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On The Street

So…I may have attacked Kaylynn on my way into church and quickly snapped her picture.

I love how she paired the off-shoulder lacy white dress with tie-up dark heeled boots, giving it an unexpected edge. Plus her feather earrings were gorgeous!

Pumpkin Pancake Muffins

I feel weird even posting this recipe because it’s so simple.

But I love me some simple recipes.

Only three ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 2 cups of pancake mix, 1/2 of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1 1/3 cup of water.

Stir together until well incorporated.

Scoop into muffin cups. Have you ever used these scoopers before? I got mine from Pampered Chef. If you don’t have one, I suggest running out to the store to get one immediately.

We topped ours with mini chocolate chips because they make everything cuter.

Ready to bake for 18-20 minutes. Be aware that they might not appear ready when checked with a toothpick because of the pumpkin, but they will be ready. Don’t cook longer than 20 minutes.

They are DELICIOUS!!!! And if you are doing weight watchers, they are only 3 points each! Woot!

Makes 1 dozen. Good luck not eating all of them. ;)

Fashion Friday

Accessorize Yourself

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”

(-Clairee Belcher, “Steel Magnolias”)

Accessories are an important part of a wardrobe. They can alter an outfit and also change your look.

If you don’t have money to spend on something new, I would suggest looking at what accessories you own and creating a “new” outfit with them. Add a scarf, headband, necklace, belt, pair of earrings, bracelet or new shoes to “update” your outfit.

Check out how different these outfits look just by changing my accessories.

I found a quiz online where you choose the correct accessories for the outfit. It’s pretty fun and a bit tricky. Check it out here!

Happy Friday! :)

Braided Bun How-To

This hairdo is incredibly simple and a great updo to do quickly before you go out.

First, start off with the right tools. These tiny elastic bands come in all different colors (these are clear, but you can get them to match your haircolor). I now understand that no two bobby pins are created equal. I always used the Goody brand from the grocery store and they never held my thick, fine hair up. These bobby pins are the professional stylists brand and they are amazing. If you can get your hands on some, I definitely recommend it.

Start by separating your hair into three equal ponytails and holding them back with an elastic.

Take the middle section and braid it.

Then, twist the braid around itself into a bun and secure with bobby pins. I didn’t secure the end with an elastic, but you can if you choose.

Go to either side and braid one section. When you have finished braiding it, fold it over the middle bun and wrap around the unbraided section on other side and secure with bobby pins. I tucked the ends into the middle bun, so that they wouldn’t stick out.

Lastly, braid the remaining section of hair and twist it under the middle bun, securing finally with bobby pins. I used two larger bobby pins to secure the entire bun as one to hold longer.

And you’re done! How easy was that? And now you look super pulled together and it only took you five minutes!

On The Street

Yesterday my morning started with a teacher walking across my path in the most adorable outfit. I became determined to feature her on the blog.

Because I’m only at this particular school one day a week though, I’m not very familiar with the staff. I didn’t know who she was, so I proceeded to walk around the entire school stalker style until I noticed her through a classroom window. Once I found her classroom and had a name, I was able to email her my bizarre request to take her picture.

She was blown away by my request and we agreed to meet after school. How we haven’t met many years before is beyond me. We have a crazy amount of mutual friends in common!

Meghan, it was a pleasure to have met you and I hope to see you around more often!

Check out Meghan’s blog here. Her son is adorable!

How fun is her outfit! I am desperate to buy myself a denim blouse.

Fashion Friday

Fall Inspiration

I am a die hard fall girl. Every year I long for rainy days, gloomy skies, days where you can wear long sweaters and tuck the sleeves inward as makeshift mittens.

This year though I am having a hard time letting go of summer. To make myself flashback to the incredibly long sunny days, warm summer nights and times full of laziness hanging with my kids, I might be found slathering on sunscreen. I’m going to cover myself, my kids and possibly even my dog to evoke those happy memories. We had an incredibly joyful summer and I am sad to see it go.

As far as weather goes though, I am totally ready for fall fashion. I am SOOOOO over the hot weather and the nasty sweating that accompanies it.

Here are the things I can’t wait for…

Sweaters with whimsical prints (how fun are these?!). They have a touch of youthful energy without being too silly.

Pinstripe blazer with a gingham top! This lady knows what’s what.

Ankle boots. (I am obsessed with this pair and am on the hunt to find similar ones.)

Tights!! (Especially since I stocked up at the end of winter last year.)

Tights with shorts? Why not! Especially when paired with a blazer, big chunky scarf and messy updo.

This outfit is perfect for cuddling up by a window and listening to the rain.

And this one works for so many occasions (a hay ride possibly??)

I’m pretty sure this outfit is akin to the comfort level of wearing your pajamas out in public.

And this last outfit is absolute perfection. It looks so French and ladylike.

Are you as excited as I am?! ;)

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Happy Friday! :)

Minute to Win It Party

Last year I turned 30. This was a big milestone and I should have done something big like go skydiving (although my husband thinks that if I did this it would be irresponsible since I’m a mother) or take acrobatic classes. Can you tell I am not afraid of heights?

Unfortunately I had three weddings back to back (one of which I was a bridesmaid and one that was out of town), so my birthday got put to a back burner and not really celebrated in the typical HUGE fashion that a milestone birthday calls for because I just didn’t have the energy.

Well, this year I wanted to do something fun, but still intimate. I decided a dinner party would be a special way of spending time with my friends. My outstanding friends, Rob and Heidi, agreed to host the party since our backyard was a wreck and being prepared for sod.

I made a Chorizo Bake, but substituted it with Soyrizo (or soy chorizo). It doesn’t look like much, but it is super tasty, easy to make ahead of time and inexpensive.

We also had sangria, margaritas, chips and guacamole and salad. I am so thankful for lovely friends that volunteer to contribute to the meal.

It was awesome to get to sit and eat “family style” with all of my friends and listen to the happy conversations around me.

For entertainment, I “hosted” a Minute to Win It Challenge. The original title is a TV show (although I’ve never seen it). The point of the NBC show is that the contestants do crazy things and if they are able to complete the tasks in under a minute, they win an absurd amount of money.

Some of the challenges I got from online and others I modified or made up completely.

Here is a glimpse at the hilarity that ensued (sorry for the lousy pictures, I only had my phone with me and it was fairly dark):

Egg Blow-Contestants have to use a piece of cardboard to get their color Easter Eggs into the blue, taped-off square.

Back Flip-Contestants place pencils on the back of their hand and flip them up and catch them. They start with one pencil and work their way up to six.

Junk In The Trunk-Contestants place an empty kleenex box that contains six ping pong balls behind them and shake their booties until all of the ping pong balls come out.

A Bit Dicey-Contestants place a popsicle stick in their mouths and then stack six dice on top of the end of the popsicle stick building a tower.

Helmet Head-Contestants had to stand 6 feet away from a helmet placed on the ground and throw fifteen cards into it.

Shake It Up-Contestants hold onto a pedometer and shake it at least 150 times in under a minute.

Light As A Feather-This game originally was planned to have the contestants keep two feathers in the air by blowing them, but this proved to be too difficult, so they had to keep one feather afloat in the air, but hitting it with their hands.

Breakfast Scramble-Contestants had to put together a 4 x 5 “puzzle” of pieces I had cut out of identical cereal boxes. (This was SUPER hard…especially since for some reason pieces of one puzzle were missing. Oops!)

Bottoms Up-Contestants have a yo-yo tied to their back belt loop, then they have to swing it around to knock over four soda cans that are placed in a square around them.

Lastly, as a tie breaker, I had the teams work together to answer as many questions as they could on a “Rena is 31!” quiz I made up.

The team “Fist Wolf” (formerly known as “Iron Fist”) were the winners. Unfortunately all they walked away with were high fives and the pride of winning because I totally blanked on providing prizes. (These things happen when you throw yourself a birthday party.)

We enjoyed some ice cream sandwich cake (recipe here). So yummy.

We ended the night playing a dance game on XBox Kinect, which was super fun and a great way to work off the cake we had just consumed. ;)

All in all, I had a perfect night and am so thankful for friends that put up with my silly ideas and don’t mind laughing at themselves.

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