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C A S O N | easy homemade apple pie

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It’s that time of year again! It’s not officially fall until you’ve (A) Taken a picture at a pumpkin patch, (B) Worn scarves and/or boots pretending it’s cooler than it really is, (C) Stopped on the side of the road for boiled peanuts, (D) Ordered a pumpkin spice latte, and (E) Made a homemade apple pie! Apples are in season and your pies will never taste better than they do right now. Kat, Mom, and I have already made a trip to Ellijay (apple capital of GA!) to purchase our bushel and a peck of north Georgia apples.

My mom got this apple pie recipe from a great family friend. It’s definitely not your traditional lattice crust pie. It’s more like apple pie meets apple cobbler but it’s the only pie recipe I swear by!

Easy Apple Pie

For filling:
:: 6 large apples
:: 1 tsp. cinnamon
:: 1/2 cup white sugar
:: 1 unbaked pie shell (deep dish)

For crumble topping:
:: 1/2 cup white sugar
:: 1/4 cup brown sugar
:: 3/4 cup flour
:: 1/3 cup softened butter

1 | Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your pie dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread your pie shell out in the dish.

2 | Peel apples and then cut them to desired size. You can just throw them in your pie dish – no need for a bowl!

3 | Evenly sprinkle in your sugar and cinnamon for the filling.

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4 | Mix all ingredients for the topping until crumbly and evenly place on top of apples. (Sometimes I make extra crumble topping because I love it so much!)

5 | Bake at 350* for 1 hour. (Tip: Pie will slice better if you let it cool for about half an hour.)

apple-crisp-recipeapple-cobbler-recipeServe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have the perfect fall treat! What other fall sweets do you look forward to? I’d love to try it out and blog about it!

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A U D G E | stop lagging and start living

Who doesn’t love a night out to the movies? And who doesn’t love seeing the movie BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE?! Lo and behold, here’s your chance! We’ve got advanced screening passes for Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell’s new movie Laggies to give away to you guys – who’s in?? Here’s the info:

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Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind – while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and– given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week – hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and HUMPDAY, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose stop lagging, and start living on your terms.

(Check out the trailer for Laggies)

W H E R E \\ AMC Phipps Plaza (3500 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326)

W H E N \\ Wednesday, October 29th @ 7:00PM

H O W   T O   E N T E R \\ Click this link and enter the code YCSWUBMAF | contest ends Mon. Oct. 27th

W H A T   Y O U   G E T \\ If you’re selected as a winner, you’ll receive a screening pass for 2 folks, so bring a date!

Now go, get to entering! Hope to see you guys there!!

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J O A N N A |diy tassel bracelets

imageSo, not too long ago we made the mistake of asking you guys what you wanted to see more of on our blog. I knew you guys were going to say DIY… I just knew it. I consider myself more of a BIY (buy it yourself) girl, but I am determined to try my hand at creating lovely things… please, just bear with me. My mom wanted to have me excused from art class as a kid because she noticed, even at an early age, that I was definitely not the artsy type… “That side of your brain just doesn’t work, honey”, is what she would tell me. But hey, this is a project ANYONE can do… string beads, tie thread together, and call it a day. You got it! I’m all about stacking bracelets to help accessorize a look, so this was something I was actually willing to try out. The end result was not too shabby, if I do say so myself… check it out!image-1What you need:

:: Scissors

:: Pliers

:: Embroidery thread

:: Beads (or chain, go crazy!)

:: Jump ring (I used a 10mm gold one)

:: Stretchy string

:: Lobster clasp (if using chain for your bracelet)

All of these items can be found at Hobby Lobby!picstitch copyDSC_0372For the tassel:

1| Section off the amount of thread you want.

2| Use pliers to put a jump ring around the thread and use extra thread to tie it all together. (Make sure to tie it around several times and double knot.)

3| Cut the tread to your desired length.

It’s pretty simple to make the beaded bracelet… select beads and string them together using stretchy string. Make sure to secure string so that it doesn’t come loose. (It’s really embarrassing when all the beads fall to the floor… I’m just assuming.)picstitchIf you’re using a chain bracelet then all you have to do is attach a lobster clasp (using pliers) and then a jump ring with the tassel to one of the links.

See, wasn’t that easy? You can do it even IF the artsy side of your brain doesn’t work! My friends asked me to make one for them, so I take that as a good sign… of course, they could have been lying to me. (That’s ok, I still appreciate it). In all honesty… bracelets like this would normally cost $12-$30. It probably cost me $3 to make. No joke. (When you purchase the supplies in bulk it’s crazy how much money you can save.)DSC_0439We’re working on getting more projects out there for you guys to try your hand at… but, I must say my favorite so far was Cason’s DIY fail; I loved reading every second of it…it’s real life! Seriously though, let us know if there are any projects you’ve been wanting to try, we can test it out for you and then let you know how it goes. You know we’ll be honest!joanna_crop

K A T | diy charcoal face mask

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I’ve recently been really into face masks. According to Pinterest you can use anything from apple cider and oatmeal to avocados and baking soda. Apparently, all the ingredients to make my skin look radiant have been hanging out in my kitchen disguising themselves as food. Who knew?

You may already be familiar with activated charcoal but I’m new to the club. It’s in so many skincare products, specifically for acne because it’s THAT awesome. But really, activated charcoal’s job is to rid your body of toxins. [Doctors use this stuff for snake venom, spider bites, and even alcohol poisoning] but we are going to use it to draw impurities out of our pores! Wahoo! It wouldn’t hurt to steam your face beforehand. We want those pores open so we can get them all cleaned out.

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Face Mask:

:: Activated charcoal (I bought capsules at our local herb shop and opened them up)
:: Aloe vera gel
:: Rosewater or regular water
:: A couple drops of tea-tree oil

Warnings:

:: This mask can be messy. When you’re washing your face be wary of splash zone!
:: Don’t use charcoal you BBQ with- that is highly toxic!

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I mixed about 1/2 a teaspoon of everything (water, charcoal, and aloe) and added 2-3 drops of tea-tree oil. You don’t want to add any more oil than that or it could cause stinging! I mixed everything together with a Q-tip to form an inky, black paste. Let it dry completely before washing your face with warm water. Cason and I decided to pair it with a glass of wine for a fun girl’s night in! Combine this with Audge’s DIY foot-scrub and you’ve got yourself an at-home spa day. 

I also read that you can brush your teeth with activated charcoal and it will help get rid of plaque build up. I haven’t tried it yet…but if it will make my teeth pearly white, there’s a good chance I’ll be adding charcoal to my toothpaste in the morning.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t hate getting charcoal this Christmas after all!

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C A S O N | reminder: sweetwater meet-up!

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Have you guys signed up for our SweetWater meet-up? We want to see all of you there! Space is extremely limited and we only have a few spots left so be sure to RSVP…like now! In case you missed it, here are deets and what’s included:

When | Sunday, November 9th
Time | 2:30 -4:30pm
Where | SweetWater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324
Cost | $25

What’s included? 6 tasting tickets for SweetWater brews, catering by Fox Bros. BBQ, SweetWater souvenir glass, VIP check-in, brewery tour, and complimentary parking. What more could you want?! Be sure to send an email to hello[at]sitwithusblog.com by November 1st to RSVP! After emailing us, you’ll receive a Paypal invoice for $25. Once the invoice is paid, you’re officially on the list.

Hope to see you there! Have a great weekend!

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A U D G E | chocolatey apple slices

IMG_7121I’m all about some Granny Smith apples these days… When I found a recipe for Paleo dark-chocolate apple wedges, you know I couldn’t resist! The best of both worlds! (And by both worlds I mean “what I should be eating” VS. “what I want to stuff my face with until I can stuffeth no more”…) Now, there are a ton of different versions of Paleo so this might not fit into the exact one you’re doing (like, I’m pretty sure Whole30 would shun you for even speaking the words “dark chocolate” – you can read up on “The Great Cocoa Debate” here and decide for yourself) but it’s a great snack/dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth when it strikes… and you don’t even have to feel bad about it afterwards. (WIN!)

So a couple of things to take note of before you get started. This is one of those times you’re gonna wanna cough up a little extra for the GOOD chocolate… you know the kind I’m talking about. I got the Ghirardelli 86% Cacoa Midnight Reverie bar, but you don’t have to go that dark. I’m not even a huge dark chocolate fan, but in my opinion this one paired perfectly with the sweet+sour of the apple.

You’ll also want to take steps before starting to prep your apple slices in order to prevent browning. There are a few different ways to do this, but I just went ahead and used what I had on me which was Apple Cider Vinegar. You couldn’t taste it at all.

IMG_7093Chocolatey Apple Slices

:: 2 Medium Granny Smith Apples (or any apples really. These are just my faves, and I think the tart adds a lot to it.)
:: 3 oz. of the most delicious dark chocolate of your choosing (I went the 86% Cacoa)
:: 2 Tbs. of chopped walnuts
:: 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (or whatever you decide to use to prevent your apples from browning)

1 | Prepare your anti-browning liquids. I combined 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and filled the bowl about 2/3 of the way full with cold water.

2 | Core and slice your apples into 8 slices. You can do this with a slicer or the old-fashioned way. Set your apples in the bowl of anti-browning liquids while you prep your chocolate and walnuts.

3 | Microwave your chocolate until smooth. The times for this will vary depending on your microwave, but just keep an eye on it and do it in 20-30 second intervals stirring it up a little bit in between. It shouldn’t take much.

4 | Chop up your walnuts and place them in a small dish. (You can just do this while your chocolate is microwaving.)

5 | Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of wax paper to put all of your tasty little slices on.

6 | Drain your apple slices and pat dry with a paper towel. Then… get ready for action.

IMG_71177 | Dip your apple slices in the chocolate, then sprinkle with walnuts and place on the baking sheet. OR you can drizzle the chocolate over the apple slices to shake it up a little. Go crazy girl, it’s a hot chocolatey mess happening all over the place!

8 | Place the baking sheets in the fridge to let the chocolate harden. Try to serve within the first couple of hours so they don’t start getting funky. I should have done a test run to see how long they would last for you, but that would require self-control… which I apparently have none of. Whoopsies.

IMG_7126I’m thinking about doing a few different variations of these and putting them on a stick – the possibilities are ENDLESS. And who doesn’t love eating something off a stick? It’s like classier than pinkies out at tea time. It’d be perfect for a party or a shower, a nice easy finger food that you can display a hundred different ways… I’m in love with this idea already and I haven’t even done it yet!

IMG_7123Anywho, now that it’s apple pickin’ season maybe you’ll have something new to try with all of those apple-y little guys! Let me know where your adventures take you… I’d love to see some spin-off recipes!

Happy Thursday! Until next time…

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J O A N N A | todays hot pics: fall trends

Before Pinterest came along, we fashionistas had to look to other sources for our inspiration. Many of us looked to our favorite fashion magazine or a character on our favorite show or movie. For me, my go-to outfit inspiration was E! Online. I know, you’re confused, but hear me out… E! Online has a category on their site titled, “today’s hot pics”. It’s a gallery filled with pictures of different celebrities, out and about, sporting the latest trends (that they no doubt spent a fortune on). I would (ok, I still do) challenge myself to duplicate these looks without breaking the bank and maybe even with items I already had in my closet. Sometimes I need help coming up with an outfit for a wedding or some other event, but honestly, most of the time I just want ideas to help make my everyday look not be such a bore.

So, to help inspire some fall fashion let’s see what the best of the best is wearing around town these days…photo-31 | I love this comfy flannel shirt worn by Shakira. I recently purchased one just like it from H&M and have already worn it an embarrassing amount of times.

2 | Jessica Alba is one of my style gurus (it actually kills me to say this because she is also my husband’s celebrity crush… but I have to speak the truth), she’s amazing; one minute she’s a casual rockstar and the next minute she’s a cutesy mama bear. Apparently, wearing flannel tied around your waist is all the rage these days but it hasn’t made its way to me yet. The oversized fedora, however, is my jam! I have two!

3 | Emma Stone looks cute no matter what she does, even when she’s just picking up a cup of joe and chatting on the phone. This outfit doesn’t seem like its super stylish, but, this is just the kind of inspiration I need when I’m staring at all of my clothes thinking, “I don’t own anything cute”. I see this look and I start singing a different tune “Alright, Joanna, throw on some comfy jeans, a cute scarf and boots, and get going!”

photo-44 | Here she is again… See what I mean? Jessica Alba knows what it means to have an eclectic wardrobe… my hero! I love that the high wasted flowy skirt has made a come-back. (Maybe I’ve been watching too much Mad Men.) I don’t know if I can pull this look off, but I’m going to give it my best try! I also can’t get enough of her pointed toe flats… I have a pair in orange and get compliments every time that I wear them.

Ok, you can get back to your Pinterest boards now… happy shopping!joanna_crop

 

K A T | tips for shopping on etsy

Long before Cason and I were selling paper products on Etsy, I was a huge fan of the site! It’s basically an online marketplace that allows you to buy handmade items from the comfort of your home. Anything you can possibly think of can be found here, from a dinosaur succulent planter to a piece of custom artwork. That said, Etsy can be a very overwhelming site, especially if you are a first time buyer. No worries! I’m here to help. Here are four tips to ensure you have a successful shopping experience with Etsy!

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1. shop location | I know this may seem really odd because location is not something you have to consider when shopping through major retailers like J.Crew. Etsy shops are literally all over the world. I will get into my online shopping zone (you know what I’m talking about) and order a cute bracelet for a friend’s birthday and then BAM, I get an email confirmation and notice the shop owner lives in Israel. Not only will that affect shipping costs but time as well. There is no way that bracelet is arriving in time for her birthday party next Friday. Etsy has so many great shops that I’m sure I could have found a similar one from a shop located in the United States. If you are in a hurry or need it in a specific time frame definitely make sure to check the location of a shop!

2. contact shop owner | In my opinion, one of the best features on Etsy is being able to message the sellers. It’s so personal (something you don’t get from large retailers) and you are able to work together to create something perfect. You can ask them anything from changing a font color on an invitation to creating a totally new custom design just for you. If you are confused by a picture or not sure of the size of an item, just ask! Shop owners don’t know that your wedding is in two weeks and you need your guest book stat! As a shop owner, we know exactly how long it’s going to take to make, produce, and ship out an item. Send them a message with your event date (or any other crazy question you have) to ensure you get your item on time and are happy with your purchase!

3. shop policies | Before ordering, make sure to read the shop policies. I know this may seem tedious but it’s very important. In this day and age with Amazon Prime and overnight shipping, people assume they can place an order for an item and it’ll be in the mail the next day. One of the benefits of shopping Etsy is that you are working with a small business. (There’s not a stock room full of ready-made items.) It could be someone hand sewing pillows out of their home. If they state that it takes 3 weeks to make the pillow, odds are, it’s going to take the full 3 weeks but the results will be totally worth it. You won’t have the same Ikea pillow everyone owns. (Guilty.) You’ll have something unique and customized just for you. It’s also really good to glance over return polices while looking through the shop policies just so you have an idea about returning items if you’re not happy.

4. read reviews | Take it from an Etsy shop owner- reviews are everything! Our customers are able to post their REAL thoughts on the items they received. We don’t get to pay them to say sweet things so I’d trust their opinion. Before you order anything on Etsy, ALWAYS read reviews! I recently needed cookies for Bupper Club and our usual cookie lady was booked up. I searched through Etsy and found some cookies I liked. Next step, I read through the reviews to see what people thought. She had over 1,000 reviews talking about how great her cookies are.  Sure enough, when they came in they looked great and tasted even better! Don’t let new shops scare you from ordering from them. If you find a shop that only has 9 reviews that could mean they just opened and you should definitely give them a chance. We’ve all got to start some where! [Side note: if you read one or two negative reviews on an item, I wouldn’t let that deter you. There are always going to be customers you can’t please. If 200 people say they love the sweater and 1 person says the sweater sucked, odds are it’s a pretty good sweater. The only time I steer clear of a shop is if I repeatedly see negative reviews on the same item.]

Does anyone else love shopping on Etsy? If you’ve never checked out the site- today is the day! (Warning: it can be very addicting.) All my Etsy shoppers, comment with any tips I might have left off. Happy Tuesday!

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C A S O N | beauty: what’s in my bag

Let’s face it. We carry around a ton of unnecessary weight in our purses! It takes an arsenal of stuff to keep us functioning and looking good while out and about. Do I really need 8 lip glosses? No. Does Kat really need to carry around portable speakers? Absolutely not. (She would disagree.)  Does Audra really need three pairs of toddler panties? Probably not. Okay maybe. In my defense (and on behalf of every woman who carries around a 10 pound purse) some things are absolute necessities for surviving on the go. I’ve emptied my bag and selected the top 10 items I absolutely could not live without!

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1. Rifle Paper Co. Journal | When you run an Etsy shop and a blog, you need to be able to write down ideas whenever they come to mind. My inspiration usually comes at the most inopportune times so you’ll never find me without a small journal or notebook.

2. Minted Rose Lip Balm | This minty-fresh balm soothes chapped lips like a dream.

3. Kate Spade USB Drive Keychain | You know, this gets a lot more use than you’d think it would! Sorry y’all, this one is no longer available. Will this Jonathan Adler one suffice?

4. L’Occitane Hand Cream | Especially useful on a plane or in the winter months, this shea butter enriched hand cream keeps my hands hydrated all year long.

5. J.Crew backup iPhone battery | How insanely annoying is it when your phone dies but your day is far from over? Keep one of these little guys in your bag and you’ll never find yourself off the grid.

6. EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere | These are super cheap so they’re floating around in my car, on my desk, and all of my purses. Bonus – they seem to last forever!

7. bareMinerals Touch Up Veil | I LOATHE looking in the mirror half-way through the day and looking like I didn’t event try. And if my face is shiny, we can just go ahead and call it a day. This compact is great for swiping and blotting your nose, forehead, and chin throughout the day.

8. Pure Barre sticky socks | Y’all know we have a love/hate relationship with Pure Barre. It seems like these socks have planted roots in my bag and are here to stay. Oh, and good luck doing thigh work without these.

9. Ray-Ban Classic Oversized Wayfarer | Whether they are hiding my make-up free face or simply shielding me from the sun, these are my must-have sunnies!

10. Tory Burch Mini Umbrella | If I’m caught on a rainy day without my mini umbrella, my diva hair will throw the tantrum of all tantrums. My go-to Tory umbrella is super lightweight and tiny – exactly what I need to justify carrying it with me at all times.

What do you keep in your purse that you absolutely cannot live without?! I’ve got a little room to spare, maybe I need it too? Leave a comment below and tell us about it. Happy Monday!

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A U D G E | round em up!

tgifOh hey, it’s FRIDAYYYY! There are gonna be some fun happenin’s this weekend, catching up with some family and friends and making some photo magic happen… we’re doing it all! Here’s a weekly roundup for you to kick this thing off right!

This money-sharing app has made my life a gazillion times easier.

Breakfast of toddler champions. Bring it on.

I’ve been playing with my new design toy lately… this thing is the bomb!! Hoping to make some fun little prints soon, stay tuned!

ten-Boom_CorrieApparently I’m WAYYY out of the loop, but I’ve been learning a lot about Corrie ten Boom lately and I can’t WAIT to start her book The Hiding Place. I have a feeling this woman is about to seriously rock my world.

nissan-leaf-chargiThinking about switching to an electric car? There are some serious incentives out there if you haven’t heard about it yet!

Working on some care package idea for my sister away at college… this one made me smile.

crossfitFor all you other Crossfitters, have you signed up for the CFCP Graveyard Games yet?? Who’s doing it with me?!? It’s Saturday Nov. 8th, they’ve got Scaled and RX divisions… plus you get a t-shirt. Which, let’s be honest. That’s really what it’s all about. (I loved their latest blog post about Crossfit gear too- I’ve got my Christmas list now!)

And who else was dying from Cason’s DIY post this week?!? BAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m still cracking up!!

Happy weekend y’all! Until next time…

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