Pins of the Week 10/16/15

I can’t believe it’s already been a whole week since I first started my Pins of the Week series. As I have been laid up quite a bit due to a mild case of bronchitis I naturally spent a lot of time on Pinterest. So here are my favorite pins of this week:

Fashion:

Pin #1: I have always loved the short sleeve sweater over a long sleeve look but have always been afraid to try it for myself! I love the way this specific sweater is paired with the stripes, it adds a whole new dimension to the look. Pin #2: KATE SPADE…do I even have to say more? This is the purse I have been eyeing for the last few months, if only I was willing to fork over the money! Pin #3: I just love this dress so much. It’s so unique. How fun would this be to have in your closet for fall!?

Food:

Pin #4: I love squash, but I would never think to have it on pizza! I’m a bit skeptical of this one, but I’m definitely interested in trying it! It looks phenomenal. Pin #5: For some odd reason I have been binge-pinning anything french toast/churro related lately and this happened to be the yummiest looking one of the bunch. Pin #6: I have probably tried the caesar salad at every restaurant within 50 miles, I love them that much. This one looks so delicious with the grilled chicken, toast and the dressing recipe sounds to die for!!

Quotes:

We all need a few words of wisdom now and then, this week these were mine…

DIY:

With October now in full swing I figured some fall inspired DIY projects would be fit. Pin #10: How cute are those hand warmers!? I may be giving them a try myself! Pin #11: These glitter pumpkins are made with materials from Dollar Tree! Lauren from The Thinking Closet sure made them look much more expensive. #12: A little chalk board paint and a thinly cut log would make such a cute fall sign. I love it!!

What are your favorite DIY’s for fall?

XX,

Shannon

5 ways to pray

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Although I haven’t talked much about it yet, I have a very close relationship with God. My Church and my relationship with Him have been a big part of my life since I can remember. But I understand, sometimes it’s hard to pray. It sounds silly, but it’s reality. We all get so wrapped up in life that when we sit down at night we sometimes come up blank, we simply don’t know what to say or how to say it. Here are my top 5 favorite ways to pray when I feel that I am in a rut:

1.) Write it down:

Writing is obviously something I enjoy. I’ve always loved writing but I never really thought of it as a way to pray, until I saw this post from Sadie Robertson. (If you don’t know who she is, look her up! She’s a member of the Duck Dynasty family, but she also models for  Sheri Hill, is becoming an incredible young entrepreneur of her own and also serves as a wonderfully Godly role model for young girls!) In her post Sadie talks about a prayer she had written for her future husband.

2.) Read a verse:

This is something I have actually done for a while now. I like to sit down with my bible and flip to a random page or jump on Pinterest to find a bible verse quote. Once I have one chosen I kind of analyze it for a while. If it’s in my bible I highlight/underline phrases I specifically like and write little thoughts in the margin. Once I finish this I begin to apply it to my own life and pray about it to God.

3.) Draw a picture:

For this one I usually repeat the same process as I do when I read a verse, but I like to throw in an extra step and doodle a little. I grab my favorite Papermate Flair markers and write the verse in fun handwriting, sometimes I add fun patterns of dots and lines, even doodle some flowers! Check out my God is Good board on Pinterest for inspiration.

4.) Pray with a friend/family member:

Praying with other people can be a very rewarding experience. Even if it’s as simple as reciting a scripted prayer. Pray together before a meal, before bed, or before travelling away from one another. Build your relationship with God with the people you love, build a Godly relationship together!

5.) Have a conversation with God:

I think we all kind of get in this mindset that when we speak to God we have to use big formal language like we see our pastors or preachers do in church. That isn’t necessarily the way to do it. God is your friend, your family and your father, speak to him as you would when consoling with a friend or family member. Cast your troubles, fears, thanks and happiness upon him as you would in your normal speech.

What is your favorite way to pray?

XX,

Shannon

Todays Outfit: Faux Fur Vest

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I have been eyeing every faux fur vest I have seen for the last two years, and I finally gave in. For as long as I can remember I have loved fashion, my mom told me once that she never had to pick out my outfits, I always wanted to choose my own. This love of fashion has led me many times to gravitate towards more flashy pieces, but my confidence hasn’t always allowed me to actually buy or wear them. Lately I’ve been more confident and determined to wear those pieces that are a “little out there.” So I finally bought a faux fur vest, it helped that it was half price at H&M for $20.

I paired the vest with a simple black long sleeve and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. I accessorized with my favorite pair of suede booties and finished off the look off with simple gold circle studs and my go to long necklace.

How would you style a faux fur vest?

XX,

Shannon

 Faux Fur Vest $39.99

Jeans $49.95

Booties $31.99-35.99

Overnight Oats


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IMG_0468 Overnight Oats are easily becoming one of my favorite breakfast meals. Overnight Oats is basically oatmeal mixed with Greek yogurt, fruit, seeds and anything else you can imagine, left in the fridge overnight. It’s a simple, easy and delicious planned meal for those early mornings without time to cook a healthy breakfast.

So how do you make Overnight Oats? It’s super-duper quick, easy and simple:

My recipe:

  • Half cup to 1 Cup Instant/Quick uncooked oatmeal *Note: Many recipes I have seen call for old fashion rolled oats instead of instant oatmeal or steel cut oatmeal, it’s really up to you what you prefer! I like the regular oatmeal.
  • Half cup Greek Yogurt
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Spoonful of flax-seed
  • A few dark chocolate chips
  • Spoonful of Honey
  • Drizzle of Almond Milk

I like to simply layer my ingredients in a mason jar and mix it with my spoon before I eat it, but mixing it beforehand is also an option! When you have layered/mixed your ingredients together close the jar and place it in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready for breakfast the next morning, simply pop open your jar and enjoy!

The recipe I have listed only scratches the surface of what can be mixed in Overnight Oats, other ingredients I love in my oats include: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, blackberries, peaches, chia seeds, PB2, vanilla protein powder, chocolate protein powder, and peanut butter.

What is your favorite Overnight Oats recipe?

XX,

Shannon

4 Lip Favorites for Fall

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Fall is here, I say it again! I love the turning of the season, but my lips never seem to. They become so dry so quickly in the cold weather. Luckily I have found some great products for moisturizing my lips and keeping them soft. All products can be found at your local Walgreens or Target! Here are the top 4 things I’m wearing on my lips this Fall:

Baby Lips 05 Quenched Lip Balm:

I was just beginning to touch the surface of the makeup world when Baby Lips first came out, and I had to have every shade of the new lip balm. Comparing them today to the many other lip products I have tried since, they aren’t really that great. Except for this one. The classic clear balm has been one of my favorite lip products since day one. It has a slight fruity smell and taste to it, and also has 20 SPF for protection from the sun. It’s very moisturizing and perfect to apply over a dryer shade of lipstick.

Rimmel Lipstick 124 Bordeaux:

I very rarely wear anything of color on my lips, but when I do I prefer to do so in the fall and I prefer for it to be a deep shade. I picked this lipstick up just a few weeks ago and have already worn it several times. Its dark red color is perfect for Fall and it lasts for hours! Even when the top coat begins to fade it still leaves a faint stain on your lips. Also compared to other lipsticks I have used it is very moisturizing, I never need a gloss or anything on top!

Chapstick Pumpkin Pie:

The origonal Chapstick brand has always been my go to lip product, and I think this holds true for most people. The classic chapstick is small, inexpensive and high quality. I had to grab the Pumpkin Pie one when I saw it in the store earlier this week, and I love it! It smells just like pumpkin pie and reminds me of Fall. Also if you aren’t a fan of pumpkin check out Chapstick’s Cake Batter, another favorite of mine!

Nivea Lip Butter Cocoa Butter Kiss:

I’ve been wanting to try a lip butter for a while now and I’m so glad this is the one I chose. It smells just like coconut and goes on like literal butter, it is so smooth and moisturizing. If you lips dry out quickly this is the stuff for you! I can’t stop putting it on it just feels and smells so nice!

What are your favorite lip products?

XX,

Shannon

Pins of the Week 10/10/15

Since I started this blog I have been trying very hard to keep up with my posts and I have found that it is more difficult than it seems. But at the start of this week I dedicated myself to posting daily. I’ve been planning posts ahead of time, organizing them in a notebook and brainstorming constantly. I am so dedicated to this site and my readers, but sometimes life throws a curveball and that dedication becomes difficult to uphold. These last two days specifically have caused this. The internet at my house has not been working and on top of that I have been very sick, but I love building this blog and I plan to continue to do so. I won’t give up.

But onto the actual purpose of this post…I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Pinterest. It is my go to site for pretty much everything, I always find ideas for outfits, recipes for meals and inspiration for life in general. I pretty much spend all my free time scrolling through my feed, so I thought it would be appropriate and fun to share some of my favorite pins each week (considering many times they inspire ideas for this blog). If you aren’t on Pinterest already I recommend setting up an account! Also, follow me! My username is shannonmgilkey.

Fashion:

Pin #1: I love the mix of neutral colors in this outfit along with the booties and hat. Booties are the IN thing this fall and I can’t wait to own a pair in every color! Pin #2 isn’t necessarily full-blown Fall, actually I would classify it as more of a wintery dress, but I adore the scalloped bottom. Pin #3 is my favorite, I’ve been dying to have a scarf in that exact color combination and the color combo of this entire outfit is great.

Food:

Pin #4 is a recipe for Parmesan zucchini chips, which sound delicious! Pin #5 is a Mexican Corn Dip and is actually from the same site as #4. Check out: danmdelicious.net for tons of mouth-watering recipes! Pin #6 is Spaghetti Squash with bacon, spinach and goat cheese. Anything with goat cheese, bacon, or spinach always catches my eye and this recipe looks phenomenal.

Quotes:

Another reason (among many) why I love Pinterest is the inspirational words of wisdom plastered throughout the site. Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up, these quotes were mine for the week.

DIY:

Pin #10 is obviously appropriate for the season, how fun are these painted pumpkins? Sara from SincerelySarad gives an awesome tutorial on painting pumpkins! Check it out in the link. #11 simply served as inspiration for a future gallery wall project, and #12 helped in the creation of my tutorial on DIY sharpie mugs! Check it out: DIY Shaprie Mug

Fall Favorite Foods

As my favorite season begins I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things with you all for the month of October. This week I will be sharing some different foods and drinks I have recently come across, and just why I love them!

Mama Chia: I hopped on the chia seed train over a year ago now and I have loved eating chia seeds, in just about everything, since. Chia seeds are little tiny black seeds filled with tons of health benefits including various nutrients, protein and antioxidants. Mama Chia are jell-0y like drinks filled with the seeds. Okay, that kind of sounds gross but trust me, they are delicious and a perfect way to reboot your day! So far I have tried Coconut Mango, Strawberry Lemonade and Blackberry Hibiscus, which is my favorite. You can purchase them for $2.99 each at Target or Jewel!

Starbuck’s Iced Chai Tea: I love my coffee, I really do. I can’t help but love the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, but an Iced Chai is my drink of the choice this Fall. If you aren’t familiar with chai tea go out and buy some now! It is a milkier tea with a little spice (I like to call it Christmas tea) and it is beyond delicious. Starbuck’s Iced Chai is the perfect alternative to coffee if you are looking to lessen your dosage of caffeine for the day.

Cookie Butter: Imagine peanut butter mixed with cookies. Yum, right? That is literally what this stuff is. If you love cookies you will adore this. Trader Joe’s sells the “original” one but I also recently picked up a knock off from Aldi! Spread it on your toast in the morning, eat it with graham crackers or how I do, with a spoon!

Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi: Most of you have probably heard of or even tried this dish from Noodles, but if you haven’t (like me until recently) I definitely recommend doing so immediately! The noodles are literally what the title says, noodles with pesto and man, they are good. Add chicken to the dish and a rice krispie for dessert!

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kettle Chips: My mouth literally waters when I even think about these chips. I love them that much. I can literally eat an entire bag in an hour. These chips are the perfect snack (when portioned correctly) and also serve as the most craving food on the planet, so I advice you to eat them cautiously!!

Sargento’s Balanced Breaks: These little things are my favorite on the go snack lately, they are little packets with cheese, nuts and dried fruit under 200 calories. I love the little boost of protein they give and how quickly I can just throw them in my lunch box!

What are your favorite foods this month?

XX,

Shannon

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My favorite Mama Chia drink, Blackberry Hibiscus!