Thursday, October 31, 2019

What We've Been Wearing {October}

Happy Halloween friends! October was packed with so many events that it FLEW BY! I can't even believe that tomorrow we wake up and it kicks off all the holiday things. 

Weather wise we had a little a bit of everything for October. There were record high temps in the 100's. Then we went to rain and cold. Then we had like two days of Fall. And this evening we are dropping down to 34 degrees. wise I'm sharing a little bit of everything for any climate you might live in. 

Here are some of my favorite fashion finds from this past month. Some are staples I've had in my closet for the last few years that are still available and some are new finds that I know will be making heavy rotation during the cooler months ahead. All are amazing, and I can't recommend enough. 

Kicking off the month I broke out one of my favorite jumpsuits for our 5 year anniversary bash.

I purchased this ruffle jumpsuit last year and have worn it to so many events since then. It's less than $30, is super flattering, and extremely comfortable.  It also comes in a ton of colors, and some are even less than $15! 

| Jumpsuit | Jewelry (use code MAGNOLIA25 for 25% off) |

I love sweatshirts. My favorite outfit to wear in the Fall is a sweatshirt, shorts, and flip flops. The weather only allowed for it a few times this month, but I still was able to soak it all up in comfort.

This camo sweatshirt has been my go-to, and it's crazy embarrassing how many times I wore it this month. I keep meaning to purchase a few more colors because it comes in a ton. It's oversized, super cozy and I noticed right now it's on sale.

While on vacation in September I spotted these Magnolia earrings from a local jeweler at a boutique. I couldn't resist for obvious reasons. I was nervous they would be heavy like other earrings I've worn this style, but surprisingly they are really light. 

Speaking of jewelry, I think this next piece might win for "favorite of the month". 

| Jewelry | Boots | Jeans | Sweater |

It's no secret we are big fans of James Avery Artisan Jewelers.  I have pieces dating back to when I was a child, and still wear them today. They make such quality jewelry, and I love that there are so many ways to wear their charms. 

When I opened the new Fall catalog and saw this state of Georgia charm I couldn't resist. Between cheering for our favorite football team, and showing off a little state pride I knew it would be something I could incorporate into a lot of outfits. 

I have a charm bracelet I was going to add it to, but then I spotted this interchangeable leather charm bracelet and thought it would be perfect. I've worn it as a stand alone bracelet or have stacked it with my James Avery Hammered Cuff. Both ways I've received tons of compliments. I love that I'm able to change out the charms easily or add to it with just one click. Definitely one of my more favorite purchases for the month. 

Check out some of the other new Fall items from James Avery. You'll swoon and get way ahead of the gift giving game because there's just too many fun goodies not to share.

Fall means football and we've been so here for it all season. 

| Game Day Sweatshirt | Black Cut-off Jeans | Jean Jacket | Black Pants | Gingham Pillows | Red & Black Sneakers
 The real MVP though has been these sneakers. We were introduced to Kizik sneakers over the summer, and now that we've had some time to wear them we might be ruined of all other sneakers.

| Black Sneakers

Aside from being on trend, they are super comfortable. Which is a must when it comes to being on your feet all day tailgating and watching the game. But the coolest part has to be that they are "hands-free". We were a little confused by this feature at first, but it really is neat. They have been designed to be put on without using your hands. The heel just magically slips on. It's pretty neat and something we wouldn't have ever thought we would care about until we put on another pair of sneakers and realized how convenient it is. Definitely worth another pair (or two!). 

And being a sweatshirt lover, I can't resist mentioning this super soft Game Day sweatshirt. It's fleece inside is so cozy and now that we are getting into our cooler games it will be the perfect go-to for game days! 

Game Day bags are a necessity around here, and I am so excited to finally find a stadium approved bag that isn't hideous.

I grabbed a black one for me and a rose gold one for Carrie Beth. It has tons of pockets, and still is large enough for a large iPhone with some wiggle room. 

The strap is adjustable, and can be worn a few different ways. I like the crossbody style the best though. It also comes in a ton of colors and fun patterns. Definitely worth looking into for a cute stadium or travel option. Especially now that more and more places are instating the clear bag rule or restricted size bags.

This roll sleeve tunic has been a closet staple of mine for years. Each Fall Nordstrom brings it back, and each year I wear it. I now own it in three colors.

| Tunic Top | Sweater | Leggings | Rain boots

It's the perfect length for leggings, but not too thick you can't tuck it in for a dressier look if needed. It's comfortable, doesn't wrinkle, and comes in a ton of colors.

Depending on the event I might throw on a cami underneath because the cut is a little low on me. But I've seen some people and it not be so deep. If you're more petite like I am you might opt for one of these easy cami tanks that I love. 

(Psst - saw the tunic shirts are on sale right now!!)

Speaking of things I own in a ton of colors...

| Asymmetrical Snap Fleece | Leggings | Boots

This asymmetrical snap fleece is one I can't live with out. I purchased my first one two or three years ago, and now own four colors. This black and white buffalo check fleece being the latest. This one seems to run a smidge smaller than my others to me, but I still love it. It's currently on sale as well, and if you don't own one grab it. It will quickly become one of your favorite things you own! 

That wraps up what I've been wearing this month. If you see me in November, and I'm wearing one of these outfits, don't be shocked. ;) 

What have you been wearing lately? Have an item you've found that you just love? Share with us!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Giving Cryo T-Shock a Try

Last week we had the opportunity to give Cryo T-Shock a try and were excited to see what all of the hype is about.  You've probably heard of Cool Sculpting and similar treatments like that, so we wanted to learn how this is different.

Beth from Cryo Body Atlanta had us in and answered all of our questions!  She was so knowledgeable and full of information.  It was so interesting to learn that Cryo T-Shock can focus slimming by using thermal shock to naturally destroy fat cells without damage to the skin AND toning by reducing the appearance of cellulite, fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen. You can read all the frequently asked questions/answers HERE. Several sessions are suggested to see results like in these before and after pictures HERE. We both agreed it would be worth it!

We each got a CryoFacial treatment with the hopes to help smooth fine lines, promote collagen production and even skin tone!

Each session took about 30 minutes.  It was totally painless and actually very relaxing. The wand goes through a series of warm and cold settings and while it was really cold, it wasn't unbearable by any means.  It felt sort like an ice cube.  

After each of our sessions she used hydrating oils because after having T-Shock your skin will absorb products over 100% better!

After our treatments we both felt really refreshed and fresh-faced.  To see real results several sessions are suggested, but we are both sold on it!  We were super intrigued about what this could do for the rest of our body's so Jen gave it a quick try on her stomach to see how it would feel.

The verdict...totally bearable, so no doubt we will be back before the next swimsuit season to tighten some of that loose skin!

Cryo Body Atlanta also offers the popular Hydrafacials which has been named the Beauty Treatment of 2019! On November 21st they are offering a complimentary mini-Hydrafacial sessions to 15 people. If you have been wanting to give this a try, definitely sign-up on their website!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Coconut Pumpkin Bread Recipe

It's been Fall for a few months now, but it really hasn't felt like it until the last week or so. Sure people were running around with sweaters on and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes all around me, but I didn't really pay attention to it all until about a week ago when my middle child asked about pumpkin bread. 

Aside from football, and the chance to break out my favorite leggings, pumpkin bread season is my favorite part of Fall. I like any kind of pumpkin bread and I'm not discriminatory about what time of day I eat it in. 

Breakfast? Breakfast of champions obviously.

Dinner? It has fruit in it right? Vegetables? Either way totally qualifies as dinner. 

Dessert? Absolutely! 

Pumpkin bread is the universal Fall meal we all need in our lives. 

Carrie Beth has an awesome pumpkin bread recipe that is out of this world. I also have a chocolate pumpkin bread recipe I love. But my favorite has to be when I make this Coconut Pumpkin Bread. 

My love runs deep for pumpkin. But coconut is my love language. 

Combining the two flavors together? Well...let's just say I have to make several loaves because otherwise I wouldn't be open to sharing. 

I make it with or without the frosting, but the coconut cream cheese frosting does make a tasty addition. 

Give it a try and you'll be ruined of all other pumpkin breads. 

Coconut Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Serves 6-8 (or one if you are selfish like me)
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 50 mins


  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 16oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 cups of coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • optional: 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
coconut pumpkin bread recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mix sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin until well blended. 
  • Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. (Coconut flakes optional here.) Blend well.
  • Add mixture to loaf pan or large baking dish. 
  • Bake for 45 mins or until bread browns at the edges.  
You can serve and enjoy or add the coconut frosting...

  • 1 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 5 cups of confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tbsp canned coconut milk
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • Mix the butter and cream cheese until smooth. 
  • Add sugar slowly to the mixture. Blend well. 
  • Add coconut milk and vanilla. Blend well. 
  • Microwave icing mixture for 30 seconds, or until warm. 
  • Drizzle warmed mixture over cooled bread. Sprinkle with pecans. 
  • Serve and enjoy! 

Are you a pumpkin bread fan? What is your favorite kind? 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Home Sweet Home Tour {Kitchen and Keeping Room}

It's time for another Home Sweet Home Tour post. 

First though, a look back and the other posts in this series: 

Today is all about the heart of the home...the Kitchen and Keeping Room.  This is probably where we spend the majority of our time...just like any family!

When we were deciding on our kitchen I really was considering doing gray cabinets because that was really popular at the time we were building, but ultimately decided against it because I was worried it was too trendy. Instead, we just did a cream color because I felt like it would be more timeless. I knew I wanted the island to be just a little different than the other cabinets so we picked a khaki color that matched the beveled subway tile back splash. 

I had really wanted to fit more stools at the island, but because we were working with an existing footprint we just couldn't make the layout work.  The kids eat at the island for most meals so I just got easy to clean wooden bar stools.  I would like to replace them now that they are a little older and don't make quite as many messes when they eat.

I knew I wanted a wooden counter top for our island. I looked and researched them for months!  I just love how it brings some warmth to the kitchen and sort of makes the island feel like a piece of furniture, setting it apart from the rest of the cabinets and counter tops. 

Another thing that I researched like crazy were kitchen sinks!  I knew I wanted a farmhouse or apron front sink, but wasn't sure about having a single or divided sink.  Every single review I read of homeowners who switched from the double sink to one large single basin loved it so I bit the bullet and decided on that. I am SO happy that I did. I LOVE having one big sink.  

I think my hesitation was not having somewhere to dry hand-wash dishes, but I just use a drying mat on my counter top and put it away when I'm not using it.  We searched for sinks for a long time because so many of them were VERY expensive.  We kind of thought finding THIS ONE was a fluke, because it was such a great deal.

I don't love to cook and part of that could be because we are rarely home. I know some people really want and need double ovens, but for me that was not anywhere on my wish-list.  Instead we did a single oven and cook top and splurged on a more expensive microwave.  

I wanted it hidden so we did a drawer microwave and put it on the backside of the island.  My kids eat popcorn almost daily and when they were younger this allowed them to be able to reach it themselves with no problem. 

When we aren't sitting or standing around the island to eat we sit at our kitchen table. It belonged to my grandmother and I was so excited to get it to use for our home.  

We had the banquette (or bench) built and I had planned to have a cushion made for it, but again...with kids that make messes when they eat I was holding off on that and just used some pillows for now.  

The chairs that go with the table also belonged to my grandmother.  I actually didn't want to use the chairs at first. They were rickety and had a crazy plaid fabric. The Mr. was convinced he could tighten them up though so I got to work recovering the cushions and was so in love with the way the turned out! 

Now when I mentioned our keeping room before I had several questions about what a keeping room is. According to my research a keeping room is basically a secondary living room that connects to the kitchen area. It was a popular space during colonial times due to the fact that the heat from the kitchen kept the keeping room warm, making it one of the few heated areas in the house.  
When we were originally designing the house we knew we wanted to keep the existing brick fireplace  so it just kind of made sense to turn this space into a keeping room off the kitchen.  

We painted the brick and just used a love seat we already owned.  The kids will sit here and watch TV while I'm cooking or I'll have it on when I'm in the kitchen if I want to keep an eye on a game or something that is happening.  

The sofa table belonged to my husbands great-grandmother and this antique hutch belonged to my great-grandmother. I love having family pieces that we can use in our home! 

So there you have it for the kitchen and keeping room. Most definitely the space where we spend the majority of our time and where everyone congregates when we have people over and aren't in the basement.  It feels cozy and welcoming, and that is exactly what I wanted! 

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