Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Randomness.

 I've been feeling really uninspired recently, maybe it's because I am not getting enough sleep or maybe it's because I feel life changes coming on. Whatever it may be, it's time to get out of this funk and get back into the swing of things. This fun little list has been floating around blog land and well it looks like the kind of list that may get some inspiration flowing through these brain cells.

Making| pumpkin cheesecake.
Drinking| lemon water.
Reading| made to crave and ephesians.
Wanting| a whole new wardrobe.
Looking| forward to this weekend.
Playing| lead yourself well sermon series.
Wasting| time on instagram. its a real addiction.
Sewing| nothing. nothing at all.
Wishing| for certain relationships to be what they once where.
Enjoying| the smell of fall.
Waiting| for hubs to get home.
Wondering| what the next year will hold.
Loving| lazy weekends at home with my hubs.
Hoping| that my 30's will be even better then my 20's.
Marveling| at God's goodness.
Needing| more grace and love in my life.
Smelling| a pumpkin spice candle.
Wearing| warm soft hoodie.
Noticing| the tree's are turning colors.
Knowing| I only have 2 more weeks in my 20's.
Feeling| peaceful.
Thinking| about what to get hubs for his birthday.
Bookmarking| boots and coats for fall/winter
                                                     Thankful| for my husband. he's the best.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Trim Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte (S)

I have this deep love for Pumpkin spice latte's. Something about summer coming to a close and as I anticipate upcoming fall festivities, well it has me reaching for my favorite fall treat. But here's the deal this lovely drink at Starbucks has a ton of sugar in it. Like a whooping 49grams. Something this girl just cant handle. So when I found this recipe posted a couple weeks back on the Trim Healthy Mama  group I knew I had to try my hand at it and spoil myself with one of these delightful drinks on a daily basis.

1c. pumpkin 
2 c. water 
1/2 c. sugar free caramel coffee syrup 
2tsp. coconut oil 
2tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
1-2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2c xylitol
pinch of salt 

Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and add 1tsp vanilla. Poor into glass jar and refrigerate. 
 To make Latte- Use 3-4 T. Pumpkin Sauce , 2-3T Cream and fill the rest of your coffee cup with coffee. Stir really well. Top with whip cream and cinnamon.  

*A note on sweeteners- I have chosen to use xylito, but you could use stevia, truvia or whatever sweetener you prefer.

Linking to Trim Healthy Tuesday.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Recently on Intsagram.

Last weekend was the 2 year anniversary of the first time Nate and I met. So we had to celebrate with coffee and a carrot muffin at Caribou. Its crazy to think back to that day and think about how much different my life looks now then it did then. All I can say is I feel so blessed to be where I am at today and to be married to the man I am! Our weekends have also been busy with a birthday party for my dear friend Joni, a beautiful backyard wedding for one of my Asia teammates and also friends from Indiana coming to spend the weekend with us!

Happy Monday! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Recently there has been this personality test floating around blog land and well I caved and had to take it. Because this kind of stuff always fascinates me. I had to take one of these tests in college and I was hoping since it's been a few years maybe I've changed a lot and would get something different this time around. Nope. It looks like much hasn't changed in 5 years. 


 For the most part its pretty much right on.

ENFJ in a Nutshell

ENFJs are idealist organizers, driven to implement their vision of what is best for humanity. They often act as catalysts for human growth because of their ability to see potential in other people and their charisma in persuading others to their ideas. They are focused on values and vision, and are passionate about the possibilities for people.

ENFJs are typically energetic and driven, and often have a lot on their plates. They are tuned into the needs of others and acutely aware of human suffering; however, they also tend to be optimistic and forward-thinking, intuitively seeing opportunity for improvement. The ENFJ is ambitious, but their ambition is not self-serving: rather, they feel personally responsible for making the world a better place.
 Oh yes. that whole thing about having a lot on our plate and seeing possibility for people and the world. That would be me!

ENFJs are typically good communicators, talented at using words to connect with others. They are perceptive about people and enjoy talking about relationships. They often enjoy helping others solve personal problems and like to share their insights about people, their emotions, and their motivations. They are empathetic sometimes to the point of being over involved, and can become exhausted if they are surrounded by too much negative emotion. 
ENFJs have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They're very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship. 

Yes and Yes. I often feel frustrated and hurt when I spend time investing into a relationship and feel very loyal to that friendship and then its not preceded back to me. I am still learning and growing in that area. 
 I also found it interesting that a lot of the career choices mentioned for ENFJ's are things that I have already done in the past or have considered doing. 

Take the survey, you won't regret it ;)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall Bucket List

The last couple of mornings I've woken up to a bit of chill. It went from being scorching hot to sweater weather in just a matter of days. While I am sad to say goodbye to summer, fall is like the next best thing. There is so much to love about fall, the pumpkin spice lattes, fall fashion, the change of color in the leaves. Its all so lovely and one of my favorite seasons.
 So in the spirit of fall here's what's on our to do list.

1. Go to the Apple Orchard 
2. Attend an Iowa Football Game 
3. Make a Pumpkin Pie

4. Drink as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes as possible 
5. Family Photoshoot  
6. Carve a Pumpkin

7. Attend the Fall Festival
8. Have friends over for a Fall Party
9. Celebrate our Birthdays
  10. Visit the local Winery

I also cant wait to try making some of these delightful looking dishes.

Whats your favorite thing about fall?

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