FALL PICKS: NAIL COLOR

FALL PICKS: NAIL COLOR

I love me some well-kept hands/nails. Here are some nail colors to try out this fall season.

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TIPS FOR A BETTER MONDAY

Mondays are tough. I get it. Here are a few ways to help Monday be better than the last one.

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4 THANKSGIVING OUTFITS TO COPY

4 THANKSGIVING OUTFITS TO COPY

Let’s be real… a lot of eating is about to take place so your outfit needs to be well thought out. There are ways to look great AND feel great. No need to be miserable in tight jeans or painful shoes. Especially not during Thanksgiving. ‘Tis the holiday to eat, be around loved ones, cozy up on the couch, and eat some more. Here are 4 Thanksgiving outfits to inspire your stylish yet comfy look.

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Outfit 1 – Madewell dress | J.Crew dress

Outfit 2 – H&M turtleneck |Nordstrom leggings

Outfit 3 – J.Crew striped turtleneck | Nordstrom peacoat

Outfit 4 – Shein coat | Everlane boot

 

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MEALS TO TRY

‘Tis the season to eat and eat some more. I’ve been cooking lately … which if you know me, is a shocker. It was a no brainer once I realized how much money I could save if I put some effort and made food at home. With that, I’ve been looking for easy, delicious recipes that a 5 year old can make. Well, not a 5 year old exactly but you get the gist. Here are a few that have caught my attention and I think I’l be trying out the next few weeks. 

FOR BREAKFAST
Sweet Potato Pie Oats

Bowls of our Sweet Potato pie Oats alongside nuts, puree, and cinnamon to make it

FOR LUNCH
Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad

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FOR AN APPETIZER
Blue Cheese Crisps

Blue Cheese Crisps

FOR DINNER
1-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup

An overhead shot of golden curried lentil soup with a ladle and curry powder on the side.

FOR DESSERT
3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet

FOR FUN
Oazacan Hot Chocolate Recipe
Oaxacan hot chocolate recipe
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THANK YOU GIFTS TO SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE

November is always a great month to remind us to be grateful for who we have in our lives and what we have. If you’re looking for fun and easy ways to tell your family and friends you’re thankful for them, look no more! Hopefully, some of the ideas below will help you out or at least spark some creative juices.
Golden Girls Magnets

$10

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Custom Wine and Label

$25 for 4
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Chocolate Cubes

$31

“My Life Would Succ Without” You Gift Box

$34

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Thankful For You Card
$5.00

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8 THINGS TO WIGGLE YOURSELF OUT OF A RUT

Most of us have been at a point in life where things aren’t flowing quite right. Some of us can move past it quickly while others can feel pretty stuck for a lot longer than they hoped. It’s not that you don’t want to get out of your rut… it just seems hard to know where to start. I recently hit a wall. And, well, it’s taken a lot of supportive, patient people and a lot of trial and error to dig my way out. Below are a few things I’ve found have helped me.

Admit it.
The first step is, to be honest with yourself. It’s ok that you’re not in a good place. You’ll get out of it. However, that takes admitting that this is where you are right now. photo-1527236438218-d82077ae1f85

Stop complaining.
Got it. Life sucks and you’re not happy with how things are playing out. Complaining hardly ever changes the situation or the facts. Before you use precious oxygen to explain how sucky the situation is for the 12x, pause and ask yourself if this will help anything. If you’re feeling extra bold, acknowledge something you’re thankful for or something that is going right in life. It’s all about perspective. Tim Lahan for KENZO

Journal.
I love journaling. I by no means consider myself a writer but I do find the act of pen-to-paper makes me feel better and more connected to my emotions. If you’re not into writing, try an art journal. Sometimes capturing a painting, sketch, or doodle of what is on your mind helps a bunch.photo-1526280760714-f9e8b26f318f.jpeg

Dial up the self-care & self-love.
Be kind to yourself physically AND emotionally. Yes, do the face mask and draw yourself a hot bath. But also tell yourself you’re smart and beautiful and strong. The mind is a powerful thing. Controlling your thoughts, especially when you’re feeling stuck can be a real game changer.

Put something on the calendar.
One of the hardest things to do when you’re in a rut is to be motivated to do anything – no matter how big or small. I have found that looking forward to something can help get you motivated and moving. Schedule coffee with a dear friend, book a weekend trip, or a day at the spa. Whatever it may be,  putting it on the calendar gives you a bright spot in the week. Also, it gives you plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself. (;cup and saucer on table

Practice gratitude.
That’s right. In a moment when you feel you have nothing to be thankful for I’m encouraging you to do just that BE THANKFUL. There is something so humbling about this process. I think it’s because everything inside you wants to do the complete opposite. You want permission to be angry and frustrated. But, if you want freedom and want to wiggle yourself out of this cloudy season, a thankful heart will help move you in the right direction. Find the beauty around you and be thankful that it exists.gold pen on top of Today I Am Grateful book

Go outside and let nature feed your soul.
Since I was young, the moments I have felt the most relaxed are when I am in nature. I don’t know what it is but there is something about being in it that makes me feel safe, small (in a good way), and at peace. So, when times are rough, take in the green. Breathe deeply. Listen to the birds. Touch trees. You get the gist.selective focus photography of lake

Make a list.
For those who make lists about everything, this will come naturally to you. For those who don’t, give it a try. On a crappy day, make a list of the things you liked about your day. If you’re feeling blue, make a list of dream vacation spots. Really just make a list of everything and anything.person writing on a book

Pray.
There is power in prayer. There is power in getting spiritually oriented. I don’t think this should be treated as a last resort. In fact, I’d probably say this is one of the most important elements to get you out of a rut. Spiritual health is connected to energy. So what we’re putting in is definitely what we’re putting out.
9But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.  – 2 Corinthians 12:9Holy Bible

I’ll end on this note: for those who are fighting – keep fighting. Your moment will come. Your joy will return. Your life really is beautiful even if it’s not going as planned. You do have purpose and life matters. Every little moment matters. So, take heart.

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5 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS I FOLLOW

In my opinion, Instagram is a wonderful platform to inspire and be inspired. I can spend quite a bit of time scrolling through countless accounts and photos. Although there are many to chose from, here are 5 accounts I’m enjoying.

For a little style inspiration:

Sara Covey

Check this Gram out for a little wanderlust:

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Get your fix of beautiful lettering here:

HomSweetHom

Learn about intentional living here:

TheGoodTrade

Be encouraged to be the woman He designed you to be here:

DeeplyRootedMag