It's time to register for new cookware at Target!

We've been cooking at home a lot lately. My husband discovered a meal delivery service called "Hello Fresh" that delivers exactly what groceries you need for three meals each week. He was so excited about the service, he cooked the first few meals for me! We've gotten to spend a lot of time in the kitchen together, which has been a really fun experience.

The meals themselves have been delightful - and they're fairly easy to execute. Since they've pre-measured everything for you, it takes a lot of the guess work out. The instructions have been really easy to follow as well. There are photos along with the written directions, and they do a great job of giving you the order of things so everything finishes at the same time. Making these feasts together has felt like a "date night in" almost every night of the week!

One of the things that's made this entire experience such a breeze, though, has been all of our kitchenware. When we registered, we had some very generous friends and family so we ended up with everything we needed. It was time to upgrade our pots and pans from the all-in-one box of cheap stuff from college to something a little more heavy duty. If I were registering again today, I'd put a set like this Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware on my list!

The thing about great cookware is, you're going to want to use it. We've ended up using at least two pots a night, so having a diverse set like this one from Target is essential! We registered at Target because we knew most people from other states would have one close, and we ended up with so many giftcards to Target that we got to do a mini shopping spree after the wedding. Which was awesome, because the week of your event, you get a coupon for 15% off your remaining registry items! You can start your Target wedding registry in store or online, so I spent a lot of time adding things here and there whenever I thought of something else we might need. Don't forget to add a ladle and a pizza cutter - we were married for two years before we finally got those.

So tell me - what kitchenware has been essential for YOUR date nights in?

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

AJ Wears :: Over the knee boots

I read an article last week teased "the easy way to wear a skirt when it's freezing outside!" The answer? Over the knee boots. They forgot to mention leggings or fleece tights make it ACTUALLY warm enough to wear a skirt in freezing temps, but it did give me the want to wear my slinky black boots with a skirt today.

Blazer, ASOS (similar from XXI).
Tee, Uniqlo Heattech (exact - love this stuff!).
Skirt, Alice+Olivia (similar at yoox).
Boots, JustFab (similar).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Necklace, BaubleBar (exact on sale!).

AJ Wears :: Sweatpants

It's sweatpants Friday! It was supposed to ice again last night, so I was fully expecting to work from home today. Imagine my surprise when I woke up to absolutely zero precipitation! The secret to surviving days like this? Fancy sweatpants. This is the one trend that I am 100% on board with, I don't even care how they look. This particular pair is from Ann Taylor, so that means they're work appropriate.

I say that, but I also have a sandwich in my purse, so what do I know?

Pants, Ann Taylor (similar from Nordstrom).
Shirt, Forever 21 (similar from ChicNova).
Sweater, The Limited (similar from Romwe).
Heels, JustFab (similar).
Bag, Alexander Wang.
Coat, The Limited (love this one).