A Love Letter to My First Apartment

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In four days I will be saying goodbye to the home I have lived in for almost five years.

I moved into my apartment in April of 2014. It was an older house, but two bedrooms with a balcony and a garage for $750 a month in East Providence? I could not have found a better deal. Did the place have it’s flaws? Of course. From the heat bill being astronomical (and not always working), to finding mice, to having a broken door for two years… it was not perfect. But it was home.

This was the place where I learned so much about myself. I learned how to live with a significant other and I learned how to live alone. This was the place where I brought a two week old kitten home who would turn out to be my best friend. I had some great times and a lot of bad times inside those walls, but through it all it was the place that I grew up.

There is something about your first home after you leave college. Your first “big-girl apartment” that will always have a piece of you. So in the words of Marie Condo – Thank you Apartment. Thank you for being the place that I felt safe and at home in for the past five years. You served me well and I will think back on you fondly.

Now on to the next adventure…

xx Casey

Welcome Back!


Good Morning my blogging friends! And welcome back to My Nine Lives! As you know I have taken the past couple of months off to regroup and think about the direction I want my blog to go. I have some amazing content coming your way, but before I do let’s talk a little bit about what you are going to see here on the blog.

What you can expect: one post a week on Monday so you can start your week with My Nine Lives. This schedule will definitely help ensure that I am bringing you the best quality content with every single post. You will also be seeing more content in categories that I am extremely passionate about.

Food & Beverage. As you know I went to culinary school and food is one of my biggest passions, so I am excited to share some amazing food and drink recipes with you.

Entertaining. When it comes to parties, events, holidays, or gatherings, I tend to always go a little over the top. So here I will share all of my tips and tricks for being the perfect hostess and throwing the perfect get together… even if it is just spur of the moment drinks after work.

Travel Guides. Here I will share comprehensive and detailed travel guides with a focus on Rhode Island. I will also post travel guides for some bigger trips I have coming up this year as well.

Home Décor. Home décor is something that I have always been passionate about. Right now I live in a rented apartment that I absolutely love. I have been living there for about four years now and it is time for a little face lift. So here I will be sharing my tips to re-designing a rented apartment on a budget as well as some DIY projects.

Lifestyle. Here I will post more about myself with an inside look into my life, products I love, thoughts I have, and all the things that make up my lifestyle.

I am extremely excited for the things to come in the next couple months. Blogging has been a huge part of my life for the past couple of years, and I am so happy that I get to take you all on this journey called life with me.

xx Casey

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018


Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and a very happy New Year. January is officially upon us and as cliché as it is, it is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and habits for the upcoming year.

Before we get into that I want to quickly reflect on 2017 and all of the memories that were made. 2017 was a crazy year that was filled with so many exciting life events that I got to share in with my family and friends.

One of my best friends Doug got married in Orlando Florida. All of us live so far from each other so it was amazing to have the gang back together again. While down there, my boyfriend and I also spent a couple days in Disney and it was so fun being able to experience some of my favorite rides with him.

Another one of my favorite people in the world Krista got married this summer as well and had the most beautiful backyard wedding you could ever imagine. Every element of the day was so perfectly her and I am so happy I got to be a part of it.

Another one of my best friends Nicole got engaged this year and it was so much fun planning her bachelorette party and all of the festivities that went along with it. I was so honored to be able to be with her the morning of her wedding and get ready for the amazing day ahead. Definitely one of my favorite memories of the year.

My cousin Victoria had the most beautiful twins, and we are all so excited! They already have so much personality. Towards the end of the year we also found out that my cousin Ali is pregnant with a baby boy. I am so happy to have them here in Rhode Island and I cannot wait to meet him this spring!

My sister graduated from high school and moved up to Rhode Island to attend school. I am so excited to have her up here for the next four years!

As for me, I really re hauled my diet (for the majority of the year!) and got back into working out and lost a total of 18lbs. I also won Manager of the Quarter at work this year which was definitely exciting. I also starting working on some really cool projects which you will learn more about in the coming months.

2017 was definitely a whirlwind of a year. I am definitely looking forward to 2018 and focusing more on myself. With that, I have come up with a couple of goals for the New Year.

The main goal or theme of 2018 for me is Balance. And so many of my goals reflect this theme.

Personal Goals

Physical – Commit to working out five days a week, whether that be at the gym or at home.

Mental Health – Meditate Daily & Breathing Exercises. Set intentions for the day.

Nutrition – Increase water consumption. Eat out less and cook healthy meals at home more.

Financial – Consolidate loans and start building a substantial savings account

Business Goals

My Nine Lives – In 2018 I plan on doing a complete overhaul of this blog. I am dedicated to creating thoughtful content that you will want to keep coming back to read. With that being said, I will be taking a two month break from blogging to really plan out the posts for the upcoming year. I do not want to be stuck in a rut where I just post something just to post it. I want to create amazing content for my readers and have a clear vision of what My Nine Lives is all about. So I will be coming back in March bigger and better than ever with some really exciting content that I know you are going to love!
My Business – For the past couple of months I have been writing out a Business Plan for something really exciting coming in spring of 2018. I will share more details about it in March. I am extremely excited to share this new venture with you!

I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a great year, but it is also important to not put pressure on yourself to have the “best year ever”. Things will happen. You might not achieve all your goals. And that is okay. There is no #newyearnewme. Always strive to do better and be better, but also remember to sit back and be proud of who and where you are now. Then you will truly have a happy New Year.

Even though I won’t be blogging for the next two months be sure to follow me on Instagram and on the My Nine Lives Facebook page to keep updated on my life and the exciting things coming your way!

I will see you all soon!

Xx Casey

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

Good Morning and happy Friday friends! I hope you are all having an amazing holiday season. Whatever you celebrate I hope it was filled with family, friends, laughter, and good food & drink. I also hope you keep the celebrations going throughout the weekend no matter how you are spending New Years Eve.

Me? I am planning on picking up all of my favorites – onion dip and lays chips, chips and salsa, mini hot dogs – and staying in. Oh yeah we are getting fancy. You don’t have to go out and spend your night at a bar or a club to make New Years special. And a relaxing night is exactly how I want to ring in 2018.

I hope you all have a very happy New Year, and I will see you all next Friday with some exciting announcements.



xx Casey

Holiday Favorites


Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! We have finally made it to the week where everyone is running around getting last minute shopping done, hitting the grocery store and liquor store for holiday weekend prep, and cramming in as much holiday goodness as you can. As the holiday stress mounts, (“what am I going to wear to the Christmas party?” “I hope they like their gift!”) take a couple moments to sit back and think about all the things you love most about the season. Because it really does go by way too fast and January will be here before we know it.

Favorite Starbucks Holiday Drinks.

This is a really difficult one for me because I really do love them all. My all-time favorite would have to be the classic Gingerbread Latte, but the Eggnog Latte, Chestnut Praline, and Peppermint Mocha are close runners up.

Favorite Holiday Movies.

This one is also hard because I have so many in so many different categories. So let’s break them up shall we? Favorite ABC Family Movie: The Snowglobe. Favorite Classic Movie: The Year Without A Santa Clause. The Movie I can Watch a Million Times: Christmas with The Kranks. Favorite Hallmark Movie: Let it Snow (who doesn’t love Candace Cameron Bure). The Movie You Have to Watch Every Year: Tied Between Elf & The Grinch.

Favorite Holiday Tradition.

Christmas Eve is big in my family, and every year we do the Feast of the 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve.

Favorite Christmas Song.

This actually isn’t a Christmas song but more like a New Year’s song, however “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” is one of my favorites.

Favorite Holiday TV Show Episode.

The Office Christmas Episode in Season 2 is the best! “Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame”

Favorite Holiday Treat. 

Gingerbread all the way.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them. I hope you all have an amazing and festive week!

xx Casey

Holiday Entertaining with Trader Joes

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If I haven’t driven this fact home yet, the holidays are definitely my favorite time of year. It consists of an entire month full of eating and drinking with the ones you hold most dear. What could be better? And with all that togetherness comes holiday parties

It is easy to get a little overwhelmed when hosting a holiday get together, especially when trying to plan a menu. That is why today I am sharing with you some of my no fail go-to appetizers courtesy of my favorite place in the world besides Target… Trader Joes. They have a TON of incredible appetizers, dips, treats, and desserts (and I have tried a lot of them). These are just a few of my favorites.

01 Mini Brie en Croute. Brie is my favorite cheese, especially around the holidays. There is nothing better than some brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry. These little guys provide all of the deliciousness with absolutely none of the work.

02 Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I am obsessed with spinach and artichoke dip, and Trader Joes version is amazing. Your guests will never know it was frozen. Just top it with some parmesan cheese and pop it in the oven for a couple minutes and you have an amazing and quick dip.

03 Pita Chips with Sea Salt. These guys are on here because they go perfectly with the spinach dip and any of the other dips you can buy at Trader Joes.

04 Olive Tapenade. OH MY GOD. This stuff is addicting. You just need to go try it ASAP.

05 Fig & Olive Crisps. These are perfect, and go incredibly well paired with the Olive Tapenade or a cheese board.

What are your favorite Trader Joes apps? I would LOVE to hear them.

xx Casey

Holiday Gift Guide For Him


Here we have it friends, part two of my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series. Today we are talking about things for the guy in your life.

01 Nintendo Switch. Perfect for the gamer in your life, or for the big kid. This nostalgic gaming system is the perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas morning!

02 Wicked Good Moccasins. He will never want to take these off, I promise! The best part is L.L. Bean provides a lifetime guarantee on these so he really never has to.

03 Teti 30oz Tumbler. Perfect for the guy on the go. Keeps your morning coffee hot and your beach cocktails cold. What could be better?

04 Amazon Echo Dot. A tiny little personal asistsant, Alexa will turn the lights off, put on an episode of The Office, and order you Dominos all in a couple minutes.

05 Carry On Cocktail Kit.  Whether he is a traveler or not, this little kit is super convenient and perfect for those “I need a drink” moments. It comes in a couple different varieties, but I recommend the Old Fashioned.

xx Casey