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fall recipes: pumpkin bread + chili

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This weekend weather has been wonderful. Friday evening was grey, drizzly and cold (seriously, COLD). Saturday was nice and chilly. Today is sunny, blue skies and perfect. Unfortunately husband woke up very sick this morning and my allergies have taken hold of my head, but I’m trying to enjoy the beautiful weather as best as I can.

With this weather, two of my favorite foods are now officially in season – pumpkin bread and chili. Of course you can eat both year-round, but it’s just not nearly the same as filling the house with the aroma of pumpkin bread in the oven or eating a big bowl of hot chili when it’s cool and crisp outside.

I’ve been dying to make some pumpkin bread and chili lately and decided today was the day. Sundays are the best baking days.

You can find my famous chili recipe here. I’ll be putting ours in the crockpot soon so it will be just right for tonight.

Below is a pumpkin bread recipe I found on Pinterest from Love Grows Wild. It’s exactly as she promises – moist, sweet and bakes up beautifully.

 P U M P K I N  B R E A D

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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan with cooking spray and line bottom of pan with wax paper. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat for 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then beat in the pumpkin puree. In a small bowl, stir the vanilla into the almond milk. Mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture in 3 additions on low speed, alternating with the almond milk mixture.
  3. Spread the batter into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool in the plan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack.

xo xo
You might also enjoy: Pumpkin Cheesecake, PB&J Bars


All Things FALL – Recipes, Fashion + Decor

Oh Fall, how we all seem to adore everything about you. Below are a few of my favorite things I’m most looking forward to this season.

R E C I P E S
{I vow to make at least two of these by November}

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{Tomato Basil Chicken Stew}

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{Apple Crisp Pizza}

F A S H I O N
{I vow to own at least two (preferably all four) of these pieces by November}

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{army vest}

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{leather leggings}

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{beige sweater/poncho}

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{floral pants or sweater}

H O M E  D E C O R
{I vow to own or make at least two of these by November}

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{party idea: pumpkin wine holder}

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{fall flowers}

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{monogrammed fall wreath}

xo xo


Fall TV: The 4 Season Premieres I’m Most Excited About

Okay, we know I’m a TV junkie and we know Fall TV is starting back soon, thus, we must know I’m ridiculously excited. Last season we started pairing down our shows and only the best made the cut. We removed four from our lineup: Glee, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother (series finale), Modern Family and added one: The Blacklist.

Here’s what I’m most looking forward to this season …

T H E  M I N D Y  P R O J E C T

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I am so in love with this couple and this show. I re-watched the first two seasons this Summer in preparation and laughted ’til I cried. Every episode just makes me so happy. Mostly for Mindy and Danny, but also Peter and Morgan.
#MindyandDanny4Ever

N A S H V I L L E

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I got behind on this show last season, then watched the last 5 episodes in a day and was reminded why I love it so much – the music, the drama, the scandals, the love triangles. Seriously, after the last episode I listened to Gunnar’s “It Ain’t Yours To Throw Away” at least twice a day.

T H E  W A L K I N G  D E A D

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I don’t know how they do it, but this show just keeps getting more and more intense. The season ended with the gang (minus a few, including baby judith) locked up in a train car about to get eaten by cannibals. How will they get out and will they go to DC?! At least we know bad-ass Rick is finally back.

G O T H A M

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 Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – the only reason I’m so excited for this show is Ryan Atwood, Ben McKenzie. But it doesn’t hurt that Husband is the biggest Batman fan ever and is also super excited for this. It has some pretty high expectations so I hope it can live up to them. Either way, there will be eye candy.

{Also on our watchlist: Scandal, Revenge, The Blacklist, Big Bang Theory

The show I’m currently side-watching from S1: The Good Wife}

What show are you looking forward to this season?
xo xo


Weekend Picturebook: Cabin in the Woods

One of the things I’m most thankful for this year is our Community Group. After we got married, husband and I started looking for a couples bible study to join. We searched on our own and couldn’t find one we thought would be just right. Of course, God already had a plan for the perfect group for us to join. We got a text message from a co-worker from my previous job asking to prayerfully consider joining their group. God clearly led them to ask us and clearly led us to say yes, because it has been the best decision we’ve made all year.

These are some of the most loving, generous, inspirational people we know and we are so so grateful to call them our friends. It has become so much more than just a group we go to on Thursday nights, but people we share life with.

I wrote this post yesterday, and this morning at church they happened to be talking about community. They shared a great passage about what it means to be in community (Acts 2:42-47) describing biblical community as studying God’s word together, praying together and breaking bread together “with glad and sincere hearts.”

Last weekend we rented a cabin on the Buffalo River together and had an amazing weekend of true community. See below some highlights from the weekend.

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IMG_2466{Friday night Newlywed Game – where husband correctly guessed the two things that would be in my “wild night”. We also won the game.}

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IMG_3657{Saturday morning mimosas and scrabble. It’s a rough life.}

IMG_0692{It was FREEZING, but we went hiking anyway}

IMG_3425{and relaxed with a brew…}

IMG_8730{and did some caving…}

IMG_8122{and celebrated a birthday…}

IMG_2502{then relaxed by the fire.}

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{What a great group of people – and a random little girl who jumped in our picture!}
xo xo

You might also enjoy: Weekend Picturebook: Halloween, Birthdays & Football, Weekend Picturebook: Little Rock


True Grit{s}

It’s a rare lazy Saturday in our household. One to cherish before Thanksgiving. The house is clean, reminding me of the relaxation that comes along with tidiness. The coffee is brewing, eliciting smells of vanilla nut and awareness of autumn comfort. The morning rain stirs suddenly and briskly, adding depth to the muted gray skies.

Faintly, I hear the sounds of husband and his ritualistic Saturday morning video games in the other room, but I sit peacefully alone thankful for the open day ahead.

Rustling through the kitchen to find something to subside the hunger pains, I find a leftover batch of 5-minute grits from the parents’ visit a few weekends ago. As we always say, if you don’t like grits, then you just haven’t had them cooked right.

So, I decided to cook ’em right.

To make grits less, well, gritty and more delicious, you just need five ingredients: salt, garlic, butter, cheese and a southern palate.

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I don’t have a recipe to share, because I don’t quite know how much of everything goes in the recipe. This is where the southern palate comes in. But if you don’t have a southern palate and want to give it a try, I’ll give you this tip: Go sparingly on the garlic and heavily on the butter. (Did I grow up watching Paula Deen???)

Something my grandmother does with her grits, that I did not do this morning, was put the cheese on top, put it in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes. #DoesntGetBetterThanThat

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From my southern family to yours, I hope your Saturday is just as restful and your grits are just as tasteful.
xo xo


Weekend Picturebook: Halloween, Birthdays & Football

This weekend was a BUSY one, rolling right off of a busy week for Halloween. (Fun fact: Walmart Home Office does Halloween like you’ve never seen. #amazing) I’m pretty sure every weekend will be busy until 2014, but this one was special in that we had 5 guests in town none of which had never been to a Razorback game. My parents invited some of their friends they’ve been working with in Ohio to Northwest Arkansas for the weekend – coming in from Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. It was a great weekend with lots of laughs, good food and beautiful weather. (We won’t mention the Hogs’ loss.)

As our guests were coming in town Friday, we also had another commitment that night – my mother-in-law’s surprise 50th birthday party that turned out just perfect. Enjoy some photos below from the weekend!

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IMG_0976{Started the weekend off with a bang for Halloween – at work and home}

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IMG_6043{SURPRISE! What a beautiful birthday party for my beautiful mother-in-law!}

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IMG_2388{Second surprise of the weekend – our “bus” to Fayetteville was a limo!}

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Hope you had a great fall weekend! Our next weekend adventure features a 1-year-old birthday party and a wedding!
xo

You might also enjoy: Weekend Picturebook: Little Rock, Weekend Picturebook: St. Louis


My Weekend Was:

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the opposite of last weekend

spending time with friends

a successful October girls happy hour

random, in a great way

finding a new nighttime hangout

celebrating our favorite brewery’s first birthday

touring Texans around Bentonville

eating lots and lots of tacos

beautiful

jumbling towers + blockus + more beer

excitement for a friend and her world tour

doing something for someone simply because it will make their day

relaxing on the couch with my old friends in the O.C.

xo xo


Pumpkin Cheesecake {recipe}

Catharsis:  the act or process of releasing a strong emotion or tension, especially by expressing it in an art form

My art form this week has been baking. I enjoy baking when I have the time and a specific reason, and I had THREE specific reasons this week. Yes, my kitchen has been a disaster all week, but I’m very happy with how all of my desserts turned out.

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{Red velvet cupcakes for our Walking Dead premiere party}

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{Pumpkin + cream cheese cupcakes for our community group fall festival. I won’t tell you what happened to them in the car on the way over there … let’s just say I was glad I took a picture beforehand.}

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{Pumpkin Cheesecake for a dinner party … and a leftover piece for breakfast}

This recipe is so quick and easy and tastes delicious. In all honesty, it tastes more like pumpkin pie than cheesecake, but it does add a little creamier texture than traditional pumpkin pie. I’ll definitely be making this again for Thanksgiving.

P U M P K I N  C H E E S E C A K E

Puree 1 c pumpkin, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 c sugar, 3 eggs, 1/4 c each sour cream and maple syrup, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt into a food processor or blender.
Pour into 9-inch graham cracker crust.
Bake at 350 until set, 45 minutes.
Serve with whipped topping.

Enjoy! xo

You might also enjoy: Pumpkin Lovin’, PB&J Bars, {Almost} Better Than Sex Cake


fall favorites

 

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{pumkin spice L A T T E S, long walks, vivid leaves, dark polish, O V E R S I Z E D scarves,
leather jackets, N U D E S, pastels, reds and oranges, calling the hogs,
sleeping with the W I N D O W S  O P E N,
the perfect breeze, the S U N between the trees, B O O T S, chambray,
F I R E S I D E chats, hayrides and corn mazes, camping,
C O M F O R T,
falling for fall all over again}

xo xo


My Fall TV Guide

I love Fall. Who doesn’t? The weather, the comfy clothes, the pumpkin-flavored everything, but it also signals the start of something else – the return of Fall TV.

I’ll admit, I’m a little obsessed with my TV shows. If you watch any of the shows below, I’m always happy to discuss characters, plot lines, favorite episodes, etc. in as much detail as you wish.

A few of my shows have already started, a few start this week and a few are still a few weeks away, but in preparation, below is My Fall TV Guide.

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers below.

S U N D A Y

ASHLEY MADEKWE, NICK WECHSLER, CONNOR PAOLO, GABRIEL MANN, EMILY VANCAMP, CHRISTA B. ALLEN, MADELEINE STOWE, JOSH BOWMAN, HENRY CZERNY

Revenge {ABC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Getting back to basics, cutting out a lot of the Initiative nonsense & Jack’s reaction to the news

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The Walking Dead {AMC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Daryl becoming an even bigger badass & Rick letting others take control while he gets his act together

M O N D A Y

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How I Met Your Mother {CBS – 8/7c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The end. Yes, this use to be one of my favorite shows, but I honestly feel like it’s been dragging on and I’m ready to let it go.

T U E S D A Y

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New Girl {Fox – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Nick and Jess’ relationship & *fingers crossed* building Winston’s character more

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The Mindy Project {Fox – 9:30/8:30c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The transition from a rocky, but enjoyable first season to a consistently hilarious second season

W E D N E S D A Y

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Modern Family {ABC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Lilly’s show-stealing one-liners

Nashville

Nashville {ABC – 10/9c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: More Scarlett and Gunnar, More Scarlett and Gunnar, More Scarlett and Gunnar – I cannot plead enough.

T H U R S D A Y

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The Big Bang Theory {CBS – 8/7c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler taking it to the next level … or so I hope!

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Glee {FOX – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The opening Beatles’ tribute episode & hopefully rekindling my dying passion for the show

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Scandal {ABC – 10/9c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The daddy dearest storyline & developing the other characters more, specifically “Baby Huck”

Still unsure about new shows on the air (we already have a lot on our plate), but high potentials include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What shows are you most excited for this season? xo

For you TV fanatics, you might also enjoy: 10 Things I Missed Out On In College By Not Going GreekHow One Tree Hill Saved My Marriage


Fall Trend: Pastels

Typically August makes me yearn for Fall because it’s just so hot you want to die. But this year, it’s the opposite. It feels like Fall is creeping in early and it makes me eager for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, football, cozy sweaters and beautiful foliage.

As I’ve been reading up on Fall fashion in my magazines, one trend has stood out: pastels. Pastels for Fall?? I know, sounds strange, so I’ve put together a lookbook of some cute pastel images to inspire you for the upcoming season.

Tip: the key is to mix with autumnal colors like browns, greys and winter white

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xo

You might also enjoy: Hello Fall; Hello, Fashion, Coachella Fashion Awards


5 {things I’m thankful for} + 5 {quotes from the day} + 5 {turkey day photos}

5 {things I’m thankful for}

Two incredible families who we got to spend Thanksgiving with

Our baby (puppy!) who we didn’t have last year

An abundance of food and drink

A husband who keeps me laughing and loving in our second year of marriage

The good Lord who blesses us with all of these things

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5 {quotes from the day}

“Did you see her mimosas?? They were, like, clear.”  – in regards to why someone was being extra chatty

“The dog was just WASTED!” – an unfortunate story about a dog who ate a bag of Columbian pot

“I used to get phone calls from pre-school saying he was being too touchy-feely.” – in regards to my loving husband

“Trivia: Who wrote the original score for this musical?” – while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

“You better be taking care of my daughter, because she’s the light of my world.” “Yes, sir. She’s the light of my world too.” – father to son-in-law

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5 {turkey day photos}

{mimosa bar}

{beautiful mother/chef/decorator/hostess}

{incredible tablescape by my mother  using old wooden doors for the table tops}

{Happy Thanksgiving, XO the Aldermans}

{sibling love}


puppy love

 

We got a puppy. His name is Oliver. We call him Olli. He’s 12 weeks old. And by golly, I’m convinced he’s the cutest pup out there.

{first night in his new home}

{he’s a fan of ‘Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23’}

{his favorite place to nap}

{cuddling with mommy}

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5 things I learned {that I wasn’t expecting to} after having a puppy for one week:

1. Raising a puppy is hard, and I couldn’t do it without Kyle. This has given me even more respect for single moms raising kids.

2. He has a smaller bladder than I do.

3. Your friends suddenly want to come over all the time.

4.People are more friendly when you’re walking such a cute pup.

5. I never knew I could love something so much in such a short amount of time.


life lately

{brunching in downtown Bentonville}

{reminiscing about college after finding our names on senior walk}

{celebrating}

{enjoying this awesome “congrats on your new job” card from a dear friend}

{corn mazing}

XOXO


life lately {fall}

{fall hair color}

{fall meal at Eleven – autumn bruschetta, butternut squash soup & apple pie moonshine}

{fall mani – OPI Russian Navy}

{fall toy – iPhone 5 & new case}

{fall inspiration}


pumpkin lovin’

It’s no secret one of the best things about fall — other than fashion — is pumpkin everything. To celebrate the first day of the season, a little baking was in order.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

{messy & delicious}

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Spray an 11″- x 7″-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs and oil until smooth.  Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, salt and brown sugar.  Add to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until passes toothpick test.  Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe via

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Other pumpkin recipes on the must-try list:

{pumpkin creme brulee}

{pumpkin ice cream with beer caramel sauce}

{pumpkin lust cake}

{pumpkin whoopie pies}

All recipes via my Pinterest board Food Porn


hello, fall; hello, fashion

Day 12: I’m thankful that I’m financially blessed enough to be able to celebrate good news by going out.

Day 13: I’m thankful for an unexpected compliment today at the post office. Don’t those just make your day?!

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FALL = fashion

I vow this year to take more risks in my fall wardrobe. So I’m sharing some inspiration for the season I hope to shamelessly steal from and make my own. My 2012 fall fashion advice = brights on bottom, nudes on top.

{mint!}

{best ombre}

{current fall obsession – Michael Kors Hamilton Artisan Tote}

{need more fur}

{burgundy + metal tip shoes = both hot fall trends}

{leopard, always}

{hat, yes yes yes}

{super bright, super cute – also, the shoes}

{chunky gold}

{glam + slouchy sweater = perfect}

What’s your fall style?

You might also enjoy: Falling for Fall, Northwest Arkansas Sartorialists {fall fashion}


life lately

Day 7: I’m thankful for a busy August and a quiet September.

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{remembering this} a fantastic vacation

{loving this} with mom and bff

{eating this} crepes at Arsaga’s on Dickson

{enjoying this} one of my best friend’s getting married

{too excited for this} PSL + Razorbacks

{watching this} White Collar ❤

{having fun with this} at Crystal Bridges

{drinking this} great happy hour, great coasters


fall weather + good reads

Day 2 of the 30-day challenge: Today I’m thankful for B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L weather. J’adore!

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I’m also thankful for good reads. The first of which my mother told me repeatedly to read, but I kept putting it off because in all honesty I thought it sounded kind of hokey. When I finally started it, I flew through it in 4 days – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Oh my goodness this is a must-read. The tale is a beautiful portrait of an orphan’s life and how flowers and the language behind them drove her well-being and ultimate happiness.Who even knew flowers had meanings?? I laughed, I cried, I wanted to read it again.

My current read is Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Though I’m only 50 pages in, it’s already a fun, easy read about a quirky mother and her family.

Now I’m off to end my Monday with the two things I’m thankful for today – sitting on our porch, book in hand.


Saturday morning and who’s gonna play with me

{pressroom – new favorite coffee shop.restaurant.soon to be wine bar in downtown Bentonville}

{cappuccino + mocha + adorable tiny flower}

{fabulous homemade granola + vanilla yogurt}

{husband’s breakfast tacos – chorizo, eggs, avocado, cilantro, salsa, lime – delish!}

“Nothing’s ever gonna happen ’round here
If we don’t make it happen
Sleep away the day if you want to
But I got something that I gotta do”


C’est la vie

It’s been a crazy, fabulous, ridiculous, stressful, exciting, reminiscent, tiring week. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week’s recap in lessons learned.

 

1. You can sleep when your dead.

2. One text/phone call/email can make the world of a difference to someone.

3. Sometimes reconnecting with old friends is exactly what you need.

2007 – growing up with fabulous friends

4. Whether people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime, cherish each of them.

5. A sunday dinner, whether with a big family or a lone newlywed couple, is the perfect way to start a week.

6. Risk it all and just say yes.

7. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. *truly a life motto

8. Best friends are for life, no matter what gets in the way.

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9. You can have more fun at a janky bowling alley than a fancy party if you’re with the right people.

10. Don’t judge something simply because you don’t understand it.

11. Relax.

12. Never stop learning – about yourself, your significant other, your family, your friends, the world around you.

13. Don’t be complacent. Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t forget your passions. Don’t quit. 

14. To art enthusiasts and newsies around the world, Bentonville, Arkansas is no longer simply Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

15. “Success, people praising you, it all goes away.. and when that day comes, if you dont like who you’ve become, you’re done.” – Rufus Humphrey, Gossip Girl


My Weekend Was:

{Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs}

*seeing a new band with old friends – Andy Frasco, I love you.

*dancing like nobody’s watching ’til the wee hours with my best friend

*spending a full day in my pajamas on the couch, only leaving the apt for ice cream

*two fabulous impromptu afternoon naps

*incredible steak dinner cooked by the hubby

*a beautiful drive through the Ozarks to Eureka Springs

*driving through historic downtown windows down, 70 degrees, playing O.C. soundtrack – perfection

*a much-needed afternoon getaway with the husband + a reminder of God’s beauty all around us

*Sunday night – getting ready for the crazy week ahead with Desperate Housewives + late night hot tub

 

 

 


Falling for Fall

{fabulous bookmark}

{honeycrisp apple sangria – yes please!}

{fall = layering}

{toffee crunch cupcakes}

{welcome to the backyard of my dreams}

{love nude for fall}

{cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread – NOM!}

{A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E}

{a little fall inspiration – RIP Steve Jobs}


PSL, Boots + Candy Corn

Something happened —

fall, er, winter it seems, came quickly

and so did the busyness of the holiday season.

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Life update: 

*this week (and presumably next) has been a blur with work + finalizing media relations/scripts for the Charity Challenge of Champions next weekend

*a new second job that I am SO excited about: Northwest Arkansas Associate Editor for AY magazine

*PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) is back and boy is it exciting – but please don’t ask the husband how he feels about it

*a lot of my friends/family are following after their passions in an inspirational way, and though I admire and often envy them, God has given me contentment with where I am, which is a really wonderful place

*I’m starting a 3-day detox diet tomorrow in preparation for a new healthy living plan that includes no sweets for a month – so pardon my grumpiness for a few days, and please don’t tempt me

*husband bragging update: taught his first rock climbing class at the fitness center today; is now a buyer for L&C; and is just as adorable and fabulous as ever

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Fall anticipation:

*Boots, boots BOOTS – I need new fall working girl boots, suggestions?

*Halloween – although it’s a month away I’m already terribly excited for pumpkin carving, hay rides, brainstorming couple costumes and CANDY CORN.

*Scarves – I just bought a fabulous leopard print one at BR today and quickly paired it with a thin crewneck sweatshirt, leggings and cowboy-esque rainboots to update my rainy day ensemble for dinner out with a girlfriend

*a particular October weekend that includes Ben Rector and Auburn at Arkansas

*oh, and fall TV that starts this week – Gossip Girl, Heart of Dixie, New Girl, Castle, Glee, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother – so many shows, so little time!!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I’ve been watching High School Musical while writing this and it still makes me as giddy/unbelievably happy as it did when it came out, and yes I’m 22. (If you didn’t already know this about me, you have a lot to learn.)

“It’s a crowd favorite. Everybody loves a good jazz square.”

“It’s just dancing. Sometimes I think it’s cooler than homework.” XO