Here are some of my picks for the fall, after all fall fashion is all about accessorizing!
Oversize Clutch – A great grab and go handbag that can be worn with literally any look. It’s especially perfect for evenings out on the town.
Sole Society Sunglasses– The sun in the fall can be very brutal. Some people think sunglasses are only for the summer season, but we actually need them year round, especially during the colder months.
Yellow and Brown Quartz Ring – Make your statement this fall with this statement ring.
Merlot Tinted Lip Balm – A perfect fall color that will also keep your lips moisturized.
Brown Pashmina Scarf – Scarves are an essential accessory for the fall. The great thing about a pashmina are the many ways you can wear it.
Gold Hoop Earrings- Hoop earrings are my favorite accessory all year round, but especially during the fall. These have a tear drop shape which adds a little twist on the simple hoop look.
First I want to thank beautywiththeblogger for nominating me for a Liebster 🙂 Go follow her blog! RULES:
- Post 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you will post.
- Choose 11 new blogs with under 200 followers for their Liebster Award, notify them that they have been nominated, and think of 11 questions for them to answer!
11 Random Facts About Me:
- I’m organized when it comes to everything except for my digital life (emails, memory sticks, cloud storage…it’s a mess–I’m working on it though)
- If you’ve given me a card at any point in my 34 years of existence for my Birthday I still have it..I save ALL my cards.
- I love dark chocolate, wine, almonds and avocados.
- I’m a tea and coffee drinker…love the smell of fresh brewing coffee.
- My sister and I have the same birthday- 4/11 (no we aren’t twins).
- Not a morning person and very much a night owl—I like quiet mornings, however, that’s a little hard in a household of 5 plus 2 dogs.
- Good listener when others need to talk and I’ll even help you find solutions to your issue.
- I’m pretty easy going, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when people waste my time.
- Still learning a lot things when it comes to my spiritual journey–but hey aren’t we all?!
- I’ve discovered how much I love audio books on my daily commutes–thanks to Audible.
- I speak to my mom every single day.
Questions from BeautyWithTheBlogger
1) What has been your Summer go to fotd?
LOL..this could either mean Face Of The Day or Food Of The Day–I’ll answer both. Natural, moisturized with a light colored lipstick and maybe a little mascara, for “food” fruits (berries or mangoes)
2)Do you wear your hair more up or down this season?
It’s down during the day and by evening when it’s gym time it goes up.
3) Who is your favorite blogger?
I have so many that it’s hard to pick, my top 3 are Design Sponge, Designing An MBA and I Spy DIY
4) Are you Happy you followed my blog? Lol
Yes! You are so cute!
5) Do you enjoy blogging more than any other social network or not really ?
I have my days. I use to try and post something everyday and then I decided to scale back and post quality content over quantity.
6) What is your favorite song?
Once again I have one too many. New school Nico & Vinz–Am I Wrong, Old School Sade–Smooth Operator
7) What is something you always wanted to do but never did?
Visit Africa–I still have time to do this though.
8) DID YOU SEE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS TONIGHT
I didn’t actually, but my husband has been telling me that it’s a pretty good show.
9) What’s your day to day skincare routine?
I use to be a product junkie (maybe I still am), but I discovered Om Botanical products at a Health Foods fair and it’s been one of the best products I’ve used to date. It’s all in one cleanser, toner and exfoliator are great I do a facial steam and mask once a week.
10) What do you like to do most in the summer ?
Beach and pool–although I haven’t gotten a chance to do either one since summer started 🙁
11) Are you having a good day? I hope so
Every day God wakes me up and allows me to experience is a good one I’ve come to realize. I have my health, family and friends–everything else is meaningless without those 3 components. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but I’ve learn to find happiness in something each day- my 100 Days of Happy on Day 31 so far.
I NOMINATE THE FOLLOWING BLOGS:
I’m LOVING the names of these blogs I nominated!
11 Questions to Answer
1. What’s your main reason for blogging?
2. iPhone or Samsung or Neither
3. What’s your ultimate favorite vacation spot?
4. What book do you recommend I read next?
5. What’s your favorite summer cocktail (it can be virgin or not..your choice)?
6. What food do you like to eat while sipping on your favorite cocktail?
7. What’s your favorite accessory or jewelry piece to wear?
8. What’s your favorite holiday?
9. Morning riser or Night Owl?
10. Social Butterfly or “Please Don’t Talk to Me”
11. What’s your pet peeve?
I love ice cream during the summer. A couple of years ago my husband discovered harmful ingredients that are added to store bought ice cream. That’s when we decided to invest in an ice cream maker and started to mix up our own recipes. I don’t know about you, but the ingredients in ice cream should be simple and when I see ingredients like corn syrup and carrageenan it worries me.
I absolutely love rum raisin ice cream and I wanted to try a version using coconut milk. The result was TASTY. You couldn’t even tell it was made from coconut milk and it was very simple to make and it happens to be paleo (that was just by chance). Here’s the recipe I used:
Rum Raisin Ice Cream
1 can of full fat coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 – 3/4 cup of raisin (I like mine with a lot so I used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup of rum
1. Soak raisins in rum for 2 hours or overnight if you like. You may need to add a little more rum to ensure all the raisins are covered.
2. In a small sauce pan pour the can of coconut milk and stir in coconut sugar over low heat. Add the vanilla extract.
3. Beat the egg yolk and slowly add that to the coconut milk mixture while stirring slowly. If mixture begins to curdle a bit, don’t worry you can strain it when the mixture cools.
4. Allow the mixture to cool and pour into a heatproof bowl. Add only the raisins from the rum soaked mixture.
5. Cover mixture and put in refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours or even overnight.
6. Pour mixture into ice cream maker using the ice cream maker’s directions.
7. Once ice cream mixes. Pour it into a metal pan or plastic container an line top with parchment paper and freeze for about an hour.
8. Time to enjoy your ice cream!
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I missed posting this yesterday. Do you ever get interrupted every time you sit down to do something? That’s exactly what happened yesterday, so I’m calling this one Tutorial Tuesday. The wait is now over, you finally get to see the finish product of the Outdoor Living series. I’m sure I’ll add more little things later on, but for now it’s done. I decided to go with a grey, turquoise and yellow color theme and a splash of berry. So here goes, I’ve broken down my mini projects so you can have an overview of what the process was for each one. Overall the cost for this look only costed me $86 total!
4 pillows size 20 in x 28 in
2 small pillows 14 in x 14 in
40 plastic grocery bags
Sewing Machine or Liquid Stitch
The first thing I did was cut a sponge into a leaf shape (it bounces off the leaf textile for the bigger pillows), and using turquoise paint I dabbed the paint onto a pillow case that I made from plain yellow fabric and allowed it to dry over night.
I ended up making 4 pillows, 2 with actual pillows as inserts and since I refused to trek it to Ikea for two more I used a good trick my sister in law taught me and stuffed the cases with recycled grocery store plastic bags.
Since this was a very budget project and like I said previously I didn’t feel like going to Ikea, I bought some regular bed pillows (4 to be exact) and found a pretty print leaf fabric at Joann’s Fabric for 50% off per yard and pulled out my sewing machine. I just did a very basic simple stitch and sewed 2 pillow cases. You could even do this using Liquid Stitch fabric glue.
If you want a quick way to brighten up your space, this technique is so simple and can be done in less than 20 minutes. I was lucky enough to have canvases around the house and just used the leftover fabric from the pillows. As a matter of fact I did this project while watching a World Cup match 😉
Just measure out the fabric so that it matches the measurements of your canvas. It maybe easier to just lay the canvas on top of the fabric and just cut around the canvas leaving about an 1 inch of fabric from the border of the canvas. Then using your staple gun fold the fabric to the wooden part of the canvas and staple away until the entire canvas is covered with the fabric. On the yellow canvas I trimmed out the leaf pattern and glued it to the canvas and used Little Model A‘s stamp set to stamp an inspirational saying.
We eat a lot of beans in our house, so we have tons of cans leftover. I did see a neat DIY on Pinterest where you punch holes into the cans to create a nice illuminating effect. However, in my attempt to do that it was taking quite a long time and I didn’t really want to end up in the ER for trying to punch holes into cans. I ended up just giving them a nice coat of light gold spray paint and painted the words “RELAX” in turquoise. I even put tea lights inside the cans and lit them and the low lighting was very pretty.
Painted Wine Bottles
Since I’m a wine lover, we also have lots of wine bottles that I use for decor around the house. I figured why not give it a splash of yellow paint and use my chalk paint on the front label. Another super quick and inexpensive idea and Aiden likes the chalk idea so it’s a super plus.
Well my summer Outdoor Living space is off to a good start, I’ve sat outside at least 4 times since I completed it. I hope you enjoy the mini tutorials. Please feel free to subscribe to my list and blog for more posts just like this.
I love adding mint leaves to my water, it gives it a very refreshing taste. However, what I hate is soggy mint leaves hours later in my glass. I tend to use the same glass throughout the day because I drink a lot of water and hate to have to keep adding fresh mint leaves every time. This weekend I decided to do something new, why not brew high concentrated fresh mint leaves and leave a pitcher in the refrigerator. Using fresh mint leaves from my garden that’s exactly what I did! It was so easy to just keep filling up my glass with mint water and not have to worry about soggy leaves.
If you haven’t had a chance to try mint water you definitely should. Mint is one of those herbs that has many benefits. It’s great for digestion helps to settle your stomach, helps with congestion, it’s a natural stimulant so it can help with fatigue and it’s a total breath freshener. Check out my simple Make It Monday recipe and enjoy!
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Tomorrow marks the official day of summer. Here in Atlanta the high has been 90s pretty much all week. Two of my summer goals were to have start a summer vegetable garden with organic veggies which is done and underway and the other was to list up my summer reading list. Last summer I only managed to read 2 books, but I have higher expectations this summer. Here’s my list, it has summer enjoyment books as well as some educational ones.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I’ve pretty much put off watching the movie because I haven’t finished the book yet. When Living Social had their try Audible for free deal for two months, I jumped on it. I’ve been listening to the audio version while I design new jewelry creations and commuting in the car–very convenient. Can’t wait to finish and watch the movie!
By Love Possessed Stories by Lorna Goodison
I couldn’t wait to read this when I saw it listed in Essence magazine (almost 2 years ago), and it’s written by a fellow Jamaican…I must read it! I can’t wait to read these collections of short stories.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
I’m a fan of Gladwell and his work. David and Goliath speaks to how to deal with our obstacles and reshaping the way we think about them in order to come out successful.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
This has been on my Pinterest board book list for quite some time and I think it’s about time that I read it. Whether you have an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur way of thinking this book is for you, so let’s read it together.
Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver
I had the honor of meeting Fawn last October at Blogalicious and she has to be one of the most down to earth people that I’ve ever met, so when I saw that she was coming out with a book I knew I had to add it to my reading list. See what the secrets are as Fawn travels 12 countries, 6 continents to achieve 1 mission about marriage.
Have you came up with your summer reading list yet? Please share, would love to see what’s on your book list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our list.
In little over a week we’ll be celebrating our Fathers. Hopefully you’ve already bought your Father’s Day gift or planning on it, if not let me help you out….here you go (smile)! Although Father’s Day isn’t as popular as Mother’s Day, it is just as important. In my eyes it’s a celebration of the foundation of family. Growing up I have many different memories of my dad, of all the memories the ones that stick out were our yearly summer breaks visiting Fort Wayne, Indiana or “corn country” as we use to call it! As a matter of fact if I had describe my dad to I would say he was a cross between Bill Cosby and Daddy Pope. He can be funny at times with his creative parenting style, but when he means business he means business.
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With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fitting to have our Make It Monday series be a DIY project for Mom. My mom is a retro DIY queen (which is where I get my DIY love from). She’s been DIY’ing way before the term DIY even became mainstream. For her, as a single mom she just did what she could on what her budget was back in the day. One of the things my sister and I look forward to are the handmade cards that she gives on holidays and birthdays. Today’s Make It Monday are steps to creating a beautiful and simple Mother’s Day Card for mom using remnants of scrapbook paper.
Step 1: Gather all your tools. I used the following:
– Several remnants of scrapbook paper
– Circle paper cutter
– Glue stick
– Metallic markers or Sharpies
– Clear tape
Step 2: Using the circle paper cutter, cut out a few circle shapes.
Step 3: Next lay out all your shapes. I cut a heart shape out using my Cricut, but feel free to get creative and cut other shapes.
Step 4 and 5: Next, take one of the scrapbook papers and using a ruler outline a rectangle shape with the dimension 3 1/2 wide by 10 inches long and cut out the rectangle. Then fold in half and you’ll have 3 1/2 by 5 inches card.
Step 6: Then arrange the cut out shapes on the top of the card as you like.
Step 7: Glue cut out shapes in place on the front of the card.
Step 8: Cut clear tape about 2-3 inches long and they snip the ends on a slant.
Step 9: Align clear tape on the front of your card in whichever direction or slant you like.
Step 10: Using the metallic markers I created circles that give a polka dot effect.
Step 11: Take one of the larger cutout pieces and place in the inside of the card. This is going to serve as the “personal message” section for your card.
This is the final product of my card. Are you making your own DIY cards? Leave me a link in the comments I would love to see. Be sure to subscribe to our list for more Make It Monday series.
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