Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Must-Do's

Now that I've officially embraced fall, it's time to start enjoying all my favorite fall activities. A lot of people think Florida has endless summer, but we definitely get seasons we just don't get the crappy one (old man winter). We have fall like temps when up north is experiencing winter, and our spring is the same as anywhere else with new flowers blooming and the trees that lost their leaves coming back.

1. Decorate the house for fall and not just for Halloween so the decor will carry through to Thanksgiving.

2. Try out new fall beers other than Oktoberfest and Pumpkinhead.

3. Go to a local Oktoberfest

4. Nights by the fire pit

5. Go pumpkin picking

6. Go wine tasting

7. Carve a jack-o-lantern

Last year's silly face

8. Go on a hayride and/or get lost in a corn maze

Getting lost in the corn maze last year....

9. Over indulge on s'mores and apple cider donuts

10. Bake pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin spice cupcakes from scratch. Maybe attempt making my first pie including the crust too.

And what October is complete without watching "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"? Can't wait for the kick-off to holiday specials on tv!

What's on your fall bucket list?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Leather for fall

Happy 1st day of October! Once October hits, I finally feel like I can accept fall with open arms. It starts to cool off somewhat, football season is in full swing, and although I haven't completely hung up my bathing suit and sundresses just yet, I am starting to incorporate more fall pieces into my wardrobe.

Leather for fall

Leather for fall by greenfashionistablog 

I am absolutely loving leather (well for me it's most likely faux) for fall with some statement jewelry to add a pop of color. I'll be pairing my faux leather leggings with shimmery tunics and peep toe booties and my faux leather skirt with graphic tees and colorful heels. Finishing the look off with pink lips and a smokey eye from the new Naked2 Basics palette. Perfect for fall!

What looks are you loving this fall?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

A few weeks ago, Chelsea linked up this fabulous cheddar jalapeno turkey burger recipe and I knew I wanted to try it out asap! So, I made sure to pick up all the ingredients on my next grocery run and grilled up the deliciousness for Sunday football.


1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1/4 cup of cilantro
1/3 cup of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
Garlic salt and black pepper to taste
Reduced fat sour cream
Burger buns


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure everything is evenly distributed. Don't be afraid to get your hands in there and get them dirty!

Form into patties, and chill in the fridge for about an hour so they don't fall apart on the grill.

Grill until fully cooked all the way through, serve on lightly toasted burger buns and top with guacamole and sour cream.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Rainy Weekend

The sunshine state hasn't been very sunny lately.. and that's an understatement. Unfortunately, it looks like the next several days are going to be the same, but thankfully it should be sunny again by the weekend.

The only good thing coming out of all this rain, is the excuse to finally whip out my Hunters which I wore out for dinner with my fav neighbor-friends on Friday night.

Finally tried out a local German restaurant which was a fun little spot with live music and delicious food and German beers. Thankfully, I wasn't talked into trying out das boot as I'm sure I would have spilled it everywhere trying to choke it down. 

Originally, all I had planned for my rainy Saturday was running errands and snuggling up to watch college football, but at the last minute we were given free passes to the Oktoberfest downtown. Admission included unlimited beer and food samples so even in the relentless rain we ventured out to try out some great samples. So many pumpkin and blueberry flavors, and there was even a tent serving root beer floats made of chocolate flavored beer and coffee or vanilla ice cream which was absolutely delish! I nicknamed the event from beer fest to mud fest because after all the rain over the past week and during the event, the field was a mud pit. Everyone was soaked and/or covered in mud and there were even a lot of people who had given up on their sandals and were walking barefoot through the mud... it was that bad! But I honestly feel that it made it more fun.

I also picked up some wall art at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and scored some great deals. I wanted to get something to hang up in the home office, and got what I feel was an amazing deal! The piece was originally $59.99 then marked down to $19.99 on clearance with an additional 33% off. I then used a 20% off coupon (never ever go to BBB without a 20% coupon!) and only paid $10 for it. I also picked up a beachy piece to go above the soaking tub in the master bath and used another 20% off coupon. Great savings!

Joining Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip 
Biana for Weekending
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Tad Emotional this Friday

Happy Friday! I'm still just a tad emotional after watching Jeter's last home game last night... still so surreal. But I'm looking forward to a great weekend with dinner out tonight with my fav neighbor-friends, working on the house, and the final NYY vs. BOS series this season. Now onto my top favs from this week:

1. Some evenings just call for some Skinny Girl Margarita... even better was the fact that I scored this bottle for only $6 on sale! Now if I could only find their new Sparkling Margarita...

2. My brother sent me this pic of Jeter at one of his last home games, I'm sure it's zoomed in a lot but I thought it was a great shot! So proud to be born into a NYY family...RE2PECT!

3. The amount of rain we've been getting this past week has been no joke! The roads were flooding and it was an absolute mess! Our pool even overflowed onto the patio... ugh. But one good thing that comes from all this rain are the beautiful rainbows...

4. Had an impromptu neighborhood get together last night which included some fireball and catching up with several neighbors I hadn't seen in a while. Always a good time...

5. Loving these fabulous finds on Pinterest from this week:

Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In love with LUSH

I have heard a number of you rave about LUSH for a while now, and had never had the experience of stepping into one of their fabulous stores until my recent trip to Chicago. I was walking to the Hancock Building, and as I was walking by Macy's a LUSH display caught my eye and I turned around and went inside to check it out.

I was immediately in awe of all the pretties and my nose was happy with all the amazing smelling products. Plus, I knew I wasn't walking out of there without one of their famous bath bombs! 

I had a complimentary skincare consultation which led me to purchase the Fresh Farmacy Face Soap for my acne prone skin, and of course I picked out a bath bomb to try out in my soaking tub at home. I'm excited to try more of their products the next time I stumble upon one of their fun stores. 

Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

Fresh Farmacy Face Soap

What are your favorite products at LUSH?


I've also teamed up with the lovely ladies below to give away some fabulous prizes... good luck!

              Green Fashionista                   The Kay Times                    Martinis & Bikinis

Bonus Prizes: 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I did all summer...

Oh summer where did you go? Yes, it'll still be warm here for a little while but I've noticed it's already starting to cool off and the water in my pool is starting to get chillier. I squashed as much as I possibly could into my summer, so let's see how I did with my summer bucket list

1. Go to an outdoor concert ~ Success!

Florida Country Superfest in June to see Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and LUKE BRYAN!

2. Day at the lazy river ~ Success!

3. Baseball games ~ Success!

Saw my Yankees on my birthday

...and went to Wrigley Field while in Chicago

4. Fireworks ~ Success!

Watched fireworks over the lake from a friend's hot tub on the 4th of July

5. Outdoor movie and foodtruck nights ~ Fail

6. Go out for ice cream ~ Another fail

7. Boat ride ~ Success!

8. Check out more gulf coast beaches ~ half fail

Went to Treasure Island Beach again, but it wasn't "new" so doesn't count

9. Take another trip with friends ~ Success

Went to Chicago with Emily and K

...and H's best friend from CT joined us for dinner and roof top bar hopping.

10. Go river tubing ~ fail

Never made it over to the springs this summer, but there's still time. Hoping to go some time in October when things aren't as crazy busy. 

Were you able to accomplish everything fun you wanted to do this summer?


Today is the last day to enter the Vine Vera giveaway!

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