Fall Bucket List – #ItsFallYall

It’s Fall Y’all! – My Fall Bucket List

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

Fall Bucket List - 2017 by Aduke Schulist

Family Portraits

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.

Fall Family Portraits circa 2013
Fall Family Portraits circa 2013
Pumpkin Patch

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.

Apple Pie Cheesecake
Apple Pie Cheesecake
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!

Abby with Hay - Berryhill Bike Trail Searcy Arkansas

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? 

In case you missed it, here are some of my most recent posts:

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars #Recipe
12 Favorite Blog Posts
White County Fair – 4-H Poultry Chain 2017

 

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars #Recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars #Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars Breakfast Recipe by Aduke Schulist

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars Recipe by Aduke Schulist

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)

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into a small bowl (oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon).
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir.
  5. 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.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

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.

12 Favorite Blog Posts

12 Favorite Blog Posts

I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.

In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.

12 Favorite Blog Posts by Aduke Schulist

1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)

We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.

Outlets of Little Rock

3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption

We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.

4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.

It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.

I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.

5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health

I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.

Ovulatory Cycle using Kindara for Fertility Awareness Method - Natural Birth Control

6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures

I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!

Getting My Pedicure On At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

7. 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair

Things got a little hairy when I shared 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair.

Woman with Armpit Hair - Natural Body Hair

I was surprised at how supportive some of the comments were. I was really expecting to be bombarded with how gross it is.

8. Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities

Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts, and this Summer, they both attended their first week long Boy Scout camp. Because of Losh’s disabilities and his need for assistance, I had to attend with him.
Boy Scout Camp - Camp Rockefeller - 2017

We had so much fun. I had hesitations with going, but looking back, it was a blast. I even learned how to tie a few knots myself.

9. 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My love of reading was shared when I posted about the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. Because of it, I found a few new favorite authors. This year, I did not participate in a reading challenge.

10. Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

My kids mean everything to me, and while parenting them alone is a challenge, there is so much to love. I shared some of my favorite things in Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome.

11. Before You Get 4-H Chickens

My desire to raise chickens for eggs was somewhat fulfilled last year when we raised our first flock of baby chicks.

4-h-chickens-walking-in-food

Spoiler: most of them died, and we ultimately didn’t get a single egg, but learned a lot and are patiently awaiting an egg from our second flock of chickens.

12. Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

Sharing my health journey began when I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and started taking medication to treat it. I posted about how I am making dietary changes to help keep this in check…

Thyroid Medication for Hashimoto's Levothyroxine

It’s hard y’all! I’m still struggling with removing gluten from my diet, but have drastically reduced my intake. I don’t notice any difference yet.

So, there you have it.. my 12 favorite posts from the last 12 months. I hope you took the time to view a few of these as you were making your way down the list. Tell me below in the comments…

Which one of these was your favorite?

How To Start A Blog

How To Start A Blog

I’ve been blogging since the early 2000’s. Since then, I’ve had many people ask me how to start a blog. Because blogging means so much to different people, it is hard to give a simple answer.

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If you have any intention of growing your blog into a business, or making money with it, then the answer is a little more complicated than simply signing up for an account on WordPress, Blogger, or one of the other many blogging platforms available these days.

If you want to stand out from the competition (and let’s be real, there are a LOT of blogs out there), then you want to make sure you do it right. These are the things I recommend you do if you are curious how to start a blog:

How To Start A Blog with Bluehost by Aduke Schulist

Choose A Niche

The first thing to decide is WHAT you want to blog about. This could be food, lifestyle, health, parenting, DIY, etc.  Make sure you are passionate about your subject. Keep in mind, general lifestyle blogs (like Aduke Schulist) can cover a lot of different topics, but should still be narrowed down to a few categories. Not everybody is interested in just you. They want to know what you can do for them. For the purpose of this blog, we are going to assume you want to blog about parenting.

Choose A Name

Now that you have decided what you want to blog about, the next step is choosing a name. Make sure the name you choose is available on every single social media platform. You don’t want to be NewMommy23 on Twitter and NewMommy532 on Instagram Because NewMommy has already been taken on those platform. The goal here is to be consistent.

Make sure the name reflects the content. Are you still going to be a New Mommy 2-3 years after starting your blog? Are you comfortable with sharing only content geared towards other new moms?

Purchase A Domain Name & Host

Once you have figured out your name, it’s time to build the foundation. This includes purchasing a domain name and securing the name on all social media platforms. Securing the name just involves creating a new account, or page on FaceBook, with your chosen name on each social media platform.

There is much debate whether the domain name and host should be with the same company. I’ve tried it both ways and really have no preference. You can purchase a new domain name as well as host your existing domain name with some companies like Bluehost. Bluehost offers hosting for as little as $3.95 per month and is who I use.
How To Start a Blog using Bluehost

Install WordPress

There are various ways to actually write your blog, but WordPress is the most common, supported, and easiest to use option. Thankfully, Bluehost has the ability to install WordPress – and keep it up to date – automatically when you install using your Bluehost account.

Start blogging

That’s it! It’s now time for the fun part: Blogging!

This is the moment you waited for. You have everything in place, WordPress has been installed, now you can blog until your heart is content.

To help me stay organized and keep a record of various things, I use the Epic Blog Planner.

Epic Blog Planner - Editorial Blogging Calendar

It’s an editorial calendar with so much information. It’s designed to help you figure out where your blog is going. You can find the Epic Blog Planner on Amazon.

What kind of blog would you start? Or, what kind of blog do you have now? 

How To Start a Blog using Bluehost

White County Fair – 4-H Poultry Chain 2017

White County Fair – 4-H Poultry Chain 2017

I’ve taken a break from KonMari-ing my house in order to do some fun and exciting things… like attend the local County Fair.

Around here, the County Fair is a big deal and has no age limit. Young and old all bring in their homemade goods, homegrown items, and animals to be shown and judged.

White County Fair - Poultry Chain - A 4-H Program

Poultry Chain

We participated in the fair as part of a 4-H program called the Poultry Chain.

Every spring, those 4-H members who sign up are given approximately 20 freshly hatched baby chicks. The participants raise these chickens and then take the best 3 out of the flock to the fair. They are judged, then sold in an auction. The proceeds from the auction go towards paying off the chickens. Whatever is left is split among the participants and awarded based on what ribbon they won. For example, all those who won first place ribbons will get X amount of dollars, while those who receive a second place with get slightly less.

Losh and his chickens

This is our second year doing the poultry chain, and this time both of my boys participated.

Due to restrictions where we live, we started out with 16 chicks instead of the 40 my kids were supposed to have. Unfortunately we had some deaths and when the county fair rolled around, we had 10 remaining.

Judging the Chickens

We picked our best 6 (3 each) and headed to the county fair.

Arkansas White County Fair 4-H Poultry Chain Chickens in Cages

The chickens are placed in cages alongside all the other participants and a judge looks at each chicken individually. They are mainly being judged on how big they are, the space between their breast bones and vent, and the size and color of their comb and wattle. Last year Kaia got a first place ribbon for his chickens. I was really surprised as it was our first time and I felt like we had no clue what we were doing.

This year, Kaia earned another blue ribbon, but Losh only got a red one.

Kaia and first place ribbon for chickens

I was really expecting them to both place second, because our chickens this year just didn’t seem very big, but I am glad it worked out the way it did because Kaia helped much more (including building the coop!) than Losh did.

County Fair Fun

After the auction, we walked around the fair checking out all the educational materials, items entered, and rides. One of my favorite things about the fair is seeing all the items that people have entered. I tell myself while viewing them that I should enter my own (and we did one year), but I never went back to pick up ribbons or anything.

Admiring artwork at the county fair - Arkansas White County

I love how the items are judged in order for more than one to win a first prize ribbon. So much time and dedication goes into some of these projects – like the quilts or giant pumpkins.

I can’t even grow a single pumpkin, let alone a GIANT one.

Can you imagine how many pumpkin pies that thing would make?

Giant Pumpkins at White County Fair

Unfortunately, we didn’t ride any rides or consume any delicious food (hello fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade!) this night, but the fun we had made up for it.

What is your favorite part about your county fair?