Healthy Pumpkin Bacon Pasta

I made T H I S for dinner last night, and it completely blew me away. I'm talking 20 minutes to make, husband AND toddler approved (neither of them could get enough), and somewhat healthy! perfection.
P.s. You're gonna want to double the recipe.

Original recipe H E R E


Bold Fall Colors

Top: Modcloth (S I M I L A R) | Cardi: Target (S I M I L A R) | Pants: K O H L S  | Shoes: Thrifted | Clutch: Thrifted

My favorite part about fall fashion is all the colors. I've always preferred cool, dark colors over warm, bright ones. This outfit is the perfect combination of casual and bold. And I was so happy to find these flats that I thrifted from D E C A D E S years ago. The feathers kill me every time.

I'll be without my computer this week, so I hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm keeping this post short and sweet because I'm borrowing my husband's computer, and he's yelling at me that I'm making him late for class.  (Ok, not exactly yelling.) The things our "blogger husbands" do for us. ;)



I've been doing a lot of re-evaluating of myself and my life lately. I sort of fell into a rut for a while. Not that I was particularly unhappy, I just felt like I was going through the motions without feeling exceptional joy and peace. Do you ever feel like that? Like there's something holding you back from being as happy as you can be? It made me sit down and figure out what things in my life were holding me back, and I came up with this list:

1. Going to bed late for no particular reason other than to go to bed late.
2. Junk food. Just, too much junk food.
3. Not enough exercise
4. Waking up and feeling rushed and in a hurry
5. Not enough reading. I love books so much, and it's been way too long since I've actually read one.
6. Not enough service
7. Too much work

So I've decided to cut out these things. Last night I went to bed at nine, woke up at six this morning, and it felt wonderful. I got to eat breakfast by myself, exercise, take time to get ready, read my scriptures, and by the time Ezra woke up, I felt so ready and excited for the day. Just in that simple act of going to bed early and waking up early, I had cut out so many toxins and added so much peace and joy. I've checked out a few books from the library, and I plan to sit and read them every night right after I put Ezra to bed, right before I go to bed.

I mapped out different parks, cafes, and libraries that are at least one mile from our house for Ezra and I to walk to every day so I get in more exercise while still spending time with my little guy. I've also decided to take a break (possibly for good) from custom blog designs. I love designing, and I'll still be changing mine up every once in a while too often, but other than that, I just need to slow down and let myself soak in these wonderful years of being a mama. I plan to put a few blog templates in an Etsy shop soon, so you will still be able to purchase them there if you please. :) I'll also add designs there from time to time so that I get to continue to design because it really does make me happy.

I'm sorry if this is all boring to you, but I felt like I needed to put it out there so I felt more accountable to actually follow through with these goals. I visited my parents over the weekend and left my laptop charger there, so I'm not even going to take the time to proof-read this post because it's about to die. Haha. Let's see how well I do without my beloved MacBook for a whole week. On a brighter note, the new iPhone 6 in four days! (throws hands in the air like I just don't care)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you readers who support me. I feel like I've gotten to know so many amazing people through this little blog of mine, and I couldn't be more grateful for each and every one of you. Love you.
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