Winter Body Scrub

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I couldn’t resist. I had so much extra cinnamon and sugar that I was itching to make a body scrub. I picked up this adorable jar at Target, and here we are!

It’s winter, and let’s be honest, we are all dry and need a good scrub to get that dead skin off (ew).

I actually got a beautiful scrub and body butter set for Christmas and I loved the scrub. The scent was very fresh and I loved it, but I also wanted a sweeter scented one that I could use as well. I found this super easy to make! Hopefully you have everything in your kitchens to create this as well.

(You need a jar)

2 Cups brown sugar

3/8 cup of honey

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cinnamon

You basically just mix all these together in a bowl, and use your hands to mash up the oil and everything together. I added slightly more vanilla to give it a cinnamon-vanilla scent. The coconut scent just barely comes through, so it smells great and it feels amazing.

 

If you try this out, let me know how it goes!

-Heather

 

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Spontaneous Snow Day Baking

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Yesterday was the winter day I had been waiting for.

I’ve waited literally all season for snow, like real, accumulated snow.

As I saw the snow falling I decided to do an impromptu recipe. I’m not here to share the recipe or review these cupcakes. I’m simple sharing the joy of finding a recipe that you have all the ingredients to inside your warm house while the first snow fall of the season is happening.

I wore a big wool skirt from mod cloth and a nice comfy sweater and a frilly apron. And I got to baking. And you know what? I didn’t do anything else yesterday. And it was so fun.

Let this be your invitation to take a day to make up a recipe and have fun with it, no matter how messy it might get. Or redo your room. Or paint a picture. Do something spontaneous this week that takes up your day, that makes you forget about the usual distractions in life. If you do, let me know how it went.

-The Very Spontaneous Heather

Winter Blues Haul

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I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about how fast Christmas came and went, so  much so that everyone is sounding like a broken record. But can I just say it? Wow, that was fast! As you know if you read my last post, I took a well-needed break from the internet and social media (and this blog, consequently) so once the holidays were over, I wanted to get excited for this coming year.

I don’t think many people would say winter is their favorite season. It’s cold and in a lot of places, there is a lot of snow. Some like the winter for the holidays, and once they are over, so is their love for the season. I’m here to rescue you from that.

I recently bought a lot of things with money from Christmas that I intentionally got to get excited for the rest of the season. I actually love winter. I love the cold. I love the snow. I love it all. But there are times that I get a little sad when the days get dark so easily and I feel like hibernating as if I were a bear.

Here were the things I got! I hope you enjoy, they are all very random, but are guaranteed to make you feel better about the rest of the winter season.

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Milani Lipstick in No. 66 “Matte Passion”

What’s better to make you feel good than buying some new makeup? I decided I would go for a lipstick to get me excited for winter outfits. Because most of my winter lip colors are dark reds or bright, Christmasy reds, I decided on this one because of it’s orange tint. I think it’s appropriate to liven up your dark outfits, and it’ll be an easy transition for spring. I’m currently also in denial about how many red lipsticks I have, and justify it by telling myself they are technically different hues.

 

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Forever 21 Pajama Flannel

I love flannel for winter (who doesn’t) and I also love it for sleepwear. I got beautiful pairs of pajamas for Christmas that I adore, but I was looking for something I could lounge around in without getting hot. I found this tunic-type of flannel and it’s almost like a night gown, but more of a long night-shirt. It keeps me warm and I can layer it with leggings or long socks, but at night, it’s cool enough to sleep in. I always get hot at night (especially my legs) and I love having this on for the right about of comfort. Also, it makes me look cute and wintry, so I can make excuses for why I’m in pajamas all day.

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SkinnyDip Phone Case

So, I know I got a new phone case in May and it’s by my favorite stationary makers ever, Rifle Paper & Co. And I know I don’t really need a new phone case. But this was the coolest thing I had ever seen. The glittery and stars inside of the case move around because there is a layer of water, so it’s like a glittery lava lamp for your phone. Yes, that’s right, a glittery lava lamp for your phone. I think I’m going to switch between the two cases because they are both awesome. But this one just really fuels my nerd obsession with space and looks lovely.

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Chalk and Cork Board Wall Set (From Target)

I think we all wait until spring until we clean because after the holidays we are in this weird Christmas hangover where we are depressed and mostly lazy. I let most of my stuff accumulate and it gets really really stressful until I finally get the courage to clean it all. While organizing, I decided to get something for my wall that could be decorative but also keep me in line with cleaning and projects, so I got this from Target!

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Animal Crossing City Folk

I really needed to get a new game to get me through this vacation, and since I love Animal Crossing New Leaf, I decided to try out City Folk. I use this on my WiiU and it’s actually very relaxing after a long hard day of eating chocolate and sleeping to create an imaginary digital town (nerd alert).

 

What have all of you bought since Christmas? Hopefully these suggestions will help you get through the rest of winter!

-Heather

 

 

Baking Haul | All Discounted!

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Hello there loves!

I did some shopping over the holiday weekend because there were amazing sales everywhere and I need some new baking supplies.

Old Fashioned Timer from Anthropologie, $7

As soon as I saw this in the sale section, I dove for it. I always see these at Anthro and never want to pay full price for them. I think they’re handy if you have a ton of things you’re baking at once and you need another timer. In all honesty, it was also just cute!

Gingerbread Cookie Mold, $10

I got this at TJMaxx and I can’t wait to try it out! I think you can also use this for sugar cookies or other types of cookies beside gingerbread. The company is French so you have to do some reading to see what it can be used for, but I thought it was so adorable! Silicone is generally super easy to bake with and I can’t believe I found one this cheap. I can’t wait to decorate little gingerbread cookies.

Holiday Sprinkles, $4

I got these at TJMaxx too, and all I can say is that they are adorable!

Holiday Baking Cups, $3

I found these at TJMaxx as well, and these are perfect in every way. We always make so many treats for Christmas time and now we are prepared to be even more festive. I’m already looking for cupcake recipes to use these bad boys. The best part about them is you don’t have to put them in a muffin tin! They can stand straight up on a cookie sheet and have batter poured into them. Very convenient and easy to use.

Copper Cookie Cutters, $8

Last year, my family went through a cookie cutter crisis. We had no idea what to do because we had lost all but two of our cookie cutters. We vowed to get more, and never did. When I saw these at TJMaxx, I had to get them. Firstly, because they are copper and wonderfully on trend. Second, the shapes are lovely and wintery, I can’t wait to use them.

Paper Straws, $2

I actually have some red and white striped straws like these, but these are soooo cute. I love the striped green and the red polka dots. I think these will be good for drinking eggnog or other festive drinks for a party. Also from TJMaxx, I was surprised at how many were in here for the price, and I’ve started thinking up ideas for what cute things we can use them for.

 

Now that I have all these new baking goodies, I’ve got to get baking!

-Heather

 

Introducing Heatherwood Issue No. 1 (Autumn)

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If you’re looking for inspiration for fall, for the upcoming holidays, or even just an escape from your everyday life, you can check out my digital magazine. I worked so hard on this and I’m so pleased with the result. The magazine is all about Autumn (which I realize is a little late, but I think it’ll still be exciting.) Inside are illustrations, writing, and photography to help spark something in you. I think this would be perfect for curling up with your tablet or iPad and chilling out for awhile and looking through. Hopefully you feel as cozy reading it as I was making it.

Also, all work in the magazine are mine. There is a written entry and photograph from Bhavika and the link to her blog is in the zine to check out more of her awesome work. I was so happy that anyone submitted anything, and her writing went perfectly with the rest of the material. If you are hanging out today and preparing for Thanksgiving, this might be the perfect thing to help you unwind! Mostly this was just for fun to put all of my work in one place, so I’m happy I can even publish it at all. I’m excited to see what all of you think!

 

Here is the link to Heatherwood. Enjoy!

-Heather

Zine Launch Date

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Quite an exiting title, isn’t it? I can’t believe I am almost ready to realize my first online magazine.

If you didn’t know already, I’ve been drawing and painting and writing, and then putting that collection of things into an online magazine. It isn’t anything fancy and I’m not making money off of it, but it’s been creatively exciting! It is all about Autumn, which is my favorite season of all time.

I had submissions open for the magazine, but they are officially closed. The launch of the digital zine will be the day before Thanksgiving, which is Wednesday, November 25th. I think this is the perfect day to read it and be cozy while having time off for Thanksgiving. In between making yummy meals, you can flip through and hopefully be inspired.

 

I am finishing everything for the zine in the time until it launches, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

-Heather

Crisp Mornings & Witchy Socks

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Clearly, I’m on a sweater kick this fall.

I took some pictures of the details of my morning yesterday because it felt like a beautiful day. The weather is getting really chilly, to the point where layering is necessary. I walked out the door and could feel my nose being tickled by the crisp air. The trees where I live are letting go of the last of their leaves, but some are hanging on. They have beautiful colors and textures to them. It truly feels like it’s the week of Halloween.

There is also a cloudiness that surrounds us now, because the golden fall days are behind us. Now are the cloud grey days that will stay for awhile. Truly, I don’t really mind it, because it makes for great pictures.

I got these awesome socks at the store Francesca’s. They were having a deal for accessories and I splurged on some socks at the beginning of the season. With my black chelsea boots, I thought they looks kind of witchy.

I wore my cape from Forever 21 with the new H&M sweater that I just bought. I’ve had this cape for so long, and it’s still so warm and great for fall. I love the look of the grey cape and the grey sweater, because the different materials are a beautiful contrast together.

How are you enjoying your week before Halloween?

-Heather

A Day at the Granville Harvest Fair

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Hello everyone, NOTICE :: Do you live in New England?

If you do, you know that the fall foliage this weekend was at its peak!!

I went to a Harvest Fair this weekend in Granville, which is a very small town right behind the town I live in. I wore my brown riding boots and got many compliments on my outfit, which was so lovely! This weekend was Columbus Day weekend, and the weather and trees were ideal for going to a fair. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the leaves were, even the ones settled on the ground. It was warm enough to wear a dress without tights, but not too hot that I was uncomfortable. A light sweater was perfect for the day.

I included a few shots of amazing landscapes and houses that looked so interesting to me as I walked around.

As well as some very unhealthy fried dough (which I ate a lot of) there were small craft stands and small businesses in tents that you could walk around and look at. I love craft fairs and this mixed my love of fall, crafts, and festival food all together at once. I had such a nice time looking at homemade soaps, alpaca-knitted scarves, and other miscellaneous items. I ended up buying a very overpriced door stop that was literally a brick wrapped in a nice print of corduroy (which I tweeted about with much buyer’s regret). It was mostly nice to talk to people and see what they were selling, even if you didn’t buy anything.

Last year when we went to the same fair, there was a beautiful mitten stand and I begged for a pair of them for Christmas. I was overjoyed to see them in the same spot, and spent a lot of time poking around and picking some that I wanted. Look at the amazing designs and colors! This made me so excited for winter that I had to stop myself and say, “Hey! It’s only October!”

I had my heart set on picking apples, but apparently a lot of the trees in New England are passed by and have been picked. But we still went to a popular apple farm and got some mulled cider. Cider is one of my favorite things in the world, and having it on a  beautiful Autumn day with my family was just as good as picking apples. This particular farm is amazing and always makes the best cider. We actually watched them demonstrate how they make it. The smell was delicious and I didn’t want to leave!

Inside the barn, there were paintings that we took a look at, even though we look at them every year.

The apple farm and the surrounding area was really beautiful. It is a hike up from the craft portion of the fair, which is far down a hill. But the top of the hill was open and gorgeous to look at. The air was so crisp and reminded me of being little and exploring.

The trees were so beautiful surrounding us. I never wanted them to stop turning colors! I hope they still stay on the trees for a bit longer as this is my favorite time of year. You can see the beautiful colors on the mountains all the way back in the last picture.

Do you have any harvest fairs where you live? What are they like?

-Heather

October Changes

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Just a little FYI that it’s officially October.

I still can’t really believe it! I love this time of year and the first day of October for me was very chilly. It was so nice to wake up on a new month and be able to wear jackets again!

I shot a few things that have changed in my life now that the spooky month has begun. One of them is that amazing calendar, I love the colors and the quote!

If you are looking to be inspired for fall by some makeup palettes, I would go take a look at the classic Naked Palette by Urban Decay. I wanted something Autumnal for October 1st, and I was so excited to use the colors in this. Just look at those warm browns, golds, and pinks. You can’t go wrong with this one. The sparkly colors are to die for.

I used three colors on my eyelid: Sidecar all over the lid, Toasted in my crease, and Sin in my inner corners and on the center of the lid. The colors together gave a rosy, shimmery feel.

I also put up my Halloween lights! I got these pumpkin ones last year, but I found the orange LED’s at Walmart for $5.

Another change was one of my favorite wardrobe shifts. I was actually able to wear shorts with tights yesterday!

At my dorm, someone put these adorable fall stickers on our windows and I had to take a picture.

What are some changes in your life now that October has rolled around?

-Heather

A Cozy Autumn Treat

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More than ever, I’ve been looking for more ambitious recipes to try.

When I first looked this up, I thought, “Wow this looks delicious.” When I read how to make it, I put my phone right down. Yeah right! There were so many steps and I was not about to take a day making a cake. About an hour later, I looked at it again.

If you have a good solid amount of time and want to tackle a fun Autumn dessert, I firmly urge you to create this, because it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever baked, ever. I got the original recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 

Ingredients:

Cheesecake Portion:

-16 ounces cream cheese, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 Tablespoon flour (The small amount lets the cheesecake rise)
-3 large eggs

Pumpkin Cake Portion:

-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (You can add a bit more for a more intense flavor in the pumpkin part of the cake)
-1 and 1/3 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
-1 cup flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (Again, add more if you want it more flavorful)
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

-4 ounces cream cheese, softened
-2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Add more for more flavor)
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1-2 Tablespoons normal milk
-chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray your Cheesecake Springform pan with a non-stick spray. Wrap aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan. Set it aside to be ready for the Cheesecake and Pumpkin Cake batters.

2. Make the cheesecake first: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl – about 3 full minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and flour and beat it on a low level working up to a medium speed. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Do not overmix the filling after you have added the eggs. Set aside.

3. Make the pumpkin cake:Before adding your ingredients, take your pumpkin and measure it out not a paper towel, and then blot it dry with another paper towel. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and blotted-dry pumpkin together until mixed and there are no bumps in the texture. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s smooth. Avoid overmixing the pumpkin cake batter.

4. Spread 1 and 1/2 cups of the pumpkin cake batter over bottom of prepared pan. On top of the pumpkin batter, drop large spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter. (I did this until it almost covered the pumpkin layer.) Add the rest of your remaining Pumpkin Cake batter. Repeat with remaining cream cheese batter. Mine actually covered the pumpkin batter almost completely, as seen in the picture. Do not swirl with a knife. See photo above of what my cake looked like before going into the oven.

5.Find a roasting pan and put your springform pan inside. You’re basically going to have a cheesecake bath and the foil around the springform pan prevents the water from leaking from the bottom. Fill with about 1 inch of hot water. This allows the cake consistency to remain spongy and moist instead of baking like a normal cake.

6. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until the center is almost set. If you find the edges are browning, loosely place aluminum foil on top of the cake as it bakes. Do not open the oven while it bakes, or the cheesecake will crack! When the timer goes off, lift the oven door a crack. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. After, take it out and let it sit until it’s cooled completely. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight (preferred). Loosen the cheesecake from the rim of the pan and remove the rim.

7. Make the cream cheese frosting (this can be made up to 2 day sin advance – cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.) Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature before starting, it makes a difference. Use a handheld mixer to mix the cream cheese and butter together on a low speed, working your way up to a medium one until the texture is creamy. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat on a lower speed for about 30 seconds, then turn up to high speed and beat until it’s a creamy texture. Beat in 1-2 Tablespoons of milk, depending how thick or thin you want the frosting. Spread onto chilled cheesecake. Top with pecans, if desired.

8. Cut into slices and serve cheesecake chilled. This made a lot of very dense, rich cake, so you most likely will have leftovers unless it’s for a party. You can cut the cake into slices and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.

I know this was more complicated than a pumpkin latte, but it was so rewarding and it’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea! Side note- I actually made this on the day of the lunar eclipse, and my mom and I drank some cleansed moon water with our cheesecake the next day!

If you try out the recipe, let me know what you think of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

-Heather