I never start one project at a time. No, I have to start 2,3,4….why, it’s just the way I work. I start millions of projects at once and then slowly finish each one. Over the weekend while I was visiting my parents up North my mom picked me up an old drawer at an antique store. My dad bought some colored chalk and surprised me with a little DIY project! (They’re the best) All i had to do was choose a nice paint color and the inside is painted with chalkboard paint, ta da! Now i will be on a mission to find cute sayings and quotes to change up the inside.

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Monday Motivation

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As women, we all go through the very same setbacks and funks ( self-doubt to exercise ruts and relationship woes). With tomorrow being the first day of October let’s try to focus this month on doing more of what makes us happy.

“I’m unhappy with my job, but I’m going to stick it out for another year.”

“I’ve fallen off the bandwagon with my exercise routine!”

I am sure many of these phrases have come out of your mouth a time or two. Not putting your happiness first is one of the worst things you can do for your spirit. October is the perfect time to starting changing your way of thinking. When we do things out of love, life gets that little bit easier.

Don’t put off what it is you truly want. It’s never ever to late to do what matters. October is your month to start making it happen, to get back on track or to choose a new track entirely!

Cheers to October and a new you!

Wishlist

Whether to help you see better or just as an added accessory, there is no doubt that oversized glasses are a hot trend. This fall, big glasses frames are definitely a bold fashion statement to make. I cannot wait to get my hands on a pair of these!

If you think glasses with big frames are only for the nerdy and bookish types, then think again. Glasses with big frames go well with a lot of faces. Just make sure you choose a pair that goes the color and style go with your face shape and hair color.

Want! Want! Want!

Spinach Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

This week I have been a zombie. With how exhausted my body has felt from trying to fight off a cold, I decided to look for an easy dinner idea on Pinterest! A couple weeks back I made the Greek Yogurt Chicken Bake and last night I attempted the greek yogurt mac and cheese with basically the same ingredients as the chicken recipe. This mac and cheese was totally comforting and creamy, and not totally bad for you.

Spinach Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

  • 8 oz. (about 2 cups) elbow pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • 8 oz. (about 2 cups) shredded cheese (a sharp cheddar is great)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I love Chobani)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions (about 8-10 minutes), until al dente.

Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot.

Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining pasta water to thin, if necessary. Serve immediately.

Friday Favorites: Oxblood

Happy Friday! What an amazing week it has been! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and I am now officially ready for Fall. I have been obsessing over oxblood already this season! SUCH an amazing color to add to your fall wardrobe. Here’s a few of my favorite looks!

Guess what… it’s the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo!

Get Inspired this Fall

Fall is definitely here and since it’s my favorite season – I’m sharing this fun Autumn Bucket List below! I can’t choose what I love most about Fall. I know for the guys it’s football and the tasty game day treats. I love the changing leaves, fall clothes especially boots, wearing scarves, making warm soups and baking from fresh pumpkin puree! What’s your favorite thing about Autumn?

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1. Carve and paint pumpkins.

2. Have and bon fire and go camping for a long weekend with friends.

3. Master three new soups.

4. Compile a list of scary movies to re-watch.

5. Visit a haunted house

6. Visit a pumpkin patch and apple orchard

7. Go on a hay ride

8. SMORES

9. Drink hot chocolate and apple cider

10. Celebrate Oktoberfest

Closet Essential: Denim Vest

This week my goal is to whittle my closet down to my most beloved pieces and pack all of my summer clothes away.  For this upcoming season, I’m  going to keep my closet simple! I will be pairing it down to include basics and neutrals like: cardigans, camis, long skirts, maxi dresses and some denim.

One of my favorite items I will not be packing away quite yet for fall is the denim vest. I am sure a lot of you were wearing yours in the summer but don’t be afraid to incorporate it into your fall wardrobe. Check out these adorable outfits below paired with leggings, boots and oversized sweaters:

All Things Pumpkin

Welcome to fall ya’ll! That means it’s time for some awesome pumpkin recipes. As I’ve gotten older I have really come to appreciate recipes made with pumpkin. My most favorite is pumpkin crunch, which my mom has made ever since I can remember  Most people think of using pumpkin in only sweet recipes but I’ve found some awesome savory recipes for you to try as well. Below are 10 pumpkin recipes from around the web for you to try this fall. There is a great variety here so there is something for everyone!

1) Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas

2) Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

3) Pumpkin Crunch

4) Perfect Autumn Pumpkin Pancakes

5) Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

6) Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

7) Pumpkin Spice Latte Donuts

8) Pumpkin Cupcakes

9) Pumpkin Chili

10) Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal