What’s Up Wednesday: October

whatsupwed1 WUWquestions editWhat we’re eating this week:Homemade Granola-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comMy homemade granola. I’ve made it two weeks in a row and we’ve been having it for breakfast or just to snack on. 🙂 

What I’m reminiscing about:How this guy has been dancing in heaven for almost a year now. 

What I’m loving:bible360image1

Eric and I both use the YouVersion Bible App for our devotions once and awhile to switch things up. It’s free to download and super easy to use. This month I started the plan, “30 Days of Heartwork.” The idea is to live different for 30 days and it may just change the way you live forever. It’s extremely powerful and written beautifully.

What we’ve been up to:

We have been trying to slow down any chance we can get. 🙂 

What I’m dreading:3fdc285b1c0b672448e0fed705f6ef80_xlarge

Okay, here’s the deal. I loathe taking my make-up off at night. It drives me nuts. I love my F.A.B. cleanser, and coconut oil, but I’m also open to switching it up just for my nighttime routine of removing make-up. Any tips or tricks that anyone has to make it quick and easier?!

What I’m working on:

I’m giving away some of my favorite things in December! (Like that lovely book above!) ;)Keep an eye out for them for your chance to win!

What I’m excited about:

ALL THINGS HOLIDAY! I love the Holidays so much! 

What I’m watching/reading:

I watched this movie last week and cried through almost all of it. It made me want to call up my entire family and have them over. Such a good reminder of what matters. 

I’m slowly reading my way through this book and absolutely love her insight and perspective. 

What I’m listening to:

This song.

What I’m wearing:A really random assortment of teacher attire, casual, and classic looks.

What I’m doing this weekend:

Get ready…we have a wedding! As if that’s new news around here. 😉

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Being with family for Thanksgiving. 🙂

What else is new:

Each day has been bringing it’s own joys as well as challenges. This is definitely a season of change but I am SO thankful I am surrounded by the people I love. 

Bonus Question: What is your favorite Halloween memory/picture/tradition?

One year I begged and begged my Mom for a specific costume (I forget what it was now) and the second I put it on I started crying because it itched so bad! I took it off within a few minutes and wore “regular clothes” to trick or treat. ha! I don’t think that’s a favorite but it’s definitely memorable. 😉 

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Have the best Wednesday!

Unreal Candy

Unreal CandyUnreal CandyUnreal Candy Unreal CandyUnreal CandyUnreal Candy Unreal CandyWhen I was younger, I never understood my Mom’s craving of chocolate. I liked it and all but craaaaaving it? Yeah, that didn’t exactly happen to me. Over the past several years, I have slowly come to understand this thing people talk about and my Mom’s sweet tooth cravings. It’s ironic that this sweet tooth decided to grace me with it’s presence at a time in life where I really wanted to start creating a healthier lifestyle for myself. I switched to eating real food that was good for me and actually adding to my life rather than hindering it. What’s a girl to do? Life’s all about balance but there are still some foods that just shouldn’t be ingested for the amount of harm it may cause.

Unreal candy is 100% real and leaves little to no room for feeling guilty about reaching for that second or third peanut butter or almond butter cup! All their candy is certified fair trade, 100% made in North America, and has my weakness: dark chocolate options, which are also 100% vegan! The best part? They taste amazing and will cure that sweet craving we all have. I love real food and Unreal Candy is just that! xo
Unreal Candy“Fall In Love” Candy Coated Milk Chocolates/ Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups/ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

*As a Stonyfield blogger ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. However, the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you!*

Friday Favorites

First, I know it’s not like me to go this long without responding to comments because I truly love hearing from each and every one of you! The last few weeks have seemed to pile up and I’ve really tried to be intentional about being in the moment and slowing down. So much easier said than done, right? But I’m trying. This week was filled with so many warm, fuzzy moments. I’m so thankful for positive doctor reports, all the people I celebrated my birthday with, near and far, and for an 80 degree day for my birthday! I considered it a present from God himself. 😉 Thank you to each and every reader for taking some time to stop by this space. I promise I will be responding so soon! 😉 Now….onto my favorites for this Friday!

One.I got these boots this week and I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re kind of out of the norm for me and I think that makes me love them even more!

Here are some other beauties!


This is one of my favorite colors for the fall…. 🙂


An extrememely sweet co-worker made me peppermint brownies for my birthday! I think I died and went to heaven. They were AMAZING!


All the birthday love. 🙂


We are having a “Spook-tacular” luncheon for the teachers on Halloween and I was in charge of decorations this year. Although Halloween is not my favorite, it was so fun picking out a few “spooky” things! 😉

And here’s to the perfect rainy day song…I’m not really a fan of the video but the song is a good one. 😉

I’m linking up with Erika, NarciAndrea, Tif, April, and Karli!

Happy Friday! xo

Show & Tell + About Me

I asked some of my friends for some help on this one because I feel like if you have been reading for a little while now, you probably have a decent idea about who I am. I used a combo of a few older posts, with my updated quirks and new favorites. These are in no specific order but here we go…

  1. My love for Talenti keeps growing.

2. My husband is 6’7”. I’m 5’5”. Yeah…

3. I’m a big lover of consistency.

4. and dark chocolate and peanut butter.

5. I have the best friends a girl could ask for.

5. I’m an October baby. Specifically October 18th. 😉

6. I studied abroad in Athens, Greece for 3 months in college and visited Milan, Italy which I instantly fell in love with.

7. One of my best friend and I live diagonally from each other.

8. I’m a blogger for Stonyfield’s Clean Plate Club. You can see my post here!

9. I love all neutrals.

10. I have one older sister. 🙂

11. I’m a 5th grade math teacher.

12. I love a burger and red wine together. (So random?!)

13. I have a deep love for North and South Carolina and planned on moving there before Eric and I started dating.

14. I love soft, fuzzy blankets.

15. I danced for 11 years. I took tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and lyrical.

16. I’m a big fan of coffee.

17. And dates.

18. And coffee dates.

19. I love lazy mornings.

20. I actually love all mornings. 7 a.m. is the perfect time of day.

21. Please don’t hate me but I am not a pet person.

22. I am allergic to grass and trees.

23. Going for a walk is one of my favorite things.

24. I love food that is good for you.

25. I’ve become a little obsessed with farm-to-table restaurants.

26. I love the sun and being at the pool while basking in it. 🙂

27. Favorite make-up products: Liquid, foundationcolor, conceal, eyelinermascara , lips 

28. Favorite hair products: Spray Hair, Dry Haircurl or straighten, spray/spray 

29. God is so good to me when I definitely don’t deserve it. 

Happy Tuesday! xox

Baked Pears with Yogurt and Balsamic Reduction

Baked Pears with Balsamic Reduction. I’ve teamed up with Stonyfield Yogurt to bring you a seasonal dish that I have come to love! Get your oven heated, your stove cooking, and your toppings prepped! Pears may quickly become one your favorite fruits in just a few easy steps, and your home will be infused with the essence of Autumn. You can find the recipe, here!