North Carolina Grown

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Pumpkins are a must. Especially in October :) But you know what...I haven't even bought a pumpkin this year! This wasn't even my pumpkin haha This may be the first October that I haven't carved a pumpkin! We've been so busy this month! So if by any chance I do go to a pumpkin patch this would be the outfit I would wear. This sweater cardigan is so comfortable. So soft and I love the color for Fall. 

I loved this area for taking pictures. It was so pretty and I love how they turned out. Lori did an amazing job and she is so easy to shoot with. If you are in the SLC area I would definitely look into getting your engagement, family, bridal pictures with her!

Sweater- Forever 21
Lipstick -MAC(VIVA Glam III)

Monday, October 20, 2014

All Hallows Eve Decor

This past weekend my sister in law and I put together a Halloween party. I would have to say it was awesome! We had so much great food, the decorations were amazing (it was Hallows Eve themed), and we even had a haunted walk through! Thanks to Dallin and Jeremy for all of their help putting that up. It was mostly a social event which is exactly how we wanted it except for one game. We played the name game Halloween style and that was also a blast! We made homemade root beer with dry ice which had the perfect eerie effect. I would have to say I'm obsessed with the decorations we came up with. We used what we had from home and some dollar store things. Here are some pics! I wish I took more, but oh well. And click on the link above to see our little haunted walk through.

We went as David and Victoria Beckham :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Got me some Tassels

How's everyone's week going? Mine is always. Dang, I never have exciting news for how my weeks are going. I mean working with cadavers everyday is exciting to me, but not so much to anyone else. This weekend we are going to Dallin's parent's home. I guess you can call it a little getaway. Oh I lied! I do have exciting news! Dallin received his first invitation for an interview for medical school in Washington. Yay! Hopefully more will keep coming in.

One of my favorite Fall pieces is a sweater cardigan. I love wearing them on cool, crisp nights with a pair of boots. Most definitely my ideal Fall outfit. If you couldn't guess from the title I love the tassels on it! Tassels are just great! Have a good Thursday!

P.S.-If you live in the Salt Lake area and need pictures, Lori is your go to photographer! She takes amazing pictures and finds the best locations!!

Sweater- Forever 21(sold out) // similar
Purse- H&M

P.S.S.- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ARIEL TODAY!!!! She is in Hawaii (lameeeee) this week, but when she gets back I can't wait to celebrate!!! Miss you girl!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to Survive a Juice Cleanse

Today I want to share with you about the 3 day juice cleanse that I did last week. I've never done something like this before! I love drinking green smoothies and replacing meals with those, but juice is a whole other story. Dani Strong provided me with some of the best tasting juice ever! Really...the flavors are soooo yummy. My favorites are power green, power orange, and the chocolate almond milk. But honestly, they were all good!

I want to make clear that juicing is not for everyone. Make sure you know YOUR body and if it's something you can do. Ask a doctor is necessary. Juicing is not to lose weight. It is to cleanse your body of toxins, that way you can continue eating healthy after the cleanse then start losing weight. Make sense?

This juice cleanse consisted of 6 juices a day. A milk in the morning then every two hours drink another juice then end with another milk. In between each juice drink water. I always had my water with me and it would sometimes help to drink water while I was also drinking my juice. For me water is better with lemon or orange in it :) My flavors were:

1-Vanilla almond milk, classic green, power green, power orange, summer raspberry, chocolate almond milk
2-Cinnamon almond milk, classic green, power green, summer watermelon, power red, chocolate almond milk
3-Strawberry almond milk, power green, classic green, rhubarb bliss, power orange, cookie butter almond milk

I have all of Dani's contact information down below!

So on to my tips on how to survive a juice cleanse (I did a 3 day by the way)

TIP #1-Read up! Research doing a cleanse and different types of juice cleanses. I did. I decided I was going to do this a week before I actually started. I looked up different sites that explained different juice cleanses and what to expect.

TIP #2-Relax your mind! The day before my cleanse started I started getting really nervous, but I had to try and not think about it so much. I was getting so much anxiety over it and I actually did some stress relieving exercises to help me out :)

TIP #3-Tell everyone! Let friends and family know what you are doing. That way they can support you and keep you going through those few days.

TIP #4-Pick days that work with your schedule. I chose days that I wasn't going to be sitting around the house and days that I was busy. I will admit, it was a hassle to carry around what seemed like a 20 lb lunch box full of my juices and ice haha. Don't worry, when everyone is giving you stares for drinking some "green sludge" just think that you are probably getting more veggies in that one drink than they have had all week!

TIP #5-Don't overdo it. If during the cleanse you are feeling light headed or you feel that you are starving, eat something. Eat some carrots, eat a salad, or some fruit? You don't want to get sick!

Give it a try! Start with a 1 day or a 2 day if you feel more comfortable with that. Your body will thank you. Again, make sure you do your research. This was MY review for a cleanse I did. It worked for me, but it may not work for everyone else. If you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Dani is awesome! Her juices are so good and made fresh for when you pick them up. Check out her Instagram and also her blog where she lists her flavors and prices. Send her a text or give her a call and she will get you everything you need! 801-473-8612. Let her know Jessica sent you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bright + A Fall Recipe

Hello blog. It's been awhile. Last week was all sorts of crazy. Even though this weekend wasn't too busy, it still seemed like I was busy. There was the LDS Conference this past weekend. Which was so good. There are two sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday. Both filled with amazing talks from the leaders and Prophet of my church. It seems to always have the perfect talks that I need to hear. 

Dallin's family was in town so we were able to spend time with them. Other than that things were pretty chill except for the fact that I have so much I have to do today in preparation for this week.

For this Fall look I brought in a brighter color. Yellow isn't my usual go to color in the Fall, but this worked and I like it! Also! Check down below for a DELICIOUS pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe :)

Sweater- c/o Oasap
Scarf- Forever 21

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made these this past weekend and they are soooo yummy!


-2 2/3 cups Sugar
-2/3 cup Shortening
-1 can Pumpkin (15-16oz)
-2/3 cup Water
-4 eggs
-3 1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
-2 teaspoons Baking Soda
-1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
-1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
-1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Gloves
-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
-1 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I like the mini)

Heat oven to 350. Mix the sugar and shortening. Then stir in pumpkin, eggs, and water, Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Then stir in chocolate chips. If baking in muffin tins-20 mins. If baking in a loaf pan-1 hr 10 mins. Grease the pans!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Keep Calm and Wear Lipstick // GIVEAWAY

I loooove me some lipstick. Now it hasn't always been like this. I always felt like I couldn't pull it off or that I just wasn't a "lipstick" person, but one day I just went for it and I've been hooked since. I love finding new shades of lipstick. I'm still pretty picky, but I definitely have my favorites!

Today I've teamed up with some local bloggers and we have shared our favorite lipstick. There will be one winner to this giveaway and they will win every single one, so 8 total! You can read below to get to know these bloggers and see their favorite lipstick. Complete the entries in the Rafflecopter. 

Good luck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Days

It's Friday!! Wooo!! I love Fall days. The cool crisp air, but you can still feel the warmth of the sun. I actually wore this outfit a couple weeks ago for a shopping date with my friend who came to visit me from NC. When it got a little warm I just slipped the cardigan off and wa-lah! 

I'm also in love with this flower crown. It is from Bethany Mota's collection at Aeropostale and it's now my favorite one that I own. The color is perfect especially for Fall! I may just wear it this weekend :)

Everyone have a good weekend!

Cardigan- c/o Aeropostale
Shirt- Jane
Flower Headband- c/o Aeropostale
Boots- H&M