Dark Chocolate & Caramel Pretzels

Does anyone else enjoy the casual stroll through Costco with their spouse? My husband and I live for the days we’re able to walk around Costco together checking out their furniture and unbelievable cheese section (cheese in bulk, yes please!), and of course racing down the aisles to try every sample in the store. We’re […]

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Motherhood with Two Children

Life with a two-year-old and six-week-old has been keeping me busy. I’m currently yawning just thinking about it. At times I’ve felt like a total hot mess, clinging on to nap time for dear life. Other times I’ll be out and think I’ve got it all figured out. Motherhood with two has had its ups […]

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Sparkling Cider

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!! Yes, even moms like me who don’t work a typical 9-5 still celebrate on Fridays because it means the weekend is just one sweet day away. Last weekend was great because I got to go on a date with my husband (shout out and thanks to the in-laws for watching the kids) and […]

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Mom Thoughts: Why I Will Fight to Make My Children’s Futures Safer

Yesterday morning, I sat on the fluffy carpet of my daughter’s room listening to her squeaky, high-pitched voice “read” her books, staring at the images as she turned each page. I was in her world – a place of dress-up and make believe, filled with sparkles and music, where the worst thing that happens is […]

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Baked Brie with Apples and Pancetta

I am convinced I have cheese in my veins. Not just because I love it, but because it’s been my BFF ever since I started eating. We’ve been through it all, me and cheese – breakups, holidays and fun times with family and friends. I used to snack on cheese with my Yiayia when we’d […]

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Happy Birthday, Marina Makes!

A newborn, career change, and over 100 posts later and the blog is a year old! It’s been quite the adventure starting Marina Makes, one that I never really thought I’d still be on, but here I am still keeping up and sharing my love for food and crafts. It’s still messy around here (very messy […]

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Apple, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

I love all of the warmth and comfort fall foods bring me this time of year and because I pretty much avoid all soups/casseroles during the summer months, when September rolls around, I start to get very antsy to make all of my favorite fall dishes. Unfortunately, it’s still been very hot here in Chicago, […]

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Apple, Bacon & Maple Chicken Salad

Get your apple pickin’ pants ready because the blog is about to be full of apple recipes!! My family and I have made visiting the apple orchard an annual tradition. I swear there’s something in the air over there – we always end up leaving super happy and with way too many apples and fall […]

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How My Heart Has Expanded After Becoming a Mother of Two

The past week and a half has flown by very quickly and I still can’t seem to fathom that I’m already in a stage of my life where I’m married and have two children. I guess I just don’t feel old or mature enough, and after spending this time with a newborn I can’t believe […]

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Pepper Jack & Cream Cheese Queso – Date Night In Box Giveaway!

Friday always calls for some sort of happy dance for obvious reasons, but today calls for a bigger celebration because I’m partnering with my friends at Date Night In to give away one of their subscription boxes today. Date Night In is a subscription box created by couples who truly value time together (minus children) and understand the […]

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