Fall Entertainment

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Hey there!  Today marks the last day of the Fall Favorites link up.  Thank you to all who have linked up with me and Sarah!  It's always so fun to do this link up as a way to kick off fall.


The topic today is fall entertainment.  I feel like this topic is pretty open for interpretation, which is kind of nice - you can take it how you want!  I will be covering TV, music, and reading materials.


TV:

Gilmore Girls.  I am sure it is no surprise that this is on the TV list.  I feel like Gilmore Girls gives everyone the fall feels!


Friday Night Lights.  As someone that comes from a small, football-obsessed town, there is nothing that makes me feel more fall-like than a Friday night under the stadium lights.  And this show...it may be one of my very favorite shows, ever.  Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.


The Good Witch.  I discovered this Hallmark Channel show earlier this year, and it gives me some of the same vibes as Gilmore Girls, with a bit of whimsy.


The West Wing.  I really enjoy a good political show, and this one holds up, even years later.  The way it is filmed, with the lighting, the fact that it seems to be raining quite a bit, all that together gives you moody, fall-like feels.


Music:

Pandora is my music app of choice, and The Standards Radio station is one of my favorites.  I listen to it year-round, but it hits a bit sweeter come fall.  


When it gets a bit closer to Halloween, I will turn on Family Halloween Radio and Spooky Symphonies Radio, depending on my mood.  It's fun to be festive!


Reading:

I love looking at magazines for inspiration, especially when it comes to seasonal decor and recipes.  Southern Living, Country Living and Country Home are some of my favorites!


By the time fall hits, I am usually ready to switch from lighter, beach reads, to darker, psychological thrillers.  Right now I am reading One by One by Ruth Ware.  Other psychological thrillers I have enjoyed include The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Breakdown, and Behind Closed Doors.    


Again, thanks so much linking up with us!  I hope you enjoyed these fall posts as much as we did! 

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Favorite Fall Fashions

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Hey there!  Happy Wednesday.  For today's fall favorites link up, we are sharing our favorite fall fashion. 


While I wouldn't say this is my fall 'look'...I wouldn't say it's not my fall look...minus the fur coat, haha!  I do love a good plaid, legging, and will forever love my UGG boots.

Normally for this post I share my favorites, item by item.  To switch it up for this year, I thought instead I would share my favorite stores to shop during this time of year.


Nordstrom.  If you look at my fall wardrobe, a majority of it was purchased at Nordstrom.  The brands I gravitate towards include Free People (oversized sweaters/tops), Wit & Wisdom (jeans), Spanx (faux leather leggings), Zella (live in leggings), and UGG (still rocking the UGG boots years and years later, haha!) 


Macy's.  When shopping for Free People, I always check out Macy's.  They have great sales, and I can use Rakuten to earn a bit of cash back!

 

Charmed.  Charmed always has a great selection of cute and unique items.  I love to shop in store when I am back home, but otherwise online is the way to go!  Some of my favorite recent 'fall' purchases from Charmed are a cream, orange and olive tie dye top, olive bike shorts, and the cutest little tan checked hair tie.  


WeeThreeLees Designs.  If you are in need of a custom shirt or a custom decal, WeeThreeLees is the place (@weethreelees on instagram).  Last fall I got a custom shirt made, and I am so excited to break it out again this year now that it is officially fall!  


Looking forward to check out everyone's favorite fall fashions...and home tours (I am quite a bit behind on my blog reading!).





 

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Weekend Recap: Family Weekend

 Hey all!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Mine was filled with family and the most beautiful fall weather, two of my favorite things!


I took off Friday, and ended up driving back to my parents' Thursday after work.  The drive was pretty smooth, and I was thankful for that.  I got home just in time for a delicious spaghetti dinner.  My mom's homemade sauce is my absolute favorite, and it really hit the spot.  I can't remember the last time I had it!  I definitely need to make some myself soon.  I also got home in time to make it downtown for a little evening shopping.  The shops were staying open late, and I was happy that coincided with my trip home.  I grabbed a few things from Charmed.  She has such cute things, and they do ship if you want to do a little shopping yourself!  


I had to snap a picture of the courthouse while I was up there.  It's such a neat building, and it's so pretty lit up at night!



Friday morning we hit the road to my brother and sister in law's.  Camille, my parents' cat, tried to come along, too! 



We decided to take a different route and ended up on a longgg detour.  There is something about a detour in the country that seems so much longer than others.  I feel like they space the signs just far enough from each other that you start to wonder...is this really the right way?  And then once you are about ready to turn around, you see a sign that let's you know you're still on track.  It was a bit of an adventure, but complete with a few cute little towns, neat farmhouses and a road called Pumpkin Vine Lane!


The trip to Indy was fun as always.  We did a ton of work, and got in a lot of quality time with my brother and his family.  Things I hope I never forget about my nephews - the way they smile when they see us, the way my older nephew is learning to ride a bike, the way he says 'thank you for helping us' just out of the blue, the way my younger nephew runs on his tip toes (and fast as can be), wants to be just like his older brother, and how he says the 'mama' and 'no, no, no' parts of monkeys jumping on the bed.


It was back home again early Sunday morning.  I got in some kitten snuggles, had a delicious lunch, and my mom and I made a trip to one of our favorite local-ish home stores.  


The weather was just so lovely the entire weekend that it basically required time be spent outside.  It's supposed to warm up again this week, so I was soaking as much of it up as I could!


It's back to work today, but with a weekend well spent, Monday doesn't seem quite so daunting!


Before I go, a quick reminder about the Fall Favorite link up this week.  Sarah and I will be sharing some of our favorite fall fashions, and would love for you to join!


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Fall Home Tour 2020

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It's fall home tour day!  This is one of my favorite posts of the year.  I love decor, and I love fall, so pairing the two together is the best.


By the time Christmas and winter is over, I enjoy a clean look at home for the spring and summer.  But nothing beats pulling out all the fall decor.  The rich colors and the added layers around the house just makes everything seem so warm and cozy.  Plus it signifies that the start of my favorite part of the year is here!


My mom came down to help me decorate, and we were done in record time.  It was really fun, and went so very smoothly.  Everything just came together, and I really love how it turned out.  It's kind of funny - going into decorating I thought we would do basically what was done last year.  But that wasn't the case at all.  Sure, some things are the same, but there are quite a few things that are different, and I have to say (as I seem to say every year), it's my favorite yet!


bowl (similar) - Pottery Barn | pumpkin spice coffee - Target

This little spot of the kitchen has gotten more use than ever these past months!  I am loving Starbucks Pumpkin Spice coffee with a bit of Chobani Vanilla Coffee Creamer.


Instead of the whites and greens I incorporated last year, I went back to the richer colors I had in previous years, and added in additional pops of blue.  I love how it all works together!

tray - Amazon | bowls (similar) - Pottery Barn

glass pumpkin - Pottery Barn



charger - Pottery Barn | flameless candle - World Market

I switched up the table centerpiece, and used the charger normally found on the buffet...and put the cake stand that's normally on the table on the buffet.  I like the lower profile of this for a change, as well as the berries with the bark.

plates - Pottery Barn | napkins - Pottery Barn

I do love a festive plate!  Since I switched up the centerpiece to be lower, the chargers I would normally use were a bit too bulky.  Plain white plates did the trick, though!

pumpkins - Pottery Barn | fiddle leaf plant - Pottery Barn | basket - Pottery Barn

This wooden bowl was a hand me down from my mom, and I have been trying to figure out a use for it ever since I moved.  It's the perfect vessel to hold these pumpkins, and I love the different textures of the wooden bowl, the crock, and the basket.  



The pumpkin pillow was a local boutique find (The White Rabbit), and I just layered it on my 'everyday' pillows.  And, the blue striped pillow is actually from The White Rabbit, too!  


One of the little touches I love is the candle rings on the light fixture.  I have had these for years, and I don't know what it is about them that makes me so happy when I pulled them out of storage!

flameless candles - World Market

I love how full this area looks, and the mix of textures with the pumpkins, lanterns and crock.  The icing on the cake is the vintage wool blanket my grandma gave me.

glass pumpkin - Pottery Barn

Another glass pumpkin cloche - I just love these things!


The view from the couch...

plaid pillow covers - Pottery Barn

These plaid pillow covers add an extra bit of warmth to this area with the colors, and I love how it compliments the mantle decor.

glass pumpkin - Pottery Barn | flameless candles - World Market

I absolutely love this garland I got at Hobby Lobby last year.  It's so full with leaves, pumpkins and pinecones.  The colors are muted, yet rich.  The hardback books add a bit of fall color, as does the old orange box found at an antique mall years ago.  Of course, I have another glass pumpkin cloche clustered with the candle holders always on the mantle, topped with my favorite flameless candles from World Market.  I like a more 'collected' look when it comes to decorating and I think this mantle hits the nail on the head with that!




Ever since I had my Christmas cards on this clip holder, I have liked having this in front of the fireplace.  I don't actually use my fireplace, so this adds a bit of interest.

pumpkin - Pottery Barn | glass pumpkin - Pottery Barn

It's been so nice having a bookcase to be able to display different odds and ends.  I tried to add a little something to each shelf, and it's become one of my favorite spots in the room.



This little area behind the chair got a touch of fall as well, with a few odd pumpkins.  I keep mentioning texture, but I love having the different materials together for added interest.


I still am so very thankful that my grandma and mom saw this piece at a garage sale.  It has quickly become one of my favorite areas to decorate.  All it takes is a few touches, and it's dressed up for the season!



The printable was free online, and what really sold me was the quote and the buffalo check - perfect for fall!  My mom suggested layering these two candle rings here, and I really like how it turned out.  It keeps things from being too matchy matchy with the leaves in the milk glass vases.

 

As you can see from the links, a lot of items are from Pottery Barn, which is no surprise given it is one of my favorite stores.  While PB can be pricey, they often have sales, which is when I buy.  Plus, the items are good quality, so they get used year after year.  I am also a big fan of Hobby Lobby when it comes to seasonal decor, which is where all my pumpkin filler sand leaf fillers came from - and my garland!

One thing I really love about this year's decor is how we played off my normal decor.  For example, keeping, and even adding some of the blue touches on the buffet, and more layering decor into what I already have (like adding pumpkins to a bowl already on the bookcase) instead of replacing it completely.  I feel like it gives things that layered and collected look, which again, is my preferred way of decorating.

That rounds out this year's fall home tour.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Before I go, a quick reminder about next week's Fall Favorites link up with Sarah.  We will be covering fall fashion.  I am pretty excited about this one, as we are starting to actually see some fall temps!







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Make Ahead Mondays

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Hey all!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I wasn't feeling the best (something I ate), so I wouldn't say it was the most productive/enjoyable weekend.  But I did get a few things accomplished, one of which was cleaning my Keurig.  Checking those monthly goals off one at a time!  And, Colton Herta won Saturday's Indycar race, so that was really exciting!


Today I wanted to share something that I have been doing that has helped me start off the week on a good foot - make ahead Mondays.


I meal plan each week, and while I always have the best intentions, I don't always stick to the plan.  And I find that if I get off track as early as Monday, that really sets the tone for the week.


To help change that, I have started planning a 'make ahead meal' each Monday.  Sometimes that make ahead meal is something made in the crock pot meal, a casserole that just needs to be backed, or something pulled from the freezer.  Whatever it is, it's a meal that I don't have to start from step one come dinner time.  I may still need to make a side, or do a few steps to finish it off, but the idea is that at least a portion of the meal is already made, if not already done.


One of my 'make ahead Monday' meals from Half Baked Harvest.

Another one from the Mix & Match Mama Simmers.

When dinner is as simple as that, it makes it way easier to stick to the plan and start the week off on the right foot.  Plus it helps to provide a little guidance each week when meal planning.  I know sometimes when I go to meal plan, I have trouble deciding what to actually make because there are so many recipes that sound good.  Having a theme helps to narrow it down a bit, though.


Again, this just helps my week go a bit smoother, so I wanted to share in case someone else liked the idea, too!


If you have any good crock pot recipes, or casseroles that taste just as good made a day or two ahead of time, please send them my way.  I am always up for trying new ones!


Linking up with Lindsay.

 

Friday Favorites: Tree Removal, Midwest vs Everyone, Caramel Dip, Box Tops & Fall Favorites

 It's FRIDAY!  Sometimes short weeks can seem long, and while this one wasn't, it was a full week at work and I am ready for the weekend (as always).  


1.  Tree Removal & Trimming.  This week started the scheduled tree removal and trimming in my neighborhood.  While it was sad to see some of the trees go, the process had me enthralled!  Maybe I am just starved for entertainment, but I could have watched them all day!  It amazed me how one of the workers could just hang up there in the tree, and chainsaw the limbs down.  The usage of rope to direct the limbs down and make sure they fell a bit softer was, again, amazing.  And then when they fell the tree, well that was a sight to see!  It just was really neat, and probably one of my favorite parts was hearing them encourage each other, as each piece came down - good job, way to go...it was really nice!


They also removed some sidewalk portions - lots of excitement around the neighborhood this week!  It just helped mix things up a bit, which in these times, is welcomed.


2.  Instagram Account - Midwest vs Everybody.  I discovered this awhile ago - I think through my cousin - and it has been cracking me up since.  If you are from the Midwest, you need to follow this account.  While it's not 100% accurate with my experience, there is a ton of it that is spot on.  Especially the fact that we say 'ope'.  Something I have never noticed before, and honestly didn't think was true, but sure enough, I have caught myself saying it wayyyyyy too many times.


3.  Caramel Dip.  It's that time of year for one of my favorite snacks - an apple and caramel dip!  I just get the caramel dip that is by the apples in the produce section, and it just always hits the spot.  I love how the freshness of the apple offsets the sweetness of the caramel.  So good!


4.  Box Tops.  I am sure many of you (if not all) are familiar with Box Tops for Education.  But, if not, Box Tops for Education allows you to earn money for your designated school with things you already buy at the store.  It used to be that you had to cut the little coupons off product boxes (like granola bars, or taco shells).  As of last year, though, (at least I think it was last year...) they switched to an app, which makes it even easier.  All you have to do is scan your receipt, and if you have purchased something that qualifies, you earn cash for your school.  And you can pick whatever school you'd like.  For example, I have mine set up to go to the elementary school I attended growing up.  While I haven't earned a ton of money for the school, I figure every little bit counts!  A receipt I scanned the other day had qualifying purchases, which made me think to share it this week.


5.  Fall Favorites Link Up.  This week kicked off the Fall Favorites link up Sarah and I are hosting this month.  We shared our favorite fall scents.  I really appreciate those that linked up with us!  I didn't have a chance to read all the posts yet, but that is on the agenda for this weekend.  If you want to join us next week, we will be sharing our fall home tours.  I love home tours, and even more so when they are seasonal!


On the blog this week:

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.




Favorite Fall Scents

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If you know me at all, you know I have a slight (ok, more than slight) obsession with candles.  And fall candles are probably my favorite.  In fact, when we started this time at home, I was burning my stash of fall candles in March and April, simply because they made me happy, and goodness knows we all needed to hold on to every bit of that we could!

Over the years I have found a few go-to candles, although I am always up for trying new ones.  In fact, two of the ones in my picture above are new to me this year!  And boy, are they good ones.

Tried & True:
Bath & Body Works Leaves.  After so many people raving about Bath & Body Works candles, I gave them a try and fell in love, too.  Not only do they smell great, but the price is good, too, with all the sales they offer!  While Bath & Body Works has a great collection of fall scents, Leaves is my current favorite of the bunch.  
Description: Crisp Red Apple, Golden Nectar, Warm Clove Spice with Essential Oils.
Leaves 3-Wick Candle  

Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin.  I think this was THE candle that started my obsession with fall candles, and even candles in general.  It's SO good.
Description: Pumpkins baked in simmering spices of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, and sweetened with brown sugar.

Yankee Candle Sparkling Cinnamon.  I received this candle as a gift from a coworker.  It was SO good, and what I really loved was the fact that I could smell it throughout the whole house...no matter what room I was in.  
Description: Holiday glow...the spicy warmth of real imported stick cinnamon with a hint of cloves.
Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Spice.  I always used to think of Williams Sonoma has a kitchen place, but they have some really great candles, soaps and lotions, too!  This is my favorite for fall.
Description: Welcome autumn with a limited-edition essential oil candle that blends harvest pumpkins with the classic fall scents of cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  
  

Newer Favorites:
On Oak + Co. Autumn Orchard Picnic.  This Etsy shop is currently out of their candles, but if they do come back in stock, I definitely recommend this one!  It has a wood wick, which adds a nice little crackle when burning.  

1803 Candles Apple Butter House.  Mistletoe Kisses has been one of my favorite Christmas/winter candles for years, but for some reason that was the only scent I had tried from this brand.  I picked this one up over the summer, and it's what I am currently burning.  A bonus to this brand of candle is the jar.  It's a great one to reuse after the candle is gone.
Description:  In the fall, after apple harvest, you can find jars of ambrosial apple butter in pantries and farm stands amongst the golden leaves and crisp afternoons. Our country-inspired rich blend of apples, cloves, and butter send us back to simpler times when all we needed was a warm slice of Nanny’s homemade bread topped with a thick spread of her sweet apple butter. 

That rounds up my favorites!

If you are sharing your favorite fall scents, please link up below!  And don't forget, next Wednesday we are sharing our fall home tours.  We'd love for you to join!

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September Goals & Habits

 Last month I skipped my goals & habits post.  I haven't been doing the best with them, so I figured it might be worth it to take a break.  And I think it was good because August was a bit busy, and motivation was at a low.  But I wanted to get back to it this month.  I truly find that it helps to write these things out, and putting it on the blog adds in an extra layer of accountability...at least that is usually the case!


So, here are my goals and habits for September.

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Goals:

1.  Clean out bathroom closet.  I reorganized my bathroom closet awhile ago, and I cannot tell you how great it has been since.  I am one of those people that clutter weighs on...and sometimes I don't realize how much until I put it in order!  All that said, while the organization is holding up, the containers I corralled items in could use a wiping down, and I know that there are some products in there I no longer use.  


2.  Clean out / organize dresser drawers.  My dresser drawers have been in a bit of a disarray.  My sock drawer has gotten extremely full, and when I went to put away a new sweater, I realized that I never went through and neatly refolded my sweaters after going through them earlier in the year.


3.  Purchase diffuser and essential oils.  I decided awhile back I wanted to check out essential oils, but haven't gotten as far as purchasing.  I would like to have something to diffuse while I am working, and then keep my candles to the evenings.  I enjoy lighting a candle as a way to signal that work is over and it's time to unplug for the evening.  I still want the good smells during the day, though!  And I have the perfect spot for a diffuser by my desk.


4.  Source bathroom decor.  In early August, my parents came down and we painted my bathroom.  Since then, I haven't done much else to it.  I would like to get new towels, a new rug (or rugs), and wall decor.  I have an imagine in my head of how I would like it to look, I just need to find the items to complete it!  


5.  Clean Keurig.  I am taking this from Lindsay's monthly goals.  When I read her post, I realized that it had been too long since I gave my Keurig a good cleaning.  And since being at home I use it more than ever, it's definitely necessary!  


Habits:

1.  Drink 4 YETI's of water.  I used to be SO good with my water intake, but over the last month it's dropped dramatically.  I hope to get back on track this month!  I know it's kind of funny to measure in 'YETI', but that is what I drink from each day and I find it easiest to just count the number of refills I have throughout the day.  It will equal about 120 ounces.


2.  Meal plan by Thursday night.  While I love to cook, meal planning is not necessarily my favorite.  I used to be much better at it, but more and more I am not quite on top of it.  I just want to cook all these different things, and I have a hard time narrowing it down!  But it's necessary (at least for me), and to ensure it's not hanging over me for the weekend, I want to get it done by Thursday evening.


3.  Asleep by 9:45 on weeknights.  I had this on my past few posts, and it's still something I am working on.  I get up early, and don't want to change that.  I still want to try and get enough sleep, though, so I need to make sure I am in bed at a decent time.  For me that would be 9:45 to allow for 7 hours of sleep.


4.  Spend 15 minutes a day on personal email.  I feel like my personal email always gets pushed to the wayside.  After looking at the computer all day for work, and reading various emails, the last thing I want to do at times is focus on my personal email.  I hate feeling behind on that, though, so I want to make it a point to spend 15 minutes each day on that.  15 minutes can be easily carved out of the day, and while not a lot of time, I think it will be enough to keep me semi-on top of things.


5.  Water window sill plants every other day.  My mom gave me the cutest little plant for my kitchen window sill.  Unfortunately I sometimes forgot to water it, and well, it's not doing all that great.  My mom got me another plant to replace it (although I am still trying to nurse the original plant back to life), and I have realized over the past few weeks I am not watering it near enough!  It still looks good, but the leaves are a bit crunchy.  I don't want to lose another plant, and you'd think that with it being right there in front of me, I would remember to water, but I don't.  So, I plan to add a reminder to my phone to ensure I water (starting out doing every other day - that may be too much, so I will adjust as needed), and hopefully after doing this for awhile, I won't even need the reminder on my phone, it will just become second nature.   


Here's to hoping that September will be the month I get back to it, accomplish some (hopefully all) of these goals, and start making some habits!


And a quick reminder - tomorrow kicks off the Fall Favorites Link Up.  Sarah and I will be sharing our favorite fall scents and would love for you to join us!