Falling in Love (Fall Bucket List 2013)

If someone asks me what’s on my life bucket list, I find myself coming up at a loss. However, I love making bucket lists for short periods of time. I remember the first time I made one was my senior year of high school. We had just finished Christmas break, and I knew that senioritis was going to set in at any moment. I wanted to make the most of my time left in high school, so I made a list of things I wanted to do before graduation (learn to drive stick, buy myself flowers, etc.). Since then, I’ve periodically made bucket lists for short seasons of my life. Partway through the summer, I decided to make a summer-themed bucket list for us as a couple. I liked it so much, I decided to write one for us for fall.


(Spending an evening organizing the office was my husband’s addition to the list.)

What’s on your fall bucket list?

Feeling Frisky

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve had an unexpected break in the homework load, so I thought I’d post another update.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything (other than a recipe), let alone posted anything health-related. My bad. Do people still say that? I do sometimes. 90s kid 4eva! I’m just keeping it real.

Have you heard of Tone It Up? If you haven’t, you should check it out! Meet my trainers: Karena and Katrina. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Spring is in 31 days!!!!

(via: Pinterest)

These ladies have changed my life. They are continually posting challenges, giveaways, and recipes to keep me motivated on my fitness journey. Plus, they have an awesome, FREE community you can join for extra motivation and support from women all over the world!

The next challenge is called #FriskyFall to countdown to Halloween! It’s 6 weeks of workout schedules, challenges, prize giveaways, recipes, and everything else you need to succeed in your fitness journey. I’ve already started my challenge.

Here are my goals for the next six weeks:

  1. Focus on appreciating and loving my body every day
  2. Focus on developing good posture
  3. Get my Bootycall (morning workout) done 4x a week
  4. Walk, run, bike, dance 100 miles by Halloween (#100byHalloween)
  5. Eat clean 80% of the time & drink tons of water
  6. Journal/check-in on Instagram & with my accountability partner every day


Will you join me in this challenge? What are your goals for the next six weeks?

The Shabby Cottage Home: Handmade Fall Decor

(via: Pinterest)


Thanks for reading,


Recipe: Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hello. It’s been forever. My apologies. I’ve thought of picking my blog back up again, but honestly? I don’t have the time right now. And that makes me incredibly sad.

Anyhoo… a few of my friends asked about this recipe, and one specifically asked that I blog about it. So here I am.

Here’s how to make your own pumpkin spice lattes at home for a fraction of the cost and calories!


Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte

(adapted from this recipe)



For the base:

1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree

2 c. unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)

1/2 c. lite coconut milk

1/3 c. coconut sugar

2 T. pure vanilla extract

1 T. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

3/4 tsp. ground dried ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. allspice


For the latte:

Strong coffee or espresso

Stevia to taste (if you like it sweeter)

Coconut whipped cream (if desired – just whip the rest of your canned coconut milk)

Cinnamon for garnish

Dark chocolate shavings for garnish



In a blender, combine all the pumpkin spice mixture ingredients. Puree for about 30 seconds. If you want a smoother mixture, puree for a couple minutes, or until the mixture is to your desired consistency.


To assemble the latte:

Pour 1/4 – 1/2 cup (more or less, depending on your preference) of the pumpkin spice mixture into a large mug. Microwave for about 20 seconds, then add 1 cup of hot strong brewed coffee and stir. Top with a nice lofty pile of sweetened whipped cream. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. And if you’re looking for extra deliciousness, top with chocolate shavings. So pretty!

Pour the remaining pumpkin spice mixture into a quart jar or similar sized container and top with a lid. Store in the refrigerator. When ready to make another drink, shake the jar well and repeat the assembly of the pumpkin spice latte. The pumpkin spice mixture will keep well for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.