Day to Night

I stopped by Old Navy one day, just to look around and in my browsing I came across this adorable striped dress. Being that the stores don't stock "Tall" sizes it was on sale (and I actually really love that it's tall because it comes all the way to the knee, loooove that! As I continued to browse, I found this super fun, bright, Tartan blanket scarf near the back on one of the tables. I couldn't believe it. It was such a win browse day. And the dress was on sale which just made my day!

Because this is such a cute/fun and transitional dress I wanted to do a Day to Night look. I actually wore both these looks one day (and night) for a girls night last week. Totally fun.

 To make this night look pop even more I would add a leather Jacket. 

Stacking necklaces is a good way to add a little interest.


Tartan Scarf

Tartan Scarf
I'm intrigued by this all black look for fall. And although it has a subtle style about it, I have the desire to add color and texture. A great way to do that is with these amazing blanket scarfs. I love the tartan print and the extra bulk it adds to an outfit. I recently bought this pretty orange and burgandy blanket scarf from Old Navy and I completely love it. 


Dallas Weekend

Last month we took a weekend trip to Dallas. Having lived in the Houston area for over 2.5 years we decided it was about time we explored the cities around us.

 He has the most amazing eyes! As I tried taking a pre-vacation photo he says, "I can't take a picture, I'm trying to drive." Such a safety man. ha ha 
 Sam Houston Statue 
 The cutest bakery in Historic down town Corsicana, Tx.
 "Wide Open Spaces" que Dixie Chicks music.
 Cotton fields as far as the eye can see
 The first thing we did when we got into Dallas was go to the Botanical Gardens. It was beautiful. We love plants and it was so fun to walk around looking at all the different species and dreaming of planting some of these beauties in our yard some day.

 Such a cutie. He took a selfie by this sculpture that he thought was cool.
Look at how pretty these bushes are!
 Little secret bench
 My favorite part of the Gardens was this magical view.

 Then the sun came out and we started to sweat like crazy, so we decided it was time to go.
 Daniel's "pick" was to go to the flight museum next. Since we were there for only two days we tried to fit as much in as possible!

 I have never met anyone in my life that has such a deep interest in anything mechanical. Anything with an engine or motor and my husband is drawn to it like a bear to honey. He just has to study it and learn how it works. It's the cutest. EVER.

 Some seriously amazing and beautiful Mexican food. It was so dang good!

 We had a lot of fun at the Red Bull Air Race. And once again Daniel was in heaven. And even I enjoyed it the whole time. 
On our way home we got caught in a terrible rain storm. Traffic slowed to 20 mph on the interstate and at one point we couldn't see out of the window. 
But after we passed the storm there was a double rainbow. Thank goodness for heavens blessings.



White After Labor Day

Shirt: Loft, Shoes: Just Fab, Dress: Target (similar here) Necklace: gifted

There was a rule once, sometime ago, that you couldn't COULD NOT wear white after Labor Day. I for one am very glad that it is no longer a hard and fast rule. I actually do remember my mom telling me when I was younger that I couldn't wear white pants because it was after Labor Day. Oh, the 80's. Anyways I am doing a two part post on wearing white after Labor Day. This is look one. 

I love quilted clothing. Take a minute to take a closer look at this shirt and just marvel at it's beauty. I kid you not, I fell in love the moment I saw it. (Short tangent: Loft is the place to be this Fall. They have so many cute fashions and not to mention the leopard print coming out their ears. I'm dying, and wishing my shopping budget was slightly higher.) The fact that this shirt was on sale made it fate. While I am wearing a dress and sandals the quilted fabric makes this outfit look slightly more fall-ish.


Fall Recipes

Baking has always been one of my very favorite things to do. I remember the being very young, maybe around 5 asking my mom if I could help her in the kitchen. She replied by saying, "You can be the taste tester." That confirmed to me that baking was a good thing to do, mostly because the reward is so great.

My mom would often make her amazing Chocolate Zucchini Bread in the fall. And this season I was craving a taste of home.


My husband is a huge lover of pumpkin sweets. He loooove, love, loves pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin rolls and pumpkin chocolate chip bread. (But who doesn't right?)

So I decided we needed to have both this year. (The recipes made so much so we shared some with friends)

But because I am convinced I have the best recipes for both (I'm sure we all think that) I decided to share.

First, The bomb pumpkin bread.
2 1/2  cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
3/4 c. veg oil
3 eggs
1/2 c water
1 1/2 c pumpkin
1 c chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together, make a well in the middle and add wet ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into oiled and floured bread pans. Bake at 350 for 50 min.

Tip: to make sure the chocolate chips don't all sink to the bottom of your bread mix them with flour before putting into the batter.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

2 oz unsweetened chocolate (2 blocks) melted
2 cups grated zucchini
2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c oil 1 tsp vanilla
1 c chocolate chips

Grate zucchini and set aside
Mix wet ingredients and set aside
Melt chocolate in a sauce pan with a little oil.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Mix until smooth and add melted chocolate. Mix until incorporated. Once the batter is nice and chocolaty add your grated zucchini and chocolate chips (see tip above). Once everything is all mixed together pour into your bread pans (oiled and floured). Bake at 325 for 45-50 min.

These are seriously some of my favorite fall bread recipes. I hope if you try them that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

General Conference

picture from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

This weekend we had the great opportunity to listen to a prophets voice. The talks that were given were uplifting, inspiring and all around exactly what needed to be heard. I love conference weekend for a lot of reasons but mostly because of the spiritual high you feel when you invite that spirit into your homes and into your lives. I wanted to share a few quote that stuck out to me and penetrated my heart in a special way. If you are interested in hearing the full talks from General Conference go to lds.org 

"God cares about you, He will listen, He will answer your prayers. He wants you to find the way back to Him, and His Son Jesus Christ is that way." - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“We are not here in this life just to waste our time, grow old, and die. God wants us to grow and achieve our potential.” - Elder Carlos Godoy

"Although I may not be my brother's keeper I am my brother's brother." -Elder Jeffery R. Holland

"Nothing else, no other choice we make, can make of us what He can." -President Thomas S. Monson

"God and Christ are literally a Father and a Son—separate, distinct, individual beings who are wholly unified in Their purpose." -Elder Hales 

"Listen to that still, small voice which speaks to the depths of our souls the Master’s gentle invitation, 'Come, follow me.'"  -President Thomas S. Monson

"On this mortal journey we must never think that our choices affect only us." -Elder Larry A. Kacher

Although all the talks are amazing and wonderfully uplifitng, but some of my favorites were:
Elder Hollands listen here
Elder Lynn G Robbins listen here
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf listen here
Tad R. Callister listen here
Elder Jorg Klebingat listen here 

I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. I am blessed to know that the gospel is truth. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is his son. I know that Christ loves me, as He does all of us. I know that he is very aware of me and wants the very best for me. I have seen blessings that were promised to me come to light and felt the Saviors love in times of deepest sorrow. I am so blessed to know that the love the Savior has for me is real and I am so grateful for that. I hope that if any one has question about the church that they seek it out from the source its self. If you have questions about life in general, know that you can take that to our Heavenly Father and that he will answer those prayers. I have personal experiences of direct answers to prayer and know that God hears me and knows exactly what I need.  I'm so grateful for this knowledge in my file.