Not Sure This Counts...


Happy Tuesday, folks! Somehow, sadly, we're halfway through this wonderful month. Despite my best efforts to slow time down, it keeps going at warp speed.  Work has me crazed for next week and half, but I felt like I needed to share what my motivation was to open my eyes this morning.

Happy Swiftober (you have to admit it's somewhat catchy. Or so annoying it's funny.)!

October So Far {iPhone Version}


This past few days couldn't be described as exciting, but nevertheless, they have been highly enjoyable.  I've been trying to think of some witty words to go along with the pictures, but this post is truly "what you see is what you get."

//lunch with my mom on Saturday! Confession: I debated for far too long on whether or not to post this picture since it's not the best, but this blog is all about being real...

 //Fun fall polish and a cable knit sweater

//Sweet Sam and sweet Halloween pj pants

//Some seriously delicious coffee

//Coffee table is ready for fall!

//And so is the mantle!

//finding the perfect flannel shirt 


Welcome back, October!


One of the greatest quotes I've ever read comes from Anne of Green Gables: 

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

This is easily one of my most favorite months.  If asked, it would be impossible for me to give a quick list as to why.  Once I would start ticking of the reasons, I wouldn't be able to stop.  The clothes, the smells, the flavors, the weather (not including today...high of 84. I can't even...), and just all the awesomeness that is this month.

Also, today I was reminded that this is the month 1989 (Taylor Swift's new album for those not in the know) comes out! I love this month.


I'm not always the best as keeping the goals I set, but I believe in well placed tenacity, so may as well keep trying.

October Goals
+ I believe in the written word, handwritten notes, and the opportunity to brighten someone's day. I totally want to be the person to make someone smile when they find a "just because" card in their mailbox.

+ Sometime during July, I legitimately had the thought "time to start brainstorming what Christmas presents to get people!" Then I realized I may have a problem.  Sanity question marks aside, I am super hopeful about getting Christmas presents either bought, or know what everyone is getting by the end of this month.  

+ Baking.  I have no quantifiable measurement for this, because, seriously, can you bake too much?  And the aforementioned flavors fall offers beg you to get in the kitchen.  One thing I am going to attempt are Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream.

Pray for our kitchen.

+ Apple Picking! Three years makes a tradition, right? This is something I look forward to every year with these sweet friends. AND it totally goes hand in hand with the whole baking goal because no one can eat a bushel of apples without them being covered in caramel and cinnamon. Just me? Okay, good deal.

+ I planted some mums and pansies this past weekend, and I am really hoping to keep them alive. Try as I might, I do not have a green thumb, but again, well placed tenacity.

+ An exciting new addition in our lives is Andrew's new car! This has been a long time coming, and I am so thankful for it, but that means I really need to check myself on buying things unnecessarily. So, the most important goal for this month is to keep spending low!


I could keep going, but I'll stop here and just say, hello, October. I've missed you.

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