SWEATER // JEANS // JACKET // HAT // BOOTIES

We finally got around to visiting the pumpkin patch, and just in time for Halloween! Now we just have to get around to carving them. Since we started dating, for the past three years, Chase and I have made pumpkin picking/carving our own little tradition. And let me just say that we don’t do just do the classic ole’ jack-o-lantern face. The first year we did a howling wolf and the Cheshire cat, and last year we did Jack and Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas. Any suggestions for this years pumpkins?

The local farm where we go each year is perfect now that Oliver is running around and playing (he was only 2 months old last year). There’s a petting zoo with lots of baby animals, lots of corn bins to play in, a hay ride, corn maze, and lots of other kid friendly activities. By the end though, Oliver was ready for a nap and could care less what pumpkins we chose. Haha! Tonight is trick-or-treating in our little town. It’s not Halloween yet, weird know, but PA does this weird thing where they don’t trick-or-treat on actual Halloween. I love dressing up Oliver and I’m sure there will be at least one blog post about our costumes.

Xoxo

 

It is finally the weekend!! I say finally because this weekend seemed to crawl by. Mostly because Oliver is cutting his second tooth and he tends to be very needy, to the point that he has a meltdown if I even try to go to the bathroom without him… Baking is my way to relax and I felt like I needed it! Plus, I got sent Ginger Root Infused Maple Syrup from Runamok Maple, and I have always loved experimenting with different flavors and recipes when it comes to baking. When Runamok Maple asked me to incorporate their maple syrup in a recipe, I, of course, knew I had to make something autumnal. Here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Oat Scones with Ginger Root Infused Maple Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp. Runamok Maple’s Ginger Root Infused Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg

Glaze:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add flour, oats, baking powder, brown sugar, spices, and salt to food processor and process until well combined. Add butter and pulse until pea-sized.
  3. Transfer flour mixture to a largebowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, egg and maple syrup.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Add a bit of flour if it’s too sticky.
  5. Transfer to a floured surface, delicately pat into a 1-inch thick circle. Cut into 8 even sections and transfer to a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottoms are light golden brown.
  6. Take out and cool
  7. For glaze: Sift confectionary sugar and then whisk in maple syrup until smooth and easy to drizzle. If it is too think, add in maple syrup a little bit at a time until the right consistency.
  8. Enjoy!!

Xoxo

** This post is in collaboration with Runamok Maple. All opinions are truthful and my own 🙂

Yesterday, I decided to change up my usual everyday hair, and I went for a braided top knot look. I love top knots because it gets all the little hairs out of my face, but my ears still get to stay warm. Priorities. Haha! The different sized Dutch braids definitely give it a Vikings-esque look. By the way, if you haven’t seen that show yet, watch it! The story line, the acting, costumes, and hair is amazing!

Since I didn’t know how this was going to turn out, I neglected to take photos throughout the process, so I will do my best to let you know the steps.

What you will need:

  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • 3 tiny rubber hair ties
  • Sea Salt spray (you can buy, or DIY one. I used 1 1/2 hot water with 1 TBSP sea salt)
  • Hairspray

Instructions:

  1. Divide the top section of your hair into three sections, tying the remaining hair up to keep out of the way. The middle thicker, and two smaller sections on the sides. Make sure your parts are even and that you still have a lot of hair down.
  2. Braiding each section one at a time, spray with salt spray before braiding. The spray will make it easier to braid and will hold the shape better. Here is a good Dutch braid tutorial. (Make sure to braid the smaller braids tight)
  3. Once all sections have been braided, loosen the middle braid by pulling the strands gently. Work the loosened strands throughout the middle braid.
  4. Make a small messy top knot with the remaining hair from the braids. For fine or shorter hair, tease each braid pony tail to give your top knot more body.
  5. Finish off by using either hairspray or a light mousse to smooth down and tidy up the braids

I hope I made that understandable and not too tricky! Let me now if any of you try it out, and how it went or some pointers on written hair tutorials. I love feedback!!

Xoxo

New week, new look! Poncho’s aren’t just a bad early 2000’s trend!

I just wanted to share this red rust colored poncho from Old Navy that I have been loving! Most cringe when they think poncho. Poncho’s aren’t those gaudy, neon knit anymore. They are perfect for fall layering and SUPER comfortable! I bet that most girls can relate when I say that there are just some days where I don’t feel my greatest. Whether it’s feeling bloated, insecure, or just one of those days that I want to be stylish but also comfy, ponchos are perfect, because it’s like wearing a blanket that is appropriate for going out. Haha!

Xoxo

The past couple of days have been rainy and dark, and we’ve been feeling a little cooped up. The other day the sun broke through the dark clouds for a little bit, and we jumped at the chance to get outside. This little boy loves the outdoors, and while he didn’t exactly jump in the leaves, he had fun watching me throw them up and then trying to do it himself. It ended pretty quick when I wouldn’t let him shove leaves down my shirt… Oliver is such a little troublemaker and a goofball.

The thing with Oliver is, he doesn’t usually need toys to make him happy. He finds joy in the little things. He could play with kitchen utensils, makeup brushes, and mulch for hours. Pretty much all his toys were a gift, and he rarely plays with them, besides a select few. I love his excitement at everyday things! He makes me find joy in the little things, and he’s my little that brings me joy. So many kids need TV, or electronics to make them happy. They need the newest, flashiest toy. Chase and I both agreed that we want to raise our kids with a love and appreciation for the outdoors. We want Oliver to use his imagination and creativity, to grow up continuously finding joy in everyday things.

Okay, there’s my cute little kiddo appreciation post for the week.

Xoxo