Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Roundup #1: Drinks

It's that time of year again!  Time for some pumpkin.  Everywhere you look, you are being inundated with tons of pumpkin recipes.  Well, I thought I'd round up a few good ones for you.

I like pumpkin.  I can't say that I love it.  And I am very picky in how I consume it.   I can only eat it when it is baked into some type of bread, cupcake, etc.  No other way.  But I want to share some pumpkin drink recipes that you may enjoy.  

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 Who doesn't love a smoothie?  This one is simple to make and quite healthy, too.  The recipe is non-dairy, and incorporates a nutritional shake.  A tasty, healthy way to have your pumpkin fix.  Find the recipe at My Vega.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate!  I would even considering having my pumpkin this way.  This recipe from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is also non-dairy, and you can use a sugar substitute if you like.  I prefer natural sugar as opposed to any sweeteners.  I think the cocoa powder with the pumpkin would be delicious.  

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

For all  you coffee drinkers, here's one for you.  I do not like coffee at all, so I'm definitely including this recipe for others.  This is a popular drink during the fall season, and there are numerous variations of this recipe.  I chose this one from Farm Girl Gourmet because it is simple to prepare.  The recipe calls for 'strong' coffee or espresso, so I'm sure this will provide a boost in the morning.  It calls for 4 tablespoons of pumpkin purée, but I'm sure you can add more or less, depending on your preference.

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

Maybe you already have your favorite coffee, and just want a little pumpkin flavor?  Then, this recipe for coffee creamer should do the trick.  The recipe calls for two ingredients.  That's right, just two!  Find the recipe at The Grant Life.

Which drink recipe are you wanting to try first?

**all photos courtesy of referenced website

Thursday, September 18, 2014

JustFab Handbag Wishlist

I've been wanting to purchase a new handbag.  Not because I really need one, but because I want one.  I know, I have about three or more that I haven't used yet.  But it's always nice to have options (how's that for justification?).

I purchase many of my purses from JustFab.  So I decided to see what they have of interest.  Here's a look at my current desires.

I like the classic look of this satchel.  It's large enough to carry the multitude of items I have in my purse.  The burgundy color provides a spin on neutrals.  And my favorite detail:  compartments!  Keeps me from losing myself in my purse.

I've been eyeing this handbag for a while now.  I love the teal color, and the color blocking altogether.  The purse is a nice size and would be fun for a date night.

The shape of this satchel caught my eye.  I like the way it closes on top.  It appears to have much space inside.  And the neutral color makes it perfect for everyday.

All the handbags are available in other colors.

Which handbag would you add to your wardrobe?
**photos courtesy of JustFab

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays

Blue Bird

Some people like to go neutral, wearing blacks, whites, browns and greys.  Others like bold colors:  reds, yellows and greens.  And some enjoy fun prints. 

Last week, I showcased a paisley print.  This week, it's all about the birds.  I didn't know what to think when I first saw this bird printed skirt.  But the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. 

The colors are just beautiful.  And the birds make you smile.  I like the subtle sheer stripes, which complement the mesh overlay of the sleeveless top.  And Ani, who blogs at Fleurani, matches the perfect blue heels to complete the outfit.  This looks soars!  Enjoy more of Ani's style on her blog.

What are you wearing today?  Leave a picture or link to a picture in the comments section below.  Your look could be FEATURED tomorrow here on this blog!!  Find more information here.

How would you wear this print?

**photos courtesy of
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Give Us Lord Our 'Daily Bread'

Daily Bread is a local bakery here in San Antonio.  They have some heavenly pastries. But you have to arrive early to get what you want.  And I'm not an early bird.

But once before, I did get up at 6am for their awesome Blueberry scones.  These scones are the softest, fluffiest scones I've ever had.  Like a cloud.  They are overflowing with huge, juicy blueberries.  And they are topped with a glaze and sprinkled with lots of pecans.  So delicious!!

This time around, in addition to my scone, I had their Sour Cream Pecan muffin.  When I say pecan, I mean pecan.  There are pecans in every bite.  And it has a nice cinnamon streusel on top.  The muffins are ginormous, so they are very filling.

If I really ate their bread daily, I'd be in trouble.  But it doesn't hurt to enjoy it every now and then.

What is your favorite type of scone? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Smile Challenge

There is a convenience store near my home.  Every time that I've gone in to make a purchase, the same young lady is working at the register.  I've noticed the 'blah' attitude that she has, so I always try to smile at her.  But she never smiles back.

It got me to thinking that I should maybe back off as to not make matters worse with her.  But my brother encouraged me to continue being nice to her.  So I will.  Every time I see her, I will give her my best smile.

So I challenge you today to smile at everyone you encounter, even if the sentiment is not returned.  Just smile anyway.  We never know if that smile is the one thing that will make their day.  So go ahead.  Smile!!

Do you feel that your smile can boost someone's day?

Friday, September 12, 2014

I Guess My Body Needed The Rest

For the last few weeks, I've been extremely tired.  I mean take-a-nap-almost-everyday tired.  And I don't usually do naps.  For when I do, it's not a cat nap, but more like a lion nap (you can laugh, you know you found that funny).  I nap for hours at a time.

Because of all my exhaustion and napping, I've been feeling very unproductive and lazy.  There are so many things that I haven't done, phone calls I haven't made.  I haven't checked my email in weeks, just browsing through it to look at the 'important' stuff.  My blog comments are sitting patiently, waiting for my response.  And I haven't been very social with social media at all.  I've managed to maintain my blogging schedule, and link up to some linky parties, but it's taken much energy to do so.  Sometimes, literally typing and scheduling posts with one eye open.

I just couldn't understand why I was so tired, why I needed to sleep so much.  Then I realized it could be because my tutoring schedule recently changed.  During the summer months, I tutored four students, mainly during the late morning/early afternoon hours.  When I started contacting parents to compile my tutoring schedule for the new school year, my schedule was filled in just two days!  Now I'm tutoring thirteen students and I'm still getting new clients.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  It is truly a blessing.  But because of my full schedule, I'm working every day but Friday and Saturday.  And there have been evenings when I've arrived home after 10pm.  So this change in my schedule and workload seem to be weighing on me. 

School has been in session for the last three weeks.  I'm praying that once my body has accepted the changes, then I won't be so lethargic during the day.  But until then, I'll keep listening to my body.  And I will give it the rest that it needs.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Create Your Own Brand Watermark

One of my many goals (see Essential Blogging) for my blog was to start watermarking my photos on the blog.  I admit it's taken me a while to complete this because of pure laziness.  Sometimes, there's just so many pictures.  But I  found a great tutorial and finally got it done.

Ashley, of ABC's of Life, prepared a tutorial that is very informative, and quite simple to follow.  So much so that I, with all my design deficiencies, completed following the instructions in only five minutes!!  Now, that is a huge accomplishment for me.

Ashley uses PicMonkey to create her watermark.  I didn't do anything fancy with mine.  I used the same font as my blog header.  Ashley explains how you can adjust font position, size and color when adding the watermark to your photos.  You can even change the fade amount if necessary.  This by far was the easiest tutorial I've ever used, and I highly recommend it.  Check it out for yourself.

via ABC's of Life

Do you watermark your photos?
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