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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice (4 September Favorites)

Sometimes I have random things that I’m loving that are not long enough for a dedicated blog post but are also things that I think are worth bookmarking and not getting lost on my Facebook or Instagram feed.

Some of my favorite posts from the blogs I read are posts of random recommendations. Really, that is what is so wonderful about the world-wide-web, we have access to learn from and be inspired by people we both trust and admire.

Time will tell if this becomes a monthly favorites segment! Let me know what you think if you bake, watch, read, or listen to any one of my current favorites.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

1. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

This smoothie is so delicious! It instantly kicks any Fall cravings I have for a sugary pumpkin spice latte and is filling enough for an afternoon snack.

Side note for the other pumpkin spice fans out there, I have not yet had a Starbucks PSL, BUT I did get their cold brew with pumpkin cold foam after enjoying the salted vanilla cold foam this summer, and I have to admit, I think the salted vanilla is SO much better!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

The below Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is adapted from this recipe shared by Salt + Spoon Wellness.

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1/8 cup coconut cream⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1/2 a banana⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 3 ice cubes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ginger⠀⠀

Toss all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

2. Pumpkin Mug Cake

I love a good home-baked cake, however, my husband is not a cake eater and doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. I have found that when I want a treat for dessert, mug cakes are a simple way for me to treat myself without having leftovers for days. This pumpkin spice mug cake can be made in three minutes total and is tasty, especially when served with a dollop of cream cheese!

3. Juliet’s School of Possibilities: A Little Story About the Power of Priorities

I have read and really enjoyed most of Laura Vanderkam’s books on time management. This week I decided to read the fictional piece she wrote that weaved lessons she’s learned from studying successful women and the way they manage their time into the story – Juliet’s School of Possibilities. It was a quick and fun read that left me reflecting on how I set priorities. A day after finishing, while reading a discussion in a Facebook group, I read that Jennifer Maker (hugely successful craft blogger) makes this book a required reading when she onboards new employees into her company…Such a good idea!

4. Magnolia Journal’s Visual Merchandising Team

Every season, I am excited to see the new video released giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Magnolia Journal’s seasonal theme is brought into their flagship store by their talented visual merchandising team. These videos + Anthropologies window displays make me think I chose the wrong career path! Watch the Fall theme of “rhythm” being creatively displayed here.

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