Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thank You!

fall is coming to end and so are my blogging days. Temperatures of 39 and 45 degree is the beginning of winter! Now all the leaves will turn from pretty reds and oranges to browns and yellows. Here in Portland the rain will come, turning the roads into icicles. Already there is talk of snow in the upcoming weeks. The air is now going to be more brisk so make sure to bundle up in lots of layers to keep warm. 
   I hope that this blog has helped you through this fall season giving you tips and ideas on food and fashion. I have loved sharing ideas with you guys, whatever season is to come find ways to make it amazing! Thanks for taking a look at Fall fun!   

Monday, November 10, 2014

Flip Flops Out, Boots In!

Fall fashion wouldn't be complete with just the scarves and sweaters. Fall time is when all the boots start to make their way out of your closet. Boots have multiple purposes. They keep your feet warm, they can make you taller, they look classy, and they can be worn with a casual outfit. You can choose from Booties, Knee Highs, Moto, Stacked Heel, even Uggs. It really is up to whatever you feel. But making a decision can be hard, here are a couple ideas.

        Booties- When you feel like going out or dressing up, this should be your go-to boot.

       Knee Highs- Help your legs look longer with this boot. Wear them with some jeans or tights.

       Moto- Perfect boots for wearing out in the rain, casual every day use, and occasionally making you feel like a bad ass! 

      Stacked Heel- Gives you a little height, throw on some jeans or try a dressier look with them. 

     Ugg- The lazy boot. Wear them to run errands, lounging around , Perfect to keep you warm and comfy. 

   Take my advice, you can't go wrong with any of these boots. Plus it gives you an excuse to go shopping! 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oregon has a beautiful Nature scene. Yes it rains almost more then half the year, but how else do you think it gets all the green?? Moving here from Idaho all you get is dry or snow, not a lot of rain. But in Idaho we don't have beautiful trees and water falls. Part of Oregon's charm is being able to spend so much time on hikes or exploring. 

Being new to the area I had no idea where to explore. Down below I have created a list of places you should check out! Living here has given me chance to see all the beauty. With Fall in full swing all the leaves and colors will be changing. If you have some down time on the weekend, throw on your coat and boots and start seeing Oregon in a new way! 

1. Japanese Garden
2. Cathedral Park
3. Sauvie Island
4. Hoyt Arboretum 
5. Opal Creek 
6. Multnomah Falls 
7. Lacamas Creek 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Candles, Candles, and More Candles!

       The other day I went shopping with my girlfriends. Walking around all the stores looking at sweaters for fall is the perfect way to spend a night. Roaming around we wandered into Bath and Body Works. Little did I know that my roommate is obsessed with candles. Bath and Body works is like heaven for candle lovers. She will buy wall candles, mini candles, three wicked candles, and medium candles. But why spend $20 on a jar that smells good??

     Men may not understand the need to buy candles but ladies do. You can get over hundreds of smells for a candle. Not just that I can list off a couple reasons on why a candle is a good purchase.
1. Having a candle in the house adds to your home decor.
2. Candles are comforting. Nothing is better than a little illuminating light in a dark room soothing you to sleep.
3. They can be set in place to relax you. Fill your tub turn off the lights, light a ton of candles, and take a relaxing bath,
4. Candles set a romantic mood. Maybe set a few candles for dinner with you husband or boyfriend. Light up the bedroom with a candle and enjoy the nice scent.
5. Candles are perfect gifts.
6. Holiday candles are fun to pick out, so many new scents.
these are only a few reasons to love candles.

    Getting into the fall season candles scents go off the charts. It is the time I want my house to smell like pumpkins, or fall air, even spices. Some of the most popular scents during fall are, Spiced Pumpkin Cider, Sweater Weather, Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun, Pumpkin Ginger Bread, Harvest Gathering, Mahogany, Amber Woods, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Tis the Season, Marshmallow Fireside; doesn't this make you want to go pick up a candle?! In my opinion everyone should at least own one candle in their home. If you won't take my word for it, go out and smell some for yourself! Comment below with your favorite Fall scent.

Sprucing Up Your Home This Season

I will admit that I'm not very crafty. But when fall rolls around there are so many cute options on how to decorate your house. One of the items that really catches my eye are fall wreaths. They are one of the first items of your house that guests and family will notice. How nice would it be if your guests are welcomed right off the bat and impressed with your "craftiness", when in reality they are simple and still beautiful.

  Choosing what design you want is endless. You can use burlap, wire, stems, branches, berries, ribbon, feathers, ornaments, the list can go on. Making a wreathe might help you get into the festive spirit while making your home look unique at the same time. You can add colors, polka dots, flowers, get creative!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cider Up!

There are some days in fall where the brisk air gets to me. These are the days when I don't want to get out of bed, let alone leave the house. But what if I want to spoil myself with a warm drink? I found a really simple yet amazing tasting crock pot cider recipe. Making your own cider might be a fun way to pass the time on those lazy days. Once you got it down you could have cider at your finger tips whenever you would want. It is perfect for parties or family nights. If you have any other recipes that you would want to share on your cider or fall drinks post a comment down below!

 Prep time: 
 Cook time: 
 Serves: 6
  • 64oz Apple Cider (I prefer Tree Top)
  • 3 Chopped Apples (optional)
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 Sliced Orange (optional)
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • Small square of cheesecloth.
  1. Add bottle of apple cider to crock pot.
  2. Add chopped apples, oranges, and brown sugar to crock pot.
  3. Place the whole cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks to the square of cheesecloth and tie.
  4. Add to crock pot and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  5. Discard cheesecloth and use a ladle to serve!

The Big "T"

Alright all you foodies we are now in November! Moving along with all things fall you all know what important Holiday is to come, Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the time for family and being thankful for all that you have. But of course my mind can't help but wander to all the food. Thanksgiving dinner is held all around the world in some fashion for families to enjoy. Mom's and grandmas pull out their famous recipes for stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie; only the best dishes are served.

All morning you slave away in the kitchen making sure the turkey comes out just right. Football or parades are going on in the background off the t.v. The mouths of all the children are trying to patiently await for the table to be set. That is basically how this day is pictured in my mind. I love gathering for Thanksgiving with my family, it is definitely loud. Trying to watch movies or have a conversation is belted over by my grandparents speaking to each other in Spanish. Thanksgiving in my opinion is so family oriented. You get to see that cousin or aunt that you may not get to spend as much time with as you like. It really is just one big celebration with tons of food.

      Not going to lie I try to wear yoga pants because I know the amount of food I will be consuming is out of this world. When I first started helping with the cooking I was always in charge of the green bean casserole. To this day it is just tradition for me to make up that dish all on my own, I love it. Coming into the season I just hope to remind you guys that family is everything. They may get on your nerves and you might want to kill them at times. But family is matter what they have your back. Be thankful for the life that you live, it may not be all sun shine and roses all the time. But in this crazy world I bet someone has it worse. Love what you have, embrace what is to come, and cherish every moment. Happy Holidays everyone!