As most of you know autumn is my favorite time of year! I love the crisp cool weather, wood burning fireplaces, being cozy on the couch, and the leaves changing colors (not so much in Southern California, but there are some). I love that it’s boots and sweater wearing season (so no one knows how many cookies you ate).
Enough about what I love, here are 10 fun things you can do…Right Now!
Apples! Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples? 2,500 varieties are grown right here in the United States. It’s apple picking season people! Go find yourself a tree and start picking. Once you get your apples here is a delicious recipe you should make. What is your favorite variety of apple?
If you’re lucky enough to live where the leaves change colors, grab your family and/or friends and do a fun casual photo shoot. Oh, and don’t forget your pets, they will love it, too!
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Gather some friends and take a brisk walk early in the morning. It’s a wonderful refreshing way to start the day.
Oktoberfest! Nothing is more fun than finding your local Oktoberfest and partake in this century old German tradition. Even if your don’t drink beer the festivities are so much fun. Here are my favorite at-home beer glasses.
Make a cozy fire, put a pot of this delicious soup on, and wrap yourself in this throw. Have date night in!
Gather your neighbors and have a fun night playing Ollie Ollie Oxen Free (also know as hide and seek)! End the evening games with some delicious Mulled Cider.
Jump in a pile of leaves!
Host a Friendsgiving! It’s a great way to reconnect with longtime friends and catch-up.
Do something nice for someone and don’t tell them it was you who did it!
While some people can’t wait for summer, I long for it to be fall all year long! The leaves are finally falling, there is a crisp chill in the air (not so much in Southern California, but hopefully soon), and I’m decoring my home for this glorious season! I love the ease of fall decorating; soft cozy blankets, faux pumpkins, and cute pillows make it simple to bring autumn into your home. Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet for some new decor and I’m so excited to show you what I have found. If you fall in love with any of these items like I did, you can buy them right from the affiliate links (FYI, I will receive a small commission).
Fall In The Kitchen
For The Home
What are your favorite items to decorate with for fall?
It’s hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend! Heading out-of-town for one last summer hurrah? Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, fun in the sun, and the always needed relaxation! It also calls for knowing what essentials to bring along so you can be ready for any fun you might come upon. Whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, or doing a stay-cation and just hanging out in the backyard, you will have everything you need to make this Labor Day one to remember.
A Big Floppy Hat
The Sun is wonderful for giving us Vitamin D which is important for fighting disease, reducing depression, and boosting weight loss. But, the Sun can also wreak havoc on your skin and give you fine lines and other nasty issues and that is just a gift you don’t want. So wear that adorable floppy hat and protect your skin.
A Good Book
It’s good for all of us to spend a little quiet time over the long weekend. Reading can make you feel relaxed and energized. It’s also a great time to stay off of all things digital and lose yourself in the written words.
According to a Source by Abby Stern
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
An Oversized Blanket
If you’re headed out on a road trip make sure you take and oversized blanket with you. No matter where you end up you can always carve some time out for a picnic. Whether you’re heading to the beach or the mountains, get one with nature and eat outside.
An Instant Camera
Most of the time we take picture and then share them on Social media and they are forever stored in our phones never to be looked at again. I miss the days where we actually got to physically hold a picture in our hand. I love watching the instant pictures come to life right before our eyes and I’m sure whoever your spending the weekend with will love it, too.
What are your plans for this holiday weekend and what essentials are you taking along?
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Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs. Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.
That is why I’m so happy I have the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE† then 2G*. Remember when I switched back in January of 2016? I know I will never again receive those huge data overage charges like I did with my last mobile service plan. And best of all, there is no contract, no activation fees and more data on most of the plans with coverage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE† network. I’m loving the plan, it gives me all I need and more! I’m looking forward to upgrading my phone to the new LG L59 – Grace phone.
I want to make sure the attendees have a great time so I used my phone to look up all the local hotels, best places to eat for a crowd, and fun things to do while everyone is in town. I have even set up a group text just for this reunion so we can all stay in touch and everyone knows all the happenings at the same time.
This year our reunion has a #hashtag so all the members attending and those who can’t make it will still be apart of the memories via social media.
I have saved so much money with my Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan I am adding a raffle to the reunion activities this year, and the grand prize is a new LG L59 – Grace phone, along with 1 month of the $49.88 PLUS Plan. With the Walmart Family Mobile $49.88 PLUS plan, the winner of the raffle will receive a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit (valued at $7.00) each time they renew their monthly service. The lucky winner will be able to take some great photos with the 8MP camera and the 5MP front facing camera. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins and what moments they capture via the #hashtag!
I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned along the way to make any reunion unforgettable.
Use Technology. Send invites via social media and create a #hashtag so everyone can be a part of every moment. Create a video of the heartfelt, silly, and blooper moments of the reunion weekend and have a viewing on the last night.
Play Games. It gets everyone involved from the toddlers to the seniors and it makes for some great laughter and memories!
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We’ve all experienced the heat of summer nights. When you’re so uncomfortable and sticky it’s hard to relax let alone fall asleep.
I have 4 tips and 1 product to make you more comfortable! They will make all the difference between tossing and tuning all night and sleeping like a newborn baby.
Drink Lots of Water – Drinking water helps keep your body temperature down so you don’t feel all sticky and gross.
Take A Cool Shower Right Before Bed – Lowering your body temperature right before you hit the sack will make it easier for you to fall asleep.
Cold Towel – Place a wash cloth that has been dampened with cool water in the freezer. Put the frozen wash cloth around your neck and on your inner wrist to help cool your blood, which in turn, will cool your body.
Store Lotions And Cosmetic Toners In The Refrigerator – They feel great on your skin when these products are cold.
I bet you want to know more about my favorite new product!
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There are 3 different fan speeds to choose from and 2 modes of operation.
The cooler can also be used as a humidifier in your home to remove airborne dust particles, how cool is that? It’s on wheels so it’s easy to move around and it only weighs 17 lbs. It comes with a remote control that I keep bedside, there is also a slot on the back of the unit where the remote can be stored.
It has a seven and a half hour timer so I can set it and not worry that it will stay on all day if I forget to turn it off.
Do you want to know how the cooling part works? It has a tank located in the back of the unit that you fill with cold water. The cold water flows over a moisture pad that is located in the back of the unit. If you want the air to be even cooler add the 2 ice packs (included) to the water tank (once you freeze them) for a refreshing cool breeze. It will cool down a room up to 250 square feet.
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Since Father’s Day is right around the corner I thought I would share with you some words of wisdom my daddy taught to me. Before I get to those pearls I’d like to share a little about the wonderful man I was fortunate enough to call dad.
My dad was a self-made man who was the son of a railroad worker. Salvatore, Sam as he was known by everyone was an Engineer (he always wore a button down shirt with a pocket protector), he was a brilliant man. He was fluent but rarely spoke his native language (he only spoke to my mother in Italian when they did not want us kids to know what they were speaking about) because he was taught by his parents “we are now in America we speak English”. His parents taught him to be proud of this wonderful country we live in that has so many opportunities. He passed that sentiment down to us kids. Daddy served in the Army, but never uttered a word of the horror he saw on the front lines. He loved to speak about politics, I remember several heated conversations at dinner parties. He was a very passionate man. Oh how he loved his football and his beloved Fighting Irish. My daddy taught me how to dance with my toes on his and how to ride a two-wheel bike. He would cook a huge breakfast every Sunday morning after Mass, make a tasty pineapple upside down cake and the yummiest lemonade fresh off our trees. I remember sitting on crates under our peach tree with a bucket of water, my daddy would pick the ripest ones wash them in the water and then we would eat them until we were so full we couldn’t take another bite. His favorite place to be was at the family beach house (pictured above). I still cherish the daily letters he wrote me when I went away to 6th grade camp. He cried as he walked me down the aisle and then again when I had my kids.
Always be on time. 10 minutes early is 5 minutes late.
Stand up for what and who you believe in.
Always put others first.
Hard work will get you everywhere.
When you borrow something always give it back in better condition than you got it.
Always save double the amount you spend.
Make each day count.
Laughter is the best medicine.
“I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong”. <– that one always made me smile whenever he said it.
The week started off great with a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier. The surfers were out and so were the hoards of people fishing off the pier. The mornings have been full of June gloom which makes for perfect walking weather.
As much as I try to stay away from bread I just can’t help myself! So when I saw this sign at my local coffee shop I knew it was a sign… Insert smile!
So happy when I saw these beauties at Trader Joe’s. I look forward to Peonies season every year, they bring a smile to my face (maybe even more than bread). They had some beautiful burgundy ones this year, but I’m such a traditionalist.
A little garden inspiration. I’m loving the vertical gardens at this home and I’m trying to figure out how and where I can incorporate a wall like this in my backyard. I like to make a vertical herb garden. Do any of you have one?
I was doing a few errands in Laguna Beach when I came across this adorable little fairy garden tucked away on the side of a building.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Did you know when you smile you are throwing a party in your brain? This activity activates the release of neuropeptides which fights off stress. It also relaxes the body which can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown that those who smile are treated differently than those who do not. People who have a smile are thought of as attractive, sincere, reliable, and relaxed.
Here are just 10 of the millions of things that make me smile…
Swinging on a swing set.
Hearing someone speak Italian.
Eating coffee & donuts.
Sitting by a fire.
Playing with my puppy.
Coming home after a long day.
Hanging out with a friend.
When all my children are home for dinner.
Whenever I see a convertible Alfa Romero on the road.
Last but not least, Handsome. From that silly moment I caught him looking at me, I have not stopped smiling.
So next time you are out and about smile at the strangers you walk by, it just might make their day. You just never know what the power of a happy face can do to another person.
It does a body good.
It will make your day brighter and your brain will throw a party!