My Favorite: Instagram Accounts

So, you may notice that my blog posts seem a little scarce. Well, I had some technical difficulties. All of my photos got deleted from my blog’s media file, and I didn’t have them saved anywhere else (mistake #1). So, instead of leaving my posts photo-less, I decided to delete them and replace them with newer posts.

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Book Bento Box not only suggests great books, but presents them in the most beautiful Instagram grid.

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The Bucket List Family is a family of (now) 5. They sold everything they owned and began traveling the world. They will instill a sense of wanderlust, and will make you fall in love with their incredible family bond.

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A shameless plug for my new workplace – Riffraff Fayetteville. They post all the new arrivals and in-store exclusives. Their grid is very appealing and it will make you want to shop! You can place orders through Instagram and either pickup in store or have shipped for free.

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Walt Disney World has the most colorful and one of the happiest Instagram grids I have ever seen. You can’t not want to visit after glancing through their photos. I am a big fan of Disney (read about my Drinking Around the World experience here), and love seeing a Disney pic while scrolling through my feed.

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Emily Shuman is the woman behind Cupcakes and Cashmere (my favorite blog). She shares outfits, food, and a lot about her adorable daughter, Sloan. She will also get really real with her followers – which I admire.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?



My Favorite: Christmas Movies

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and it could be due to the unlimited amount of great Christmas movies to get you in the spirit. Here is a list of my favorites (in order).

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – definitely the live version!
  2. Elf
  3. The Holiday
  4. Christmas with the Cranks
  5. The Polar Express
  6. Miracle on 34th Street
  7. Home Alone
  8. Love Actually
  9. Frosty the Snowman
  10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

What are your favorite Christmas movies?



My Favorite: Fall Dessert Recipe

I just got back to Tuscaloosa after a wonderful fall break at home. I got to surprise everyone by coming home a day early (I had to keep a secret from them all and it was so difficult). Ben and I carved pumpkins – our fall break tradition – and spent a day visiting his mom in Memphis, riding her horses, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. And of course, we went to Las Brisas for chicken, cheese, and rice (yes, thats the meal and exactly how you order it). My mom and I got pampered with pedicures, I got my hair updated for fall, and I spent some time in the kitchen with my meme.

Because it was fall break, I couldn’t think of a better time to learn how to make Meme’s apple crisp – my favorite fall dessert. The featured image is of the original recipe she has, but she has made tweaks of her own throughout the years (as all great bakers do). We went by her own recipe that is only documented in her head – and now here. Enjoy & Happy Fall!

Meme's Apple Crisp

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet, tart, perfect-for-fall dessert.


  • 6 apples (I used Fuji but you could use Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a mixture)
  • 4 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS + 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 cup butter


  1. Butter a 9×13 pan.
  2. Pare and dice apples. Place diced apples in bowl.
  3. Combine 4 TBS sugar and 1 TBS cinnamon to sprinkle on apples. Mix to be sure each apple slice has the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Place apples in an even layer along the bottom of the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups brown sugar, 1.5 cup flour, 1 cup quick oats, 1 TSP cinnamon, and 1/2 TSP salt.
  6. Slowly mix in 1 cup melted butter to complete the topping.
  7. Knead topping mixture with hands until it is moist but crumbly.
  8. Crumble the topping over the apples in the pan.
  9. Bake at 350 until topping is golden brown (about 40-50 minutes).
  10. Serve warm à la mode.

For an even better apple crisp mix in 1 cup of powdered milk in the topping.