To Bake / Chicken Pot Pie

 
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     Good morning! I tried my hand at chicken pot pie for the first time last weekend, and the results were too good not to share! I'm not sure I'd ever even tried chicken pot pie (I was against meat in pies for most of my youth, for some reason), but it sounded delicious and just right for the colder weather we've been getting. Also, there's not much that's topped with a puff pastry crust that I won't eat. Find the recipe below (adapted from Bon Appetit)!

Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary

  • 1/3 cup of AP flour

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 cups of shredded chicken

  • 1/4 of an onion, diced

  • 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed

  • 1 cup of frozen carrots, thawed

  • Hot sauce

  • Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator

  • 1 large egg, beaten for brushing

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400, and melt your butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Once melted, add your diced onion and rosemary, and saute for 4 minutes. Add your flour and stir repeatedly until the mixture is golden brown, for about 6 minutes. Whisk in your broth, 1/2 a cup at a time. Then, whisk in milk and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, whisking throughout, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon. Add your peas, carrots, and chicken. Next, stir in your hot sauce + Worcestershire sauce.  

2. Pour your filling into a greased baking dish, and top with your pastry crust. Press the edges to your dish to seal, and brush the entire crust with your egg wash. Feel free to add a pretty touch, like these little rosemary leaves!

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3. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any spills!), and bake for 20 minutes. Then, reduce heat and bake for another 30 minutes. 

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4. Let sit for 10 minutes after baking, then serve warm. Enjoy!

     Thanks for reading! Have a fun Wednesday, and we'll be back next week with a twist on classic cookie cutter sugar cookies for Santa!

To Share / Our New (Just for Us) Gift Rules

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     Hi there! As Christmas Day looms, I wanted to share what our Christmas shopping approach is for Bailey, as her parents (I say that because I give my parents and Brett's parents free reign when it comes to what they want to get for Bailey. Except for stuffed animals! One or two is ok, but little girl does not need a whole lot more at the moment LOL). I've become really conscious of how much children don't need a lot of things. They're the ones who are happy with a cardboard box, or sticks to be honest, to play with! And I always think there's a way to incorporate education with them, they are just so open to learning. So if I'm going to buy toys or a gift in general for her, they will be something she'll get a ton of joy out of, educational (but also something she'll love), or a necessity that shows her how to enjoy having what she needs. See our official gift guidelines for ourselves below!

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Gift Rules: 

1. Something she wants: this will be one out of the many things she's pointed out that she wants from Santa. Within reason of course! 

2. Something she needs: you'll always need some things! This could be anything from cute kids socks to a new blanket to replace ones that have - shall we say - sustained some damage. 

3. Something to read: to me, there's not much worth buying more than books (and food, but that ones probably more essential). There's always something more to learn, especially for a nearing-4 year old! 

4. Something to create with: growing up, we always had craft supplies. It's essential for children to use their imaginations, and nothing is better for that than a set of paints and a piece of paper! 

       Sometimes it's hard to stick to these principles. It's my nature as a mother to want to give my child everything, but I try to keep in mind that it's not a literally feasible idea. I end up sticking to giving her my love, real attention, and anything she'll need, but a few extra things on special days! It keeps us happy, and that's all I could want. 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend!

To Bake / Cranberry Butter Dutch Baby

 
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     Good morning! Cranberry season is still in full force around my house. I had such an excess from making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, and it's been a lot easier than I thought to find uses for the leftover sauce, but also for the raw cranberries! I've been adding the fresh cranberries to my daily lunch smoothie, and stirring in the leftover sauce with some greek yogurt to add to my grain or lentil bowls. Today though, I've added my beloved cranberry sauce to butter for this cinnamon dutch baby pancake (recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest)! It's the perfect amount of sweet for breakfast or brunch, and serves 3-6 people (depending on how many slices you eat :)). Get the recipe below!

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For the Dutch Baby:

- 4 eggs

- 2/3 cup of milk

- 2/3 cup of AP flour

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- a good shake of cinnamon

- another good shake of nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp. of salt

- 4 tbs. of butter

- syrup for serving!

For the Cranberry Butter:

- 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce 

- 4 tbs. of butter at room temp.

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450, place 2 tbs. of butter in your cast-iron skillet, and put in the oven to warm. While that's heating, blend your flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and 2 tbs. of butter in a blender. Make sure there are no lumps!

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2. Pour batter into your hot skillet, and place back in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, and don't open the oven or your pancake will deflate! 

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3. While the pancake is baking, mix together your soft butter and cranberry sauce. When the dutch baby is done, spoon on cranberry butter and let melt.

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4. Drizzle with A LOT of syrup. 

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5. Serve warm and enjoy!

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     I, as usual, enjoyed mine with a cup of black coffee (the perfect pairing with a breakfast so sweet!). The pancake was the fluffy, sweet, and buttery confection I was looking for, and I hope you all enjoy it!

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! I'll be back later this week to share about my new gifting philosophy for Bailey this year. See you then!

To Share / The Holidays So Far

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     Good morning! I've been keeping pretty quiet around here, just enjoying downtime with Brett + Bailey, and inwardly debating what I want the do with this little space on the internet. My interests change often, so that makes it a little challenging to pick a "theme" for this here blog. A general lifestyle blanket is fine, and I'll probably always share my varied interests here, but lately I've been drawn to cooking - a lot. I think it's a combined reasoning of having moved to the suburbs of Columbia, and therefore cooking more at home because we are far away from our usual eating out places, but also just my general creativity and love of food. Now I have a reason to cook often, and have way less opportunity to be lazy in the kitchen. All this to say, you'll be seeing more recipes here than anything else. Don't worry though, I won't be able to resist sharing about Bailey or how health and wellness relate to my cooking choices, so every now and then there will be some lifestyle posts, but mostly, get ready to feast with your eyes (and hopefully, literally, with the recipes in your own home)!

     Now, today, I wanted to share snapshots of how our holiday season is going so far! I hosted friendsgiving this month, and whipped up a couple of contributions to Brett's family's Thanksgiving table. However, the second Thanksgiving was over, I dove into the Christmas spirit (which is unusual for me, I typically am pretty indifferent to early decorating) and played Christmas music, put up our tree and other decorations, and started developing holiday recipes (can you say Chocolate sugar cookies? I'm not a fan of the classic ones). I've started a folder on my phone to document our season, and here are the images so far! 

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Bottle brush tree's are going through a revival. I didn't know what they were as I think the last time they were popular was way before I existed, but they sure are pretty, so I can see the appeal! Mine is from the glorious Target dollar section.

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I can't not take pictures of log piles. It's just too wintery to resist!

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Bailey had a great time at the tree farm, until she had to use the restroom and the only option was in the woods. She's had to do this before, but this time it was a major fail and poor girl had to change clothes after. It's hard to be a happy camper when your clothes get wet!

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I love these vintage trucks. Throw some pine trees on the back, and they scream Christmas!

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Bailey tried her first candy cane and hated it, so I was all "don't mind if I do". 

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I like to snag trimmings from the farm every year, and turn them into decorations. All you need is some twine and scissors and you've got yourself a wall hanging (see below)!

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If you're predicting that I leave this up way after the Santa's get put away, you would be very correct. I bet I can push this one until spring!

     That's all for now! Check back here on Tuesday for a festive brunch recipe that I can't wait to wolf down as soon as the photos are snapped. Have a fun week!

To Bake / Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pie

 

     Good morning! I have the best chocolatey pie for your thanksgiving table today! It's not anywhere near healthy, but people tend to forget about those kinds of things on holidays (myself included!). This pie (recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest) is basically a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust, so you really can't go wrong. Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 pie crust (I used store bought, but by all means, make your own!)

- 2 eggs

- 1/2 cup of ap flour

- 1/4 cup of brown sugar

- 1/4 cup of sugar

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- 1 + 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

- 2 cups of chocolate chips

- 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease your pie plate. To make filling, mix together your eggs until frothy, then add the flour, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla. Add the butter, and continue mixing until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2. To assemble, press your pie crust into your pie plate. Then, pour about half of your condensed milk over the crust. 

3. Pour in half your batter, then top with the rest of the condensed milk. Add the rest of the filling on top.

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4. Bake for 55-60 minutes, then let cool for 20 minutes. 

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5. Serve warm and enjoy!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! 

To Share / Family Photos

 
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     Good morning! When we were having Kristen take some photos of Luna, we wanted to incorporate a family photo shoot into the day as well! I think it's high time we send out a Christmas card this year, and one of these photos is the winner (but I'm not sharing which 'til the cards come out)!

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     I loved all of them though. It was very comical seeing how hard it is to get one with everyone looking decent. There were some really good ones that Bailey "ruined" (not really, she's still adorable) by pulling the sides of her mouth out with her fingers for her smile! LOL. She thought it was hilarious (it was) but probably not the best for an official portrait. 

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     She's doing it here, but showing me, so it's kind of hard to see. Luna was a trooper throughout the whole thing! She can be really patient for a puppy sometimes, but mostly only when food isn't involved. Girl loves her food!

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    She really is my little sweetheart. She loves it when we match, and I'm sure you can guess that I do too!

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      Brett dislikes being in front of the camera, but he made the sacrifice for Luna. :)

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      And now just a few of Bailey! She's always loved being in pictures and taking them. I guess it's a result of a photographer aunt and a blogger mama! 

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      How many times can I say "be still my heart"? An infinite amount? Ok, good, wouldn't settle for less.

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     Bailey + Luna's most recent favorite activity has been jumping in the never-ending leaf piles that Brett has been making. They really do love playing together, but has there ever been a child + puppy combo that hasn't? (My parents are most likely scoffing at this, as I was the most petrified of dogs until my teen years. I used to tell a story about a past life I had as a cat in China when I was little, so our theory is that's the reason why I was so scared of dogs. I know mom + dad, I was the exception to the theory that children love dogs. I'm just glad Bailey isn't scared like I was!)

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend! I'll be back next week with a pie recipe (duh, thanksgiving)!

All photos by Kristen Williams

To Meet / Luna!

 
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     Good morning! As promised, we had Kristen over this weekend to take some photos of Luna, our golden retriever puppy we got at the start of November! She's a beaut and so sweet, but also very mischievous (we've been told it's a puppy thing). :) 

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      She's just past 10 weeks old, and Bailey's in love with her! They're kind of already two peas in a pod. When we picked Luna up from Neosho, Missouri, Bailey couldn't stop saying that she's "SO CUTE"! 

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     It definitely feels like she's already part of the family. I've had many people point out that it's like having a second child, and I can really see that! Obviously, I love Bailey and Luna in very different ways, but as far as the care and attention aspect goes, it reminds me of a newborn. 

    Thanks for reading, and be on the lookout for our family photos later this week! Have a fun Monday!

All photos by Kristen Williams.

To Read / Fall Picks

 
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     Hi there! For today's post, I just wanted to share my favorite "fall-ish" reads! See below for more!

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      Now, none of these books are intentionally fall-inspired. They just feel like fall to me, in one way or another! 

Favorite Fall Reads:

1. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel / A creepy thriller, like Gone Girl but somehow better!

2. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman / I'm not the biggest poetry fan, but Walt Whitman's words are beautiful enough that I can actually see why people read him.

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac / Something about Kerouac's prose combined with the road trip aspect really reminds me of autumn!

4. Love Story by Erich Segal / Any collegiate setting brings up the fall feels, especially in a heartbreaking romance such as this. 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend!

To Make / Honey Butter Healthy-ish Pancakes

 
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     Hi there! I whipped up these pancakes this weekend, and had to share the recipe with you all asap! They're slightly healthy (thanks whole wheat flour + greek yogurt!), but also pack a sweet punch with caramelized bananas and honey butter. Get the how-to below!

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Ingredients (pancakes):

- 1 banana

- 1 egg

- 3/4 cup of almond milk

- 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt

- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

- 1 + 1/2 tsp. of sugar

- 2 tsp. of baking powder

- 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

- 1/2 cup of AP flour

- a pinch of salt

Ingredients (honey butter):

- 1 stick of butter

- 1 tbs. of honey

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Directions (honey butter):

1. Melt honey and butter together by placing them in a bowl and microwaving for 1 minute. Stir together and pour into a jar. Let set in the fridge overnight (can still drizzle melted over pancakes!). 

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Directions (pancakes):

1. Combine flours, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, then stir to combine. Add in greek yogurt and stir. 

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2. Heat your griddle, and pour out your batter for pancakes. Slice your banana and place rounds on top of cake. Brush bananas with melted honey butter. Wait til the cakes are bubbling on top, then flip and let cook for about another minute, or until pancakes are browned on both sides. 

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3. Serve warm with honey butter and maple syrup (and bacon, if you're so inclined). Enjoy!

To Review / Maple Holistics Tea Tree Conditioner (Sponsored!)

 
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     Hi there! I'm back with another Maple Holistics review! They graciously extended the option of reviewing another product of theirs, and I immediately picked the Tea Tree Oil Conditioner! I wanted to see how well it worked in correspondence with the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, and so far so good!

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      It's made my hair so much softer, and with zero buildup or residue left behind! That's always a concern of mine with conditioner, so I was ecstatic that their formula is free of all the yuck that causes buildup.

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      Using both the shampoo and conditioner has been a godsend for my hair. It's gone from frizzy and unmanageable to smooth and shiny! What more can a girl ask for?! 

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        Now, not only does Maple Holistics have amazing products, they also have a pretty cool blog! My favorite post so far is their one breaking down dermarolling! I've always been interested in it, and the article was super helpful. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out Maple Holistics' free samples program! I can't think of an easier way to test out products before purchasing a full size! 

       Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

This post is sponsored by Maple Holistics. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support What a Fun Day!

To Make / Seasonal Fall Flatbreads

 
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     Good morning! I'm back with a yummy seasonal flatbread for you all today! Sweet potatoes, bacon, spinach, and asiago/parm cheese are all you need to put together this simple meal. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients:

- 1 garlic naan flatbread

- cooked bacon

- cooked sweet potato

- fresh spinach

- shredded parmesan + asiago

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400, and assemble your flatbread with as much or as little toppings as you'd like! (Bailey likes a lot of cheese, just like her mama.)

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2. Bake for 10 minutes, until crust is just crispy enough and cheese has melted.

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3. Slice up and serve warm. Enjoy!

To Explore / Peach Tree Farms

 
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     Hi there! Just wanted to share a few photos from our visit to the pumpkin patch! Ironically, we didn't get any photos with the pumpkins - we were too busy enjoying all of the other activities that Peach Tree Farms offers!

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      They have sunflower patches all over the farm, and this was as close as I could get, as the bees were thoroughly covering the flowers. They also had a new feature this year: a "corn crib" for kids to play in! It's a giant crib filled with dried corn, like a sandbox or ball pit but with corn. It was Bailey's favorite part, as you can probably tell! 

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      More pretty flowers! The ones on the left were swarmed with butterflies, so much so that I couldn't help but think they plant them specifically for the butterflies! 

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      Brett's going to kill me for this picture, but Bailey looks so glorious with the sunlight shining on her! It looks like she's on a mission, which she probably was (she adamantly insisted on getting popcorn and pumpkins after this)! And yes, she's covered in dirt. Apparently the children's corn maze was a little muddy and poor girl took a tumble inside while trying to run around! 

      Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday! We will be moving all weekend to a new house, so it may be a little quiet in this space next week. However, regularly scheduled content will follow the week after, so be on the look out for more fall goodness!

To Make / GF Pumpkin Tahini Cookies

 
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     Hi there! October means all things pumpkin, and I have a yummy pumpkin tahini cookie recipe for you all today! They're on the slightly healthier side than other cookies, being gluten free and containing nutrient filled tahini. Get the recipe below (adapted from A Beautiful Mess)!

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Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 heaping tablespoons tahini
- 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon (aluminum-free) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of softened butter

Directions:

1. Mix together the butter, pumpkin, and sugars. Then add in the egg, vanilla, and tahini.

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2. Next add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Once dough has formed, add in chocolate chips. Scoop out into cookie dough balls, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  

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3. Either store in fridge until ready to bake, or preheat your oven to 350, and bake for 12 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

For #MomStyle / Fall-ish

 
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       Hi there! Just wanted to share a favorite outfit of mine that I've been wearing on repeat this fall. It's been really mild so far, so short sleeves and jeans have been the perfect combo.

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     I particularly love this top's color for fall though! Mustard is so pretty and is the best yellow to pair with neutrals, as it has strong warm tones.

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      I'm also a huge fan of the shape and structural details! The fluttery sleeves and waist shape are ideal for a top that can go both casual and dressy, as it makes them comfortable enough for the former, but also special enough for the latter. 

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       Too pretty! This color also pairs so nicely with vintage light wash denim. Mustard is a grounding color, so it works well with any relaxed outfit!

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       One of my favorite aspects of mustard is that it's one of the only shades of yellow you can wear as a "cool" (I mean that tonally, but Bailey tells me I'm cool too) blonde. Lemon and buttery colors don't offer enough contrast to my hair, but mustard is so warm, it doesn't even feel like it's in the same ballpark as other yellow's. 

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       Ah, the ease of a comfortable top! And jeans, and shoes, and my purse that I wear 24/7. :) If you can't tell, I'm big on comfort!

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     Last but not least, the accessories! You've seen this bag plenty of times, but I'm a minimalist and it goes with every outfit, so prepare to see even more of it. 

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      My trusty mules that I never want to take off. These were one of those pairs that I saw online and immediately had to buy. I don't do that often because #money, but when I fall in love with a pair of shoes I know I'll wear over and over, I'm very persistent in acquiring them!

     That's all for today, have a fun Monday everyone!

Wearing: Mustard top (Marshalls, similar here) / vintage jeans (similar here) / Mules (Target, only available in black now!) / black bag (Forever 21, no longer available, similar here)

To Review / Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo (Sponsored!)

 
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     Hi there! I have a fun post for you all today! A month or so back, Maple Holistics reached out to see if I'd like to try out their new Tea Tree shampoo, and I immediately said yes! Who isn't always looking for the best products for their hair? Also, the fact that their products are made with natural ingredients sold me. You know I can't resist a good natural product!

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      I ended up loving the shampoo! It's made with tea tree, rosemary, and lavender; each providing smoothness and softness to the hair. After just a wash or two, my hair is clean and smooth, which is always the goal! All in all, this shampoo is a great homeopathic solution to haircare.

     Get your bottle of tea tree shampoo here, and bonus: Maple Holistics is offering my readers the chance to sign up for their free samples program! This is great for testing out which shampoo would work best for your hair type, and is a good way to save money by only buying full-size products you know will work! 

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun weekend! See you back here on Monday with a new #MomStyle!

Note: This post is sponsored by Maple Holistics. All words and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support What a Fun Day.

To Make / Salted Honey Apple Gouda Toast

 
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      Good morning! I have a delicious recipe for you all today, and it's perfect for the season: apple gouda toast (adapted from Half Baked Harvest, I just can't get enough of her recipes)! Topped with sea salt, honey, and rosemary, these toasts hit all of the flavors and are amazing for an easy fall lunch. Get the recipe below! 

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Ingredients:

- 2 slices of your choice of bread (I used my favorite sprouted version from Food For Life!)

- 2 pats of butter

- 2 slices of gouda

- half an apple, cut into slices

- raw honey

- sea salt

- rosemary

Directions:

1. Place a pat of butter on each of your bread slices, then layer on the cheese and apples.

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2. Set your oven to the broiler, and place your toasts on a baking sheet. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

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3. Drizzle your honey on the toasts, then sprinkle your salt and rosemary on top. Eat as is, or mush the two toasts together for a tasty sandwich! Enjoy!

To Style / Fall Capsule Wardrobe

 
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     Good morning! Today, I wanted to share my fall/winter capsule wardrobe with you all. I've finished up my shopping til spring, so this list is it! Check it out below!

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe:

- 9 tops / a white t, a grey t, a baseball t, my trusty striped top, a mustard blouse (pictured above), a white blouse, a gingham blouse, a chambray blouse, and my vintage graphic baseball t that was my dad's in his youth

- 4 sweaters / a classic camel cardigan, a beige pullover, a grey pullover (also snagged from my dad's closet many years ago), and my new turtleneck (pictured above!)

- 4 dresses / my favorite mini floral wrap dress, a rust shift, a flowy cream midi dress, and a black floral maxi dress (perfect for a fall wedding we are attending)

- 3 skirts / my trusty denim skirt, a vintage suede midi, and a new plaid mini from Target (also pictured above)

- 5 bottoms / white overalls, a pair of light wash jeans (lastly, pictured above!), a pair of medium wash jeans (both vintage, the only way I shop for jeans currently), black culottes, and my already-worn-a-bajillion-times pink trousers

- 4 jackets + coats / an olive bomber, a denim jacket, and two coats (a pink suede trench and a cozy red buffalo plaid wool overcoat)

- 7 pairs of shoes* / one pair of ankle boots, mules, pink heels, vintage brown heels, flat black slides, nude lace up flats, and vintage black flat prairie boots

- 3 bags / a brown work satchel, my black ring handle bag, and my vintage white mini Berkin.

*I have a pair of hiking sneakers (and obviously exercise clothes + PJ's) but I don't wear them any other time than when hiking or exercising, so I don't count them here. 

     All in all, a total of 39 items! I usually aim for anywhere between 35-40 items, so I'm set.  If you would like some help creating your own capsule wardrobe, head to my Contact page and shoot me an email! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday!

To Love / Welcoming Fall with Bailey

 
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      Good morning! Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and thought temps are supposed to be in the 90's, I'm going to ignore that and bake pumpkin cookies (recipe coming in October), decorate the house with our fall things, and do a fall craft with Bailey. The leaves are dropping like flies around here, and that's enough for me to say bye to summer!  

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        Now, one of the fun things about parenting is that you get to make a big deal out of stuff like the seasons changing! It's to get kids excited about a new season, and to also teach them something about the way our Earth works, which I think you're never to young to be aware of. That being said, I've rounded up a list of fun fall activities for everyone in the family, most of which I plan on trying to do this season with my own family. Check it out below!

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Fall To-Do (Bailey Included!):

- Do a few fall crafts / My favorite ones are this fox puppet, these pumpkin apple stamps, and any of these nature projects (fall is the perfect time for foraging outdoors!)

- Go apple picking / There is an orchard near Columbia that lets you pick 'em yourself, and we plan to finally go this year! I've never been apple picking, and neither has Bailey, so this is the fall activity I'm most looking forward to!

- Bake all of the pumpkin treats / As I mentioned, I'm making pumpkin cookies for the blog (and our pumpkin loving tummies) this weekend, but we've already made these brownies, and ya they were as good as they look!

Explore new trails / Fall is my favorite time for hiking (hello pretty trees everywhere), and though I've lived here for 6 years, I still haven't trekked all of the ones in and around Columbia. I plan to chip away at the list this season! (Bonus: Bailey has endless energy and is an excellent hiking companion)

Visit Rocheport / Rocheport, MO is the closest thing we have to a wine country around here. We like to do an outing each fall, starting at our favorite pumpkin patch with a corn maze and tepees, and ending with a picnic on the bluffs of Les Bourgeois winery.  

Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

 

 

For #MomStyle / Prairie Life

 
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     Hi there! I'm in love with today's #MomStyle outfit! There's something about it that is just really calling to my aesthetic right now. Not sure if it's the gingham blouse (a b-day gift, thanks mom + dad!), or if it's the setting, but this outfit is golden in my eyes. 

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     We shot this in a field close to Brett's family's house, and normally it's filled with rolled hay bales, but for some reason, they didn't harvest this year. This means wildflowers have taken over a little bit, which is fine by me!

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     I also love how sunny it was this day. It makes me pale to a maximum, but is so idyllic that I've stopped caring. We are enjoying these sunny days while we can!

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     Now onto the blouse! It's from Topshop, and it's become one of my favorites. It's a wardrobe wild card, but as long as you're confident you can pull off anything! It just fits in well with my more basic pieces, so it's made any outfit I pair it with more interesting. 

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      I don't think I'll ever stop carrying this bag, regardless of the repeats on here. It's too good!

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      I also love the little details on this shirt, from the ruffles on the shoulders to a small bow on the back (see more below!).

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      You really can't avoid the wind in any field, regardless of the weather. Fields are never still, and some may say hair in your face is a bad thing, but I love it in this shot!

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     Onto that bow, it's such a cute detail. I thought the front of the shirt was cute, but then I saw it had this on the back and freaked! 

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     You'll hear about this shirt for awhile, since I'll be able to wear it until it's in the 90's again (and maybe even then). Be on the look out for a cute little post with Bailey this Thursday! Thanks for reading!

Wearing: Blouse / Topshop (no longer available, similar here), Overalls / Forever 21 (no longer available, similar here), Purse / Forever 21 (no longer available, similar here)

All photos by Kristen Williams

To Style / Bailey's Fall Wardrobe

 
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     Hi there! Just wanted to share the items I consider essentials to a toddler fall/winter wardrobe. They're mostly the same as adults but much cuter, as always! See below for more!

Bailey's Cold-Weather Essentials:

- A denim jacket / goes with everything and the warmth from the denim goes a long way

- joggers (also known as sweatpants) / these are perfect for little ones because they are just as comfy as leggings, but are cozier for their little legs

- boots of some kind / this year it happened to be star patterned motorcycle boots (she picked them herself) :)

- a "fall-ish" blouse / I typically get her one nice shirt, as even toddlers get to dress up sometimes

- the coziest sweater you can find / no reason why adults are the only ones who get to enjoy #sweaterweather

 

     Thanks for reading, and we'll see you back here on Monday for one of my favorite #MomStyle's yet!