Monday, August 19, 2019

Vintage Market Days

Hello everyone!
Last week I had the pleasure of previewing Vintage Market Days.
Vintage Market Days is a vintage shopping market that carries everything from home decor to clothes to food.
They reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in shopping the market at a private event the day before it opened. 
Um... yes, please!


Erik was my plus one.
We headed up to Heber the minute he got home Wednesday night.
Since we were one of the first to arrive we received a swag bag with all sorts of goodies from the vendors. 


We grabbed some treats and enjoyed them as we walked around the showroom.
There was so. much. good. stuff.





 I loved walking and rummaging through each booth.
They each had their own feel to them.
Some were completely vintage finds, some were new items that were made with a vintage feel and some were both.





I didn't end up buying much as we are trying to save any and all money for Disneyland but, I did come across some new shops I am OBSESSED with.
I was in love with their whole aesthetic!
Their simple natural vibe is what I am all about. 
If I were a shop this would be it. 


And Blvd 22.
I am a T-Shirt girl and instantly fell in love with their graphic tees.


Also, can we talk about their set up?
They had a renovated trailer that you could shop out of.
So cute!
You better believe that my next paychecks after Disneyland are going straight to both of these shops.


I am very grateful that I was asked to attend the event. 
It was such a fun experience and it inspired me in so many ways.
Vintage Market Days is an event that takes place all over the country.
You can find when they are coming to a city near you here.
I highly recommend you go!
It's an amazing way to support your local shops.
How would you describe your home's style?


All my love,
Autumn

Saturday, August 17, 2019

My Family's Banana Bread

Hello everyone!
Today I am going to share with you my family's banana bread recipe.
I grew up eating this often, especially for breakfast!
It's the perfect recipe to whip up when your bananas start to look a little sad and for the start of the upcoming school year.


You will need:
2 Cups of Flour
1/4 a Teaspoon of Salt
1/2 a Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
3 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
1/2 a Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
Banana Chips, Optional


Preheat oven to 350o.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. 
Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, vegetable oil and sugar until well combined.
Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. 
Add in the vanilla.
Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture in thirds, incorporating well after each addition. 
Separate the batter into two greased 1 pound bread pans (or several small ones for more loaves!) and spread out evenly.
Gently apply a layer of banana chips to the top of the batter if desired.


Bake for one hour or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 
Let cool.
Slice and enjoy!


Growing up we never placed banana chips on the banana bread but, I felt like it elevated the look and liked that it added some crunch.
This is one of my favorite family recipes.
Each time I eat it I am reminded of my childhood.
And Erik can never get enough!
What is one of your favorite family recipes?


All my love,
Autumn

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We Fed Giraffes! | 26 For 26

Saturday July 20th


After seeing the new Lion King, Erik and I decided to make a weekend out of it. 
We headed to our local zoo to see all the animals up close and personal and to cross an item of my 26 for 26 list.
Feed giraffes!
What is your favorite animal?

All my love,
Autumn

Monday, August 12, 2019

Balloon Fest Or Bust | 26 For 26

Hello everyone!
Over the weekend Erik and I tried to cross another item off of my 26 for 26 list.
The Balloon Festival!
Each year they blow up hot air balloons and send them into the sky all together in a large group.
I have heard it is amazing to see.
Especially because they do it at sunrise.
Erik and I headed out first thing on Saturday morning.
We arrived at the park and there were no balloons to be found.
I thought that was interesting as we barely made it on time but we settled into place nonetheless.


After about a half-hour of waiting for the balloons to be blown up, I heard a few people say that they had decided not to do it.
A quick peek at their Facebook Page confirmed this.
Turns out the wind was too fierce in the sky...
We were pretty bummed but weren't too worried as we knew they also blew up the balloons at night. 
We headed back home, took a nap and knocked out our Saturday to-do list. 
Then it was off for a second try.
We arrived at a new location and it was pumping!
There were food trucks, a live band, blow-up slides and several activity booths. 
We quickly found a place to settle down and grabbed some snow cones to munch on. 


We watched as the hot air balloon pilots let kids pull on the burner flame that sent huge flames into the air. 



We saw several baskets and balloons ready to inflate and figured it was only a matter of time.
After an hour of waiting, we anxiously watched as one air balloon started to inflate.


Then another, and another.
We got so excited!
It turns out the wind was still too harsh so they could not go into the air.
Three balloons decided to blow up so we had something to look at but they only stayed inflated for about fifteen minutes.
It was a little disappointing but we appreciated the effort. 


I am still checking it off my 26 for 26 list!
I did go and did see balloons get inflated so it counts, right?
Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?


All my love, 
Autumn

Sunday, August 11, 2019

DIY Pom Pom Earrings 3 Ways

Hello everyone!
I don't know about you but, I have been loving the statement earring trend that has been going around.
I am ALL about loud and flashy clothes.
One of my favorite types of statement earrings is Pom Pom earrings. 
I think they are so fun!
So, I decided to make my own.


Chain Pom Pom Earrings


You will need:
Earring Threads
Pom Poms
Needle
Thread
Scissors

For any of these earrings, you can use either homemade or store-bought pom poms.
Click here for a tutorial for homemade pom-poms.
Thread the thread through the needle.
Stick the needle through the middle of a pom-pom.
Thread the needle through the end hoop of the chain of the earring thread.
Stick the needle back through the middle of the pom-pom and pull tight so the chain is tight against the pom-pom.


Cut the string and tie a few knots to hold in place.
Cut off the excess string. 
Repeat to create a pair.


Stud Pom Pom Earrings


You will need:
Flat Post Earrings
Pom Poms
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks

For these earrings, I prefer store-bought pom-poms since they are smaller and a little more compact.
Apply a small dot of hot glue to the flat post earring.
Immediately apply the pom-pom of your choice to the hot glue and apply pressure for several seconds.
Repeat on a second earring to create a pair.


Hoop Pom Pom Earrings


You will need:
 Large Earring Hooks
Pom Poms

Stick the pointed end of the earring hook through the center of your choice of pom-pom.
Repeat to create a pair.


I love how these earrings turned out.
They are very simple to make so you can create as many as you want!
They are the perfect accessory for back to school or to spice up the remainder of your summer. 
How do you feel about statement earrings?
Love them or hate them?


All my love,
Autumn

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hey Batta Batta!

Hello everyone!
Over the weekend Erik and I checked another item off of our summer bucket list. 
Attending a baseball game!


We headed downtown to support our local MiLB Team, the Salt Lake Bees.


As they were honoring Spanish and Latin Heritage that evening they played as the Abejas.
They had special jersey's for the event and festive entertainment including a mariachi band and flamenco dancers.


Any sporting event isn't complete without a snack.
We had a large barbeque at home before the game so we grabbed drinks to sip on and splurged for the souvenir cups.


Our team ended up getting creamed but it was still a lot of fun to be surrounded by the atmosphere.
I was raised on baseball so it really feels like home when we are at a game.
This was the second game Erik and I have attended together and we hope to make it an annual tradition.



Who is your favorite baseball team?


All my love, 
Autumn

Sunday, August 4, 2019

DIY Dreamcatcher Wall Hanging

Hello everyone!
During the summer Erik and I like to spend as much time as possible at my family's cabin.
The cabin has been around for almost 30 years and has experienced some wear and tear.
I am not much help with the heavy-duty stuff but, I do like to contribute with some updated decor.
I have always thought dreamcatchers would be a nice touch and decided to create this wall hanging.


You will need:
Embroidery Hoops In Varying Sizes
Crocheted Doilies To Fit Embroidery Hoops
Scissors
Yarn
Beads
Feathers
A Branch


Separate the rings of one of the embroidery hoops by slightly loosening the metal screw on top.
Place a crocheted doily over the inner ring and place the outer ring over to hold into place.
I made sure my doilies were a little larger than the hoops themselves so they would cover the entire opening and then some.
Make sure the doily is pulled taught so it looks nice and smooth.
Twist the metal screw on the top of the embroidery hoop tightly to secure the rings.
Trim any overhanging doily from around the back.


String the yarn through one of the openings of the doily at the bottom of the hoop.
Knot tightly into place.
Measure and cut the yarn to your desired length.
Thread a few beads onto the opposite open end of the yarn.
Tie the open end around a feather to finish it off.
Add additional tassels to the bottom of the hoop until the dreamcatcher fits your desired look.
I did more on the larger dreamcatchers and less on the smaller. 
Repeat with the remaining hoops until you have several dreamcatchers.
Thread the yarn under the metal screw on top of one of the dreamcatchers and knot tightly.
Measure and cut the yarn to your desired length. 
Tie the opposite end around your branch.
Repeat until all of the dreamcatchers have been added to the branch.
Hang in your desired location.
Enjoy!



I think this wall hanging will be the perfect addition to our cabin!
I love that it looks so simple with the natural colors but also dramatic because of the number of dreamcatchers.
And all the white will really pop against the cabin's wood walls. 
Do you like the dreamcatcher trend?


All my love, 
Autumn