Happy Halloween

Hope you lovelies had an awesome Halloween weekend. Andy and I spent a bewitching Saturday in Salem Massachusetts. We’ve been to Salem numerous times but never during Halloween weekend. We’ve enjoyed learning about the city’s rich history and looking at the Puritan styled homes during our previous visits but this time we wanted to embrace the Witch City spirit and partake in some of the fun Halloween activities. We were not alone. More than 250,000 people visited Salem over Halloween weekend last year and this year was no different. Salem has become synonymous with Halloween due to its association with the Salem Witch Trials. Each year the city attracts more than one million tourists from all around the world, bringing in at least $100 million in tourism spending.

The shadow cast by the witch trials held in 1692 is still keenly felt. The witchcraft hysteria led to more than 200 people being accused of practicing witchcraft, death of twenty-four accused witches, 19 were hanged, one was pressed to death, and four died in prison.

Our visit could not be complete without stopping by the Salem Witch Museum. This museum draws 300 000 visitors annually and features life-size stage sets, exhibits and tours exploring the 1692 Salem witch trials, plus witchcraft today.

Heavy traffic and finding reasonably priced parking was a bit of a nightmare. If you’re coming from the Boston area, I would recommend taking the commuter rail. Once in the city use the Zagster bike share program to explore the city. You can rent a bike at a cost of $3 an hour, and trips under one hour are FREE. Awesome deal right?

So what are you plans for the big night?

Well no Halloween is complete without a sweet treat. Thought I’d leave you with my “dressed up” favorite peanut butter and apple treat.

Ingredients
  • 1 green apples, each quartered
  • peanut butter or sunflower butter (to glue everything on)
  • Shaved almonds or sunflower seeds (for teeth)
  • 1 strawberry, sliced (for tongue)
  • 1/2 a banana (for eyes)
  • Chocolate chips (for eyes)
Instructions
Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Use the peanut butter or sunflower butter to glue all the pieces of the mouth.
Enjoy 

Say Hello to the New Soles of Fashion

I am constantly on the move. Staying comfortable but still stylish is important to me. So although I LOVE my heels, recently I’ve been leaving them at home and opting for the cool simplicity of sneakers. I have been indulging in the comfort of my All-star Converse and Adidas Superstars. I’ve learned throughout the years, that you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. But I am not the only one, I am sure you’ve also taken notice that sneaker companies have been stepping up their game with their sneaker styles.

I recently received a pair of Footpetal trainers compliments from Influenster. I could not wait to KICK back, and enjoy the versatility and beauty of this simple trainer. There has not been a lot of advertising for this shoe, so I thought I’d share my thoughts.

I have to say that I was very impressed with their Cushionology trainer from Footpetal’s Andi collection. The trainers are not only comfortable but they are super luxe and ultra chic. I received the premium Nappa leather pair but they are also available in kid suede as well. What I love most about this trainer is that it features technogel cushion towers that are built directly into the shoe. You can definitely feel the difference with every step. I paired these athleisure shoes with jeans for a casual weekend look, which I adored.

The next day I decided to mix it up and paired the trainer with a comfortable dress. I loved the feminine touch with a sporty vibe. It’s a perfect, put together look for the office, running errands in the afternoon or hanging out on the weekend. I can’t wait to incorporate the sneaker into my fall wardrobe.

I would love to hear your favorite way to style sneakers? Comment below.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

*Sponsored  by InfluensterFootpetals

One Year Blogiversary

As I was getting ready to write my blog post on Sunday morning, I realized that my one year blogiversary was in two days. How did that creep up on me? So, I changed my planned post to celebrate my little blog and write a personal post on how it all began.

To celebrate I decided to go apple picking. In fact my first blog post was about my favorite fall activity. I shared a delicious mini apple rose tartlet recipe (click here), which was read by my family and a few close friends. It was a good start.

I’ve always loved fashion, food and travel.  But stopped embracing my passionate pursuits after experiencing one of the biggest losses in my life ~ the passing of my dad.  It was a very dark time in my life. I have not publicly shared this because it is still very difficult  to talk about.  Grief runs its course and it comes in stages. There are still times when I break down like it happened yesterday. But with the love and support of my husband, family and friends I find hope that life  goes on.

The act of writing has always been a cathartic one for me and I found blogging to be a powerful healing tool.  My dad’s death has forever changed me and how I look at the world. I wake up early every morning to meditate and  to remember him.  My dad always savored the small things in life like the first sip of his hot tea on a cold morning or the first bite of his peanut butter sandwich, his favorite.   I’ve turned to my memories for comfort.  I am also learning to enjoy the little things and share the beauty of everyday life in the hope of spreading some love, joy and inspiration. That is how Nikki Living Life 2.0 got its name and its start.

I’ve met some pretty awesome blogger babes in this blogging community.  I love how everyone celebrates each others wins, and really just support each other in any way possible.  There is always a willingness to share and help one another. Without community this blog would feel very lonesome, and I would definitely not have learned as much as I did in such a short period of time.

Nikki Living Life has experienced such growth, beyond what I could ever have imagined, and it’s all thanks to you! I am grateful to you for reading, commenting, following, re-posting, sharing and actually coming back week after week (which still blows my mind), you are the reason I get to do this. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I would also like to thank my hubby Andrew who takes all the beautiful photographs for my blog.  Andrew’s photographs have allowed me to tell an ongoing narrative of my evolving personal style and my pursuit for a healthy lifestyle.

Of course no birthday/anniversary/blogiversary is complete without something sweet. I have a great recipe for an apple cider float that I know you will enjoy.

Ingredients:

French Vanilla Ice Cream (or ice cream of your choice)

Apple Cider

Apple Slices

Whipped Cream

Brown Sugar (optional)

Cinnamon

Directions

Add one scoop of ice cream to a mug and pour in the apple cider. Top with whipped cream, a little brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add slices of apple to the rim as a garnish.

Cheers beauties 

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine