Welcome to With a Side of Hope! My name is Hope and I am 28 years old. I live in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia with my husband, Michael. I graduated from college in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a minor in Theater. I am also a certified Wedding Planner.
Mike and I got engaged on March 24th, 2011 (the night before my birthday!). We just got married on August 17th, 2012! We are happy newlyweds. We were planning on a Disney fairytale wedding which was my dream wedding but we just were not able to pull it off. We are hoping in the future to possibly have a vow renewal there or celebrate our first wedding anniversary there.
I absolutely love everything about cooking. I am obsessed with the Food Network and have met Rachael Ray, Giada DeLaurentiis, Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, Bethenny Frankel, Teresa Giduice, Walter Staib, David Burke, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee Joel, Wolfgang Puck and Ellie Krieger. I am always researching new healthy recipes to try. I also love trying out new restaurants. I have a strong obsession with Disney World. I have been there several times and always want to go back. My favorite place to stay is the Polynesian Resort. I cannot get enough of it! I have been singing and acting my entire life and I would like to get back into that at some point, but for now my big interest is cooking and trying new restaurants. I am extremely close with my family. So I will most likely be talking about my family members a lot on this blog. I am starting this blog as a way to organize my thoughts, share my healthy cooking adventures as well as share my new restaurant and product finds! I am very excited to become a part of the food blogging community. I am always ready to make new friends, so feel free to contact me! :)
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Mike and I have been together for 6 and a half years. We got engaged on March 24th, 2011 (day before my birthday). We started dating on November 18th, 2005. We met in college and have been together ever since. I truly believe that he is my soulmate. We have been living together for three years and it’s been great. I couldn’t ask for a better husband. He is my everything. We just got married on August 17th, 2012.
Melissa is my younger sister. She is 24 and lives with my mom and our family dog, Oliver. Melissa is not only my sister but my best friend. I am so incredibly blessed to have a sister who is my best friend. She is such an amazing person. I spend a lot of time with her and we talk constantly. You can find me constantly texting her or calling her. She is amazing.
My mom is also one of my best friends. She has such a good heart. Our family has been through a lot recently and my mom has been so incredibly strong through everything. I am so blessed to have such a great mom.
Oliver is our family Bichon Frise. He is 10 years old and still acts like a puppy! He is very hyper and high-strung but we love him anyway!