Apple Cake

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Isn’t this just the cutest little apple:)

Hello:)  Today I want to share one of my favorite desserts that I make after we go apple picking.  This cake is so yummy and has been one of my favorite desserts ever since my mom would make it when I was a little girl.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  It’s pretty easy to make (the most time is spent cutting up the apples) and your house will smell SOOOOO good while it’s baking so it’s worth it!

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Okay so here’s what you’ll need…

Apple Cake

2 c. sugar

1 c. oil (I used Canola)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

3 c. flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

3 c. apples (peeled & chopped)

1-2 tsp. powdered sugar (optional for top)

Combine sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and salt in mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon in separate bowl and then combine with first mixture.  Stir in apples.  Scoop mixture into a greased tube or bundt pan (it will be thick).

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Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hrs. or until cake tester comes out clean.

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And here is the finished product.  This cake is yummy served alone or with a light dusting of powdered sugar on top too!  Enjoy.

Until next time!

Beth

 

My top jean picks

I admit I really love jeans. I think they are a great closet staple that can be worn year round. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite jeans from some of my favorite brands and a few new brands I’m giving a try too! For reference I’m 5’5 and sometimes jeans run long on me. I sometimes refer to the brands measurements and occasionally choose the “short” length instead of the “regular” length.

Kut from the Kloth. This has quickly become a brand that I lean towards when I’m purchasing jeans. (I actually just recently realized they carry really cute jackets & tops too!). Their jeans come in a variety of styles.  They are a good quality jeans, wash well and are very reasonably priced.

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Catherine Ripped Boyfriend Jean    Small rips and well-placed fading give trend-right edge to curve-flattering boyfriend jeans designed to wear rolled to show off the ankle.

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Diana Stretch Skinny Jeans   A saturated indigo wash aged with subtle fading and whiskering enhances the lean and leggy look of skinny jeans cut from stretch denim. These are one of my top favorite jeans that I own.  The fit really nice to my curves.  I have these in both regular and short length.

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Connie Frayed Ankle Skinny   Frayed, angled hems highlight your footwear in wardrobe-staple skinnies cut from stretch denim in a sophisticated indigo wash.  These are great for a edgie look, but with a great comfortable fit too!

 

STS Blue.  This brand is a newer one for me.  I was looking for a pair of lighter colored frayed hem jeans, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the.  I found exactly what I was looking for.  These jeans are comfortable,  fit true to size and are at a really good price point.

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Emma Ankle Skinny   Frayed hems and a faded wash enhance the easygoing vibe of skinny jeans that’ll make their way into everyday rotation.

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Ellie High Rise Skinny Jeans    Classic black skinnies in a flattering high-waist silhouette are woven with stretch for a slim, comfortable fit.  Great high waist and perfect for date night!

 

Universal Thread   Target did it again with this brand!  I have been happy with just about all of my clothing purchases from this brand and the price is perfect! The fit is sometimes a little off so be sure to try them on just to be safe!

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High-Rise Skinny Jeans   These dark rinse-wash skinny jeans have been engineered with the perfect fabric weight to smooth and sculpt your figure for an ultra-flattering look. These ran long to me so I purchased them in the short length.

I’m wanting to try another brand soon to see how they compare to the brands I already have.  I like to stay under $100 for my denim because I like to try different brands and styles.  All that I’ve shared are perfect if your the same way too.  Let me know if you have a brand that you love!

Have a great day!

Beth

 

 

Back to School Organization!

So this week my girls are back to school & although I’m bummed that summer break is over, I realized I feel more organized during the school year.  (I didn’t realize how much a routine helps me get my “to do” list done!)  This morning I took their school calender and put everything in my calander.  (Yikes there are a lot of days to remember!!!)  I know there are a ton of places online to get personalized planners with fun stickers and custom layouts, but I picked up this 12 month planner from Target for under $11.00 & I like it!  The monthly layout has plenty of room to write multiple things on each day and was exactly what I look for.  I liked the pretty purple and pink color, but this one with blues and greens is a close second!

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My older daughter also wanted a planner for school so I got her an academic planner for her.  They had a ton of adorable options that she liked.  They are the perfectly sized to easily fit in her backpack and they were all under $9.00!

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This is just a start, but I think it’s a very important part of being organized. I use my phone calender too, but I still like to see everything on paper also…is anyone else like that? Also, I picked up the larger size for myself (8.5 x 11) and a smaller more compact size for my older daughter (8.5 x 6.25) which is perfect for her to slip into a front pocket of her backpack.

I hope you all have a great day.  If you have some good back to school organization tips I’d love for you to share them.

Beth

Friday Favorites!

I don’t know about you, but I love learning about new things that other people have had luck with so here are a few items that I’ve been really liking…

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Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For   This primer ROCKS!  I can 100% tell a difference from the way my foundation wears when I have this on.  It helps my foundation wear longer, blurs my pores and helps control the shine I usually get a few hours into my day.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is

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Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist   This setting spray is the perfect way to set my makeup during the hot weather we have had here in St. Louis and I love that it has SPF 50 also.  This is also nice to use on my daughters too after they have been in and out of the pool and hasn’t caused any breakouts of any of our skin.  I have the travel size which is perfect for my pool bag!

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Addison & Gates Blackberry Vanilla hand cream.  I found this at World Market (I love that place). It smells really good and is perfect for my purse or nightstand.

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Stella & Dot Essential Hammered Hoops in Gold  These featherweight hammered hoops are great.  I have been wearing them a ton and they are so lightweight I can’t even feel them in my ear!  (They come in silver too)

 

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Flatout Foldit  This flatbread has quickly become a lunchtime staple for me.  It has great flavor, only 100 calories and 6 grams of protein.  It comes in a few other flavors too which I’m excited to try.

Ok, there you have it!  I hope you all have a great Friday-I’m relishing the last few weeks of summer break with my daughters.

Have a great day!

Beth

 

 

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August Goals

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First let me apologize for the lack of posts I’ve had.  I needed to take a break and refocus what I want my blog to be.  I’m feeling refreshed and full of ideas I want to share so please hang in there….cause I’m back:)

I love the beginning of a new month.  It is sort of a “reboot” to refocus what I want to accomplish, improve or even stop doing. I wanted to share my goals for August and I’d love to know what your goals are too.

  1.  Excercise.  This summer I’ve gotten WAY off track with working out and I realize that I feel better (both inside and out) when I exercise.  I have no excuses or anyone else to blame but myself.  I’m getting back to it starting today; whether it’s going to the gym or taking a walk around the neighborhood I’m forcing myself to do it and in no time it will again be part of my routine and not something I’m forcing myself to do.
  2. Meal Planning.  I don’t know about you, but I get the “what’s for dinner?” question by noon just about every day and I get annoyed by it.  Annoyed because I’ve gotten out of my routine of planning my dinners out ahead of time and putting off going to the grocery store with a list and instead running in to grab just a few things to make dinner that night.  I admit I really dislike going to the grocery store (anybody else with me???), but the “I’ll just run in without a list and grab a few things” has to stop!!  I not only feel really unorganized, but I end of spending more money since I don’t have a list or preplanned meal ideas.  This morning I made a grocery list and let me tell you…my shopping trip was much easier (the Starbucks I grabbed beforehand didn’t hurt either!!!).
  3. Taking care of my nails.  I know, this might sound really silly to some but my nails are in need of TLC-big time!!!  My cuticles need some help and a coat of polish always makes me feel more put together so that’s my plan for tomorrow.

Well, there you have it!  3 goals that I have for the month.  All of these should be pretty easy to complete…fingers crossed!  Let me know what goals you have for the month, I’d love to know what they are.

Have a great day.

Beth

 

 

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a good week!  It’s been a busy few weeks for me so I apologize for my lack of posts!  Spring Break and A LOT of school events has taken up a big chunk of my time.  Today my kiddos don’t have school and the rain in St. Louis finally let up (seriously I think it’s rained for a good 5 day straight!).  The sun came out today too so I was happy I got to take my sweet puppy Mr. Henry for a nice walk this morning.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you like this dress that I bought to wear on Easter from the Loft.

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Unfortunately the temperature for Easter where I live are going to be the 30’s with a chance of snow (boo hoo) so I guess I’ll have to throw on a sweater too!

I also picked up a new self tanning mousse from Ulta since I’ll be wearing a dress this weekend and my skin could use a little hint of color!  It has really good reviews so I decided to give it a try.

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I have fair skin so a choose the medium shade, but it comes in a dark shade also.  This mousse has such a light scent that I couldn’t even smell it 10 minutes after I applied it & spread really easy.  I used this mitt to apply it…

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This is my first time using a mitt to apply self tanner and I have to tell you I really liked it.  Overall my experience with this self tanning mousse and mitt were great and I would definitely recommend it.

I picked up these shoes to wear with my dress…

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These shoes are really cute and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of them-they come in a few other colors too!

Okay, now I’m off to put together my girls Easter baskets and head to dinner.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Beth

 

Spring Dress Picks

So last week I shared some of my favorite tops from LOFT for Spring and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite Spring dresses from LOFT.  They have so many new dresses that I had a hard time narrowing it down, but I did!  What I really like about the dresses I’m sharing is that they are really versatile.  They can be dressed up with strappy heels and even a sweater OR they can be paired with a denim jacket and sandals for a great daytime look.

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Lacy Floral Flare Dress This dress is my top pick.  The sweet floral print is something I’ve usually avoided (I’m usually not into prints), but I fell in love with this dress when I saw it.  The lacy details and flowy look hasme ready for warmer temps!

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Border Paisley Tie Waist Dress Love the colors in this dress and I like that the tie belt is removable.

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Camellia Garden Shirtdress This dress screams spring with its floral pattern!

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Lace Flutter Dress This is the dressiest of the group & just a beautiful shade of purplish grey!  I love the lace and those fluttery cap sleeves…adorable!  This dress would be perfect to wear to a wedding paired with some strappy nude heels…perfection!

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Embroidered Bell Cuff Sleeve Dress Just adorable!  This dress is so fun and would look perfect paired with wedges.  I love the sleeves & the colorful embroidery.

 

Ok there are my dress picks.  They are all under $100 and LOFT has sales quite often so. Let me know if you have a dress that you found that I need to check out.

Until next time, have a great Monday!

Beth

 

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Cover-Up Picks!

It’s almost that time…swim season…eeek!!!  I’ve been looking for a cover-up that neutral enough to work with all of my swimsuits and I found a couple that I really like and guess what???  They are ALL under $60.00!!!!  I found a few different styles that are really great for all body types.

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Dotti Chambray Shirtdress Cover-Up Women’s Swimsuit • Dotti • $58

 

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Dotti Luxe Embroidered Cold-Shoulder Cover-Up Women’s Swimsuit • Dotti • $58

 

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Raviya Maxi Dress Cover-Up Women’s Swimsuit • Raviya • $48

 

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Calvin Klein Crochet-Shoulder Tunic Cover Up, Created for Macy’s Style Women’s Swimsuit • Calvin Klein • $39.98

 

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O’Neill Juniors’ Cyrus Cold-Shoulder Cover-Up Dress Women’s Swimsuit • O’Neill • $54

My favorite one is the this one ↑↑↑↑↑↑ for sure!  The cold shoulders and pretty colors down the front looks so pretty!  I think all of these cover-ups would the perfect way to be pool or beach ready and stylish at the same time.  With the great price point I think I might have to grab two!

Until next time,

Beth

 

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March Stella & Dot arrivals!

Good Afternoon!  Today Stella & Dot released their March arrivals and they don’t disappoint!  For those of you who don’t know, I became a Stella & Dot stylist late last year and I’m really happy with me decision.  They have such a large assortment of jewelry options for everyone, an assortment of travel bags and purses AND they now sell tops!!! I can’t wait to receive what I have ordered and wanted to share the new collection with you.   Here is the collection that was released today.  Let me know if you have any questions or have an interest in having an online party (the host perks are GREAT!).

  1. Effie Drop Earrings  $44  Statement earring with a vintage gold finish.
  2. Liliann Fringe Earrings  $49  Shades of green & teal with a sparkly center.
  3. Ulani Drops  $44  2 in 1 drop earrings! Wear either as a long drop or a simple stud.
  4. Persephonie Earrings  $49 Hand sewn beads in beautiful shades of green & teal.
  5. Rose Statement Earrings  $49 Hand sewn beads in shades of coral.
  6. Frieze Teardrop Earrings $39 Hammered silver teardrop with teal and grey beads.
  7. Frieze Layering Necklace $89 Versatile 4 in 1 necklace.
  8. Camellia Statement Necklace $198 Floral enamel with sparkle detail.
  9. Frieze Layered Bracelet $39 Mix of silver tones with teal, grey & metallic beads.
  10. Hang On $39 Keep all  your cosmetics in one place while you travel.
  11. All In Pouch $36 Versatile pouch for everything you want to keep organized.
  12. Vacay Bag $159 Perfect travel bag with expandable center and a wide top open.
  13. Antibes Tote $129 Wonderful tote with embroidered palms & fringe detailing.
  14. On the Go Tassel Charger $24 Keychain tassel & concealed charging cord for Iphone.
  15. Willow Cut Out Knit Top $59 Elevated essential tee in navy & white stripes.
  16. Bianca Knit Tee $59 Smocked poplin sleeve with crew neckline in coral.
  17. Gemma Off the Shoulder Top $69 Off the shoulder top with contrasting dot print.

Until next time-have a great day!

Beth

 

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My picks for Spring!

Today I wanted to share some cute, affordable tops that are perfect for Spring and are really versatile.  Floral prints are really big this time of year and although I’m usually a solids over prints type of girl I’m going to give it a try!  Here are some of my favorites I saw online from Loft.  If you have a favorite let me know in the comments below:)

  1.  Floral Founce Sleeve Mixed Media Top
  2.  V-Neck Sweater Tank
  3. Floral Lace Flutter Top
  4.  First Blush Shell
  5.  Split Blouson Sleeve Top
  6.  Layered Flutter Tee

Later this week I’m going to share a few of my favorite dresses from Loft (and I LOVE a lot of them!) so stay tuned for that.

Until next time!

Beth

 

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