5 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipes

If Halloween is usually an afterthought for you like it is for me, chances are you’ll be doing a little last-minute costume shopping and pumpkin carving late into the night tonight, or shamelessly giving your boss an excuse to duck out of work a bit early tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ll be right there with you.

You may not have time to turn them into a tasty snack before Halloween, but put those pumpkin seeds aside as you carve your jack-o-lanterns tonight because those slimy little guys can quickly be turned into a delicious crunchy snack. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of important minerals such as zinc and magnesium, and are high in sources of iron, and a wide range of antioxidants including several different forms of Vitamin E.

Right now I’m having a hard time deciding which one of these 5 delicious pumpkin seed recipes I’m going to make… Looks like I may need to pick up another pumpkin or two this weekend!

1

Coffee + Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Snack Clusters from Half Baked Harvest
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2

Pumpkin Seed Granola from Freckle and Flair
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3

Cajun Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Inspiration Kitchen
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4

Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Food 52
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5

Classic Toasted Pumpkin Seeds from Bon Appetít
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What’s your favorite way to eat pumpkin seeds? Feel free to share links below!

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3 Non-Fitness Benefits of Being Active

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If your schedule looks anything like mine, most days are packed with deliverables, deadlines and distractions. I love my sweaty workouts as much as the next endorphin-junkie, but I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy to motivate to hit the gym after a busy day at the office or pull myself out of bed for hilly run before work. The truth is though; being active has many benefits beyond feeling fit and comfy clothes: greater productivity, creativity and getting to participate in some pretty incredible adventures.

1. INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY
It may sound ironic but the days I make time to exercise are the days I get the most done. I find that simply penciling my weekly workouts into the calendar before anything else provides structure to my day and gets me thinking strategically about my week and keeps me focused on achieving that oh-so-difficult work-life balance. Structure aside, being active also provides an instant energy boost––no matter how sleep-deprived I may be––which gives me the momentum and energy I need to get through those really tough weeks.

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2. A MORE CREATIVE MIND
Another big-time benefit to being active is the boost in creativity than can accompany a workout. I’ve heard some people do their best thinking in the shower but I find when I’m lacking inspiration and need a few fresh ideas, the solution is usually as simple as heading outside for a brisk walk or going on a short jog. Solo runs especially seem to get my creative juices flowing. It’s not uncommon for me to finish a short jog with a list of 4-5 new blog post topics and half a post written in my head.

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3. INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES
Added productivity and a boost in creative thinking are great day-to-day benefits of being active but what I love most about having a body that craves exercise are the incredible adventures I get to experience outside of my everyday life. Last Friday the hubs and I jetted off to the Grand Canyon for a weekend of hiking with two of my best friends from grad school. Together we covered over 13 miles and 4,500 feet of elevation while seeing some pretty incredible sights and sharing a lot of laughs along the way. Being active allows me to see more, do more and live a fuller life–and for that I’m thankful.

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It feels great to be fit, but being active also allows me to fully engage in the things I need and love to do every day–as well as satisfy my love for adventure. Having recognized this makes it easy to think about being active as an opportunity, rather than an obligation–and when I’m lacking motivation, that one simple mindset change is often all it takes to get me moving.

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Besides the comfy clothes and feeling fit, what do you love about being active?

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PS. Check out this great This Is For You giveaway from lucy!

A special thanks to lucy for sponsoring this post through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. I was compensated for my time but all opinions are my own.

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Ankle Boots 3 Ways for Fall


City living and small closets go hand-in-hand. Our apartment here in San Francisco is no exception. I’m not going to say I never complain about my lack of closet real estate (let’s be real, what girl doesn’t), but having to downsize from a large walk-in to a narrow, floor-to-ceiling number last year actually had one perk I wasn’t expecting: it made me a much more thoughtful shopper.

I recently had the chance to collaborate with DSW on a fun challenge: create three different fall looks with one pair of shoes. Ankle boots are pretty much everything this season (especially here in the Bay Area where they can be worn year-round) and just so happened to be the one thing my (relatively small) wardrobe needed. Lucky for me, I found some great brown leather ankle boots at DSW the other week. As you’ll see, my looks range from city dinner-chic to elegant grunge–details for each are below. Enjoy!

TIP: For the same aged-leather look, simply buff these ankle boots with a soft rag and a little rubbing alcohol and let dry. SIZING NOTE: I typically wear size 8 but purchased a 7.5.

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BOOTIES DSW | VEST & SHIRT (OLD) | BOTTOMS J BRAND | BAG REBECCA MINKOFF | EYEWEAR RAY BAN

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BOOTS DSW | SWEATER ZARA (THIS SEASON) | BOTTOMS  J BRAND

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BOOTS DSW | SWEATER (VINTAGE THRIFT STORE FIND) | T-SHIRT ZARA (THIS SEASON) | BOTTOMS 7 FOR ALL MANKIND (OLD + DIY DESTROYED) | EYEWEAR RAYBAN (GOLD/BROWN)

Who’s ready for October 25th? It’s National #ShoeLover Day, and we’re partying it up with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse. Tell us why you love shoes and how you’re going to let loose on the big day!

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Compensation was provided by DSW via Mode Media however my opinions expressed are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

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Shopbop Sale

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Hi friends! Just popping in to let you know Shopbop is currently offering 25% off full-price and discounted merchandise with their awesome Friends & Family sale. Remember these boots I was drooling over the other week? Well, I decided to hold out for a deal and yeah, they totally just happened. To take advantage of the discount too, simply enter code FAMILY25 at checkout through tomorrow, Thursday October 16th. Happy shopping!

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5 Instagram Favorites: Foodie Edition

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One thing I love doing with friends is trading names of favorite Instagrammers. Oftentimes a conversation will begin after one of us glances at our feed. Someone almost always then asks, “Oh, do you follow so-and-so?”

I get really excited when I come across a new photographer, food or fashion blogger, interior designer, or really anyone with great taste, so I thought I’d start a new column called Instagram Favorites so we can share ours.

Since I’ve had food photography on the brain lately, here are 5 I’ve been drooling over lately (from top middle to bottom right):

@afroditeskitchen | Blog: Afrodites Kitchen
@tworedbowls | Blog:  Two Red Bowls
@caitsplate | Blog: Cait’s Plate
@minimalistbaker | Blog: Minimalist Baker
@ashrod | Blog: Not Without Salt

Who are some of your favorite foodie Instagrammers?

P.S. If we haven’t yet connected on Instagram, come find me at @ellepennerRD

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