So Much to Celebrate!

by Lauren on July 4, 2015

Hello and Happy Independence Day!  I hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July weekend.

We’ve been celebrating here, for many reasons!



We found out Thursday that John got a promotion at work.  It’s one he’s been aiming for all year and worked so hard to get.  I couldn’t be more proud of him and I’m so excited to see him in his new role.

On Friday, we celebrated our anniversary (two days early).



John has to work all weekend but had off Friday, so we took his off night to go out to a nice dinner (sans baby).  It was glorious to get out on a date, especially to celebrate one year of wedded bliss.

My mom graciously came over to watch the little one and put him to bed so we could enjoy an evening out.



We decided to spend our night at The Millworks in Harrisburg.  We had been here for brunch for Mother’s Day, and after loving every minute, we knew we had to come back and check out their dinner menu.  Millworks features 90% local ingredients and organic when they can.  The only ingredients they use that aren’t local are some of their oils, butters, sugars, etc but all meats, vegetables, cheeses are all from Pennsylvania.

We arrived a little early and had a few minutes to kill before our table was ready so we camped at the bar to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail.



This was called The Wildflower and it was a mix of vodka, lavender, and lemon.  It was incredibly refreshing!

Our table was ready not too long after we got our drinks so we headed to our seats to enjoy the rest of our drinks and ordered an appetizer to share. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of it but it was a delicious melty feta cheese with garlic toasts.  Delicious!

For our meal, we decided to split one of their pizzas, which all sounded incredible.  We agreed on the pulled bbq pork with seasoned apples, pickled red onions, goat cheese and cilantro. We also ordered a side of wood-grilled mushrooms to put on top.



The pizza was awesome!

For dessert, we couldn’t resist the cobbler with freshly picked blueberries and blackberries.



Everything at Millworks was excellent!  This is quickly becoming a favorite spot of ours and I’m sure we will be back.

After dinner, I checked in on the babe and my mom confirmed he was sleeping soundly so rather than rush home, we made one more stop for an after-dinner “night cappuccino”.


John and I had a wonderful night and really value the time we get to spend together these days.  I can’t thank my mom enough for always being willing to watch our little nut so we can enjoy our date nights.

And lastly, today, we celebrated the holiday!



We went to my parent’s house for a wonderful lunch and just hung out for most of the day.



I hope you all had a great holiday!


Healthy Tips for Summer

by Lauren on July 1, 2015



   by  rkramer62 


As summer approaches, it’s time to start changing our lifestyles in some subtle but pretty important ways. Summer means sunshine, but it also means holidays, barbecues in the back yard and picnics. All of these indulgent things can take their toll on our health if we’re not careful. Luckily, there are some really simple tips you can follow to make sure you’re super healthy and energetic all summer long. Here they are.

Protect your skin from summer sun

You’re probably really excited about the great weather that summer brings and the chance to finally spend a lot more time outdoors. Sunshine makes you feel wonderful, and gives you a glow that no make-up can match. But sunshine can also mean sunburn, sun damage and wrinkles arriving before their time. To combat all of this, make sure to buy yourself a good sunscreen at the very start of summer. If you wear make-up, make sure that it also contains SPF. Make it part of your daily routine to cover yourself in sun protection, so you can really enjoy catching those rays guilt free.

sunglassesby  rkramer62 



Look after your senses
Sunshine isn’t just damaging for our skin, it can also cause lasting damage to your eyes if you aren’t wearing the right shades. So, choose some good quality sunglasses and wear them any time you’re going to be soaking up the sun. Your eyes will thank you for it. Don’t neglect your other senses either – loud summer parties and screaming kids can cause hearing damage that you might not notice for months. If you’re worried, specialists like Hidden Hearing have online hearing tests you can try.

Eat seasonal food
Summer is an awesome season for food, particularly healthy fruits. Do some research and find out what fruits are in season, and make a special effort to integrate them into your diet. Seasonal food is fresher, healthier and because it’s produced locally rather than being imported, it’s a lot more environmentally friendly. What’s more, food that’s in season hasn’t been lying in a freezer somewhere, and it doesn’t need to be processed or packaged to last out the winter months. Think about light foods like berries, salads and greens that you can find at your local farmer’s market.

berriesby  Thomas Beck Photo 



Do some gardening
There’s nothing more refreshing than being out in the back yard surrounded by greenery. Gardening has been linked to lower stress levels and is said to be good for the soul. It also makes your yard look great for all those outdoor dinner parties! Choose native plants to complement the eco system in your garden. To create a really zen atmosphere, you could even add some milkweed and wild flowers to attract butterflies.

Have a happy, healthy summer!


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