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We are excited to celebrate Father's Day this weekend with our dads, husbands, families and friends! It's been quite a year and we look forward to celebrating our Messy Dads and their amazingness during this crazy time. My twins, Sophia and Stella and I have been chatting about what to do to celebrate their awesome dad, Tony and we keep coming back to food! Tony loves a great meal and a great cocktail! So, today I am sharing four favorite restaurants that would be great for a Father's Day celebration!
1. McWethy's Tavern at Mistwood Golf Course, Romeoville
We love McWethy's Tavern at Mistwood Golf Course! The menu is outstanding, the food is delicious and the drinks are great! A Father's Day celebration at McWethy's Tavern is sure to be a hit as you dine and view the beautiful golf course. To help celebrate dads, McWethy's Tavern is offering the Chef's 96er Father's Day Feature! Reserve your table and order your platter (serves up to four) - 96 ox. Porterhouse steak, Tavern potatoes and asparagus. Served family style and includes choice of soup or salad per guest. Call (815) 254-7001 to reserve and prepay. Dine-in only and you must reserve in advance. The full menu is also available! For steak loving dads like Tony, this will be amazing! We also love the incredible job McWethy's Tavern did during the pandemic. They were so creative with their menu, we loved the frozen TV dinners, the drive-ins were so fun and we appreciate how they supported the community!
2. MyGrain Brewing Company, Downtown Joliet
Tony and I recently had lunch at MyGrain Brewing Company in downtown Joliet and it was amazing! We loved the food, the craft beer was excellent, and the staff was so friendly! We've talked with the owners before and love their story of how they chose downtown Joliet because they loved the historic Joliet train station and believe in downtown Joliet. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere with great food and fun craft beer choices to celebrate Father's Day weekend, go to MyGrain Brewing! Their patio is now open too! The brunch menu is great and we also love the Golden Spike Sandwich, the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich and Mixed Pierogi!
3. CUT 158 Chophouse, Downtown Joliet
As I shared, Tony loves steaks so we have to include CUT 158 Chophouse in downtown Joliet on our list! We love CUT 158! The chef is outstanding and we have loved every dish we have tried at CUT 158. From amazing steaks to delicious seafood to decadent desserts, you will have a fabulous dinner celebrating Father's Day weekend! We also love the crab cakes as an appetizer! You'll need to visit on Friday or Saturday as CUT 158 is closed on Sundays. We also love how Bill Dimitroulas is such a champion of Will County and keeps bringing us wonderful, new restaurants! We love Hamberseria, Rosemary Cafe and can't wait to try the new Juliet's Tavern!
4. Next Whiskey Bar, Plainfield
Tony loves a good cocktail and the so fun New Whiskey Bar in Plainfield has so many great cocktails! We love sitting on their patio, or inside their very cute restaurant, while sipping cocktails and discussing the latest happenings in the world. The food is excellent and the staff is so friendly. They gave great insights on the various cocktails and food recommendations. Tony enjoyed the NWB Fashioned and I had the festive That Pink Drink! We love the Carolina pulled pork sliders, the bacon wrapped cajun shrimp, and the NWB burger! And, of course you need to try the whiskey doughnuts. We love their description of cocktails on their website, "We perfected the cocktails people drank, when it was illegal to drink...with a few new recipes of our own." NWB would be a great place to toast dads for Father's Day!
We hope you like our list of four favorite restaurants for Father's Day in Will County! Thanks to McWethey's Tavern, MyGrain Brewing Company, CUT 158 Chophouse, and Next Whiskey Bar for your outstanding food, cocktails, and staff and for helping us celebrate our wonderful dads! Tony is an amazing dad to Sophia and Stella and I'm grateful for all he does for our family. We look forward to celebrating Tony this weekend and will see you all soon!
Happy Father's Day!
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The Messy Mommies are so excited for the Sur La Table online Martha’s Mother’s Day Cooking Class on Thursday, May 6th and you should sign-up too! Holly and I are greatly looking forward to this unique, virtual cooking class with the inspiring Martha Stewart! My mom is joining me and Holly's daughter, Eleanora is joining her. We think you should join us too!
I did the Sur La Table Martha Stewart’s Holiday Celebration cooking class in December and the cooking class with Martha was amazing! Holly is the incredible chef in our Messy Mommies group and I give it my best effort but am a so-so cook. I never dreamed I would cook, even virtually, live with Martha Stewart! Last December I saw a Sur La Table Instagram post about Martha’s Holiday Celebration cooking class and decided to sign-up!
Martha was incredible and the cooking class was so much fun! Sur La Table did a fantastic job with the prep packet which included the ingredient shopping list, equipment needed, pre-class instructions and notes, and the recipes. They made it so easy to prepare for the cooking class and put me at ease.
I was a bit frazzled right before class started as I had just picked up the twins from school and came flying into the kitchen. I had already set everything up and was ready to go. But, I must admit I was nervous! This was a cooking class with Martha Stewart! As soon as the class started I immediately relaxed! Martha was so warm and welcoming!
Martha started with the Winter Fruit Sangria and it was so cool to hear her tips as she made the sangria. She encouraged us to ask questions in the chat and that was amazing! As Martha showed us how to make the Cheese Gougéres she answered questions about where she got her sweater, where her bowls were from, how to clean copper pans, and what Snoop Dogg was really like. She showed us her wellness gummies and talked about some of her favorite kitchen tools. It was so much fun cooking along with Martha and having her chat with us and her fabulous Sur La Table team.
I have never made a cheese gougére and definitely would have been to intimidated to do on my own. Martha was so encouraging and talked us through stirring the mixture until it pulled away from the pan. She gave great advice on using the pastry bag. I was so excited and surprised when my cheese gougéres turned out!
Martha shared her favorite recipe for latkes, potato pancakes that are a holiday favorite, with us. My family loves potato pancakes but I had never tried to make them. Even with the shredding of the potatoes, this recipe was so much easier than I ever dreamed! Tony, Stella and Sophia loved the potato pancakes so much! When I told the girls that their Aunt Holly and I had signed up for this week’s cooking class with Martha they asked if we were making potato pancakes again!
Our last dish was the classic shrimp cocktail and the shrimp were amazing! The sangria and all of the dishes were wonderful! It was really special seeing Martha in action and having the opportunity to interact with her via the chat. Martha told so many fun and funny stories as she cooked and her team was great.
We are so excited to make more with Martha! Join us and cook with Martha this Thursday, May 6th! The Mother’s Day recipes are so fun and we cannot wait to make a soufflé! See you Thursday Martha! Happy early Mother’s Day!
3 Eco friendly alcohol brands to drink for Earth month! We are toasting to you for caring about our planet!
It's Earth Month and we are toasting to 3 eco friendly alcohol brands that not only provide amazing drinks, but are caring for our planet! The Messy Mommies love to highlight people and businesses that are innovative, positive, and are making a difference in creative ways. We are sharing 3 of our favorite planet loving, eco friendly alcohol brands!
Our latest Girls Night In was on Thursday, April 22, Earth Day and we were inspired by how Noble Oaks plants a tree for every bottle purchased. So, the Messy Mommies are planting a tree in honor of each person that joined our virtual Girls Night In and for those that joined our April live streams!
1. Noble Oak and Noble Hearts
If a bottle of Noble Oak Whiskey falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? We don't know the answer but you just might find a bottle of Noble Oak Whiskey in a forest since Noble Oak is planting an enormous amount of trees! For every Noble Oak bottle purchased, Noble Oak is planting a tree with the One Tree Planted organization! Noble Oak has already planted more than 203,496 trees! That is an amazing amount of trees and an amazing impact! We love Noble Oak's noble heart. Noble Oak is "on a mission to revitalize the earth by planting trees, building communities, and of course, enjoying great whiskey." We love this mission and the Noble Oak Double Oak Bourbon! You can also enjoy Noble Oak Double Oak Rye.
Huge thanks to Tom from Noble Oak for sending us the great video message and toast from Noble Oak for our April Girls Night In! We talked about the impressive work of Noble Oak with planting so many trees and our Messy Girlfriends shared how they make great bourbon cocktails, put bourbon in hot tea, on a baby's gums when we were little, and even in sugar cookies! The Messy Mommies also love how Noble Oak is part of the Edrington brands. Edrington's sustainability strategy includes great people, giving more, cutting their carbon footprint, protecting water resources and more. Pick up a bottle of Noble Oak Whiskey today and they will plant a tree for you! What a fun way to celebrate Earth Month! Outstanding work Noble Oak and Edrington!
2. Sunny with a Chance of Flowers and Positivity
We love the mindfully made, zero sugar, 85 calories, 9% alcohol Sunny with a Chance of Flowers wines! We love how Sunny is spreading positivity, has created cheery, delicious wines with moderation in mind, and is focusing on the planet! Sunny wines are sustainably grown and we think the huge wind turbine that powers the vineyards is so cool! When we talked with Heidi Scheid, Chief Sunny Officer, a few months ago about our Girls Night In, we loved hearing her passion for Sunny with a Chance of Flowers. We also loved hearing her passion and her family’s passion for taking care of our planet.
Check this out - Sunny wines, which are made at the Scheid Vineyards, are 100% powered by renewable energy from their awesome wind turbine! And, they have enough clean energy to share with 125 local homes in the community. Sunny wines love wind and water! They use drip irrigation to reduce water consumption, recycle water to ponds and use in the vineyard, and use about 50% less water than the average winery of their size! Sunny nourishes the soil and has so many certificates! We love how they are caring for the planet while growing a beautiful vineyard and are making wonderful wines!
Sunny with a Chance of Flowers kicked off Sunny Fest during Earth Month to help us live our best life! Check out the fun Sunny Fest events! We are excited to join Heidi and Shanda with Flor de Casa Designs on Wednesday, April 28 on Instagram live to learn how to create a beautiful floral designs! On Sunday, May 2nd we are joining Sunny with a Chance of Flowers for Sunny Salutation Yoga with Yvonne Kingsley. Sunny will be donating $5.00 for every person that joins yoga to @WholesomeWave! We love how Wholesome Wave is helping provide fresh fruits and veggies to be people in need. Join in the positivity and try Sunny with a Chance of Flowers! Cheers to Sunny people that care about our planet!
3. Ketel One
Drawing on 300 years of distilling expertise, we love how the Nolet family and Ketel One are a driving force in promoting sustainability in cocktails and in inspiring bartenders to be innovative while thinking about their communities and the planet. Ketel One is helping the cocktail industry think differently about sustainability, is highlighting the positive impact of working with local growers, and is sharing how to create delicious zero-waste cocktails. Think about the lemon peel garnish in your favorite Ketel One Vodka Martini. What happens to the rest of the lemon? What happens to so many garnishes and other elements of cocktails? Instead of tossing so much waste into the trash, Ketel One is helping bartenders and bars around the world re-imagine cocktails and how to provide an even better drinking experience that will also care for our planet! Ketel One created the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Awards to highlight innovations such as climate-positive cocktails, sourcing raw materials with local farmers, and thinking about the use of straws and coasters. Even during the pandemic Ketel One Sustainable Award winners are adapting and innovating! Cheers to your innovative work Nolet family and Ketel One!
We are also big fans of the garden inspired Ketel One Botanicals and love of the refreshing drinks are infused with natural essence of fresh, crisp and fragrant botanicals! The Messy Mommies are toasting the Nolet family and Ketel One with the Peach and Orange Blossom Ketel One Botanicals! Cheers!
For spring break we wanted to get away for a few days with our 9-year-old daughters, Stella and Sophia. We had been home for over a year with the pandemic and were more than ready for a change of scenery. We decided Galena would be a great place to visit over Easter weekend because we could drive over in a couple of hours and could rent a house through Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. We love the beautiful countryside and historic town of Galena. The girls and I Googled fun things to do in Galena and up popped Galena Goat Yoga! Goat yoga sure caught our attention! The goats were so cute!
I made a reservation for Stella, Sophia, and I on Saturday morning. I was so excited for this fun, unique adventure with the girls. With Sophia's selective mutism, I'm constantly searching for activities where we can practice our brave. Horse back riding lessons have been great for the twins and they love our golden retriever, Rocky. I thought the girls could continue their love of animals with some very cute goats during yoga!
Before we even arrived at goat yoga, Jenn, the owner was so thoughtful and kind. I had emailed and explained that we were excited about goat yoga but that I was not sure the girls would be able to do the whole class. She was so kind and shared that we could rest on our mats, leave early, sit by the doors, etc. The morning of goat yoga Stella decided she wanted to go explore Galena with her dad. I was so proud of Sophia that she used her brave and still came with me.
As you think about COVID, travel, and activities, I have to give props to Jenn! We were all socially distanced and each group was in our own space. She did a great job with safety protocols.
It was really sweet how at the start of class Jenn asked if there were any special celebrations or reasons for joining goat yoga that day. Erin, a bride-to-be was celebrating with her girlfriends and Jodi was celebrating her birthday and remission. Jenn had cute signs for them to hold when they took pictures with the goats at the end of class.
Jenn shared history on the beautiful barn, a stage coach stop during the mid-1800's and described how she and her husband and transformed the barn into the lovely goat yoga space. It was so neat to see how they used original wood from the barn stalls around the walls. Did you know goats like to eat drywall?! There were several other features from the original barn, it was so cool! Jenn then shared her journey in corporate America, her family experiences that caused her to reflect on her purpose and passion, and how a trip to Denver inspired her to open Galena Goat Yoga. Jenn's story was so inspiring and her passion filled the room with warmth and happy goats and yogis.
One of the things I loved about Jenn and goat yoga is that at the very beginning Jenn shared that you could do as much yoga as you like, you could sit on the mat and pet goats the whole time, or any combination in between. She talked about the nurturing hearts of her sweet goats and that some people just wanted to pet the goats. I loved that she was so encouraging and wanted people to have a special experience at Galena Goat Yoga. Several of the kids, including Sophia, petted goats the whole yoga class. And, that was really amazing. Sophia loved it! It was so fun every time a goat walked over and Vinny really loved coming over by Sophia for some pets.
Sophia and I loved goat yoga and Jenn did a fantastic job leading the class. I was cracking up during one of the stretches where my foot was out front and a goat was walking around me and Sophia was so happy petting the goat. She was so brave! It was one of those special moments that I knew I would remember for years to come.
Jenn's daughter and her friend also did a fantastic job helping check us all in and with the goats during class. I loved how Jenn wrapped up our yoga session with positive intentions for Erin, the bride-to-be and Jodi, the birthday gal, it was so sweet and purpose driven. Sophia and I also loved how we got to feed the goats at the end of class! So much fun! After class the older goats went outside to play and the baby goats came out for some play time and pictures. It was amazing! We had such a special time with Sophia, Jenn, and all the so cute goats! When you are planning your visit to Galena be sure to sign-up for Galena Goat Yoga! You will have an amazing time and will reflect on your purpose! Tell Jenn and Vinny that we said hi! We'll be back again!
Follow Galena Goat Yoga on Instagram! You will love seeing all the cute goats!
Join us for our Girls Night In - House Party on March 18 at 7:00 pm, Central Time! We have largely been in our houses for a year and will be talking about silver linings while toasting with our House Wine! We will also have fun trivia and great chats with the messy girlfriends! March 18 is also National Sloppy Joe Day and we are celebrating with a messy Sloppy Joe challenge! Holly is making Sloppy Joes from a recipe and I'll be making Manwich Sloppy Joes! Make your favorite Sloppy Joe and post a picture with the hashtag #messysloppyjoechallenge! E-mail us for details for GNI! We hope to see you on March 18!
February is American Heart Month and on February 5, we celebrate National Wear Red Day! We wear red to raise awareness on cardiovascular disease and to save lives. Did you know that President Lyndon B. Johnson is among the millions of people in the country who have had a heart attack? He issued the first February American Heart Month proclamation in 1964 and and we have celebrated American Heart Month every year since then. The Go Red for Women movement started in 2004 in an effort to educate and empower women on heart disease. Heart disease was widely known as the #1 cause of death for men at that time. However, it was not widely known that it was also the #1 cause of death for women. Cardiovascular Disease (CVS) causes 1 in 3 women’s death each year. In fact, one woman dies from CVS every 80 seconds and Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women taking more lives annually than all cancers combined.
I love to be involved in the community and for many years, I have served as a volunteer with the American Heart Association. Passionate about leadership and encouraging more women leaders, I also helped launch the empowering University of Iowa’s Zada Cooper Leadership Symposium. Since the beginning of my career as a pharmacist, I've been enthusiastic about helping people learn about their health and making good health choices. Getting involved with the American Heart Association was a way for me to help champion good heart health and support women in leadership. In 2019, “my why” changed to family when my Mom had open heart surgery. She has since made a full recovery. Our family’s experience and the cardiovascular impacts from COVID19 reinforced the importance of cardiovascular research and innovation.
In 2020, I served as Chair for the Iowa City Circle of Red, an engaged passionate group of people dedicated to making an impact in our community's fight against heart disease and stroke. The Iowa City Go Red for Women chapter hosts special events for the Circle of Red including a wonderful Virtual Fall Tour with the highly creative and talented Kaleb Wyse. Check out Kaleb on Instagram @wyseguide and Facebook!
Progress is being made! The good news is 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education. Since the onset of Go Red for Women more women are taking charge of their heart health through healthy lifestyle choices, knowing their health numbers, and being familiar with the signs and symptoms of heart disease that are specific to women. And the results are telling. About 90,000 fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke each year because of these efforts. Our ultimate goal is to the move the needle so that we are no longer the # 1 cause of death in women.
My sister, Meg wore red last year! Join us on National #WearRedDay and tag your photos of you wearing red #messymommies! Thank you for taking care of your heart!
Join us for Facebook Live with the inspiring Christi Flynn of Inspirata Coaching to discuss building resiliency to weather any storm! Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 pm CT
Join us for Facebook Live with the empowering Christi Flynn of Inspirata Coaching to discuss building resiliency to weather any storm on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm Central Time on the Messy Mommies Facebook page! The Messy Mommies are so excited to chat with Christi about the concept of resiliency and simple steps we can take to tap into and build a more resilient life.
Read Christi's insightful guest blog post, We are all connected together and building resiliency can help you weather any storm! Thank you Christi for sharing such helpful advice and easy actions we can all take together to weather these crazy times.
Christi and I have been friends for many years and I'm thrilled that she is using her many gifts, talents, and kind heart to help people with her life coaching work. Christi shares on her website about her coaching services: "If you come into a coaching relationship with an open heart and mind, you WILL see measurable improvement in your life. As a coach, I am here to listen deeply to you and ask powerful questions. Utilizing different strategies, we work together as a team to move you forward. We explore the possibilities and unleash your potential." Check out Christi's Inspirata Coaching website and connect with her on Facebook! Holly and I hope to see you on Thursday as we chat with Christi for our Messy Mommies Facebook Live at 7:00 pm Central Time!
We kicked off the New Year with a bang thanks to the fabulous Jill Devine! Holly and I were thrilled to be guests on Jill's Two Kids and a Career Podcast, Being a Messy Mommy Brings Togetherness to chat about the Messy Mommies, supporting women and small businesses, and the importance of being together - even virtually during these challenging times. We laughed from the moment we started talking until the very end! And, I'm sure we could have talked for hours and hours!
As we've shared in our previous blog about the wonderful Jill Devine, we've been friends on social media for over a year. It was so much fun moving our conversation from social media to real life! We jumped from conversation to conversation - from recipes to our virtual Girls Night In to Holly's 2nd cookbook to how Jill champions small business owners to our shared support for women, the chatter was so easy and filled with laughter, big ideas, and encouragement.
While we were lighthearted throughout the podcast, I loved our conversation at the end about staying connected and togetherness and I think you will too. We know your days are busy and we value the time you spend with the Messy Mommies. We hope you can carve out a few minutes to listen to our so fun conversation with Jill on Two Kids and a Career! Join us for our next virtual Girls Night In and we can't wait to see you all when we can do in person events together for our epic St. Louis/Chicago meet-up! Thanks again, Jill! You are amazing and we are so glad we are all friends!
Join us and subscribe to Jill's "Two Kids And A Career" podcasts, follow Jill on Instagram @jilldevinve and on Twitter @JillDevineRadio!
After a year filled with so many no's, we are embracing yes in 2021! We were thrilled that the amazing lifestyle nutritionist Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN said yes to joining our January Girls Night In - A Healthy New Year! We were so excited when the cheerful Chief Sunny Officer, Heidi Scheid of Sunny with a Chance of Flowers wine said yes to doing a video for our GNI! We were so happy that so many of our Messy Mommies girlfriends said yes to joining us for another virtual Girls Night In! Finding ways to connect, laugh, learn, and toast each other has become so important to us during these crazy times!
To kickoff our Girls Night In we asked our Messy girlfriends to share one of their resolutions! It was so fun and encouraging to hear everyone's goals and many of us shared goals. From cooking healthier to finding happiness everyday to getting out to flossing to being present, we have great goals for 2021. And, with everyone cheering each other on I know we can do it!
With 2020 such a train wreck, we were looking to start off the New Year with some healthier choices. Holly invited the fabulous Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN to talk with us about boosting our immunity and to share some ideas on healthy food choices. Holly and Vicki's children go to school together at Saint Clement in Chicago. We loved Vicki's practical and easy to implement insights and her encouraging advice! Vicki's passion for helping others make good choices was easy to see and she made me want to swap around several foods! I picked up Clementines and am adding green tea to my day.
I love how Vicki did a quick food demonstration for us and made Spiced Date Walnut Coconut Bites during our Zoom! They looked so easy to make! We had a great chat about the Garam Masala spice in the recipe and its health benefits and great taste. Thanks, Vicki for answering our questions and for helping us see how to nourish our total body with real food first! Check out Vicki'sblog for great advice and recipes! Listen and subscribe to Vicki's mini-podcast, Nourishing Notes with Vicki Shanta Retelny! I love how she shares fun tips in 3 minutes! And, follow Vicki on Instagram!
Are you doing "dry" January? Holly and I had a big discussion about doing "dry" January and I just couldn't commit to it. You know, the pandemic, politics, etc. - sometimes I just want a cocktail! So, reached out to the fabulous Heide Scheid of Scheid Vineyards for a video for our GNI. I had been following Sunny with a Chance of Flowers wine on Instagram and loved their positivity and healthier wine. Back to the no's. I loved the encouraging vision of Sunny with a Chance of Flowers and thought they seemed like creative people that look for ways to say yes. I was thrilled when Heidi said yes and it was so fun talking with her about their new brand, Sunny with a Chance of Flowers. It was so cool to hear about their meticulous innovation to create a zero sugar, 85 calorie, 9% wine and I loved how they are leading in sustainability. I loved her story about creating this positive wine and how they are bringing people together in a healthier way. They are definitely living their vision of bringing people together to enjoy and savor life! I'm so glad Heidi said yes to us! Check out Heidi's video!
We love Sunny with a Chance of Flowers wine and know you will too! Order Sunny with a Chance of Flowers today and follow Sunny with a Chance of Flowers on Instagram!
We had so much fun talking with Vicki, guessing food trivia, and toasting each other with Heidi. It was a great way to take a break and laugh with girlfriends! Judy was the farthest girlfriend joining us on Zoom from Tennessee! We are cheering all our Messy Mommies girlfriends on with their resolutions and know you can do it! Happy New Year! And, we hope to see you at our February Girls Night In on February 18! Cheers!
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