An Early Thanksgiving Treat! Pumpkin Pie Protein Shakes!

November 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

So my friend Anna has a wonderful health and fitness blog called The Blondissima: Fit and Fabulous with Anna and I helped her film a video one night where she made a pumpkin pie smoothie with vanilla Shakeology (you can check out the post here). Well, after filming I asked her if I could try it and wow–it was just so amazing! This week I decided that I would be having smaller dinners and supplementing them with protein shakes in preparation for the big Thanksgiving feast so I thought I definitely had to make my own version of this!


1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (150 calories)

1 cup of skim milk (83 calories)

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (40 calories)

1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

6 ice cubes


Put all ingredients in blender, blend and enjoy! Tip: I like to make it really frothy by using the ice crusher setting–it seems to aerate it more and makes it seem fuller.

Total Calories: 273

This really is one of the most delicious shakes I have ever had! BTW I have considered this all one serving as far as calories go but it really makes almost two full glasses. I didn’t share mine–I drank it all–but if you want to have a snack and save the rest for later or share this is also an option!

I just started a Pinterest board where I will be keeping all of my protein shake recipes so if you are on there come on over and say hello–you can find me @afreshcoat. I have some really tasty recipes in the works for the rest of the week! I’m so excited about this and I hope you will come check it out.

As always, thanks for stopping by to read A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen







My 12 Favs of Christmas from C&B!

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

OK, so this post is coming a bit later than I meant to write it but it was a busy couple of days! After flipping through the pages of the Crate & Barrel Holiday catalog I wanted to share some of my favorite things. If you know me, or have read my blog for a while you probably already know I have a few staple stores that I love and C&B is one of them! After that wreath event in Georgetown last week I am really in the holiday spirit and I had so much fun rounding up some of my favorite things from C&B for you so I hope you like them, too!

Tell me though–have you already pulled out your Christmas decorations? I’m really tempted to put up my tree tonight because Christmas is everywhere (even Lifetime seems to have a plethora of Christmas movies on non-stop right now!). As always, thanks for stopping by A Fresh Coat and be sure to go say hi to us on your fav social media sites @afreshcoat. XOXO Jen

1. Coal Cinnamon Candy, $3.95 each

Maybe it’s the naughty (def not the nice!) in me but I love gagging someone with a gift of coal! These are my favorite stocking stuffers!


2. Free online invitations from Paperless Post! C&B scored a deal for their customers and had a really nice array of online invites designed (some even match their linens and plates) that you can download and send out for free. I’m thinking about using their cookie party invite–the lettering is so cute!


3. Tree Collars, $59.95

These are a nice twist on the classic tree skirt and fit right over the stand.


4. No Peeking! tape, $4.95

This will be plastered all over my wrapped gifts! I love everything about this!


5. Animal Corkers, $6.95 each (beer, deer, buffalo and monkey available)

Because when you have a party, a lot of wine (hopefully!) gets opened and I can’t think of a better thing to do with the corks than turn them into animals and have them join the party decor!


6. Baked for Santa cookie stamp, $7.95

This is a surefire way to make sure Santa gets his fair share of cookies!


7. Aqua bubble finial ornaments, $2.95-$3.95

These ornaments are so beautiful and I could just picture them hanging on my tree!


8. Black and bronze tea light holders, $19.95 each

I sort of love animal-themed anything and these you can use all year round!


9. Green tree candles, $11.95/small, $29.95/large

I just love Christmas trees! These really look awesome with the houses, too.

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10. Pizzelle maker, on sale for $39.99 (plus ships free)

If you didn’t grow up around Italians, let me just tell you these are the BEST cookies you will ever have! They are a Christmas tradition in my family and this is such a great deal.  They even sell a mix to make them but I bet you can do it all by yourself! Channel your inner Italian!

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11. Tree taper candles, $12.95 for a set of three

Again, I really love Christmas trees and think you can never have enough candles shaped like them around the holidays!

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12. Reindeer pillow, $44.95

A little throw pillow to brighten up your couch!

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*all images courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Getting Crafty at West Elm Georgetown!

November 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!

Last night I went to the West Elm store in Georgetown to attend their holiday wreath event. Meg, their super awesome and crafty store manager led the event and greeted everyone as we walked in the door. The tables were set up with all the supplies we needed and we had our very own instructor who showed us how to make the wreaths.

First, we outlined the black paper banner with chalk and wrote our holiday message in the middle (we were all really indecisive and probably pondered our message for like 20 minutes, then practiced our handwriting on the paper place mats on the table lol). Then we placed the banner in the wire wreath frame and started pulling apart branches to add to our wreaths. The staff at West Elm was really helpful and at one point their GM came over and started cutting wires for our table because he could see we needed a little assistance! In order to secure the branches, we wrapped green pieces of craft wire around them and to the base. At first this seemed super easy but after about 40 minutes everyone at our table started getting a little tired and dropped our perfectionist ways to get the job done! I will say the Christmas music helped everyone stay in the mood. It was fun meeting the girls at the table and everyone was sharing holiday memories which was nice. Everyone did such a great job and after about an hour we all finished. Some of the girls purchased accessories to add to their wreaths like little bottle brush animal ornaments or red or white garland.

All of the wreaths came out beautiful and now I’m looking forward to my next crafty project! A little hint that Meg shared with us: this may become a monthly thing at their store and maybe, just maybe, in December they will have an event that involves making candle holders out of cinnamon sticks.
What kinds of crafts are you making for the holidays? Are there any DIY’s you’re interested in learning? I want to start posting some more items like this so let me know what you think. As always, thanks for stopping by and reading A Fresh Coat. XOXO Jen

P.S. Look for me on your fav social media sites @afreshcoat.


Spotted this little setup and fell in love with the Parsons clock with bone inlay in the herringbone pattern, $99



Our craft table


I love non-traditional trees! Look at those butterflies! Pretty!


Hello, new favorite coffee table! The rustic wood is gorgeous! (Emmerson table, $499)


Another glimpse of our craftiness in progress!


My next project is definitely going to be a DIY on those burlap trees! They are so easy to make and come out super cute!


The whole store was decorated for the holidays and a good amount of people came to partake in the festivities! Christmas music was a plus!


My friend Lia was loving these bottles!


All the wire cutting was making me think about the movie Baby Jane and the line that says “No more wire hangers!” lol


I was making progress!


Had such a fun time with these girls and their wreaths all came out great! From the left: Kim, Chrissy, Alisa, and Lia


The finished product!


I hung up my wreath as soon as I got home!

Crate & Barrel Holiday Gift Guide!

November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s here! I’m so excited to go through this tonight! Today was a super long day at the 9-5 but I am very happy to be enjoying my new favorite tea (it’s like a zero calorie cookie-amazing!) snuggled up with my heated blanket and the CB 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. I’ll be posting some of my favorite finds tomorrow! I hope you all had a great day and thanks for stopping by XO Jen



Faux Fur Because It’s Freezing!

November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am always cold and as soon as the temp went below 60 I started pulling out my sweaters! Well, upon watching the news this evening I heard that DC is about to get some weather that is considered normal for mid-January, so I’m not too happy you know, because it’s still November! Luckily, I’ve already pulled out my warm winter blankets for my bed and washed my throws for the couch but I’m really feeling like I need a faux fur throw to add to the mix. Nothing sounds better to me right now than a faux fur throw, a nice, warm fire and a cup of hot tea.

Here are some of my fav finds:

1. Jennifer Lopez Snow Leopard faux fur throw, on sale for $29.99 at Kohls (btw, if you don’t know the magic of a Kohl’s sale, they have the best! Currently if you use your store credit card you can get up to 30% off and to top it off, even if you don’t have a cc, you get $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend!)


2. Caramel Ombre faux fur throw, on sale for $99 (from $129) at Pottery Barn. Bonus=free shipping with code FREESHIP.


3. Black Mink faux fur throw, $299 at Ethan Allen (currently they are offering 10% off if you order online…not the most amazing sale but still this blanket is gorgeous!).


4. Ludlow faux fur throw in winter white, $69.95 at one of my favorite places Z Gallerie. It just so happens they are having their friends and family event which means you can get this beauty for 20% off with code FF20.


5. Pewter faux fur throw, on sale for $95 (from $119) at West Elm. Today is the last day for free shipping plus an extra 15% off markdowns with code LASTDAY.


What are some things you are adding to your home to make it more cozy now that the chilly weather is heading our way? As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen

A Warm Breakfast on a Cold Sat Morning!

November 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

20131109-103136.jpgHappy Saturday everyone! One thing I love about the weekend is that I usually eat a slightly fancier breakfast than I do on the weekdays (cooking in the morning is simply out of the question–I’m a yogurt kind of girl!). Today I decided to use up some apples that were starting to look a bit sad in my fridge and cut them up to add to some oats and it came out so delicious. I tried to make it a little healthier by adding chia seeds and using agave nectar and a dash of honey to sweeten the favor a bit. I know you might be thinking “This isn’t really cooking” but I say if the stove has to be used, it’s cooking! This really is a simple, delicious and healthy meal to start your day with. Here’s what I did in case you’d like to try this our for yourself (I made enough for two people as 1/2 cup of dry oats is considered a single serving):


2 cups water

3 apples, cut in small pieces

3 tablespoons cinnamon

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 tablespoon chia seeds


Boil the water in a pot and add the cinnamon. Add apples and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add oats, honey, agave nectar and chia seeds and stir. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen

His Bed is on his Ceiling!

November 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese

OK, so I came across this image online (which eventually led me to the Dwell article) and I couldn’t even believe that someone would put their bed on a pulley system on their ceiling–creative, but I would be afraid it would fall on my head if I were sitting below it! When I looked at the image more closely I realized it was Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser! Really?!? The first thing that came to mind was why would this man who has made it big on a hit TV show live in such a tiny place? His entire LA cabin is 580 square feet, which is about the size of my little place in DC…but I’m a writer lol. Alas, his small space is designed so beautifully by Funn Roberts that the square footage doesn’t even matter because everything is functional and gorgeous! The bed is counterbalanced by a 300lb weight, pictured below, and he and his fiancee just pull it down every night and put it back up every morning (although what do you want to bet that bed stays on the ground during the week! I would be too lazy to pull it up every morning for sure!).

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Another really cool thing about the design is that the desk (in the first image in the background) flips up to act as a headboard when the bed is down!

Photo by Joe Pugliese.

Photo by Joe Pugliese.

I thought this was a really cool way to save space that I had to share with you guys! For more images of his awesome home, check out the full article over at Dwell. As always, thanks for reading and have a great day! XOXO Jen

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