September 9, 2013 by Jenn
My favorite time is upon us!!!! It’s starting to be nice and cool (almost downright chilly) when I leave the house in the early morning and I can just feel that sweater weather is not far behind. Like any other crazy person, September 1st I went to the mart across the street from my house and started checking everyday for Martha Stewart’s Halloween guide (which they didn’t actually put out until the 5th). Once I had it in my possession I drank my pumpkin iced coffee on my front porch and started planning. It is true that Halloween is my favorite holiday but even if you aren’t big into the spooky scary, you can still prepare for fall and have a lot of fun. Here are 13 (spooooky, right?) ideas to get you in the fall spirit!
Fall would not be complete without pumpkin treats! These vegan cupcakes are delicious.
Dye your own yarn for all your fall projects!
Cool weather calls for warm meals! Try out our vegan corn and cheddar chowder, you won’t be sorry!
Start your DIY gift list early and make some sweater buds.
Treat yourself with vegan peanut butter cups.
Make a Halloween door wreath for under 15 bucks!
Our Bourbon Ginger Swizzle will warm you right up!
Holiday party season is on it’s way, spice up your ensemble with your own DIY accessories.
Cozy up with your favorite spooky movie and chow down on our popcorn recipe!
Start screen printing a tote or a few tea towels to get a head start on Christmas gifts!
Enjoy a late night snack or maybe just have a S’mores cupcake for lunch?
Apple pie liqueur? Yes, please!
Warm up your breakfast with these Marmalade Rolls!
What are your favorite things to get ready for fall?
September 7, 2013 by Jenn
Today we celebrate a year of blogging! W.O.W. The Cheap Luxury is 1 year old.. I honestly wasn’t sure when I started this blog how things would go. I realized in the beginning it was a lot of work for one person (especially one person who has two jobs) so I recruited some friends to see what a collaboration would be like. After the fair-weather bloggers were weeded out, I was left with one truly amazing lady, Emily. Together we have worked really hard to bring fresh ideas and helpful hints for a better and more productive life. Over the past few months our lives became a little… hectic. I moved to Virginia and then promptly moved back and Emily has been preparing and planning for her wedding (I’m one of her bridesmaids, yay!) which is coming at the end of September.
Even though sometimes things get in the way, we are completely dedicated to getting back on track over here and we have a lot of new ideas coming your way. Blogs can seem daunting or like you don’t have enough time and yes, sometimes you just need a break but overall they can be something really wonderful. For example, what a lot of you don’t know is that through this blog and having monthly meetings and going over ideas and recipes is what made Emily and I started spending a lot more time together and ultimately that’s how we became the super close friends that we are now. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. She’s a pretty awesome gal.
For those reading, thanks for sticking with us through this year. Year 1 is where you work out all the kinks, figure out a schedule that is best, and get into your groove. Year 2 is when things really start to get awesome and we can’t wait to show you what we have planned!! Stick with us, things are about to get even more awesome!
September 6, 2013 by Jenn
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a Sunday off and that meant a trip to the Farmer’s Market! I have lived in Baltimore for over 5 years and this was my first time ever! I usually work on Sunday mornings and Patrick has to go to the market solo. I had no idea how big it actually was until we got there. There are lots of vendors selling the usual fruits and veggies but there are also a lot of people set up with antiques and crafts that they’ve made. We got up super early and headed downtown. I was informed that “you gotta get there early to snag the good stuff”. I didn’t realize that meant getting there at 7am but I was sure glad I did.
Someone was a little grumpy and needed a coffee..
I opted for a fresh squeezed lemonade instead..
This guy is awesome. He looks kinda mean but he’s not at all. His tomatoes are ridiculous. Seriously, Maryland’s tomatoes have been incredible this year and his are the best I’ve ever had. He also just stands there yelling about his tomatoes all day in his cute little outfit.
Another reason why I love the market: fresh flowers. I was actually surprised how many flower vendors there were. There were all different booths where you could make your own bouquet, purchase a pre-made bouquet, or pick out your favorite plants and herbs. I picked out daisies (my favorite flowers) and a beautiful bouquet of wild flowers.
Someone was a bit happier after some samples of cheeses and green tomatoes.
The day was a success. We filled up 3 huge reusable shopping bags full of produce and fresh eggs and we spent less that 40 dollars. (That’s including my flowers and our drinks!) I’m really glad I got to go before the market season ends. It’s nice to be able to see these people who own the farms and know exactly where your food is coming from, it’s also A LOT cheaper than the grocery store. What’s your favorite thing to buy at the Farmer’s Market?
September 5, 2013 by Jenn
isn’t always gold. I could be one of those bloggers who makes a lot of excuses for being away for a while but I won’t. Sometimes you need a break. Sometimes you just feel a little defeated. Last you heard from me I was planning my big move to Richmond to go back to school. Welp, I did it. I moved. I went to Richmond with a lot of ideas about how things would go and none of it really worked out that way.. and now I’m back in Baltimore. It was the kind of situation where all that could go wrong went wrong. My living situation was uncomfortable, my job situation was not worth it, and VCU actually lost my application somewhere and once they finally realized where it went, fall was full and I wouldn’t be able to attend until the spring. I think in being an adult, it’s important to know when a situation is bad for you, whether it be mentally, physically, or otherwise. Sometimes it takes more courage to admit that something is bad for you than to just keep doing what you think you are “supposed” to be doing. I had a lot of fears in coming back. I thought everyone would judge me a little for coming back but honestly, everyone was just happy I was home. Sometimes the universe sends you a big fat slap in the face and you gotta roll with it.
After I returned to Baltimore in July, a lot of things changed for the better. I moved in with my amazing boyfriend, I got a new job at a brand new restaurant, and this entire ordeal has made me more grateful for what I have and really put some things into perspective. Onward and upward. I did have some fun while I was in Virginia.
I got to spend some time with one of my most wonderful friends Cristin and her two little boys jack and Henry who are as funny as they are precious. I also happened to live in the old Good Humor factory that had been turned into apartments. That was pretty awesome actually.
Sometimes things don’t work out the way you plan but that doesn’t always mean you’re doing it wrong. Life has a funny way of working out sometimes.. I will now be back in full force, postin up a storm. I got a lot of cute things planned so stay tuned!
If you’d like to learn more about Cristin and her adorable little family, she has her own blog which can be found here.