I love fall weather and this time of year with the holidays but when I say I like this time of year it doesn’t mean I want to skip straight to winter. We headed up to Iowa this weekend to see my sister and go to a football game. We were greeted by snow in Iowa and a temperature of 8 degrees that felt like 0 degrees. We spent the afternoon huddled in a coffee shop, enjoying sweet pumpkin lattes that warmed our frozen fingers. The husband finally convinced me to go out to the football game for a little bit but let just say an hour outside was way too long.
However, after a great weekend with family and coming home with all our toes (it was a close call last night with someone’s toes getting close to frost bite) it was a weekend well spent.
i just finished my second half-marathon this morning and boy was it tough but we got extremely lucky and lucked out with beautiful fall weather. i decided this afternoon is perfect for lounging on our deck and blogging to enjoy the weather and rest my legs. as i was looking through my blogroll this morning, there were a few things that caught my eye that i thought i would share.
most popular children’s names by state and year. a cool info graphic that changes by the year. not surprised to see the names jessica, ashley and emily make the list.
dulce de leche cookies. these look divine and even better its by a blogger from england, making it all the more cool.
table setting cheat sheet. just in time for the holidays! this gives you every scenario and how to set up for it.
moscow mule recipe. my new fav drink that comes in the most chic copper mug I have ever seen. plus the recipe is from Oprah so you know its good.
finding a new fashion website always makes me happy but when everything is under $50, i just can’t resist. while reading my daily blog roll, i found the website Sheinside and was browsing through there clothes. i will say you might have to dig a little but its totally worth it when you find something you like. These are some of the clothes that I found that I might just have to get.
can we just talk about this dress with accents of leather or the aztec
printed sweater? i might end up getting the black sweater, i love how unique it is.
as i promised in my previous post, here are the pictures from my recent weekend trip. my dad, sister and i thought it would be fun to take a quick trip up to Minneapolis. my favorite part of the trip was the farmer’s market out on the water front. it was just such a happy place with the local musicians, artists and farmers all running their stands with the local fare.
my sister has a love for photography and snapped a bunch of pictures of the farmer’s market so I thought I would share a few. i am kind of obsessed with the pictures of the fresh flowers and carrots just plucked from the ground. also, the arrow bracelet that I am wearing is from the local artist i mentioned in the previous post. (all photos are credited to Lindsey Swirbul)
hi loves. two weekends ago, my dad, sister and I took a weekend vacation to minneapolis (pictures coming soon!) just for the heck of it. sometimes it’s so nice to just get away for a day or two. we stayed downtown in the theatre and art district, which who knew that minneapolis had a cool theatre district. it was nice to have some quality time with the family.
one morning, we took the train to the waterfront with the most spectacular farmer’s market. i tried the best kale, apples and cheese you could imagine. One of my special finds though was a local artist. the artist, Larrisa Loden makes beautiful medal jewelry that is super unique. i bought the arrow bracelet below and am currently loving it! take a look at some of her other stuff on her website and below.
I was feeling crafty this weekend and was searching on Pinterest for the perfect craft that I could display in out apartment. There were tons and tons of cute wreaths online with flowers, monograms, bows… you name it! I thought it would be fun to create one of my own with the last initial of our last name and color palate of teal, white and tan (burlap, I am kind of obsessed with burlap, I used a lot of it in our wedding!) Below are step by step instructions to help you recreate your own if your having a crafty moment.
Supplies you will need:
4-5 fake flowers (color of your choice, I suggest getting one bright color one and the rest neutral
Monogram wood letter
Ribbon or burlap
Hot glue gun
Something to hang the wreath (I used a command strip)
I was able to find all of this at Hobby Lobby for under $50.
It turned out to be a fun addition to our home. I heard one of our neighbors saying how cute it was as she walked by. A wreath is a fun and simple way to update your home and leave guests oohing and ahhing.
I have a feeling I will be wearing lots of neutrals this fall. Not only do they match with everything but then you have the chance to wear fun bright jewelry and scarves to spice it up. Here is my latest outfit with neutrals and hot pink earrings and a fun printed scarf.
I’m on my way to an afternoon meeting and then on to a sushi date at RA Sushi.
I must admit that I love drugstore beauty products. You can find some amazing products down at your corner drugstore for half the price of designer products. The trick is knowing which products are the best to find at a drugstore that don’t perform or look cheap. Here is a round up of some of the drug store beauty finds currently in my bag.
from left to right 1/avalon organics vitamin c vitality facial serum. 2/sonia kashuk perfecting translucent illumination. 3/aveno positively radiant daily moisturizer. 4/ eos mint lip balm 5/ garnier skin renew anti puff eye roller 6/ baby lips in pink shock
Personally, I would rather save on awesome products like these so I can splurge on a great pair of shoes or purse.
I have always loved running ever since I started cross country in high school. I love the feel of pounding the pavement and challenging yourself with every next mile that you run. I am not going to sugar coat it and say running always feels awesome and great because it doesn’t but that feeling after you get done with a long run, oh you feel like you are on top of the world. I just got done with my six mile run and am so glad it’s over. It’s funny how running is such a mental sport. When you are training for a race, you can hit mental barriers which you must overcome by telling yourself that you can do it!
I am training for my second half-marathon which is on Nov. 9. My sister and I are doing it together and even though we can’t train together (she lives in Iowa), we can encourage each other over the phone. I am about a week into my training plan. I thought I would share the plan that I am following. I did some research and combined a couple different plans to fit my running and schedule best. Here is the plan:
This a portion of the schedule I am following. I added a 5k in there that I am doing so it kind of threw part of that week off so I could get adequate rest in between my running days but if you end up following this, just up your sunday run by on emile each week until you get to 10-11 miles. I never do the full 13.1 in training because usually during race day, your adrenaline will kick in and propel you that last 2 miles or so.
With the pumpkin latte coming out this past week at Starbucks, it reminded me of how much I love pumpkin everything! The taste of pumpkin reminds me of cupping a warm pumpkin latte while walking outside in the crisp air. When I was in college, I would always treat myself with a Pumpkin latte while I walked from class to class. Ah the spicy orange taste of pumpkin is probably one of my most favorite flavors. Here are the best recipes out on the web that incorporate pumpkin.
pumpkin cream cheese.
crockpot pumpkin bread.
I am planning on at least making this pumpkin bread this weekend and possibly trying out a few of these other recipes. I have a feeling these are keepers.