Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

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Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison AllenFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves…

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

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BEAUTY: DIY Scarf Hair Tutorial + Smooth Made Simple

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Wanting a fun hair look? Try out this super simple DIY Scarf Hair Tutorial!This post is written in partnership with Style Made Simple with Suave, Tresemme and Dove. All opinions, stories & tutorials are 100% my own.

Ohhh, y’all..I’m so excited to be sharing my first ever DIY Hair Tutorial with you!! I wear scarves a lot in my hair and thought it’d be fun to show you one of my looks. It’s super simple and well, I don’t think you can really go wrong with a scarf in your hair. ;) But before I get to the tutorial, I want to share with you how I was finally able to get my hair to celebrate being smooth. My hair is naturally stick straight but it has frizz. Like TONS of frizz. I am always battling the frizz. It’s crazytown in my hair. I was sent the Smooth Made Simple products to try and O.M.G. they worked! Here’s what you do to get your hair to celebrate SMOOTH!

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Craft: DIY Personalized Serving Tray

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A couple of my good friends are getting married later this year and I can’t be more excited for them. I love making wedding gifts and personalizing them when close friends of mine get married. Over time I’ve put together some fun gifts and this one is one of my favorites.

This DIY Personalized Serving Tray makes the PERFECT gift for friends getting married or friends buying their first home!

Personalized Serving Tray

For this project, I started with the Romantisk tray from Ikea. I was a nice light weight metal and already painted a neutral cream.

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Housewarming Party – The PINK edition!

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Housewarming Logo

Hey friends! It’s time to celebrate all things PINK today!! I’ve teamed up with some Wayfair Homemakers to host a Housewarming Party and our theme is Pink! I think it’s super fitting for my blog, don’t you?? ;) Below you are going to find some really cute ideas all centered around something pink. We’ve got Valentine’s Day ideas, gift ideas, DIY ideas, food ideas. You name it, it’s probably in here. So, pull up a chair and browse awhile. I’m 100% positive you will ohh and ahh at one thing (or two!) in here!! Welcome to the Pink-Themed Housewarming Party!!

Pink Valentine’s Day Ideas
Valentines Day PrintablesHow cute are these Pencil Tag Valentine’s Day Printables?? Find more cute Valentine’s Day Printables over at the Wayfair Idea Lounge!

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Recipe: Chocolate & Banana Smoothie Recipe + #MorningWin

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This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own.

Chocolate and Banana Smoothie: This is an amazingly satisfying breakfast smoothie! Definitely add this one to your list!!

How do you celebrate morning wins? Let me tell you…when I have a #morningwin, I shout it from the rooftops. I’ve never been a morning person. I despise having to wake up to an alarm (who doesn’t??). If I had it my way, I’d wake up when my body was ready to get up. Right now, I don’t have it my way and I actually have to be in an office working by a certain time every morning. Boo to that! Ha!

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Book Review: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

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The Dress Shop of DreamsThe Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

I was given this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

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#NOEXCUSES™ Fitness: Gym Bag Essentials

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I LOVE all of these gym bag essentials! Here are some great items to make sure you have in your gym bag! Never leave home without them! #NOEXCUSES™ Fitness Gym Bag Essentials

Y’all…I’m starting my 6th week of Crossfit. And I can’t tell you how proud of myself that I have made it this far. Crossfit is no joke. It’s tough stuff. BUT with that said, it is for anyone that wants to get their “beast” on…I’m not even kidding. It’s so empowering to me. After each workout (aka WOD), I feel like I’ve climbed a mountain. And in a “I want to shout from the mountain tops so you’ll know!” way. Yes, I want to pass out or throw up or whatever it is I’m feeling right afterwards, but once that initial feeling has passed…I want to tell EVERYONE! If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend it! You will see me talking more and more about it. Girls…do not be scared. My Crossfit Box has a sign at the door before you enter the gym that says “Check your EGO at the Door”. This is so motivational to me because I know on the other side, everyone is there to get a fabulous workout on.

I think Crossfit actually fits perfectly into my #NOEXCUSES™ Fitness series. If you hop on their website, you’ll see the Workout of the Day (WOD). You can do this at home and do not necessarily have to go to a gym. At the end of the day…#NOEXCUSES™ Just get your workout on. And with that said, make sure you have these items in your Gym Bag because they make the perfect Gym Bag Essentials no matter where you are working out!!

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Craft: DIY Glitter Antlers + Glue Gun Wars

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If you love glitter and antlers, then you will love this DIY Glitter Antlers tutorial! Super simple and makes whimsical addition to your home decor!

I had been on the hunt for a set of deer antlers for awhile, when I spotted these at a local antique store. These bad boys range from all sorts of price points but I was able to score these for $15. I call that a win. I knew immediately that I wanted it to be all white and that I wanted to put gold glitter on the antlers. After I got it all gussied it up, I realized it was super top heavy and that I was going to have to mount it somehow. I searched high and low for a small wooden crate to mount them in. Finally found one at another antique store (a cherry crate). It’s the perfect crate because it had a small gap/seam running down the middle of it. The forehead of my antlers already had a hole bore through it, so my husband fashioned a cotter pin out of some heavy gauge wire to secure it to the crate without putting anymore holes in it (it’s a super old crate!) And here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how to make DIY Glitter Antlers…and that totally put a NKOTB song in my head (Step by Step…oooh baby…lol)

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