Pieper’s Porch Winery Recap

Hi All! Somehow it’s Sunday night again….womp. womp.

The highlight of my weekend- wine tasting!

The first summer that Michael and I lived in Milwaukee, we stumbled upon one of Greater Milwaukee’s best kept secrets, Pieper’s Porch Winery!

piepers

(Source)

Michael and I have had such a great experience every time.  In the tasting room, you can try 5 wines for free or 10 wines for $5.  We clearly choose the second option every. single. time.  During our tasting, we chatted with the wine maker’s wife who gave us insight into their wine making process.  She told us that they add apple juice to all of their wines.  This unique element really makes their wines stand out from the plethora of other wines out there.  We had the Cranberry wine last night and you could really taste the subtle hint of apple! Delicious!

Fun fact: They hand cork every single bottle of wine that they sell!  How cool is that!  She said they invite their friends over and pay them for their time in wine.  Sign me up!

After our tasting was finished, we purchased too many bottles of wine and grabbed a glass to relax with on the porch.  We chatted away about the most random topics, per usual, and enjoyed some much needed sunshine!

piepers porch

Here is a better picture of the porch!

porch

(Source)

It was a much needed, relaxing afternoon spent together!

Here is a look at our purchases from the day:

April 048

Oh and this bottle of cranberry wine that didn’t last long enough to make it into the above picture:

April 028

Like I said, we got alllllll of the wine! *Insert happy face*

If you are ever in the Greater Milwaukee Area, you should definitely check out Pieper’s Porch Winery for the great wine, amazing atmosphere, and the most fun and friendly owners you could ever imagine!

Check out their website: pieperporchwines.com for wine listings, location, hours, and more!

Cheers!

Advertisements

NEW Morning Yoga Routine

Happy Tuesday!!

I just wanted to pop in today to share my newest discovery with you all…. An AWESOME AT HOME Yoga Video!

While in college, I became obsessed with yoga.  Not only as a form of exercise, but also as a stress reliever.  You could get a pass for unlimited yoga classes for $20/semester at the Wisconsin Rec Facility (The SERF for all of you fellow Badgers out there!).  What a deal, right?! This made it very affordable for me to practice yoga in a class setting on a daily basis.

Fast forward to present day, where I am *almost* two years out of college  and have only practiced yoga a handful of times since graduation.  The biggest reason for not continuing yoga post-graduation is the astronomical (in my opinion) monthly expense.  I cannot justify $50-$100/month just for yoga classes!

However, both my mind and body have really been missing yoga recently.  So, a few weeks ago, I went on a hunt for great sunrise yoga videos on YouTube.  Well, I am here to tell you that I hit the jackpot!

The below sunrise yoga video is the perfect mix of relaxation and intensity to kickstart even the dreariest of mornings! (It was 39 degrees and overcast downtown Milwaukee this morning when I woke up to do this video. Brrrrr)

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Question of the day: What are your favorite at home yoga videos?

To date, this is my favorite at home yoga video, but I would love any/all suggestions that you may have!  Send them all my way!

Michael’s Birthday Weekend Recap

Hi All! Somehow it is Sunday night already, but luckily I have an action-packed weekend to share with you!  I spent the last 2 nights in Chicago celebrating my boyfriend, Michael’s, 25th birthday with a few of our friends that live in the city.

Friday

Friday morning we awoke bright and early and began our usual weekend routine with a walk to Bella, our favorite coffee shop in Milwaukee.  Red Eye for him, non-fat latte for me, per usual.  We then packed up the car and headed to Chicago!

We got settled into our hotel room at the Hyatt on Michigan and Wacker.  I was very impressed with not only the size and cleanliness of the room, but the service was exceptional as well.  If you are ever in the Chicago area, I highly recommend staying here.  

We then headed out to grab drinks and apps (deep fried pickles and fries, of course!) at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub before meeting up with our friends for dinner.

4.17.2015 281

4.17.2015 280

Yum!

After a few drinks, we headed to Ranalli’s, a Badger bar, for dinner with some of our fellow Badgers!

Pizza+ Beer = Yes

4.17.2015 293

4.17.2015 289

4.17.2015 302

Rumpleminz birthday shots!
Rumpleminz birthday shots!

The night continued with more laughs, drinks, and dancing.  Around 2am, Michael and I returned to our hotel room and fell asleep immediately!

Saturday

Saturday morning Michael and I woke up and grabbed Brunch with our friend Dave.  (I was so hungry, there were no pictures taken to document this!)  I got a cobb salad with balsamic vinaigrette and it was everything I wanted to get back on track with lots of veggies after a crazy and late night!  After brunch, it was straight to Lavazza for my morning latte!  Some things are just necessary in life, latte’s on the weekend is one of them for me.  Please don’t judge.

4.17.2015 310

We spent the rest of the day walking around the city.  We did make a point to stop at Magnolia Bakery for some Birthday Treats in the afternoon.  Vanilla cupcake and apple crumb cake.  Delicious!

4.17.2015 311

4.17.2015 313

We got back to the hotel around 3pm and napped for awhile before our friends, Max and Alexa came over for drinks before dinner.  When Michael answered the door, they were standing there with a cake and birthday candle on it.  What great friends!

4.17.2015 314

After a few glasses of wine for the girls and beer for the boys, we headed over to our friend Bob’s condo to hang out for awhile.  What a view!

Chicago Skyline!
Chicago Skyline!

We spent the rest of the night at a club dancing the night away!

The whole group!
The whole gang!

Sunday morning we woke up just in time to check out.  We walked to our car and made the drive back to Milwaukee.  The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing on the couch and prepping food for the week.

Overall, it was a great weekend, filled with great friends, food, and drinks.  What more could you ask for?

I’m out for tonight- time for some couch and TV time with my man!

Happy 25th Birthday, Michael!  I hope it was exactly what you wanted, you deserve it! Love you!