Our Family Thanksgiving

There is absolutely nothing in the world that makes me happier than having my little house filled with people I love.

That being said, this Thanksgiving was a happy day.

Family came down from Ohio, My cousin Sam made a gorgeous turkey, Pappy prayed a prayer for dinner that made us cry and we all sat together at a long table for the first time that I can remember.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Not pictured, Cole was later upset that he wasn't sitting by Tim. We promptly fixed that.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

The chalkboard placemats are from Hester and Cook. I love them in lieu of placecards! And I spray painted some of my mini white pumpkins gold because, why not?

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

I'm not sure how she got her head unstuck but what's Thanksgiving without a child sticking their head through the chair back?!

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

If you're looking for Nana, you can always find her doing dishes.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Mexican Train Dominoes is a Thanksgiving family tradition.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

I didn't take a single one of these photos. Luckily, I have a very talented photographer in the family! Brittany documented the day so well.

I'm so grateful for these beautiful memories made!

A Few of my Fall Favorites

First things first, how adorbs is my front porch? I just need a few more pumpkins.

Ah fall. There are pumpkins everywhere, the leaves are falling, the sunsets are unmatched and there's a chill in the air, in other parts of the country, not Spring Hill, TN. No wonder Thanksgiving is in the fall because how can you not feel thankful with all this beauty surrounding us!

And yay for fall clothes! I love to layer so I'm excited to pull my sweaters out of the guest room closet! Oh and I love everything plaid or flannel. So imagine my joy when I found this black and white buffalo check poncho for $14!

Naturally it made my short list of fall favorites...

1. Buffalo Check Poncho: Walmart (!) can you believe that?!

2. Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea: I actually have to go to the Woodhouse Day Spa to buy this stuff but when I remember to, I get it on amazon. If you've never experience this tea, you must order it now! It's heaven in a cup.

3. Blush: This shade of blush is a makeup bag staple in my opinion. It's Blushbaby by MAC and its absolutely gorgeous.

4. Black Flats: I love boots as much as the next gal but there's nothing better than a good pair of flats to throw on when you're running out the door. I love these Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats, they are so comfortable! You may have noticed that I was wearing the Revas in photo before but after wearing those for a couple of days, I realized that they were the most uncomfortable shoes in the world. I had blisters!! Luckily, Nordstrom has excellent customer service and had heard my very same sad song about the Reva flats and exchanged them for their comfortable sister shoe, the Minnie!

What are your fall favorites? Comment below!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Di

 

RECIPE - Pumpkin Spice Creamer

If you're looking for the perfect treat this weekend, skip the starbucks line, stay in your jammies and mix up some of this delicious creamer! My friend Jules Cripps has graciously shared her recipe for Pumpkin Spice creamer. She is #goals and this recipe is delicious. I'll stop talking now so you can get to the good stuff...

Nothing welcomes in the cooler weather better than a warm Pumpkin Spice Latte. Last fall—in an effort to stop myself from hitting up Starbucks every morning—I bought and tried almost every brand of seasonal creamer that the grocery store offers, but none of them tasted like the real deal. I've been on the hunt for an at-home version ever since!

I had myself convinced (thanks to Pinterest) that the winning recipe would have to be sweetened with either brown sugar or maple syrup. I tested almost every variation I could find or think of, but nothing perfectly replicated the famous PSL taste I was looking for.

One lazy Saturday morning as I was combing through my pantry, I stumbled across a can of sweetened condensed milk and decided to try it in the creamer. Instantly I knew it was the winner! It adds the perfect amount of thickness and compliments the pumpkin flavor perfectly. So here it is, enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer:

2 Heaping Tablespoons (about 1/4 cup) of pure pumpkin puree 

1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of your favorite milk or cream*

*half and half is my favorite, but you can use your favorite milk or milk alternative 

A few pinches of pumpkin pie spice 

Put everything in a blender and blend away! Store in your refrigerator and it will keep for as long as the milk or cream you used would. 

Enjoy!

4 amazing hairproducts - 1 brand

Raise your hand if you hate washing and blowdrying your hair. 🙋🏼

Unfortunately, until we enter the Jetson's space age, it seems we're stuck with this process.

My life's work has been to find the hair products that make styling easier so fear not ladies, someone is working on it.

Several months ago, I was on a typical Sephora run during my lunch break and I came across the line of products from The Drybar. I tried the Triple Sec spray and was instantly hooked. It smelled like absolute heaven and gave my hair amazing texture. This isn't my daily dry shampoo but I definitely use it everyday to add body and texture. Of the many hair products I use on a daily basis, this one is by far my favorite.

Since I loved the Triple Sec so much, I went and picked up the leave-in conditioner, Mr. Incredible, and have completely emptied the bottle in the past week so I need to make another trip to Sephora to pick up another. I have thick hair that is constantly being bleached so getting a comb through it after washing is quite a challenge. Mr. Incredible is actually really incredible!

Last week, I finally grabbed their Happy Hour shampoo and conditioner and wow! My hair feels nourished, not weighed down and smells lovely. The true test was to get through the weekend without washing my hair and it passed! It even survived the road trip to Knoxville for the game. My hair held up quite nicely considering it was 90 degrees and I slept on the trip there! 

Have y'all tried anything from The Drybar? What did you think?

XOXO,

Diana

IM MOVING

No, we aren’t selling the house and leaving Spring Hill.

I have decided to move my loyalty to the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

I have lived in the great state of Tennessee for 12 years now and I’ve been to a few games at Neyland but I’ve always waivered a little between my homegrown Ohio roots and being a Vol. It’s just like the moment that I got a Tennessee phone number and got a Tennessee license so many years ago, except more important.

No longer will I say the words “Go Bucks” (even though it will be tough when there’s a Michigan fan around). And gone are the days when I would say “O-H!”. It has to be done for the sake of our future children. We don’t need to raise them in a home with a mother who’s a wishy-washy sports fan. Since I wasn't raised by football fans, I feel like I have the option to choose the team that is calling my heart.

I read in a book called ‘The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People’, given to me by my cousin Patrick (ironically also a Tennessee fan), that said that having a team that you root for can help make you happier. We can all use a little more happiness right?

Anyway, that is all. Tomorrow morning, we’ll be waking up bright and early and making our journey to Knoxville for the game. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. And how adorable is my new shirt from Gameday Couture?! I can't wait to represent tomorrow.

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I'm thinking about changing the name of this blog Tennessee Pretty Volunteers.

Okay maybe not.

God bless the SEC and Go Vols.

XOXO,

Di