Sparkles and Sunshine: Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow's finally the big day...moving day that is! I'm definitely one of those people who do not like change. I like to get comfortable somewhere and settle in. Unfortunately, since we're still renting, this isn't what happens 100%. I've never been one to get fully comfy and settled into a place that I know I'm going to be leaving in a year. Is anyone else like that? I am going to try to make this next apartment a little more homey and decorated just so that it can be enjoyed a little more. I'm finally going to decorate my office, put up fall decor immediately, and get some photos made up of Chandler and I, Diesel, the cats, and more. Once we're all settled in to our new apartment I want to give you all a home tour!




Today's weekly round up features many blog posts from a ton of new faces. I love looking through Instagram's explore section because it always connects me with new accounts that I can follow and support. It's so fun to see how creative other people are and learn more about them!

I'm always open to account/blog post suggestions for my weekly round up post. If you want to share your own blog or someone you follow, always feel free to share in the comments below!

This week's articles are below:

Food:

I've seen people at wineries stomping grapes and it always looks so fun (and a little gross if I'm being honest haha). The post below is from Brian Can't Stop Eating and it's of him in a OceanSpray cranberry bog in Massachusetts! His caption definitely says it all: "That bucket list item you never knew you had on your list!"

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnzy065gmxQ/?taken-by=briancantstopeating

I have never heard of banana cake! Have you? Leave it to Amanda from I Am Baker to create the most perfect, mouth-watering recipe. This recipe really doesn't have that many ingredients and sounds delicious. I personally love bananas and would love to try this!

Read it here: https://iambaker.net/banana-cake-recipe/

Chandler and I have been trying out different healthy pancakes lately. I just got a new bag of oat flour for one recipe that I found the other day and now I'm going to have to get a bag of almond flour to try this recipe! Monique from Ambitious Kitchen shared a recipe for 5 ingredient almond flour pancakes on her blog this week. I love anything that has minimal ingredients because I'm more likely to make it if it doesn't take forever ha! Sound good? Check out the recipe below!

Read it here: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/5-ingredient-almond-flour-pancakes/

I can honestly say that this last recipe is probably my favorite one to date. I don't think I've ever been more excited to share a recipe before until this one! Now, I have not tried it yet but it includes my favorite things: tomatoes (YUM), pesto (YUMM), and cheese (YUMMM)! This three layer dip that's actually a jam would be the perfect appetizer or small plate at any dinner party or event you have coming up.

Read it here: https://www.howsweeteats.com/2018/09/ricotta-jam-jar-nordstrom/


Entertainment/Life/Travel/Everything Else:

I LOVE body positivity posts. I think they are some of the most inspiring posts out there. It's so encouraging to see people being so comfortable in their own skin! Britney (FittyBritttty) shared such an incredible post on her Instagram the other day about how we shouldn't listen to the trolls that are out there in social media. I HIGHLY recommend reading it!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9RZEpnU85/?taken-by=fittybritttty

I'm not the biggest fan of Mariah Carey (yes, I said it) but this post is too cute. Mariah shared a throw back post on her Instagram featuring the first time she met Will Smith. The whole short story is honestly too cute and I am slightly jealous! I've always wanted to meet Will Smith! In other words, Will, if you SOMEHOW stumble upon this blog post, hit a girl up!!! Ha!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn85Bc4HMZK/?taken-by=mariahcarey

Only yesterday did I discover this awesome travel account by Anna Lyn Cook. Her photography is so incredible and she makes me want to travel everywhere! If you're looking for an awesome travel account to follow, tap the link below to see her Instagram account!

See more here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6rdKWneb8/?taken-by=annalyncook

Say goodbye to your Tinder profiles everyone, Facebook dating is happening! You do have to opt in to be part of this and the overall goal is to get people to meet in real life rather than just communicating online like a traditional dating service, which I love! I feel like so many people are glued to their phones (myself included) and people don't know how to date anymore. I truly hope Facebook has a ton of success with this!

Read it here: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a23336044/facebook-dating/

Fashion:

The color pink is one of my favorites. My friend's baby shower is coming up and a few of us were joking about how I'll have plenty of pink outfits to pink from! Jennifer shared the cutest pink dress on her Instagram week that I could instantly see myself wearing to brunch, date night, or of course a baby shower!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxRfgMHVt1/?taken-by=jenniferxlauren

What's better than one ruffle dress? Two ruffle dresses! Kristen Godby and her friend Madison looked too cute in the black and pink ruffle dresses shared below. I honestly want both colors!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9xpNGhxTe/?taken-by=kristengodby

I feel like Spain is the country to be right now. So many bloggers are there! Makes me think: "Geez Caitlin, what are you doing with your life!" Ha! I do love living vicariously through them though, especially when I saw this post from Ashley (Tall Blonde Bell). I can't wait to see more from her trip!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6877BhZ-E/?taken-by=tallblondebell

Fall wedding season is in full swing! How many of you have already attended/plan on attending a fall wedding? One of my co-workers (who sadly had his last day at the company I work for today) is headed to a wedding with his fiance' today! I know that I always love getting dressed up for weddings. Pines and Palms shared the cutest wedding guest dress on Instagram this week that I adored. Plus, the shade of green just screams fall!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6FZxzhYgv/?taken-by=pinesandpalms3

My favorite fall colors include olive, orange and maroon/wine. I absolutely love bright colors, but those dark colors just look so pretty this time of year! Stacey Allen shared this cute orange dress on her Instagram that I would wear to a pumpkin patch, fall festival, or even a casual date night!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnqDKl4BorI/?taken-by=staceyyallen

Last but not least is this totally groovy look from Amber Lancaster. All I could think when I saw this was hello Donna from That 70's show! P.S. who else loved that show? To see her full outfit, tap the link below.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnwi7eQDstq/?taken-by=amberlancaster007

That's all for this week's round up post! I hope you loved the variety of fashion bloggers, travel bloggers, food bloggers, and more! If you would like to see any other type of content on these round up posts, please let me know in the comments below. I always want my posts to be tailored to you and what you love!

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