Pumpkin spice and everything nice

The first day of fall hasn’t even hit yet, but I’m seeing pumpkin spice latte-everything. Everywhere. 

And while I’m tempted to wrap my hands around the warm, white cup you can pick up for a couple (or more) dollars at the “star” coffee chain, I resist. It’s super easy to make your own version of this beloved fall treat at home. Whether you prefer some creamer in your coffee or syrup so you can make the real thing, it’s a quick process. Plus, the ingredients are most likely already in your cabinet at home — or you can grab them for the same amount you’d spend on one latte at the cafe.

Pumpkin spice coffee creamer

2 cups milk (soy, almond, rice, dairy — whichever you prefer)
2 tbs pumpkin puree
4 dates, skinned
1 tbs maple syrup (the real stuff)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each nutmeg, clove and ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 tbs coconut oil

Simply mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and combine!

Tip: Store it in a glass bottle and it will keep for weeks.

Pumpkin spice syrup

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup brown sugar (not packed!)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 dashes clove

mug-2Combine sugar and water over medium heat. Once the sugar dissolves, add the remaining ingredients. Allow the mixture to simmer for five minutes, then strain through a mesh strainer. Store this in a glass bottle as well and it will last weeks. Always shake before using because it will separate in the fridge.

mug-1Tip: And, of course, it’s the not the true experience unless you have the white travel mug. I opt for a reusable one. The double wall insulation keeps your drink — spiced or not — hotter for longer. The silicone lid seals tightly and the whole thing can be thrown in the dishwasher.

Spice pumpkin pie filling

Because that’s where it all started, right?

3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1.2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp clove
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

Beat eggs lightly and add in milk, both sugars, salt and spices. Once combined, add pumpkin and stir in until all ingredients are combined. Pour into your favorite pie crust (homemade or store bought) and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife removes cleanly.

Tip: Want that golden crust? Glass pie pans retain heat better than ceramic or metal and therefore allow better browning.

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First aid storage with a little character

I bet you never thought first aid could be stylish.

Whether you’re at home, at work, have kids or don’t, a first aid kit is a must-have. But the bulky, old-as-time latching metal box we all think of doesn’t have to take up space in your home.


Here are two relatively new items on our site that caught my eye in the office:

Fun for the family

This handy plastic box is shaped like the classic first aid cross we all instantly recognize. This fun spin on the classic is great for classrooms and young kids.

  • Helps you stay prepared for all minor medical emergencies.
  • Box is shaped in the first aid symbol so it is easily recognizable.
  • Allows you to choose your own emergency medical supplies.
  • Four storage compartments allow you to organize supplies.
  • Great for in the car, the classroom, at work and so much more.
  • Constructed from heavy-duty plastic in a classic white color.
  • Lid lifts off so you can easily access the supplies stored inside.
  • No first aid supplies are included with the storage kit box.

Retro style for the eclectic

So maybe that latching metal box isn’t too far off. This modern spin on the classic box you’d find in the nurses station is a great way to be prepared and add some fun to a modern bathroom.first-aid-3

  • Great for storing and organizing all of your first aid essentials in one convenient location.
  • Rugged metal construction with latching clasp.
  • Divided shelves are great for organizing bandages, medical tape, cleaning wipes and more.
  • Durable white powder-coated finish.
  • Includes screws, wall anchors and keyhole style cutouts for wall mounting.
  • Shelves are not adjustable or removable.
  • No medical supplies are included.

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Tiny house living on any scale, budget

Have you seen this tiny house trend? With documentaries and TV shows, it’s hard to miss these days. As a young person at the beginning of my career, I love the idea of having my own home without the pressure of a gigantic mortgage.

Even if you don’t think you can live in the compact space, there are a lot of notes that can be taken from tiny living. Tiny houses are built for efficiency — something that every home needs. Apply these tiny house storage solutions and see a big impact in any size home:

Make it collapsible

Tiny homes create storage in every usable space, but that doesn’t always mean your belongings will fit. Lots of home goods are available in great collapsible styles. These break-down pieces are super easy to store when not in use and can fit in just about any size storage space.collapsible

It is best to apply this collapsible idea to things that you use frequently, but do not need to out at all times. A dish drying rack is an excellent example. A lot of tiny homes do not have the standard appliances we are accustomed to. A collapsible dish rack is super easy to pull out and utilize when needed, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent structure. This model folds flat to tuck out of sight in cabinets or drawers.

Dead space as storage

Like I mentioned, tiny homes create storage out of every usable space. This is a great idea that easily transitions to any home, regardless of size. Consider creating drawers and cabinet space under stairways.

Another common space used in tiny homes is under the bed. This is a real simple idea to apply to everyday homes. Plastic drawers, shoe organizers and plastic totes are all easy ways to take advantage of that space under the bed. Need more? Use bed risers to create even more usable space.

Baskets, baskets, baskets

The easiest way to create order is to make sure every piece has a home. Adding baskets to your storage routine keeps things organized, sorted and stored. With tons of different sizes, styles and materials to choose from, there is certain to be a basket for you. Try to find one with handles or that is made from a sturdy material to increase longevity and weight capacity.

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