All Pumpkin Everything ♥

Between October 1st and December 25th, I can’t get enough of anything pumpkin flavored.

Here are some yummy recipes to satisfy your fall cravings:

Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin Pancakes
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Caramel Blondies
Pumpkin Donut Holes


Wake Up Smoothly

Okay this has nothing to do with sleeping per se, but it DOES have to do with waking up! Sort of…

Basically, I think smoothies for breakfast are a great idea. (Get it? Smoothly? Smoothies? Okay) Actually, smoothies for any meal are a great idea. But especially in the morning, when, if you’re like me, you’re rushing around and barely have time for a satisfying breakfast because you’d prefer to sleep in as long as possible. Smoothies make it possible to have a balanced meal in the morning in less time than it would take to make bacon and eggs.

There are tons of different ways to make a delicious smoothie, but in it’s simplest form (fresh fruit, milk/yogurt and ice) you get a lot of nutrients to help kickstart your body in the morning and keep you fuller longer than a bowl of cereal might. And the best part is it takes all of 90 seconds to dump some fruit in, turn the blender on and let it do it’s thang!

Here are some ways to boost your smoothie with even more nutrients and flavor for a yummy breakfast option:

  • Add whey or soy. Easy easy way to get a good serving of protein. This is especially helpful for the vegetarians or vegans out there who want the extra boost. Protein powder is sold in grocery stores, vitamin stories and online and it comes in delicious flavors like chocolate and vanilla. So no excuses, get your protein!
  • Use frozen yogurt. Swap out the milk or regular yogurt and ice for some frozen yogurt in your favorite flavor. Depending how thick you want the smoothie to be, you might want to add a little milk, but using froyo lets you get creative with your smoothie flavor.
  • Add veggies. I know, it sounds disgusting. But adding spinach to your smoothie will give you that serving of greens you might miss out on later in the day (because let’s be honest, we don’t ACTUALLY have salad for every meal). And the flavor of the fruit and/or protein powder you add will mask the flavor of the spinach. Your smoothie may turn out green, but don’t be afraid of the color. Green is good!
  • Add oats/seeds. These may change the texture of your smoothie a little, but they add tons of fiber your body loves. And you can choose any kind of seeds or oats you like! A lot of people recommend flaxseed.
  • Add peanut butter. Again, an easy way to get some extra protein, and in this case, healthy fats. Peanut butter will also make your smoothie creamy and obviously make it taste like peanut butter (what’s not to love?).

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?

Yogi Tea

I LOVE THIS TEA! But it has proven to be playing hard to get with me. I first discovered the Throat Comfort tea at work over the summer when I had a cold and my throat was super sore. When I saw the label I thought, “okay, sure…’throat comfort’…probably just regular tea…” But let me tell you…it is much better than regular tea.

This tea does exactly what it claims to do. It ‘coats and soothes the throat’ so well you won’t even remember it was sore in the first place. I remember thinking that I need to buy some of my own for the next time I have a cold. And so that’s what I tried to do, but I’m having a lot of trouble finding it in grocery stores.

The website says it’s sold in Safeway, Target, etc. so I checked Target and I found the Yogi brand but not this specific type. I won’t give up my search, but I may just end up ordering it online. And that is fine by  me because it’s worth it to get this miracle tea.

I’m curious to try the other Yogi teas because I’m sure they are probably all miraculous, but I’ll have to find somewhere to buy them first. Will keep everyone posted when I find a reliable carrier. Unless anyone already knows?

Sock Buns

Just look at all of these cute sock buns! I have a slight obsession with these, but how can you not? They’re so simple but so chic. Talk about a quick fix for a bad hair day…

Sock buns are easier to do than you might think. All you need is an old long sock, some scissors, a ponytail holder and your hair! First you use the old sock to create your ‘donut,’ and then you can roll up your bun. There are TONS of video tutorials and diagrams on how to make both the donut and the bun. Here’s a good one:

To summarize, you cut your long sock horizontally at the ankle, so it’s just a straight tube with holes on both ends. Then you roll it inside itself (kind of like how you roll a normal pair of socks together) until turns into a donut shape. Once you have your donut, set it aside and put your hair into a regular ponytail at the height you want your bun. Next, take the donut and wrap it around your ponytail and pull the tail through like you do with a hair tie. Pull the donut to the very tip of your ponytail and spread the ends of your hair around the donut as best as you can. Then start rolling the donut down your ponytail, wrapping your hair in it. Go slow at first, as hairs will likely fall out and you’ll need to tuck them back in so you don’t mess up the bun. Once you’ve reached the base of your ponytail, you should have a beautiful sock bun. Viola!

Talking Pretty

I told you it would happen! The makeup tips post has been reincarnated into a fashion tips post. Here are three fashion tips that I live by and am ever grateful I learned.

The Sorority Girl Rule

I’m generally not a big fan of sorority girl fashion tips, but this is one every girl MUST know. It’s really simple: when dressing (especially dressing up to go out), you have to choose one: boobs or legs.

If you’re wearing a short skirt, cover up your cleavage. If you’re wearing a low cut top, wear jeans or something that covers your legs and butt sufficiently. Showing both legs and boobs is trashy and makes you look like you’re trying too hard. So don’t do it.

The Ankle Rule

Fun fact: wearing shoes or pants that cover  your ankles automatically makes you look shorter. Exposing them makes you look taller.

If you’re wearing skinny jeans and sandals and feel like too much is going on around your ankles, roll your jeans up to be ankle jeans and you’ll instantly appear taller. Wearing wedges with skinnies and want to up the effect? Same thing. It works wonders.

The Balancing Act

A quick way to look overdone-up is to have on too many colors and patterns between your clothes and your accessories. Wear bright accessories with neutral-colored clothes and neutral accessories with bright clothes.

Also: treat makeup as an accessory. Don’t go crazy with bold colors unless you’re outfit is toned down and/or it’s night time. Keeping a good balance between bolds and neutrals will make you look stylish but not overdressed.

Gone Girl

Drop everything you are doing and read this book RIGHT NOW!

It’s about a woman who goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. Her husband is left clueless (well, not literally) and everyone suspects he murdered her. This book is the craziest mystery novel I’ve ever read and needless to say I couldn’t put it down. The character development (of two questionably insane people) is very well-written and well-thought out. The suspense is killer. And the thousands of questions you’ll have while reading will be well worth waiting for the answers as they come.

I’m picky about my books and I read this within a week. Fantastic novel.

Best Face Forward

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve learned so many tips and tricks that I wish I would have known sooner. So I’m spreading the love. This post will probably reappear with different tips later on, but I’ll start with the most important part: keeping your skin healthy.

If you wear concealer, foundation and power (like I do), that’s a lot to be putting on your lovely, flawless face. And that’s before you even get to blush and bronzer.

So the solution: prepping your face properly. It’s simple, and only requires three products. But they are essential!

1) Moisturizer with SPF

If you are using nothing else, you should at least be using moisturizer (with SPF!) on your face every day. It keeps your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, which is important even if you’re hardly outside during the day. Your face is the LAST place you want skin damage or wrinkles from the sun, so protect it! Use every morning – no need to wear SPF at night, so either use an oil-free moisturizer without SPF or no moisturizer at all! (Remember, if you’re using the oil-cleansing method, you don’t need to moisturize at night).

2) Eye Cream

I don’t care how old you are. Use eye cream! It will prevent circles and wrinkles down the line, and it gives your eye-areas the special moisture they need. You’re technically supposed to apply morning and night, but I only use it in the morning. Starting young = less wrinkles when you’re old. Yes please.

3) Primer

Primer does a LOT for your skin if you wear makeup every day. It will perform different duties based on the type you buy, but most offer to smooth (even out your skin tone),  brighten (give your skin the glow it deserves!), mattify (keep your foundation from making you shiny), and protect your skin from your makeup. I know it may seem unnecessary, but primer acts as the guard between your skin and all the makeup products you pile on. If you want to keep your skin clear and happy (and especially if it is sensitive or acne-prone) then primer is your friend.

Pictured above is the primer I use because it helps prevent acne on top of doing all the other wonderful things I mentioned. But you can certainly buy a cheap drugstore brand–as long as you’re using it!

A makeup artist once told me, “Please, don’t ever ever NOT use moisturizer, eye cream and primer every day.”  I know it may seem pricey to be using these products every morning, but they last a long time. You use so little with each application that the bottles/tubes last several months. So no excuses! Keep your face happy, healthy and beautiful. 🙂