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Stepping into winter with our Vest foot forward {collaboration}

Hi Everyone!
Today I am doing a collaboration post with Kathleen from Let's Get Preppy. Today we are sharing how we style our J.Crew puffer vests for winter! Be sure to check out her blog for more on her outfit. Before I jump into the photos I would just like to give a huge huge huge thanks to Kathleen for doing this with me and make sure you follow her blog (linked above) and her Instagram @letsgetpreppy_
This is my puppy Callie, she really wanted to make her debut on the blog this morning :)

Here's a sneak peek of Kathleen's post!
Thanks for reading!

Wait... I'm on Bloglovin'?

Hi Everyone!

My apologies for the lack of posts recently, I've been quite busy. Tonight I just wanted to share a quick piece of information with y'all. I am now on Bloglovin' and you can now follow me and all your favorite bloggers to be notified whenever anyone uploads a new post!

To follow me just click this link;
 <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/13068195/?claim=ptgt98msfnb">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>
Or you can click on the Bloglovin' icon on the right hand side of my blog. And to ensure that you're lovin' what I'm posting leave a comment below letting me know what YOU want to see on my blog. AND... stay tuned for a collab post with one of my fav IG friends on Wednesday!


Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Hi Everyone!

Tonight I am sharing one of my favorite holiday recipes with y'all! Today it barely made it above 20 degrees so in order to combat the cold weather & snow that's making its way into our town I decided to make my favorite cookies to put me in the holiday spirit.


 The quantities of ingredients are also listed on the recipe card pictured above...
  • 1/2 cup sugar                                                         *1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar                                              * 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter                                * 1/2 tsp. baking powder (not shown above)
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg

 Combine & mix the sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, margarine, shortening and egg in a large mixing bowl. Make sure these ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

 Stir in the flour, baking soda and baking powder & mix thoroughly

 Shape the dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet. I was able to fit 3 rows of 4 on mine but it all depends on how big or small you want your cookies to be.

 If you haven't done so already, preheat your oven to 375*
 Bake for 8-10 minutes
 Immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven press Hershey kisses firmly into each cookie. This step needs to be done quickly to ensure your cookies appear as they are supposed to. If you wait too long it will be difficult to place the kisses without the cookie crumbling.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes and serve!
I hope y'all enjoyed this post & if you want to see more posts like this leave a comment down below on let me know on Instagram!
What's your favorite holiday recipe?

My November Playlist

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Today I'm sharing my current favorite songs with y'all. I am in love with so many different songs right now and I also want to hear what you've been listening to and loving recently. This time of year I typically prefer slower, mellow music because it usually goes hand-in-hand with the weather but this time I'm kind of scattered across the board with different genres and styles.

What's on your playlist this month?

Comfy in Cable Knit

Hi Everyone!

Today I had 3 tests/quizzes so my motto is Dress Well Test Well. The weather today was absolutely beautiful, 60 and sunny which is exactly how I like it! Sadly, by Wednesday there's snow predicted so I'm getting in my last few warm fall days before I have to break out my winter wear.


Can we just take a minute to admire the beautiful sunset I was able to take in post-workout cool down. I know I always say I hate Ohio, tonight's sunset may have proved my statement wrong.
Let's play a game... Comment the whale emoji
on my Instagram post promoting tonight's post if you read this post ;)

Autumn Sunday + My Go-To Fall Lip Color

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Today I had tons of errands to run and homework to get done so my outfit is a lot more casual then usual. Since I was driving around all day I decided to keep it simple with some leggings, an old flannel and my new booties that I am in love with!


As mentioned in the title I'm sharing my favorite fall lip color with y'all! This is the Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss in a nice cranberry/red color. I'm not quite ready to break out my holiday red lip stick so this is perfect for when I'm in between my bright summer colors and my holiday colors.
What did you do this weekend?

Changing Things Up

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Tonight's post is going to be a little different then what I usually post but as you read by the title of this post, I'm changing things up {in a good way}.

2 weekends ago I woke up feeling really crumby. Sore throat, upset stomach, & a lazy attitude. I figured it was just a little bug that would pass by the start of the school week. I was wrong. Monday morning rolled around and I still felt crumby. I didn't have any symptoms but I just felt really crumby. I went to school and continued with my day as usual but I found my mind drifting off during class, my stomach was grumbling by 2nd period and I never felt fully awake.

I came home that Monday and decided I needed to change something because clearly something was messing with my lifestyle. I reevaluated my daily habits to try to figure out what was up. Was I getting enough sleep? Yes, I averaged 8-10 hours each night. Was I studying & keeping up academically? Absolutely. Was I eating healthy & getting enough exercise? Ding, ding, ding, I've found the problem.

Let's just say my eating & exercise habits weren't the greatest. I tended to eat little to nothing for breakfast, relied on Diet Coke for my energy, and all that Halloween candy laying around didn't help either. As for exercise, since golf season ended I wasn't being very active and it was taking a toll on my body.

But I've put my foot down and I'm making a change. My family has nicknamed this month, No Excuse November and I'm going to use that as my motivation to start changing my lifestyle into a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to get a workout or 30 minutes of exercise in every.single.day. I know it sounds like a big commitment but for me, that's a reasonable goal. And as for my eating habits, I'm cleaning up my diet. Here's my goals...

::no more soda::
it pains me to say this but I'm only going to allow myself to drink soda on the weekends. Carbonated beverages have such negative effects on your body that I'm limiting my consumption to at most 2 drinks per week & only on weekends.

::drink more water::
going along with my previous statement, I'm trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Not only does water help cleanse your digestive system but it helps cleanse your face! I've been loving water with lemon & lime slices right now and since I've cut soda and switched to water I've noticed that my complexion is SO much better, I have very few if any blemishes and I LOVE it! I'm so much more confident in my appearance and it saves me time in the morning not worrying about covering my face with products.

::30 minutes of exercise per day/workout daily::
whether I wake up early to walk the dog, or doing a circuit after school exercising clears my mind and leaves me ready to tackle whatever tasks I need to get done. Due to election day I had the day off so I woke up earlier then usual and put on my favorite workout clothes & tennis shoes and took my dog for a nice walk that I know not only she appreciated but I did too. It's so refreshing to wake-up with a walk in the crisp fall air and then go home to nice healthy breakfast.
::stay committed::
I've tried converting to healthier lifestyle before and it lasted for maybe 3 days before I just gave up, but this time I'm serious about making this change and to help keep my motivated I've rounded up some of my favorite motivational quotes from none other then Pinterest.

How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? I'm all ears!
**please note that I am not a professional health worker and what I mentioned above is what is working for me and may not necessarily work for you. I am not saying you need to do anything mentioned above I am simply sharing my thoughts :)**