Plaid, Pumpkin, and a Planner

Happy Tuesday! I'm already running a day behind this week.  The pregnancy exhaustion is officially setting  in.  Just going up and down the stairs is exhausting these days.  Top that off with chasing and carrying a 15 month old and I'm out of energy by noon.  Ok rant over.

Moving on...

This scarf is awesome. I was looking for a cute plaid/tartan one and I found this and ordered it right after my  no spend September was over.  It is a gigantic blanket scarf but it's perfect for fall and will be warm through the winter.

I also really like it in the gray and black plaid.


I am a huge fan of the Starbucks  pumpkin bread but really don't need to be spending $4.00 on a slice every week.  So I finally turned to my favorite Pinterest for a copycat recipe and found the perfect one!  I made it for my parents and some friends who just had a baby and everyone keeps telling me how good it is.

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter (melted)
1 can of solid pack pumpkin (approx. 15 oz.)
2 large eggs
  1 1/2 cups sugar **
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350 and grease 9x5 bread pan.  Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Mix egg, pumpkin, butter and sugar at medium speed. Add vanilla.  Add dry ingredients to mix and combine well.  
Cook for 35-55 minutes depending on oven.  Mine took about 55 minutes.

**her recipe called for upping the sugar to 2 cups but I thought that would be way too much so I went with 1 1/2 cups and I think it's perfect.


I have been using the Lilly Pulitzer Planner for years. I've tried a few other brands but keep coming back to this one.  I figured I would do a quick review with some pictures because if  there is one thing that is frustrating about online planner shopping is that you can't see what the inside looks like. 

I thought about getting the Whitney English Day Designer but my sister got one and it's just way to bulky for my needs. It really covers everything but it's so big it would take up too much room in my bag. 

Print: Trippin and Sippin
 The one nice perk of the LP planners is that they come in three sizes: Small,  Large, and Jumbo. I would say large is the best size. It's big enough that you have space to write but not too big that you couldn't carry it in a purse or work bag.  I had the jumbo last year and that's more of a desk planner. It was too big to carry around with me. 

The first few pages are a folder and some fun stickers: 

 Then you  have the Lilly Pulitzer Story

Then an overview of the next two years: 2015 and 2016
Then you have a calendar view for each of the months from August 2014-December 2015

Then Dates to Celebrate and Reasons to Party (all the national holidays):

Then you have horoscopes which are mostly cheesy but it's a cute touch:

Next you have about 15 pages of blank notes:

Then you get the month and week breakdown.  Each month has an introduction page followed by the month at a glance, followed by the weekly views. The weeks are broken down from Monday-Sunday. I find that I have plenty of space to put my appointments on the calendar and add to-do lists for each day if they're not too long. 

So do you have a good plaid fall scarf, a good pumpkin recipe or any thoughts on the best planner?

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  1. Great minds think alike! That oversized scarf is on its way to me right now and I made a copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread last week, too :) I'm looking for a 2015 planner and hadn't even thought about a Lilly one, they're SO cute!

  2. Love the Lilly planner review! I was looking into the Emily Ley planner, but I don't think I need anything too complicated! Love that scarf, it looks great on you!

  3. I love the scarf! I was addicted to Starbucks cranberry orange scones when pregnant (although I never made them). I usually make the Libby's recipe for pumpkin bread wit cranberries but I would love to try this one. I used to use a planner but I've been solely relying on my phone for the past two years. Though I miss pretty planners!

  4. Love those scarves! I have the Zara version of the first one but I'm putting the black one on my wish list right NOW! :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love that scarf! Isn't pumpkin bread the best? I've already made 2 batches of pumpkin muffins this year!

  6. I love the colors of that ASOS scarf! I have one from Zara but haven't been able to wear it yet because its in the 80s... ugh! Love that Starbucks pumpkin bread too, I'll have to try to make it at home!

  7. I NEED that scarf in my life! Like, I have to order it immediately! I also need to make that bread (I'm going to try a g-free version) and I love my LP planner! Just a few more weeks girl!

  8. I've been on the hunt for a good planner & definitely adding this one to the list. Also, dying over that scarf. It needs to be in my life!

  9. YES - I have that same planner and love, love it. The jumbo would be way too big. Great scarf choice too - think you got the best color combo!

  10. Ahhh! Loving that planner - just don't know if I'm disciplined to use it all of the time. And those scarves are so pretty!

  11. Love the scarf! I've yet to wear mine bc it just hasn't gotten that cold yet, but I can't wait! That pumpkin bread - oh my!

  12. I'm a planner girl myself but I like a space for the daily stuff as well!!! Yours is so pretty though!

  13. Girl, I hear you on the pregnancy exhaustion. The struggle is real! Love your scarf! I'm so glad I purchased my blanket scarf. And I may have to try out that pumpkin bread... yum! I really contimplated getting the Lily planner, but decided I like the ones that have a lot of space per day to write (like hour by hour). Love the design though!

  14. This post is full of, literally, the best things ever!

  15. I am definitely going to try this pumpkin bread recipe! Great Fall post!


  16. Now I'm going to have to buy that scarf. LOVE.

  17. I got a Zara blanket scarf and I'm obsessed. I love all the options for ASOS. And I got an Erin Condren planner that I'm obsessed with. I definitely like it better than my Lilly planner. xo

  18. I love that scarf. I must get it right now!!!


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