fall trail mix

bcp1Fall is here and were are in full-blown seasonal eating mode. Pumpkin, nutmeg, soups and ciders, we’ll take it all!Fall Trail Mix recipe You all already know that our favorite salty sweet treats are Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop popcorn (caramel and cheddar!!), but for this recipe we wanted to give another favorite, Kettle Corn, a Autumnal twist! Here’s how you’ll do it:Fall Trail Mix recipeLike any good trail mix there is a nice balance of flavors, textures, and color. We took Angie’s Boomchikapop Kettle Corn as the base. Angie’s was the first brand we could find on the shelves that used Non-GMO corn, they are the leaders in this delicious healthy popcorn world – check out what else we’ve come to, gratefully, expect from them:

Then you simply stir in handfuls of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, hazelnuts, and coconut shavings! Fall Trail Mix recipeThe flavor is out of this world and it’s such fun snack to eat with all the different flavors and textures. Healthy too, so sit down in front of your favorite shows and snack away without guilt!

Fall Trail Mix recipe

Thanks to Angie’s, a brand we love and snack on everyday, for working with us on this post!

chocolate turtle cookies

Welcome to Brittany and Valerie, food bloggers over at Little Sous Chef! Today they’ve brought this delicious choclately cookie that you can whip up in no time! Cooking them up in your waffle iron means you get a sweet treat in a fraction of the time of a typical cookie, and when the craving strikes, quick is key!Chocolate Turtle Cookies Chocolate Turtle Cookies

2 Tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup cocoa
⅓ cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup sugar
1 cup flour

Chocolate Turtle Cookies


1. Heat waffle iron to medium.
2. Whisk together 2 Tablespoons melted butter and cocoa.
3. Add ⅓ cup melted butter and whisk together.
4. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Whisk.
5. Add sugar and flour. Stir until combined.
6. Scoop out cookies and place on heated waffle iron, one scoop per waffle square.
7. Bake 2-4 minutes. Cookies should still be soft. Carefully remove by loosening cookies on each side before lifting up.
8. Place cookies in an airtight container to keep soft.

Yield: about 14 cookiesChocolate Turtle Cookies

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fall picnic with Annie’s

We’re so happy to be continuing our partnership with Annie’s for the next while! We love their line and love the amazing people who represent the Annie’s family. So each month we’ll be sharing our favorite products and how we enjoy them and share them with others! Today we’re brining the picnic into Fall with their awesome pouch Organic Tomato Soup.Fall Soup!This soup comes ready to heat up but contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, no High Fructose Corn Syrup and has a 1/2 cup of vegetables per serving. Perfect for dipping those grilled cheese sandwiches, or dunking a cheddar bunny or two. (Add a little festive spider web too – taken from our Healthy Halloween lunch post a few years ago)
Fall Soup! They have awesome new flavors, check all these organic options out! Filled with bunny pasta which our kids love!Annie's SoupsCurl up with a cozy blanket, a cup of soup and a skewer full of Grilled Cheese bites and you’ve got yourself a perfect little Fall picnic!Fall Soup!


Another week in the books! Can you believe Halloween (and November!) are all next week? We can’t either, but here’s what is on our minds…

NICOLE:frynicWearing: I’m back with the sunnies. I know, we are heading into Autumn but my fetish never seems to fall (see what I did there?) These two tones are perfect for me because I always have hard time picking between tortoise and black. I love them both so much. So, voila!

Decorating: You got to click over and check this throw out cause in the photo it looks simply striped. It’s not! Get on it. I’m obsessed!
Reading: In a constant collection mode of these Kinfolks. To be honest I never read them, just flip. They are just so pretty on my shelf. So should I categorize them as decoration? Wink.
Anticipating: My next piece of art! I can’t stop with the water color lately. My walls are literally covered in my own art (and some other peoples, but mostly mine.) It’s been such a calming pass-time, when I find time I need to pass. Here is my favorite starter set of watercolors. I’ve added lots to my collection, but it was the perfect base set.


Wearing: The Madewell Sale is killing me right now!! So many good things. Everything is 40% off sale, use the code EXTRA40!! Crazy. This sweater in Golden Compass is incredible, the color is gorgeous in person. I am going a little crazy over buffalo check, ’tis the season!’ Also, this vest caught my eye and I can’t wait to sport it once the weather cools down in California. I bought this shirt for $74 and now it’s less than $35, I also bought it in the blue. I love that it’s short sleeve, but Fall appropriate for us warmer climate folks! Kicking myself. Obsessing over this cause it’s buffalo check AAAAAAAND a shirt dress! These sandals are so gorgeous in person and really comfortable, I also hardly ever see shoes I love from Madewell go on sale.

Listening: I have been super in to Podcasts lately. My very favorite series right now is one called MAGIC LESSONS by Elizabeth Gilbert. (It’s already a best seller in book form!) It’s all about creativity and feeling stuck in our lives that way and I just love it. Episode 12 is a particular favorite of mine because my girl Brene Brown is featured. If you’ve never watched her Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability”, start there. Truly life-changing and one I listen to on a weekly basis. I love Podcasts because they’re free, educational and inspiring and I can multi-task while I listen!
Anticipating: I’m writing this earlier in the week so by the time this has posted I will have gotten to the other side of this, but Andrew is leaving town for 3 days and I’m just paralyzed with fear about it. What! How can I be saying that? I once spent SEVEN WEEKS straight single parenting on my own. But it’s been a year since he’s traveled and now we have 3 kids and he is just such a strength and a help in our family. Going at it alone truly frightens me. I know it will be fine and I know we will get through it but man I’m just anxious anticipating it.
Decorating: Target is just so on point right now I’m obsessed with everything. Also a lot of the Nate Berkus line released in the Fall is on sale now.
Watching: Did I already say that season 2 Portlandia is on Netflix? If not there you go, if so, I’ll say it again!
Feeling: Busy. Reallllll busy! Trying to do less work with more focus (remember this post?) and find good ways to manage my time. Is there an app for that?

Wearing: Couldn’t help myself when I saw these obsidian (navy) Nikes! Maybe the closest a sneaker has ever been to chic? Pairing it with this super-steal camel coat, mid-rise medium wash (BDG denim lasts forever and fits great!) I’ve seen this combo work on just about everyone I admire for their fashion sense.

Reading: I’m having the worst luck getting into my last several books, looking for something to hook me back in and I think from reviews I’ve read – The Girl on the Train is it. A page turning thriller a la Gone Girl? Sign me up! Any other recs to share?

Listening: I have so many questions after listening to the Limetown podcast. WTF, man?! Also, Youth Lagoon’s new CD is super good. I consider it high praise if I can picture it as a movie soundtrack, and every track would fit!

Decorating: I got this marquis lightbox by Typo for the boys’ room and its been so fun for Hayes to practice his words. Doubles as a night light, score!

Watching: We saw The Martian a couple weekends ago and I LOVED it. It was so entertaining and smart. I wish I had read the book first, but at the rate I’m going lately it wasn’t gonna happen.

Feeling: Ready to party! My husband and I rang in our 10 year anniversary this week and I’ll fill you in on all the fun next time, but we’re not taking this accomplishment lightly. The other night when the kids were just impossible to put down for the night I walked in swearing under my breath and Russ said “All because two people fell in love.” His humor has been a staple in my happiness since for nearly half my life. Grateful for him!!

fall bootie, two ways!

We are sharing two transitional Fall outfits today with Clark’s shoes and boots line at Zappos! You can see other ways we love to use Zappos here, but today is all about the bootie! Clarks Boots Two Ways
If you need to feel instantly chic, I always opt for black on black. You’ve heard it all before, its slimming, polished, I love to add a full turtle or mock neck when the temperatures drop. All these have become cliche because it’s true!
Clarks Boots Two Ways
This Pita Sedona (Chelsea style) boot is such a classic, and I love that it can be dressed up or down and works perfectly. I couldn’t decide between the black and tan, probably just going to do both, let’s get real. Team Clark’s!
Clarks Boots Two Ways
Gosh I love Fall! I about died when I spotted these beautiful Taupe leather Marquette boots.  They have an elastic back piece that makes them super easy to get on and off without effecting the look of the leather. They’re classified as taupe but they have enough gray undertones that they go with just about anything.Clarks Boots Two WaysAlso, one sweater style I’ve been picking up left and right is the sleeveless knit. I love that when it’s topped with a jacket anyone would guess it was a regular sweater, so it feels totally Fall appropriate, but you don’t have the bulk of the arms! Perfect for layering! And then when you move from outside in, you can easily shed some layers and be comfortable no matter how toasty you’re keeping your thermostat. Also, gotta have these destroyed black jeans and more leather.
Clarks Boots Two Ways
 Thanks to Zappos for partnering on this post! We love you Zappos!