Weekend Recap from Omaha!

By: Nicole Mikluscak

Happy Monday from Omaha! I’m hoping everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Spring here has been rainy and cold, and we are so thankful we finally got to enjoy some sunshine!

My 7 year-old, Lily, is very excited to celebrate Spirit Week at school starting today. Her first grade class color is light blue and they are “soaring with spirit!” We began our Saturday by hitting up Party City and Hobby Lobby for lots of light blue supplies and goodies for all the different theme days they have this week. (God Bless the teachers on these crazy weeks!!!!) Today is accessory day and Lily chose this bandana and flowered lei! She also managed to find a giant sombrero for one last Cinco de Mayo party we had that evening!

After our errands we decided we needed some Mother’s Day pampering, and we visited our neighborhood nail salon for mani-pedi’s! The girls love this place because they get to sit in giant butterfly chairs. The funniest part of the day was when my 4 year old, Maeve, asked the technician for a Diet Coke. I think she was feeling very grown up! Fast forward 24 hours later, and she has picked the nail polish and rhinestones off every little finger!

Saturday evening, we attended a truly authentic Cinco de Mayo party that friends of ours were hosting. This party was AMAZING. My friend Keelin and her husband thought of everything. They had a craft station for the kids to make maracas, potato sack races, and of course, a giant piñata. There were piles of sombreros and accessories for a photo backdrop, Jell-O shots, and a margarita station. Her mother-in-law even taught all of us how to make the delicious tamales we had been eating all evening. We had the best time! Here are some fun pictures from their party.

Sunday morning came quickly as usual, but I was happy to sleep in! The girls surprised me with sweet Mother’s Day cards they made at school, tulips, and a new purse! (Guess whose husband visited Clear Lake Cousins for gift ideas?!) My husband also got me a gift certificate for the style profile company Stitch Fix! I am so excited to get started! I’ll share my experience with you all soon. After coffee and mimosa’s, we went to Le Peep for my favorite Eggs Benedict! Maeve made sure to get extra whipped cream on her cocoa and pancakes! We got to spend some time with my in-laws (and DQ ice cream cake!) later in the afternoon and enjoy the sunshine.

The best part of my day was spent sitting on my porch with a glass of wine, watching the girls play in the front yard. I felt very spoiled and loved on this Mother’s Day, that is for sure! Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Weekend Recap from Ann Arbor

By: Annie Wagner

Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day, and house projects galore!

After a long winter and very rainy April, Spring has finally arrived in Ann Arbor! We took full advantage of the sunny weekend tackling house projects while managing to sprinkle in some fun!

We were very pleased to wake up Saturday to a beautiful morning. After what felt like 54 months of winter, we could not wait to finally get outside! We started off with breakfast and coffee (one of the few meals a week that we all get to sit down and eat together). I made Trader Joes Banana Bread which I add chocolate chips and/or walnuts to – easy and delicious! And we made lattes with our favorite #treatyoself purchase – our Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine.

As soon as Margot was down for her nap, we got outside and worked as hard as we could for the two baby-free hours we had. Brian was a champ pulling weeds and mulching the plant beds while I refreshed our flower pots. We got our planters last year at Target, I linked some similar ones here and here. It’s always such a good feeling when the yard is green and the patio furniture is out!

Since it was so nice out that afternoon, we decided we had to stay outside. We went for a long family walk to…yep, you guessed it – the liquor store. Brian’s a bit of a cocktail connoisseur and wanted to get the perfect bourbon to make mint juleps for all 2 minutes of the Kentucky Derby (he chose Traverse City Whiskey Company’s Cherry Edition for a little Michigan twist!) On our way back, we stopped into the gas station and got $0.79 Slurpees – steal!! An extremely productive trip if I do say so.

While Brian concocted the perfect mint julep, I made one of our favorite and very complicated dinners – grilled cheese and tomato soup! I served it with sweet potato fries and a simple arugula salad and called it dinner! We proceeded to sip our ‘Michigan Juleps’ while we watched (cue Chris Harrison voice) “the most dramatic derby yet”.

After a busy Saturday, we all slept in (until 8…woo!) on Sunday morning. We ate our avocado toast (recipe inspired by my sister cousins which includes my new Trader Joes addiction – Everything But the Bagel seasoning), Brian went to finish the rest of the yard work and I got the “lets rearrange the whole house” bug. That was slightly aggressive, so instead we just tackled our living room. Most of our furniture is hand-me-down pieces from our parents and grandparents including an acrylic & wood table and speaker cabinet handmade by Brian’s Papa Reu and paintings by my Grandpa John. We’ve been trying to figure out a way incorporate all of these pieces with our more modern furniture like my favorite tufted bench (similar benches linked here, here and here), and I’m very pleased with the outcome!

After a productive weekend, we had our own Cinco de Mayo fiesta on our patio enjoying tacos with ingredients from our local farmers market, and my dad’s famous Margot-ritas (ingredient list below), while we rocked out to our new favorite song.

Happy Spring from A2!

Matthew’s Famous Margot-ritas

  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • Salt and lime wedge for garnish

Farmers Market Tacos

  • Trader Joes pre-seasoned Pollo Asada
  • Trader Joes Queso dip
  • Flour or Corn Tortillas
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Red Onion
  • Daikon Radish
  • Mini-Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese