Happy Halloween Birthday!


I absolutely LOVE to throw parties. You give me a reason to have a party and I’m game! I love having people over and being their host! My gifting is making people comfy-cozy and feel welcomed in my home. I’m a server/nurturer, and one of my favorite parties to throw is a birthday party for my children!

Audrey (our youngest) turned 11 on October 6th. I know, GASP!

Since her bday is in October, we have had several Fall/Halloween/pumpkin parties for her over the years. It always makes for such cute decorations with vibrant fall colors!

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This year we invited about 20 girls and we rented a blow-up movie screen. The invitations said “BYOB (bring your own blanket)” cute right?

So each girl brought a blanket and sat in the grass and watched Transylvania Hotel. We had pizza, juice boxes, a popcorn machine, and cupcakes.

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And as a bonus, our daughter Livy and her friends made a haunted house in our garage! So at the end of the party right before parents picked up, the girls all got a good scare!

It was a great party and Audrey had a wonderful time!


Happy Halloween!

P.S. Don’t forget to always send your guests with a little gift to thank them for coming!



Pumpkin Pie Cake


Everyone kept asking for this recipe after I posted a picture, I couldn’t help but share!



  • 1 Large Can Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/8 c. Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Mix all in bowl. Can add nutmeg or cinnamon to taste. Pour in 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle 1 Box Dry Yellow Cake Mix evenly over top
  3. Drizzle with 3/4 C Melted Butter
  4. Top with 1 cup chopped walnuts (can use more walnuts if you want)
  5. Bake @ 350 for 50-55 mins.

Photo Challenge

I challenge you to a photo challenge! Head over to Instagram and follow me at @saraevansmusic and start taking some pictures! Add the hashtag #SEPhotoADay and Fall into September with me! I will be posting my favorites with a story here on the blog! Follow @ARealFinePlace for all things blog!



Take care of your feet!

A lot of the shows I play are festivals. COUNTRY festivals! Meaning, dust and dirt, people in bikinis, and lots and lots of beer drinking! (Not by me, by the fans…)

And, as you can see, our busses are usually parked in grass or on dirt. Every night, either before or after my show, I have a meet and greet where I meet (and greet) about 40-50 people, and take pictures with them. This usually requires a different outfit from my “show clothes.”

These shoes Earth Brand Bay sandals are awesome because most of the meet and greets are in a tent somewhere on festival property, meaning that I have to walk in the grass or dirt to get there! High heels just will not do in this situation!

I almost NEVER agree to wear flats UNLESS I can find some really cute ones like these!


Since I seem to either be chasing Sara, my 2-year-old daughter or my husband, I need comfy shoes. I also struggle with a case of “bad” feet. I need supportive shoes that are stylish! While on tour, we get to visit some pretty awesome places. Just the other day we played in New York City! So, of course, we had to do some sight seeing! Check out the links below and see all the other colors!


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May I suggest the camel color in the Petal Sandal! They are so cute!

Earth Brand Petal sandals in camel


I have nothing to wear!

I have an odd life, to say the least. My friends and I always joke about how I’m the real Hannah Montana! I really do lead a double life. In a matter of hours, I can go from being on stage in front of thousands of people, to being on a bleacher watching my son play football or my daughter play volleyball! I guess I’ve been living this way for so long that I don’t even think about it anymore. And people I talk to at these “normal life” events will say, “Gosh! I just can’t believe you were in Chicago last night doing a show and now you’re here! How do you do it?” And I just smile and say, “It’s easy if you have a tour bus full of clothes, and someone to do your hair and makeup and dress you!”
But now I have to bring up what is the real challenge for me… and that is, HAVING AN AT-HOME, REAL-LIFE WARDROBE! KK and I literally fight sometimes about my clothes! I will want to take something awesome home to wear in real life, and she won’t let me because she wants it for the shows! There have been times when I’ve come off the road and looked into an empty (almost empty) closet and had NOTHING to wear on a date with my husband or out with friends! So, this year I am determined to build up my real-life wardrobe as much as my show wardrobe! I have recently been on a Free People shopping spree and these are some of the outfits I have come up with! I’m loving my new real-life look and I’m NOT ABOUT TO LET KK take these clothes on the tour bus! Even if I have to have two of some things!!!!

Let me know your favorites! KK went crazy with the photo filters…



Fashion Inspiration

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Life Inspiration:

“If I asked you to write down all the things you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?”

Author: @activeinstyle Instagram


Crafty Cake Topper


I love parties for the food, the fun (drinks) and the crafts. I recently made this adorable cake topper for a graduation party, and I decided to share how easy it was to make. And it turned out so cute!

I tried to take pictures to show each step. I’m obsessed with stamping. I think it makes everything look so adorable. 


Hope you enjoy! I hope you guys get crafty for your next party!


Make it Better: Cake Mix Fancy


I wanted to start a new series on the blog called: Make it Better! There is always room for improvement, right? I feel like small improvements can add up to big changes! So, here is how I make a cake mix… Better!

I took a cake mix (Betty Crocker’s gluten free yellow cake mix doesn’t have the hydrogenated oils that most other mixes have) and followed the instructions.

I added:

  • 3 tbs of hemp hearts
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt (I used strawberry activia Greek yogurt)
  • 1 almost rotten banana
  • 2 rounded scoops of Designer Whey vanilla protein powder

 For the icing:

  • 1 stick of organic butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 rounded scoops of Orgain chocolate plant based protein powder

 I then mixed all of the above ingredients with a handheld mixer and then added 2 tbs of all natural creamy peanut butter and 3-4 tbs of Nutella.

Super yummy! And if my calculations are correct there are about 8-10 grams of protein per cupcake.

I hope you enjoy making your cupcakes…better!


Banana Pancakes

Well, since Sara’s post about teaching your children to cook, I decided Milly should start learning. I have been staring down a rotting banana on my counter top for days now, I just can’t bring myself to throw it away. And it is a good thing I didn’t. I decided to try the paleo banana pancakes that I am always coming across on Pinterest.

First things first, hand your two year old daughter two highly fragile eggs and the rotting bananas for pictures. Needless to say, we used different eggs than in the picture (smh).


2 eggs & 2 ripe bananas (an egg for a banana but I had two ripe “rotting” bananas)

Side note: I also have tried them with 3 eggs and 1 banana and they were easier to cook and just as yummy.


Place ingredients in blender like so:

And blend:

I used coconut oil to cook the pancakes.

They were absolutely delicious and didn’t need any syrup, but I added some real maple syrup and fresh blueberries anyway. Yummmmmm!





We were fortunate enough to have tour dates in Hawaii! This was my first time to Hawaii, although Sara has been many times before. We pooled our favorite pictures together. Enjoy!