How I Styled It: Favorite Winter Accesories

It’s been over two months since my last fashion post. I was doing so good for a while, but the holidays really distracted me. Today I am back! Once again I am teaming up with Becky, Meghan, and Whitney and this time we are sharing our favorite winter accessories.

Winter in the Midwest is a roller coaster ride. One day you need a parka, the next your sporting short sleeves. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Over the years I have learned the best way to be prepared for whatever comes your ways is to layer. I try to keep several versatile pieces on hand that I can wear in many different ways.

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Green Tea Scones, Celebrating Hot Tea Month

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I have talked about my love for caffeinated beverages frequently on this space. They get me through my very early mornings, late nights, and days that end in the letter y. True story. Where you may think that my love for warm drinks ends with coffee, you couldn’t be any further from the truth. I happen to be a huge fan of hot tea. There is just something so cozy and inviting about a cup of tea. Anytime I go to fix myself a cup of tea I almost always find Russ requesting one too. Hot tea is just one of those things that brings people together.

January also happens to be Hot Tea Month! Today we are going to celebrate with Bigelow and make a tea inspired recipe!

Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly

Since the winter season began we have been drinking tea almost every single night. A few days ago I noticed we were almost all out of tea. The girls and I decided to bundle up and make a special trip to Walmart to replenish our stash. When I buy tea, I reach for Bigelow. Bigelow is more than just tea. They are family, 3 generations, Foil packaging, freshness, US manufacturing, quality tea & ingredients.

If I drink Bigelow tea, I tea proudly.

There are so many choices like Green Tea, Constant Comment, Vanilla Chai, Peppermint, and more. I always come home with several boxes that I just couldn’t pass up. I love to find something for everyone and something for every occasion. We love keeping a wide variety of options on hand. 

Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudlyGreen Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly

One of my favorite ways to enjoy my morning cup of tea is with scones. I LOVE scones. I was probably 30 the very first time I made them and since that fateful day, I have made hundreds more. The recipe I want to share with you today is inspired by Bigelow Green Tea.

Green Tea Scones
Yields 8
A simple delicious scone inspired by Bigelow Green Tea
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359 calories
49 g
57 g
16 g
5 g
10 g
99 g
256 g
24 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 57mg
Sodium 256mg
Total Carbohydrates 49g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 24g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups flour (I use unbleached)
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  6. 1 egg, separated
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 4 Bigelow Green Tea bags
  9. 3 T honey
  10. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
  1. 1 Cup powder sugar
  2. 1-3 tsp milk
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. 2. Warm milk up in the microwave (about 30-45 seconds) and steep 4 tea bags in it for about 5 minutes
  3. 3. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  4. 4. Separate the egg white and yolk set the egg white aside.
  5. 5. In separate bowl mix the egg yolk, honey and 1/3 a cup of the green tea milk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, slowly adding in the chips as it mixes.
  6. 6. Form dough into a ball on a lightly floured surface. Roll out or pat until 1/2″ in thickness and 8″ in diameter. Cut into 8 equally sized pieces.
  7. 7. Transfer to greased or lined baking sheet. Whisk the egg white until froth forms and brush over the top of the scones. Lightly sprinkle sugar over the egg white topped scones.
  8. 7. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes
  9. 8. Mix together powdered milk vanilla and sugar until a glaze forms. If you wish, you can use the remaining green tea milk in the glaze. Drizzle over scones after they bake.
  1. The glaze recipe makes a lot. If you go easy on the glaze feel free to half the recipe.
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 Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly

They are SO yummy! The white chocolate chips add just the right amount of sweetness to these scones. The girls were huge fans too. Maybe I am raising up the next generation of tea drinkers!

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In honor of Hot Tea Month how about some fun tea facts!

  • 82% of Americans drink tea.
  • Tea is now considered trendy where 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea.
  • Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world.
  • Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we can consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!

Green Tea Scones a simple recipe inspired by Bigelow Green Tea #ad #TeaProudly

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Friday Highlights 1.20.17

Hello Friday!

It’s finally Friyay! I don’t know why I say finally, it’s not like this week has been horrible, or that we have any special plans this weekend because honestly, we have none, nothing, nada. But, I am totally fine with that #socallivesareoverated

After last weeks “ice storm” cancelled the entire towns plans, for nothing, this is our first Friday back to co-op since November. Pray for me as I pretend to be a teacher with 12 Kindergartners this morning. Maybe I should dose up on headache medicine before leaving the house?!

Now let’s talk about more interesting things, like this week Friday Highlights.

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InstaLife Lately, January 2017

When I shared my goals for 2017 I told you I was focusing all blog related group towards one platform this year, Instagram. Since I am investing so much time and growth in that direction I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite photos on the blog too. Because you never know what people are seeing or aren’t seeing on IG now days. So if you’ve seen them all, my deepest apologies. I hope you like them even more this second time around.

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Show & Tell: Living on Little, Steal & Splurge

I wrote this post for the first Show & Tell “Tuesday” of 2017. I know the link-up doesn’t officially open until Tuesday, but a busy calendar means I am sharing my post today. The first topic is Steal & Splurge, how your family saves and what you feel is worth the splurge. Oddly, before the topic were announced I had already planned to share about this subject later on in the month. I guess it was just meant to be.

I battled with how to go about writing this post. I didn’t want to open up our checkbook and dish out all of the dirt by putting numbers on our financials, but I also wanted to be real with people. So figuring out how to find the balance and deciding what I wanted do share was hard.

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3 Things Every Young Family Needs

I have been meaning to write this post for months now #butlife.

It isn’t often that I talk about serious things and me dishing out advice is even more rare. I mean I’ll tell you how to bake cookies but much further than that, your on your own. For some reason giving advice always seems to be a quick way to step on someones toes. In the spirit of honestly I should probably admit that there is a little part of me that could careless if I step on toes, as long as my message is truthful. However, I typically stay in the safety zone on the ol’ blog. Having said all that I will cautiously proceed…

3 things every young family needs to have in place to be prepared for their future.

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