Pumpkin Spice Brûlée and Spiced Apple Cider Tea from Teavana

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Teavana. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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I am typically a coffee {with all.the.hazelnut.creamer} kinda girl in the morning. Ok, every morning. But HEY! something about being a mom {and those early morning, and late night wake up calls} make me want some extra caffeine to start off my day.

BUT something about Fall makes me want to throw out my coffee bags and drink all.the.tea. Specifically Teavana’s seasonal teas, Pumpkin Spice Brulee and Spiced Apple Cider which have official returned for sale this season!

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Yes, you read that right ->Pumpkin Spice Brulee and Spiced Apple Cider Tea!

These tea flavors are pretty much an impeccable accompaniment to a perfectly crisp autumn day. Along with a cozy sweater and some great fall boots, possibly curled up by a fire -> or maybe that’s where I want to be right about now. Also it officially feels like Fall in Philly now so that makes everything pumpkin & apple that much better!

tea mug

Teavana’s Pumpkin Spice Brulee and Spiced Apple Cider are a great way to spice up any fall occasion. I was able to try out BOTH flavors as a part of this promotion about spreading the word that the teas are back in stock and I can honestly say that I am having a hard time picking a favorite. I am usually all about the pumpkin this time of year, and the pumpkin spice was very tasty, but the spiced apple cider took me by surprise & I really enjoyed it!

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I’m also a little obsessed with the loose leaf tea brewing systems offered by Teavana -> I also got to try out the Black Angle Infuser Mug along with the Perfectea Tea Maker – both of which are perfect for at home brewing. The mug is a great option for single servings and the tea maker makes tea for two!

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I’ve blogged about my love for loose leaf tea before on the blog -> I always have a tin of it in my pantry, it’s my favorite way to enjoy tea!

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A little more about the teas -> Pumpkin Spice Brûlée (Oolong): A bountiful harvest of sweetness and spice, this warming oolong is an impeccable accompaniment to crisp autumn days. A balanced swirl of rich pumpkin and flavors of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and creamy vanilla, this rich and smooth cup is a sublime indulgence for the body and mind any time of day.    

Spiced Apple Cider (Rooibos): Capture the soothing and inviting essence of hot apple cider with this aromatic rooibos filled with fruits and spices. Crisp apple and juicy plum blend temptingly with cinnamon, chicory, and sweet carob for a cup full of flavor that envelops the senses in comfort and joy. 


If you want to check out these or any other Teavana teas or products for yourself, use the promo code “Prudent10off30” can be used at Teavana.com to receive $10 off a purchase of $30 or more valid from 10/2-10/31. The holidays are right around the corner, so be sure to stock up for that tea lover in your life!


What’s your favorite Fall tea?

Please share!




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Friday Favorites: Sweaters for Fall

It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Fall.

Sweaters & Boots! Sweaters & Boots!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty pumped about those two words: Sweaters & Boots! I shared my favorite fall {flat} boots under $50 last week & today I wanted to pick some of my favorite sweaters in stores now!

On a cool & crisp Fall day, a great sweater can make a great day even better, don’t you agree? There are lots of great choices out there but here are a few that have caught my eye. Check them out, let me know what you think & feel free to share your favorite sweater find too!


Sweaters for Fall

1- Loving this rib-stitched open cardigan – it’s so chunky and cozy looking! I love the grey color and the pockets too!

2- This side tie wrap sweater looks AMAZING! Comes in 6 colors AND is perfect for nursing or pretty much life. Mom, if you are reading this {she totally is, she’s my #1 fan! Hi Mom!} Please add to my Christmas list! :)

3- This 3/4 sleeve cowl neck sweater is perfect for the weather we have been having lately. A nod to fall with breathability for the random warmer days. Comes in 3 colors too!

4- I love the back detail on this metallic-cross back pullover sweater! The steel grey is my favorite but comes in a gorgeous caramel as well!

5- A confetti striped pullover?! Yes please! How cozy does this look?

6- How cool is this funnel neck sweater hoodie? I love the chunky neck and, of course the grey!

7- I love the pockets in this striped sweater – comes in a fun red/navy option too! Checkout the option without the stripes {but WITH the pockets!} too!

8- I seriously want this cabled cardigan/sweater in my closet – the dark purple is gorgeous, but it also comes in blue, mint and pink too. My favorite part is the hint of ruffle detail on the back – so sweet!

9- How fun is this needle-punch lace sweater! I love it with a button down underneath it too! Comes in a fun brown/tan option as well.


What’s your Friday Favorite this week?

Please share!



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Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

 The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

All opinions are my own.



I’ve been working on picking up my running game & trying to embrace these beautiful fall days! There have been a few hot & muggy days out in Philadelphia recently, a little too hot for my taste, but the leaves have been changing colors and making their way to the ground, and the weather is cooling bit by bit, day by day -> its the best season to run, if you ask me! fall running

I’ve also been getting into a really great schedule with Brooks. We have more of a set nap schedule – still on 2 a day – but the rest of the time is for eating {aka playing with food} and playtime! Brooks also loves being outside so I’m happy to oblige him with a stroller ride and a run for me!

Everyone wins.

wave rider 18

Extra motivation for me recently have been these new kicks that showed up on my doorstep!

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 that just became available to purchase at the beginning of the month!


I was super excited a few months ago when I had the opportunity to try out {and review!} Mizuno’s new trail running shoe – the Wave Hayate – and now I’m even more pumped to try out their latest running shoe, made for neutral runners {with just enough support!}. I’m a big Mizuno fan!


Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Hado is executed in the Wave Rider’s sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.

newshoesI love the Wave Rider 18 shoes for a few reasons – first of all, the look is awesome. I’m obsessed with the ombre black to white look. I’m not normally one to like black shoes, but these are pretty awesome, especially with the teal detail. Also, these shoes are super lightweight and beyond comfortable. I put them on and headed out for a run and they fit like a dream.


I took these bad boys out the other day to complete the #run10feed10 challenge {WITH the stroller!} and they were awesome – and looked amazing too! I’m so excited to be sporting these shoes all.fall!

wave rider

A little more about the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 from the website -> The new Wave Rider 18 provides the ideal balance of fit and performance, making it the choice for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily running shoe. Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology® delivers maximum responsiveness and a harmonious feel, providing “just enough” support for your run. The Dynamotion® FitTM upper and a modified outsole pattern gives the shoe added durability and an improved underfoot feel.

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Let’s talk COLOR!

What’s your favorite color for running shoes?

I love bright & loud colors! So you can see me coming a mile away!


new kicks


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Crock Pot Rustic Italian Chicken

I’m so excited to share with you a tasty recipe I whipped up last night!

This dish is not only a new favorite of mine, but also husband AND baby approved!


Rustic Italian Chicken

This recipe was sent to me to try out by my friends at RedPack tomatoes – They are focused on slow cooking this fall and wants to show families how to have a hot meal waiting at the end of the day despite busy work and school schedules. I was more than willing to try out one of their creations on my own!

Crock Pot Rustic Italian Chicken

This dish was so perfect for me to make -> I bought all the ingredients I needed the day before, some I already had on hand which is always nice. I then chopped a few of the veggies & piled everything into the crock pot while Brooks enjoyed his morning nap – everything was all set & good to go by 10:00am and then it just had to cook away until dinner time!

I used a tri-color pasta noodle but I also think this dish would be fantastic with a tasty egg noodle! Yum!


Having dinner done by 10:00am is always a good idea.

I seriously need to bust out the crock pot WAY more often because this dish couldn’t have been easier OR tastier. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever made such moist and delicious chicken before.

Brooks loved it too – he gnawed on the chicken and veggies and he’s already obsessed with pasta so this was right in his wheelhouse as well.

Paired with a little bread and you are good to go.

crock pot chicken rustic chicken


What’s the best thing you’ve made in the crock pot lately?

Please share!

ALSO – Do you say crock pot or slow cooker?

I’m conflicted as to what to refer to it as! Help!


chicken and pasta

Thanks to RedPack for the tasty meal! I will definitely be making it again {soon!}

Need a slow cooker in your life? Redpack also will be hosting a promotion from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12 during which they will give away two slow cookers a day for three weeks on its Facebook page — that’s 44 slow cookers. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/redpacktomatoes to enter.

A little more about RedPack -> Redpack tomatoes are grown in the Midwest, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes. Yum!


I was NOT compensated for this post,

but was sent 3 RedPack tomato cans 

{shown} for use in this recipe.

All opinions are my own.

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