Chances not taken…

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I’ve been obsessed with Barre method for almost seven years now! Ever since I walked into the Physique 57 Spring Street location back in 2008 and could BARREly (sorry, barre humor) walk home, I knew I was hooked. I chose not to take a chance on becoming a Pilates teacher this year for several reasons but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t something I dream about for later on in my life. Life is so short and it’s too short to not do what you love. If I look back on my life and I did not become a Pilates teacher and RULE at making great playlists for my Barre classes, I will regret it. And I want to live a no regrets life policy. #barrehairdontcare #goingtomakeithappen

“Most people miss great opportunities because of their misperception of time. Don’t wait! The time will never be just right

What do you daydream about?

Cheersbullseye

Fall pairs well with…

…flannel, your favorite leather tote bag (similar), distressed jeans, that felt hat, Ugg studded flats, and your favorite Catbird necklace.

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And sipping on pumpkin spice latte’s from scratch at the cutest coffee shop in all the land

Until the very.last.drop

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And then picking up a sight for sore eyes at your local Whole Foods while someone PRACTICALLY YELLS across the store passes you to tell you they LOVE your outfit. #winning #famous #amIright

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~Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle~

How do you style your Fall?

Cheersbullseye

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Frosting

PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES WITH MAPLE FROSTING

or the best thing you could ever eat.

PWP

Total Time: Prep 30 minutes + Bake 10 minutes

Makes: 24 of the most amazing, mouth watering, YUMMY, servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup shortening

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups gluten free flour (or all purpose flour)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin

FILLING

1/4 cup gluten free flour (or all purpose flour)

Dash salt

3/4 cup skim milk

1 cup shortening

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, beat the shortening and brown sugar until mixture is fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each egg. Add vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Alternate dry mix and pumpkin to shortening/brown sugar mix until everything is mixed in well.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. On a greased baking pan, drop by rounded tablespoonsfuls 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and place on wire rack to cool.

4. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine flour and salt and gradually whisk in milk until smooth. DO NOT leave it for one second or the flour starts to clump at the bottom and you’ll have to start over. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and cook/stir  over medium heat for 2 minutes until the mixture is thickened. Cover and refrigerate until completely cool. Have two glasses of wine. The mixture will be completely cool after two glasses. It must be two! #winkwink #yourewelcome

5. In a small bowl, beat shortening, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add chilled mixture, maple syrup and beat for 7 minutes until light and fluffy.

6. Spread onto the bottom of 12 cookies and top with the remaining cookies.

7. DO NOT be surprised if you feel like you could absolutely KILL IT on Iron Chef America (baked goods edition, OF COURSE).

These PWP’s pair well with your sister’s birthday dinner after she opens up and finds two Darius Rucker tickets in a large birthday bag, two large glasses of Malbec (for yourself), listening dancing to Zac Brown Band pandora station in your cutoff shorts and tank while daydreaming about your besties vacation in November, and/or sharing one of these pies with your boo like you two are starring in Lady and The Tramp. You’re welcome.

And here are two sweet (see what I did there??) pictures of my sis and I. Even though she wanted to send me back when I was born, she quickly realized that she would LOVE ME TO PIECES forever.

Cheers bullseye

She turned her…

She turned her

{Because} your will shall decide your destiny – Jane Eyre

And because it’s never too late to make some magic happen…

May your life be paired with confidence, ambition, gumption, travel, will, best friends that are family, and family that are your very best friends.

And because I’m still swooning over my cousin’s wedding, here’s her first dance song that gives ALL THE FEELS.

Cheersbullseye

A Saturday like this…

If you are on the East Coast, you are probably busy turning on the heater and getting under a blanket!

Here’s how I’m warming up my morning…

Candles and throws

Nothing says warming up, like a candle called Volcano. #amIright And snuggling, of course.

Whether you plan to spend the day inside, or spend it with your best friends and a brewery, may it be paired well with laughing so hard you cry, a 20 second or longer hug, wine + warm throw + your boo + your favorite movie, and/or popcorn and Prosecco.

And like my box of matches says, if you’re always racing toward the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Enjoy the ride!

Cheersbullseye