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October 2016

Baked Vanilla Cinnamon Donuts with Chocolate Cinnamon Ganche!

October 31, 2016




Over the weekend I got a very pregnant craving for donuts. So I whipped up these with a few of my own touches 🙂 They are SO delicious! Probably why there are only 3 (soon to only be 2) left out of the full dozen batch…oops.

Here is the recipe along with the few changes I made to make the recipe my own.

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping I went with a chocolate cinnamon combination. I LOVE chocolate and cinnamon together, especially this time of year.

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • whatever topping you like: sprinkles, nuts, ect.

Basically you just want to mix all the dry ingredients together first. I usually sift them together to get a little fluffier doughnut, and then add all the wet ingredients in and mix everything together. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes in a doughnut pan like this one I got from Target. The dough will be thick so I use two spoons to kind of spread it around each doughnut slot in the pan.

For the topping you just want to pour the chocolate chips, milk and cinnamon in a small pot and heat it up slowly over the stove until smooth and not too thick. You can add a little more milk if you think the mixture is not thin enough. Once the doughnuts have cooled enough to handle turn them upside down into the chocolate mixture and just spin them around a few times to ensure they are covered. Sprinkle with whatever topping you like and enjoy!




Kitchen Reno Inspiration

October 26, 2016


We are getting ready to start our kitchen renovation and I am SO EXCITED!!! The goal is to have it done before Christmas…we’ll see if that happens. Just like our bathroom, my husband will be doing all the work himself, especially since I’m pregnant and can’t really participate in most of the projects. Above is the inspiration for the style we are going for, modern-farmhouse.

On the to-do list.

Paint Cabinets – our cabinets are really in pretty good condition they just have several (ugly) layers of paint on them currently, so that will be the biggest chunk of work I think. The top cabinets are going to be painted white, while the bottom cabinets will be painted a blue-gray. Then we will be replacing all the hardware to an oil-rubbed bronze.

Convert electric stove top to gas – this might be one of the things I’m looking forward to most. I absolutely hate cooking on electric stoves…gas is so much better! Luckily we already have gas in our house so we just need to get a contractor out to the house to run the line to the stove. (this is the one thing my husband won’t be doing)

Counter tops  – currently we have some really attractive laminate counters that literally have a pink floral pattern on them if you look close enough. So cute. We are ripping these suckers out and putting in Oak butcher block counters. I can’t wait. I love the love of butcher block counters, especially will all the other elements I have picked out for the kitchen. The perfect combination of modern and farmhouse.

Backsplash – The current backsplash is the same as the counter tops. This will be gone and replaced with classic white subway tile, just like we did in our bathroom reno. We’ll again be going with the pewter grout. I love the look of a darker grout so you can actually see the tiles themselves but also because it will stay way cleaner looking than if we went with white.

Sink – Right now we just have a regular old two bucket metal sink. We are replacing it will a ceramic white farmhouse (apron front) sink! This is going to be such a beautiful touch and truly bring in that farmhouse feel.

Floors – Currently we have a ‘white’ and looks black but is actually dark green, checkered floor. We actually really like the look of the checkers but we want a true white and black. So we will be going with classic snap-n-lock white/black laminate flooring.

Other than that is will be painting the walls, possibly adding some bead board around the eat-in kitchen area and a few other farmhouse touches. We have already replaced the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher from ugly white to stainless steel over the past year, so the only appliance left to replace is the stove top!

I can’t wait to get this project started, and even more so to get this project finished! It is the last big project we have on the list for the interior of our home and then it will truly feel like our style.





October Beauty Favorites

October 24, 2016




L’Oréal® Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten

I’ve heard a lot of good things about charcoal masks so I had been on the hunt for one to try. I found several but most of the them were upwards of $30 for a tiny amount and I had no idea if I would actually like it so why spend $30 on something that may end up in the garbage? Walking the aisles at Target (like I frequently do) I found this one for $10 and knew I had to try it out and I am SO glad I did! After the first time using it my skin felt so soft and it greatly reduced some redness I had going on. For $10 you really can’t beat this mask. It has quickly become my favorite. L’Oréal has a a couple other masks in this line, like the Red Clay mask that I can’t wait to try!

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

I’m sure you have heard of Pixi Glow tonic. It’s amazing. But the Glow Tonic To-Go is even more amazing! It literally just combines the regular glow tonic on pre-soaked pads that make it a no-brainer choice. This stuff truly does what it says its going to do: tones, brightens and exfoliates. My skin loves this and I hated the day I realized I was out and had to wait a few days to get more. This is a holy-grail product that will forever stay in rotation of my skin care routine.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

I have heard a lot about this cc cream and had been wanting to find something a little lighter than a full foundation for everyday wear. I bought the ‘light’ shade of this (I think is the lightest shade it comes in) and it works pretty well for my skin tone. In the summer I’ll probably need to get the next darkest shade and maybe mix it will the light. This cc cream claims to be full coverage, however I think you would have to put quite a few layers on for it to be full coverage. With that said, it is definitely buildable. I usually use 2 pumps and apply it with a damp beauty blender.  It lasts all day, doesn’t settle into fine lines, and gives your skin a dewy finish without looking too glowy and still looks like your skin. I think the best part though is it contains 50SPF. I hate putting actual sun screen on my face so I always go for face products that contain SPF. I’m excited to give this product a try next summer and see how it holds up in the heat.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

This is a pretty great brush. It is great for applying cream and liquid products. I typically use it to apply my concealer and the soft bristles really help to make it go on flawlessly. The brush is fairly cheap at $9 and I’m glad I’ve added it to my expanding collection of Real Techniques brushes.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo

I literally could not say enough good things about this product. I have been using it for about a year now and it has made all the different in keeping my hair from going yellow. About year ago I got my hair colored a really icy/grey-ish blonde but I knew a few weeks later it would start yellowing, that’s just what my hair does. But after one use of this shampoo my icy blonde was back and I’ve been hooked every since! I typically wash my hair 3 times a week and I use it every time. You can leave it on your hair for up to 10 minutes depending on the look you are going for and you don’t have to worry about it turning your hair purple. I LOVE this shampoo so much, I will never use anything else again.

NYX Baked Blush

I love baked blushes and had been looking for a cheaper one. When I stumbled upon this one at Ulta I knew I needed to try it out. NYX is actually a super reasonably priced brand that doesn’t compromise quality. This blush contains an illuminator so you can that dewy quality without looking too shiny. I picked this up in the color ‘Journey’. It is a really pretty light pink with subtle peach tones and gold shimmer. I think its the perfect color all year-round. The best thing about this product is it truly does last all day and is fairly pigmented with out being too much so that your brush touches it and is doused in color. It’s pretty perfect 🙂

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick

I tend to be drawn to more nude lip colors. I had heard Rimmel lipsticks were pretty high quality so when I saw this one in the color Airy Fairy I knew I needed it. This lipstick is super moisturizing so it doesn’t dry out your lips and it has just a touch of sheen to it, so it’s neither matte or glossy. The color online looks a little more peachy than it is in person. It’s actually just the perfect combo of pink and peach with a really subtle gold shimmer. Putting it on its really close to my natural lip color, just boosted up a bit. I’ve been wearing it everyday since its easy to apply on the fly.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

I used to use a concealer from MAC but I got annoyed when I would run out and have to make a special trip to the MAC store or order it online. So I was looking for a concealer I could pick up at Ulta since I frequent them quite often (and it’s right next to my local Target which I’m at pretty much every weekend) This concealer is definitely my new favorite! It feels totally weightless on, doesn’t crease in those pesky under eye lines and really helps brighten up my face. And, it truly does cover everything without looking cakey. I usually set it with a light setting powder and I’m good to go.

Essie Gel Couture

This is by far the best ‘Gel’ polish I have ever tried, and I have tried A LOT. Two thin coats of the polish color followed by one coat of the Gel Couture Top Coat and just a few minutes later its done and dry, no light needed! It really does last for a full week without chipping at all and looks like the gel nail manicure you would get at the salon. Each color is a little spendy at almost $12 a bottle but in comparison to making bi-weekly visits to the nail salon, you’re saving a ton of money. This product is super fast drying, leaves your nails with that gel shine we all love, and doesn’t require a light. Pretty perfect in my opinion 🙂




It’s a Girl!

October 18, 2016




Freshly Picked Moccs



As you can tell by the title of the post, we found out we are expecting a baby girl! I am so incredibly excited. Obviously my husband and I were just hoping for a healthy baby (which she is!!) but we (mostly me) really, really wanted a girl. We have had a girls name picked out literally before we were married, engaged ect. Pretty much her name has been set for 3 years now and I couldn’t be more excited that we finally get to put it to use! However, we are keeping her name between us (and a couple close friends) until she is born. Gotta have a little bit of a surprise left 😉

We just found out yesterday at our 20 week anatomy scan and I have already spent way too much money buying girl specific baby items now…oops 😉 The first thing I bought was this ride-on unicorn from Land of Nod. It goes with the theme of the nursery I have had planned sine the day I found out we were expecting. I’ll do a post soon on the nursery inspiration. I have already made a couple large clothing haul purchases a well. I mean, baby girl clothes are just TOO CUTE! Some of my favorite shops to scour online have been Old Navy and Zara. I’m not into super froo-froo girl stuff (tutus, sparkles, ect.) and Old Navy and Zara have baby girl clothes that are just the right amount of girly, without being over the top plus they are cheap. I’ll do a round-up post soon of some of my favorite clothing items I’ve purchased so far.

I can’t believe we are already half way to meeting our baby girl and knowing the gender has made everything feel so much more real. I’m so excited and hoping these next few months will fly by 🙂