Happy Halloween!

I’m just stopping by to wish you all a happy and healthy Halloween!


If you have kids, how do you plan on staying away from their candy loot? It’s so tempting, they will never notice a missing piece… or is that the lie we tell ourselves?

I think my own plan is to focus on healthier “treats” I can have, such as fruit, yogurt, and applesauce. Plus focusing on water helps me too. If I crave something, I usually can squelch the craving by telling myself to drink a certain amount of water and/or do a certain activity before I can have a small amount of whatever it is.


It Feels Like Fall!

fall leaves benches

Despite the calendar saying it was fall last week, it didn’t truly feel like fall to me until a couple days ago.

The chill that calls for sweatshirts, the crisp smell of fall in the air. I can’t quite describe that smell, as it’s beautiful and peaceful beyond words, and reminds me of all the promises of fall:

The leaves on the trees changing to gorgeous fiery colors, cozy and warm sweatshirts and blankets, the crisp feel of the air on my skin, cuddling with my nephews and cat, curling up with a good book and feeling the peace wash over me, and of course who can forget about Halloween! It always reminds me of childhood and ignites a desire in me to don a cute costume and go trick-or-treating.

There’s just something about pumpkins and Halloween decorations everywhere that signifies childhood and fall festivities to me. Fun Jack-o-lantern faces on display, blow up ghosts and black cats or witches in front yards, those RIP headstones and bodies sticking out of the ground! So much fun to be had!


I never was one to enjoy jumping into a pile of leaves every year, but who knows… Maybe I’ll do that this year with my nephews. In fact now that I think about it, I really want to give them that experience. I know they will have a blast. I’m seriously imagining that carefree launch into a fluffy pile of soft and colorful leaves! The one memory I have of doing this is in my grandparents’ front yard at around 11-12 years old. It was so much fun, and my brother and I enjoyed it!

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons because it was cooler and I loved the comfort of sweatshirts. There are also some practical aspects such as the bug population decreasing, less heat and humidity, and the winds clearing the air and making it fresher.

Not to mention drinking hot beverages is so much more enjoyable, whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker or even hot cocoa… it always tastes better and hits the spot when it’s cold and you’re trying to get warm! I love the feeling of drinking hot coffee on a cold morning!

Plus, who doesn’t love taking a walk or a trip to the park in the middle of the day and not feeling like you’re going to die from the heat or humidity? I love that feeling too. It truly feels like freedom!

So what do you all love about fall? I know there are so many more aspects of fall that I couldn’t even touch on in this post, and I’d love to hear from you!