Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe (Nursing Friendly)

You may or may not have heard of capsule wardrobes, but here’s the deal: you pick out a certain number of clothing and only wear outfits from those articles for a certain amount of time. Since I’m in a weird stage body-wise right now (recently had a baby and breastfeeding), I gravitate towards the same outfits anyway, but wanted to be more intentional about it. I’m  a huge proponent of getting rid of things I don’t need, especially clothes, and I’ve also recently decided to only buy clothes that really and truly fit and make me happy. Quality over quantity.

Here is my simple list (I have not included athletic wear, leggings and sweats):

Bottoms:
2 pairs jeans (these and these)
1 pair black jeans
1 pair colored pants (need to update, maybe these?)
1 patterned skirt

Outerwear:
1 neutral cardigan
1 black cardigan
1 cream/white sweater
1 colored sweater
1 striped sweater
1 green utility vest

Tops:
1 plaid shirt
1 chambray shirt
2 grey shirts (1 light, 1 dark)
1 black & white striped shirt
2 dresses

Shoes:
2 pair booties
1 pair boots
1 pair Toms

Accessories:
2 scarves
a couple necklaces & pairs of earrings

Have  you ever done a capsule wardrobe? Any tips?

November Goals

We had about two days of fall weather before it got cold. Guys, there was snow on the ground this morning! I’m so not ready for winter. But I am ready for the holidays with family.

October Goals
~  attend some bonfire and costume parties (got one coming up in Nov.)
~ take family pictures
~ plan & book the rest of our Europe trip
~ decorate the apartment for fall
~ plan & have a girl’s day
~ go on a fall hike to see all the beautiful leaves

November Goals
~ plan a Friendsgiving (like maybe before January this year)
~ get baby fall/winter clothes
~ make 3 new dinner recipes
~ celebrate Thanksgiving with family
~ stay warm
~ bake something with pumpkin

Five on Friday // 10-27-17

ONE // One year ago today we found out we were pregnant. Best news ever!!! Also one of the hardest and easiest secrets to keep. haha

TWO // Zuppa Toscana. I finally found a recipe that actually tastes very similar to Olive Garden’s classic soup. I made it last week and when Loren asks for thirds, you know it’s good. It will definitely be made on repeat this fall/winter.  Now just to figure out the breadsticks!

THREE // Sam’s Club Scan & Go. This app saves me so much time at Sam’s. You just scan the items as you shop, then when done, checkout on the app and a barcode pops up that you show as you walk out the door (instead of a paper receipt). No more waiting in lines and unloading/reloading the groceries in the checkout line!

FOUR // Visiting daddy at work. This is from last week, but once in a while we like to brighten daddy’s day at work and stop by to say hi.

FIVE // Colds are not cool. For adults or babies. And Emberly has her third one in the past 9 weeks. But this NoseFrida, as gross as it looks to use, is a lifesaver for babies with colds.

Well, the baby is up from her nap, so that’s all for now. Happy Friday!

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A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. 😉

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! 🙂

October Goals

Confession time. I failed all things blog this past month. So much in fact, that I didn’t even post a September goals post!

August went semi-well – I just didn’t reach my goals in blogging and working out regularly, even though I did make it to the gym and out for a run a couple of times.
So, let’s look at my last goals:

August Goals
~ plan/host a bachelorette party
~ start meal planning again
~ get Vashti married!!!
~ pick up a regular blogging schedule again
~ reconnect with friends
~ start working out again

I will note that in September I did hit a pretty big goal – I booked our tickets for Europe this Christmas!!! It will be Loren and Emberly’s first time over there and I am so excited to take them to some of my favorite places. We will be visiting my family in Germany, then hitting up France and Switzerland.

While I do hope to step up my blogging game this fall, I’m not going to set any goals in that department and maybe then I’ll actually be more consistent. Let’s see if this reverse psychology works on me.

October Goals
~  attend some bonfire and costume parties
~ take family pictures
~ plan & book the rest of our Europe trip
~ decorate the apartment for fall
~ plan & have a girl’s day
~ go on a fall hike to see all the beautiful leaves

Fall Hike at Turkey Run

A few weeks ago we took a rainy hike with some friends at Turkey Run State Park. I had never been here before and had no idea Indiana had such a hidden treasure of nature. The leaves had just started changing, and despite the rain, every bend we turned offered new colors and natural beauty. With all the amazing trails, rock formations and crevices, Turkey Run has been described as the Middle Earth of Indiana. Please sit back and enjoy these pictures that in no way do it justice.

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We definitely plan on going back and exploring more. Just let us know when you’re coming for a visit and want to take a good hike!

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A Fall Weekend in Cincy

Last weekend I didn’t do a recap because I failed to take any pictures, with the exception of the wedding I got to intern with a wedding coordinator (a few pictures here). So here are a few pictures from this weekend.

Saturday morning we headed to Cincinnati once again so Loren could shoot a wedding. I dropped him off at a park that overlooks the city and it was breathtaking. No picture could do it justice!img_5045

After dropping Loren off, I headed to meet Mom Crisp for a lunch and IKEA date. It was fun to chat over lunch and then do a little shopping. After shopping, I went to Carrie’s house for the rest of the evening to make cookies and hang out until Loren was done with his wedding.

img_5053 Sunday we got a glorious extra hour of sleep. After church, we had lunch with Loren’s grandma and then fed the ducks and geese for a while that camp out by the pond close to her home. For the rest of the afternoon, we relaxed and visited with Loren’s siblings and parents until the nephews and nieces came and it was time for dinner and eventually the drive home.

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SO much going on in this picture.

Another sweet family-filled weekend.
How was yours?

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November Goals

Here we are in another new month. This month is full of wedding stuff, family and traditions!

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I’m kind of proud of this October list because I totally crossed off all my goals for the first time…ever? Maybe because I kept it pretty easy. But goals should be achievable, right?

October Goals:
~ keep the cookie/snack jar full for Loren
~ go apple picking 
~ read 2 books (I didn’t read any in Sept.)
~ bake some pumpkin bread or cookies 
~ and we also finished the pallet headboard!!!

November Goals:
~ increase my running time (endurance)
~ clean & paint some shutters (for decoration)
~ plan a Friendsgiving
~ celebrate Thanksgiving with LOTS of family in SC
~ plan & host a bridal shower for my cousin Dennae
~ get Dennae married!!

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Five on Friday [fall soup edition] // 10-21-16

The crockpot is on low, the soup is simmering and my home smells delicious. It’s soup season!
Here are some of my favorite fall soups, once again courtesy of my Pinterest page.

Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili - Perfectly spiced healthy chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn.:

ONE // Chili. I finally found my favorite chili recipe, that I still like to tweak a little every time I make it.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe - This copycat recipe is so easy to make and tastes a million times better than the original!TWO // Zuppa Toscana. This is one of my all-time favorites. Whenever we {rarely} go to Olive Garden, this is a must have.

Creamy Chicken and Corn Soup with Potato and Bacon.:
THREE // Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder. I haven’t actually made this one yet, but it’s on my list!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.comFOUR // White Chicken Chili. Sometimes is like white chicken chili better than red chili.

Super quick and delicious thai coconut soup packed with rice and chicken. Definitely a winner!FIVE // Thai Coconut Soup. I’ve only made this once, and it was delicious and I definitely need to make it again soon!

What is your favorite soup?

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Five on Friday [fall style edition] // 10-21-16

Now that we are in the middle of fall and it’s actually turning colder, it’s time to pull out all the fall outfits! Here are some of my favorite must haves, courtesy of my Pinterest page.

Stripes are like a neutral, they go with everything // Shop similar pieces on Effinshop.com xx: ONE // Neutrals (+ stripes.) I feel like most articles of clothing in my closet are some form of neutral. Can’t go wrong with black, grey and taupe! I recently got this sweater that I plan to wear all fall and winter.

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TWO // Olive vest. I finally found this olive vest and there are just so many ways to style it! Definitely my current favorite piece of clothing.

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THREE // Dress, scarf, vest (or cardigan) and boots. This is the perfect way to style those summer dresses in the fall.

Today's OOTD! You might say we're a little excited for fall fashion.: FOUR // Chambray shirt and colored jeans. I wear my red jeans at least once every week (similar here) and often pair it with a chambray shirt for a simple, classy look.

Make room in your closet, these transitional booties will be your best friend this fall! This simple and chic style features a faux suede upper, western-style paneling and stitching detail, size zippe:
FIVE // Booties. ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I bought this pair a few weeks ago and I’ve worn them practically every day since then. They are so versatile and match pretty much everything. I’ve almost forgotten about the other pairs in my closet!

What’s your most important fall fashion piece?

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