It’s Fall! 10 Reasons To Like This Season

Good morning! Well it’s fall on the blog whether you are ready or not! I have never been a huge fan of fall, but I think it’s because I know winter follows. I don’t like the cold at all. But this year I decided to find things I like about fall and not worry about what comes after. So here is my list:

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  1. Pumpkins-I love all the different colors pumpkins come in now, especially the pastels! I love all the different shapes too. They are so fun to decorate with.

fall living room grateful and thankful

fall living room pumpkin basket entry

2. Cooler weather-not too cold. Around here, it’s usually still warm during the day and then cooler at night which is really nice.

fall living room pumpkins and leaves

fall living room 2019

3. Snuggling under blankets-Along with the cooler nights, comes snuggling with blankets and pups and not getting hot.

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4. Cute jackets and pretty scarves- I like having some new things to wear other than tank tops and shorts, but not having to wear lots of layers just to stay warm. I am excited to pull out some of those jackets and other cooler weather items put away from last year.

fall living room pumpkins on coffee table

fall living room mantle with cotton

5. Lighting candles- Fall scents are my favorite! Summer just seems too hot to light candles, so it’s nice to have a few lit around the house again, especially because they smell so good.

fall living room mantle with cotton, tree, starfishfall living room mantel candle, pinecone

6. Crunching leaves- I love to see the leaves falling and hearing them crunching under my feet when I go for walks.

fall living room lantern and birdfall living room table with fern spools

7. Holidays- I am looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the time spent with family and friends. We make new memories and remember times spent together in the past.

fall living room dining room table place setting

fall living room bone dishes note

8. Sausage and corn chowder- Mmmm! Just typing it makes me hungry! This is so delicious and easy. It is the most requested recipe in my house.

fall living room dining room table

fall living room napkins, leaf glasses

9. Having a fire and roasting marshmallows-We have a fire pit, so it’s nice to gather around it and roast some marshmallows and make s’mores.

fall living room chalkboard

10. Festivals- There are several different festivals and activities held around here that signal fall. Apple Festival, Calico Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, county fairs, and the list goes on.

Whew! I found ten things! That should carry me through. I am determined to just enjoy the season I am in. How about you? Do you love fall?



Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider Bar

Jingle bells, jingle bells! Sorry! We are already practicing some our Christmas stuff at school. We have our Christmas program just 10 days after we come back from Thanksgiving! Things are getting pretty hectic! So I could take some time to slow down and enjoy a hot drink, I set up a hot chocolate and apple cider bar! Have you done one of these too? My kids love it! Whenever we have guests over, they love to ‘fancy up’ their drinks.

We have no snow here, just cold and fog, but I loved this saying and added it to my chalkboard. I enjoy being able to change the sayings on it for each season or celebration.

hot chocolate bar green and white

I added some evergreen branches from my yard to the top along with a sparkly white triangle banner.

hot chocolate bar chalkboard sign

I found this World Market wine holder at a yard sale, and just had to bring it home. I used it to hold mugs instead. I have to find a few more that will fit! I layered some faux and real greens on top along with some wooden beads I spray painted white #whatapain!.

hot chocolate bar mugs

Next to the mugs I have some mason jars filled with some goodies to add to your drink. There are cinnamon sticks to stir with, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. I found the cute little tags here. I used baker’s twine to tie them on.

hot chocolate bar cinnamon sticks choc chips

On the other end of the bar, I have a big glass jar of hot chocolate, some chocolate syrup and some fun chocolate sprinkles and some cinnamon. I would like to add a bottle of caramel sauce too.

hot chocolate bar cocoa and toppings

Right in the middle I have some hot apple cider, the marshmallows and spoons. Peppermint sticks will be on my list the next time I go to the store.

hot chocolate bar cocoa and marshmallows

It is really nice to have everything out and ready to go when friends come over. No digging around in my cupboards trying to find all the supplies! You could easily make this a coffee or tea bar too.

hot chocolate bar view

Don’t forget we have a giveaway going on until Wednesday. If you haven’t entered already, you can go to this post!

hot chocolate bar full view

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanksgiving will be here soon and then on to Christmas!

Sunshine and Blessings