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How was your week?! Mine flew by.

We’re heading to Virginia this weekend for a family “Lasagna-Off” competition. This whole idea sprung out of a conversation we had around Christmas with Justin’s family. His half-brother claims to make an outstanding lasagna with chicken and pepperoni, and his sister sings the praises of her husband’s lasagna recipe as well. And then, naturally, I chime in staying my lasagna is really good too (have you made it? Make it.)

So we decided to have a Lasagna-Off. Best lasagna wins. I genuinely don’t know what the outcome will be, but I’m certain that my recipe is up against some stiff competition.

In other non-food-related news, I shared on Instagram stories that I have signed up for a 10k race in March. This is going to be extremely hard for me. I am *not* a runner. I have a personal goal in mind for the pace I’d like to run this at, so I’m training to try to get there right now.

A few other things to update you on: I’m continuing on with watching Yellowstone, even though my husband has abandoned the show. His morals are better than mine, what can I say.

I’m testing a lot of blow dry brushes right now for an upcoming youtube video where I share the pros and cons of each of them, along with a brief demo!

I’m about 4 weeks out from a trip to Florida with my mom and sister, and I cannot wait! We used to take these “girls trips” every year a long time ago, but after I started to have kids I wasn’t able to go as easily. We went to Marco Island, FL last year and we’re heading back again for this years’ trip.

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

Patrick Ta She’s a Doll Blush

NYX Eyeliner

Side zip green tunic from JCrew Factory – I sent the link to this to two people immediately after I put it on because it’s that good.

Peace Out Acne Healing Dots – these really work! I wear them overnight on areas that feel like they may turn into something and it truly helps them go away.

Yellowstone show

Mentos Wintergreen Gum

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Merly Jean Jacket from ABLE – one of my favs!

Classic Jean Jacket from JCrew

Sports Bra

Hair Oil

Spanx Pullover

Belt Bag

Taylor Farms Organic Ultimate Everything Salad Mix – I buy this at Costco!

This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Spanx: Use code “KateXSpanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

Loopy Cases: Code Smallthings10 for 10% off

Care/of: KATEBRYAN for 50% off of your first order

ABLE: KATE15 is active for 15% off full-price items

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Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Beddy’s: Code “SmallThings” saves you 20%!


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irene says · 02.18.22

we love Marco….about 1.5 hours from us. Make sure you visit Snook Inn…the food is great and the view is awesome! We also enjoy visiting Isle of Capri….we rent a pontoon boat and enjoy looking at the fancy homes down all the canals. Have fun….bring sunscreen….88 here today!

Susan B says · 02.26.22

I hope you blog about things to do on Marco Island but more importantly enjoy your trip