Powder Pink: Top 10 for Spring

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My current obsession with Powder Pink  may be due the sunny days that are (hopefully) coming our way here in Wisconsin, but it’s also one of those hues that looks fantastic on everyone!  No matter what color your skin or hair is, this wonderful shade of pink is sure to flatter.  Until recently I used to condone wearing anything but dark colors on my legs due because I’m so petite, but in my opinion, if you love the shade/cut/piece in general it’s worth the purchase!

A couple years ago when I was shopping at a mall in Poland I came across a pair of pale pink ‘skinnies’ with zippers up the ankles and I fell in love with them.  They fit like a glove, and even though I thought they made me look even shorter than my already 5′ frame, I bought them and I’m so happy that I did.

Although this shade does look great paired with other colors, I can’t resist the classic look of powder pink, black and white.  For example, the Go To Blazer from Forever 21 paired with a white crop top and those adorable black/white polka dot shorts are sure to turn heads.  In a good way!  Unfortunately, my closet it’s definitely lacking some spring staples in this shade, so powder pink is on the top of my ‘must buy color’ list for the next time I hit the shops.

If you’re not crazy about the way you look in Powder Pink (like I was at first) mix it up and buy some pink accent pillows for the home, a delicate beaded pink headband, or some awesome wedges to get with the season.  It’s such a great look for spring, so try it out!

Chao!

Adrien

#1: Topshop Sunglasses

#2: Forever 21 Fit&Flare Dress

#3: JustFab Soft Pink Skinny

#4: Light Pink iPhone Case

#5: Forever 21 Light Pink Blazer

#6: H&M Powder Pink Wedges

#7: Topshop Mesh/Satin Romper

#8: OPI in Italian Love Affair

#9: H&M Powder Pink Circle Skirt

#10: JustFab Blush Bow Purse

Ty & I in front of the WI Capital Building///Me in my favorite light pink dress <3

Ty & I in front of the WI Capital Building///Me in my favorite light pink dress ❤

Is there a color that you think is a MUST HAVE for spring?  I’m also digging baby blue right now… ❤

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Today: Don’t Play it Safe. Promise?

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I just spent 5 minutes staring at a blank “Add New Post” screen.  Mind racing.  There are so many unanswered questions, so many corners to turn, so many options to consider.  Let me just tell you – This week my life took a 360.

I’ve always been a goodie-two-shoes, wanting to please everyone I meet, and way too polite to even understand sarcasm.  I earned straight A’s in High School, went onto to college and was always on the Dean’s List, graduated with honors, and even had a full-time, salaried job with an accredited company and benefits before donning my cap & gown.  I joined every club & honor society I could (even if they were just resume boosters) and made an effort to sit on the board so that my opinion could be heard.  I volunteered nearly every week, studied at least 4 hours a day, and called home more often than most.

I’ve always played it safe.  Although it was my dream to attend college out of state I stayed here where the family & friends & dollars were.  Why would I gamble with having to find new friends and take out loans when everything was laid out nicely for me right here in Wisconsin?  During college it was my dream to move out of state post-graduation.  But, why should I uproot my fiance from a job he loves and a family he cherishes?  It’s my goal to go back to school to become a counselor – I would love to counsel women and men with addictions.  Yet, how could I afford to spend money (that I don’t have) on a Master’s Degree that’s not promised to pay off in the end?

I’ve always been a dreamer, but in the end I’ve always played it safe.  Why?  I don’t have an answer to this question.

The fact that I couldn’t answer my question assured me that I’m bigger than the life I’ve forced myself to live.  All I think about is work & money – This is how I’ve been trained – But when did my happiness drop off my list of priorities?  What happens if 5, 10, 50 years from now I look out (((at my large house, designer clothes, and first-rate electronics))) & then back at a life full of unfulfilled dreams & moments missed with family and friends?  What happens then?  Gosh – do you think it would be too late to change?  Definitely a possibility.

I don’t understand why people just stand by and watch their whole life pass them by!  Are you unhappy with your partner, at work, with the pet you purchased, your major, the city you’re living in?  THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Bystanders.

Not me.

This week I stood up for myself and my future.  I quit my job.

‘How could you do this?!’

Was it worth it to cry everyday at my desk and count the minutes until freedom?  To breathe recycled air for 10 hours a day then return home so exhausted that all I want to do is veg and sleep?  To get an aching pit in my stomach every Sunday night because I know I have to return to work the next day?  To slap on a smile when all I want to do is break free and live the life I want to live?  The answer is no, it’s not worth it.

I brought peace to the fact that: 1) I will be back on my parent’s insurance by the end of the month, 2) I won’t have a nice comfortable salary to rely on when I want to buy an extra pair of shoes or drink another martini, 3) I won’t be working for an accredited company with Popcorn Mondays and an in-house workout facility.

But, do you know what – I’m going to be so damn HAPPY!

I can’t wait to wake up every morning knowing that what I’m doing is changing lives and helping those suffering, smile when I tell others that I’m fulfilling my dreams and living a life I’m proud of, and start taking charge of my life the way it’s supposed to be!  Being a volunteer intern for Reach Counseling as an advocate for sexually abused men and women while studying for the GRE to get my Masters of Counseling degree is going to be full of long days & long nights, but it’s getting me to where I want to be and nothing could make me happier.  The volunteer hours will solidify my desire for counseling, and if I’m not pleased?  Back to the drawing board.

Today don’t play it safe.  Live your life to the fullest & enjoy it.  Because it’s happening.

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Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

FreeStyle Friday:

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What’s your favorite cookie?  Up until about 6 months ago I would have said “Ehhhh – Probably chocolate chip,” but once I discovered this delicious concoction my definition of the perfect cookie got much more specific.  It’s safe to say that my favorite cookie in the whole world is the Oatmeal-Chocoate Chip-Pumpkin Spice cookie!

P.S.: I have yet to come up with a clever, catchy, short name for this masterpiece so if you have any ideas please share!

This cookie is softer and more moist than your average cookie (giving it a cake-like texture) and is not as sugary as your average run of the mill cookie either so you won’t regret the splurge.  I love it so much because it doesn’t leave your mouth with that grainy-sugary aftertaste, and since they’re not overly sweet I don’t feel bad adding an extra scoop (or two) of chocolate chips!  They go perfect with coffee, but I’ve learned that they don’t need to be dunked because they’re so soft and delicious.  FYI – These have become a HIT in my office and now I would like to share the recipe with the world!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips

Just as a heads up: This recipe makes a whopping 6 dozen cookies!  Usually I cut it in half and it still makes between 50-60 decent sized cookies.

Now, here’s what you need to do.

  • First, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Second, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl until it’s nice and creamy.
  • Then add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract – Beat all of the wet ingredients together until smooth.
  • Next, mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed butter until well combined.

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  • Now for my favorite part: Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.  In my opinion, the chocolate chips and pumpkin puree are what make this recipe extra delicious 🙂
  • Almost done!  Drop 1 to 2 tablespoons batter for each cookie onto a baking sheet.
  • Last, bake in the preheated oven until the edges of each cookie are lightly browned.  This usually takes me anytime between 10 to 12 minutes.  Like any other cookie, they continue to bake a little bit on the pan but not as much as sugar cookies so don’t be afraid to let them cool directly on the pan 🙂

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post on how to make THE WORLD’S BEST COOKIES!  I love how simple they are to make, yet they’re 100% home made.  I also love that there’s very little cleanup because not many dishes are used, and that they’re drop cookies so your hands don’t get all gooey and sticky when putting them on the pan!  Now it’s your turn…

How did they turn out?  Will you make them again?  Also, what’s YOUR favorite cookie recipe?!  I would love to try baking yours as well!

Would you like more direction or nutritional information on these cookies?  Click HERE to learn more!