hotel wailea resort | wailea, maui

after researching a handful of resorts for our 3-day couple’s getaway in maui, hotel wailea quickly stood out. a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu. it was the perfect place to relax, unwind, & enjoy the beautiful hawaiian sunshine.

after researching a handful of resorts for our 3-day couple’s getaway in maui, hotel wailea quickly stood out.  a relais & chateaux gem that is much more intimate than its peers in wailea, hotel wailea has gorgeous suites, plenty of couples-oriented activities & excursions, an amazing pool with tons of lounge space & cabanas, & a killer cocktail menu.  it was the perfect place to relax, unwind, & enjoy the beautiful hawaiian sunshine.  it’s very…

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manoa falls & musubi | honolulu, hawaii

manoa falls is an easy hike centrally located in oahu with tons of gorgeous lush tropical scenery leading up to a beautifully secluded 200-ft waterfall. great for an oahu adventure & beautiful photo ops along the way, manoa falls is absolutely a must-see for any traveler adventuring on oahu.

manoa falls is an easy hike centrally located in oahu with tons of gorgeous lush tropical scenery leading up to a beautifully secluded 200-ft waterfall.  great for an oahu adventure & beautiful photo ops along the way, manoa falls is absolutely a must-see for any traveler adventuring on oahu.  my travel philosophy is quite simple: travel often, eat well, & experience to the fullest.  while i do believe a traveler should seek out authentically local…

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kcc farmer’s market | honolulu, hawaii

the kcc farmer’s market is easily the top recommendation i’d have for any foodie traveling through oahu. we make our way back year after year because it is truly a food lover’s vacation dream: it is the best place to taste hawaiian treats & pick up some food souvenirs to bring back to mainland us & share the taste of aloha with your loved ones.

the kcc farmer’s market is easily the top recommendation i’d have for any foodie traveling through oahu.  we make our way back year after year because it is truly a food lover’s vacation dream: it is the best place to taste hawaiian treats & pick up some food souvenirs to bring back to mainland us & share the taste of aloha with your loved ones.  it’s no secret that i love farmer’s markets.  to me,…

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hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde

a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl. top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer.

a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of a rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl.  top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer. so i told you earlier this summer that chris & i were soon headed to…

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dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies with walnuts, pecans, & sea salt

not your average chocolate chip cookie, these dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies have the perfect crunchy yet chewy texture & are loaded with rich chunks of dark chocolate, walnuts, & pecans. finished with just a kiss of sea salt, these perfect cookies will have you coming back for more!

not your average chocolate chip cookie, these dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies have the perfect crunchy yet chewy texture & are loaded with rich chunks of dark chocolate, walnuts, & pecans.  finished with just a kiss of sea salt, these perfect cookies will have you coming back for more! a few weeks back i told you all about my mom & how we cherish our girls’ weekends (especially when they include netflix marathons & bogart’s…

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friday favorites | 06.17.16

friday favorites 06.17.2016 | plays well with butter

summer is finally in full swing in minneapolis!  this is admittedly a sentiment that any midwesterner, & especially any minnesotan, would usually be suspicious of saying out loud as there is always the chance that the last snow of the season might come late…but i’m feeling a little bold today & will just go out & say it: summer is here.  our quiet little street gets busier this time of year.  we live pretty close…

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spicy candied nuts with bacon

not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack

not your average candied nuts; these spicy candied nuts with bacon are amped up with tons of flavor from center-cut bacon, brown sugar, maple syrup, chili powder, & kosher salt, making them the perfect sweet & savory snack for any special guy in your life.  make a double batch to keep some for yourself – you’ll thank me when you do! ahhhh, dads.  they are pretty easy creatures to figure out.  just give ’em some…

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friday favorites | 05.13.16

friday favorites 05.13.2016 | plays well with butter

tgif!!!  i’m not sure about you, but this weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.  minneapolis has constantly been covered with overcast, rainy skies this week & i am beyond ready for some sunshine & some free time (& let’s be real – some cocktails, too). like i mentioned last week, chris & i have reached the inevitable point in our year when summer really begins to ramp up & our weekend schedules are packed…

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bulletproof coffee protein latte

bulletproof coffee protein latte - a dreamy, creamy latte that is beyond delicious, of satisfying protein & healthy fats, & completely easy to make at home via playswellwithbutter.com

bulletproof coffee protein latte.  a dreamy, creamy latte that is beyond delicious, chock-full of satisfying protein & healthy fats, & completely easy to make at home with no fancy equipment required.  oh, & it only requires 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  do i have your attention yet? i first heard of bulletproof coffee a few years back.  a former co-worker, who was super into nutrition & even jumped on the paleo…

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the ultimate cheese board gift basket

a cheese board gift basket that's as stunning as it is delicious is so simple to pull together with a few hacks via playswellwithbutter

this weekend was a busy one – it completely (& sadly) flew by!  between watching chris run in his first ever half marathon & hosting the in-laws, practically every moment was jam packed with places to be & people to see.  for a homebody like me it was quite a change of pace from recent weekends, which have for the most part only blissfully involved parenthood marathons on netflix & ice cream on our sofa. …

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