Cupcakes and Sunshine

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Morning Mercies


Happy Saturday! I wanted to share my favorite book purchase as of lately.


I had heard of New Morning Mercies from a friend, and then couldn't stop screen-shotting daily instagram photos from friends that were posting bits of pieces of it, so I decided to buy it myself.


It is a GREAT 365 day gospel-centered devotional. I've been through a few, and this one is by far my favorite! Sometimes I even peek ahead to the next day, but stop myself so I can look forward to reading it each day.

If you are looking for a new devotional, I highly highly recommend!!

Happy Sunday, friends!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Life Lately- October Edition


I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of October, and the best month of the year is finally here!

Life lately has been full of...

1. Kombucha: Nothing much has changed here! I really love kombucha. Trader Joe's has lots of new flavors, and during the work day, I'll run out and pick one up to get out of the house, grab some fresh air, and peruse Trader Joe's fall items.


2. Central Market & Roomie Walks: 
We've been walking to central market or walking to grab coffee a few times a week, and it has been so good for my soul. Loving these (somewhat) cooler fall days and you can never go wrong with Central Market.

3. This pup! Makes my heart so happy. I'm thankful for a roommate who so willingly shares him! (and he is also the very best companion during the work day when I'm working from home by myself all day)


4. These 6 ingredient pumpkin muffins: 


This isn't the best of pictures, but these are so good! and only 6 healthy ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup of cashew butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana 
  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • + dark chocolate chips
  • +pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together, pour into muffins cups, and bake at 400 for 9 minutes. I've been having them for breakfast every morning after our coffee-walks. 

5. Wishful Thinking:
This fall weather has me CRAVING cool crisp weather and somewhere pretty. Currently daydreaming of cool hikes and lots of pretty leaves. Texas isn't quite there yet, but maybe a quick blink of fall will be here soon. 

6. Trader Joe's Fall Candles: 
Ah, I love these candles. Our home smells like Honey Crisp Apples and Vanilla Pumpkin, and I can't think of a better way to start October. These make me happy. 



7. Flannel! 

As I mentioned, it's still a little warm in Texas, but with the start of October 1st, it is now socially appropriate to bring/wear flannel everywhere. 

8. Lots of coffee and quiet mornings. 


My two favorite things! 

9. Also catching up with good friends.


Abby's one of my favorites as well! 

9. And lastly, this one again, because he just makes me smile: 


Happy fall, y'all! 



Monday, August 27, 2018

Fun With Warby Parker - 5 Frame Try-On Review


It's 100 degrees in Texas, but I'm jumping on the pumpkin spice latte train (since they were released today!) and getting a head start on all things fall. This Dallas weather will cooperate eventually, right?!

With fall right around the corner, I've been looking at some new fall frames. I am so excited to show off some Warbys today.


If you don't know, Warby Parker is an incredible eye glasses brand, that will send you 5 frames to try on right at home. (Trying them out is completely free! Go ahead, and try it!) Did you know that August is National Eye Exam Month? With that being said, I really think of a better time to get new Warby Parker Glasses.


There are hundreds of styles to choose from online, and receiving your box of 5 try-on frames feels like Christmas!



You choose your five frames online, they ship them right to you (with a shipping label to send right back when you're finished!) Then, you get to customize your frames of choice online.


Warby's give-back program is one of my favorites. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need! They also empower adult men and women with training opportunities to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for ultra-affordable prices. 






My favorites are the Oliver and Welty in "Whisky Tortoise," and I think I'll be ordering both.


I'll be staying in my pajamas as long as possible as well.  ;) Take the quiz to and let me know which frames are your favorite!

Happy Monday, friends!


**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Life Lately- August 2018


Happy Saturday morning, friends!

It's been a little while, so I'd thought we'd have a quick coffee date and catch up!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I've made a LOT of soup lately. Soups are so simple, and when I am craving fall (come on Dallas- at least drop below 95!!) this simple soup recipe does the trick.


It is THREE ingredients and I will never ever buy canned tomato soup again. This recipe is so easy, and there is not a long list of foreign-sounding ingredients when looking at the nutrition label.

  • 1 28-oz can of tomatoes. 
  • 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock. 
  • 4 Tbs of butter. 

Simmer for 30 minutes in a stock pot and then blend. I add a tablespoon of brown sugar or two sometimes as well to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. Serve with a grilled cheese (or pb&j if you ran out of cheese!), and you have the most perfect lunch.

If we were having coffee, I'd ask you if you've read anything good lately, and tell you I've been reading Bread and Wine:


Goodness, I love this book. It's packed full of wisdom and recipes. I've read it a few times through, and I think it will always be one of my favorites.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I've been drinking lots of coffee.


And I mean lots of it. Working from home definitely has its perks, but 75% of the time, I am itching to get out of the house throughout the day. Starbucks has become one of my favorite spots. I am, in fact, counting down the days to Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I'm definitely one of those girls, and have no shame! (3 days in case you were wondering.)

As soon as Dallas drops below 85, you better believe pumpkin bread and lattes are in the making.

If were having coffee, I'd tell you I've been budgeting, budgeting. I love MINT to organize my finances, and I think it is so much fun to set goals and work within some helpful boundaries budget-wise.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger podcasts are wonderful! Helpful tips, encouraging, inspiring. A lot about business and achieving goals. I like to listen to them on morning walks.

If we were having coffee, I'd ask you what's on your menu this week and tell you that you NEED to add this Salsa Verde Casserole:

I was looking on Pinterest and came across this recipe. I made this salsa verde casserole this past week, and I think it may be one of the best meals I've ever had. It was delicious! Please, please add this to your menu this week. You won't regret it.

If we were having coffee, I'd ask you about your favorite wine, and to tell me all about it. Maybe your favorite chocolate too. This past year, I was challenged to become knowledgeable in a certain area, and I want to learn all about wine!


I've asked a lot of Trader Joe's workers a lot of questions, done a lot of research, and I'm not yet close to becoming a sommelier, but it would be the dream! What is good, what is bad? Please tell me all!

And lastly, if we were having coffee, I'd tell you board games with good friends are the best.


Any other Catan fans out there?

That pretty much concludes life lately! Books, coffee, eats, wine, games- the good stuff.

Any big plans for you guys this weekend? Hope it's a good one!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8 Healthy Breakfast Drinks that Aren't Coffee (Copy Cat Starbucks Coconut Milk Matcha Latte)


Good Saturday morning, 
I hope your weekend has been off to a relaxing start. I have a couple money-saving (healthier) recipes for you today, but first I wanted to let you know something I tried out-- I quit coffee. For 8 whole weeks. 

It was somewhat of an experiment to see how coffee was affecting me...

if I'd have more energy, if I'd feel better without it and, if I could live without it. I tried so many breakfast drinks and alternatives that were not coffee. And I have a few to share with you today. Here are 10 drinks that are NOT coffee for if you have quit coffee, if you need a coffee alternative, if you want to switch up your morning routine, if you want to take a coffee sabbatical, a coffee replacement, if coffee is not your thing, if you want to save money on coffee, etc. 

1. Matcha: Matcha is a drink similar to coffee because you can drink it warm and it has a lot of options for variety (latte, iced, mocha matcha). 

These past 8 weeks, I have LIVED off of Matcha. It is full of antioxidants and phytochemicals, has less caffeine than coffee, but still gives you a boost of energy without the coffee jitters. Here is a copy cat Starbucks Coconut Milk Matcha Latte (& price and nutrition break down) 



To make your own: 
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk 
  • 12 oz. of hot water
  • 1 tsp. Matcha Green tea powder
  • 1 Tbs. of collagen (adds protein + great for your skin!) 
  • 1 packet of stevia




1. Heat coconut milk and water
2. Add matcha green tea powder
3. Mix in one Tbs. of collagen (you can add another here if you'd like) 
4. Add Stevia and blend all in blender or use a latte frother
5. Pour into a cup and enjoy! Lots of savings!! 









2. Yogi Tea:


Yogi teas are some of my favorite for if you're trying to kick the coffee habit. 

3. Smoothies
Right now a banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder smoothie is my first choice smoothie. 


But a mango, banana, mango juice, (& maybe some spinach) smoothie is a pretty close second. 


4. Chai Tea- Chai tea is one of my favorite fall drinks. I know you can drink it year round, but there's something special about it on a crisp fall day if you're not drinking a pumpkin spice latte. 







5. Hot Chocolate. Homemade hot chocolate is so easy, and cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants as well! Here is a recipe I use quite often



6. Easy Apple Cider: warm up a mug of apple juice and maybe add a dash or two of lemon juice. This drink is one of my favorites with a side of oatmeal. 

7. Kombucha: I drink this stuff like crazy! breakfast, lunch, dinner. Synergy's new Watermelon Wonder flavor at Trader Joe's is my absolute favorite. 


8. Turmeric lattes: I hear these are so good for you, and could be a great coffee alternative. Here is a recipe to try out! 

Getting rid of coffee for a little while was a fun and challenging experience, but I think I'm just going to stick with my grande coconut milk caramel macchiato with 1/2 pumps of vanilla, and maybe an extra shot... 🙈







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