Favorite Blog Tools | This Month

During the beginning stages of my blog, I spent countless hours reading up on what other bloggers were doing. Sound familiar? I wanted to know which hosting platforms were the best, which traffic source brought in the most traffic and pretty much everything that leads to ultimate blogging success.

Naively, I just signed up for what everyone else was using, not realizing that what may work for a blog with THOUSANDS of daily views will probably not work for a blog with barely 20-50 views a day (my blog). Hey, you live and learn!

While I may not have had overnight blogging success, some of these blogging tools actually worked well for me during my first month of blogging! By the end of the month, I was bringing in a steady 100+ views a day. Read more

How to Write a Song | 10 Simple Steps

Are you a singer wanting to venture into songwriting? Or, you’re already a songwriter, but you’ve been feeling like your process has just been uninspired lately. Maybe you’re someone just looking for a new hobby?!

Whatever the reason may be, I am so So SO glad you are here!

I love songwriting. Like it’s probably my absolute favorite thing to do! Unfortunately, as a full-time teacher, I rarely have the time to just “wait” for a song to come to mind. However, forcing myself to write is never fun either. Thus, I needed a go to process!

Obviously, there are many ways to write a song. I’ve written them in very organized ways and I’ve also been a very disorganized songwriter. It’s art! You’re always right.

However, to help me stay focused and organized, I’ve put together what I believe to be a very universal way of writing a song. Even my elementary students were able to utilize this process during a summer school guitar class activity! Read more

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Products 2017

Dear Pumpkin Spice Haters,

Stop hating. Stop rolling your eyes at our Instagram photos. Find your own over rated obsession to indulge in and just let us do our thing!

…Because you can’t really avoid it.

Yup! It’s back! Pumpkin-everything has found it’s way back to Trader Joe’s this week! I couldn’t have been a happier camper when I walked into the store.

Here are the things that my particular store is now carrying. I know they are slowly getting in more items (pumpkin spice almond beverage, pumpkin butter, pumpkin spiced coffee and the pumpkin scones were missing…)

I live in Phoenix where it definitely is not fall. So, if they are carrying pumpkin items here I am sure they will be at your stores as well!

For more information on Trader Joe’s, their products, recipes and locations check out their website www.traderjoes.com

Here we go! Pumpkin for breakfast. Pumpkin for lunch. Pumpkin for dinner… dessert. Pumpkin for Days!

This post is not sponsored in any way. I simply LOVE Trader Joe’s and could not wait for their pumpkin products. Just trying to help a fellow pumpkin fan. 🙂

Pumpkin Cereal

pumpkin cereal

Pumpkin O’s and Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal. This oatmeal is one of my favs!

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bark


Inside the barrels were THESE beauties. Pumpkin and dark chocolate? I’m in!

Pumpkin Spice Granola


Prediction: Fall colored Pumpkin Smoothie Bowls all over Instagram.

Pumpkin Cookies

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Nothing too new with cookies. They have their classic Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, and biscotti.

 Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta

Cutest autumnal dinner idea ever!

 Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli


I love butternut squash ravioli! This one sounds sooo good! They had me at honey roasted…

Pumpkin Waffles


My fiance and I have waited almost a year for this to come back! This stuff has been a fall staple ever since we started dating! I love making these for brunch on Saturday mornings while we watch college football in our jammies. These waffles, hot coffee and Notre Dame Football = Fall.

 Pumpkin Rolls

pumpkin rolls

These look so tempting! However, they also look like 25 hours on the stair master… I sadly had to walk away.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese


I feel bad for the other cream cheeses that have to share a shelf with this stuff. Literally amazing! We spread this on our pumpkin waffles, because we are extra like that. We also love dipping Trader Joe’s honey pretzel sticks in this!

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn


This + my couch + a scary movie? Gah! I just love fall!

Pumpkin Caramel Kringle


Whatever this was, it must have been THAT good. Trader Joe’s you devil, you!

 Pumpkin Brews


This is how you get your man to participate in this pumpkin craze! The more the merrier.

Pumpkin Dog Treats


…and this is how you get your dog in on the fun! I really wish they made a grain-free option. (my beagle is on a grain-free diet to prevent ear infections. ) Sorry, Bailey!

 Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

As if they weren’t pumpkiny enough. I support!

 Apple Cider Jam


It’s not pumpkin, but whaaa?! This would be amazing in a pulled pork recipe! Or on my pumpkin waffles… or by the spoonful.

These items tend to go fast, however they are always eventually restocked throughout fall and winter. I hope you found this article helpful! I’ve been constantly googling “when does pumpkin return to Trader Joe’s?”. I couldn’t find a direct answer (I mean, c’mon!)

I figured posting this may help a few of you out!

Now, goo get your pumpkin on!


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