Pumpkin Protein Shake

After a long summer of indulgent eating, I’m trying hard to get back into a workout routine and fit back into my favorite pair of skinny jeans. It was like one day they decided to shrink about 2 sizes, and it now takes a small army to help zip me into them. Not cool! One side of my brain is saying, “It’s all the dryer’s fault. The dumb dryer shrunk them into child size skinny jeans!” The other smarter, more practical side of my brain is saying, “Get your lazy behind out of bed and dust off the workout DVDs. And for Heaven’s sake, stop eating so much pumpkin bread!”

That bread is gooood. Now that fall (a.k.a. pumpkin-flavored everything season) is here, I can’t get enough of sweet pumpkin treats. But in an effort to conquer those shrunken skinny jeans, I came up with this recipe to satisfy my pumpkin craving without breaking the calorie bank… a healthy, delicious Pumpkin Protein Shake!

Turn your protein shake into a delicious pumpkin treat! Healthy, satisfying, and super tasty! | LoveGrowsWild.com


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Time to Sparkle Link Party #79

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza from The Gunny Sack
Salted Caramel Oreo Ice Box Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Taquitos from The Recipe Critic
Beef and Bacon Baked Beans from Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Tonia: [Read more...]

DIY Gold Burst

As I’m getting some of the bigger projects finished in my office, it’s time to start thinking about the finer details…. accessories, pillows, and the fun stuff! This is the first room in my house that I had a really clear vision of what I wanted, and I knew exactly what my color scheme would be from the beginning. It’s no surprise that going lighter and whiter has been a big part of the room’s makeover, and my mint desk makeover gave the perfect pop of color to the space. I love the simple, classic look of black and white decor, and gold is a natural pairing, adding a touch of glam in the room.

For months now, I’ve walked past a black and gold display in Hobby Lobby that catches my eye every time. It’s full of gold antlers, gold feathers, gold lamps, and these amazing gold bursts that I just adore! I’m always tempted to toss a couple into my cart for my office makeover, but I look at them and think, “I could easily make those for way cheaper.” Typical Liz, right? Well, now that I have space for accessories on the bookshelves I just finished (I’m sharing that reveal next week, so enjoy this sneak peek!), I finally got around to making a gorgeous DIY Gold Burst for my office, and I couldn’t be more excited to share this tutorial with you!

This DIY Gold Burst is easy to make and looks fabulous on a table or bookshelf! Learn how to make this DIY decor at LoveGrowsWild.com

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Beef and Bacon Baked Beans

Apparently, all I can think about lately is hearty, beefy comfort food! Last week was my special ingredient meatloaf recipe, and now I have an extra meaty baked beans recipe for you today! Maybe it’s the cooler weather. Maybe it’s my husband’s beef-loving ways starting to rub off on me. Or maybe it’s just because being a carnivore is so utterly delicious! Sorry vegetarians… just look away this week!

Okay… let’s talk baked beans. Do you love ‘em or hate ‘em? If we’re talking about the straight out of a can, plain jane baked beans, you can count me out. I’ll save room on my plate for something else! But if we’re talking about good baked beans with beef and bacon and barbecue sauce and brown sugar and bacon and oh, did I mention bacon? Yeah, I’m in!

This meaty baked beans recipe is easy and inexpensive to make and happens to be the perfect side dish for parties, cookouts, or tailgating. With options for baking in the oven OR using your slow cooker, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

Perfect baked beans made extra meaty with ground beef and bacon! Full of flavor, easy to make, and a great side for parties, cookouts, or tailgating! | LoveGrowsWild.com
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Time to Sparkle Link Party #78

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Extra Beefy Meatloaf from Love Grows Wild
Beefy Enchilada Nachos from The Recipe Critic
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from The Gunny Sack
White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino Bars from Inside BruCrew Life

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Jocelyn: [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Happy Saturday, friends! I’m gearing up for some big projects around here soon (follow my Instagram feed for sneak peeks!), and I have a long to-do list ahead of me. I cannot wait to share more details with you! What are you up to this weekend?

I wanted to pop in quickly today and share an awesome little project that I think you’re going to love. I made a quick and simple chalkboard using a wood round (pre-cut from the craft store) and some chalkboard paint! Does it really get much easier than that? The raw wood has a great rustic vibe, and although I haven’t gone too far into decorating for fall (… yet!), this little bit of chalk art is giving me a great start!

Make a simple chalkboard using a rustic wood round and some chalkboard paint! Details at LoveGrowsWild.com

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Extra Beefy Meatloaf

Cooler weather is on its way, and I am BEYOND ready for some delicious comfort food! This Extra Beefy Meatloaf is classic comfort food at its finest, and my special secret ingredient takes this recipe from so-so to truly spectacular! This ain’t your momma’s meatloaf, and I promise after one bite of this saucy, beefy dish, you’ll never try another meatloaf recipe again!

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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