Monday, September 29, 2014

Rainy Days and Hunter Boots

Outfit Details
Blouse: Nordstrom (Black is sold out online, but still available in stores!) | Cami: Nordstrom | Leggings: Nordstrom | Hunters: Nordstrom | Necklace: Bauble Bar, sold out (similar) | Watch: Michael Kors


That's right people, Hunter Boots season is here! My Hunter boots were my favorite purchase of last year. I wore them all fall, winter, and spring. I was so excited when the recent rain finally let me pull them out of my closet! And don't worry, I fully realize that I have sunglasses on in some of these pictures..it was less rainy at that moment;) 

The girly-girl inside of me really wants a pair in this color. What's your favorite pair?

XOXO

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom's Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Cheese Frosting

Hey everyone!

This weekend actually brought some fall weather (along with tons of rain), so I thought it was the perfect time to make pumpkin cookies! There are alot of pumpkin cookie recipes out there, but I don't trust any of them more than my mom's. I grew up scarfing them down along with her amazing cream cheese frosting. You can substitute the white flour for whole wheat flour and it will still taste just as amazing! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg

Directions

1. Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Combine dry ingredients in another mixing bowl.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well until combined.
4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 9-10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 16 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

1. Cream together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
2. Slowly add powdered sugar, and mix until combined and frosting is creamy.
3. Frost the cookies.
4. EAT THE COOKIES!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

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Floppy Felt Hat: I've been seeing floppy hats everywhere, but I just wasn't sure the look was for me. Well that changed when I saw this hat at Nordstrom in the BP section. It is perfect! It's definitely on my buy list for October.

Z-Gallerie Beaded Gourds: I love gold and champagne colors and my house decor makes that obvious. While Sky is into more traditional colors for the fall (red, orange, brown), I wholeheartedly believe gold and champagne are perfect for fall as well :)

Copycat Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino: Not having to spend $6 every time I get this frappuccino would be a dream come true. I'll update you later on whether it lives up to the hype.

Michael Kors Faux Leather Trimmed Sheath Dress (on sale!): I wanted this dress in August when Nordstrom had another big sale, but alas it sold out the first day before I could buy it. Well, its back. So don't make the mistake I did, and miss owning it this time. I'm not going to.

Gold, Silver, and White Table Decor: Again, I love gold and champagne decorations. This picture basically encompasses my vision for my fall table decor. What do you think?

Sam Edelman Foldover Clutch: It wouldn't be Friday Favorites without something leopard. I could seriously wear leopard head to toe...but my husband probably would refuse to step out in public with me... so I'll have to settle for only hints of leopard in my wardrobe. I love this clutch, and you should too!


Have an amazing weekend! XOXOXO

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Journey to the Everglades


This was a fun end to the trip. I'm always sad when a vacation is over, but to have one more excursion made it a little bit better. The Everglades have been on my bucket list for awhile. When I was little I was obsessed with crocodiles and alligators..they were my favorite animal (I'm pretty sure my mom still has the paper-mache' alligator I made in elementary school, it has marshmallow teeth). 

Anyways...moral of the story... I was pretty excited to see some alligators up close and personal. When we got to the Everglades we rode airboats around looking for gators. We didn't see very many, but it was still really cool to ride around in the airboat and see the landscape. It wasn't too hot or humid so that was a plus as well. The best gator sightings were actually by where the airboats took off. There was an enormous one right as you walked on to the gangplank that scared the pants off me when I saw it (see the second picture in this post). After the airboat tour we went to a short show that showed some keepers handling alligators and feeding them. It was amazing how close they were able to get to them! All in all it was a great experience and it marked off a bucket list item. We would definitely recommend making a stop in the Everglades next time you are in Florida.

This ends our posts about our adventures from our Caribbean vacation, but don't forget to check in tomorrow for our favorites for the week... and get excited about getting back to our regular programming next week!

XOXO


How to Get the Most Out of Atlantis

 Awesome shallow water fountain, perfect for kids!
 That would be me plummeting to my death on a free fall slide, this slide drops you through a shark tank and rips off your swimming suit. ;) But it is so much fun.
These are the race slides, they show your speed getting down the slide. They are so fun for those competitive people in your group. (that would be my husband winning on the left)
 This is a view from the beach connected to the water park. If you want to go hang out in the ocean for a little bit during the day there is super easy access.
Also a photo from the beach of the tower that houses some of the bigger slides in the park.
Goodbye Atlantis!

Atlantis was our final port on our fabulous cruise. The weather was iffy that day so the water park closed a few times due to the lightning and rain. The thunder out on the ocean is so loud!! It is like nothing you have ever heard.

The Atlantis water park is worth planning a vacation for if you have never been. I have been 3 times now, and it was a blast every time! There is something for everyone, and the not so lazy river is perfect. There are belts that take you up to the slides in your tube so you don't have to walk :)

Tips To Get The Most From Your Atlantis Trip!

Like I said though this park is so fun for an entire week, but if you're stopping there on a cruise port, and only have 6 hours like we did, you can still have an amazing time! Follow our advice to make sure you get the most out of your Atlantis shore excursion!

1) Don't waste time getting lunch, just wait until you get back on the ship. So many people waste time sitting down to eat at the restaurants or just walking around. Save that for when you are in Atlantis for more than 1 day. There are too many fun things to do there to waste it eating!

2) Get to the big slides that go through the shark tanks first before the lines get long, and then hit the lazy river and all of the slides there. You will at least make it through every attraction once, and if you don't lose an hour due to rain like we did, you should have some extra time to ride things more than once. 

3) Save the aquariums for bad weather, or for the end of the day. The aquariums are cool, but they aren't cooler than the slides and lazy river and you will see really cool ocean life as you are walking from the parking lot to the adventure park.

4) Stay until the very last shuttle time. Don't worry, they won't leave without you! So many people left early because they forgot somehow that it's only a 5 minute trip from the park to the port. Don't be one of them!

5) Hustle! Don't plan on Atlantis being a day of relaxation..you just had 3 days at sea to relax. Atlantis is the port to use all of that saved energy! We raced around the park and got to hit everything we wanted to several times, even with the rain delay. We were exhausted at the end of the day, but it was so worth it!

6) Have a plan. We knew exactly what we were going to do as soon as we set foot in the park. It helped so much. If you don't have anyone with you who has been there before, look up a map online of the park so you can map out a gameplan. This will help so much in getting the most out of your day!

We all agreed that the park is worth the money spent to get in, and definitely worth a second, third, and fourth visit! Use these tips to get the most out of your Atlantis shore excursion! 

XOXO!