12 Things: Blogger Tag Fall 2017

The “twelve things” post is something I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers do. If you don’t know what this is, the post features just twelve random things or facts! It could be things they’re dreaming of, things they’re currently working on, goals, anything really! I thought this was the perfect opportunity to extend a piece of me to my readers. I talk a lot about motivation and lifestyle content but often forget to make that personal connection with you guys. So if you’d like, continue to scroll on and learn more about me + what’s been going on in my life!

“Everyday may not be good but there is something good in every day”

  1. I’ve been grinding hardcore on all things social media. I’ve learned over these last few months of blogging that staying involved in the community is one of the many keys to success. If you write blog posts but lack networking, you won’t go anywhere. Making connections has been my focus no doubt!
  2. I’m getting a tattoo?! Yep, and it’s gonna be pretty large! I’m super nervous and yet extremely excited to get this piece. I can’t unravel too many details but I’m expecting this to be amazing. My deposit is down people! I repeat a deposit on a tattoo is down! I’ll fill you in more when the art is actually on my body!
  3. My new favorite Starbucks order has been a grande non-fat chai tea latte with 2 pumps of pumpkin. It’s the epitome of Fall and absolutely delicious.
  4. Last week I went to the gym 6 times! The gym has been my outlet for stress. It’s a place I can go at the end of the day where no one judges me, tells me what to do, or yells at me. In a way, it’s been therapeutic and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
  5. I’m dying to go back to school. I’ve attempted going back multiple times and each time I try, I end up dropping my classes. This time will be different though, I can feel it. Credit to my blog; what I’ve built has allowed me to explore advertising and marketing in a huge way. This journey is helping guide where the next chapter of school will take me. So thankful for that!
  6. I’m gonna say it…I’ve been living in sweat pants. Especially with this chilly Chicago area weather we’ve been getting – sweats are all I wanna wear.
  7. Reese’s pieces are stocked up in my freezer. I can’t get enough of those things. It’s been my ultimate guilty pleasure the last couple weeks.
  8. I leave for a big vacation in less than a month! I’ll be airport hopping for a day and then arrive in a hotter climate! Can any of you guess where I’ll be headed?!
  9. We have found a venue for our anniversary celebration! Our big party is finally happening and we’ve got an epic night planned for when my husband returns!
  10. I kinda wanna start a YouTube channel but I’m kinda sorta too scared! Any advice for new YouTubers?! My life really isn’t that exciting so I’m not sure what I’d even vlog or film about! Let me know in the comments what you guys would want to see or if you’d even watch!
  11. My braces are scheduled to come off next month! If any of you have had braces, you know how excited I must be right now. That day can’t come quick enough! I’ll be sure to do a post about my braces experience once this metal mouth is back to normal.
  12. I’ve been a cleaning maniac lately. All of my laundry is done, sheets are washed, dishes are put away, I even went far enough to scrub down the bathtub and keep the dining room clutter free (almost impossible because I’m always throwing crap in there). It feels good to have everything in order!

I hope you all enjoyed this post today and please notify me if personal stuff is something you want to see more of. I’m happy to do that if you’ll read!

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The Easiest Gluten-Free Berry Pancakes

Hello breakfast enthusiasts! Today I’ve got a recipe you’re going to go head over heels for. I was scouting the grocery store a few days ago looking for healthier options for the kitchen and came across a variety of flours. Everything from coconut to almond, the options were endless.

Something that caught my eye though was the gluten-free package from Bob’s Red Mill brand. It’a a gluten-free pancake mix featuring a giant stack of flapjacks on the front. I couldn’t resist buying the pouch to try out!

I’ve got to be honest by saying, I’m not a huge fan of pancakes or waffles. Anything too carb-y and sugary just isn’t up my alley. However, I thought I’d put a twist on these bad boys to make them a little more delicious. It was definitely a splurge day and I wanted them to genuinely taste like regular pancakes despite being gluten-free.

Things We Need

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix

1 Cup of Milk

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Blackberries

Blueberries

Bowl

Fork or Whisk

Measuring Cups

Skillet

Start by preheating your skillet to medium heat. Make sure your chosen pan is non-stick so our pancakes don’t fall apart upon completion.

Begin pouring wet ingredients into bowl (eggs, milk, oil). Stir thoroughly until mixture is combined.

Slowly start to pour flour into wet ingredients being sure to whisk when adding to avoid clumps in the batter.

Take a handful of blackberries and add them to the batter. Smash the berries until color turns to a light purple. Feel free to add more if needed.

Once the mixture is thick and smooth take a 1/4 measuring cup and pour a small pancake onto your skillet. Be sure to watch the pancakes as they cook extremely fast (typically a few minutes on each side). Flip pancakes when bubbling is seen and browning is noticeable.

Before plating, add a few blueberries to the tops of each pancake for flavor. It will make for a sweet surprise when you bite into your finished product! After this, you can begin to move your cakes onto a separate dish. Be careful as these will be very hot!

Serve with maple syrup or honey along with a few scoops of fresh fruit! A blend of strawberries and raspberries would be tasty too! Choose your favorites and be creative!

Don’t those look incredible?! Super simple and quick to make, it took me no time at all to whip these up in the kitchen. This recipe makes for a wonderful Fall breakfast in the morning and I’m so happy with the way they turned out! What’s your favorite breakfast food?! I wanna know! Leave a comment down below and let’s share breakfast ideas!

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Decorating For Fall And Gifting With JORD + Giveaway

This past weekend I decided I wanted to spice up my front porch and living space. It’s October which means pumpkin season is in full blast and we all said goodbye to September. Isn’t this year just flying by?! To gear up for the trick-or-treaters this year and in an effort to just make my home look adorable – I headed on over to a local patch and managed to grab some cuties! I picked up some mums, little pumpkins, and some larger pumpkins for variety! The porch looks great now!

september is over bring on october

But pumpkins aren’t the only thing giving me life this season. My JORD watch made an appearance too! Eeeee guys I just can’t rave enough about my Frankie series timepiece! Crafted out of 100% natural, hand-finished woods, JORD works hard to create incredible watches for both men and women. My favorite has been the dark sandalwood and smoke colors that mesh perfectly with the warm, natural, shades of Fall. It’s simple, elegant, and yet so freshly different!

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engraving on wood watch, pumpkins and mums for fall

jord wood watch close up, detail, color, design, style

I even got my watch engraved with a special message! Feel like your gift to a loved one is missing something? Try sharing a heart-felt message like I did on the backing plate of your own new JORD watch! This option is also available on their storing boxes (which in my opinion are just as detailed and as gorgeous as the watches themselves)! To make my watch more meaningful, I engraved my husband and I’s initials with our wedding date. It’s such a treat to see it each time I put it on as a remembrance of us! Love, love, love! Quite literally! Did I already say I love this company?!

Here’s a direct link to engraving: https://www.woodwatches.com/watch-engraving

Check out this JORD Pinterest board for inspiration on your next watch or gift: https://www.pinterest.com/jordwoodwatches/jord-customized-gifts/

jord wood watch in display box styled for fall

pumpkins and mums with jord wood watch hanging over pumpkin

So, find a reason to give a gift this October or reward yourself for getting through last month’s hectic schedule. I promise you won’t regret it! On another note, I’m collaborating with JORD to bring you guys an awesome contest!

GIVEAWAY ALERT

CLICK HERE for a chance at a $100 e-gift card towards your new timepiece! And just for entering you’ll receive $25 off your next purchase! Contest closes October 29th at 11:59pm so get your entries in quick! I hope you love your new watch as much as I love mine – it’s such a great piece to have in my accessory stash!

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