October Halloween Activity Round Up

October is by far the best month of the year. I will forever defend that. There’s just SO MUCH to do. There’s pumpkin patches, haunted houses and beautiful weather. And you can enjoy all these things while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte. Like are you kidding me? What more could you want? In honor of the season, I have compiled a list of things you NEED to do to make the most of your fall experience this year.

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Make Pumpkin Everything. 

Baking muffins? Put pumpkin in it. Roasting Veggies? Make pumpkin fries. Making pasta? Try pumpkin sauce instead of tomato. You get the idea.

  1. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Pumpkin Muffins.
  2. Try out Pumpkin Fries
  3. Stuff your face with these Pumpkin Ginger Donuts.
  4. Indulge in this Pumpkin Sauce.

Take a Walk.

Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise. Bonus, take the dog too.

Go to a Haunted House

I don’t know about you but, I literally love anything haunted. Nothing gets me more in the mood for Halloween then being scared to the point of literal tears. I had the privilege of going to Knott’s Scary Farm in California and went to a local haunted house as well. They were both great! Get some friends together tonight and if you have no Halloween plans, check out a local haunted house!

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Explore Pumpkin patches

As convenient as getting your pumpkin at the grocery store is, don’t deprive yourself of the simple joys in life. Pumpkin Patches. You can only go once a year and you will 100 percent be smitten by the aura of it all. There’s just something so special about hand picking a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Oh, and don’t deprive yourself of taking cheesy photos while you’re there.

Locate a Patch near you using this Pumpkin Patch GPS.

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Carve Pumpkins

This had to be on the list right? The most obvious October activity you could possibly do, and that makes it a must. If you really want to [Pumpkin] spice it up, instead of a typical candle inside it on Halloween night try a colored one. Maybe pink? Blue? or Green? Keep it interesting. Plus, after carving those pumpkins, don’t throw out the seeds, roast them for a midnight munchie later.

The best fall snack EVER.

Bundle up and watch Halloween Movies

13 days of Halloween is no joke. Hocus Pocus and Edward Scissor-hands. Don’t deprive yourself of a movie night full of popcorn and Halloween classics. My guilty pleasure is the Halloween Town trio.

Dress the Part

Fall is all about layers, scarves, sweaters, boots, jeans, hats, etc. There’s so many possibilities. Rustic oranges, olive tones, plaid, leopard print, burgundy… My favorite outfit of October was a simple black denim skirt, striped top and denim jacket.

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Decorate your house

This is probably my favorite activity of them all. Once the decorations are out and I’m surrounded by them, I am immediately flooded with all sorts of warm, fuzzies. Decorating on a budget? Check out the dollar store, they have all sorts of goodies. Get  yourself some decorative pumpkins, light up those apple candles and take it all in.

Get in the spirit and have fun with it.

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Head to a cabin

Bundle up, grab some friends and head up to a cabin. There’s nothing like the rustic atmosphere, a good laugh and a break from life to help you enjoy the season.

Hope you had the spookiest October!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I had such a fabulous day yesterday! I️ mean, I️ feel like it’s always a good day when you spend it shopping and eating cake. Speaking of cake, I made my own birthday cake (I know what you’re thinking “that’s so sad you made your own birthday cake.”) BUT hear me out, I️ love baking so much and since I bake all my friends cakes, of course I had to bake mine so it would be PERFECT. I wanted the cake to channel magical, unicorn, rainbow, glitter; you know, everything a 5-year-old girl loves because I’m clearly not 19. I think it turned out fantastic and I’ve very happy with the result. I was lucky enough that my sweet Jacob threw me a surprise birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant, Chili’s. Seriously, if you’ve never been to Chili’s just do yourself a favor and go, your belly will thank you.  I had such a great time with my friends and it was such an amazing way to spend my birthday! I was so excited to show off my new dress from soft surroundings, I think it supposed to be a top but since I’m 5’3 I️ got away with it as a dress. They had it available in blue and green as well but, I thought the burgundy would be more fitting for the season. I paired it with this leopard scarf i’m obsessed with from Nordstrom’s BP. I️’m grossly obsession with leopard print right now, (it’s probably cause I love the zoo) anything and everything leopard print is very up my alley. My ankle boots are from BP as well, they are currently unavailable but, here’s a similar option. These boots are insanely comfortable and go with EVERYTHING. So I️ purchased them in both red and grey and don’t regret it at all. They are the only boots I’ve been wearing. Overall, I️ had a fantastic birthday and am very blessed to have people in my life I️ adore and am so grateful for! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, see you next week! blog 3img_7010.jpgIMG_E6983IMG_6974blog 2

Fall Decorating for Cheap

I’m going to be honest, the main reason I got an apartment instead of living in the dorm was purely to decorate for holidays. I love fall. Too much. It’s unhealthy. So, of course, I had to decorate my whole apartment accordingly. I needed to feel warm fuzzies every day. And so I started the process of course with my coffee station, which got a remodel for the season that I’m obsessed with. My morning happy place needed an upgrade. I wanted to switch things up without actually switching things up. You know what I mean? So I found simple, inexpensive (broke college kid remember) ways to spice it up a bit. First, I found the little jelly stickers at the dollar store and stuck them onto the Keurig for a nice fall upgrade because let’s face it, my Keurig needs a Halloween costume. For the pictures on the walls, I got some prints blown up at Walgreens and then added fall leaves to the existing signs on the walls. After raiding the dollar store one more time, I found some garlands and draped them above the kitchen cabinets (also found a garland at Hobby Lobby that is up there as well), and then bought some more fall leaves and scattered them legit everywhere. I bought some towels, mugs and some other fall decorations at Walmart. I grabbed some burlap from my parents house, painted on letters with a stencil and then tied it to a pillow to be, well, even more, extra than I already am. I already had a lot of the pillows in my room since I love a cozy look, so I moved them to the living room. I also scoured Etsy for mug decals, so I didn’t have to fork(s) up (ASU pun, GO DEVILS) 40$ for a designer mug.  And BOOM fall-ified. Really it was that easy. The whole process probably cost me less than 75$ and I wish I could keep it like this year-round. If you thought Bridezillas were bad, believe me Fallzillas are worse. And yes, you guessed it, I do fall into that category. 

 

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My pride. My joy. My child.

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The most versatile piece for seasonal decorating.

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California and other Shenanigans

California and other Shenanigans

Boy oh boy was this a week. I have been going non stop with midterms and a sinus infection. Seriously don’t recommend studying when you’re sick, guaranteed nothing will get done. Somehow I got through them and was rewarded with a trip to California with my honey. Luckily I felt better by California and Jacob and I had a blast venturing to his favorite spot… SIX FLAGS! Although I’m more of a Disneyland kinda gal, six flags was uber fun and the Halloween fest was fantastic. We went on Sunday and loved every minute of it and although my feet were killing me at the end of the day, we had the best time. Highly recommend the fright fest, it was terrifying all these scaries jump out and follow you around. And also at six flags, I found a new love for Harley Quinn. Because well she’s, excuse my language, a bad ass. So you know immediately when we got home I threw on my jammies and we watched suicide squad. Then on Monday we played around LA and visited the cutest hello kitty cafe at Irvine Spectrum Center. We had to ride the Ferris wheel there, which got me insanely excited to go to the state fair at home (foreshadowing a blog post at its finest🙈.) And we ended the day at a nice dinner with my grandparents down in San Clemente. The sunset was phenomenal, there’s nothing better than dinner on the beach. We had such an amazing time even though the drive home is a killer six hours. Any time with my honey is time well spent. Hope you all had the greatest week! In the meantime, what’s your happy place?

 

Before we get to pictures, here’s what I’m wearing…

Stripe Top

Plaid Shirt (that’s probably ten years old, I’m sorry) here’s something similar

Jeans 

Denim Jacket

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Six Flags for Halloween AKA best decorations ever

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I’m really too much

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Glow in the Dark Groot
“Excuse me, Mr. Scary-man-sir, you kinda look like a blow in the dark Groot from guardians of the galaxy… Can pretty please take a picture?”
Hello Kitty Cafe Lemonade
Must try strawberry mint lemonade in the cutest cup ever
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Dinner with my Puddin’ 😉

The Best Cookie Recipes EVER

I know, I know. This title is well over-the-top but for real these cookies are all simply FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

‘Tis the season of gaining 20 pounds from all the baking I’ll be doing. As much as I love fall and winter, it’s quite carb packed but thank you oversized sweaters for coming to the rescue. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and just cookie recipes in general. I love how lightweight a cookie feels instead of the heavy cupcake aftermath feeling. I have tested probably every chocolate chip recipe on Pinterest (you’re welcome in advance) so you don’t have to! This year, since I have my boyfriend of 10 months as of last Friday (EEEEP we will get to that in another post) I have had to adjust my baking since he doesn’t like milk chocolate and ONLY likes white chocolate. So I’ve compiled all different sorts of cookies, one for every kind of cookie lover! 

White Chocolate Cranberry/Cherry Pistachio cookies 

I found these bad boys to be dangerously yummy. I opted to skip the cherry and just stick to cranberries, white chocolate chips, and pistachios. Everyone loved these cookies, I took them to a barbecue and had none left over! Something about salty and sweet people go nuts over.

THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER 

I have made these three times in the past week and they just keep disappearing off the plate. These are the yummiest, most perfect cookies, and they look pretty too. It’s a win-win. I added in pretzels and peanut butter chips in this last batch and can I just say, try it. Seriously. But then again I really REALLY like pretzels. 

White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies

The title itself is a mouth full. But these cookies. You guys, these cookies are amazing. I have to admit, I never would have looked up this kind of recipe if I didn’t listen to Jacob over time ramble about how much he loves white chocolate chips, cinnamon and pudding. So I figured why not look it up and see if someone has done it. I was in luck. And I wasn’t disappointed. Pudding in cookies? Who would have thought? You won’t regret making these. I promise you.

Andes Mint cookies

And here we are, a mint chocolate chip cookie. I personally obsess over mint anything. I wish I could burn candles with the smell of Andes mints. So you already know this was the chart-topper for me. All I have to say is. Phenomenal. These cookies were phenomenal. 

Hopefully, this will make your endless Pinterest searches for the perfect cookies for your holiday parties (or a late night snack) a little easier. And a special thank you to the magnificent cookie recipe creators, the world is a better place with you all in it.

The Most Important Meal of the Day: COFFEE

Latte. Macchiato. Mocha. Cappuccino. Shall I continue? Coffee is essential to me functioning in the morning, so it’s only fitting it be prominently displayed in my apartment. If I’m being honest, I based the whole apartment around my beautiful, aqua heaven producer. A.K.A my Keurig. I figured why not make my mornings a little brighter with a coffee bar. I wish I could take credit for this but, Pinterest inspired my coffee station. Specifically, Cloth and Patina’s hot Cocoa Bar. With a little pastel twist, it was the perfect addition to my apartment. I found all the goodies for it locally and purchased the small chalk board labels on Amazon (seriously these are great). Plus, Jacob loathes all things coffee, but the second he saw the coffee bar he told me he’ll give coffee a try. This coffee stand has given me the confidence to branch out and explore more K-Cups. I’m really enjoying French Vanilla VitaCups currently. Somehow these bad boys contain coffee and vitamins, It’s a win, win. Hallelujah to these creamy, Caffeinated mornings! What’s your favorite K-Cup?FullSizeRender (2)FullSizeRender (1)FullSizeRender (5)FullSizeRender (4)

 

Introducing me

Blogging has never felt so right. I am overjoyed to FINALLY find time to sit down and start blogging. I have been meaning to do this for, well, ever. I started my first day at ASU today and thought to myself, today’s the day. (New year, new me, or something along those lines.) (Well actually, new August, new me but shhh, don’t tell). Today was my first day of classes and thankfully I didn’t sign up for any Friday classes so, fri-YAY, am I right or am I right? Somehow, I still found myself taking almost every Buzzfeed quiz I could find between my classes (that Disney Princess one, I love; I’m slightly biased, though, because I adore Disneyland). I went over the summer with my boyfriend, Jacob, and we had the best time. Seriously, it was the best day ever. 10/10. And that new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is adorable. How can you not like Baby Groot? And you already know my Disney diet consisted of, I don’t know, maybe one or two or like six churros. Plus we opted for those cute, little, free buttons Disneyland gives you.  Everyone thought we had just gotten married and between you and me, he and I just went with it. Then, somewhere in California Adventure, I picked up this precious souvenir cup and I can proudly say it was featured in almost every picture I took while I was there. Truly an unforgettable trip with my unforgettable boy. Can’t wait to hopefully go back for Christmas, it would be the best present (Jacob, hint hint). Anyways, thank you for checking out my first of many posts and I hope you’re as excited to embark on this journey with me as I am!IMG_5176FullSizeRenderIMG_5211FullSizeRender (1)disney land happily ever afterIMG_5243FullSizeRender (2)