I Love Me Some Autumn

I really, really love Autumn. It’s my favorite of all of the seasons. Living in the Dallas area my entire 28 years, I don’t get to really enjoy a proper Autumn, but still, what I do get, I love. I know it doesn’t officially start until later this month, but in my home we jump on the Autumn train the moment Labor Day comes around and football season starts. {GO COWBOYS!!}  When I say we love the cooler season, I mean it…my daughter just last week picked the Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol to watch. She’s her mother’s daughter for sure; I’ve been known to watch a Christmas movie or two starting in late Summer for as long as I can remember. Unconventional yes, but that’s alright. We do things our way.

Autumn just brings about a breath of fresh air, figuratively and literally. After suffering through 100+ degree weather all summer…and late Spring, early Autumn…, that first inkling of a cool breeze in the morning or windows-open worthy evenings is welcomed with open arms. Football on the TV, pretty orange and brown decor, baking and cooking, sweaters, boots, pumpkins, cinnamon, cloves and apples simmering on my stove {see my recipe below}, colored leaves, planting pretty Fall flowers. It means holidays are around the corner, a new wardrobe <I despise shorts btw>, new decor for the house, new crafting ideas…aaahhh. Love.

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Some Autumn lovelies to get the season going!

blue moon autumn beer

This is some pretty beer – Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale. I love the packaging. And any beer that has yummy pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices mixed in. Yes, please. Autumn in a bottle.

Fall Printable

I’ve seen those cute little seasonal printables all over Pinterest and people’s homes framed, so I thought, why not just make my own. Any reason to waste time and play around on GIMP – because Photoshop is still not installed on my computer…I’ve had it for almost a year, so maybe I’ll install it before Christmas…procrastination is my middle name. Feel free to use.

autumn leaves

Kiddos playing in the Autumn leaves. The good life. {via}

Autumn Centerpiece

Gorgeous apple & leaves centerpiece. Red plaid throw draped over the chair. I can almost feel the cool crisp Autumn air looking at this Autumn dinner party. {via}

Holiday Potpourri

Smells like the holidays. Yummy simmering potpourri from Make It Do blog. A great, natural alternative to burning candles in the house all season. {via}

My Simple Apple Cinnamon Potpourri Recipe:

1 Sliced or chopped apple (great if you have one going bad!)

1 Tbs cinnamon powder (easier and cheaper than cinnamon sticks)

1 Tsp cloves (more or less)

Dash of vanilla (grab a cheap one at the grocery store)

Throw it in a small pot, cover with water and simmer on low on the stove. The house will be smelling like heaven within minutes of it simmering. Make sure to check the pot every once in a while to refill with water if needed. Once I’m done using it, I put it in a little container, let it cool and save it in the fridge. It will last at least a week. This is a great, affordable handmade gift for a work exchange or for the neighbors once the holidays roll around, just be sure to tell them it needs to stay in the fridge when usused- just put in a mason jar, fill with water, screw the lid on, add a cute little label and ribbon and ta-da!

Oh, Autumn, how I love you.

Pretty Song for the Day: Closer to Love by Mat Kearney

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