Things that say “it’s fall!”

Hi friends! September and October are the months in which autumn comes alive! I decided to compile a little list of things that say “it’s fall-time!” to me! Enjoy!

Cocoa! Nothing beats a piping hot mug of cocoa :) I don’t like coffee much at all, but I do love cocoa, chai, warm tea, all those yummy beverages! -You can find the forest green mug hugger here!

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Crochet! I’ve actually been working on this blanket for quite a while, but I’m determined to get it finished before the New Year! Hold me to it, you guys :)
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Puzzles! I keep commenting on how my husband and I are basically old people in young people’s bodies.. It’s very true! We like to sit around in the mornings and read, work on puzzles, and sip our hot tea.. Pure bliss!
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Slippers! I’m all about those cozy toesies ;)
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Hot bags! I actually made this little penguin hot bag just the other day! Isn’t he just adorable?!
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Leaf garland! Last year, I made this leaf garland to get our house feeling more “fall-y”.. It definitely does the job – I love it!
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Sweaters! This sweater is so cozy and has some beautiful colors! It is perfect for being comfy at home, and can also be dressed up if needed!
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Crunchy leaves! Seriously, who doesn’t love leaves that crunch when you step on them?
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Boots! This footwear is especially nice for cold weather, cozy and fashionable all at once!
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Apple crisp! I love love love apple crisp! I didn’t have any made up for this photo shoot, but I love apples too, so it worked out :) Yum yum yum! I will have to post my apple crisp recipe – it is soooooo easy and super yummy!
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Also, isn’t my husband a fantastic photographer?! I hope you are enjoying fall! The colors are just beautiful :)

Just Where Have I Been?

If we all imagine being 17 again, recently licensed to drive, high school days, and friends.. It’s like I am that student, who was out with her friends late at night, and now I’m finally home and my mother wants to know “just where have you been?!”

Well, honestly, I totally could have kept up on posting. But I didn’t. And I guess I needed it. Somehow or another, I needed the break, but I am back and I have a plan.

The beginning of a new month, and a new week always brings out a sense of pride. What I mean by this is that I want to be proud of what I have accomplished in that time period (week, month, year, etc), so I start out by setting goals (if you haven’t already read my post on goal setting you can read that here).

I am so excited for the month of October! There are so many wonderful things going on, and there are many possibilities and opportunities in which to grow!

What about you? Do you set goals at the beginning of the month?

3 things to do when your garden overproduces!

1. Share

First thing’s first, I recommend to always always always share with your friends and family! They will a) be super impressed with your gardening skills and b) love having that fresh produce! This past week my husband posted on FaceBook that we had an abundance of okra, and a few people commented that they wanted some. It’s so nice to share with friends, and to bless others with fresh food when we have too much!

2. Can

This is something that I recently learned how to do! It’s very simple (if you follow directions well) and is a great skill to learn! This summer, I have canned cucumbers into pickles, salsa, and grape jelly! All of which are delicious and we will have lots for the coming months!

3. Freeze

I decided to freeze some corn, green beans, and okra this year because I wasn’t sure how to can them – plus I had heard green beans are a little bit more time consuming and particular in process. Due to a suggestion from a friend, we put our veggies in pint-sized freezer baggies, because we would never use a whole gallon of any of those things in one recipe!

What I’ve Been Crafting Lately…

Hello friends! The past month or so I have started quite a few projects – some are completed, some are almost there, and some… Well, not so much. Even so, I decided to share some of my crafting adventures with you today!

Quite a few months ago, I decided that I have too many t-shirts. Honestly, I probably still have too many t-shirts. But with that revelation came the inspiration to create a t-shirt quilt! I work on it here and there, but I finally decided to purchase a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler set to help me keep everything straight. Here’s a picture of the shirts I have so far, which is about 30 designs.

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About a week and a half ago, I was working in the bathroom and really yearned for some shelving… Thankfully, our neighbors have lots of unclaimed wood that they let us use for different little projects. Caleb has actually been doing the bulk of the work on this project, but it was my idea! ;)

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I’ve recently gotten interested in Essential Oils and wanted a better way to store them than having the bottles scattered all over the house. So I sewed these little pockets that hold four bottles of oils and fit really snugly in this pouch! I’m loving having them all in one spot, plus it helps me work on my sewing skills. -if you want to know more about essential oils, leave a comment below, or contact me for more information-

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Another project I actually have completed is this pillow cover! Caleb had some pillows on the couch in his office that he wasn’t in love with, so I decided to make a project out of it! It is an envelope cover and was extremely easy to make! I know he doesn’t really like the fabric I chose, but I mostly only have flowery stuff!! I guess I’ll have to hit up the craft store, not that I’m complaining ;)

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Lastly, I have been missing playing piano, so I got out one of my piano books (this one happens to be songs from Disney movies!)

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~ u p d a t e ~

I am hoping to update this blog a little more frequently with things that I enjoy, and hopefully things that can help you out too! This might include crafting endeavors, tasty recipes, simple organization and cleaning, favorite fitness routines or tips, or just life in general! I have so many different interests, and I know that we are all diverse in our hobbies. This is one of the reasons why I want to share more “real life” on this blog, and also because I know I love to write!
So, happy Monday, and be on the lookout for a new post this week!