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What I’ve been doing other than blogging

22 Dec

Oh, hey there friends! It’s been a long time. I don’t have any excuses other than life got in the way. If you follow me on Instagram (@MJSpletzer), you might have noticed my biggest news: I’m engaged! Sebastian popped the question exactly one month ago today, and we’re as happy as clams.

Ring | www.the-wild-child.com

So what else have I been up to these past four months? In August, my parents treated me to a US Women’s soccer game for my birthday, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Then at the end of the month, I traveled to Massachusetts to celebrate my cousin Alli’s wedding. We had a blast, and I died laughing when the shuttle to the reception turned out to be a school bus.

Heinz Field | www.the-wild-child.comSchool Bus | www.the-wild-child.com

In September, I jetted off to Colorado for the US Air Force Academy family weekend. We spent four glorious days laughing, eating and just being together. I also traveled to Westfield, NY, for a little hiking and relaxation.

Family | www.the-wild-child.comTrain | www.the-wild-child.comHammock | www.the-wild-child.comWaterfall | www.the-wild-child.com

In October, the BF (now fiancé) was in town with his friend Maik. We took him to my beloved West Side Market and a freezing, cold Indians game. Later in the month, Sebastian and I spent a week of vacation hiking in Hocking Hills and then exploring and eating our way through Boston. We loved the city so much we’re heading back there for NYE.

Market Hall | www.the-wild-child.comFriends | www.the-wild-child.comRose Lake | www.the-wild-child.comCave | www.the-wild-child.comDoughnuts | www.the-wild-child.comBoston | www.the-wild-child.comOysters | www.the-wild-child.com

November found me in Germany where I was asked the most important question of my life (I said yes!). We spent the week visiting Christmas markets, preparing a Thanksgiving feast and enjoying being engaged.

engaged | www.the-wild-child.comWine | www.the-wild-child.comVeggies | www.the-wild-child.comTurkey | www.the-wild-child.comTreats | www.the-wild-child.com

And now it’s the end of December – hard to believe another year is almost over. I want to slow down time and soak in all the little moments these next few days: snuggling on the couch with my siblings, being in the kitchen with my Mom and cracking jokes with my Dad. There is nothing better than the holidays and being together with my family.

Tree | www.the-wild-child.com

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a fantastic start to the New Year! 2016 is sure to be another wild ride. Cheers! xoxo

Bye July, a recap

4 Aug

July Recap | www.the-wild-child.com

Traveled to: My cousins’ cabin in Westfield, New York (near Lake Chautauqua) for the loveliest 4th of July weekend. Think hiking, canoeing and the most incredible ribs.

Read: I unfortunately didn’t read much in July. At the end of the month I started The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens, and I’m really into it so far.

Watched: Trainwreck, which was crazy funny, and Ant-Man, which was better than I expected. I’ll also willingly admit I went with some girlfriends to see Magic Mike XXL. I laughed way more than I thought I would.

 Activities: Spent several weekends outside boating, swimming and enjoying the gorgeous weather with my family. There was much time on the water, and I loved it. Lake life is the life for me.  

Ate: Copious amounts of sushi with my BFF Lindsay and her boo Keshav. I love unassuming places with really good food, and Sakura never disappoints.

Purchased: It’s my birthday in a couple of days, so I decided to treat myself. Scored these shoes and this sweater at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and bought my favorite scent from J.Crew.

Worked Out: I started taking classes at the newly opened office gym. I’ve surprised myself with how much I enjoy spinning and the group workout programs. My goal is to get up to 5 days a week. I’m at about 3 right now.

Cooked: My parents always have a kick-ass garden, and since I have limited space for my own garden, I love when they gift me with fresh produce. I used the zucchini they gave me to make zucchini pancakes.

I’m loving summer and all it brings. Welcome, August!

I’m a bad blogger

13 May

Well, hello there. It’s been awhile. Looking back at my blogging history, April is always a rough month for me, and this year was no different. I’ve been a bad blogger again.

I leave for Germany in less than two weeks… say what?! And I still want to finish all my vacation recaps from Italy (which was MONTHS ago) and Boston before I go. More travel posts to come in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, why don’t we cover some highlights from April since I didn’t blog THE ENTIRE MONTH…

Best Part

Spending a weekend in Boston with my parents and catching up with my cousin Alli. This was our first time visiting the city, and we absolutely loved it. There is so much history in the streets, and since we were there right before the marathon, you could really feel the unity and spirit. If you’ve never been, book your trip ASAP. I’ll post a recap soon!

Family in #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

Favorite Thing I Did

Touring the USS Constitution in Boston. I really love boats, and this one is especially cool. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. And in case you didn’t guess, the ship was named after the Constitution of the USA, by none other than George Washington himself. It was one of my favorite stops on the Freedom Trail.

USS Constitution #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

Favorite Thing I Ate

I cheated big time on my nutrition plan Easter Sunday – with good reason. We went to Limoncello in Boston’s Little Italy, and I ordered a very delicious veal parm. The meal was topped off with a stop at Mike’s Pastry and an enormous cannoli. Don’t tell my CrossFit coach.

Italian Food #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

Cannoli in Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

Places I Visited

Just one: Boston. Seeing a theme here?

Favorite Instagram Photo

Captain in #Boston | www.the-wild-child.com

 Just call me Captain MJ

Looking Forward to Most in May

A week in Berlin with Sebastian with essentially no plans. We’re going to try out new restaurants, meet up with friends and have the most relaxing time. CAN’T WAIT.

Hello April

1 Apr

I can’t remember the last time I was this happy see a new month arrive. March came in like a lion and went out like a lion hopped up on drugs. I can only hope April will get its crap together and finally gives us the warmer weather we’ve been waiting for. Please don’t make me spend another month in tights, scarves and boots. I’m ready for pretty sundresses and sunglasses.


OK, enough about the weather. Here are some highlights from March…

Best Part

Sebastian was here three out of five weekends. We’ve lucked out with him visiting in between work trips to the states. I was so spoiled being able to see him so often – and it was beyond great having him here.

Favorite Things I Did

I visited my friend Lindsay at the beginning of the month and we spent an afternoon at an indoor trampoline park. Best. Decision. Ever.

Defty Gravity, Durham #northcarolina | www.the-wild-child.com

I also spent quite a few weekends at home visiting family. We hosted a Sunday morning pancake breakfast, complete with homemade maple syrup. And I caught up with the other side of the family at my Uncle Denny’s surprise 60th birthday party. Both were awesome – filled with good food and good company.

Favorite Thing I Ate

Sebastian and I made brunch plans at Sweet Pea Cafe when he was here a few weekends ago. I gave up meat for lent, so I opted for the California omelet with egg whites, avocado and tomato. It was pretty fantastic.

California Omelet | www.the-wild-child.com

Places I Visited

Chapel Hill, NC, for a bff weekend and Kalamazoo, MI, for a wedding.


I started CrossFit this month. It’s intense, and I’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m loving the community atmosphere.

Books I Read

My book club finished The Fault in Our Stars in February, and we read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened in March. I’ve heard good things about the Divergent series, so might pick that up this spring.

Favorite Instagram Photo

Instagram Selfie | www.the-wild-child.com

Looking Forward to Most in April

I can’t wait to spend Easter weekend in Boston with my parents. Love it when I get quality time with the fam. And I’m excited to take my CrossFit program to the next level this month.

Cheers to what’s ahead!

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What I’ve done this month

15 Jun

Is it really the middle of June already? This month is flying by, and I see no signs of it slowing down. My vacation recap of the beautiful Dominican Republic is coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some exciting things that have already happened this month (in no particular order).

My little brother graduated high school. He was co-valedictorian and gave a wonderful speech on going after your dreams. I’ve never been prouder.

It was hay baling season at the Spletzer Farm. In comparison to past years, our little seven acres was a breeze to finish – we used to bale 40 acres! We put up about 700 bales this year.

While Sebastian was still here, we spent an evening at Mastropiétro winery for some sangria and fireworks.

I’ve taken way too many trips to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre, but gosh do I love that place. Watching movies outside in your pajamas – doesn’t get much better than that.

I attended my co-worker Amber’s baby shower. It was simple and lovely and the best baby shower I’ve ever attended.

I ate my weight in cannolis at the aforementioned baby shower.

Tonight is my brother’s graduation party. We’re expecting more than 250 people at our house to celebrate Joe finishing high school and heading off to the United States Air Force Academy.

If the rest of summer is anything like this month, we’re all in for a fun season. Cheers!