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Last Moment Apple Cider Sangria

November 22nd, 2017

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With Thanksgiving being exactly one day away, our crew wanted to step in and share a last moment sangria recipe with you all. Thanksgiving is all about coming together, sharing the delicious seasonal food and giving thanks; so I knew I wanted to incorporate a drink that would satisfy all ages while embraces the seasonal tastes of New England fall. 

At first, I was looking into maple old fashions but felt much more confident in pleasing all party guests by preparing this Last Moment Apple Cider Sangria. To be honest, anytime I get to incorporate apple cider, it’s a recipe win for me. I actually adapted the recipe below from a baking blogger I love to follow, Sally! You can check out her site and more here

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Anyway, in honor of Thanksgiving Day being tomorrow, I’m going to keep this post simple and short by summing it all up in the recipe card below. Oh, and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel for an extra Black Friday Haul video going live tomorrow night. 

Overall, our crew wants to send our thanks to you guys. Thank you for reading, following along, and embracing New England lifestyle. We can’t wait to guide you through this holiday season and share our thanks in some fun creative giveaways. Wishing you all a cozy Thanksgiving with family and an adventurous Black Friday with friends. xx Aubrey 

Apple Cider Sangria
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
  2. 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
  3. 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  4. 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
  5. ⅔ cup pomegranate seeds
  6. 1 (750 ml) bottle Pinot Grigio white wine
  7. 4 cups apple cider
  8. ½ cup brandy
  9. ¼ cup orange juice
  10. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  11. Club soda, for serving
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Instructions
  1. Place the cinnamon sticks and fruit into a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours (6-8 hours is best!).
  2. Pour the sangria and fruit into glasses. Add a splash of club soda to liking.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, to add a touch of holiday glamor.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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7 New England Holiday Traditions

November 20th, 2017

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 What an exciting and busy week ahead for all of us. If you follow me over on Instagram, then you already know I’m currently flying home for Thanksgiving. This week can be slightly hectic, to say the least, so I wanted to sit down and whip up a mindful blog post for you all.  

I know most of you are probably en route to friend’s or family’s houses and running around like crazy getting last minute items for your own Thanksgiving day feast. This is a jam-packed week, we have Thanksgiving Day, not to mention Thanksgiving Day football along with Black Friday shopping and traveling to boot. All in all, I wanted to take a second and write down 7 New England Holiday Traditions I’m Thankful For, before all the Black Friday content consumes. 

Okay, The Coastal Confidence is a New England lifestyle blog that aims to help you guys embrace all the charms and traditions of New England living. While this might mean different things to different people; I wanted to take time to share 7 traditions that really make New England home for me, during this holiday season. 

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1) Seasonal Inspiration – New Englanders have a way of embracing seasonal textures, colors, and tastes and allowing them to inspire decoration within and on the exterior of the home. New Englanders really go above and beyond to decorate with seasonal and local items that bring to life an ambiance like no other. Each year, usually on Black Friday, my family and I go all out with decorating our home. My Mom goes above and beyond filling the inside of the house with holiday figurines. While my dad climbs up onto the roof to deck the halls. By the end of the night our home, inside and out, is literally glowing with holiday inspiration. 

 

2) Taking our annual Christmas Photo – Each year, my Mom has my siblings and I take our annual Christmas card picture with Santa. Yup, all four of us drive to the mall, sit on Santa’s lap, and get our annual family Christmas card done. We’ve been doing this exact photo set-up since birth, and it’s my Mom’s only holiday request for us each year. I will say it’s a comical sight, seeing all of us in our twenties dressed up on Santa’s lap, maybe I’ll share this year’s card with you all over on instagram

 

3) Seeing the Holiday Pops – Are you even a New Englander if you haven’t seen the Holiday Pops from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This show has been a New England tradition since 1973 and it’s the ideal way to cap off a visit to Boston during the holiday season.  

4) Picking Up a Munson’s Advent Calendar – I have to admit this is a newer tradition for me, but a tradition I want to keep. Matt and I started purchasing Munson Advent calendars for each other last year, and it was a hit. It’s a delicious way to support a local New England business while putting on some winter weight, I kid, I kid. 7 New England Traditions I'm Thankful For-

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5) Publick House Historic Inn at Christmas – The Publick House is one of my favorite New England restaurants to visit, during the holiday season. This wide plank-floored restaurant in Sturbridge MA brings Yankee hospitality to life. Founded in 1791, The Publick House and inn is worth the drive to visit. In fact, I’m already planning on making the drive up next week, with my sister Tessa.   

6) Bright Nights in Springfield, MA – On November 24th, This Friday to be exact, Bright Nights in Springfield MA will open for its 21st season! With that being said, visiting Bright Nights has been a holiday tradition literally for 21 years. I have pictures of myself attending the event with my cousins Allison and Katie, at five years old. Fast forward to today, I have images from Matt and I visiting the event way back in high school. This Christmas Light celebration has a special place in my heart and I really make an effort to go each year, no matter what.  

7) Sleigh Rides in New Hampshire – New England communities really go all out come Christmas. Some of the fondest traditions are brought to life, like a holiday sleigh ride. My neighborhood often got together to pitch in money to hire sleigh riders to give rides for an evening however when that ended, I found this local farm in NH that hosts 30-minute horse-drawn sleigh rides lights and holiday scenes. While I haven’t been to this specific event personally, I’m already making arrangements to attend this year. 7 New England Traditions I'm Thankful For-

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All and all this post has me overjoyed for the upcoming holiday season. Truth be told I’m watching a Hallmark Christmas movie as we speak, and can I just say those movies get better and better each year! 

Anyway, I hope this post inspired you to embrace holiday traditions and I’d love to hear of any you have below. xx Aubrey 

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5 Reasons You Should Take Your Coffee Break Outside

November 3rd, 2017

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You guys, it’s here, well not quite but it’s right around the corner…it’s ALMOST the busiest time of the year. It’s not only busy for retail employees but for basically everyone. From workers (the TCC Crew is jammed) to students (finals and term papers); to say this time of year is exhilarating is an understatement but don’t let the craziness of this holiday season wear you down. 

& while I’m 100% one to dive headfirst into overloading on work, I have to say recently I’ve discovered a new trick to rejuvenating my work ethic. It’s super simple, but recently I’ve been stepping outside for my 15 min schedule breaks and it’s been a game changer.

As many of you know, I work from home which is both a pleasing and a curse. Personally, I thrive on deadlines and structure, so I created a scheduled workday, from the minute I get up until 5:30 PM I’m go-go-go and because of this I often found myself skipping lunch and limiting my productivity.

One day I was so run down, I knew this had to stop, so I decided to start including three fifteen-minute breaks throughout the day. These breaks were mainly meant to reset my eyes from the constant glare of a computer screen but quickly developed into much more. Over the last few months, I’ve been stepping outside for my three breaks and to be honest it’s resulted in a HUGE improvement in my productivity. 

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The goal of our TCC Crew is to bring you content that inspires you towards living a New England lifestyle, which of course means being the most productive version of yourself, so we had to share why these outside recess times improved our workflow, along with 5 reasons you should take YOUR coffee break outside. 

 

1) Produces a Clear Headspace: I often find that taking a 15 min break, in your workspace limits your ability to reboot. Ideally, when the time has arrived for me to take my break, I make sure to get outside and change my scenery. Whether that means going for a walk or running to Dunkin Donuts; by getting outside an interacting with people outside of my workplace, provides me with a new sense of determination and clarity. 

 

2) ‘Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy’ – Elle Woods:  Now, I’m not a fan of running, in fact, I’m not quite sure if I could even squeeze in a full mile during one 15 minute break, but what I do know is that I spend each of my breaks moving. I’ll spend that time outside running to a coffee shop, walking around my yard or if it’s raining walking on a treadmill. By moving my body and getting my blood pumping, I can really feel those endorphins kick in and any stress I had previously start to release. 

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3) Speaking of Stress: Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with my inbox. When I first started blogging, I really disliked when bloggers would say their inboxes were stressing them out. Personally, I figured a full inbox meant lots of collaborations and thus a highly profitable business. However today, I realize that my inbox is 20% official collaborations, 20% reader questions, and 60% emails I need to politely decline. 

 

A huge chunk of my time is spent going through my inbox and saying ‘no’ to companies, brands or even events that just don’t make sense for the TCC brand. Saying no to brands, even huge brands that we personally love, but just aren’t the right fit is hard, can be really hard. So by getting outside and turning my data off, it gives me time to process the no’s we’ve given and received. Not only does it give me time to process but also allows me to refocus on our brand’s end goal. Going outside creates a buffer between admin-work and creative work

 

4) A New Perspective: My favorite Gilmore Girl once said ‘Perspective is the most important thing to have in life.’ and I literally couldn’t agree more with Lauren Graham! A change in perspective and scenery is really important in gaining new insights. A lot of what our TCC Crew creates and writes about is by getting in the car and going. Whether that means traveling to a new town in New England, to feature in our TCC Newsletter or by even asking readers’ their opinion; these tiny acts and outside perspectives, honest to God, shape our brand every day! Get outside and refocus, re-shift and reprioritize your perspective! 

 

5) Just breath:  Okay this might sound weird but there is nothing I love more than stepping outside and breathing in that crisp autumn air. I’m the first to admit that working at home often means getting cozy with my laptop, under a mountain of blankets and with the thermostat set at a solid 72 degrees; doesn’t that just sound perfect?! 

While it sounds perfect it often puts me in a lethargic mood, so my last reason for taking your coffee break outside is to re-energize your body with fresh air. I know it might be a little chilly outside, so grab your jacket and maybe a scarf (learn how 5 ways to style a scarf here) and hit the road. Trust me your creative juices will start flowing. 5 Reasons You Should Take Your Coffee Break Outside

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Okay, that’s all I got! I’d love to hear from you guys. Do you like taking your breaks outside? Let me know your thoughts on this post below! xx Aubrey. 

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PUMPKIN CARVING Q&A: Editing My Instagram Photos & More

October 30th, 2017

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You could say our videographer got a little ambitious this past week! Since last Wednesday our Crew has published over five videos, and I have to say we really dove head first into this youtube thing! We are so grateful to have our videographer, Tessie, as part of our TCC Crew, and we can’t wait to see what the future has to hold. 

With that in mind, we knew we wanted to use video to further connect with you all, and what better way to do so then via Q&A! So I sat down last weekend on Instagram Stories and asked you guys to submit your questions. We got questions sent in from all platforms and went with the first ten we received. If you didn’t see your question or want to be included in our next Q&A segment, make sure to list any additional question in the comment section of this video. 

Anyway, grab a cup of hot cider, or a pumpkin to carve and let’s jump right into this Pumpkin Carving Q&A. Oh, and if you are wondering when we’ll be uploading new videos, look forward to a new video EVERY WEDNESDAY, so make sure to subscribe. Okay, let’s slide right in. xx Aubrey 

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Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall!

October 25th, 2017
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Everyone can agree that once October hits, you’ll see New Englander after New Englander tying up their L.L Bean Duck Boots to head out to one of our many plentiful apple orchards. To be honest, it’s by far my favorite way to celebrate fall, and let’s all admit publishing an apple orchard Instagram is a way of passage when it comes to celebrating fall. 
 
I think we all have such lovely memories around this time of year, and since my family works with farmers often, I love getting the chance to support and explore the local orchards. Oh, and if you’re stumped on where to apple picking this fall, check out this post where I list my favorite orchards to visit. 
 
Anyway, really it’s all fun and games until I’m left with adorable pictures along with baskets of apple and nothing to do with them. I use to just hand them out or even better feed them to any horse I could find, but as of this year, I’ve gotten more eager to test out my skills in the kitchen. Five ways to eat the apples you picked this fall-5325
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Today, I’m sharing five ways to eat the apples you pick this fall. I’ll admit this post took me out of my comfort zone and awhile to throw together, so I really hope this inspires you to try something new. In order to keep this post from getting too lengthy, I’m just going to jump right in and my favorite ways to embrace this crisp fall fruit. 
 
 
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1) Apple turnovers
 

Apple Turnovers
Bring the smells and tastes of autumn into your home, with these fluffy apple turnovers.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 apples
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoon butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 sheet puff pastry
Instructions
  1. Let's start by preheating the oven to to 400ºF.
  2. Okay, cut the apples into slices and cut each slice into quarters. Next, place the apples, cinnamon, butter, and sugar in a pot and simmer until the apples are soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes.
  3. Now that you're house smells autumnal, let's get the puff pastry read by cut the them into squares and lightly placing them on parchment paper. Next, dab the edge of the puff pastry with the egg wash.
  4. Now for the fun part, fill the middle of the puff pastry and fold over. Use a fork or spoon to seal the pastry and give it a light coat with egg wash. Before popping the turnovers in the oven make a thin slice on top of the pastry.
  5. Finally bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, Enjoy!
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2) Apple, Celery and Onion Stuffing:
 
 
Apple, Celery and Onion Stuffing
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Total Time
50 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick butter, divided
  2. 5 to 6 ribs celery from the heart, about 2 cups, chopped
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 2 large crisp apples, such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Macoun, left unpeeled and diced
  5. 2 large fresh bay leaves
  6. 1/2 cup loosely packed herbs such as fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, finely chopped
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 6 cups homemade croutons of stale bread or 1 bag stuffing cubes, sage and onion or traditional Pepperidge Farm brand
  9. 1 tablespoon Bell’s ground poultry seasoning
  10. 1 quart chicken or turkey stock
Instructions
  1. To start let's preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Next, melt 6 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter foams, add the celery, onion, apples, bay, herbs, salt and pepper, and cook to soften 10-12 minutes.
  3. Next, add cubed bread, season with Bell’s and moisten with stock; stir to absorb. Butter a casserole dish with 1/2 tablespoon of the remaining butter and fill pan with stuffing. Use the rest of the butter to dot top.
  4. Now it's time to put the stuffing in the oven, let's roast the stuffing 30-40 minutes until crispy at the edges. Enjoy on a damp New England fall night.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Adapted from Rachael Ray
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3)  APPLE CRANBERRY MUFFINS RECIPE:
 

Apple Cranberry Muffins
Serves 18
Fall is the perfect time to have friends and family visit from all over. As soon as the suitcases arrive, I have a plate of these apple cranberry muffins warm and ready.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  9. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  12. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 1 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  15. 1 cup dried cranberries
TOPPING
  1. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tablespoons cold butter
Instructions
  1. Let's start by grabbing a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Next simply, fold in apple and cranberries.
  2. Next, line your muffin tin with paper liners and fill each muffin two-thirds full with batter.
  3. For the topping, combine brown sugar and flour. Make sure to cut in butter until mixture resembles hard crumbs, then simply sprinkle the topping over the batter filled muffin tins.
  4. Now pop it in the oven and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes. Let those hot muffins, cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks and let guests enjoy.
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4) Apple Fritters:
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Serves 30
My mother and I are huge fans of Ree Drummond, so when I turned on her show the other day to see these apple fritters, I knew I had to give it a go.
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 3/4 cup whole milk
  9. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into small dice
  12. Powdered sugar, for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. Heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat until the oil registers 340 degrees F.
  2. Now let's start baking, in a mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork, then add the milk, melted butter and vanilla.
  4. Next, Gently fold the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined (she stressed NOT to over-mix). Fold in the apples, adding enough to make a very chunky batter.
  5. Now that the mixture is done, it's time to fry these fritters. Drop a heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil, 6 to 8 at a time. Fry until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  6. Finally remove and drain on paper towels. Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve warm with hot apple cider, on a crisp fall morning.
Adapted from Ree Drummond
Adapted from Ree Drummond
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 5) Mom’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp: 

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
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Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 pounds McIntosh apples
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar (decrease sugar if apples are sweet)
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
TOPPING
  1. 1 heaping tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  2. 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 cup oatmeal
  5. 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
Instructions
  1. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next up, butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch baking dish, so your apples don't stick to the bottom of the dish.
  2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the juices, sugar, and spices and pour directly into the dish.
  3. Next, to make the topping, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon until well mixed. Once mixed sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the dish before sticking it straight into the oven for one hour.
  4. Once you see the top is brown and the apples are bubbly, pull the dish out of the oven. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to guests and neighbors.
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Whether you have out-of-state friend’s visiting your charming New England town and want to bake up a treat or just want to bring the scents of autumn into your cozy home; I hope these recipes inspire you to put those apples you picked to work.

I’d love to hear what your favorite apple themed treats and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel here, we have a lot of exciting holiday videos coming soon. xx Aubrey 

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Importance of Self-Care this Fall

October 13th, 2017

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This time of year is by far the busiest for me in all aspects of life. It’s the most exciting and important time to create relevant content for our TCC readers, which results in my calendar being filled to the brim. 

On any given week, from now until January, you’ll see my calendar is filled with events to be attended, holiday parties to be danced at, football games to cover, and networking events to attend. In fact, I just wore this dress to a blog function I attended last week! 

To put it frankly this time of year is my favorite because I thrive when I’m overbooked and running from this meeting to the next. It’s a tad weird, I know but having a lot to accomplish in a short time span, really makes me go the extra mile and get creative. Which is odd, because I was never good about working under pressure. 

Anyway, as our crew warms up the engines to go full steam ahead, we are for the first time ever preparing new content almost seamlessly. With new New England travel newsletters, every Sunday (sign up here), expanding our Youtube channel to weekly videos and working on new ways to make TCC the ultimate New England lifestyle guideline; The Coastal Confidence is finally performing at full capacity and I couldn’t be happier. Importance of Self-Care this Fall-2090

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However with all this excitement and new projects to take on, I constantly end up putting my own well-being on the back burner and each year I end up crashing and saying to myself, Aubrey will you ever learn. 

Last week, was insane I worked an additional 20 hrs at my part-time job, spent two full days shooting content one of which was a day filled with fire ants (read more about that here) and had a project that needed to be finalized, delayed. It was one of those hectic weeks, so I decided to work extra hours, skipped the gym and buy food instead of making it. 

& oh boy, am I feeling the consequences this week. 

I woke up the other day with a fever, a long to-do list and a froggy voice to boot. All because I decided to take on too much and literally run myself dry, ugh. This is a yearly reality check I usually get way closer to the holiday, but it reminds me that my number one job is to be healthy.

This time of year can be very exciting but also demanding on us mentally and physically, so I urge you to take time for self-love and self-care. If that means saying no to an additional shift, a friend visiting or grocery shopping; in order to stay in bed and watch Hocus Pocus, so be it. Importance of Self-Care this Fall-2140

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I know whenever I’m getting overwhelmed or feeling pressured, the first things I cut from my to-do list are self-care things. For example: applying makeup, going to the gym, cooking dinner, phone calls with friends and me-time; all of these above things are activities that keep me sane and by cutting my me-time, I end up sacrificing my health. 

I’m a person that needs a lot of sleep and I’m horrible at saying no if someone is sick and needs coverage or if a brand has an event they want me to attend, but sometimes it’s okay to be behind on your to-do list and say no to taking on extra activities. 

I feel like sickness comes on quickly during this time of year, as one moment, I’m feeling really great about taking on the extra work, and by the end of the week, I’m sick in bed with a fever. So for this upcoming season, I’m challenging myself to carve out more me-time by doing the following: I subscribed to a new gym closer to my apartment, I blocked days in my calendar dedicated to catching up and I blocked off this whole weekend for nothing other than catching up on Netflix. 

The reason for the upcoming season is giving, so make sure to carve out some self-care time in advance in order to put your best foot forward in the exciting weeks to come! I’d love to hear your self-care go to activities below, xx Aubrey. 

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Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

October 8th, 2017

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Believe it or not, we are just about halfway through fall, and knee deep in one of fall’s many seasonal amenities…football season. Whether you’re watching football curled up on your couch all Sunday long, or getting dressed up in the appropriate colors to cheer on your local college team (Go UConn Huskies); football seems to be an underlining theme of this season.

In the past, I would have complained about the volume of games I’ve recently been pressured to watch, but after moving in with Matt just over a year ago, I’d say my love for football and the entire strategy of the game has evolved. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to yell at the TV or cry over buffalo wings when the kicker misses the field goal, but I do get why football fans are SOOO fanatic.

It really is a game of strategy, teamwork, and comradery; aspects I truly love. However some things are just darn confusing, so I’m here with a timeout card, ready to break down the essence of football with our Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

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 Below our team has broken down the essential guidelines of the game, and some elements you might want to brush up on before next Sunday’s game.

Girlfriend’s Guide to Football Sunday

Touchdown


 

Okay, before evening turning the TV on, it’s important to understand how your team can score and win points! Here’s a simple breakdown: TOUCHDOWN = 6 points, after scoring the touchdown your team can play the ball for a two-point conversion  = running the ball into the touchdown zone again for 2 points, or bring in the kicker for 1 extra point. Finally, a FIELD GOAL is worth 3 points.

Yellow Flags


 

A yellow flag means there is an issue on the field, which could be a

Blessing or a curse for your team. Below, we have listed some popular explanations for when those yellow flags go flying.

When your team is at the line of scrimmage you’ll hear the following flag terms:

FALSE START: when a player on the offense moves before the play started.  OFFSIDES: when a player on the defense moves before the play started. And finally, DELAY OF GAME: when the center doesn’t ‘hut, hut, hike’ the football to the quarterback before the play clock expires.

When your team is playing you’ll hear the following flag terms: HOLDING: this is when a player is restraining another player, who doesn’t have the ball, from moving. Holding is the most common penalty in football and is usually called when a defensive player is holding another player’s jersey.  PASS INTERFERENCE:  the defense must give the offense the opportunity to catch the football, so this penalty will be called only IF the defense player grabs the receiver’s arms or holds the receiver in a way in which he’d be unable to make a play.

Finally, sometimes your team plays a little dirty…and if so you might hear some of these flags being called: FACE MASK: when a player grabs another’s face mask and UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS: when the referees feel a hit was unnecessary, for example hitting another player with your helmet or being unnecessarily aggressive.

Okay, now that you are well informed with the meaning of those, oh so important, yellow flags; let’s cover two final elements of football that use to always confused me.Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday-6

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What’s a Down?


 If you’ve ever attended a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium then you have experienced the crowd screaming: ‘Patriot’s first down’. Yes, it’s fun to jump up and scream with the crowd, but this is also an important part of football to understand.

I find the easiest way to explain this is in baseball terms. Okay, in baseball you have three strikes then you’re out, well in football you have four downs then you’re out. So your team has four chances to move the ball 10 yards, and it’s the job of the defense to stop the offense from accomplishing this and if they don’t make 10 yards in four downs then they lose the ball (aka YOU’RE OUT!).

Finally…

What’s that Yellow Line?


 If you’re watching the game with your boyfriend and his friends, all huddled around your TV, you might have noticed that thin yellow line. That yellow line is important & to my surprise does not appear at the actual games, but rather just on your TV. To sum it up the yellow line shows how far your team has to go to get a new first down!Girlfriend's Guide to Football Sunday-53

Now that you’re up to par with all your football lingo, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! This weekend is jam-packed with some timeless rivalries and I hope you spend your time enjoying the essence of football and those exciting moments with your friends. I’ve linked everything I’m wearing to this Sunday’s watch party below, and please leave a comment sharing your favorite football team; I love seeing who you all are rooting for! xx Aubrey

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Fall in Dallas, Bucket List

October 4th, 2017

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If you don’t already know, Matt and I split our time between New England and Dallas, Texas. It’s an odd match for sure, but Matt’s currently here for two years and since my work is mobile I can spend half my time with Matt, and the other half in New England. To be honest though, during this time of year and especially in summer I prefer New England, but with that being said, Dallas does have a lot to offer come fall. So I figured I sit down and share some of my go-to activities when I’m in the big D (as they say).

Since this could be Matt and I’s last fall in Dallas, we are trying to check off as much as possible, on our long bucket list. Today I figured I’d share a glimpse into our Fall in Dallas, Bucket List. Below, I broke down all my favorite places to go, unique things to see, and food to try; while here in Dallas for Fall. I hope this inspires you guys to embrace autumn no matter where you are.

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Fall in Dallas, Bucket List:
1) Texas State Fair // September 29th through October 22nd. Make sure to try a corn dog, they are delicious.

2) Witnessing the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl // October 14th Don’t forget to wear your hook em’ colors!

3) Watch a dozen hot air balloons take flight at the Plano Balloon Festival

4) Visit the pumpkin patch at Autumn at the Arboretum, and take lots of pictures.

5) Go to a Dallas Cowboy Game

6) Attend the outdoor, Dallas Farmers Market

7) Eat one slice from all five fall pies located at Emporium Pies
8) Take a picture In One of Texas’ Many Country Fields

9) Watch a game at the most expensive high school football stadium in America, Allen TX.

10) Take a train ride on the Texas State Railroad to a pumpkin patch.

11) Visit the original Six Flags over Texas, for Fright Fest.

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This time of year just slips by us so quickly, and while I’ve already loaded up on Bath and Body Works Candles to remind me of this season all year long, I figured making a Fall in Dallas, Bucket list would hold me accountable in putting down the laptop and head outside.

From the not so brisk 72 degree fall air, to the hushed talk of football round the clock; Dallas might not have a conventional fall. You won’t see any apple orchards and forget about seeing any leaves but Texans have their own way of celebrating this season via college football.

So if you find yourself outside of New England and a tad sad you don’t have leafs crunching as you walk and apple orchards in every town, take some time to experience the fall around you. Ever region embraces this time of year differently and it’s good to get outside of your comfort zone. Trust me.

Anyway, I’d love to hear where you are spending this fall. Leave a comment down below and include where you are and what your favorite local activity is! xx AubreyFall in Dallas, Bucket List-1401

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5 Best Corn Mazes to Visit in CT

October 2nd, 2017

5 Best Corn Mazes in CT - The Coastal ConfidenceIt’s that time of year, the once vibrant green corn stalks are now officially a golden crispy brown which can only mean one thing…corn mazes are ready for fall. One of my favorite memories of New England fall is going to visit my Auntie Paula in Somers, along with my brother and two younger sisters, to make our way through the gigantic corn maze on Scantic Valley Farm. 

We would usually park our car at her house, grab some apple cider, slip on our wool gloves and march into the maze one by one. Corn mazes were a tradition for our family, sometimes it ended in hot cocoa, sometimes it ended in someone crying because they got lost and sometimes it ended in us fighting over which way to turn, but come thick or thin the four of us marched into a corn maze year after year. 

Now, I still go to corn mazes with my siblings today but I also love going on double dates, girls against guys obviously, or even with a group of friends. It’s actually a great way to get outside, work your brainpower and most importantly it’s always a competition and I LOVE a good competition.  

So today, I figured I’d list what I believe are the best mazes in Connecticut. 

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5 Best Corn Mazes to Visit in CT:

1) Scantic Valley Farm Corn Maze – Summers, CT: Open September 23rd through October 29th, this 8-acre maze is Hocus Pocus themed! After the maze, Scantic Valley Farm has much more to offer like, a scenic hayride, pumpkin patches worth picking, and delicious CT Grown foods to satisfy your appetite. 

2) Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm Corn Maze – Moosup, CT: This twisting corn maze is open to the public from September through October. While I personally hate all things spooky and scary, my friends love attending their night maze. I’m a hard pass on getting lost in a maze at night, but if you’re interested it is open October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6 PM to 9 PM flashlights required. 

3) Preston Farms – Preston, CT: This year’s corn maze is all about trains, and boy is it tricky. I’ve officially gotten lost in the maze. I mean so lost that I just broke all the rules and jumped out of the maze via not an exit, after two hours of wandering around and being gone astray. I would say this one is by far the hardest.

4) Castle Hill Farm – Newton, CT: This farm celebrated its 90th year this past weekend, making this maze a yearly tradition for many New Englanders. With 30 stamp locations spread out throughout the maze, it’s your job to hit all the spots before your rival does; which might take some time as this maze spans over seven acres. 

5) Foster Farm – South Windsor, CT: If you’re a UConn student, gather your roommates and head to South Windsor, this year’s corn maze at Foster Farm is UConn Husky themed. This farm not only has mazes but also has an area where you can pick your own pumpkins and purchase mums for the season. 

Okay, that’s it. I’ve already been to three out of the five of those corn mazes so far this year. I’d love to hear which corn maze is your favorite within New England, leave all suggestions below! 

xx Aubrey

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Don’t Overthink Dating

September 29th, 2017

Don't Overthink Dating-46Okay, so every week I check my google analytics to see what posts you guys are currently loving on the blog and every week I see this post from 2014 in the top ten. It was probably one of my first ever blog posts, and I almost regret linking it as the images are eh, the poses are horrid and my grammar is less than up to par, but everyone has to start somewhere right.

Anyway, I felt it was time to update this post almost four years later. After re-reading the 2014 post, I realize not much has changed, I’m still horrible at picking up Matt’s calls and my friends are still begging me to write more relationship posts, so really we’ve come full circle here.

The only difference is that now Matt and I are another three years deeper into our relationship, we now live together, and social media has become a constant in everyone’s life; which has made this post even more essential to write.Don't Overthink Dating-74

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I still stand by the practice of calling over texting, because let’s face it, text messages are more calculated. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m just saying phone calls are good for getting to know each other, where text messages are more edited. Does that make sense? Think of it like snapchat vs Instagram; where Snapchat is like calling more raw, whereas Instagram is more filtered like texts.

Anyway, it’s three years later so I have bigger fish to fry than the importance of calling over texting. Today overthinking dating or even overthinking your OWN RELATIONSHIP has become even easier with social media.

From #couplegoals on Instagram to the easy swiping right on Tinder; dating in 2017 is rough and SO easy to overthink.

For instance, how many #couplegoals do we see on Instagram, I’ll be honest and say I follow at least five accounts just because I like their couple photo shoots, and as a blogger I know all the work that goes into planning such a shoot but as an individual I can see how these shoots can make you think twice about your own relationship.

I find more and more people overthinking their relationship because they are comparing it to others! & by doing that you are basically setting yourself up to fail.Don't Overthink Dating-9

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Whether you’re stalking the guy you’re currently crushing on ex-girlfriend or annoyed with your boyfriend over his lack of Instagram worthy romantic jesters.

Overthinking your dating life due to social media is not a good practice.

My favorite part of my job is creating beautiful images for you guys. Whether that means getting a little too close to the edge at The Cliffs of Moher or spending an hour making 24 perfectly circle pancakes for this shoot, I want you guys to find inspiration in each image and for me, that means going the extra length.

Whether our posts inspire you to whip out a bowl and make pancakes, travel to Ireland or embrace a New England lifestyle of your own; we spend time planning and creating these moments to share.

& honestly, I love sharing photos of Matt and I, on Instagram and my blog, because heck, I love sharing him with you all but that doesn’t mean we are perfect.

We fight over silly things all the time, we draw straws over who’s going to clean the kitchen sink (my least favorite chore) and we are constantly bickering over which cereal to buy each week at Walmart. I like Cocoa Pebbles and Matt likes Captain Crunch, this week I won by the looks of the photos, so progress.

Overall, we have our ups and downs, and I hate to see people overthinking their OWN relationships because they are comparing it to others on social media. Whether it be a blogger, friend or celebrity; don’t focus on how perfect they are as a couple and how you’d like to emulate them, but rather celebrate your own relationship.Don't Overthink Dating-17

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Matt and I are very aware of how slippery a slope social media can be, so we have set up some ground rules to take a break from it.

Every night around 7 PM we go on a walk, with no phones. We usually walk for about an hour and just focus on us. Secondly every Saturday we have pancakes and watch TV (usually football), now I can 100% say this usually doesn’t occur in bed because I’m a known spiller, but pancakes are OUR THING.

Finally, we spend a lot of time traveling, shooting and working on the blog together. By having these three things that are unique to us, it’s helped us focus less on others, and what they are doing over on social media and more on us.

So to sum it up. A large part of not overthinking your relationship or date is by not comparing yourself to others. Whether it be a first date, or eight years into a relationship like Matt and I. Everyone has their uniqueness, so focus on the good and eat a pancake or two.

xx Aubrey

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