Wine & Cake Decorating

The new house is basically all I think about nowadays, but I interrupt my regularly scheduled wall painting and box packing program to bring you a fun snippet of an event some girlfriends and I participated in last Thursday. We ventured over to one of the local wineries in Southwest Michigan (the Winery, actually) and practiced our skills at cake decorating under the instruction of a professional pastry chef. Continue reading “Wine & Cake Decorating”

Reblog: Millennial & Married: What I’ve Learned Six Months In

My church began a new Bible study today and it is called Married People Connect. As I’m sure you can guess, this study is for married couples and involves small table groups of varying aged couples to offer insight, advice, and encouragement for strong and happy marriages. G and I were both excited for this new step in our marriage and look forward to growing together with fellow members of our congregation.

This new study also brings e-Zines to our emails full of inspirational blog posts, vlogs, and date-night ideas. The most recent e-Zine included the following article written by Forrest Fyre, and I thought it was not only well-written but also on-point for my own marriage. As a millennial, marriage has a different look than it has for any other generation, but it also brings the same difficulties that all marriages face. I loved the honesty this author portrays over his young marriage, and couldn’t have said the words better myself. Enjoy!

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I Ate Keto For A Month…

In case you haven’t been online lately, the ketogenic (“keto” for short) diet is trending so hard that the CrossFit Army is at war in terms of devoted followers. It is the diet that screams, “Fat isn’t bad for you!” and allows you to not only cook with butter but also indulge in copious amounts of cheese every day. Closely related to the once-famed Atkins diet, the keto diet revolves around eating lots of fat, limited protein, and very little carbs. 

Basically, you aim for macro percentages of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Exactly how many grams of each depends on your body type and energy needs, but most dieters take in no more than 20 grams of carbs per day, with few leaning upwards to 50 grams if they’re needing the boost for heavy workouts. In a traditional Western diet, 50 to 65 percent of a person’s calories come from carbohydrates so this is a complete shift in how your body runs.

The goal is that your body will enter into ketosis and start to burn fat rather than glucose. Usually, your body gets its fuel from glucose which is found in carbs. When you take out carbs though, your body is like, “What the heck?” It doesn’t know how to run any longer, so it turns to another source of energy: fat. Or, scientifically speaking, ketones.

A diet that allows ungodly amounts of cheese, has tons of delicious-looking recipes, and sports thousands of Facebook groups for community-building? Sign me up! I began on Monday, August 20th and wanted to experience the keto diet for myself. Here is what happened when I committed to the high-fat, low-carb diet for one month.

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We’re Homeowners!

A quick aside to say WE ARE OFFICIALLY HOMEOWNERS! Over the past month G and I have [im]patiently been waiting to close on our first home. Today we signed the papers and were handed the keys.

We. Are. So. Excited.

There is a lot of work to be done — including but not limited to writing a few more House Hunting posts working up to falling in love with our new house — but we could not be more thrilled to take this new step in our lives. Now onto celebrating with tickets to a local comedy show tonight and starting work to make the house our home tomorrow.


Welcome to Uncorking Peonies!

About the Blog

Uncorking Peonies is a place on genuine Life, where both joys and failings are captured to inspire you to live the best life possible.

Uncorking Peonies began in 2014 as “Peonies ‘n Mint” and was a meditative, journaling tool as I transitioned from being a college student to career-seeker. The blog mainly focused on relationships, life lessons, and the trials of “growing up.” After a short hiatus, my love for writing led me to rebrand the blog and in September 2017 Uncorking Peonies launched.

Uncorking Peonies has followed my wedding planning process as I prepare to marry my best friend, Grant. The blog has grown from a simple wedblog to a full lifestyle blog focusing on entertaining, transitioning into a newlywed, building a home, and remaining reflective of self-love and care.

Wedding // Are you a bride-to-be? Congrats, girl! The days leading up to your wedding are going to be some of the most fun and stress-inducing days ever. But don’t start freaking out – you aren’t alone! Follow my own little journey to the aisle and maybe pick up a bit of inspiration along the way.

If you love all things weddings (like me!), I’m always pinning new décor ideas on Pinterest. Follow along with me! >>> Uncorking Peonies on Pinterest

Lifestyle // There are a lot of inspiration boards and advice columns on the actual wedding, but what about after those eight hours? Life goes on, and now you’re living Life with another person! Uncorking Peonies lifestyle posts are full of trial and errors, love, family,  budgeting, and basically everything that makes up a newlywed’s new way of living. We’re all in this together, and I’ll be genuine in my stories of how I am acing (and BSing) my wife-game.

I’m always sharing my latest local finds, relationship post reblogs, and daily adventures on Instagram, so be sure to join me there! >>> Uncorking Peonies on Instagram

Health // While I work my 8-4 to better my community, I am always striving to better myself 24/7. This means physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There is still TONS of room for improvement, and here I discuss the do’s and the don’t’s that have made me into the woman I am today.

In my Health section I cover topics ranging from workouts, weight loss, self-care, and my faith. My opinions and results are my own, and not meant to be taken as professional advice. 

Recipes // I have always loved to cook, and I especially love cooking for others. I attempt to make a new recipe at least once a week. My taste buds are loving my new finds! Feel free to take a gander at some of my favorite recipes and tweak them to your own tastes.

Join me on Sundays when I release new recipes through my Savory Sundays series.

Home // My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home! Not only does this mean we’ve gone through quite a bit of the house-hunting adventure, but we also have a lot of DIY remodels planned. Follow us as we work tirelessly to transform our house into a home.

Twitter is my space for rantings, ravings, and celebrating the little things – all of which are so conducive to a happy and healthy life! Want to chat? Find me and @ me! >>> Uncorking Peonies on Twitter

Entertain // I live to entertain. Hosting, decorating, strategizing, and all things event planning – you name it, I’m there. Coming from an event planning background, I thoroughly miss the excitement and creative outlets I once exercised professionally. However, I find ways to keep the passion alive by celebrating Life with my friends and family, and I share my secrets through projects, ideas, and #smallvictories in successful hostings.

Travel // My husband and I want to start a family, but after a few years of enjoying marriage just the two of us. We have many goals prior to having children, and one of those goals is to travel a bit. Luckily, we live in the beautiful [relatively central] state of Michigan that is home to hundreds of wineries, breweries, beautiful sights, and so much more. You are welcome to pack your bags along with us as we check out some of the amazing places God has given us to explore.

Also find some reviews of wineries/breweries/distilleries/etc. that we have visited!

Click to like Uncorking Peonies’ Facebook page to get post updates so you’re the first to see my newest ventures! >>> Uncorking Peonies on Facebook 


About Ashley

Hey everyone! I’m Ashley, the wine-drinking dreamer behind Uncorking Peonies. I am a lifestyle blogger hailing from Southwest Michigan, one of the most beautiful places in the world. (I may be biased, but there’s just something to be said about four seasons, wine country, and living a minute from the beach.)

I am a wine enthusiast, nature-exploring foodie who values conversation and adventures with loved ones above all else. I love Jesus with all my heart, and am an advocate for many organizations and causes in my community. I’m a passionate ENFJ with a background in wedding and event planning who is now bettering her world through community action. I’ve learned hard lessons, gained some insight, and still have mountains of improvement to make to become the best Me.

Here is where I share the little things that make me content and the big things that cause an impact. All with a bit of positivity, honesty, and good-natured realism. So grab a glass of wine and join me!

Little Black Dress Meets The Bridal Party

A few weeks ago I was honored to stand beside one of my best friends when she married her soulmate. The wedding was one of the most beautiful celebrations I’ve ever been to, and I couldn’t get over her color choices. She has such an eye for elegance and the day radiated class and romance. Weddings with black dresses were not new to me, but it was new to see one done in the warm month of August. So today’s topic is all about a wedding color palette centered around this sophisticated color.

There is no doubt that the Little Black Dress is a fashion staple for a reason. True to its fashionista of a sister, black bridesmaid dresses can be amazing assets to any wedding also. It’s a classic, sleek look that almost every woman can pull off because it’s flattering for every body type. Plus your girls will actually be able to wear a LBD again! Not saying she won’t want to wear that lime green dress in the future but… you do you, friend.

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