Introducing the Beauty and Blooms Etsy Shop!

Beauty and Blooms Etsy Shop Now Open!

Guys, I am so excited to announce the launch of the Beauty & Blooms Etsy shop! I had been toying with the idea of opening a shop for over a year, and I decided to take the plunge and design a small print collection.

To celebrate and thank all of you for following this blog, I will be giving away one free Beauty and Blooms print! Here is how you can enter the giveaway:

  1. Like the Beauty & Blooms Facebook page (Mandatory)
  2. Follow me on Instargram (+1 entry)
  3. Follow Beauty & Blooms on Pinterest (+1 entry)
  4. Favorite the Beauty and Blooms Etsy Shop (+1 entry)
  5. Follow Beauty & Blooms blog (+1 entry)
  6. Leave a comment on this post letting me know which print is your favorite! (+1 entry)

This giveaway will be open for one week, ending at midnight on December 1, 2015. If you are under 18 you must ask permission before entering. The winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via Facebook. The winner will be emailed one digital download of their favorite print.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

When I heard the botanical gardens was putting on a festival of lights I cleared my schedule and pre-ordered tickets. Thankfully they were selling spiked hot chocolate so it was rather easy to convince Ian to come along.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

Now, here is a little back story: A week before we attend the festival of lights Ian and I were driving down to Madison for the weekend and passed by the Waunakee rotary lights. I love a good light show, so I begged him to drive through the park. When we entered we realized we only had a $20 bill for the donation box, so our five-minute drive cost us a pretty penny. The rest of the weekend I was making jokes every time we drove by a decorate house – “Oh look Ian! Christmas lights! Do you want to leave $20 in their mailbox?” Jokes aside, the Waunakee rotary lights were gorgeous and we knew our donation would be put toward good use.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

Anyways, I digress! Ian and I wanted to make sure we got the most our of our money this time and spent a whole 45 minutes walking through the botanical garden. With a piping cup of hot chocolate in hand, the whole experience was quite magical.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

My favorite exhibit was full of wildflowers. They were streaming music so it was only natural that I asked Ian to dance with me. He was a bit shy to dance in public, but he was sweet and agreed none-the-less.

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

I am not sure where life will lead us in the year to come, but if we are still in the area I will make sure we attend the festival of lights again!

Botanical Garden Festival of Lights | Beauty & Blooms

Lemon Poppyseed Scones

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My mom and I have always been close, so it comes as now surprise that she bought me the perfect Christmas present – my first ever scone pan (and a few baking mixes to go along with it!) I had never made scones before, so the starter pack of mixes was perfect. Ian and I devoured the first batch of scones, so I hopped on Pinterest to find a lemon poppyseed scone recipe. 

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The other day I attempted to make them from scratch and was surprised that they turned out!

Honesty hour: my first attempts usually end up in the trash.

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Now that I know I can bake scones, I am looking forward to trying out new recipes! Have any favorites? Share them below!