Spice it Up with a Fun New Fall Date Night

Fall is in full swing and before you know it, it’ll be over! So make the most of the time that’s left by planning the perfect fall date night. There are so many fall activities to choose from, you’ll never be bored! We love the classics like apple or pumpkin picking, or getting lost in a corn maze, but there are a lot of different things to do you might not even think of! Here are some of our favorites:

Go Camping

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Image Source: @zippypixs

Depending on where you live, this could be your last chance for a while to go camping! Find a nice spot to soak in all that nature has to offer and really focus on that quality time together. Pack all those yummy camping snacks and make a fun weekend of it! If you’re not as adventurous, try a backyard (or even living room) camp out instead!

Take a Leaf Peeping Road Trip

The colors of fall foliage are just plain magical. Take a drive and try and find the most beautiful trees. What’s your favorite, the red or the orange leaves? This can be as long or short as you want! Find a new place, get lost in the countryside, take the road less traveled. Foliage only peaks for so long, enjoy it while it lasts!

Tailgate at a Football Game

Football is a staple of the fall season. And who doesn’t love a good tailgate?! This doesn’t have to be for an expensive NFL game, local college games can be a blast too! Take a trip back to your alma mater for homecoming and get all those nostalgic feels. If your beau is from a different school, this is a great opportunity to show him around while also experiencing that school spirit and soaking up all that fall fun.

Go to a Brewery or Vineyard Tasting

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Sure, you can do this any time of the year, but fall is just so much fun! Snuggle up and hit a couple different breweries or park yourself at a vineyard for a few hours. Brewery tours in the fall could also mean trying some pumpkin beer or maybe even hard apple cider. We love those fall flavors!

Take a Cooking Class

Once again, something you can obviously do any time of the year, but who doesn’t love fall food?! Those warm, cozy comfort foods are to die for and a cooking class could really up your game and take that crockpot recipe to a whole new level you didn’t see coming!

Go Hiking

Hiking is really the whole package if you think about it. You get some great exercise while enjoying nature and are rewarded with a killer view at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?

Explore a Haunted House

Halloween anyone? ‘Tis the season for a good spook! Plus, having a big strong man protect you in a haunted house isn’t the worst thing in the world. Grab your partner and some friends and create some memories! Every haunted house ends up with some hilarious stories you’ll remember for years to come.

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Image Source: @bestcampingever

Stargaze

There’s just something so romantic about stargazing. Being all snuggled up on a blanket in the cool night looking out into the universe make us swoon a little. Find a nice place with little to no light pollution and just watch the world go by. Make sure you’re prepared with a stargazing app so you can find different constellations, too!

Host a Halloween Movie Night

If you’re not a big outdoors person, snuggle up on the couch instead! We love a good Halloween movie marathon night. You can go with your spooky, creepy flicks or stick with the fun classics (Hocus Pocus anyone?). Keep it intimate with just you and your beau or open it up to some other couples to join. Pop the popcorn and you’re ready to rock!

Go for a Picnic

Picnics are always a good time! Pack up a yummy basket filled with your seasonal favorites and head to a local park to relax and enjoy the crisp fall air. Watch the leaves fall, snuggle up, and just be together.

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Image Source: @glenviewpkdist

Carve Some Pumpkins

Another Halloween classic, we love pumpkin carving! It brings back all those fond childhood memories, but now you’re probably way more skilled and can make some pretty impressive pumpkins. If you’re not into the carving thing, try painting them!










Our Favorite Healthy and Easy to Grab Snacks

It seems like everyone is always rushing around in a big hurry these days. That usually leads to us putting off important things -- like eating! Being girl bosses, we’re constantly on the go and live by easy to grab snacks to keep us rolling through those busy seasons. So today we’re sharing some of our absolute favorites for you to add to your list to try, too!

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Image Source: Rachel Shultz

Apple Cookies

via Rachel Shultz

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Slice apple into thin rings and remove core.

  2. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring.

  3. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

  4. Enjoy!


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Image Source: NoBiggie

Frozen Banana Bites

via No Biggie

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 bananas

  • 1/2 bag Good Life Chocolate Chips

  • Almond Butter

Directions:

  1. Slice up a few bananas.

  2. Spread a little almond butter on half of the small banana slices.

  3. Sandwich the slices with another small banana slice on top in similar size.

  4. Flash freeze the little banana bites for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. While the banana bites are in the freezer, melt the Good Life chocolate chips in the microwave in a glass bowl for a minute or two, stir the chocolate until smooth.

  6. Now you are ready to dip. Using a small pair of tongs, dip each little banana bite into the warm melted chocolate. The tongs help to grip the bananas, as they tend to be slippery. Place the banana bites on a half pan on top of a piece of parchment paper (for easy cleanup),

  7. Freeze the banana bites for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has solidified.

  8. Once frozen move to a plastic air tight container and keep in the freezer.

  9. Enjoy!


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Image Source: My Fussy Eater

Roasted Garlic and Herb Parmesan Chickpeas

via My Fussy Eater

Ingredients:

  • 1 can cooked chickpeas (240g drained weight)

  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 tbsp Parmesan, grated

  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

  2. Drain the water from the chickpeas and place them between several layers of kitchen paper. Leave for 15 minutes, allowing as much moisture as possible to transfer onto the paper.

  3. Mix the oil, garlic and oregano together in a bowl. Add the Parmesan and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chickpeas and stir until well combined.

  4. Spread the chickpeas onto the baking tray and roast for 30-40 minutes, turning 3 or 4 times.

  5. Allow the chickpeas to fully cool before removing from the tray. This will help to keep them crunchy and stop them going chewy. Store in an air-tight jar for 2-3 days.

Wedding Details: Open vs. Assigned Reception Seating

Wedding planning is no walk in the park. As things start to wind down as details fall into place, the last thing you want to do is create a guest seating chart for your reception. We realize that it’s a daunting task, so you might start asking the questions “do I really need a seating chart?” While at the end of the day that decision is up to you and your partner, we default to a resounding YES! The degree to which you decide is another step entirely, which we’ll dive into more here today.

So why is some form of seating chart so important? One of the biggest pieces of assigned guest seating at your wedding is organization. Having a seating chart avoids chaos and a mad rush to get a “good seat.” Showing forethought and putting in the effort to consider best seats is also a great way to show your guests you care. If assigned seating seems to inflexible to you, consider escort cards. This is like seating but you assign table numbers versus exact seats. So when you’re just assigning tables, where they sit at the table is entirely up to the guests! The organization is quite necessary, for more reasons than you may realize.

If you opt for open seating, you need to be prepared to rent more seats than you have guests. Certain tables will fill up quickly and you risk guests bringing additional chairs to tables and leaving some empty. This brings back the time old issue of people feeling left out and being left at a table alone, while another table is overflowing with people. It’s best to avoid the drama and just set the tables ahead of time.

If you’re a big organization fan, a full on guest seating chart may be for you! This is the most formal and traditional option, and definitely time consuming, but takes out any variability. You’ll have name cards at each place setting, so instead of assigning tables, it’s the exact seat. We love some good organization, so if you’re feeling inclined to go with this option, you go girl!




Our Favorite Touches to Make Your Guests Feel Special

While we know that the wedding day is all about you, we also like to make our guests feel appreciated seeing as they’re there to celebrate you, too! There are so many simple little touches you can add to make your guests feel the love and know that you want them to really enjoy the celebrations. After all, what’s a party if you can’t all enjoy it?!

Slippers or Flip Flops

Ladies, we all know that we try to always look our best when we get the chance to dress up for big events. Usually that involves wearing pretty, but not so comfortable, heels. That’s why we love when couples provide a bin filled with flip flops or slippers for their girlfriends to slip into before dancing the night away! Buying in bulk is key and you would be surprised at how cheap you can get these for. It’s also a nice little momento for them to take home and think of you every time they wear them.

Bathroom Emergency Kit

It’s a commonly known fact that little blips and emergencies pop up throughout events. Luckily, we’re always prepared! We love to put together a little emergency kit in the ladies room for any of said blips. Things like hairspray, hair ties, bobby pins, hair brush, tampons, floss, gum, Advil, deodorant, etc. Not much can fit in those little clutches us girls tend to carry around, so your guests will really appreciate the thought!

Wedding Favors

Your guests took the time to come celebrate your marriage, so it’s nice to return the favor with a small little token to remember the day by. This doesn’t need to be anything expensive or extravagant. If you’re looking for some ideas, make sure to check out our post for some ideas your guests are sure to love!

Hangover Kits

Sometimes, people party a little too hard at weddings. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty common. Hangover kits are a nice little something to send your guests off with, or have readily available at a post-wedding brunch. If you’re on a tighter budget and can’t swing too many extra, hangover kits can make a great favor. Two birds, one stone!



Keep Your Home Decor Aesthetic While Still Incorporating Those Seasonal Feels!

It’s that time of year where everyone is decorating for fall, and soon enough, winter and Christmas too! It can be such a heavy lift to completely swap out all your decor for each seasonal change. Not to mention, the feel of your house totally changes too! That’s why we’re huge fans of incorporating seasonal decor that already matches your home aesthetic and design. What’s that entail? Glad you asked! Today we’re going to look at a few different factors: color palette, accessories, and scent.

Color Palette

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to completely change your color palette for the season! Not everyone wants bright reds, oranges, and yellows in their home for the fall season. We can totally relate. That’s why we’re all about finding pieces and subtle changes that bring the spirit of the season into the space without compromising your personal style.

Accessories

Accessories are the best way to accomplish your subtle changes for the season. Try swapping out your usual throw pillows for something more seasonal. This doesn’t have to be something big and bold like a throw pillow with a huge pumpkin on it. We love plaid and cable knit pillows for someone looking for a cozy fall feel. Cable knit pillows are especially great as they can easily transition into winter too! Adding a couple of extra beautiful throw blankets is also a great option to cozy up your home for the cooler seasons. They add texture, color, and snuggly warm when needed. Dried hydrangeas and white pumpkins are some of our other favorite accessories to add a nice subtle pop of fall. They can go with almost any decor color palette and are quick and easy changes to make!

Scent

Scent is one of the easiest ways to change the feel of a room without even changing anything! Fall scented candles and wax melts instantly give you that warm, cozy fall feeling without even lifting a finger on your decor. Same with balsam and the like for the winter season. If you do choose to change up your decor, changing up your scent really adds that extra touch to finish off your seasonal wonderland!



Love Lost at Sea

Who doesn't love a good love story anyway? When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.

We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.

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Our vision for this shoot was to capture balance in all things.
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We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean's rough waves and boulders.

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Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress's color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink

Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress’s color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers.
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We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.

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The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Pacific Coast Highway

Road trip!! Who’s in? Maybe not the most traditional of honeymoons, a road trip is a great way to see a bunch of places in one trip while saving some money by driving instead of paying for multiple flights. There are also no memories like road trip memories. You’ll have plenty of time to recount your favorite memories from the big day, take fun selfies, and explore together. For this road trip in particular, we’re looking at the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This destination is beyond stunning with some great attractions you can’t miss. But what are they? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

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Image Source: @fallsintolove

Fort Bragg, CA - Glass Beach

A true testimony of trash to treasure, glass beach is covered in what one day was trash. Over the years, the ocean has turned all the glass bottles into beautiful stones. Definitely worth a stop to stretch your legs and get some awesome pictures! After all, how often do you have the opportunity to see a rainbow of sea glass?

Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Pier

The historical Santa Monica Pier is another must-see attraction. As the end point for Route 66, it’s definitely a popular road trip stop -- and for good reason! This pier has everything you could want: arcades, classic rides, food, people watching, and amazing sunsets. Sign us up please!

Monterey Bay, CA - Monterey Bay Aquarium

What’s so special about the Monterey Bay Aquarium? Well, it focuses on showing the local marine life. There’s a great deck with a phenomenal view of the bay. Some of the most popular and can’t-be-missed exhibits include the Kelp Forest (three stories tall!) and their Open Sea Community exhibit.

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Image Source: @graceyco

Big Sur, CA - McWay Falls

Located in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, you’ll find the awe-inspiring McWay Falls. Only a brief half mile walk from the parking lot, this is one you can’t miss. An 80-foot fall that you can see year round and is just breathtaking. This one pretty much speaks for itself if you ask us.

San Simeon, CA - Hearst Castle

If you’re looking to view some real extravagance, we highly recommend Hearst Castle. This castle boasts a mere 165 rooms, 3 guest houses, two massive pools, and 127 acres for you to explore. Yup… pretty crazy! You won’t be left disappointed by these ornately decorated rooms. Make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time… over one million people visit on an annual basis and tickets will most likely be sold out if you try to buy day-of.

Grass Valley, CA - Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

If your trip happens to fall between November and February (which it most likely will as that’s the majority of the year!), you have the unique opportunity to see thousands of butterflies flocking to the area. This grove of eucalyptus trees is on the southern edge of the beach and we really think it’s a must-hit spot. Scientists are unable to explain this natural phenomenon, but it’s certainly not one to miss!

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Image Source: @photokycs

San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Bridge is such a landmark, you can’t miss it! While the highway will actually take you across the bridge, we highly recommend stopping in the National Park for a stunning hike as well. There are some stunning photo ops of the bridge within the park, too!

Solving Your Late Summer Date Night Conundrum

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Image Source: @sarahidington

Sick of the same old, same old date nights? Us too! With the beautiful summer weather getting ready to start turning into that crisp fall weather, we want to take advantage of soaking up that warmth before it’s all gone. With that in mind, our late summer date ideas all revolve around the same theme: being outside! Whether it’s a Friday night or Saturday afternoon, we have you covered with a range of fun options to do something new with your beau.

Fruit Picking  

Who doesn’t love freshly picked fruit? There’s just something extra special when it comes to picking a blueberry off a push and popping it right into your mouth! Not a blueberry fan? No worries, you have plenty of options. At least here in MA, blueberries are picked from July until mid-August, peaches, nectarines, and pears from early August until mid-September, and raspberries from mid-August until late September. Jackpot! Bonus points for those couples who go home and bake a yummy treat with their pickings.

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Image Source: @jmkuzeja

Hiking

There’s nothing like taking in that fresh mountain air! We love a good hike. It gets the blood pumping and the sweat dripping. Plus, you’re rewarded with stunning views at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?! Pick a short or a long route, whatever suits your fancy. If you opt for a longer trek, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top before heading back down. Don’t forget your camera for some fun and scenic shots, too!

Batting Cages or Driving Range

Step it up from your usual mini golf game and go big! Either try out the driving range or go a different direction and scope out the batting cages. These are both fun activities that can give you some laughs. Work on technique and see who can hit the ball the furthest!

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Image Source: @birchlane

Flea Market

There are so many hidden gems to be found at flea markets. Here in Western Massachusetts, we get spoiled with the Brimfield Flea Market three times a year! Not to fear, there are plenty of other flea markets all over the place, lots going on on a weekly basis. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it can be fun to walk around and explore a flea market. Check out all the unique and beautiful antiques available and who knows, maybe you’ll end up bringing something home!

Never Miss Another Breakfast with These On the Go Recipes!

Breakfast is one of the most skipped meals of the day. Sometimes you’re running late, or you have nothing to make, or any numbers of excuses. Luckily, there are tons of amazing on the go recipes you can prep over the weekend and have ready to go for your hectic mornings! A little bit of prep will make all the difference through the week. Start your day with something yummy and avoid that mid-morning hanger. Here are some of our favorites:

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Image Source: The Wholesome Dish

Baked Oatmeal

Via The Wholesome Dish

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ¼ cups of canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of your choice of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • Optional: toppings of nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, etc.

Start by preheating your oven to 350° and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and oil together until the sugar dissolves. Then add the milk, cinnamon,  vanilla, applesauce, and salt and whisk until everything is combined. Stir in the oats and baking powder. Fill each muffin cup in the muffin tin with ¼ cup of the oat mixture. If you want to add toppings, place them on top and push them into the oat mixture with a spoon. Bake for 30 minutes, let them cool for around 5 minutes and then enjoy!

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Image Source: Show Me the Yummy

Grab-N-Go Omelettes

Via Show Me the Yummy

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup red pepper measured after chopping
  • 1 cup green pepper measured after chopping
  • 1 cup yellow onion measured after chopping
  • 2 cups baby spinach - roughly chopped measured/packed before chopping
  • 1 cup mushrooms measured before chopping
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  •  salt to taste
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard non stick 12-slot muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in oil, red pepper, green pepper, and onion. Saute 5-7 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Add in spinach and mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add in minced garlic. Season with salt and remove from heat. Crack eggs/egg whites into a large 4 cup measuring cup and whisk together. Stir in cooked veggies. Pour the egg/veggie mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked. Cool slightly and serve immediately!

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. These may also be frozen. To reheat, pop them in the microwave until warm.

Help! Do I Need A Day-Of Coordinator?

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Image Source: @aisleplanner

Wedding planning… it is not easy. If you’ve made it through the process solo, congrats, that’s a huge accomplishment! You clearly know what you want and will do what it takes to make it happen. But what happens when it comes to your big day? Unfortunately, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll be able to both oversee everything is being done correctly (and on time) and enjoy your big day. That’s where a day-of coordinator comes into play. While some brides opt to skip the coordinator, there are a lot of pros to hiring one. Today we’re going to break everything down to help you make the best educated decision you can for your situation.

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Image Source: @theweddingpic

What is a Day-Of Coordinator?

A day-of coordinator does just that -- coordinates your wedding day! They’ll oversee all the details you’ve spent months designing and setting up and ensure everything goes according to plan.

What’s included in their role?

While the exact details will vary from person to person, there’s a general feel to what most cover as a minimum. Part of this includes keeping the day running on schedule. They’ll help you create your timeline, connect with all of the vendors and confirm details, and collect your gifts and personal items at the end of the night. They’ll most likely be the last person to leave at the end of the night to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Most likely, they’ll help with the running of your rehearsal as well. Often times, your “day-of” coordinator is more of a “month-of” coordinator. You’ll meet with them to go over all of the details for a smooth transition into them running the show.

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Image Source: @mkewendi

Why hire a coordinator?

Our number one reason to hire a coordinator is simple: peace of mind. It’s your big day, you shouldn’t be stressed about whether or not all those little details are falling into place or if things are being overlooked. If the caterers are all set up or the cake is in the right place. You should be focused on yourself and creating memories! A coordinator will handle all of those things and more.

Summer Mocktail: Cherry Limeade

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

Relaxing with a cool drink in the midst of the extreme summer heat is perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings ever. But however yummy lemonade is, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. That’s why we’ve found a fresh recipe for you to try out! This cherry limeade is a nice change from the regular lemonade. Plus, not only is this recipe insanely delicious, but it’s also super simple and easy to make!

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

For this Cherry Limeade you’ll need:

  • 1 Lime
  • 1 can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 10 ounce can of jar of maraschino cherries with juice
  • 1 2 liter bottle of Sprite

Now to make this refreshing drink you need to start by refrigerating all of the ingredients until they are cool. Then pour in the Sprite, limeade, and cherries into a pitchers and slowly stir (so it remains fizzy)! Pour this into a glass with some ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

Keep Calm and Carry On: How to De-Stress Right at Your Desk

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Image Source: @mmlighting

We all know that life can be very hectic and overwhelming at times. Being at work can also be very stressful and there can be times where you’re very overwhelmed. How do you combat those feelings without having to leave? It may seem impossible, but there are so many little things you can do to help you take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorites that work for us in hopes that they’ll work for you, too!

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Image Source: EHow

Mini Zen Garden

Have you ever seen a mini zen garden? They’re so cute! Use the little shovel or rake to smooth out the sand or make fun patterns. This may sound silly, but trust us, it works! It takes your mind off of things for a few moments and lets you focus on something small and relaxing. As an added bonus, it looks really pretty as a desk decoration, too!

Stress Ball

Tried and true, we love a good stress ball. Sometimes just having something to squeeze can take some of that stress and overwhelm away. Pick one that is fun to play with. You can squeeze it, knead it, poke it… whatever helps you! There’s a reason that stress balls have been around for so long. If you don’t want to go out and buy one, there are tons of DIY versions you can make at home yourself.

Meditation

Do you have a meditation app? We love ours! Personally, we use the Calm app, which we’ve previously discussed how much we love. If you share a small space and don’t want to worry about someone hearing your guided meditation, simply take five minutes to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Clear your mind of everything else and just breath. Meditation is an extremely powerful tool once you get the hang of it! So if you’re having a hard time really clearing your mind in the beginning, just keep trying or give a guided meditation a try for some more structure.

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Image Source: Urban Outfitters

Mini Diffuser

Essential oils are great. There are so many calming and soothing oils that really help relax you in stressful times. If you’re in a location where you can bring in your own mini diffuser, we highly recommend it! This will give your space a different feel and could drastically increase your mood and reduce your stress levels. If you can’t have a diffuser, bring some oils with you and when you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, dab a drop on your wrist so you can still have the scent close by.

Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are our jam. Proven to be a great therapeutic tool, this gives you something to really focus on, as well as a creative outlet. Take a few minutes to fill in a page, or continue working on the same one throughout the day. Just a few minutes can make a huge difference. Plus, at the end, you have a beautiful piece of artwork you’ve created that you can use to decorate your office space with!

Take a Walk!

If all else fails, get up and take a five minute walk. Getting the blood pumping and getting out of the space might just be the key needed to hitting the refresh button and dropping those stress levels. Sometimes all you can do is walk away and take a quick breather to regroup. There’s nothing wrong with that! At the end of the day, your mental health is key and you need to do what it takes to keep yourself feeling happy and healthy.

Mix it Up: Our Favorite Ways to Style Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

Summer is basically synonymous with outdoor entertaining. But it’s easy to end up with your space being that same old style as everyone else’s. Today we want to share some of our favorite outdoor spaces to help you dream up ways to switch up how you have your space styled! As always, it doesn’t need to be a huge, expensive change in order to make a big difference. You would be shocked what a little bit of decor or some new paint can do to really give a space a new feel!

Light and Healthy Summer Dinner: Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Everyone loves tacos, but unfortunately they aren’t always the healthiest food to fuel our body. But have no fear! We love finding new ways to make some of our classic favorites into lighter options. Today we’re looking at a healthier alternative for some yummy tacos using lettuce instead of the usual tortilla and taco shell and ground turkey instead of beef. Still as delicious as ever, just with a bit healthier twist!

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Image Source: Cooking Classy

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of chopped yellow onions
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of 95% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Iceberg/Romaine lettuce leaves doubled up

Some additional/optional toppings are:

  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Diced roma tomatoes
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Light sour cream
 Image Source: Cooking Classy

Image Source: Cooking Classy

Start by heating up the olive oil in a non stick skillet on medium-high heat. Next, add the onions and saute them for two minutes. Then add the turkey and garlic, season this with salt and pepper. Cook this, occasionally tossing and breaking up the turkey until it’s cooked through, which should be around 5 minutes! Add the chili powder, chicken broth, cumin, tomato sauce, and paprika. Reduce this to a simmer and cook it for about 5 more minutes until the sauce has reduced. Serve this over the lettuce leaves and top it whatever you want to enjoy!

Your Bachelorette Weekend Alternative: Glamping!

The traditional bachelorette party may not be for everyone, but have no fear! There’s so many alternatives to the classic bachelorette party that you will for sure find something that fits you. If you’re an outdoorsy type of girl, then we have the perfect party idea for you. Glamping is pretty much camping, but with a bit more flare. We’ve gathered some inspiration for you to choose where to go glamping, what yummy foods to cook up, and what cute sleeping setups you can make up! After all the stress and nerves of planning a wedding and anticipating the big day, having some time to unwind with your closest friends in a serene environment will give you a nice break and help renew yourself!