seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way

seven ways we threw tradition out the window to do our wedding our way via playswellwithbutter

earlier this week my hubby, chris, & i celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  this milestone has had me in a pretty emotional, grateful, & reflective headspace for quite some time.  we enjoyed every single moment of our wedding day & life has blessed us in more ways than one in the year since.  chris & i both very actively planned our wedding weekend together – from the rehearsal dinner to the playlist we handed over…

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09.12.2015…one year later.

our milwaukee wedding via playswellwithbutter

i’m changing things up a little bit this week as monday marked an important milestone in both my life & my relationship with my husband: our one year wedding anniversary.   the most common thing you’ll hear from any bride is just how quickly the wedding day will fly by.  you spend months & months planning & preparing for every second of the big day & once it finally arrives it’s like you blink & it’s…

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red wagon pizza co. | mpls

red wagon pizza company in sw minneapolis via playswellwithbutter.com

red wagon pizza company is a family-run neighborhood pizza joint in southwest minneapolis.  offering a variety of brick-oven pizzas that span far beyond your traditional pepperoni, red wagon pizza is the perfect spot for a sunday night date. great casual ambiance for couples & families alike, expansive beer & wine selections, delicious pizzas, & top-notch service.  what more could you want?  happiness is truly served here. a little over a year ago my husband (then-fiancé) chris…

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tiki cocktail mixology at hotel wailea | wailea, maui

perfect mai tais via playswellwithbutter | your hawaiian vacation may be over but your enjoyment of tropical cocktails doesn't have to be! make a mai tai at home easily with ingredients you already have at home!

tiki cocktail mixology with hotel wailea’s head bartender?  sign me up!  we learned tricks & tips for recreating hotel wailea’s delicious tropical tiki cocktails at home in a 1-hour complementary mixology class taught poolside at hotel wailea.  it was a highlight of our stay & has been keeping us very well refreshed ever since!  when we arrived at hotel wailea, i was so excited to learn that the next morning before the pool opened, hotel…

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hotel wailea resort | wailea, maui

hotel wailea | wailea, maui via playswellwithbutter | 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 & musubi | honolulu, hawaii via playswellwithbutter.com | 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

kcc farmer’s market | honolulu, hawaii via playswellwithbutter | 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, farmer’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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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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bogart’s doughnut co. | mpls

bogart's doughnut co. via playswellwithbutter | delicious donuts hand-made in the heart of south minneapolis

remember that show “wife swap”?  in the event that you’re not the reality tv junkie that i proudly am, it was a terrible reality show on abc that aired when “survivor”, “big brother”, “trading spaces”, & “american idol” were on the rise & other pretty garbage reality concepts started creeping out of the woodwork.   the premise of “wife swap” is simple:  the producers of the show would find two moms with differing philosophies on…

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