I probably frequent Fox Harbor the most, but Vintage is a close second. You can depend on these three for a good meal and good drinks.

Enjoy Live Music and Brews at Badger State Brewing

Badger State Brewing has live music in their beer garden every Friday night (now through August)! It’s the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and have a good time. They have a huge beer selection, and they frequently feature new brews. Lately, I’ve really liked Tiki Tom Margs, Stateside Seltzer’s Hard Lemonade, and Badger State’s Cran-Delusion.

What are your favorite things to do in the summer? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Becoming a Content Creator: Tips for Getting Started

Becoming a Content Creator: Tips for Getting Started

I feel like the title “Content Creator” gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but what does it actually mean?

I consider Content Creators to be people who actively share and communicate their interests via media. Maybe you are someone who is passionate about fitness, so you decide to share workout videos on TikTok. Maybe you are an expert on all things tech, so you decide to share tips and tricks on a blog. No matter your niche or hobby, you can create content based on it that provides value to others.

I truly believe that everyone has a unique perspective and story to share. If you want to begin sharing your journey, I have a few questions to help you brainstorm.

First, why do you want to start creating? You have to consider your goals and your overall “why.” This is going to be what you come back to when things get tedious or tough along the way. Your “why” will be what keeps you going!

What type of content do you want to create? Common content pillars include education, entertainment, and inspiration. You can use these pillars to brainstorm the type of content that you want to work on. You’ll want to consider what you’re interested in and what topics or experiences matter most to you. If you create content in a niche that’s authentic to you, then you will always have ideas to share.

Who is your audience? Simply creating content is great, but it can be very impactful when shared. Also, when you share content, you are able to form communities and connections with others who have similar interests. Consider who you want to reach (aka your target audience).

Where will you publish your content? Based on the type of content that you want to create and your audience, you’ll want to choose an appropriate platform. If photography is your medium, then Instagram may be a great place to show off your content. If writing is more your style, maybe you should start a WordPress blog. There are tons of options out there! Just pick what works best for you, and go for it!

When will you publish content? You’ve probably heard this a lot, but consistency is key. So, you’ll want to create and stick to a schedule that works for you. Be realistic about how many hours are in a day when you set this expectation for yourself.

After you answer these questions, you should have a decent idea of how you want to move forward. An idea is all you really need in the beginning. You will learn and grow along the way as you continue creating. The biggest thing is simply getting started!

Do you consider yourself a Content Creator? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Shines & Wines No.2

Shines & Wines No.2

And we’re back with Shines & Wines! In case you’re new here, Shines & Wines posts are where I share recent happenings and wine recommendations. Let’s jump right in.

Recent Shines

I refined the categories on the blog. For a while, I wanted to tackle my “categories” section of the blog. I didn’t really feel like the categories I had listed were reflective of the content I create now. So, I did a bit of brainstorming and came up with the following content groups: Fashion, Lifestyle, Q&A Interviews, Travel, and Wisconsin.

I had the fashion and lifestyle categories previously, but now I have spots for interviews, travel adventures, and locally-based/Wisconsin content. Speaking of local content, it’s my goal to create more of that! I enjoy the area I live in and would love to show more of it on the blog.

I had the opportunity to collab with Wendy’s. You may have already seen this on the ‘gram. I had a fun time creating video content with Wendy’s and trying some new foods. I am always amazed by the networking and collaboration opportunities available through social media.

I’ve enjoyed a couple of weekend getaways. Recently, I went to Chicago, and then this last weekend, I visited my friend in Madison. It has been good to get out a bit and hang out in different cities.

Recent Wines

Strawberry Rhubarb Yooper Wine. This is a delicious, sweet wine from Yooper Winery. I love most things strawberry-rhubarb, so this was no different.

Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc. This was a good and cheap wine from Trader Joe’s. Enough said.

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. If you need a wine to enjoy with dinner, this is perfect. It’s the type of wine that tastes more expensive than it is.

What are some of your recent shines & wines? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

After months of thrifting, vintage shopping, and styling, I’m ready to show you my *mostly* finished apartment.

I moved into my current place in August 2021 and have been slowly but surely making it home. So far, it’s definitely my favorite apartment that I’ve lived in. It just feels right and cozy.

Without further ado, let me give you a lil tour of the space!

When you walk into the apartment, you are met with a couple of Purple Rain original lobby prints. I picked these up at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. They were such a fun find, and I knew I could fit them into my space somehow.

In the living room, I have a Valley of the Dolls movie poster hanging. I also have a basic IKEA couch. I added a few colorful pillows to the space along with some velvet and patterned floor cushions. My coffee table luckily fits two floor cushions perfectly; it was a thrifted find from the Green Bay ReStore.

Also, in my living room, I have a bench shelf. It’s more for decor than it is for actually lounging on. On top of the bench, I like to keep my on-the-go necessities. On the shelves, I have a stack of my favorite books, and a few vintage finds.

To the left of the bench, I have a plant that I’ve proudly kept alive since moving in. On the right-hand side, I have candles and a few of my favorite prints. First, there’s the iconic Bettie Page. Next to her, is my favorite girl in comics: Tank Girl.

I’m very happy that I have the room in this apartment for a dedicated workout corner. I just have a big basket that I keep all of my equipment in/next to. I also have a big wooden mirror in this space that I found at the Green Bay Restore.

From the living room space, we can move into the dining area. In the entrance arc, I have a coffee cart complete with k-cups and various syrups. In the dining space, I have a shabby chic table from Ye Old Goat with two chairs on one side and a bench on the other. All of the seating is covered with blankets and some throw pillows for a cozy feel. On the wall, I have a Casablanca movie print of Rick in front of his bar.

One of my favorite things in the dining space is my music section. I have a stand that’s a repurposed newspaper holder for my record player. Alongside it, I have a crate and my boombox (yes, I still have a healthy collection of CDs).

From the dining room, you enter the kitchen. In this space, I also have a touch of artwork/prints. There’s a Colectivo coffee poster and a Frida Kahlo print hanging above the stove. On the fridge, I have another Bettie Page, a Marilyn Monroe, and Van Gogh’s sunflowers.

My kitchen is home to my baby: my pink espresso machine. I had been dreaming of this espresso machine for a while, so I finally got it when I moved into this apartment.

Speaking of drinks, I have a basket stocked with bottles to host. The cute cowgirl bottle opener was another Ye Old Goat find.

There’s not a whole lot that I need to show off in my bathroom; it’s literally just your basic bathroom complete with a toilet, sink, and tub/shower. However, I will show you my very fitting wall art. This is a piece that I usually get quite a few comments on.

Last but certainly not least, here’s my bedroom! I kept the room pretty simple to allow my orange velvet comforter to really pop. I have two Amy Winehouse prints, a Marilyn Monroe, and quite a few Cindy Sherman postcards prints. Something I would love to add to this space is a black and white Bettie Page.

Styling this apartment has been and continues to be a fun project to work on. I’ve always wanted a space that feels creative and versatile. I feel like this apartment is exactly that.

Thank you for following along with the tour! Feel free to let me know if there is any additional apartment content that you would like to see.

Do you have any questions about apartment living? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Weekend in Madison

A Weekend in Madison

Last Saturday, I made a mini-trip to Madison to visit a friend. Per usual, it was a great time! I figured I’d recap it on the blog, so you have some recommendations in case you ever find yourself in Madison.

I got in town at around 6:00 pm. Right away, my friend and I hit the shops. Ragstock was our first stop; they always have the best vintage pieces and fun new items. We also checked out Singlestitch. They had a pretty cool TV set up in the corner of their store, and I loved their fitting rooms. If you’re a fan of vintage t-shirts and hats, you should definitely check Singlestitch out.

After resisting some impulse buys, we grabbed dinner at Canteen. I ordered the spicy shrimp tacos and a spicy marg. It was absolutely delicious. I’ve also had and enjoyed their portabella mushroom tacos; they are a great vegetarian option!

Later that night, we ended up hanging out at Sotto for a bit and then Red Rock. Sotto is the spot to go to if you want a neon sign photo opp (pictured below). If you want to challenge your friends to ride a mechanical bull, check out Red Rock.

The next day, we got up bright and early for a Basecamp workout. Shoutout to them for inviting us to a class! It was high energy, fast-paced, and fun. I typically do at-home workouts with Obé, but I wouldn’t mind mixing in some more in-person classes.

For brunch, we grabbed Colectivo. The honey lavender latte and veggie burrito I had hit the spot. This is a coffee shop that I always like to stop at when I can.

Around 3:00 pm, I hit the road back home. Since Madison is only a two-hour drive away, I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

Have you ever explored Madison, WI? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Life Lately: Let’s Catch Up

Life Lately: Let’s Catch Up

Whew! Recently, life has been busy in the best possible way. I don’t know about you, but I do find an eventful calendar energizing.

Now, when I say eventful, I don’t mean jam-packed. Instead, I mean to describe a schedule that has a fair balance of productivity and play. We all deserve (and need) some breaks and downtime to unwind.

In the past couple of weeks, my unwind time has been spent just binging Ozarks, so I won’t bore you with those details. But, what I do want to chat about is some of the more exciting things that have been happening lately.

First off, I had the opportunity to create some on-site content with Goodwill NCW. As you may already know, I work as an ambassador with them. Not only do I love thrifting, but I love what the Goodwill organization is all about. It’s always fun to get the chance to work with them in person.

As soon as I can share what we shot, I will! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the final product.

Also recently, I went to the Eric Church concert in Green Bay. I am thankful to have concerts back in action at my local venues. It was such an amazing Saturday night show. It started at about 9:00 pm and wrapped up at midnight. If another Eric Church tour comes to town, I’ll be there!

Lastly, I’ve been working a lot on the goals that I set in a blog post early this year:

  • I’ve been sharpening my photography skills at one of my day jobs.
  • I’ve built a few new relationships with brands, and I’m continuing to have those conversations behind-the-scenes (stay tuned!).
  • I’m prioritizing movement as much as possible. But, I’m not hard on myself when a workout doesn’t happen.
  • I’ve made some decor upgrades to my apartment, and I’ve even added a coffee cart. I think I owe you a blog post soon with some updated pictures of my place!
  • I’ve been getting out and exploring more of my local area. In upcoming blogs, I want to share more about Green Bay and my local recommendations.

For almost a quarter of the way through this year, I’m feeling good!

What has been going on in your life lately? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Upgrade Your Lock Screen No. 2: Custom Phone Wallpapers

Upgrade Your Lock Screen No. 2: Custom Phone Wallpapers

New season, new wallpapers!

This past fall, I published a blog featuring some minimalistic phone wallpapers (you can check it out here). So, with spring quickly approaching, I thought a refresh was in order!

In this blog post, I’ve compiled a few different options to spice up your lock screen. You may recognize some of these designs from my Instagram. Lately, I’ve been sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my design process via reels. If that sounds like something you want to see more of, be sure to follow along.

Feel free to download the images and let me know what quotes/designs you may want to see next!

Bettie Page Inspired Wallpapers

Framed Quote Wallpapers

Kacey Musgraves Inspired Wallpapers

Which design was your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

It’s Time for a New Vision Board

It’s Time for a New Vision Board

Over the past two years, I’ve shared a couple of vision boards on the blog. I like to create these every so often to visualize my goals. It’s always interesting to look back on old boards and see how my wants have stayed the same or changed. It also allows me to visually see progress.

When I most recently reflected on my old boards, I noticed a lot of change. I think this is a result of my life changing a lot. For example, this year is my first in a while that I’m not in school. Now, I have my degree and am working in my field. My priorities overall have shifted, and now I have more time to create the life I want.

With that said, I felt it was time to create a new vision board that more appropriately reflected my current goals and attitude. Here’s how it turned out:

Let’s break it down:

  • My new vision board is loaded with some words and quotes that really speak to me. I love quotes that relate to individuality and taking control of your life. They are on my board to remind me to always be intentional and always stay true to who I am.
  • You may notice the b&w picture of the extra fringe jean jacket. TBH I want to recreate this jacket for myself. I’ll update you with a DIY project if I do. Also, I love the quote on the back: “Ain’t My First Rodeo.”
  • I put some dollar signs on the board because I want to focus more on saving. I’ve always been a saver without thinking much about it, but I want to get more intentional about how I manage my money.
  • There’s a lot of pink. This wasn’t really on purpose, but *surprise* it’s my favorite color.

Overall, this new vision board feels very me. I also feel like it gives off a very romantic vibe, which is what I wanted. I believe it’s important to romanticize your life and everything you got going on! In the words of Novalis:

“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.”

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

My Must-Have Apps

My Must-Have Apps

Apps can make your day-to-day life easier rather than simply clutter your home screen. For example, they can help you automate tasks, get things done in a pinch, and even explore. You just have to find the right apps for your lifestyle.

I occasionally work from my phone and create content from my phone. So, I like to have apps that assist accordingly. I’d say that my must-have apps each fit into one of three categories: Lifestyle, content creation, and organization/work. If you’re looking to get things done more effectively in any of those areas, read on for some helpful tools to download!

Lifestyle

OpenTable: This app is great for making local dinner reservations, and it comes in handy when you’re traveling too. When I was on my Nashville trip, I used OpenTable a lot to search for spots to go and manage reservations.

Obe: As you may already know, I subscribe to Obe for at-home workouts. I’d recommend getting the app and joining if you’re looking for a fun way to move.

Starbucks: I use this app on at least a weekly basis. If you frequent Starbucks too, getting the app is worth it!

Fetch: This app gives you rewards for scanning your receipts. Seriously, it’s as simple as that. I’ve gotten a few free Starbucks runs from using this app. Here’s my referral link.

Content Creation

Lightroom: If you need to edit photos on the go, this app is perfect for you. I like to use the “bright” and “natural” presets for quick edits.

InShot: This is my favorite app for editing video content for Reels.

Canva: I love using Canva at my day jobs and for personal design work. I’ve been having fun keeping up with the #CanvaDesignChallenge each week on Twitter.

Organization & Work

GoodNotes: I use this app on my iPad with my Apple Pencil. I appreciate the organization of the app and how easy it is to backup my notes to my Google Drive.

Google Drive Apps: While I regularly use Google Drive on my MacBook, it comes in handy to have the apps on my phone. It makes sharing files and making last-minute edits convenient.

Gmail: I understand that not everyone is a fan of having their emails on their phone, but I like having it to keep up with my freelance work. I also have a more manageable inbox when I periodically check it throughout the day.

What are some of your must-have apps? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

4 Tips for Beachy Waves

4 Tips for Beachy Waves

If you keep up with me on the ‘gram, you already know my love for a beachy hair look. Since I started working with Beachwaver last year, I’ve learned a lot about hair care and styling. I have to credit Sarah Potempa for being an amazing teacher.

Here are my top 4 tips for achieving beachy waves:

Prepare your hair with a heat protectant. This helps to keep your hair nice and healthy. When you use a heat protectant, you can get the waves without the frizz! I like heat protectants that also add a bit of shine to my hair.

Clamp your hair a couple of inches from your ends. When you go to curl, don’t start from the bottom. Starting a little further up helps you to get an effortless and beachy look.

Rotate your curling iron away from your face. This is what gives you gorgeous volume. This also allows you to frame your face with your hair.

Brush out your curls. Trust me on this. Allow your hair to cool and use some hairspray, then brush it out. This will loosen up your curls just a touch which helps them to look more beachy.

What are your best hair-care tips? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!