3 New Favorite Fall Nail Polish Colors

All year, I stick to my tried and true neutral manicures, rarely veering off into any significant color on my hands (pedicures, a totally different story!). But come September, October, November and December…it’s a different ball game!

I love the moodiness of fall, and always start gravitating towards a darker color manicure. You can bet I’m asking for Linkin Park After Dark and Wicked for a manicure or a pedicure. But I found 3 new colors this fall I am LOVING.

The first, In Stitches by Essie. It’s a more youthful take on a rosey mauve, and I’m so into it.

Then there’s Essie’s Limited Addiction, which I swear is the shade of red I’ve been searching for. I’ve been gravitating towards this color two or three times already.

Finally, OPI’s Rub-A-Pub, which is a gorgeous charcoal and has been taking Wicked’s place this year.

What are your go-to polish colors for fall?

8 Favorite Fall Wreaths

Fall is by far my favorite season, and I love bringing all the #fallvibes to our house for some simple seasonal touches. The first thing I do, before i even go pumpkin picking, is put out a wreath.

I’m obsessed with this farmhouse style wreath my sisters in law gave me for my birthday from Joi Prints.

I’m not into Halloween decorations (but man is my neighborhood!) – I stick to general fall for Octoer and November, before we shift into holiday decorations. Feels like I get more longevity by sticking to generic fall – which just means lots of pumpkins, mums, and a welcoming fall wreath!

You don’t have to put a wreath just on a door, either. i’ve hung wreaths over the fireplace mantle, small ones on cabinet doors and windows, and even my entry way wall.

How do you decorate for fall?

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

I wish I was the #dogmom that whipped up dog treats every week and kept the cookie jar perfectly stocked all the time. But let’s be real, this girl ain’t no Martha Stewart. That’s alright. Every once in a while, usually when I make some candied bacon, I save a few pieces of bacon for these dog treats.

These guys are super easy to put together, just some flour, eggs, peanut butter and bacon. You can cut the treats into any shape, but I use these cookie cutters. I like that I can make any size, which is great when you make treats for a gift!

Bed Bath & Beyond Sale Must Haves

Okay, y’all! I was poking around for a new baking dish because my 9×13 broke and I just realized there are SO many great finds in the Bed Bath & Beyond sale that goes until 4/12. Some of my favorite things in my kitchen are on big time sale!

  1. This multi cooker crock pot – it can be a pressure cooker or a crock pot, and when you have it in crock pot mode you can use the glass lid. Love a good multi-use appliance, especially for those of us with limited kitchen storage! $40 off!
  2. Kitchen utensil set – sometimes ya just need a refresh, and this has all the essentials. $15 off!
  3. Emeril’s Air Fryer – okay, so we’ve not been eating super well this quarantine and we’re trying to get. it. together. I’ve been wanting an air fryer and at $40 off mama’s feeling like it’s time to pull the trigger on it!
  4. A polymarble cutting board – chic! It’s $3 off (ha), but it’s only $12, this feels like a must have! This is a great dupe of a real marble cutting board (which are expensive and stupidly heavy).
  5. Staub braiser – I have so many pieces of Staub, they’re my favorite (just know they’re also v heavy) and they’ll last you forever if you take care of them. One piece I don’t have is a braiser and I’ve had my eye on this one FOREVER. $90 off.
  6. A hand mixer – if you don’t have room for a stand mixer, you have to have one of these! $15 off.
  7. My stand mixer is $100 off! $100 off!!!!
  8. This pot set is looking mighty fine considering how much pasta we have been making. I’ve always wanted the pot with a strainer insert. $10 off, which makes it about $35!.
  9. A toaster oven! – We don’t have one and with a new baby, eventually we’ll want one. $84 off!
  10. Immersion blender – every kitchen needs one, especially if you like to make soups! And if you don’t have room for a food processor, this is a great tool to make hummus. $15 off.

Stove Top Potpourri for Hostess Gifts

Where are my last minute gift givers?! I always find myself scrambling for a few little things just a few days before the holidays. Typically, we start Christmas shopping in October to slowly check off our lists. And then, come December ~22nd I realize I forgot one or two little things I needed to add or realized I needed a hostess gift.

These little stove top potpourris are one of my favorite hostess gifts – love a consumable! I also love the excuse to make a batch of these so I have some stove top potpourri for Christmas Eve, the one holiday we host each year.

$15 Trader Joe’s Hostess Gifts

This time of year, I’m always trying to come up with some cute and clever hostess gifts that don’t kill your bank account but also feel like a thoughtful gesture. It’s the thought that counts!

I love a consumable gift, especially for a hostess gift, and when I saw this olive oil set from Trader Joe’s I knew this would be a great part of a gift! The set comes with three oils, one each from Italy, Greece and Spain. Together they would make a great present, but you can separate them and get 3 gifts out of the $10 set.

Chocolate Covered Clementines with Maldon Salt

This time of year, I go all in on the clementines! I love that the winter is a time for citrus to shine. I also go all in on the quick and easy treats, like these chocolate covered clementines. I actually will confess to you – these are tangerines. Trader Joe’s ran out of clems!

You know from my “recipe” for no-bake shortbread cookies, I love a good, easy, quick hack for a treat. All you need is the chocolate hard shell – this one is my favorite, and some Maldon salt. The salt flake is the key. Y’all know how much I love salt, and I take it very seriously. When you finish a dessert with salt, you want a large flake and the Maldon flakes are the best.

8 Gifts for Homebodies

I love this time of year, when the house gets all cozy with Christmas decorations and the fireplace and pajamas all weekend. I am definitely a homebody, and as this bump grows (25 weeks and counting!) I’m finding myself loving being home even more as the urge to nest starts to kick in.

This is probably my most favorite gift guide of all time – someone give this list to Santa for me, k?

3 Favorite Target Candles for the Holiday Season

Come November 1, I am ready for the holidays. I really love this time of year – there’s something about it that’s still magical, no matter how old I am. And one thing I’m totally a sucker for is a great holiday scented candle – especially when it means making the house festive before it’s appropriate to put up a tree!

This year, I have a few scents that work together around the house: the kitchen, the family room, when you first walk in to our home, and the bathroom. Here are my three favorites from Target this season!

Steak Quesadillas Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

This year, we’re not doing the whole taco bar thing. In fact, there are. no. tacos. on this year’s cinco de mayo menu! But, there are steak quesadillas! I’ll be honest with you – when I was thinking about the menu and I put steak quesadillas on, I thought, “Hailey, nobody needs a recipe for steak quesadillas! It’s steak and cheese and tortillas!” But, I actually really loved how the steak came out and 100% need to share this recipe!

Now, the good news is: steak quesadillas are so super easy to make. The even better news: They’re delicious. It’s really a win-win, isn’t it?