Strawberry Donuts

Strawberry Donuts

Up until Monday I had been enjoying lunch outside. It was refreshing to leave my desk and listen to the rustling leaves while I ate. With temperatures dropping, I’ve had to settle with eating by a window as the crisp air billows fallen leaves into an atumnal dance.

Strawberry Donuts

The change in weather has me longing for summer. I know we have just entered fall, and I should be overjoyed pumpkin spiced lattes are back, but I needed to savor the flavor of summer one last time. Just as a final goodbye.

Strawberry Donuts

So I made strawberry donuts. No, the strawberries were not hand picked from a patch – but they did the trick. For one last hurrah, my taste buds were tickled with the fresh flavor of summer.

Now the pumpkin spice craze can commence:)

Strawberry Donuts

Ingredients:

Donut Batter:

  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Glaze:

  • 1 Tbs. milk
  • 1 Tbs. strawberry purée
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Donuts:

  • Grease your donut baking pan
  • Preheat oven to 350˙
  • Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside
  • Whisk together the wet ingredients and slowly incorporate them to the dry ingredients
  • Stir until well combined
  • Pour batter into donut tin and bake for 12 – 14 minute
  • Pull out of the oven and let cool

Glaze:

  • Mix ingredients together until smooth
  • With a butter knife, spread an even layer of the glaze over each donut
  • Garnish with a strawberry slice

 

September 28, 2016 at 2:00 AM Leave a comment

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

Knowing success doesn’t come to the lazy, we put in long work hours and make sacrifices. Unfortunately, our self care is often the first thing pushed to the side. While not taking breaks or skipping lunch may seem like an efficient use of our time, these daily choices can pile up and increase our risk of burning out. It’s important to recognize that in order to be our best self at work we need to put our self care first.

Here are five tips for increasing your self care in the office.

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

1. Listen to music:

Bring a pair of headphones to work and listen to your favorite radio station or Spofity playlist. The soft music playing in the background will help get your creative juices flowing and prepare you to take on the day’s tasks.

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

2. Go for a walk:

Sitting behind a computer all day can take a toll on your mental health just as much as your physical health. Make time for a quick 15 minute walk each day to refresh your mind and get your blood flowing!

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

3. Use the Calm app:

Regardless of how much you love your job, there will be stress. Instead of ignoring the situation, it’s important to acknowledge that you need to take a moment to breathe. Calm, a meditation app, allows you to choose timed mindful exercises to relax your mind and body. So sneak away from your desk and find a quiet place (maybe just in a bathroom stall!) and plug in your headphones for a quick 5 minutes of relaxation.

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

4. Decorate your space:

You might not want to go to the trouble of decorating your office space, but you spend a lot of time at work! It may seem insignificant, but curating your space with bits and pieces that make you feel at home will increase your mood at work. My favorite accents: framed photographs and plants!

 

Five Ways to Improve Your Self Care at Work

5. Don’t eat lunch at your desk:

I know, I know! It’s easy to get wrapped up in a project and think eating at your desk is a great time saver, but it’s important to step away and take breaks. After eating lunch outside or in the break room you will come back to your project with a fresh set of eyes – and may even finish it stronger than if you had sacrificed your lunch break!

What do you do at work to increase your self care?! Leave it in the comments below!

September 26, 2016 at 2:00 AM 1 comment

Burlap and Lace Flower Vase

DIY Burlap and Lace Flower Vase

I’m often guilty of over-thinking things. Whether that be how to respond to a work email or simply what to bring as a hostess gift. Often I have to stop and remind myself that sometimes simple is best. Just like this quick and easy DIY burlap and lace flower vase. (Love how that rhymes!)

DIY Burlap and Lace Flower Vase

Life gets busy for all of us, and sometimes its nice to have a DIY that only takes minutes to make. You still can add a personal touch to your dinner table or hostess gift, but you don’t need to worry if this will be a #PinterestFail. Trust me – this one is foolproof!

DIY Burlap and Lace Flower Vase

All you need for this project is a mason jar, hot glue gun, burlap lace ribbon, and a bunch of fresh flowers. A snip and a pinch later you will have this rustic flower vase, ready to gift to a friend to keep to brighten up your home.

Burlap and Lace Flower Vase DIY

Material:

How To:

  • Measure how much ribbon you will need to go around the mason jar and add and extra 1/4 inch
  • Cut the ribbon and wrap it tightly around the mason jar
  • Place a pea size amount of hot glue on the end of the overlapping ribbon and lightly press down to secure the ribbon together
  • Let dry
  • Fill vase with water and place in your flowers

(See, I told you it was easy!)

September 19, 2016 at 2:00 AM 1 comment

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