9.30.2014

Light Layers



Denim Jacket (Forever 21) | Dress (Old Navy) | Heels (J.Crew) | Bag (Franchescias) | Necklace (Jane) | Bracelet (Jane, Similar) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Sunnies (Ray Ban) | Lips (Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Smitten Eprise) 

Texas hasn’t quite got the Fall memo yet so 90 degree weather is still showing it’s lovey face all over our forecast. This little reality makes it hard to layer on the great textures and fabrics I’m eager to break out, but I think I found a few pieces to get me through this Indian summer.  I wore this look last weekend and this vest is a perfect transition piece into Fall. It is lightweight and can be easily layered on top of breathable warm weather clothes.

What transition pieces are you pulling out to get through the slow arrival of Fall weather?

Thank you for stopping by today. See you tomorrow!

9.26.2014

Week's End

Lunch Dates | Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattee | First Pumpkins of the Season | Afternoon Thunderstorm | The Perfect Sweatshirt for Mondays | A Pretty Fall Dress via Loft | A Sweet Note in my Lunch Bag:) | Fall Lips

Happy Friday! 

We made it through another work week...well almost...and I'm looking forward to the weekend! The Fall is our busiest time and sometimes I feel like we are just running on steam in opposite directions. I'm so thankful for weekends that allow us to settle down and enjoy time with friends and family! I hope yours is spent doing the same with you favorites! 

Cheers to the first weekend of Fall! See you Monday! 


Linking up with LaurenLaurenAmanda, and Jennie. Go stop by these sweet ladies spaces!

9.24.2014

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home


Fall is official here and while the weather hasn't permitted the use of flannel layers or warm boots just yet, it has made way for a transition in the kitchen. Squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkins haven taken the place of Summer fruits and veggies and I couldn't be more excited. 

One of the first signs of Fall, commercially at least, has to be the mention of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. I admit, I get a pep in my step when I think about holding that warm cup of yummy pumpkin spice goodness but recently my mind was blown. You see, that #PSL doesn't really have a whole lot of actual pumpkin in it. On top of that, it is almost $5 and 470 calories with 15 grams of fat! 

Well that escalated quickly...
But don't you fret, you can make this cult favorite at home with 
more natural ingredients and actual pumpkin, which means you will be sipping a #PSL@home everyday of the week.

I found a handful of great recipes online and incorporated feedback from others to create the version below. It takes very few ingredients, about 15 minutes of your time and it will stay good in you fridge for up to one month!
Before we jump in, a quick side note about the sweetener in this. You can absolutely use more sugar (up to two cups) if you would like it more sweet, or you can use organic agave nectar. I decided to use this recipe to try out Zulka again, a Non-GMO Project Verified and unrefined pure cane sugar. It worked just as great in this drink as it did in last week's Snickerdoodle Cookies; it's safe to say I'm sold on it. 

Alright, let's jump in.



Ingredients
1 1/3 Cups Zulka Sugar (you can use up to 2 cups of sugar for a sweeter taste or you can use agave nectar)
2 Cups of Purified Water
1/3 Cup Organic Pumpkin
2 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/8 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. All Spice
1/16 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/16 Tsp. Black Pepper
Coffee
Milk (you can also use almond or coconut milk)
Mason Jar

Directions 
Add sugar, water, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and black pepper to a saucepan and medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking the mixture the entire time. When finished, pour the mixture through a strainer into a mason jar for storage. Be sure to write the date on the jar.


When you are ready to use, put 2 Tbl. of the #PSL syrup into you coffee mug with espresso or coffee and a splash of almond milk. Top with almond milk froth and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and enjoy! 


There are so many sweet ways to package this up. I'm planning on making a few as Fall gifts for a few friends of mine that LOVE #PSL. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Fall!

Linking up with Random Wednesday.

9.23.2014

Cobalt Ruffles


Dress (Franchescas) | Heels (Nine West) | Clutch (J.Crew) | Necklace (J.Crew) | Earrings (Franchescas) | Bangles (J.Crew and Nordstrom) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Sunnies (Ray Ban)

Happy Tuesday - I hope your week is off to a great start! We are in line for some cooler temps in the next few days which makes me a bit giddy. While I wait for Fall, let me share this sweet ruffle cobalt  dress I wore for our anniversary dinner. The neckline and vertical ruffles framing the gold zipper is what sold me. I'm also loving the mix of sweet details with such a dramatic blue; the perfect amount of girly.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

9.18.2014

Four Years

Today marks four years since I walked down the aisle to this man. Four years! It feels like I whispered "I Do" yesterday, but it also feels like I've been his forever. I still have these moments in the midst of our every day normals where I'm just taken back; I can't believe I get to share this life with him.  

So to this sweet man, I say thank you. 
Thank you for your steadfast commitment to guide our family in faith.
Thank you for being a strong partner through the blessings and challenges we face.
Thank you for working so very hard to provide for our family.
Thank you for the giggles, encouraging words and judgement free moments we share.
And thank you for filling my heart with more love than I knew was possible. 

Boy do I love this sweet, sweet man of mine. Cheers to 94 more years next to his side.

9.17.2014

A Fall Favorite - Snickerdoodle Cookies

We had some amazing rainy weather on Saturday so Tanner and I decided to take advantage of it and lock ourselves inside for a lazy pajama-clad movie marathon. Sometimes you just need to put your to-do list away and enjoy a little down time; luckily the weather gave us the perfect excuse! To do it right, we naturally needed a sweet treat to snack on as The Shining (don’t ask me why) played on. Given the cozy weather we were blessed with, a Fall favorite was in order – Snickerdoodle Cookies.  

Snickerdoodles are one of my husband’s favorites and quite possibly the easiest cookies to make. They also gave me the perfect chance to try Zulka, a Non-GMO Project Verified and unrefined pure cane sugar, I had picked up. If you've been around this blog any amount of time, you know I love to cook and I’m always on the hunt for products that make it easier to keep our meals healthy and clean. When I came across Zulka "Morena" style sugar, I thought it would be perfect to try out in the laundry list of Fall recipes I had bookmarked and so far it's been a great replacement for Sugar. It's also conveniently available at Walmart; no need to make a special trip to a health store! I'll continue to share more as we try new recipes with it.


Ingredients
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons Zulka Morena Sugar
2 medium eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick spray.


In a large bowl, combine the butter, 1 ½ cups of sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine until creamy; this took me about 1 ½ minutes.

Stir together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt until completely mixed. Then stir slowly until the butter mixture until it is all incorporated and dough is formed.

In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon. Form dough into small balls (2.5-3 tbl. per ball) and then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out Zulka Sugar for a cleaner and healthier alternative when cooking!

Have a great day!

Linking up with LaurenLaurenAmanda, and Jennie

9.16.2014

A Tribal Maxi + A Quick Update

Maxi Dress (Target - Similar) | Sandals (Vince Camuto) | LOVE Necklace (Nordstrom Rack - Similar) | Bangles (Target - Similar) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Clutch (GiGi NewYork) | Sunnies (Ray-Ban

Hello, friends! How are y'all doing? Sorry I've been so sparse around here the last two weeks. Some exciting things are happening in our life right now (no, it does not involve a baby) and all my spare time has been spent keeping the normals going. I'll share the details with you in the near future but for right now, I may be a posting a little less than normal.

On a side note, I love that blogging can move with life. Having a space like this to share ideas and creativity has been such a blessing, but when time is short moments with my husband, family and friends will always comes first. The pressure to have a post ready each day can't outweigh the chance to spend some quality time with my favorites.  

Ok, I'm off the box and on to this maxi. I think we have seen the last of our 100+ degree days but we are not into cooler temps just yet. I'm craving Fall like ever other person on Instagram using #PSL, but I can't ignore the fact that 90 degrees and plaid flannel don't exactly mix. So while I wait patiently for cooler weather, my summer favorites will march on. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful Tuesday! Come back tomorrow for a sweet treat with a non GMO product I'm LOVING! 

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