Hiking the Smoky Mountains!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share with you some photos and moments from our vacation to Tennessee! It was definitely one of my favorite vacations to date and I thoroughly enjoyed myself all week! One of the must do activities on our itinerary was hiking. Of course we couldn't visit the mountains without spending some time exploring them. We went out with two guides from the area and we decided to hike a manway which is a more of an off the beaten path type of hike. It was great because we wanted more of a real woodsy experience rather than sticking to the tourist trails.


We spent a few hours climbing over fallen trees and tip toeing next to cliffs. We saw a few small cascade waterfalls which were really beautiful and we even ran into some copperhead snakes. We also saw the remnants of 19th century settlements which occupied the area before the national park was created. It was a great way to spent the afternoon surrounded by nature and getting to learn some interesting facts along the way!

Later that night we had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants it Gatlinburg, Park Grill! I had hickory grilled shrimp with onion rings which I can't even describe how delicious they were! We also had an unlimited salad bar which was really fresh and yummy as well. For desert we had a s'mores brownie because you guys know I can't say no to anything s'mores!

What was your last vacation like?
Happy Saturday!

July Monthly Favorites!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Marina and the Diamonds - My best friend Isabella got his CD for my car for my birthday and I'm obsessed. Marina has a really beautiful and unique voice that I've fallen in love with. Her songs are very fun and playful while also having substance to them. We actually just saw her in concert for the second time this past Saturday and she is such a great live performer as well! Plus, she's super beautiful! My favorite tracks on this album are Froot, Solitaire, and Savages. Definitely give her a listen if you haven't already! 

Supergoop! Setting Mist - As I may have mentioned before setting sprays are a must for me in my make up routine. While I was on vacation I tried out this one from Supergoop! It has rosemary and SPF50 which is one of the main reasons I wanted to try it. It's SPF properties worked very well protecting my skin from any burns despite heavy sun exposure throughout my vacation. It also did a pretty decent job of keeping my foundation in place while I was out in the sun. It has a spearmint scent to it and it feels very refreshing on the skin with a little tingle. This is definitely a new summer go to for me! 

Vaseline Spray Moisturizer - I rarely use moisturizer anywhere other than my face and to be honest it's because I don't have the patients to put it on and wait for it to dry; which is why I'm obsessed with this spray moisturizer from Vaseline. It makes moisturizing super easy and quick which I love. Plus, it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It also has aloe in it which feels great after a day in the sun. It's a bit greasy but only for a few minutes after I put it on until it soaks into the skin which is the case with most moisturizers anyhow. 

Bath and Body Works Luxury Bath - I love to take baths and what's better than a bubble bath?! The lavender vanilla from the B&BW aromatherapy line is one of my favorite scents so I was really excited to try this. I use one cap of the luxury bath in my tub and it makes amazing bubbles even without turning on the jacuzzi. It's also very moisturizing and my skin feels so soft and nourished afterwards. 

What have been some of your favorites this month?
Happy Tuesday!

JULY LIFE PLANNER SPREAD; WEEK 3!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hi everyone! I've been away on vacation in Tennessee, which I'll have a ton of posts about coming up this week, and I've fallen a little bit behind with sharing my spreads. This one is for the week of July 13th-July 19th. It's a Minnie Mouse theme using a sticker book from Michael's. I ended up really liking this one. I like how sticker heavy and full it looks. What do you guys think?

M/D/N Label Stickers by OhHelloStationeryCo July Edition Planner Sticker Set by ItsPlanningTime | Colorful Blank Label Planner Stickers by ItsPlanningTime | Stethoscope/Doctor Label Stickers by PlannerKate1 Work Stackable Sidebar Stickers by PlannerKate1 | Flower Bottom Checklist Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Scalloped Appointment Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Mini Weather Life Planner Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Instagram Camera Stickers by CreatingAndCo | Planner Stickers by Planneresque | Summer Countdown Stickers by MilaPrintShop | Chevron Half Box Stickers by OneOrangeSnowflake | Task Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Shopping Cart Stickers by KGPlanner | Asterisk Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Social Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Ombre Checklist by Planneresque | Payday Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Open Book Stickers by KGPlanner | Read Stickers by PaperLovingMommy | Blank Label Stickers by KGPlanner | Weekend Banners by Planneresque 

How did you decorate your planner?
Happy Saturday!

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread Recipe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hi everyone! Growing up in a Polish household we always had some sort of pastries around, so it's definitely something that I crave every now and then! But I prefer to skip the enriched white flour and added sugars, so these days I like to bake them myself instead! One of my favorites recently has been coconut banana bread! While this is a healthier version it still tastes great and satisfies my cravings!

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut + additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon honey or other sweetener (optional*).
* If you prefer your banana bread sweet, think traditional banana bread, I do recommend adding in a sweetener like honey or agave nectar. Without the sweetener it will taste more savory and earthy, which I like, but I know that not everyone else will. Also, keep in mind that the more ripe your bananas are the sweeter they will be. You can also add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for additional flavor or some nuts for extra texture.

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl. I found the easiest way to do it is using my hands, plus it's kind of fun!
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix together. I used a wooden spoon to mix the batter by folding it over itself until the mixture was well combined. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the batter thickens as it will be very runny when all of the wet ingredients are first added.
  4. Place the batter into your pan. I did first spray mine with baking spray so that the batter doesn't stick to it. Don't be afraid to fill up your dish as the batter does not rise very much.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake for 35min at 350°F.
P.S. You can also use this recipe to make muffins!

What are some of your favorite recipes?
Happy baking!

JULY LIFE PLANNER SPREAD; WEEK 2!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hi everyone! Last week I did a red, blue, and yellow nautical theme. I used one of the Michael's $1 sticker books, blue washi from Amazon, and lots of Etsy stickers which I've linked down below. I really love the pop of yellow in this spread, I think it's a really nice way to break up the blue and red. What do you guys think?

M/D/N Label Stickers by OhHelloStationeryCo July Edition Planner Sticker Set by ItsPlanningTime | Colorful Blank Label Planner Stickers by ItsPlanningTime | Stethoscope/Doctor Label Stickers by PlannerKate1 Work Stackable Sidebar Stickers by PlannerKate1 | Flower Bottom Checklist Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Scalloped Appointment Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Mini Weather Life Planner Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Instagram Camera Stickers by CreatingAndCo | Planner Stickers by Planneresque | Summer Countdown Stickers by MilaPrintShopChevron Half Box Stickers by OneOrangeSnowflake | Task Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Shopping Cart Stickers by KGPlanner | Asterisk Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Social Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Ombre Checklist by Planneresque | Payday Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Open Book Stickers by KGPlanner | Read Stickers by PaperLovingMommy | Blank Label Stickers by KGPlanner | Weekend Banners by Planneresque

How did you plan your week?
Happy Planning!

From the Weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hi everyone! Last Friday Marc and I both had the day off from work so we decided to spend some time out together. We started the day at the 606 trail, which is an old railroad track that has been converted into a park. We've been really eager to check it out so we figured it was the perfect time to do so, especially because it was a gorgeous day out! It was a really cool place to take a walk full of bikers, joggers, and gorgeous views. Afterwards we stopped by another place on our list of places to visit which was Kuma's Corner. We've heard so many amazing things about this restaurant from friends we figured it was time to give it a try! I had "The Famous Kuma" chicken burger which came topped with an egg, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and lettuce. It was a little indulgent I must admit but it was so delicious, the egg really made it for me! The restaurant itself is really unique and it was a really cool place to get to try out. I really love days like this when we get to take a break from work and spend the day doing something fun together!

Happy Thursday!

Celebrating the 4th of July!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy 4th of July! Every year Marc and I visit his hometown to see their fireworks display. They put on a really good show and it's become a little tradition for us. For brunch we went to Buona Beef where I had a chicken Cesar salad which I've been kind of obsessed with lately. Afterwards we made a quick Starbucks run and then took a stroll through the town park while we waited to meet up with friends. In the afternoon we made our way to the picnic and found ourselves in a never ending line for funnel cake, but I just had to have one! The fireworks were really gorgeous and we had an amazing spot to watch them from. It was a really fun night and I had a really good time celebrating our country with great people and great food!

How did you spend your weekend?
Happy Monday!