Even though the weather is having a hard time letting go of summer, it is now finally Fall! and even though it doesn't feel like it at least for us on the west coast, we have made a mini Fall bucket list to do! and hopefully it will help Fall feel a little more..well like Fall!
So go grab an ICED pumpkin spice latte, to avoid getting a heat stroke, light a pumpkin candle with the AC blasting and make your own little list or follow along with us as we try to complete ours!
And there is the best day of my life! I couldn't have asked for a better day, or better friends and family to share it with.. Not to mention the most handsome man I could call my husband! ;)
my vanilla and strawberry
Photography by Amanda Christine Photography
It is the first Monday of 2015, holiday days are gone and it is time to start living real life. There will be traffic on the freeways again, people will be less "merry & bright". Back to the reality of our lives, but it is not too late to change in little ways how you live your life. Heather M. shared a great post on " How to Be Resolute " while making resolutions this year. It inspired each of us to actually make resolutions, and as she said, to make them practical.
As we sent each other our resolutions it was fun for us to see the similarities, the little things we want to grow in through this next year. We didn't discuss it with each other, we didn't map them out together, but we each came up with a list in ways we wanted to add to our lives. There was no negative resolutions of "do this less", "think less of" or to "be less" of anything.
I RESOLVE TO....
Show more love.
Drink more water.
Eat more fruits and veggies.
Have healthier skin and hair.
Read more Christian books.
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Here are our go-to nail designs for the holidays. What are yours?
Heather M's Classy Red
Claire's Accessories Heart's Desire Nail Polish:
Similar Color: Big Apple Red OPI: $7.50
Hannah C's Sparkly Snow
Black & White Glitter: + Gold Jewel:
Hannah O's Bow To-Go
OPI Funny Bunny: $6.70
China Glaze Prey Tell:
I bought "Baby Lips- Peach Kiss". It is moisturizing and has fun colors, it's a win-win.
Its the perfect everyday lip color, that literally goes with anything!
Forever 21 nail polish cost less then any other polish and dries faster!
This has been a life saver, especially when I forget to do my nails before work.
It takes me literally a few minutes to apply and dry!
I am in love with the "light grey" color which doubles for a fall color.
Forever 21: $2.90
This summer I was introduced to Steller, my new favorite app. It has somehow found a way to combine what I love about Instagram, Pinterest and blogs all in one. You can share your own adventures, projects and pictures while browsing others. Each post is called a "story" and had multiple pages of pictures, words and video. It is stunning, simple and fabulous! We have each been posting on it recently and have plans for more to come. See you on Steller!
App Store: Free!
Let talk about the coolest thing in the entire world-- "Roomba"! This summer my brother decided he was going to make a little investment for our apartment, and let me tell you it has been my favorite thing to ever enter into our little home!
It's the iRobot Roomba vacuum. It has saved me so much time and makes the entire down stairs of our apartment seem so much cleaner! She (We always refer to "it" as a female for some reason) has an alarm built into her that goes off at the same time every day. She also has a built in sensor that helps her avoid any furniture or the stairs. She just goes and cleans her little heart out! Our apartment always feels a little bit cleaner and more put together. I do not know how we lived with out it.
Meet Andie O.
Enjoy this recipe for homemade almond milk three ways!
Making Almond Milk
> One Cup Raw Almonds
> Four Cups of Water (You will use 2 cups at a time)
> Measuring Cups
> Blender or Food Processor
> Cheesecloth or Nut Bag
1. Add one cup of raw almonds to a bowl
2. Pour two cups of water into the bowl. Be sure the almonds are fully submerged.
3. Let almonds soak for 8 hours. (You can leave them in the water overnight)
4. Drain out all the old water from your bowl.
5. Rinse the almonds throughly and add 2 new cups of water.
6. Pour almonds and water into a blender or a food processor.
7. Blend until smooth.
8. Pour almond mixture into a cheesecloth or nut bag. (You may have to do this in batches)
9. Squeeze all the milk into a clean pitcher or container.
Tip: You can keep the almond meal and use it for baking and lots of other recipes. Dry it out to help it last by baking in the oven.
10. Let almond milk chill to enjoy!
Strawberry Flavored Almond Milk
> 1 Cup Strawberries
> 1/2 Cup Sugar
> 1 Cup Water
Rinse and cut 1 cup of strawberries.
Measure out a 1/2 cup of sugar.
Combine sugar and strawberries with one cup of water on a stove top and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil softly for 10-15 minutes.
Pour mixture into a bowl, straining out strawberries and seeds with a fine sieve.
Allow syrup to cool before using.
Tip: You can also use this sauce or the cooked strawberries in soda's, on pancakes, waffles or even on some cookies!
Add desired amount of syrup to your glass of almond milk.
Chocolate Almond Milk
> 4 Tablespoons Chopped Dark Chocolate
> Drop of Vanilla
> 1 Tablespoon Water
Chop up a dark chocolate bar until you have four tablespoons worth.
Combine chocolate in a small pot over medium-low heat with one tablespoon of water and a drop of vanilla. Stir continuously until melted.
Allow chocolate to cool slightly and add desired amount to your chilled glass of almond milk.
Tip: You can use the melted chocolate to dip fruit or pretzels in, drizzle on cookies or lick it straight off the spoon. There is no wrong way to enjoy it.
Vanilla Almond Milk
> 1/2 Cup Water
> 1/2 Cup Sugar
> 1 teaspoon Vanilla
> 1 teaspoon Honey
Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla on a stovetop.
Bring water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil softly for a few minutes to allow flavors to combine and be sure all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in one teaspoon of honey if desired.
Once the syrup has cooled add to the a chilled glass of almond milk.
Tip: This syrup is delicious in coffee as well.
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