Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner!

Hello Hello!! As you know Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, can you even believe it? It is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate as it is filled with so much love, hearts, and flowers everywhere we go. However, it can become very expensive and stressful when we make fancy dinner reservations at over-crowded […]

Relaxing and Romantic Getaway at Cedar Crest Lodge.

Hello everyone! Hope you had wonderful week… Mine was kinda busy, but very productive!

Anyway, few days ago Thiago and I went off for a romantic weekend gateway at Cedar Crest Lodge located in in Pleasanton, KS (which is only 80 mi from the city), and that was the best weekend we’ve had in a long time!19212975_1810012869014211_294154869_o19205096_1810013055680859_371018743_o


First of all the drive is so worth! As soon as started to drive into the the Lodge, we could already feel the breeze and the peaceful vibes of the place. To star off, we’re warmly welcome by Matt Cunningham, the owner, in the CUTEST “rustic-chiq” check-in area with our names written on the chalkboard, which had the sunrise and sunset times as well. Then he kindly showed us around and directed us to our room.




The room

We stayed at “The Country Meadow” Luxury Room, and it couldn’t be more perfect (they even had a “S’mores Kit” waiting for us). The suit is located in the main Lodge and has a stunning view just outside the door at the front porch. Besides the lovely Rustic Chic decor, it has everything you need. Corner soaking tub, heated floors, towel warmer, coffee maker, black towels for makeup removals, and so on. It so comfy that we literally didn’t want to leave the room! View all rooms here.





Farm-to-table Gourmet Dinning

At Cedar Crest Lodge they offer a 3-course dinner and a 2-course breakfast (included in any stay), and most of the vegetables and fruits served are from their own garden. Dinner starts with a fresh organic salad and homemade rolls, followed by chosen meat plus sides, and finishes with dessert and coffee.




Now if you are breakfast lover like I am, Cedar Crest Lodge 2-course breakfast is a MUST! Thiago and I chose to seat outside and let me tell you, the view is breathtaking. They started by bringing a delicious “banana split” parfait with fresh strawberries, banana, yogurt and homemade granola and fresh baked blubbery muffins. Then we had a egg Benedict quiche with fruits and bacon, which I gave all to Thiago of course. It was so perfect and relaxing. The fresh food, service, and the environment were just impeccable. More dinning info here.




 External activities

After I came back from Cedar Crest Lodge, one of my friends asked me “but what did you do there? Didn’t you get bored?”.  The answer is: DEFINITELY NOT! If you want to do more than just enjoy the beautiful view and relax, Cedar Crest Lodge offers several outside activities such as walking trail, fishing pounds, pool, fire pit, horse shoe pits, and bocce ball court . In additional, they also have a day spa on site that guests can use through advanced appointment only (Spa Services). I promise you there is no way to get bored at Cedar Crest Lodge and you won’t want to leave that place!



Thiago and I really enjoyed our weekend and it was the perfect getaway without having to travel for hours. It is peaceful, offers delicious food, the service is outstanding, and it has a very romantic atmosphere with flowers everywhere around the Lodge (which they plant themselves). Not only the innkeepers, but the entire staff went above and beyond to make sure we had the best time during our stay!



We SUPER RECOMMEND Cedar Crest Lodge and I am already finding an excuse to go back 🙂


Have a AWESOME weekend!


Sheina Fernandes


FOOD and FARMING at GBS Influence Event!

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!

Today’s post is about food and farming! I am going to share with you a little bit about the 1st 2017 influencer event “Fun, Fearless, Food” by GBS Influence in partnership with CommomGround and Shining Stars Catering.

PS: be ready for some delicious food pics!



First, we were welcomed with fresh appetizzers by Shining Stars Catering, which by the way had the most gorgeous vegetable platter i’ve ever seen! Then we enjoyed a delicious “farm to table” dinner. The food was incredibly tasty. We had grilled chicken with cranberry-walnut salad and mini quiches. I was amazed with the quality and freshness of everything. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!




Besides all the amazing food, Shining Stars Catering is also passionate about sustainability and have the “green” mindset for their business. They use 100% recyclable and biodegradable eco plating and flatware for the Drop Offs, recycle 100% of their packing, paper, and plastics, they grow their own herbs, purchase from local growers as much as possible, and so much more!

Deborah Williams, Executive Chef and owner of Shining Stars Catering.

After the food blast, we had a awesome conversation about farming and food with two representatives from CommomGround. For those who don’t know, CommomGround is a volunteer group funded by moms and farmers from the corn and soybean checkoff programs. Their main goal is to educate people about the food they grow, how they are produced, and mostly important, they teach/encourage the consumers to make fearless and smarter food choices before bringing food to their houses. Isn’t that awesome?!

Skype conference call with one of the CommomGround farmers.

During our conversation, they shared personal experiences, talked about their daily activities at the farm, and answered lots of questions. They also gave us two real life scenarios with questions like “what features do you look for as indications or quality or nutrition?”, or ” what qualities are you seeking out in the meats you choose?” and I though it was great because I never really took time to think about these little details when grocery shopping.


I learned so much during our conversation. These women love what they do and more importantly, they do it with passion (they even got teary eyed when talking about their family and farm life).

Thank you GBS Influence for hosting such a great event!


Sheina Fernandes