Fall Time is Pie Time

When Matt and I went apple picking last week, we brought home over 5 pounds of apples. What’s a couple to do with so many apples? Bake a pie of course! Neither of us have ever baked a pie, so I turned to good old Pillsbury for advice; see link below for recipe. The only change we made was using raw cane sugar by instead of white sugar. Raw cane sugar (we use this one by Florida Crystals), although still having the same properties as regular sugar, is not bleached and over processed to make it white. As a bonus, Florida Crystals is sustainably sourced and made in the USA, so you can feel better knowing your purchase is not supporting unethical practices.

Now onto the good stuff! We set aside our entire afternoon to make this pie since 1) we have never done it before and 2) the recipe says to give it about three hours or so. We had a lot of fun making this pie and it came out DELICIOUS. With such cute company too, it was impossible to not enjoy our time together. Matt worked over 50 hours at the hospital last week, so it was a much needed afternoon of being together doing something different. Plus, we now have enough pie to have a piece for breakfast every day this week. Yum!

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/perfect-apple-pie/1fc2b60f-0a4f-441e-ad93-8bbd00fe5334

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FabFitFun-Treat Yourself!

So two years ago, I heard about FabFitFun, a seasonal box full of goodies such as beauty products, personal care items, fitness equipment, and lifestyle things. It interested me more than other boxes since it includes so many types of products instead of only makeup, skincare, etc…. My mom bought me the first box winter of 2014 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I pay the yearly fee upfront, which saves me $20 or so a year. The cost is usually $50 a box or so if you pay per season, and you always get over $200 worth of product. This month’s box is valued at $239.99! I rarely purchase beauty products anymore unless it’s something I use daily and happen to need, so this box is a treat to myself every season 🙂 Below is a referral link if you are interested in trying it out. I do get $15, but you also get a discount on your box. I highly recommend it!

*NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, not all these items are cruelty free, which is the direction I’m trying to go whenever possible. In cases like those products, I either donate them or gift them to other people. To check, I encourage you to download the Cruelty Cutter app on your phone. It scans the barcode and tells you if it’s cruelty free or not.

Referral link: http://xo.fff.me/ekDno

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When you open the box:

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Pamphlet that tells you the goodies inside and their value individually.

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So delicately packaged 🙂

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Toesox Toeless Fitness Socks $18

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Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum $50

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Mullein & Sparrow Mini French Lavender Body Oil $18

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The Browgal Clear, Water-Resistant Eyebrow Gel $20

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The Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug $19

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Spongelle Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Butter $16

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Cleansing Cloth *sponsored for box*

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Secret travel deodorant *sponsored for box*

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FabFitFun coloring book and colored pencils $14

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Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette $50 (My favorite item in the box!!!)

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Modcloth Loch and Key Scarf $34.99 (My second favorite item!)

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My unboxing company, Leia 🙂

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My unboxing company, Miner 🙂

Jonagold, Rambo, Macoun, Empire, and Northern Spy

Who doesn’t love apple picking? There’s just something about picking your own off the tree knowing you’re not only getting pesticide-free apples, but you’re supporting a local business as well. Not to mention it is SO MUCH CHEAPER than buying them at the grocery store. On Sunday, some friends invited us to join them at Morgan Orchard for an afternoon of apple picking; the link to their website is below. We picked up five of our favorite types: Jonagold, Rambo, Macoun, Empire, and Northern Spy, with the hope to enjoy most as snacks and then a make a pie with the rest, hopefully this weekend. I’ve never made an apple pie before, so I’m relying on good ole’ Betty Crocker to guide me. Any advice on how to make a good pie?

http://www.morganorchardwv.com

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So many options 🙂

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Macoun

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Yum!

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Love adventuring with him.

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Is it Really the Middle of the Weekend Already?

When work ended at 4:45 yesterday, you best believe I bolted out the door. Not that I don’t enjoy my job (I really do 80% of the time; I’m very fortunate), but after a week of phone calls, constant emails, meetings, and reading medical records for hours, the 48 hour weekends can’t come soon enough. I came home to some very happy puppies and kitties (the joy they show daily is incredible, right?) and a husband who was home earlier than we thought he’d be from his Clinical Education Day. We immediately took the pups for a walk on WVSOM’s campus in the PERFECT 70 degree weather. Fall is coming, and I couldn’t be more excited!

After a dinner of DiGiorno frozen pizza (love lazy dinner nights), Matt gamed with some friends online while I sipped on a nice drink and lost brain cells watching beauty guru’s on YouTube. Those videos crack me up. There are a certain few I watch because I really do like their content and feel the products they promote are worth looking into. Others I admit I watch because I get sucked into them. I’m trying to find more minimalist/green living/eco beauty YouTubers to watch, so if you know any, please let me know. Matt and I then watched That 70’s Show until 11 or so, and I have to tell you that show is in my top 3 favorites for sure. How could you not love Kelso’s antics, Fez’s accent, and Kitty’s laugh? If I need a good laugh at the end of the day, one episode will do it for me.

Today was one of the best Saturday’s in a long time. After a morning stocking up on local goodies from the two farmer’s markets downtown, we spent some time taking cat photos at the Greenbrier Humane Society. We usually are with the dogs, but it’s hard to resist cute cat faces too. After a trip to Kroger, a relaxing dinner, and then a leisure walk with the pups, I attempted my first little sewing project on my sewing machine: Catnip toys. Let’s be honest: Sirius, Eris, and Harper don’t care that I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and their toys look like a 5 year old sewed them. They were playing like kittens again and I loved it.

I wish I would have taken photos last night and today documenting the much needed relaxation time, but alas, sometimes words are enough. Here’s to a good night’s sleep so I’m awake for apple picking tomorrow! 🙂

 

Outfit of the Week #2

It may seem like a strange picture, but it was the best I could get this week. I wore this outfit to an art exhibition for work, and I must say, it was the comfiest thing I could have chosen for the two hour drive there and two hour drive back. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have cute outfits! My top is New York & Company (one the few pieces I actually bought new) from about five years ago. I remember it on the sale rack for $15 and couldn’t help but buy it. I’m pretty sure that is what started my obsession with stripes! The pants are ideal for those days I need to look professional, but don’t feel like wearing dress pants. I am unsure how to explain the material, but they are super soft. I never purchase Gap new, but these pants were $15 at Clothes Mentor. I couldn’t pass up that bargain! I paired this outfit with my favorite pair of B.O.C. sandals and some silver hoop earrings and I was good to go.

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Vitacost

If you haven’t heard of Vitacost yet, here’s your sale pitch. I heard about it through a YouTube video years ago and being a poor grad school student, I needed a better way to buy all the healthier items I wanted without going into debt. Now with my husband in medical school, I am still looking for more affordable ways to buy the items we need. Matt and I avoid products that aren’t cruelty free at all costs (minus the ones we are using up in our house now), and it can be hard to find those things in a regular drugstore or grocery store. Vitacost has been my go-to online shop for the past five years and I will not be changing anytime soon. Picture Whole Foods or your local natural grocer online but with cheaper prices. They sell everything from dry goods, beauty products, supplements, vitamins, home goods, baby products, to pet supplies. I make an order about once a month; some months are bigger than others depending on what we need. It’s the only place Matt can find his shampoo and body wash, and the only place I can find my favorite meal replacement mix cheaper than our local store. They run frequent promotions too, so there’s always a good time to save. Their shipping is super fast as well. Not to mention their return policy is seriously one of the best I have ever encountered. Below are the items from my most recent order. Although it was rather small, these items will last us a good two months or more until we need to order again. Feel free to use this referral code for $10 off your first order: http://goo.gl/ykAyVW (This is a referral code, not an affiliate link. You’ll get $10 off your first order and I will get $10 as well.) Plus, until 9/7/16 at 9am EST, they are running a Labor Day sale: $5 off $55 or more (use code LABORDAY5); $15 off $100+ or more (use code LABORDAY15); or $30 off $180 or more (use code LABORDAY30). I usually wait to make a big order until I see a promotion and stock up 🙂

  1. Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal: $41.99 (Amazing in smoothies!)
  2. Newman O’s Regular and Mint cookies: $2.69 each (They have replaced Oreos and are better for you too!)
  3. Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey, unfiltered and unpasteurized: $6.57 (This can also be bought in  liquid form if you prefer it that way, which is what I use in recipes that require it.)
  4. Every Man Jack Tea Tree thickening shampoo and conditioner and body wash in Cedarwood: $6.99 and $5.89 respectively. (This shampoo and conditioner is fantastic and I would be lying if I said we go through so much because I love it too!)
  5. Aura Cacia Electric Aromatherapy Air Freshener Refill: $4.99. (These have replaced Air Wick and Febreze scents in our home. They are great for individuals who are into essential oils, but do not have the place to put a diffuser or are worried about their pets getting into the oils when home alone. I bought two of the Refreshing Lime and Grapefruit, but I also love the lavender scent for my living room. The device to plug into the wall is also online.)

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