Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Healthy Breakfast Muffins
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I’ve always had a big love for breakfast. Like, a really big love. So big in fact that I once had an egg casserole instead of cake at my birthday party. Come to think of it, my friends probably weren’t too pleased when they saw the cake and ice cream had been replaced by eggs. Ha! I’m sure many of you love breakfast too. After all, what’s not to love about cereal, bagels, French toast, pancakes, and parfaits? Hard to go wrong when those are the options! That is until you decide to cut out processed food, gluten, and dairy from your diet like I did a few years ago. Transitioning into a new diet had its challenges, but giving up my favorite breakfast foods (Honey Bunches of Oats are LIFE. Can I get an amen?!) was the hardest for me!

Not only was it hard to give up my daily cereal portion, but I noticed that making a gluten-free, dairy-free, non-processed breakfast every morning was much more time consuming than I was used to. To avoid reaching for a prepackaged breakfast option, I’ve started making these breakfast muffins so I have something quick and easy to reach for in the morning. I make them in bulk and freeze them so that they last me a while. I’ve included the recipe below if you want to try them out! Oh, and a huge shoutout to my co-worker Peggy for the recipe!

Keep in mind, this is definitely a healthy breakfast muffin recipe. They do taste delicious in my opinion, but they won’t taste the same as a muffin that’s loaded with sugar and flour. Just giving you a fair warning! However, if you’re looking for a healthy, easy, and quick breakfast option that’s delicious as well… these are for you! 

Rice Flour Muffins with Yams

Makes about two dozen 2-inch muffins.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Have all ingredients at about 75 degrees.

Measure dry ingredients into a bowl:

2 cup rice flour

2 Tablespoon Potato Flour

4-5 Tablespoon Tapioca Flour

1 tsp. salt

5 Teaspoons double-acting baking powder

4 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. cardamom

Measure wet ingredients into a bowl:

4 Tablespoons softened butter

2 cup yam puree – (One large yam makes about two cups.)

2 well beaten eggs

2 cup milk (Rice milk or almond milk work too. I used almond milk.)

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients well and then with a few light strokes combine with the liquid mixture.

Bake 25 minutes

A Few Quick Tips:

If you’re used to something a little sweeter in the morning, try sprinkling a little coconut sugar on top of the muffins when you pull them out of the oven!

Make your muffins in bulk and freeze them so they’ll last a while! I doubled the recipe.

If you’re new to the healthy recipe world, remember to taste the food with your health in mind. Appreciate the delicious, natural flavors and don’t expect your healthy recipes to taste like the food we’re used to (processed and loaded with sugar)! Instead, find a new appreciation for good food that’s good for you. 🙂

I know the ingredient list can be a little daunting. But don’t let that keep you from making them! Once you have the supplies it will be easier to make the muffins in the future.

Haven’t heard of these ingredients? You can buy the gluten-free flours in the baking isle of a health-food store like Sprouts or Mother’s Market. Some regular grocery stores even carry them now, so check there too!

Can’t wait for you to try them out! Let me know what you think! Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and subscribe to Halfway Wholeistic to receive post notifications and giveaways!

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Wrap Style Sweater

The Perfect Wrap Style Sweater

 

 

sweater / jeans / bar necklace / shoes (similar) / rings / bracelet / sunglasses

I saw this sweater the other day and Nordstrom and knew it belonged in my closet. Wrap style clothing is my absolute favorite cut for tops and dresses… it’s just SO flattering on every body type! I’m also loving the thick waist band on this sweater too. Typically, I wear an XS in Madewell clothing, but I ended up buying this sweater in an XXS because that’s what they had in the store. Luckily it fits great!

While I had every intention of sharing this sweater with you guys from the moment I bought it, I must admit these almond trees are stealing the show a little bit. This past weekend we went up to visit some friends in Bakersfield, CA. They are almond farmers and their trees are just starting to bloom. It honestly felt like I had died and gone to Heaven! Lucky for us God gives us a little bit of Heaven here on Earth through things like blooming almond trees. Absolutely beautiful!

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President’s Weekend Sales

President’s Weekend Sales

button pullover / black dresser and nightstand / leather sofa / chic sweatshirtbud vases

Helloooo three day weekend! Anyone else enjoying an extended weekend? I sure hope so! And as if having an extra day off work wasn’t enough, the weekend sales make it that much better. I’ve rounded up all my favorite sales, and a few of my picks from each one! You can shop below by clicking on the link to each store. Shop my picks by clicking on the small photo icons below.

World Market – 15% off + free shipping on $150 or more using code FEBSAVE. 50% off rugs.

West Elm – 20% off everything using code HAPPYCART.

Wayfair – Up to 70% off.

Target – Up to 30% off using code GEORGE.

Ann Taylor Loft – 40% off using code HAPPY.

JCrew – 30% off + free shipping using code SOGOOD.

Abercrombie – 40% off throughout the store. Our favorite pull over is back in stock! Grab it before it goes!

Anthropologie – Extra 40% off sale items.

H&M – Up to 60% off + free shipping.

Nordstrom – Winter sale through February 25th.

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

WATER BOTTLE / PERFUME / FLORAL ROBE / NECKLACETINTED LIP BALM / CHAMPAGNE COUPES / BLUSH CROSSBODY BAG / ANKLE STRAP SANDAL / SHORT PAJAMAS / LACE ROBE / SILK PILLOWCASE / GOLD BANGLEWHITE BAISE CANDLE / BLUSH CANDLE / SLIPPERS

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s day, Galentine’s Day, or not celebrating anything at all, this post is for you! Some of these gifts I already own and love, and others are on my wish list. I’m thinking I may just leave this post open on Jordan’s computer and hope he gets the hint ;). In case you were wondering, I already own the Chanel perfume, and it smells so amazing. Jordan actually bought it for me as a wedding present! I also sleep with this silk pillowcase because it’s good for you hair and skin. One of those gifts that keeps on giving! If I had to choose three items from this list it would have to be the short pajamas, floral silk robe (so stinkin’ cute), and baise candle. But now that I typed that out, I’m looking at all the other cute choices and and quickly becoming indecisive… so, moving on! 

I made this gift guide so that you might find something pretty to treat yourself to. We can always use a little self-love! Or maybe you can pass it on to your significant other to make shopping easier for them and to ensure you’ll get a gift you love this Valentine’s Day. Either way, I hope you found something you love! 

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Guest Bathroom Update

Guest Bathroom Update
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If you’ve been following along with Halfway Wholeistic for a while, you may have seen a post on our guest bathroom renovation before. If you want to see the evolution of our bathroom over the past three years you can see the original post here. Now that a few more changes have taken place in this little space, I’m thinking it’s time for another update!
The thing I love most about this bathroom transformation is that it is 100% cosmetic. I didn’t change the structure in any way (though I may have liked too;)) because I needed to update it for a very low cost. With a little bit of elbow grease, this bathroom has transformed into a space I’m not ashamed to send our guests when they ask to use the restroom.

Before

After

 

 

 

Here is a list of the updates I’ve done to transform the bathroom:

  1. Removed the old mirror and replaced it with this one.
  2. Painted the cabinetry. I sanded it down, primed it with KILZ original, and added a top coat in the color Swiss Coffee (Any paint retailer can mix this color for you).
  3. Added new hardware to the drawers and cabinets.
  4. Added a new AC vent cover.
  5. Replaced the recessed light with this one. Literally takes 1 minute to install!
  6. New toilet (hubby did this one!)
  7. Painted the walls in Ice Cube (Any paint retailer can mix this color for you).
  8. Added a few decorative touches, the newest additions being the rug and artwork!

It truly was a mini bathroom renovation. I tried to focus on changing small, inexpensive things that when added up made a huge difference!
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope you were able to take something away from it! Have a great day friends and thank you for following along with Halfway Wholeistic!

 

 

 

 

 

Three Ways to Style a Shift Dress

Three Ways to Style a Shift Dress

DRESS / BOOTS / CLUTCH / HAT / BRACELET 1 / BRACELET 2 / NECKLACE / SUNGLASSES

I received a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas, and despite my usual tendency to hoard my gift cards, I actually spent it this weekend! Whenever I go shopping I try to make sure and purchase quality pieces that will be an investment in my wardrobe. For me, taking fabric, cut, and color into consideration is essential!

I ended up adding two great pieces to my wardrobe this weekend when I bought this shift dress and the coziest pair of jeans. I could go on and on about the jeans (they are so soft, the perfect cut, and a great color) but today I’m talking about the dress! This dress is such a timeless style, an amazing price, and comes in 9 different colors! Today I’m sharing three simple ways to style it.

If you would like to buy anything you see in this post, just click on the hyperlinks or small product icons! You can find the dress here and the jeans here. Many of the items I shared in this post are exact product matches, others are similar finds!

Style 1: Styled with Black

DRESS / BOOTS / CLUTCH / HAT / BRACELET 1 / BRACELET 2 / NECKLACE / SUNGLASSES

Style 2: Dressed Down

DRESS / FLATS 1 / FLATS 2 / BRACELET 1 / BRACELET 2 / NECKLACE / BACKPACK 1 / BACKPACK 2

Style 3: Ready for Spring

DRESS / WEDGES 1 / WEDGES 2 / BRACELET 1 / BRACELET 2 / NECKLACE / CLUTCH 1 / CLUTCH 2

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The Best of Target: An End of Winter Roundup

The Best of Target: An End of Winter Roundup

From top left to right: Hearth & Hand Vases / Bud Vases / White Ceramic Houses / Project 62 Rugs / Lounge Chair

We all do it… You head to Target to pick up a few essentials, and leave with a cart full of things you had zero intention of buying! It’s no secret that Target is the real deal. They carry some of the best products around for amazing prices! I took a trip there the other day because I wanted to see some of the latest and greatest they had to offer. I was in for a treat per usual!

Upon scouring the isles for the best deals and most beautiful products, I’ve rounded up a few lists for you to shop my favorites! I’ll be categorizing my finds into three categories: Hearth & Hand, Project 62, and a few clothing picks. But if you do one thing, PLEASE buy this candle. Seriously. Do it. I’m about to stock up for the year it smells that good! I also bought this vase, and these decor beads. All of which I would highly recommend! I’ve got my eye on this chair and this gorgeous piece of art. So don’t be surprised if you see them show up in my house in the near future! 😉

If you would like to shop these products simple click on the photos below or on any of the links embedded in the text! I’ll be doing a Target roundup every season, so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Hearth & Hand

Project 62

Clothing

Hope you found something you like! I mean, it’s Target so how could you not 🙂 Thank you so much for following along with my blog and for stopping by. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive post notifications and be entered in giveaways. Have a great day, friends!

 

 

 

 

 


My Goal For 2018

My Goal For 2018
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2018 is here and eeeeveryone’s got their mind set on a new plan, goal, or resolution. There’s just something about the New Year that inspires us to reflect and change for the better. I for one think that’s a really great thing! To be honest I didn’t really sit and brainstorm about what my New Year goal should be, it’s something Jordan and I have talked about over the past year and I’m excited to put it into action!

There are tons of things that I would like to better myself at. Being a better listener and devoting myself to a longer quiet time are just two of the many! But, setting aside all the personal goals, there is one thing that kept coming to mind throughout 2017.

Here’s the deal. One of the reasons I love running a blog is because I get to share all my favorite finds and keep you informed of all of my favorite products! This year, though, I want to throw a few more projects into the mix along with my favorite products. Incorporating both products and projects, however, is going to take a bit of planning! So, here’s how I’m mapping out the next year for my blog with one simple goal:

Prioritize projects. Plan for purchases. Practice discipline in order to achieve my goals.

I’m going to work really hard to minimize my spontaneous purchases so I can focus on the projects and products that are at the top of my list! And in case you are curious… here is my projects list for 2018! I am really excited to get started on these and can’t wait to take you along with me! *Dates and project order is subject to change. 😉

January & February – Add Living Room Furniture

Hoping to add a few more furniture pieces to finish off our main living spaces!

March & April – New Kitchen Countertops, Sink, and Faucet

I already have the products picked out, now it’s just time to put the plan into action! Cannot wait to get started on this one!

May – Front Porch Makeover

Got a few tricks up my sleeve for this project. It will require just a few minor changes that will make a big difference!

June & July – Master Bathroom Update

People often message me asking to see our other bathrooms. Trust me. There’s a reason you do not see our master bath! One day you will, though, and I can’t wait for the before and afters on this one.

August – Guest Bedroom

I guess you could say I’ve decorated our guest rooms… but I haven’t REALLY decorated them. You know, with a mood board and design plan. The whole shebang.

September – Finish Master Bedroom

I would really like to add some finishing touches to our bedroom. This project will most likely include artwork, pillows, and a chair.

October & November – Door Frames and Doors

All of our door frames have peeling paint and could use a bit of a face-lift. This is one of those projects that isn’t really fun to do, but it will feel really good once it’s done!

And there you have it. If half of these projects get completed in 2018, I’ll consider that a success! It’s important to make a plan, but it’s also important to be flexible and make decisions as they come.

Now that I’ve shared my goals for 2018, what are yours?! Leave a comment below or on my Instagram and tell me about your plan for the new year! Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all of these upcoming projects.

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Purchases of 2017

My Favorite Purchases of 2017

I made my fair share of purchases this past year, and today I am rounding up my very favorites! According to a few statistics, these are some of YOUR favorites too, 🙂 So it’s safe to say this is OUR favorite product list for 2017! I have included a few home essentials as well as wardrobe staples that I would highly recommend. You can shop all of these products by clicking on the links or by shopping the small photos at the bottom of the post!

1. Classic White Pottery

THE. BEST. These vases are so affordable and can be used all around your home throughout the year!

2. Fine Hand Soap

I started using Murchison Hume hand soap and won’t every turn back! They have an entire line of safe cleaning products. This stuff smells and feels so amazing. As an added bonus, it’s also safe for pets and kids!

3. Loafers

Hello cozy, casual, and glamorous. Loafers are my go-to shoe. While they may be casual, they make you feel like a million bucks.

4. Pendant Floor Lamp

You know those purchases that you never grow tired of? This lamp is one of them. Its sleek style is timeless and classic. I just know I’ll love it for years to come.

5. Fine Knit Sweaters

As much as I love a chunky knit sweater, fine knit sweaters are my true love They are so affordable and comfortable. Double win!

6. Mudcloth Pillows

It was the year of mudcloth and I’m not even mad about it. I love my mudcloth pillows just as much as the day they arrived! 

Photo Source: Loom Goods

7. Pretty Artwork

I finally selected a pretty piece of art for our formal living room. So many of you have bought this piece as well, and I can see why! I also added a few smaller pieces throughout our home and I’m loving the unique character artwork adds to each space.

8. Loring Line Console and Side Table

This is hands down one of your favorites and mine! The Loring line is just beautiful. I purchased the console table and side table and think the coloring and style is juuuust right. They have tons of other furniture pieces in this line that are both gorgeous and extremely affordable. Click here to see the whole line.

8. My New Camera!

Hello pretty pictures! My new Canon 6D Mark II is a stunner. The perfect high end camera for a ‘middle of the road’ price. I also started using the 50mm lens and 28mm lens this year. They are also affordable and make such a difference in the quality of each photo!

9. Round Mirrors

I added a round brass mirror to our entryway, and a large black one to our guest bathroom. Both are very affordable and make quite the statement. 

10. My Very Favorite Levi Jeans

These. Are. So. Good. These jeans are under $100, are super cozy, and have the perfect amount of distressing! Did I mention they are super comfy? Dress them up or down to feel like a million bucks.

 

What are your favorite purchases of 2017? Leave a comment below or stop by on Instagram to let me know! Make sure to subscribe to stay up to date with my upcoming projects and purchases that I have planned for 2018!

New Years Eve Party Guide

New Years Eve Party Guide

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Ready or not, New Years is just a few days away! I’ve always enjoyed celebrating NYE because it seems to draw out the holiday season juuust a little longer. Whether going out or staying in, I love to embrace all things glitter and gold to ring in the new year. To make things easy for all of us, I’ve put together a quick NYE guide that includes a few fun and easy DIY projects as well as outfits for any occasion. Keep reading to find out a few easy ways you can add a little extra oomph to your holiday party this year!

DRESS (similar) / NECKLACE (similar 1) (similar 2) (similar 3)

SKIRT (similar) / SWEATER / BRACELET (similar) / BOW HEELS (similar)

Simple NYE DIY Projects

Wrap Your Wine Bottles

I added a bit of NYE glam to the wine and champagne bottles by wrapping them in construction paper that I picked up at Michael’s Craft Store. I used glitter stick-on numbers to spell out the new year and a gold sharpie to write!

Cover It With Confetti

Confetti really makes New Years Eve feel like New Years Eve, doesn’t it? I picked up this bottle of gold confetti at Michael’s Craft Store, and just started sprinkling it on all the things! You can also find so many great, gold-themed party supplies here!

Blow Up Balloons

Forget the helium! Blow up a few balloons and scatter them throughout your space. They look just as pretty on the floor!

Create A Photo Backdrop

The simple photo backdrop used in this post was created with a few simple items! First, I purchased white wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby and laid it on the floor against a white wall in our garage. Then, I purchased a white baseboard from Home Depot and set it on top of the paper to make it look more polished and flush to the wall. Add some confetti and balloons and your guests can capture their evening in a fun and unique way!

Dress Up Your Drinks

When I’m trying to dress up my drinks for the holidays, I often opt for cranberries, greenery, and fun paper straws. Take it a step further and roll your cranberries in water and then sugar to make them look frosted! This year I also created a fun champagne topper that says ‘sip sip hooray!’. After printing and cutting them out, I glued the toppers onto a BBQ skewer and placed them in the flutes. CLICK HERE to receive your free printable on 12/30.

Outfits For Every Occasion

Whether you’re going out or staying in, I’ve got you covered. Click on the photos to shop directly!

Going Out

Staying In

For The Home

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