Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top 5 Autumn *Bucket List* Travel Destinations


I don't think many people view Autumn as the most ideal time to travel, but for me, it's always been a real pleasure traveling when the temperatures are mild and everyone has gone back to school. My mom is really big into foliage and the turning of the leaves, while I've only just begun to truly appreciate the beauty that is the changing Earth. When I travel, I look for the experience, you know, the relaxation, the adventure, or the time spent with my family. History also plays a big role when searching for that next travel location. However, now I really want to find a good medium when it comes to travel, blending both my desire for the adventure or historical aspects with the seasonal changes that only come around once a year.

Seeing as Fall is just a month away and I'm always looking/planning/dreaming of my next trip, I thought I'd share some travel destinations/trips I think are most ideal during this cooler time of the year.

Lake Louise, Canada

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If you haven't heard of this dreamy Canadian location, well now you have. I came across this through Instagram of all places and naturally fell in love with it's beauty. Located in Southwest Alberta, this idyllic lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and turning leaves, is perfect for anyone looking for a romantic (is hosts a slew of weddings) destination, or for those who love nature and mountain getaways. To me, Autumn seems like the perfect time to visit because, duh, the turning of leaves and the surrounding lake region won't be covered in snow. 

Central Scotland

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Most people don't associate the color orange with Scotland- except if you're thinking of the gorgeous hair color connected to Scots. To me, when I think Scotland, green takes over my mind. But after doing some research, parts of this historic land does change color for the season. In fact, the best time to see the fiery glories of fall foliage in Scotland starts at the end of September. With tourism slowing in Fall and the weather cooling, some say the latter months of the year are the best time to visit Scotland. 

Iceland

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The major thing that draws me to Iceland is the Northern Lights. I mean, who doesn't want to see that wonder? And in Iceland, September is the month when The Northern Lights make their first appearance. Iceland can get dark and cold in the Winter, so Autumn is a great time to get to do most of the activities that are available in the Summer, while also enjoying the turning leaves and Northern Lights. Kind of the best of both travel experiences, if you ask me. 

Wisconsin, Autumn Train Tour

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Now that I'm living in the Midwest, I'm kind of excited for the fact that I'll actually have an Autumn season to enjoy. Coming from Southern California, we had maybe a week where the trees change and the weather gets really Fall like. Everyone here in Chicago keeps saying that Wisconsin has the most beautiful Autumns, and I can sure see why. There are trees everywhere! With my littlest man having a heart for trains, I figure taking a Wisconsin Train Tour of the turning leaves is a must for this season. They go all through the state and allow the adventurer to experience a true Wisconsin Autumn.

London, England

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I've actually been to London in October and absolutely loved it. The weather was cool, crisp and sunny, for the most part. I got to experience the wonder of the city, while still enjoying the colors, flavors, and weather of Fall. My favorite memory from that time was sitting in a tea shop and looking out the window at all the people, just living their lives. London is such a culturally rich and historical city, with more than enough to see and do, taking a break to just sit and enjoy the scenery is the real travel experience. 

Where would you want to go this Autumn if given the chance... what's on you travel bucket list? And where have you traveled in Fall that you just absolutely loved?? I'd love to know! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Linky!

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Chicken Potato Chowder- Honey and Birch
Feature Was Chosen by Ashleigh // Wright Simply Blog Chicken Potato Chowder // Honey and Birch "This chicken potato chowder is great for using up leftover grilled chicken breasts. It is easy to make and super tasty thanks to added bacon." (Re-Pin It )

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts //Inspirations For Moms
Feature Pick Was Chosen by Donna // Two Chicks and a Mom Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts // Inspirations For Moms "Baked version tastes like a moist, apple cake. The glaze on top is a treat as well with its tender kiss of apple cider. Trust me, it’s a challenge to stop at just one!" (Re-Pin It)

The last piece of our Hollywood bedroom set! // Grandmothers House DIY
Feature Pick Was Chosen by Maxine // Niagara Furniture Painting The last piece of our Hollywood bedroom set! // Grandmothers House DIY Furniture from Tarah's grandmother stored in a garage, she started finishing all of it, one piece at a time. (Re-Pin It )

Guesthouse Lost River- A Mountain Getaway // The Frugal Foodie Mama
Feature Pick was Chosen by Joanne // Our Unschooling Journey Through Life Guesthouse Lost River- A Mountain Getaway // The Frugal Foodie Mama Carrie and her husband took a nice vacation that was hosted by Lost River Mountain Getaway (Re-Pin It )

DIY Desk Organizer and Homework station // Anika's DIY Life
Feature Pick Chosen by Indah // My Purple World DIY Desk Organizer and Homework station // Anika's DIY Life Realizing they needed a place to store homework Ankia created a cute storage with supplies. (Re-Pint It )

DIY Coastal Candle Holder Centerpiece // Anikas DIY Life
Feature Pick Chosen by Evija // Evija With Love DIY Coastal Candle Holder Centerpiece // Anikas DIY Life Created with blocks of wood, this project turned out wonderful with a coastal feel. (Re-Pin It)

Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover Reveal – Before And After // Worthington Court
Feature Pick by Christine // Must Love Home Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover Reveal – Before And After // Worthington Court A major makeover in the home of Suzy of Worthington Court, It is bright and beautiful! (Re-Pin It)

DIY Patriotic Door Sign //The Johnson Plus A Dog
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Monday, August 22, 2016

10 Simple Muffin, Scone & Mug Cake Recipes!


I love coming up with new simple recipes that even the most novice of cooks can make. Baking hasn't always been a strong suit of mine in the kitchen, so creating tasty dishes that actually turn out the way I intend them to taste is a major win for me. I've come up with a list of my favorite muffin, scone, and mug cake recipes that I think everyone should be trying! Even if you live in a dorm, are camping, teaching your child how to cook, or a skilled chef looking for an easy, delicious treat, these recipes are sure to deliver.

Oatmeal Pancake Muffins


Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/3 cups Pancake mix (I use store bought bc I just can't get that recipe right)
  • 1 pack Instant Oatmeal, multigrain or apple cinnamon 
  • 1 cup water
  • Granola 
What You'll Do:
  • Mix pancake mix, oatmeal, and water in bowl.
  • Fill cupcake or muffin pan with spaces 3/4 full.
  • Top batter with granola. 
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 16 minutes.
  • This recipe yields 9 muffins.
  • Enjoy! 

Simple Pancake Mug Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp Butter {melted}
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tbsp Pancake mix
What You'll Do:
  • In a mug of your choice, melt butter for 10 seconds.
  • Add milk and stir, cooling the butter a bit.
  • Add egg and stir {don't add egg before milk or the the egg will get chunky}.
  • Add pancake mix and stir all ingredients together.
  • Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Pop out on onto a plate and enjoy with your favorite spread, jelly or even plain!

Coconut Flour Mug Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil 
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2.5 tbsp Coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp Truvia or Stevia 
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
What You'll Do:
  • In an awesome mug, melt coconut oil in microwave for about 10 seconds.
  • Add cold milk to oil and mix.
  • Add egg and mix {make sure to add egg after milk}.
  • Add and mix coconut flour, baking powder and Truvia.
  • Cook in microwave for 2-2:30 minutes {You want the egg to cook all the way}.
  • Let sit for a minute and then turn mug over, releasing cake.
  • Cut and top with your favorite spread or toppings.
  • Enjoy!

{Whole Wheat} Cinnamon Granola Scones


Ingredients
{Dough}
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
{Topping}
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Granola 
What You'll Do: (Heat oven at 400 degrees)
  •  In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. 
  • Stir in wet ingredients, mixing all until dough is formed (it will be sticky).
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Place dough on baking sheet  and flatten with floured hands to desired thickness, making a circle. 
  • Cut dough circle into 8ths.
  • Brush dough with melted butter and cinnamon mixtures using a pastry brush. 
  • Sprinkle granola on top of cinnamon, pressing lightly. 
  • Bake at 400 for 18 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Take out and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy! 

Cherry Almond Biscuits 


Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups Bisquick/ pancake mix or homemade biscuit recipe
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 drops almond extract 
  • 1 cup cherries, chopped and pitted 
  • 2/3 cup crushed almonds
What You'll Do:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine biscuit mix, milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and cherries until thick dough is formed.
  • In a small bag, using a hammer crush whole almonds until crushed into small pieces.
  • Using your hands or two spoons, drop 2 inch size dough balls onto a greased baking sheet.
  • Once all dough has been placed on sheet, sprinkle dough with crushed almonds. 
  • Bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Take out and let sit for 5 minutes, then enjoy!

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips
What You'll Do:
  • In your cutest mug, melt butter in microwave for 15 seconds.
  • Add water and vanilla, stir.
  • Add egg, stir.
  • Add coconut flour and baking soda and combine all.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Cook in microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Remove carefully {hot!} and let sit for 2 minutes.
  • Eat straight from mug or remove from mug and enjoy!!

Pumpkin Caramel Biscuits 


Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups of dry biscuit mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Caramel topping/ syrup 
What You'll Do:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine dry biscuit mix, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla until a thick dough forms.
  • Using a large spoon, spoon dough in two inch "balls" onto a greased or lined baking sheet {I used foil for lining}.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes or until the tops start to turn lightly brown.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle caramel syrup over the biscuits.
  • Give into the temptation and enjoy these pumpkiny treats! 

Coconut Banana White Chocolate Mug Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 5 drops almond extract *optional 
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a mashed banana 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp white chocolate chips
  • grated coconut for garnish 
What You'll Do:
  • In your cutest mug, melt butter in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  • Add water and almond extract, stir together. 
  • Stir in egg. 
  • Stir in banana and mash in with ingredients.
  • Add coconut flour and baking powder, then combine all.
  • Stir in white chocolate chips.
  • Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Remove carefully {hot!} and let sit for 2 minutes.
  • Eat straight from mug or remove from your mug, garnish with coconut flakes and enjoy!! 

Simple Lemon Almond Seed Scones 


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups basic pancake mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup salt-free butter
  • Three drops almond extract
  • 1/4 yogurt {I used Greek Vanilla}
  • 1/4 cup mixed seeds {I used green pumpkin and sunflower seeds}
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest 
What You'll Do:
  • Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  • Add almond extract.
  • Stir in butter until flakey. 
  • Add in yogurt and stir until dough is formed.
  • Stir in seeds.
  • Using a grater, grate in lemon zest... I freeze my lemons to make this process so much easier.
  • For traditional scone wedges, shape dough into a flat circle {think pizza} on a greased baking sheet or foil and cut into eighths (yields 8 large scones)
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
  • Once removed from oven, brush with butter and sprinkle crushed almonds and seeds over warm scones.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes and enjoy!! 

Cookie Butter Breakfast Muffins


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups standard pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 3 tbsp Cookie Butter Spread 
  • a pinch of cinnamon
What You'll Do: {makes 12}
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pancake mix, egg, milk, and cookie butter until all ingredients form a thick batter (with no chunks). 
  • Fill each greased muffin pan half way.
  • Bake at 350 for 16 minutes or until muffins start to brown on top.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Enjoy with cookie butter! 

I hope you enjoy all my favorite super tasty and super easy muffin, scone and mug cake recipes! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

That Instant Eye Lift


You guys, can I just tell you that when it comes to fighting the war on wrinkles, I can get a little crazy. Since going to esthetician school and learning the ins and outs of where wrinkles come from and how to prevent them, I'd say I'll pretty much do anything to keep them at bay...except anything painful. Although I know plenty of people who have had Botox or fillers to minimize or erase their pesky wrinkles, I could never bring myself to do that. Plus, I don't think my hubs would ever let me spend the money on cosmetic procedures. So I need skin care products that will give me the results I'm looking for- in this case, help a girl out with wrinkles- in a timely manner and for a good price. 

I recently started using Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye Lift for the aesthetic benefits of an eye lift, without the painful, costly procedure. It's made with Veegum, an ingredient known for its tightening and refining properties, as well as nourishing minerals. Instant Eye Lift is the ideal product for reviving mature, tired skin. 

Some of the benefits include:
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Tightens and firms skin while you feel it working 
  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles for an enhanced complexion 
  • Get instant results that last 6-8 hours


This smooth, pink serum goes on easy and works immediately. I have a problem with the skin around my eyes getting dry and giving the appearance of wrinkles when I smile- sad but true- so I add Instant Eye Lift under my moisturizer.. and it works! The picture above is from the end of a hot day when my skin was lacking major moisture. The picture below is after using Instant Eye Lift and taking better care of my dry skin. Such a huge difference, I know. That's why I seriously love this stuff!



And now you can fall in love with  Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye Lift  with this 25% OFF exclusive discount! Just use coupon code D888D at check out!

Have you tried a similar product to this one and it just didn't give you the results you were looking for?? If so, I highly recommend trying Instant Eye Lift and getting what you paid for!
This post was sponsored by Brandbacker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Linky! All blogs Welcome!**

Hey all! I'm so sick right now and for those of you who have kids and have been deathly ill, you know it only adds to the pain. But today I'll be spending my sick time in bed going through all the awesome links that get added today! So please, share, link up, and have a look around, too! With school starting and Fall just a month away, I know there will be some good content! 

Thanks for stopping by and linking up with us!! 


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Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving-Flamingo Toes 
Feature Pick By Evija // Evija With Love-DIY Marble Art Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving-Flamingo Toes ( Re-Pin It ) This vintage ladder is made with shelving, Satin Mod Podge and Floral Napkins making this a little rustic for Bev's new home.

How To Pick The Right Birthday Party Venue For Your Child?-Reta Meanovic 
Feature Pick By Ashleigh // Wright Simply-Beach Themed Guest Suite How To Pick The Right Birthday Party Venue For Your Child?-Reta Medanovic ( Re-Pin It ) This looks like a fabulous for a girls Birthday Party. This photo does not do it justice. 

Nutter Butter Cookie Cheesecake Sandwich-Marilyns Treats
Feature Pick By Joanne // Our Unschooling Journey Through Life-Drip Painted Pots Nutter Butter Cookie Cheesecake Sandwich-Marilyns Treats ( Re-Pin It ) Peanut Butter Oreo's and Sandwich cookies make up the crust, Cream cheese, sour cream and peanut butter make up the filling. 

Sweet Pineapple Zipper Pouch-Flamingo Toes
Feature Pick By Donna // Two Chicks and a Mom-Fall Front Door Sweet Pineapple Zipper Pouch-Flamingo Toes ( Re-Pin It ) What a cute little zipper pouch, the Pineapple craft is darling!

Gray Container Garden Vignette-Master Pieces Of Family 
Galvanized buckets, florist vases and a feed container here to name a few. Some are old some are new to make up this lovely vignette!!

The Breakfast Elvis – Peanut Butter, Bacon & Caramelized Banana Spiced French Toast-Pink Heels Pink Truck
Feature Pick By Indah // My Purple World-Sop Buntut - Indonesian Oxtail Soup The Breakfast Elvis Peanut Butter, Bacon & Caramelized Banana Spiced French Toast-Pink Heels Pink Truck ( Re-Pin It ) OK I think we all love Elvis and he has my vote for the PB Bacon Banana French Toast!!! 

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken-Mom of Six
Feature Pick By Indah // My Purple World Mediterranean Grilled Chicken-Mom of Six ( Re-Pin It) Balsamic vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano, and parsley make up this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Recipe

Bottle Wrapping-Wessen Art
Feature Pick by Karren // Oh My Heartsie Girl-Give Yourself a Home Pedicures Bottle Wrapping-Wessen Art ( Re-Pin It ) What a cute way to give a bottle as a gift with this unique wrapping.

 Salted Caramel Apple & Almond Galette-Delightfule Made
Feature Pick by Karren // Oh My Heartsie Girl-Pumpkin Hand Pies Recipe Salted Caramel Apple & Almond Galette-Delightfule Made ( Re-Pin It ) What a wonderful treat for fall, so easy to made with Store bought pie crust, fresh apples, store bought Salted Caramel sauce and topped with ice cream, it shouts fall!!

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