Kate Somerville x Plastic Oceans

September 27, 2018

I have been taking care of my skin to the extra degree, lately, with all of the upcoming festivites. I want my skin to be bright and smooth when I walk down the aisle, which is why I was thrilled when Kate Somerville offered to send me some of their ExfoliKate range to try out.

The ExfoliKate range is an amazing array of products that exfoliate your skin, not with physical exfoliants, such as plastic microbeads, but with AHA's to gently rid your skin of toxins and dead cells, while adding in nourishment for skin that is soft and supple.

Kate Somerville has started an amazing campaign in partnership with the Plastic Oceans Foundation to stop plastic from polluting our environment and oceans. Did you know that 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every single year? Think of how that will affect not only our lives, but the lives of all of the animals and creatures living in our beautiful oceans.

With each Kate Somerville Purchase made through the links in this post, 25% of your purchase will be donated to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, so together we can create change with our love for beauty. Kate Somerville has made the pledge to be an 100% recyclable brand by the year 2022! Nothing makes me happier than working with a brand that gives back to our Earth, which is why I am proud #AdvoKate.

 Do your part to make our oceans safe and plastic free. Visit Kate Somerville or The Plastic Oceans Foundation to learn more, today.

The Art of the Casual Thank You Note

September 25, 2018

Along with being engaged comes a lot of showers and really nice, sweet gifts. My parents were always huge on us writing Thank You Notes as kids to anyone who got us a gift and although the task can be daunting as the writer, as someone who received the note, it's always a nice gesture. 

That is why I was so thrilled when Basic Invite reached out to collaborate with Max and I on some custom Thank You Cards to send gift-givers after our wedding. As I cruised their site, it was easy to see that they had so really pretty pre-made templates and they were all customizable! Being able to take a template and change it to our taste made the process so fun. They have much more than regular cards, they even have casual themed wedding invitations, which would be so cute if you wanted a chiller approach to your wedding invites.

Basic invite also offers unlimited colors, custom samples, over 40 different envelope colors, over 900 wedding invite sets, free address collection service and seal and send wedding invitations! I mean, that is some time-saving realness right there, especially when it comes to planning a wedding! Basic Invite now offers an all-new wedding website service, which are just as customizable as their cards and invites.

Now onto my fool-proof formula for a short, genuine, and classy thank you note after receiving a gift. You want to say thank you without sounding robotic or that you just filled-in-the-blank. My typical formula I use it outlined below:

1. Greeting Hi Friend,
2. Thanking them and why you appreciate the gift.
3 .How you will use the gift.
4. Follow Up
5. Closing 

Here is an example below:

1. Hi Mary,
2. Thank you so much for the dish towels. They are so pretty and I know we will get so much use out of them. 
3. We are planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year and are in the kitchen all of the time, so we really will appreciate having these gorgeous and useful towels on hand!
4. Thank you so much again. We really appreciate your thoughtful and generous gift.
5. Hope to see you soon! Mollie

Let me know if this Thank-You-Formula was helpful, or if you use a formula yourself, I would love to hear it! Also, don't forget to check out Basic Invite on all of their social platforms below.

Thank you for stopping by! :)

Spiced Banana Bread Muffins

September 13, 2018

Everyone knows that Fall is kind of my #1 bae. I enjoy being basic, wearing sweaters & boots, sipping & nomming on all things pumpkin & spicy, and so much more. Luckily for me, We always have at least one super ripe banana at the end of the week, which means banana bread.

I whipped up this recipe, kind of from my imagination, if i'm being honest. We only had one 'nana this time around, so if you have more, feel free to double it up. I made it extra Fall-Like, not by adding pumpkin (see here for my rustic banana-pumpkin bread) but by adding a super-special secret ingredient to the mix. --- It's actually not a secret as it is in the recipe below. Fine, okay, it's Pumpkin Pie Spice. There! I said it.

If you make these, send me a photo on instagram! I'd love to see it! They are super tasty too, so I really recommend doubling or tripling this recipe.

Spiced Banana Bread Muffins
yields 6 regular-sized muffins

1 ripe, mashed banana
1/8 cup nut butter of your choice
1 egg
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Big pinch of salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional).

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mash banana in a large bowl.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
4. Combine all ingredients with a large spoon. Stir well.
5. Grease your muffin tin with spray of your choice (I always use coconut oil spray when baking).
6. Pour batter into the muffin tin.
7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of a muffin clean.
8. Let muffins cool, serve, and enjoy!