Happy Monday friends! We had the best weekend working around the house, and being outside! It was gooooorgeous! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead! πŸ™‚

But most importantly, I promised one lucky winner a USB diffuser. You can goΒ here to see if you won!Β 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!


The first week of school is in the books and let me tell you…God completely blessed this entire week! It was SO MUCH FUN! I loved getting to know the kids, the new setup of my room, and I even kind of liked being back in a routine. πŸ™‚ That was definitely a favorite of my week!

Two.Last weekend, we had a blast celebrating one of my closest friends, Ashley getting married! Everything from the weather to the flowers and everything in between was stunning! She gave usΒ this necklace as one of the bridesmaids gifts to wear in the wedding. So cute, right?! But one of the best parts about it was I can wear it outside of the wedding too! I love when that happens! πŸ™‚ I’m eyeing these up too…

Also, it was SO fun to be reunited with some of my study abroad (Recap: One, two, three, and four) friends. It felt like no time had passed since I saw them and I loved every second of it! πŸ™‚

Three.You all know I love Lily and Val. (Here and here!) She is just the sweetest! Another gift Ashley gave us were these adorable little zipped pouch from her!

Four.My new backpack is a favorite! I take it to school everyday and love it! Use code: spring15 for 15% off any order friends! xo

Five.This makes my mouth water just thinking about it! I love, love, love, LOVE my pumpkin bread recipe! (Pssttt..It’s healthy too!)


Today is the LAST day for your chance to enter to win a USB diffuser! It essentially does the same thing as a full size diffuser that you can add essential oils to, but it goes right into a USB to use on the go! You can enter the giveaway, here!

Have the best day! xo

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

I know, I know…It’s still August and I’m already posting a recipe with pumpkin. BUT…like I said yesterday, if school is going to start early, I’m diving head first into pumpkin everything! πŸ™‚ I also wanted to share this recipe for everyone to be able to pin it make it once fall actually rolls around! πŸ˜‰

I debated about adding the word, “healthy” to this recipe because I really try to make most of my recipes with clean and healthy ingredients. But it felt completely necessary because this recipe contains so many beneficial and healthy ingredients that I just couldn’t resist. It’s oh so flavorful and basically creates a fall party in your mouth. See for yourself. πŸ˜‰Β 

Some of my fall favorites pictured: Pumpkin Spice Candle/The Year of Cozy Book

Β Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tso nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease pan (I used butter) and pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Best served with milk or coffee. πŸ˜‰


Back(pack) to school

Today is the first day of school! I put some finishing touches on my classroom yesterday, folded laundry, made food for the week, and packed everything up in preparation for today. Even as a teacher, the jitters still come in full force and create such a mix of emotions. I’m so sad for summer to come to a close but I’m so, so thankful for new beginnings in the school year!

The last few years I have used whatever bag I had on hand to carry my school things to and fro, but this year I felt a little more legit when Urban Southern sent me this backpack. (This probably aided in my excitement for the school year–no joke!) It’s the little things in life that are practical yet classic that make every day life more fun. The backpack stores my laptop, markers, pens, phone, papers, binder, etc. I love the size of it and I’m sure my shoulders will thank me, even by the end of the week, for not putting so much weight on just one side. πŸ˜‰

If the first day of school is going to start mid-August this year, here’s to pumpkin everything, flannel, and a lot of coffee to get the year started on the right foot! (And a cute new bag thrown in the mix to make it more exciting!)

Use code spring15 for 15% any purchase! Yes, any purchase! πŸ˜‰Β 



Friday Favorites + giveaway!

Well…I had my last glimpse of summer this week. I could cry but I’ll keep it together. (I wish I was kidding). We have a rehearsal dinner, wedding, and travel in the works this weekend and then I’ll finalize some school things on Monday before my big 5th graders arrive on Tuesday! Phew!


We had sneak-a-peak last night at school and I got to see some of my students! I love those nights! πŸ™‚

Two.In case you missed my post here or on Instagram,Β House of BelongingΒ was generous enough to offer 15% off any order over $100 or more.Β Use code: spring15. πŸ™‚

Three.My Orange Fluffy smoothie is the perfect taste to the end of summer. πŸ™‚ Plus it includes these, which you know I love!


You know what? School doesn’t start until Tuesday, so I’m praising God for a four day weekend!


Here’s the deal. A LOT of you clicked and commented on this USB diffuser. So naturally, I thought one lucky winner should get one! Right?! You know the drill. Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one in any color of your choice!

The giveaway will last one week and I will announce the winner Monday, August 28th! Good luck and happy Friday everyone! xo

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