Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank Goodness Its Friday: Fall Plaid




Ok, confession. I am not a huge plaid person. I have one plaid skirt that I bought years and years ago and one plaid shirt that I was a gift from years and years ago. I am not huge on plaid. Usually I feel like it is farmer jane(ish) or makes me look a little more shapely in some areas than I would hope. However, these plaids that Laurie and I have run across on Pinterest are quite lovely and desirable. My favs might be the poncho and the red and white jacket the girl with the perfect pony is wearing. But that scarf with leather and snaps (!!) that is pretty fabulous too.

What is your favorite plaid of the season?

-Alison

P.S. Laurie and I are so excited it TGIF is here...we have been a slammed lately and I'm sure you can tell! We hope to catch up this weekend!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Fall Juice


The best fall juice recipe is here...simple, three ingredients, amazingness. It's fall in a glass, pumpkins aside of course. The flavor is reminiscent of warm pies on cool evenings with friends. This really only works if you have a juicer or a high powered blender, but all you need is three ingredients: honey crisp apple, bartlett pear and cinnamon. I only used 1 fruit each for a glass with a sprinkling of cinnamon across the top, then stirred up in the liquid. How easy could that be? 
I just love fall. 

-Laurie

Monday, October 13, 2014

Alison McQuain Photography: Fall Mini Session


It is that time of year! I am currently booking mini sessions in Knoxville for November 1st! I am so excited to say that most of my slots for the day are already booked but I do have a few left. A number of my clients dress in their finest in preparation for Christmas. These are great for holiday cards and Christmas gifts for family members. You know Grandma loves to have pictures of their babies.

Feel free to find me on facebook to see some of last year's sessions or visit my blog. You can contact me on facebook or via my site.

Happy Fall Ya'll!

-Alison

Friday, October 10, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Fall Makeup




Gone are the bright pink nails and lips of summer and in are the vampy, moody jewel tones of fall. I love deep navy nails and dark red lips. I know Alison is constantly searching for the perfect burgundy lip color, which is awesome for her dark hair. We are going gaga over the fall makeup images on Pinterest and have pinned a lot for you for this Friday's pinspiration! Have a good weekend!
-Laurie

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Essential Oils 101



Essential oils are the oldest and some of the most powerful therapeutic agents know to man. They span centuries of use in healing and therapy throughout the ancient world. You may recall hearing about frankincense, myrrh or patchouli. One essential oil may have several different kinds of uses depending on what you’re health concern is. 

 The modern beginning of essential oils and aromatherapy began to blossom in the early decades of the twentieth century.  In July of 1910, the lab of French cosmetic chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, Ph.D. exploded, setting his hand and arm on Fire.  In a panic, he plunged his arm in what he assumed was water.  However, it actually contained pure Lavender oil. Pleasantly surprised at the analgesic effects and fearing further damage resulting from the accident, he continued with regular application of Lavender oil. The wound healed with very little scaring.  He then investigated the chemistry of the oil in order to discover what properties had caused this tremendous healing effect. Dr. Gattefossé continued his examinations of the healing compounds of other essential oils. His studies laid the groundwork for the clinical use of essential oils. (Source)

I use doTerra essential oils because they are certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG), meaning it is tested with strict quality protocol. These oils are carefully distilled and harvested so that they are more powerful than oils you would get a health store. doTerra’s oils have a wide range of uses for physical and emotional health and can be used topically, aromatically or internally. 

I bought the family physician kit in order to get the wholesale discount and can honestly say I have used each of the oils that are in the kit. Since I was diagnosed with asthma a few weeks ago, Breathe blend has been a huge help for me. It’s also great when allergies cause a stuffy nose. Every night, I use lavender to help me drift off to sleep. Usually when I use it, it’s like Benadryl for me-it knocks me out within ten minutes but doesn’t leave me feeling groggy. Lavender can also get the itch out of a bug bite among its many uses. Peppermint, lavender and lemon have 100 uses! I recently used frankincense on a spot on my arm that had changed shape. I scratched it and it got infected after it started to raise up. I put frankincense on it for just two days and the place on my arm completely went away. If I ever have a burn, melaleuca oil is my go-to oil. It relieves the pain of the burn within about 5 minutes. Lemon is a great detoxifier and is delicious in water. When I get stressed, I use the Balance grounding blend and quickly feel like I am myself again. 

While I use essential oils on a daily basis and know how well they work, if I were actually sick I would not forego medicine for oils. I think the two easily go hand in hand. If I have a headache, start to get a stuffy nose or feel nauseated, I immediately turn to essential oils first. If something were more severe, like strep throat or the flu, I use oils to help with the medicine. Since medicine affects me differently from most people, I turned to oils to help.

The best resource I have found to help me understand how to use oils for specific health concerns is Everyday Essentials. You can learn more in depth about each oil and oil blend as well as what to use for whatever ails you. I would encourage you to research or talk one on one with someone who uses oils in their daily life before jumping in!


-Laurie

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Sorghum Whipped Cream


Last week while making this cushaw pie I knew I needed a little whipped cream for my slice but I wanted it to have that extra kick of Fall. Sorghum is the perfect sweetener with that little cool-weather punch. Muddy Pond Sorghum is my choice. I thought this was a completely original idea but alas...it is not. But maybe you haven't heard of it either! I didn't add as much sorghum as other recipes have suggested so feel free to test this recipe and see if you like more or less.

-Alison

Monday, October 6, 2014

Denim Jacket Inspiration




Alison wanted some denim jacket inspiration, so I rounded up three of my favorite looks-a maxi, topped with a hat, and dressed up with a sassy skirt. How would you style the ever-versatile denim jacket?
-Laurie
 

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