Coffee Bean Candle

This fall welcome guests with a new aroma - coffee bean candles. When it comes to scents the possibilities are endless. 
What you need:
Glass Container (I used an empty Bath & Body Works large candle jar)
Coffee (I mixed Hazelnut & French Vanilla)
Vanilla Tea Lights (I liked the Better Homes ones from Walmart the best)

Instructions:
Grab your glass container (decorative bowl, mason jars...etc work well too), fill it up with coffee beans and pop a tea light candle right into the center. Light the candle and as the candle warms it'll heat the beans fill the room with an amazing aroma. Each time you light a new candle make sure to shake around the beans to energize the scent.

Note: I just made this with pumpkin spice coffee and the aroma is amazing.

Lately

 {mum made this amazing peanut butter and chocolate cake}
 {favorite shoes for fall: moccasins for fall}
 {working on some DIY Christmas gifts}
 {Yates Cider Mill is celebrating 150 years}
{three years in a row - Tigers}

Fall To-Do List

I'm lucky enough to live in a state where all four seasons are present. I do have a spot in my heart for all four seasons, but I must admit fall in Michigan is my favorite. Weekends are filled with trips to the cider mill (Yates is my favorite), picking apples at Miller's Big Red and of course baking. Since Sunday was the official kickoff to fall, here's a list of things I'm planning on doing this autumn.

1. Visit Yates for the best apple cider in the state and molasses cookies.
2. Closet purge (I don't wear half the things I own).
3. Go to another wine and canvas night.
4. Zombie Run.
5. Pick apples with my mum.
6. Make a pumpkin pie completely from scratch.
7. Master three new soups. (have a good recipe? please share!)
8. Host a chili bar party.
9. Master how to make pie crusts.
10. Go on a tunnel of trees tour.
11. Attend Pilates in the woods.

What's on your fall to-do list?


Sponsored Post: Barefoot Refresh

This past weekend I hosted a girls night which consisted of sweet treats, manicures/pedicures and of course wine. The wine of choice: Barefoot Refresh, a new offering from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and it's their take on a wine spritzer. We sampled Sweet White and Perfectly Pink both options I picked are sweet which is always a favorite at girls night.What I loved most about these two wines is they reminded me of a fizzy drink, which was the perfect way to settle into fall.

I'll be honest when it came to picking out two of these wines to try out I didn't read the descriptions I simply went off of the name of the name. I am not a drinker and when it comes to picking out wines I always pick the on ones with the cute labels (these have glitter flakes on them) or a cute name (Perfectly Pink....really who could pass that one up). For just picking based on names my friends loved the wines and I would definitely give these as a gift during the holidays.
 "The product and promotional item were provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for this review." All opinions are my own.
Sweet White: Riesling blended with Chenin Blanc.
This was a hit or miss with everyone, either they absolutely loved it or they didn't like it at all. The flavor is sweet, but some found it overpowering or underwhelming.
Perfectly Pink: White Grenache blended with Chenin Blanc and Moscato.
Perfectly Pink was a huge hit and will now be a New Years Eve staple for me. We did prefer this one over ice like it says on the label as opposed to just chilled. 
(sweet treat)

Ways to enjoy Barefoot Refresh
At your next tailgate
Lazy days outside
Book Club
Girls night
Fall bon fire in the backyard
Christmas
New Years Eve

Best features
light carbonation
sweet taste


The best part about these wines is that they can be enjoyed chilled, over ice or incorporated into a cocktail or punch. I'm thinking sangria with these would be amazing and for only $8 a bottle you can't go wrong!



Try all the flavors: Summer Red, Perfectly Pink, Crisp White and Sweet White.
Crisp White: Riesling blended with Chenin Blanc
Sweet White: Pinot Grigio blended with Moscato
Summer Red: Pinot Noir Rosé blended with Moscato

Perfectly Pink: White Grenache blended with Chenin Blanc and Moscato

To Do....To Be....

I think of myself as an organized person. I keep my life written down in a planner and pages become packed with sticky notes filled with a "to do" list for that day. "To do" lists easily consume my life and since I often forget about the "being" part I decided to add it to the bottom of each of my "to dos" for that day (a friend at Pilates gave me the idea). Do you make lists?



Lately

 {Favorite fall cookie: molasses}
 {Girls night essentials: Barefoot Refresh}
 {How much is that puppy in the window?}
 {Fall must have: scarecrows}
{Fall favorites: OKA b. Zeta shoes and heirloom pumpkins

How To: Clean Workout Clothes

 {I use All Free & Downy UnStopables}
Spring, summer, winter or fall a good workout always consist of sweat. Sometimes we sweat more than others but the end result is usually some stinky clothing. So what’s the best way to get your workout clothing clean?

Heavy Sweaters: wash your clothes immediately. If there is not a load ready to go, rinse your clothes in the sink or hang them up to air-dry. (DO NOT ball them up and throw them in with other clothes this will create mildew and ruin your clothing). 

Needed: laundry basket for workout gear only.

Tough stains or extra smelly clothing: place ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar in with your laundry detergent and allow to pre-soak. 

NEVER use: fabric softener (something like Downey UnStopables is okay. 

Drying Do NOT:
dry anything with a lot of Spandex. The heat will break it down and it will no longer stretch like it should. I usually tumble dry on low until damp and then hang it up.

{workout pants hanging up to dry}

Wine and Canvas

 {everyone's finished piece}
Friday evening I attended a Wine and Canvas event with some friends. For those of you who are not familiar with Wine and Canvas basically it’s a social event where an artist will guide you step by step in replicating the nights featured painting. You do not have to have any experience at all. Measuring is done by using your hand, fingers, paint brushes…etc. It was my first time at the event and it was so much fun. I cannot wait to go to another event. Have you ever been to a Wine and Canvas party before?
 {started with a blank canvas}
 {sky}

{how you measure}
 {focused!}
 {final product}
Not really happy with the flower part we kind of ran out of time

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Create this easy pumpkin dip with the flavors of fall. Perfect for enjoying with friends on a cool fall day or at a tailgate.  Serve with apple slices (honey crisp is my favorite), vanilla wafers or ginger snaps.
 {ingredients}

Fall Pumpkin Pie Dip
Ingredients
15 oz. can of pumpkin
5 oz box of instant vanilla pudding (just the powder, don’t make the pudding)
note: i used the large box of sugar free
16 oz or two 8 oz. containers cool whip (I buy off brand because I think it taste better)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I used cinnamon, all spice and clove a couple dashes of each)
cinnamon to be sprinkled on the top of the dip

A small pumpkin (optional to put the dip in)


Directions
1. By hand mix pumpkin, pudding mix, cool whip and pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl.
2. Chill for at least five hours before serving.
3. While the dip chills, carve your pumpkin.
4. Fill pumpkin with dip, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy with apple slices, ginger snaps, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

NYFW SS14: Ballet Inspired

I have always dreamed of being a dancer (especially during the holidays watching the nutcracker ballet and when Dancing with the Stars is on), but I lack the grace, flexibility and elegance that is needed. I think that is why I am so excited about Tocca's ballet inspired Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The collection features subtle colors: lemon yellow, pale pink and blue as well as leotards and pleated skirt combinations.  It's a purely feminine and so far many other designers are showing very girly collections as well which has me wishing spring was here already. What do you think of this ballet inspired collection?



Lately

 {Homemade caramel cookies}
I am thrilled it's the weekend. This has been the craziest week ever and I am so glad to have a low-key weekend that will consist of serious fall decorating. What are your weekend plans?
 {Whenever I get the camera out Jack smiles}
 {Cute garden dining area}
 {Working on a shamballa bracelet}
{Weekly trips to the cider mill}

How To: Clean Your Yoga Mat

Have you ever cleaned your yoga mat? Between pilates on the beach, bikram yoga and body sculpt my mat has taken a bit of a sweaty and smelly beating this summer (I should of thought about cleaning it sooner). I started researching 'how to clean a yoga mat' and combined a variety of ideas to come up with what I think is the perfect mat cleaner.

Yoga Mat Clean:
1 part white vinegar
3 parts filtered water
1 teaspoon tea tree oil
15-30 (depending on preference) drops essential oil (lemon, peppermint, lavender, thyme..whatever you like)

1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake.
2. Spray your mat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
3. Wipe down with a towel

Dipped Frozen Bananas

I have a serious sweet tooth, but since eating cake, cookies and ice cream isn’t the healthiest option I turn to frozen bananas. The bananas are not only easy to make, but delicious as well. I coated my bananas with milk chocolate and peanut butter as well as a variety of toppings my favorites are: sprinkles and pecans. You can use whatever you like.

To make:
1. Peel the bananas.
2. Cut in half.
3. Insert a stick into the cut end.
4. Freeze on parchment or waxed paper for at least one hour.
5. Melt your chocolate (I like to use peanut butter as well)
6. Spoon the chocolate over your frozen bananas
7. Be sure to add your toppings immediately as the bananas set up quickly.
8. Enjoy right away or place back in the freezer and enjoy within one week of making.
 {Make sure your bananas are a bit green}