November 23, 2015

monday musings | 122

Pippin Hill Vineyard
>> A whole bunch of smaller, lifestyle bloggers that I follow have recently closed their doors. Something about that has been making me feel uneasy because I, too, did the same thing around this time last year. I made the blog private and decided I didn't want so much of my life to live on the internet. I also struggle with "the need to post" but then get frustrated when I feel like I can't write a post because I've been silent for too long. Basically, I feel like the blog is stagnating and I don't know which direction to go. I either need to invest more time (try to monetize, get ads/sponsorships, post more regularly) or I feel like I need to shut it down. I'm just not sure an in between option exists. What do you think??

>> We've been having some really solid weekends really soaking up the beautiful weather and taking advantage of all things fall. We made some trips out to the country to sample wine and cider as well as spending some quality time outside with the pup.

>> I scooped up a bunch of treasures during the Sephora VIB sale and decided to deem the whole order "totally acceptable because I will just have C put all these things in my stocking". Done and done. Would you want to see a round up of what I got?

>> We have been getting much more strategic with Christmas shopping lately. We'll be out somewhere and we'll pick up a gift WAY in advance of the holiday and then soon enough, we have a whole bunch of loot stashed away in a closet saved up for Christmas gifts. It's really ideal but can become tricky when you start forgetting what you've purchased. What is the BEST holiday gift you ever gave (or received!)?

>> I made my annual batch of party mix on Saturday and it made the whole house smell like heaven. I have already eaten my weight in the stuff but calories don't count when you're eating holiday food right?

>> I'm SO excited to head to Baltimore later this week for Thanksgiving with C's family. It is always such a treat to kick back and spend some quality time with them. We also always see the friend group (and all the kiddos!) which is never boring. I'm already counting down the minutes. We're also going to have some pictures taken with the pup!

November 9, 2015

monday musings | 121

>> We took advantage of the beautiful weather on Sunday to make a stop at Carter Mountain Orchard to pick up some apples, apple cider donuts, and hot apple cider. It's so pretty up there and there were still changing leaves! I took home our bounty with plans to make apple butter in the crockpot. It's really so easy. Here's what I did:

Apple Butter (in the slow cooker)

  • Add chopped apples to slow cooker (you can leave the skins on) and add brown sugar (to your liking), cinnamon, clove, vanilla, pinch of salt, and some lemon juice. 
  • Cook on low for 8-12 hours depending on how many apples you have (you really can't over cook - I did this overnight).
  • Blend apples with an immersion blender or traditional blender until very smooth. 
  • <Optional> To make thicker, cook for another hour on low with the lid ajar. 
It came out so delicious!! No need to buy it ever again and you can flavor it however you like. It's great on toast, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream, or even with a spoon!

>> Haven woke up with this horrible cough on Sunday that we thought might be kennel cough. After a trip to the vet though, she got a clean bill of health! She'll be headed back in a few weeks for "the big operation".

>> Pop over to my instagram if you want to see my new lavender highlights!

>> My first ThredUp bag was sold and I made $65! I already have another one on the way in now that I'm transitioning to a capsule wardrobe.

>> Speaking of capsule wardrobes, I'm really excited about this. I've always wanted to try it but felt like it was previously too complicated. Now that I work from home, I felt like this was the perfect time to simplify. My wardrobe for the next 3 months now consists of about 20 sweaters and tees, 5 pairs of pants, 5 pairs of shoes, and two jackets. Interested in seeing a full post on this? Let me know!

>> I'm really excited that after a brief hiatus in the kitchen, I'm back at it again and feeling re-inspried to get out my cookbooks and plan for the week. This weekend I made Jessica's Turkey & White Bean enchiladas and they were SO delicious. Just as good as leftovers as well!

>> Along with cleaning out clothes, I have been seriously streamlining my makeup. I have a thing for hoarding lip products but I finally tossed a whole bunch that I don't love or were past their prime. I had an old tube of Clinique's Black Honey from SEVERAL years ago that had to go but I loved the color. As a replacement, I picked up a tube of W3LL People's color balm in Fig and it is total perfection.

October 27, 2015

AM + PM Skincare Routine

It's been a little while since I wrote an updated post on my skincare routine and I thought some of you might be curious. It's taken some time to get the whole thing down (I have a compulsive problem with constantly trying new things) but I think I'm in a good spot right now.

A little background on my skin...I have combination skin that leans towards oily but lately has been dry. I definitely need to be stringent with my routine because at 27 I'm still suffering from acne. I attempted to go on Accutane but it was going to cost $800/month and that just seemed obscene. Instead, I've worked out a pretty good system incorporating some over the counter but yet extremely effective products.


Cleanse // Lately I've been using this Acure creme cleanser because it's formulated for dry skin (my skin is the most dry in the morning) plus it feels creamy and gentle. In the morning, I'm less concerned with "clean" skin. I  just want to refresh my face. If I'm showering, I'll use this Acure brightening scrub which I really like and I'm on my second bottle which is really saying something for me. On a really lazy day (let's be honest, most days...) I'll just give my face a swipe with these Acure face wipes. Sensing a trend here...I'm loving Acure products for several reasons: natural, affordable, easy to find (Target!), effective, pretty packaging!

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