September 2021; our month in video

September has come and gone and you know what that means: a new video recap of our month! It was a family-filled month with school starting back up, hotel overnights, backyard camping, and birthday celebrations. Putting these videos together always make me appreciative of the life we have and the people in; we truly are lucky.

See what we’ve been up to!

Need fall bucket list ideas?

ya’ll, the best time of the year is here…FALL! i’m all in for cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and spooky season! what about you? do you have anything fun planned this fall?

need some inspo? don’t worry, i got you covered! check out my list below for some fun ideas to truly enjoy this time of year!

  • a sport’s fan? watch lots and lots of football. one of my favorite parts about fall is the return of the nfl season. i love cozying up on the couch on a sunday and watching football all day long. whose your team?
  • maybe an odd time to do it, but go camping! pack up the family and enjoy the outdoors and what this weather has to bring. my favorite campground in the northern illinois area? this place, by far!

  • carve some pumpkins! as much as you hate the mess of pumpkin seeds scattered on the counters and floors, the kids usually enjoy it so just do it!

what’s on your fall bucket list?

family photos friday.

i’ve always been a big fan of fall family photos – the setting is just perfect and the timing works great to use them for holiday cards. ever since we all moved in together, i’ve wanted to get photos of us altogether to decorate our home with. i saw leigh photography post about fall photo sessions, and that was that – i scheduled us in.

here are a few of my favorite pictures from this year’s family photo session; alyssa truly worked her magic!

we had a great experience with getting our family photos taken. for the most part, the kids did great – i mean as much as they can be; getting four kids to look at the camera at the same time can be quite a bit of a challenge. alyssa from leigh photography did them and she’s so great with children. we did a fair amount of walking around the park to different spots, but were still done in under an hour.

i loved the colors we chose, especially with the fall colors of the park. we purchased our outfits from amazon and were so happy with the results.

and just a little shout out to my guy for being such a trooper and not complaining, not even once, about wrangling our four up to have these done. i love our little tribe that we’ve created together.

why i love fall.

there is no denying that i love fall. everything about it from the crisp autumn breeze flowing in through the open windows, cuddles under the cozy blankets, and football. how can you not love this season?

before we know it, we will be flipping our calendars and the cold winter months will be upon us. in the mean time, i wanted to share a peak into my fall and some of my favorite activities that made it so memorable.

trips to the farmer’s market

i love everything about farmer’s markets. the atmosphere, the fresh flowers, the food trucks. this year i got to take my oldest for a bit of one-on-one time and we enjoyed that time together with some delicious tacos and picking out a pumpkin for our front porch.

family halloween costumes

yes, i’m that cheesy mom and have always wanted to be that family that dresses up together. for this year’s trick-or-treating at the campground we dressed up as minions and the kids got spoiled with tons of candy.

pumpkin carving

you can’t have fall without some cute pumpkins sitting on your front porch. as messy as the process is, carving them is all the fun, especially when you’re doing it with your favorites.

adult trick-or-treating

yup. if you haven’t experienced adult trick-or-treating yet, you’re missing out. i look forward to this event every year with my parents at a campground that they visit, but this year was extra special and definitely going to be hard to beat.

decorating for fall

i love all that fall has to bring, especially the home decor. we decorated the front porch with our carved pumpkins and a few things that have been picked up from craft fairs. our table was also festive with the fresh bouquet of flowers we brought home from the farmers market.

now that i’ve shared some of my favorite memories from this fall, what have been some of yours?

fall favorites 2019.

the day the calendar flipped to september, i was ready to decorate for fall. this season is my absolute favorite…the crisp autumn breeze, cozy sweaters, football; how can you not love it?!

i decided to celebrate the beginning of my favorite season by sharing some of my favorite fall items with you that can all be found on amazon.

this hat has fall written all over it. it’s adjustable and comes in multiple colors. these are one of my favorite fall staples.

a chunky blanket scarf is a fall closet necessity. this one is super affordable and comes in multiple color combinations.

you can’t go wrong with fall-scented soaps and this bundle of 5 from bath and body works on amazon is a steal. the marshmallow pumpkin latte scented is one of my girls and i’s favorites.

i love fall decor, especially when you can tie in some fun buffalo check patterns. this cute table runner is a must and the best part is it’s under $10!

what’s fall without a cute blanket to snuggle into? this one’s plaid pattern will match all decor and keep you nice and warm.

what are some of your favorite fall items?

10 things i love sunday.

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hello friends, and happy sunday.

i came across a post like this recently, on a beautiful mess’ blog, where the 10 things i love sunday shared ten random things that are currently going on in your life, or things that you’re currently loving.

here are my ten:

1. my coworkers

not many people can genuinely say that their coworkers are their friends; fortunately; i’m one of the lucky ones. i’m so appreciative to have these girls in my life. i’m always guaranteed to have lots of laughs when they’re around, and lately, they’ve been some of my biggest supporters.

2. fall felt fedora hats

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i’m typically not a hat person, but fall fedora hats might have just changed that.  they dress up any outfit, and a huge benefit: they tame down my afro. it’s a win-win.

3. campground trick or treating

every year we go trick or treating at the campground my parents are usually visiting. this year we had a unicorn and a cubs player that got carted around in the golf cart. it had rained previously in the day, making it a little bit of a muddy mess, but what fun is camping without it.  its been a fun tradition with my girls and i enjoy all the adult alcoholic treats too.

4. country music

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i’ve always listened to many different music genres, but lately country music has always been playing. especially mr. kane brown; a recent favorite of mine.

5. the fall season

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i’ve always loved the fall season, and this year is no different. the cooler weather, the autumn scents, and the fall wardrobe…just a few of my favorite things.

6. watching my youngest attend cheer clinic

my youngest has always loved gymnastics and cheerleading, but has always been too afraid to try them out. every year our town’s high school cheerleader’s put on a cheer clinic for those that would like to participate and i finally convinced her to do it this year.

they spent one evening after school learning two routines and a dance, and then performed it during the halftime of the friday night football game. she was so proud to wear her new shirt and matching big bow and show us all that she learned. that little girl’s smile is so contagious!

7. coffee

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need i say more?

8. my new game day hoodie

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i am obsessing over my new game day hoodie that i ordered off of a shop on etsy.  the material is so soft! i’m going to be definitely ordering more in all different styles.

9. amazon 

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amazon has been my lifesaver lately, especially for my girl’s halloween costumes. this year they will be where’s waldo and a bunny, and nowhere has them! amazon came in clutch once again!

10. watching the bears game with friends

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last weekend i went and joined a coworker at a local bar to watch the bears football game and had such great time! football, beer, food, and great company…how all sundays should be spent!

september favorites.

crazy to believe that september has almost come and gone already. september is easily my favorite month, and for so many reasons…the summer heat is transitioning into cool, autumn days and finally a reason to wear all my over-sized, comfy clothes.

it was a slightly busier month for me as i spent time with some friends, volunteered with work for the day of caring, and ended the month with a trip down south to visit my grandma for her birthday.

i’ve rounded up a few things that i love from this month to share with you; a few new, a few old:

joggers

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where have these been all my life? they’re insanely soft and so comfortable! my husband bought me these ones from jane.com in the charcoal gray color and now I want them in every. single. color.

milk and honey

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i’ve really enjoyed reading poetry this month, and when looking for new poets, i stumbled across rupi kaur and found her best-selling book.  i purchased it on amazon and it was perfect reading for my long road trip to missouri.

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i carry my ipad and apple pencil with me everywhere. i wanted something slim to keep my pencil in so it didn’t get damaged being tossed in my bag. i tried this case out from amazon and am in love with it. it’s small, has multiple storage spaces, and is big enough to store my head phones in as well.

liam and company 

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i order a lot from jane.com, and i mean a lot. a lot. most recently i’ve been ordering a lot of my wardrobe from there and noticed that a lot of the clothes that i liked were from the same boutique…liam and co. their clothes are all super adorable, comfortable, and very affordable!

fall bucket list.

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there is something about fall that brings me such a sense of joy; and it’s this time of the year that makes me most thankful that i live in the midwest. there is nothing better than a midwest fall…the crisp, autumn air and apple orchards.

i’m so excited to throw on my leggings and boots, wear my hair down, and bust out ALL the flannels. i love the promise fall brings of over-sized sweaters and cozy blankets, and of course…football!

i wrote out my fall bucket list below, as i try to each time fall comes around; it gives me a gentle reminder to get out there and do the things i want to do.

here’s my bucket list of fall activities that’ll have you enjoying all this season has to offer:

go to a farmer’s market

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visit the apple orchard and pumpkin patch

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jump in leaf piles

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decorate my house with everything fall

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plan a camping trip

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read a book outside

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sleep with the windows open and enjoy the cool air

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what’s on your fall bucket list this year?