Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

It’s almost time for Halloween! Time to indulge in these boo-tiful Ghost Cupcakes.

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

Don’t worry, these ghouls are extremely sweet – literally!

I’ve been in the Halloween spirit since the beginning of fall. Call me crazy, but Halloween treats desserts me the same amount of joy as holiday baking does.

For this year’s spooky celebrations, I decided to whip up a batch of Ghost Cupcakes. Don’t worry, they’re not as creepy as they sound! Made up of meringue cookies and smooth buttercream frosting, they’re sweet to look at as much as they are to eat.

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

If you’ve been reading Fabulous Habits for some time, you’ll know that I love to bake. I live for it; I am so incredibly passionate about it. My mind is constantly churning and thinking of new ideas for my next best treat. It’s come to the point where Joe questions when I haven’t baked in over a week.

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

As a Canadian, I’m lucky enough to have a Bulk Barn right around the corner from my house. I’m not a huge believer of love at first sight, but my first visit to their store had me thinking otherwise. As a seasoned home baker, Bulk Barn is the ultimate dream. You can purchase as much or as little as you like from a wide range of ingredients. Sure, I bulk up on confectioners’ sugar and chocolate chips on my weekly trip. But sometimes, recipes call for ingredients I don’t use on the daily (like spelt flour and coconut sugar). This is where Bulk Barn comes in. They offer almost everything for your baking endeavours, plus you can choose exactly how much of it you want.

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

My Ghost Cupcakes recipe is one for the books. While most bakers opt to bake Ghost Cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, I decided to take another route. When I bake cupcakes, I like to add a sprinkle of uniqueness, like fondant shapes and unexpected ingredients. For this particular Halloween dessert, I decided to use meringue cookies as the main star.

I headed to Bulk Barn with my containers to gather all the ingredients for these Ghost Cupcakes. Yup, containers: Bulk Barn is super eco-friendly and encourage the use of reusables whilst shopping at their stores! Here’s how to make Halloween ghost cupcakes for your upcoming spooky festivities:

How to Make Ghost Cupcakes

Here's our step-by-step guide on how to make Ghost Cupcakes for Halloween. Made of meringue cookies and smooth buttercream frosting, this Halloween treat is one for the books! #halloweendesserts

Ingredients You’ll Need

One dozen of your favorite chocolate cupcakes (My surefire chocolate cupcake recipe can help you out!)

For the Meringue Ghosts
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
¼ tsp cream of tartar
½ cup white sugar
Black decorating frosting

For the Buttercream Frosting
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Purple gel food coloring

Supplies Needed
Wilton tip #12
Wilton tip #3
Piping bags

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

Yields: 12 decorated ghosts

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Pour egg whites in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, start beating it on low.

Add cream of tartare.

Slowly add sugar and gradually increase mixer to its highest speed.

Continue mixing until mixture turns bright white and forms semi-stiff peaks.

Scoop meringue mixture into a piping bag with Wilton tip #12 attached.

Pipe out meringue mounds on lined baking sheet – to do so, create a base about 1 inch in diameter and continue piping until it’s about 2 inches high, pulling and quickly releasing your grip on the icing bag to create a pointed tip.

Bake for 2 hours. Once time is up, turn off the heat on the oven and leave inside for an additional 30 minutes.

As the meringue bakes, prepare your buttercream frosting – to start, add butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk into a large bowl.

Use an electric mixer to beat together all ingredients.

Once everything is well-incorporated and smooth, add one small drop of violet gel food coloring. Continue to mix until the buttercream is completely tinted purple.

Scoop out the buttercream into a piping bag with Wilton tip #12 attached. Frost each cupcake.

Remove meringue from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Attach Wilton tip #3 on black decorating frosting and pipe out eyes and mouth on each meringue cookie.

Place one meringue ghost on each cupcake. If there are any extras, serve alongside the cupcakes.

Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes Meringue cookies take a new twist with these delicious (and oh-so adorable) Ghost Cupcakes. They're perfect for Halloween because their ghoulish AND sweet! #halloweencupcakes

What do you think of these Halloween treats? These Ghost Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any spooky-sweet table. Do you like the fact that we used meringue instead of buttercream to create the ghosts?

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes for your spooky sweet table. The kids will love making this Halloween recipe with you. Roll up your sleeves - you've got some baking to do! #halloweendesserts

Roasted Fall Vegetables

Roasted fall vegetables are my favorite side dish during this time of the year.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

It’s time to impress all your guests this Thanksgiving.

I am always one to have a side dish with every single meal. I can’t eat any mains without one. Get this: for me, even a plate of pasta needs an accompanying bowl of salad – it’s just how I roll.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

Roasting vegetables is by far, the easiest way to squeeze in a side dish for all of our family’s dinners. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, and I love a good serving of roasted fall vegetables with my meats and mains.

For this particular recipe, I opted to use carrots, sweet potatoes and mushrooms. All of the ingredients combined offer an interesting flavor profile. Also, the carrots offer a much needed crunch, since the sweet potatoes and mushrooms are so much softer in texture.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

How to Cook-Up Roasted Fall Vegetables

How to perfectly roast fall vegetables - an easy recipe that your entire family will enjoy. #roastedvegetables

Roasting vegetables is a lot easier than you think. The key to veggie roasting is to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. I learned that this number is the best temperature to roasting most, if not all, veggies. The one thing I alter is the actual time the veggies sit in the oven to cook. I adjust accordingly, all based on vegetable type, vegetable texture, etc.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

You probably already have most ingredients to roast a few vegetables. Really, all it takes is extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. From those basics, you can take it up a notch by adding other seasonings and ingredients. But, oil and S&P are the foundations for roastin’ up those veggies! Trust me, you’ll have them ready just in time for dinner.

Roasted Fall Vegetables

    • 1 sweet potato
    • 6-7 large brown mushrooms
    • 6-7 carrots
    • 4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 5-7 pecan halves, chopped into small pieces
    • Honey, for drizzling

Yields: 4 servings, as a side dish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Have a pan ready and set aside.

Peel sweet potato and cut into bite-sized cubes, about ½ an inch in size. Place into pan.

Thoroughly wash mushrooms and dry. De-stem each one and cut in half. Place into pan.

Wash all the carrots and cut off the ends on each one. Set on top of the bed of mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

Pour extra virgin olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Top off the oiled veggies with chopped pecans.

Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and drizzle honey over on top.

Serve as a side and enjoy.

My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables My recipe for roasted fall vegetables is exactly what you need this season. It's easy and delicious and a perfect way to add some color to your next family meal. #roastedvegetables

It’s seriously that easy to roast your favorite fall vegetables. This is why I turn to this recipe whenever my meals are lacking veggies or color.

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It's fall so that means delicious vegetables are in season. Here's a quick and easy recipe on how to roast your very own fall vegetables #raostedfallvegetables

Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding

When you’re on the go, you can turn to this apple cinnamon chia pudding first thing in the morning.

When you're on the go, this apple cinnamon chia pudding will be there to save your hectic morning. Guess what? It's incredibly easy to make! #chiaseedpudding

It’s like autumn in a jar.

Ever since I made this chocolate chia seed pudding recipe, I’ve been hooked. It’s seriously the easiest breakfast solution – and I’m all about an easy morning.

For so long, I was intimidated by chia seeds. Little did I know that they’re cost-effective and a breeze to whip up.

When you're on the go, this apple cinnamon chia pudding will be there to save your hectic morning. Guess what? It's incredibly easy to make! #chiaseedpudding

Recently, Leo’s taken a liking to apples. As a mom to a picky eater, this couldn’t make me happier. So long as he’s picking up healthy eating habits one step at a time, I get more and more relieved.

Because of this, I picked up a bag of apples at my last trip to the grocery store. His timing couldn’t be more perfect, because they’re totally in season.

When you're on the go, this apple cinnamon chia pudding will be there to save your hectic morning. Guess what? It's incredibly easy to make! #chiaseedpudding

With so many apples on-hand, I decided to incorporate them with my chia seed pudding recipe. The result? A delicious, healthy, on-the-go breakfast.

Here’s how to make a batch for your family:

Chia seed pudding in 3 easy steps! Whip up this Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding for your family - a huge relief for your busy morning routine! #busymornings #breakfastsolution

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Chia Pudding

Ingredients Needed:
2 cups whole milk
2 tsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup chia seeds
1 apple, diced
Granola, for topping

Yields: 2 servings

In a large bowl, whisk together milk, honey and cinnamon.

Add chia seeds into milk mixture and stir.

Pour chia seed mixture into a food container and refrigerate overnight.

Serve in individual cups/bowls and top off with diced apple and granola. I like to drizzle mine with additional honey, but this is optional.

When you're on the go, this apple cinnamon chia pudding will be there to save your hectic morning. Guess what? It's incredibly easy to make! #chiaseedpudding When you're on the go, this apple cinnamon chia pudding will be there to save your hectic morning. Guess what? It's incredibly easy to make! #chiaseedpudding

Have you ever made chia seed pudding?
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Folks, this has got to be the easiest chia pudding recipe you'll ever come across. Plus, it's easy and full of delicious flavors like cinnamon and apple! Perfect for autumn mornings. #cinnamonchiapudding

Our Family’s Trip to Canada’s Wonderland: Camp Spooky Review

Time to get spooked – but with a fun, family-friendly twist. Here’s our Camp Spooky Review from our recent trip to Canada’s Wonderland.

Looking for a fun family activity for the fall? Canada's Wonderland offers Camp Spooky to all its little guests - join us for our Camp Spooky Review, a not-so-scary Halloween celebration in one of Canada's renowned amusement parks! #canadaswonderland
A huge thank you to Canada’s Wonderland for hosting us for a weekend full of fun and adventure! All opinions are 100% my own.

We had a spooky good time – and meeting Peanuts characters was a huge plus.

Every summer growing up, my family and I drove out to Canada’s Wonderland. It’s about a 6-7 hour drive from Montreal, so we would make a weekend out of it (it also helped that my aunt and cousin lived in Toronto).

Now that I have a family of my own, I’ve been following the same tradition. The first year we brought Leo to the theme park, we played-up our role as foodies and explored all the great snacks they have to offer.

Looking for a fun family activity for the fall? Canada's Wonderland offers Camp Spooky to all its little guests - join us for our Camp Spooky Review, a not-so-scary Halloween celebration in one of Canada's renowned amusement parks! #canadaswonderland

This year, our summer was filled to the brim with plans. We wanted so desperately to squeeze in a trip to Canada’s Wonderland but there simply wasn’t enough time.

We decided to head to the theme park during the fall – and what a great decision it was. Luckily on the day of our visit, we were blessed with great weather. It was a crisp, fall day with no rain and just sunshine. (Thank you, Mother Nature!) Since we visited on the first weekend of October, their oh-so-famous Camp Spooky was in full swing.

As a mom, I’m constantly on the prowl for fun activities with the kiddos. This is why I decided to give you our honest Camp Spooky review – we enjoyed it so much! It’s definitely a great way to kick off the autumn season with the entire family!

Looking for a fun fall-time activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland

Our Family’s Trip to Canada’s Wonderland: Camp Spooky Review

The idea behind Canada’s Wonderland’s Camp Spooky is to provide scare-free activities for the kiddos, while getting them into the Halloween/Fall spirit.

Come in Dressed Up!

One of the best parts to Halloween? Getting dressed up! Be sure to get your kiddo excited by coming into the park in full costume.

So Thematic!

The first thing I noticed when we entered Planet Snoopy (Canada’s Wonderland’s kid-friendly section) was all the Halloween décor and details. It was totally decked out! It definitely got us into the spooky spirit and created such a fun ambiance for our little one.

Looking for a fun fall-time activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland Looking for a fun fall-time activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland Looking for a fun fall-time activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland

Dixieland Band

Roaming around the grounds of Camp Spooky is the Dixieland Band. They were extremely entertaining and dressed for the occasion!

Looking for a fun fall-time activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland

Meeting Our Favourite Characters

No trip to Canada’s Wonderland is complete without saying hi to our fave Peanuts characters!

Looking for a fun falltime activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland

Camp Spooky’s Trick-or-Treating Experience

At Camp Spooky, kids are given the chance to trick-or-treat within the park. There are stations that give out candy – you can find them on the map that’s provided at the entrance of Planet Snoopy!

Looking for a fun falltime activity? Travelling to Toronto, Ontario? At Canada's Wonderland, they've got a great theme during the months of September and October: Camp Spooky. It offers kids a not-so-scary Halloween celebration so it's perfect for the entire family! Here's our honest Camp Spooky review. #canadaswonderland

Camp Spooky will be open every weekend from September 28, 2019 to October 27, 2019. I hope you have a blast with your little ones – and have a spookin’ good time!

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Halloween Decoration Ideas

Double, double toil and trouble – here are some inspiring Halloween decoration ideas to get your spook on.

We gotta impress those trick or treaters! Here are ways to decorate your home for Halloween this year! I've rounded up some of the best Halloween decoration ideas - check 'em out on Fabulous Habits! #halloweendecorations

…because Halloween décor can be ghoulish, fun and stylish.

 

I remember when I moved into my first condo – I was ecstatic and totally into the decorating game. Seriously, every single holiday/celebration/civic holiday (joking… kind of) had some sort of décor re-do.

After entering parenthood, I put my love for seasonal decorating on pause. I was trying to catch my breath with our new schedule and routine, so setting that aside was almost inevitable.

But now, with our new home, I’m totally pumped. I have Halloween decoration ideas coming out of my ears. Of course, I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for inspiration, and I can’t wait to share some of my findings.

Look no further – here are some Halloween setups to inspire your next décor haul:

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!

My Favorite Halloween Decoration Ideas

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!

Jack-o-Lanterns are the epitome of Halloween. I found a few décor DIYs that put a fun, new, creative twist to the smiling pumpkin.

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!

1. These steam pumpkins on the Huckleberry Life blog are incredibly impressive.

2. This DIY Halloween Wreath is made with supplies from the dollar store and I’m totally obsessed with it!

3. One of the best ways to seasonally decorate a dining area is through centerpieces. I love these pumpkin-themed centerpieces by Mama Cheaps.

4. I am digging how Christine of Where the Smiles Have Been put together her Halloween mantel – check out those pumpkins on either side of her fireplace! Stunning!

For more inspiration…

1. This sparkly pumpkin is absolutely gorgeous – and at just the right price! If you’re like me, and would rather opt for a more ‘elegant’ take on Halloween décor, then this piece should be one to consider.

2. This set of beige pumpkins would go so well with our farmhouse décor.

3. Move over grinning Jack-o-Lanterns! These pillow covers are subtle and right on trend.

4. I would love to put these across our TV stand for some subtle Halloween additions to our living room.

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!
On my hunt for Halloween décor ideas, I found these creatively ghoulish crafts:

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!

1. These outdoor decorations are super creative and oh-so-easy to make.

2. I’m all about that terrarium trend, and this Halloween-themed one is so adorable.

3. Salve Sister and Mister made this repurosed ghost craft and it’s so much fun!

For more inspiration…

1. These hanging ghosts are spooky and the perfect addition for any front yard Halloween décor.

2. If you’re into a more colorful look, these hanging decorations are tons of fun – and your kids will love them, too!

3. For trick or treaters, it’s all about the entryway. These giant hanging ghosts are all you need to keep the spook factor in-tact for your Halloween transformation.

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!

Putting together a list of Halloween decoration ideas - just a little inspiration to spruce up your home for the spookiest time of the year!
1. Last year, I put together a post for Kenarry Ideas for the Home and created this Halloween countdown board, complete with felt skulls and blackboard pieces.

2. This skull centerpiece from the A Home to Grow Old In Blog is sheer perfection. Both spooky and creative, it’s a double win!

3. Amy of Atta Girl Says put together this Halloween porch and it’s absolutely gorgeous (in a spooky, Halloween sort-of-way) – and can we just talk about that perfect skull rug?

4. This DIY for skull decorations is absolutely brilliant. Imagine it on a mantel? Sheer perfection!

For more inspiration…

1. I’m all about skulls during this time of the year. When I spotted this one online, I just knew I had to get my hands on it for our home Halloween décor.

2. Okay, here’s another skull decoration – and it’s so unique because it has an amethyst look. So chic yet, spooky!

3. Need to spruce up your kitchen for the scariest time of the year? These skull mugs should do the trick.

Out of these crafty decorations, which one’s your fave? How do you decorate your home for Halloween?

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Impress those trick or treaters with these amazing Halloween decoration ideas! Time to get your spook on! #halloweendecor

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Welcome, Fall! This Pumpkin Banana Bread will surely get you in the autumn spirit.

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

I’m having a blast using all the pumpkin puree possible.

Lately, I’ve been purchasing tons of cans of pumpkin puree. I’m not sure why, but there’s something about this season that makes me gravitate towards them in the grocery store. On my last canned pumpkin haul, I baked these fresh pumpkin chocolate chip cookies – and they were a hit!

This week, I found myself with some overly ripe bananas, so naturally, banana bread was in order in our kitchen! And then, it hit me: with canned pumpkin sitting in my pantry, I only thought it appropriate to whip-up a scrumptious Pumpkin Banana Bread.

…and I’m here to tell you how!

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

All you need to make this loaf of Pumpkin Banana Bread is:

  • 1 banana (yup, that’s it – just one!)
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking soda + powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips (and lots of it!)

So gather up your ingredients, because I’m here to teach you how to make it! Let’s go!

Pumpkin Banana Bread for the win. Got some overly ripe bananas and pumpkin puree in the kitchen? Then look no further because I've got a recipe for Pumpkin Banana Bread that you'll love. #pumpkinrecipes

How to Make Pumpkin Banana Bread

Making Pumpkin Banana Bread is not hard whatsoever. On the contrary, all it takes is lots of mixing and a dash of love – I mean, love is what makes every meal and dessert delicious, isn’t it?!

When you make your Pumpkin Banana Bread, be sure you mash the banana thoroughly. It shouldn’t be hard since the recipe calls for a very ripe banana. I used a potato masher to achieve the perfect consistency.

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

As I listed it in the ingredients above, be sure you are purchasing pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. You can’t substitute one for the other or else it will throw your entire recipe off.

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

As for the chocolate chips, just go for it! You can use as much or as little as you please.

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

…and before you know it, you’ll have Pumpkin Banana Bread – this recipe is one for the books, I tell ya!

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

  • 1 large banana, very ripe
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Yields: 6-8 servings

Generously coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, use a potato masher to mash banana. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla and butter and mix.

Once all wet ingredients are well-combined, add flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Once the batter has formed, fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into coated loaf pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread My recipe for pumpkin banana bread is not only easy to whip up, it's totally delish too! #pumpkinbananabread

What are some of your favorite pumpkin-infused recipes?

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This recipe is one for the books! Impress your guests with this scrumptious Pumpkin Banana Bread #falldesserts

The Best Chick Lit Books for Your Upcoming Vacation

I’m rounding up the best chick lit books to take with you on the beach, on the road and for your upcoming adventure.

Planning your next vacation? Well, that means you should be planning your next beach reads, too! Today, I'm rounding up the best chick lit books that I've ever come across. #readinglist
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Heading on vacation? Time to get reading!

I’m always planning my next vacation. If you’re a continuous reader of this blog (by the way, thank you!) then you’ll know that our family absolutely adores travelling. When we hit the road, I always make sure to pack a couple of novels because in my opinion, there’s nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a good book. It also helps me fulfill the reading challenge that I take part in every year.

When it comes to vacation reading, I’m all about that “chick lit” vibe. I love a good, light-hearted read while I’m away, so I decided to round-up the best in chick-lit literature.

Here are some of my recommendations:

Here are some of the best chick lit books out there. If you're looking for a lighthearted and inspiring read, then check out my list of recommendations! #reaedinglist #chicklitbooks

The Best Chick Lit Books for Your Upcoming Vacation

These are some of the best chick lit books that I’ve come across. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! You may have even already read some of these titles but there’s nothing wrong with revisiting a good story (or two!).

1. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Something Borrowed was actually one of the first chick lit books I ever picked up. If you’re into love triangles, then this a must-read. The highly-acclaimed novel marked author, Emily Giffin, on the map.

Rachel White is a well-rounded woman: an impressive Manhattan lawyer who excelled in school and was always the best sidekick to her outgoing bestie, Darcy. When Rachel realizes that Darcy’s fiancé shares romantic feelings with her, things spiral out of control. Rachel must face the ultimate choice between true love or a lifelong friendship.

2. Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
I have always been a fan of Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. Together, they’re an impressive force, creating and writing some of the best reads I have ever come across.

In one of their most recent books, Fitness Junkie, their leading lady, Janey Sweet, is written off her own business due to her recent weight gain (Yikes – I know, right?!). From there, things spiral out of control and Janey throws herself into the challenging expectations of the modern fitness world (which includes overpriced smoothies and clay-eating, of course).

Psst: I have a more thorough review of the book here, since it was the first book I picked up this year.

3. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
If I could choose my next bff, then it would obviously be Mindy Kaling. An impressive comedian, actress, writer executive producer and director, she is best known for her role as Mindy Lahiri on her highly-acclaimed series, The Mindy Project.

If you’re already familiar with her work, then Why Not Me should be a book to check out. Reading through her pages, you’ll feel it was as if Mindy was talking directly to you. It’s definitely a must-read and perfect for your upcoming vacation. I reviewed it back in 2015, the year of its debut, and you can check it out here.

4. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Kinsella is queen bee of chick lit books so I couldn’t help but add her debut novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic on this list (initially published as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic). You may be familiar with the blockbuster film starring Isla Fisher. If you loved it, then the book should your next read (because the movie was inspired from it).

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Surprisingly, I have yet to read something by Jojo Moyes but Me Before You is one that I have scribbled on my “to read” list. Highly acclaimed, this “heartbreakingly romantic novel” comes in highly recommended by so many of my friends.

6. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Here’s another book by queen-chick-lit-bee, Sophie Kinsella. I dove into this novel on our recent trip to Naples, Florida and I was blown away. I just knew that Kinsella would offer the perfect poolside read and this is one you won’t want to miss.

7. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
I first read Tara Road back in high school. It was listed on our annual summer reading list and while I was hesitant in starting it, I was glad that I took the plunge. A total page-turner, Tara Road tells the tale of two very different women who decide to switch lives. It’s emotional, touching and beautifully-written. It was my first Binchy book and from that point, it got me hooked on her other novels.

8. Our Turn by Kristine Stewart
Looking for something a little more serious? I love biographies and Kristine Stewart’s Our Turn is absolutely empowering. In the book, she talks about her numerous accomplishments (which includes being the first woman and the youngest person to ever head the CBC), and everything she writes is incredibly inspiring.

9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Kevin Kwan is an incredible force, opening up Asian American representation in Hollywood with his hit 2018 film, Crazy Rich Asians. And guess what? It was a book series first! I actually own the first edition of the book, which is a hardcover wrapped in a sparkly gold book sleeve. I fell in love with the books as soon as they were published, so naturally, I was thrilled when I learned that they were also hitting the silver screen.

A beautiful love story that intertwines culture and family challenges, this is a series you won’t want to skip. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

10. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I emerged so much into this story that I made myself believe The Six was an actual band. I classify this book as fictional biography and I just know you’ll get lost in its pages, too.

11. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is another one I haven’t yet read – and I’m not exactly sure why! I’ve heard so many great things about it, so I’ll definitely be adding the title to my “to read” list. However, it is highly-acclaimed and comes up as a popular read on most of my favorite reading websites.

12. I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich
Fashionistas, unite! This page turner is all about Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary personal shopper, Betty Halbreich. Be warned, after reading this remarkable tale, you’ll be booking your next trip to NYC – it’ll inspire the fashion-fiend in you, I swear!

Today, I'm presenting some of my favorite lighthearted yet, inspiring books. Here's my list of the best chick lit books out there. #readinglist #fabuloushabits

I hope you enjoy these list of book recommendations. Are there any here that you’ve already read? What are your thoughts on them?

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Witch Finger Cookies

Watch out y’all – these witch finger cookies are not for the faint of heart.

These Witch Finger Cookies are not for the faint of heart - add the extra 'creep factor' in your upcoming Halloween party with these super green treats! #halloweendesserts

They might be creepy, but they’re absolutely delicious!

By the time Halloween comes around, I’m all about brightly colored desserts that celebrate the occasion. The classic orange-and-black combination, as well as the deep purples really gets my “baker’s heart” going.

Witch Finger Cookies are a staple for any Halloween spread. Most of the ones that I’ve tried, up until now, have been primarily almond-flavored (which is smart since the “witch’s nail” is actually an almond). For my batch in particular, I wanted to turn to my surefire recipe for sugar cookies and, to give them that Halloween twist, treat them with a deep green color.

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The best part about my sugar cookies is that they’re not overly sweet. In order to add a bit more flavor to these Witch Fingers, I’ve whipped up an accompanying cookie dip, made primarily of confectioners’ sugar and marshmallow spread.

I’m eager to make more cookies for Halloween. Last year, I put together these Mummy Cookies, which were such a hit. I’m definitely looking forward to baking them again.

My Witch Finger Cookies are really fun to make with the little ones. What’s great about them is that they don’t need to be completely uniform. What makes them creepy is that each individual cookie holds their own shape and texture. Watch out, though: to give these Halloween cookies their deep green color, I had to use a lot of gel food coloring, which can get messy if not used with care. Parents, I advise you to do the coloring yourselves!

How to Make Witch Finger Cookies: lots of green gel food coloring, almonds and creepiness! Check out our recipe for this classic Halloween cookie #HalloweenDesserts

How to Make Witch Finger Cookies for Halloween

Impress your guests (and freak them out a little too) with these oh-so spooky cookies. Here are a few tips to get these coming out of the oven, looking perfect:

Make the Dough and Then Add Color

One trick to coloring cookie dough is to make the dough first and then add color. Once I knead the dough into the consistency of my liking, I place a small indentation into it before adding gel food coloring. Then, I fold it over and knead until the color is completely incorporated.

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Chilling is the Trick

The reason why most cookie dough recipes require chilling is due to the fat in the recipe. In this case, we used butter and, if the dough isn’t well chilled, the butter will cause the cookie to spread during baking and then give it a “pudgy finger” look.

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Re-Shape and Put it Back In the Oven

Of course, when the cookie is baking, it’ll still expand – slightly more than its original shape. The trick to these cookies is to remove them from the oven after 7-8 minutes of baking, pinching them further to re-shape (but proceed with caution because they’ll be extremely hot!), and then bake for an additional 2 minutes.

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For the cookies:

1 stick butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 cups a/p flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp Kelly green gel food coloring
15-18 almonds

 For the dip:
¼ cup butter, softened (about ½ a stick)
¼ cup marshmallow spread
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
Green gel frosting

 Yields: 15-18 cookies

 In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and egg.

 In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

 Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Eventually, the cookie dough will form and you can use your hands to get all the ingredients incorporated with one another.

 Place a small indentation into the cookie dough and add gel food coloring. Knead until completely tinted.

 Cover in plastic wrap and chill overnight or, for one hour in the freezer.

 Remove from refrigerator and let sit until malleable.

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

 To make the fingers, divide cookie dough into spheres, about 1 ½ inches in size.

 Roll out each sphere into a thick strip, about ¾ of an inch in thickness and 3 inches long.

 Pinch each strip to give it a non-uniform look. I like to pinch them in two separate sections.

 Score lines on top of each cookie dough using a paring knife.

 Place each one on lined baking sheet, about 1-2 inches apart from each other.

 Press one almond at the tip of each cookie dough.

 Bake for about 7 minutes and remove from oven.

 Proceed with caution for the next step: re-pinch each cookie to thin them out (as they spread during baking time – but be careful because they’ll be hot) then place them back in the oven for an additional 2 minutes.

 Allow to cool before serving.

For the Cookie Dip: 

In a large bowl, beat together all ingredients with an electric mixer. Start on low speed and gradually increase to high.

 Scoop marshmallow dip into a small serving bowl and top off with green gel frosting.

 Serve with cookies and enjoy!

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If you end up making these Halloween cookies, be sure to tag #fabuloushabitskitchen on social media so I can see how yours turned out!

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Witch Finger Cookies that are easy to make, creepy to look at, but so delicious to munch on. Happy Halloween! #HalloweenDesserts

Our Family’s Travel Guide to Naples, Florida

I’m still dreaming about our family’s vacation to Naples, Florida – and I’ll tell you exactly why.

Planning a family trip to Naples, Florida? Well, I've got you covered! Here's my ultimate guide to exploring the beautiful city - also known as Florida's Paradise Coast! #naplesflorida
A huge thank you to Paradise Coast for providing us with some of Naples’ best activities and experiences! All opinions are 100% my own and I can’t wait to share the highlights of our beautiful vacation.

There is so much to do in Florida’s ultra-charming city of Naples. Here’s a play-by-play of the best vacation of our lives- even with an energetic toddler.

This year, we planned a trip to Naples on a whim. Our family had just gotten back from Orlando when we came up with the idea for a second sunny vacation. So, Joe and I took to Air B&B and booked a super charming condo – conveniently located in the south area of Naples.

Growing up, Orlando was my family’s go-to city while visiting Florida. Amusement parks were totally our jam so Orlando was always the clear, cut choice.

This time around, I was excited to explore a different side of Florida. While I like to dub our little crew a “Disney Family,” I was also eager to visit the popular southwest city. From doing some quick internet searches, I could tell that Naples was a city right up our alley: good food, quality shopping, beautiful beaches and plenty to do for the entire family.

Once we arrived in Naples, Florida, I was totally in love. The real estate is out of this world – with gorgeous buildings highlighting its streets, making for some picture perfect moments. Its downtown area is a place where I could stay all day (which we did for a good portion of our trip). Safe to say, that thanks to our family vacation, we discovered one of our favorite cities of all time.

Because I am incredibly happy with how our entire trip went (I’m already itching to go back), I thought it would be fitting to highlight a few things to do in Naples, Florida. Here’s a list of our family’s best activities, and restaurants we visited, while soaking in Florida’s Paradise Coast:

So, you've booked your trip to Naples, Florida and you're not sure what to expect? Here's my list of things to do, see and eat in Florida's Paradise Coast! #naplesflorida #floridavacation

Our Family’s Travel Guide to Naples, Florida

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Florida, then Naples should definitely be a city to consider. If you’re like us, and always on the prowl looking for family-friendly activities, then I’ve totally got you covered. Here are some of our favorites:

A Day at the Zoo

The Naples Zoo is a wonderful experience for kids of all ages. The entire zoo is carefully planned out, and we loved the different winding paths you could take while visiting all sorts of beautiful animals.

Here we are, at one of Florida's very popular zoos: Naples Zoo. Check out why it's the ultimate destination for you and your fam! #naplesflorida

Here we are, at one of Florida's very popular zoos: Naples Zoo. Check out why it's the ultimate destination for you and your fam! #naplesflorida

The Naples Zoo is actually a nonprofit institution that has so much to share with its visitors. If you love a place that’s not only fun but also offers an educational experience, then the Naples Zoo should be the first stop for your fam! Plus, you could hear monkeys singing at certain times of the day, which is SO cute.

Where? 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, FL, 34102
Visitor Tip: Wear comfortable shoes to make the most of your experience. It’s also very stroller friendly, so your little ones could have tons of fun without getting too exhausted!

Here we are, at one of Florida's very popular zoos: Naples Zoo. Check out why it's the ultimate destination for you and your fam! #naplesflorida Here we are, at one of Florida's very popular zoos: Naples Zoo. Check out why it's the ultimate destination for you and your fam! #naplesflorida

Southwest Florida’s Conservancy

Just a short walk from The Naples Zoo is the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. We had an amazing time learning how Southwest Florida puts in conscious efforts to protect their land, water and wildlife. We were given a private tour and it was a great follow-up visit after our time at the zoo. They also offer educational programs for kids of all ages – giving them an introduction on nature and the importance of protecting the ecosystem.

Where? 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL, 34102
Visitor Tip: Check out their schedule in advance to see what activities are taking place for the kiddos.

Ready for a boat tour at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida - learning all about how the area protects its wildlife, waters, and animals! #naplesflorida

Lunch at the “Caffé”

Step into Naples’ 5th avenue and you’ll discover some fine dining. Among the impressive restaurants is Caffé Milano, where we were completely blown away (so much so, that we even returned a second time right before our flight back home).

You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida

After a busy morning at the Naples Zoo and The Conservancy, we were famished. Caffé Milano offered the best menu to fill our hungry bellies. Their pastas are impressive and their mains, incredible! We had the pleasure of meeting their chef, who carefully whipped up numerous dishes for us to try, including their signature linguine lobster and classic spaghetti carbonara.

You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida

And, to finish off our tasty meal, a tiramisu like I’ve never seen before: a bed of coffee-coated lady finger biscuits, doused with a generous amount of a mascarpone cheese, in an edible cookie bowl. You can bet that my sweet tooth was working overtime. Along with macarons, tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts and while I was more than satisfied with our mains, I couldn’t help but chow down on this sweet dish.

You can find Caffe Milano on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida - a street that's bursting at the seams with great shopping and super impressive restaurants. Caffe Milano offers a diverse Italian menu that'll get your taste buds going - every. single. time. #naplesflorida

Where? 800 5th Ave South, Naples, FL, 34102
Visitor Tip: Their tiramisu is a must-try! Also, their lunch menu boasts really delicious sandwiches so if you’re in the market for a quick bite, Caffé Milano also offers a perfect lunch (complete with fries and soda. The service is absolutely incredible – Luis served us during both of our visits and gave his 110%.

Cruisin’ with the Dolphins

On our third day in Naples, we headed over to Marco Island for an exciting adventure – to view dolphins and cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We boarded the Dolphin Explorer and participated in activities to spot and count a number of bottlenose dolphins.

Boarding the Dolphin Explorer for a hands-on adventure to cruise the Gulf of Mexico and spot some bottlenose dolphins! #marcoisland #naplesflorida

The entire experience was hands-on and didn’t let us down. The Dolphin Explorer welcomes guests of all ages and, safe to say, our little one was totally impressed!

Boarding the Dolphin Explorer for a hands-on adventure to cruise the Gulf of Mexico and spot some bottlenose dolphins! #marcoisland #naplesflorida

Where? 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145
Visitor Tip: Bring a bathing suit, because a part of the tour makes a stop off at a beach. There’s water on-board but I highly recommend bringing snacks for your little ones.

Pizza Game: Strong

During one of our nights on 5th avenue, we dined at La Trattoria and all we could say is, “Wow!” If you’re in the market for authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas, then La Trattoria should be your one and only stop in Naples, Florida.

La Trattoria on Naples' famous 5th avenue is an unforgettable restaurant. It offers Neapolitan style pizza and other great starters, dishes and desserts! #naplesflorida

Of course, the service was absolutely stupendous. The specials of the night were highly impressive, and from it (from them), we opted for their burrata and arugula salad as a starter. Leo was also into his meal, finishing half of a 12 inch pizza pie to himself. By the end of the night, we enjoyed a tableside tiramisu (which I had pretty much all to myself – it’s hard for me to share any form of sweets!).

La Trattoria on Naples' famous 5th avenue is an unforgettable restaurant. It offers Neapolitan style pizza and other great starters, dishes and desserts! #naplesflorida La Trattoria on Naples' famous 5th avenue is an unforgettable restaurant. It offers Neapolitan style pizza and other great starters, dishes and desserts! #naplesflorida

Where? 878 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102
Visitor Tip: Bring your appetite! Also, if you’re one for beer, their Imported Beer Menu is something to check out.

A Place for the Kids!

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples was one of our favorite stops on our Naples family vacation itinerary.

Ready for your kids to explore? Our jaws dropped in awe, as we took our first steps into the building. At the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, you’ll find floor to ceiling attractions and activities – a little bit of everything for everyone!

The CMON Childrens Museum in Naples, Florida should be your next adventure! Full of fun activities made for learning and exploring, your little ones will surely love it. #naplesflorida The CMON Childrens Museum in Naples, Florida should be your next adventure! Full of fun activities made for learning and exploring, your little ones will surely love it. #naplesflorida

The space offers a safe place for families to spend time together playing, learning, and discovering. It offers games and activities on their impressive property, which is 2 stories high and takes up a whopping 30,000 square feet! Interactive sections make up the entire museum, including rooms that showcase all four seasons, a train room, an outdoor water activity, etc.

The CMON Childrens Museum in Naples, Florida should be your next adventure! Full of fun activities made for learning and exploring, your little ones will surely love it. #naplesflorida

Where? 15080 Livingston Rd, Naples, FL, 34109
Visitor Tip: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, because you’ll be on your feet playing and discovering for hours on end!

Unforgettable Seafood
Talk about waterfront dining! Our family enjoyed a luncheon at Marco Island’s Snook Inn and it’s a meal we’ll never forget.

The restaurant boasts superb dishes that put fun twists on comfort food. Personally, I was blown away by their coconut shrimp (which I could probably eat by the pound).

Talk about waterside dining! On our recent trip to Florida, we dined at Marco Island's oh-so-famous Snook Inn and it's an experience we'll never forget! #naplesflorida #marcoisland Talk about waterside dining! On our recent trip to Florida, we dined at Marco Island's oh-so-famous Snook Inn and it's an experience we'll never forget! #naplesflorida #marcoisland

Dining at Snook Inn is not only a pleasure for the palette, but also for the eyes. The restaurant is surrounded by water and we were lucky enough to spot some dolphins as we enjoyed our lunch!

Talk about waterside dining! On our recent trip to Florida, we dined at Marco Island's oh-so-famous Snook Inn and it's an experience we'll never forget! #naplesflorida #marcoisland

Where? 1215 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL, 34145
Visitor Tip: Bring your appetite! Also, their cocktail menu is impressive so be sure to check it out!

A Night on the Town!

Heading out on the town for the night? Then Sea Salt restaurant should be your first stop. Their renowned chef, Chef Fabrizio Aielli, changes-up the menu every night, offering guests new culinary creations – using sustainable ingredients from local farmers and boat fishermen.

Sea Salt is a beautiful restaurant in the center of Naples, Florida. If you're up for great food that uses sustainable and local ingredients, then it should be your next stop in your Floridian culinary adventure! #naplesflorida Sea Salt is a beautiful restaurant in the center of Naples, Florida. If you're up for great food that uses sustainable and local ingredients, then it should be your next stop in your Floridian culinary adventure! #naplesflorida

Where? 1186 3rd St. S, Naples, FL, 34102
Visitor Tip: Sea Salt is a beautiful restaurant with a really romantic ambiance – the place that makes for the perfect date night!

Our trip to Naples, Florida was absolutely amazing. We’ve been home for 2 weeks now, and Joe and I still gush about our perfect vacation.

Have you ever made it out to Naples, Florida?

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Longing for that perfect vacation? Naples, Florida should be your next stop! They call it Paradise Coast for a reason! #naplesflorida

Easy Gallery Wall Layout

Create living room eye candy with my surefire tips on the cutest (and easiest!) gallery wall layout.

Impress your guests with the easiest gallery wall layout: grid style! My DIY guide will help any beginner DIYer. Come join me for some decorating fun! #gallerywall #gallerywallideas
This is a sponsored post. We are incredibly excited to partner with Posterjack for our living room makeover. All opinions are 100% my own and I hope you enjoy our new gallery wall as much as I do!

It’s time to spruce-up your living room!

This summer, our little family moved to a new (to us) home. When we first visited the semi-detached, it was love at first sight. I fell hard (and fast!) for its farmhouse style.

When it was time to move, everything went smoothly. Before we knew it, we were all settled. Every room was minimal yet, functional. The only thing left to do was the fun part – decorate!

We decided to take it one room at a time. This would allow us to stay budget-conscious and also, to really put our hearts into each makeover.

So first up, we decided to tackle our most used area: the living room.

Our living room is quite large, measuring at 12 feet by 12 feet. After condo-living for so many years, I found it challenging to adequately fill-up a big space.

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Our living room boasts one wall with faux wood paneling. It’s opposite to our main window and sofa, so we decided it would be the best side for our tv and entertainment unit. This left me with one very large wall to work with. I just knew that I could treat it as a blank slate.

Immediately, I envisioned a gallery wall. We have so many family photographs that I’ve been itching to showcase. I opted for big photos and a neat layout. I figured it would be the best way to create impact in such a large space.

Here’s how I did it:

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How to Create an Easy Gallery Wall Layout

I get it – putting up a gallery wall can be intimidating. What size photos should I go for? What kind of frames should I use? Will everything look cohesive? Will it look too busy?

These were all the thoughts that ran through my mind as I stared at our large wall. But, I’m oh-so very happy with how everything turned out.

Go Grid!

I’m all about a clean look and this is why I decided to go for a “grid style” gallery. If you’re looking for an easy gallery wall layout, this look is easy to put together.

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The idea behind a grid gallery wall is that you have the same amount of photos in every row you decide to hang. They are all spaced evenly between each other. Moreover, each framed photo/canvas is the same size, preferably with a 1:1 ratio dimension.

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Choose Photos

Once you’ve decided on your gallery wall layout, choose your photos.

Before committing to anything, I used Photoshop to whip-up a quick collage. This gave me an idea of what pictures would look good together in terms of composition, coloring, lighting, etc.

Choose a Website That’ll Do it All

One of the most challenging parts to a gallery wall is getting all of the frames and photos together. Where do you develop the photos? Which frames should you purchase?

Posterjack is a company that’ll do it all. They’re photo art experts who offer custom photo prints to make your dream gallery wall (and more!) come true. Last year, they helped us put together this beautiful three-panel canvas for our dining room. So naturally, I turned to them for our family’s highly-anticipated gallery wall. The result: a conversational piece that I’m beyond impressed with.

Shopping through Posterjack’s user-friendly website, you’ll see that you can upload photos and choose how you want them printed. They offer quality products like framed prints, books, calendars, mugs and cards.

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For our grid gallery wall layout, we opted for their canvas prints, at 16×16 inches per print.

Start With Newspaper

When our Posterjack prints arrived, I was so pumped to put them up.

One of my favourite tips for mounting your photo gallery: trace each canvas/frame on newspaper and cut them out. You then tape the newspaper pieces on your wall to test out measurements/spacing before committing to hanging your actual photos.

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Mark it Out!

Once you’re happy with your newspaper layout, mark your walls with a pencil. This way, you’ll know exactly where to hang the photos.

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How Will You Hang Them?

Because our home is a rental, I didn’t want to nail more holes in the wall than necessary. I opted for sturdy wall stickers so they can easily be removed when it’s time to take them down. Plus, they leave more room for error.

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And voilà – our easy gallery wall layout is complete. I couldn’t be happier with the result. I’m seriously wow’ed by the quality of the canvases – they’re absolutely superb. Each photo is crisp and the canvas is wrapped with such precision and care.

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Ever since we put up our gallery wall, we’ve received tremendous compliments by our guests.

One room down and only a few more to go! Our living room is now comfy, cozy and rustic-chic.

Do you like the look of a grid gallery wall layout? Be sure to check out Posterjack on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. You’ll be in awe with all the quality services they have to offer.

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