Saturday, September 14, 2019

What's In My Work Out Bag

Hello everyone!
If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen me with my Muzmm Backpack.
We received ours a few months ago and have loved taking it around with us.
I obviously enjoy taking it on vacations or weekend trips the most but, in all honesty, it has become my work out bag.
It's how I get the most use out of it!
So, I thought it would be fun to share with you all what I keep in my workout bag.


I am not a gym person...
 But, this year I have started to take exercise classes. 
I fell in love with cycling, started kickboxing again and I am hoping to try out High Fitness before the end of the year.
To make it to these classes I usually have to head straight from work so I keep my work out bag in my trunk.


Inside you will find:
Nutrition


Waterbottle: I bring my largest water bottle because ya gotta stay hydrated
Gum: I love to pop in a piece of gum before and after a workout to keep my mouth moist
Snacks: You can't work out on an empty stomach so, I keep some granola bars or rice cakes on hand

Equipment


Headphones: Just in case
Boxing Gloves: For the kickboxing days

Apparel


Hat: To hide the sweaty mess that is my hair afterward
Workout Outfit: Sports Bra, Top and Leggings
Jacket: Because the weather changes at the drop of a hat in Utah
Socks: Thick ones are a must
Shoes: Maximum support NEEDED

Personal Care


Hand Sanitizer: You are touching equipment that a lot of other sweaty people have touched, just saying...
Makeup Wipes: I never work out in makeup as it is so bad for your skin so, I quickly remove my make up before class with these
Hair Ties: Tie it back and if you have extras you are a hero to everyone
Deodorant: A fresh application never hurt anyone
 Body Spray: Helps a girl out...


I love the look of my bag (the Big Ash).
It's so simple and minimalistic.
But, Muzmm has all different colors and designs to match every personality.
They also come in two sizes
The best part?
You can wear it three ways!
As a backpack, duffel bag or shoulder bag.
I rock it as a shoulder bag when I take it to my exercise classes.
I love that it can be worn in so many different styles.
To get your own bag for 20% off use code autumn20 at muzmm.com.
What do you keep in your work out bag?


All my love,
Autumn


*This post is NOT sponsored. All product was purchased by me.*

Monday, September 9, 2019

We Saw Elton John | 26 For 26

Hello everyone!
At the beginning of the year, I created a 26 for 26 list, a list of 26 things for me to do in my 26th year.
When I created the list there were several things I remember putting down and thinking "That will never happen..."
We are barely halfway into my 26th year and guess what?
I have officially checked off all of those things that will "never happen."
The biggest one?
Seeing Elton John on his farewell tour.
I was so sure it wouldn't happen that I technically didn't even put it on my list.
It was excluded all the way to the bottom of the page.
Scalpers bought a majority of the tickets and jacked up their price tenfold.
There was no way Erik and I could afford them.
So, for the past year, I have been entering every contest I could find online with no success.
The past few weeks Erik and I tried with all of our might to win tickets on the radio.
Erik even got through and was put in a drawing!
But he didn't win...


On the day of the concert, I was so bummed.
Erik kept encouraging me to just grab some expensive tickets or I would regret it.
I spent the day on my phone refreshing personal ads and Ticketmaster.
The prices dropped a little and I finally caved and bought some cheap "obstructed view" seats. 
It was still way out of our price range but you only live once right?
I NEVER let myself be spontaneous or irresponsible but, I just had a feeling it would all be okay.
We bought tickets hours before the concert and I do not regret it one bit.


To see a legend live in concert was simply amazing.
It is one of the best concerts I have ever been to.
I have never seen a stadium so full.
And the seats?
We couldn't see the stage but we sure could see Elton.
We were closer to him than half of the arena.
He gave an amazing performance.
He's still got it!



This year has been unbelievable for me. 
To check off so many things that I thought would never happen before even accomplishing things that I could do in a week, who would have thought?


I hope that all theses experiences will remind me to not take life so seriously.
To chase my dreams.
To let myself live a little.
To not always be so responsible.


All my love, 
Autumn

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Homemade Cucumber Gazpacho

Hello everyone!
Now that Labor Day has come and gone it is officially fall around our house.
I know it's still technically summer until the end of September, the weather won't let me forget.
Since I am in fall mode but am sweating my buns off at the same time I decided to try my hand at gazpacho. 
It seemed the perfect compromise for my current predicament. 
Cold soup!
I found this recipe for cucumber soup via Pinterest and we gave it a whirl.


You will need:
2 Cucumbers, Seeded
1 Shallot, Chopped
1 Avacado, Skinned and Pitted
1/4 a Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
1/3 a Cup of Olive Oil
Juice and Zest of 1 Lime
1/2 a Cup of Water
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt


Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.


Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired.
Taste and add more salt if needed. 
Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
Enjoy!


How easy is that?!
I love gazpacho because it's light and healthy but, holds SO much flavor.
And now that I know how simple it is to whip up, I have a feeling it will make it into our dinner recipe rotation.


Have you ever had gazpacho?
What's your favorite type?



All my love,
Autumn

Monday, September 2, 2019

Swiss Days | 26 For 26

Hello everyone!
Over the weekend Erik and I attended Swiss Days for the first time.
Swiss Days is an event held in Midway, Utah each year as it holds Swiss Heritage.
It is full of live entertainment, vendor booths, food and Swiss pride!
I have wanted to go for the last few years and finally made it happen.
This 26 for 26 list is really getting me out. 😉


We arrived at the event around noon and boy was it packed.
Tack that on top of the record-breaking heat we have been having in Utah and I was exhausted five minutes in.
We found sanctuary in a few indoor markets, hung out in the shade, grabbed some lemon yodels, then camped out near the stage.


After cooling down a bit we made our way through all of the booths.
There were a lot of fun things especially holiday decor!
Erik and I didn't snag anything as we are trying to save all of our money for Disneyland but, there were a few things I definitely had my eye on.





After walking through almost 200 booths we worked up an appetite. 
We saw so many people walking around with large scones that looked very tantalizing.
We decided to grab some of our own. 
Mine was the size of a small child!
It was seriously HUGE!
I gathered so many looks walking from the booth to our table.
And can I tell you it did not disappoint!
That thing was delicious...



After six hours, some gnarly sunburns and bellies full of scone we decided to call it a day. 
It was a lot of fun getting to experience Swiss Days for the first time. 
We learned a few things that will have us more prepared for next time.
Like get there early, plan on camping out for the day and pack sunscreen!
It also got me super excited for our upcoming trip.
Why do the days leading up to vacation always feel extremely long?
How did you spend your Labor Day weekend?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Harry Potter Treacle Tart + A Giveaway!

Hello everyone!
It's September 1st!
If you are a Harry Potter freak like me, you know that means it's back to Hogwarts day!
September 1st is the day you catch the Hogwarts Express and head to school for the start of the year.
In honor of the big day, we decided to try out our first recipe from our Harry Potter cookbook.
We felt it was appropriate to make Harry's favorite dessert so, treacle tart it was!
Just a heads up the crust dough needs a few hours to chill...


You will need:
2 and 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt
2 Sticks of Cold Butter, Cut Into Cubes
2 Egg Yolks
1/3 Cup of Heavy Cream
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla


For the Filling:
1 Cup of Golden Syrup, Light Molasses or Corn Syrup, I used Molasses
2 and 1/4 Cups Fresh Bread Crumbs
Grated Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon


For the Egg Wash:
1 Egg Beaten
1 Tablespoon of Water


Place the flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.
Scatter cubes of butter over the flour mixture.
Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse yellow meal without any white powdery bits remaining.
Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, cream and vanilla.
Add to the flour mixture.
Toss with a spatula until the dough clumps together.
If the dough is dry, add 1 more tablespoon heavy cream.
It's better to be too wet than too dry.
Divide the dough in half, form into disks, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.


Just before you are ready to roll out the dough prepare the filling.
Warm the molasses in a saucepan until it is runny.
Mix the molasses, bread crumbs, lemon zest and lemon juice in a mixing bowl until well combined.


Preheat oven to 400o.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator.
On a well-floured surface, roll one disk to an 11-inch circle.
Fold into quarters, brush off the excess flour with a pastry brush after each fold, then unfold into a 9-inch tart pan easing the sides gently into the pan and pressing the dough into the fluted edges.
Trim the dough even with the rim.
Roll out the second disk to 1/8th of an inch thick.
Cut the dough into long strips for the lattice topping.


Scrape the filling into the prepared crust and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
Lay half of the strips of dough over the filling in one direction, and the other half in the opposite direction to form a lattice.
Trim the overhang.
Beat the egg and water in a small bowl to create your egg wash.
Gently brush over the lattice.


Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375o and bake for another 25 minutes until the crust is browned and the filling puffs up in the center.
Serve warm with custard, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired.
Enjoy!


We had never had treacle tart before and were not disappointed!
It is delicious and VERY sweet!
We plan on eating some tonight while watching the first Harry Potter and putting together a Harry Potter Lego.
Did I mention I was a Harry Potter freak?
What Hogwarts House are you in?


All my love,
Autumn


P.S. Head over to my Instagram for a fun Harry Potter Giveaway!



Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Life Update Via My Camera Roll

Hello everyone!
The past week Erik and I didn't get around to doing much...
I was sick last week and then we spent the majority of the weekend working, working, working so we can play next weekend.
Since I don't have any "event" to share this Monday I thought that I would show you what we have been up to in our daily lives by sharing what's on my camera roll lately.
So, here we go. 

Halloween Costumes



We have been slowly gathering pieces for our Halloween Costumes this year!
We love Halloween and usually try to keep our costumes a secret until the big day.
We are going to Disneyland for our Anniversary in September and will be attending Oogie Boogie's Bash so our costumes will be making their debut a little early.
We are usually very last minute when it comes to our Halloween Costumes.
I'm talking the day before but, this year we will be ahead since we leave in just a few weeks!
I am really excited for our costumes this year.
We have had the idea for a while and with wearing them in Disneyland it seemed like the right time.
Any guesses?


Bando's Warehouse Sale


Every year Bando has a Warehouse Sale and I am always so tempted to buy something.
Especially their goody bags!
The goody bags are filled with $75 worth of product but you only pay $25.
You don't get to know what's inside, it's all a surprise.
They usually sell out very quickly.
I just happened to hop on Instagram right when they announced that the sale was live.
I saw that they had goody bags left and wanted to snatch one up so bad!
It was later at night and late-night shopping gets me...
And with Erik their encouraging me to grab one and the fact that I had a coupon, I did it...
It arrived about a week later and contained so many fun goodies!
Some were travel-related and I am so excited to use them for our trip to Disneyland!

Sweet Surprises


Erik is the sweetest husband in the world.
He is always looking for ways to serve and spoil me. 
As I mentioned I was sick last week.
On my day off he surprised me with the most gorgeous hot pink roses and a bag of popsicles for my sore throat.
Popsicles are life when I am sick.
The roses have since bloomed and are SO gorgeous.
I am so grateful for Erik and all he does for me.

Taylor Swift's New Album


Taylor Swift dropped her new album last weekend.
I have been a huge "Swiftie" for years. 
I was a little hesitant about this album.
Some of the songs she released beforehand weren't my favorite and I was sure nothing could live up to her Reputation album for me. 
I grabbed the Deluxe Album at Target over the weekend and have now listened to it several times.
And I am happy to report I am a fan of it!
It reminded me how talented she is as a writer.
There are so many fun songs that have me dancing and others leave me in the fetus position on the floor.
Also, can we talk about her random use of the saxophone in the song False God?
I was not expecting that!
I absolutely loved it and all the other sounds she incorporated into the album. 


There's just a little update of our life.
Nothing too exciting.
We are saving all of our energy and money for Disneyland.
Only two weeks away!
What's been going on in your life lately?

All my love,
Autumn