If you follow me on any social media, you know that I love to eat! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for food!! Of course, there is all of the pumpkin spice goodies…I like that stuff, but it isn’t my favorite. My favorite goes back to when I was a kid. I can remember being over at my Aunt Betty’s house and seeing the yellow Tupperware container. You know the one…it was the massive yellow bowl with the clear/white lid on it. It was big enough to hold enough food for an army. When I saw the bowl, I knew what was in it. As soon as I would have one bite, I couldn’t stop. To this day, I still can’t have just one bite. I love this stuff!! Chex mix is one of my all time favorite snacks. For some reason, I usually only make it in the fall. I can literally eat the whole batch of it (which is why I typically make two batches so others in my home can have some).

I have my own version of chex mix. I use the recipe on the box as the base, but switch it up with goodies that I like. Below is my version of the recipe:

  • 3 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex™ cereal
  • 1 cup pecans (the original recipe calls for mixed nuts)
  • 1 cup bite-size pretzels
  • 1 cup  cheese its (the original recipe calls for garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces)
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (UMMMM, I usually add some extra dashes because I love Worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Heat oven to 250 degrees
  • Mix cereal, pecans, pretzels and cheese its
  • Melt butter
  • Mix seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder
  • Add Worcestershire sauce to the butter, then add the dry seasoning mixture (seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder), mix well
  • Pour butter/seasoning mixture over the dry ingredients – stir until all the mix is coated
  • Put aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spread mixture evenly over the baking sheet (when I make more than one batch, I use a roaster…it is much easier this way and you can make a lot!!)
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes
  • Let cool and enjoy!!



My first batch of the year!!


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Meet Sydney, class of 2017 from Webb School of Knoxville!! Sydney is one of the most precious people that I know. Her personality is amazing and her love for Jesus shows in everything she does. Oh, and did I mention that she is absolutely stunning??!! In additional to all of her other talents, Sydney also played basketball for Webb School of Knoxville.

Sydney started her senior session by getting all glamed up by the AH-MAZING Tara J Beauty. We took lots of gorgeous images downtown around the studio then headed out to an amazing wheat field. I have been blessed that I have been able to have Sydney in front of my camera multiple times, including when she came and modeled for a group of professional photographers at a workshop in Sevierville, TN. I can’t wait until our next adventure.

Sydney loves all things makeup!! She was part of the Pixel Chicks Photography model team and did hair and makeup for a group of students that attended The Prom of the Stars.

Sydney currently attends college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a part of the phi mu sorority.

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Fall is known for gorgeous colors…colors in the changing leaves on the trees, colors in clothes (hello blanket scarves) and of course colors in makeup. I absolutely love seeing all of the reds, oranges and yellows everywhere! All of these amazing colors and cute fall clothes require that our makeup be on point too! Which is why everyone should know the top 5 fall makeup trends to follow for 2017.

Top 5 fall makeup trends for 2017

  1. Feathery Lashes – lashes on your top lash line make your eyes look bigger and make you look more awake. Hint: full bottom lashes are a thing for 2017 too!
  2. Bright Berry Lips – a great way to brighten up your look for chilly weather
  3. Smudged Eyeliner – bringing it back from the 90’s with a grunge look…not over the top grunge but still grunge
  4. Two-toned Shadow – combine a colorful shade on your top lid with a smokey eye on the bottom lash line
  5. Lip Gloss – hooray, it is making a comeback (ok, let’s be honest…I never stopped wearing it)

Ok, I said 5 trends but I’m going to give you an extra one. Blocky blue eye shadow is a trend for 2017. Ummm, I just can’t get on board with it. I have brown eyes and my momma always told me that brown eyed girls don’t wear blue eye shadow (yes, she grew up in the era when they did, but it was still a no no in her book). So, I just can’t do it! If you have brown eyes and love blue eye shadow, you rock it!!

The gorgeous girlies below are rocking some of the fall make up trends! I hope you enjoy! Fall makeup and hair looks by the super talented Tara J Beauty!!

Visit our fall makeup trends Pinterest board for more looks.



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  • beverly williams - Gorgeous Images and great make up tips! Lashes make such an amazing difference and really make the eyes pop.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bennett - These are awesome ideas – I’m definitely filing away for later… stunning images too!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Chappell - I can’t decide which trend I am more excited about bright berry lips or the easy lip gloss lip. I always have a lip gloss in my bag!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Hendrickson - Love the great ideas from this article. Beautiful imageryReplyCancel

  • Susan - Fabulous makeup tips.ReplyCancel

  • Marla - Love these ideas and how you showed such beautiful images to demonstrate each one!ReplyCancel

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