My Favorite Baking Product & Pumpkin Recipe

It’s Friday again, thank goodness. These days feel a little reminiscent of last September as we were preparing for Brighten. As we pack up our first home and prepare for the weeks ahead, I can’t help but be a little too sentimental, but also wish we could fast forward about two weeks. I guess things are more fun when you have to work for them, but I have to say that packing up this house would be way more fun if someone else did it. 

Anyway, all of that aside, today’s Friday Favorite is extremely practical, and I’m even adding a bonus - my simple pumpkin muffin recipe! 

Parchment Paper Baking Cups

Every year I make my pumpkin spice muffins this time of year. It's literally the easiest recipe that I know of (keep reading and I'll share it with you), but because it doesn't have many baking ingredients, I struggle with the muffins sticking to the baking cup paper. A few weeks ago when I was in Target gathering the ingredients for my muffins, and I came upon parchment paper baking cups. 

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I love how functional they are, but I also love their crafty look. They have made my weekly baking endeavors so easy. I definitely won't be purchasing the paper baking cups or even more of the silicone baking cups!

Easiest Pumpkin Muffin Recipe EVER!!!


  • Spice cake mix
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • Mini chocolate chips AND/OR chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Empty the can of pumpkin into a mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly stir in spice cake mix.
  4. Add chocolate chips and/or pecans.
  5. Stir until everything is mixed well.
  6. Add a large tablespoon of mix into lined muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
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I hope you're enjoying this fall weather as much as we are over here at the Morales house. Hopefully these two little #fridayfavorites will make this time of year even better!

Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under Food, Friday Favorites.

Brighten's First Bee-Day

It's still hard for me to believe that Brighten is O-N-E! On the day of her birthday we spent the day as a family at the McWane Science Center in the Itty Bitty Magic City. She ate birthday cake at Olexa's as we enjoyed anniversary cake and took a great nap in the afternoon :)

Brighten serving lunch at the diner.

Brighten serving lunch at the diner.

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The next day we welcomed family and friends to Brighten's Bee-Day party at the park. That girl played HARD! Her cheeks were so rosy and she didn't stop the whole time we were there! She loved her cake and her friends, and we couldn't have had a better time. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than keep describing her party, here's some fun pictures!!

Venue: Triangle Park
Cake: Publix
Outfit: Amazon
Decor: Amazon, Target, & Party City

Posted on October 13, 2017 and filed under Baby, Friday Favorites, Entertaining.

A California Company You'll Love

Guess what?! Guest post!! Get excited because today you'll be hearing from my cousin-in-law (Jason's cousin), Audra. Audra and I have only met once in person when we were in California earlier this year, but I feel like we've been friends for years. Her daughter and Brighten are close in age, and it's been so wonderful to have someone with a little girl just a few months ahead of us. Since most of our friendship has developed over email and Facebook Messenger, we laughed a lot at each other's accents when we finally got to meet this year! Audra grew up in New England, and I grew up in Northwest Florida. It was a good time and Jason and I look forward to visiting Audra and her sweet family in Massachusetts sometime soon!

Posted on October 6, 2017 and filed under Beauty, Baby, Cosmetics, Friday Favorites.