i CANNOT believe that christmas is only 10 days away, but then again, this happens every year. since i can remember, i've looked forward to having a home of my own to decorate for the holidays. it's a little bit tricky now, living in a small space with a roommate [read: a dormroom ๐Ÿ™„] but it doesn't stop me from trying my hardest to bring some seasonal cheer into my spaces, + pinning all the inspiration for the future!


love love love the soft glow from the lights mixed with the garland


cutest advent calendar disguised as a christmas village!


eucalyptus is such a great greenery alternative!


wreaths on windows are like my vice -- so so classy and beautiful!


the white garland across the tree and the greenery above the archway cannot be eat. the pups all decked out don't hurt either :)


to see more inspiration, click here for my pinterest or here for my instagram saves! although socia media can cause a multitude of problems, it will always remain one of my biggest sources of inspiration. merry 15th day of christmas + happy friday!!


hello hello hello friends!! am i the only one that can't believe we're already into december?! as this year moves to a close [WHAT?!?], i thought i'd do a round up of a few films from my youtube channel that you may have missed! sadly i haven't been able to create as many this semester, but hopefully there will be a few more coming before the new year comes! watch the films below, or click here to subscribe + never miss another video again!


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FRIENDS!! nestle has mastered the cookie game. that is all. okay, kidding, there's more, but seriously! their dough is the best + i use their chocolate chip cookie recipe when i'm in the mood for a homemade chocolate fix. in the spirit of fall + all things thanksgiving, i decided to scour the internet for a pumpkin-infused chocolate chip cookie recipe -- + guess who saved the day.  n e s t l e  --  guys, they're seriously the best. not sponsored or anything, they've honestly just nailed down the cookie thing. after sharing on instagram stories that i was making them, i knew i had to share the recipe with you all when i got about 100 DMs [okay it was actually like 3 but it's fine whatever] keep scrolling for the recipe to these AH-MAZING pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! [more recipes here!] [recipe adapted from here]

DIRECTIONS for the cookies

1. gather ingredients + preeat ven to 375 degrees

2. combine flour, baking soda, + salt in a medium bowl

3. beat both sugars + the butter in a large bowl

4. add egg, pumpkin, + vanilla to the sugar-butter mix + beat until smooth

5. fold in flour mixture + chocolate chips until evenly mixed

6. bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

INGREDIENTS for the cookies

โ€ข 2 cups all-purpose flour

โ€ข 1 teaspoon baking soda

โ€ข 1 teaspoon salt

โ€ข 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

โ€ข 1/2 cup brown sugar

โ€ข 3/4 cup granulated sugar

โ€ข 3/4 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree

โ€ข 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

โ€ข 1 large egg

โ€ข 2 cups chocolate chips [or more #CHOC4EVER]

i'm not sure what it is about these cookies, but they're the perfect consistency -- i'm no baking expert, but my guess is the pumpkin. . .  or the fact that i couldn't find the teaspoon anywhere so i just threw in a reasonable amount of salt + baking soda + hoped for the best haha! okay but actually, these beauties are seriously the easiest to make + delicious to eat! let me know if you end up using the recipe! i know thanksgiving is tomorrow [#procrastinationnation] but they're a great option if your still looking for an easy dessert option or an alternative to pie, or a dish to bring to an after-thanksgiving friendsgiving! 

happy thanksgiving friends! as always, i'm thankful for all of you reading this little blog! you're the  b e s t .  now go get your stretchy pants on + EAT! byeee! 



guys!! hi!! it's been a while since i've shared an adventure, or have even taken my camera out with me! my friends + i [yes mom, i have friends] have decided to make it a tradition to explore a new brunch spot every sunday after church. i had heard about wรฅhfles through the grapevine in early september, + knew i needed to try it at least once! luckily, my friends share my same love for squared breakfast foods, so we made the plans + headed over once last sunday's service was over. from first menu glance, we knew it would be a good meal. any place that offers to top breakfast with ice cream is my kind of place. 


we ordered, we ate, we talked  [read: complained about all the work we had to complete before the week started again], + just enjoyed the comfort of our new found tradition. i'm making it a point to be more intentional with bringing my camera along with me, even if it's just out to lunch. also, random side note: the blog's FOURTH BIRTHDAY is coming up + i've been reminiscing hard. scrolling through old posts, watching old videos, + more. four years. FOUR. so crazy. here's to four more blog years + more sunday brunch adventures + waffles with ice cream on top. have a good day friends! 

post + images by molly garvin

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