Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hi everyone! Yesterday I found out that my grandpa in Poland has passed away. Today my family and I are leaving for Poland for the next two weeks, until November 3rd. I most likely won't be able to update my blog until I return but I'll be posting photos on Instagram and updating Twitter if you would like to follow me there. I'm sorry I don't have time for a more in depth update, but as you can imagine planning a trip for 7 people literally overnight hasn't been easy especially under these circumstances! I'm going to try and enjoy spending time with my family in my childhood home and keeping all of the happy memories of my grandma in my heart.

See you in two weeks!
Happy Tuesday!

October Loving!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hi everyone! Can any of you believe that we're nearly through October?! It makes me a little sad because this is my absolute favorite month of the year and I've been enjoying it tremendously! I love all of the fall colors, wearing rain boots, drinking hot chocolate and chi tea lattes, Halloween decorations, pumpkin flavored everything, and of course Marc and I celebrate our 4 year anniversary! If I had it my way it would be October all year round! Although I have been pretty busy this month with school and work I've been trying to find time anywhere I can to enjoy this beautiful season!
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face. - John Donne
How have you been enjoying the season?
Happy Sunday!

Halloween Tea Light Holder DIY!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foam brush
Black permanent marker
Glass tea light holder
White/orange glitter
Mod Podge

1. Cover the inside of the tea light holder with a thick coat of Mod Podge. 
2. Sprinkle the glitter into the tea light holder. Make sure it coats the entire surface of the container.
3. Using the permanent marker draw a face on the outside of the container.
4. Let the Mod Podge dry for a few hours until it turns clear.

Tip: After the Mod Podge dries you can spray the inside of the tea light holder with hair spray to keep the glitter in place. You can also coat it in another layer of Mod Podge but I found that that can take off some of the glitter so I find the hair spray option a little easier.

I hope you guys enjoyed this cute little DIY! I'm obsessed with these little guys I think they're adorable and SO easy to make! I'm actually working on a part 2 to this DIY in which I'll show you how to make a spider and a bat tea light holder so keep an eye out for that!

Have you tried any fun Halloween DIYs yet?
Happy Wednesday! 

Gobbert's Pumpkin Farm!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi everyone! This weekend Marc and I spent a sunny Saturday morning at Gobbert's Pumpkin Farm. I'm so glad we got a chance to go this year because I absolutely loved it! When we first got there we stopped by the bakery and stocked up on pumpkin cider donuts and lots of hot chocolate. I love everything about this time of year and eating pumpkin donuts outside in the fresh fall air was the highlight so far! We then spent quite some time picking out the perfect pumpkin to take home with us: big, round, with a long stem. We were able to find the perfect one and it's sitting on our front porch right now because it's way to big to keep inside, I love it! We also picked up a few mini pumpkins and some "we-be-littles!" How adorable is that name?! They're just the really round little pumpkins but I had to bring at least one home with me! We also picked up some really amazing apple cider and ghost cake pops. It was a really fun and festive way to spend the morning just hanging out together and enjoying the fall weather! 

How did you spend your weekend?
Happy Monday!

Lemon Plum Cake Recipe!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hi everyone! Today I bring to you my very first recipe! I got this one from my mom and I've been dying to try it out myself! This is such a fluffy and lemony cake and the plums give it a really great pop of flavor! I was seriously shocked at how simple this cake was to bake so I encourage all of you to give it a try!

In order to determine how much flour, sugar, and butter we will need we first weight the 6 eggs. So this will be different for everyone depending on how large of eggs you are using.

My eggs weigh 356g therefore I need 356g of flour, 356g of sugar, and 356g of butter. 

To make the lemon zest all we need to do is to grate the skin of a lemon. I recommend using half a lemon and of course the more lemon zest you add the more lemon flavored your cake will be.

1. Using your mixer (I used the KitchenAid mixer) combine the sugar and butter until well blended.
2. Add lemon zest and baking powder and blend.
3.While continuing to blend alternate between adding 2 eggs and adding 1/3 flour (so add 2 eggs then 1/3 flour, then 2 more eggs then 1/3 flour, then your last 2 eggs and then your last third of flour). 
4. Blend until everything is mixed together well. This will create a very nice thick batter. You may need to scrape the sides in order to make sure everything is blending well and nothing is sticking to the sides.
5. Cover your baking dish with butter.
6. Optionally you may sprinkle a small layer of breadcrumbs which will also help to prevent the cake from sticking to the dish.
6. Fill your baking dish with the batter. Make sure it's spread evenly to ensure everything bakes uniformly.
7. Cover the entire surface of the cake batter with plums cut into quarters. 
8. Bake for 45 minutes at 300°F. 

Tip: If the top of your cake is baking quicker than the inside, you can cover the cake with a piece of aluminium foil. This will shield the top from burning while helping to bake the inside.

I absolutely love this cake! It's so easy to make and the outcome is delicious! It's also very pretty and smells incredible! The plums release their juices while baking and they become really juicy and mix so well with the lemon flavor of the cake! I love having this with a nice glass of cold milk, it's the perfect combination! Let me know if you try this recipe yourself or if you have any questions!

Happy Saturday!

September Favorites!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hi everyone! Another month has gone by and once again I bring to you my monthly favorites. These are all products I've actually gotten this month and have been using nonstop!  Let me know if you decide to try any of these out yourself or if you're already a huge fan!

Stila The Natural Pallet - Recently I've started experimenting more and more with different eye looks but it's something that I've never really been into before so I didn't have very many eye shadows to play with. I came across this palette while browsing the Ulta website and I thought it was just what I was looking for! It's a gorgeous neutral palette that's a little on the pinky-mauve side which I really like. The top row has three matte shades, the second row has three shimmery shades (my camera didn't pick up the shimmer too well, but it's there!), and the third row has a shimmer and a bronzer which truthfully I haven't used yet. The palette is pretty versatile and the mix of matte and shimmer shades allows you to create many different looks with just these few colors. I didn't see much fallout with these either as you may get with some shimmer shadows. This palette is lightly pigmented but very buildable. This makes it perfect for a beginner because it's really hard to be too heavy handed with the colors. I've since gotten a few more palettes but I keep reaching back for this one!

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - I'm obsessed with mascaras and I love to constantly try new ones! I've had my eye on this one for quite a while, but I couldn't bring myself to purchase it because I've been in love with my BADgal Lash mascara from Benefit. But I finally decided to give it a try this month and it became my new favorite mascara after the very first time I put it on! It has a great formula and brush combo and it makes my lashes look like I've curled them without even having to do so! It makes them look fuller and longer without clumping and giving me spider lashes. If there's one new product that you try this month, I recommend this one!

NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie -  I love these butter glosses from NYX and I wear them almost on a daily basis. They're very creamy and don't dry out your lips. I've been loving a very nude lip lately and this gloss is perfect for that. I like to put it over pink shades, as you can tell in the photo above, to give my lips a really nice pinky nude look. Plus, the price is hard to beat for such a great quality product!

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ - I have very dry skin so I always like to use a spray after applying my makeup to revitalize my skin. Not only does this help my makeup to last longer but it helps to hydrate my face and keep it from looking dry and cakey. I especially love this spray because it's extremely hydrating and gives my makeup a really nice dewy finish. It also smells like a field of flowers which always makes me really happy when I spray it on my face.

B&BW Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow Candle - I love all of the fall pumpkin scents that are coming out but sometimes they can all blend together and I can't even tell the difference from one candle to another. But this one is a clear stand out for me. It smells so warm and cozy, it makes me feel like I should be wrapped up in a blanket next to the fireplace drinking a cup of hot chocolate. It's also very sweet but not in an overpowering way. The vanilla is the dominant scent but mixed with the other two it has a really unique and cozy scent that immediately makes me think of fall.

What have been your favorites this month?
Happy Tuesday!

Summer Recap!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm so happy that it's officially fall and so I thought it would be fun to take one last look back on this summer and to say goodbye to the swimsuits and sandals for the year! I have to say it was a pretty good one for me this year filled with lots of time spent with loved ones in the sunshine. I turned 23 and spent a lovely weekend camping in Michigan with Marc. I spent weekend mornings on the farm picking blueberries and the afternoons swimming at the Michigan Dunes with my family. I really learned to enjoy summer this year and here are a few things I'll miss the most:

+ Bike riding through the woods.
+ Eating out outside. 
+ Skater dresses. 
+ Picnics. 
+ Watching the kitties playing outside.
+ Driving with all the windows rolled down.
+ Fresh fruit from the farm! 
+ Bright colors!
+ Eating ice cream! 

What are some highlights of your summer?
Happy Saturday!