Happy Halloween

{my first time trick or treating- age 2}
Happy Halloween! xx

Favorite Fall Project: Monogrammed Pumpkin

With everyone carving their pumpkins for Halloween I couldn't help but repost my DIY for monogramming your own pumpkin.
{create your monogram}
{trace the monogram onto the pumpkin}
 {cut the letters out with a paring knife}
{add a flicking LED candle}

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Fall is in full swing so why not curl up in a blanket, and watch a movie with a big bowl of pumpkin spice popcorn. It’s sweet and salty, perfect for any fall evening at home. 



Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Ingredients
½ cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
dash of cinnamon

Directions
1.  In a large saucepan, place 2 tablespoons of oil and three (yes 3) popcorn kernels.
2. Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ½ cup of kernels and continuously move the pan over the heat.
3. After 1-minute stir in the brown sugar, cover and continue to move the saucepan over the heat.
4. Once the kernels start to pop move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (hold the lid so it doesn’t come off).
5. Once the popping slows remove from the heat.
6. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the spices.
7. Enjoy!

Howl-O-Ween: Pup'kin Biscotti

Can you believe October is almost over? In honor of Halloween this week I’ll be sharing some pumpkin recipes. Starting with Pup’kin Spice Biscotti, perfect for your furbaby on Howl-O-Ween. Pumpkin helps soothe dogs upset tummies so these simple cookies are great to always have on hand.





Pup’kin Spice Biscotti
Ingredients
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup old fashioned oats
2.5 cups flour (see note)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Shape the dough into two logs, about two inches wide each.
4. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat on it.
5. Bake the dough for 20 minutes.
6. Move to a cutting board and slice the dough into biscotti-style biscuits, about ¼ inch thick.
7. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes. If you want these to be crunchier, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven.
8. Cool, before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container for up to three days. In the refrigerator for seven days or in the freezer (this is what I do) for up to six months.
 
Note: I used all-purpose flour, you could use wheat flour I do not because it gives Jack really bad gas.

Lately

 {favorite makeup palette: Hourglass Ambient Lighting}
 {current nail colors}
 {Jack's enjoying fall}
 {pilates in the woods}
{favorite ballet flat: tieks}

Personal Cheerleader

Yesterday, I took a Pilates class in the woods. The whole point was to experience nature’s beauty and our own beauty. The trees were absolutely gorgeous with shades of red, orange and yellow. It’s nice to have a positive influence and the trees weren’t the only thing influences my mood. My socks were speaking as well - Note To Self brings you positive affirmation socks that give you simple reminders from I am Beautiful to I am Blessed and everything in between. When I wore them to Pilates in the woods I received a ton of positive feedback from the other girls in the class. Who all ran to the local Hallmark store after to buy a pair. If you do Pilates or yoga I highly recommend these socks – they’re an awesome reminder of personal strengths and attributes. Most likely you can find them at your local Hallmark or just buy them here.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

On Saturday I took a mini trip along Lake Michigan to check out the fall foliage, the oranges, reds and yellows were absolutely stunning. Along the way there were a variety of adorable towns filled with equally unique shops. At one stop I went into a bakery and enjoyed a chai tea latte and a pumpkin spice cookie. The combination was fall perfection. Since Sunday was a rainy day I decided to come up with my own pumpkin spice cookie, the result is everything I had hoped for (and it tasted almost exactly like the one from the bakery).



Pumpkin Spice Cookies
(the pudding makes the cookies soft)
Ingredients
3/4 cup salted butter; softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 small pkg. Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding Mix
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons  vanilla
2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ¼ cups flour
Optional: chocolate chips

Directions
1. Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar together in a large bowl.
2. Add in dry pumpkin spice pudding mix; beat until combined. 
3. Add eggs, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon; mix well.
4. Add baking soda and flour; beat until combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips if you’d like. (I made some with and without chocolate chips).
6. Drop dough into balls onto cookie sheets. 
7. Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes. (All of mine took 10 minutes).

Tieks: Little Blue Sole

Have you heard of the shoe with the little blue sole? Tieks are the most versatile designer flat, they’re made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fit in your purse, not to mention they form to your feet. You can learn more about the flats here.
This is my first pair of Tieks and I am already hooked (I may have ordered two more pairs!). They were a bit uncomfortable when I tried them on, however after about a week of wearing them I don’t want to own any other ballet flat again. They formed to my feet are are beyond comfortable
They’re customer service is OUT OF THIS WORLD. You get a personalized note from the Tieks Team thanking you for your purchase. How awesome is that!



They flats start out at $175 and go up from there. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Not only are they super cute, they’re comfortable and can easily be kept in your purse. They even give you a bag to put your heels in if you want to switch to your flats. 

Lately

 {Jack's loving playing in the leaves}
 {addicted to: pumpkin spice chai lattes}
 {10,000 pop bottles}
 {A basket from my mum "just in case" i get sick}
{savoring sunny days}

Fall Favorite: Quilted Coats

 Victoria's Secret Quilted Faux-fur Trim Puffer | $168

The temperatures have dropped here in Michigan and it’s beginning to feel like fall. As a matter of fact, over the weekend I wore one of my go-to quilted jackets. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite quilted jackets to help keep you warm this fall. Do you own a quilted coat?
 Burberry Brit Pirmont Quilted Jacket | $600
J.Crew Quilted Tack Jacket | $158