Wordless Wednesday: Back to School

Back to School #sweet #photography #son #preschool #momdontcry

Photo c/o Liz McDonald of her son Joshua, age 3, on his first day of Preschool

Create a beautiful Wednesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

There is no finish line so love the journey. #quotes #love #truth #life #creativelylu

“There is no finish line so love the journey”


Wordless Wednesday: It Feels Good to Be Lost in the Right Direction

It’s Wordless Wednesday featuring a photo with a view that reminds us why it’s good to be lost in the right direction:

It Feels Good to Be Lost in the Right Direction #travel #quotes #mountaintop #view

Create a  beautiful Wednesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration inspired by this everlasting summer I am desperately clinging to… The Ocean is My Happy Place #photography #boy #ocean #beach #quotes #love

“The Ocean is My Happy Place”

Photo c/o Liz McDonald

 


On-Trend Tuesday: Wearing White After Labor Day

I suspect that whoever made up the rule “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” has never met these 3 outfits I created.

3 Outfits to Inspire You to Rock the White Long After Labor Day #fashion #fall #whiteblazer #whitedress #whitejeans

White is no longer just a summer color. Instead, its a color that should be celebrated all year. I hope that the 3 “white transitional” outfits above have left you “falling” in love with wearing white after Labor Day.

How to Rock White Jeans After Labor Day #fallfashion #whitejeans #flannel #brownsatchel #brownpeeptoes #whitewatch

Outfit #1: White Jeans After Labor Day

(1) Rails Carmen Plaid Shirt in Raspberry/Navy: Shop The Trend Boutique | (2) The Bridge Across Body Bag: YOOX.com | (3) Whistles Distressed White Skinny Jeans: Whistles | (4) Marc by Marc Jacob’s Woman’s White Dial Leather Strap Watch: Discount Watch Store | (5) Nine West Violet Hour Peep Toe Booties: Lord & Taylor

How to Rock a White Blazer After Labor Day #whiteafterlaborday #whiteblazer #fashion

Outfit #2: White Blazer After Labor Day

(1) BCBGMAXAZRIA Blazer: Zalando | (2) MAISON SCOTCH Distressed Boyfriend Jeans: Flannels | (3) Victoria Beckham Denim New Boyfriend oversized jersey T-shirt: Net-A-Porter | (4) Armitage Avenue Chain Pendant Necklace: Lori’s | (5) Illesteva Tribeca in Matte White Sunglasses: Need Supply | (6) ALDO Olenalla boots: Aldo Shoes

Outfit #3: White Dress After Labor Day

How to Rock a White Dress After Labor Day #whitedress #fashion #navypullover #gladiatorheels

(1) Violeta by Mango Waterfall Cardigan in Navy: John Lewis | (2) Dorothy Perkins Tan Casual Skinny Belt: Dorothy Perkins | (3) Lace Inset Maxi White: Austique | (5) BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Croco Envelope Clutch: Zappos

 | (6) Nine West Highland Peep Toe Gladiator Sandals: Nine West

Create a Trendy Tuesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

"Never Forget Where You've Been. Never Lose Sight of Where You're Going. And Never Take for Granted the People who Travel the Journey With You" -Susan Gale #quotes

“Never Forget Where You’ve Been. Never Lose Sight of Where You’re Going.

And Never Take for Granted the People who Travel the Journey With You”

Quote by Susan Gale


Make it Monday: “Better than Channing” Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This past weekend I attended a family birthday party where I was asked to bring a dessert. Typically my “go-to” dessert is homemade chocolate chip cookies. But because the guest of honor was gluten-free, I knew I had to get a little creative.  I wanted to make a dessert that would not have that recognizable dry, “gluten-free” flavor. And so I headed to Pinterest in search of  the perfect dessert. During my search, I came across a recipe called “Better than Sex” (I opted to change the name to “Better than Channing”) via Modern Mommyhood.

"Better than Channing" Gluten-Free Cake Recipe. Moist, chocolate gluten free cake  topped with layers of caramel sauce, cool whip, + heath bar #recipes #dessert #glutenfree #chocolatecake #trifle

“Better than Channing” Gluten-Free Cake Recipe. Moist, chocolate gluten free cake topped with layers of caramel sauce, cool whip, + heath bar.

This recipe delivered all that it promised. The cake had a texture similar to angel food cake and while chocolately, was not too chocolately. Add a layer each of caramel sauce, cool whip, and heath bar on top and you’ve got yourself the best-tasting dessert I’ve ever had. No one could believe it was gluten-free. So without further ado, here’s the recipe…

"Better than Channing" Gluten-Free Cake Recipe. Moist, chocolate gluten free cake  topped with layers of caramel sauce, cool whip, + heath bar #recipes #dessert #glutenfree #chocolatecake #trifle

Ingredients

  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix*
  • 14 oz. Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Jar of Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch Caramel Sauce
  • 2 (Refrigerated) Chocolate Bars with Toffee*
  • 1 Regular Sized Tub of Coolwhip
*I used Glutino Chocolate Cake Mix in Decadent Chocolate
*I used 2 Hershey’s Symphony Bars (Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee Chips + Almonds)

"Better than Channing" Cake: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Topped with Layers of Caramel Sauce, Cool Whip, + Heath Bar. The cake is moist and fluffy while maintaining a delicious chocolately taste. While the cool whip, caramel sauce, and heath bar give the dessert a trifle-like consistency. This cake is the best I've ever had, gluten-free or not! #recipes #chocolatecake #dessert #trifle #glutenfree

Directions

  1. Bake the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake according to the box directions (I substituted Vanilla Greek Yogurt for buttermilk). Allow the cake to cool completely.
  2. Once the cake has completely cooled, poke holes in your cake throughout. Pour the condensed milk over the cake and allow it to absorb for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour 3/4 of the caramel sauce over the cake and spread it evenly across.
  4. Spread the cool whip in an even layer across the cake.
  5. Garnish with pieces of the candy bar.
  6. Lastly, drizzle the remainder of the caramel sauce on top.
  7. Go buck wild!

I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend and enjoy this recipe. Whether Gluten-Free or not, I guarantee this will be one of the best desserts you have ever had. I dare you to try not to go back for seconds.

Create a delicious Monday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration, inspired by the beautiful wedding I attended this weekend…

"Once in a While in the Middle of an Ordinary Life, Love Gives Us a Fairytale"  #love #quotes #wedding #sparklersendoff #fairytale

“Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”

Kevin and Courtney Gilroy during their sparkler send-off.

(Providence Public Library, Labor Day Weekend 2014)