Monday, October 12, 2015


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekending {10/5}

Hello, Monday, we meet again!

This weekend was interesting. Rather than give you a play-by-play, I'll share some highlights:

- I went to pick up my marriage certificate on Friday in an effort to start my name-change process. I came home with three copies... except two of them were not mine. #sorryNicoleandQuartrina Should I take them back? 

- Our Saturday morning 5k got rained out, so we spent the morning at the gym, and studied for the afternoon. We didn't break until almost 7:30pm, at which point neither of us could think of a dinner idea. So we had peach smoothies for dinner. We are living large. 

- I finally mastered the omelette yesterday morning. I cannot express to you how many times my omelettes have turned into scrambles, but yesterday was a success! I only had to watch this video by Ina Garten a million times.

- Homemade apple sauce! I blogged about trying this on Friday and finally gave it a shot on Sunday afternoon. I did not use my crockpot, but the entire process took less than an hour and the results are fantastic!

- After trying my new black booties on for the tenth time, I decided I don't like them and need to return them. Fail. But I think I have a few other items on my list...

1. This coat. I pinned it to my pinterest board a few weeks ago and have been 
obsessing over it since then. 

2. This Madewell Tote. Everyone loves this bag... right? Should I monogram it?

3. Red lipstick. Such a must for fall and holidays. This BuzzFeed article is fun because it uses the same products on four skin tones. Funny Fact: I lived on the same floor as one of these girls in Washington, D,C, in 2009.... small world.

4. A new haircut! OP is obviously my fashion icon, and I want to chop my hair a bit... thoughts? (love this set of short-ish hair inspiration)


linking with Biana and Meghan for some weekend love <3

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Getting Cozy In October {the easiest chili recipe}

This week just felt like fall. I don't know, something about the darker mornings makes me feel like fall has arrived.

Fall means some changes at my house. While I like my summer home to feel light and airy, I want my fall/winter home to feel cozy and crisp. I make a few small changes in my home as I prepare for the colder months. 


The Living Room. 
As soon as September arrives, I purchased new candles for fall. I love anything cinnamon-spice-apple-pumpkin. We leave a candle lit most evenings in our home, and I love the way it makes the house feel. I just purchased this one for our living room. If we can't have a cozy fireplace, I will make it smell like one!

Fireside Scented Candle

I am also adding in a basket of extra throws to the living room for the fall and winter. We move a lot of our date nights inside as the temperatures drop, and I love having a blanket to curl up with on the sofa. I also think a basket of throws just looks so inviting. 

Cashmere Throws
The Bedrooms. 

We have all heard that creating a special space for sleep is important - and AR and I have taken several steps to make this happen in our bedroom. We made the lighting a little darker, we removed clutter, and we added textures to the space. As the weather gets colder, I know we will head to bed earlier and I want that space to be cozy, warm, and comforting. 

Parachute Down Alternative Comforter
To prepare for fall, I am upping the weight of our comforter, and adding another throw to the bed. I love having a duvet cover for this reason - I take it to the dry cleaner each season and switch out the comforter depending on the weather. I also use a down alternative comforter because of all of A's allergies. 

For guest bedrooms, I add in extra throws, fuzzy socks and slippers, and a big sweatshirt. So often when people come over, they don't have something warm for their feet, so offering some extras is a sweet touch. I also like to provide extra blankets in case people get cold at night! 

For my closet (which is kind of like the bedroom!), I switch out my clothing. I love unpacking my sweater and jackets as I put away my summer clothes. I am obsessed with these vacuum seal space bags, which keep my clothes protected, and fit right under my bed. 

The Kitchen. 

Fall brings in a whole set of new recipes for me. I want hot soups and stews, with warm bread. I crave hot beverages, like tea and hot chocolate, along with sweet treats like muffins and cookies. I've been blogging about these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for weeks now, and they are becoming a fall staple. I am also stocking up my my favorite hot chocolate mix and some teas.  

Tonight I have chili in the crockpot, which I whipped up in the morning before leaving. Chili was a classic fall recipe at my house, and I love switching up the ingredients. I always start by browning onion, garlic, bell pepper, and ground turkey. I add this to the crock pot with two cans of beans (black, ranchero, or kidney beans all work well), crushed tomatoes, and a little broth. For seasonings, I use lots of chili power and cumin because we like it hot :) We like it served with shredded cheese, sour cream, and brown rice!

What do you love to bake or cook in the fall? 
How to you prepare for the seasons?


~this post was inspired my Parachute, but I was not compensated for any of my opinions~

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fri-Yay! {10/2)

Popping in for some quick Friday love this morning. Somehow, I've woken up to cloudy fall weather and October. I couldn't be happier.

1. Recipe for this Weekend
This weekend I want to try making homemade applesauce in the crock pot. I've never done this before, but I just know it is going to make the house smell amazing. I'm looking at using this recipe, but if you have a fav, please share!

2. Fall Styling
Okay, I LOVE a good scarf. I studied abroad in Turkey in college and brought back a massive load of scarves and have been rocking them every since. Of course, now I am wearing more plaid than pashmina, but still. This article has great tips on styling your blanket scarf.

3. Speaking of Styling
Today I am unpacking all of my winter clothes and packing up the summer clothes, with plans for a donation trip tomorrow morning.

4. Home Prep
Just like I prep my closet for fall, I prep my house for the colder months. Tomorrow I am sharing all my Get Cozy plans, as well as my favorite chili recipe :)

5. Sam Hunt
Last night, I headed to the Braves stadium (in the rain!) for the last half of the game and a Sam Hunt concert. We had SO much fun!

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with the 5 on Friday ladies

Linking up with Oh Hey Friday friends

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Table Decor

Ooooooo, do I love a good table decoration. One of my favorite things about visiting my family in Texas is going to my Aunt Anna Gail's house. She always has her dinning room completely decorated for whatever holiday or season is current. She decorates eveyrthing from her centerpieces, table clothes, napkin rings.... even her salt & pepper shakers change out. 

While I am not quite at my Aunt's level, I do love a fall table set-up. I like a festive centerpiece for the dinning table, as well as something for the coffee table in the living room. Here is some of the inspiration I am looking to this fall! 





What table decor is your favorite? 
Do you change out your centerpieces for the seasons or holidays?