The Resolution Post

SO even though I know everyone has been doing this, and I know I’m a little late on the band wagon, but I’m hoping that by posting mine, it will help myself and others to actually keep them, and make 2016 a year of growth and Change. 2015 was such a Huge, Life changing, and year of growth for me, and I want to continue that trend in 2016. So here are some of my goals for 2016.

  1. Me<Jesus~ this year I want to give up more of myself and turn my focus on the one who created this life for me
  2. GO on more Adventures~ while my grammar for this one isn’t the best, LIFE IS SHORT and everyday should be different and an amazing adventure, even if your just going to the grocery store.
  3. Be Confident in my own skin~ Whether that means eating better, or working out more, Being confident in whatever stage i’m in is what I want for this year.
  4. Clean and Clear our my life~ So instead of just cleaning out my closest once a year, I should be able to clean and clear out something everyday so that my life feels more put together,even when it isn’t.(this includes my schedule)
  5. Pour out as much as I’m poured into~ I feel like I am always being poured into, but I haven’t been pouring out as much as I should. It is so fulfilling pouring out to the people around you.

***Challenge: My challenge I am giving based on my goals, is number 5. The world would be changed if everyone, gave back what they are given***

Set goals, not Levels!

{Always, Hayley}


Dec. 26

The tree is empty of Presents, the leftovers fill the fridge, and the excitement is winding down. For many people this can become a very sentimental, sad time, since the “Most wonderful time of the year” is over. I don’t think this should be the case. I think there is so much pressure for Christmas to be perfect that when it over its like life it self is over. Maybe that a bit of an exaggeration……but I think instead the 26th is a great time to look ahead and start deciding what you are going to do with your year  to come. So instead of getting down in the dumps, start getting motivated!

1.Make a bunch of to-do lists

2.Clean out you closet (to make room for all those new clothes)

3. Experiment with your leftovers

4. Get out side and just take a walk and talk to yourself, sounds creepy but getting the things out of your head and into the world, can be very therapeutic.

5. Journal anything or everything on you mind.

Get out there, and conquer the day!


It’s Christmas time Again

So even though this time of year contains stress, finals, and a lot of traffic. It is a time that only comes once a year so its important to make the most out of it. So here are some easy ways to put the craziness behind you, and enjoy this time of the year a little more.

  1. Play Christmas music! (Ok ovi. right?) but actually music can change your mood and give you a pep in your step. Here are just 3 of My Favorite Christmas Albums you can find on Spotify!
  • Michael bublé Christmas
  • A Johnnyswim Christmas
  •  Bing Crosby – ‘White Christmas’ (1945)

2.Put your Pinterest to work! Make a festive treat or maybe a DIY!

3.Make Homemade Cards! This one will take more time, but for me at least, it is so much fun and I know that Homemade cards can mean so much more.

4. Have a Christmas Party, or my personal Fav! A Christmas Girls Night! Bake cookies, pamper yourself, watch a Christmas movie, and just enjoy time with friends.

5. {Decorate} Its blows my mind how much money people put into Christmas Décor, when honestly you can DIY or find adorable stuff just from your dollar store or Thrift shop! Here are some of my Fav. Easy DIYs

Homemade Christmas trees

Paper Christmas lights

Random Extras




^^How to Get up on the Right side of the Bed^^

The saying goes that if you are having a bad day you must have gotten up on the “wrong side of the bed.”While there really isn’t a right or wrong side of the bed, How you wake up in the morning really can be  important to how the rest of your day goes! So even though I don’t always wake up in a happy mood every morning, ( especially when I am way to tired and my bed is way to warm. lol.) It still feels great waking up in a good mood! So here are some of the tips and tricks….

1.) Get at least 8 hrs of sleep~ Ya, ya I know it sounds impossible, but don’t worry I’m a college student,  I understand the struggle, Just try your best 🙂

2.) Once you have decided to sleep…SLEEP~ There are a bunch of studies on how you shouldn’t look at your phone an hour before bed, but lets be honest…..Who actually does that? So instead, once you decide to go to sleep,SLEEP! don’t look at your phone until the morning.

3) Wake up 45 min to an hour before you have to be anywhere~ this kinda all depends on how long it takes you to get beautified, but at  least give yourself an hour to let your body wake up, and give yourself a relaxing start to the day.

4) Eat your breakfast while doing something you love~ Eating breakfast is soooooo important, so even those who don’t have a lot of time, Multi- task. Do sometime you love……… Read a book, listen to music, read your Bible, or write down your thoughts for the day.

5.) Plan ahead~ lay out your clothes, or just think through your outfit for the next day

***Quick tip**** by organizing your closest by Shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, ect…… will really help you get ready faster in the morning, just grab and go.

I can’t promise that this will make every morning magically perfect, but taking small steps to improve your day should start by improving your mornings.


Sometimes it rains…

Life is always about perspective and trying to look through a clear window. As much as I wish I could say this is an easy thing to do it’s not. Sometimes it rains and the world outside the window looks blurry, unsure, and unpromising. This storm might either be, a situation where the clouds have been gathering for a while, and one of those surprise showers where everything just comes crashing down. Even though both of these circumstances are equally hard. It’s not about how it happened but how we handle it.

“Peace is not the absence of Crisis but, letting Christ in our Crisis”

– Clayton King

An encouraging word to anyone else, who is having to trudge though a rainstorm, keep trudging and don’t look down, remember the blessings you have in your life and one day soon the window will begin to clear again.

{ Sentimental Sunday}

Once again its time to look back on some amazing adventures, I have had in the last few months! I think that it is important to live in the moment, but have time to remember the memories you have made. The best way I can think to do this is to take pictures and take heartfelt souvenirs to remember those amazing times by.

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Time to breakout the spatula!

Brisk fall days, are the best days to turn on the Ben Rector and turn up the oven! Here are some amazing recipes that I am dyeing to try!


  1. {{This is the best sounding Starbucks hacks ever}}

 Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider

  1. Apple Juice or Apple Cider (Tree Top is what my Starbucks uses but I don’t think it matters too much)
  2. Caramel sauce (to drizzle on top)
  3. Whipped Cream (store bought or I like to make my own whipped cream)
  4. Cinnamon Dulce Syrup from Starbucks (recipe below if you don’t have this or don’t want to buy it

Start by adding 6 tablespoons of Cinnamon Dulce Syrup to the bottom of a mug or a saucepan.Next add 12oz of Apple Juice or Apple Cider.  Heat on medium until nice and hot (not quite boiling) and pour into a mug. (In the micro this is roughly 2 minutes).Top with whipped cream and then drizzle a layer of caramel syrup on top

*****Bonus***** (because Cinnamon Dolce Syrup is expensive)

  • Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar to a saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup of water and stir well.  Bring to a slow boil and remove from heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and stir well.

The cinnamon won’t dissolve completely but that didn’t make a difference to me.  Store in a sealed container in the fridge for a few weeks. ( I will defiantly be putting this in everything)

2. {{ These are my two favorite things, so it has to be a win win Situation}}



Prep time 10 hours 10 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Total time 10 hours 50 mins
Serves: 10
  • 5 1/2 – 7 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes (depending on type of bread)*
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk (any kind)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin butter (or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree)*
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
  • nuts, like pecan or walnuts (optional)
  1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes – I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish quite full.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.

3.{{ As you can probably tell I am a sucker for breakfast foods}}



YIELD: 7 to 8 pancakes

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: about 5 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes


Dry Mix
1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (original recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground clove (not included in original recipe)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Wet Mix
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup grated apple (about 1 medium apple, original indicates to peel apple but I didn’t)
Butter or vegetable oil for skillet

Vanilla Maple Syrup (not included in original recipe)
about 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed gently
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean


  1. Pancakes – In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a measuring cup or small bowl, measure out the milk. Add the remaining wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps; don’t overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the grated apple.
  5. Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
  6. Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes, and then flip.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown. (My pancakes were slightly larger than 1/4-cup of batter each, and I yielded 7 rather than 8; and they took slightly longer to cook than recipe indicates).
  8. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200F oven to keep warm.
  9. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the skilled when needed. Serve immediately.

Vanilla Maple Syrup – Stir together the syrup, vanilla, and serve over pancakes. Optionally, serve with Vanilla Maple Butter.

4. {{ Now for a classic that will always delight!}}

The BEST Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Maple Icing
Prep time:  20 mins
Cook time:  50 mins
Total time:  1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup butter, softened (I used Land O Lakes)

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree (the puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling!)

2 eggs

1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour


½ cup (1 stick) butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp maple syrup

2-3 Tbsp milk, optional if glaze is too thick

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9″ loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine all of the above bread ingredients and beat at medium speed with a handheld mixer, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well-mixed.
  3. Pour the bread mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean or with a couple moist crumbs (not wet). Cool for about 15 minutes, then very gently remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. While bread cools, make your glaze: in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat until melted. Continue cooking, watching butter carefully, until it sizzles and begins to turn amber in color, about 4-5 minutes. Do not overcook because it can quickly burn! When butter looks caramel-colored and smells kind of nutty, it’s done. Remove butter from heat and stir in the powdered sugar and maple syrup until a soft glaze has formed.
  5. Pour the glaze generously over top of the pumpkin loaf and let it set, about 30 minutes. Cut into slices and serve!