Thursday, October 22, 2015

This past weekend was our annual fall colors tour. Our home base this year was in Gaylord, Michigan and we made day trips out from there. Gaylord is an absolutely beautiful Michigan city because it's filled with dense forestry and tons of maple trees, so the fall colors 'really' show off. HOWEVER.... this is how we started our 'colors tour' on Saturday>>>
Snow. LOTS of snow. Like, at least 3 inches worth. I couldn't believe my eyes. We woke up Saturday morning to this little 'surprise'. Ben said- "well, white's a color, right?" Heh... Not quite what I was looking for, but thankfully it ALL melted away by mid-afternoon and we were able to see the pretty colors once again. Homegirl isn't quite ready for snow yet.
These pictures were all taken near the small lake where we were staying. We had a nice view of the water and trees from our room's window! So beautiful. I was especially fond of the reflection of the trees off the water.
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Ben snagged this sweater for me on his last business trip to Nashville. The boy knows me! ;)
Me & my beautiful mother.
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All things considered, we had an awesome trip! We took a drive through the tunnel of trees which probably wasn't the smartest idea on a busy Saturday, but oh well. A trip to Kilwin's Chocolate made up for the traffic. ;) It's hard to leave that place without buying one of everything! It smells like heaven, but dang it's expensive. I walk through the doors and money starts falling out of my purse.

In other news, lately I've really been exploring the world of yoga and it's kind of becoming my go-to workout as it's something I can do right in my living room while baby naps. My sister told me about Yoga with Adriene on Youtube and I LOVE her. She's funny, encouraging, and has a yoga video for everything! The best part- it's free. Not to mention, it's hard to get to the gym right now with Winston still being so little. I'm enjoying the challenge each new video brings and I'm excited to see some results. It's been a slow moving turtle getting my body moving again post-c section. For a while it still hurt to do some yoga poses, but lately, I'm feeling great! And by great I mean sore everywhere because yoga is no joke, people.

Anyway, have you tried yoga? Do you like it? It's a fun journey, seeing what this body is capable of doing. And I'm hoping it turns out to be a good mainstay for me because it's something I can take with me anywhere!-Bonus.
I'll keep you updated on my yoga journey periodically, and I'd love to hear from some of you too! Tell me your favorite poses or ideas.

Sweater: Gap (Exact)
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Crown Vintage, DSW
Jacket: Gift from Mom

Uncle John's Cider Mill

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Last week Ben and I snuck away for a few hours in the evening to go to the cider mill while my sweet parents watched Winston. I always look forward to a trip (or two) each year to Uncle John's. It's one of my favorite fall things to do locally, you just have to know what time to visit or else you'll be LOST in a sea of people! We've found that a week night is the 'perfect' time to visit and still keep your sanity. ;) We didn't wait in line for anything.


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If you've been following via Instagram, then you know that Ben and I were on our annual fall colors tour this past weekend with my family. We enjoyed lots of quality family time and played 'pass the baby' all weekend. ;) It was fun and challenging at times traveling with a 3 month old, but I wouldn't trade it for the world! Winston is such a trooper and did awesome in a new environment for a few days. He even got to see his first snow! Eek. Not sure how I feel about that really, but oh well. It was all melted by the middle of the day anyway. More on that in the next post.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I just started a new book study with some gals in my hometown and it's incredible! I've SO missed my quality girl time and I'm looking forward to learning a ton over the next 12 weeks or so. I might be sharing snippets along the way about the study. It's awesome so far!

Dress: Old Navy
Jacket: Gap
Scarf: c/o Hoodie Love (exact)
Shoes: Thrifted


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's finally here- the most beautiful month of the year in Michigan, in my opinion. There's just something so magical about the fall time. Yes, it's a brief season, but that just adds to the thrill of it. It's like an urge suddenly overtakes you and you just want to furiously devour everything at once. The smell of the leaves on the ground, the spectacular show of color, the tastes of the cider mill, the crisp feel of a walk... Perfection. I'm savoring every moment I can because sadly, I know it won't last. But for now, I'm letting the exhilaration rush do its work, and it is GOOD.
If I could describe my go-to fall 'mom' outfit, it would be something like this: big sweater, cowl scarf, and jeans. I'm into functional *and* comfy most days and that's just fine with me. H&M makes it easy with sweaters like this one I'm wearing. It goes with anything, it's warm, and it's affordable. I'm definitely feeling the need to go for a little 'scarf binge' shopping excursion soon. I can't get enough of them this year, and it's a no-brainer way to instantly jazz up an outfit.
These pictures were taken in front of one of the most beautiful historic homes in Owosso, the Gould House. Incredible. If you're ever in the area, do yourself a favor and take a tour. I still love admiring it and I've lived here for a while now. This yellow maple tree was so brilliant, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to snap some pictures by it while we were out. We're almost in our peak color season. Maybe another week or so, but dang, things are gorgeous here.
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That face... can you even? Even Winston is enjoying the fall. ;) He is such a trooper and loves being outside. I don't know if you can tell in the picture above, but he's smiling at mommy. He puts up with Ben and me taking pictures like a champ. He's such a happy boy and he changes every day! He's laughing out loud a lot lately and he's trying SO HARD to master the roll-over. I sure do love him.
I scored these shoes at our local Goodwill for $2.99. WHAT. They are true vintage as the tag on the inside is super old, but they look like they've never been worn! I'll be showing them lots of love this fall.

We're only a few days away from our annual fall colors tour! Ben and I have made it a yearly tradition and I'm so glad we carve out time for this each year. It's 'so' relaxing and really helps us soak it all in for the weekend. The place we're staying this year has a campfire pit and the lodge sits on a small lake, I can't wait! I'm way overdue for a campfire and s'mores.

Sweater: H&M (exact)
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Thrifted
Scarf: New York & Co.
Bag: c/o Rhett Blankenship Leather Goods

Changing Seasons

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy October, people!
We're officially beginning one of my favorite months of the whole year. It's like someone flipped a switch around here because suddenly October has arrived and bam- it's fall. Our September felt more like summer to me, which I'm not complaining about, but it's nice to have a break in the heat. I'm enjoying crisp mornings and SWEATER WEATHER! And as I type this I'm sitting in front of our electric fireplace warming my toes. Wood floors are no joke. When I checked the temperature on my phone this morning it said it was 42 degrees outside! Brrr.. We are definitely entering a new season.

Speaking of new seasons, I feel like I'm entering a new one personally, too. Winston is three months old next week (crazy) and he's totally letting us know that he's 'not' a newborn anymore. He's talking, cooing, laughing, smiling, and trying so desperately to roll over. I'm amazed at how fast our little pumpkin is growing and changing and I'm absolutely loving this new phase of his development.

Adjusting to life with a baby is challenging at times, but so worth it. Just getting out to snap pictures can be a chore, but I'm really trying not to let that stop me! I so enjoy blogging because as basic as it may sound- just spending time with Ben behind the camera is a blast, and he loves doing it. I'm hoping as Winston gets older, it becomes a fun thing for everyone to enjoy. Not to mention- he makes a great photo subject. ;)
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I'm keeping outfits pretty basic lately, on purpose. I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe- having a few key pieces that you can wear multiple ways. I'm not sure I'm diligent enough to follow that idea entirely, but it's really helped me think before I make a purchase. I'm looking for key pieces that can be worn over and over this season, that way I'm not cycling through 'trendy' pieces too quickly.

This olive sweater was a great find at Forever 21. Affordable, versatile, and the perfect fall color! I'm looking forward to styling this with lots of different outfits.
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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead. I'm looking forward to a girl's day trip tomorrow and then a fun wedding this Saturday that Ben is officiating. We're also anticipating our annual fall color's tour coming up here in a few weeks. That's always SO much fun! I'm a Michigan nerd so I get into 'all the things' when it comes to fall.

Forever 21 ;)
Boots: c/o Hush Puppies 
Watch: c/o JORD
Scarf: Gift
Bracelet: Charming Charlie

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Monday, September 28, 2015

Spaghetti Squash
Raise your hand if you love fettucini alfredo! Now raise your hand if you love all the calories!? Meh..

Today I'm sharing a delicious spaghetti squash alfredo recipe with you that's all the fun and majorly guilt-free. I mentioned in my last post that we were having girl's night at my place and that my sister was cooking- well, THIS was on the menu and it's totally 'share worthy'. If you didn't know, spaghetti squash is an excellent alternative to traditional pasta noodles. Sure, the taste is a wee bit different, but oh-so yummy. And just think about all those calories you'll be saving! ;) I bet you'll love it.
The hardest part of the whole dumb recipe is cutting the spaghetti squash in half. Ha. Hard as a rock, people. Squash-splitting should be an olympic sport. Anyway, just cut your spaghetti squash in half, cover the cut sides with olive or avocado oil, and bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes. Squash should come out looking like noodles when you scrape it with a fork.
^^ While your squash is cooking, prep your veggies and herbs. ^^
Heat butter or ghee in a pot over medium heat and cook garlic and shallot (or onion) until soft, about 4 minutes.
^^ Add in the mushrooms and cook for 5-6 minutes. ^^
Lastly, stir in the heavy cream or coconut milk while scraping the bottom of the pan.

To serve- add the spaghetti squash to the pan, season with salt & pepper, and mix it together well until everything is incorporated. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat.
Serve topped with fresh basil and shaved parmesan! Yum.
It doesn't get much simpler than this, folks. And hey, if you're into a paleo lifestyle then this recipe can totally be made to your standards (see below). Also, I challenge you to try using spaghetti squash in place of pasta for other recipes! It's a fun, healthy, and low-calorie substitution that also helps you get in your daily serving of vegetables. Win-win!

I hope your week is off to a great start. I'm still buzzing from an amazing weekend. Ben was gone ALL last week (so depressing) on a business trip so when he returned home on the weekend it was a great reunion. Winston and I missed him so much. Thankfully I have the most wonderful family who took me camping (baby 'and' dog in tow) and spoiled me rotten. Homemade camp meals, long bike rides, walks with Winston, and lazy afternoon naps made for the best time. Michigan really shows off this time of year. Everything is changing and so beautiful! See you back here soon, friends. xoxo--

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Mushrooms

-1 Spaghetti squash, cut in half (good luck) and seeds removed
-Avocado or olive oil for brushing 
-3 tablespoons butter or ghee
-2 cloves of garlic, minced 
-1 shallot (or onion), minced 
-8 ounces mushrooms, sliced. *If you're a mushroom addict like me then add more!
-1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk 
-7 basil leaves 
-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 

-Cut spaghetti squash in half and brush the insides with avocado or olive oil 
-Bake your spaghetti squash (insides facing up) for 45-50 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees.
-Scrape out insides of squash with a fork and place in a bowl, set aside 
-While squash is cooking- saute the garlic & shallot (or onion) in butter or ghee for about 4 minutes or until soft
-Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more
-Pour in heavy cream or coconut milk while scraping the bottom of the pan
-Add in spaghetti squash, season with salt and pepper, and stir until combined. Simmer for 3 minutes then remove from heat.
-Serve topped with fresh basil and shaved parmesan. Enjoy!!

*This recipe was made using Joshua Weissman's paleo cookbook- The Slim Palate. We made some modifications.

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