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Renting the Runway & Recipe Testing // Happy President’s Day Weekend!

The gorgeous bride, Briana and I!  The gorgeous bride, Briana and I!

Not much feels better then the Sunday of a 3 day weekend….amirite?! This weekend was especially sweet because it was one of my childhood best friend’s wedding! She was a stunning, glowing, radiant, insert any other adjective for gorgeous, bride! It was so nice to see one of your oldest friends, so happy, and so in love! I definitely shed a tear watching them say their vows! It was also such a glorious weekend in Chicago weather wise, with temps in the 60s! Making it feel more like Memorial Day weekend, not President’s day weekend! That’s more than unheard of for this time of year, so you can imagine everyone was taking full advantage by being out and about. And after 3 days of it, I hope it stays this way (but know it won’t!)

For the wedding I tried Rent the Runway for the first time, and was super happy with the dress and their customer service! Here’s why…..

  • They send you two dresses. That’s right, I got a back up size, which was great since I wasn’t exactly sure how the sizes would fit.
  • They contact you when you don’t pick a back up size. Ok, so at first I forgot to pick one, but they reach out and make sure you’ve got it! I also liked their accessory recommendations. I didn’t end up ordering any from them, but it was great inspiration to go back through my own jewelry (or my sisters) to find something similar.
  • The dresses come in the same bag you need to return them in with a label, too. Done deal. You don’t have to think about shipping back because it’s as simple as 1,2,3. I dropped the dresses off at my local UPS store before noon today, and that’s it!
  • I loved the variety. For both colors and styles, there was so many to choose from for every occasion. I’ll definitely be trying it again for special events in the future!

Here’s the BCBGMaxazria Kauri Gown I rented in black.  You can click this link for more details.

Before the festivities, I whipped a batch of these avocado, pumpkin banana muffins. I know what you’re thinking. Fiber bomb. Hah, ok that’s what I was thinking. But anyways, they came out super fluffy, and the whole house smelled amazing when they were baking! I made regular sized ones, and mini ones. I’ve been eating them slathered in my homemade pumpkin spice almond butter (recipe a few posts back) and/or 88 acres pumpkin seed butter.

(Please note: this post does include affiliate links, which means I make a small commission if you purchase the products. There is no additional cost to you!)



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup pumpkin (I used Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin)

1 whole avocado, mashed

1 large banana, mashed

1 + 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( I used McCormick’s Pumpkin Pie Spice)

1 tsp. baking power

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Pre-heat oven the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine pumpkin, avocado, banana, eggs and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk flour baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. With the mixer on medium speed, mix the wet ingredients until combined, then add the dry little by little, until combined. Use an ice cream scoop to measure out muffins for regular sized muffins or mini muffins. Make sure pans are lined. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the muffin tops look puffy and golden.

Have you ever used RTR before? What’d you think? I’d love to know!

However you spent this weekend, whether short or long, I hope it was restful, enjoyable and filled with delicious food! p.s. Is winter over yet? I need to be closer to fall!


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