Vala's Pumpkin Patch Recap

Posted October 16, 2017 in Vala's Pumpkin Patch, conscious indulgence, pumpkin patch and 3 more


My family and I went on our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We usually take an afternoon and go to a pumpkin patch that's close to home, but we decided to check out Vala's Pumpkin Patch near Omaha.

I've always heard that Vala's was fun, but I really had no idea what to expect. 

Ummm, Vala's is like a mini pumpkin Disneyland. There had to be around 20,000 people there. There were 25 food stands, over 50 attractions, multiple gift shops, live shows and more. It was a little overwhelming, but impressive. 

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Posted October 13, 2017 in Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, smoothie recipe and 3 more


It's pumpkin spice season! 

I don't make smoothies as often during the cooler seasons, but I do love the occasional fall-flavored smoothie. Some of my favorites...

Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

Butternut Squash Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

This Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is super simple and filled with good-for-you ingredients like real pumpkin, plant protein, and pure maple syrup.

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DIY Post-Workout Balm

Posted October 11, 2017 in essential oils, post-workout balm, PanAway and 4 more

Soothe your muscles after workouts with this simple homemade essential oils balm. 


* provided me with glass containers to create homemade lotions, scrubs and balms using my essential oils. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One of my favorite things about using essential oils is being able to make my own beauty and wellness products. 

I've made my own lip balm, toothpaste, under eye serum, yoga massage balm, body scrub, post-workout balm and more. 

All of these homemade products are super easy to make. I've even had my niece help me make some of them, and she absolutely loves helping. 

I got the idea for this post-workout balm from my friend, Sarah. She suggested using two essential oils - PanAway and Copaiba -  that are great to apply topically to muscles and flex points after workouts. 

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Collagen Coconut Oil Coffee with Cinnamon

Posted October 10, 2017 in coffee, coconut oil, collagen powder and 3 more

This delicious coffee mixed with collagen, coconut oil and coffee is packed with health and beauty benefits!


I've been drinking this delicious coffee mixed with marine collagen powder, organic coconut oil and cinnamon for the past few weeks, and I'm obsessed.

Since I've been working from home for over six weeks now, I've been drinking more coffee. It just feels cozy to be sipping on hot coffee while I work from the couch or my home office in my sweatpants. 

I typically drink black coffee, but one morning I was craving a little flavor in my coffee. I mixed up this coffee combination, and it became a daily drink. 

I love it because it's giving me some much-needed nutrients in the morning, and I feel like the added fat helps keep my blood sugar more stable. Plus there are tons of health and beauty benefits in the ingredients in this coffee.

Here's the benefits of each of my coffee add ins:

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Finding Freedom From Anxiety

Posted October 6, 2017 in anxiety, meditation, yoga and 2 more

I'm getting really personal on the blog today, and sharing my struggle with anxiety and the one thing I did to free myself from my daily anxiety.


When I looked at my calendar for the day, I was reminded of a networking event I had planned to attend. My first instinct was to come up with an excuse not to go. 

But, if I was really honest with myself, I had nothing else going on and the event was going to be a good place for potential business opportunities. I knew I should go. 

I decided to go for a run first to let go of some of my nervous energy. Just a few blocks away from my house, I felt as if my throat was closing. I started gasping for air, and my eyes filled with tears. I began walking, taking slow and deep breaths, and repeating a mantra until I felt like I could breath again. 

This is what anxiety looks like for me. 

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Posted October 4, 2017 in Caramel Apple Oatmeal, vegan caramel sauce, breakfast recipes and 3 more

Make your morning oats taste like a fall dessert with this caramel apple oatmeal recipe!


Over the weekend, I headed into the kitchen to make breakfast and realized we were out of eggs. Sunday breakfasts are usually egg scrambles, omelets or protein pancakes, so I had to improvise. 

I ended up cooking up bowls of oats with fall spices and sautéed apples to mix in. The fiancé, who typically doesn't love oatmeal, said it was the best oatmeal he's ever eaten. He also asked if I could make it again Monday morning. 

When I made it again, I decided to add a vegan caramel sauce to replicate a fall caramel apple, and it ended up being so so delicious. 

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