October 1, 2014

Guide to Autumn Reading: Curl Up With a Good Book!

Here are my picks for some of the best, new books this fall. When the weather turns chilly, it doesn't get much better than curling up with a good book - and you can't go wrong with any of these great reads!

There are a lot of really dark tales out there this fall and I didn't want to only feature that type of book. If you're into that sort of thing, you might also check out "Voyage of Strangers" and "The French Executioner" - both are excellent but not featured here.

What are you reading this fall? Leave a note for me in the "comments" section of this post and I'll let folks know!

September 27, 2014

7 Tips for a More Peaceful Home {Self-Care Saturday}

When I say "peaceful home" what comes to mind? Some might think of a Zen sanctuary, a retreat center, or a friends house that always seems quiet and inviting. Often times our own homes aren't places that we consider to be peaceful! Why? Because we LIVE THERE! 

Living in a home causes all kinds of activity! Seldom are we able to spend a day at home doing nothing but relaxing or reading a book without someone or something interrupting our peace. That doesn't mean that you can't work to make your home more peaceful than it feels now! Here are seven great tips that I found on how you can make your home more peaceful.

September 25, 2014

Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks: Getting Ready for Fireplace Fires

All summer long, we pick up sticks. Our neighborhood is full of big, beautiful trees. It's one of the things that I love the most about it!

Back to sticks. We pick them up after a storm blows through. We pick them up before we mow the lawn. We pick them up after the dog drags them to the middle of the yard and puts them in a pile. Sometimes we pick them up from the neighbors yard and throw them over the fence into our yard.

We burn them in our fire pit. We pile them up next to the shed. This year, I decided to put them to good use!

After the finger incident of 2013 where I smashed my finger in a wood splitter, we BOUGHT our firewood for the winter this year. What we are lacking is the kindling wood that you need for starting fires. Hmmm...

September 24, 2014

12 GIN-SPIRING Recipes for Fall: Warming, Comforting Ginger

There are so many tasty and healthy ways to enjoy the warming, comforting spice ginger!

Here in the United States, it's mostly known for adding a little zip to cookings and soda, but worldwide it's a staple ingredient used in cooking and more.

Ginger is the perfect spice to warm your body when the air starts to get chilly in the fall, but it's so much more than that! Ginger helps maintain normal blood circulation, helps prevent colds and flu, improves digestion, reduces pain and inflammation, and can strengthen overall immunity.

Here are some of my favorite ginger recipes from the web. Must try: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Apple Ginger Smash Cocktail, Ginger Chai Tea, and Ultimate Ginger Cookies.

September 22, 2014

Love Your Pets? Take the Paws for Life Pledge!

Love Your Pets? Take the Pledge!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I write SO often on this blog about living a healthier lifestyle - why wouldn't we all choose to do the same for our pets?

Sometimes our house feels like a total zoo, but we wouldn't trade our critters for anything! We have 2 cats, (Gypsy and Snowball) and 2 dogs (Copper and Maggie) that are absolutely a part of our family!

September 20, 2014

September 18, 2014

5 Years of Fall Fashion: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Fall Fashion

Fashion trends come and go, but fashion designers tend to have a certain look to their designs that they adapt to meet current trends year after year. That has never been more evident than it is now. I thought I'd share some images from fall fashion runways from 2010, fall fashion runway images from 2011, fall fashion 2012 runway show images, 2013 fall fashion trend images, and 2014 fall fashion runway images. Images are from top fashion designers that are household names - Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren,  and Narciso Rodriguez.

September 16, 2014

A Softer Haircut for Fall 2014 - Fringe - Pixie - Bob

It's September and there's a bit of a chill here in Minnesota. This time of year is so strange. No matter where you go, there are people wearing flip-flops and shorts, there are people wearing boots and sweaters, and there are people wearing actual coats! All at the same place on the same day! Fall fashion at it's finest in the Midwest!

My favorite REAL trends for fall are soft, pretty, a little boho, 70's inspired, rich in color and texture, and full of fun! How do you translate those qualities into a head to toe look? A super cute pixie cut with a softer edge. 

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday {Do More of What Makes You Happy} NYFW

Happy Friday all! Isn't it amazing how quickly the weeks go by? I can't believe that it's the middle of September. The older you get, the faster time seems to fly.

Fall is such a time of transition. As the blossoms fade and the leaves start changing it's hard to believe that another summer is gone.

That's why I've come to realize that you have to be thankful for every moment you have. You have to make sure that you take time every day to do something that makes you happy. You have to make sure that you are doing what's right for you and making the very best of what you've got!

For us introverts it's a gift to be able to stay home and curl up in the evenings with a book or magazine, to watch a movie instead of taking a walk, to crawl into bed under the covers instead of cranking up the air conditioning. I can never wait for "sweater weather" to arrive, but now that it's here I'm in a bit of shock!

September 9, 2014

Brew Your Own Kombucha at Home! Save Big $$

Why spend $6 a bottle at Whole Foods for your favorite brew when you can easily and inexpensively make your own kombucha right in your own kitchen?

I've been brewing my own "booch" for a few months now and I thought I'd share some basic information on how you can do the same!

The reported health benefits of drinking kombucha tea are plentiful, from clearing up stomach problems to alleviating arthritis pain. I'm not going to go into great details about that in this post, but for a great explanation on what kombucha IS and why you might want to drink it, there is a ton of information on getkombucha.com.

Back to brewing the booch!