10.02.2017

happy october!

Happy October! We had beautiful weather this weekend so we enjoyed a trip to a local nature center, where we found a handful of all different sized turtles sitting on a log in the sunshine, definitely the highlight of our time there! We also hunted for acorns and crunched a lot of leaves!


October is one of our favorite months of the year. Dustin's birthday is this week and the leaves are all really starting to turn. We love the cooler weather, pulling out our fall pajamas and cozy blankets. I also love having a diffuser going in our kitchen and doing lots of baking and cooking. Chicken chili, mulled cider & pumpkin bars are a few things on my list this week! And maybe chocolate souffl├ęs for Dustin's birthday...we'll see if I am up for that ;)

On days we aren't out & about, we have been taking it slow at home. I usually try to make sure one day during the week we have nowhere to go and nothing to do, either Wednesdays or Fridays since Olivia is off school those days, and then do the same one day each weekend. Saturday is usually our family day, spent outside with the girls doing different Fall activities like visiting the orchard, going on a nature hike, having a picnic with friends or going to the park. I'm pretty sure our weekends don't ever go by with at least one trip to the park. Seriously, Poppy can spot a slide or swings a mile away!! On Sundays after church we usually grocery shop and then lay low, especially if Saturday was busy. Bonus points if everyone naps on Sunday afternoon!!


I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things we've been loving so far this Fall! Our favorite ribbon dresses and peplums for the girls just dropped last week from Childhoods. They are so cozy and the clothing I put them in most often on cool Fall days. Now if they just came in my size!!

I also love this similar peplum top; the girls have it in Heather Gray and it is the softest piece of clothing they own. It comes in a few colors, I love the Winter Wine and the Raspberry Tart is so bright and fun!

For pajamas, my favorite for quality are from Mini Boden. We love the "Twin Pack Cosy Long Johns" and they most often sell them in sets of two for $60, but with a 20% off coupon you can get them for $48 and free shipping. I usually wait until I have a $15 gift voucher (I get them in the mail every few months or by email) and then buy a set for $33. They come in sizes 3Y up to 14Y. You can use the code 5M4R at checkout for 20% off and free shipping on your first order!!

I also just stumbled upon this gnome pajama set and well, lets just say its a long story, but our girls absolutely love gnomes. So I scooped these up for them right away!

We have also been enjoying Fall Diffuser blends using our YL Essential Oils. I most often have a diffuser going in the kitchen, the living room or the playroom because that is where we spend most of our time during the day. A favorite of mine right now is Fall Leaves: 6 drops orange + 1 drop patchouli + 1 drop ginger. We diffuse essential oils instead of burning candles, as they are much safer and completely non-toxic, which is so important especially when my girls, including Adaline, are breathing it in. It makes the house so cozy when a diffuser is going that smells just like the season outside!

We spend a lot of time reading books inside as the temperatures drop and are always adding new ones to our collection. A few of our favorites right now are The Little Yellow Leaf, Room on the Broom (Poppy asks for this one every single day at nap time and we pretty much watch the 20 minute animated version every night before bed), Fall Ball, It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! and Curious George's Day at the Farm, which is fun to read this time of year and has flaps to lift that Poppy loves.

My mom stopped over last night with homemade chicken wild rice soup and cornbread, right before I was about to start preparing dinner, so that was a total treat!! How good does it feel to not have to cook once in awhile?! Soup in a big mug and windows open with a cool breeze have me so thankful Fall is here and we're looking forward to all that is to come!! Hope you are enjoying the season as much as we are!!

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