I think we can all agree that when we hear the word “Fall” we think of “Pumpkin.” Pumpkin latte and coffee are the two things I look forward to every fall season. A few weeks ago an article was released via Vani Hari’s site (love her by the way) that Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte doesn’t include pumpkin. Now this is nothing new I’ve heard this for years, and frankly why would you want to pay $5 for a latte that doesn’t have the key ingredient you want? This is a simple recipe I came up with on whim and I like to keep it simple. The steps are easy–just put all the ingredients in a pot on low heat after about 10 minutes remove the pot from the stove and let it cool before pouring it into a glass jar. It’ll last refrigerated for about 7 days. Add it to your coffee, tea, latte, pancakes–whatever you like!
The great thing about the change of seasons is we get to change out our wardrobe. I figured why not show a style straight from my closet, not a Polyvore wish board (which I love creating by the way), but just a simple look that’s closet budget friendly by the way.
Let’s talk about the classic denim shirt. Such a life saver some days isn’t it. The one pictured is from Belk’s, here’s one from ASOS that’s similar.
The coral jeans are my absolute favorite, there’s just something about a pair of jeans that fit well and these are definitely it. Mine are from Zara’s, but here’s a similar pair from White House Black Market.
Lastly, the Copper Chain Link bracelet is from my new fall collection called Simple Textures. It’s a very simple piece that can be worn casually or even layered with other bangles or chain bracelets.
I got a creative moment this weekend to finally make over some of our bathroom accessories. We bought bamboo bathroom storage holders years ago and the bamboo began to look very “ashy.” It was nothing that a fresh coat of chocolate brown paint couldn’t fix. I’m a strong believer in re-purposing items you already have. After getting some “Pinspiration” on bathroom storage, I’ve been eyeing wooden spice racks to add additional storage space in our bathroom as well, so on a trip to Ikea I scored two for only $3.99 each.
Here are some before pictures:
Viola…they’re done. The great part of this project is that I was able to complete it in the matter of one hour.
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Welcome back to the Make It Monday series! It has been a few weeks since I’ve posted a DIY, so this week’s post is a yummy and healthy dessert recipe. It’s only fair that I tell you how I came up with this recipe before revealing it. I was up late one of many nights and got that sweet tooth kick. Did the regular thing and walked over to my refrigerator and saw some leftover quinoa that I made Aiden‘s dinner with earlier that evening. That’s when the creative concoction kicked in. Let’s be honest most of us get a dessert craving every now and then and I’m very big on “if you love it so much you shouldn’t have to give it up completely.” What I’ve learned about eating healthy is I have to learn how to modify certain things in order to satisfy my taste buds. I won’t keep you waiting here’s the delicious recipe. Let me know how you like it and if you added other yummy ingredients.
Coconut Quinoa Pudding
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cup of coconut milk
Coconut sugar (to sweeten to your liking)
1/4 tsp of vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
Fruit of your choice I used blackberries and apples
1 Tablespoon of Kahlua
1. Heat coconut milk in saucepan until warm, then stir in quinoa.
2. Add vanilla, cinnamon and Kahlua then stir. Allow mixture to heat until warm, you want it to be warm and not hot. Remove mixture from fire.
3. Then add coconut sugar by the teaspoon until it’s is sweet to your liking ( I added about 3 tsp to mine).
4. Last add your fruit and stir. Serve in cups and enjoy.
Within the next few days I’ll be posting the new fall and winter/holiday collection. For my fall collection my inspiration came from the idea of simplicity, but uniqueness and how to infuse both of those ideas. Loving the way geometric shapes look I found a way to blend into something simple with a bit different. I’m completely addicted to things that are textured. It gives a little edge to something that’s modern.
As for the Holiday collection I wanted something more shimmery, but still with a little modern edge. I decided to try out using pyrite, also know as fool’s gold. It has such a shimmer to it that I love, plus I think it looks great against the antique brushed brass.