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FALL FRONT PORCH DECOR
After what has seemed like the longest summer ever, FALL has officially arrived in the south and I couldn’t be happier! Hello, open windows and crisp morning breezes! Nathan and I both love spending time out on the front porch, even if it’s just to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a cocktail together at night. Since we are currently renting, our porch is relatively small, but it has still been SO much fun to decorate! Even if you are like us, and have a small outdoor space, you can still incorporate a few festive pieces to welcome the new cooler season. So today I want to share my outdoor fall decor with you!
EASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE
Nathan’s parents came into town a couple weeks ago, and one activity we did while they visited was go to a local apple orchard. Nathan’s dad was hoping he could score some freshly made apple cider, but I was excited to go for one reason: APPLESAUCE!
PAIN RELIEF WITH CBDMEDIC
Today I want to chat about pain relief. You guys know I have always enjoyed working out and staying active! Not only is it an important part of the healthy lifestyle I strive to live, it also is the one thing I do to give myself the “me time” that I think we all need!
OUR FALL BUCKET LIST
Happy Fall! This is definitely our favorite time of the year! I absolutely love living in a place where we get to enjoy all the seasons, even if summer stuck around a little TOO long this year. Since it has began to cool down a bit, I finally feel like I’m getting in the Fall spirit. So Nathan and I sat down over the weekend and we made a list of our favorite Fall activities and made it our official bucket list.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH + SAUSAGE SKILLET
I have to give credit, where credit is due, and this recipe is all thanks to Nathan. He put this together in the crockpot one night, and I swear when I came into the kitchen the following morning I was greeted with the best aroma ever. It was so good, I contemplated having some for breakfast! Ha! The ingredients may be simple, but the flavor is bold and its a great way to incorporate those end-of-summer vegetables at the local market or in your own garden.
THE SIMPLE WAY TO KEEP YOUR FLOORS CLEAN
Nathan and I both have a crazy work schedule, and with us working opposite shifts at the hospital, we have to take advantage of our time off together. On my days off, I don’t want to spend all day cleaning because who has time for that?! Not me! So today I want to talk about tackling dirty floors.
MOOD BOARD MONDAY : A WARM +NEUTRAL DINING ROOM
We are slowly starting to update the rooms in our house, and the dining room is the next on the list. I’ll admit, I have a bad habit of jumping from room to room when it comes to refreshing spaces. So I find that creating mood boards for each room helps keep me a little more focused. That way, as I’m out shopping or as stores have sales, I can reference these boards to see what items I am still needing to purchase in order to “complete” the room.
A FETCHIN’ WAY FOR YOUR DOG TO PLAY
If you’ve been following us for awhile now, you know that Reggie (our 4 year old Cocker Spaniel) is not just our pet, but truly is part of our family!! From his obsession with belly-rubs and walks outside, to his quirky grin, he makes us smile every day!
THE FALL SHOP
I have curated some of my favorite fall home decor items (and fashion/beauty as well, because let’s be honest, my fashion preference is the same as my design preference: neutral haha) for you to access as the weather starts changing! My hope is that this page will give you inspiration for your own lifestyle as we approach this new season. Be sure to check back throughout the season as I add more fall finds!
SAM’S SLOPPY JOES
I don’t know what came over me, but last week I got a craving for some good ole sloppy joes! I honestly can’t remember the last time I had one but I knew I needed to make them right away haha! Typically I just throw a bunch of things in a pot, add some tomato sauce, and call it a day..but this time I decided to actually give some thought to what I was doing and I’m sure glad I did because they turned out REALLY good!
COLD-BREW COFFEE CONCENTRATE
Save money and make delicious, naturally sweet cold brew coffee concentrate at home using your french press. Have you jumped on the cold-brew train yet? Well I sure have, and let me just say: I LOVE it! I actually prefer it to hot coffee most of the time.
HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE COFFEE CREAMER
After the crazy hot summer we have had, I am gladly welcoming open windows and cool morning breezes. And I swear, as soon as the slightest hint of cooler weather approaches, I get excited for all things fall…including pumpkin spice everything!
PESTO + RICOTTA ZUCCHINI ROLLUPS
If you’re anything like me, I’m always searching for new recipes to use fresh, in-season produce. This Pesto + Ricotta Zucchini Rollup recipe is not only super easy, but also incorporates extra summer produce you may have in your own personal garden or what you can easily find at end-of-summer vegetable stands. I like to make this recipe as a meal-prep dish for the week because its easy to pack for work lunches, but you could also prepare this for a dinner party as well since it makes a large portion.
HONEYMOON TRAVEL GUIDE PT. 1| MAUI, HAWAII
We spent 7 days on the island of Maui, for the first part of our honeymoon, and it was an absolute dream! As soon as you step off the plane into the open air airport, you are greeted with green mountaintops, palm trees swaying, and a lovely breeze that seems to follow you with every step. The islands natural beauty and warm aloha spirit is something that I will never forget. As far as tropical destinations go, Hawaii is at the top of my favorites list!
OUR SAVE THE DATES!
Good morning friends!! I have been meaning to do a Wedding Wednesday post for a while now, but life has been SO busy!!Nathan and I are pretty much in the final stretch now, with less than two months to go (45 days to be exact). You would think that we have everything under control, especially since I am a super-planner, but there is actually still quite a lot of smaller details to take care of. We sent out our wedding Save the Dates back in February, but I wanted to share them with you now!
MASTER BEDROOM DECOR UPDATE
In my opinion, your bedroom is a sanctuary. Its where I go when I want to relax and recharge, but I’ll admit that in years past, the bedroom was usually the last room to be decorated. I guess the kitchen and living room always seemed more important since those are the spaces everyone see’s when they visit. But since moving into a new place in January, we decided to start decorating the bedroom FIRST! Its coming along slowly but surely and I’ve added a few new bedroom decor pieces I wanted to share with you all today incase you might be updating your space as well.
SLAM DUNK CREAMY HERB DIP
When I think of March, I think of basketball! Not only are Nathan and I big college sports fans, but it’s just so fun to get together with friends and family to cheer on our favorite teams. I’m here today to show you how to create a simple basketball bash with some yummy game day snacks you and your guests will enjoy while celebrating and watching the tournament.
WEDDING DAY GLAM: A HAIR + MAKEUP Q&A
When I first started thinking about the hair and makeup for my wedding day, I didn’t really know where to begin. I’m not really a maintenance kind of girl….I hate getting a pedicure, I have never tried eyelash or hair extensions, and I can count the times on one hand that I’ve gotten a spa treatment. So I felt like I had a TON of questions about not only for the day-of the wedding, but also how to appropriately prepare in the months leading up to the big day.
CELEBRATING FAMILY TRADITION WITH GRANDMA’S GOULASH
Some of my most treasured recipes are those that have been passed on to me by my family, in particular my grandmother. When I think back to our time together, most of my memories center around the kitchen. Her pouring me a bowel of cereal while she drank black coffee in the morning, fixing grilled bologna and cheese sandwiches and always knowing I wanted extra sweet pickles on the side, and sharing family dinners around the old oak table reminiscing about times past.
SPINACH, FETA + SUN-DRIED TOMATO EGG MUFFINS
With our wedding being 5 months away, Nathan and I are fully committed to looking and feeling our best for our big day! I’ve always been a big believer that feeling good starts on the inside, with the types of foods you choose to fuel your body. With our super busy schedules, that’s not always so easy. That’s why we love these Mediterranean inspired, protein-packed egg muffin cups. They are tender, moist, full of flavor, and also very portable for those days when you are constantly on the go!