It is so easy to forget how good life is, but every now and then I think we all need a little nudge to remember gratitude. I love that today is a day when America stops for just a few moments and seeks thankfulness.
I hope more than anything that we all, no matter where our citizenship lies, can find room in our hearts for more gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, and a happy day of gratitude to all! xx
Quote via Mojo Creations
American Thanksgiving is coming up this week and one of my favorite, and admittedly a bit naughty, habits is eating a slice of pumpkin pie the next day for breakfast. I have been craving that pumpkin pie for days, so I created a guilt free pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth… at least until Thanksgiving finally gets here!
The best part of this recipe is it’s simplicity, but I also love that it offers a bite of America for us Americans and also for those of you who do not traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving! It’s a bit like traveling to America without having to buy a plane ticket!
(This recipe uses a can of pumpkin, but if you do not have access to the canned pumpkin, you can substitute cooked pumpkin that has been mashed in equal amount.)
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:
1 cup quick cooking oats (called finely cut outside the US)
1 can pumpkin
1 banana mashed
1 cup milk of choice
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp vanilla
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and stir. Heat on low, stirring continuously until just heated. If desired, sprinkle sweetened granola over the top and serve.
Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell
Can you believe that we are nearing the end of November already? The US is definitely gearing up for Thanksgiving next week and many of us, around the world, are preparing for the biggest travel season of the year. I hope some of these Jet Set Chic Essentials will get you ready for travel (and they make perfect gift ideas for any traveling girls you may be looking for gift ideas for!) I love each one of these, but my absolute favorite right now is the Oversized Blanket Scarf from Urban Outfitters. It has been my favorite piece the last couple weeks because it is so versatile. When you are traveling, you never know whether an airplane (or a car with a family that likes to run the a/c in the winter!) is going to be cold and this scarf can be used as a blanket, a scarf, or a shawl, and it can be thrown into a bag if you get hot. It comes in three beautiful colors and gets my Traveling Mama stamp of approval, no matter which color you choose!
And since we are chatting about travel… Will you be traveling in November or December? Where will you be going?
Jet Set Chic Essentials::
Initial Leather Tag :: $10, Kate Spade Saturday (WHAT A STEAL!)
Gold Power Card (never be without a charge again!) :: $29.50, Madewell (Get 20% off with this code:: YOURGIFT )
Sam and Libby Weekender Travel Bag:: $49.99, Target (FREE SHIPPING!)
Leather Gloves with a Sweet Metal Bow:: Ted Baker (SHIPS FREE!)
Oversized Geo Scarf :: $44, Urban Outfitters (FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $50)
I am so excited to share this adorable little gem of a shop with you today. It caught my eye when we were in Asheville, North Carolina, and I distinctly remember saying, “Anything with the words Travel and Chic in it has my attention!” Traveling Chic Boutique is a traveling girl’s paradise and is full of unique and fun items, all of which are chosen and curated by owner, Anna Grace. The shop is restocked weekly and rarely is an item seen twice. It’s like a little treasure hunt every time you visit and with unique designers and vintage items, there is an endless supply of choice. Traveling Chic Boutique has a bit of a sweet boho feel to it, but I had no trouble finding modern pieces that totally fit into my wardrobe as well.
Another thing I love is the heart for giving back that Anna has instilled in her company from the beginning. At checkout, clients have the option of taking a bag or donating one dollar to one of the charity jars hanging behind the register. My mom and I shared a bag, and happily donated a dollar to place a heart in the jar for the local food bank!
Traveling Chic Boutique lives up to it’s name by offering a Traveling Trunk Show that clients can book in advance and invite all their friends to. (Who wouldn’t want an adorable airstream to show up at their door?) You can also pop into one of their shops as well!
Take a peek at a few of our photos from our visit, including one of my husband entertaining himself while us girls shopped, and be sure to visit Traveling Chic Boutique online, and in Asheville, Richmond, Southern Pines, and Greenville!
Traveling Chic Boutique:: 30 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Photography: Jack Fussell