I woke up this morning for the first time in a long time with the urge to blog! After a great football Sunday I had a fabulous nights sleep, and I can't help but attribute that to the crisp fall air that seems to be permeating our bedroom the last two nights! Although I love summer autumn holds a special place in my heart! Sweater weather, hats, warm drinks, beautiful leaves, crisp air, pumpkin patches, apple picking, horse back riding.. oh how I could go on forever. I look forward to fall every year and all the wonderful activities we are going to partake in. Thankfully although Jason's work schedule is often hectic he always makes a point to get a day off here and there so we can venture out and enjoy the most wonderful time of year!
In the last few days I can't help but gravitate towards all things autumn inspired, recipes, adventures, clothing, and drinks so I thought I would stop by and share some of that with you!
Having our own home this year I am super excited to make the house feel festive! Generally we don't spend the money because we travel with so little that we wouldn't have room to take it and therefore its not really worth spending the money for a week or two. However now we will be able to store it in a tote and if we have the luxury of being home use it every year! Having said this we may not even be home for all this year, however I hope otherwise!
We are thinking about having both Canadian and American Thanksgiving with the Seavey's this year if we are home! Jason and I always celebrate both and as you know American Thanksgiving is a huge deal. Personally I just get excited about football but this year I am excited at the prospect of decorating! Here are some of my thoughts!
All of these ideas are from Pinterest naturally, they are easy to do yourself, overall not expensive and give such a warm autumn feel to your home. I personally have never really seen Thanksgiving as a big deal so the idea of decorating the house with turkeys in such has never crossed my mind. Now that Jason and I have a home and celebrate two Thanksgiving's I'm still not putting turkeys around the house, period. I figure if we decorate with the above suggested that it will last the whole season and not just one event!
I am so looking forward to the Autumn bucket list I have created for Jason and I depending on what happens after this job. I am so anxious for the time in North Carolina where we have spent an amazing fall once before and all that it has to offer. Here is our Fall Bucket List...
1. Horse Back Riding - at Dead Broke Ranch where we went on the most amazing horse back riding excursion a few years back.
2. Venturing to a pumpkin patch with warm drinks and hats to get our very first pumpkin together! - Yes we have never actually bought a pumpkin together as we are always in apartments and truthfully never ever have trick-or-treaters!
3. Drinking hot apple cider by the fire place.
4. Find a corn maze and get lost in it.
5. A walk in downtown Raleigh
6. Go on a hay ride
7. Cook at least one Thanksgiving dinner in our home. - Either way I will cook both no matter where we are (most likely if we are in a place where I can get the traditional things to actually make one).
8. Take a Country road drive and enjoy the beauty that fall brings.
9. Take a nature walk.
10. Make my own Fall wreath (this is being a little ambitious).
11. Roast pumpkin seeds
12. Go apple picking.
13. Make apple sauce, apple crisp and apple pie! (Apparently I'm going to be fat because Jason doesn't like apples.
14. Pick pine cones.
15. Go to a fall festival.
16. Go to a Farmer's Market.
17. Enjoy a Fall Picnic.
18. Rake the yard... our yard!!
19. Take fall photos.
20. Get a few festive accents for the house!
I think all these items are completely attainable if we are somewhere that has fall, especially if we are at home! I wait for this time of year, and its not to say I don't thoroughly enjoy the other seasons (besides winter, I don't care for much that comes along with winter) but fall has so many possibilities! As you get to the end of summer you are so ready for fall, a change in wardrobe, etc!
I am definitely excited to add to my fall wardrobe! As I have mentioned in the past I have been trying to make my wardrobe more age appropriate and truthfully it hasn't gone very far as there is absolutely no where to shop here and when we go home there seems to be absolutely no time at all to shop for anything other then house stuff. So this fall I will definitely be investing in a few fall clothing options to add to my new, almost already full closet! Here are a few thoughts!
You see leather boots are a must, I Ugg's bit the dust after Alaska and fall boots such as those represented in the last picture are a this years MUST HAVE!
Usually I am all about the clothes but I find myself having a new shoe obsession! Hello booties!! I need a pair, Ugg slippers.. umm yes! And a fall wedge? a staple in a girls shoe collection!! All of this is not to say I don't still LOVE clothes.. I'll prove it!
My new personal challenge is to wear colored pants.. I think plum would be a great way to ease into it with a beautiful warm aztec cardigan! I am getting a blazer, I had always thought it would be black but this tan was is selling me! Plus a leather jacket has been on my radar FOREVER!
Fall boots and leggings, HELLO! Winter leggings.. YES PLEASE!... A new fall purse with leather boots and warn jeans.. why not?
Lastly (because I feel like you're probably bored now) I am a coffee lover as you all know, but fall really opens up the warm drink world going straight through the Christmas season! I'm not for anything pumpkin although fall is when Jason mostly enjoys my baking as I make an effort to make him pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (which I will share the recipe with you one day!), and pies, etc! I discovered an Apple Blast from Caribou Coffee which has totally changed my life, as well as your go to skinny vanilla latte, chai lattes, etc! Here are some fall drinks along with a link to their recipes I am definitely planning on trying this crisp, cool season!
As you can see there is a running theme of apples in my drink menu... fall just means apples, pumpkins (which I dislike), cinnamon, fires.. etc!
So now that I have sufficiently babbled on and truthfully quite enjoyed it you can see that I am absolutely ready and waiting for fall!! It is cool and raining here today which is fabulous, I plan to curl up with The Red Bad of Courage and some tea and enjoy the afternoon! Tomorrow I have to take the truck for an oil change, go to the bank and get some groceries so I promise my blog will be a little shorter!!
I hope you are all having a wonderful cool day!