Monday In A Moment #21 | On Feeling Empowered


1 :: Best Inspiration Speech Video EVER – So I was at church yesterday morning and  to go along with football season the sermon theme is “Get in the game”. So often we fall short because we’re scared or afraid. Our attitudes are terrible which leads to negative progress. Frontline opened the service with this video that showcases all the great sports films in one giant peptalk. I was so amped up I felt like I could go out and run a 10k and then proceed to conquer the world. So if you’re feeling beaten down {which is easy to do lately in this gloomy Germany weather we’ve been having} watch this video and I guarantee you’ll feel inspired, fearless, and empowered. “Decide that you want it, more than you’re afraid of it” – Bill Cosby.

2 :: Footwear to get you through – What is up with all this rain?!? I feel like there has definitely been more rain this year than last. It’s put a damper on my festival going which isn’t cool. So to help you step up and be prepared gear wise, this weeks shoe segment is on rain-boots. Practical eh? Not to mention now you can jump in those puddles and not ruin your favorite jeans. 1) Ilse Jacobsen – Hornbæk Rubber Boo $199.95 2) Hunter – ‘Original Tall’ Rain Boot $140.00 3) Chooka – ‘Top Solid’ Rain Boot $64.95 4)  Hunter ‘Original Tall’ Gloss Rain Boot $140.00 5) Chooka – ‘Classical Dot’ Rain Boot $64.95 6) Hunter ‘Rigley’ Rain Boot $195.00 *All images courtesy of

Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk Rubber BootHunter 'Original Tall' Rain Boot (Women)Chooka 'Top Solid' Rain Boot (Women) (Online Exclusive Color)Hunter 'Original Tall' Gloss Rain Boot (Exclusive Color) (Women)Chooka 'Classical Dot' Rain Boot (Women) (Online Exclusive Color)Hunter 'Rigley' Rain Boot (Women)

3 :: A is for Apple – The quintessential fruit for fall to me is an apple. So in honor of the apple picking festivities that occurred last week {blog post coming soon!} I thought I’d give you dishes to make with your freshly picked fruit! From classic favorites to modern twists there’s definitely something here for everyone. Want to keep up with all of my recipe’s on Pinterest? Follow my “Yummay” board! 1) Carmel Apple Cupcakes via Kitchen Meets Girl 2) Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce via Baked by Rachel 3) Poached Apples with Walnuts via Whole Living {Photo by Brian Gardner} 4) Apple Muffins via The Cake Blog 5) Apple Bacon Pancakes via Nutmeg Nanny 6) Apple Chips via Cooking With Jax 7) BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza via Lemon Tree Dwelling 8) Classic Apple Crisp Via The Barefoot Contessa

caramel apple cupcake-titleSlow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe from My parents have an excess of apples from their trees. I am so making this!Apple Muffin Recipe  |  TheCakeBlog.comBacon Apple Pancakes by Nutmeg NannyThe Barefoot Contessa's Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp    Ina loves to infuse her apple crisp with citrus, so she uses the zest and juice of one orange and one lemon to brighten it all up.    Ina loves to infuse her apple crisp with citrus, so she uses the zest and juice of one orange and one lemon to brighten it all up.


4 :: Open your mind – I have been stuck on dystopian novels lately. I’m sure you’re asking yourself “What in the heck is a dystopian novel?”  Wikepedia describes it as “The utopia and its offshoot, the dystopia, are genres of literature that explore social and political structures. Utopian fiction is the creation of an ideal society, or utopia, as the setting for a novel. Dystopian fiction is the opposite: creation of an utterly horrible or degraded society, or dystopia.” Why am I obsessed with this genre? My guess is because of the underlying theme of constant hope despite the worst situations imaginable. Plus, I’ve always been fascinated with post-apocalyptic societies since I read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry when I was in third grade. Therefore, because we’re entering “curl up with a book by the fire” season I figured you guys were due for a good reads list update. Click on a book to take you to Amazon!



5 :: Äpfel Selbst Pflücken – Translation: Pick your own apples yourself. Here’s a sneak peak of an apple picking adventure with the Rawleigh Family this past Friday! I am super psyched about the rest of the images from the day!

Thanks for tuning in this week! I hope this helped you beat your “case of the Monday’s” and feel inspired for the week!

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