We've switched up our closets, our makeup drawers and broken out our fall candles... now it's time to add some autumn decor around the house! It doesn't take much to make your home feel more cozy once the weather cools down and you definitely don't have to spend a lot. Heck last year all I did was add a few white pumpkins around the house and called it a day! But now that we're more settled in to the 'new house', I'm looking forward to making a few seasonal changes + additions.
I like to keep things simple and classic - and try to stay away from anything that screams Halloween - so that I can leave my fall pieces out through Thanksgiving. I'm all about rich textures, warm white and anything plaid or gold. Check out a few of my favorites...
Eternal Mirror: This would look gorgeous in an entryway and despite being 'fall-ish', it's a classic enough piece to keep up all year round.
Flannel Sheets: I'm obsessed with these sheets. I bought mine a couple of years ago and we use them all.winter.long. After a couple years they're worn out a bit, but it's okay because the price is so amazing that I don't mind replacing them already. These are a must have!
Remember that time when I said we had big plans for the weekend to work on house projects? Oh yeah, that was this weekend... except that didn't happen. At all. Our friend Dane (that just got married a couple of weeks ago) came to stay with us instead and our weekend ended up being a lot more fun. Unfortunately the weather wasn't super fun - it was literally in the 40's and rainy all. weekend. long. So what are 3 kids to do when the weather is nasty and we have no set plans? Eat and drink of course, with a little college hockey game thrown in there for good measure!
Without further ado, the top 5 things I consumed this weekend...
FIVE | Pepper Shots
So these were... interesting. I'm going to go ahead and include them just because I LOVE PICKLES. These were vodka infused with jalapeno peppers and washed down with the pickle. Not that good, but three rounds of them still managed to happen on our way to the hockey game (why???).
FOUR | Papa John's pizza
Does this even need any explanation? Pure greasy goodness for the slightly hungover/stayed up too late/dying on Sunday crowd.
via, since I forgot to save my Snapchat picture of mine!
THREE | Ace's Pineapple Cider
Mmm, this stuff was amazing. I'd never even heard of it until this weekend, but now I'm already feigning for more! It's pineapple flavored cider and it really is quite pineapple-y, even the smell. It's sweeter than your traditional cider and I loved it.
TWO | Mexican food
We ate all of the Mexican food on our Friday night date night. It was tapas style so we tried a bunch of different dishes and none of them disappointed. Margs, table side guac (the best), tequila chicken quesadilla's, pork tamales, fish tacos... yum!
ONE | Trader Joe's Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Holy crap, these things are the bomb (does anyone still say that?) - soooo good. Next time you're at Trader Joe's, do yourself a favor and try these. And then come back and thank me :)
That about sums up the weekend! Other than that, we visited the dog park a couple of times, watched Fear the Walking Dead, did a LOT of laying around on the couch, hung out with our neighbors, and went running on Saturday morning. Thank goodness after this feasting... haha. What were you guys up to?!
It's Friiiiday! Our Indian summer definitely ended this week - it's been a little dreary/cloudy and we're heading into more of the same for the weekend. Oh well, that just means we can get lots of home projects done - like buying a new storm door, painting... exciting stuff. Hopefully we can also fit in a trip to the pumpkin patch now that it's officially OCTOBER! This year is seriously flying by. Anyway, a few favorite links from around the web this week...
+ My favorite Hue leggings are currently 25% off at Nordstrom (& free shipping!) so I stocked up for the fall/winter with two new pairs.
+ Homemade crockpot applesauce was on the menu this week and it was SO good and so easy. I'll never buy the prepackaged stuff again! I also threw in some brown sugar and nutmeg for extra flavor.
I'm a firm believer in the fact that we should change up our skincare/makeup products when fall and winter (ew) roll around. Goodbye to the days of beachy hair, bronze skin and white nail polish. I know, sad face. But there is good news! Fall beauty is just as fabulous, especially this year. 2015 trends include metallic lids, black eyeliner and 'goth' lips, just to name a few. These looks below may be straight from the runway, but it's totally possible to recreate each of them at home for not a lot of money. Check it out...
Winged Eyeliner via Oscar de la Renta
Black eyeliner was huge on the runway this year. Winged, floating, double lined or smoky, there was a little bit of everything. Recreate this Oscar de la Renta look with a combo of kohl eyeliner straight across the top of the lid and a liquid eyeliner over top to hold and create the wing.
Natural skin is coming up in a big way this fall. Put away the contouring tools and bring on clear skin with a healthy looking flush. Go easy on the heavy foundation and use a combination of highlighing tools and rose or peach colored blush to give yourself the appearance of glowing skin. Drinking lots of water helps, too!
I think I'm personally most excited for this trend - metallic lids look great on everyone, no matter your skin tone, work well for both day & evening and are just so pretty. Bring on the bronze and gold shimmery lids!
Talk about the least fuss beauty trend! Low ponytails are super easy, but still appear quite sophisticated. Wear them straight down your back or to the side as pictured above; bonus points for decorative hair accents like pretty clips or headbands because those are in for the season, too.
Not just the usual dark lips that are trendy every fall... but goth/vampire/almost black lips. Since it's a strong look, it's best paired with a natural face and nude eye makeup. I'm also loving it with the unexpected beachy waves shown here.
I was cleaning through and organizing the photos on my phone the other night (which is another post in itself, blah) and came across the pictures from Brady's first birthday... which then made me realize I never shared the recipe for the pupcakes I made him!
These are super easy, much cheaper than a fancy little cake from a bakery, and quite tasty - Brady had two of them and then I ate the rest as muffins ;) He LOVED them and actually swallowed each of them whole. Although he does this with lots of things, socks included haha. The pupcakes were also really gentle on his stomach and didn't bother him at all, which was my biggest worry. Definitely doggy approved!
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
Dash of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cupcake tray with cooking spray.
Combine egg, peanut butter, applesauce, vanilla and honey in a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the carrots.
Sift together the flour and baking soda. Fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon batter into cupcake tray.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then move to wire rack to cool completely.
Once cool, apply 'frosting': a mixture of peanut butter and honey. Top with a Milkbone and serve to happy pup!
One of my very favorite things about fall may be the candles. I think the scents of autumn are the best of the best - pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, cedarwood. Mmmm. If you know me, you know that I love candles and while I'm a candle feign all year, this time of year especially. I patiently waited for the first day of fall (aka counted down the days) and now that we're here, my candles are burning around the clock.
Here are a few of my favorites and a few I can't wait to try...