Then you are going to love this Apple Pie Cheesecake recipe!
Forgive that terrible infomercial intro, but this Apple Pie Cheesecake is seriously the best thing you will make this Fall. It’s the kind of recipe where everybody wants a copy. I suggest not giving it to them 😉
I gotta say, the first time I ever made this recipe was also the first time I ever baked a cheesecake. I was a little nervous of how it would turn it, but this Apple Pie Cheesecake recipe is hard to mess up.
So, keep the recipe for yourself, but share this delicious dessert with your friends, family, coworkers.. Or you know, just hide in your closet after the kids go to bed and eat it yourself.
I have often been guilty of browsing Instagram (social media in general!) and seeing all these beautiful girls with their makeup and hair just so. It always makes me think:
I want to be one of those girls!
The only problem is I don’t know how to do my hair.. or my makeup. Thanks to IPSY and beauty bloggers everywhere, I am learning. I love seeing YouTube videos of beauty bloggers unboxing and trying out their products. It gives me ideas of how to use mine.
I wanted to share with you what I got and give my review as a (non) #beautyblogger.
This post contains affiliate links. If you join IPSY using my link, I will be rewarded.
My journey with makeup probably started around the same time as most girls: Middle School.
I remember applying makeup during lunch and break times and sharing things that probably shouldn’t have been shared between my girlfriends.
Fast forward a few years (or more) and I’ve been getting some of my makeup from IPSY. I joined around the end of Spring and have always loved at least a couple things in my bag. My October IPSY blam bag is full of love.
As I mentioned earlier, I joined IPSY around the end of Spring. Every single bag has contained a makeup brush, so I was a little shocked (and maybe even a little saddened?) that I didn’t get one this month.
What made up for it for me was the mascara. I was just saying that I never got mascara in mine and would like to get some. I also never get face masks and would love to get some of those too!
Tarte Lifted Mascara
If I am wearing makeup, then I am wearing mascara. My makeup tends to revolve around my eyes. I was blessed with long, thick lashes, so I don’t feel a need to wear false lashes, but eyeshadow and mascara is a must.
I prefer mascaras with brushes that help separate my lashes and the brush on this Lifted mascara by Tarte is perfect. Did I mention it’s sweatproof too?
Dirty Little Secret Bronzed Eyeshadow
The great thing about IPSY is you can choose the kind of items you would like to receive and also what colors of those items. When I first joined I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and welcome ALL the colors – like pink and blue eyeshadows – but quickly found out sticking to neutrals is just fine for me.
This Bronzed Dirty Little Secret eyeshadow is a gorgeous shade and fits my style. It wears well and doesn’t crease like some eyeshadows do. While I love palettes, I am finding that I love individual eye shadows more. I end up throwing away palettes that have emptied of my favorite shades but have weird colors remaining that I never use.
You just apply a few drops to damp or dry hair and style as usual. Totally recommend this!
MDM Flow – Retro Liquid Lipstick
This MDMflow liquid lipstick in the color retro was probably the most disappointing item in my bag. The color is gorgeous, drys well, and wears well, but the scent? It smells terrible! It smells like some harsh chemical that you would use to remove paint.
If you can get passed the smell, then this isn’t a bad lip product.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
IPSY has sent me eyeliners in almost every bag so far. Most of them were somewhat disappointing, but this one makes up for them all. This Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion does not smudge and glides on sooooo smooth.
I’m not even kidding, this stuff stays put.
I would give my October glam bag as a whole 4/5 stars. The smell on that lip product just kills me, but otherwise I love it all. I am finding that the more I get these bags and take the time to review the products on IPSY, the better they are suited for me.
While I am not a beauty blogger, I do want to blog more about some beauty topics. I think that when you feel good about yourself (inside and out) that you are a healthier individual. Over the years I have realized that making myself beautiful helps me feel better about myself. I hope you guys enjoy these posts.
My Botox and Juvederm Experience (Before and After)
Raise your hand if you have ever looked in the mirror and saw something you didn’t like about your body.
My hand is definitely raised over here.
We live in a culture where we pick apart every little thing about our bodies. I remember from a young age wanting to change certain things about my body. I have wanted a breast reduction, liposuction, and lip fillers. I’ve wanted a butt lift, different eye color, and lately my wrinkles reduced.
I’ve always been self conscious about my lips and how small they were, and in the past few years I have noticed visible signs of aging on my face, especially around my eyes.
So last week when I had the opportunity to get Botox and lip fillers (aka Juvederm) I could not make an appointment fast enough. I firmly believe that our mental health helps dictate our physical health and when we are happy with ourselves (inside and out) then we are healthier. I consider this a venture into a healthier me.
Thanks to Arkansas Family Dental, I was able to get Botox and Juvederm. This post has been sponsored by Arkansas Family Dental. All opinions are my own.
Botox at the Dentists’ Office
When we think of Botox and Juvederm, the majority of us probably think about plastic surgeons and medical clinics.
Times have changed!
These procedures can now be done in places like your local dentists’ office.
Arkansas Family Dental was hosting a Botox and Juvederm event and invited a few bloggers to participate. They really know how to please their customers. They served some light snacks and even wine for those who drink.
I didn’t partake of any of the alcohol, but who can resist those brownies?! After sweetening us up with that delicious spread, we were invited back for a consult.
Getting A Consult
Going into the event I was a little hesitant if I was even going to go through with getting any procedures done. I had just found out two days prior that I was going to be having surgery the following week and I didn’t want to do anything to mess that up.
After consulting with Dr. Pollard, I decided to get Botox on my crows feet and lip fillers on my top and bottom lip, but especially my top lip.
Like any good blogger, I took a few selfies before going in. Here is a before picture. You can see how tiny my lips are and even without a full smile I have visible crows feet.
The Botox was done first and it was beyond easy. I would say within 5 minutes I was done with that portion. They had me smile in order to get those wrinkles showing real good and marked my face in 3 different spots. The injections were super quick and I barely felt a thing.
They said it was common to have some bruising afterwards and to be sore, but I didn’t bruise at all or feel any soreness. About two or three days later I noticed tiny scabs where the injections occurred, but other than that I had no negative side effects.
I didn’t realize that it could take up to 2 weeks for the full affects to show, but within a week I had visible results.
The second part was the lip injections. Apparently there are two ways they can do this.. With, or without a dental numbing. I received a dental numbing prior to getting the Juvederm injections.
The numbing shots hurt worse than the actual injections, but that is to be expected. I would say the worst part of the entire experience was waiting for the numbness to go away. I felt like I couldn’t eat or drink for hours after the procedure.
By the next day all of the numbness and swelling had went down enough for me to see the results and I was well pleased.
I finally have lips, y’all!
Before and After
This is a before and immediately after the injections. It is a very subtle difference, but one I notice a lot!
I’m still a little shocked when I see myself in the mirror and see my new lips. As you can see, my lips are fuller and have less wrinkles.
The Juvederm injections last 6 months or more. After that your lips will just go back to how they were before. If you prefer not to have the Juverderm injections they can do Botox around your lips which will result in a similar effect. The Botox lasts about 3 months.
My only regret is not going bigger! You are cautioned to not make any drastic changes all at once. Going bigger over time results in a more natural look. Overall, I am digging the changes, especially in the lips. I’m not too sure how I feel about the Botox. I don’t love it or hate it. I would definitely do the lip injections again, but kinda iffy on the Botox. I am debating getting Botox around my lips next to see the difference in the two.
I can totally see how procedures like this are addicting. I’ve noticed myself looking in the mirror at other wrinkled areas and wondering how Botox would affect those.
If you want to learn more about Botox or Juvederm fillers you can set up a consultation with Arkansas Family Dental. They have an amazing referral program, so if you let them know I sent you, that would be cool.
Would you ever have Botox?
What do you think about my results?
Yeah, so it’s been Fall for a minute, but I’m still trying to catch up here! I have so much happening and so many plans. Like most basic girls, Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, it’s the most gorgeous time to be outside, and the activities are all so much fun. I have a few that I want to accomplish this Fall, so here’s my Fall Bucket List
I attempted this goal last year, but we kind of skipped over Fall where I live, at least, we skipped over the gorgeous changing of the leaves that I so desperately want in our portraits. I’m hoping this year the trees give me some gorgeous colors as a backdrop for some much needed updated family portraits. It has been YEARS since I got a portrait of myself and the kids, and let’s be honest, the last time they didn’t turn out too well.
Y’all, my kids have NEVER been to a pumpkin patch. Like, EVER! Sad, right? I think every year I will take, but then something always comes up. I’d love to take them this year.
Bake ALL The Pies!
Fall is equal to pie season for me. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie.. I want them all! And I want to bake them all.
Get Me Some Fall Scents
I am one of those wax cube junkies. I have one in my bathroom and one in my living room at all times. It’s time to switch them to Fall scents.
Confession = I used some of my Fall scents year round.
Okay, maybe I don’t have to complete switch them, but I need to fill up my current stash with some delicious smelling Fall scents. I just love the “leaves” smell. It’s a nice blend of earthy and clean, and I currently don’t have any!
Go On A Hay Ride
Who doesn’t love taking a ride through the woods on a trailer full of hay? Is this just a southern thing? Do other states have hay rides too? Help a girl out here!
Have A Bonfire
Our entire area is currently in a burn ban. Unfortunately, this means no fires until that ban is lifted. I’m holding out hope that it will be lifted soon and we can fire up the fire pit and roast some marshmallows.
I guess that’s it… A pretty basic Fall Bucket List. Connect with me on social media (@AdukeSchulist) to see all our fun Fall adventures.
Have you ever been on a hay ride?
What’s on your Fall Bucket List?
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At my house, we typically don’t make a big deal out of breakfast. My kids have been eating the same foods every day for breakfast….for years!
I’m not even kidding.
Losh eats oatmeal Every.Single.Day. If it isn’t waiting on him when he wakes up he asks “Where is my oatmeal?” Aybra eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and sometimes a bowl of cereal. And then Kaia will have a bowl of cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or pop-tarts.
They are creatures of habit and easy to please. They may not be the healthiest options, but I pick my battles, and breakfast isn’t one I choose to fight.
The usual breakfast foods like pancakes and bacon or biscuits and gravy tend to be dinner foods around here.
But along came these Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars and changed breakfast.
These oatmeal bars satisfy every one of my kids’ wants in a breakfast food. It has oatmeal. It’s sweet. They are nice and soft like a sandwich and have peanut butter. Score!
Bonus: they are gluten free! (make sure your oats actually say gluten free as some oats aren’t gluten free)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
Combine dry ingredients into a small bowl (oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon).
In a larger bowl smash the bananas and mix in the peanut butter. When combined, add in the vanilla extract, egg, maple syrup, and milk. Mix until combined.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir.
Pour mixture into prepared dish and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with melted peanut butter.
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If you don’t like bananas, you can substitute them for apple sauce, or even 1/4-1/2 cup of your favorite fruit jam/puree! There are so many ways to switch this recipe up. If you make this recipe, I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram @AdukeSchulist.
Are your kids creatures of habit like mine?
Would your whole family enjoy these oatmeal bars?
Let me know in the comments and tell me how you make breakfast fun for your family.