My Favorite Gingham Picks

My Favorite Gingham Picks

You can never go wrong with a black and white print.  I’m loving anything that is gingham print lately!  Whether you are going to a farmer’s market, having a picnic, or meeting up for brunch, this pattern is a perfect pick!

Here are some of my favorite gingham picks for spring.

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How do you feel about gingham?  What are some of your favorite gingham printed items?

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Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of my favorite plants and scents would have to be lavender. Last year, my lavender bush tripled in size and I harvested a ton of lavender from it. I really enjoying cooking with lavender. It’s not a super common herb used in cooking, but I love the unique flavor that it can add to any recipe.

If you love the taste of lavender like myself, these cupcakes need to be put on your “To Do List” to make! They were delicious! Here is the recipe for Lemon Lavender Cupcakes. (It’s actually quite simple and easy to make!)

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes approximately: 24 Cupcakes                                                        Time: 30-40 Minutes

  • 1 box of Pillsbury “Lemon” Cake Mix

  • 3 Eggs

  • 1 Cup of Water

  • ½ Cup of Vegetable Oil

  • Dried Lavender (1-2 tablespoons, depending on how strong you want the lavender flavor to be.)

  • Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Muffin Tin

  • Cupcake Liners

  • (Pre-made Cream Cheese Frosting) or substitute with your favorite frosting

  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.

  2. In a large bowl, add your lemon cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Beat and mix well.

  3. Add your lavender and gently stir into the mixture.

  4. Pour batter into your cupcake liners until about half full in your muffin tin.

  5. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 19-23 minutes.

  6. You will want to allow your cupcakes to cool for about 10-15 minutes so the icing will not melt on them.

  7. Finally, ice your cupcakes with cream cheese frosting or a frosting of your liking.

  8. Enjoy your Lemon Lavender Cupcakes!

Spring Must Haves

Spring Must Haves

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but I’m pushing myself to get out of this slump! I’m here to share some brighter, happier, and prettier things to make your day a little less gloomy (since that has been a daily occurrence here in PA.)

This weather plays a major role in my personality and mood. I’m such a happier and more motivated person when the sun is shining! This cold, rainy, snowy weather needs to go away until next year!

On these dark grey days I’ve found some items that are bright, cheerful, and colorful. Turn that dull day around by wearing, using, smelling, or reading some of these items!

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Here are a few of my favorite items…

Spring Candles-If you can’t get outside yet, bring the spring smells indoors! I have picked some of my favorite scents from Bath and Body Works.

  • White Gardenia

  • Lavender Marshmallow

  • Fresh Cut Lilacs

These candles are normally $24.50. Buy them when they are running their 3 Wick Sale!

Rose Garden Acrylic Tumbler and Wine Glass-I love Pier 1! You can find these pretty glassware pieces there. You can take them outside and enjoy a nice cold beverage without worrying about breaking the glass because they are acrylic. The tumbler is $6.95 and the wine glass is $7.95. These are great sets to add to your Spring/Summer Outdoor Living selection.

Spring Read-Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Book. Although, I haven’t had time to begin reading this book, I was thrilled that it arrived at my door on the 1st day of Spring! The Floret website is one of my favorite sites to view on the web! I just love the entire site! Erin is living my dream, haha. Check out her website for pure flower enjoyment! https://www.floretflowers.com/

Sleepwear and Intimates-I love these grey floral sleep shorts! They are the perfect addition to my spring/summer sleepwear collection. The wireless bra and underwear also have a very springy vibe! All sleepwear and intimates are from Target.

Flower Farmer Tee-I believe flowers make the world a brighter and happier place. From growing seeds, planting flowers, watching them grow, floral prints, I love it all! If you purchase this tee off of the Magnolia Roots Co. website, it comes in both cream and blush and part of the proceeds go to the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund.   The tee was made to raise awareness for the slow flower movement and to support local flower farmers.

Garden Shoes and Rain Boots-These shoes that I tried on made by Sloggers are surprisingly comfortable. The rain boots have such a pretty floral print and would be perfect for all of the snowy/rainy days that we have been having in PA. They are made by the brand Chooka and can be found at Nordstrom.  Both of these items are on my wish list!

What are some of your favorite Spring Must Haves? I would love for you to share!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s day is approaching us in less than a week… Whether you love or hate this holiday, I’ve shared some of my favorite items that will make anyone’s Valentine’s Day a little bit better!

Here are the items, prices, and websites listed below.

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

Bring Me Wine Socks-$8.00-www.charmingcharlie.com

Cup of Love Happy Mug-$17.00-www.naturallife.com

Frankie Ruffle Heel-$29.00-www.charmingcharlie.com

Let’s Fall in Love Heart Fleece Blanket-$79.00-www.kirklands.com

Let’s Fall in Love Heart Pillow-$29.99-www.kirklands.com

Morning Sexy Hand Stamped Vintage Spoon-$17.00-https://shopjessicandesigns.com/

Nothing but Love Pullover-$25.00-www.charmingcharlie.com

Pretty Velvet Bow Peep Toe-$29.99-www.charmingcharlie.com

So Loved Canvas Pouch-$15.00-www.naturallife.com

Sparkling Rose Gummies-$6.00-www.davidstea.com

Stud Muffin and Hot Stuff Mug, Set of 2-$14.99-www.kirklands.com

Sweet Tart Valentine’s Day Tea Tin-$19.00-www.davidstea.com

Pantagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover Review-A Case of the Blues…

Pantagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover Review-A Case of the Blues…

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

The cold weather and snow are still sticking around, so I’m sharing one of my recent favorite fleece pullovers to wear this winter. This was the first item that I have purchased from Pantagonia and I must say that I highly recommend it!

This pullover comes in many colors and is quite soft and retains warmth. I love that it’s not bulky and the front pocket is great for storing your keys, chapstick, or phone if you are out running errands. I prefer throwing on a fleece over wearing a jacket on any given day.

This light blue color can brighten up any gloomy gray, snowy day. Sometimes the cold weather has a way of bringing me down. I’ve paired my polish here to match my outfit. The nail color that I’m wearing is by Sally Hansen-Miracle Gel-649-Flash-ionista!

What warm weather outerwear do you recommend to stay warm on these cold days?

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

Pittsburgh, PA

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

December was a bit of a blur, January hit me hard and did not start out as planned, so I apologize for the lack of posts the past two months. Early on in the month, since I ran out of free days in December, I made plans with my mom to visit Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.

Although I’ve been to Phipps a few times before, it’s a new experience each time as their exhibits change. Currently, snow is on the ground…I love looking at beautiful green exotic plants and colorful flowers on any given day, but when the weather is gray, gloomy, and snowy, the pop of color makes things feel positive and better in my world! I could honestly spend hours here a day looking at and taking in all of the varieties and beauty of these plants and flowers.

One of my favorite areas to visit is the room with the orchids! They are stunning! Delicate flowers with sharp designs and colors with extraordinary shapes. They showcase such elegance. Another eye catcher while walking through the gardens are the blown glass pieces that are displayed throughout the plants and flowers.

The desert and tropical plants make you feel like you are on vacation somewhere else far away from the city. The size of these plants along with their shapes or spikes show off such character. Warm, humid air hits you as you walk along the palms and banana trees while they tower over you.

I went while the Christmas decorations were still up. Phipps is also a wonderful place to visit during the spring and summer as well. Instead of Christmas lights and décor, you may walk outside through the Japanese garden. Last year they also had plant sales which I am looking forward to attending this year, since I did not make it to any last year.

After a peaceful day, my mom and I enjoyed sitting down in their cafe/restaurant and I sipped on an Americano while she enjoyed a cold pineapple seltzer drink. Make sure while you are there, you stroll through the gift shop near the entrance. I wanted to buy every gardening book that was on their shelves and the small section of jewelry was gorgeous and would make great gifts for others or yourself!

Here are a few of the many pictures that I took while visiting. What are some of your favorite botanical gardens to visit?

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