MONDAY MUST HAVES

Monday Must Haves-5

Happy Monday friends!  Can we believe it’s Thanksgiving week? It’s truly like summer ended and BAM holidays!  But I’m not mad about it. Anyways, I decided to kick off this week with a new weekly post called (obviously) Monday Must Haves.  It’s really just a place for me to share whatever recent things I am loving that I think others would enjoy too or that I feel you just must have!

So let’s get to it!  I’m kicking this post off with 3 of the best words….comfy, oversized, sweater!  I mean seriously, is there anything better this time of year? Continue reading “MONDAY MUST HAVES”

THE NORDSTROM FALL SALE!

THE NORDSTROM FALL SALE!

I know it’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year because…. holidays, but friends first it’s the other most wonderful time of the year because Nordstrom is having another great sale (up to 40% off) now through the 18th and you guys I did the leg work for you and it’s goooood!  It’s the perfect time to do Christmas shopping for friends and family (or yourself) because there’s so many options, and seriously great deals.  I mean the jacket options alone are amazing!  So sit back with your coffee, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or wine and let your fingers do the work as you scroll along!

As always you can shop the items by clicking links provided or by clicking the pictures.  And in case I left something out and you want to see all the wonderful inventory you can view the entire Nordstom sale here.  So let’s get to it! Continue reading “THE NORDSTROM FALL SALE!”

SHERPA BUFFALO CHECK PULLOVER

SHERPA BUFFALO CHECK PULLOVER

Is there anything more comfy/cozy on a cold day than a Sherpa pullover?  I’m gonna go ahead and say no, especially on a Saturday when you are lounging around the house.  Well, friends this one from Abercrombie & Fitch is the softest, Saturday, Sherpa, (say that 3 times fast) that you will be wearing on repeat this winter because it can be styled so many ways!  And bonus, it comes in 5 different colors and is currently on sale for less than $50! Continue reading “SHERPA BUFFALO CHECK PULLOVER”

BLENDER MUFFINS + 3 TRICKS FOR RIPE BANANAS FAST!

BLENDER MUFFINS + 3 TRICKS FOR RIPE BANANAS FAST!

If you are on the hunt for a quick and easy snack that doubles as a clean eating treat, look no further than these yummy blender muffins!  They are seriously so easy and my husband and I love them!  I often double the recipe because one batch does not last long in this household.

I had been meaning to share this recipe with you for some time, but hadn’t made them in a while because, I’ll be honest, you need ripe bananas and I don’t always readily have them on hand (read on for tips on how to ripen bananas in a hurry), but we recently went out of town and I had a ton of bananas that were going to go bad before we left so I froze them and voila! Now I have ripe bananas for the muffins!  Plus, I’m doing a 10 day clean eating shred so I was in desperate need of clean snacks to curb my sweet tooth.

Okay, so without further ado here’s the recipe!  One last note:  I actually have a few different recipes for these types of muffins with just little ingredient changes, but of all the variations I’ve tried, I have found these to be the easiest and tastiest!

Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats (I use quick oats but you could use old fashioned)
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 container of plain Greek yogurt (one little individual container 5-8 oz.)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Up to 1/2 cup of mix-ins (dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, nuts, etc.) If I use chocolate chips I use 72% cacao to be a little healthier.

Directions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease 12 cup muffin tin or line with paper liners and lightly grease the liners.
  2. Place all the above ingredients (except for the mix-ins) in a blender or food processor.  Blend on high until batter in smooth and oats are broken down.  Will need to scrape the sides once or twice.
  3. Once blended, stir in the mix-ins by hand.
  4. Divide batter among 12 muffin cups.  Careful not to fill more than 3/4 of the way full.  Sprinkly additional mix-ins on top as desired.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Once cooked place pan on wire rack and let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing.

    NOTES: If you don’t have very ripe bananas on hand and don’t feel like waiting, I recently learned three tricks to speed up the process!

  1. Place bananas in a brown paper bag and loosely close.  Will be ripe in 24-48 hours.
  2. With the peel on, place bananas in a 300 degree oven and check on them frequently as time will vary.  Note: Bananas cannot be overly green for this method.  When peels become shiny and black, they are ready.
  3. With the peel on, place banana in microwave for 30 seconds.  After 30 seconds let cool and check for desired softness.  Repeat with 30 second intervals until desire ripeness is achieved.

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10 MONTH UPDATE

10 MONTH UPDATE

Hi friends!  This post is a few days late, but….mom life and its taken me nearly 10 months just to semi start arriving places on time so the fact that I’m getting Leyton’s 10 month update posted before he’s 11 months old is a win!  And speaking of, can we just talk for a minute about how it’s even possible that I have a baby that is just 2 months away from being a year old???  How was it almost a year ago that we were headed to the hospital to have a child?? I can’t believe it, and yet I can at the same time.  There have been days it has gone by sloooow and looooong and days it’s moved at a normal speed, and then other days (especially more recently) that have flown by.  I swear 6 months hit and the hands on the clock just started spinning rapidly!  With all that being said though every moment with this little guy has been such an incredible blessing and it’s impossible not to just smile when around him. Continue reading “10 MONTH UPDATE”

HAPPY POST HALLOWEEN + A FAVORITE FALL TREND

HAPPY POST HALLOWEEN + A FAVORITE FALL TREND

Happy Thursday friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  It was a rainy one here, but we made the best of it for Leyton’s first Halloween!  In case you missed it, here is our little Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (although he really looks more like a sailor or the Pillsbury Dough Boy haha). Continue reading “HAPPY POST HALLOWEEN + A FAVORITE FALL TREND”

3 THINGS THURSDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION

3 THINGS THURSDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION

Happy Thursday friends! It’s almost the weekend and we.are.pumped! We are getting together with some friends this weekend and planning some good ol’ family fun on Sunday (possibly a pumpkin patch) and we can’t wait!

But today it’s Thursday and that means another edition of 3 Things Thursday. Today I’m talking my 3 favorite Halloween costumes from years past. Continue reading “3 THINGS THURSDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION”

HABITS AND THE LAST 90 DAYS CHALLENGE

HABITS AND THE LAST 90 DAYS CHALLENGE

Hi friends!  I  wanted to do a quick post today to talk to you about habits!  Mainly how I have terribly ones I want to fix, and how I’m doing Rachel Hollis’s Last 90 Days Challenge in the hopes that if I write about it and put it out there, then I’ll hold myself accountable to actually seeing it through.

This challenge is for anyone that wants to implement some better habits into their life, and y’all….that’s me!  In fact today, Jill Comes Clean about what’s probably my worst habit of all time……the fact that I’m soooo bad at sticking to and creating habits!

Let me rephrase that….I’m terrible at sticking to productive habits.  I’m awesome at sticking with bad habits.  Let’s look at a couple shall we? Continue reading “HABITS AND THE LAST 90 DAYS CHALLENGE”